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Swindon v Chelsea line-ups: Blues youngsters get chance to impress, QPR loanee starts

first_imgChelsea Under-23s make their bow in the EFL Trophy at Swindon tonight, with many of their FA Youth Cup-winning side on show.Fikayo Tomori, who made his senior debut as a substitute against Leicester on the final day of last season, is the only member of the side with first-team experience.Nathaniel Chalobah’s younger brother Trevor is named in the starting line-up.Swindon have made six changes to their line-up, although QPR loanee Darnell Furlong, playing at right wing-back, is one of the five survivors from the defeat by Oxford on Saturday.Michael Doughty, also on loan from Rangers, is not included in the squad.Swindon: Henry; Sendles-White, Rossi-Branco, Jones; Furlong, Smith, Goddard, Murray, Ormonde-Ottewill; Hylton, Norris. Subs: Vigouroux, Brophy, Barry, Evans, Iandolo, Obika, Delfouneso.Chelsea: Collins; Sterling, T. Chalobah, Tomori, J. Dasilva; Quintero, Scott; Wakefield, Mount, Christie-Davies; Ugbo.Subs: Ali, Muheim, Sammut, Colley, St Clair, Thompson, Taylor-Crossdale.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala out vs. Kings

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *SACRAMENTO – Warriors veteran forward Andre Iguodala will miss Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, marking the third consecutive game he will miss because of a right hip tightness.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Iguodala will return “hopefully Monday” against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. After participating in morning shootaround on Friday, …last_img read more

Magakwe the first South African to break 10-second barrier

first_img14 April Simon Magakwe became the first South African to break the 10-second barrier for the 100 metres at the South African Athletics Championships in Pretoria on the weekend. Magakwe had the crowd on its feet when he stopped the clock in 9.99 seconds to claim his sixth national title. The time was subsequently rounded down to 9.98 seconds.‘I wanted it so badly’ “From the start I was aggressive, I just wanted it so badly. The last 30 metres I pushed so hard,” Magakwe told the South African Press Association (Sapa) afterwards. “What is exciting is my coach [Eugene Thipe] is from South Africa, and not from Jamaica. Everything we do, we do in South Africa.” Magakwe had narrowly missed the national record he shared with Johan Rossouw of 10.06 seconds in the semi-final by one-hundredth-of-a-second. With his record-setting run, he raced past the time he had shared with Rossouw, who set the national record in 1988. Second-placed Akani Simbine also bettered the previous mark, in a time of 10.02 seconds, while Emile Erasmus was third in 10.23 seconds. “The sad thing is I can’t remember a part of it [the race],” Simbine told Sapa “I am just happy that I did my best and ran my PB [personal best]. “I didn’t expect to go even that close (to breaking through 10 seconds), so I am pretty happy.”The start of big things? Olympic 200 metres finalist Anaso Jobodwana watched the race from the stands and afterwards went down to the track to congratulate Magakwe. He said he hoped Magakwe’s barrier-breaking run would lead to South African athletes repeating that effort. “I am really glad for [Magakwe] and Akani, and I am happy for the way it has turned out,” Jobodwana said. “It shows us that we have the potential and we can take it not just from the 100m, but to the 200m, and the 400m, like we’ve already been dominating the 800m.” Jobodwana, who owns a best time of 10.10 seconds for the 100m, added: “In no time we could have something like Jamaica, because we have the talent, but it is just that athletics doesn’t have the appeal right now.”National record With athletes boasting far less impressive personal best times, South Africa won the 4 by 100 metres title at the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Edmonton, Canada, in a national record of 38.47 seconds. That record still stands, but could be under threat if the country’s top national sprinters get together for a record attempt. Apart from Magakwe (9.98), Simbine (10.02) and Jobodwana (10.10), national universities champion Henricho Bruintjies ran a time of 10.17 seconds in the semi-finals, giving South Africa a foursome that could be among the world’s leading quartets.last_img read more

