Dougie Lampkin star attraction of IBW in Goa

first_imgPanaji, Feb 17 (PTI) English professional motorcycle endurocross riderDougie Lampkin will be the star attraction for the India Bike Week scheduled at Arpora in Goa between February 19-20, an official said today. “Headlining this years India Bike Week (IBW) is a moto trials show, featuring for the first time ever the international sensation and undisputed king of trialsDougie Lampkin,” Martin Da Costa, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Seventy EMG announced here today. Seventy Event Media Group alongside FOX Life is organizing the IBW in Goa. Lampkin, renowned globally for his unparalleled skills in the discipline, will take centre stage as IBW 2016?s main attraction, he said. During the IBW, CEAT which is festivals official safety partner will bring acclaimed national sensation C S Santosh to the festival. “Indias finest off-road raced, Santosh will host CEAT safety session for the crowd, offering key insights into the riding safety drawn from his rich history and experience at national and international rides,” Costa said. He stated this year, the event will also have Indias first ever official Hard Enduro titled Dirty20 Enduro Challenge. Enduro is a form of motorcycle sports of riding the bike off road encountering several obstacles. “The event is open for general participation by amateur teams testing man and machine to their limits,” Costa added. During the event, the organisers have also decided to launch IBW Main Street parade, he said. This time, the IBW will also be featuring its first ever Film Festival with Imtiaz Ali as part of judges panel, Costa stated. PTI CORR DK SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Millions in cash rewards await Sibol eSports team in SEA Games

first_imgPH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ 55-year-old Nigel Benn cancels fight after shoulder injury The cash incentives are promised by Smart Communications as part of its “Get Gold!” campaign, which aims to fuel Sibol’s gold medal drive.“This is a huge milestone for esports, and it is our greatest honor to support the best Filipino gamers as they prove that we have the talent, skill, and drive to dominate this increasingly growing scene,” said Al Panlilio, PLDT Chief Revenue Officer and President of Smart Communications, Inc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceSibol was also given its own training facility equipped with the latest mobile network innovations.A string of pocket tournaments and test events are also lined up for Sibol in the coming weeks to ramp up its buildup for the SEA Games. This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sibol eSports team for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—A cash windfall awaits the Philippine national eSports team to boost its gold medal bid in the Southeast Asian Games, which will be staged in the country later this year.Sibol athletes will receive P2 million for every gold medal in the team events (Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Arena of Valor) while P1 million will be awarded in the individual events (Tekken 7, Hearthstone, Star Craft 2).ADVERTISEMENT “With the combined efforts of Smart and their Get Gold! program as well as our other partners and the whole country we believe that Sibol now has taken firm root and will be able to face all challenges that come their way on their path to victory,” said Jane Jimenez Basas, co-chairman of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union (PSEU).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View commentslast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launch delayed to September, expected to be priced above Rs 60,000

first_imgSamsung is currently working on the successor of last year’s ‘not-so’ successful Note 7, dubbed — Note 8. Rumours and leaks about the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 has been surfacing the web for quite a while, where some claim that it will come with dual cameras at the rear, the other rumours suggest that Note 8 will sport curved 4K display. Adding to the rumour mill, here’s another one coming, but this one reveals the expected launch timeline and price of the Note 8.Evan Blass, a popular phone leakster on Friday tweeted that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will launch in the month of September.  To recall, just a few days ago, a report from Sammobile revealed that the South korean company is expected to launch the Note 8 on August 26. This means that Samsung is possibly delaying the launch of the device by almost a month.Whatever may be the reason.Samsung Galaxy Note8 launches late September for nearly ?1,000https://t.co/7sXA8F7sly pic.twitter.com/g9HmgheoBF- Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 23, 2017Along with the launch timeframe, Evan also tipped the expected price of the Note 8. He said that the upcoming device will be priced nearly around $1000, which is roughly around Rs 64,500. This is for the first time that the expected price of the Note 8 has been leaked online. Last year’s Note 7 was launched at a price around Rs 50,000, that being said, the leaked price of the Note 8 could be almost-accurate. Although, there are no confirmation by the company on the launch or the price of the device, hence the leak should be taken with a pinch-of-salt.advertisementAs per the specifications, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to sport a much bigger and curvy display than its predecessor — Note 7. Rumours suggest that Note 8  will come packed with a screen much bigger than 6.2-inch. That beings said, the upcoming Note 8 will be much bigger in size than Galaxy S8. To recall, last year’s Note 7 was launched with 5.7-inch curved screen and one rear camera. However, new reports suggest that the upcoming Samsung tablet will feature dual camera.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 rumour roundup: Dual camera, curved 4K display and no physical home buttonRumours claims that Note 8 may sport a massive 6.3-inch curve display screen and is said to offer an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, which means that the device is going to be the first ever device with 4K resolution. Further the device is expected to come in two variants, one with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835, while the other variant is expected to come with Exynos 9810 processor, and both are said to run on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS.Images of the purported Galaxy Note 8 has also leaked many times. The renders show that the top bezel of the phablet will house a front camera and an iris scanner. While on the left edge of the device will be two separate volume keys, and on the right edge will be the power button. Rumours suggest that the Samsung will bring an exclusive Bixby AI button right under the volume keys. Note 8 will also come packed with S-Pen stylus.A Reuters report states, “Samsung is intent on continuing the premium Note series despite the costly collapse of the Galaxy Note 7, which it was forced to scrap roughly two months from launch in October due to fire-prone batteries. The incident, one of the biggest product safety failures in tech history, cost the firm 6.1 trillion won ($5.4 billion) in operating profit and hurt its credibility.” “The firm disclosed its preliminary findings in January that different battery problems from two suppliers caused the fires, which was corroborated by two other independent probes. The firm implemented several steps including a new set of battery safety checks to avoid repeat incidents, which analysts said is helping it win back consumer trust.”last_img read more

