German FA president Reinhard Grindel says he is confident that the recent controversy stemming from Mesut Ozil’s racism allegations will not impact Germany’s Euro 2024 bid.Ozil quit the national team in the wake of this summer’s World Cup disaster that saw Germany fall in the group stage. The Arsenal star cited “racism and disrespect” as the reason behind his international retirement while adding that he felt he had been made a scapegoat for Germany’s failures.Prior to the World Cup, Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, both German internationals of Turkish descent, came under fire for taking a photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Gundogan has since said that he and Ozil were singled out following Germany’s defeat and that “the line to racism was partially crossed”.Ozil was also critical of Grindel, saying that, in the FA president’s eyes, the midfielder is “German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose”.Grindel continues to deny the accusations as Germany faces competition from Turkey to host Euro 2024.”Everyone in the DFB and in UEFA knows me very well,” Grindel said, according to Sky Sports.”I have very deep trust that they can put this into perspective, so I think there will be no influence on the bidding process.”Grindel added that his criticism of the photograph stemmed from personal beliefs rather than Ozil’s background.”In the end, it has nothing to do with whether a player of ours has a migration background or not,” Grindel said.”If a German player would, in an election campaign, make a photo with, let’s say, a far right-wing politician in Germany, we would have the same debate and we in the DFB would react in the same way.”We stand at the DFB for values: respect, tolerance, fair play, freedom of speech and freedom of press. This picture with Erdogan upset our fans, because their President Erdogan doesn’t stand for those values.”UEFA is set to announce the host of Euro 2024 in Nyon, Switzerland on September 27.
Sunderland director Charlie Methven has labelled supporters who watch illegal streams of matches “parasites” as he continues to confront the club’s fan base.Methven, a public relations expert, came in alongside new owner Stewart Donald, who took over from the much-maligned Ellis Short ahead of the 2018-19 season. The north-eastern club endured a second successive relegation last season, dropping out of the Championship and into League One in a campaign when they were expected to push for an immediate return to the top flight.And despite his experience in PR, Methven made no attempt to mince his words when discussing certain sections of the Black Cats’ support. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “If you’re a fanatic of your football club and you decide, actually what you’re going to do is you’re going to spend your money on a few pints of lager and watch an illegal stream of the match rather than contributing that money to trying to help your club to be the best it probably can, you’re not a fan, you’re a parasite,” he said to BBC Newcastle.He reasoned that Sunderland match-day tickets were reasonably priced and voiced his displeasure with fans that spend their money elsewhere instead of supporting the club financially by attending games.“When you average them out, it can be about £12 per ticket. I don’t buy that there are people who are poor enough to not be able to afford that but are rich enough to be able to afford to go to pubs and drink in there.”This is not the first time Methven has publicly criticised supporters, having previously voiced his disappointment with those that leave matches early, rather than staying to support their side through to the full-time whistle.Sunderland currently sit third in League One, three points off table-topping Peterborough and two behind Portsmouth as the Black Cats look to return to the Championship at the first time of asking.
Thibaut Courtois’ move to Real Madrid from Chelsea this summer came as a surprise to Atletico Madrid stalwart Saul Niguez.Courtois ended his stay at Stamford Bridge to move to the Santiago Bernabeu for a reported €35million in a transfer that raised more than a few eyebrows in the Spanish capital.The 26-year-old’s loyalties were previously with Atletico, where he won LaLiga, the Copa del Rey, the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup during a three-year spell on loan from Chelsea, which finished before Saul established himself in the first team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ahead of Courtois’ first El Derbi appearance in Los Blanco’s colours on Saturday, Saul admitted to feeling a degree of shock about the Belgium international’s transfer.”I was surprised to see him in white, yes. I didn’t expect it,” he told El Larguero on Cadena SER.”We’re going to believe he wants to be with his family and Atletico fans should understand that.”I know he has a lot of affection for Atletico.” Saul went on to sing the praises of Courtois’ successor Jan Oblak, who he claimed should have been in the running for a place in the FIFPro World 11 or the Best FIFA Goalkeeper this year.Antoine Griezmann was also overlooked for the Best FIFA Men’s Player, but the 23-year-old star believes the World Cup winner is getting closer to the levels of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.”They’re two wonderful players and sometimes we depend on them too much,” Saul said of Atletico’s top performers.”Griezmann has been working for many years, he’s getting better and he’s improving.”Comparing him with Messi and Cristiano is a lot, but Griezmann is strong. He should be a serious candidate for the Ballon d’Or.”I am surprised that Griezmann did not get a FIFA award and even more so that Oblak is not in.”Right now, Oblak is at a different level.”