2015 Ohio State Fair Jr. Dairy Show results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015 Ohio State Fair Jr. Dairy Show saw heavy competition through the first weekend of the fair. Here are results by breed:AyrshireYRP Junior ChampionExhibitor: Kinley ToppAnimal: Topp View BendigoSire: Wanna WatchYRP Reserve Junior ChampionExhibitor: Garrett HagemanAnimal: Mill Valley GunnerSire: PennySenior ChampionExhibitor: Grace HagemanAnimal: Mill Valley SupremeSire: WhisperReserve Senior ChampionExhibitor: Emma MathewsAnimal: Edgebrook Tri-StarSire: PatienceYRP Grand ChampionExhibitor: Grace HagemanAnimal: Mill Valley SupremeSire: WhisperYRP Reserve Grand ChampionExhibitor: Emma MathewsAnimal: Edgebrook Tri-StarSire: PatienceSenior Showmanship (15 & over)1st – Trevor Greiwe2nd – Keaton Topp3rd – Eliza Days4th – Morgan Eades5th – Sara WolfIntermediate Showmanship (12-14)1st – Marissa Topp2nd – Kinley Topp3rd – Lane Greiwe4th – Grace Hageman5th – Garrett HagemanJunior Showmanship (11 & under)1st – Blake Greiwe2nd – Meredith Hageman3rd – Maggie Mathews4th – Hailee Rehmert5th – Adam WolfMilking ShorthornYRP Junior ChampionExhibitor: Ashley HawvermaleAnimal: Blue SpruceSire: Kuszmar MegadethYRP Reserve Junior ChampionExhibitor: Aubrey ToppAnimal: Topp-View Liriano ExoSire: LirianoYRP Senior ChampionExhibitor: Jacob BakerAnimal: Redien Acres JRSire: Bar-D-Kuszmar ClayYRP Reserve Senior ChampionExhibitor: Henry SpechtAnimal: SMS Thelm-Poppies AMLSire: Hard Core Poncho RampagYRP Grand ChampionExhibitor: Kinley ToppAnimal: Toppview Moonshine AlexaSire: Hardcore Othello MoonshineYRP Reserve Grand ChampionExhibitor: Jacob BakerAnimal: Redien Acres JRSire: Bar-D-Kuszmar ClaySenior Showmanship (15 & over)1st – Sarah Rhoades2nd – Hannah Rhoades3rd – Ginna Climer4th – Cheyenne Carlee5th – Alex WeissIntermediate Showmanship (12-14)1st – Ashley Hawvermale2nd – Kinley Topp3rd – Jacob Baker4th – Sam Rhoades5th – Emmy DaysJunior Showmanship (11 & under)1st – Aubree Topp2nd – Madilyn Baker3rd – Carrie Rhoades4th – Katie Weiss5th – Lilyin SpechtHolsteinSenior Showmanship (15 & over)1st – Brennan Topp2nd – Brandon Sugg3rd – Allison McCummins4th – Keaton Topp5th – Sydney GoodIntermediate Showmanship (12-14)1st – Victoria Deam2nd – Kinley Topp3rd – Keanan Wolf4th – David Miley5th – Logan SchlauchJunior Showmanship (11 & under)1st – Olivia Finke2nd – Emily Deam3rd – Madalyn Topp4th – Garrett Havens5th – Elarina LahmersYRP Junior ChampionExhibitor: Ashley HawvermaleAnimal: K-Land Kilo BlackSire: DiamondYRP Reserve Junior ChampionExhibitor: Adam MileyAnimal: Miley Advent GittSire: Red-ETIntermediate Holstein ChampionExhibitor: Hayden KingAnimal: TK-Plain-View RipleySire: Lirr Drew DempseyReserve Intermediate Holsten ChampionExhibitor: Adam MileyAnimal: Miley Gold Chip Gazella-TSire: Mr Chassity Gold Chip-ETSenior Holstein ChampionExhibitor: Kyle AckleyAnimal: Craggan Goldwyin ZingSire: Braedale GoldwynReserve Senior Holsten ChampionExhibitor: Garrett HavensAnimal: Brookview-E PT DiligentSire: Windy-Knoll-View PrimetimYRP Grand ChampionExhibitor: Kyle AckleyAnimal: Craggan Goldwyin ZingYRP Reserve Grand ChampionExhibitor: Garrett HavensAnimal: Brookview-E PT DiligentBrown SwissSenior Showmanship (15 & over)1st – Keaton Topp2nd – Alexa Lammers3rd – Sarah Rhoades4th – Hannah Rhoades5th – Ben LammersIntermediate Showmanship (12-14)1st – Kinley Topp2nd – Tori Lammers3rd – Webb Kress4th – Sam Rhoades5th – Sage MillerJunior Showmanship (11 & under)1st – Madelyn Topp2nd – Elizabeth Howman3rd – Lauren Lamoreaux4th – Carrie Rhoades5th – Elaina LammersYRP Junior ChampionExhibitor: Kinley ToppAnimal: Topp-View WonderSire: Rock MeYRP Reserve Junior ChampionExhibitor: Ben LammersAnimal: La Rainbow Sweet LemonSire: Cutting Edge SeamanYRP Senior ChampionExhibitor: Madelyn ToppAnimal: Topp-View BigstickSire: JonquilYRP Senior Reserve ChampionExhibitor: Keaton ToppAnimal: Alfa Creek Parker VictorySire: Brothers three Parker etYRP Grand ChampionExhibitor: Madelyn ToppAnimal: Topp-View BigstickSire: JonquilYRP Reserve Grand ChampionExhibitor: Keaton ToppAnimal: Alfa Creek ParkerSire: VictoryGuernseySenior Showmanship (15 & over)1st – Zachary Davidson2nd – Thomas DiGiovanni3rd – Deanna Langenkamp4th – Emily Langenkamp5th – Derek ParkerIntermediate Showmanship (12-14)1st – Keenan Wolf2nd – Samantha Plocher3rd – Kristen Plocher4th – Derek Burns5th – Korey OechsleJunior Showmanship (11 & under)1st – Mary Richardson2nd – Logan Dehan3rd – Natasha Davidson4th – Cami Ross5th – Abigayle DickeYRP Junior Guernsey ChampionExhibitor: Samantha PlocherAnimal: Mar Ral Reb MariaYRP Reserve Junior Guernsey ChampionExhibitor: Keenan WolfAnimal: HPGG Pei MelissaYRP Senior Guernsey ChampionExhibitor: Keenan WolfAnimal: Knapps HP FameSire: Topeka-ETYRP Reserve Senior Guernsey ChampionExhibitor: Kristen PlocherAnimal: Formost JackpotSire: DharmaYRP Grand ChampionExhibitor: Keenan WolfAnimal: Knapps HP FameSire: Topeka-ETYRP Reserve Grand ChampionExhibitor: Kristen PlocherAnimal: Formost JackpotSire: DharmaJerseySenior Showmanship (15 & over)1st – Trevor Greiwe2nd – Jack Gravenkemper3rd – Jordan Ziegler4th – Amanda Seger5th – Lee HoslerIntermediate Showmanship (12-14)1st – Lane Greiwe2nd – Joelle Ziesler3rd – Grace Hageman4th – Rachel Anderson5th – McKenze HoewisherJunior Showmanship (11 & under)1st – Madelyn Topp2nd – Blake Greiwe3rd – Kelly Hawvermale4th – Jade Laux5th – Austin YoderYRP Senior ChampionExhibitor: Lane GreiweAnimal: DKG Jade PrincessSire: JadeYRP Reserve Senior ChampionExhibitor: Matt RichardsAnimal: Harmony Corners FozzyYRP Junior ChampionExhibitor: Kelly HawvermaleAnimal: Harmony Corners FlamingoSire: Hwarden Impuls PremierYRP Reserve Junior ChampionExhibitor: Lane GreiweAnimal: DKG Motion CloverSire: MotionYRP Grand ChampionExhibitor: Lane GreiweAnimal: DKG Jade PrincessSire: Jade Austin Yoder, 11, from Clark County, waits with his Jersey and Lydia Kaverman. Cami Ross, 12, from Mercer County, gets ready for the Junior Guernsey show. The judge evaluates the Guernsey Spring Heifer Calf Class. Lucas Dudte, from Wayne County, won this class in the Junior Guernsey Show. Nicole Sherry, from Darke County, leads her Jersey. Sawyer Reid, from Guernsey County, shows his Jersey.last_img read more

