No let up in heatwave conditions in North, East India amid scanty pre-monsoon showers

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJune 15, 2019UPDATED: June 15, 2019 00:38 IST Banda was the hottest place in the state, where maximum temperature rose to 45 degrees Celsius, followed by Etawah, which recorded a high of 44.8 degrees Celsius. (File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThere was no let up in heatwave in northern and eastern India due to deficient pre-monsoon showersThe mercury crossed the 45-degree mark at some places in DelhiAsansol was the hottest place in the state at 41.2 degrees CelsiusThere was no let up in heatwave in northern and eastern India due to deficient pre-monsoon showers and conditions look to remain the same till the weekend when rain is likely in some parts.The mercury crossed the 45-degree mark at some places in Delhi, which is the only 100 per cent rain-deficient “state” in the country.The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, recorded a high of 43.7 degrees Celsius and a low of 29.6 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels oscillated between 16 and 50 per cent, the weatherman said.The weather stations at Palam, Sports Complex, Delhi Ridge and Ayanagar recorded the mercury at 45.2, 45.1, 44.8 and 44.4 degrees Celsius.The city has recorded nil rainfall from June 1 to June 14, according to India Meteorological Department data. Normally, the city would record 15 mm of rainfall in the first two weeks of June.At 39.6 degrees Celsius, Kolkata recorded its highest temperature of the year. Besides, the humid conditions caused immense discomfort to the people in the city and other south Bengaldistricts and is likely to continue, the weatherman said.Asansol was the hottest place in the state at 41.2 degrees Celsius, while Midnapore, Bankura and Sriniketan recorded above 40 degrees Celsius temperature.After a day’s respite, heatwave gained steam again in Odisha with the temperature jumping above 40 degrees Celsius in at least 11 places.The temperature in state capital Bhubaneswar jumped to 38.1 degrees Celsius from 34.7 degrees recorded on Thursday. What made the weather unbearable in the city was a high level of relative humidity at 92 per cent, weather officials said.In neighbouring Cuttack, the maximum temperature soared to 39.2 degrees Celsius, up from 36 degrees measured on Thursday.Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow witnessed clear sky during the day, even as the meteorological department forecast that rain accompanied by thunderstorm is very likely at isolated places in the state.Banda was the hottest place in the state, where maximum temperature rose to 45 degrees Celsius, followed by Etawah, which recorded a high of 44.8 degrees Celsius.Allahabad saw mercury touching 44.7 degrees Celsius.There was no relief from the heatwave conditions in Rajasthan as well with Sri Ganganagar recording a maximum temperature of 45.8 degrees Celsius.The maximum temperature in Churu was 45.6 degrees Celsius followed by 43.5 degrees Celsius in Bikaner, 42.1 degrees Celsius in Kota, 41 degrees Celsius in Jaisalmer and 40.3 degrees Celsius in Jodhpur, it said.There was light rain in some areas of the state. The weatherman has forecast dust storm or thunderstorm at isolated places in the state in the next 48 hours.In most parts of Himachal Pradesh heratwave conditions continued as the maximum temperature increased up to two degrees Celsius.Una continued to be the hottest place in the state at 43 degrees Celsius, the Meteorological Department said.The maximum temperature in Bilaspur was 40.2 degrees Celsius, followed by 39.7 in Hamirpur, 38.9 in Kangra, 38.3 in Mandi, 38.1 in Sundernagar, and 35.9 degrees Celsius in Chamba.State capital Shimla recorded a high of 28.5 degrees Celsius, Manali 27.8 degrees Celsius, Dalhousie 23.3 degrees Celsius and Kufri 20.4 degrees Celsius.Temperatures in Haryana and Punjab were the above normal limits with Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, recording a maximum of 41.8 degree Celsius.Hisar in Haryana registered a high of 43.2 degrees Celsius, up two notches while Ambala’s maximum settled at 42.8 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal.Patiala in Punjab registered a maximum of 43.6 degrees Celsius and Ludhiana recorded a high of 42.7 degrees Celsius. Amritsar recorded 43 degrees Celsius.Meanwhile, a senior official said cyclone Vayu is likely to recurve and hit the Kutch coast of Gujarat.It is likely to recurve on June 16 and hit Kutch between June 17-18, M Rajeevan, Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, told PTI.The intensity of the cyclone is likely to get reduced, Rajeevan said, adding that it may hit the coast as a cyclonic storm or a deep depression.advertisementALSO READ | Pakistan’s proposal for Kartarpur pilgrimage says only 500 pilgrims to be allowed per dayALSO WATCH | Severe heatwave grips India, IMD issues alertFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma No let up in heatwave conditions in North, East India amid scanty pre-monsoon showersThe temperature in state capital Bhubaneswar jumped to 38.1 degrees Celsius from 34.7 degrees recorded on Thursday. What made the weather unbearable in the city was a high level of relative humidity at 92 per cent, weather officials said.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: England beat India to spice up race for semi-finals

