NBA ratings down sharply for ABC from last year

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess While LeBron James fans may point to the star’s absence, geography likely accounts for most of the drop. Toronto’s television audience is not included in the Nielsen ratings, since it’s out of the U.S. Missing one team’s fan base is a huge hurdle for ABC.It’s Golden State’s fifth straight appearance in the finals, while Toronto is there for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe most hopeful sign for ABC is that the teams split the first two games, raising the possibility of a long series. Viewership traditionally increases with competitive series.The surest sign that summer is near is the return of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” which was the top non-sports program of the week. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Behind the basketball, ABC won the week in prime time, averaging 5.4 million viewers. NBC had 3.92 million, nipping CBS and its average of 3.91 million. Fox had 2 million viewers, ION Television had 1.4 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 650,000.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.24 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.48 million, HGTV had 1.29 million, USA had 1.14 million and Hallmark had 1.12 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.1 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.3 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.3 million.For the week of May 27-June 2, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NBA Finals Game 2: Golden State at Toronto, ABC, 13.89 million; NBA Finals Game 1: Golden State at Toronto, ABC, 13.38 million; “NBA Finals Post-Game” (Sunday), ABC, 9.89 million; “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 9.75 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.01 million; “NCIS” (Tuesday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 6.14 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.03 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 5.86 million; “NCIS” (Tuesday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 5.58 million; “Songland,” NBC, 5.51 million.___ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew US stocks fall sharply as trade war escalates PLAY LIST 02:21US stocks fall sharply as trade war escalates03:53Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to NBA title02:30Duterte apologizes to Sereno: ‘Harsh words never intended’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Golden State Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins (0) drives against Toronto Raptors’ Marc Gasol (33), Danny Green (14) and Kawhi Leonard, left, during Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Kyle Terada/The Canadian Press via AP, Pool)NEW YORK — The NBA’s first international Finals may be a coup for Canada, but decidedly not for ABC.Viewership for the first two games of the series between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors was down sharply from last year’s finals — 28 percent for the first game and 29 percent for the second, the Nielsen company said.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Amid NBA Finals and lawsuit, Kawhi Leonard remains unfazedlast_img read more

FIH not to interfere in Indo-Pak hockey matters

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) today said that it has no intention of getting involved in the ongoing tussle between India and Pakistans federations. FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather said that the world body would like to see the revival of Indo-Pak bilateral hockey ties. “This is a matter between HI and PHF and FIH cant really comment on that,” Fairweather said. Fairweather, however, insisted that the Bhubaneswar incident is a thing of the past. “As far as FIH is concerned the Bhubaneswar incident is a thing of the past. The FIH took what it felt was the right action,” he said. Fairweather said the FIHs main focus is to bring Pakistan hockey back into limelight after the four-time World champions failed to qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics. “Our focus is to make sure that Pakistan gets back into international hockey as a force. Its pity to see a country like Pakistan not playing in the World Cup and in the Olympics. That is the real worry for me,” Fairweather said. Meanwhile, Hockey India president Narinder Batra reiterated that until Pakistan apologises for their unruly behaviour during last years Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar, India will not play any bilateral series with the neighbours. Batra said that Pakistani players will continue to be sidelines from the Hockey India League unless the Pakistan Hockey Federation officially apologises over the conduct of some of its players during the Champions Trophy. “We are playing Pakistan in international events but for bilateral series to happen, we need an assurance from the Pakistan Hockey Federation that their players will not repeat such a behaviour again,” Batra told reporters during the Hockey India League 2015 auctions at a city hotel here. Two players were handed a one-game ban and reprimanded by the FIH after the Pakistan team went on a rampage post their semi-final win against India in Bhubaneswar in December, 2014. Showing obscene gestures to the crowd, some players also took off their shirts in celebration. Nine Pakistani players were part of the first edition of HIL in 2013 but were forced to leave the country before the start of the tournament following protests from a few political organisations. Since then no Pakistani player has been included in the last three editions of the tournament. PTI SSC CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter “bots” boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

