Marathi actors have close brush with death on Mumbai-Pune Expressway

first_imgPune: Popular Marathi actors Aniket Vishwasrao and Prarthana Behre had a narrow escape after their car rammed into a divider near Lonavla on the Mumbai-Pune expressway on Monday morning.The actors, along with Ms. Behre’s companion, were heading to Kolhapur to promote their upcoming film Maska when the driver of the vehicle, in a bid to avoid colliding into a parked tempo, hit a divider near the Lonavla exit.While Mr. Vishwasrao and the driver escaped unhurt, Ms. Behre, who was seated at the back, received injuries on her right hand while her companion suffered a concussion in the head, said medical sources. They were rushed to the Yash Hospital at Valvan (near Lonavla) where they are undergoing treatment.“The tempo suddenly appeared in our sights as our car turned on the bend. Unfortunately, in a bid to avoid it, our driver swerved and lost control. However, we had our seat belts on and the protective airbags deployed. So, all of us are safe,” said Mr. Vishwasrao, speaking after the mishap.The front of the vehicle — a black colour Toyota Fortuner — was badly mangled in the accident.last_img read more

Odisha group starts drive to retrieve discarded flags

first_imgA group of environmental activists of Odisha’s Berhampur are engaged in retrieving national flags made of paper and plastic that have been thrown all around the city after the Republic Day celebrations.They are members of Berhampur Sabuja Bahini. “We were hurt to see our national flag thrown in garbage dumps, drains and on the roadside,” said BSB president Sibaram Panigrahy. “Many people buy paper and polythene flags to express nationalistic fervour on Republic Day. However, after a few hours, they have no hesitation in disposing of these flags in a derogatory manner,” said BSB member P. Aravind Kumar.In its bid to create awareness among the people to respect the Tricolour, the BSB started its drive to salvage the discarded flags on January 27. During the drive, which continued on Monday, the activists told the residents that the national flag is like a picture of deities and it should not be disposed of unceremoniously. The Tricolours salvaged by this group are being cleaned up and stored. “We will reuse them in future events,” said BSB secretary M. Dilip Kumar. The members of the group said they were happy to see that the use of polythene flags had gone down drastically in Berhampur in comparison to the Independence Day celebrations last year.last_img read more

Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith

first_imgMike Myers. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“He’s our stand-in import,” bared TNT team manager Virgil Villavicencio, as both Smith and Myers attended the pre-Finals press conference at Sambokojin in Libis on Monday.TNT coach Nash Racela is keeping his faith in Smith.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In my mind, it’s still Joshua,” Racela said.Joshua Smith speaks with the media during a pre-finals press conference on Monday, June 19, 2017, at Sambokojin in Eastwood, Libis. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSmith is still recovering from a torn ligament in his right foot, an injury he sustained early in Game 3 of TNT’s semifinals series against Ginebra. Uncertainty still looms over the TNT camp regarding which import the team is fielding in for Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.Though Joshua Smith showed signs of promise days before Game 1, the KaTropa have left no stones unturned as they flew in a possible replacement import in Mike Myers.ADVERTISEMENT Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “Of course at this point, if we could, we want to stick with Joshua. He’s familiar with the game, with the PBA, the officiating. He’s been with the team for a month and a half, so the question is why replace him if he can play?” he said. “If we can stick with him until the last game, then we will. If he can play Game 1, then we’ll stick with him.”Smith thinks he can still be of use for the KaTropa in their title quest.“I’m just taking it day by day. I feel good. The last two days really helped. I’m ready.”Smith reiterated that regardless of his condition, the goal is still the same which is to win a title.“I came over with one goal, to help TNT win the championship. We’re going up against a really good team. I just hope it’s a great series,” he saidADVERTISEMENT MOST READ From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Bold choices and a change of mood: how Ed Smith has performed so far