first_img Extras: 7 runs (B: 0, LB: 1, WD: 6, NB: 0, P: 0) Hardik Pandya H. Pandya c sub b Liam Plunkett Match Ended 1 306/5 0 15 0 c Chris Woakes b Liam Plunkett 306/5 0 commentary Super Over 337/7 267/5 ( H. Pandya 44.5 Overs) , 3/55 (10) advertisement 73 Mid Wicket 4 covers Liam Plunkett (ENG) L. Plunkett (ENG) 2 (50.0) 0 92.30 Chris Woakes C. Woakes All batsmen are considered right handed 8.5 Square Leg Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL) Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SL) 7 5/69 (10) (50.0) Square Leg not out 4 graphs 4s Rohit Sharma (IND) R. Sharma (IND) Mid on Mid Wicket 12 third Man Mohammed Shami (IND) M. Shami (IND) KL Rahul KL Rahul c & b Chris Woakes fine Leg 40 Mid on Liam Plunkett L. Plunkett Point 0 1 1 England ENG third Man 5.8 Mohammed Shami M. Shami ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) India ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 38 29 0 4 45 Mid on Mid on Mid off covers Point Jasprit Bumrah J. Bumrah 226/4 ( R. Pant 39.1 Overs) , covers 42 4 0 86.84 0 Rohit Sharma R. Sharma c Jos Buttler b Chris Woakes wd England Square Leg 110.34 198/3 ( R. Sharma 36.1 Overs) , o Point 1 Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 8/1 ( KL Rahul 2.3 Overs) , 135.48 (50.0) third Man Point 0 Scorecard 66 Square Leg fine Leg R Square Leg 10 Match Ended Mid off 0 Rishabh Pant R. Pant c Chris Woakes b Liam Plunkett Virat Kohli (c) V. Kohli (c) c sub b Liam Plunkett Series Status: Player Of The Match: Jonny Bairstow 0 136.36 0 Mid off fine Leg Mid Wicketcenter_img 306/5 third Man All batsmen are considered right handed Ben Stokes B. Stokes Point MS Dhoni (wk) MS Dhoni (wk) not out 0 0 31 9 337/7 6 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 r c Jos Buttler b Chris Woakes All batsmen are considered right handed 5.5 3 India IND 0 view full scorecard Mid on Adil Rashid A. Rashid c sub b Liam Plunkett B No data available! 0 Top Batsmen Top Batsmen covers Jonny Bairstow (ENG) J. Bairstow (ENG) fine Leg England beat India by 31 runs 13 Mark Wood M. Wood All batsmen are considered right handed 0 England ENG 33 third Man India batting IND batting Mid off view more view less Mid Wicket Square Leg All batsmen are considered right handed 32 146/2 ( V. Kohli 28.2 Overs) , 102 (109) c sub b Liam Plunkett nb (50.0) 58 0 India IND 6.66 fine Leg Point Yuzvendra Chahal Y. Chahal Mid Wicket c & b Chris Woakes 3 7.3 Toss: ENG elected to bat All batsmen are considered right handed e/r 0 w 6s covers 45 55 fine Leg 0 4.5 111 (109) 10 Fall of Wickets 0 10 76 0 Mid Wicket covers Mid on third Man vs 0 Mid off S/R Kedar Jadhav K. Jadhav not out England Bowling ENG Bowling m 0 Kuldeep Yadav K. Yadav 93.57 0 World Cup 2019: England beat India to spice up race for semi-finalsIndia vs England World Cup 2019: England beat India by 31 runs at Edgbaston on Sunday to stay in contention for a berth in the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. This was India’s first defeat of this World Cup after winning 5 games. Jofra Archer J. Archer 109 Mid off (50.0) 10 0 4 102 not out 0 – 34 Rajarshi Gupta BirminghamJune 30, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 07:37 IST England kept their semi-final hopes alive after beating India in Birmingham (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSEngland defeated India by 31 runs on Sunday to keep alive their hopes of a semi-final berthThis was India’s first defeat of the 2019 Cricket World Cup after winning 5 matchesRohit Sharma’s 3rd hundred of World Cup 2019 and Virat Kohli’s 5th fifty went in vainIndia lost their first match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup when they failed to chase down 338 against England at Edgbaston on Sunday. India’s 31-run defeat has also made the race for the semi-finals interesting.For starters, Pakistan did not want India to lose to England. Meanwhile, India and New Zealand have also not yet assured themselves of semi-finals berths. England and New Zealand face a must win game against each other while India only need to win one of their next two matches. As things stand now, Pakistan and Bangladesh also have realistic chances of making it to the last 4.It was a strange start to a massive run chase. India lost KL Rahul to Chris Woakes in only the 3rd over of the innings when he played a bizarre shot. Virat Kohli joined Rohit Sharma and the pair knew the