Huddersfield Town could win back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since February when they host West Ham United on Saturday.The Terriers gained a vital three points in their bottom-of-the-table clash against Fulham on Monday night, and victory against the Hammers could see them move to the lofty heights of 14th.For Manuel Pellegrini’s men, they will be hoping to put some distance between themselves and the relegation candidates. A win in Yorkshire could see them eight points clear of the drop zone. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Summer recruit Felipe Anderson was superb in last week’s 4-2 victory against Burnley. Another good showing from the Brazilian could prove to be the difference between the sides on Saturday. Game Huddersfield Town v West Ham United Date Saturday 10th November Time 3pm GMT / 10am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC Sports Live fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on television or livestreamed. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Huddersfield players Goalkeepers Lossl, Hamer, Schofield Defenders Smith, Kongolo, Lowe, Jorgensen, Schindler, Stankovic, Hadergjonaj, Durm Midfielders Hogg, Bacuna, Billing, Kachunga, Mooy, Diakhaby, Sobhi, Van La Parra, Mbenza, Pritchard, Sabiri Forwards Depoitre, Mounie David Wagner has a full-strength squad to select from and has stuck with the same XI that defeated Fulham on Monday night.Huddersfield XI: Lössl; Kongolo, Zanka, Schindler, Hadergjonaj; Billing, Mooy, Hogg, Lowe; Pritchard; Mounie. Position West Ham players Goalkeepers Fabianski, Adrian Defenders Cresswell, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Masuaku, Rice Midfielders F.Anderson, Snodgrass, Obiang, Antonio, Holland, Diangana Forwards Arnautovic, Chicharito, Perez Skipper Mark Noble remains unavailable for the Hammers as he serves the second of his three-game suspension. Long-term absentees Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere are nearing a return to fitness, and both miss Saturday’s game.West Ham XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell; Obiang, Rice; Diangana, Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson; Arnautovic.Betting & Match Odds West Ham are slight favourites with Bet365 giving odds 13/10 ahead of the game. The home side are outsiders at 5/2, while the draw is 9/4.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match PreviewMonday’s victory against Fulham was Huddersfield’s first of the season, and moved them up to 18th in the table.It was a strong performance from the Terriers, who perhaps even deserved a few more goals from the game. Ultimately, they didn’t even net the game’s decisive strike, rather an own-goal from Fulham defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah settled proceedings.With a fully fit squad to select from David Wagner will have hope against a West Ham side ravaged by injury. The London side are missing four key midfielders ahead of the trip north, with Andriy Yarmolenko (achillies), Jack Wilshere (ankle), Carlos Sanchez (knee), Manuel Lanzini (knee) all unavailable.As a result, Robert Snodgrass was forced to start in central midfield during last week’s 4-2 win against Burnley, alongside Pedro Obiang. The pair know they will be in for a real battle at the John Smith’s on Saturday, when they come face-to-face with Huddersfield’s Jonathan Hogg and Philip Billing.West Ham will again look to their star man Marko Arnautovic for inspiration. The Austrian has scored five in nine league appearances this season and has netted in all three of the Hammers’ victories.
Edinson Cavani hit a hat-trick on his return to the Paris Saint-Germain team as the Ligue 1 champions marched on with a 4-0 demolition of Thierry Henry’s injury-hit Monaco.Cavani missed PSG’s last two Ligue 1 wins due to a thigh injury and he was on the bench for a midweek Champions League draw against his old club Napoli.But the striker was back in the PSG side at Stade Louis II on Sunday, scoring a trio of close-range finishes as Thomas Tuchel’s men extended their perfect league record to 13 wins. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Neymar added a fourth from the penalty spot and PSG’s lead atop the table already stands at 13 points while Monaco are in the mire, with Henry’s side only off the bottom on goal difference.An extraordinary opening 11 minutes saw Cavani score twice with both goals initially ruled out for offside, only to then be awarded after VAR was consulted.Neymar’s cross-shot was turned in at the back post by Cavani for the opener and the Uruguay striker was soon enjoying more delayed celebrations thanks to the video replay system.Moussa Diaby beat goalkeeper Diego Benaglio to a long Neymar pass, with Cavani on hand to slot into the gaping net.VAR was needed again before the break when Julian Draxler swapped passes with Christopher Nkunku before beating Benaglio, this time the referral system disallowing the goal for offside.Cavani grabbed his hat-trick in the 53rd minute, tapping in a Diaby cross to take his tally to eight Ligue 1 goals this season after Adrien Rabiot’s throughball had split the Monaco defence.Djibril Sidibe then brought down former Monaco team-mate Kylian Mbappe in the box, allowing Neymar to roll home a penalty to add his name to the scoresheet.Mbappe saw a late fifth ruled out for offside after yet another VAR review but the scoreline already reflected PSG’s total dominance in a complete mismatch.@ECavaniOfficial pic.twitter.com/4fVQxdbgjb — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) November 11, 2018 What does it mean? Henry powerless amid growing injury crisis Henry lost both Nacer Chadli and his replacement Jordi Mboula to injury, adding to an already long list of absentees. Senior players including Kamil Glik, Danijel Subasic and Stevan Jovetic were already sidelined, leaving Henry to rely on inexperienced players – far from ideal in what is now a relegation battle. It is hard to imagine more difficult circumstances for his first job. VAR proves worth with offside calls The officials had a difficult time with a series of marginal offside decisions in the first half, with VAR helping to clear matters up. Cavani twice saw goals wrongly ruled out on the field and the system was also used to disallow efforts from Draxler and Mbappe. VAR may not be perfect, but it got everything right.Sidibe struggles amid PSG onslaught Monaco’s injury problems are so widespread it was quite literally men against boys by the end, but Henry would have expected better from Sidibe, one of his key players. The World Cup winner was regularly caught out of position and capped a miserable individual performance by conceding a penalty by bundling Mbappe over.Key Opta Facts- PSG have won their last eight games against Monaco in all competitions, their best ever run against them.- Monaco have won none of their last 12 games in Ligue 1 (D4 L8), their worst run in the top flight since August 1986 (13) and the worst current run in the competition.- 13 of the 14 teams who registered seven points or less after 13 games in Ligue 1 in the 21st century have been relegated at the end of the season, the only exception being Ajaccio in 2011-12 (16th).- Edinson Cavani is the first PSG player to score at least three goals in a game against Monaco in Ligue 1 since Carlos Bianchi on May 25, 1979.What’s next? Toulouse will try to stop the PSG juggernaut after the international break, while Henry’s search for a first Monaco win takes him to Caen. read more