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Muslim supermodel Halima Aden makes swimsuit history in hijab and burkini on Sports Illustrated cover

first_imgBoundary-breaking Muslim supermodel Halima Aden has made history once again by becoming the first model to wear a hijab and burkini in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, the media reported on Tuesday.In 2016, Aden became the first contestant in Miss Minnesota USA to wear a hijab and burkini, ultimately reaching the pageant’s semi-finals, reports CNN.”Growing up in the US, I never really felt represented because I never could flip through a magazine and see a girl who was wearing a hijab,” she said in a behind-the-scenes video of the Sports Illustrated shoot.”Don’t be afraid to be the first.”Aden, who is Somali-American, grew up in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, before moving with her family to the US at the age of seven.Her Sports Illustrated shoot, photographed by Yu Tsai, took place at Kenya’s Watamu Beach.”I keep thinking (back) to six-year-old me who, in this same country, was in a refugee camp,” Aden told the magazine. “So to grow up to live the American dream (and to come back to Kenya and shoot for SI in the most beautiful parts of Kenya… I don’t think that’s a story that anybody could make up.”advertisementIn March, she was one of three black hijabi models featured on the cover of Vogue Arabia alongside Ikram Abdi Omar and Amina Adan.In April 2018, she broke new ground in British Vogue, as the first hijabi woman on the cover.ALSO SEE | Akshay Kumar says Iron Man wore same tie for Avengers Endgame day. Twitter can’t decide who is betterALSO SEE | Google Thanos on Avengers Endgame day. See your searches turn to dustALSO WATCH | Avengers Infinity War director: I have a strong connection with Captain Americalast_img read more

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Ken Bates accused of ‘shameful’ comments over Chelsea racism scandal