importance of that stand – had either man been dismissed early, the Indian chase would have fallen flat.Rohit and Kohli, two of the most formidable ODI batsmen in the world, chose to bide their time and they saw off fiery spells from Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer but India managed only 28 for 1 off the first 10 overs.Such is the class of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli that India seemed to recover from a slow, slumberous start. Kohli was the more aggressive of the two but Rohit caught up soon enough after crossing fifty.And just when it looked like the pair of them was ready to launch their most brutal assault on the English attack, Virat Kohli fell to Liam Plunkett for 66. He became the 1st captain and the 2nd player after Steve Smith to hit 5 successive fifties in a World Cup. But surprisingly, Kohli did not convert any of those fifties into hundreds.advertisementVirat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s 138-run stand was the highest for India in the 2019 World Cup.Kohli’s exit brought Rishabh Pant to the middle. Playing his first World Cup game, Pant appeared nervous and survived two close run-out chances. Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, reached his 25th ODI hundred and 3rd of this World Cup. But the pressure was building and he fell to Chris Woakes when he returned for his second spell.Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya gave India (and Pakistan) hopes of a sensational victory. The two played a dazzling range of shots and added 28 in 3 overs before Pant fell to Plunkett for 32.With 112 needed off 10.5 overs, MS Dhoni joined Hardik Pandya in the middle.MS Dhoni was severely criticised for his poor strike rate against Afghanistan. It was a great chance for him to come good on Sunday and show why he is still a dangerous finisher. But as Hardik Pandya tried hard, Dhon was unable to up the ante and the asking rate climbed sharply.Hardik fell to Plunkett for 45 in the 45th over and that was the end of India’s challenge against a spirited England.MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav showed no intent at all and their slow stand baffled Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain, the on-air commentators.India only need to win one of their two remaining matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to reach the semi-finals while England have to beat New Zealand to get through.Earlier, England won the toss and chose to bat on a flat pitch. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy were cautious to start with against Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami and Bairstow was lucky to get away with a couple of inside edges. But once the Engish openers had their eyes in, they were ruthless.The pitch did not offer India’s wrist spinners – Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal – any turn. Both men were taken to the cleaners. In fact, Chahal bowled the most expensive spell by an Indian in World Cup history.Jason Roy could have been dismissed early but India chose not to review a not out decision off Hardik Pandya – he fell for 66 thanks to a stunning catch by Ravindra Jadeja but Jonny Bairstow hit his maiden World Cup hundred.At the 30-over mark, England were on course for a total far bigger than their eventual 337 for 7. Mohammed Shami returned for a breathtaking spell to pick up Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan in a two-over burst and it looked like India would keep England to a more manageable total.But Ben Stokes had other ideas. England’s best batsman against Sri Lanka and Australia, Stokes took on the Indian bowlers and punished any lose delivery that came his way. Even as Shami kept chipping away with the wickets of Joe Root and Jos Buttler in his last spell, Stokes plundered the runs to take England to a position of strength.advertisementBy the end of the English innings, Stokes had scored stroke-filled 79 and Mohammed Shami had picked his maiden 5-wicket haul in ODIs to set up a an evening of great cricket in Birmingham.Also Read | India vs England: Rohit Sharma equals Sourav Ganguly’s record with 3rd World Cup 2019 hundredAlso Read | India vs England: Yuzvendra Chahal bowls most expensive spell by an Indian in World Cup historyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs EnglandFollow Rohit Sharma Nextlast_img read more

