Queensland Touch State Cup Grand Final Times for all divisions are as follows:9.20am – Men’s 30s11.20am – Men’s 50s12.20pm – Women’s 20s, Women’s 30s 1.20pm – Men’s 20s2.20pm- Mixed 3.20pm – Men’s, Women’s Open A full wrap up and results will be provided after the completion of today’s finals series. Day One of the Queensland Touch State Cup commenced Saturday 2 December 2006 with some high quality clashes on offer in the eight contested divisions at the Quad Park Corporation, Nicklan Way, and Kawana.Round games commenced at 9.00am and concluded at 8.00pm with over 1000 players, coaches, referees, and spectators converging on the Quad Park fields on a perfect Sunshine Coast day to enjoy the action and excitement of the 2006 State Cup.In the Premier Men’s Open Division short priced favorites Kawana had the hometown fans in raptures after producing commanding displays in their Pool 2 games today.The Kawana outfit, led by 2007 Australian World Cup representatives Ben Roberts, and brothers Chris and Ash Farrow recorded big wins over Gladstone (15-0) Red Hot Welding (12-2) and Noosa (9-2).The Kawana combination look on track to defend their State Cup crown after rocketing to the top of their pool and booking an automatic entry to the semi-final stage of the tournament tomorrow.Pool 1 was closely contested with Brisbane, Toowoomba, and Mackay dueling for top spot in the other side of the draw. Brisbane drew with Mackay 5-5, and had a narrow 7-6 victory over Toowoomba to wrap up a direct birth into the semi-finals.Toowoomba and Mackay produced a thrilling 7-7 draw and have advanced to the quarter- finals tomorrow.Gladstone will take on Toowoomba, and Mackay will confront Noosa in the quarter- final stage of the competition.The Brisbane side, brimming with big names, is building momentum and it would not surprise to see a high quality State Cup final featuring the Metropolitan side against the defending champions from Kawana. In Women’s Open action, Pool 1 was dominated by Redcliffe Colts. The Colts girls produced a perfect day for three wins from three games to book a direct semi-final berth.In other Pool B results, Griffith Sharks lost a tough clash with Colts first up, but rebounded to play solidly for the rest of the day. One round game is to be played on Day 2, with Sharks advancing to the quarterfinals along with the Victorian Women’s Team who have produced some spirited efforts during the day.In Pool B Crushers and Country Club United (CCU) head the pool after three wins from three games today.Sunday’s ESUS “Match of the Round” first up at 8.30 am on Field One between the two sides will decide top spot in the Pool.Local Sunshine Coast affiliate Kawana is likely to secure the other quarterfinal position on offer in the Women’s Open division.In a highly entertaining Mixed Open division, Rebels have remained undefeated in Pool A and Figjam have a clean sheet as well in Pool B.Quarter final action will feature Rebels up against a willing Maleny combination, Uni taking on the visiting Thursday Island combination, The Australian Open Mixed Team playing Coomera, and Figjam will do battle with Redcliffe to secure semi-final berths.In Men’s 20s action, with three of five rounds completed, Chalkies have got off to a flyer, notching three wins from three starts.Toowoomba, Young Guns, Redcliffe, and Redlands are still in the hunt and will be looking to put their best foot forward on Day 2 to clinch semi-final spots.In the Women’s 20s section, four of six rounds have been completed.Colts are the stand out performers in this division with a perfect four from four record on Day 1.Noosa, Logan, and Crushers battled well throughout the day and will be looking to bridge the gap on Day 2 between themselves and the well credentialed Colts outfit who look in fine form coming into the business end of the tournament.The Senior Men’s and Women’s sections have been combined across relevant age divisions. The Men’s 30s final will feature Kawana and Red Hot Welding.In Men’s 40s Semi-final action Ipswich will play the Sunshine Coast, whilst Coomera will confront Maleny to wrap up a State Cup Grand final appearance.In the Men’s 50s final Toowoomba will take on Redcliffe.In the Senior Women’s competition, Kawana 30s, Golden Girls, and Brothers will clash battle it out for a finals spot today.The State Cup actions swings back into gear on Sunday 3 December 2006 at 8.30am with round games, quarterfinal, semi-final, and Grand Final action providing a feast for Touch Football fans.
