Simply Red star takes his Donegal mansion off the market

first_imgSimply Red star Mick Hucknall might be ‘Holding back the years’ to sell his sprawling Donegal estate.The crooner is trying to sell his glorious estate nestled by Donegal’s glorious Blue Stack Mountains and put in on the market for €2.6m. After failing to get anyone to bite, Hucknall, 58, and co-owner Chris De Margary, his former bandmate, decided to slash the asking price by almost half to €1.35m.But now the pair have now decided to take the property off the market although it was still listed for sale on the agent Savills’ website yesterday.But head auctioneer Pat O’Hagan told the Irish Daily Mail the property had been taken off the market.The rambling 19,000-acre estate went up for sale two years ago, but despite the upturn in the property market, it couldn’t attract a buyer.Hucknall, who amassed a fortune during his 30-year pop career, was looking to sell the estate in the north-west as he simply does not have enough time to enjoy it. Hucknall bought the estate, with Chris almost 16 years ago.Visitors to Glenmore have permission to stalk red deer and shoot for duck, woodcock and snipe on its 19,000 acres, while the estate is famous for its salmon and sea trout fishing.The estate, which has a five-bedroom shooting lodge, was originally bought for €1.3m so the friends could indulge their passion for fishing.Some people might be surprised to learn that Hucknall is a keen angler, but he has cast his line all over the world.‘My favourite countries for fishing include Ireland, Canada, Iceland and Norway,’ he says. ‘The wonderful thing about fly-fishing is that it helps you to forget about all the troubles in the world. There’s nothing more relaxing,’ he said previously. The lodge is just 90 yards from the River Finn.Hucknall and De Margary have been keen fishermen for about 20 years, but there was also a less indulgent reason for them buying the estate.‘We felt it was a philanthropic opportunity to raise the profile of north-western Ireland, and to take on the ecological challenges of maintaining and increasing the wild salmon and sea trout population,’ Hucknall says.Since the musicians bought the estate, it has gained an international reputation and attracted visitors from all over the world, taking advantage of the fact it is so remote, it is at least an hour’s drive from either Donegal or Derry airports. Hucknall said when the house originally went up for sale: ‘It’s been a great honour to care for the glorious River Finn.‘However, Chris and I feel that now is the right time to pass the baton to someone who will gather enormous satisfaction from keeping the river in its pristine condition.’Hucknall spends most of his time in England with his partner, Gabriella Wesberry, and their young daughter, Romy. He also has a vineyard in Catania, Sicily, where he produces wines under the label Il Cantante (The Singer).Simply Red star takes his Donegal mansion off the market was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 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)Tags:donegalGlenmor estateoff marketriver finnSimply Redlast_img read more

Poison Comets Brought Life to Earth

first_imgYou don’t drink formaldehyde; you stick dead things in it.  Why on earth would some evolutionists claim that “Poison could have set the stage for the origins of life?”  That’s exactly a headline on Science Daily and PhysOrg, with Live Science chiming in that the poisonous chemical has been “linked” to the origin of life on earth.     The story begins with speculation that formaldehyde may have made up some of the “fabric” of the early bodies of the solar system – asteroids and comets.  The only observational evidence in the story is that formaldehyde is found in interstellar space by its spectrum, and that researchers at the Carnegie Institution were able to create one organic solid similar to one in a certain kind of meteorite starting with it.  This mineral was also similar to material found in Comet Wild-2, samples of which were analyzed by the Stardust spacecraft.     From there, the researchers leapt to the idea that the carbon in the formaldehyde that made up these minerals got to earth.  George Cody at Carnegie was excited about this wild idea.  “We may owe our existence on this planet to interstellar formaldehyde,” he said.  “And what’s ironic about it is that formaldehyde is poisonous to life on Earth.”  So even though it’s a long conceptual leap from formaldehyde to comets to carbon on earth to life, Cody felt he had done his fellow carbon units a favor: “Establishing the likely origin of the principal source of organic carbon in primitive solar system bodies is extremely satisfying.” Update 04/06/2011: Ker Than wrote an independent article about this for National Geographic News, entitled, “Space Poison Helped Start Life on Earth?  Formaldehyde on asteroids may have delivered planet’s carbon.”  His article showcased a dead frog preserved in formalin (dissolved formaldehyde), and explained that formaldehyde is poisonous because it interferes with many metabolic reactions.  Like the other reporters, though, he offered no critique of Cody’s theory.     Meanwhile, at University of Oxford, Don Fraser has been divining clays as possible maternity wards for incipient life.  PhysOrg reprinted a press release from the university with a cast of characters including Darwin, Huxley, Pasteur, Oparin, Miller, ISIS and NIMROD to see if clays could have solved the problem of getting one-handed molecules together.  Scenes shift from warm little ponds to labs with spark-discharge tubes, primeval soup kitchens to hospitals with thalidomide babies, all with the climax of taking “our understanding of the origin of life a step further.”     ISIS is a neutron source near Oxford, and NIMROD is an instrument for analyzing clays.  The Oxford team believes they are “We are thus building an increasingly detailed picture of the steps that lead to the origin of life.”     Paul Davies lacks the confidence of these teams.  Denyse O’Leary at Uncommon Descent found a video on YouTube of the famous astrobiologist and author acknowledging that evolutionists have no idea how life began. It is tragic to watch smart people deceive themselves and to become fools while professing to be wise.  ISIS, NIMROD – the techniques of divination change, but somehow the stories stay the same.  Ironically, the room in which Davies was speaking was decorated with Christmas trees – symbol of another story in which life was brought to earth not by poison, but by a Person.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Google: The Word of the Decade

