The very concept of sales creates a lot of anxiety for some people. Fear is one of the biggest obstacles for most sales professionals. But fear isn’t the only thing that does you a disservice; there are other responses you need to shed to perform better in professional sales:Panic: Unless your physical safety is threatened, there are not a lot of great reasons to panic. The flight response that may have served you on the plains isn’t very useful when it comes to First World problems. If something bad is happening, expending a lot of negative emotional energy isn’t going to help anything. Fear in all its forms deprives you of your resourcefulness. As a leader, panic also causes others to panic. You are better served by working on solving your problems, whatever they are.Anger: Being angry doesn’t improve any situation. Expressing your anger doesn’t help you influence people or inspire them to take action on your behalf. Expressing how upset you are and venting might make you feel better, but it does nothing to improve the underlying condition that you chose to respond to with anger.Awfulizing: Awfulizing is making things worse than they really are. You can identify language that indicates that you are awfulizing because it often starts with a generalization, like “No one ever does what they say they will do.” Or, “this is the worst thing that’s ever happened.” Thinking things are worse than they are doesn’t make things any better. Only trying to make things better makes things better.Fearing the wrong danger: It’s not the first time I’ve written this, I know. It isn’t helpful to fear the wrong danger. It’s helpful to face the right danger. If you are afraid of being rejected, the real danger is not making the call, having the conversation, or making the attempt at all. It doesn’t serve you to fear something with little consequence for failure while avoiding doing something with larger consequences for failure.Blame: You are never served by blaming someone else. Blaming others is how you avoid responsibility. But if you are not responsible for the outcomes that make you unhappy, then you are not empowered to do something different to produce a better outcome. It’s not the fault of the economy. It’s not the fault of the President. It’s not the fault of your manager. You serve yourself by taking full responsibility.Excuses: You are never served by making excuses. One of the ways our ego protects itself is by absolving itself of responsibility when we make mistakes or when we do wrong. But if you made the mistake or did wrong, the excuse changes nothing. You are better served taking responsibility, apologizing, and making things better.Pessimism: You gain nothing by being pessimistic. You lose much by not being optimistic and hopeful. Deciding that you are a “realist” is really a form of pessimism. There is a difference between looking at what might go wrong and doing something about it, and believing that nothing can go right. An optimist can look at what might go wrong and still believe they can succeed. Negativity never serves you.Trying to control the uncontrollable: Almost everything is outside of your control. And because it is outside of your control, there is very little you can do about almost everything. The fastest way to become frustrated is by wanting to control things, especially other people. You serve yourself by accepting that there are things outside of your control, and moving on to areas where you can make a difference.Not using your influence where it is useful: Even though you may not have control, there are things that you can influence. You can’t control your employees, but you can invest in their personal growth and well-being and, by doing so, influence how well they perform. You can’t control your prospective clients, but you can have a presence, listen deeply, and care enough about their outcomes to create a preference for you and your solution. It doesn’t serve you to worry about what you can’t control, but it does serve you to influence what you can.
Manoj Tiwary staked his claim for a spot in the Indian Test team with a determined knock of 93, helping India A recover from a wobbly start to reach 369 for nine on Day One of the three-day warm-up game against the touring England on Tuesday.Tiwary’s knock came after quick-fire half-centuries from opener Abhinav Mukund and comeback man Yuvraj Singh as India A skipper Suresh Raina elected to bat after winning the toss at the Brabourne Stadium.The Bengal captain faced 150 balls and hit 11 fours in his 202-minute knock, looking set for a deserving century before he got out trying to play across against England’s pacer Tim Bresnan. At stumps, R Vinay Kumar (25) and Parwinder Awana (11) were at the crease.Tiwary, who came in with India A struggling at 140 for four, pulled the innings together, putting on a century partnership with Irfan Pathan (46). The duo put on 110 for the seventh wicket in 168 balls to take the team past the 300-mark.Earlier, Mukund made 73 with 16 fours after living dangerously in the beginning while Yuvraj, dropped first ball by Samit Patel off Tim Bresnan, slammed four sixes and seven fours for his 80-ball 59 before both fell to England’s main spinner Graeme Swann on either side of lunch.In the battle for the no. 6 spot in the Indian Test batting line-up, Yuvraj definitely impressed more than Raina, who could manage only a tentative 20.Off-spinner Graeme Swann (centre) finished with 3 wickets for 90 runs.Click here to EnlargeThe home team lost Mukund, Murali Vijay (7) and Ajinkya Rahane (4) in their first session total of 113 and then surrendered the wickets of Raina (20), Yuvraj and Wridhiman Saha (20) in the second session.advertisementPathan was out leg before to Swann after tea while Bresnan got rid off Tiwary and Ashok Dinda off successive balls. He ended with figures of 3/59 in 20 overs, having earlier taken the wicket of Rahane, while Swann claimed 3/90 in 23 overs.England XI were handicapped by a right thigh injury to pacer Steven Finn while fielding, who limped off after just four overs and has been ruled out for the rest of the game.
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES “They’re deserving of special things,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Not going to the Final Four is a huge disappointment for us.”Williamson is expected to go pro and be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft.Asked whether he was done in college, he replied: “I mean, obviously, it’s a high possibility, but I’m not really focused on that right now.”Barrett is considered a top-three talent, too, and while he had 21 points, six rebounds and six assists against Michigan State, he also ended up with seven turnovers and missed one of two free throws with a chance to tie the game.After his first foul shot was off, Barrett wanted to miss the second, because Duke was down by two with 5.2 seconds and hadn’t fouled enough yet to set up a 1-and-1 for the Spartans. But it bounced high off the rim and slipped through the net.“It’s funny that it went in,” Barrett said, his voice a monotone.Funny how the Big Dance is coming to a close, too. After 14 of the top 16 seeds made it through the opening weekend — including all the No. 1s — the more surprising results arrived now, one after another.Duke, North Carolina and Gonzaga all are gone.So is the most talked-about player in all of college basketball, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound combination of size, strength and speed, known to many by just one name: Zion.“For us to come this far, I’m proud of everybody,” Williamson said Sunday night. “It’s been an incredible ride.” /gsg Young’s buzzer-beating jumper lifts Hawks past Bucks in OT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Two other members of their class were sitting in Duke’s locker room after a 68-67 loss to Michigan State in the East Region final Sunday: Tre Jones covered his face with a white towel and sobbed; Cam Reddish put his right hand on the nape of Jones’ neck to console him.“Our bond is very deep. I don’t think nobody will ever understand it, because all season long, we were under the microscope,” said Williamson, who had game-highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds.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, logistics“People said we wouldn’t do this, we wouldn’t do that. And I think we exceeded all their expectations. I’m very proud of my brothers.”Actually, he was a player so dynamic, and Duke was a team so talented, that plenty of folks thought they were capable of anything — including a national championship. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants After squeaking by in their previous two games by a combined total of three points when their opponents missed last-second chances from close range, Williamson and the Blue Devils could not quite come through this time.They didn’t exactly lose to a nobody, of course: Led by Big Ten Player of the Year Cassius Winston, No. 2 seed Michigan State is headed to its eighth Final Four under coach Tom Izzo. Still, the Blue Devils were a 2-1 title favorite after Selection Sunday and a pick in more than a third of ESPN’s brackets.“We obviously had some pretty big-name guys and they had a lot of hype around them and things like that,” Jones said.“No one was jealous or insecure. Everyone just accepted it and had as much fun with it as we could.”Now the question becomes how many of the key freshmen — that quartet accounted for all but eight of Duke’s points on Sunday — will return.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski talks to his players during the second half of an NCAA men’s East Regional final college basketball game against Michigan State in Washington, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — Twenty minutes after his first and, in all likelihood, last season at Duke ended with an Elite Eight exit, Zion Williamson trudged through an arena hallway, his head down.Following closely behind was teammate RJ Barrett, another fabulous freshman for the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 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 Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving
childhood.F1Formule Onelewis hamilton First Published: October 26, 2019, 12:53 PM IST Mexico City: Formula One’s world champion-elect Lewis Hamilton has been scarred for life by racist abuse that he experienced as a young driver, Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff said on Friday.”When Lewis was younger he was the only black kid among the white kids, and I know he was racially abused on the track,” said Wolff. “If that happens to an eight-year-old, or a 10-year-old, it just leaves scars that will not go away.”Speaking ahead of Hamilton’s attempt to win his sixth world championship at Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix, Wolff said the Briton — F1’s only black driver — has gained a mature perspective after surviving discrimination to rise from karting to the summit of motorsport.”If, as a child, you have had to overcome abuse and discrimination, on one side it makes you a stronger personality, but on the other side it also leaves scars,” Wolff added.”Today, Lewis has a good and mature perspective, but the scars are certainly there. That is not the only motivating factor for him — those scars are a witness of having survived.”We have to acknowledge that we are not very diverse in Formula One and I have certainly learned through Lewis to accept that it is difficult to overcome discrimination from time to time.”Hamilton has been accused of hypocrisy after he came out in support of environmental causes, revealing he had sold his private plane and introduced a complete ban on plastics in his daily life.”Exceptional personalities tend to polarise. He wears his heart on his sleeve, he has opinions and by expressing them you will always run the risk of polarising. That is human nature,” said Wolff.Hamilton, 34, will secure his sixth world title and third in successive years if he outscores Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 14 points on Sunday Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com 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.
