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Charges to be framed against Tarun Tejpal on September 28 in sexual assault case

first_imgA trial court in Mapusa in North Goa will formally frame charges in connection with the rape and sexual harassment case against former editor-in-chief of Tehelka, Tarun Tejpal, on September 28.Public Prosecutor (PP) Francis Tavora told presspersons outside the Additional District and Sessions Court on Thursday that all charges proposed by the police, including sections 341 (wrongful restraint) 342 (wrongful confinement) 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been endorsed by the court and an additional section 354B (criminal assault with intent to disrobe a woman) of the IPC had been added. “Court has directed that all charges should be framed against him. 354 B of IPC has been added,” Mr. Tavora said. On the other hand, Mr. Tejpal’s counsel Pramod Dubey said section 376 of IPC had been dropped from the list of charges. Mr. Dubey said that the future course of action would be decided “once the order is examined.” “Charges will be framed on September 28, then the trial will start,” Mr. Dubey further said. Mr. Tejpal is facing the charges of sexually assaulting a junior woman colleague in the elevator of a five-star hotel in North Goa during an event in November 2013. Mr. Tejpal, who was subsequently arrested, is currently out on bail.last_img read more

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Dancer alleges molestation at film shoot

first_imgA 26-year-old dancer was allegedly molested on the sets of Housefull 4 late on Thursday night. According to the Amboli police, the incident occurred at Chitrakut Studio in Andheri (west) around 11.30 p.m. on Thursday, while a dance sequence was being shot. The complainant has told the police in her statement that actors Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh were also part of the sequence. The police said that the accused, Pavan Shetty, is also a dancer by profession, and both are members of the Cine Dancers’ Association (CDA). “The complainant, in her statement, has said she was shooting for the dance sequence since Thursday morning, and was sitting along with some co-workers during a tea break at 11.30 p.m. when Shetty turned up at the studio and started arguing with another dancer identified as Mohammed Amir Sheikh. When the argument escalated, she and some others intervened to calm matters down, and it was during this time that Shetty touched her inappropriately,” said an officer with the Amboli police. The complainant immediately objected to this and said she was calling the police, after which Mr. Shetty fled from there. She then lodged a complaint with the Amboli police station which has registered an FIR against Mr. Shetty for outraging a woman’s modesty.“Shetty was involved in a dispute with CDA over giving jobs to those dancers who were not members, and had gone to the set to argue over the same issue. The dispute has been going on since August this year,” the officer said. Meanwhile, executive producer of Housefull 4 Manoj Mitra said the incident took place off the sets when the lead actors had already packed up for the day.“It is disheartening to hear about this incident. As an executive producer, I would like to clarify the recent incident that showed up in the news related to the sets of Housefull 4 is something that evidently didn’t happen on the sets or during the shoot,” he said in a statement.“It took place off the sets and hence I have to state that it is beyond our capabilities,” he added.“I would also like to clarify that Akshay Kumar and Ritiesh Deshmukh (who feature in the film) had packed up way before this incident occurred. It was their personal matter and nothing related to our film shoot,” Mr. Mitra said. Raman Dave, head of the dancers for the film, said, the argument was between the dancers and an “outsider” and it had nothing to do with the film.“I had left from the shoot but my set attendant Sandra was there and even she has mentioned that nothing happened on the set,” he said. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Korean peers come to Lariba’s aid

first_imgMOST READ “It’s very crucial, please keep praying for her. If the bone marrow transplant is successful, I’m sure she will come back again on the table tennis arena and proudly carry our flag again,’’ added Ledesma, who recently organized the Lariba Cup, a fund-raiser intended for Lariba.Ryu also donated a huge box of brand-new table tennis balls to the PTTF worth roughly $3,000 and gave Lariba a South Korean jersey with the signatures and messages from all the members of the Korean team.Ryu said the Korean team is open to a fund-raising activity where they would play an exhibition match against top Filipino table netters for Lariba’s benefit.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kevin Ferrer hoping to return to action for Ginebra by Friday Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president IOC Korea Representative and former 2004 Athens Olympic gold medalist Seung Min Ryu (second from left) and Korean Table Tennis Association officials pay visit to Philippine’s first ever Olympian table tennis player Ian Lariba. CONTRIBUTED PHOTORio De Janeiro Olympian Ian “Yanyan’” Lariba personally received words of encouragement from South Korean Olympic champion Ryu Seung-min before she goes through a high-risk bone marrow transplant.Ryu, the International Olympic Committee’s representative to South Korea, visited Lariba at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City on Monday and handed out the financial assistance from the members of the Korean national table tennis squad.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Lariba, the first Filipino table netter to wear the national colors in the Olympics, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia five months ago and will go under knife on Saturday.“I’m here to support Lariba in her fight against her ailment. I couldn’t believe she’s sick, she smiled all the time,’’ said Ryu, who met Lariba during last year’s Rio Games with Lariba’s coach, Kwon Mi Sook.“I believe she will come back soon and play with us,’’ added the table tennis men’s singles gold medalistin the 2004 Athens Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutApart from the $3,000 donation of the Koreans, Philippine Table Tennis Federation president Ting Ledesma said the International Table Tennis Federation, the world governing body in the sport, has also committed $20,000 inn monetary aid.“This news is already known all over the world with table tennis enthusiasts from other countries helping her,’’ said Ledesma. “Ryu’s visit will boost Yanyan’s confidence for this Saturday’s bone marrow transplant.’’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