first_imgDefinitions:Tweet: noun, a short message sent via the Twitter.com service, and verb, the act of sending such a message.Google: Verb meaning “to search the Internet.” Generic form of the trademarked “Google,” the world’s dominant Internet search engine.Fail: A noun or interjection used when something is egregiously unsuccessful. Usually written as “FAIL!”The ADS’s members include linguists, grammarians, etymologists, writers, editors and university students. The ADS was founded in 1889.Twitter and other social networks have clearly captured the imagination of many language societies. Twitter was the top word of in the Global Language Monitor‘s survey, and unfriend was the New Oxford American Dictionary’s 2009 Word of the year. To represent the 1990s, the ADS picked Web as the top word of the decade. Do You Agree?What do you think? Do you think google deserves to be the one word that represents the last decade? Or is this just another example of how Google is succeeding in its slow takeover of our culture? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#NYT#web frederic lardinois The American Dialect Society (ADS) has namedgoogle – the verb – as its Word of the Decade. According to the ADS, the verb google (meaning to “search the Internet”) won out over blog, which, according to Grant Barrett, the chair of the ADS’s New Word Committee, “just sounds ugly.” Tweet was named the top word of the year for 2009. Fail – “a noun or interjection used when something is egregiously unsuccessful” – was 2009’s most useful word. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Why Do We Pamper These Losers in Blue?

