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first_imgShamsi in, Dale Steyn left out JOHANNESBURG (AP): South Africa called up uncapped left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for next month’s triangular limited-overs series in the Caribbean and rested fast bowler Dale Steyn amid concerns over his workload. Shamsi was the only new player in the one-day international squad announced yesterday, although pace-bowling all-rounder Wayne Parnell was recalled for the first time in more than a year. Head selector Linda Zondi said Steyn was rested for the triangular series against West Indies and Australia to keep him fresh for the test season. South Africa, who lost their No. 1 ranking in Tests with a home loss to England in January, have series against New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka this year. Batsman Faf du Plessis was in the ODI squad for the Caribbean despite sustaining a broken finger in the IPL. Du Plessis had surgery on the broken left ring finger this week and should be ready for South Africa’s second game of the triangular series against Australia on June 7, team manager Mohammed Moosajee said. Pakistan pick Arthur ISLAMABAD (AP): Mickey Arthur replaced Waqar Younis as head coach of the Pakistan cricket team yesterday. The Pakistan Cricket Board said the 47-year-old Arthur, a South African who has previously coached his country’s national team and Australia, will take up his new assignment at the end of the month. Younis stepped down last month after Pakistan won only one of its four group matches at the World Twenty20 in India. Arthur was among four foreign coaches shortlisted by a panel including former captains Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja. He will be the fourth foreigner to coach Pakistan after Richard Pybus, Goeff Lawson and the late Bob Woolmer. Arthur played 110 first-class matches for South Africa before coaching his national team in between 2005-10. Footballer dies after collapse at match BUCHAREST, Romania (AP): Dinamo Bucharest player Patrick Ekeng died after he collapsed during a match in the Romanian capital yesterday, doctors said. He was 26. Cristian Pandrea, a spokesman for the Floreasca Emeregency Hospital, said doctors tried for an hour to resuscitate the Cameroon midfielder but failed. He said the cause of death was not known. The home match between Dinamo and Viitorul Constanta was at 3-3 and being broadcast live when midfielder Ekeng fell to the ground in the 69th minute, seven minutes after he went on as a substitute. Local media said he had a heart attack. Ekeng was immediately taken to the hospital, where dozens of fans gathered outside. Players and staff could be seen crying as events unfolded. Some went with him to the hospital. He has played for Spanish club Cordoba CF, Swiss club Lausanne, and French club Le Mans. He moved to Dinamo in 2015. Ekeng is survived by a wife and daughter who are in Paris. Prosport.ro, an online sports publication reported he was due to fly to Paris after the Romanian Cup final on Tuesday between Dinamo and CFR Cluj.last_img read more

