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Six Flags spins discount magic

first_imgVALENCIA – In a move that leaves thrillseekers no excuse to stay home, Six Flags California will cut $15 off the $60 general admission this weekend for anyone who presents a receipt for gasoline. But they’ll get you with the new whopping $15-a-car parking cost, $3 more than Disneyland. The cost to park is also straining wallets at another local attraction. The Castaic Lake Recreation Area, which opens its swimming beaches today for the summer, is charging a staggering $11 to park though admission to the beach is free. Parking at Pacific beaches is a comparative bargain. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Six Flags said its promotion is designed to help families avoid high airfares by finding “affordable” entertainment closer to home. The promotion will be valid through Monday and good for up to six full-price general admission tickets per receipt at Six Flags parks nationwide.last_img read more


first_imgEVEN more rock fans have vowed not to return to the Rory Gallagher Festival in Ballyshannon.Donegaldaily has been bombarded with fans who say the gig is over – for them at least.Many are disgusted that the Bank Holiday weekend has turned into a drunken escapade…rather than a tribute weekend. Typical of the reaction is George Malvin who agreed with others that the series of shows had turned into a freak show.“It has turned into a horrible event that shows Ballyshannon in the worst light possible,” he said.“As I returned towards the campsite on Saturday evening, a youngster walking towards me pulled out his ***** and started urinating.“He didnt stop, he just kept walking towards me without any shame. I’ve never seen such bad behaviour anywhere else in the world, and I have been to a lot of festivals. “Maybe its time to honour Rory Gallagher by taking his name off this travesty of a festival.”Repeated attempts to get a response from the organisers has failed.Were you there? Good or bad – tell us by email on info@donegaldaily.comMORE FANS SLAM RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVAL was last modified: June 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Ballyshannonrory gallagher festivallast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal-based doll-making business is celebrating its second anniversary – and we have a collection of three of its wonderful dolls to give away free to one Donegal Daily reader.Arklu, which is based in the CoLab at LYIT in Letetrkenny, makes the very cool Lottie doll. The brainchild of Donegal native Ian Harkin and business partner Lucie Follett, Lottie made her first appearance in 2012 as the first ever ‘pro-girl’ doll, promoted as a positive role model for children, addressing parental issues linked to raising girls in modern society.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal childrenThis milestone not only celebrates two years in business for the start-up, it also highlights the notable progress of the brand to date. Arklu currently employ 5 people in Letterkenny, with plans to grow this to 10 employees by the New Year.Since her introduction to the market two years ago, Lottie has won 19 awards, received approval and praise from parents, professionals and campaigners alike, and is sold in over 30 countries across the globe.In the US market Lottie is now stocked in Toys R Us, Barnes and Nobel (book chain), FAO Schwartz (New York), Hallmark (card retailer), as well as over 700 independent stores (plus via Amazon). So, whether in the UK or across the water, Lottie is beginning to fill the void that had previously existed for a considered choice of doll! Managing Director of Arklu Ian Harkin comments: “We are delighted to celebrate our second anniversary. The doll category is widely recognised as the most competitive category within the toy industry, so to be able to get a foothold in the industry in such a short period of time is extremely rewarding. We won’t be resting though, with six new products launching in the coming months and a further nine in January 2015.“We’ve worked to develop Lottie’s character and world which we’ll be sharing through a series of six chapter books launching in spring 2015. We have recently finished a short animation which we will be pitching to broadcasters in Cartoon Forum in France next month.”Having previously garnered worldwide acclaim and awards based on product quality and innovation as well as its principle, Lottie is addressing the issues raised by parent’s one doll at a time!The dolls themselves were developed for children aged 3-9. Lottie is a fun, educational and an aspirational doll which represents a real little girl, one who doesn’t wear make-up or jewellery and can stand on her own two feet. Lottie was designed alongside child psychologists and nutrition experts to sculpt a doll with a body proportionate to the average 9-year old.The Lottie motto is ‘Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You!’ which the brand strive to put across in all of their efforts, be it dolls, animations or books, watch this space for future Lottie innovations and visit Facebook and Twitter for news and competitions.To win a choice of THREE Lottie dolls, simply answer this question – Where in Donegal is Arklu based? Simply email your answers to  COMPETITION: WIN A CHOICE OF THREE FREE LOTTIE DOLLS! was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ARKLUcompetitionDonegal DailyLottie dollslast_img read more