first_img Pinterest Explaining why he felt unable to report Williams at the time, he said: “I knew it was unacceptable but I was a minor. When you’re in that position, where this guy is a powerful guy at the club … I didn’t know how to handle it. I thought it would stop. I just didn’t know how to handle it and it was constant … the racial slurs of ‘coon’, ‘wog’, ‘monkey’ … ‘smoking wacky‑backy’, which is marijuana, or ‘black bastard’, ‘fucking black bastard’, ‘mango‑muncher’, ‘nigger’.“Gwyn Williams had been at the club since 1979. He was powerful. He was Ken Bates’s mate. The guy [Williams] is a walking piece of dirt but he had power. It was said he had the biggest black book in London – he knew everyone. That guy was the governor. No matter what role he had, that man had power.”Since then, a number of other complainants have begun their own legal actions about the culture of “continued racist bullying and abuse” that allegedly existed when Williams was involved with the youth team. Two white players, Grant Lunn and Gary Baker, from Chelsea’s youth set‑up in the early 1980s have come forward to back their former team-mates and the club have brought in Barnardo’s to oversee an independent inquiry. Williams and Rix, who share the same solicitor, released a statement in January to deny all the allegations. They have declined a number of requests to speak about the matter. Read more Though it may feel ‘ancient’ to Bates, the pain and suffering these men feel is real and continues to the current day Twitter Chelsea Share via Email Twitter Facebook Speaking publicly for the first time about the escalating scandal at his former club, Bates said Chelsea used to have some of the more racist fans in England, with the National Front using Stamford Bridge as their “unofficial headquarters”, and said he had taken the first measures to change the culture on the terraces. He did not offer any indication as to whether he believed the allegations surrounding Gwyn Williams and Graham Rix, two of his former employees. “Obviously I’m keeping an open mind about it,” he said.Instead, Bates directed his criticisms towards the players with “their faces shielded, sitting with their backs to the camera”, and said that “what bothers me a bit” was the people in question choosing to remain anonymous. “I thought: ‘How are we going to make any progress? These people have to reveal their identities … and, without being unkind, what did they do about it at the time? If I’d been racially abused I would have told my dad and expected him to support me. Or I could have left the club and joined another one.“It’s all very well to say, ‘Oh well, I didn’t want to say anything or do anything because it might have harmed my career’, but if you’ve got the ability there were plenty of other clubs snapping up young black kids.“The sniff of money is in the air and I think in view of all the terrible miscarriages of justice over allegations of varied abuse – sexual, racial, etcetera – it’s time people should take a tough line. OK, name the people. Name the times. What was actually said? What was your response? This is trial by smear and it’s not good enough.”The Guardian revealed in January that three former youth-team footballers from the 1990s had launched legal claims against Chelsea after allegations of explicit racism by their coaches, including one instance when Rix was said to have thrown a cup of hot coffee in the face of a young black player. Rix, who is also accused of other physical attacks, denies all the allegations.One player’s evidence to the Football Association’s safeguarding department described it as a “feral environment” where black players in the youth team were treated “like a race of fucking dogs”. Share on Facebook Topics Ken Bates, the Chelsea chairman when a number of youth-team footballers claim they were racially abused by their own coaches, has been accused of making “truly shameful” comments after criticising the alleged victims for wanting to keep their identities secret and questioning why they did not report it when they were children.Bates suggested the reason for “all these ancient coming-outs so many years later” was because “the sniff of money is in the air” and said those in question should have found other clubs if the racism they allegedly encountered at Stamford Bridge, from the age of 11 onwards, was so upsetting. Pinterest Graham Rix, left, and Gwyn Williams deny all the allegations. Photograph: Mark Leech/Offside/Getty Images news Facebook Share on WhatsApp The former Chelsea youth players Grant Lunn (far left) and Gary Baker show their support for racism allegations made by four other former Chelsea players, who do not want to be identified Photograph: Ben Lister Reuse this content Share on Twitter Dino Nocivelli, a solicitor representing a number of complainants from the 90s, said: “Bates’s comments are truly shameful. For far too long, my clients felt they would not be believed and that the club would side with Rix and Williams, two coaches who held extensive power at Chelsea and over their football careers.“My clients take particular offence to Bates criticising them for failing to disclose their identities and for these ‘ancient coming-outs’. The only thing my clients wanted to do as children was to play football and achieve their dream of becoming professional footballers. Instead, they suffered an alleged daily nightmare. These children are now men and, though it may feel ‘ancient’ to Bates, the pain and suffering these men feel is real and continues to the current day. My clients want the truth finally to be exposed.”The first wave of allegations was so serious that Chelsea felt compelled to notify the Football Association and the police were brought in. The police decided after a seven-month investigation there was insufficient evidence to take any action. Chelsea’s last statement about the matter read: “We take allegations of this nature extremely seriously and they will be fully investigated. We are absolutely determined to do the right thing, to assist the authorities and any investigations they may carry out, and to fully support those affected, which would include counselling for any former player that may need it.”Speaking to the Proper Sport Daily podcast, Bates described Chelsea’s response as “good PR” and said his former club had put out what they “would be expected to say”.“But the reality is something different. If we’re going back to those days the whole of football was racist and the worst of all, I’m afraid, was the so-called fans. Chelsea was a very racist club generally and I’m talking about the fans. The National Front had an unofficial headquarters there. In fact, they used to meet in the pub across from the main gates and wait until the team was announced. If there were no black players in the team they’d walk across and buy their tickets. That’s how hate-filled it was. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest “Chelsea were an all-white team, as were a number of other clubs in those days, and we were bringing black players through the youth ranks. We had one particular one, Paul Canoville, I remember he was named in the squad for the first time in an away game at Crystal Palace. As the players were warming up down the touchline, Paul Canoville was having bananas thrown at him.“The next game we were at home. He was getting so much abuse from a certain section of the crowd I went down to the touchline and, as the final whistle went, I ran on to the pitch and put my arm around him. We walked off the pitch together as a show of solidarity – my way of telling the bad‑mouths what I thought of them. We had a small cheer from some sections of the crowd and that started it [the anti-racism campaign]. By the end of it, the ultimate irony is Chelsea were the first big club to appoint a black manager – [Ruud] Gullit – and had a number of black internationals.”Bates went on to become chairman at Leeds and Williams, who had a variety of roles at Chelsea over more than 25 years, followed him to Elland Road to become the club’s technical director. Williams was dismissed by Leeds for gross misconduct in 2013 after emailing pornographic images of women to a number of colleagues, including a female receptionist. Share on Messenger Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams accused of racism and bullying while at Chelsealast_img read more

