first_imgBCB/Magic Moments 20/20…Rose Hall Town (RHT) Bakewell and Fyrish Cricket clubs will clash in the finals of the Berbice Cricket Board-organised Magic Moments 20/20 Competition for teams in the Lower Corentyne Zone.RHT defeated arch rivals Courtland by a whopping 130 runs, while Fyrish created a major upset by getting past neighbours Chesney by five wickets at the Fyrish Ground.In the first semifinal, held at the Area ‘H’ Ground, RHT elected to take first strike after winning the toss. They were given a flying start by National Players Kevin Sinclair and Junior Sinclair, who added 63 off just six overs, before the latter was run out for 20.Sinclair and the elegant Surendra Kissoonlall then added 122 for the second wicket, to take the score to 191 for 1 before Kissoonlall was run out for a well composed 49.Sinclair went on to score a majestic 125, which included six huge sixes and elevenKevin Sinclairboundaries, as the home team amassed 234 for 6 from their allotted twenty overs. Kevlon Anderson chipped in with 25.Timothy Mc Donald with 2 – 27 and Troy Mathieson with 3 – 34 were the main wicket takers for Courtland.In response, the visitors were rattled by the pace of former National Under-19 fast bowler Sylus Tyndall, who clean bowled all of his victims to claim 5 – 18. Only John Percival, batting at number 9, offered any resistance with 23, as Courtland Cricket Club was bowled out for 104 in 19.3 overs.National Under-15 off spinner Jonathan Rampersaud supported Tyndall with 2 – 18 as RHT booked themselves a place in the final.At the Fyrish ground, Chesney batted first and were able to reach 174 all out in 20 Overs. M. Subjraj top-scored with 38, and received support from S. Kanabeni (34) and Avinash Deonarine (27).Ashnarine Srikissoon with 3 – 23 and Imran Ally with 2 – 36 were the successful bowlers for Chesney.Needing to score 175 in 20 overs to advance to their first ever BCB final, Fyrish’players Y. Gordiyal (59) and Srikissoon (60 not out) combined to push their side to the target with 1.1 overs to spare. Yogindra Chinapen supported 20 in the chase, while Avinash Deonarine and Imran Khan took a wicket each for the visitors.The BCB is hosting four separate 20/20 inter-zone tournaments for teams in West Berbice, New Amsterdam/Canje, Lower Corentyne and Upper Corentyne. Each zone will have its own champion, before they clash with each other for the overall championship.No. 48 Challengers won the Upper Corentyne Zone, while Young Warriors are champions of the New Amsterdam/Canje Zone.The tournament is being sponsored by Frank Sanichara of Sueria Manufacturing under the Magic Moments brand.last_img read more

first_imgThe remains of Bad Edie at BunbegA famous boat which featured in a U2 and Clannad video could be removed from a Donegal beach.BonoThe boat, Bad Eddie, washed up on the beach at Magheraclogher in West Donegal in the 1970s.The wrecked vessel featured in a video for Claand’s famous ‘In A Lifetime’ video in 1985. However, some locals are now claiming the boat is a hazard and the council may now seek to remove it.FAMOUS BOAT FROM CLANNAD/BONO VIDEO MAY HAVE TO BE REMOVED was last modified: September 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bad EddieboatBunbegClannaddonegalU2last_img read more

first_imgThere is much more to South Africa’s oceans than just a holiday attraction. They have the potential to create 70 000 jobs and add more than R30-billion to our economy over the next four years, writes Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa.South Africa is uniquely bordered by the cold Atlantic in the west, the warm Indian Ocean in the east and the Southern Ocean in the south, giving our coastal waters exceptionally biodiverse ecosystems. (Image: Nasa Perpetual Ocean)Our oceans are often associated with fun and relaxation, particularly at this time of the year when many South Africans head down to the coast for the summer holiday.However, there is much more to oceans than just a holiday attraction. They have the potential to add more than R30-billion to our economy over the next four years.Initiatives have already been implemented within sectors such as marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, small harbours development and coastal and marine tourism as sectors that can create jobs, while work has begun to put in place an ocean governance regime.This is part of Operation Phakisa, our national initiative to implement policies and programmes faster and more effectively, to make inroads into the ocean economy. It is also one of the job drivers in the nine-point plan that aims to grow the economy, create jobs, transform the economy and attract investment.Operation Phakisa is modelled on the success of the Malaysian “Big Fast Results” methodology that was used to spur that country’s economic transformation. It brought together government, labour, business, civil society and academia to develop detailed plans that would unlock opportunities within the ocean.We chose the ocean economy as this sector remains largely untapped. South Africa is blessed with an about 3 924-kilometre-long coastline which not only includes mainland South Africa, but also our two sub-Antarctic islands within the Southern Ocean – Prince Edward and Marion