first_imgTeam India is down and out of the ongoing World Cup. Its trip to the 2007 tournament lasted a brief and eventful seven days, the cricketing equivalent of a week-long Caribbean cruise. Indian bowler Zaheer Khan, second from left, celebrates with wicket keeper, Mahendra Dhoni, center, and Harbhajan Singh, right, after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya during the Cricket World Cup match with Sri LankaRunners-up of World Cup 2003, India began its campaign this time on Saturday, March 17 with a shocking defeat at the hands of lowly Bangladesh. The following Monday, after a weekend of stunned introspection by Indian fans and player alike, it thrashed an even more lowly Bermuda by a whopping 257 runs. In beating this “Popatwadi” side – the pithy Mumbai street slang for the weakest side of any tournament – the Indian “tigers” shattered the world records for the highest total in World Cup history (413 for 5 in 50 overs) and for the highest victory margin in all One-Day International matches ever played.Later that same week, it was back to painful reality on 23 March – one of the blackest Fridays in Indian cricket. The team capitulated before a well-oiled cricketing machine called Sri Lanka, and was effectively eliminated from contention in the very first round. By the end of that evening, the tigers had metamorphosed into a line of lambs trudging listlessly to the slaughter house. The Indian bowlers, particularly Ajit Agarkar, began reasonably well, but lost steam along the way, allowing the Lankans to break loose in the final overs and reach a decent 254. Only one word can adequately describe the Indian batting that followed: spineless.This however is not the first time that the Indians – particularly the Big Three of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Saurav Ganguly – have flattered to deceive in a crunch game. Forget, for a moment, the once-in-four-years World Cup tournament. We have a dubious record of losing umpteen finals even in routine tri-nation series matches during regular seasons. And the pattern has persisted over the last decade or so. India’s batsman, Virender Sehwag celebrates his century against Bermuda in the Cricket World CupOne quibbles not so much with the fact of a defeat, as much as the manner of the defeated. I seen several past Indian cricket teams lose matches and yet cover themselves with glory for having tried their hardest by playing out of their skins against formidable opposition. Team India – significantly after the mid-1990s when brash commercialism in the form of cable television and big sponsorship began dictating the game and its players – has seldom shown that kind of raw spunk. Rarely, if ever, have recent matches ended after a well-fought contest. And rarely, if ever, has the opposing side beaten us: it’s our boys who have forfeited the contest by a shameful lack of grit, morale, application and commitment.So why, oh why, do we pamper this bunch of losers and non-performers? What is it about cricket and cricketers that gets us Indian fans so weak-kneed and mushy that we’re ready and willing to give them an interminably long rope? We don’t do that to our politicians, do we? We vote them out of power even when we aren’t sure that their successors will deliver the goods. We don’t suffer film stars either, do we? We simply stop patronizing their movies,  which is also called voting them out with our feet.But cricket is another story for the Indian fan. Or, truth to tell, another religion. We deify our cricketers and not even their repeated failures can shake our devotion. We thought nothing of allowing a straggling old warhorse like Kapil Dev to continue to tag along and play for the country during the last stages of his career in the early to mid-1990s in his quest to break Sir Richard Hadlee’s world record for the largest number of Test wickets. We thought nothing of the cost of this “offering” we made to the demi-god Dev (in return for the 1983 World Cup?) in terms of the matches we lost or failed to win, or even in terms of the delayed entry of an exciting pace prospect in Javagal Srinath. No other country – least of all, champion Australia. which ruthlessly axed One-Day utility players like Michael Bevan and Andy Bichel when they were just past their best – would tolerate players the way India has done.I recognize that the public reaction back home to the latest World Cup debacle is rather sharp and alarming. Three fans succumbed to heart attacks in Pune, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad, and one in Thane (on the northeastern outskirts of Mumbai city) killed himself after the Sri Lanka match. Tour operators are left holding hundreds of trip cancellations to the Caribbean, and corporates running Cup-specific ad campaigns are in a “depression” of sorts. As we go to press, irate fans have attacked the houses of Yuvraj Singh (in Gurgaon) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (in Ranchi) as well as Zaheer Khan’s restaurant in Pune. Promptly, security at the homes of all other team members was beefed