Pakistan’s performance in World Cup 2019 not bad at all: Moin Khan

first_img Next Pakistan’s performance in World Cup 2019 not bad at all: Moin KhanFormer Pakistan wicketkeeper Moin Khan has said Pakistan Cricket Board should analyse the performance of Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men in World Cup 2019 carefully before taking a call on changing faces in the set-up.advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiJuly 4, 2019UPDATED: July 4, 2019 21:00 IST Pakistan will face Bangladesh in their last World Cup group game on July 5. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan have won 4 out of their 8 matches in World CUp 2019 so farPakistan’s chances of making the semi-final looks bleakPakistan take on Bangladesh in their final group-stage match on FridayFacing the ire of critics and fans alike, the Pakistan cricket team found an ally in former captain Moin Khan, who believes the 1992 champions did not have a disastrous World Cup campaign despite standing on the verge of ouster.Pakistan’s hopes of sealing a semi-final berth were trampled when arch-rivals India and New Zealand lost to England, leaving the road to the knockout stage for Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men just an improbable mathematical calculation.They will take on Bangladesh in their final group stage match at the iconic Lord’s in London on Friday.”Look if we win against Bangladesh we would end the World Cup with five wins out of nine with one match abandoned which is not a bad performance by my standards. So, whatever the PCB does it needs to think very carefully because just changing faces or positions will not help,” Moin said.Pakistan have won five games out of the eight matches with one game being a washout. They suffered heavy defeats at the hands India, Australia and the West Indies, which spoiled their net run rate.Citing the example of reigning champions Australia and their impressive turnaround, former Test batsman Basit Ali said professionalism and accountability is the need of the hour for Pakistan cricket.”Australia till recently were being badly bruised and beaten at home by India and see how they staged a comeback and are now top of the World Cup points table. We need that sort of professionalism, planning, and accountability of players and coaches in our system,” Ali said.advertisementThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already announced that its revamped cricket committee will hold a robust inquiry into the team’s performances in the last three years before making recommendations to the Chairman for action.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Stan Wawrinka suffers shock defeat to unseeded Reilly OpelkaAlso Read | Wimbledon 2019: Andy Murray and Serena Williams know their mixed doubles opponentsAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Sarfaraz Ahmedlast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi A3 with Snapdragon 730, Mi A3 Lite with Snapdragon 675 SoC tipped to launch soon

first_imgXiaomi Mi A3 with Snapdragon 730, Mi A3 Lite with Snapdragon 675 SoC tipped to launch soonAs per a new report, the Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite are set to launch globally soon and will come with processors that are more powerful than the Mi CC9 series.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 11:06 IST Xiaomi Mi CC9 seriesHIGHLIGHTSXiaomi Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite are expected to launch globally soon.Mi A3 is tipped to come with a Snapdragon 730 chipset, while the Mi A3 Lite will get a Snapdragon 675 SoC.Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite will be Android One device with stock Android 9 Pie software.The Mi A-series from Xiaomi has been popular for the simple reason that it is the company’s only Android One series. For consumers who prefer stock Android over Xioami’s custom MIUI, the Mi A1 and Mi A2 have been the go-to choice in India. Soon, Xiaomi is expected to expand the series with the launch of the Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite which is rumoured to be based on the Mi CC9 series that was launched in China earlier this month.MySmartPrice reports based on a tip by Ishan Agarwal that the Mi A3, which is codenamed bamboo_sprout, will be powered by a Snapdragon 730 chipset much like the Redmi K20. Meanwhile, the Mi A3 Lite, codenamed cosmos_sprout, will feature a Snapdragon 675 SoC like the Redmi Note 7 Pro. This suggests the Mi A3 series will be faster and more powerful than the Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e as they feature Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 665 chips, respectively.The report adds that the Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite will launch globally soon, but there is no official date yet. What seems to be certain is that these will be Android One devices that will run on a clean and stock Android Pie software. Both the phones are also tipped to come with 48MP triple camera setup.The design of the Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite will largely be based on the Mi CC9 series. This means we can expect a sleek glasstic rer panel in gradient colours and a waterdrop notch on the front. The Mi A3 may sport a 6.39-inch FHD+ display while the Mi A3 Lite will bring a 6.01-inch FHD+ screen. Both the devices will house a 4,030mAh battery, but only the Mi A3 may get support for 18W fast charging.advertisementALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi CC9, CC9e launched: India price and launch, specifications, and everything else you need to knowALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi A3 spotted with 48MP rear camera: Triple rear cameras, Android One confirmedGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathylast_img read more

Indonesia Open: HS Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth crash out in opening round

first_imgIndonesia Open: HS Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth crash out in opening roundHS Prannoy couldn’t get past China’s second seed Shi Yu Qi while B Sai Praneeth to Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent in the men’s singles first round.advertisement Press Trust of India July 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 23:09 IST File Photo (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSPraneeth lost 15-21 21-13 10-21 to Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki VincentPrannoy suffered a 21-19 18-21 20-22 loss vs Shi Yu Qi in a 71-minute matchMixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also crashed outHS Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth bowed out of the men’s singles competition at the Indonesia Open on Wednesday.Praneeth, who had reached the Swiss Open final this year, lost 15-21 21-13 10-21 to Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent, an opponent against whom he had a 2-2 head-to-head count before the match.Prannoy too dished out a good performance but couldn’t get past China’s second seed Shi Yu Qi, losing 21-19 18-21 20-22 in a 71-minute match.Mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also crashed out after losing 13-21 11-21 to Indonesian combination of Winny Oktavina Kandow and Tontowi Ahmad.There was however, good news in story earlier on Wednesday as P.V. Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth progressed to the second round of the $1,250,000 BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament after winning their respective opening-round matches.Fifth-seeded Sindhu had to fight it out against Japan’s Aya Ohori as she came from a game behind to win 11-21, 21-15, 21-15 in a match that lasted almost an hour.In the men’s singles event, world no 9 Kidambi Srikanth found it relatively easy as he went past Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in the contest that lasted for 38 minutes.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow HS PrannoyFollow B Sai PraneethFollow Indonesia Open Nextlast_img read more