islands.We are also uniquely bordered by the cold Atlantic on the west, the warm Indian Ocean on the east and the Southern Ocean on the south, which makes our oceans exceptional in terms of ecosystems and its biodiversity.Moreover, the development of the ocean economy is part of government’s commitment to move South Africa forward and address the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.Through the implementation of projects the aim is to create more than 70 000 jobs over the next four years and increase the GDP contribution of the oceans by more than R30-billion.The government has committed funding to ensure that we create an enabling environment which will attract private sector investment, thus creating the necessary jobs for our people. Through the implementation, the government is committed to ensure the participation of women, the youth and expanding the small business sector.We are investing substantially in our ports, from refurbishment and maintenance, to developing new infrastructure for ship and boat building and repair and to service the oil and gas sectors for rig repairs, while at the same time increasing the efficiency of our ports. Through these initiatives, 177 construction jobs have been created so far.Work has begun on the Saldanha Bay projects which in total is a R9.2 billion public private sector investment. The use of more local components for ship building will also support our local manufacturing industry. Through our efforts, there is already a commitment for the production of catamarans in Port Elizabeth, which will unlock an investment of R1.25 billion in contracts over the next five years and create around 500 jobs.To further expand opportunities, upgrades in small harbours such as Gansbaai, Saldanha Bay, Struisbaai, Gordons Bay and Lamberts Bay have already began, with the prioritisation of Port Alfred, Cape St Francis, Hondeklipbaai, Port Shepstone, Port Grosvernor and Port Edward over the next four years.These upgrades will boost the local economy and improve job creation in these small towns. They will also become more attractive to investors for marine and offshore aquaculture and tourism destinations.South Africa has potential to grow the oil and gas sectors and will over the next few years expend effort to explore its potential. Secondary industries have already emerged – the Burgan Fuel storage facility in the port of Cape Town, which will create 150 construction jobs initially, with a private sector investment of R650-billion. Further commitment of US$50-million has been earmarked for secondary industries within the oil sector at Coega.Our bold decision to explore ocean economy includes the aquaculture sector to support rural economic development inland as well as coastal communities, which have limited work opportunities. Aquaculture projects, both fresh water and marine, will ensure growth of this sector to the tune of R3-billion by 2019. The Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Trade and Industry have already supported 15 000 jobs across the value chain.We have already supported 10 fish farms and approved water lease space of 85 hectares with more than 500 jobs already created. This unlocked private sector investment of over R300 million with the government committing round R100-million.Further projects are being assessed to expand the aquaculture industry. An Inter-Departmental Authorisations Committee is fast tracking aquaculture applications to reduce the processing time from 890 days to 240 days.The government is balancing the economic opportunities afforded by our oceans with the stringent protection of our marine biodiversity and resources, being committed to the principles of sustainable development.Through the proposed Marine Spatial Planning Legislation, we will not only ensure more coordinated and sustainable use of the ocean, but also guard against illegal activities within the ocean space.The Oceans Economy that now includes tourism will also ensure that our coastal areas remain a holiday destination of choice. Recreational facilities will be upgraded to include boat launching facilities, recreational fishing and mini retail areas within the beach precincts to further attract tourists to our treasured asset.As you relax on the beach this holiday, look further than the blue waters to see the full potential of our oceans. Mostly, consider how you can join in the development of its riches.last_img read more

first_imgGrowing economic opportunities in India are attracting an increasing number of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) back to the country. They want to return to their home nation even if it results in a substantial pay cut, says Paul Dupuis, the CEO and managing director of Randstad India.U-turn NRIs“We call such returnees ‘U-turn candidates’. They are typically 35-45 years of age, highly qualified and working for multinationals in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. Every day, we get a few unsolicited mails from returnees and also get connected via social media,” Dupuis told The Hindu BusinessLine.Randstad is a Dutch multinational human resource consulting firm with headquarters in Diemen, the Netherlands. It is said to be the world’s second-largest HR service