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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte celebrated with his team’s fans at the end of a crucial 3-0 win at Everton on Sunday but then quickly warned that plenty of work remained to be done for his side to clinch the Premier League title.A beautiful, long-range strike from Pedro, a Gary Cahill tap-in and a neatly worked goal from substitute Willian secured three points in the trickiest test in Chelsea’s title run-in.While aware of the significance of the victory, the Italian manager, in his first season in the Premier League, remained wary of counting his chickens.”At this part of the season every win is a great win for us. Before this game there were five games to go. Now there are four games to go. For us every win is a great win and for this reason we must celebrate in the right way, with my players with the staff, with our fans.We have to have great enthusiasm and great patience because I think we are having a great season but for it to become a fantastic season we must win,” he told reporters.That ‘fantastic season’ could yet become a repeat of the club’s double – Premier League and FA Cup – triumph in 2010 with Conte’s team facing Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 27.Everton was expected to be the toughest game in Chelsea’s run-in. Ronald Koeman’s team had lost only one game at Goodison before Sunday and had won their last eight in a row but after a tight first half Chelsea ran out comfortable winners.advertisement”For sure today is a great result for us. To win away against Everton is not easy but I think we have to continue in this way and to go step by step and game by game and take three points every game until the end,” Conte said.”Now it is very important after this crucial week for us, we played against Tottenham for the final in the FA Cup and then on Tuesday against Southampton and now against Everton. I think we finished a crucial week very well. We all know there is this part of the season that is the most important.”Now it is important for us to prepare the right way (for) the next game. If we don’t win against Middlesbrough (on May 8) you lose this great win,” he said.The always emotional Conte said that his post-game interaction with his team had been physical rather than verbal.”The message was only great hugs and great enthusiasm, great passion,” he said.
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, who made a return from her 15-month doping ban earlier this month, has vowed that her tennis will do the talking when she meets Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard in the second round of the Madrid Open later today.Earlier, Sharapova was handed a wildcard entry at Stuttgart Open as she made it to the semifinals of her first tournament since testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.The five-time Grand Slam champion had previously also received wild cards for Madrid (May 7-13) and Rome (May 15-21) tournaments.Labelling Sharapova as a ‘cheater’, Bouchard had last week suggested that the Russian player should have been kicked out of the sport for life, instead of welcoming her with a series of wildcards for high-profile tournaments.Hitting back at Bouchard, Sharapova claimed she has had enough experience of listening such kind of things since making her breakthrough by winning Wimbledon at the age of 17 years.”I’ve been in the public eye since I was a very young girl. I’ve heard a lot of things. If everything affects you on and off the court, I think that would be a really challenging position to be in,” Sport24 quoted Sharapova as saying.”It’s not the way I think. My tennis speaks for itself, and that’s what I focus on,” she said after struggling past Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the opening clash.Despite the constant criticism following her comeback, Sharapova asserted that she doesn’t care about the same and likes to remain very much in her element.advertisement”I love being quiet about it and letting everyone around speak or have the noise. I’m very much in my element. I think it’s always great to be the person that’s kind of in control of your actions while everything around you is moving in a different way,” he added.If Sharapova manages to extend her unbeaten record over Bouchard to five matches, she will edge closer to qualifying for Wimbledon in June without the need of a wildcard from the All England Club.”I would love to be in a position to compete in that event. It’s very meaningful to me,” she added.Sharapova’s initial two-year ban was earlier reduced to 15 months following an appeal to the court of arbitration for sport, which concluded she had not intended to cheat.
Assam downtown University was established with the objective of bringing quality higher education to the North Eastern Region of India and its neighboring countries. In a short span of time it has risen to become one of the top most universities in Assam attracting students not only from North East Region but also from Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Africa. Assam downtown University was established in the year 2010 offering multi-disciplinary programs at the Graduate, Post Graduate and Doctorate level apart from offering several skill oriented certificate and diploma programs. 1. Unique programs and courses The university is running programmes in four major domains of learning- Engineering and Technology (B. Tech & M. Tech courses), Business Management Studies (BBA, MBA), Allied Health Sciences (B.Sc, MBA-healthcare) including Pharmacy (D.Pharm/B.Pharm/M.Pharm), and Humanity Studies. Assam downtown University offers many unique programs which are not widely available in India like Trauma & Disaster Management, Radiography Technology, and Dialysis Technology in addition to skill oriented programs in Hotel Management, Nursing, Nutrition and Diet Sciences, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Social Work, etc. Today Assam downtown University has one of the top Pharmacy College in Assam, unique programs in Management and a highly ranked Engineering College in Assam.There is also emphasis on designing special courses on new age topics like cyber security, big data, cloud technology, animation and special effects, and also specific content for the banking and financial services industries. These courses will help provide students with infinite opportunities in the near future.advertisement 2. Focus on research and academia AdtU offers an excellent academic infrastructure. It has a team of highly qualified faculty, with several PhD holders with higher qualifications. The university encourages its faculty to undertake research