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Car bomb targets restaurant

first_imgAl-Jaafari issued no public statement Saturday. On Friday, he told Britain’s Channel 4 news that he would not give up the nomination because he was “the legitimate and democratic choice” of the Shiite alliance, a block of seven parties that hold 130 seats in the 275-member assembly. However, two Shiite officials from separate parties said al-Jaafari had said privately that he would give up the nomination if asked to do so directly by the country’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. The officials agreed to discuss the matter only if they were not quoted by name. Al-Sistani has privately urged Shiite leaders to resolve the dispute over the prime ministership so a new government can be formed quickly, according to the elderly cleric’s aides. However, the aides also said al-Sistani did not want to take a high-profile role in the dispute, and it appeared al-Jaafari was gambling the ayatollah would stay out of the political brawl. The protracted bickering over al-Jaafari has sharpened differences among Iraq’s sectarian and ethnically based parties at a time when the Americans, the British and many Iraqis themselves are encouraging politicians to show unity. On Saturday, Shiite politicians suggested that if Kurds and Sunnis stand firm against al-Jaafari, the Shiites might oppose Sunni and Kurdish candidates for other leadership posts that require parliamentary approval, including president and parliament speaker. “Any candidate for a key post presented by the blocs must be accepted by the others,” Shiite official Hussain al-Shahristani told reporters. “This was done to the (Shiite) alliance candidate for prime minster’s post. So the alliance has the right to study the names of candidates presented by other blocs.” Former interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite, suggested that if the stalemate could not be broken, Iraqi leaders should hold talks on forming a “national salvation government” and invite all political groups, including some not represented in parliament. Shiite official Hadi al-Amiri dismissed that idea as “a dream” and accused Allawi, whose party won only 25 seats in the Dec. 15 election, of trying to sidestep the decision of the electorate.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – A car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded 24 on a busy avenue Saturday as Shiite politicians floated a proposal to end the standoff over a new government by having Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari step down – but only if his replacement comes from his own party. The blast occurred at lunchtime outside an east Baghdad restaurant frequented by police officers, four of whom were among the injured, Sgt. Sabah Mohsen said. All the dead were civilians, police said. The explosion shattered windows and damaged shops over a wide area. Firefighters hosed down the debris-littered street as bystanders gawked at charred and windowless vehicles. Such violence is adding urgency to talks on forming a government of national unity, a task unsettled four months after parliamentary elections. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventNegotiations have stalled over the refusal of Sunni Arab and Kurdish parties to accept al-Jaafari, the Shiite Muslim nominee to head the new government. U.S. officials have urged the factions to form a government as quickly as possible, seeing that as a vital step toward quelling sectarian violence that threatens to push Iraq into civil war. The U.S. military cannot begin sending its 133,000 soldiers home until the government is in place. In a bid to break the deadlock, Shiite politicians not affiliated with major parties proposed that al-Jaafari step aside in favor of another candidate from his Dawa party, several Shiite officials said. In return, the biggest Shiite party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, would not push Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi for the post, the officials said on condition of anonymity because the talks are at a sensitive stage. It was unclear, however, whether the proposal would be accepted before Monday’s planned parliamentary session. Shiite officials have sent conflicting signals whether they would attend without a deal among all groups on the premiership and other key posts such as president and parliament speaker. last_img read more

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Azpilicueta knows there’s only one way to get to used to Sarri’s methods

first_imgChelsea lost 2-0 to Manchester City in the Community Shield and have one more pre-season friendly to play, against Lyon, before the Premier League season begins at Huddersfield on 11 August with the defender telling supporters the best way to bounce back is to head to Yorkshire and try and nab all three points.“We wanted to finish the [Community Shield] with a trophy and we weren’t able to do that so obviously we are disappointed and we have to come back strong in the Premier League,” Azpilicueta continued. Getty Images Sarri was only appointed manager of Chelsea in July 2 There is a lot of hard work to be done at Chelsea, Cesar Azpilicueta believes.The players have been trying to get used to new manager Maurizio Sarri’s style of play, but have only had a few weeks to train together, while some World Cup players have been on an extended break.“Well, what I can say is that from the first day we are working hard and we are working as a team,’ Azpilicueta told chelseafc.com.“He knows what he wants and he explains it to us. We have to replicate what he wants and the only way is to keep working in every training session, every game, to try to reach that.”center_img Sergio Aguero scored twice to give Manchester City their first trophy of the season 2 “We knew we were facing the best team in England last year, who broke every record. We have been working for the last few weeks in the best way possible to try to face them but we weren’t able to do it and we have to keep on improving.“The first target is Saturday against Huddersfield. We can’t think ahead of that. After being out of the Champions League we have to be focused, we have to go game by game to keep improving and then we will see how far we can go.“I trust in this team, I believe in what we are doing and the only way is to look forward.”last_img read more