Making a comeback from a shoulder injury, India opener KL Rahul is “still very nervous” and his body is still “very unsure” four days before the start of the three-Test series against Sri Lanka.”I am still very nervous. The body is still very unsure and it keeps holding me back every time. That’s the biggest challenge coming back from injury,” Rahul told ‘bcci.tv’.The 25-year-old Rahul cracked a half century in the his first outing – a two-day warm-up game against Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.He said it was tough staying away from cricket for long.”I haven’t been happier ever in my life. It has been quite a tough time to be away from cricket, to be away from the thing that you love the most.”To just sit at home and watch the boys playing, it was really hard for me. It did make me a lot stronger, made me value my life, my opportunities and here I am, back in.”It feels good to be back holding the bat and hitting the ball to the boundary.”The Karnataka batsman spoke about the times at the National Cricket Academy and his rehabilitation process.”Watching the Champions Trophy and the loss in the final was heart-breaking but the way the boys played the whole tournament was really exciting. I was missing being part of the team. So, rehab basically for me is possibly the most boring thing you can ever do, most honestly.”Just wake up every morning and to do the same boring thing again and again is quite tiring and it starts to get to you. You start questioning yourself, asking yourself if you really want to do all these boring things.”advertisementRahul has been bogged down by injuries in his brief international career, and this was the first one that required a major surgery.”You know that you are physically fit and you have done everything that you can, worked really hard, you are feeling stronger, you are feeling fitter. But the mind always tells you what if it happens again, what if you have to go through the same grind for three months, what if your shoulder is not ready, what if you come back early?”There are a lot of questions, a lot of doubts and that’s the biggest challenge and fight for me. But so far, I have been doing well. I have been enjoying each day and I have been a person who takes it as it comes,” he added.
India took their Asian Games 2018 medal tally to 15 as five medals were earned on Wednesday.Rahi Sarnobat scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.Shooter Rahi Sarnobat wins historic gold for IndiaIn the shoot-off, Rahi hit three while the Thai shooter missed three to settle for the silver medal as the Indian improved upon her bronze medal winning feat at the 2014 edition.India also bagged four bronze medals in the wushu sanda competition at the 18th Asian Games on Wednesday. This is the best ever medal haul by India in wushu at the Asian Games.Three medals came from the men’s competition as Santosh Kumar (56 kiloram), Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh (60kg) and Narender Grewal (65kg) lost in their respective semi-finals. Each losing semi-finalist is assured of a bronze medal.India lose all four wushu semi-finals, settle for bronzeSantosh lost 0-2 to Vietnam’s Truong Giang Bui, while Singh lost by a similar margin to Erfan Ahangarian of Iran. Grewal also suffered a 0-2 loss, to Foroud Zafari of Iran.Naorem Roshibina Devi took a bronze in the women’s section after losing 0-1 to China’s Cai YingYing in the 60kg semi-finals.Day 3: WRAPSaurabh, 16, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).advertisementSaurabh’s compatriot Abhishek Verma won bronze in the same event with a score of 219.3.16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreSaurabh and Abhishek’s success was followed up by shooter Sanjeev Rajput, who bagged silver in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions to take India’s tally to eight. Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma won medals for India in men’s 10m air pistol event (AP Photo)Shooter Sanjeev Rajput claims 3rd silver medal for IndiaIndia also clinched a medal in a game that many would have been unfamiliar of. The Indian team settled for bronze medal in Sepak takraw men’s team regu.India win first medal in sepak takrawIn the last medal of the day came from wrestler Divya Kakran, who bagged bronze in women’s 68kg freestyle category.Divya Kakran gets bronze in women’s wrestlingWrestler Divya Kakran won her first Asian Games medal when she beat Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the bronze medal match in Jakarta.Day 2: WRAPVinesh defeated Yuki 6-2 in the 50kg category final to bag the top prize and take India’s tally of gold medals to two at the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia.Vinesh Phogat 1st Indian woman wrestler to win Asian Games gold medalEarlier in the day, Shooter Deepak Kumar and Lakshay won silver each in 10m air rifle and men’s trap respectively.India bag 2nd shooting medal as Deepak Kumar claims silverThe 33-year-old Deepak did not mind the long wait for a major medal, 14 years after he picked up the sport. Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.Lakshay, on the other hand, picked up the gun only four years ago as a teenager and at 20, after managing to hit a total of 43 out of a maximum shots of 50.Shooter Lakshay bags silver in men’s trapLakshay is now a silver-medallist at the Asiad, equalling the feat achieved by former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu at the 2006 Doha edition.Day 1: WRAP Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event (Reuters Photo)The first medal came for India when shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event.The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.Shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar win first medal for IndiaWrestler Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day after he opened India’s gold account at the 18th Games, as he won the 65kg category.Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.advertisement
30 male and 30 female nominees from 10 diverse fields shortlistedOne male and one female winner from each categoryJudged by 8 eminent panelistsWinners to be declared by online voting that will remain open during January 14th-27th, 2019Winners to be awarded on February 4th, 2019 in BengaluruWith an aim to be the most preferred bank for the youth, the country’s largest lender, State Bank of India, announced the launch of ‘YONO 20 Under Twenty’ to recognize and reward young achievers below 20 years of age across 10 diverse fields. YONO India’s first and only comprehensive digital platform that offers lifestyle and banking services has increasingly gained traction amongst India’s youth. In line with this, SBI plans to honour 20 young achievers in 10 categories such as sustainability, performing arts, acting, entrepreneurship or innovation, sports, global Indian, and disability championship among others.SBI kicked off the YONO ’20 Under Twenty’ initiative in Oct 2018 by identifying 100 young individuals who have achieved more than what is expected at their age and have visualized changing the world. The list of 200 boiled down to 60 with 30 male and 30 female nominees. These nominees were short listed by an esteemed jury panel of 8 eminent personalities including Bollywood actresses Soha Ali Khan and Dia Mirza; sports journalist and author Boria Majumdar; Sashi Sreedharan, MD, Microsoft India; Dilip Asbe, MD & CEO, NPCI; social media influencer and comedian Mallika Dua, among others. The entire process has been independently managed by the prestigious audit firm KPMG.The jury members shortlisted three names (3 males and 3 females) under each category. One person each from all the categories would, eventually, be picked as the winner basis the total number of public votes received. Voting can be done through the online portal that has opened on January 14 and will close on January 27, 2019. People can also vote for their favourite nominees by logging on to www.yonosbi20under20.comadvertisementThe 60 nominees for this grand event include names like Bollywood actors Faisal Khan and Zaira Wasim, athlete Hima Das, cricketer Prithvi Shaw, and Global Indian awardee Sparsh Shah, to name a few. Winners will be felicitated and conferred with the awards at a grand ceremony on February 4, 2019 in Bengaluru.Arijit Basu, MD, Corporate Client Group & IT, SBI said, YONO 20 Under Twenty is SBI’s endeavor to strengthen the bank’s appeal and connect with the youth and we are very excited to host this unique concept. We believe these winners would positively influence, encourage and motivate the youth of India to dream big and become great innovators. It is a matter of pride for SBI to celebrate these young achievers who can make India proud. Achievers are not born with everything magical, it is the result of their effort, ideas and faith that makes them successful and we at SBI would like to congratulate them and wish them all the very best for their inspiring work and making India proud.YONO has recently turned one and in the year gone by, it has received an overwhelming response from its users, purely on the back of its unique and relevant value proposition. The app downloads have actually touched the 1.5 crore mark! In October 2018, SBI also launched the YONO Shopping Festival (which was trending on Twitter), the first ever bank to come up with a property like this.About State Bank of India:State Bank of India (SBI), the largest commercial bank in terms of assets, deposits, branches, customers and employees, is also the largest mortgage lender in the country. As on September 30, 2018, the bank has a deposit base of Rs. 28.07 lakh crore with CASA ratio of 45.27% and advances of Rs. 20.69 lakh crore. SBI commands a 34.28% market share in Home Loans and a 34.27% market share in Auto Loans. The Bank has the largest network of nearly 22,300 branches in India and an ATM network of nearly 59,500 ATMs. The number of SBI customers using internet banking facility are 5.5 crore customers. The number of customers engaged with the mobile banking services of SBI stand at 1.25 crore. Downloads for YONO – an integrated digital and lifestyle platform by SBI – are over 1 Crore, with more than 3 lakh logins per day. On social media platforms, SBI has the highest number of followers on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest. The Bank tops the list of followers on Facebook and YouTube across all banks worldwide.