projects and sponsors for paper presentations at the National and International forums. There is an independent Department of Research headed by a dedicated Director to focus in this area. Sponsored Research Projects of DBT & ICMR are being conducted here; and it is one of the few private Universities in the country to have been selected for such prestigious research projects. The University offers Distance Education Programmes in BBA, MBA and B.Sc (IT). Diploma courses in Guwahati are offered to produce skilled workforce in the region as part of its efforts to actively engage in Govt. sponsored skill development programs under dedicated faculty.3. International curriculum & collaborations with universities abroad The academic model is uniquely designed to match international standards. The curriculum offered is continuously upgraded to keep pace with the overall development of industry and in-line with the best practices followed in international Universities. Assam downtown University has undertaken international collaborations.It has tied up with Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand where students are offered a two week international exposure through participation in a few of their programs annually. It has tied up with Liverpool University to source certain modules that can be taught with existing courses. This leads to Liverpool University certification as well. International research scholars from across the world come for a semester on a teaching exchange program. This helps expose students as well as faculties to best teaching practices from across the world.The courses have been designed keeping in mind the needs of the industry, making the student prepared for the industry and industry interface is integrated into the curriculum for all programs. The university boards for curriculum development of courses and content development includes representatives from industry to make them more relevant for recruiters. External examiners are appointed from the industry to take viva voce of students for their final examination to help assess job readiness and application based knowledge. AdtU ties up with industry to partner for courses, content and knowledge, in keeping with industry requirements. The completion of these courses earns a joint certification from the university and partnering industry.4. Faculty development programs Regular development programs are organized for the faculty too. Every week there are compulsory paper presentations by the faculty across disciplines in front of a committee. Guest lectures are organized every month delivered by a person from a top institution in India and the NE Region. This allows healthy discussion and deliberation amongst the AdtU fraternity.5. Excellent infrastructure Apart from tailor made well designed courses and a powerful knowledgeable faculty, ADTU embraces a sound infrastructure that look after every student’s needs. Covering a 1.5 million sqft area and 1500 capacity hostels, there are varied facilities for sporting activities-basketball, football, swimming pool(under construction),indoor sports halls. Gym facility is also available for the students on campus. A new amphitheatre is coming up shortly. A well stocked library, canteens, medical facilities give the Institute an added edge. On campus ATM facility makes the lives of the students easier.advertisementOne unique feature of AdtU is its weekend curriculum. Saturdays are reserved for varied extracurricular activities for the students and faculty. Ranging from on campus dance classes to music lessons and yoga. Further the university has several clubs for students to pursue areas of interest of their choice apart from academic pursuits like science club, creativity club, adult literacy, etc. The university aspires to help create global citizenship for their students.AdtU has launched an integrated ERP and learning management system encompassing all faculty and students in its fold. This will help integrate class schedules, lesson plans, notes, digital information boards and all forms of data. It is a first of its kind initiative the university has undertaken.6. On campus placement program The Placement Programme ensures that successful students are absorbed in large corporate houses annually. AdtU organizes on campus placement drives that are definitely the largest in the region. Over 50 companies were present for on campus placements on a single day in 2017. More than 500 offers were made during the course of the day. Companies recruiting included Axis Bank, Indusind Bank, Oberoi Group, Cipla, Sun Pharmaceuticals, Taj Group, Accor Hotels, Lemon Tree Hotels, Indigo, Spice Jet, Patanjali, Genpact, NH Hospitals, Asian Heart Institute, HCL to name a few.7. Scholarship programsAdtU believes in equality for all sections of the society. Following this principle AdtU offers the largest scholarship program in the region. Every year 100 students from the region are selected for this programme. Where required, hostel facilities and any other additional financial support is borne by the University to enable students to pursue higher education. Scholarships are issued on the basis of merit depending on marks obtained during entrance examinations and also for meritorious students who top University examinations.The vision and direction of Prof.(Dr) R.C. Deka, Former Director- AIIMS, is guiding the multi pronged initiatives of the University, giving shape to what has been a dream education institute from the North East.
Mumbai, May 19 (PTI) Domestic ratings agency Crisil today said it will take six months for industrial stabilisation after GST is introduced but gains of the biggest indirect tax reform will take up to 3 years to materialise.”Industry stabilisation, under the new tax regime, will take a couple of quarters. However, the benefits of GST on business practises and company strategies will be seen only in the medium term of 1-3 years,” its research wing said.Of the two, the efficiency in goods will be higher than that in services, it said in a note.As against the present system where tax arbitrage plays an important role for manufacturers, a seamless tax treatment in the GST regime will eliminate the need of multiple warehouses across states.Companies will modify their supply chains based on the assessment of tax saving, inventory carrying cost and response time to meet market demand, it added.Commenting on the tax rates, it said for major sectors the e tax rates announced by GST council are mostly in line with the present effective tax incidences, while there is a marginal difference in consumer durables, construction material and FMCG.Tax saving will be relatively higher in automobiles sector, specifically sports utility vehicles (SUVs), as the tax incidence will reduce from current effective tax rate of over 50 per cent to 43 per cent (28 per cent GST plus 15 per cent cess), it said.Beyond the existing warehouse hubs located near urban centres, there will be an emergence of other warehousing hubs which will prove effective for pan India logistic players.advertisementThe all-powerful GST Council today finalised four tax rates of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent for services including telecom, insurance, hotels and restaurants under the biggest tax reform since the Independence.The rates are in line with those finalised for goods. With this, rates of all items except a handful including gold, have been decided ahead of the roll out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime from July 1. PTI AA NRB