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Riaz’s effort in vain

first_imgThere were many Pakistan fans who wanted Shoaib Akhtar in the team for the semi-final against India. After the Indian innings, they must have been happy that the Pakistan team management chose to ignore the Rawalpindi Express and put faith in the new kid on the block, Wahab Riaz.If Shahid Afridi’s men managed to restrict the hosts to a gettable 260 for nine in the allotted 50 overs, despite a number of howlers in the field, a major part of the credit has to go to the 25-year-old left-arm pacer. After Virender Sehwag had given a brisk start, Riaz first pegged India back by trapping the Delhi opener in front and just when the home team was going strong, he turned the match on its head by taking out Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh off successive deliveries in the 26th over. The full swinging delivery that got Yuvraj, playing on his home ground, was a treat to watch. Riaz then got the skids under any possible Indian assault in the late overs by getting rid of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni LBW and rounded off a superb spell by having Zaheer Khan caught behind in the last over.The enormity of the achievement – his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs and that too in a World Cup semi-final against the archrivals – prompted him to kneel down before the Almighty. Anyone who has seen Riaz bowl will agree that there is something about him. Though he may not be in the Wasim Akram class yet and does not still have the ball that comes into the right-hander, there is another invaluable weapon in his armoury – pace. The left-armer was clocked at 149 km per hour once and was consistently above 140kmph. Riaz stepped in effortlessly on to the big stage and into the breach created by the considerable talent of Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif.advertisementWhen New Zealand’s Ross Taylor took a special liking to Akhtar in Pallekele, smashing him for 28 runs in one over – including three sixes and two fours – it prompted the veteran speedster to announce his retirement. The decision worked well for Pakistan. Riaz had not set the world on fire in the four matches he played before the semi-final, taking only three wickets. But he chose a grand stage to showcase his skill. Akram has interacted off and on with the youngster and if the Pakistan legend passes on some of his invaluable trade secrets and Riaz stays fit and motivated, the world can witness another fearsome paceman in full cry in the years to come.last_img read more

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Allahabad HC grants interim relief to Freedom 251 makers

first_imgIn some respite to India’s cheapest smartphone makers, the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday granted interim relief to Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd — the Noida-based firm that created a global buzz after announcing the launch of the controversial Rs 251 “Freedom 251” smartphone last month.While hearing the plea, the division bench of Justice B.K. Narayan and justice Shashi Kant ordered the UP state government to furnish a status report on an urgent basis by April 5, further directing that no coercive steps be taken till then against the three top accused – directors Mohit Goel and Dharna Garg and president Ashok Chadha.Also read: Adcom terms Freedom 251 scam of millennium, Ringing Bells clarifies A first information report (FIR) was registered last week against Goel and company president Ashok Chaddha under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as the Information Technology (IT) Act on a complaint filed by BJP leader Kirit Somaiya.The court also directed the petitioners to submit their passports to SSP Noida within 24 hours.According to lawyer Abhishek Vikram representing Ringing Bells, the three petitioners will “fully comply with the orders of the court by submitting their passport and will provide full cooperation to the investigation agency”.Also read: Freedom 251: How and why Ringing Bells can price it at Rs.251 “We have nothing to hide. We are committed to affordable smartphones to people of this country and we shall achieve that. We will stick to fair practices and comply with regulations of our great country,” Mohit Goel, director, Ringing Bells, told IANS.advertisement”We remain committed to cooperate with any government agency that may need to inquire our organisation for any reason or suspicion. We have already done so with authorities/agencies that have so required,” Goel added.”I do maintain that we will deliver the most affordable quality products to our customers through our range of smartphones including ‘Freedom 251’,” Goel added.Ringing Bells launched the product last month in the presence of veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.It distributed some “prototypes” of the product to the media which turned out to be Adcom handsets. However, the company maintained that the device has been developed “with immense support” from the government.According to the company, ‘Freedom 251’ will run on Android 5.1 operating system and will sport a 4-inch qHD IPS display, a 3.2-megapixel primary and a 0.3-megapixel front camera.However, doubts were raised after assessments of the viability of the handset found that such a device cannot be offered for less than Rs 2,300-2,400.Ringing Bells had received 30,000 orders on the first day.Also read: ED begins Freedom 251 probe, questions Ringing Bells CEO Mohit Goel The rest of the customers for the first 25 lakh handsets were to be selected on first-come-first-served basis as the company received about seven crore registrations before the payment gateway crashed.Later, the company decided to return the money to the customers who pre-booked the Rs 251 device on the first day of the sale.The company said it planned to give 25 lakh handsets in the first phase before June 30.last_img read more

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SPORT-FOOT-BARCA 2LAST

first_imgNeymar unselfishly squared for his Uruguayan strike Neymar unselfishly squared for his Uruguayan strike partner, but Suarez failed to make any connection from his low cross with the goal at his mercy.The hosts were enraged midway through the half when Lionel Messi looked to have been brought down by Ramos right on the edge of the area, but referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez waved play on with Ramos already having been booked.Madrid grew into the game as the first half progressed and finally threatened the Barca goal when Ronaldos shot was beaten away by Claudio Bravo before Gareth Bale blazed a volley over from a narrow angle.Barca started on the front foot again after the break and Navas made a brilliant save to prevent Messis cheeky chipped effort floating in at the far post.But that save only momentarily denied Barca as Pique rose highest to power home Rakitics corner on 56 minutes.The lead lasted just six minutes, though, as Benzema swivelled to blast home Toni Krooss deflected cross into the bottom corner.Bale had the chance to turn the game on its head, but his tame effort on his favoured left foot was easily held by Bravo as Madrid again threatened on the counter-attack.The Welshman did have the ball in the net nine minutes from time, but was incredibly unfortunate to be penalised for a push on Jordi Alba as he headed in.Ronaldo then fired against the bar and Bravo saved a one-on-one with Bale as Madrids pace on the break began to tear a tired-looking Barca apart.advertisementThe visitors hopes of a famous win looked to have gone when Ramos was finally given his marching orders for a second booking after chopping down Suarez seven minutes from time.However, just two minutes later Ronaldo struck the winner as he controlled Bales cross to the far post before slotting under Bravo. AFP SSC SSClast_img read more

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Petecio bags world feather gold

first_imgPutting a blemish Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments The Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio came up with a dominant performance against Lludmila Vorontsove of Russia to win the featherweight finals of the Aiba Women’s World Boxing champpionship in Ulan-Ude Russia.Petecio got the nod from three of the five judges for the split decision victory, becoming the second world champion in less than 24 hours for the Philippines after Carlos Edriel Yulo triumphed in the floor exercise of the World Artistic Gymnastics championship in Stuttgart, Germany.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice This jewelry designer is also an architect Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Exclusive: Anurag Thakur’s last-ditch effort ahead of Supreme Court hearing on status report