up as well. Wags are having a field day on the Internet and mobile SMS. Angry fans demonstrate against the team after India’s humilating World Cup lossPhoto: FotocorpBut is this anything more than a knee-jerk reaction of extreme disappointment and let-down not uncommon after a major defeat, and hopefully not long-lasting either? Ajit Wadekar’s Bombay apartment was stoned after the dismal England tour in 1974-75, the humiliating defeat made all the more palpable by the earlier series victories in West Indies and England in 1971. And more recently, Mohammed Kaif’s bungalow in Allahabad met a similar fate after he scored a duck in the 2003 World Cup Final. Both these cricketers faded out of the reckoning soon after.The loss in this World Cup has also exposed our cricket officialdom. Traditionally, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has been dominated by professional politicians. The situation today is different only in that the economic stakes are a lot higher. BCCI honcho Sharad Pawar – whispered as being the country’s richest politician – and his lackey Rajeev Shukla are reciting the mantra of “new young players” and have thrown Coach Greg Chappell to the wolves. Pawar told reporters the coach’s contract, valid till World Cup 2007, would be reviewed. Privately, BCCI sources are certain that Chappell’s will be the first head to roll.Greg Chappell probably knows in his heart of hearts that his excessive experimentation with the team contributed in no mean measure to the overall debacle. Witness for instance the havoc he played with Irfan Pathan who began as an all-rounder of promise a few years ago and has ended the World Cup tour without playing a single match owing to lack of form, focus and confidence. Chappell’s case wasn’t helped in the least by his outburst at the post-match news conference where he hrefused to accept any responsibility for the defeat against Sri Lanka and for the Cup elimination, and claimed instead that he was not answerable to anyone save his employer, i.e. BCCI. We now know that we can’t trust the future of Indian cricket in the hands of a man just because he’s a firang. But how far can we really trust its future in the hands of politicos like Pawar and Shukla who appear to have discovered their love for the game only after the BCCI became known as the world’s richest cricketing body? Greg Chappell probably knows in his heart of hearts that his excessive experimentation with the team contributed in no mean measure to the overall debaclePhoto: FotocorpAre we prepared to transcend the impulsive acts of wanton rage by fans and the petty, myopic manipulations of officials? Do we have the sagacity and the integrity to take a clear hard and  objective look at the state of our cricket?If we do, we must discount the statements of the likes of Harbhajan Singh’s mother who told a TV channel that her son’s team lost to Sri Lanka not because they didn’t play well enough, but because God was not on their side that day. We must also discount that biggest hoax and subterfuge our players resort to in post-match interviews: After all, it’s just a game. Just a game, my bloody left foot! Let’s accept once and for all, that cricket stopped being just a game and turned into a real big and serious business in the 1990s. When you get paid obscenely huge amounts of money and get backed by a billion hopes, it is nothing short of criminal to be dismissive about your mission. To call your vocation “just a game” is, for a modern international cricketer representing India, a cunning escape-clause to duck your responsibility to the country, to the spectator and finally to the game itself. Are our cricketers so cavalier about their celebrity status – which derives solely from their association with the game – when they’re negotiating sponsorship deals with the corporate biggies?Do coaches get murdered for just a game? Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer’s murder has vitiated not only the atmosphere in the ongoing World Cup in the Caribbean, but also highlighted the dangers of letting money in the “game” of cricket go berserk. Suspicions abound that Woolmer – who emerged untainted despite being South Africa’s coach in the heydays of the Hansie Cronje match-fixing controversy – was on the verge of revealing details of the cricketer-bookie nexus in a forthcoming bookand thus found himself in the murderous cross-wires of the international gambling syndicate that has many star cricketers on its payroll.Is there a way out of this snowballing mess of corruption at the highest level of international sport? I believe there is – at least for Indian cricket. If the root of the evil lies in too much money resulting in too little concentration and commitment to the game, let’s deal with it head-on. The ultimate question is: how do we transform this beautiful game of cricket to its original pristine glory from its present gaudy and commercial incarnation? The solution is two-fold. It involves the Indian fans on the one hand and the BCCI on the other. BCCI President Sharad Pawar. How much can