first_imgRussia SHARE RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Ordinary Russians protest online against Olympic team ban ×center_img Published on December 09, 2017 Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping What began as a grassroots online campaign featuring a schoolboy has grown into a mass hashtag protest against Russia’s exclusion from the Winter Olympics – backed by what appear to be fake Twitter accounts and users connected to past pro-Kremlin causes.Many ordinary Russians are undoubtedly upset about an International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to ban Russia’s team from the Pyeongchang games in South Korea early next year due to “unprecedented” doping violations.However, this public sentiment has been amplified by apparently automated or semi-automated Twitter accounts known as “bots” and “trolls”, according to analysis of social media traffic by Reuters and a British-based security researcher.Social media companies, including Twitter, are under intense scrutiny in the United States where lawmakers suspect their platforms were used as part of an alleged Russian effort to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election in favour of Donald Trump. The Kremlin has flatly denied the accusations.President Vladimir Putin dismissed the IOC’s decision, made on Tuesday, as “orchestrated and politically-motivated”.State media have in turn reported extensively on the protest movement around the “NoRussiaNoGames” hashtag, saying they are covering a public backlash just as any other news outlet would do and denying their work is orchestrated.But researcher Ben Nimmo said that while much of the public support for Russian athletes online was authentic, the Twitter activity showed not all of it can be taken at face value.“What we’ve got here is a small but genuine hashtag campaign, which is being exaggerated and amplified by Russian state propaganda outlets to make it look like the campaign is huge and an upwelling of popular anger,” said Nimmo, who works for the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Washington-based Atlantic Council think tank.Twitter did not answer written questions sent by Reuters but referred to its user policy which prohibits spamming by both automated and non-automated accounts.“STATE NARRATIVE”#NoRussiaNoGames first appeared on Russian social-networking site VK, notably in a post by a St Petersburg schoolboy protesting against lifetime Olympic bans handed to six Russian cross-country skiers in November for alleged doping violations.The post included a video appeal from one of the banned skiers’ mothers, which was viewed more than 150,000 times.Data for views and shares on VK is not publicly available. On Twitter though, the hashtag received little attention until the Olympic ban and garnered just under 1,700 tweets on Dec. 5 before the IOC announcement.Nimmo said data he has collected shows bots and trolls then helped to drive that number to more than 9,000 in the hours following the decision.“It’s a good human interest story, it’s an emotional boy saying how terrible unfairly Russia is being treated. It fits the state narrative perfectly,” he told Reuters.One of the accounts identified by Reuters as driving activity around #NoRussiaNoGames was @ungestum, which lists its location as the Russian city of Orenburg. The account has sent 238 tweets consisting of just the hashtag to other users since the ban was announced, indicating that these were computer-generated.But @ungestum has also sent tweets containing text in Russian written by a person. This suggests the account may be semi-automated, with both the user and a computer programme able to operate it. Reuters was unable to reach the person or people behind @ungestum for comment on Twitter and no other contact information was available.The campaign was also heavily promoted by a group of at least five accounts which tweeted the hashtag multiple times alongside links to unrelated Russian-language news articles, and repeatedly reposted tweets from each other.One of those accounts, @03_ppm, has sent more than 275 such tweets in the last three days. @03_ppm, which like many of the accounts in the group has no identifying information and a profile picture of a woman’s cleavage, did not respond to a message seeking comment.Reuters was unable to establish definitively that @ungestum, @03_ppm or any of the related accounts were sending automated tweets. But the volume and content of the tweets fits a pattern of behaviour ascribed to bot accounts by the Oxford Internet Institute, a department of Oxford University.The institute’s Computational Propaganda team defines a bot as an account that posts 50 times a day. @ungestum has tweeted an average of 47 times a day since the account was created in October this year. All the accounts in the @03_ppm network have tweeted between 40 and 50 times a day since they were created.UNITED AROUND PUTINState media outlets including RT, Sputnik and the Russian Defence Ministry’s Zvezda TV channel all reported on the campaign, saying it had gone viral, and the hashtag received multiple endorsements from Russian athletes and celebrities.Presenters at Zvezda donned t-shirts with the slogan on air on the morning of the IOC decision, and the schoolboy and his father were interviewed by local media the next day.A spokeswoman for RT said its coverage had not been influenced in any way. “A swell of support for this hashtag and campaign both domestically and internationally put the story not only on our, but clearly on your radar also,” she said. “Our coverage was not coordinated with anyone else’s, news is news.”Maxim Dodonov, deputy director of Zvezda’s news service, also said the channel’s coverage was not coordinated with other media. “The campaign is supported by millions of Russians and thousands of real users on the internet, both in our country and abroad,” he said in emailed comments to Reuters.Sputnik’s press office said: “As an international news agency we respond to trending stories on social media and publish them in accordance with our editorial guidelines.”Igor Starkov, the schoolboy’s father, said no one had asked his son to start the campaign and it was supported by real people all over Russia. “It is only our idea, based on personal concerns for the fortunes of the sportsmen and their families,” he said.The Russian Defence Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.One of the accounts tweeting the hashtag multiple times was operated by a person rather than a computer programme, Reuters established, but this account – in the name of Oksana – has been associated with past pro-Kremlin campaigns.The account has been active in campaigns praising Putin and attacking critics of Russia which were launched by the AgitPolk group. @AgitPolk is one of 2,752 accounts which has been identified by Twitter as tied to Russian operatives and suspended.Asked why she participated in the campaigns, Oksana said: “I completely support our President V.V.Putin … and respond to all attacks in his direction with arguments.”Oksana, who declined to give her family name or provide additional evidence of her identity, added: “How do you not understand that the more external pressure there is on Russia, the more united we are around our leader!” COMMENTSlast_img read more

Premier League 2019 Bournemouth vs Manchester United Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Telecast, Timings in India, Team News

