Frank McGlynn opted to retire from the inter-county scene with Donegal following an All-Ireland title win and five Ulster championships.The Glenfin native made his first appearance in 2006 and has been a mainstay for Donegal since. At the Donegal GAA annual banquet on Saturday night, McGlynn was thanked for his service to Donegal.He spoke to Alan Foley afterwards … Listen: Retiring Frank McGlynn on his momentous Donegal career was last modified: November 24th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
Superstar Chelsea F.C. midfielder Eden Hazard is no stranger to speculation. Rumours have been swirling about a possible departure from his current team of over six years for a while now, with even his family members having to step into the fray to dispel the chatter.How long Hazard will stick on at Chelsea remains to be seen, but if one thing is certain, it’s that his departure would certainly be a blow for the club. His time at Chelsea has seen him rise to become one of the best-known talents in the industry, having scored close to 100 goals for the club and having decisively won 30 matches single-handedly.His global profile means that a potential transfer could see Hazard becoming the most expensive footballer on Earth and possibly in history. Though, who exactly would pay for him remains a topic of intense debate. The football profiling site Transfermarkt has his current value pegged at a whopping £135 million, which makes him the ninth most highly-valued player in the world at the moment, right behind Barca midfielder Philippe Coutinho.This could all change if a genuine transfer is on the cards, with it being entirely possible that Eden Hazard could become the world’s most expensive player before the year is out. Historically, there have been some truly eye-watering transfer fees that have defied expectations.The widely-reported transfer of Andy Carroll from Newcastle to Liverpool back in 2011 cost a then-unprecedented £35 million, equivalent to what a certain lucky someone could buy with a Lotto jackpot if they were to win the UK Lotto’s biggest-ever prize, which was £35 million exactly. Similarly, the record-breaking French Lotto jackpot of £24 million would have been enough to pay for Antoine Griezmann’s transfer to Madrid.While these numbers pale in comparison to Hazard’s potential value, it’s worth noting that both of these transfers fetched sums that nobody at the time was expecting. This means that Hazard, who is already not far from being the most high-value footballer of all time (although the current top spot is held by Mbappe, who is worth an estimated £160 million), could easily shatter expectations should he leave Chelsea this year.It’s worth noting that the player himself has actually gone on the record to explicitly rule out leaving Chelsea anytime soon, in response to rumours that he’s being eyed up for a transfer to Madrid. It’s worth noting, however, that in that same interview, he acknowledged that he might just be the best and most sought-after player in the world at the moment, implying that the right offer from the right club could change everything.We also know by now that taking a footballer at his word is pure folly, given the spate of top players who have made big moves shortly after promising that nothing of the sort would happen. Whatever happens to Hazard in the future, you can bet that the rumours of his departure from Chelsea will only intensify. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndo
SAN JOSE — There was going to come a time when the Sharks would dearly miss Tomas Hertl.After three straight wins without their sturdy second-line centerman, that time arrived Wednesday night.Playing their fifth game in nine days, and dressing 11 forwards for the fourth straight game, the Sharks fell behind by a goal near the end of the first period and didn’t have much of an answer the rest of the way in a 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at SAP Center.“We were lifeless, so, I don’t know …
President Jacob Zuma will once againbestow National Orders on South Africanand foreign nationals on Freedom Day,27 April 2011.(Image: GCIS) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zanele MngadiMedia inquiries, President Jacob Zuma +27 82 330 1148 or +27 12 300 5431 RELATED ARTICLES • Blatter awarded National Orders • Presidency talks to children • Fifa awards Tutu’s football spirit • Zuma hotline goes liveSource: the PresidencyOn 27 April, Freedom Day, President Jacob Zuma bestowed National Orders on a number of worthy South Africans and citizens of foreign countries. The Presidency released the list of recipients for 2011 on 21 April.Zuma will confer the six categories – each one representing a specific service offered to the country – of the Order of Mendi for Bravery, Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli, the Order of Mapungubwe and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.The National Orders are the highest awards bestowed by the president of the Republic of South Africa upon those who have contributed meaningfully in making the country what it is today.As an initiative that was implemented at the dawn of South Africa’s first decade of freedom, the National Orders programme contributes to the symbolic building and consolidation of the country’s new democracy.In the execution of this responsibility, the president is assisted by the director-general in the Presidency, who is also the chancellor of National Orders and an advisory council.The National Orders seek to enhance social cohesion. They serve to foster the spirit of unity, nation building and