Napoli icon Diego Maradona due to be released from hospitalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli icon Diego Maradona was due to be released from hospital last night after a health scare.Ole reports Maradona was taken to Clinica Olivios hospital in Buenos Aires on Friday evening after a routine checkup showed his stomach was bleeding.Maradona has just taken charge of Dorados.And in a positive development, Ole has followed up that he was due to be sent home before the day was out. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Emmy and Tony-winning, Academy Award-nominated actress and animal advocate Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) joined actress June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie), Craig Ferguson (The Craig Ferguson Show), and Whitney Cummings (Unforgettable) to bring the laughs to “Wait Wait…Don’t Kill Me-2!,” a night of unforgettable comedy and entertainment benefiting Voice For The Animals Foundation (VFTA) on Friday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m. at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center Eli and Edythe Broad Stage.Lily Tomlin and Lisa Jane VanderpumpThe evening of wit and entertainment (inspired by the popular NPR weekly program “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me”) hilariously spotlighted animal news, views and other topical animal events. Presented by Honeysweet Creative, this tenth annual fundraiser was hosted by actor Paul Scheer (The League). All proceeds go to support VFTA as they continue their fight for creating respect and empathy for animals through education, rescue, legislation and advocacy.Lisa Jane Vanderpump, philanthropist, entrepreneur and television star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules, was bestowed the Lily Tomlin Award for her exceptional dedication and actions on behalf of animals. The Lily Tomlin Award honors the achievements of a remarkable individual whose exceptional actions make a real difference in the world of animal welfare. Best known for her appearances on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Dancing with the Stars and Vanderpump Rules, Vanderpump leads the fight against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, where 10,000 dogs are killed in horrific ways and eaten. In response, Lisa produced a documentary “The Road to Yulin … and Beyond” exposing the torture that occurs during the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which premiered last month on Prime Video. Lisa founded The Vanderpump Dog Foundation in 2016, a 501c3 non-profit dog rescue organization that works on both domestic and international fronts to create a better world for dogs. Domestically, the Foundation opened the doors to their LA Rescue Center in 2017 and has since found homes for over 500 neglected, abandoned and abused dogs in the LA area.The evening began with a star-studded VIP (Vegan Important People) Reception and red carpet followed by the “Wait Wait…Don’t Kill Me 2” comedy program. Melya Kaplan, Executive Director, Voice For The Animals, introduced the show. The West Los Angeles Animal Services spotlighted four precious dogs that were available for adoption. Lisa Vanderpump also brought her two pups Giggy and Puffy, along with the Vanderpump Rules team. In addition, another dog named Lily, rehabilitated by Lily Tomlin, was on the carpet and is now well enough to be adopted.
NEW DELHI: An elderly man killed himself on Wednesday afternoon by jumping in front of the Vaishali-bound metro train at Ramesh Nagar station. Services on the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) Blue Line were disrupted for a while following the suicide incident.According to police, the 77 -year-old man has been identified as Sita Ram Arora, a resident of Ramesh Nagar. He was Diabetic and BP patient and is survived by his wife and 4 sons. A senior official with the Metro police said that the incident occurred around 11:57 am at platform number one of the station. The official further asserted that the man sustained severe injuries to which he succumbed later in the day.
Rabat – Moroccan bank “Attijariwafa Bank” has signed with two US institutions, Citibank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) a memorandum of understanding to support loans to small and medium-sized enterprises in Morocco and some sub-Saharan countries where Attijariwafa Bank has affiliates.The agreement provides for increasing to 100 million USD an ongoing credit line.Last July, Attijariwafa Bank had conluded with Citibank a 40 million USD mid-term loaning conventions, supported by a risk-sharing agreement between Citibank and OPIC, to support Moroccans SME’s access to funds.