Recently when the India Today Tech met OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, one question that we asked was this: Where does OnePlus go from here? The last few years have been wildly successful for the company. So what is it that the company is bringing in 2019? Lau smiled and said that it was going to be business as usual but in a direction that would see OnePlus offer a phone that would not be just a flagship-killer — in other words, a good enough phone at great prices — but a thorough blue-blooded flagship phone. In other words, he hinted at an ultra-premium OnePlus phone. Today, after the company’s launch event in Bengaluru just hours ago, we know this phone is the OnePlus 7 Pro.”This year we are focussing on an even more premium segment. There is a slight change in strategy. You will see more premium technologies, or even technologies not used in other phones, in a OnePlus device this year,” Lau had told the India Today Tech. Today we know that this device is the OnePlus 7 Pro and as we go about reviewing it, we can see that OnePlus has indeed put some technologies in this phone that you won’t find in any other smartphone right now.If the OnePlus 7 Pro is the most advanced OnePlus phone yet, it is also the most expensive OnePlus since the company entered the market, with prices starting at Rs 48,999. The key question, considering that OnePlus has so far has made its name with good devices priced greatly, is: can OnePlus 7 Pro woo consumers and OnePlus fans in a manner earlier OnePlus phones have done? We will see as the market moves in a mysterious manner and consumers think in myriad ways. But it should be able to because the OnePlus 7 Pro is a fabulous phone with a very reasonable price. As I set out to review this phone, I do believe that the OnePlus 7 Pro is as good as any other top flagship phone. None of them is perfect and neither is the OnePlus 7 Pro. But it’s right up there among the best and it is the most affordable of the lot.advertisementOnePlus 7 Pro: Killer looksOnePlus is changing — and many will say improving — the design of its phones gradually since it launched the OnePlus 3. First, there were metal and straight lines, giving its phones industrial looks. Then gradually glass came into the picture, edges became rounder, giving a warmer and more intimate look to the phones. Now, with the OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus has created a phone that is its roundest yet. The OnePlus 7 Pro looks quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy S10 with its curved edges. The design flows around with no sharp edges, except for the rear camera module that protrudes out of the otherwise smooth glass back cover. On the whole, this is a design that attracts attention, especially when you hold the ravishing Nebula Blue variant of the phone. Do note that at 206 grams this is a relatively heavy smartphone.To get the full-screen design and extremely thin bezels, OnePlus has pushed the earpiece to the top edge and stuffed important sensors, like the proximity and auto-brightness sensors, underneath the display. There’s no notch in this phone, thanks to a motorised pop-up front camera module that we have seen before in Vivo and Oppo smartphones. The curved edges minimise the visual bulk of the side bezels while the chin is extremely slim, something of an engineering marvel in the world of Android.The rear looks like a matured evolution of the OnePlus 6T design, especially with a triple camera setup. Since the display now curves towards the edges, the frame is thin yet houses the usual buttons. The repositioned Alert Slider is now easier to reach and I found myself using it more. There is no headphone jack — that died with the OnePlus 6T — and OnePlus, like Apple, has now stopped bundling the USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack dongle.OnePlus 7 Pro display: Unique for nowSince OnePlus started teasing the OnePlus 7 Pro officially, the company CEO Pete Lau has talked again and again about how the company is focussing on offering world-class display this time that costs three times more than a conventional display in a phone. It seems worth the cost. This may sound exaggeration but this is one of the best smartphone screens I have seen in a while. At 6.67-inches, it’s large enough for everything whether that is gaming, web browsing, watching videos and texting. AMOLED screens are always known for punchy colours but OnePlus has tuned it for more natural tones. At first glance, the toned down colours may not appeal to some people, particularly if they are used to Samsung’s punchy AMOLED screens, but at the same time, you will find the OnePlus 7 Pro screen more vibrantly colourful than what you see in a phone like the Google Pixel 3 XL. It’s a well-balanced screen.advertisementAt a maximum screen resolution of Quad HD+, the display is noticeably sharper than OnePlus 6T display. The 90Hz refresh rate of the display, meanwhile, makes a difference. It’s not just talk but substance too. Currently, there are just a few phones that have high refresh rate screens. On the OnePlus 7 Pro, I found that the faster refresh rate of the display makes the animations and user interface slick. Whether I was watching YouTube videos or gunning down opponents in PUBG, the experience always seemed smoother.One bit that I believe could have been better — and I am here comparing the OnePlus 7 Pro with the Rs 1 lakh iPhone XS Max — is the screen brightness. Again compared to a phone like the Pixel 3 XL, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a brighter screen. But it doesn’t get as bright as the screens in the Galaxy S10+ or the iPhone XS Max and that shows if you look at these phones in direct sunlight.OnePlus 7 Pro performance: Fast and fasterI don’t recall anyone complaining about the performance of a OnePlus smartphone, not since the company moved beyond the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus X. Starting with OnePlus 3, the company has always offered great performance in its phones. The OnePlus 7 Pro outdoes, handily, the previous OnePlus phones as well as the existing Android phones. The OnePlus 7 Pro, like other 2019 flagships, gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. The variant that I had for testing was the top-end model — 12GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage – the latter being another technology that is unique to the OnePlus 7 Pro right now. As usual, Oxygen OS based on Android 9 Pie is there to make efficient use of resources.Out of the box, the OnePlus 7 Pro is effortlessly fast. The Snapdragon 855 offers much more raw performance compared to the Snapdragon 845. But I believe it’s the combination of extremely smooth screen and the fast read and write speeds from the UFS 3.0 storage offers that give the OnePlus 7 Pro an edge. Maybe 12GB RAM too helped on the variant I reviewed as I switched between apps, including gaming apps, effortlessly and without any lags on this phone. For example, one day I was playing PUBG MOBILE and frequently in between I was switching between Gmail, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and there was no lag.The OnePlus 7 Pro is as good as any other top flagship phone. None of them is perfect and neither is the OnePlus 7 Pro. But it’s right up there among the best and it is the most affordable of the lot.The good performance is also likely due to refreshed Oxygen OS that managing apps and how they use the resources more intelligently. The interface is mostly unchanged, with the exception of new wallpapers. Oxygen OS gets some new goodies such as a Zen Mode, which urges you to stay away from the phone for up to 20 minutes at a stretch, in case you want a quick digital detox session. The Messaging app can now intelligently sort SMSes and organise OTP-based texts in a more presentable way, something that will be handy for Indian users. The Roaming feature is a boon for those who frequently travel abroad and need to switch to international networks on the move.advertisementThat said, I would have liked faster animations in new Oxygen OS, particularly on the OnePlus 7 Pro that has such a fluid screen with a high refresh rate. Occasionally, I found the animations on the slower side. There is one area where the OnePlus 7 Pro is much improved compared to earlier OnePlus phones: the in-display fingerprint