A classic win for USC

first_img It was also memorable for Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis, who broke out green jerseys for the first time in his career, and visited USC’s locker room after the game. “I hope you guys win it all,” Weis told the Trojans. It didn’t look like USC would win anything most of Saturday, but the Trojans took a 24-21 lead on a 9-yard run by tailback Reggie Bush with 5:09 left. The Irish (4-2) made USC look ordinary, however, as they drove 86 yards for a 28-24 lead on quarterback Brady Quinn’s 5-yard run with 2:04 remaining. USC (6-0) then launched a memorable drive that featured everything you would expect from a classic rivalry game. Leinart threw an incomplete pass and got sacked to set up USC’s fourth-down dilemma. But the Heisman Trophy winner changed the play at the line and threw for Jarrett, who missed six plays because of the scratched cornea. “Honestly, I thought the pass was short,” Leinart said. Jarrett almost didn’t catch the pass, saying, “The ball was inside the defender and I had to reach around him. At the last second, he tried to grab it.” Jarrett got tackled at Notre Dame’s 13 and two Bush runs got the ball to the 2. That’s when things got a little crazy. With no timeouts and 23 seconds remaining, Leinart scrambled and attempted to dive in the end zone. He fumbled and the clock ticked down to 0:00, causing Notre Dame and its fans to rush the field. But the Pacific-10 Conference officiating crew ruled that Leinart fumbled after going out of bounds at the 1. “I knew they blew the whistle, I knew they would correct it,” Carroll said. Around this time, USC assistant coach Brennan Carroll signaled for a timeout but fortunately no one called one, because the Trojans were out. There were seven seconds and as the referees prepared to start the clock, so Carroll motioned to Leinart to spike the ball. Leinart then motioned to the offense that he would spike the ball. It all turned out to be a ploy. Carroll hoped to fool the Irish into relaxing if they thought Leinart would spike. He really wanted the quarterback to sneak it in to the end zone. Carroll learned the play watching former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino in the NFL. “I’m hoping their coaches will see it,” Carroll said. “And I’m hoping their players will relax. That someone will relax. We know what we’re doing on that one. We’ve practiced that for years.” Leinart claimed he made the decision to go for it. “I asked Reggie and he said, /\x27/Just do it.” I was going to do it anyways,” Leinart said. “You go for the win and be a hero or don’t make it and second-guess yourself. I just wanted to do it. “I don’t know, I was trying to make a play. The rest his history.” Whether it fooled the Irish is highly debatable. Leinart got hit at the 1, then received a push from behind by Bush and made it into the end zone with three seconds left. “Bush pushed me, I felt something,” Leinart said. “I made sure he got in there,” Bush added. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I only could see out of my left eye,” Jarrett said. “I’m seeing double. When it was in the air, it was like two balls.” Jarrett plucked the correct one for a 61-yard reception that led to Matt Leinart’s 1-yard touchdown with three seconds left as No. 1-ranked USC preserved its title hopes with a come-from-behind 34-31 victory over No. 9-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday before 80,795 at Notre Dame Stadium. SOUTH BEND, Ind. — With USC’s national championship hopes nearly finished, wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett ran onto the field with a scratched cornea, seeing double, so two footballs came straight at him. On fourth-and-9 from the Trojans’ 26-yard line with 1:32 left, Jarrett saw a blurred vision of USC’s future. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I told him, /\x27/There ain’t no way you’re going in there and he said he was OK,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “The doctors said he could go in and I knew the game was down to that one play.” This was undoubtedly one of the best games of the storied rivalry, as the teams traded the lead three times in the final six minutes. The final drive broke the hearts of Notre Dame and its fans, which stormed the field prematurely only to see the Trojans pull out the victory. USC players were then overcome with emotion in the same spot where the Irish celebrated. “Honestly, I felt a miracle would happen,” USC wide receiver Steve Smith said. “Of course, there’s doubts in your mind. I would feel so stunned if we lost. I couldn’t even think about that.” Leinart, who struggled the entire game before his dramatic go-ahead touchdown, said, “That’s probably one of the greatest finishes ever. This game goes in history books as one of the greatest ever.” Bush was more emphatic, saying, “I think this win goes down as the No. 1 win all-time for USC against Notre Dame.” last_img read more