first_imgBCCI president Anurag Thakur has written a letter to all state associations in what could be seen as last-ditch effort ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on Lodha panel status report on October 6. Thakur wants all state associations to unite. (BCCI never distorted facts: Ajay Shirke tells Lodha panel)Thakur, in his letter, puts the onus on state/staging associations and says that in the absence of transfer of funds, most states have written to BCCI asking either India matches to be suspended or postponed. Which means BCCI will tell the Supreme Court how in the absence of funds, the India matches and Ranji Trophy can be cancelled. (BCCI threatens to cancel India-New Zealand series | Lodha panel warns state bodies against using BCCI funds)Sources in the Bank of Maharashtra and Yes Bank, who operate the BCCI accounts, confirmed the accounts were frozen on Monday night as they waited for more clarity from the panel which was formed last year to assess BCCI operations. (Also read: India-New Zealand series should go on: RM Lodha to India Today)The banks have now lifted the ban on the accounts after former chief justice RM Lodha, the head of the panel, clarified the BCCI is otherwise free to use its funds for routine expenditure. (Defiant BCCI rejects Lodha reforms in Special General Meeting)The letter also says Justice Lodha is himself contradicting his own recommendations – Lodha had said yesterday if calendar for 2017 has already been drafted then he has no issues with IPL having no cricket in the 15-day window (to enable India to play in Champions Trophy). BCCI will take this to the apex court and say if Lodha can cherry pick their own recommendations, then BCCI should also get the right to negotiate on certain clauses/recommendations.advertisementlast_img read more

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Huawei Honor 8 review: All-rounder with a dash of style

first_imgTwo rear cameras in a phone is in vogue nowadays. Even the iPhone 7 Plus has them two, and many more are likely to join the list in the coming days. But the trend is not new. Before Apple told the world that two are better than one, a number of companies were already walking down this road. Although they were also travelling along in their own specific ways. Huawei was — and is — one of them. The company earlier came out with the Honor P9, a high-end phone with two rear cameras, which were designed in collaboration with Leica. The P9 got some rave reviews but the high-price of the phone affected its acceptance among consumers. Enters the Honor 8.The Honor 8, at least in terms of functionality, is similar to the P9. But its price is Rs 10,000 lower at Rs 29,999 in India and it has a design and finish that actually makes it look slicker, and yet more friendly to average consumers. All in all, at least on the paper, the Honor 8 is a phone aimed at users who want a good looking device at relatively more affordable prices but without any compromises on the camera. And for the most part, it succeeds.Design and build qualityIn the last couple of years there has been another trend, other than than two-camera trend, in the phone industry. This has been “follow the leader” trend. The leader in this case is the iPhone when it comes to the design. The Honor 8 follows the trend faithfully. It looks “oh-so-familiar”. It has the same rounded edges that phones like the iPhone 6S and the Galaxy S7 sport. It has a similar metal frame with chamfered edges, the similar curved glass layer on the screen, the similar large round holes for speaker grill at the bottom edge and the similar clean back cover. This is both good and not so good.advertisementThe bad part is that it makes the Honor 8 somewhat boring. But the good part is this is not a bad design. The Honor 8 is a slick phone. The basic design may be similar to almost all premium phones out there, this is also a design that works well. The curved glass on the front and back — the phone has a glass back cover — gives the device a look where all parts seem to meld into each other. There are no sharp or rough edges on the Honor 8. In fact, it is disconcertingly shiny and smooth. This makes the phone look extremely polished and expensive. But it also means that you will not be comfortable using the Honor 8 without a case.The Honor 8, with its 5.2-inch screen, is a relatively small phone. In fact, it is just the right size. It is easy to use and easy to carry this phone and at a time when market is full of phones with giant screens, the relatively modest and pleasant size of the Honor 8 amounts for something. The phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back, or in other words exactly in the place where it should be.Overall, the Honor 8 has a usual but likable design. The build quality is fantastic, down to the expertly carved metal buttons. It lacks some of the character that a few other Huawei phones, like the Honor P9 and Nexus 6P have, but what it loses in terms of exotic looks, it gains in the fit and finish. Without a doubt the Honor 8 is one of most well-crafted phones Huawei has ever made.DisplayThe phone has a LCD screen that measures 5.2-inch. Given the relatively lower price of the phone, it comes with a FullHD (1080P) display and not 1440P that are now common in high-end phones. But then the smaller screen size also means that you don’t really miss those extra pixels. Anyway, pixels don’t matter as much as the colours and quality of screen do. That is one area where the Honor 8 is strong. Its screen shows excellent colours, which are deep and vibrant. The viewing angles too are good. But where it falters somewhat is the brightness, which is on the lower side. During indoor use, when the sun is not directly shining into the phone, the brightness is adequate. But during the outdoor use, the screen is more reflective than it ought to be. You can still read a news article or two on it while walking on a sunny beach, but you do miss the extra bit of brightness. SoftwareadvertisementDesign is not the only part where we have seen the “follow” trends. Software is another one, possibly because iPhone is – or rather was – crazy popular in China. So almost all Chinese phone makers try to follow the kind of software that Apple puts in the iPhone. Huawei is no exception. The Honor 8, although an Android phones, runs a custom version of the operating system that has a completely new user interface called EMUI. In the Honor 8 you get the version 4.1 of the EMUI, which is based on Android 6.Overall the software looks closer to the iPhone’s iOS and not Google’s Android. But just the way it was the case with the design, with the software too similarities with the iPhone may not matter much from consumer’s point of view. If you like your software uncomplicated, clean and closer to what Google puts in Nexus phones or what Motorola has in Moto phones, go for the Nexus or Moto phones. But if you like the iPhone-style software, without any app drawer, slicker animations, and iconography & typography that are closer to what Apple uses in the form of polished iOS software in the iPhone, you will love the software in the Honor 8. If you don’t have a specific preference, I doubt you would care much about the software in the Honor 8. All you will care for is whether it has the necessary features or not, and that it has plenty. You can customise a number of aspects of the phone. You can fine-tune the colours the screen shows, or change the way the phone uses battery or set new themes, or customise the notification shade. Overall, the Honor 8 has a usual but likable design. The build quality is fantastic, down to the expertly carved metal buttons One good bit about the EMUI is that it looks very well optimised. It shows no apparent performance issues. Animations are slick and lag free. There is virtually no bloatware (unwanted apps) other than a few like Health, which can be uninstalled. It comes with a version of SwiftKey keyboard by default but you can easily switch to Google keyboard, something that I recommend. Personally, I am ambivalent about the software in the Honor 8. I don’t mind it. It looks good enough and gets the job done. It’s just that I miss a couple of things that are part of default Android. One for example, is Google Now, although I can get it with the Google Now launcher. But then much of this is because I am used to the Android on Nexus phones. If you don’t have a preference, you will find the software in Honor 8 slick and good enough. The only concern here is the software update. For example, Honor 8 has software based on Android 6 at a time when Android 7 is current version of Android. But then this problem of updates afflict all Android phones, up to an extent even Nexus phones, so you can hardly fault Huawei for it. advertisementPerformance and battery lifeWith well-optimised software inside it, the Honor 8 performs like a champ. It also helps that the phone has a fantastic hardware inside it. The device is powered by Kirin 950, a processor that is made by Huawei itself. It has 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. You can add more storage through a microSD card if you need it. In day-to-day use, I found Honor 8 to be a fast phone. The well-optimised software means you won’t see any lags on this phone and all the animations, including when you are switching between the open tabs, are smooth. During gaming too the performance is good and you can play games like Asphalt 8 at the best graphics settings without any lag. The phone also relatively stays cool even with prolonged use, so on the performance part it is easy to recommend the device. That said, it is not as speedy a phone as Huawei’s own Nexus 6P, which uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, or for that matter phones like the OnePlus 3 and Xioami Mi 5. But it is fast enough and that matters more. The phone’s speaker is decent and is loud enough to fill a small room with sound. Call quality too is good, although it is worth noting that the phone supports only one SIM card and doesn’t support VoLTE, something that Jio has made nowadays popular. The Honor 8 comes with a 3000 mAh battery, which is good enough for around 12-13 hours with fairly heavy use. With a bit of care, it is easy to get around 15 hours of battery life from the phone. CameraThe camera is one part of the Honor 8 that the company is highlighting heavily. In fact, it is the top feature of the phone. Reason? It is a dual-camera setup, just like what was seen on the Huawei P9. Although there are differences. Unlike the P9, there is no Leica branding on the Honor 8. That is not as big of a deal as it sounds. In the P9, Huawei had used a lens that it created in collaboration with Leica, a old and venerable camera company. But in Honor 8, it is using generic lens. The image sensor — IMX 298 — is however the same so the difference in image quality is negligible. The other difference is that unlike the protruding camera module in the Honor P9, the Honor 8 has lenses that sit flush with its body. Obviously, this is a better design. The Honor 8  clicks 12-megapixel images with both its cameras although one of them clicks only black & white (monochrome images). Huawei says that even when you are using the main camera, which is the one that clicks colour images, the other camera captures a lot of data, which then is used to process images so that they have better details, especially in low light. Long story short, the Honor 8 will give you quality images in good light. In low light it can’t match the best in the business but is respectable enough to justify the tag of camera phone Theory apart, I found that the image quality of pictures clicked with Honor 8 is fantastic. It’s not up there with the likes of the Nexus 6P, which has a bigger image sensor, but is definitely among the best. And it is very much comparable or better than what phones in the same price range can manage. The colours in images clicked with the Honor 8 are punchy, and white balance is mostly spot on. Although exposure is mostly on the lower side but then that also means Honor 8 handles tricky scenes like sunset, which have lots of dynamic light, in a better way by preserving highlights. Long story short, the Honor 8 will give you quality images in good light most of the time. In low light it can’t match the best in the business, or for that matter even the OnePlus 3, but is respectable enough to justify the tag of camera phone. The selfie aka front camera too is among the better ones I have seen, especially in good light. In low light, selfies do have some noise but using features like “beautify” you can get images that are good enough for social media use. The front camera clicks 8-megapixel images.There are two more aspects of the camera that I want to highlight: the software and the focus speed. The Honor 8 camera software is a joy to use. Switching between various modes is extremely easy and modes themselves — particularly monochrome modes — are fun. But there is one thing that could have been better: HDR. The HDR is not available in auto. It has to be manually turned on, which I feel is something of a miss from Huawei for a phone that is supposed to excel at all things photography. Coming to the focus speed, this is big win for the Honor 8. It is one of fastest phones I have used as far as the focus speed of its camera is concerned. And it tracks moving subjects excellently, for a phone. For example, see the photo of the dog running on the beach. Most phones would struggle to freeze the frame in shot. XPreviousNextShould you buy it?Yes and no. In India, the Huawei Honor 8 has a price of Rs 29,999. If you are going to spend this much money on a phone, the OnePlus 3 is a better deal compared to the Honor 8. But that is more due to the fact that the OnePlus phone is just as tremendous. It’s not that the Honor 8 is lacking in any significant way. It is one of the best phones we have seen from Huawei, it’s just that on occasions even the best is not enough. With that said, there are reasons to get the Honor 8, if you are into it. If you like its design, go for it. It will delight you with its premium finish and a comfortable-to-use compact design. If you want a phone that can click some great pictures and don’t want to spend more than Rs 30,000, go for the Huawei Honor 8.  Similarly, if you like the software and design of the iPhone, but want it with Android features, go for the Honor 8. It will most likely delight you. To sum it up, the Honor 8 may not be the best phone in its price range but it is surely among the best ones. It doesn’t have everything and it is not the right phone for everyone but it has enough in it to be on the shortlist of all phone buyers.####Huawei Honor 8####7.5/10########Good stuffSlick and premium designGreat cameraGood performance####Bad stuffUI closer to iOS than AndroidScreen brightness on lower sideSoftware updateslast_img read more