we trust the sport in the hands of politicos who discovered their love for the game only after BCCI became known as the world’s richest cricketing body?Photo: FotocorpThe fans first. I beseech all my countrymen – and I include NRIs among them – to boycott all products endorsed by cricketers, at least till they win another World Cup. What will this achieve? To begin with, it will keep commercial sponsors out of dressing rooms, in a manner of speaking, and help relegate money to a secondary position in a cricketers’ priority list. Several Indian cricket stars are known to skip practice sessions and “minor” matches to accommodate lucrative commercial deals. Even if the star has his priorities right, shooting schedules for TV commercials do take their toll on a cricketer’s time and stamina, leaving him drained and exhausted for the real job of practising for and playing top-class cricket. (It’s not easy being a poster boy, you know? Ask Dhoni.) A boycott will jolt the cricketer back to the primary task at hand. And no, such a boycott won’t pauperize him. No way. Match fees by themselves ensure that he’s a millionaire and more within months of selection. The sponsorships put him instantly in the multi-billionaire bracket. For players, most of them in their teens and 20s, it’s definitely too much money too soon in life for doing too little.The BCCI’s role is in some ways even more central. It involves suitable penalization of match-fixing cricketers, and strengthening the domestic cricket infrastructure. The first is self-explanatory. The second includes rescheduling Indian cricket’s international calendar to make way for greater participation by the players in local Ranji and Duleep Trophy matches. It also includes making greater allocations to the National Cricket Academy at Bangalore for training new budding talent and rehoning old skills. Not too much of an ask for a Board with billions in its kitty.A stronger domestic program fueled by the cricket academy will develop a larger larger pool of talent for Test and One-Day selection. (Australia is a prime and successful example of this solid professional approach.) We will then no longer be reliant on non-performing stars whose arrogance stems largely from the realization that there is no ready substitute to replace them. There is currently talk of changing the captain and radically overhauling the team after the dismal World Cup performance. But the talk stops short of taking names. Reason: we just don’t have the reserve-bench strength of decent quality in any department.Furthermore, time at the academy and in domestic tournaments will give players opportunities to iron out their technical blemishes and improve their all-round game, fitness and confidence. They will no longer have to resort to “buying insurance” for anticipated failures by downplaying expectations before a big challenge. Look what happened even before the Indian team left for the World Cup. They stretched themselves, not so much in their match preparations, but in promising fans they would aim at the Semi-Finals and would most probably feature in the Cup Final. A senior player like Saurav “Dada” Ganguly, who in the past has expressed disgust at always being the bridesmaid and never the bride, was reduced to playing safe: “…there is no reason why we won’t be contesting for the honors on April 28.” Today, of course, that reads like a sad joke. On the eve of the tournament it hreflected a strangely diminished and wimpy mindset. Why not aim for the top slot – the World Cup – no less?I recall my teacher at elementary school who always admonished those who lowered the bar of ambition. “If you jump for the moon, you will at least reach the tree-top,” she’d philosophize with an endearing sense of drama, “but if you jump for the tree-top, you will end up in the ditch.” There’s a lesson there for a team which went to the Cup aiming to play the Semi-Finals or at most, the Final – and ended up being eliminated in the very first round.It’s never too late to go back to school.Laugh It Off!Here are a few jokes doing the email and sms rounds after India’s World Cup elimination.A family court judge was deciding on a little girl’s custody.Judge: Baby, would you like to live with your Daddy?Little Girl: No, he beats me Judge: Then you’d like to live with your Mummy?Little Girl: No, no. She beats me too.Judge: (exasperated): Then who would you like to live with?Little Girl: The Indian cricket team. They don’t beat anybody.Q. Who’s responsible for India’s exit from the World Cup?A. Indira Gandhi. She created Bangladesh.Team Manager: Hello.Voice: Can I speak to Sachin? This is his wife.Team Manager: Sorry, he’s just gone out to bat.Voice: Okay, I’ll hold on.Q. What is the height of optimism?A.  Dhoni coming out to bat with sunscreen on his face.Q. Why can’t Virgin Airlines ever become the sponsor of the Indian cricket team?A.  Not with the way we keep getting f—-dIndia is a cricketing nation. It walks, talks, eats, drinks, breathes and sleeps cricket. Too bad it doesn’t play it.– S.H Related Itemslast_img read more