British government seeks to assuage India over 2022 Commonwealth Games shooting row

first_img Reuters LondonAugust 14, 2019UPDATED: August 14, 2019 12:04 IST (@India_All Sports Photo)The British government is seeking to reach a compromise with India over the South Asian country’s threat to boycott the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022 over the exclusion of shooting from the programme.Indian shooters accounted for 16 of the country’s 66 medals at last year’s Gold Coast Games and its Olympic Association (IOA) will soon make a decision on whether to follow through on its boycott threat.British sports minister Nigel Adams said he was hopeful of a compromise that could see his country stage a truncated shooting event at Birmingham 2022 or a Commonwealth shooting championships that will not be part of the Birmingham programme.”I totally understand how passionate people are about shooting across the Commonwealth,” Adams told British media. “We want India to be here, no question.”I have already written to the Commonwealth Federation to see if we can accommodate shooting in some form, maybe a Commonwealth shooting championships.”It’s important that we do get a competition in 2022. It’s great for the economy. I understand the federation is still talking to the bodies and I am hopeful there can be an accommodation and a compromise made.”Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin said this week that the decision to exclude shooting from Birmingham 2022 had come down to a question of logistics.The closest facility to Birmingham deemed capable by organisers of hosting a full shooting programme is in Bisley, Surrey, about 209 km (130 miles) away.CGF Chief Executive David Grevemberg said he would reach out to officials on the Indian side to try and convince them not to boycott.advertisement”India is a critical member of the Commonwealth, we want Indian athletes to participate, and there is a strong Indian community in Birmingham which wants to celebrate these athletes,” Grevemberg said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow 2022 Commonwealth GamesFollow Commonwealth Games Federation British government seeks to assuage India over 2022 Commonwealth Games shooting rowBritish sports minister Nigel Adams said he was hopeful of a compromise that could see his country stage a truncated shooting event at Birmingham 2022 or a Commonwealth shooting championships.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov announces retirement

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov announces retirementBulgaria’s record goalscorer Dimitar Berbatov announced his retirement from football, 18 months after his stint with Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters. advertisement Next Reuters SofiaSeptember 19, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 22:49 IST Dimitar Berbatov had not played competitive football since his stint at Kerala Blasters in 2018 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBerbatov brought an end to a glittering 20-year careerBerbatov last played for Kerala Blasters in ISLBerbatov won two Premier League titles with Manchester UnitedFormer Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov announced his retirement from football on Thursday, 18 months after leaving India’s Kerala Blasters, bringing an end to a glittering 20-year career.The 38-year-old, Bulgaria’s record goalscorer, also played for CSKA Sofia, Bayer Leverkusen, Fulham, Monaco and Greek side PAOK, but he has been without a club since leaving India’s Kerala Blasters 18 months ago.”Someone told me I need to say something, and seeing that people were asking me, especially back home, I need to give a farewell message,” Berbatov wrote on Instagram.”My last game was more then one year ago, so I think its the right time now to stop, and its long overdue.”The gifted striker, who won two Premier League titles with Manchester United and was named Bulgaria’s Footballer of the Year seven times between 2004 and 2010, added that he planned to remain in soccer in some capacity.”When I think about it, its never the end, because I will stay in the game one way or another,” he said.Berbatov joined Manchester United from Tottenham in 2008 for what was then a club record fee of 30.75 million pounds ($38.38 million).He made his Bulgaria debut in 1999, aged 18, but retired from international football in 2010 after scoring 48 goals in 79 matches.Also Read | Ronaldo wants to find McDonald’s ladies who helped him as a childAlso Read | Vintage Di Maria helps PSG overwhelm Real MadridAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Dimitar BerbatovFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Kerala BlastersFollow ISLFollow Premier leaguelast_img read more