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SPORT-TENDULKAR-INNOVATION 2 LT

first_imgAbout the dwindling crowd in Test cricket, Tendulkar About the dwindling crowd in Test cricket, Tendulkar blamed lack of rivalry in the longest format that has caused affected the interest in the sport not to forget the emergence of Twenty20. “When we grew up we had rivalries like Sunil Gavaskar vs Imran Khan, Viv Richards vs Jeff Thomson and then (Brian) Lara vs Glenn McGrath or Steve Waugh vs Curtly Ambrose. West Indies team in 80s and 90s generated interest. “The target then was to beat the West Indies. Australia was an incredible players. Nine world class and if 3-4 could close the game. That is missing,” he lamented. Asked what could be a solution, Tendulkar said: “Look we went to England in 2014 and lost the series. Now England are down in this series and since 2014, they have lost a couple of players. “My suggestion is to have back to back matches against same the side home and away. Let us play two Tests in India and then two Tests in England. Same set of players but different venues. Obviously there will be some changes in terms of form and injuries but core will be same. That will be a fair contest.” He was all praise for the current Indian team led by Virat Kohli. “This team reminds me of our times between 2000-2011. They have a quality pace and spin attack. We believe that it is the best team in the world. Soon rest of the world will follow us.” Tendulkar, who has been promoting Olympic Sports, also spoke about about some discussions he has had with Sports Authority of India to popularise various events. “During IPL, we can have athletics events and then during ODIs when you have packed houses. That will also encourage the athletes.” PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Rishabh Pant’s success mantra: See ball, hit ball