MINNEAPOLIS — The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up.The nation’s Republican state attorneys general have, for the most part, lined up in support of a tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, while their Democratic counterparts have mostly come out against it, decrying it as woefully inadequate.Exactly why this is so is unclear, and some of those involved suggested it can’t necessarily be explained by the way the Republicans have long been seen as the business-friendly party and the Democrats are sometimes more hostile to corporate America.Some of the attention has focused on the role played by Luther Strange, a Republican former Alabama attorney general who has been working for members of the Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma.Steve Karnowski And Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press
News of the allegations emerged as the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues moved into the second week of its current session, underway at the world body’s Headquarters in New York. At a press conference, representatives from the DRC urged the media to keep the international community focused on the horrors being committed in the country, particularly against the pygmies. Later today representatives of the Forum were scheduled to meet with the President of the Security Council to alert him to the problems faced by the indigenous people of the DRC as a result of war and lawlessness in the country. Describing the DRC as “a country at war in spite of itself,” Njuma Ekundanayo, a Vice-chairperson of the Permanent Forum, told correspondents at a press briefing that while there were no exact statistics on the numbers of indigenous people of the Congo, years of brutal violence and reprisals had clearly revealed that the pygmy minority was the most preyed upon group. She painted a picture of an entire race of people on the verge of extinction – politically marginalized in towns and villages and hunted down, trapped and eaten by the military in the Congolese jungles. “I can tell you things that would be very difficult to believe,” Ms. Ekundanayo said, as she described how pygmy families were forced to hide their children from armed militia and even their neighbors. Ms. Ekundanayo was joined at the briefing by Sinafasi Makelo Bambuti and Adolphine Muley of the Bambuti people of the eastern DRC, where the Ituri district has been the stage for a bloody inter-ethnic conflict underway in Bunia. The speakers stressed that although the pygmies in the DRC were the indigenous inhabitants of a vast and rich country, they were today without land, recognition, or rights. Among the most serious issues, the participants of the press conference listed poverty, displacement, marginalization, violence, spread of AIDS, genocide and even cannibalism. Indigenous women were often subjected to sexual violence and rape. Indigenous people of the Congo were disappearing, both culturally and physically. Mr. Sinafasi said that the horrors that were being perpetrated against his people were “unimaginable.” While people may not believe that one man would eat another, that was what was happening in the Congo. The horrors of those atrocities had shocked the entire world. He recommended that the United Nations support the establishment of a plan to ensure the survival of the Bambouti people. Video of press briefing
“For generations, being poor in the UK didn’t necessarily equate to being homeless, or to living badly housed and in permanent threat of eviction,” said the Special Rapporteur on housing, Raquel Rolnik, at the end of her first visit to the country. Unfortunately, said Ms. Rolnik, “the system has been weakened by a series of measures over the years, notably by having privileged homeownership over other forms of tenure.” Most recently, several reforms to the welfare system along with cuts in housing grants “appear to compromise the realization of the right to adequate housing and other related human rights,” she said. In particular, Ms. Rolnik pointed to the ‘bedroom tax’ as a measure that has negatively affected many vulnerable citizens. The policy, introduced by the Government in April, charges tenants extra for under-occupying homes that are supposedly too large for them.“The so-called bedroom tax has already had impacts on some of the most vulnerable members of society,” Ms. Rolnik said. “During these days of my visit, the dramatic testimonies of people with disabilities, grandmothers who are carers for their families, and others affected by this policy, clearly point to a measure that appears to have been taken without the human component in mind.”While acknowledging that difficult economic times allow for difficult policy decisions, Ms. Rolnik underlined that this does not justify putting housing rights in jeopardy.The Special Rapporteur also expressed concerned over the conditions of private renters, as the reduction in the social housing stock and the credit downturn has forced a higher percentage of the population, notably young people, to the private sector.During her two-week mission, Ms. Rolnik visited London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Manchester, where she met with Government officials working on housing issues, various human rights commissions, academics and civil society. Ms. Rolnik also carried out site visits, where she heard first-hand testimonies and discussed with individuals, campaigners and local community organizations. “Although there are significant differences between the situation and policy decision-making in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, to which I will refer in my final report in more detail, my perception is that some trends are common and deserve further scrutiny from a human rights perspective”, she said. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. Ms. Rolnik will present her report to the Council in March 2014.
“We are following developments unfolding in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with great concern and call for restraint and calm. Violence directed at democratic institutions and elected representatives of the people is unacceptable,” said a statement from the Spokesman for the Secretary-General.“We urge all political forces to resolve their differences through democratic means, strictly adhering to the Constitution, in order to overcome the political impasse without further delay,” the statement said.According to the UN Department of Political Affairs, it provides backstopping support and guidance to the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General for talks aimed at resolving the name dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.Negotiations on the name dispute began in 1993 and have been led since 1999 under the auspices of the envoy. While no solution has been reached so far, both parties have cooperated in the process and urged the continuation of the efforts of the Secretary-General and his envoy.