New LED Lights on the Scene

first_imgPhilips CFLs last a long timeI’m proud to say that for the last 16 years, the original Philips CFL light bulb that I bought in 1999 has been on a motion sensor in my back yard, extremely exposed to the elements, protecting us from marauding raccoons. It is still going strong. In this next wave of LEDs, my money’s on Philips — for their commitment to quality and durability. In 1999, I went through the back service doors of Wolf Electric, a local supplier, and fumbled my way along the poorly lit, uneven floors to drop $37 and tax for one light bulb: a compact fluorescent light (CFL) made by Philips.For me, this was the start of energy-efficient lighting. That moment in time might even have represented the apogee of CFLs. Store shelves today are littered with crappy CFL lights that aren’t dimmable, are filled with hazardous mercury, and include ballasts that give off so much waste heat that the white plastic base quickly gets cooked to a yellow crisp as the bulbs sputter to an early death. So much for energy conservation. BY GREG LABBE Air Leaks in Homes Insulated With Spray FoamOrigami-Inspired HomesPastiche Architecture RELATED ARTICLES Martin’s 10 Rules of LightingRethinking Recessed LightingLED Filament BulbsFuture of LEDs: Lower Cost, Higher EfficacyAre LEDs Worth Their Extra Cost?LED Lighting Getting Better and BetterGBA Product Guide: LED Lighting No need for an airtight hat in the atticLotus LED Lights (Surrey, B.C.) has been retailing some exciting low-profile pot lights that could substantially reduce the fussiness of installing pot lights.It should be noted that good quality LEDs typically have aluminum heat sinks, and for good reason: the heat needs to dissipate. So take this next sentence with a grain of salt: These new lights could potentially eliminate the need for a large housing box that punctuates the air barrier system and projects into the attic, disturbing the uniform layer of continuous insulation and leaking conditioned air like a sieve.Sadly, many electricians don’t understand the need for air sealing. These new faux-pot lights might be able to help them in new construction, because many models install directly in the drywall and are plugged into a proprietary low-voltage junction box. That simple!What’s really exciting is that these lights may offer the opportunity to easily eliminate 90% of the air leakage that occurs through existing pot lights by simply retrofitting these new types of LEDs. Coming from a guy who made a living by sending other guys into hot, itchy attics to air seal the backs of pot lights — the LED product from Cree shown in the photo at the top of the page seems like a no-brainer retrofit solution. Greg Labbé is co-owner of BlueGreen Consulting Group, a high-performance home consulting firm that works with architects, builders, and homeowners to optimize the energy performance of new and existing homes through detailed energy modeling and site testing. Suddenly, LEDs have arrivedBut hang on… Is it just us, or did 2015 usher in a new era of LED lighting? It seems that LEDs have jumped out of the dark ages by offering dimmable features and lighting systems that tie into home automation and can change hue in response to commands from a smart phone. These LEDs produce a truly beautiful light that doesn’t oscillate — light that is good enough to permit one to read a book (that is, a durable, sharable, battery-less device made of bound paper, having stories printed in ink). And let’s not forget the fact that these mercury-free lights could be substantially more durable than CFLs.As readers may imagine, pot lights (also known as recessed can lights) installed through the air barrier of a home’s topmost ceiling have been a big pet peeve of mine — not because I don’t like the lights, but because they kill home performance. The great news is that some of the new LED lights that have flooded the market recently might be able to significantly reduce heat loss due to air leakage.last_img read more