first_imgRishabh Pant and opener Sanju Samson stitched together a 143-run stand in only 63 balls for the second wicket as Delhi Daredevils pulled off the second highest successful run chase in Indian Premier League history.Chasing 209 for a win and keep their play-offs hopes alive, Delhi rode on Pant’s 97 off 43 balls and opener Sanju Samson’s 31-ball 61 to overhaul the victory target against Gujarat Lions in 17.3 overs. (Pant’s innings one of the best I’ve seen in IPL: Tendulkar)Chatting with with coach Rahul Dravid post match on iplt20.com, Pant revealed his success mantra.”I just told Sanju bhai, see the ball and hit it. If the ball is there to hit, just hit it. Don’t think about the next ball, if next ball is also there to be hit, do so,” Pant said in a candid chat. (Pant consoled by Raina after heartbreak at 97)”I was in a good nick. I was watching the ball well and I think the atmosphere really helped. This game is all about the mindset. It was very clear and positive. So, I just backed myself,” Samson said. (I like to play aggressively: Pant)Pant said they just targetted the bad balls and had no specific plan against any bowler in particular.”As I told you, the plan was just to hit the bad ball,” Pant added.Samson said he enjoyed batting with Pant.”I really enjoyed batting with Rishabh. I started the innings really well. After hitting two sixes, I thought of taking a single but he came up to me and said, ‘bhaiya zyada socho mat, bass marte raho (don’t think too much, just keep hitting)’. I think that really helped me to go on, enjoyed batting with him,” Samson added.advertisementPant further said, “a good domestic season really helped. We have won two matches in a row, but we will take one match at a time.”The “incredible innings” by the two youngsters has left Dravid pretty impressed.”What was impressive for me was Risabh batting on 97 and not thinking about his hundred at that stage and still going for the shots and not worrying about the hundred and looking to get the team home. Incredible innings from the two boys and truly well deserved. As I am a hard task master, so I hope that you guys finish the job next time and stay not out,” Dravid concluded.With four win, Delhi climbed to sixth spot on 8 points from 10 matches. They need to win their remaining four matches to keep their hopes alive of finishing in top four.last_img read more

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MOVILLE BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT CAPTURED (UPDATE)

first_imgupdated 4:12 pm 3/30/18IT TOOK JUST TWO HOURS FOR WOODBURY COUNTY AUTHORITIES TO CAPTURE THE HARD LUCK SUSPECT WHO ALLEGEDLY ROBBED THE UNITED BANK OF IOWA IN MOVILLE FRIDAY.MAJOR TONY WINGERT OF THE WOODBURY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS THE WHITE MALE SUSPECT HAD ENTERED THE BANK JUST BEFORE 12:30, DEMANDED MONEY AND FLED IN A BLACK B-M-W WHICH WAS REPORTEDLY STOLEN FROM POLK COUNTY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/BANKROB1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……. FROM THE AREA. ;05WINGERT SAYS THE SUSPECT WAS CAPTURED SHORTLY AFTER THE STOLEN CAR GOT A FLAT TIRE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/BANKROB.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….ON A FLAT TIRE. :23WINGERT SAYS THAT ENSUING PURSUIT DID NOT END WELL FOR THE SUSPECT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/BANKROB2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….SOMEBODY’S YARD. :21AUTHORITIES TOOK THE INJURED SUSPECT INTO CUSTODY AND HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO MERCY MEDICAL CENTER FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.THE SUSPECT’S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.THE IOWA STATE PATROL, IOWA D-O-T, MOVILLE AND SGT. BLUFF POLICE AND SALIX FIRE AND AMBULANCE ALL ASSISTED WITH THE WOODBURY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IN THE INVESTIGATION.———————————————————-Updated 2:40 pm 3/30/18IT TOOK JUST TWO HOURS FOR WOODBURY COUNTY AUTHORITIES TO CAPTURE THE SUSPECT WHO ALLEGEDLY ROBBED THE UNITED BANK OF IOWA IN MOVILLE OVER THE NOON HOUR FRIDAY.SHERIFF DAVE DREW SAYS THE SUSPECT WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT ON A GRAVEL ROAD NEAR SALIX AND WAS INJURED.AUTHORITIES TOOK THE WHITE MALE SUSPECT INTO CUSTODY AND HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO MERCY MEDICAL CENTER FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.DREW SAYS THE SUSPECT CAME INTO THE MOVILLE BANK JUST BEFORE 12:30, DEMANDED MONEY AND FLED IN A BLACK B-M-W WHICH WAS REPORTEDLY STOLEN FROM POLK COUNTY.NO WEAPON WAS DISPLAYED AND NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED IN THE ROBBERY.THE SUSPECT’S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.———————————————————WOODBURY COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR A SUSPECT WHO ROBBED THE UNITED BANK OF IOWA IN MOVILLE DURING THE NOON HOUR FRIDAY.AUTHORITIES SAY THE WHITE MALE SUSPECT CAME INTO THE BANK, DEMANDED MONEY AND FLED.SHERIFF DAVE DREW SAYS NO WEAPON WAS DISPLAYED.THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS AROUND SIX FEET TALL BETWEEN 40 AND 50 YEARS OLD WEARING A BLUE SHIRT AND TAN CARGO PANTS.THE SUSPECT FLED IN A BLACK CAR WHICH IS DESCRIBED AS A B-M-W STOLEN FROM POLK COUNTY WITH IOWA LICENSE D-D-J-0-9-7.NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED IN THE ROBBERY.PHOTO COURTESY KMEG/KPTHlast_img read more