Only a couple of days ago we posted on an Engadget report that gave some hints about the specs we could see in the iPad 2. Some of the specs include a dual GSM/CDMA Qualcomm chip which would allow the device to work on AT&T’s and Verizon’s network, an SD card slot, and a 10-inch Retina-like display. Unfortunately, no further details about the display other than it will be “Retina-like” were given. Luckily, CrunchGear may have dug up some information which actually hints at the resolution of the iPad 2.The source for CrunchGear’s information seems to come from the image assets of the latest version of iBooks. This is Apple’s application which allows users to utilize the iPad as an e-reader. It seems this latest version may have been prepared to work with the higher resolution expected to be offered by the iPad 2. If the image assets are a good basis to estimate the new resolution from, then we can expect to see a screen capable of displaying 2048 x 1536 which would give it the ability to playback HD video.Considering a higher quality display would be required to offer such resolution, it’s a good assumption to believe that it will come at a premium resulting in an iPad 2 model which is priced higher than its predecessor. CrunchGear believes a $100 price hike for the iPad 2 is a good guess and that a drop in the first generation iPad’s price is likely.Of course, let’s be honest, this is pure speculation at this point and the kind that is filling the void left by the rumors and speculation no longer required as a result of the Verizon iPhone announcement.Read more at CrunchGear
Particules fines : le seuil d’alerte pourrait être atteint ce lundi en Île-de-FranceDimanche, Airparif a annoncé que le seuil d’alerte aux particules fines devrait être dépassé lundi en Ile-de-France en raison du froid et de l’absence de vent.Les températures glaciales ont également un impact sur la qualité de l’air. C’est ce qu’a révélé dimanche Airparif, le réseau de surveillance de la qualité de l’air en région parisienne en indiquant que le seuil d’alerte aux particules fines pourrait être dépassé lundi en Ile-de-France. Une pollution qui serait liée à la vague de froid tombée sur l’Europe mais aussi à l’absence de vent. À lire aussiL’air reste pollué en région parisienneD’après le communiqué du réseau, le niveau de concentration maximum des particules serait atteint lundi soir et devrait être compris entre 45 et 60 microgrammes par mètre cube d’air. Airparif a ajouté que cet épisode de pollution dû “au temps froid et sec” devrait durer “au moins” 24 heures. Le “niveau d’information”, qui constitue le premier seuil d’alerte, est observé lorsque la concentration de 50 microgrammes par mètre cube d’air est dépassée pendant au moins 24 heures.Les particules fines PM10 (d’un diamètre inférieur à 10 microns) et surtout PM2,5 (moins de 2,5 microns) peuvent pénétrer profondément dans les voies respiratoires. Il est ainsi conseillé aux personnes sensibles aux polluants atmosphériques (enfants, personnes âgées, asthmatiques et insuffisants respiratoires) de “privilégier les activités calmes” et “d’éviter toute activité physique et sportive intense”. En outre, la préfecture de police de Paris a également “recommandé” aux Franciliens de réduire leur chauffage à 18 degrés dans les logements et locaux et d’éviter les feux de cheminée, chauffage d’appoint. Vitesse réduite et transports en commun à privilégier Les particules fines provenant en partie des émissions de véhicules, les automobilistes doivent aussi limiter la vitesse à 60 km/h sur le périphérique parisien, à 110 km/h sur les portions d’autoroutes normalement limitées à 130 km/h, à 90 km/h pour les portions à 110 et à 70 km/h pour les axes normalement limités à 90 km/h. Mieux encore : il leur est conseillé de “différer leurs déplacements en région Ile-de-France”, utiliser les transports en commun ou le co-voiturage ou encore utiliser les modes de déplacements propres : marche, vélo et véhicules peu polluants.Le 6 février 2012 à 14:31 • Maxime Lambert
Five people were injured in a two-car crash in Vancouver’s Fruit Valley neighborhood early Monday morning.A Honda sedan was traveling west on Fourth Plain Boulevard when it attempted a U-turn near Thompson Avenue and was struck by a westbound pickup, according to Vancouver police. The crash occurred just after 4 a.m.All five occupants of the Honda were injured and transported to an area hospital, some with serious injuries, Sgt. Mike Knotts said.The driver of the pickup was not injured and cooperated with police. The names of those involved in the crash were not released.The crash blocked all eastbound traffic and one westbound lane on Fourth Plain Boulevard for six hours. No citations have been issued, but the Vancouver Police Department’s traffic team is continuing its investigation. Knotts said that he anticipated the investigation would take a few days so that police have a chance to interview the occupants of the Honda.