Closing remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the second South Africa Investment Conference

first_img6 NOVEMBER 2019SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE, JOHANNESBURGDistinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,As the second South Africa Investment Conference draws to a close, I believe I am speaking on behalf of everyone here when I say we are immensely encouraged by the attendance of so many of us here.We are also encouraged by the honest and direct statements that have been made by all the participants who spoke either in the plenary sessions or in the breakaway sessions.But more importantly, we are immensely encouraged as South Africans by the commitments that have been announced here for it is these investments that will have the effect of boosting our country’s economic growth and create much-needed jobs.I know that companies that made announcements here are ready to move ahead with a renewed sense of determination to turn the investment commitments made here into new business, new jobs and new opportunities.We are all aware that the global economic environment is weakening, and that you as investors have a vast array of choices on where to take your business, and that we are competing with other emerging markets.The fact that you have come to this conference, and in such numbers, shows the great faith you have in our country and its potential.You, like us, are excited by the sheer breadth of opportunities South Africa offers and the potential returns they can deliver.There is a Confucian proverb that goes:“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”The commitments made at last year’s conference and those made today have placed us firmly on the path to achieve our ambitious target of securing $100 billion – R 1.2 trillion over five years.At the end of our first investment conference last year we had a sense that we carried away many of the small stones from the mountain.Today our sense of achievement is even much more enhanced as we now are carrying away the big stones from the mountain firmly believing that in the years to come we will be carrying away boulders.The commitments made today are numerous and diverse. These commitments are a reflection of the diversity of opportunities in the South African economy.While there has been demonstrable interest in mega-projects, investors are also focusing on smaller, but employment-intensive projects.This is aligned with our broader strategic vision of catalysing economic activity in our districts, municipalities and provinces.Our investment drive is taking place in tandem with a range of economic developments – from the opening up of special economic zones, to reviving industrial parks, to supporting community business centres, to creating digital hubs and small business incubators, and to supporting entrepreneurship activities.I am immensely pleased to announce that the total value of investment commitments made today at our Second South Africa Investment Conference is R363 billion.I repeat: R363 billion.We have received indications of a further R8 billion in planned investments that are subject to either regulatory or company board approvals and therefore we have not named the companies here today.It has been estimated that these investments will conservatively lead to the creation of around 412,000 direct jobs over the next five years.This does not include the hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs that will be created through allied linkages to these investments.This commitment of investments amounting to R371 billion if you add the R 8 billion that is still subject to regulatory and board approval processes is 17% higher than the commitments that were made last year.This is an outstanding achievement and reflects the determination of those companies and associations that have made commitments to invest or further invest in our economy.This is a clear vote of confidence in the South African economy and a response to what it can offer., But more importantly it is a sign of confidence in the future of our country and the belief that the South African economy is poised for growth going into the future.I’ve been watching like a fly on the wall as I have seen many of you meeting each other moving from handshake and contact and then to contract.We want those contracts to be Dollar and Rand denominated contracts that will result in further investments in our economy.The ties forged at conferences such as this one evidence a determination by the investor community to not only be part of the South African growth story, but also the fortunes of a rising Africa.As South Africa, we are heartened by these investment commitments as they are a vote of confidence which fills us with determination to push ahead with our bold economic reform agenda.Over the past 18 months we have made inroads. Our gains have been gradual but they have been incremental and noteworthy.We are confident that they will now gain further traction and momentum following this major demonstration of investment confidence.After a prolonged period of stagnation, uncertainty and upheaval, we are firmly on the road to recovery.The recovery we are working for will enable us to address the challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality that is so prevalent in our country.No country can afford a situation where such a huge proportion of the able workforce is unemployed.In addition to the huge human toll of unemployment – consigning millions of people to poverty – unemployment constrains economic growth and undermines social stability.We have demonstrated our ability to implement a tangible economic reform agenda that is yielding results.With greater investment, with more opportunities for business, enterprise and entrepreneurship, with skills training and knowledge transfer, and with the creation of more jobs for our people, and the empowerment of women, disabled people and young people we can achieve our goal.Our mission is clear. Our determination is firm.Failure is not an option for us.We will not rest until we have restored South Africa’s economy to health.In closing, I wish to thank those companies whose generous sponsorship has made this conference possible:– Anglo American– Naspers– Vodacom– Telkom– Huawei– DiscoveryWe also welcome the support of Coca-Cola and South African Breweries.I wish to thank all those who have been working on this Conference from the moment we closed our inaugural Investment Conference last year:– Minister Ebrahim Patel and all the members of the Ministerial Steering Committee,– Ms Trudi Makhaya, my economic adviser, and the Organising Committee,– and all the government departments, agencies and entities who have been part of this outstanding effort.– Presidential Investment Envoys, Mr Jacko Maree, Ms Phumzile Langeni, Mr Trevor Manuel and Mr Mcebisi Jonas.Above all, I want to thank all of you for your attendance and participation.And to our international guests, I trust that you are taking advantage of your presence here to take in the sights and sounds of South Africa, the most beautiful country in the world, before you make the long journey home.I thank you.Issued by the Presidency of the Republic of South Africalast_img read more