COSCOOOCL Entity Would Be Worlds 3rd Largest Carrier

first_imgzoom The latest shipping market combination between COSCO Shipping Holdings and Orient Overseas International Lines (OOIL) would become the world’s third largest container carrier if finalized, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.The entity, which would have a combined fleet of 400 vessels operated over a much expanded network, with capacity exceeding 2.9 million TEUs including orderbook, would overtake its partner in the Ocean Alliance, CMA CGM.On July 9, COSCO Shipping Holdings and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) made a pre-conditional voluntary general offer to acquire all issued OOIL shares at an offer price of HKD 78.67 (USD 10.07) in cash.The price represents a 31% premium on Friday’s closing price of HKD 60 and values OOIL at around HKD 49.2 billion (USD 6.3 billion). On the completion of the deal, COSCO will hold 90.1% while SIPG will hold the remaining 9.9% stake in OOIL.From a hardware perspective, OOCL has an owned-fleet of 66 containerships aggregating around 440,000 TEU. It is a young and modern fleet with an average age of 7.1 years and average nominal capacity of 6,600 TEU. It is introducing its first 21,000 TEU vessel with five more to deliver and options for another six which it could easily exercise.“Operationally, fitting OOCL into the bigger company should not be too difficult as both OOCL and COSCO already belong to the Ocean Alliance that operates mainly in the East-West container trades,” Drewry said. The biggest impact will be felt in Intra-Asia, where both carriers already have a large presence, while the footprint in the Asia to Middle East trade will also rise significantly.From a marketing perspective the acquisition of OOCL “will enable COSCO to broaden its customer base, having previously being perceived, rightly or wrongly, as China-centric.”Earlier reports suggested the valuation of the deal would be closer to USD 4 billion, which would be similar to what CMA CGM paid for NOL/APL. That always seemed undervalued considering OOIL’s better financial performance and reputation, plus the improving market outlook. However, at USD 6.3 billion “the price does seem a bit steep.”According to Drewry Maritime Financial Research, OOIL’s book value stood at USD 4.5 billion based on FY16 numbers, meaning OOIL was able to extract a sizeable premium.However, Drewry said that, notwithstanding any potential roadblocks to future M&A, the consolidation that has already occurred, plus much brighter market prospects and the moratorium on new ships, offers carriers a golden opportunity for far greater profitability in the near future. With fewer carriers, that in time will become financially stronger; the pendulum is swinging back towards those that have grown to survive.last_img read more