provider.India’s MomentTalking about U-turn NRIs, Dupuis said that a similar trend was seen in Vietnam a decade ago, and China in the recent past. “What I mostly hear from returnees is that this is India’s moment. India is the rising tiger,” he said.However, NRIs also face issues such as gaps in the salary. For example,  an NRI from the United States will have to take a 20 per cent cut while one from West Asia will take a 25 per cent salary cut. But for them, other factors, such as living with the family, good schools and lower cost of living, compensate the salary cut and make India more attractive, Dupuis added.Increasing OpportunitiesIndia’s rising middle class and a GDP growth rate of over 7 per cent have been among factors that are drawing more NRIs to India. Employment opportunities have increased in the light of recent developments, such as demonetisation, which has impacted sectors such as e-payment, and implementation of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) that has created an increasing demand for tax specialists.But there is still a huge skill gap, Dupuis pointed out. Recruiting freshers and training them, the way Japanese companies do, even teaching them how to exchange business, can help India. Related ItemsLittle IndiaNRIs coming backNRIs return to IndiaPaul Dupuis NRIsRandstad India NRIsreturned NRIsU-turn NRIslast_img read more

first_imgDefinitionComplex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that can affect any area of the body, but often affects an arm or a leg.Alternative NamesCRPS; RSDS; Causalgia – RSD; Shoulder-hand syndrome; Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome; Sudecks atrophyCauses, incidence, and risk factorsDoctors arent sure what causes CRPS. In some cases, the sympathetic nervous system plays an important role in the pain. Another theory is that CRPS is caused by a triggering of the immune response, which leads to the inflammatory symptoms of redness, warmth, and swelling in the affected area.CRPS has two forms:CRPS 1 is a chronic nerve disorder that occurs most often in the arms or legs after a minor injury.CRPS 2 is caused by an injury to the nerve.CRPS is thought to result from damage to the nervous system, including the nerves that control the blood vessels and sweat glands.The damaged nerves are no longer able to properly control blood flow, feeling (sensation), and temperature to the affected area. This leads to medical problems in the:Blood vesselsBonesMusclesNervesSkinPossible causes of CRPS:Injury directly to a nerveInjury or infection in an arm or legRarely, sudden illnesses such as a heart attack or stroke can cause CSPS. The condition can sometimes appear without obvious injury to the affected limb.This condition is more common in people ages 40 – 60, but it has been seen in younger people too.SymptomsThe key symptom is pain that:Is intense and burning, and is much stronger than would be expected for the type of injury that occurredGets worse, rather than better over timeBegins at the point of injury, but often spreads to the whole limb, or to the arm or leg on the opposite side of the bodyIn most cases, CRPS has three stages. However, CRPS does not always follow this pattern. Some people develop severe symptoms almost right away. Others stay in the first stage.advertisementStage 1 (lasts 1 – 3 months):Changes in skin temperature, switching between warm or coldFaster growth of nails and hairMuscle spasms and joint painSevere burning, aching pain that worsens with the slightest touch or breezeSkin that slowly becomes blotchy, purple, pale, or red; thin and shiny; swollen; more sweatyStage 2 (lasts 3 – 6 months):Continued changes in the skinNails that are cracked and break more easilyPain that is becoming worseSlower hair growthStiff joints and weak musclesStage 3 (irreversible changes can be seen)Limited movement in limb because of tightened muscles and tendons (contracture)Muscle wastingPain in the entire limbIf pain and other symptoms are severe or long-lasting, many people may experience depression or anxiety.Signs and testsDiagnosing CRPS can be difficult, but early diagnosis is very important.The doctor will take a medical history and do a physical examination. Other tests may include:A test to show temperature changes and lack of blood supply in the affected limb (thermography)Bone scansNerve conduction studiesX-raysTreatmentThere is no cure for CRPS, but the disease can be slowed. The main focus is on relieving the symptoms and helping people with this syndrome live as normal a life as possible.Physical and occupational therapy should be started as early as possible. Starting an exercise program and learning to keep joints and muscles moving may prevent the disease from getting worse and help you perform everyday activities.Medications may be used, including pain medicines, steroids, certain blood pressure medicines, bone loss medications (such as bisphosphonates like Fosamax and Actonel), and antidepressants.Some type of talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy, can help teach the skills you need to live with chronic pain.Surgical or invasive techniques that may be tried:Injected medicine that numbs the affected nerves or pain fibers around the spinal column (nerve