Unfiltered: Coffee Trends for 2014: All About the Bean

first_img 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Unfiltered – a monthly column by coffee expert Sam Mylrea of CoffeeKind.com on what’s brewing in that world.As this year grinds to a close, we’re looking ahead and placing our bets on next year’s biggest thing in coffee. From greater transparency in coffee sourcing to roasting green beans at home, the hottest 2014 coffee trends appear to be all about the bean.Trace That CoffeeThe buzzwords of yesteryear, such as Fair Trade, Direct Trade, Bird Friendly and Shade Grown coffee, have been encompassed into a single term – traceability. Consumers want to know more about their coffee than they ever did before, and roasters are happy to oblige. Expect to hear a lot more about where your coffee was grown, who grew it, how it was grown and how it was processed. All of those things contribute to the flavor, aroma and experience of the coffee in your cup – but that’s only part of the reason for traceability.The other reason for traceability is transparency. You can also expect to hear more about ‘Chain of Custody’ and transparency in coffee procurement and pricing. If the trend continues, you’ll soon be able to trace the coffee in your cup back through the roaster, importer, mill and farmer. In short, you’ll know every entity that touched your coffee before it reached you. As part of this trend, more and more micro-roasters are engaging in direct trade – buying their coffee directly from farmers and making it a point to introduce those farmers to their customers, and a few coffee companies, like Thrive Farmers Coffee, are forming a direct bridge between consumers and growers by providing a platform where farmers can sell their coffees directly to consumers.Extreme DIY CoffeeDespite the plethora of new high-tech coffee gear hitting the market, the trendiest directions for java this year is toward more extreme DIY – but it’s DIY like you’ve never known it before.  The best names in the business are turning their skills to creating beautiful machines that make it easier for you to brew coffee the way you want to brew it. The hottest products in the coming year marry high-tech engineering and precision from proven manual coffee brewing methods. The results are stunning new coffee brewers, like the Ratio Eight, designed by Clive Coffee’s Mark Hellweg and the Steampunk brewing system from Alpha Dominche, and sleek new tools like the Acaia brewing scale.  The hallmarks of these new machines are precision crafting, fine materials and an elevated sense of style. They’re elegantly simple and stunningly designed – the perfect illustration of the first principle of design: form follows function.Meanwhile, Third Wave coffee roasters and shops around the country are stepping up to help you make the most of your new tools. From San Francisco to Chicago to Boston and Atlanta, you can sign up for pouring classes, cupping sessions and roasterie tours that are designed to teach you how to get the flavors you want out of your coffee beans.Home Coffee RoastingIt doesn’t get much more DIY than this. The homeroast movement has been growing over the past years and it’s about to explode on to center stage. Once the province of the uber-geekiest of coffee nerds, the appeal of home coffee roasting has broken out of obscure coffee discussion forums and made its way into the pages of local newspapers. Home roasted coffee is the absolute ultimate in DIY coffee, and represents the culmination of the trend toward putting more control of coffee into the hands of the end consumer – you.More importantly, roasting coffee at home is fun.  Depending on how you decide to roast your beans, it gives you the chance to play with power tools and hack household appliances, take meticulous measurements or wing it by feel and smell. You’ve got to admit, there’s something very MacGyver about roasting your coffee with a popcorn machine or hacking that bread machine you never use into a coffee roaster, but the prices for home coffee roasters are coming down and the quality of the beans they deliver is going up – and you can often buy green coffee beans from the very same roasters that sell their own custom roasts. PicoBrew MultiBrew Gives You the Power to Brew (Practically) Anything Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Weekend Roundup: Sports Edition