sensor, likely because the OnePlus 7 Pro is using a newer fingerprint sensor. The sensor on the OnePlus 7 Pro is “OnePlus-fast”. You touch it and it unlocks. The Face Unlock, meanwhile, is slower because before it can work the front camera needs to pop out. Also, I found that in good light, the Face Unlock works brilliantly but in low light it is iffy.Another aspect of the OnePlus 7 Pro that deserves special mention is its audio performance. With a dual stereo speaker setup, the OnePlus 7 Pro can get decently loud and there’s often no need for a Bluetooth speaker to watch a video with a couple of friends.OnePlus 7 Pro cameras: 3 lenses and some magicFirst, the numbers. The OnePlus 7 Pro scores 111 points (118 for still images and 98 for video) in DxOMark score. This is very impressive. And these scores come with camera hardware that too is seemingly very impressive. The main rear camera uses a 48-megapixel Sony-made IMX586 sensor. The actual pixel size is small but using pixel binning the OnePlus 7 Pro main camera can churn out large 1.6um pixels. The camera supports both OIS and EIS. The second camera is a telephoto unit with an 8-megapixel sensor and offers 3X optical zoom with OIS support. The third camera is a 16-megapixel wide-angle unit that has a 117 degrees field of view. The main camera can record up to 4K videos at 60fps and, for the slow-motion side, it can do 780p videos at 480fps. As noted earlier, the standard photo mode takes 12-megapixels as it uses pixel binning to join four pixels together to create superpixels. In good light, the OnePlus 7 Pro captures true-to-life colours with just the right amount of contrast and brightness. In the portrait mode, I found the details somewhat lacking but the separation between the subject and the background is well detailed. The 48-megapixel mode offers more sharpness and gets slightly more accurate colour tones.In lower light, the camera does an aggressive correction to reduce noise and judiciously uses exposure to get the photo right. The results in most cases are impressive. In extremely low light, the normal mode struggles with photos coming out with noise and level of detail going down. But here too if you use the NightScape mode, it is possible to get fairly good-looking and useable photos.IMAGE SAMPLESBoth the zoom lens and wide-angle lens cameras are fun to use, albeit they click fantastic photos only in good light. In low light, their performance comes down a notch or two, with colours losing out on natural tones and loss of detail evident in photos.While shooting 4K videos at 60 fps and 30 fps, the camera ironed out the distortion in terms of brightness and exposure. The OIS and EIS ensure good video stability.The 16-megapixel front camera that uses Sony IMX471 sensor is something I wish could have been better. In well-lit scenarios, the selfies clicked with the OnePlus 7 Pro have vibrant — but enhanced — colours and well-preserved details. But the phone struggles to get the skin tones right in low light and the loss of sharpness is visible in indoor shots as well.Overall, I think that with the OnePlus 7 Pro, finally, OnePlus is offering a phone that has top class camera performance. No, it’s still not the Pixel-class — only Google Pixels offer that — but it is right up there with the sort of performance that you get with the phones like iPhone XS or the Galaxy S10.OnePlus 7 Pro battery: All-day smartphoneThe OnePlus 7 Pro gets a large 4000mAh battery. It’s the biggest one ever to be stuffed in a OnePlus phones. This, when paired with well-optimised Oxygen OS, offers entire day’s battery life even with heavy usage. On an average day, I left my home with the full battery in the OnePlus 7 Pro. Through the day with an hour of gaming, some considerable camera usage and juggling between the usual array of social media and communication apps, I was returning back home late at night with around 25 per cent juice to spare. With more careful usage, I was able to extend the usage to the next day as well. The OnePlus 7 Pro doesn’t have wireless charging but OnePlus has included the fast Warp Charge 30 from the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition with the phone. It recharges the battery faster than the older 20W charger and goes from around 30 per cent to 100 per cent within an hour.OnePlus 7 Pro review: ConclusionFor OnePlus, the OnePlus 7 Pro is a very important phone. Year after year, its fans have asked for a no-holds-barred flagship phone. With the OnePlus 7 Pro, the company tries to answer the prayers of its fans. And it mostly succeeds. There are a few things that could have been better with the OnePlus 7 Pro — screen brightness and the front camera — but truly these are niggles and what phone doesn’t have a few of these.Overall, the OnePlus 7 Pro is a dependable phone from OnePlus, which plays to its strengths and at the same time, tries to give consumers something extra in areas that matter.Overall, the OnePlus 7 Pro is a dependable phone from OnePlus, which plays to its strengths and at the same time, tries to give consumers something extra in areas that matter. The OnePlus 7 Pro, like other OnePlus phones, is fantastically fast. Similar to phones like the OnePlus 6T, it comes packed with a gorgeous display. It offers that incredible fast charge. But at the same time, it throws in something extra and improves on areas where the improvement was needed, such as the camera performance.The design changes are subtle — and better — in many ways, albeit I would have liked a slightly lighter phone. But then, that probably would have also smaller battery, and I do prefer the battery life of the OnePlus 7 Pro. The cameras, with their wide-angle and zoom lenses, are not only fun but are improved enough to be in the top league. Oxygen OS is clean and useful. What more do you need, particularly when you are spending Rs 48,999 on a phone? Probably nothing more because if you are looking for something more, you are looking for something perfect — perfect doesn’t exist. The OnePlus 7 Pro is near perfect and that should be good enough for you.OnePlus 7 Pro review 8.5/10 ProsSuperb displayVery fastImpressive rear camerasConsAverage front camSlightly heavy
Benjamin Mendy was chased by two stewards as he ran onto the pitch to celebrate Manchester City’s win over Liverpool on Thursday night.The injured left-back, wearing a bright orange jacket and white jeans, was presumably mistaken for a supporter as he darted from the tunnel area to congratulate his team-mates at the full-time whistle.A video posted on Twitter shows Mendy racing towards Sergio Aguero, who scored the opening goal of the game in the huge title race clash at the Etihad Stadium, to celebrate with the Argentine, with the stewards following behind. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And he had reason to be delighted with the result, with City claiming a 2-1 win that brings them to within four points of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.Mendy found the video of him running on the pitch, pursued by stewards (nicked from his Insta) pic.twitter.com/FyUa6AEdi7— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) January 4, 2019Jurgen Klopp’s Reds had started the game well and looked certain to take the lead when John Stones’s attempted clearance smashed directly off Ederson and looped towards goal.He somehow managed to chase back and clear the ball to safety, however, with goal-line technology ruling that the ball was a matter of millimetres from crossing the line.City would eventually lead through Aguero and then, despite Roberto Firmino pulling one back, grab what proved to be the winner in the second half courtesy of Leroy Sane’s impressive low finish.Pep Guardiola’s side are now second place in the table, four behind Liverpool, with the Spaniard admitting after the match that the title could well have been over had his side not picked up the win.And Mendy clearly couldn’t contain his excitement as Anthony Taylor blew for full-time, running towards Aguero and giving him a kiss on the cheek.The Frenchman, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, reacted to the video on social media, writing: “bro was about to tackle me!”Next up for City is Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Rotheram before they face Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup semi-final on January 9.