block)Internal pain pump that directly delivers medications to the spinal cord (intrathecal drug pump)Spinal cord stimulator, which involves placing electrodes (electrical leads) next to the spinal cord. A low-level electrical current is used to create a pleasant or tingling sensation in the painful area is the best way to reduce pain in some patients.Surgery that cuts the nerves to destroy the pain (surgical sympathectomy), although it is unclear how many patients this helps. It may also make some patients symptoms worse.Expectations (prognosis)The outlook is better with an early diagnosis. If the doctor diagnoses the condition within the first stage, sometimes signs of the disease may disappear (remission) and normal movement is possible.If the condition is not diagnosed quickly, changes to the bone and muscle may get worse and may not be reversible.advertisementIn some people, symptoms go away on their own. In other people, even with treatment the pain continues and the condition causes crippling, irreversible changes.ComplicationsCognitive impairmentDepressionLoss of muscle size or strength in the affected limbSpread of the disease to another part of the bodyWorsening of the affected limbComplications can also occur with some of the nerve and surgical treatments.Calling your health care providerContact your health care provider if you develop constant, burning pain in an arm, leg, hand, or foot.PreventionThere is no known prevention at this time. Early treatment is the key to slowing the progression of the disease.ReferencesNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Complex regional pain syndrome fact sheet. Updated December 21, 2009. Accessed January 19, 2010.Saxton DL, Lindenfeld TN. Complications. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr., Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2009:chap 7.Review Date:2/16/2012Reviewed By:Luc Jasmin, MD, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and Department of Anatomy at UCSF, San Francisco, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

first_imgIf you ask anyone with a little technical know-how about phones and when and when not to buy them, he/she will tell you August-September is definitely not the best time to buy a high-end flagship phone. Even if you’re looking to splurge and money is not a constraint, it’s best to wait now and save yourself the regret that a certain next-generation Google Pixel, or the next iPhone, or the next Samsung Galaxy Note would bring to your party should you have already invested in a first-generation Pixel, or an iPhone 7, or a Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+.Things are, however, a little different in the budget and mid-level segments. There are some good options that still continue to hold ground despite the fact that plenty of other options – good and bad – would be coming to the market in the days to come.All said and done, if you’re still looking to buy a new phone this August, here are all the options that money can buy.Cheapest phone(s) we recommendXiaomi Redmi 4The Redmi 4 was launched in India in mid-May at a starting price of Rs 6,999 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage version going all the way to Rs 10,999 for the top end 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version. The Redmi 4 is also available in 3GB RAM and 32GB memory version for Rs 8,999. Although, the Redmi 4 has been around for a while – and is still a very hard to get phone like other Xiaomi phones – the fact that it brings in some hard-to-get hardware specs at some really rock-bottom prices make it worth all the time and effort: even in August. No other phone still comes close to it as far as value proposition is concerned.advertisementIt looks really premium, feels really premium, has a pretty neat display, metes out dependable performance, comes with good-enough cameras and most importantly killer battery life.Boasting of a full-metal body — with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner — the Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with a 5-inch 720p display and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor under the hood. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. On the software side, the Redmi 4 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI. Furthermore, the phone is backed by a 4,100mAh battery.Xiaomi Redmi 4AAlternatively, if you’re someone who is on an even more tighter budget, Xiaomi’s ultra-affordable Redmi 4A , that sells for Rs 5,999, is the phone to buy. Think of it as an even more affordable Redmi 4: an ideal feature phone replacement if you’re someone who is also looking to make a switch to a ‘smart’ phone for the first time. It’s as basic as basic gets, and yet, it is feature packed to the brim once you get a hang of it. Most importantly, it costs next to nothing.If you’re someone who is looking for a basic smartphone at dirt-cheap prices, but, also someone who loves to flaunt it, the Redmi 4A should get the job done. The phone, although plastic, feels premium from every nook and corner and is also quite high on specs for its price as long as you know its limitations.In terms of hardware specs, the phone comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display