first_imgIt’s time for the Weekend Roundup, and we’re here to catch you up on all of the latest happenings in the sports world. The final four are set, the Timbers hoist their first cup, and have the Seahawks found their rhythm at just the right time?Championship Saturday sets the stage for the College Football Playoff: Since the first College Football Playoff rankings were released six weeks ago, we have done nothing but bicker and argue over which four teams should be in the playoff. Well now, we finally know. The Clemson Tigers will enter the postseason as the number one team in the nation, followed by Alabama, Michigan State, and Oklahoma.Clemson was able to stave off a furious comeback by the North Carolina Tar Heels to win the ACC Championship, 45-37. However, their win wasn’t without controversy. Late in the game, after a North Carolina touchdown cut the lead to 8, the Tar Heels lined up for an onside kick. Clemson muffed the kick, and North Carolina’s, Hunter Crafford, was able to recover it to give the Tar Heels one last chance to tie the Tigers. But, that was all negated due to a phantom offside call by one of the officials. Replays showed that no one on North Carolina’s kicking team was offside, but the play was deemed “unreviewable” due to the penalty. Clemson was able to recover the Tar Heels’ second attempt and seal the victory. North Carolina head coach, Larry Fedora, gave his thoughts on the controversial call, “They were wrong. That’s all I’m going to say about it. They were wrong.”In the SEC Championship game, Alabama faced an offensively challenged Florida Gators squad and rolled to their second consecutive SEC Championship, 29-15. Heisman front-runner, Derrick Henry, continued to pad his resume with another outstanding performance on the ground for the Tide. He ran for 189 yards and touchdown which was enough for him to earn MVP honors.The Big 10 Championship game was everything it was billed to be. The Iowa Hawkeyes squared off against the Michigan State Spartans in what was labeled as an elimination game. Late in the fourth quarter, Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard threw an 85 yard touchdown pass to Tevaun Smith to put the Hawkeyes in front, 13-9. Quarterback Connor Cook then led the Spartans on an unbelievable 22-play drive that set up Smith’s game-winning 1 yard touchdown run on third down. The Spartans won the game 16-13 and punched their ticket to the playoff.The semifinals will be played on New Year’s Eve. Clemson will take on Big 12 champion Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl, and Alabama will face Michigan State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. The winners of those games will then play for the national championship on January 11th in Glendale, Arizona.The Portland Timbers scored their first MLS Cup in just their 5th year of existence. Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today SportsPortland Timbers win their first MLS Cup:  It only took 27 seconds for the Timbers to get on the scoreboard, and they refused to relinquish the lead for the rest of the night. Columbus Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark made an inexcusable mistake with a lazy pass in the back. Timbers’ Diego Valeri pounced on Clark’s pass and put it in the back of the net to put Portland on top early in the match. The Timbers’ second goal should have never had a chance due to a missed call by the lines judge. Portland clearly passed the ball out of play, but the referee failed to recognize it. Many Columbus players paused expecting a whistle, but none was given. Portland stole the ball, and Rodney Wallace headed in a beautiful cross to put the Timbers up 2-0 in the 7th minute of the match. Columbus was able to pull one back with a goal of their own in the 18th, but that was as close as they would get. It was Portland’s first MLS Cup in their history, and the city’s first professional title since the Trail Blazers won the NBA Championship in 1977.The Vikings had no answer for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. AP Photo/Ann HeisenfeltAre the Seattle Seahawks back to Super Bowl form? The Seahawks got off to a bumpy start this season. After week 6, they were 2-4 and likely to miss the playoffs after playing in the Super Bowl the previous year. Fast-forward to now and you’ll find a completely different football team. They walked into Minneapolis and absolutely dominated the Vikings, 38-7, to win their third straight and climb back into the playoff race. Quarterback Russell Wilson led the charge for the Seahawks by tossing 3 touchdown passes and running for another. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was the recipient of two of Wilson’s touchdown passes. When asked about his quarterback, Baldwin said, “It’s hard to even explain how he’s playing. It’s just phenomenal. He’s trusting the line, staying in the pocket, making his reads. He’s delivering the ball with stupid accuracy, and it’s unbelievable to watch.” During the three-game win streak, Wilson has passed for 11 touchdowns without recording an interception. Seattle’s star-laden defense was also outstanding on Sunday by limiting the Vikings to just 125 yards of total offense, which was the lowest total of any NFL team this season. It looks like Wilson and the Seahawks have found their rhythm at just the right time.Check back with us every Monday for a recap of the weekend’s biggest action in sports.Photo Credit: Mykal McEldowney/The Star – Connor Cook, AP Photo/Gerry Broome– Deshaun Thomas, AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki – Baker Mayfield, Gator Country photo by David Bowie– Derrick Henry 5 Best Weekender Bags for Men to Take on Their Next Getaway Hops and Terroir: Why the Beer World is Embracing the Wine Term Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH How to Score Discounted Tickets to the Best After-Party in NYC this Weekend The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