social cohesion within South African society, as they honour those outstanding individuals from all walks of life. They celebrate the spirit of one nation, many cultures as reflected by the diversity of the Rainbow Nation.At this, the 16th investiture ceremony, South Africa will honour men and women for exceptional and outstanding contributions, many of whom are simply legends and others icons of selfless sacrifice and service, courage and commitment. These people of deep humanity and principle, truth and talent, rank among the finest of human beings, who unquestionably deserve acknowledgement.The president will also award men and women whose dedication to their fellow human beings, their esoteric interests, their art and sport have embellished society, communities and citizens with honour and credit. They are men and women who have nourished South African souls with the beauty of art, splendour of performance and the grace of sport as well as groundbreaking advances in science, medicine and many other fields.Herewith then, the list of National Orders Nominees:1. ORDER OF MENDI FOR BRAVERYBRONZE Donald Thumamina Mboto (Posthumous)For a selfless act that led him to lose his life while trying to save a drowning child in St. Michaels beach in KwaZulu-NatalRaymond Basil van Staden (Posthumous)For his selfless act that led to the saving of a person from drowning at Warner Beach in DurbanSILVERSarah Gertrude Mary Christina Holland (Posthumous)For providing shelter to orphaned children and sacrificing her own life to save the lives of the children who were in her careGOLDMatola Raid MartyrsFor paying the supreme price for freedom and for sacrificing their lives in pursuit of a just, free, non-racial and non sexist democratic society2. ORDER OF IKHAMANGABRONZEThokozani Mandlenkosi Ernest Nene (Posthumous)For his outstanding contribution in enriching the isiZulu language and culture, and his revolutionary invention of new lexicon in isiZuluMasana Samuel “Sam” NzimaFor his excellent contribution to photojournalism and putting the brutality of apartheid police in the international spotlightSindiwe MagonaFor her outstanding achievements in literature, playwright and for using her pen as weapon in the struggle for peace, social change and freedomSILVERDavid GoldblattFor his excellent contribution in the portrayal of South African life through the medium of photography and for leaving an indelible mark in our country’s inclusive literary cultureJosiah ThugwaneFor his excellent achievement during the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and his contribution in the field of athleticsBasil “Doc” Bikitsha (Posthumous)For his excellent contribution to the profession of journalism and literature, and for being an important social commentator in his chosen beatRaymond Chikapa PhiriFor his excellent achievement in the field of music and contribution to the struggle against apartheidMarlene van NiekerkFor her outstanding intellectual contribution to literary arts and culture field through poetry, literature and philosophical worksMannie ManimFor his excellent skills in theatre lighting design, administration, practical and technical contribution to theatre in South Africa and the field of artsBusisiwe Victoria “Busi” Mhlongo (Posthumous)For her excellent contribution to the field of music and putting South Africa on the international music map with her prolific musical compositionGOLDAmandla Cultural EnsembleFor their contribution to the struggle against apartheid through their cultural performancesMolefi Nathanael OliphantFor his excellent contribution in the development of soccer in South Africa and excellent leadership in the successful bid and hosting of the 2010 FIFA World CupIrvin KhozaFor his excellent contribution and dedication in helping South Africa obtain the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and for ensuring that the tournament becomes a success as chairperson of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organizing CommitteeDaniel “Danny” JordaanFor his excellent contribution and hard work ensuring that South Africa host a successful 2010 FIFA World Cup3. ORDER OF BAOBABBRONZE Reginald Dudley FordeFor his outstanding leadership in the field of education and contribution to the community service through the channels of the education system and the Boy Scout Movement of South AfricaNowongile Cynthia MoloFor her outstanding contribution to the development of women through the “Women in Agriculture and Rural Development” (WAARD), a self-empowerment initiative that changed the lives of many familiesSILVER Professor William Sinclair WinshipFor his excellent contribution to the field of medicine and dedication of his adult life to paediatrics and human geneticsDavid Patrick RussellFor his excellent contribution and commitment in opposing the apartheid system as a church leader and for taking a brave stand on many thorny issues to ensure that South Africa became a democratic societyGOLDRev. Phambani Jeremiah Mzimba (Posthumous)For his exceptional contribution and pioneering spirit in the formation of the African Independent Churches and his instrumental role in the development of a new understanding of Christianity among the African believers.4. ORDER OF LUTHULI BRONZEHarriet Bolton (Posthumous)For dedicating her adult life to the struggle for liberation, campaigning for workers’ rights and for organising the Furniture Workers’ Industrial Union and the Garment Workers’ Industrial UnionMargaret Gazo (Posthumous)For leading the women’s march to the Union Buildings and for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the