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Stephen Constantine was good but next coach should make us better: Subhasish Bose

first_img Next Abreshmina S Quadri New DelhiFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 18:00 IST Subhasish Bose said the Indian team was eager to create history at the AFC Asian Cup but “unfortunately it couldn’t happen”. (@subhasis17 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSubhasish Bose said that Constatine did a good job for India but new coach should take the team to the next levelSubhasish conceded that India got too defensive against Bahrain in the Asian Cup and ending up losing the matchSubhasish said that India have to learn to control the ball more and cannot keep playing “long balls all the time”India came within steps of entering the last 16 of the Asian Cup for the very first time in history but fell agonisingly short against Bahrain in their final Group A match in Sharjah. When India had finished runners-up at Asian Cup in 1964, there was no round robin format and henceforth, the national team was looking to create history. Alas! It wasn’t to happen.India played attractive football against Thailand (4-1 victory) and hosts UAE (2-0 loss) but against Bahrain, needing a win or a draw to go through, they got defensive against Bahrain’s incessant attack and slumped to a loss that knocked them out of the competition.It was Stephen Constantine’s last tournament with the Indian national football team. His second stint in India started back in 2015 when India were as low as 170 in the FIFA rankings. From there to 97 according to the current rankings, Constantine got the team a long way up. He had his own shortcomings though – he primarily had one strategy for the Indian football team and that was long balls. Like Indian defender Subhasish said, “I feel we need to keep the ball a lot more, we can’t be playing long balls all the time.”For all his success, Constantine himself bid goodbye to the national team and now the wait for the next coach starts. Will he bring the same kind of football for Team India or will his approach be completely different. A lot of questions and the answers will have to wait.advertisementMeanwhile, IndiaToday.in caught up with Subhasish to talk about the Asian Cup loss, Constantine, ISL, I-League and more. Excerpts:Abreshmina S Quadri: Take us through the whole experience of AFC Asian Cup in UAE.Subhasish Bose: We had prepared well before the Asian Cup by playing China and Jordan. Asian Cup was a whole different experience, I played the biggest tournament of my life. We won 4-1 against Thailand, it was a great win and we played well as a team. Second match, we lost 2-0 against UAE but We had 4-5 clear chances in the first half, may be because of that we got relaxed in the second hald and conceded goals but we performed very well in that match. Bahrain, we needed a draw to reach top 16, we played for a win but the game situation was such that we got defensive and then right at the end, we gave a penalty and lost and couldn’t qualify. But we were a young team and it was a good experience for the future and we will do in the future.Abreshmina: What happened in the game against Bahrain? Did being defensive cost the team?Subhasish: We played attacking football against Thailand and UAE and we played well. Against Bahrain, we were not told to play defensive but like I said, the game situation turned as such that we had to play defensive. Every time we would win the ball, they were closing down well. That is why we could not keep the ball well and create chances up front. Because we were so defensive, we ended up giving a penalty and conceded the goal.Abreshmina: What did Stephen Constantine tell the team at half time during the Asian Cup 2019 match vs Bahrain?Subhasish: We are told a few practicalities during the half time and everyone stays motivated when it is about playing for the country. That is what we were told – that ‘it is the biggest tournament of our lives and we have to do well’. We all gave our effort to create history and reach top 16 but unfortunately it couldn’t happen.Abreshmina: With Constantine now gone, what are you expectations from the new coach?Subhasish: Constantine was a good coach and whatever he did for our country, taking us up the rankings, he did a good job. But whoever comes now should get newer things and make us better. He should be able to guide us better and take the national team to a newer level, that is what we want and expect. We will also give our best to get better.Abreshmina: What do you feel about India’s long-ball strategy that Constantine used extensively?Subhasish: Our strength is counter-attacking right now. We take a few touches and then try to go direct up front at a quick pace because we have super fast wingers in Udanta [Singh] and Hali [Halicharan Narzary], our game style is like that. Now that the new coach will come and whatever game style he sets for us, we will do. Physically, we are getting better and better but we need to keep ball possession better. Since we attack up front, if we can’t keep the ball, we will have to defend a lot more and that puts a lot of pressure. We have to keep that in mind and whichever coach comes, hopefully he will take us to another level.advertisementIn ISL, there are a lot of Spanish coaches but like in Mumbai [City FC] we play high pressing game and then close down well at the back. Similarly we should do in the national team. According to the opponent and coach, strategies are decided. For example, in the Thailand match we did very well with high pressing and keeping the ball. I feel we need to keep the ball a lot more, we can’t be playing long balls all the time. Like that we won’t even be able to show good football and we won’t even be able to create solid chances for the team. However ever we keep the ball, we will be able to get opportunities.Abreshmina: How do you feel your Asian Cup experience would help Mumbai City FC in the ISL.Subhasish: Asian Cup, we played excellent opponents and so playing against them, we gained a lot of experience. That increased by confidence which I can bring to the ISL and I can perform better and help the team [Mumbai City FC].Abreshmina: People say that the intensity of ISL matches is quite low. Your thoughts?Subhasish: We get less time for recovery, we have quick matches. In the ISL, we try to perform well but sometimes we have to slow the game according to strategy. 90 minutes if we play fast, we can concede a goal also. We were talking about national team, 90 minutes if we play counter attack and do not keep the ball, it will put us under pressure and there will be chances of conceding. This is why we slow down the game and all. May be it looks like that but I don’t think it’s that slow.Abreshmina: What do you have to say about the talks of merger and a single top-division league in India?Subhasish: I can’t say much about the merger, that the officials can talk about. I don’t have much idea. But if there will be one league, there will be more teams and more competition and there will be better development of Indian football. We will get to play more matches also which will help us a lot.Abreshmina: How important are small clubs like Minerva Punjab, Aizawl FC and Real Kashmir FC (I-League clubs) for Indian football?Subhasish: These clubs are coming up and showing up well. Young players also get a chance because of these clubs and with that Minerva became champions, Aizawl too. Competition also increases for clubs like Mohun Bagan and East Bengal and it is good for Indian football and for young careers. Like I started my career at Sporting Club de Goa. As a young player, you don’t get much chance in clubs like Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, it is clubs like Sporting, Minerva and Aizawl that give chances to youngsters. These clubs should stay and come up more, only then Indian football will develop.advertisementAlso Read | Indian football needs actively involved Chhetri even after retirement, says Luis GarciaAlso Read | Asian Cup group stage elimination a setback, says Jeje LalpekhluaFor 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 Tags :Follow Subhasish BoseFollow AFC Asian CupFollow Asian Cup 2019Follow Indian footballFollow Stephen ConstantineFollow Mumbai City FCFollow ISL 2018-19 Stephen Constantine was good but next coach should make us better: Subhasish BoseIndian defender Subhasish Bose, in an exclusive conversation with IndiaToday.in, talked about his AFC Asian Cup experience, Stephen Constantine, Mumbai City FC and more.advertisementlast_img read more