2017 Audi S3 First Drive Review

first_img This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser Editors’ Recommendations 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman American automotive enthusiasts (whose company I keep) go to the well pretty often with our new vehicle complaints. If we aren’t bemoaning the absence of a manual transmission option, we’re crying aloud for a wagon or hatchback variant. Meanwhile, Europe and its proliferation of models with both specifications, mocks us from afar.Forums, social networks, and even the occasional letter teem with bitter language towards the automakers that dare deprive the U.S. of its most engaging or practical cars. Then, finally, a gift from heaven: one brand yields, ignoring years of admonishing sales data, to give us what we demand. Through tears of joy, we praise our hero manufacturer and jibe its holdout competitors.It’s another victory for democracy, right? Wrong. Months later, the “enthusiast special” is collecting dust on dealer lots and the individual(s) responsible for its development are being chastised. This is why we can’t have nice things.Audi, however, is a bit too smart to fall for our sob story. Its newly refreshed 2017 Audi S3 (and upcoming RS3) will only be available in sedan body styles with dual-clutch transmissions. Enthusiasts, then, are left with a choice: we can default to childish rhetoric or reorient to the latest form of premium performance.What’s NewHeadlining the roster of changes made for the 2017 model year S3 is its revised Quattro all-wheel drive system.Audi has consolidated oversight for the electronic multi-plate clutch, stability control, traction control, and ABS within one hub. This shores up response time to driver inputs considerably and aids the negotiation of torque between the front and rear differentials (which can now each take 100 percent of available grunt). Handling is further improved by tweaks to the S3’s suspension and electric steering system.Spotting visual distinctions between the 2016 and 2017 S3 is a task for the detail-oriented. The updated front fascia includes a platinum single frame grille, standard “undercut” LED headlights, and a restyled bumper. Fresh 18- and 19-inch wheel designs are available on 235-section performance rubber. At the rear, new dynamic LED taillights, a re-sculpted bumper, and tweaked diffuser sharpen the exterior.Inside, the latest S3 incorporates some grade-A4 hand-me-downs. Audi’s class-leading Virtual Cockpit is finally on offer as part of a Technology Package. The vivid 12.3-inch display (twice the brightness of a smartphone screen) jazzes up an otherwise conservative cabin and makes the center-mounted infotainment look outdated. Exclusive to the S3, a sport mode configurator puts the digital tachometer front and center, with a boost meter and lap timer sharing display real estate. Audi’s latest MMI Touch interface includes a track pad that can interpret finger-drawn letters and adopts both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces. Audiophiles can also pump tunes through a Bang & Olufsen 14-speaker, 705-watt sound system.Audi’s trickle-down approach fortifies the 2017 S3 with the brand’s best gadgetry and contemporary visuals, but the most dynamic improvements are experienced at speed.Premium MuscleUnlike the euro-spec car, Audi’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder carries over unchanged for 2017, meaning 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque makes its way to all four wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch S-tronic transmission. Sure, Audi could have granted a bit more grunt, but with a quoted 0 to 60 mph run of 4.7 seconds (and an even faster real-world sprint), the S3 has ample motivation.The ambling roads surrounding Durham, North Carolina couldn’t hope to uncover the S3’s performance limits, but they did afford a practical demonstration of Audi’s Quattro AWD modifications. Grip is a given in any modern Audi product, but the latest S3 hugs the road beyond reasonable driver fault. A fool could climb into the drivers seat, mash the throttle mid-corner, and keep all four tires on tarmac through to the exit. “Sure,” you’re thinking, “any traction control system can cut power when things get dicey.” True, but Audi’s torque-vectoring control is so good that traction control hardly ever steps in at all. Further, the automaker now says its Dynamic drive mode will hold the computers at bay to allow oversteer. I’ll save that use-case for a track.Manufacturers tend to overcompensate for the lack of feel inherent to an electronic steering system with an over-boosted, sensitive rack. As a result, the car feels nervous when cruising or maneuvering anywhere besides tight switchbacks. The S3, by contrast, uses a balanced system that relies on precision rather than artificial weight or cat-like frenzy. Though the S3 is based on the same platform as Volkswagen’s Golf R, it feels more stable and sophisticated. It’s also about 200 pounds heavier, weighed down by convenience features.Until the RS3 arrives in the summer of 2017, the S3 champions Audi’s more affordable performance lineup. Only those savvy to the brand’s understating tendencies will recognize the wolf in sheep’s clothing.New LuxuryLuxury is changing. A set of plush seats and pillow-soft ride isn’t enough to groom lifelong customers. By the same token, minimalist cabins won’t deter high-end shoppers – provided the right touches of styling.The 2017 S3 embodies the graduation of consumer appetites perfectly. As Audi’s gateway drug, it uses just enough premium materials and rides with an agreeable level of comfort to make mainstream buyers feel like they’ve moved definitively into the premium segment. A uniquely handsome exterior, artistic cabin design, and the aforementioned host of technology options complete the luxury picture.Consumers can certainly take their $42,900 elsewhere to find a larger, more comfortable vehicle, but they won’t find performance, design, and refinement to parallel Audi’s spicier A3.Our TakeWith a carefully selected list of updates, Audi has given new life to its stellar S3. American enthusiasts won’t stop hollering for a hatchback, or a standard transmission, but the absence of features doesn’t handicap the S3’s success.The premium four-door is astonishingly quick, agile, and composed, benefitting from a more intuitive drivetrain and refined steering calibration. Its sharp exterior and segment-leading convenience features grant first-time luxury buyers the same pleasures as can be found in far more expensive models. Audi is effectively spreading its design and driving dynamic excellence to every corner of its lineup.AlternativesThough the standard A3 has a number of entry-lux rivals, only the Mercedes-AMG’s CLA45 directly challenges the S3. BMW’s M2 is also cross-shopped, but without a set of rear doors, its misses the practical match-up.Both the M2 and CLA45 best Audi’s S3 by about 60hp, but the S3’s price tag undercuts its challengers by about $10 grand. For a fairer fight, we’ll need to wait for the RS3 and its turbocharged five-cylinder powertrain.Should You Buy It?If utility is on your mind, the luxury sub-compact segment is a bad fit. Tall adults in the front seats leave little legroom for even average height passengers behind them, and trunk space is equally diminutive.However, if you can live without the space, and crave sports car-rivaling performance in four-door form, there simply isn’t a better option than the S3. You’ll need to be prudent with the options list, as a few checkmarks will bring the price to and beyond the $50K mark, but Audi’s pint-sized hero is worth every penny. Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback This $500,000 Armored Bentley Protects Against Hand Grenade Attacks last_img read more