with a 720p resolution. It is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is further expandable via micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity.On the camera front the Redmi 4A comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture along with autofocus and an LED flash. On the front you get a 5-megapixel snapper. The phone is backed by a 3,120mAh battery which is non-removable.Best phone under Rs 10,000Xiaomi Redmi Note 4It’s no secret that Xiaomi has hit bull’s eye with the Redmi Note 4. The Redmi Note 4 is easily among the best selling phones that Xiaomi has ever come out with, and the phone still manages to hold its ground in the under Rs 10,000 price segment even though it was launched in January. Backed by a premium design, top-notch performance and fantastic battery life, the Redmi Note 4 still remains to be the smartphone to beat at its price point. Follow up to Xiaomi’s much successful Redmi Note 3; the Redmi NotE 4 exists primarily to correct the camera shortcomings of its predecessor, according to the company. The phone comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5-megapixel camera.advertisementThe Redmi Note 4 boasts of a full-metal body and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506GPU. The base 2GB RAM and 32GB storage version of the Redmi Note 4 sells for Rs 9,999 and supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot as well. The dual-SIM phone runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready). The Redmi Note 4 is further backed by a 4,100mAh battery.Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000Moto G5 PlusLenovo’s Moto G5 Plus is a healthy concoction of a premium all-metal body, a spectacular camera, clean and unadulterated software, and great battery life. At under Rs 20,000 the Moto G5 Plus is definitely your best bet if you’re looking for an all-rounder phone that’s also priced well. The Moto G5 Plus starts at Rs 14,999 for the base 3GB RAM and 16GB storage version and goes all the way to Rs 16,999 for the top-end 4GB RAM and 32GB storage version.It’s an all-metal phone with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and splash-resistance coating. It comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p screen and is powered by Qualcomm’s heat efficient Snapdragon 625 processor. The Moto G5 Plus, like other Moto phones, runs an almost unmodified version of Android Nougat with Moto enhancements like Moto Display and Moto Actions alongside the Google’s AI assistant.The Moto G5 Plus sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with dual pixel autofocus, f/1.7 aperture and dual-LED flash. Additionally, the Moto G5 Plus’ rear camera is also capable of recording 4K video. On the front, it comes with a 5-megapixel camera.The Moto G5 Plus is further backed by a 3,000mAh battery and supports fast charging.Note: FYI, Lenovo will launch a slightly tweaked version of the Moto G5 Plus, called the Moto G5S Plus, in India in the days to come. Although the Moto G5S Plus will carry the same exact core hardware, it will come with dual cameras on the rear that would be something to look out for in the near future.Huawei Honor 8The Honor 8 was launched in India in October last year at a price of Rs 29,999. If you’re wondering why the Honor 8 even deserves a mention here, 8 months after hitting the shelves, well, the phone from Huawei is now selling for as low as Rs 18,490. It is actually quite a steal at its current price if you’re someone who likes to flaunt their phone and also someone who likes to take a lot of (good) pictures using it.The Honor 8 has two cameras on the rear — dual 12-megapixel with dual-LED (dual tone) flash — wherein one takes monochrome shots the other takes photos in colour (RGB). The phone’s software algorithm then merges both the images into one and creates the final photo. Basically, the phone can ideally take better low-light photos than rival top-tier phones thanks to its dual-lens system. The Honor 8, in addition, also has an 8-megapixel camera on the front.advertisementThe Honor 8 further boasts of an all glass and metal body with rear mounted fingerprint scanner. It comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display and an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM under the hood and 32GB of on-board storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via micro-SD card. The phone is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery.Xiaomi Mi Max 2The Mi Max 2, like the Mi Max before it, is a super-sized phablet that towers over every other phablet in the market right now with its sheer size and ambition. The reason why it makes the cut here is because the Mi Max 2 is quite an interesting option for someone who’s into a lot of multimedia consumption. Launched in India at a price of Rs 16,999 the 6.44-inch Mi Max 2 monster of a phablet comes with a 5,300mAh monster of a battery inside. This 5,300mAh battery inside the Mi Max 2 is rated to deliver up to 2 days of battery life on regular usage. A lot of these great battery life claims also come from the assurance that the Mi Max 2 – just like the Redmi Note 4 – has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 at its heart.The Mi Max 2, just