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Europa League draw: Arsenal to face AC Milan

first_imgArsenal Europa League last 16 draw: Arsenal to face AC Milan, Dortmund get Salzburg Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:18 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Mesut Ozil Leonardo Bonucci Getty/Goal Arsenal UEFA Europa League Milan Borussia Dortmund Atlético Madrid The Gunners take on the side that dumped them out of the Champions League in 2012, with Gennaro Gattuso’s men at home in the first leg Arsenal have been drawn against Serie A side AC Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League.The Gunners narrowly overcame Ostersunds in the second leg of their last-32 tie, with Sead Kolasinac’s goal ensuring that, despite being beaten 2-1 on the night , they advanced through 4-2 on aggregate.Milan, meanwhile, were comfortable winners over two legs as they claimed a 4-0 aggreage win over Ludogorets – Fabio Borini scoring the only goal of the night at San Siro in the return meeting on February 22. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsene Wenger’s side last faced Milan in the Champions League back in 2012, with the Premier League side dumped out 4-3 on aggregate despite winning the second leg of that last-16 tie 3-0.Laurent Koscielny is the only Arsenal player that still plays for the club since that last meeting – the French defender was even on the scoresheet that night, along with Tomas Rosicky and Robin van Persie.Elsewhere in the draw, Dortmund will face RB Salzburg – the Bundesliga side advancing past Atalanta in a game marred by alleged racial chants aimed at on-loan striker Michy Batshuayi .Atletico Madrid have been drawn alongside Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow, and Ligue 1 side Marseille will take on another La Liga side in the form of Athletic Bilbao.The ties will take place on the weeks of March 8 and March 15, with the quarter-final draw to follow on March 16 in Nyon.Europa League last 16 draw in full Match First Leg Second Leg Lazio vs Dynamo Kyiv March 8 March 15 RB Leipzig vs Zenit March 8 March 15 Atletico Madrid vs Lokomotiv Moscow March 8 March 15 CSKA Moscow vs Lyon March 8 March 15 Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao March 8 March 15 Sporting CP vs Viktoria Plzen March 8 March 15 Dortmund vs Salzburg March 8 March 15 AC Milan vs Arsenal March 8 March 15 *Dates and times subject to change.last_img read more

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Vinesh Phogat wins 3rd successive gold in 53kg in Poland Open

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 4, 2019UPDATED: August 5, 2019 21:25 IST Vinesh Phogat won gold at Poland Open wrestling tournament. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVinesh Phogat won gold at Poland Open wrestling tournamentVinesh prevailed 3-2 over local wrestler Roksana in the finalShe had also won gold at Grand Prix of Spain and at the Yasar Dogu InternationalStar India grappler Vinesh Phogat has bagged her third consecutive gold in women’s 53kg category after winning the Poland Open wrestling tournament in Warsaw.The 24-year-old prevailed 3-2 over local wrestler Roksana in the final of the competition.Vinesh had earlier beaten Sofia Mattson of Sweden, the Rio Olympics bronze medallist, in the quarterfinals of this international tournament.The top Indian woman wrestler had stood atop the podium at Grand Prix of Spain and at the Yasar Dogu International at Istanbul, Turkey last month.Former national hockey captain Viren Rasquinha, who is also involved with Olympic Gold Quest, congratulated Vinesh on her success.Also Read | Let’s not talk about boycott but dropping shooting from CWG also unfair: Sakshi MalikAlso Read | Caster Semenya barred from competing in 800m at world championships Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Vinesh PhogatFollow Poland Open Next Vinesh Phogat wins 3rd successive gold in 53kg in Poland OpenVinesh Phogat, who had beaten Sofia Mattson of Sweden, the Rio Olympics bronze medallist, in the quarterfinals, won a gold medal at the Poland Open wrestling tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

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GAC Taiwan Secures Agency Contract from DSLNG

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DSLNG GAC Taiwan has secured an agency contract from Indonesia’s liquefied natural gas provider Donggi Senoro Liquefied Natural Gas (DSLNG).Under the deal, GAC Taiwan would handle DSLNG’s vessel calls and provide discharge agency and husbandry services at the ports of Taichung and Yung An.The contract win comes after the steady growth of agency business for all types of vessels, including LNG carriers, since the opening of GAC Taiwan’s shipping office in Kaohsiung in January 2017.“Our established track record in providing ship agency services and strong commitment to HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and the Environment) enable us to meet the specialised and safety requirements of sophisticated LNG carriers,” Kenny So, GAC Taiwan’s Managing Director, said.“Winning the DSLNG business reinforces our optimism about the future of the LNG agency business in Taiwan, which is the world’s fifth largest LNG buyer. We expect the number of LNG calls to rise, as Taiwan increases its LNG imports to drive power sector growth,” So added.last_img read more

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Five holes in the story All the doubts cast on Trump FBI

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – A few holes have already been blown into the story of why Donald Trump fired the director of the FBI — with some self-inflicted blasts coming from the president himself.Doubt was cast Thursday on about five elements of the story.The White House had stated the following: the FBI’s Russia investigation was no big deal, the investigation was unrelated to James Comey’s ouster, the ouster came at the behest of a senior Justice Department official, it helped boost morale at the FBI, and before being canned the director promised Trump he wasn’t being investigated.One by one, the story’s pillars wobbled.—One: The White House tossed aside the main rationale from the previous day — that the firing happened because some official recommended it in the Justice Department. It’s the explanation offered by Vice-President Mike Pence, as well as the initial one from several White House spokespeople.Turns out, it was Trump’s idea. He’d been planning it for a while, he asked for the recommendation, and why do the details of this matter, a White House spokeswoman shrugged 24 hours later.“Like, why are we arguing about the semantics?” Sarah Sanders told Thursday’s daily briefing.“Instead of getting so lost in the process — ‘Did this happen at 12:01 or 12:02? Did he fire him because he wore a red tie or a blue tie?’ — (Trump) fired him because he was not fit to do the job. It’s that simple.”In an interview with NBC, Trump said he’d been planning to sack Comey no matter what the recommendation said: “I was going to fire regardless … (Comey)’s a showboat, he’s a grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil.”Trump said he had dinner with the director.—Two: At that dinner, he asked Comey whether he was under FBI investigation. He said Comey assured him that he was not, personally, under investigation. Multiple news reports have cited sources close to Comey saying he would never have made such a guarantee.The new acting director of the FBI did not make that guarantee when asked at a Senate hearing.He appeared before the same committee conducting a Russia probe. Members of the committee have begun asking questions about Trump’s business ties. For instance, they’ve requested documents from the same anti-foreign money laundering unit, within the Treasury Department, that fined Trump Taj Mahal casino $10 million in 2015 for long-standing violations.Comey could be asked about this if he appears before lawmakers, who want to question him. Some are also raising questions about the propriety of Trump pressing the police for information about himself.—Three: The White House insisted the firing has no bearing on the FBI’s Russia investigation.Unless, maybe, it does.Trump’s spokeswoman has suggested it could speed things up: “We want this to come to its conclusion, we want it to come to its conclusion with integrity,” Sanders said of the probe on foreign influence in the 2016 election.“And we think that we’ve actually, by removing director Comey, taken steps to make that happen.”The investigation will proceed as planned, according to the FBI director. Andrew McCabe said the firing will have no effect, testifying before a Senate committee: “Quite simply put, sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people, and upholding the Constitution.”—Four: The previous day, the White House called the Russia probe a minor matter — Sanders called it one of the smallest things on the FBI’s plate. Not so, says its acting director.“I would not (say that),” McCabe told the Senate hearing. “We consider it to be a highly significant investigation.”—Five: The White House suggested morale was low at the FBI, requiring a personnel change.But the new interim boss, McCabe, testified Thursday: “I can tell you that I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard. I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity and it has been the greatest privilege and honour in my professional life to work with him. I can tell you also that director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does until this day.”He did concede there were internal disputes about how the Hillary Clinton email investigation was handled.And some involve him.An investigation by the Department of Justice’s inspector general was launched in January into whether McCabe should have been involved in the email case. That’s because his wife Jill McCabe ran for the Virginia state senate in 2015, and reportedly received a large contribution — $500,000 — from a group with ties to the Clinton-friendly governor.Democrats focused on the president, the FBI, and Russia.They have threatened to delay proceedings in the Senate unless they get a few demands met. One is a special prosecutor to examine Trump’s Russia ties. Another is a briefing from the Justice Department official who wrote the memo recommending the firing.They have been promised a briefing next week.“Tuesday night’s (firing) was a shocking development. The timing of director Comey’s dismissal, to me and to many members on this committee, on both sides of the aisle, is especially troubling,” said Sen. Mark Warner, of the intelligence committee.“It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the president’s decision to remove director Comey was related to this investigation and that is truly unacceptable.”last_img read more