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The transition of management and administration responsibilities of medical treatment facilities from the military services to the Defense Health Agency (DHA) began last month as a small set of hospitals and clinics in the southeastern United States came under control of the five-year-old agency. The restructuring, which encompasses 59 hospitals and 360 clinics across the nation and at overseas bases, is set to take until Sept. 30, 2021, after Congress moved the deadline back three years, to preserve medical readiness in light of the complexity associated with the transfers, reports Stars and Stripes.The three-year extension, included in the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, came in response to a request from DOD in June. “This is probably the biggest transformation of the military health system in history,” or at least for decades, said Dr. Terry Adirim, deputy assistant secretary of health services policy and oversight. “We needed the time to do the planning and then begin to make sure all functions coming under the DHA are successfully transferred. We thought doing this phased approach would reduce risk and give us more time to ensure we get it right,” she said.The changeover is projected to save $200 million and reduce staffing by 25 percent at medical headquarters across the military. “This transition is really impacting mostly headquarters,” Adirim said. “[Military health care beneficiaries are] not going to see any difference in the level of service or care except, we hope, eventually they will see improvement and a more standard [care] experience.”Army photo by Marcy Sanchez
Comments 7 51 Photos Tags Now playing: Watch this: Worst geek movies of the decade Sonic the Hedgehog’s new trailer reveals the blue blur’s… Meow? Paramount Pictures and Sega of America Gotta go fast.The first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie spun into the world Tuesday, revealing the speedy blue mammal (Ben Schwartz) and his nemesis Dr. Robotnik.It gives us our first look at the live-action adaptation of the classic Sega video game hero as he speeds past lawman Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) at 760 mph. Share your voice TV and Movies Video Games He apparently goes fast enough to create an energy surge that knocks out power in the Pacific Northwest, prompting the super-serious government people to call in help. That comes in the form of Dr. Robotnik, played by a wonderfully ridiculous Jim Carrey. He’s obsessed with tracking Sonic down and using his speedy powers for world domination. Just bask in his classic Ace Ventura-style comedy as he lords his vastly superior intellect over a hapless Army guy.Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik has his classic game look at one point in the trailer… Paramount Pictures and Sega of America There’s plenty of robot-battling action that looks pretty true to the games, and we get a hint that Robotnik will have his classic bald-with-ridiculous ‘tache look at some point in the movie.”Every hero has a genesis,” reads the tagline — a reference to the Sega console where Sonic rose to fame in 1991. He even plays Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise on a cassette, completely the ’90s throwback.…but mostly looks a bit less silly. Doane Gregory Wachowski is also seen in a car belonging to the Green Hills Sheriff’s Department — a reference to the first zone in the original game — as Sonic speeds by in the trailer’s opening, but later introduces himself as an “SFPD” officer before he teams up with the hedgehog. It seems likely the initial scene was in the past and we’ll get a time jump to the characters’ next meeting. His name is similar to that of former Sega of America boss Tom Kalinske, a key figure in the company’s ’90s growth and Sonic’s rise to popularity.If you Google “Sonic the Hedgehog video game” right now, you’ll find a tiny retro Sonic character model (under the search engine’s info about the game) that mirrors his roll if you click on him. He’ll also deliver some of the ’90s attitude that set him apart from Nintendo’s Mario by tapping his foot and lying down — his idle animations from the game.The movie created buzz a few months ago, when the internet reacted with collective horror to a poster showcasing his muscular body. People quickly got over it though.First published at 5:57 a.m. PT, April 30.Update, 2:54 a.m., May 1: Adds Google Easter egg. 2:47
Zaheerabad: TRS membership drive was conducted under the aegis of ZP Chairperson Hema Latha Shekar Goud on Wednesday. Among those took membership were Toopran former sarpanch Ramannagari Veer Kumar Goud, Election Reddy, Sri Sailam Goud, K Narayana, Chandra Reddy, Venkatesham Gupta, S Dhani Bhai, Chinnaling Ramulu Goud, Salam, Buran, Khaleed, Bal Chary, Mallikarjun Goud, Prasanth, Sattar, Satish Chary, Venkatesh Yadav, Ravinder Goud and Venkatesh Goud.
