first_imgPresident Emmanuel Macron’s reshuffled government took office on Tuesday, with conservatives given prominent roles in efforts to rescue France’s coronavirus-ravaged economy from the worst depression in decades.Reappointed as finance minister, Bruno Le Maire promised a company-focused recovery plan to revive growth, but said he would not lose control over spending.Le Maire said he faced a “crushing task” confronted by the severest economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. “My road map is clear and simple: it will be recovery – morning, noon and night.” The reshuffle saw former conservatives, including Le Maire, in control of the most influential ministries – a sign Macron will seek to consolidate support among center-right voters ahead of a possible re-election bid.An Odoxa-Dentsu Consulting poll showed eight in 10 people believed the reshuffle would not lead to a shift in policy direction.At least two small groups of feminist protesters targeted the new government.Three topless women protested in front of the Elysee Palace, one of them bearing the slogan “RIP The Promises”, as Macron prepared to convene the cabinet for the first time.In a second action, protesters took aim at new Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, against whom an investigation into a rape allegation was reopened last month.Darmanin, who was previously Macron’s budget minister, denies rape.Macron redrew the political landscape when he swept to power three years ago, carving out a niche in the center ground and poaching ministers from the left and right.On Monday, he let go of several former Socialist ministers, while promoting others from conservative ranks.Topics : The coronavirus crisis has unraveled the hard-fought gains of a liberal economic reform agenda that provoked waves of protests during Macron’s first three years in office.Before the pandemic hit, French growth was among the highest in the euro zone, unemployment was falling and foreign investors were rewarding Macron for deregulating parts of the economy.But now the jobless rate is rising, the government forecasts the economy will shrink by 11% and debt is spiralling higher.”It is out of the question that economic stimulus gets done at the expense of well-managed public accounts over the long term,” Le Maire continued.last_img read more

first_imgNZ Herald 19 Jan 2013Almost 800 girls under 18 were married in New Zealand in the past decade, and women’s rights activists believe a number of those marriages were against the will of the brides. It is not illegal for 16 and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent but activists suggest a number of those marriages are forced by the parents. Forced marriages are difficult for police and social services to detect and are often associated with physical, financial or psychological abuse. Government agencies said they knew they were happening. Shakti, which runs four refuges for Asian, African and Middle Eastern women in Auckland and Wellington, receives about 600 calls to its crisis line a month. Youth co-ordinator Shasha Ali said forced marriages mostly involved girls under 18.….National MP Jackie Blue has drafted a private member’s bill which she hopes would help provide extra support for young women under pressure to marry. Dr Blue’s bill would make it illegal for anyone under 18 years old to wed without first formalising their consent before a Family Court judge. “I believe the majority of marriages under 18 are fine and above board, but this would just give an extra level of protection for those who are being forced to do it against their will,” she said. Dr Blue said her bill would not affect ethnic practices, such as arranged marriage. “This won’t affect this at all, an arranged marriage is a traditional practice and right up until the wedding, the bride can say no.” read more

first_imgThe Giants are willing to listen to offers for Beckham but are not currently shopping him, according to a report from SNY. The Raiders were reportedly considering Beckham, but they dealt for Antonio Brown, while the Browns could also pursue him.Beckham tallied 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games for the Giants last season. Odell Beckham Jr. trade rumors: Three teams engaged in talks for Giants WR Related News The 49ers still appear interested in acquiring Odell Beckham Jr.It is “still possible” San Francisco trades for the 26-year-old Giants wide receiver this offseason, according to a report from Bleacher Report. The three-time Pro Bowl player was originally selected by New York out of LSU with the 12th pick in the 2014 draft. He signed a five-year, $95 million extension with the team in August.The Giants finished 2018 with a 5-11 record and missed the playoffs for a second straight season.last_img read more

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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_imgMumbai pacer Shardul Thakur, who is part of the 15-member India squad currently playing against Sri Lanka, believes that he should be ready and should deliver whenever he gets a chance to play for the country.Thakur, who is the fourth seamer in the Indian squad besides Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya, might get a chance to make his international debut in the remaining two matches of the ongoing five-match series.And that seems highly probable as skipper Virat Kohli has already suggested that he would be testing the bench strength and would give chance to rookies as India have already clinched the series.Speaking on the eve of the fourth ODI at the R. Premdasa Stadium on Wednesday, Thakur said, “Over the past few years, I have been working very hard. So whenever I get a chance to play, I should be ready.””And keeping that perspective in mind, I always prepare for the game, whether they play or not play me, its management’s role,” he added.The 25-year-old had a dream run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 10 campaign as he led the Rising Pune Supergiant to qualify for the finals before losing to Mumbai Indians.The Palghar-born, who was previously part of the Indian Test squad during the last tour of West Indies (2016), believes that if a cricketer has skills, he can play any format of the game.”If you have the skills, you can play any format of the game. Its only how do you cope up with the different challenges in Test match cricket, One-day cricket and T20 cricket. If you ask me, you have to evolve each and every time,” he said.advertisement”Whenever you fall back to Test cricket, you have to bowl accordingly, One-day and T20 cricket as well respectively,” he added.Riding high on confidence, India will look to continue on the winning streak and rub salt on the wounds of Sri Lanka, who are already in disarray.Speedster Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI. His elevation comes after Chamara Kapugedera, himself a stand-in skipper, was ruled out of the remainder of the two matches with a back injury.The right-arm pacer has previously led Sri Lanka in T20Is, taking it to the ICC World T20 title in Bangladesh in 2014, before resigning ahead of the World T20 in India in 2016.The 34-year-old will be making his ODI captaincy debut in his 203rd match, and will look to mark the occasion with his 300th scalp, having picked up just one wicket in the first three games of the series thus far.Kapugedera was to have led the team in the third and fourth ODIs after Upul Tharanga was suspended for those two matches for an over-rate offence during the second ODI in Pallekele.last_img read more