Samsung is currently working on the successor of the fiery Note 7, dubbed Note 8. Why fiery is because of the several Note 7 battery explosion incidents that took place across several corners of the world. This is why, Samsung is concentrating more on Note 8, so as to not repeat the battery issues incidents again. If the rumours surfacing the internet are to be believed, Note 8 could launch in the coming months. However, ahead of the launch, the Samsung phablet has been subjected to several leaks and rumours already. A new leak now suggests that the upcoming Note 8 could possibly come with Galaxy S8 and S8+ like infinity display.A Dutch website – Galaxy Club confirmed that Note 8 will come with infinity display. To recall, the Samsung’s last flagship devices – Galaxy S8 and S8+ sports the similar display. The leak further states that the upcoming phablet will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. The leak doesn’t reveal any further details about Note 8.Previously, a dummy unit of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 surfaced online which revealed the complete design details of both front and back panel of the device. The dummy unit shows the phablet from all angles and tips the coming of dual cameras at both front and rear side. To recall, a previous leak by a popular tipster Eldar Multazin confirmed dual camera long ago, however, what’s noteworthy this time is the dual optics set up at the front. Furthermore, the Galaxy Note 8 leak also suggests that the twin rear cameras will come packed with dual-LED flash as well. Not only will that, under the dual rear cameras module there will be a heart rate sensor, the leak suggests.advertisementDays ago, three images of the purported Galaxy Note 8 were also leaked. The renders show that the Note 8 will come with a massive 6.3-inch display screen with Quad HD+ resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels resolution. Note 8 is also tipped to come in Coral Blue colour. The renders further suggests that the Galaxy Note 8 come with a dual-edge curved screen which is said to offer an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Note 8 is going to be the first ever device with 4K resolution.Other images of the purported Galaxy Note 8 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.Rumours are also such that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phablet will come in two variants, one with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835, while the other variant is expected to come with Exynos 9810 processor. On the camera front, the phablet is said to feature a 12-megapixel wide-angle CIS dual camera and a 13-megapixel telephoto CIS. While other leaks tip that Note 8 will support 3X optical zoom, come with dual 6P lenses, and support dual OIS.Further, other rumours making rounds on the web shows that the upcoming Note 8 is going to be a top-notch phablet offered by the company. Note 8 is expected to recover the loss the company faced after Note 7 fiasco.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 dummy video confirms dual cameras on both front and back
Dhananjaya de Silva has replaced the injured Kusal Perera in Sri Lanka’s Champions Trophy squad, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Saturday.Perera suffered a hamstring injury in Thursday’s stunning seven-wicket victory over defending champions India at the Oval.”The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has approved Dhananjaya de Silva as a replacement player for Kusal Perera in the Sri Lanka squad for the tournament,” the ICC said.The 25-year-old De Silva, a top-order batsman and off-spinner, has played 16 ODIs, scoring 334 runs and taking four wickets.Sri Lanka play Pakistan in their last Group B game in Cardiff on Monday needing victory to reach the semi-finals.All four teams in the group are level on two points from two matches.
India cruised into the final of the ICC Champions Trophy after a nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh on Thursday, setting up a clash with old rivals Pakistan on Sunday.A masterful unbeaten 123 from Rohit Sharma steered defending champions India to victory with nearly 10 overs to spare after they were set a target of 265 by Bangladesh, playing in their first semi-final of a major tournament. (ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli calm and composed ahead of final vs Pakistan)WATCH FULL VIDEOSharma shared a 178-run partnership with Virat Kohli, who ended unbeaten on 96 as India delivered a composed and classy batting display.Bangladesh’s bowling attack never managed to create any real pressure on what was a good batting track and they will also feel they failed to put up a big enough target. (ICC Champions Trophy: Rohit Sharma says Team India ready for title showdown vs Pakistan)An entertaining 123 run third wicket partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim put Bangladesh in a strong position but their middle order failed to fully capitalise on that foundation.Bangladesh ended their 50 overs on 264 for seven after Tamim top scored with 70 and Mushfaqir made 61, but with a stronger middle and lower order contribution they would have expected to reach around 300. (Virat Kohli smashes AB de Villiers’ record, becomes to fastest 8000 ODI runs)Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed two early wickets for India – Soumya Sarkar dragging on in the first over and then Sabbir Rahman slashing a short ball to Ravindra Jadeja at backward point to leave Bangladesh at 36 for two.advertisementReuters PhotoTamim was fortunate when he was bowled by Hardik Panya off a no-ball when he was on 17, but he took good advantage of the reprieve.Together with Mushfiqur, Tamim took the game to India with some aggressive batting, taking calculated risks and scoring at a brisk pace as they brought up the century partnership off 104 balls with 10 fours and one six. (Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma become most successful opening pair in ICC Champions Trophy history)The breakthrough came after India had managed to slow down the run-rate and with the pressure on, Tamim lost his composure, bowling the part-time off-spin of Kedar Jadhav as he attempted a wild slog.Shakib Al Hasan was superbly caught, off a bottom edge by MS Dhoni, stood up to spinner Ravindra Jadeja and then Jadhav struck again with the crucial wicket of Mushfiqur, whose mistimed shot was snaffled up by Virat Kohli at mid-wicket.Bangladesh badly needed Mahmudullah, a century maker in the win over New Zealand last week, to regain the momentum but he was only able to make 21 off 25 balls before being bowled by a fine Jasprit Bumrah yorker.
