India beat Pak to reach volleyball final

first_imgA fit-again Gurchand Singh returned with a power- packed performance to help defending champions India smash Pakistan in straight sets and set up a summit clash with Iran in the third Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship ( Central Zone) in Kolkata on Sunday.Gurchand, who missed the first two league matches due to illness, recovered in time as Indians thrashed their arch- rivals 25- 17, 25- 15, 25- 22 without much sweat.Pakistan conceded at least a dozen points through unforced errors that did not help the cause as India, despite struggling at service, improved with each set to wrap- up the match in 70 minutes.With central attacker Gurchand, the Asian Cup skipper, in the starting line- up, India cruised to an 8- 3 lead and stretched their lead to six points at the second technical timeout.India never really seemed in trouble even as they gifted Pakistan few points through faulty service and maintained their lead. India wrapped up the first set in 24 minutes with the setpoint coming via an unforced error by Pakistan.Pakistan were more generous in conceding points through errors in the second set that was clinched by India in just 21 minutes.Lifting themselves up, Pakistan gave some anxious moments to India in the third set that took the hosts 25 minutes to settle the issue.Leading 16- 9 at the second technical time- out, Pakistan scored 13 points before India wrapped the set 25- 22 to win the match.In another match Iran sailed past Kazakhstan in straight sets 25- 20, 25- 10, 25- 19 to reach the final with an all- win record.advertisementSpeaking about the upcoming final with Iran, India coach Desh Raj said said he has a full strength squad at his disposal to stop Iran in Monday’s final.” I have a full strength squad at my disposal. We will give them ( Iran) a tough fight and hopefully retain the title,” Desh Raj said.India had lost to Iran in their first match and the coach said they would hope to rectify the mistakes.” Iran are the top side in Asia.No doubt, they will be tough to beat but we will rectify the mistakes we did against them. I am really happy with today’s show.We were fantastic in all the departments,” said Raj.India captain Sanjay Kumar said his best was yet to come in the tournament.” I am still not happy with my performance. A lot needs to be improved. Hopefully, my best show will come tomorrow ( Monday),” said Sanjay, who was adjudged the best scorer in India’s historical bronze medal finish in the Asian Cup.last_img read more

Indian athlete Rani Yadav tests positive for doping

first_imgCGF chief Mike Fennell had refused to give out the name of the athlete.India’s 20-km road race walker Rani Yadav has tested positive for a banned anabolic agent and been provisionally suspended from the Commonwealth Games.The shamed athlete, who finished sixth in the walk race conducted on October 8 in one hour, 42 minutes, 54 seconds, would either attend or will be represented at a provisional hearing before the Commonwealth Games Federation Court later on Wednesday, a statement from the Commonwealth Games Federation said.The CGF said its President Michael Fennell announced at a media conference on Wednesday morning that an Indian athlete had returned an adverse analytical finding.Subsequently, the CGF has received confirmation from the Indian Chef de Mission, Bhubaneswar Kalita, that the athlete has been duly notified of the result, as per the CGF Anti-Doping Standard (ADS) for the XIX Commonwealth Games.Earlier in the day, Fennell had announced that an an Indian track and field athlete had tested positive for the anabolic steroid, nadrolone. However, he refused to reveal the name saying that the result of B sample test was still awaited.Reacting to the news, CWG Organising Committee Secretary General Lalit Bhanot had said, “It is unfortunate. We and NADA are very serious but still if these cases are coming then it is a difficult situation.”Yadav is the third athlete to be caught for doping at the games. Earlier, two Nigerian runners – Osayomi Oludamola and Hurdler Samuel – were found to be positive for the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine. Oludamola has been stripped of her gold medal in the women’s 100-meter race now.advertisement- With inputs from PTI, Headlines Todaylast_img read more

FTII, SRFTI and IIMC to become institutes of national importance

first_imgFilm and Television Institute of India (FTII), Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) and Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) will soon be made institutes of national importance with the power to award degrees, said a newspaper report.The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has suggested the proposal in front of the Union Cabinet that will give greater autonomy to the institutes, said the report.The proposals have been pending for several years now under the UPA regime but sources said the approvals are now likely to come soon.Once approved, the three proposals will require parliamentary sanction. The mentioned three institutes will be in the league of IITs and AIIMS.All the three institutes are reputed organizations in the media education sector but could only grant diplomas. The tag of national importance will increase international collaborations, award degrees, improve infrastructure and funding for research suggested sources.The IIMC will be able to offer MA, M. Phil and PhD. The institute has five regional centres in Aizawl (Mizoram), Amravati (Maharashtra), Dhenkanal (Odisha), Jammu and Kashmir and Kottyam (Kerala).As for FTII and SRFTI, the move would boost film education in the country.last_img read more