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Dodgers’ drama a bit mellow

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The traditional language of the pennant race does not apply to what’s going on in the National League West this season. The Dodgers are going to need a very different kind of slogan for this very different kind of stretch run, nothing like past champions’ “The Impossible Dream,” “You Gotta Believe!” or “Yes We Can!” How about “Can You Believe We’ve Still Got a Shot?” The old math of the playoff drive does not compute when you’re trying to forecast the baseball equivalent of a sack race. Usually you wonder, “If the first-place team wins half of its remaining games, how many does its pursuer have to win to catch up?” This year it’s “If the Padres go 0-61 the rest of the way, the Dodgers have to go 5-56 to force a one-game tiebreaker for the division title.” The scoreboard-watcher’s routine is broken when the electricity is missing. A division race is supposed to be a long-distance game of “Can You Top This?” as one contender wins and then the other matches it. This year’s race is distinguished by the fact that — and I’m not making this up — either the Padres, the second-place Diamondbacks or the third-place Dodgers have suffered a loss on 40 of the past 41 days (and they’ve all lost six times in that span). So it’s settled: The division race the Dodgers find themselves mixed up in these days does not bring to mind classics like Yankees-Red Sox in 1978, or Braves-Giants in 1993, or — for the love of Fred Merkle — Cubs-Giants in 1908. But what also has been settled, just in the past week, is that what baseball fans in L.A. have on our hands is a race all the same. You can question whether the Dodgers deserve to be contenders, considering their 46 wins in the first 100 games would have put them at least 10 games behind the leader in any other division and would have placed them dead last if they were in the NL East. You can hate the owners or the general manager or the manager. You can struggle to name the guys on the field. You still can enjoy the drama, or comedy, that’s unfolding. You can hang on this week’s trade rumors. You can look for an edge in the remaining schedules. Padres (51-50), feeling a little better after ending an eight-game losing streak with Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over the Cardinals in San Diego. Diamondbacks (49-54), three games back after a 3-0 win over Milwaukee. Dodgers (46-55), five games back after a 7-6 loss to the at Dodger Stadium. On July 19, the Dodgers were 8 games back. All it took was a little 5-2 spurt to put them right in the thick of things. Not only is somebody going to be a division winner despite themselves, and despite the injuries that have hurt the top three clubs and the fourth-place Giants, they could be record-setting division winner. The worst ever was the 1973 Mets team that needed only 82 victories to win the NL East. “This isn’t normal, is it?” rookie Dodgers outfielder Jason Repko said of his first major-league pennant race, such as it is. “We don’t sit here and think about being under .500. We’re four games back! “It’s not going to change the way we play, because we’ve been playing hard all along, but it’s picked our heads up.” Exactly a month ago I wrote about how bad the division was. The Padres were in town and were leading with a horrible 42-35 record. The Dodgers were 5 games behind. I figured the Padres would heat up as soon as their injuries healed and take charge. Most of those injuries have healed. The Padres are 9-15 in the past month. Now it’s the Dodgers’ turn to get well. Milton Bradley is playing again, Jose Valentin is due back soon, J.D. Drew could return in late August. Look out, .500. In baseball you don’t only celebrate greatness. You celebrate uniqueness. So there might be some fun in this Dodgers season yet. Most pennant races, you wonder who’ll be the unlikely hero, the Bucky Dent of the moment. The way they’re going, I’d say every Padre, Diamondback and Dodger looks equally unlikely. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at heymodesti@aol.com . last_img read more

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TG4 WILL SCREEN FULL DEFERRED COVERAGE OF DONEGAL SFC FINAL

first_imgTG4 representatives have confirmed that they will screen full deferred coverage of the Donegal SFC final between St Eunan’s and Naomh Conaill on Sunday. The eagerly anticipated clash promises to draw a huge crowd to Mac Cumhaill Park on Sunday.However, for the many neutrals that don’t make the trip, they’ll be able to watch the match in its entirety on Sunday evening. The two sides have met in THREE finals in the last TEN years. (2005, 2009 and 2012)Naomh Conaill have lost the last two final meetings between the pair – and are desperate to put that right this weekend.Martin Regan’s side haven’t won a Donegal SFC title since they beat Killybegs in 2010.St Eunan’s on the other hand are going for their second successive title and their fourth in seven years.  TG4 WILL SCREEN FULL DEFERRED COVERAGE OF DONEGAL SFC FINAL was last modified: October 15th, 2015 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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Hundreds of homes without power after ESB fault

first_imgHundreds of homes in and around the Newtowncunningham are without ESB supply this morning.The ESB has apologised for the loss of power which occurred after a local fault.ESB crews are working on the ground and it is hoped that supply will be returned to several hundred homes and businesses before 1pm. Hundreds of homes without power after ESB fault was last modified: October 4th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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2010 stadiums amaze media