CBI-SAHNI 2 LAST

first_imgCBI had filed a charge sheet against Sahani alleging thatCBI had filed a charge sheet against Sahani alleging that he, in collusion with other persons, used forged e-tickets and fake boarding passes to defraud Rajya Sabha to the tune of Rs 23.71 lakh as travel and dearness allowance reimbursement without undertaking the actual journey.Besides Sahani, whose term in Rajya Sabha ends in April 2018, others named in the CBI chargesheet were Anup Singh Panwar, an employee of Delhi-based Air Cruise Travels Private Limited, N S Nair, then Office Superintendent (Traffic), Air India and one Arvind Tiwari.Members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha get 34 free air tickets in a year for themselves, their family members and associates for domestic travel. PTI SNS SUS SMNlast_img read more

Hope to inspire more Indians to take up wrestling, says WWE champion Jinder Mahal

first_imgNewly-crowned WWE Champion Jinder Mahal hoped that his achievements can inspire more Indians to take up wrestling and felt that hard work is the key to greatness.On Sunday, Jinder Mahal defeated 13-time champion Randy Orton for the WWE Championship in SmackDown exclusive pay-per-view Backlash in Chigaco.Mahal is only the second Indian-origin WWE Champion after the Great Khali, who won the World Heavyweight Championship in 2007.”India is such a passionate place when it comes to WWE, it has a special place in the WWE universe. The most passionate fans are from India and I hope that I can motivate more Indians to pursue wresting or any athletics for that matter and become champions,” Mahal said in an interview to Times of India.Mahal said that there is no dearth of talent in India but there needs to be more representation from the country in all sports at the world platform.”I hope they go on to represent India because in sports there is lack of Indian athletes. I think we have lots of talent there, we have everything and hopefully this (win) kick-starts and motivates younger people to pursue their dreams – whether it is WWE or cricket or anything like this,” Mahal added.Mahal felt great to be representing India on such a big platform and having defeated a legendary wrestler like Orton, he wanted to achieve more.”It feels great. Randy Orton is one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time, 13-time WWE champion and to knock off somebody like him, the ‘Apex Predator’ is a great feeling; being a WWE champion and to be representing India is tremendous. Hopefully this will be the first of many WWE title reigns to come,” Mahal said.advertisementMahal answered the criticism he had received for his drastic physical transformation and said that it was all his hard work and strict diet.”I don’t know what kind of criticism that was. I worked hard in the gym a lot. All the WWE talents are drug tested by a third-party agency and I have been tested multiple times and never had an issue, so you know my transformation is all diet, all hard work.”Mahal thanked his Indian fans for all their support and urged people to play sports and stay healthy. He specially advised the youth of Punjab to leave drugs and respect their body.”I want to say thank you to everybody for supporting me. I also want to send a message to India’s youth. Anything is possible. Especially in Punjab, there is a huge drug problem right now. Stay away from that, take care of your body and respect yourself. Play sports, do exercise, stay healthy, get a good education and better your life,” Mahal signed off.last_img read more

Keino one of seven Kenyan officials charged over 2016 Olympics graft

first_imgNairobi, Oct 15 (AFP) Two-time Olympic gold medallist Kipchoge Keino was one of seven Kenyan officials charged Monday in a scandal involving the mismanagement of funds during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.Four of the suspects were in court while the others, including former sports minister Hassan Wario and Keino — who headed the Olympic committee — were charged in absentia.Magistrate Douglas Ogoti said he would issue arrest warrants against the absent parties if they did not turn themselves in by Thursday.Wario is out of the country, as he serves as Kenya’s ambassador to Austria.Those present pleaded not guilty and were released on bail of one million shillings (USD 9,900, 8,500 euros).The men were slapped with charges ranging from abuse of office to failing to comply with laws on the management of public funds.They cover the alleged crimes of embezzlement, the purchase of unauthorised air tickets, overpayment of allowances and expenditure on unauthorised persons, all to the amount of 55 million shillings.Graft is rife in Kenya, with millions of dollars of public funds going missing each year, and the country was left red-faced in 2016 over graft during its Olympic campaign which also saw athletes’ team uniforms stolen by officials. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Mysterious Redmi Go smartphone pops up in certifications, what is Xiaomi up to now?

first_imgWhen it comes to the budget smartphones, Xiaomi really knows its ways to offer some of the best value for money smartphones. The recently released Redmi 6 series of budget smartphones offered a host of modern features reserved for premium smartphones at extremely affordable prices. However, Xiaomi is never content with its budget models and aims to push the boundaries at never-seen-before prices. Rumours of the upcoming Redmi 7 series were doing rounds of the Internet and another mysterious Xiaomi device has popped up on the certifications, hinting towards an imminent launch.According to a report from Nashville Chatter, a bunch of certifications have crept with regards to a new Xiaomi smartphone from the Redmi series. The device will be called the Redmi Go and will come with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity built-in. Some of the specifications have also been listed for the handset, which clearly points towards this one being an entry-level Android smartphone. The device will carry dimensions of 141 x 71 mm and will measure 150mm diagonally. This means that the device could end up sporting a 5.9-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. No other information has been shared as of now.Going by past experiences, there could be a high chance that Xiaomi may be unveiling an Android Go device. The new Android Go smartphone could end up ditching Xiaomi’s customization-heavy MIUI interface and go for a stock Android Go interface for smooth user experience. The inclusion of Android Go also indicates that the device could be featuring extremely low-end specifications such as 1GB RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. The Redmi Go could mark Xiaomi’s foray into stock Android smartphones for the entry-level segment in a similar way the Mi A1 introduced Xiaomi’s solid midrange smartphone with Google’s stock Android interface.advertisementThe Redmi Go is expected to be unveiled in Singapore in early 2019. However, we may see Xiaomi bring the Redmi Go to India at an extremely affordable price, undercutting the Redmi 6A by a few thousand Rupees. The entry-level segment in India has seen Android Go smartphones from various manufacturers such as Samsung, Nokia, Micromax and Lava. The Android Go smartphones offer an optimised Android experience for devices with extremely low-end hardware. Google has built a suite of specific Android Go apps that consume lesser space on the storage. With the advent of the Redmi Go, we could be seeing some intense action in the sub-Rs 5,000 smartphone segment.ALSO READ | Mi A2 is the first Android One phone from Xiaomi to get Android 9 Pie’s sweetness, global rollout begins todayALSO READ | Poco F1 Android 9 Pie update now rolling out, but some Pie features are missingALSO READ | This is the Xiaomi Play launching on December 24, and not Redmi 7 Pro or Redmi 7last_img read more