Moto G7 for 300 and all the rest How to tell all

first_img Motorola Moto G7 £269 Motorola G7 vs. G7 Plus: What’s the difference? 64GB Motorola has a long, rich history of big wins in the mobile phone space, from the first cell phone call, to the iconic Motorola Razr and what will be Verizon’s first 5G phone.  While the company has struggled to make a splash in the modern phone era — its magnetic Moto Mods failed to connect in a meaningful way — the Moto G family has carved out an important space as the king of budget phones. The Moto G has been CNET’s top budget pick year after year. The Moto G7 Power has a 6.2-inch screen and 5,000-mAh battery. Sarah Tew/CNET The Moto G7 is the latest casualty of rising phone prices. While still “cheap,” its price jumps up $50 to $299 from $249, a 20 percent hike from 2018 to 2019. The increase underscores that phones are getting more expensive to own across all categories, not just the most premium models, as component costs rise and slow sales hit dominant brands such as iPhone and Samsung. Here’s how the four new Moto G7 phones break down. Check out our specs chart for a quick breakdown, as well as our in-depth comparison story — Motorola Moto G7 vs. G7 Play, G7 Power and G7 Plus — for more details.  Motorola Moto G7 Power 1.8GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 6.07 oz.; 172g £239 $299 159.43 x 76 x 9.3 mm 6.2 oz.; 176g Now playing: Watch this: 64GB Adorama 3,000-mAh See It Walmart £179 6.2-inch LCD; 2,270×1,080 pixels $249 Up to 512GB News • Motorola Moto G7 is now available on Google Fi for $50 off Motorola Moto G7 Up to 512GB See It 4GB $217 6.18 x 2.96 x 0.31 in. Storage 6.2-inch LCD; 1,520×720 pixels USB-C More Motorola stories 403 ppi 5.7-inch LCD; 1,512×720 pixels 5:38 403 ppi Motorola Moto G7 Plus Converts to about AU$420 Fingerprint sensor 6.98 oz.; 198g Camera Review • Motorola Moto G7 review: The best budget phone just got even better 8-megapixel Best Buy 8-megapixel Best phones of 2019 so far: Hand-picked by CNET’s experts.Motorla Razr could make a comeback as a foldable phone: Everything old is new again. Water repellent with P2i nanocoating; front-facing flash $269 5.85 x 2.81 x 0.32 in. Water repellent with P2i nanocoating; TurboPower charging 3,000-mAh Converts to about AU$350 Connector Up to 512GB Meet the Moto G7 budget phones for 2019 5.33 oz.; 151g 1,080p Motorola Moto G7 Play $249 4K Front-facing camera Share your voice Converts to about AU$480 Water repellent with P2i nanocoating; TurboPower charging 6.18 x 2.96 x 0.33 in. 13-megapixel 32GB Processor Comments Dimensions (inches) 2GB 1.8GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 $199 Android 9.0 Expandable storage Special features Up to 512GB Price (GBP) Price off-contract (USD) Lawsuit against TSMC could block new devices from entering US Motorola Razr rumors: Foldable phone expected in 2019, leaks, specs, price and more 10 best phones for back to school 294 ppi Phones Battery Converts to about AU$280 Pixel density RAM Display size, resolution 4GB Back Back USB-C Mobile software Yes USB-C Headphone jack Yes Yes 1.8GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Dimensions (millimeters) 38 $215 16-megapixel, 5-megapixel Water repellent with P2i nanocoating; TurboPower charging See it 5,000-mAh Price (AUD) £149 271 ppi Weight (ounces, grams) 2:59 32GB 6.2-inch LCD; 2,270×1,080 pixels 31 Photos Moto G7 phone specs 1.8GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 148.71 x 71.5 x 8.19 mm Android 9.0 At a time when $1,000 phones roam the Earth, Motorola’s four new Moto G7 handsets tell a different story: One where budget phones aim to be satisfying, on-trend devices that cost roughly a third of the price of the iPhone XS. The Moto G7, Moto G7 Plus, Moto G7 Power and Moto G7 Play are all variations on a theme. Read CNET’s in-depth review of the Moto G7.They share backbone specs like full-screen faces with slim bezels, Android Pie, a headphone jack and external storage up to 256GB. From there, the phones take on subtle differences. For example, the Moto G7 Plus — which won’t sell in the US — has a more powerful processor and a big camera upgrade, while the Moto G7 Power gets its character from its extra-large battery. Back This story originally published at 5 a.m. PT. So retro: Designing the original Motorola Razr 4K Android 9.0 Mentioned Above Motorola Moto G7 (ceramic white) USB-C 12-megapixel 300 euros, converts to about $340 157 x 75.3 x 8.3 mm 3,000-mAh Yes 1,080p See It 3GB 12-megapixel 157 x 75.3 x 8 mm Back Moto G7: The standard