Kolkata: In a bid to prevent any mortality or grievous injury to tenants living in dangerous and dilapidated buildings in the city during the monsoon season, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will pull down these buildings guaranteeing the tenants that they will not be deprived of their right to live in them when it is newly constructed.In cases where the tenants or occupiers have no option to relocate, the KMC will construct temporary structures for their lodging at the same place and will then pull down the building. The chances of collapse of dangerous and dilapidated buildings in the city go up during the rainy season. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaWhen it rains, the rainwater is stored on the roof resulting in an increase in the weight of the building. The weak foundation is unable to bear the additional weight resulting in collapse and loss of lives. “I have ordered an immediate review of the dangerous and dilapidated buildings. I want assistance of the councillors and within a week, we will have a list of all such buildings from the Building department and the councillors so that action can be taken at the earliest. We will guarantee that a single tenant will not lose his/her right to live in the building when the owner takes up its construction,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said responding to a query from Congress councillor Prakash Upadhyay at the monthly meeting regarding the steps taken by the KMC to prevent any death or injury due to collapse of such buildings during monsoon. 22 people had died after portions of old buildings fell on them in 2017. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe KMC will give the tenants a certificate in writing assuring them that they will give sanction to the house owner for reconstructing the building only when he mentions the space for lodging the tenants in that building. The tenants or occupants of a building hesitate to move out of a dangerous building when it is pulled down apprehending that they will lose their right to stay in the same building when the owner will reconstruct it. The KMC had passed the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill in the state Assembly in March 2017 that owners of dangerous and dilapidated buildings may apply to the KMC with rehabilitation package for the tenants. In such cases, the civic body gives clearance to pull down the old structure to make room for a new one with 100 percent additional FAR (Floor Area Ratio).
WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says people have a choice: Start paying health-care premiums like residents in some other jurisdictions or prepare to see services cut.“We’re asking Manitobans what they would suggest we do, given the reality of the situation,” Pallister said Wednesday as he announced the start of annual pre-budget public consultations.“With the reality that the federal government’s transfer support is reduced … this is the reality we have to face. It’s a stark reality but it’s the reality.”The premium would be tied to income levels, Pallister said, and be similar to ones in British Columbia and Ontario where adults pay up to $900 a year each.Pallister said the sudden consideration of a new tax stems from the federal government’s recent decision to slow the growth in annual transfer payments — to three per cent from six per cent. He estimated the change will cost the province $2.2 billion over the next 10 years.The announcement was a sharp turn for Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government — elected last year on promises to keep taxes in check and protect front-line services — and was condemned by opposition and labour critics.“I don’t think that’s any kind of choice that Manitobans should have to make,” said NDP health critic Matt Wiebe.Michelle Gawronsky, president of the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union, said health-care premiums hurt those living on fixed and low incomes.“We know that when surveyed, Manitobans favour asking high-income earners and large corporations to pay more of their fair share to support the public services we all rely on,” she said in a written statement.While Pallister cited the fiscal need for a new tax for health care, he said the government will still fulfil a campaign promise to cut the provincial sales tax to seven per cent from eight per cent before the next election, scheduled for October 2020.Pallister’s Conservative party took the previous NDP government to court for not holding a referendum on its provincial sales tax increase, but he said a health premium doesn’t require a public vote. Provincial balanced-budget legislation requires referendums on any rise in taxes to income, sales or corporate payrolls.A health premium does not fall under those categories, Pallister said.Todd MacKay with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation called the proposal shocking. Alberta repealed its health-care premium in 2009 and Quebec eliminated it this year, MacKay said. British Columbia has cut its premium in half with an eye to scrapping it within four years.“Imposing a massive tax hike and spinning it as a health-care fee is a failed policy that other provinces are reversing,” MacKay in a statement.The Progressive Conservative government revealed a website Wednesday that is to guide consultations for next spring’s budget and features a section on health-care premiums.It says there are three choices: A low premium to sustain services at their current level, a higher premium to enhance services and worker salaries, or no premium “which would lead to reduced health-care services from current levels.” The word reduced is underlined.There will be online consultations, town halls and telephone conference calls seeking public input on the premiums and other budget ideas before any final decision is made, Pallister said.
Mike Adams has been called ‘quietly breathtaking’ and a man with a big heart, and as an Ambassador for Operation Smile, the MLB pitcher has captured the attention of many after he became a ‘hidden hero’ by helping one young boy get his smile back.As Operation Smile celebrates 30 years of smile making, it was with great pleasure that Look to the Stars spoke with the newly signed Phillies pitcher about his involvement with Operation Smile and life off the baseball field.You recently appeared in a segment on the Ricky Lake show where you were recognized for helping Joshua, a three-year-old boy born with a cleft lip, find the right doctor to repair his problem. You spotted him at the mall, were you there as an Ambassador for Operation Smile or just shopping?We were there on a normal visit, getting some holiday photos done at a photo studio and as we were waiting, out walks Joshua and we just went up to him and his family and started speaking to him.As a celebrity and Operation Smile ambassador, it’s easy for you to approach someone and offer help, but how would the ‘average’ person approach a stranger and offer help?There is a fine line anytime you approach someone especially with this condition – the families are used to people staring at them – you go into it carefully, you introduce yourself, let them know who you are and hopefully they accept it. It’s a little bit of an iffy situation at first but hopefully they know you’re just trying to help and they take the good out of it.Sometimes cleft issues take multiple surgeries to repair; do you know why it’s so difficult?Honestly, I really don’t know. A lot of times it has to do with probably the surgeon and there are certain procedures that have to be followed afterward for it to heal properly and a lot of times for young kids its hard for them because they are told sometimes not to open their mouth, not to cry, not to do this or that and its hard for a young child to go through this stuff.A lot of focus is on helping the children, but what about parents in this situation, what advice would you give them as someone who has gone through it?My little boy was born with a cleft lip and we’ve gone through the process and know what parents feel who are going through this situation, and it’s not as bad as it seems. When we first found out about our little boy, it was pretty devastating, you want that perfect kid but you are still going to love your child no matter what. There is nothing that can separate that bond between parent and child and its not as serious as other deformities, there is a process to correct this stuff. It’s truly not the end of the world, it will be fine.Are there any support groups for parents?Not that I know of. We found out when my wife had a sonogram and the hospital prepared us for it. That was the support group we had at the time, they let us know everything that could possibly go wrong or go right, they gave us as much information as possible, then we reached out to Operation Smile and they sat us down and told us about it.You are very humble about helping others, are you comfortable with the attention you are getting for your involvement with Operation Smile?That’s kind of what I’ve always been about, I’ll always try to help people out no matter what the situation is. My involvement with Operation Smile has taken it to another level and yeah, I’m getting noticed a little bit more, which is good, because whether its helping someone through a hard time or with Operation Smile, bringing a smile to a child’s face, or an adults face makes it all worthwhile.Was there any particular incident that sparked your interest in helping others?When I was about nine years old I looked up to a certain baseball player and when I asked him for an autograph he got kind of smart with me, it really made me upset, so I told myself then – even though I didn’t know I’d be a pro-baseball player – I told myself I will never be that person, I’ll always try to give my time if I can and I will always try to keep a smile on a kids face.What would you do to ask your fans to help?Just make a difference in someone’s life, become part of Operation Smile or another organization. Whether its one person or a thousand people, just make a difference. Anytime you can do that and help somebody out, it’ll come back and life will treat you the way you wanted to be treated.And finally, if you had a theme song, what would it be?LOL I don’t know, but ‘Intro’ by DMX is played when I take the field, I like the beat.Look to the Stars would like to thank Mike Adams for taking time out of his busy schedule to create a few more smiles today.