Boxer Sarita Devi to Take Call on Retirement After 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_img 2020 tokyo olympicsboxingsarita devi First Published: September 27, 2019, 11:57 PM IST 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. New Delhi: Former world champion boxer Sarita Devi said on Friday she will take a call on her retirement after next Year’s Olympic Games, where she hopes to make a last-ditch effort to win an elusive medal.The 37-year-old Sarita has three World Championships medal — a gold in 2006 and a bronze each in 2005 and 2008. She has also won five Asian Championships gold and a bronze and a silver in the Asian Games (2014 Incheon) and Commonwealth Games (2014 Glasgow) respectively. But an Olympic medal has remained elusive for the lightweight (60kg category) boxer from Manipur and she is desperate to win that in Tokyo before drawing curtains on her career.”I am still continuing boxing for only one reason — Olympic medal. I have won medals in all competitions that I had participated. Only an Olympic medal is missing in my cupboard and I am desperate to get that in Tokyo,” Sarita told PTI.Asked about her retirement plans, she said: “I can’t tell anything now. I will take a decision on my career after the Tokyo Olympics.”Sarita and the legendary Mary Kom will spearhead a strong 10-member Indian contingent in the women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan Ude, Russia from October 3 to 13.It has been a long time since Sarita won a medal in the World Championships and she is seeking to break the 11-year-old hiatus in which could be her last outing at this global event.”Whenever I featured in the World Championships in the last 10 years I really played well but lost my bouts from winning positions. So it’s a big challenge for me this time. I have a worked a lot, brought about a lot of changes in my technique. So I am fully confident that I will get a medal this time,” she said.”I am 37 now and mother of a kid. Even some people have said that I have grown old and cannot do it again. But I am proud that I forced my way into the team after beating everyone. It’s a big challenge for me.”By her own admission, the colour of the medal does not matter and she is just desperate to prove her detractors wrong.”A medal in this World Championships will shut the mouth of all who had criticised me and said that ‘Sarita is done and dusted’. This will be a big answer to them. Colour of the medal does not matter to me, any medal is acceptable,” she said.Sarita was full of praise for the Indian women’s boxing Performance Director Raffaele Bergamasco and the new-office bearers of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) for their continued support.”In the last two years after we started working with our Italian coach, there have been a lot of changes in Indian boxing. Our biggest strength is the power of our punches but we are little slow in our movements. The coaches have worked in this area and we have also realized our mistakes,” she said.”The federation has given us full support. The Sports Ministry, SAI also has been supporting us. India boxing is slowly returning to the peak again.”She said it’s now time for women pugilists to show their might after the achievements of their male counterparts in Russia.”The men’s team is no. 6 in the world, so now it’s our turn to show women boxers are no laggards,” Sarita said.Asked about her plans after retirement, Sarita said: “I am running my academy in Manipur for the last five years. From the last two years it came under SAI and the Olympic Gold Quest has also been supporting us. Five boxers from my academy won medals in the Junior Nationals this year. Seven boxers are in the Khelo India programme.”I can never be away from boxing. After retirement I will keep on working on producing good boxers for the country. last_img read more

Kings XI Punjab all-rounder Glenn Maxwell ruled out of IPL with injury

first_imgKings XI Punjab’s Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has suffered a side strain in the Indian Premier League and will head home to recover before the West Indies tour, Cricket Australia said on Tuesday. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table)Maxwell had “increasing soreness in his left abdomen area” after playing for Kings XI Punjab, CA said in a statement.”From the information we have so far, the injury doesnt appear to be something that will prevent Glenn from participating in this tour,  but we are keen to give him the necessary time to recover before departing to the West Indies at the end of this month,” a CA physiotherapist said.The hard-hitting 27-year-old becomes the fifth Australia player to leave the Indian Twenty20 tournament early following the departures of captain Steve Smith, John Hastings and Mitchell and Shaun Marsh.Australia play West Indies and South Africa in a triangular one-day international tournament starting on June 5.Kings XI Punjab are already out of the play-offs contention having won only four of their 12 matches so far.last_img read more