ideals of democracy and her contribution to human rights and the struggle against apartheidViolet Sarah Matlou (nee Phiri)For her outstanding contribution to the struggle for liberation and for the ideals of just, non-racist and democratic South AfricaTsietsi Mashinini (Posthumous)For his bravery and leadership of the Soweto students uprising of 16 June 1976SILVERNelson DialeFor his excellent contribution in the struggle against apartheid and for his selfless sacrifices over many for attainment of freedom for all in South AfricaIsmael Chota Meer (Posthumous)For his excellent contribution to a non racial and democratic South Africa, struggle for liberation, workers rights and for the formation of Natal Teachers UnionMatsobane Morris MatsemelaFor his excellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid and standing for the ideals of a free, just and democratic South AfricaFlorence Elizabeth Mnumzana (nee Mhinga)For her excellent leadership and activism in the health care sector as a contribution in the fight against apartheidGOLDLionel “Rusty” Bernstein (Posthumous)For his political activism, abandoning privilege and dedicating his adult life to the struggle for liberation, democracy, human rights and peace, and for striving to build a better Africa and a better world through the anti-apartheid crusade5. ORDER OF MAPUNGUBWE SILVERProfessor Pieter SteynFor his excellent contribution and achievements in chemistry and biosynthesis of mycotoxins6. ORDER OF THE COMPANIONS OF OR TAMBOSILVERHélène PasstoorsFor her excellent contribution to the struggle for liberation, democracy and human rights, and for waging a concerted struggle against racial oppression as an ANC activist and operative in South Africa, including engagement in underground workViacheslav Shiryaev “Ivan”For his excellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid and attainment of a democratic, non-racial and a non-sexist South Africa, and promoting friendship ties, joint cooperation programmes and projects between Russia and post apartheid South AfricaAndrew Jackson YoungFor his contribution to the struggle against oppression in South Africa, striving for better and fairer global social order and championing the cause of human rights in the international arenaGOLDLuis Inácio Lula da SilvaFor his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the agenda of the South and for the creation of a just and equitable system of global governance.
Encourage parents to maintain as “normal” a child care schedule as possible for their younger children in the days surrounding the homecoming. Young children will be comforted and reassured by the predictability of the familiar child care environment.Expect to see changes in children’s behavior at child care and offer them predictability, support and extra attention and affection. Keep communication with the parents open while their children cope with the changes and excitement of homecoming.Beyond the Photo OpThe reuniting of a family after deployment is one of those moments – like Christmas or a wedding – that we all want to be picture perfect! But reintroducing young children to a parent whom they’ve not been with for a long time is a process, not just a moment captured on camera. You can do a LOT to help military parents plan a homecoming that takes into account the needs of their youngest children and, as a result, will be memorable in all the best ways! If you like watching videos of military homecomings, you are going to love this fall!! With thousands of troops scheduled to return from Afghanistan in the coming weeks and months, families with young children will want to capture on video that magic moment when Mom or Dad reunites with the children they’ve missed so much. The hugs, the kisses, the tears of joy, the smiles…and there will be many new videos that show just that.But the truth is the magical moment doesn’t always work out quite that way, especially with very young children. There will be plenty of unshared videos – not to mention feelings of hurt and disappointment – because a child’s reaction was caution or fear, crying instead of smiles, and nothing at all like parents had expected.As a child care provider for military families, you can help prepare parents to have realistic expectations for those first moments when the returning parent is together again with his or her children.Ready or….NOT!!So what can you share with parents that will help them have realistic expectations for a reunion with a parent who has been absent for an extended period of time?This homemade homecoming video from YouTube is a great illustration of how children’s ages significantly affect their response to seeing a parent who has been gone for many months. Notice the different reactions of the three children (it’s a bit easier to focus with the sound off). There’s quite a difference between what appear to be a 7-year-old, a 3-year-old, and a toddler! And while some of that difference in responses might reflect differences in the kids’ temperaments, it mostly reflects developmental differences. With age comes:More in-person experiences with their parent in the pastA better understanding of the difference between the mom or dad on a computer screen and “real life.”A greater emotional understanding of what it means to miss someone who is far away.Did you notice how cautious the toddler was? If we can grasp just how much she doesn’t understand about what’s going on, then we can appreciate why her response is to stand back, watch and listen.It’s important to remember that very young children understand their world through their