Stop What You Are Doing & Install This Plug-In: Rapportive

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Trusting the ServiceYou don’t need to give Rapportive your Gmail credentials, the service asks you to login via secure Google Federated Login, or OpenID. The startup doesn’t have access to your password, but it does access the contents of your email – that’s how it builds a service for you to use. Any browser extension has access to everything you do on the web, but I expect some people will feel a little nervous about installing a webmail related extension from a small company. I don’t think that concern is warranted enough to justify missing out on this awesome service.The company says that if your details are inaccurate you can visit Rapleaf and correct them.Inbox as PlatformRapportive is developing a platform for the development of custom applets that other companies can integrate within their local data stores so you can look up an email sender on your own system as part of the Rapportive display. Co-founder Rahul Vohra says such integration takes minutes to set up and in the long term the company hopes to create a marketplace for those applets. Team collaboration so notes left on contacts can be shared is also in the works, as is integration with popular paid CRM and customer service systems.Rapportive was first reported on by The Next Web this morning. I’ve been hoping to find something like this for a long time. Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cambridge UK startup Rapportive has released a Firefox and Chrome extension that will replace the ads in your Gmail with photos, biographic data and social media links, including a live display of recent Tweets, for whoever you’re corresponding with by email. It’s fantastic and takes about 2 minutes to set up.The three person team behind Rapportive queries data provider Rapleaf for the social media profile data and does some local caching for performance optimization. Let’s stop talking about it though – just go download it! Check out the screenshot and details below. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