Australian Open badminton: Saina Nehwal storms into final, Kidambi Srikanth bows out

first_imgIndia’s Saina Nehwal stormed into the final of the $750,000 Australian Open Superseries badminton tournament here on Saturday, beating Wang Yihan of China 21-8, 21-12 in a semi-final.World No.8 Saina dominated the proceedings from the start and lost little sweat to beat the World No.2 in straight games in the women’s singles at the Sydney Olympic Park.Earlier, World No. 13 Kidambi Srikanth of India lost 20-22, 13-21 to Hans-Kristian Vittinghu of Denmark to crash out of the tournament.last_img

Balotelli unlikely to stay at Nice

first_imgNice will “try to do whatever is possible” to help Mario Balotelli seal a move away from the French club, according to the club’s manager Patrick Vieira.The Italy international, who has scored 43 goals in 66 games for the club, was not involved on Saturday as new boss Vieira suffered a losing start in Ligue 1, going down 1-0 at home to newly promoted Reims.Asked about the absence of Balotelli, Vieira confirmed the player had made clear his desire to move on after two seasons to management at the Allianz Riviera, and therefore was not considered for selection for the opening game of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “The player wants to leave, so it’s unlikely he’ll remain here,” the former Arsenal midfielder said in an interview with Canal+.”We want players whose desire it is to go forward with the club. It’s a very complicated and difficult situation, so the club will try to do whatever is possible to help him leave.”Balotelli’s spell in the south of France has seen the forward somewhat rehabilitate his image after a turbulent spell at Liverpool that saw him loaned back to former club Milan amid poor form, but he has made no secret of wanting an exit in recent weeks.He is believed to have held discussions with Ligue 1 rivals Marseille over a potential move, but negotiations are believed to have hit a stumbling block and put the breaks on a domestic move.The 27-year-old has also been linked with a return to Serie A, albeit Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis emphatically dismissed the idea of signing the former Inter and AC Milan forward last month.Vieira, a winner with France of the 1998 World Cup, takes charge of Nice following the departure of previous coach Luicen Favre to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.The 42-year-old was previously manager of New York City in Major League Soccer between 2016 and this year, where he guided them to consecutive conference semi-final appearances.Nice next travel to Caen in Ligue 1, who they face on August 18, before they host Dijon a week later on August 25.last_img read more

I always have death bowling sessions in the nets: Jasprit Bumrah

first_imgArguably one of the best death overs bowlers in the world, Mumbai Indians seamer Jasprit Bumrah says his success is a result of consistently practicing this aspect of bowling in the nets.Bumrah produced one of the finest death overs in the history of Indian Premier League as Mumbai Indians nearly committed harakiri before edging out Gujarat Lions in a thrilling Super Over finish here last night.”I don’t practice like how (Lasith) Malinga does it by keeping a shoe (which the Lankan ace then tries to hit with his toe-crushers’),” said Bumrah.”I practice with him on how to bowl the yorker consistently, but I always have a death bowling session whenever I practice as it’s important, because this is the time I bowl for Gujarat in domestic matches, for India and for MI. So constantly whenever I practice, I’ve a proper death bowling session,” he explained at the post match press conference.After the scored were tied, the one over Eliminator saw Mumbai Indians score just 11.Defending 11, Bumrah conceded only six runs displaying brilliant variations of slower deliveries including a few in the blockhole.Bumrah said his skipper Rohit Sharma had told him not to take extra pressure in the super over.”He just told me to back my skill. ‘It’s just an over, don’t take extra pressure, be confident, be calm and try to execute our plans’,” Bumrah revealed.”This was the first time, when I was bowling super over, there is always pressure, because you have to defend only 11 runs, but at that time you only keep a calm head and not to focus on negative things.advertisement”I was focussing on positive aspects and thinking about the plan which we had made,” he added.Chasing 154 for victory, there were three run-outs in the last seven balls as Mumbai Indians got bundled out for 153 off the final ball.Asked whether the Mumbai batsmen had pressed the panic button in the last over, Bumrah said, “We were not panicking.We are losing wickets quickly, usually these things happen in cricket. It was a good tight match and we are happy at the end that we were the winning side.”We are working hard and are doing well. We have done well in previous matches. But this is cricket, someday you will click, some day you will not click. We are working hard and are looking to improve every time we play. Hopefully we will be able to do well in batting department as well.”Meanwhile, Gujarat Lions opening batsman Ishan Kishan also lauded Bumrah’s effort in the super over.”Actually he bowled a very good over. Any batsman would have found it really tough to hit a six or a boundary off those yourkers. It was a perfect over for Mumbai Indians,” said Kishan.He insisted that his team always thought that the target could be defended.”Actually it’s all about belief. So we believed that our bowlers would do well and fielding was very good in the previous matches,” he said.last_img read more