Happy Puthandu.TwitterEvery religion has its own calendar, but the Hindus have many. In a culturally diverse country like India, New Year is celebrated on different dates and in different ways. Tamilians too have their own calendar and New Year is observed on the first day of Chithirai month, which usually falls on April 14.This year’s Tamil New Year, which is known as Puthandu or Puthuvarusham, is called ‘Ezhilmaral’ (Vikari in Sanskrit)’. The Tamil calendar has a 60-year cycle and each year has a different name. According to the Tamil calendar, 2019 is the 33rd year in the cycle. The outgoing year was called ‘Atti’ (‘Vilambi’ in Sanskrit)’ and the next year will be ‘Veeriyezhal’ (‘Sarvari’ in Sanskrit).How Tamil New Year is celebrated?A tray consisting vegetables, fruits, betel leaves, gold ornaments and a mirror is placed in the pooja room and one would view one’s face in the mirror once one wakes up in the morning before engaging in other activities. Reading the Panchangam or the almanac is the long-followed tradition among those who celebrate the day.Tamils make it special by wearing new clothes, preparing sweets and by visiting temples. As per beliefs, Lord Brahma started the process of creating the universe on this auspicious day.Tamil New Year Greetings, Quotes, Wishes to share with your family and friendsOn the occasion of Tamil New Year, we have curated some wishes and messages to share with your friends, families, and well-wishers.May the divine power gives you enough strength to tolerate highs and lows of life with calmness. Puthandu Vazthukal!It rings to announce endings and beginnings. And it rings because there are fresh promises and wonder in the skies. Happy Puthandu.As the year comes to an end, don’t look back at yesterday’s disappointment. Look ahead to God’s promises yet to unfold. Happy Puthandu.May the coming year be filled with many blessings and your life be as bright as ever. Happy Puthandu.May the lights triumph over darkness. Puthuvarsham.I wish to spread the joy and greetings of the Tamil New Year with the glowing lights. Wishing you a very Happy New Year.Let’s gather around and celebrate the dawn of the new year to be filled with joyful moments, good health and surprises. Happy New Year.Here is another Puthandu. It’s time to open a new chapter in your life. May this New Year brings new ideas and hopes to make your life better.Wishing you a bright, blissful, delightful, energetic, healthy, great, prosperous and extremely happy Puthandu.May Murugan bring peace to your home and heart, now and always.Let’s welcome Puthandu with new hope at heart and with great enthusiasm, anticipation and eagerness.Let this Tamil New Year remove your worries and errors and fill the days with happiness unlimited.May this New Year bring many opportunities your way, to explore every joy of life and may your resolutions for the days ahead stay firm, turning all your dreams into reality and all your efforts into great achievements.
Priyanka Chopra and Harman BawejaReutersJust like the rest of the world, we too are elated that Priyanka Chopra has found her soulmate in the dashing Nick Jonas. Ever since their wedding, the duo has been spotted painting the town red. Their fashionable strolls in the lanes of Paris to their luxurious getaways; everything about the couple grabs the headline and rightly so!However, before Priyanka found her man, she also had a fair share of romantic relationships. One such relationship was that with 2050 actor Harman Baweja. It is said that on the sets of 2050, the duo started falling in love but, by the end of their second film, they had parted ways.Talking about the reason behind their break-up, Harman had taken up the entire blame on himself. As per an India Today report, Harman had said to a leading daily, “I blame myself. She kept asking me to give her time but I didn’t. I couldn’t. After two flops, I felt a lot of pressure to do well in my third film. I got too engrossed in it. I got too close to the project. Too involved. In fact, Ashu Sir (Ashutosh Gowariker) used to tell me, ‘we are not used to people getting into our space. We don’t let any actor do that.’ But I crossed all boundaries. I was involved at every stage, every level. What’s Your Raashee was very important to me.”In an interview with Subhash K Jha, talking about working with Priyanka after heading for splitsville, Baweja had said, “Not at all. Whether we were together or now, I don’t think our work can ever get affected. We’re thorough professionals about this. We’ve been great friends and we still are great things. It was fabulous working with her earlier. It’s fabulous now. I don’t think personal relationships should affect the quality of my work.”Harman Baweja had even attended Priyanka Chopra’s wedding reception in Mumbai. While media continues to make speculations, the duo still remains good friends.