E-Cigarettes: The Last Bastion Of My Analog Life Goes Digital

first_imgRelated Posts I grew up in an analog world. My books were made out of paper. My music was made out of tape and later discs. So were the movies I watched. This age is gone. Everything I do now has been digitized, packaged in gadgets that comes with me everywhere I go. Well, almost everything. The lone holdout? dan rowinski Tags:#Gadgets#Pause Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market My cigarettes.I have been smoking for nearly 17 years. Yes, I started when I was a teenager and have continued throughout my entire adult life. When I leave my apartment these days, I check my pockets to make sure I have my keys, my wallet, my smartphones, a lighter and a pack of smokes. This ritualistic pat down has become such a part of my existence that I hardly even think about it anymore. It may be time to change this, though. My cigarettes, the last bastion of my analog life, are about to be replaced by gadgets. After being a slave to cigarettes for nearly two decades, it is time to stop.In the stead of pure Virginia tobacco, my need for nicotine will henceforth be delivered in atomized vapor through e-cigarettes. An e-cigarette? Really? What is this thing anyway?Yes, Mom, I’ll QuitMy mother has been trying to get me to quit smoking for years. Over time, she has become not-so-subtle about it. One year I found a box of nicotine patches in my Christmas stocking. Next year it was nicotine gum. My mother doesn’t ask me when I am going to settle down and have a kid or two or when if I am eating enough. She asks me, “have you quit smoking yet?” Every. Damn. Conversation.The woman has a point. She was raised by smokers and has asthma because of it. Her father died of emphysema in his 90s after living with the disease for years. She is my mother, she loves me and she wants to spare me from a grim, painful, tobacco-driven fate.Yes, Mom, I get it. For my birthday this year, I vaguely asked my mother for e-cigarettes via text message. About an hour later I had an email that a starter kit from e-cigarette maker Green Smoke was in the mail. I have friends who have jumped on the e-cigarette bandwagon. So, might as well give it a shot.Lots Of ChoicesGreen Smoke makes e-cigarettes that use rechargeable batteries and replaceable nicotine-filled atomizers (more on this below). I had never heard of the brand, but it seems as good as any other, I suppose. These days, there are a lot of choices. The most popular brands are NJOY (which notorious Silicon Valley wag Sean Parker has invested in), Green Smoke, blu eCig, Logic and 21st Century. If you look online, you will find hundreds of different brands made by companies across the world.Honestly, it’s almost impossible to really tell the difference between them. Some come as a stand alone package you can buy in a convenience store (blu); others can only be ordered online. Some create a lot of smoke-like vapor when you exhale, while others emit very little. Most have tips that light up when you inhale in a variety of colors—orange, blue, green and so forth.How E-Cigarettes WorkTypically, e-cigarettes consist of two components: a battery and an atomizer. The battery is usually the long stem of the e-cig that mimics where the tobacco would be in a normal cigarette. The “filter” of the e-cig holds the actual nicotine and turns it into nicotine-filled water vapor when you suck on it.The atomizer—also called a “cartomizer” when the atomizer and liquid nicotine cartridge are housed in the same unit—consists of a heating coil that vaporizes the liquid nicotine and other flavored chemicals. When a person inhales, the atomizer turns the liquid to vapor that can strongly resemble smoke when exhaled.Plenty of variations exist. Some types of e-cigarettes use liquid containers that are fed into the atomizer. Some people use these liquid chambers to hold THC, the primary chemical in marijuana, instead of nicotine. Disposable e-cigarettes consist of a battery unit and cartomizer that are designed to be thrown out after use. Similarly, some e-cigarette batteries use electronic airflow sensors to activate the atomizer during inhalation. Others require the user to press a button, giving the, uh, “smoker” manual control over the production of vapor.Depending on the brand, a nicotine cartridge can hold the equivalent of 20 to 30 cigarettes. When “smoking” them, you get a tickle in the back of your throat and the taste of unfiltered nicotine (if you have ever used a nicotine patch, lozenge or gum, you know what this tastes like) and often some type of flavor. Green Smoke has several different kinds of flavored cartomizers meant to mimic the taste of tobacco. Starter kits likewise vary. Usually they include one or two batteries and cartomizers equivalent to five or 10 packs—between a half and a full carton—of cigarettes. Typically, starter kits range between $70 to $100. Individual disposable e-cigarettes, like the kind that blu sells in convenience stores, range between $7 and $10. Are E-Cigarettes Healthy?Plugging my cigarette into … the wall?The U.S. Food And Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved e-cigarettes as safe alternatives to regular cigarettes, citing lack of research. The FDA doesn’t know if they’re safe for their intended use, how much nicotine or harmful chemicals are inhaled during use or if there are any benefits associated with the use of e-cigarettes. What we do know about e-cigarettes is that they sidestep some of the risks associated with burning and smoking actual tobacco. They don’t produce tar or other harmful combustion products, they’re free from pesticides that can contaminate tobacco leaves used in cigarettes and they don’t contain the fiberglass and ammonia found in normal cigarette filters. The makers of e-cigarettes claim there’s no danger of “second hand vapor” analogous to second hand smoke because their products emit only harmless water vapor. Concerns over e-cigarettes center over whether or not certain chemicals found within the atomizers are harmful, such as propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol or vegetable glycerin. These chemicals can often be found in food and items such as tooth paste, although people don’t usually inhale them. Experts remain concerned about the health effects of inhaling nicotine vapor and, more broadly, whether social acceptance of e-smoking might encourage more people to smoke actual tobacco.A 2010 study by the Boston University School of Public Health stated that e-cigarettes are “much safer” than traditional cigarettes. notes the conclusions from the study:“Few, if any, chemicals at levels detected in electronic cigarettes raise serious health concerns,” the authors said. “Although the existing research does not warrant a conclusion that electronic cigarettes are safe in absolute terms and further clinical studies are needed to comprehensively assess the safety of electronic cigarettes, a preponderance of the available evidence shows them to be much safer than tobacco cigarettes and comparable in toxicity to conventional nicotine replacement products.”Quitting And The End Of My Analog EraI have had the Green Smoke cigarettes for about a month. I have not quit smoking, nor have I really cut back yet. My plan, over time, is to increase the amount I smoke the e-cigarette while cutting back on actual tobacco cigarettes. A friend of mine is trying something similar. Last time we saw each other, we were both smoking real cigarettes. (Don’t tell our girlfriends.)I have no idea if this is going to work. Cigarettes have long been an escape and a social mechanism for me. If I need a break from work, I duck out for a smoke. If I want “fresh air,” I step outside for a smoke. If I feel like socializing or meeting other random people, I step outside for a smoke. If I feel like a smoke, I step outside for a smoke. Cigarettes are a habit and a lifestyle. Can an e-cigarette replace that?I have no idea. The only thing I really do know about e-cigarettes is that my last pastime, habit, hobby … addiction … that has not been tied into a gadget has now been usurped by the technological revolution. I shed a small tear for that, if only for nostalgia’s sake. But if e-cigarettes turn out to be a safe way for me to quick smoking, get healthy and cut down my reliance on nicotine, then maybe, just maybe, these gadgets end up saving me from the fate of my grandfather.last_img read more