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. bournemouthManchester UnitedPLPL 2019 First Published: November 2, 2019, 2:07 PM IST Manchester United will travel to Bournemouth on Saturday (November 2) for their upcoming Premier League 2019-20 fixture. The Premier League 2019-20 Bournemouth vs Manchester United match will be played at the Vitality Stadium. Manchester United, who come to this match with a 2-1 win over Chelsea in League Cup, will eye to register their fourth away win as they face Bournemouth. On the other hand, Bournemouth will look to take an early advantage against the Red Devils.Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe had said that home support is vital for their upcoming fixture. “Manchester United have played very well recently, they have quality players and a manager that’s given them real stability. We have to show more than our last home game and get the supporters on our side for this one,” he said. Meanwhile, United striker Marcus Rashford has said that the team is high on confidence ahead of their Saturday night fixture. Speaking to Sky Sports, the 21-year-old said, “If you get a couple of wins back-to-back early on in the season it can change the direction the season is going. Because mentally, for a team like Man United, when you’re winning back-to-back games, the team’s confidence levels go up.”Paul Pogba is still in doubt for Manchester United’s Premier League game. The star midfielder has been ruled out due to ankle injury till December.Meanwhile, Bournemouth will face the Red Devils without Dan Gosling (hip injury), Charlie Daniels and Junior Stanislas. Both Daniels and Stanislas suffered knee injuries.Premier League 2019-20 Bournemouth possible starting lineup vs Manchester United: Ramsdale; Smith, S. Cook, Ake, Rico; L. Cook, Billing, H. Wilson, Fraser; C. Wilson, KingPremier League 2019-20 Manchester United possible starting lineup vs Bournemouth: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Young; McTominay, Fred, Pereira; James, Martial, RashfordWhere to watch Premier League 2019 Bournemouth vs Manchester United match live in India (TV channels)?Bournemouth will host Manchester United at 6:00 PM on Saturday. The PL 2019 Bournemouth vs Manchester United will be played at the Vitality Stadium. The Premier League Bournemouth vs Manchester United game live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD1 channels in India.How and where to watch online PL 2019 Bournemouth vs Manchester United match live streaming?Bournemouth vs Manchester United live stream will be available on Hotstar app and website in India for premium users. last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Tunisia have the last laugh as they score all the…

first_imgAdvertisementTunisia has won their first match since the 1978 World Cup after being winless for consecutively 13 matches. Tunisia was of course the better side throughout the match with 70% possession and 14 shots out of which 6 were on target.Tunisia was playing fluid football in the first half. But then Panama broke away in the midst and Jose Luis Rodriguez took a shot which took a deflection off defender Yassine Meriah in the 33rd minute and that was given as a Tunisia own goal.Neatly taken second-half goals by Fakhreddine Ben Youssef and Wahbi Khazri gave Tunisia a 2-1 lead before the full time. After the restart in the second half, just 6 mins in the match Ben Youssef picked up a neat low cross from Khazri to slot the ball home from close range.Khazri, who had always looked dangerous, added the second in the 66th minute, running unmarked on to a low cross from Oussama Haddadi to tap into an open goal.Highlights:- Advertisement Read Also:-Football: Manchester United’s all time top scorer Wayne Rooney sets off on a new journey to MLSFIFA World Cup 18: Three Lions Slumps Towards Defeat As Belgium Finishes On Top Of Group Glast_img read more


first_img“One horse power can carry 4,000 kg load in water but”One horse power can carry 4,000 kg load in water but only 150 kg by road and 500 kg by rail. One litre of fuel can move 105 tonne per km by inland waterways but only 85 tonne per km by rail and 24 tonne per km by road,” the Minister said.He regretted that the waterways had taken a backseat in India, with only 3.5 per cent of trade being done through the mode here as against 47 per cent in China, 40 per cent in Europe, 44 per cent in Japan and Korea and 35 per cent in Bangladesh.He said of the 106 National Waterways (NWS) proposed to be developed, tender documents for development of eight NWs is under advanced stage of preparation.For the remaining NWs feasibility studies are being undertaken as an advance action.”For 46 NWs feasibility and detailed project report is under preparation and is expected by July 30,” he said.Apart from transport mode, NWs will have huge potential for cruise tourism, water sports, fisheries development and feeder routes.Parliament on March 9 gave nod to a bill to convert 111 rivers across the country into National Waterways.The bill provides for enacting a central legislation to declare 106 additional inland waterways as the national waterways in addition to five existing national waterways. Before passage of the bill, responding to contention by some members that huge investment sand development of waterways were his tall claims, the Minister had asserted, “I do not make any announcement in the air… I promise if any of my announcements is not fulfilled, I will apologise in this House….You may even bring a Privilege Motion against me if my promise is not fulfilled.”advertisementWhen Deputy Chairman P J Kurien has asked him to refrain from throwing such a challenge, Gadkari said, “I am 100 per cent ready… We have already signed contracts worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore in the road sector. I am not dependent on budget.” PTI NAM MKJlast_img read more