senses and through physical experiences with their environment, including people. Although video communication technologies have helped to fill in the very large gap in physical experiences created when a parent is deployed, seeing and hearing Daddy on a small, flat computer screen is a VERY different experience than in the presence of the full-size, 3-D version of Daddy!Big Emotions: Contagious & ConfusingAnother element that can throw very young children for a loop is everyone else’s excitement and eager anticipation. While infants and toddlers don’t have the mental understanding to grasp what’s going on, they are like sponges when it comes to the emotional atmosphere of the people around them. They definitely know that everyone’s acting strange. But feeling the high emotional current, without understanding the situation, is confusing for most little ones, and downright frightening for others!The Element of SurpriseAnd then there’s the element of surprise. The oldest child in the video LOVED the surprise! The two younger children…not so much. There is definitely a direct relationship between enjoying a surprise and understanding what’s going on! A basic rule of thumb: the older the child, the more he or she will enjoy being surprised.Thankfully, the dad in the video is very patient and respectful of the time his young daughter and, to a lesser degree, the younger of his sons, need to grasp what’s going on before they are comfortable approaching him and giving him affection. If he or one of the other adults would have pushed either child into hugging Daddy, it might have resulted in tears or screams – definitely NOT the response anyone would want!5 Ways that You Can Help Reuniting FamiliesWhat can child care providers do to help make homecomings a joy for parents AND children?Talk with parents ahead of time about their children’s possible response. You know their children very well and will be able to provide helpful insight as they think through their homecoming event.Share tips for making it an enjoyable experience for everyone, including the youngest. For example, make sure a very young child has someone (Grandma or Auntie) who will be their security base from which he or she can observe while Mom, Dad and older children greet each other. Another suggestion is for the returning parent to get down on the floor at the child’s level and hold out a favorite toy (toys are toddlers’ favorite way of connecting with others!). Very concrete tactics such as these will be easy for parents to remember and use in the flurry of the moment.Share printed resources so that the parents can talk over them together. You might also encourage parents to share the resources with grandparents and others who may be pushing for a big, exciting homecoming production. Some of our favorite resources are:“Homecoming: Reconnecting After Separations”– from Zero To Three, specifically related to reconnecting with infants and toddlers.“Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Families,” in both video and print formats, from the National Center for PTSD and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. (This guide also provides lots of information and tips for the long process of adjusting to family life with the service member home.) This blog post was written by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network.Source URL: /?p=1810
You call your dream client to ask them for a meeting. After you pitch them on the value of a meeting, they say: “Can you email me some information?” You tell them you can’t send anything, rejecting their very first request, and ensuring they feel it is more important that you get what you want than helping them get what they want.Emailing information and having a meeting are not mutually exclusive, and as much as your dream client wants the information without the meeting, you can say, “Yes. I’ll send you some information. But it isn’t going to be as valuable as a conversation, especially because it doesn’t let me learn anything about you and your company and your goals. I promise I am not going to waste one minute of your time.” (Insert your request for a meeting here) The real concern is you wasting their time, and you still have to ask again whether you say yes or no. Say yes.Your dream client asks you about your pricing while you are on a phone call, and you haven’t even met with them. They say: “Tell me how much this costs.” You believe it is way too early to share pricing, and you worry that you haven’t created enough value to justify your pricing. You tell them you’ll need a discovery meeting to give them pricing, ensuring you get what you want, and projecting that you are sensitive about your price, hiding it until you absolutely must share it.If you have a higher price, you use to differentiate your offering. If sharing your price disqualifies the prospect, it’s better to know now than to learn that after you both have invested time in a deal that was never possible. You can share enough about your price to satisfy your prospect and still put a meeting on the books. You say, “The price is going to be between X and Y. At the end of a meeting, I’ll be able to dial that in for you and give a better idea of what you might have to invest.” (Insert your request for a meeting here)You can say yes and do what is right—for you and your prospective client. If you continually say no, you are projecting that you and your company are challenging to work with. By saying yes and continuing to ask for the commitment you need, you are giving your prospect the experience of what it might be like to have you as a partner.