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement OTTAWA, June 19, 2017 – CBC/Radio-Canada is honoured to be at the heart of our country’s sesquicentennial, with special activities as well as extensive news coverage and entertainment programming on all platforms of its English and French networks.“Wherever they may be on Canada Day, as the official broadcaster, we’re providing a space where Canadians can share their stories, ideas and perspectives and where they can engage with one another,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, CBC/Radio-Canada’s President and CEO. “We look forward to bringing Canadians together around this once-in-a-generation event in our country’s history.”In addition to comprehensive multiplatform programming, CBC/Radio-Canada will also host live events in communities across the country on July 1 including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Yellowknife, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton, Halifax, Charlottetown and St. John’s. Facebook Mr. Lacroix added: “This July 1st also presents us with an opportunity to demonstrate our true value for Canadians. Our contribution to this milestone year is aligned with our A Creative Canada vision regarding the future of homegrown content in a digital world—a vision that makes us an even stronger partner to communities, cultural institutions, artists and creators.”For a complete list of CBC’s Canada Day plans, including broadcast and digital programming and community events, visit cbc.ca/canadaday2017guide.CBC’s Canada Day line-up across television, radio and online:On Saturday July 1, CBC will offer a full day of programming and news coverage beginning at 6 a.m. ET (3 a.m. PT) on CBCNEWS NETWORK with Heather Hiscox hosting live from Charlottetown until 10 a.m. (7 a.m. PT). On CBC and CBC NEWS NETWORK from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET (7 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT), Peter Mansbridge will anchor CBC NEWS SPECIAL PRESENTION: CANADA 2017 live from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, featuring Canada Day events from coast to coast to coast. The news special will celebrate and reflect as it takes a look at our country’s successes and failures and, most importantly, its future—asking Canadians what they want for Canada in the next 150 years. Coverage will include the Royal visit to Ottawa by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the official Canada Day ceremony on Parliament Hill.In the evening, CBC will offer CANADA DAY 150! FROM COAST TO COAST TO COAST, a special three-hour broadcast from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, hosted by Rick Mercer and featuring performances in every province and territory across the country beginning at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on CBC and streaming live at cbc.ca/2017, watch.cbc.ca, YouTube.com/cbc, Facebook.com/cbccanada2017, the CBC TV app and CBC Music Apple TV app. CBC RADIO ONE and CBC RADIO 2 will broadcast an audio-only version of the special at 9 p.m. local time across Canada (10 AT, 10:30 NT).Produced by Insight Productions, the Canada Day special will take viewers across the country for performances and appearances by some of Canada’s top musical artists and comedians including Alessia Cara, Gordon Lightfoot, Serena Ryder, Walk Off The Earth, Kinnie Star, Kelly Bado and more in Ottawa; Arkells and Delhi 2 Dublin in Victoria; Jonny Harris in Whitehorse; Brett Kissel in Banff; Bruce Cockburn in Yellowknife; a bilingual performance from Whitehorse and Faouzia in Winnipeg; Buffy Sainte-Marie in Toronto; The Trade-Offs in Iqaluit; Stéphanie Bédard, Rémi Chassé, DJ Champion, Marie-Christine Dépestre, Gardy Fury and Alex McMahon with special guests in Montreal; Coeur de pirate in Moncton; Jonathan Torrens in Charlottetown; and Mary Walsh in St. John’s. The broadcast will culminate with the Canada Day fireworks display above Parliament Hill. Additional performances in Regina and Halifax will be confirmed in the coming days, along with more artists in many locations.In addition to streaming CANADA DAY 150! FROM COAST TO COAST TO COAST, CBC’s digital platforms will also provide two additional live streams, one from the stage on Parliament Hill beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. PT) at cbc.ca/2017 and watch.cbc.ca as well as a dedicated feed of the Ottawa fireworks display at 11 p.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) at cbc.ca/2017, Facebook.com/cbccanada2017 and YouTube.com/cbc.Three new comedy specials are part of CBC’s television lineup: JUST FOR LAUGHS PRESENTS: STAND-UP ON GUARD FOR THEE a two-hour special hosted by Daniel Levy on Tuesday, June 20 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), which sets out to prove that Canada is the funniest country on earth by rolling out some of the best moments in JFL history; YOUR SPECIAL CANADA, STARRING JONATHAN TORRENS on Saturday, July 1 at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT), in which Torrens returns to his birthplace—and the Birthplace of Confederation—to host a sweet and silly “thank-you note” to Canada; and AIR FARCE CANADA 150 on Saturday, July 1 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT), an hour-long send-up of national proportions to mark the sesquicentennial from perennial audience favourite AIR FARCE.In addition to the audio-only broadcast of CANADA DAY 150! FROM COAST TO COAST TO COAST, CBC RADIO will offer Canada Day programming throughout the day including Piya Chattopadhyay and Duncan McCue hosting live from Ottawa on CBC RADIO ONE beginning at 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT), and a CBC MUSIC celebration of 100 percent Canadian music across all genres on CBC RADIO 2 beginning at 6 a.m. local time (6:30 NT). CBC MUSIC will also offer 15 all-Canadian streams for all musical tastes, from R&B to jazz and Indigenous to classical. Full details of CBC MUSIC’S Canada Day lineup are available at cbcmusic.ca/canadaday.CBC KIDS will have a special one-hour Canada Day broadcast for young viewers starting at 9 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT) on CBC, featuring the premiere of JAXON AND SONG’S MAPLE MYSTERY and hosts Janaye, Tony and Victor and puppets Gary, Cottonball and Mr. Orlando in Ottawa. CBC KIDS will also reveal how the young winner of their Prime Minister for a Daycontest spent the day with Justin Trudeau.CBC will offer additional special television programming in the week leading up to Canada Day, including an encore commercial-free broadcast of last summer’s unforgettable THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION on Saturday, June 24 at 8 p.m. (9 AT, 9:30 NT), also streaming worldwide at cbcmusic.ca/thehip at 8 ET; new six-part factual series BECOMING CANADIAN, which captures the emotional, life-changing moment when new citizens become Canadian, airing throughout the week starting Monday, June 26 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT); new instalments of biography series EXTRAORDINARY CANADIANS pairing prominent writers with great Canadians, including Dr. Vincent Lam on Tommy Douglas on Wednesday, June 28 at 8:30 pm (9 NT) and Daniel Poliquin on René Lévesque on Thursday, June 29 at 8:30 pm (9 NT); and the GOVERNOR GENERAL’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL on Friday, June 30 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), recognizing a stellar array of artists and arts volunteers for their outstanding contribution to culture in Canada and abroad. As broadcast partner of the 2017 GOVERNOR GENERAL’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS GALA, CBC/Radio-Canada will livestream the Gala from Ottawa on Thursday, June 29 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) at cbc.ca/2017 and radio-canada.ca/2017.CBC’s Canada Day schedule (Saturday, July 1):CBC: 6 a.m. (6:30 NT)—CBC KIDS Canada Day-themed episodes of favourite programsCBC NEWS NETWORK: 6 a.m. ET (3 a.m. PT)—CBC News Morning with Heather Hiscox live from CharlottetownCBC RADIO 2: 6 a.m. (6:30 NT)—CBC Music Canada Day featuring all genres of 100% Canadian musicCBC: 9 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT)—CBC