bearer ($299) This is the step up we expected in 2019’s G7 phone. The most well rounded of Moto’s new G7s for the US, this looks and feels more luxe than you’d expect for a $300 (£239) device. There’s glass on the front and back, a small teardrop-shaped notch and ultrathin bezels all around. Those slimmer margins mean the 6.2-inch display feels expansive without the phone being a behemoth. The dual 12-megapixel/5-megapixel camera setup makes depth-sensing portrait photos possible using that second lens (the G7 Power and play have that too, using software only). You also get the same “auto smile capture” mode as the G7 Plus, for both sets of lenses. An 1.8GHz octacore Snapdragon 632 chipset helps keep tasks moving along, so everything felt zippy in the brief time I had with the phone. As a bonus, there’s water resistance up to IP154 and 64GB of onboard storage to fill up with your photos, videos and apps. 18-moto-g7-powerThe G7 Power’s 5,000mAh battery promises over two days of battery life. Sarah Tew/CNET Moto G7 Power: The battery beast ($249) The name says it all. The Moto G7 Power’s 5,000-mAh battery takes center stage on this device, promising 2.5 days of battery life on a single charge. TurboPower charging means you can effectively top up the battery to give you 9 additional hours of use in just 15 minutes of charge. It’ll cost £179 in the UK. The splashproof G7 Power has a wide eyebrow-style notch on its 6.2-inch screen, but you can tell by holding it that the body is more rudimentary than the Moto G7. A finish that Motorola calls “glass polymer” looks like glass, but is really made out of plastic. Hey, on the plus side, it’ll be harder to break. From a camera perspective, the Moto G7 Power has a single 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter. Portrait-style photos that blur the background are a go, but the phone uses software, rather than two lenses, to achieve the effect. 04-moto-g7-playIt may be the cheapest of the G7 phones, but the Moto G7 Play has a 13-megapixel camera and a fingerprint reader all the same. Sarah Tew/CNET Moto G7 Play: The biggest cost saver ($199) The smallest and most compact Moto G7, the G7 Play was designed to bring you the essentials at a reasonable rate. There’s nothing fancy or noteworthy here, but Motorola still manages to slot in specs that suggest decent performance for the value buy, on paper at least. We won’t know for sure until we get a chance to review the phones. This G7 Play has a 5.7-inch screen (with a wide notch), a splashproof, plastic body with a soft-touch grip, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a decent 3,000-mAh battery. Like the G7 and G7 Power, the modest G7 Play still comes with Android 9 Pie, a headset jack and rear fingerprint reader, and a Snapdragon 632 chipset. That processor alone makes the G7 Play 110 percent faster than the G6 Play, according to Motorola’s claims. It’ll be £149 in the UK. It comes with a more humble 32GB of baked-in storage and just 2GB of RAM. This isn’t a phone meant for intensive gaming or lightning-quick photo processing. But rest assured that you’ll be able to store up to 256GB more files than the phone comes with, thanks to the expandable storage slot on every Moto G7 phone. Moto G7 Plus: The budget ‘splurge’ (£269) The £269 G7 Plus won’t make it to the US, but the most advanced of Motorola’s G7 crop holds the most on-paper appeal. It shares many of the Moto G7’s core specs, like a 6.2-inch FHD+ screen, teardrop notch and Gorilla Glass backing. But it also adds a huge camera upgrade — a 16-megapixel/5-megapixel dual camera setup with optical image stabilization (OIS) — and a 12-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. It also has a more powerful processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 instead of Snapdragon 632 — and is water resistant at a rating of IP54 (protected from limited dust and spraying water from any direction). Extras include red and indigo colors, stereo speakers tuned by Dolby and the fastest Turbo Power charging, which gets you 12 hours of juice in 15 minutes. The G7 Plus includes high-resolution zoom (all the G7s do), and an “auto smile capture” mode for the rear and selfie cameras, which will automatically take a photo with up to five people in the frame, once everyone smiles and stops moving around. 20-moto-g7Hello, headphone jack. Sarah Tew/CNET Now playing: Watch this: Tags Video capture 8-megapixel 12-megapixel, 5-megapixel Android 9.0 6.28 x 2.99 x 0.37 in. Motorola Samsung Verizonlast_img read more