first_imgLOC CEO Danny Jordaan talking tojournalists about South Africa’s readinessto host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. A cameraman taking shots in Soweto.The tour took journalists to the famousVilakazi Street. International and local journalists startedtheir tour at Ellis Park.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• FifaWolfgang EichlerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 471media-sa@fifa.orgDelia FischerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 0470• 2010 Local Organising CommitteeJermaine CraigMedia Manager+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 0121jermaine.craig@2010oc.comRELATED ARTICLES• World Cup fever hits the road• Beetle mania grips World Cup• World Cup ticket sales soar• World Cup fever spreads abroad• Goodwill Balls get 2010 rolling• Top 32 for 2010 Fifa World CupBongani NkosiJoao Raposo, a Brazilian journalist, is so impressed with South Africa’s stadiums he’s concerned his home country won’t match up when it hosts the Fifa World Cup in 2014.“In Brazil we’re concerned about the stadiums we will have,” Raposo said during a recent interview at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. “I think it will be difficult to compete with the stadiums that Africa has [built].”Raposo, a producer at Bandeirantes TV in Sao Paulo, is one of 120 international and local journalists currently touring South Africa’s 10 host stadiums on a trip initiated by Fifa and the Local Organising Committee (LOC). It has been scheduled to coincide with celebrations marking 100 days remaining to the kick-off the 2010 Fifa World Cup in June.What’s your view on the calabash-shaped Soccer City? I asked Raposo, who, together with a fellow journalist, will stay on after the tour to cover the full tournament in a few month’s time. “I think it’s amazing … but Moses Mabhida [in Durban] is very beautiful, it’s my favourite,” the Brazilian said.The World Cup in South Africa will be spectacular and will certainly cement Africa’s place in world football, he added.The tour is being led by Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke and LOC CEO Danny Jordaan, who are on hand to answer all journalists’ questions about the readiness of stadiums. It started in Johannesburg on 26 February with visits to Soccer City and Ellis Park.The reporters will wrap up their tour on 2 March at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where they will be addressed by South Africa’s deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, Fifa president Sepp Blatter and LOC chairperson Irvin Khoza.Another journalist, Ghanaian Henry Asante Twum, is also taken aback by South Africa’s “impressive” stadiums. Twum, the head of sport at Ghana Television, had seen most of the host stadiums and is convinced the country will stage a memorable event in June.“The World Cup in South Africa will be magnificent. I’m happy that Valcke has commended what South Africa has done to prepare,” Twum said. “I’m impressed with the stadiums I’ve seen.”The hospitality industry also looks ready to welcome the world to Africa, Twum added. “I’ve seen some hotels here. I think the country is in good shape.”Defining momentsSoccer City will accommodate a whopping 90 000 football fanatics, making it the biggest stadium in the country. Come kick-off on June 11, the venue will come alive with vuvuzela trumpeting and cheers from local and international fans as they watch the opening match between Mexico and Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national squad.Former Bafana midfielder Doctor Khumalo believes the vocal 90 000-strong crowd will be a motivating factor for Bafana. “A 90 000 capacity is a motivator. Some of the boys in Bafana will be nervous, but I don’t think they’re scared of Mexico,” he said.Khumalo has fond memories of playing at the FNB Stadium, which was converted into Soccer City. He played many matches for Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs there, but scoring against Brazil in the 1996 Mandela Cup remains his favourite moment. “The stadium is beautiful, and it’s even better than the older one.”Former striker Philemon Masinga also fondly remembers the impressive goal he scored for South Africa against the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997. The long-range shot Masinga unleashed after collecting the ball from a defence-splitting through pass from Khumalo remains South Africa’s most important goal, as it secured Bafana a place in the 1998 Fifa World Cup in France.“I’ve got many memories of playing here,” Masinga said.Ellis Park, the other World Cup host stadium in Johannesburg, also “brings back some wonderful memories”, said Joel Stransky – the former rugby player well remembered for scoring the drop goal that won South Africa the Rugby World Cup in 1995 at the stadium.The sight of former president Nelson Mandela wearing a Springbok jersey while he congratulated the team remains etched in Stransky’s mind. Many have said Mandela’s choice of shirt that day inspired reconciliation between black and white South Africans – only a year after the end of apartheid.Experts have given their firm promise that all 10 stadiums will be 100% ready for the June kick-off. At the moment the only area needing attention is the turf at Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga, but a pitch consultant from the UK has been called in remedy this. Fifa has assured the media that the 43 500-seater stadium will be completed in time, Radio 702 reported.Vuvuzelas will be loud and clearFifa recently announced that the number of category four match tickets has been increased, meaning that local fans will have greater access to seats at stadiums. Previously only 11% of tickets were allocated for category four – the least expensive category available only to South African residents – but this has been upped to 29%.“We made a commitment that the tournament must be affordable to South Africans … We said let’s give people who’ve been supporting club football in South Africa the chance to carry a World Cup ticket,” said Jordaan.The more local fans there are, the more vuvuzelas, flamboyant fan gear and makarapas there will be at World Cup matches.The plastic vuvuzela trumpet will not be banned from stadiums, Valcke said, on condition that it is not used as a weapon at match venues. “We agreed that we will not ban the vuvuzela or the kuduzela,” he added.The vuvuzela, a South African original, will add a distinct African flavour to the international football event, said Issa Hayatou, the president of the Confederation of African Football. “The vuvuzela is a true representation of what African culture is about, and what African culture is.”last_img read more