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Mexico threw Canada under the bus Liberal MP tells Mexican minister

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada and Mexico are dealing with lingering hard feelings over last summer’s surprise Mexican trade deal with the United States as their new continental trade pact awaits a final stamp of political approval.Two weeks ago, the head of a visiting delegation of Canadian parliamentarians told the newly installed Mexican foreign minister his country threw Canada “under the bus” last August when it forged a bilateral trade deal with the United States during the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.A top Mexican trade official tells The Canadian Press that while there may have been a misunderstanding, the U.S. side deal was the work of the previous Mexican government, and Canada and Mexico’s new leaders are moving forward constructively.The side deal between the U.S. and Mexico appeared to blindside the Trudeau government, forcing Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to abort a three-country trip to Europe.Canada and U.S. negotiators reached an 11th-hour agreement that was signed two months later on Nov. 30 by the country’s three leaders — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump and former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, who was on his last official day in office.The deal must now be ratified by the legislatures of all three countries, but with turmoil in Washington, and a slowly-shuttering political window in Ottawa with a fall federal election on the horizon, that is far from certain.Moreover, Canada and Mexico insist the Trump administration will have to lift its punishing tariffs on their steel and aluminum exports, which the mercurial president imposed under a controversial national security clause in U.S. trade law both countries say was illegal.Canadian and Mexican politicians have been holding a series of regular meetings and exchanges, including a two-day session of parliamentarians in Ottawa this week, and a gathering of the ParlAmericas group, a network of legislators from 35 Western Hemisphere countries, earlier this month.The head of Canadian ParlAmericas chapter, Liberal MP Bob Nault, expressed Canada’s dissatisfaction about last August’s Mexican side deal with the country’s new foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, during the organization’s Mexico City meeting earlier this month.“We did say very clearly in our last meeting in Mexico with the foreign affairs minister that we were frustrated with the feeling that Mexico was sort of moving away from the trilateral agreement,” Nault said in an interview.Nault said he was concerned about “the way it unfolded at the end,” and a perception “that Canada got thrown under the bus by Mexico.” He said that represented a break from “what we originally felt was the approach, that is, Mexico and Canada had to be very close to each other to make sure we got a good deal for our countries and make sure the U.S. didn’t overtake us.”The Canadian Press has previously reported, citing anonymous sources, that Freeland gave Mexican negotiators an upbraiding over their bilateral deal during an August meeting in Washington.“I think it’s getting better,” Nault said this week of the relationship. “Overall, we both have the same position: we want the tariffs removed. We want them removed now. We want to move forward with ratification.”Luz Maria de la Mora, Mexico’s deputy trade minister, acknowledged the past Canadian complaints, but she said the two countries are moving forward constructively.“That was part of the negotiation process … right now, it’s over,” de la Mora said in an interview.“The previous administration in Mexico was responsible for doing that. But at the end of the day, it might have been the case that it actually helped the process.”The Mexico-U.S. side deal marked the start of nearly two months of intense talks between Canadian and American negotiators because the Trump administration imposed a Sept. 30 deadline for Canada to sign on to the U.S.-Mexico pact or potentially be cast adrift.De la Mora succeeded Juan Carlos Baker, one of Mexico’s top negotiators, when the new Mexican government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was sworn in on Dec. 1.Lopez Obrador won the Mexican presidency in July, branding himself a socialist reformer dedicated to ending decades of corruption and improving the plight of Mexican workers. His term didn’t begin until Dec. 1, which left a window for the Pena Nieto government to finish negotiating a trade deal that Lopez Obrador would have to sell to his country’s lawmakers.During the transition, members of Lopez Obrador’s team joined the Mexican negotiators, but de la Mora said they acted as observers, not participants. She said that extended to the Mexican decision to move forward with a bilateral deal with Canada.“We were not involved in that decision at all,” de la Mora said.“If at some point during the negotiations there were misunderstandings or miscommunications, those moments are over.”She cited the fact that half a dozen of her cabinet colleagues visited Ottawa in November before they were sworn in, in order to forge a good working relationship.“It would be very positive that the three countries have this agreement approved this year, really. It would be something that would send a really good signal to the markets.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Dollarama says Chinas soft economy helping to offset currency challenge