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus quick review: This could be best Rs 10,000 phone

first_imgLenovo has a new phone out. And just like some of the phones that company launched in the last few months, this one too focuses on the mainstream market. The phone, called Vibe K5 Plus, is seemingly a successor to the K4 Note. At least the name suggests so. But actually, it is the successor to Lenovo’s A6000 phone. There is a lot of naming changes and re-brandings going on among the Lenovo phones and that is creating all this confusion. The key bit to note here is that the Vibe K5 Plus is a successor to the A6000.However, as the integration at the Lenovo is afoot, with Vibe and Moto positioned as major sub-brands, it seems that Note tag may also get a retirement. But the K5 Plus is not the successor to the K4 NoteAt MWC, Lenovo has launched two phones – the Vibe K5 and the Vibe K5 Plus. We tried the K5 Plus. But there is very little difference between the two. Both have the same design and same 5-inch screen. But the K5 Plus screen sports FullHD (1080p) resolution while the K5 has a 720p display. The other difference is that the K5 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 while the K5 gets the Snapdragon 415. Price too is different. The K5 Plus costs $149 while the K5 sports a price tag of $129.For now we don’t know the India prices but it is expected that the costlier of these two phones will have a price of around Rs 10,000. And at that price, it could be the best Android phone.advertisementUpdate: The Vibe K5 Plus has been launched in India at a price of Rs 8,499 .    While there is no one feature in the K5 Plus that truly stands out, overall it is a phone well put together, considering its price. It offers everything that a user seeks from a regular smartphone at a price most will be willing to pay.The Vibe K5 Plus comes with an aluminium body but it feels soft like plastic. The frame is not as strong as what we expect from a metal phone. The build quality and the design is nice. There are no flimsy parts and the rounded edges make it comfortable to hold. The 5-inch screen size also means that the Vibe K5 Plus is a compact phone.In terms of hardware, the K5 Plus packs in good components. The LCD screen, with its resolution of 1080p is sharp and vibrant. Although viewing angles do not match what phones like the Mi 4i offer in this price range, it is definitely among the better screens we have seen in the mainstream phone market. In particular, it shows vibrant colours. The brightness of the K5 Plus screen is adequate although in bring sunlight it may not be enough.Just like other Lenovo phones, the K5 Plus runs Lenovo’s custom user interface on top of Android. For now, this phone is running Android Lollipop aka 5.1. Although due to the interface changes that come with Lenovo’s custom user interface, it hardly matters. The surprising thing about the Vibe K5 is that it is very smooth. This indicates good optimisation on the part of Lenovo. Scrolling through settings, opening webpages and switching between open apps? everything feels fast and lag free. It is possible that while playing games we may run into possible performance issues on the Vibe K5 but during day-to-day use it should offer smooth enough experience.The Vibe K5 Plus has 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with support for microSD card, dual-SIM functionality and removable 2750 mAh battery. This is good hardware for the phone’s expected price. It also has a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera. We will test this hardware more thoroughly in the coming days, as and when Lenovo launches the phone in India. But for now, we can share some images that we clicked with the K5 Plus at Lenovo’s MWC stall. Keep in mind that these photos were shot in low light or artificial light. From the image samples it sure looks like that the Vibe K5 Plus packs in a cool camera!Check the full resolution pic here Check the full resolution pic here  Check the full resolution pic hereMore camera samples- Image 1, Image 2, Image 3last_img read more


first_img8th last Race:The Agra Plate Dist 1200 M8th last Race:The Agra Plate Dist 1200 MEmerald Star (Dr.M.A.M.Ramaswamy Chettiar of ChettinadCharitable Trust) 59.5 Md.Hesnain, firstDreams Of Courage 52.5 R.Hari Krishnan, secondKinshasa 62.5 Md.Farhan Alam thirdStarista 60 P.M.Bopanna, fourthAll RanWon by:1/2L,3L and 1-1/2LTime : one min,15.81 secs.Tote : Rs.13 for win,Rs.9,Rs.14 and Rs.11 for placesWinner trained by:J.SebastianFavourite: Emerald StarSHP: Rs.61 Quinella:51 carried overForecast: Rs.64 carried over Tanala: Rs.335 carried overPTI COR ROH NTR NTR SSClast_img read more