first_imgShare on Facebook Jos Buttler is quick to find his feet on Test voyage of rediscovery Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger England cricket team Since you’re here… Pinterest Twitter Smith’s bravest choice has been Jos Buttler, airlifted straight from the Indian Premier League. It looked like backfiring when Buttler nicked off for 14 at Lord’s; but then he made a classy 67, often standing outside his crease, a ploy that several team‑mates aped at Headingley. Buttler added a memorable unbeaten 80, scoring fast, then slowly and finally at IPL speed. If Stuart Broad’s batting had not fallen apart, Buttler would have collected a first Test hundred.By promoting Sam Curran when Ben Stokes was injured Smith repeated his trick with Bess – injecting youthful energy and cheerful multitasking. One could see England’s mood change: Joe Root, who got in a fretful muddle at Lord’s with his field placings, was all smiles.The right amount of intellect Smith is the most educated selection supremo of the past half-century. While his predecessors left school for the county circuit or National Service he went to Peterhouse, Cambridge, to get a first in history. On Tuesday night, back in Cambridge, he is giving a lecture entitled “Why sport belongs to the humanities as much as to the sciences”. Smith’s brainpower has sometimes been resented in the dressing room, where a lot of learning is a dangerous thing. So it has been refreshing – even to a friend of his – to see him play it down this summer. At his first press conference he said there were no great principles at work, just the desire to win. This was probably two-thirds true. There are themes: he likes cricketers with flair, with “unique qualities” (as he said of Buttler) and/or a strong temperament, hence his admiration for Alastair Cook and preference for Keaton Jennings. So far Smith has played the former journalist – pragmatic, armed with the facts – rather than the intellectual. At 40 he may be wise enough not to be too clever. Read more Support The Guardian Find a fast bowler After being outgunned in Australia England turned back to Mark Wood. That continued at Lord’s even though the alternative, Chris Woakes, has a far better record in England. Wood is rapid but, while struggling with injury, has mislaid the ability to bother top batsmen. So it proved at Lord’s, though it did not help that Root had him bowling Bodyline. Smith reacted by recalling Woakes, who showed some glaring rust before taking four wickets. The challenge remains: find a bowler fast enough to trouble good players on flat tracks, not to mention a top-class spinner. But Smith has made his mark. As a player he swam in his first Test before sinking in the next two; as a selector he has already reversed that. This time he should last more than half a summer. Share on Twitter A certain presence A few former cricketers, hovering on the outfield before the start, look uncomfortable in their civvies – either forced into a suit and tie, if working for Sky, or going too far the other way, as in Michael Vaughan’s T-shirt under a blazer, or Geoff Boycott’s lifelong attachment to the short-sleeved shirt. Smith is a sharp dresser who may have been the first Times leader writer with a sideline in menswear features. He wears a suit for fun. And when the cameras find him sitting on a balcony, he is in grey-rimmed sunglasses which allow him to be inscrutable while exuding a certain presence. This is not something ever got from Alec Bedser.What he still has to do…Fine-tune the batting Dawid Malan was the only Pom to leave Australia with an enhanced reputation apart from the commentator Alison Mitchell. But he is less impressive in England, where his reluctance to go forward makes him vulnerable to the moving ball. In seven home Tests he averages only 21. The jury is out on Stoneman’s replacement as opener, Jennings, who was purposeful at Headingley but fell for 29 to a routine nibble. And the two keepers, Buttler and Jonny Bairstow, may be the wrong way round: the one with the gloves is two places higher, thus getting a shorter rest and less chance to make runs.center_img Reuse this content Facebook Cricket features Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Keaton Jennings in action during the second Test. Photograph: Matt West/BPI/Rex What he has achievedVictory, and clarity Ed Smith’s first Test in charge left him badly needing a win in the second match. He helped secure it by keeping faith with 10 of his first XI while showing a necessary ruthlessness by dropping Mark Stoneman (just as he had with James Vince). “Mark,” Smith said, “has experienced a disappointing start to the season and had a difficult Test match at Lord’s.” He struck the right balance between bluntness and empathy, and avoided the trap that lies in wait for anyone employed by the England and Wales Cricket Board: blathering jargon.A modest reboot Without making many unforced changes Smith has given the Test team a different tinge. When Jack Leach was injured Smith sprang a surprise by summoning another Somerset spinner, Dom Bess. Boyishly eager and undaunted, he has been a Bess of fresh air. Even his bowling, anodyne at Lord’s, blossomed at Headingley. It is hard to imagine him giving Virat Kohli nightmares in August but he can start googling the sights of Sri Lanka. Sign up for The Spin, the Guardian’s weekly cricket email.last_img read more