like last year’s Mi Max, comes with a 6.44-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels which roughly translates to 342 pixels per inch) IPS display which invariably means that it is a phone designed first and foremost for multimedia consumption, the same reason why Xiaomi has decided to put dual stereo speakers on this one.The Mi Max 2 has outstanding camera credentials as well. In fact, it sports the same IMX 386 image sensor as the company’s flagship Mi 6 which isn’t coming to India by the way.Best phone(s) under Rs 30,000Moto Z2 PlayLast year’s Moto Z Play was a spectacular phone in all its right. This year’s Moto Z2 Play is even better and an ideal replacement if you’re someone who hasn’t already crossed paths with the original Moto Z Play. Just like the Moto Z Play, the Moto Z2 Play brings the Moto Z family’s modularity to the affordable mid-range segment. But being an affordable mid-range modular phone — and a modular phone done right — isn’t the only USP of the Moto Z2 Play, for its loyalties lie elsewhere. The Moto Z2 Play, just like the Moto Z Play before it, has a battery life to die for.The Moto Z2 Play, priced at Rs 27,999, uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor and comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full-HD (1080P) resolution. One particular interesting bit about the Moto Z2 Play — as opposed to its predecessor — is its main camera. This camera uses a 12-megapixel image sensor that has a pixel size of 1.4um. Just like its predecessor the Moto Z Play, the Moto Z2 Play also comes with a decently-sized 3,000mAh battery and when paired with Qualcomm’s efficient Snapdragon 626, metes out excellent battery life.The Z2 Play further comes with a full-metal body and has a fingerprint sensor on the front and on the back the phone has pogo pins through which Moto Mods can be attached to it. It also comes with Type C connector. Also the support for micro-SD card has been provided.Like other Motorola phones, the Z2 Play also uses an almost unmodified version of Android. It is powered by Android Nougat 7.1, which is the latest version of Android.OnePlus 3TThe OnePlus 3T — even though OnePlus has discontinued the phone now (it will be available for buying in India by the end of this year though) — is one of those rare case studies where it’s hard to find a catch, simply because there isn’t any. I would personally pick up the OnePlus 3T over the newly launched OnePlus 5, but then, that’s just a personal choice.The 6GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the OnePlus 3T is available for buying for Rs 29,999 and is still among the best phones that money can buy around its price point chiefly because of its blazing fast performance.It boasts of a full-metal body and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone has a 5.5-inch full-HD AMOLED display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution and is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU. It is further backed by a 3,400mAh battery.The phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based OxygenOS out-of-the-box and is up-gradable to Android N. The OnePlus 3T also supports the company’s in-house fast charging solution called Dash Charging and the accompanying Dash Charger is capable of charging the phone to up to 60 per cent in just 30 minutes.The OnePlus 3T further sports a 16-megapixel camera (Sony IMX 298) with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation. The camera on-board is assisted with EIS for enhanced stabilisation while shooting videos. On the front, the OnePlus 3T comes with a 16-megapixel camera.Best phone(s) under Rs 45,000OnePlus 5So, what if the OnePlus 5 looks a lot like a certain phone from a certain company that shares its name with a fruit that apparently keeps doctors away? At least, it looks good, while at it. It is, without a doubt, OnePlus’ best-looking phone ever. It’s still pretty jam-packed to the core with high-end specs, like the company’s previous offerings, and also it comes at a relatively mainstream price which come to think of it is again trademark OnePlus.It comes with the latest in hardware – and up to 8 gigs of RAM that quite frankly speaking is ridiculous in 2017 – and dual cameras.The dual camera system in the OnePlus 5 features “a tailor-made 16-megapixel camera, supported by a 20-megapixel telephoto camera. While the 16-megapixel camera — Sony IMX 398 — features a large f/1.7 aperture, the secondary 20-megapixel camera — Sony IMX 350 – features an f/2.6 aperture. The dual camera system on-board the OnePlus 5 is capable of shooting photos with shallow depth of field, or bokeh effect through a specialized portrait mode. There’s also a dedicated Pro Mode for pro users. The system is also capable of recording 4K videos and shooting in RAW file format. Sadly, the OnePlus 5’s rear camera system isn’t assisted with Optical Image Stabilisation. On the front, the OnePlus 5 comes with a 16-megapixel camera.The OnePlus 5’s dual camera system may be a hit or a miss — it is in fact not as good as hyped by the company in question — but it doesn’t take away the fact that the OnePlus 5 is the most powerful phone that you can buy at its price point right now. It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based