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You’ve Got Mail: How To Internet Enable Your Mailbox

first_imgInternet of Things (IoT) is a term for when everyday ordinary objects are connected to the Internet via microchips. It’s a simple concept with big implications for how we interact with the world, deal with the resulting mass of data, live our lives and…get the mail? IoT can be something as complex as smart power grids or something as simple as – as evidenced by the object-hacking folks over at Make Magazine – getting push notifications every time a letter arrives. That’s right, it’s “You’ve Got Mail” for the real world, via push notifications for your iPhone.The project uses a switch in the mailbox to sense whenever the door is opened using a switch connected to an Arduino, which is an open-source platform that makes it easy to connect hardware to a software solution, and vice versa. As Matt Richardson, the project’s creator, points out, “it’s very easy to adapt this project to whatever suits your needs.” If you’re the code hacker type like I am, you can take Richardson’s entire project, which is available on Google Code or in a Zip file, and go from there. The Arduino is connected to a PHP-enabled Web server, which handles the software side of sending out the push notification using an iPhone app called Prowl. Richardson explores just a couple of the possibilities:There are a lot of great uses for this project. You could have push alerts delivered to your iPhone when you leave your garage door open, when someone opens your front gate, when the temperature drops below freezing, or when your home power usage exceeds a certain level. Whatever kind of switch or sensor you can hook up to your microprocessor can trigger a push alert. I’m eager to see how you decide to implement iPhone push alerts into your projects.Not ones to hide behind the mystery of how to make something, the folks at Make Magazine also provided a nifty how-to video that we’ll include here. Why leave the Internet of Things up to automakers and corporations, right? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#How To#Internet of Things#web Related Posts last_img read more

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In big trouble: Warriors down 3-1 in NBA Finals