In the world of PC gaming peripherals, Logitech and Razer sit at the forefront, each honing and refreshing their respective products in an ever-escalating war of input device perfection. Logitech has fired the most recent shot, the tunable G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse. It has a fancy name, but does that belie a fancy mouse?Aside from its iconic green color and focus on aesthetics, Razer is arguably best known (these days) for its MMO mouse, the Naga, which employs a 12-button number pad. Logitech followed suit and eventually threw its hat into the overflowing-with-buttons ring with its G600 MMO mouse, which utilizes a unique G-shift button that, when held, effectively doubles the amount of programmable buttons on the mouse. Where the Naga and G600 are for players that want what is essentially an entire game’s controls within thumb’s reach, the Proteus Core is for gamers that prefer fine-tuning over being able to eat a sandwich with one hand while still being able to control a game with the other.The new G502 is your standard gaming mouse silhouette, quite similar to the G602 — which we reviewed as well — though more angular in design. Unlike the wireless G602, the mouse is wired with a sturdy braided cord, and comes with a little pack of five 3.6 gram weights — totaling 18 grams — that you can place within a compartment (where the batteries would normally go in a wireless mouse). The G502 is narrower than the G602, and the hump on the palm is much shallower, so gamers with bigger hands won’t be as accommodated by the G502 as with larger mice.The Proteus Core is prettier than many of Logitech’s top offerings — including my beloved many-buttoned G600 — sporting a svelte and angular look, but not so angular that its triangular buttons and corners are poking you in the hand. The palm hump has Logitech’s G logo that lights up in the company’s iconic blue, and it also has DPI lights that let you know what your DPI is at a glance — something the G600 and G602 sorely lack.Like the G600 is targeted at MMO players and Razer’s Naga Hex is targeted at MOBA players, the G502 is targeted at FPS players, largely due to a trigger-like button where the thumb rests that defaults to switching between DPI settings on the fly when held down. The mouse has 11 buttons in all that straddle the perfect line between not-too-clicky and not-too-squishy, and the Logitech software allows for the G-shift that effectively doubles the amount of buttons. Unlike the G602, the mouse wheel has side clicks and it also ratchets, so you can significantly speed up your scroll or slow it back down to a normal speed. Unfortunately, when the wheel isn’t ratcheted it’s insanely loose — so loose that the basic movements of your mouse knock the wheel around creates errant scrolling.During testing, the mouse was more than acceptable (for those that don’t prefer the G600 or Naga’s array of buttons), except for one design flaw so obnoxious that it became a deal-breaker. The underside of the mouse is textured with a crosshatch pattern that drags along the mousepad. It creates friction and a grating noise, and wears down whatever surface across which it’s dragging.Now, this doesn’t happen all time — it’s dependent on the angle of your hand and the how much you lean on the mouse. For whatever reason, I seem to rest my hand on the mouse in such a way that sets it off-kilter when dragging to the right, rubbing the texture on the pad. My natural mouse movements caused this to happen too frequently, despite attempting to even out the weight with the 18 grams of weights. On both the G440 hard gaming mouse pad and the G240 cloth pad, the texture dragged along slightly messing up the cloth, making noise and leaving marks on the hard, and creating friction on both — something that, in action-packed situations, slowed down my aim. It’s a weird thing, and could very easily not apply to you. It’s entirely possible I just angle my hand weirdly or distribute my hand’s weight in a silly way. It’s something to keep in mind.The Proteus Core provides the usual top-quality performance that comes with Logitech mice (crosshatch texture issue notwithstanding), though the fine-tuning doesn’t exactly stand out amongst the rest of the company’s premium mice. Instead, the fine-tuning is very fine, that is, it offers tiny adjustments that its brothers don’t provide — the ratcheting wheel, the 18 grams of weights, the DPI lights, and the thumb trigger. In all, if the weight of your hand doesn’t cause the raised crosshatch to drag along a surface, the G502 is a great addition to Logitech’s gaming lineup. While it doesn’t offer anything completely new to the gaming mouse arena, it does offer another option that would make for a better choice depending on the types of games you play.You can grab the Proteus Core for $79.99.