OxygenOS out-of-the-box and is as blazing fast as blazing fast can be right now.The OnePlus 5 starts at Rs 32,999 for the base 6GB RAM and 64GB storage version and goes all the way to Rs 37,999 for the top-end 8GB RAM and 128GB storage version.Best phone(s) money can buyHTC U11HTC’s new U11, has enough gimmicks and fire-power under the hood to stand toe-to-toe with the best in the industry now. And give them quite a run for their money while at it. The U11 is in fact, the best flagship phone that you can buy in the market right now. And also it is very practical, save the Edge Sense gimmickry that’s easy to ignore than be nit-picky about.The U11 looks great, has a great screen, metes out great performance, comes with great camera credentials and a camera that performs quite well while at it, and outstanding audio credentials that put Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus’ stereo setup to shame. It is water-resistant and crams in three virtual assistants. But, more importantly, the U11 is the first HTC phone in years to carry a sensible price tag. The phone, for 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, costs Rs 51,990.The HTC U11 comes with a 5.5-inch 2K Super LCD 5 screen. It is powered by a 2.45GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clubbed with up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB of internal memory which is further expandable via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based Sense UI. It further comes with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera and is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0.The U11 ships with a 12-megapixel rear camera with what HTC calls UltraPixel 3 technology and UltraSpeed Autofocus. It uses a very bright lens at f/1.7 aperture, and the sensor is also a little bigger than the usual, 1/2.55-inch that apparently boosts low-light performance. HTC’s UltraPixel sensor is notorious for allowing more light into the lens, technically resulting in brighter photos. The rear camera is further assisted with phase detection autofocus, OIS and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. On the front, it comes with a 16-megapixel camera.Also Read: Best phones to buy this July: OnePlus 5 joins the party, so does HTC U11last_img read more

first_imgDepression is an illness that creeps up on you. It’s something like weight-gain–you don’t realise when it’s happening to you, you just wake up one day, look in the mirror and don’t recognise the person you see. In depression too, you don’t just wake up one daywith no will to live; it’s a gradual process of one thing leading toanother, to another, to another, and you getting so mentally embroiled in the mess that you forget what the state ofwell-being felt like.But that’s depression in a nutshell, and at a mild degree. The peripheral repercussions of the mental illness areaplenty, and they become worse when the people you love and live withare not able to understand what’s going on inside of you, and sometimesend up making the situation worse for you.While commoners have a different experience and way of dealing with this mental illness, the gravity of it multiplies when one is a celebrity. For a person going through depression to keep up their public image, and smile to the world every time they set foot outside the house, is very, very difficult–not surprisingly, it only makes matters worse.The the most celebrity revelation about depression has been that of Kapil Sharma. The comedian has spoken about slipping into depression and suffering anxiety before appearing on the show. Among Indian celebrities, the first one to open the gates of conversation about mental health was Deepika Padukone; enough has been said and written about her journey through it, and how it was the love and support of her family that helped her pull herself out of the mental quicksand.advertisementPicture courtesy: Instagram/deepikapadukoneSo, what does one do to not let their loved ones fall into this deep, dark abyss? Here are a few pointers that might help you identify depression before it rears its ugly face and sends your loved one on a negativity spiral.  1. Mood fluctuationsNoticed them being perfectly happy one moment and lose their cool like notomorrow in a matter of seconds? Or caught them crying over littleissues that don’t even deserve a second thought? These bursts happen because of bottled-up emotions. So, instead of judging them orasking them to get a hold on themselves, calm them down subtly and talkto them, eventually, about what’s bothering them.2. Too much sleep or no sleep at allA depressed person either tries to sleep off his/her worries–and henceends up sleeping a little too much–or just cannot sleep for even 6hours a day because of everything that’s going on in their head.3. Loss of interestYou know what your loved ones love or hate–this could be anything to dowith food or movies or sports or games, or just about any hobby. If you spot them not indulging in things/activities they’ve been fond of forall their life, it’s a sure-shot sign of them heading towardsdepression.4. Loss of appetite or overeating Thiscould again swing in extremes. While some people might lose the will toeat, others might try to compensate for that sh*t feeling inside byindulging in their favourite foods on an everyday basis.5. Talking about death, even lightly Sentences like “If nothing works out, I can always kill myself” should not betaken lightly, even if they’re said in jest. When a person going through depression starts looking at suicide as an option, you should know it’s time to intervene.last_img read more

