Mattocks confident Boyz will ‘get the job done’

first_imgDarren Mattocks, who plays centre forward for Jamaica’s senior men’s national football team and scored in their 3-2 loss to Nicaragua in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers last Friday, believes all is not lost and the Reggae Boyz will bounce back. The 25-year-old netted in the first leg and has now scored 11 goals overall for Jamaica. He might just be thinking that his biggest test for his country could be tomorrow night. “To get back two goals, that’s definitely something we are going to build on and move forward. I am pretty confident we will learn and make all corrections and go to Nicaragua and get the job done,” he pointed out in a post-game interview late Friday night. Mattocks reasoned that the result would be seen as very disappointing by the Jamaican people, but maintained that the visitors played well, amid suggestions that the Reggae Boyz underestimated them or put in a lacklustre performance. SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM “I wouldn’t say we underestimated them, to be honest. Sometimes we don’t know what teams are capable of doing until we play them, and that’s what happened here tonight (Friday). I think they played well and surprised us. Many wouldn’t expect them to come into Kingston and defeat us, but it’s something that we learn from and we will continue growing,” he said. Tomorrow night inside the Estadio Nacional stadium in Managua, Jamaica must win or face elimination from yet another FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign. Getting a positive result in the return leg, Mattocks says, begins with thinking positive and working as a team. “They (Nicaragua) have got a good set of players, and they attack as a team, so that’s where their goals came from. Now we know that’s how they play, so now we are going to make all corrections and go forward,” he stressed. The player added that the upset was a lesson for the Reggae Boyz, “who have come a long way”, adding they are determined to continue. The match will kick off tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

Xiaomi Sells 347 Million Smartphones in First Half of 2015

first_imgXiaomi Mi Logo: Image Featured for Representational purpose onlyREUTERS/JASON LEE/FILESSmartphone-maker Xiaomi has sold 34.7 million smartphones in the first half of 2015. By posting this update, the Chinese company also claimed that they have experienced 33% more sales compared to last year.About 70% of the sale was carried out through Xiaomi’s official online store, helping the company become China’s third-largest e-commerce player. During Mi Fan Festival in April this year, Xiaomi sold 2.12 million phones in just 12 hours.Currently, most Xiaomi smartphones are already on open sale without any need for pre-registration, making it more convenient for users to make purchases.”Even with the China smartphone market slowing down, we did a stellar job of posting a 33% growth on last year’s numbers. It can be said that we outperformed the market and produced an excellent report card,” said Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun.Xiaomi has successfully maintained its ranking as China’s top smartphone vendor in terms of market share for five consecutive quarters. In February this year, analyst firm IDC revealed that Xiaomi ranked first in China in 2014 with a market share of 12.5%.On 1 July, former partner of international investment fund DST Shou Zi Chew joined Xiaomi as its new CFO. Earlier on June, former president of Qualcomm Greater China, Wang Xiang, became senior vice president of strategic cooperation at Xiaomi.Apart from selling its smartphones in Asia, Xiaomi has also entered Brazil recently, by launching its affordable smartphone Redmi 2 in the country. The launch hints that Xiaomi is preparing itself for releasing its smartphones in North America and Europe.last_img read more

Former Indian PM Vajpayee dies

first_imgAtal Bihari Vajpayee. Photo: ReutersFormer Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power and travelled by bus to Pakistan in a grand diplomatic gesture, died on Thursday, the hospital where he was being treated said in a statement.He was 93.A poet-politician, Vajpayee was one of the most popular leaders of prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).But unlike Modi, who critics say is a polarising figure despite his pledge of inclusive development for India’s 1.3 billion people, Vajpayee was the moderate face of Hindu nationalism, admired even by prominent political foes.Vajpayee served as prime minister briefly in 1996 then again from 1998 to 2004.”Former PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was loved and respected by millions. My condolences to his family & all his admirers. We will miss him,” Rahul Gandhi, president of the opposition Congress party, tweeted.Vajpayee was one of the few leaders of the BJP to express anguish when hundreds of Muslims were killed rioting in 2002 in the western state of Gujarat, which Modi governed.Vajpayee called the 1992 destruction of a 16th-century mosque on a disputed site by Hindu fanatics India’s darkest hour.However, he also defended a Hindu campaign for construction of a temple on the disputed site, which Hindus believe was the birthplace of god-king Rama.Modi said Vajpayee’s stewardship had put India on a fast track to growth.”It was Atal Ji’s exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century,” Modi said in a tweet.Vajpayee suffered a stroke in 2009 and retreated from public view. Leaders of the BJP were gathering at his home in New Delhi to pay their respects.As premier, Vajpayee was not afraid to take risks. He gave the go-ahead for underground nuclear tests in 1998 believing nuclear weapons would be deterrent against China and Pakistan.Pakistan responded to those tests with six of its own, forever altering South Asian security, launching both countries on a race to amass the weapons.But a year later, Vajpayee rode on the first bus to begin a new service from Delhi to the Pakistani city of Lahore in a rare trip by an Indian premier to mend ties with the neighbour.last_img read more