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National Defence lowballing cost of used Aussie fighters budget officer

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The parliamentary budget officer is poking holes in the Defence Department’s cost estimates for buying and operating second-hand fighter jets from Australia, saying its own figures put the cost 22 per cent higher than reported.Budget watchdog Yves Giroux says the federal government will pay nearly $1.1 billion to buy, upgrade and fly the 18 aircraft alongside Canada’s existing CF-18s over the next decade.Giroux says that’s $200 million more than the Defence Department’s own estimate because he believes it will cost more to extend the lives of the 30-year-old Australian planes than officials have said.Giroux’s study comes less than two weeks after the Royal Canadian Air Force officially received the first of two Australian planes at Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake in Alberta.The Trudeau government is buying the 18 Australian planes and up to seven spares to bolster Canada’s aging CF-18s until the entire fleet can be replaced with brand-new jets in the coming decade.The purchase is going ahead despite the federal auditor general last fall saying the air force did not have enough pilots and mechanics to operate the 76 CF-18s it has now.last_img read more

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Startup sets up 5year deadline to fund 3 lakh erickshaws in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: RevFin, a digital lending start-up firm that started from March 2018, has set up a target of financing three lakh e-rickshaws in Bengal in the next five years.The company is ready to pump in Rs 3,000 crore in the state. An e-rickshaw is priced around Rs 1.5 lakh and the firm will provide Rs 1 lakh for a single e-rickshaw, which is 75 percent of the total price. “We started lending in October 23 last year and so far we have financed over 150 e-rickshaws across the country. We started financing in Bengal from February 16. We have offered a loan to 30 such vehicles in the state,” said RevFin founder and CEO Sameer Agaarwal. Apart from Bengal, the company provides funds to people who aspire to buy e-rickshaws in Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The company has tied up with seven manufacturers of e-vehicles across the country through which it is getting in touch with the customers. In Bengal, it has tied up with one such manufacturer based in North 24-Parganas and is exploring two similar partnerships in Kolkata. Revfin has recently started financing for e-two-wheelers as well. The Union government has come up with a policy called FAME II (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) and has set a target of electrifying all public transport and public commercial vehicle by 2030. “However, availability of financing organisations is very limited in India. The public sector banks are financing for e-rickshaws in a very limited manner and the presence of private banks are confined mainly to tier III and tier IV towns. Moreover, the time frame for financing by a public sector bank takes around two months. Our app-based process takes only two days for processing a loan.” RevFin recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Kharagpur for the development of a psychometric assessment in the loan underwriting process. The purpose of the project is to provide the fintech industry with the contemporary method of underwriting a loan application by using holistic human behavior as it will complement the traditional way of looking at credit history. The innovation will calculate the borrower’s intention to repay a loan by measuring their mental capabilities and behavioral style through psychometrics.last_img read more