first_imgSlovenian Aleksander Ceferin was re-elected unopposed on Thursday as President of European soccer’s ruling body UEFA for a four-year term at its annual Congress in Rome.The 55-year-old immediately promised a dramatic overhaul of European club competitions.”We will work hand in hand with our partner, the European Club Association, to design the club competitions of the future,” Ceferin told delegates.”Club competitions that are in keeping with the times, full of excitement and intensity and open, which will bring a new dimension to European football,” he said.He added that UEFA would do “everything possible” to bring the 2030 World Cup to Europe and that European football’s break- even rule known as Financial Fair Play (FFP) would be updated.”We will make football fairer, we will adapt the FFP rules to establish a new European balance: the initial objectives of FFP have been achieved…..finances are healthier than ever,” Ceferin said.Under UEFA statutes, Ceferin, as the only candidate, was voted in by acclamation — a round of applause — from the delegates of the 55 member associations.Ceferin was first elected in September, 2016 to replace Michel Platini after the former France midfielder was banned by FIFA for ethics violations. Platini has denied any wrongdoing.Also Read | Gianni Infantino is the only candidate for FIFA president electionlast_img read more

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – Chairman of the Logistics and Investment Task Force in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Dr. Eric Deans, says the Government’s Global Logistics Hub Initiative will result in a total transformation of the Jamaican economy within the next five years. He said that investors are ready to pump over US$9 billion in the project, which seeks to create a range of special economic zones throughout the country, industrial parks, urban business districts, and technology parks, which will make Jamaica the fourth Logistics Hub in the world. Multi-national companies will be invited to set up operations to provide value-added activities geared towards the international community of some 800 million people. “Jamaica sits in the middle of an 800 million person market, so when we speak of the initiative, it is not about the domestic economy alone. It is about serving the 800 million person market in North America, Central America, and South America. The opportunity we have ahead of us arises primarily from happenings in the external economy. We have the opportunity to exploit changing global trade corridors,” Dr. Deans stated. He was providing details about the project to business people in Montego Bay, at a meeting hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Jamaica on Thursday (April 18), at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James. The Global Logistics Hub Initiative seeks to prepare Jamaica to leverage economic opportunities from the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled to be completed in 2015. The key elements of the project are: development of the Caymanas Economic Zone; dredging of the Kingston Harbour; expanding the port facility at Fort Augusta and Gordon Cay; establishing a Dry Dock facility at Jackson Bay, Clarendon; establishing a transshipment commodity port facility near Yallahs, St. Thomas; and developing an air cargo and passenger facility at Vernamfield, in Clarendon. Jamaica is deemed ideally positioned for this undertaking, based on the country’s location, midway between North and South America, and in relatively close proximity to the Panama Canal. “With the bulk of maritime commerce moving from the Asia Pacific region where the main production houses are located now, moving through the Panama Canal, and with Jamaica in the middle of the Americas, we can distribute to that entire area from a hub in Jamaica,” Dr. Deans said. He informed that a major part of the project is the provision of aviation services. “From an aviation perspective, we can also move goods to those major markets within a four to six-hour flight time, so by combining maritime and aviation strategy, we can service the entire Americas in a very efficient manner,” he stated. Dr. Deans noted that the project also seeks to establish Jamaica as an Internet exchange point. “Eighty per cent of the Internet traffic in the region is routed through Miami…the cost of Internet traffic and the speed at which it moves through will be greatly enhanced, and add to Jamaica’s competitive advantage,” he said. The Jamaica Logistics Hub Initiative is a US$8 billion project over a five to 10-year period. The hub’s establishment would make it the fourth such facility globally, along with those in Singapore; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Rotterdam, Netherlands. It will have a major impact on training and job creation.last_img read more