Vivo X23 with in-display fingerprint sensor, Snapdragon 670 SoC, dual rear cameras launched

first_imgAfter launching the V11 and V11i in Thailand and V11 Pro in India, Vivo has now launched the long-time rumoured X23 in China. The Vivo X23 looks similar to the Vivo V11 Pro. The smartphone comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor, dual cameras on the back, waterdrop notch, Super AMOLED display, among others. Vivo has launched the X23 with a price tag of CNY 3500, which roughly translates to Rs 36,800. As of now, there’s no word if the Vivo X23 will hit the Indian stored or not.The Vivo X23 comes in only one variant. It comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The smartphone has been launched in three colour variants — Phantom Purple, Phantom Red or Blue. Meanwhile, Vivo has announced that the company will soon bring Fashion Purple and Fashion Orange special Logo Phone editions of the X23.As for the specs are concerned, the Vivo X23 is more or less similar to the Vivo V11 Pro. The camera, RAM and storage departments, however, vary. The smartphone sports a 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080x2340pixels resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. Just as the V11 Pro, the X23 also comes with IR Face unlock support, which will possibly let users unlock the phone in dark as well. The smartphone also comes with in-display fingerprint sensor. This is the fourth Vivo phone in a row to come with in-display fingerprint sensor, first was the Vivo X21, followed by Vivo NEX, and Vivo V11 Pro.The X23 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There’s no word if the storage space can be expandable via microSD card or not. The Vivo X23 comes with something called the Dual Turbo Acceleration Engine – which Vivo claims improve the overall performance of the phone and make the phone fast. The Vivo X23 comes with a 3,400mAh battery, similar to that of the V11 Pro.advertisementALSO READ: Vivo V11 Pro review: Almost perfect for the priceThe Vivo phone includes a dual camera setup on the back and a single sensor on the front panel. On the rear panel, the Vivo X23 comes with a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with f/1.8 aperture and secondary sensor of 13-megapixel with a f/2.4 aperture for wide shots. On the front, the smartphone comes with a 12-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. Vivo phones have always been camera-centric, and the X23 is no different. The smartphone comes paired with several camera modes like — AI Beauty, AI Portrait, among other. The features are almost the same as what the V11 Pro comes with.Vivo X23 will start shipping in China on September 14. Vivo, as of now, hasn’t revealed if the phone will come with other markets outside China.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi suffers Achilles injury in draw with Burnley

first_imgChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi suffered what appeared to be a serious Achilles tendon injury in Monday’s 2-2 draw with Burnley, assistant coach Gianfranco Zola said.Hudson-Odoi, 18, had to be helped off the pitch shortly before halftime when he was replaced by Pedro.”It’s not an easy one. I think it is a serious injury. It’s on his Achilles tendon. I cannot tell you the full extent of it,” Zola told reporters.The Italian said he could not comment reports that Hudson-Odoi had ruptured his tendon.”I am not sure about it. I think they will have to have an examination, but it is not looking good,” Zola said.Hudson-Odoi received his first England start last month even as he struggled to break into the Chelsea first team.Bayern Munich said they want to sign him from Chelsea, leading to speculation he could be sold during the close season.Also Read | Manchester United suffer 5th straight away defeat with 4-0 hammering from EvertonAlso Read | Liverpool back on top after 2-0 win over Cardiff CityAlso Read | Ashley Young confident misfiring Manchester United will be ready for Manchester CityAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat Kohlilast_img read more