KIDS Canada Day Special live from OttawaCBC and CBC NEWS NETWORK: 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT)—CBC News Special: Canada 150 anchored by Peter Mansbridgelive from Parliament HillCBC RADIO ONE: 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT)—Piya Chattopadhyay and Duncan McCue live from OttawaCBC: 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT)—Becoming CanadianCBC: 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT)—2017 CBC Music Festival special featuring Serena Ryder, Walk Off The Earth, Ruth B and moreCBC: 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT)—Extraordinary Canadians: André Pratte on Sir Wilfred LaurierCBC: 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT)—Your Special Canada, Starring Jonathan TorrensCBC: 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT)—Air Farce Canada 150cbc.ca/2017: 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. PT)—Livestream of the Parliament Hill stage (also streaming live at watch.cbc.ca)CBC: 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT)—Canada Day 150! From Coast To Coast To Coast hosted by Rick Mercer, Also streaming live at cbc.ca/2017, watch.cbc.ca, YouTube.com/cbc, Facebook.com/cbccanada2017, the CBC TV app and CBC Music Apple TV app; audio-only broadcast at 9 p.m. (10 AT, 10:30 NT) onCBC RADIO ONE and CBC RADIO 2These broadcasts extend CBC/Radio-Canada’s 2017 programming, which includes documentaries, radio programs, kids’ programming, entertainment and arts specials, and innovative digital and virtual-reality initiatives. Programming also includes ongoing news and current affairs coverage of the people, places and events in every region of the country that will shape this milestone year for Canada. CBC/Radio-Canada is proud to have CIBC as a partner in celebrating Canada’s 150thanniversary in the same year that CIBC is also turning 150.Click here for CBC’s 2017 Programming Guide.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. Twitter
New Delhi: A cloud of uncertainty hung over the fate of Super Cup, scheduled to start in two days’ time, after seven I-League clubs on Wednesday pulled out of the tournament citing unfair treatment by the All India Football Federation. Minerva Punjab FC, whose players are in Bhubaneswar for the past four days, could be called back to their base in Panchkula if the AIFF fails to acknowledge the aggrieved clubs’ concerns, owner Ranjit Bajaj said. “We are yet to get any response from the AIFF, I am not expecting to get one either by tomorrow. So, I might just call my players back here,” Bajaj said. While the AIFF has managed to convince Churchill Brothers to not side with the aggrieved clubs, Chennai City, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Neroca FC, Aizawl FC, Gokulam Kerala and Minerva Punjab stayed united in their protest against the national federation. “We have together resolved to withdraw our respective teams’ participation from the upcoming Hero Super Cup 2019,” a collective release by the clubs stated. The Super Cup is scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar, with the qualifiers starting from March 15. The final is slated for April 13. Minerva had on Tuesday pointed out that the I-League clubs are being neglected in all aspects by the country’s football federation. The clubs said it had written a letter to the AIFF in February regarding multiple concerns such as the future of the league but they are “yet to hear back” from the federation. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherMinerva also highlighted how the AIFF has “not provided any financial assistance to the participating teams” despite having a title sponsor for the event. With no AFC competitions also on offer, the club felt the competition lacked any incentive for the teams. The Super Cup is a knockout tournament hosted by the AIFF where I-League teams lock horns against the Indian Super League teams. It is India’s main club knockout tournament and Minerva was scheduled to play the qualifying round against FC Pune City on the March 15. Meanwhile, Bajaj has decided to sue the match commissioner of the I-League game between Minerva Punjab and Chennai City, Balasubramaniam, in criminal and civil defamation case, for insinuating that the game may have been fixed, in his report to the AIFF.
(Updated) NATO has wrapped up an impromptu meeting after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet they say entered their airspace.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says that the common enemy is ISIS and that calm and de-escalation are needed to solve today’s incident between NATO ally Turkey and non-NATO ally Russia. NATO says that they stand in solidarity with Turkey and support their findings that the Russian plane entered their airspace and was shot down after it was warned 10 times in 5 minutes that it breached their rules of engagement.Rebel fighters have claimed to have shot at the ejected pilots but we have no official word that confirms the condition of the Russians.Russia has been leading attacks on rebels and ISIS forces just across the border in Syria.This is the first time a NATO country has shot down a Russian military aircraft since the 1950’s. Russian president Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s decision to shoot down the plane a “stab in the back by the terrorists’ accomplices,” and that there will be “severe consequences”.Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu says his country has the right to act when their airspace is violated. NATO has confirmed that authorities in Moscow and Ankara are in talks. As a result one of Russia’s largest travel agencies plans on pulling its group packaged tours to Turkey.Turkey changed its rules of engagement a few years ago, after Syria shot down one of their planes. The new rules say that Turkey would consider all “elements” approaching from Syria as an enemy threat. Last month, Turkish jets shot down an unidentified drone that it said had violated Turkey’s airspace.
Experts from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and Imperial College in London, made their findings known in a new article in the New England Journal of Medicine released today, six months after the UN health agency was first notified of the outbreak in West Africa. In the article, public health epidemiologists and statisticians reviewed data since the beginning of the outbreak in December 2013 to determine the scale of the epidemic, better understand the spread of the disease, and what it will take to reverse the trend of infections, according to a WHO press release. The examination of the data also showed the spread more clearly. In late December, the first cases were reported in the forest areas of Guinea. By March, when the government sounded the alarm to WHO, cases had already spread from the forest area to the capital of Conakry. In May, the focus of the outbreak in Guinea expanded strongly to Sierra Leone and in June it really took hold in Liberia. From July onward, there were sharp increases in case numbers in all three countries. Although the current epidemic in West Africa is unprecedented in scale, the clinical course of infection and the transmissibility of the virus are similar to those in previous Ebola outbreaks. “We infer that the present epidemic is exceptionally large, not primarily because of biologic characteristics of the virus, but in part because of the attributes of the affected populations, the condition of the health systems, and because control efforts have been insufficient to halt the spread of infection,” says Dr. Christopher Dye, Director of Strategy for WHO, and co-author of the study. There are challenges in this region that exacerbate the struggles to contain the disease. Certain characteristics of the population may have led to the rapid spread of the disease, for example, the populations of hard hit Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are highly interconnected, with extensive cross-border traffic at the epicentre and relatively easy connections by road between rural towns and villages and the densely populated capital cities. “Forward projections suggest that unless control measures – including improvements in contract tracing, adequate case isolation, increased quality of care and capacity for clinical management, greater community engagement, and support from international partners – improve quickly, these three countries will soon be reporting thousands of cases and deaths each week,” says Dye. The WHO press release quoting from the Journal said more than 20,000 people will have been infected by early November unless Ebola control measures in West Africa are enhanced quickly.In its latest Ebola update issued Monday, WHO said 5,843 cases and 2,803 deaths have been reported in the current outbreak by the Ministries of Health of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.Experimental therapeutics and vaccines offer promise for the future, but are unlikely to be available in the quantities needed to make a substantial difference in control efforts for many months, even if they are proved to be safe and effective.“This study provides the evidence needed for an urgent wakeup call requiring intensive scaling up of control measures while working towards rapid development and deployment of new medicines and vaccines,” WHO said.