Frozen gels and homemade ACs: 21 thanda fundas to beat the heat

first_imgAs temperatures soar across India in what is being called a killer heat wave, the FYI team decided to raid the web and find new and innovative ways to tackle the heat.The basics1. Wet, Set, Go: A bucket of water goes a long wayA little water goes a long way to keep your room cool. Dip the hems of your curtains into a bucket and turn on the fan. The water will keep seeping upwards through the curtain and you’ll have a nice breeze flowing through your house. Alternatively, splash some water on your floor or on a rug and let your fan take care of the rest!Source: Pinterest 2. Green and bear itKeep plants in front of your windows or in your balcony. Potted greens absorb heat and keep your home cool. 3. Gel House Rock!Aloe Vera is your plant for summer. Cut open an Aloe Vera leaf and extract its gel. Massage your face and neck with the gel and rinse in 10-15 minutes. It works wonders for the skin and keeps your face cool. Alternatively, fill the gel into small and medium zip lock pouches. Freeze the pouches for an hour and use as ice packs! Fold the smaller bags in little pieces of cloth and use as eye-packs to feel fresh instantly. 4. Window PainUse bamboo chick blinds or thick curtains to cover your windows right from the morning – go for dark colours since they absorb heat. Just remember, don’t let sunlight in and your home will stay cool.advertisementSource: Pinterest 5. Lighter side of lifeIf you’re still using incandescent bulbs, get rid of them now! They consume a lot more energy and emanate heat. Go for cooler options like CFLs and LEDs. For best results, simply switch off all your lights. 6. Shut Down ButtonKeep in mind that any appliance you use generates heat – fridge, inverters, washing machines, computers and even phone chargers. So switch them off when not in use.Avoid opening the fridge too often…  the increased hard work for the fridge makes it generate more heat.Source: Giphy 7. Cool the air conditionerIn case you didn’t know, keeping the AC cool goes a long way in improving its working efficiency. So, build a shade for it using cardboard or thermocol. Make sure you don’t block the airflow. Also, clean the AC filter every three days. Dirty filters make the AC work harder and consume more electricity.Source: Pinterest 8. The summer dietDrink gallons of water and eat fruits and vegetables with high water content (cucumber, lettuce, radish, tomato, spinach, green bell peppers, water melon, strawberry and peach are a few examples). Also, try and eat lots of curd or flavoured yoghurt.Source: Pinterest Don’t forget to swap the hot cup of coffee or tea for a cooler alternative like iced tea.9. Spicy food for thoughtYep, you read that right. Spicy food actually helps cool down your body. The fire in your mouth raises your body temperature to match the temperature outside. That in turn increases your blood circulation and you start sweating. As this moisture evaporates, you cool off. Tandoori snack, anyone?Spicier the better! Source: Giphy 10. Summer coloursDuring high temperatures, try and stick to light coloured clothes – dark colours absorb more heat. Loose-fitting, cotton clothing also helps.Source: Giphy 11. Linen for the seasonUse cotton sheets and covers, and go for lighter colours. Silk and satin can wait for winters! For better results, an hour before going to sleep, leave your sheets in the freezer.Source: Pinterest These were some basic ideas… Here are some not so basic suggestions to beat the heat12. Start trippin’Take a trip to the mountains or a beach. Escape the heat and blow off some steam.Source: Giphy 13. Use the bathroom exhaustYour bathroom has an exhaust fan for a reason. Use it. The exhaust sucks out the hot air and gives a nice cooling effect.Source: Giphy 14. Not just carpool, do ‘pool-pool’Find a friend who has a pool or take a membership in the nearest swimming pool. If a dip can’t cool you down, nothing can.Source: Reddit 15. Make your own spray mist with PVC pipes If you have a balcony or a garden… go crazy!16. Water idea sir ji!Host a weekend water fight. Balloons, water pipes.. it’ll be like holi without the colours!Source: Giphy 17. Ice, ice babyFreeze water bottles and use them as ice packs. Plastic is great, steel is even better!advertisement18. Thanda fundaFill your hot water bottle with cold water and/or stick it in the freezer.Source: Pinterest 19. Freeze fanPut a bowl of ice in front of a table fan or cooler and get instant, in-your-face cooling.Source: Pinterest 20. Make your own AC!YouTube is full of tutorials on how to make your own AC. All you’ll need is a table fan, a bucket, some tools and loads of ice. If you’re up for it, here are a couple of ideas. You’ll find all these materials at your local hardware shop.   21. Most importantly, do nothing!Sleep a lot and just chill!Just do it.Which means, don’t do it. 🙂last_img read more

Australia toughen helmet standards 18 months after Phillip Hughes’ death

first_imgAustralia’s cricket board will make it compulsory for players to wear helmets when facing fast and medium-paced bowling in line with recommendations from a review into the death of Test batsman Phillip Hughes. (Safer helmet would not have saved Phillip Hughes, says report)Wicketkeepers and players fielding close to the wicket will also have to wear helmets in first class matches in accordance with the David Curtain review, which was released on Wednesday.The helmets, mandatory in games and during practice, must adhere to the highest British standard, Cricket Australia (CA) said.Hughes was struck on the back of the head by a rising delivery when batting for South Australia in a domestic match in November 2014.He died two days later in a Sydney hospital aged 25.”There’s not a day that goes by where we don’t think of Phillip,” CA boss James Sutherland told reporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday.”This report won’t bring him back and it won’t do anything to ease the pain of his family or his loved ones who miss him most. (Cricket Australia asks ICC to consider ‘concussion substitutes’)”But we have a responsibility and a duty to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.”Hughes’s death shocked the cricketing world and ignited a debate about safety standards, particularly for batsmen, who face fast bowling that can exceed 150 kilometres per hour (93 mph).Hughes was wearing an Australian standard helmet when he was struck but the Curtain report said even the newer British standard helmet available at the time would not have afforded him extra protection from the blow.advertisementThe report also said an apparent delay in the arrival of the ambulance team that treated Hughes played no part in his death.”I am of the opinion the attention received by Phillipafter being struck had no role whatsoever on his subsequent demise, due to the nature and severity of his injury,” it said.The report also recommended wicketkeepers play with protective eye-wear but stopped short of endorsing the clip-on neck guards on the back of helmets, which some players have worn after Hughes’s death.Sutherland said CA still encouraged players to wear the guards but conceded, like the report, that more research was required to determine whether they actually increased safety.”Were certainly taking up the running on that to make sure we understand it better,” he said.Sutherland said the board had also sought approval from the International Cricket Council to trial the use of injury substitutes who could bat and bowl in domestic games.Substitutes have been permitted to replace injured or ill players in matches for over 100 years but are not allowed to bat, bowl or act as wicketkeepers or captains, according to the laws of the game.Initially the substitutes would replace players ruled out by concussion but in future their use could be expanded to include other forms of injury, Sutherland added.last_img read more