10 months agoPellegrini says West Ham must build on victory at Southampton

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pellegrini says West Ham must build on victory at Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says they must build on victory at Southampton.The hosts had taken the lead through Nathan Redmond, but Felipe Anderson stole the show with a quick-fire double that earned his side three points and movement into the top half of the table.“I’m happy,” Pellegrini said. “When you start with zero points in 12 then it’s always difficult to recover your position in this way. “In this moment, we are in the top ten. We will continue fighting and improving and, with 27 points, in the second round, we continue improving with our winning mentality, and we try to finish the season as near the top of the table as we can.”He continued: “I thought we played a very good game. From the first minute, we had the intention of winning the game and I thought we were very balanced in the whole game. “We worked most parts of the game in our opponent’s side and we defended very well. They didn’t have many options. “The important thing [when Southampton scored] is we continued to play in the same way, draw the game immediately, and then we scored the winning goal.” last_img read more

Fire in coach at New Delhi rly station major tragedy averted

first_imgNew Delhi: A major tragedy was averted as a massive fire broke out in the rear power car of the Chandigarh-Kochuvalli Express full of passengers as it was departing the New Delhi station on Friday afternoon.It resulted in chaos as the flames soon went out of control and the train was to be brought to an immediate halt at the platform. Fire brigade teams rushed to the spot while the passengers got down the train as a safety precaution. The fire brigade was immediately called and as a many as 12 fire tenders rushed to New Delhi railway station immediately. The fire department also had a tough time extinguishing the flames. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Fire was in the break, luggage cum generator car of the train. At around 2:50 pm, the fire was doused off and the cooling process was started,” said Atul Thakur, Chief fire officer. An inquiry would be conducted to find the cause of fire. Fortunately, no passenger was injured in the incident. The fire broke out in the rear power car of the 12218 Chandigarh-Kochuvalli Express around 1:40 pm. The incident occurred when the train was leaving platform number eight. The Northern Railway General Manager and other senior officials also rushed to the site along with the railway police station. Officers had a hard time controlling the crowd of onlookers who gathered at the platform or stood at the railway bridge witnessing and filming the incident. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsRailway Minister Piyush Goyal took to Twitter and said, “An incident of fire has been reported from the power car of Chandigarh-Kochuvalli Express. The fire department team has doused the flames. Senior railway officials are at the incident site. No one has been injured in the incident.” The Chandigarh-Kochuvalli Express was sent to Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station where the power car was replaced and then the train left for its onward journey.last_img read more

Carbon dioxide pipeline construction set to begin late 2012 in Alberta

RED DEER, Alta. — Preliminary work continues on a major carbon dioxide pipeline and enhanced oil recovery project in central Alberta.Susan Cole with Enhance Energy says construction should begin later this year on the pipeline, which will run from refineries in Redwater to Clive.Cole says carbon dioxide will be used to extract more light oil from reservoirs.She says the project will cost $600-million initially, but $1.2-billion over 10 years.Cole says it’s hoped the pipeline will be complete in early 2015.Enhance Energy will split the cost with the Alberta and federal governments.Cole says the project will bring many benefits to the area as well as diverting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.“We believe that it will create a lot of jobs and it’s not just in the oil and gas sector —- it’s hotels, it’s shops, the communities themselves will benefit from increased taxes,” Cole said.“So we’re really looking at revitalizing that area.” read more

Rocketpropelled grenades fired at UN refugee agencys office in Afghanistan

The firing at the office in Kandahar of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) caused little, if any, damage and no casualties, according to a UN spokesperson. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) noted that the attack was a matter of grave concern, as an attack on UN premises. An investigation into the incident has begun.

These bus routes are among over 20 to be privatised in 2016

first_imgUpdated 9.52 PMOVER 20 ROUTES operated by Dublin Bus, as well as some Bus Éireann services are to be privatised, the National Transport Authority has confirmed.The decision means that the routes will be subject to a new tendering process which will be open to both existing and outside operators.The NTA say that some of the routes affected include orbital routes in Dublin like the 75, which operates between Tallaght and Dun Laoghaire, the 17 between Rialto and Blackrock,Local routes, like the 33b between Swords and Portrane, the 63 between Dun Laoghaire and Kiltiernan and the 270 between Blanchardstown and Dunboyne.The full list of routes can be viewed here >According the NTA, some Dublin commuter routes into Leinster will also come under the scheme, as well as a number of Waterford routes. The Dublin routes open to private operators from 2016. (Source National Transport Authority)The decision was made following a consultation process which discussed the principle of direct award contracts. The results of the process are available on the NTA website.In the report of the consultation process it is clear that there was opposition to the proposal from a number of unions including SIPTU, the National Bus and Rail Union (NRBU) and Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Bus Éireann themselves voiced their opposition to their proposals as did Sinn Féin.Forfás, Chambers Ireland and Aircoach made submissions in favour of the proposals with Aircoach urging the the NTA to proceed with the proposals immediately.Bus Éireann Following the NTA’s decision, Bus Éireann say they will participate in the tendering process on the new open routes.The company used the opportunity to reiterate their belief that opening up the market could have “unintended consequences” and said that that the practice internationally has led to “a reduction in the quality and frequency of services”.Additional reporting by Daragh BrophyRead: Leap Card users will pay no more than €10 a day >Read: Train, bus and Luas fares to increase from next week >last_img read more