The Gingerbread update for the popular Nexus One was supposed to happen last November, but the latest reports show that the 2.3 update has finally made it to the platform this week. But that’s not all, Nexus S owners will get an OTA update too.Hopefully by now users with this phone will get a message signaling that the 2.3 firmware can be downloaded (however, we recommended doing this over a Wi-Fi connection), but as with most updates you may need to wait a few days for this to appear as Google will likely push this out incrementally to avoid overloading their servers.As for the Nexus S which already has 2.3, the update will feature various bug fixes in the shape of fixing random reboot issues, changes in the way Facebook syncing works, performance enhancements and additional support for its Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.NFC is a system that allows the phone to read tags which are encoded with special NFC chips, the info that is read could include text and web url’s for example. Previously you could only read the info by using the supplied app on your phone, but now thanks to the update you can also create your own tags and more importantly what information you would like to share with others. This would then allow another NFC-equipped phone to receive this info as soon as the two devices come in close proximity to each other. You can also transmit your data to Google NFC stickers.At the moment NFC is still in its infancy, but with more and more phones being shipped with NFC, and other manufactures like Apple joining in the fun with their next gen phones, it’s only a matter of time before it takes off in a big way.Read more at TechCrunch
One of SpaceX’s key goals is to create a reusable rocket system (a Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle) that will be used for launches and then return rather than burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere. That rocket is known as the Grasshopper, and it has just managed to successfully triple the height it can leap while returning to land safely.SpaceX has been carrying out test launches of the Grasshopper since September last year, with each launch seeing the 10-story-tall rocket leap a little bit higher. Each test sees the rocket launch, rise to a predetermined height, hover, and then descend to land back on the launch pad.In September, Grasshopper performed a 2.5 meter leap. In November, that increased to 5.4 meters, then to 40 meters in December. On March 7 the height doubled again to 80.1 meters, but yesterday SpaceX tripled the height of the leap, which saw Grasshopper leap to 249.9 meters before hovering and performing a successful landing. You can see the impressive test in the video below:The flight time was around 58 seconds and relied on a Falcon 9 rocket first stage tank along with a Merlin 1D engine. The legs it lands on include hydraulic dampers and the lower structure holding the rocket together is made of steel.If SpaceX manages to perfect the Grasshopper VTVL vehicle, which it looks on course to do, it will lead to some major cost savings and in their words, “transform the space industry.”
DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Wally West has been sorely missed from The Flash, but it looks like he’ll get another crack at this whole superhero thing on Legends of Tomorrow. Eventually. The trouble with adding a new hero at this stage in the season is that there’s already so much going on. We have the search for the totems, the Darhk family drama and the encroaching threat of Mallus. With all that, it’s hard to find time to fit Wally in as a member of the team. He got to play the hero a little bit in this episode, but he wasn’t used all that much. Nor were any of the Legends except Ray Palmer, really. That turned out to be OK though. The stuff this episode did focus on made for one of the best stories this show has given us.Ray Palmer is still kidnapped, being tortured into working with the Darhks and Kuasa. They want him to help them fix the broken fire totem they found in Detroit. Even if he wanted to, there isn’t enough energy. To recharge the totem, they’d have to go back to the Big Bang. Or maybe not, as Damien Darhk has another solution. Cold fusion, it turns out, was actually invented back in the 1960s, but an assassin took out the scientist who invented it, so it never caught on. Complicating matters, that assessing is the younger, long-haired Damien Darhk. I enjoy how these Legends of Tomorrow gives characters a long wig when they want to make them look younger. It always looks terrible, but it’s so funny.Tala Ashe as Zari and Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)This episode has a lot of fun with the fact that Damien Darhk is a dad now. I don’t know if the doting comes from the fact that she almost died last episode, but it’s about time the show addressed it for real. They gave him a daughter earlier this season, and she’s so far been just another villain. Now we get to see what suddenly having a daughter in his life has done to Damien. And how having her father reappear after two decades has affected Nora. They handle it in a funny, refreshingly human way. Nora responds with rebellion, and Damien responds with dad jokes. And murder. Magically flinging a Silicon Valley tech bro against a wall is the kind of father-daughter bonding I can get behind.Nora is sick of her dad constantly dictating what she does, and she’s looking for some space. She convinces her dad to let her and Ray go save the scientist themselves. First, it’d be bad for past Damien Darhk to run into his future self, and second, she needs a science genius around to help talk to Dr. Vogel. They appear in Vogel’s bathroom and try to convince him to come with them. Unfortunately, he stops trusting them once Nora grows frustrated with his refusal to leave without a doll for his daughter. This all triggers a three-way fight between Ray and Nora, Vogel’s bodyguards and the younger Damien. This episode really took the fight scenes of the show to a new level. Legends of Tomorrow has always had gook fights, but they’ve never been quite like this. True to the episode name, “No Country for Old Dads,” fights are carried out with a Coen Brothers-esque mix of comedy and stark brutality.Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Jes Macallan as Ava Sharpe and Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)The direction overall is a step up for the series. Its use of color and different filters for each period communicates the atmosphere of the different scenes so well. The split-screen scenes with quick cuts are a great artistic illustration of the Legends and Darhk’s methods being awkwardly forced together and juxtaposed. The Arrowverse shows rarely display this kind of artistic direction. That’s the value of having one series that doesn’t take itself super seriously. It’s free to experiment with different styles like this. That lets the show find new ways of telling its story, heightening not just the comedy and action, but the dramatic elements as well.This episode was especially good for Damien Darhk. Since his debut in season four of Arrow, this is the third time he’s been a major villain of an Arrowverse series. And this episode is the first time he’s really worked as a villain. Last week started showing us the more human, caring side of Darhk with his reaction to the near-death of his daughter. This week dove deeper into that, mixing a real sense of parental concern with the sadism that’s always made him, at the very least, a decently fun villain. We can see him as human now, which should finally make him a compelling villain on his own. Add it to the list of things Legends of Tomorrow accomplishes easily that Arrow and The Flash struggle with.Tala Ashe as Zari and Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)In the fight with young Damien, Nora’s time transporter gets shot, and they have to come up with a new plan. Their tardiness worries future-Damien, who goes back in time to take care of things, further annoying his daughter. Ray gets forced into the role of family therapist for both of them, and I love it so much. He naturally falls into to role, once Darhk stops choking him. He makes Darhk see that he needs to actually let his daughter know that he loves her and he’s proud of her. All she does is try to impress him and prove she’s good enough. By the end of the episode, even Ray has a newfound understanding of Nora Darhk. She may be the villain, but he doesn’t tolerate other Legends calling her crazy. Her dad died and then injected her with an ancient demon so he could come back to life. Anyone would have issues with something like that.On the Waverider, Agent Ava Sharpe’s relationship with Sara is already getting a little awkward. Zari can’t even talk about doing irresponsible but fun things with time travel equipment with all the time Ava is spending on the ship. Things only get more uncomfortable when she mentions that Ava is wearing the same clothes from the previous day. They don’t even realize that Ray’s gone missing until the Time Bureau contacts them. Ray sent a recorded message, informing them of his kidnapping and warning them not to come after him. So of course, they go after him. Not that we get to see much of that.This has been the only disappointment of Wally joining the Legends of Tomorrow. He isn’t given all that much to do. Amaya and Zari meditate to search for the missing Spirit Totem. Wally, who’s been meditating for a while now, offers to help. He makes an awkward comment about Nate getting dumped on his birthday (which turns out to be about Amaya) and leaves. It’s funny, but that’s nearly all he gets to do here. Wally is a great character, and I was so excited to hear that he was joining this show after being shoved out of The Flash for no reason other than the writers couldn’t figure out what to do with him. So far, Legends doesn’t have many great ideas either.Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)He does get to shine very briefly at the end. Zari and Amaya find the location of the spirit totem just as the Darhks were about to get their hands on the formula for cold fusion. Damien fights off his past self in the most ridiculously cool fight scene of the season so far. (Young Damien: “Magic! I’ll have to look into that!”) Ray is about to escape onto the Waverider with the formula, but Nora activates the spirit totem and grabs onto him with gorilla strength. That’s when Wally runs in to save the day. Ray didn’t get Amaya’s totem back, but the did manage to escape with the Fire Totem and the means to recharge it. Two out of three isn’t bad.Legends of Tomorrow continues to knock it out of the park week after week. It’s consistently the best Arrowverse show, and this episode’s direction and emotional, funny writing was still a cut above its usual high standard. It even delivered its cliffhanger perfectly. Once everyone is back aboard the Waverider, Ava gets a call from her superior, chewing her out for not arresting Rip Hunter. All the while, the scene builds anticipation with an image of Gorilla Grodd destroying everything in the background. As Ava’s supervisor continues talking, Grodd jumps on him. Ava is now in charge of the Time Bureau. Her first order of business is to reinstate Rip Hunter. He’s back. Better still: We get more Grodd next week! Stay on target