Andy Murray storms into French Open fourth round

first_imgAfter a pair of five-setters, Andy Murray made it through to the fourth round of the French Open in only three. The second-seeded Murray, who spent more than seven hours on court in the first two rounds, beat Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Friday.Murray was in control from the start, quickly jumping to a 5-0 lead. The big-serving, 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Karlovic wound up with only 14 aces after hitting a tournament-high 72 aces through the opening two rounds.RAONIC ALSO MOVES ONMilos Raonic also advanced, overcoming an aching hip to beat 133rd-ranked “lucky loser” Andrej Martin of Slovakia 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3.Raonic said he will have tests on the aching left hip that led him to ask for painkillers during his match on Court 1.”I just tried to fight through,” the eighth-seeded Canadian said. “I’m happy with the fact that I was able to continue.”In the women’s draw, Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep and Samantha Stosur all made it through to the fourth round. But two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost to Shelby Rogers 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0.Rogers, an American ranked 108th, is now into the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.The fourth-seeded Muguzura beat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-3, 6-0, while Halep had a tougher time against Japanese teen Naomi Osaka. Halep won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in what was the 18-year-old Osaka’s first match against a top-10 player.Playing in only her second major tournament, Osaka won the first set but then struggled against the 2014 French Open runner-up from Romania.advertisement”I’m just going to take this as like a learning lesson,” Osaka said. “Maybe I managed to like worry her for a second there.”Halep broke Osaka to love in her first service game of the second set and converted the first of two break points at 5-2 to level at one-set each. In the third, Halep again broke Osaka to love for a 5-3 lead and then served out the victory.Muguruza, who was the runner-up at Wimbledon last year and reached the quarterfinals at the French Open in 2014 and 2015, lost one service game to Wickmayer in the first set but otherwise had no real difficulties.Wickmayer had no break points in the second set and saved none of the six she faced, while Muguruza had an impressive ratio of 19 winners to only 11 unforced errors.last_img read more

Virat Kohli and I have always been aggressive: Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgAjinkya Rahane’s rise in the international arena has been phenomenal ever since he burst onto the scene in 2011. Five years down the line, he remains one of the most improved and consistent players in the Indian Test and ODI teams.The diminutive right-hander from Mumbai has taken giant strides in Test cricket in the past couple of years with consistent performances, especially on overseas tours. India’s selectors have taken note of that and rewarded him with the vice-captain’s post for the upcoming Test tour to the West Indies. (Also Read: Test vice-captaincy will bring the best out of me, says Rahane)The 28-year-old has notched up Test centuries all around the world that too on some of the most iconic cricket grounds. Through sheer hard work and dedication, Rahane has completely turned around his fortunes after a forgetful debut against Australia in New Delhi, where he only managed single digits in both the innings at the Feroz Shah Kotla.Six centuries followed after that, four of which have come on grounds like the Basin Reserve in New Zealand, Lord’s, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the P. Sara Oval in Colombo. His captain Virat Kohli has played a vital role in helping Rahane become the player that he is today. (Rahane says West Indies Test series will be challenging)BLOSSOMING RAHANE-KOHLI FIRMThe pair has stitched up some memorable partnerships in the recent past and seem to have taken over the job of guiding India’s middle-order from retired legends Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.advertisementIt all started during India’s Boxing Day Test against South Africa in Durban in 2013. After scoring an unbeaten 51 in the first innings, Rahane missed out on his maiden century by just four runs in the second innings. But it was his gutsy partnership with Kohli which probably changed Rahane’s approach to the game forever.”Yes, that partnership with Virat in Durban – a Dale Steyn delivery had hit me on the helmet and I didn’t react, I didn’t want to, so Virat came and told me ‘attack kar isko’ (attack him). When your partner gives you a positive response (it boosts your confidence and) I too responded positively saying yes, I am going to attack. That attitude is inside both of us from the beginning,” Rahane told BCCI.TV in an exclusive interview.”As we continued to play together we understood and got an idea of each other’s game and we have both been enjoying batting with each other.”Running between the wickets and communication is very important, but how you do it also matters. You can communicate in various ways but positivity and having intent is very important when you are playing in the middle.”KOHLI KEY FOR AJINKYARahane and Kohli have managed 1094 runs at an average of 54.70 in 21 Test innings, including three century partnerships. Their success is all down to the chemistry that these two share when batting for India. Rahane says that they compliment each other really well.”He is aggressive and I am calm so that combination works for us. In a way I too am aggressive but I don’t show it; he is different. Each individual is different and that benefits both of us in different ways.”When I need to be aggressive he boosts me and when he needs to cool down then I am able to probably help him. During practice also we keep talking to each other, discussing what should be the approach and how to bat in different situations. To enjoy that and communicate is very important,” he added. (New fitness levels have helped my batting, fielding: Virat Kohli)Rahane also endorses the fact that the key to any partnership on a cricket field is trust between the players.”It is important that you trust your partner. Virat reads the bowler well and I feel that whether it is Virat or someone else if you have trust in your partner then you can enjoy the partnership and it’s because of that trust that we began enjoying each other’s company.”Not only on the field but off the field as well we continue to communicate and that trust is the factor that has helped our partnership,” he concluded.last_img read more