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Moroccan Man in Jellaba Dances to the Rhythm of Michael Jackson

Casablanca – Young Moroccan man takes to the streets of Casablanca with a special hidden talent that unexpectedly scared some and made others laugh.The Moroccan performer dressed in Jellaba underwent a rigorous makeup transformation to age his face and appear like an elder calmly walking the streets of the city.Passersby near him were pranked when he suddenly burst into dance moves straight from a Michael Jackson routine to the surprise, screams, and laughter of the many adults and children at the city’s park. The last thing locals in Casablanca were expecting that evening was to come across a typical-looking Moroccan “grandpa” who could pop and move to the beats of a trained dancer. read more

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Kosovo UN mission sets up emergency fund for victims of last weeks

The Earthquake Emergency Fund (EEF), established by UNMIK chief Michael Steiner earlier this week, received its first deposit from the Mission today and is set to be operational by Monday.The EEF will be used mainly for in-kind assistance to individuals and families, with funds targeting the most vulnerable cases, UNMIK said. In exceptional circumstances, families in extreme situations may be eligible for cash assistance of up to €20. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and donor agencies will provide additional support for the relief effort.EEF money will be allocated to municipalities based on the findings of the technical experts in the Municipal Crisis Committees, which are composed of international and local technicians and engineers in cooperation with UNMIK officials and engineering teams. The Committees have been established to assess the extent and level of damage and to categorize affected buildings and families according to established criteria.In order to ensure an equitable evaluation of and response to the needs of the 16 affected minority villages, UNMIK has tasked four teams of international and local engineers to carry out damage assessment.Mr. Steiner, meanwhile, has also contacted representatives of the Government of Japan to seek its assistance in informing the public about earthquakes by sending seismological experts to Kosovo. read more

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Coach Urban Meyer believes Torrance Gibson will return next semester

Torrance Gibson checking into the team hotel before 2016 fall camp. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern PhotographerOhio State handed down a semester-long suspension to redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson on Monday.OSU coach Urban Meyer told the media the athletic department had no control over the decision, and he and the staff “disagree” with the decision.During the weekly Big Ten coaches’ teleconference, Meyer offered clarity into Gibson’s future at OSU.“I believe that’s the plan (for him to return),” Meyer said. “This all just happened in the last week, so we’re still dealing with it.”Gibson came into OSU ranked as the No. 6 athlete in the class of 2015. He has now missed his first two seasons at OSU due to injury and a suspension. The Buckeyes only have six graduating seniors currently on scholarship, and as it stands, the 2017 recruiting class for OSU has 18 commitments, not including freshman punter Drue Chrisman, who is currently paying his own way.If Chrisman were to go on scholarship, that would put OSU 13 scholarships over the NCAA’s 85 football-scholarship limit in 2017, meaning a combination of 13 Buckeyes currently on scholarship or incoming freshmen will not be on scholarship next season.And one can bet that OSU will continue to pursue several recruits before national signing day in February.If Gibson were to transfer, a scholarship would open up for OSU to use next season.However, OSU invested many hours in the recruitment of Gibson. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound, wide receiver proved to create matchup problems for opposing cornerbacks, as evident by his spring game performance.Meyer said he has communicated with Gibson since his suspension. The Buckeyes has had “zero indication” that Gibson will leave the program indefinitely. Meyer believes he will return for spring semester.“His focus is to be the best Buckeye he can possibly be,” Meyer said. read more

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Coal mine could be built next to one of Northumberlands most beautiful beaches

Banks Mining applied for permission to mine three million tons of coal, sandstone and fireclay from an 800 acres site in 2015, but after protests and a government inquiry it was shelved in March. But earlier this month the High Court overturned the decision, which will now be referred back to Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire.  Banks claims its proposal will add 100 jobs and bring £87 million to the local economy, but locals say it will damage health and spoil a local beauty spot which is surrounded by nature reserves… An opencast coal mine could be built next to one of Northumerbland’s most beautiful beaches after The Court of Appeal overturned Savid Javid’s decision to block the scheme.  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. read more