Parents are important but so is love

first_imgI’m in love a girl from a different community. Both families are against our marriage. Rajpal, DelhiIt completely depends on you both. Assuming you are matured adults and have confidence in each other. Parents are important but your life and love in your life is equally vital. So, judge the situation and try to convince the families. If they seem adamant, you can decide to be together and get married.I have studied in a Hindi medium school. Now I face major issues with spoken English. How can I improve myself? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’N. Gopalan, RaipurYou can enroll in a spoken English class. Alongside, watch English channels, read English newspapers and read it aloud. Whenever possible, talk to your friends and family in English. It’s your confidence that will yield the maximum result. So even if you make mistakes initially, DON’T STOP. My father is an alcoholic and creates trouble every night. My mom is terrified and I am hating it. Sarika, NoidaI understand how ugly this can be. Alcoholism is a disorder that needs to be treated. I’m sure at some point of the day, he is sober. You should speak to him, try to tell him the pain you go through. Use all weapons possible – tears, swears, threats.. Convince him to consult a specialist and take him to a clean-up centre. If he ignores, your mom and you should relocate to a separate address and see if his isolation helps him understand the problem. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI had sex with a college mate. I’m very scared of pregnancy. What should I do now?Name unknown, MumbaiFirstly, don’t panic! What’s done cannot be undone. Secondly, do a pregnancy test. Thirdly, do a STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) test. Hoping all will be fine. But, if there’s anything unwanted, go to a proper gynecologist immediately. From next time, please – ‘Play Safe’!I am 19, my parents want me to get engaged to a family friend’s son. I don’t want it. How to get out of this situation. Rachana, HaryanaRachana – just put your foot down. If need be, speak to the guy. May be, he too is also unsure but is unable to deny the parental pressure! If you are unable to convince, get engaged on a condition – you will not marry before 5 years. Understand the guy, understand whether you like him enough to marry him. If there’s anything wrong, then take it up with your family. All the best!Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

Mela Phulkari festival enthralls visitors

first_imgThe state of Punjab is culturally rich as there is a lot to look forward to. The national Capital is hosting the Third edition of Mela Phulkari – Threads of Punjab, where the different elements are being showcased. Inaugurated by Deputy Chief of Mission, Michael P. Pelletier, Embassy of the United States of America, the festival is on till April 17 at Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre.The grand opening saw the presence of artists and art lovers like Laila Tyabji, Jasbir Jassi, Bandeep Singh, Anjali Kalia, Harveena Kaur Batra, Vikramjit Singh Sahni, Nidhi Jain, Charu Verma. On Saturday, Imtiaz Ali, film director along with singer Harshdeep Kaur and lyricist Irshad Kamil will be present. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Heer di Phulkari is a musical evening where Punjabi folk music performances will be held. It will be coupled with Bollywood personalities talking about their relationship with Punjab.Irshad Kamil, lyricist will recite his poetry and will be accompanied by traditional performers from the hinterland of Punjab.In its third edition, the Mela Phulkari festival is gaining newer heights as it seeks to showcase the vivid daily life, the fabulous Punjabi food and a fun-filled lifestyle of this rurally glamorous state through three dimensional evocative artworks, celebrating the myriad facets of the craft. All these put together, showcase the essence of the state of Punjab, its vibrancy and its jovial and big-hearted people. The cultural extravaganza hosted a series of book releases, talks, performances and demonstrations throughout the week. Concept 1469 and Art Historian Dr Alka Pande came together to host the 10-day event. Many art lovers saw the collection of works of several artists like Bandeep Singh, Anjali Kalia, Gopika Nath and many other creative professionals.last_img read more

Marissa Mayers Smartest and Dumbest Moves at Yahoo

first_img When Marissa Mayer took over as Yahoo’s chief executive one year ago today, the world knew her as a woman who could pretty much write her own ticket in the tech industry. Having been the 20th employee of Google and its first female engineer, Mayer could have assumed a leading role at just about any internet company.Since taking the helm at Yahoo, Mayer has made several major decisions that are changing the trajectory of the company.Simply agreeing to take the job may be the best thing she’s done yet for Yahoo, says Scott Kessler, an analyst for S&P Capital IQ, a division of financial services firm Standard & Poor’s. Hiring the star Google exec sent a strong message that the ailing internet giant was determined to get back on top. Twelve months later, though, the company is not yet where it would like to be. In its earnings report today, Yahoo noted second-quarter revenue of $1.14 billion, a 7 percent decrease from $1.22 billion in the second quarter of 2012.While acknowledging Yahoo’s efforts at progress, Kessler says Mayer has a long road ahead. “There’s a lot more that needs to be done before you can call what’s going on there fully successful.”Related: Yahoo Redesigns Flickr to Make It ‘Awesome Again’As Yahoo struggles to regain its cachet, here’s a look back at her best and worst decisions so far.Smartest Move: Revamping FlickrBy the time Mayer came into the picture, photo-sharing site Flickr was long overdue for a relaunch. “Flickr could have been what Instagram has become in some respects,” Kessler says, but Yahoo hadn’t made it a priority.Mayer set out to redress that mistake, presiding over a hiring boom for the Flickr team, a massive site redesign and an update to the mobile app. While some of Flickr’s 87 million users may have initially complained about the new look, the approach to Flickr fits into Mayer’s larger plan to make the company cool again.”Yahoo is endeavoring to make daily digital experiences delightful and inspiring,” says Kessler, and taking and sharing digital photos has become one of the primary ways people connect.Dumbest Move: Bungling the ‘No Telecommuting’ PolicyWhen Mayer announced to employees in March that she was ending Yahoo’s work-from-home policy, it sparked a national debate about workplace flexibility. While the policy update may have been necessary to turn around Yahoo’s lackadaisical corporate culture, it was widely seen as a condemnation of telecommuting in general, Kessler says. A bad situation got worse when news emerged that Mayer had built a nursery next to her office to make it easier to juggle her own competing responsibilities.Although Mayer’s “no telecommuting” policy was never meant to be a blanket ban on working from home under any circumstances, much less incite a national referendum on the issue, Yahoo failed to publicly explain the decision and contain the backlash. “There’s been a lot of misinformation,” Kessler says. “[Mayer] could have done a better job of clarifying things.”Related: First Tumblr, Now Hulu, Oh My! What’s Driving Yahoo’s Startup Appetite Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » 3 min read July 16, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more