How Anil Kumble quashed Ravichandran Ashwin’s notion about ‘celebrities’

first_imgIndian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin used to believe all the hype around celebrities go down the drain once he interacted with them in close quarters. However, newly-appointed India coach Anil Kumble has quashed his notions. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner is in awe of his master and the way he has managed the Indian unit so far.”There is a saying that when you get too close to celebrities, you get disappointed. It is something that some people have told me and I have also personally gone into it. But with respect to Anil bhai, whatever I thought and whatever I measured from a distance has come true,” Ashwin told (Also read: Kumble making us comfortable in our roles, responsibilities: Rahul) ‘IT IS THE SAME MAN’ Kumble, despite not having the ability to turn the ball much, focussed on line and length to produce results. The hard-working Karnataka bowler reaped rewards and went on to become India’s most successful bowler in Tests and one-day internationals. (Also read: Ashwin, Jadeja shine for India in second warm-up match) Ashwin has seen coach Kumble bringing in all his skills and experience to help his wards on the field.”It is the same man, same kind of dripline, intensity. Everything has been fabulous. He has brought in a lot of energy. He has brought in meticulousness among the group. There is a lot of planning when he is around. He has brought in very good dripline in the nets where batsmen get out of the nets at a perfect time for a start. (Series win in West Indies will change fans’ perception: Jadeja)advertisement”These are nice things that I expected Anil bhai would bring in and that is exactly what he has done.”‘WILL TRY AND BE BORING’ Ashwin, who suffered an injury during Team India’s preparatory camp in Bengaluru earlier this month, has recovered in time and is doing what he knows best. After warming the benches in the first tour game against West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI, the off-spinner decimated the opposition in the first innings of the ongoing three-day tour game. He has already dealt the first blow in the second innings with an early wicket minutes before the close of play on Day 2.The No. 2-ranked Test bowler says he is prepared to be patient and keep looking for wickets in the longest format of the game.”I am sure, I will have to be prepared for the long haul and try and be as boring as possible in terms of trying to plug away all day long. Once the results come, they will come faster. That is what I observed from the last game,” he said.’TAKE PRIDE IN BEING THE LEADER’ Ashwin had a dream year in 2015, in which he finished as the highest-wicket taker in Tests with 62 scalps from 9 Tests at an impressive average of 17.20. In West Indies, the off-spinner is expected to lead the pack and help his team take 20 West Indies wickets in every Test.Ashwin says he doesn’t feel pressure being the leader of the unit but feels motivated to give his best.”I think whatever it is, being the leader of the pack is something that I take pride in. The team is going to look forward to you to try and deliver the breakthroughs and get the vital wickets required.”The challenge that comes with it is pressure. As I have always mentioned and maintained that pressure is something I play for, and it is one thing that keeps you going and I enjoy it,” he said.last_img read more

Rick Pitino to coach Greek national basketball team

first_imgWhat’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? “Really honored to be coaching the Greek National team,” Pitino wrote on Twitter. “Have a lot of work and preparation ahead but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”The 67-year-old American coached Greek club Panathinaikos last season and guided the team to victory in the country’s cup competition before returning to the United States. He remains popular among Greek fans despite his outspoken criticism of smoking and rowdy behavior by spectators at games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceNBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo both play for Greece and the Milwaukee Bucks.The Greeks narrowly missed out on reaching the quarterfinals at the World Cup in China in September. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ PBA Press Corps awards night PLAY LIST 01:15PBA Press Corps awards night02:45Senate joint panel suggests IAS be separated from PNP01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Rice industry paralysis Brunei netball team aims medal finish at SEA Games Pitino spent much of his career jumping between the college ranks and the NBA, coaching the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks as well as Kentucky and Louisville.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics in this Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, file photo Former Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino looks on during a Euroleague basketball match, between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos in Piraeus near Athens. Greece’s Basketball Federation says U.S. coaching great Rick Pitino has agreed to coach the national team and lead its effort to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Pitino would be officially presented Monday, when details of his agreement would be announced. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, file)ATHENS, Greece — Rick Pitino has agreed to coach the Greek national basketball team and lead the country’s effort to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Greek basketball federation said Friday that Pitino will be officially presented on Monday, when details of his agreement will be announced.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