Mack Brown wants Texas to be more like OSU

first_imgPhoto Attribution: US PresswirePhoto Attribution: US PresswireAh, we were always headed here, weren’t we?This is just fantastic.Mack Brown has ditched his dream to become Alabama and is headed down the Oregon/Oklahoma State/Baylor path of “run as many plays as possible and get the oxygen ready for our defense.”Here’s what he had to say in the Austin American-Statesman the other day:We’re not going to be the option type team that Oregon is, but we are going to run Oregon’s tempo. But we still gotta (become) physical. We are not changing our offense; we are changing our tempo.So where does the Oklahoma State comparison come in? How about here:I thought Todd Monken did as good a job staying physical and running no huddle as anybody. We’ll head in that direction.Texas actually wasn’t terrible on offense last year. They averaged 6.34 yards per play (22nd in the country) and they finished 23rd in the nation in points per game — the problem with that is that there were six (!) Big 12 teams that finished ahead of them in points per game.Texas also averaged 2.99 points per drive last year, OSU averaged 3.21 so there’s evidence that Texas could actually pull this up-tempo move off quite seamlessly.Here’s the Horns’ dirty little secret though (well, besides Major Applewhite’s dirty little secret) — they weren’t very good on defense.They gave up MORE total points than OSU did, despite being on the field for 145 fewer plays.OSU defense – 1034 plays – 367 points given upTexas defense – 889 plays – 380 points given upSo while the new offense in Austin might work just fine, I’d be careful about tossing a defense that repeatedly got torched last year out there for 10-12 more plays a game.But I also don’t make $5 million/year like Mack.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

England team news: Alexander-Arnold handed debut

first_imgWorld Cup England team news: Alexander-Arnold handed debut against Costa Rica as Vardy leads the line Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 02:07 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Trent Alexander-Arnold England Getty World Cup England England v Costa Rica Costa Rica Friendlies The Liverpool full-back will make his senior bow in the Three Lions’ last fixture before heading to Russia for the 2018 World Cup Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been handed a senior England debut in a pre-World Cup friendly date with Costa Rica.The 19-year-old defender has made three outings for the Three Lions at U-21 level, but will make a step up in a final fixture before Gareth Southgate’s side head to Russia.Alexander-Arnold is one of several changes made by England to the side which edged out Nigeria 2-1 in their last outing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now With Southgate eager to take a look at as many players as possible heading into a major tournament, those on the fringes of the fold have been given an opportunity to impress at Elland Road.Leicester striker Vardy is unlikely to dislodge prolific captain Harry Kane from a starting berth, but he will get the chance to enhance his international goal record against Costa Rica.Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford will also be hoping to catch the eye in a central striking berth.Ruben Loftus-Cheek has impressed in his England outings to date and can prove to Chelsea that he is deserving of a chance in 2018-19.At the back, Leicester’s Harry Maguire comes back in, while Danny Rose replaces Ashley Young at left-back and Jack Butland gets the chance to stake a claim for being the first name on the team sheet.England team: Butland; Rose, Stones, Maguire, Jones, Alexander-Arnold; Delph, Henderson, Loftus-Cheek; Rashford, Vardy.Costa Rica team: Navas; Gamboa, Waston, González, Calvo, Oviedo; Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Campbell; Urena.The rest of England’s 23-man World Cup squad will be available to Southgate from the bench, while those on standby – Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana and Jake Livermore – will also take up a position among the substitutes.last_img read more