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 7, 2016 5:27 am MDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A Dollarama store is seen Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Montreal. Dollarama Inc. saw its third-quarter profit grow to nearly $110.1 million compared with nearly $100.1 million in the same quarter a year ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson Dollarama says China’s soft economy helping to offset currency challenge MONTREAL – Dollarama says China’s soft economy is helping the discount retailer offset the challenges of a weakened Canadian dollar and higher freight costs.“The Chinese economy does remain soft from our perspective, which provides us with some opportunities to purchase goods at favourable prices to offset some of these headwinds,” CEO Neil Rossy said Wednesday in a conference call to discuss the company’s third-quarter results.The Montreal-based company said expects to maintain high margins over the coming year as it continues to introduce more items priced at $3.50 and $4.The initial flow of higher priced goods since the summer focused on holiday items and toys, but Rossy said Dollarama buyers are on the hunt for deals in other categories.Meanwhile, Dollarama defended its decision to hike the price of chocolate bars, saying it could no longer absorb the higher cost of raw materials.“The cost of those goods went up for North America as a whole and so we can’t escape raw material costs or industry costs as they rise,” he said.Dollarama (TSX:DOL) increased the price of the popular snack by five cents to 82 cents in September following a sharp increase in the prices of key ingredients.Lower production in Africa have pushed up cocoa prices 10 per cent since January, reaching a new four-year high, according to Mintec, a commodities data company.“We like to push as long as we can and be the last to move but at some point, you have to move in order to still be a productive company,” Rossy said.Dollarama beat expectations as its third-quarter profit grew to $110.1 million or 92 cents per share compared with $100.1 million or 78 cents per share in the same quarter a year ago.Analysts had expected a profit of 86 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Revenue for the quarter for the quarter ended Oct. 30 totalled $738.7 million, up from $664.5 million.The growth came as the company reported comparable store sales grew 5.1 per cent.The retailer added 18 net new stores during its third quarter to reach 1,089 locations across the country. read more

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Football No 9 Ohio State survives Barrett injury to beat Michigan 3120

Ohio State redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis chases Michigan quarterback John O’Korn during the first half of the teams’ game on Nov. 25. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorANN ARBOR, Mich. — All hope for No. 9 Ohio State seemed lost. Down six points to Michigan with 6:07 remaining in the third quarter, quarterback J.T. Barrett fell to the ground, injured, and limped off under his own power. He walked to the locker room, taking with him up the tunnel, it seemed, the Buckeyes’ hopes of extending their five-game win streak against their archrival.Enter redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins, the quarterback some fans wanted Barrett benched for earlier in the season. He took Ohio State’s offense down the field, scrambled for 22 yards, then running back J.K. Dobbins capped the drive off with a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Buckeyes a 21-20 advantage, their first lead of the game.Following a Sean Nuernberger missed field goal that would’ve extended the Ohio State lead to 27-20, quarterback John O’Korn missed his intended receiver and safety Jordan Fuller intercepted the pass. A 35-yard Dobbins run and 25-yard Mike Weber touchdown with 1:44 remaining sealed a 31-20 victory against the Wolverines Saturday afternoon.For the first time all game, a tense head coach Urban Meyer was able to take his hands off his knees and relax, for his team extended its win streak against Michigan to six games and kept his record against Michigan and head coach Jim Harbaugh unblemished.Haskins went 6-for-7 for 94 yards. He also took three rushes for 24 yards. The Buckeyes were 8-for-16 converting third downs, and Haskins moved the chains on 5-of-7 third downs.Before exiting the game, Barrett completed 3-of-8 passes for 30 yards. He hit tight end Marcus Baugh for a 25-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 in the second quarter. Barrett also rushed 15 times for 67 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Dobbins led the game with 15 rushing yards on 101 carries and Weber had 12 rushes for 57 yards.Ohio State’s hot-and-cold offense picked up 123 yards combined on its fourth and fifth drives. But in its seven other drives with Barrett quarterbacking the offense, the Buckeyes combined for minus-3 yards.Ohio State quarterback helped off the field in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan Saturday. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s offensive inconsistency began early in the game, and it was combined with a defense that allowed two early touchdowns.In the first quarter, the Buckeyes’ hopes of beating Michigan seemed fleeting. The futile offense accumulated minus-6 yards, the least in Meyer’s tenure at Ohio State. The Wolverines piled on 105 yards and a touchdown, before extending the lead to 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter.But the game started to turn when Barrett drove the Buckeyes 75 yards in 11 plays and capped off the march with a 21-yard touchdown scramble on 3rd-and-9. Ohio State forced Michigan to punt, then took just three plays to score a game-tying touchdown when Barrett found tight end Marcus Baugh for a 25-yard pass. The Buckeyes did not have a single drive for more than nine yards with Barrett behind center after their touchdowns, though.Michigan quarterback John O’Korn struggled to hit open receivers, but used play-action passes to confuse Ohio State’s defense at times and went 17-for-32 for 195 yards. He hit tight end Sean McKeon for a 3-yard touchdown pass, his only score of the game.The Wolverines’ offensive success was fueled on the ground, though. Running back Chris Evans led Michigan with 11 carries for 67 yards, including a 24-yard run on his team’s first scoring drive. Running back Karan Higdon added 11 rushes for 55 yards, including a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward blocked the extra point attempt, preventing Michigan from taking a seven-point lead with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter. He also had eight tackles and led the game with two pass breakups.Fullback Khalid Hill added 11 yards on five carries and he ran up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown to open up the game’s scoring with 6:02 remaining in the first quarter.Ohio State will head to Indianapolis to take on Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game at 8:17 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Bundesliga Round 14 TBV Lemgo beat depleted Gummersbach team continue fight against

TBV Lemgo were favorites in the match against Gummersbach due to the absence of a big number of important names in Gummersbach’s roster. After Schlinder and Mahe were out from before, now recently added to the injury list are Vedran Zrnic and pivot Lutzelberger. This was used by TBV Lemgo and led by Hermann with 6 goals have won 30:25, and moved now to the 13th place with 8 points, just one more than Neuhausen, a team that is marked for relegation at the moment.In the second game today, MT Melsungen came back after trailing by even 3 and 4 goals at home against Lubbecke and won with 32:28. Vasilakis had 10 goals for the hosts, while Niemeyer and Wilke led Lubbecke with 7 goals.This makes now 4th win in a row for Melsungen and 4th defeat in a row for Lubbecke, something the away team has to take care about very soon before it gets ugly. ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 12): Anaitasuna with a surprise win away at Cuenca! Next Story → Almost 13.000 fans have decided: Filip Jicha is the World’s Best Player 2012! gummersbachlemgolubbeckelutzelbergermahemelsungenniemeyerschindlervasilakiszrnic read more