Julia Roberts To Be Honored At amfAR Gala Los Angeles

first_imgOn Friday, October 13, 2017, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will pay tribute to Julia Roberts at its eighth annual amfAR Gala Los Angeles.Roberts, the Academy Award-winning actress, will be presented with amfAR’s Award of Courage by Tom Hanks in recognition of her profound commitment to the fight against AIDS, as well as countless other humanitarian causes. James Corden will host the event.The black-tie benefit, presented by Harry Winston and M•A•C Viva Glam, will be held at Ron Burkle’s Historic Green Acres Estate to support amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.Roberts has been a long-time supporter in the fight against HIV/AIDS as well as numerous other charitable causes. In 2016 as a supporter of the (PRODUCT) RED campaign, which teams up with the world’s most iconic companies and celebrities to produce branded products with sales benefitting The Global Fund to Fight AIDS in Africa, Roberts participated in the kick-off of the World AIDS Day holiday shopping extravaganza. In 2014, Roberts received the Humanitarian Award from GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, at its annual GLSEN Respect Awards gala. In addition, Roberts is also a passionate fighter for many causes, including healthcare, education, international development, disaster relief, family support, and more.Roberts joins previous amfAR honorees including Charlize Theron, Ryan Murphy, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Goldie Hawn, Aileen Getty, Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Huvane, Jean-Paul Gaultier, James Franco, Francisco Costa, Mario Testino, Robert Duffy/Marc Jacobs International, Miley Cyrus, Andy Cohen, Cher, and more.amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, Ron Burkle, and Jason Weinberg will serve as the Event Chairs. Kevin Huvane, Bryan Lourd, Richard Lovett, and Ida Ziniti are Honorary Chairs. Co-Chairs of the event include Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Matt Bomer and Simon Halls, Patricia Bonaldi, Stephen Chobsky, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, John Demsey, Tom Ford, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Goldstein, Nayla Hayek, Stephen Huvane, Michael Kors, Matthew Modine, Ryan Murphy, Gary Newman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Patrick, Sean Penn, Zac Posen, Alan Poul and Ari Karpel, Billy and Stacy Ray, Vincent Roberti, Rich Ross and Adam Sanderson, Jeremy Scott, Gary Tigges, M.D., Diana Walden, Steve Warren, Pauletta and Denzel Washington, Rodney Williams, and Rita Wilson.Harry Winston and M•A•C Viva Glam are the Presenting Sponsors. Cadillac, Moët Hennessy, and PatBO are the event’s Signature Sponsors. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.To date, the amfAR Gala Los Angeles has raised more than $11 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs.For more information, click here.last_img read more

iOS AR app Wonderscope teaches kids about bullies in space

first_img 18 Photos Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 pulls us further into an augmented reality Apple 4:19 Post a comment Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • iOS AR app Wonderscope teaches kids about bullies in space Now playing: Watch this: Apple’s new two-player AR arcade game at WWDC is crazy See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorscenter_img Share your voice 0 Wonderscope’s new AR experience, Clio’s Cosmic Quest, teaches young readers about space. Within  Wonderscope, an augmented reality storytelling app for Apple devices, added a new interactive experience to its library of immersive, educational stories Tuesday: Clio’s Cosmic Quest brings young readers along for a journey with a cute purple space particle (who’s dealing with a jerk in her nebula) as she learns about stars, supernovas and our solar system. Wonderscope is one of the first companies to tackle storytelling in AR, the buzzy technology that overlays digital images on top of the real world around you. Best known through products like Snapchat filters and Pokemon Go, augmented reality has been on most consumers’ radars for its goofy gimmicks, but Apple CEO Tim Cook has said AR holds the potential to be as important as the iPhone. Clio’s Cosmic Quest follows an animated space particle to her nebula.  Within The new format means rethinking some of the norms of creating a story. Wonderscope’s AR treatment of stories is like “inside-out storytelling,” according to Chris Milk, the CEO of Within, the company behind Wonderscope.In Clio’s Cosmic Quest, like all of Wonderscope’s stories, kids move the action along by speaking scripted lines that appear on screen. Wonderscope is free app available on all AR-enabled iOS devices. Its four stories are are a mix of free and paid titles; the app is running a back-to-school promotion that discounts the paid stories to 99 cents each from $4.99. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Mobile Tech Industry • Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Augmented reality (AR) Applelast_img read more

Quikr Shifts Base to Bangalore to Tap Available Technology Talent Pool

first_imgQuikrQuikr websiteQuikr, the classifieds portal, said on Wednesday that it was relocating its headquarters to Bangalore from Mumbai to expand its technology team and grow its footprint.The founder and CEO, Pranay Chulet, said that the relocation to Bangalore would help grow their technology and product team faster, a move that would have taken 18-24 months in Mumbai, the financial capital.The six-year-old company is a part of the South African media conglomerate Naspers. The transition is expected to happen over the next six months. Quikr will, however, retain 600 of its 800 Mumbai employees in the city. The move to Bangalore would help it ramp up its staff strength from 150 to 600 members, with a significant addition to the technology team.The web-company joins a long list of players who have migrated to the tech and start-up hub from other parts of the country.Bangalore has welcomed many other technology companies making the transition to tap into its substantial software talent pool. The Garden City has benefitted from the start-up culture too. With its expanding plug and play capabilities, the software capital offers better business infrastructure.Other firms finding a business home in the city are – online booking firm Ola and FreeCharge, an online mobile recharge player. January 2015 will see Instamojo, a payment start-up, move operations to Bangalore, whose cofounder and CEO Sampad Swain admitted that the choice to go with Bangalore was prompted by the ready availability of engineers from older generation platform companies like Akamai and Yahoo! Instamojo aims to grow its engineering team from 10 to 50 in the next six to 12 months.”Talent from other cities are averse to move to Mumbai due to cost of living and quality of life,” said Kunal Shah, co-founder of FreeCharge.Ola moved in mid-2012 and has seen its base also become its biggest market in the country.Quikr’s Chulet said that the move was growth oriented and should not to be seen as a cost consolidation effort. This year the company has raised over Rs 900 crore from a list of investors that includes Tiger Global, Kinnevik, Matrix Partners India, Omidyar Network, Nokia Growth Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Warburg Pincus and eBay Inc.Market sources say that salaries in Bangalore are higher by 20-40% for top engineering talent. The new breed of start-ups has to compete with international players with deep pockets for suitable talent.last_img read more