The Financial Times names Steve Jobs 2010 Person of the Year

first_imgFacebook’s Mark Zuckerberg may have won the title of Time’s Person of the Year, but Steve Jobs won’t be leaving 2010 empty handed either. The Financial Times, a UK-based news organization, named its own Person of the Year. This year’s title goes to Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs.It almost seems poetic that Jobs can point to one event this year that was significant not only professionally, but personally as well. In January, Jobs took to the stage at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center to launch what would become known as the iPad. Few would argue about the waves the iPad created in the technology sector and among news organizations as it cemented the evolution of news from being offered via magazines and newspapers to digital delivery. The event also became a pinnacle moment in the comeback of Jobs professionally after taking a six-month leave of absence the year before.AdChoices广告Jobs’ medical leave was a result of failing health leading to a loss of weight and his eventual liver transplant. Before leaving, Jobs put Apple’s leadership in the hands of the company’s COO, Tim Cook. Jobs would later ask Apple’s Board to award him handsomely for his leadership during a rocky time for the company which included a drop in the company’s stock price when Jobs announced his departure. Since the event in January, Jobs has gone on to lead Apple from a stock price above $200 in January to above $300 as we close out the year.Considering Jobs’ personal and professional successes in 2010, along with his leadership in offering the transformational iPad, it becomes clear why the Financial Times believes Steve Jobs is worthy of its 2010 Person of the Year award.Read more at the Financial Times and CNetlast_img read more