Mumbai, Jul 2 (PTI) Actor Akshay Kumar has left for London to start filming the first schedule of “Gold”.The film directed by Reema Kagti is about Indias first Olympic medal win as a free nation in the year 1948 at Games of the XIV Olympiad, London.The 49-year-old actor took to Twitter to share the news with his fans and followers.”Set out on a brand new journey, aiming for nothing less than #GOLD! Day 1 of Gold, need your love and best wishes as always,” wrote Akshay, alongside his first look from the film.In the monochrome photograph, the National Award-winning actor can be seen sporting a thin moustache. He is dressed in a chequered waistcoat and pants.The movie also marks the Bollywood debut of actress Mouni Roy opposite Akshay.The film is being produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under the banner Excel Entertainment.The movie will hit the theatres on August 15 next year.Akshay will next be seen in “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”, which is set to release on August 11 this year. PTI RDS JCH
Since Narendra Modi led the BJP to an emphatic victory in the Lok Sabha polls in 2014, only two leaders have managed to put brakes on the winning chariot of the saffron brigade. JD-U president Nitish Kumar engineered a defeat of the BJP in Bihar and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal did the same in Delhi.Arvind Kejriwal, somehow, could not become an integral part of the mainstream Opposition. Whenever there was talk of a united Opposition, Nitish Kumar emerged as the symbol of that ever elusive political bloc.The presidential election made it clear that Nitish Kumar, too, may not be the pivotal force for Opposition unity. Soon, Lalu Prasad Yadav was seen propping up the idea of a united Opposition comprising the BSP and the SP but the RJD chief did not name JD-U or Nitish Kumar in his new formula.Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav are said to be having uncomfortable relationship for over a year now. Nitish was seen drifting towards his old ally the BJP on several occasions. He seems to have buried ‘ideological’ differences with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Raids by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) against Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members including Bihar deputy chief minister Tejasvi Yadav have given Nitish Kumar an opportunity to put an end to the uncomfortable relation with his senior partner in the grand alliance. But, Nitish is unlikely to part ways with Lalu Prasad Yadav.ARITHMETIC OF BIHAR ASSEMBLYIn 2015, JD-U, RJD and Congress formed what was called the Mahagathbandhan or the grand alliance. The performance of the grand alliance – essentially meaning coming together of two biggest adversarial forces of Bihar politics – led by Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav stunned the BJP’s alliance.advertisementThe RJD emerged as the single largest party with 80 seats followed by 71 of JD-U. The BJP could win only one-third of the total seats contested. It won 53 of 157 seats it contested. The BJP-led NDA won 58 of 224 Assembly constituencies. On the other hand, the Mahagathbandhan won 178 of the seats.The BJP, powered by a hurricane campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was routed in Bihar much against the anticipation of many poll pundits.Nitish Kumar once again became the Chief Minister of Bihar despite being the junior partner in alliance. The last time, it was the BJP which propelled Nitish Kumar to the chair in 2005.While, Nitish is said to have enjoyed a free hand during his alliance with the BJP, the equation is different with RJD boss Lalu Prasad Yadav, who seems to be taking more interest in governance and political affairs of Bihar.Many observers feel that to keep Lalu Prasad Yadav in check Nitish Kumar has drifted towards the BJP.WHEN NITISH DRIFTED TOWARDS BJPSurgical strike after the Uri terror attack was the first occasion when Nitish Kumar came out in open support of the Narendra Modi government. When the Congress and AAP indirectly demanded proof of the Indian forces crossing the Line of Control to destroy terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Nitish Kumar backed the Modi government’s decision to cross the LoC.After demonetisation was announced, Nitish broke ranks with the Opposition parties to praise Narendra Modi for taking concrete step against corruption and black money. Nitish attracted ire of the Opposition parties for siding with Modi government. Only much later, Nitish would question implementation of note ban still maintaining that demonetisation was a good move.Nitish Kumar shared dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Patna during the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. The two leaders were seen sporting saffron turban and sharing a few laughs on the stage. Both exchanged lavish praise for each other in public.Just recently, Nitish Kumar ‘deserted’ the Opposition camp to announce support to BJP’s pick for presidential election. Nitish Kumar announced his party’s support to Ram Nath Kovind saying he is the right choice for the post. He was again at the receiving end from the Opposition camp.RJD leaders including Lalu Prasad Yadav and Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad criticised Nitish Kumar for supporting Kovind. Nitish, in turn, blamed Congress for breaking Opposition unity while justifying his decision to support the BJP candidate in the presidential election.Nitish Kumar, however, has made it clear that his party may vote for a common Opposition candidate in the vice-presidential election. This policy of shifting goalposts seems to be a calculated political game plan of Nitish Kumar.The key to understand Nitish Kumar’s stand perhaps lies in the voters’ profile in Bihar.advertisementELECTION PROFILE IN BIHARThere goes a saying in Bihar that people don’t cast their vote, they vote their caste. Both Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar have worked hard to create their own political constituencies. Lalu Prasad formed successive governments in Bihar banking on his MY – Muslim Yadav formula.Nitish Kumar carved out a distinct