Rats, crabs responsible for Mutha canal wall breach: Girish Mahajan

first_imgA day after parts of Pune city was inundated following a major breach in the right wall of the Mutha canal, State Water Resource Minister Girish Mahajan ascribed the wall cave-in to “rats, other rodents and crabs.”“As per information given to me, it appears that the wall caved in as rats, rodents and crabs had been gnawing at it and burrowing holes in its foundation. Still, we will investigate the matter thoroughly to find the precise cause and constitute a committee for the same,” said Mr. Mahajan, who was in the city to survey the spot.The Opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and the ruling party’s ally, Shiv Sena, called Mr. Mahajan’s statements “insensitive.”The Opposition and a number of activists alleged that the breach occurred owing to excess discharge from the Khadakwasla dam since the past month (1,200 cusecs of water per day). This ravaged low-lying areas, destroying hundreds of slums and shanties along the Mutha riverfront area and rendering thousands homeless.NCP leader Chetan Tupe said that the Water Resources Department was in cahoots with big firms, permitting indiscriminate digging to let them lay underground cables. “[Mr. Mahajan] ought to clarify who the ‘rats’ are. Are they the big corporations laying underground cables or the State Electricity Department, who have been laying wires illicitly?” said Sena leader Neelam Gorhe.Locals accused Mr. Mahajan of paying a visit merely to secure a photo opportunity.last_img read more