Missy Elliott Is Ready To Get The World Dancing Again

first_img Twitter The hip-hop legend recently shared she is working on a new album dropping next year, 14 years after her last LP, ‘The Cookbook.’ What can we expect?Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 9, 2018 – 5:34 pm The GRAMMY-winning superstar Missy Elliott has been an influential powerhouse for years, making a name for herself starting with her successful debut album Supa Dupa Fly in 1997, featuring her classic jam “Sock It 2 Me.” Since then she released five more studio albums and countless hit singles and collabs, although her last LP was 2005’s The Cookbook. She has released some juicy, one-off singles and has been on some hot features over the past 13 years, but the world is ready for more Missy. Luckily, she is ready to give the world what it wants, teasing a 2019 LP in a recent social media post. What can we expect? Missy Elliott Is Ready To Get The World Dancing Again Facebook The rap pioneer recently took to Twitter to announce that she’s ready to “get y’all a**es dancing again,” hinting she’ll have new music for us in 2019. The tweet featured a clip of a new unreleased track of hers called “Cool Off,” which sounds like it will be a dancefloor-ready banger. Five days before that post, in another tweet, she touched on why it’s been so long since she’s put out an album. “For so long I was hesitant to put out music in fear no one would get it because people said music has changed & my sound been so different,” she shares. “But now I’m like hey, bump it make music that feels good to me, let me get y’all a**es dancing again.”We are ready, Missy. Ready for whatever new jams you have been cooking up. She raps on the sneak peek of “Cool Off, “Missy in this b***h/doing s**t you ain’t ever seen.” I think we’re ready to see it, but for now we will have to hope for whatever magic the hip-hop queen has been preparing for us.We hope her and longtime friend and collaborator Timbaland have been spending at least some time in the studio together so that he can add his magic, futuristic touch through producing at least a few songs on her upcoming album. The list of Elliott’s Timbaland-produced classics is nearly endless, including “Sock It 2 Me” and “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” from her debut Supa Dupa Fly, “One Minute Man” and “Get Ur Freak On” from Miss E…So Addictive and “Work It” and “Gossip Folks” from Under Construction. It is hard to deny how amazing and dynamic the music they put out together is, with his forward thinking production bringing her sound to the next level every time.Timbaland was the lead producer on all of her studio albums other than her sixth, which he played a smaller role on, and they were working on her seventh album set to release in 2008, along with Pharrell and others on production, until, after delays, the album was never released. Pharrell and Elliott eventually released two singles in 2012 “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat,” both of which featured classic slow-jam/future-sound Timbaland beats along with his vocals.Two years later, in 2015, Elliott teamed up with Pharrell to release the viral hit “WTF (Where They From),” a booty-bouncing, highly danceable track featuring the producer’s catchy, joyful beats, as well as some verses from him as well. We can only hope and pray Elliott’s latest studio sessions have and will include both GRAMMY-winning mastermind producers to keep lifting her amazing flow and bold presence to the next level with joyous, future-ready beats.Elliott has always confidently pushed the envelope and set the tone for what it means to be a female hip-hop artist in the male-dominated industry. There is no doubt that she will keep bringing her unique brand of sexy, empowered, independent female to the table in her new music. This year she has already given us a taste of that on the remix of Ciara’s girl power track “Level Up.” The two celebrate their greatness as women, recognizing they won’t settle for less than they deserve, with Elliott confidently rapping, “Original, no klepto’/ Got a new flow, got a new glow./Level up, I’m beautiful/My a**, bounce like a yo-yo.”The remix of the GRAMMY-winning R&B star’s recent single reunites the pair, along with Fatman Scoop, the three of whom collabed on “Lose Control,” the biggest—and still classic dance-inducing jam—single from Elliott’s The Cookbook. Elliott is also featured on “borderline,” a bouncy, shiny Pharrell-produced song on Ariana Grande’s Sweetener, released this August.We can only hope these recent features point to some heavy doses of female-empowerment, along with some unexpected yet heavy-hitting, female-dominated collabs on Elliott’s 2019 album. The cherry on top that would tie it all together would have to be provided by Timbaland and Pharrell’s powerhouse production skills. We will wait patiently and practice our dance moves until then.Madonna Is Working Hard On New Album: “These Dark Circles Are For All My Fans”Read more News Email Missy Elliott Will Get The World Dancing in 2019 missy-elliott-ready-get-world-dancing-againlast_img read more