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan gives away fears of BJP winning seats in

first_img Close That would have been a happy outcome for the party. It ‘s always nice to see your cattle fatten themselves on the neighbour’s field while your own sickle (and hammer) hangs lazily from the eave.All eyes will be on Thiruvananthapuram and Pathanamthitta on May 23. Will BJP win these two seats and manage to push the CPM or the Congress to the third position in a couple of other seats?If that happens, the backlash would be complete for the Left. The flicker of anger in Pinarayi’s eyes is portentous!(The author is Managing Editor, International Business Times, India. Views are personal) BJP national president Amit Shah joins Jana Raksha Yatra in TrivandrumTwitter@BJP4IndiaKerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan once again treated media persons like dregs. When a journalist asked him about the voter turnout in Wednesday’s polling, the CM shouted him down saying ‘keep away from here’. Why the CM was upset with a question on high voter turnout in Kerala is a no-brainer though.For, the increased polling percentage is the crux of the post-poll analysis in Kerala now.Kerala saw 77.68 percent voting, the highest in 30 years in the Lok Sabha elections. It was nearly 4 percentage points higher than the 2014 turnout of 74 percent. Historically, the Left Front Vijayan leads has suffered badly each time the voter turnout was higher than 75 percent.A UDF upper hand in Kerala in this elections has been factored in, even by the CPI-M cadres. Realistically the party insiders don’t hope to win the 2014 tally of eight seats. Winning as many would be a great win for CPI-M under the circumstances.Therefore, the CM’s angry reaction does signal that the prognosis is worse. For the Left, what’s worse than a UDF landslide is the possibility of BJP winning a few seats in Kerala. The CPI-M kept the BJP at bay for long, paying a heavy price in the process. In 2014 LS elections, the Left front flipped its own cadre votes to the Congress candidate in Thiruvananthapuram in order to keep BJP out of the electoral sweepstakes in the state. That’s a ‘sacrifice’ the Left has done many a time in the past.The barrage breaching? However, it looks like CPI-M and Pinarayi Vijayan fear that this barrage may have been breached this time. What does a BJP win in any of the Kerala seats mean? First and foremost, a BJP win will mean the rejection of the whole political argument the Left built up through the various phases of the Sabarimala agitation.In a worst case scenario, what if the BJP wins a couple of seats and manages to come to an even keel with the Left’s tally? That would be more than a momentary loss of face. The CPI-M will have to re-imagine its voter base. For long it was backed up the majority Hindu demographics. But if BJP has successfully poached into that turf, what’s the Left left with? The UDF has always been a ‘minority front’ that enjoys the support of the sizeable Muslim and Christian population in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a public rally in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir on April 14.The CPI-M loves to believe that, in fighting BJP violently, it’s keeping a fascist party at bay. There’s a narcissistic streak in the party. It loves itself too much to fatally ignore its own fascist stripes. It feigns to be the bulwark against fascism, but ends up as the most fearsome proponent of the politics of bloodshed. All in the name of secularism!What makes the CPI-M hate BJP so violently? Ideology? Yes of course, it’s there. But more than that, the Left sees in the rear view mirror another ‘Hindu party’ racing fast and catching up with them. Shorn of lofty ideologies, it’s a dog fight for the turf and an attractive voter base. This election is a crucial touchstone.A ‘secular’ consolidation that didn’t happen?Sure, the Left in Kerala will not be washed out if the BJP wins an LS seat in Kerala. A couple of seats for the BJP in a spreadsheet dominated by the Left would have been brushed aside happily. Rather it could have been interpreted as the demise of the Congress in Kerala. But what if the Congress-led UDF wins a lion’s share of the seats and the Left and BJP end up with a couple of seats each? That will be the most unpalatable scenario for the party and a daunting challenge for it to deal with in future. It’s not clear if that will happen in Kerala. But Vijayan’s angry outburst betrays some misgivings.CPI-M’s tactical positioning in Sabarimala was dictated by the demands of realpolitik. It was a given that BJP, the national ruling party, was on the ascendancy in Kerala. By taking a stand against faith and conventions in Sabarimala, the Left wanted to create a straight-laced secular Vs communal paradigm. They figured out that while all that’s theirs would remain theirs, all that’s Congress’s would also become theirs. The Left calculated that the majority Hindu voters would desert Congress and join forces with the BJP while the minorities would flock to them in a ‘secular’ consolidation.center_img Two women under 50 enter Kerala’s Sabarimala templelast_img read more