PM Narendra Modi star Vivek Oberoi receives death threats from Naxalites gets

first_imgVivek OberoiVarinder ChawlaVivek Oberoi, who will be seen in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biopic, has reportedly received death threats from Naxalites over the release of the movie on Friday. While investigation regarding the case is going on, Vivek has been provided with police protection. Meanwhile, ever since the actor has announced that he will star in PM Modi’s biopic, Vivek has found himself making headlines for the wrong reasons.First, the movie, which was set to release on April 5, was postponed to May 24 after the Election Commission asked the makers to release the film after the Lok Sabha elections.Secondly, Vivek, who has been active on social media, landed in a row with actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan over his ‘first terrorist was Hindu’ remark. Vivek had said that Haasan should not divide the country. He had also slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee.And, he found recently himself in another controversy after sharing a meme that compared his ex Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s relationships from past to present with that of the opinion and exit polls. The meme featured Salman Khan, Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan besides Vivek himself. Many of his fellow industry people including Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Madhur Bhandarkar blasted the actor for such insensitive tweet. Vivek also received a notice from Maharastra State Commission for Women. He later apologised for the same and also deleted his tweet. Vivek Oberoi plays Prime Minister Narendra ModiTwitter/VivekOberoilast_img read more

Agashe launches 11 exclusive designers this Diwali

first_imgAgashe – A multibrand prét store has made its space in most of the Delhi shoppers’ list post its March launch. The store has already seen a lot of glam from its launch to stocking names like Dhruv Kapoor, Pallavi Mohan, HUEMN, Sid Tytler, Chola and more.This festive season – Diwali being their first season – they out did themselves yet again by launching the collection of not just a couple but 11 new designers. Sheena Agarwaal, the curator and owner behind the ingenious concept marvelled her onlookers by handpicking and showcasing collections of Nachiket Barve, ILK, Zoraya, Pooja Shroff, Roshni Chopra, Rajat Tangri, Kashmiraa, Ruceru, Poshpride, Fooljhadhi and Duet Luxury. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe store bedazzled with the latest works of these craft-masters from fusion-wear to chic silhouettes to gold jewellery, there was a perfect amalgamation of style and tradition to floor any fashionista this Diwali season. The launch embarked the initiation of the festive season with cheer, fullness and bright colourful spirits.Seen shopping to their hearts’ desires were many of Delhi’s beloved! Fashion blended with tradition, Agashe yet again showcased style via modern prét and Indian fusion to floor its special clientele.  Agashe is a ready-to-wear multi-brand prét store launched by Sheena Agarwal utilizing sexy silhouettes with a contemporary approach. The collection is designed for women who appreciate finely crafted garments that are both luxurious and unique. Agashe, conveniently located between Delhi and Gurgaon brings timeless garments of prét designers from different parts of India under one big roof.last_img read more

TravelBrands rolls out rebrand of its wholesale brands

first_img Travelweek Group TravelBrands rolls out rebrand of its wholesale brands Posted by Tags: TravelBrands Sharecenter_img MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands has unveiled an updated rebrand across all subsidiaries as a way to streamline its market presence.The rebrand focuses on its products and services available through Access, TravelBrands’ one-stop shop platform, and reflects the company’s vision and strategy to “reduce its brands and focus on stronger market presence while keeping the vast product lines intact”.The new branding has already begun to roll out, with a complete transition by next week.Some notable examples of the updated branding include:TravelBrands Flights, by IntairTravelBrands Cruises, by Encore CruisesTravelBrands Packages, by SunquestTravelBrands Luxury Villas, by LujureTravelBrands Dynamic Packages, by TravelGenieTravelBrands Specialty, by Exotik JourneysAccording to Frank DeMarinis, President & CEO of TravelBrands, the updated branding of its wholesale brands will ultimately assist agents in working smarter, not harder.“We believe that this updated branding will better reflect who TravelBrands is as a leading travel organization,” he said. “By unifying our branding, we are able to simplify and streamline our communications across all channels, bringing TravelBrands to the forefront with our Access platform. I am confident the Canadian travel industry will respond well to our changes.”More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJTo learn more go to travelbrandsaccess.com. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more