Zimbabwe army seizes power says president Mugabe safe

first_imgZimbabwe’s military seized power early on Wednesday targeting “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe but gave assurances on national television that the 93-year-old leader and his family were “safe and sound”.Soldiers and armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and the courts in central Harare, while taxis ferried commuters to work nearby, a Reuters witness said.“We are only targeting criminals around him (Mugabe) who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice,” Zimbabwe Major General SB Moyo, Chief of Staff Logistics, said on television.“As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”Neither Mugabe nor his wife Grace, who has been vying to succeed her husband as president, have been seen or heard from.Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change called for a peaceful return to constitutional democracy, adding it hoped the military intervention would lead to the “establishment of a stable, democratic and progressive nation state”.The leader of Zimbabwe’s influential liberation war veterans called for South Africa, southern Africa and the West to re-engage Zimbabwe, whose economic decline over the past two decades has been a drag on the southern African region.“This is a correction of a state that was careening off the cliff,” Chris Mutsvangwa told Reuters. “It’s the end of a very painful and sad chapter in the history of a young nation, in which a dictator, as he became old, surrendered his court to a gang of thieves around his wife.”Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo, a leading member of the so-called ‘G40’ faction of the ruling ZANU-PF party led by Mugabe’s wife Grace, had been detained by the military, a government source said.Mugabe, the self-styled ‘Grand Old Man’ of African politics, has led Zimbabwe for the last 37 years.In contrast to his elevated status on the continent, Mugabe is reviled in the West as a despot whose disastrous handling of the economy and willingness to resort to violence to maintain power destroyed one of Africa’s most promising states.Soldiers deployed across the Zimbabwe capital Harare on Tuesday and seized the state broadcaster after Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party accused the head of the military of treason, prompting frenzied speculation of a coup.Just 24 hours after military chief General Constantino Chiwenga threatened to intervene to end a purge of his allies in Mugabe’s ZANU-PF, a Reuters reporter saw armoured personnel carriers on main roads around the capital.Aggressive soldiers told passing cars to keep moving through the darkness. “Don’t try anything funny. Just go,” one barked at Reuters on Harare Drive.Two hours later, soldiers overran the headquarters of the ZBC, Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster and a principal Mugabe mouthpiece, and ordered staff to leave. Several ZBC workers were manhandled, two members of staff and a human rights activist said.Shortly afterwards, three explosions rocked the centre of the southern African nation’s capital, Reuters witnesses said.The United States and Britain advised their citizens in Harare to stay indoors because of “political uncertainty.”The southern African nation had been on edge since Monday when Chiwenga, Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, said he was prepared to “step in” to end a purge of supporters of sacked vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.Only a few months ago, Mnangagwa, a former security chief nicknamed “The Crocodile”, was favourite to succeed his life-long political patron but was ousted a week ago to pave the way for Mugabe’s 52-year-old wife Grace to succeed him.‘POLITICS OVER THE GUN’Chiwenga’s unprecedented statement represented a major escalation of the struggle to succeed Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe has known since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.Mugabe chaired a weekly cabinet meeting in the capital on Tuesday, officials said, and afterwards ZANU-PF said it stood by the “primacy of politics over the gun” and accused Chiwenga of “treasonable conduct … meant to incite insurrection.”The previous day, Chiwenga had made clear the army’s refusal to accept the removal of Mnangagwa – like the generals a veteran of Zimbabwe’s anti-colonial liberation war – and the presumed accession of Grace, once a secretary in the government typing pool.Local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, a leading figure in her relatively youthful ‘G40’ faction, refused to answer Reuters questions about the situation in Harare. “I’m in a meeting,” he said, before hanging up shortly before midnight.Army, police and government spokesmen refused to answer numerous phone calls asking for comment.Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper, another government mouthpiece, ran an article on its front page saying Zanu-PF was “unfazed by Chiwenga”, according to a picture of its front page posted on Twitter.‘DEFENDING OUR REVOLUTION’Neither Mugabe nor Grace have responded in public to Chiwenga’s remarks and state media did not publish his statement. The Herald posted some of the comments on its Twitter page but deleted them.The head of ZANU-PF’s youth wing, which openly backs Grace, accused the army chief of subverting the constitution.“Defending the revolution and our leader and president is an ideal we live for and if need be it is a principle we are prepared to die for,” Youth League leader Kudzai Chipanga said at the party’s headquarters in Harare.Grace Mugabe’s rise has brought her into conflict with the independence-era war veterans, who enjoyed privileged status in Zimbabwe until the last two years when they spearheaded criticism of Mugabe’s handling of the economy.In the last year, a chronic absence of dollars has led to long queues outside banks and an economic and financial collapse that many fear will rival the meltdown of 2007-2008, when inflation topped out at 500 billion percent.Imported goods are running out and economists say that, by some measures, inflation is now at 50 percent a month.According to a trove of intelligence documents reviewed by Reuters this year, Mnangagwa has been planning to revitalise the economy by bringing back thousands of white farmers kicked off their land nearly two decades ago and patching up relations with the likes of the World Bank and IMF.last_img read more

Coldplay Dedicates Song To Houston Other Celebrities Weigh In

first_imgHeartbroken. Praying for you Houston ?? Please everyone in Texas stay safe.— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) August 27, 2017 Coldplay wrote an original song dedicated to Houston; and played it tonight in Miami. My heart is so full thank you @coldplay #ColdplayMiami— Gløria |-/ (@corralesgloria7) August 29, 2017 In his post, he calls on Dwayne Johnson, Beyoncé, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Jerry Seinfeld and Justin Timberlake, among others A-listers to help.  Share my heart goes out to all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey and thankful for all the emergency responders…— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 28, 2017 $1.5 MILLION! New Goal: $2 Million— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 29, 2017 Praying for Houston what a special place. Making relief donations and sending ❤️.— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) August 27, 2017 At their Miami show Monday night, Coldplay dedicated a brand new, original song to Houston’s Harvey victims.The band was scheduled to play in Houston Friday, August 25, but had to cancel due to Harvey’s arrival. A special song for Houston from last night’s show. R42— Coldplay (@coldplay) August 29, 2017 Other artists have shared their support for Houston during this devastating time. Comedian and actor Kevin Hart challenged several of his celebrity friends to each donate $25,000 through a Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge he started on Instagram. last_img read more