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Eurozone fears drifting our way

first_imgAs Christmas cheer descends and world markets quieten for the holiday period, concerns over the unresolved eurozone debt crisis continue, but what are its affects on our financial well-being? With fall-out from the eurozone crisis having seeped into many corners of the global economy in 2011, to what degree Australia has been and could be affected further, is ‘the $64,000 question’. The ripples created by Europe’s economic instability are lapping at our shores, and nowhere more so than in the investment market, says Michael Karagianis of MLC Investment Management. “The most obvious example of this, is the deterioration of equity markets since April, in particular, the flow of money going into cash and high-grade bond markets,” says the Sydney-based strategist. With 15 per cent having been knocked off Australia’s ASX 200 share index in 2011, Karagianis says the movement into cash, (‘capitulation’ as its known in the industry), has been one of the main indicators of investors’ concerns. “This is part of a world-wide move to reduce equity exposure. People have reached a certain pain threshold, and they don’t want to experience any more. The problem is, you’re not going to generate enough returns by being in cash long-term in Australia, particularly with interest rates being cut. “Some investors are moving into property, but I think that’s a dangerous move, because property in Australia is a very precarious ‘asset class’, and it could be one of the worst performing over the next few years.” On Super funds, Karagianis says that with the Super fund industry moving to minimise its exposure to risk, defending itself against any further deepening of the euro crisis, “there’s no risk in terms of funds failing”. “The obvious effect of this is the disappointing investment returns that investors continue to get. Increasingly investors are moving into a stage of their life-cycle where they need to draw down on capital or use income from their superannuation, and that becomes more and more problematic.” Karagianis believes there may well be light at the end of tunnel for investors, depending on the eurozone’s ability to remedy the debt crisis. “Things could get markedly worse of markedly better,” he says. “We could see a sequence of policy responses that actually see investment markets significantly improve in 2012, but equally we could see things continue to unravel.” Karagianis emphasises that it is the European banking sector which continues to face the greatest risk of exposure if the crisis deepens. “European banks have been told to raise capital as they’re under capitalised. If Greece was to default and Italy gets into trouble, some of the banks in Europe would become insolvent. “In the GFC, we saw the Australia banking system was unaffected by that crisis, and the system is still in a pretty good situation, as long as the property market doesn’t fall over.” Bendigo and Adelaide Bank (BAB)’s recent acquisition of Bank of Cyprus Australia (BOCA) for $130m, a move that was actively sought by BOCA, is another indicator of the local impact of the euro crisis. In a statement last week BOCA said that “challenging economic conditions in Europe” meant that the bank was unable to “take advantage of growth opportunities sought in the Australian market.” The acquisition by BAB will now allow for such growth, says Australia’s only Hellenic Bank. Following the acquisition, BOCA which is described as having a conservative risk profile with 99 per cent of its loan book secured against property, will operate as a stand-alone subsidiary of BAB. The acquisition is a win-win deal for BOCA and its parent company. The sale of BOCA is in line with plans by the Nicosia-based Bank of Cyprus Group to strengthen its capital position and its liquid funds. Cyprus’ largest lender needs to raise 1.56 billion euros to meet capital rules set by the European Banking Authority in the wake of eurozone instability. The regulator has ordered European banks to reach a 9 per cent target for core capital after marking their holding of sovereign debt to market prices. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Poll reveals majority of FYROMs population will vote yes

first_imgAccording to the official opinion poll carried out by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC) in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, most citizens are in favour of the country’s name chancing to North Macedonia.More specifically over 41.5 per cent of FYROM’s population is reportedly going to vote ‘yes’ in the 30 September referendum as opposed to a 35.1 per cent that is against the deal.The name change will see Greece’s neighbour enter NATO and the European Union.Support for the deal was shown to be stronger among the country’s ethnic Albanian minority, Kathimerini reported., with 88 per cent in favour.The Slav-Macedonian community that was represented in the poll opposes to such a name change.Over 66 per cent of the population said they will be voting in September and that they consider the referendum crucial for their country’s future in the wider Balkan region.The question FYROM citizens will be called to answer with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ is: “Are you in favor of EU and NATO membership by accepting the agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece?” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Worlds largest radio telescope goes online in China