constituency of women voters in Bihar. Nitish has been more popular among women voters in Bihar than men. His prohibition order in the state has to do a lot with his promise to women voters in the 2015 Assembly election.Nitish ensured more representation of women at panchayat levels. He has reserved 50 per cent seats in judicial services for women and 35 per cent quota in PDS shop allocation and all non-gazetted jobs in the state.The results are also showing up. The gap between voting by men and women in 2000 Assembly election was 16.3 per cent. But, by the time Nitish went to seek his first re-election in 2010, women’s turnout surpassed men’s. The trend continued in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and 2015 Bihar Assembly poll. In 2015, 60 per cent women voters cast their votes against only 56 per cent by men.MUSLIM AND YADAV VOTERSMuslims constitute about 16.8 per cent of Bihar. They are believed to have voted en bloc for the grand alliance in 2015. Nitish would not risk antagonizing Muslim voters by deserting RJD-Congress by switching sides to NDA led by the BJP.This shift would also mean loss of support of Yadav voters, who are 14 per cent in Bihar. The RJD’s improved performance in the 2015 Assembly polls despite Lalu Prasad Yadav being convicted in corruption cases was interpreted as his hold over Yadav votes.Nitish knows he would put the support base of about 31 per cent of voters by walking out of the grand alliance in Bihar and joins hands with the BJP. Though, mathematically, Nitish Kumar can continue to be the Bihar Chief Minister with BJP’s support like old days but this will make him ‘political subsidiary’ of PM Narendra Modi. Nitish Kumar would rather keep playing the waiting game and be his own man in Indian politics.ALSO READ |After CBI raids on Lalu Prasad Yadav, ED searches farms of Misa Bharti, husband Shailesh in DelhiLalu Yadav on CBI raids: Hang me but will crush Narendra Modi, Amit Shah’s ego ALSO WATCH |Mass murderer became PM: Congress leader defends Lalu Yadav by making scathing remarks on BJP
Mumbai, Jul 11 (PTI) The CEO of Pro Kabaddi Leagues Mumbai franchise team, Supratik Sen, dismssed fears that an extended league would affect interest among fans of the league and feels it will, in fact, help build fan loyalty. “Every prominent global sporting league is played across 6 to 10 months and we have noticed an appetite for the sport and don?t see viewer and fan fatigue at all. In fact we see an extended season allowing us to create an expanded viewer base and build fan loyalty,” said U Mumbas Sen. “This extended leagues is a positive development for the team and the players. But the extended league also has us developing a new strategy for the increased number of games, while continuing to pursuing excellence and also accommodating for player and team fatigue. “In 2016, we had two Pro Kabaddi seasons and through that year there no was dip in interest in the sport, as seen by TV ratings and ticket sales. A longer season will also be a boost for franchises as it increases potential for teams to increase on all revenue fronts or revenue buckets,” added Sen. The upcoming season 5 of PKL will see a dozen franchise outfits, up from eight in season 4, fighting it out for the honours from July 28 to October 28. The four new teams are Haryana Steelers, Tamil Thalaivas, Gujarat Fortunegiants and UP Yoddha. His own team is geared up for the tougher challenge due to the longer season and increased matches, said Sen. “As a team, we?ve always tried to take a different approach to everything we do. This season too is no different in terms of our approach. Our pre-season training camp kicked off in Dehradun closer to Mussoorie in the first week of June. This camp site is an ideal location for a training boot camp as it allows for altitude training. Being cut-off from the city helps keep the focus completely on training,” he said. “Our aim has always been to be a professionally run and consistently performing side, and having done that across 4 previous seasons of the Pro Kabaddi League, I do consider ourselves amongst one of the top Kabaddi teams. We also have been Champions in Season Two and finalists twice, which makes us a winning side,” he pointed out. PTI SSR DK DK RYSadvertisement
Social media has already been obsessing over Beyonce’s pregnancy and later, her twins.The Lemonade singer’s twins are a month old now. And if you have been waiting to get a glimpse of her children, behold! She has finally granted your wish.The singer recently shared the first picture of herself with her twins on social media, while confirming their names too–Sir Carter and Rumi.In the picture, the 35-year-old mother is seen wearing a blue veil, carrying her twins, draped in a purple floral sheet. ”Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today,” wrote Beyonce, while sharing the photo.Apart from the twins, the couple is also parents to their five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.Also Read:Guessing what sex Beyonce and Jay Z’s twins are? Your wait is overBeyonce has already been winning praise and attention, ever since she posted her very first picture as a pregnant lady in a veil and floral backdrop–a theme that replicates itself in her latest picture too.Picture courtesy: Instagram/beyonce This time seemed no different as social media could hardly keep calm over the picture, with a few of them attempting to imitate the very look that the singer sported.this is the manifesto of motherhood, the birth of Sir Carter and Rumi (2017) #Beyonce #beyoncetwins pic.twitter.com/w68jiVSGuI- S T E V E N (@diohnisio) July 14, 2017My best friend in Ireland who had twins in February couldn’t resist……the best ?????? #beyoncetwins #twins #thebest pic.twitter.com/ExauT0Go72advertisement- Be Inspired Fitness! (@SineadMJ) July 14, 2017But what could have inspired the names? Was it Jay Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter? And Rumi a namesake of the Persian poet? Will Rumi be called only by the first name? While social media kept speculating, Beyonce’s mother, Tina, cleared all confusion by posting yet another message, saying, ”Sir Carter and Rumi Carter…Boy and girl what a blessing.”