Have Created History at World Championships, Will do the Same at Olympics: Amit Panghal

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bharat ki shaan- Amit Panghal!🇮🇳@Boxerpanghal became the first ever male boxer to win the silver medal at the #AIBAWorldBoxingChampionships 2019.Enjoy the glimpses of the final match!👇@Media_SAI @IndiaSports @RijijuOffice @WeAreTeamIndia #PunchMeinHaiDum #boxing — Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) September 21, 2019With Panghal winning silver and Manish Kaushik winning bronze on Friday in the lightweight division, this has been India’s best performance at the men’s boxing World Championships thus far. Indian boxers had won four bronze medals at the Worlds before this with one edition producing a maximum of one medallist.Both pugilists are now guaranteed to take part in the Olympic qualifiers next year with the Boxing Federation of India stating before the start of the Worlds that medallists will automatically receive spots in the contingent. Amit PanghalboxingIndiaIndian Boxing First Published: September 22, 2019, 11:14 AM IST Ekaterinburg: Amit Panghal on Saturday became the first Indian male boxer to win a silver at the World Championships. Facing Uzbek Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov in the flyweight final, Panghal lost by a unanimous decision to miss out on gold but he had already created history by becoming the first Indian to reach the title clash at the Worlds.”I had hoped for a gold but there are a few things that I need to improve upon,” said Panghal in a video that he tweeted after being conferred the silver medal. He was however confident that his win is a good sign for the sport in the country. “Indian boxing has improved a lot,” he said. “I’m sure boxers will break records and win medals in the future. Just like how we created history here, we will be now doing the same at the Olympics.”last_img read more

TCL targets 10% share in 4G smartphone segment by 2018

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) Chinese smartphone maker TCL today launched its first mobile phone under own brand, TCL 560, in India with an aim to corner 10 per cent market share in the 4G smartphone segment and be among top five vendors by 2018.”This is first (handset) we are launching TCL brand mobile phone anywhere in world. It indicates our seriousness for India market. We expect 10 per cent market share and be among top 5 vendors in 4G segment of India by 2018,” TCL India Regional Director Praveen Valecha said.The handset, which runs the latest version of Android Marshmallow platform and sports quadcore Snadragon 8909 chipset, voice over LTE (4G) and a 5.5 inch display, is priced at Rs 7,999.The other features include 2GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and 32 GB external storage capacity. It has 8 megapixel rear camera and 5 mp front camera with a 2500 mAH battery.The Shenzhen Stock Exchange listed firm has been selling Alcatel brand phones in India.Valecha said TCL will continue selling Alcatel brand but TCL brand smartphones will only cater to 4G segment.”TCL smartphones with 4G features while Alcatel will cater to 2G, 3G and 4G segment. We will sell TCL only online through Amazon. By 2018, we are expect to be among top 5 online vendors too,” Valecha said.He said the company will invest heavily in digital advertising to increase its visibility.”We are also looking at bundling our smartphones with telecom operators. TCL 560 comes with 1GB bundled data pack from Idea Cellular. Our customers will get 1GB 4G data free on Idea Network and wherever 4G is not available 3G or 2G data will be given,” Valecha said.advertisementTCL560 will go on sale at Amazon from July 5.”This calendar year we plan to launch three more smartphones. They will be accompanied by smart wearables, virtual reality products. The smartphones will be in range of Rs 8,000-18,000. There will be metallic designs etc,” Valecha said.He said TCL is evaluating manufacturing its mobile phones in India but it is at very initial stage. PTI PRS ABKlast_img read more