first_imgYou’ve probably seen photos of the massive Arecibo radio telescope in the past, but it’s no longer the biggest. A new one called the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST for short). The acronym is a little sloppy, but it’s the most advanced and carefully tuned radio telescope in the world. Not only does it have the greatest total surface area, it can change its shape to track objects in the sky with high precision.As the name implies, FAST has a 500-meter diameter dish. The total surface area is roughly equal to 30 soccer fields, about 2000,000 square meters. The Arecibo dish is only 305 meters across, although its effective collection area is a little larger than FAST at 73,000 square meters. FAST has an effective collection area of 70,000 meters. The difference in area utilization has to do with the way FAST has been designed to track objects.All radio telescopes, be they arrays of smaller dishes or large single dishes like Arecibo and FAST, reflect radio waves from the cosmos into a central detector. However, this can cause some distortion as objects move across the sky due to the Earth’s rotation. FAST has an active surface reflector equipped with 2,225 actuators that can deform a 300-meter section of the dish, essentially warping the parabolic shape to track objects across the sky. The detector suspended over the dish also moves along with the parabolic shape.Construction of FAST was begun in 2011. The Chinese government relocated almost 10,000 people from the remote mountainous region in southwestern China to ensure the area would be free from radio interference. The radio telescope was able to successfully observe a pulsar at a distance of 1,351 light years in a test last month. Now that it’s fully operational, FAST will be used to study dark matter, gravitational waves, pulsars, and fast radio bursts. The designers expect it to be the largest and most advanced radio telescope in the world for at least 10-20 years.last_img read more

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Security video shows man trying to rob credit union in Hazel Dell

first_imgDetectives with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are hoping someone will recognize security images of a man who allegedly tried to rob the Columbia Credit Union branch at 808 N.E. 98th Circle in Hazel Dell on Thursday afternoon.The man walked into the building about 5:15 p.m., handed a note to a teller and said he wanted all the money, according to a sheriff’s bulletin.Then, having displayed no weapon or implied he had one, he apparently changed his mind, grabbed the note and fled empty handed.Several sheriff’s deputies rushed to the area. A tracking dog sniffed out a trail that stopped suddenly, indicating the robber jumped into a vehicle nearby.A witness confirmed that theory, saying someone ran through some bushes and jumped into a car.The would-be robber is described as white, dark-haired, in his 20s and 5 feet 11 inches tall. He wore a black hat, a camouflage jacket and had a back pack.Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call 911 and ask to speak with Deputy Trenda.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.last_img read more

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Hilcorp Buys Up Tracts In Cook Inlet Oil And Gas Lease Sale

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For the second year in a row, Hilcorp was the sole bidder in the annual Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale. Hilcorp also bought tracts near BlueCrest Energy’s Cosmopolitan site in Anchor Point. The Cosmopolitan site holds both oil and gas potential, but BlueCrest has focused on developing the oil resource first. Preliminary results from the Division of Oil and Gas show that Hilcorp spent about $298,000 on eight lease tracts over 25 square miles. The bids ranged from $16 to $25 per acre. According to the reports, most of the leases are on the southern Kenai Peninsula in the Anchor Point area near the onshore Nikolaevsk and Deep Creek units.center_img Hilcorp also acquired two more leases between the offshore Trading Bay and Kitchen Lights units in the middle Inlet, which is another area with both oil and gas potential. In 2017 Hilcorp purchased 20 tracts for a total of $3.95 million over both state and federal acreage.last_img read more

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House Panel May Mark up FY19 Milcon Spending Bill Next Week

first_imgNext week could prove to be busy on the House side of the Capitol. On April 26, six subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee will mark up their portions of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. House Appropriations subcommittees are expected to begin their markups next week as well. One source told CQ that the Military Construction-VA panel is tentatively planning to mark up its fiscal 2019 spending bill next week. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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TMASS demands new building for Gunj High School in Karimnagar

first_imgKarimnagar: District convenor of T-MASS Forum Sunkari Sampath demanded the government for construction of a new building for Gunj High School as the old building is in dilapidated condition.The representatives of T-MASS inspected the old building and classrooms of Gunj High School here on Thursday, which are in worst condition. Speaking on the occasion, T-Mass district convenor S Sampath alleged that the officials are negligent in renovating the old building of Gunj High School, which is in the heart of the city. Also Read – SP AV Ranganath advises newly promoted ASIs to render dedicated service in Nalgonda Advertise With Us The building condition is such that it may collapse at any time. Many students belonging to poor families are studying in this school. Besides the surroundings are unhygienic and students are complaining about snakes coming into their classrooms, he alleged. Sampath said that the government has given some of the classrooms of the school on rent for shops. Also Read – Educational institutions in TS region ignored in the past: Minister Advertise With Us Business is running in about 21 shutters for the past 30 years and the shop owners are paying minimum rent for the government while they are earning crores of rupees. He demanded the government demolition of the old building of Gunj High School and construction of a new one in its place immediately. He also asked to vacate the shops from the building. T-MASS Forum members SK Saleem, B Prabhakar and Harish were present along with others.last_img read more

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