Paris Saint-Germain’s (PSG) new recruit Neymar said he did opposite to what his father, who is also his agent, wanted and moved away from FC Barcelona.PSG ended weeks of speculation by paying Barcelona the 222 million-euro ($264 million) release fee written into Neymar’s contract with the Catalan club.The 25-year-old will be officially presented to Paris Saint-Germain’s fans at Estadio Parc des Princes on Saturday.The Brazilian will wear the No.10 shirt for the Ligue 1 outfit after Argentinian playmaker Javier Pastore volunteered to relinquish the number for his new teammate.”I did the opposite of what my dad wanted,” the Brazilian said in a farewell video that he uploaded.”The life of a sportsman moves through challenges, some to do with taxes, others are the result of our decisions.””Barcelona has been more than a challenge, playing alongside great players has been like a video game. I remember my first days in the club, sharing the dressing room with idols like Messi, Valdes, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Pique, Busquets and others, with the expectation of playing for more than a club,” Neymar recollected as reported by Marca.”FC Barcelona is a nation that represents Catalonia! I had the honour of playing with the greatest athlete I have ever seen and I am sure that I will not see another better. Leo Messi became my partner, and friend on and off the pitch and I was proud to play with him.””I formed an historic attack with him and Luis Suarez and I have conquered everything an athlete can conquer. I have lived unforgettable moments! I lived in a city that is more than a city, it is a homeland. I love Barcelona and Catalunya,” the Brazilian added.advertisementNeymar said he wanted fresh challenges and thus chose to jump ship.”But an athlete needs challenges — and for the second time in my life I will do the opposite of my dad,” he said.”Papa, I understand and respect your opinion, but my decision is taken, I ask you to support me as you have always done.””FC Barcelona and Catalonia will always be in my heart but I need new challenges. I have accepted the proposal of PSG and I want to help the club to achieve the titles that the fans hope for. It’s a daring career plan and I am prepared for this challenge,” he added.Since joining Barca in 2013, Neymar scored 68 goals in four seasons — behind Cristiano Ronaldo (139), Lionel Messi (134), Luis Suarez (85), Antoine Griezmann (76) and Athletic Bilbao’s Aritz Aduriz (70).In that same period, he had the fifth most direct assists with 38 — behind teammate Messi (54), Atletico Madrid’s Koke (45), Suarez (43) and Ronaldo (42).
India cricketer Irfan Pathan was trolled on social media for posting a picture of himself and his wife on Facebook and Instagram.WATCH VIDEOIn the picture posted by Pathan, his wife Safa Baig is seen wearing a hijab and covering her face with her hands, which is captioned by the India bowler as “This girl is trouble #love #wifey.”Pathan was subjected to trolls on religious grounds where his wife was shamed for revealing her arms and wearing nailpolish while Pathan for posting the picture.It is not for the first time that Islamic radicals have targetted an Indian cricketer.Back in December 2016, Mohammed Shami was trolled for posting a picture with his wife, who was wearing a sleeveless gown, and he was reminded by Muslim fanatics of his religion.Mohammad Kaif along with many fans of Shami supported the India bowler and slammed the trolls.Even Shami, later, took to Twitter to slam the trolls and said he knows what to do and what not to do for his family.
Speculations may be rife that Yuvraj Singh’s career is nearing the end but chief selector MSK Prasad clarified on Monday that national team’s door is still open for the senior cricketer.The national selectors on Sunday ignored 36-year-old Yuvraj for the ODI series in Sri Lanka, a tough but fair call, indicating their mindset going into the 2019 World Cup in England.The selectors’ decision has created murmurs that Yuvraj may not be seen again in a blue jersey.”Yuvraj has been rested,” said Prasad indicating that Yuvraj is still in the mix.”Doors are never closed on anybody. Everybody has got a right to play cricket. It’s their passion. They are chasing their passion. In terms of selection, we try to select the best possible team.”Discussions happen about everybody. It is not just MS Dhoni (or anybody else). When we pick, when we talk about combinations, we talk about everybody,” he said.Citing tennis legend Andre Agassi’s example, whose career literally took off after 30, Prasad said if Yuvraj keeps on delivering he has every chance of making it to the team despite age and fitness not being on his side.”Whenever a player keeps ageing, for example, I was just reading Agassi’s book, Open, his life actually started after 30 years. Till then he won two or three titles. His actual life started after that.”He lived with media pressure, ‘When are you going to retire?’ But he played till 36 and he won so many Grand Slams.So you never know,” the former India stumper said.advertisement”We don’t say it is an automatic thing but we are all stakeholders. We all want the Indian team to do well. If he is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives,” Prasad added.The chief selector also talked about youngsters’ performances in ‘A’ tours, whilst commending the job done by India ‘A’ coach Rahul Dravid in preparing their step up to the senior team.”To be precise we need to give due recognition to performance at domestic level and also to the ‘A’ tours. That is the very purpose of having domestic and ‘A’ tours also,” Prasad said.”At some point of time we have to give opportunities for those who have done well otherwise there is no point in having such tours. Our real stuff comes out while picking India ‘A’ teams.”We picked the team to Australia and they won the triangular series there. We picked an ‘A’ team for South Africa, they won the triangular series some days ago.”That gives you more satisfaction because at the end of the day those are the guys who will come to the national side.”Personally, joy has no limit when we saw in a year’s time the way Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya had shaped up,” said Prasad.Praising Dravid for nurturing young talents, Prasad said Indian cricket couldn’t have asked for a better mentor than the former captain.”We pick the best possible team but it is being nurtured very well by Rahul Dravid. I think India is very blessed to have Dravid at ‘A’ level. He is giving finished products to the senior team,” he said.”Any player who is coming here is straightaway getting into the mould and is able to adjust. Whole credit goes to BCCI for having appointed Dravid and also Dravid for having accepted it.”The amount of time he spends on each player is not like any other net session. He gives a scenario, this is what it has to be, writes a table, and takes each boy to the nets.Round the day he will be throwing down. I am surprised.And he carried everything (equipment) by himself. He is a wonderful person to have at A level,” Prasad added.