first_img(REOPENS FGN 43) (REOPENS FGN 43) Earlier, Sakshi ended Indias wait for a medal by clinching the bronze in the 58kg category, pulling off a sensational 8-5 victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova in the Play-off bout, here. The 23-year-old from Rohtak became only the fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal as she earned the dramatic win after falling behind 0-5 in the do-or-die bout on day 12. Weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London) and shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London) were the only other women players from India to have won a medal in Olympics. Like in three of the four other bouts earlier in the day, Sakshi won the crucial bout after coming from behind. She, in fact, had lost 2-9 in the quarter-finals to Russias Valeriia Koblova in the fifth bout of the day before getting a second chance in repechage when her conqueror reached the final. Sakshis victory brought cheers to the Indian contingent that had endured agonising 11 days without a medal. Sakshi turned the tables on the Kyrgyzstan wrestler in the dying seconds of the bout as Tynybekova was in complete command in most part of the clash. Tynybekova grabbed Sakshis leg and quickly earned two points before adding one more for the Indians passivity. She repeated her move and successfully bagged two more points to lead 5-0 at the break. Sakshi could open the scoring only in the second period and got two points after throwing her rival down and out of the mat. She then managed to earn two points again with a similar move to bring down the margin to 4-5. Thereafter, it was no looking back for the Indian girl and she took the opponent down to level the scores 5-5. But she did not stop there and gained three more points by pinning down the Kyrgyzstan wrestler in the dying moments of the match. She had earlier stormed into the bronze medal play-off round with a dominating performance in her repechage round, where she thrashed Purevdorjiin Orkhon of Mongolia 12-3. Both the wrestlers matched each other in the first period and the scores were 2-2 at the break. PTI CM SSRadvertisementlast_img read more

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are engaged?

first_imgKaty Perry may soon be the new Mrs Orlando Bloom after she was spotted wearing a massive diamond ring on her left finger during a date.In some pictures, Perry looked gorgeous in a nude-colored coat over a gray jumpsuit and a red belt during a date night at The Polo Bar in New York City.Sporting pink lips and a high ponytail, she was all smiles while walking next to Bloom and showing off a massive diamond sparkler on her ring finger, reported Entertainment Tonight.The pair, who began dating earlier this year, were also seen holding hands as they made their way into the restaurant.According to an eyewitness, they “looked happy together.”Prior to their romance, Perry dated her on-and-off boyfriend for years, John Mayer, while Bloom split from Miranda Kerr in 2013.Bloom and Kerr are parents to 5-year-old son Flynn.Neither Perry nor Bloom has responded to the engagement rumours.last_img read more


first_imgSeveral major international sporting events are on the Several major international sporting events are on the calendar in the coming months, including the IAAF (athletics) World Championships in London in August next year. The Winter Olympics take place in Pyeongchang in February 2018 and Russia is due to hold the football World Cup that summer.McLaren identified doping as being rife in Russian athletics and weightlifting, but his report found evidence of banned substances being used in football too.”We didnt really have a chance to look at Russian soccer across the board, to look at different teams and whats going on,” McLaren told AFP after presenting his report findings in London.”I think there are 33 footballers listed in the report. Not all of those are Russian by the way — some are foreigners.”That led British MP Damian Collins to question whether Russia was fit to host the 2018 World Cup.”FIFA now have to look very seriously at the way in which the World Cup is going to be staged,” Collins, of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, told the BBC.”How can Russia give confidence to FIFA and to the world that there will be proper anti-doping measures in place during the World Cup?” AFP AH AHlast_img read more

Germany call on Can as Rudiger withdraws

first_imgEmre Can has been called up to Germany’s squad for their upcoming Nations League games after Antonio Rudiger and Kai Havertz pulled out through injury.Rudiger and Havertz both played the full 90 minutes for Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen respectively on Sunday, but will sit out their country’s clashes against Netherlands and France.Their absence has opened the door for Juventus midfielder Can, who has not featured for Joachim Low’s side since November 2017. 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! Marco Reus had already dropped out after picking up a knee injury, with Schalke striker Mark Uth the only new face in an experienced squad.Germany have offered a positive response to a humbling showing at World Cup 2018.The defending champions exited a summer showpiece in Russia at the group stage, much to the surprise of a global audience.They were, however, to put in a promising display against newly-crowned world champions France during the first international break of 2018-19.Low’s side held Les Bleus to a goalless draw at the Allianz Arena before going on to edge out Peru 2-1.last_img read more

JLR cuts prices of two models by up to Rs 4.08 lakh in India

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 23 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has slashed prices of its two models in India by up to Rs 4.08 lakh to take on German rivals.The company has cut the price of diesel-powered Land Rover Discovery Sport by Rs 4.08 lakh to Rs 43.8 lakh from the earlier price of Rs 47.88 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).Besides, it has also reduced price of Range Rover Evoque diesel by Rs 3.25 lakh to Rs 45.85 lakh from Rs 49.10 lakh earlier.”Land Rover cars are increasing in popularity and in order to expand the reach of this iconic brand, we have revised and re-positioned the prices of some of our products,” JLR India Managing Director Rohit Suri told PTI.The move would help the company make its products competitive and thus enabling more customers to join the Land Rover family in India, he added.The two vehicles compete with the likes of Audi Q3, Q5, Mercedes GLC, GLE and BMWs X3.JLR sells a range of models through 24 authorised outlets in the country. PTI MSS MR SRKlast_img read more