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) looks up during a stoppage in play during the first half against the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State coach Steve Kerr is fond of saying that the Warriors have seen everything in their five-year run as the best team in the NBA.They are now looking at something they haven’t faced before.ADVERTISEMENT And then they scored three points the rest of the way, before making the long, slow walk off the court and to the locker room.It’s very possible they made that walk at Oracle for the last time.When Golden State was down 3-1 in the West finals to Oklahoma City — and Durant — in 2016, it needed to win just one road game in order to escape that mess.They need to win in Toronto twice now, after not being able to win at home even once.Now, the biggest challenge of the Warriors’ five-year run is officially here.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Golden State’s hopes of a third straight title are hanging by a most precarious thread. The Warriors will be quick to say that even a 3-1 deficit in the finals isn’t insurmountable.They know.The Warriors learned that the hard way. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES They’ve successfully overcome a 3-1 deficit in the playoffs before — but never in the NBA Finals, and never when they needed to win two road games to win the series.Such is their predicament. Oracle Arena might have seen the Warriors for the last time. The Larry O’Brien Trophy might be hoisted in Canada on Monday night. The Toronto Raptors are in full control of these NBA Finals, their 105-92 win on Friday night giving them a 3-1 lead and putting them on the brink of winning their first title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Raptors close in on historic NBA title, beat Warriors for 3-1 lead MOST READ Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss They blew such a lead in 2016, falling twice at home to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. But the Warriors’ collapse that year was largely due to Andrew Bogut getting hurt in Game 5 and Draymond Green losing his cool and earning a one-game suspension. The Raptors have no such injury concerns, no such behavioral matters to deal with right now.The Raptors are as poised as can be.They were in trouble in each of the first three rounds of these playoffs — down 1-0 to Orlando, down 2-1 to Philadelphia, down 2-0 to Milwaukee. It steeled them. Toronto got better every step of the way.Golden State looked the exact opposite on Friday night. The Warriors are still without Kevin Durant, endured a night where Stephen Curry struggled, and where their biggest boosts came from Klay Thompson returning from a balky hamstring and Kevon Looney playing through the pain of a cartilage injury in his upper body.The Warriors made a run. Curry’s 3-pointer with 3 minutes left pulled Golden State within eight and gave the Warriors a chance.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

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Realme 2 India launch set for August 28: Everything you need to know about the Realme 1 successor

first_imgRealme, which recently announced it would be an independent brand from Oppo, is gearing up to launch its second phone on August 28. The company made its debut earlier this year with the Realme 1, which became a major success and a best-seller on Amazon thanks to its power-packed performance at an affordable price. The Realme 2 is now being teased by the company and we already know a few interesting things that this device will bring to the table.It looks like the Realme 2 will be about fulfilling what consumers want most in a 2018 smartphones. Realme has already revealed that the device will sport a notch and is also teasing the Realme 2 with the hashtag #ANotchAbove. Additionally, the upcoming device will get a dual rear camera setup and a larger battery compared to the Realme 1. Here’s everything that we know so far.– The biggest visual change with the Realme 2 is that it will bring a display notch. This means you can expect slimer bezels all around and a larger display on a footprint similar to the Realme 1. The company has confirmed that the device will bring a 6.2-inch display, which is two inches bigger than the first iteration. Realme is yet to confirm the resolution, but a recent leak suggests that it will be downgraded from FHD+ to HD+ resolution.– The overall look and build of the Realme 2 is expected to be similar to its predecessor. The most noticeable inclusion will be a fingerprint sensor on the back, a feature that was disappointingly missing with the Realme 1. This along with facial recognition means you’ll have two biometric login options.advertisement– Realme has also confirmed that the Realme 2 will get dual cameras on the back, another popular feature for consumers in 2018. As per a leak last week, the dual cameras will get a 13MP + 2MP configuration and will now support portrait mode. Up front, things will be same with an 8-megapixel selfie sensor.– The other major upgrade is the battery which is now a big 4,230mAh capacity compared to the 3,410mAh inside the Realme 1. When I reviewed the Realme 1, I was quite surprised with how good the battery life was and with the Realme 2 getting a bigger capacity, you should expect a good day and a half to two days worth of battery life.– One of the reasons the Realme 1 was such a success was because it comes with some powerful hardware. You get a Helio P60 chipset with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage at under Rs 15,000. That was pretty exciting to see, but if recent leaks are true, the Realme 2 will be coming with a less powerful processor. It is rumoured that the device will be powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.– Based on everything else recent leaks have told us, the Realme 2 will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1. It will support two 4G VoLTE SIM slots, will measure 156.2×75.6×8.2 and weigh 168 grams.– Because of the downgraded hardware, we expect that the Realme 2 will be cheaper than the Realme 1. So anything south of Rs 10,000 should be expected as the price tag.– Based on everything Realme and recent leaks have told us, the Realme 2 does pack a few upgrades but at the same time it may bring a few downgraded specs as well. It will be interesting to see if the device can be called a real successor to the Realme 1 or a low-cost variant. The company is holding an event on August 28 at 12.30pm to unveil the device. Unlike the Realme 1 which was exclusive to Amazon India, the Realme 2 will be sold on rival e-commerce platform, Flipkart.last_img read more

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