Heres how Salman Khan pranked Raveena Tandon on Nach Baliye 9 sets

first_imgRaveena Tandon, Salman KhanInstagramSalman Khan and Raveena Tandon go back a long way. She made her debut in Bollywood with Salman in 1991 film Patthar Ke Phool and then went on to star in Andaz Apna Apna which became one of the cult movies of the industry. So it was pretty obvious for Salman to play a prank on Raveena when they reunited on the sets of Nach Baliye 9.The Dabangg Khan told the entire crew of Nach Baliye 9 that he knows Raveena since the last 120 years and spoke non-stop on the set.”He (Salman) told everyone that he knows me since the last 120 years. There’s a comfort factor with him. We spoke non-stop on the set, but when the episode was telecast, I realised that they had edited out a major chunk due to time constraints. We then told each other, ‘Why did we talk so much?'” Raveena Tandon told Mid-Day.Raveena, along with Suniel Shetty, was recently featured in the recreated version of their hit song Sheher Ki Ladki from the 1996 film Rakshak. The video of the remake version also features Diana Penty and Badshah grooving to the song.last_img read more

Lata Mangeshkars emotional twitter tribute to R D Burman

first_img“Aaj Pancham yaane R D Burman ki 21vi punyatithi hai (Today is the 21st death anniversary of Pancham alias R D Burman). Aisa guni kalakar sadiyo’n me ek paida hota hai, wo gaane compose bhi karta tha aur khud bhi accha gaata tha (Such talented artist is born once in ages, he used to compose songs and was also a very good singer),” she tweeted. “Gaano’n mein naye naye prayog karna usko bohot pasand tha (He loved to try new experiments and techniques while composing songs). Aise kalakar ko meri bhavpurna shraddhanjali (I pay a sincere tribute to him),” she added.The 85-year-old collaborated with Burman on several hit songs like Aaja piya tohe pyar doon, Raina beeti jaye and Tune o rangeele.Mangeshkar also shared links of her favourite Burman-composed songs Tere bina jiya jaye na and Bahon mein chale aao. R.D. Burman died at the age of 54 on January 4, 1994.last_img read more