The Sourav Ganguly-led technical committee of BCCI on Tuesday outlined for major structural changes in the elite domestic tournament, the Ranji Trophy.The committee even recommended doing away with the Elite and Plate divisions.The technical committee, that met at the BCCI headquarters at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai discussed the issue for over two hours and opined that the Elite and Plate groups be replaced by three groups of nine teams each.”We have recommended two major changes in the Ranji Trophy format. There will be nine teams in three groups — A, B and C. Each team will play eight matches in the league stage and there will be promotion and relegation,” Ganguly told reporters after the meeting.”The changes will make the competition even and each team will play a few more matches. But all these are recommendations and the BCCI working committee will take the final decision,” he added.Each team will play eight matches at the league stage. Three teams each from groups A and B and two from group C will qualify for the knockout phase.The committee also proposed that quarterfinals, semifinals and the final should be five-day affairs. According to the current format only the final is a five-day affair.If in the knock-out phase, a result on first innings is not obtained at the end of the fifth day, then the match will be extended into a sixth day. If there is no outcome on first innings even at the end of the sixth day, then the winner will be decided on the spin of a coin.advertisementFor an outright win, teams will get six points. A bonus win – by an innings or by 10 wickets — will fetch teams one bonus point. If the teams are tied on both innings then they would get three points each.A first innings lead but no outright win will fetch a team three points while loss on first innings will get a team one point. Tie on first innings without outright result will give teams one point each.The committee also outlined the order in which the domestic season will proceed with Duleep Trophy being played first.The order – Duleep Trophy, Challenger Trophy, Ranji Trophy, Irani Cup, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. There will be two Irani Cup games from the 2012-13 season.The committee also made changes in the playing condition in domestic limited-over games. It felt that a bowler should be permitted a maximum of twelve overs per match and two bouncers per over. There will be no change in the prevalent rule pertaining to the number of fielders allowed outside the thirty-yard circle in non-Powerplay overs.Ranji Trophy – Points systemOutright win6 pointsInnings win / win by ten wickets1 bonus pointTie on both innings3 points each1st Innings lead but no outright win3 pointsLoss on 1st innings1 pointTie on 1st innings without outright result1 point eachOutright lossNil1st innings results not achieved, with or without weather interference1 point each
an arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). Dorf Ketal Adopts Oracle Sales Cloud to Boost Their Sales Pipeline DELHI, September 15, 2015/PRNewswire/ — Oracle Sales Cloud Aids Dorf Ketal in Accurate Forecasting, Lead Nurturing and Faster Closure of Opportunities Dorf Ketal, a global chemical manufacturer, has adopted Oracle Sales Cloud to streamline and enhance its sales processes. Oracle Sales Cloud offers a complete sales automation solution that gives sales and operations teams the tools they need to close the revenue gaps without surprises, compromises, or hidden costs. Oracle does this as part of a complete and integrated solution designed to enhance the customer experience (CX) at every customer touch point including sales, service, marketing, commerce, and social channels. Oracle Sales Cloud provides enterprise visibility to Dorf Ketal that lets them report across locations and divisions. It also enables them to measure salesforce effectiveness through multiple KPIs, which include activities, time to close, forecast accuracy etc. Leads get quicker responses from field representatives as they have access to information anywhere at any time. Prior to adoption of Oracle Sales Cloud, the CRM systems at Dorf Ketal could not scale per organizational requirements and had user adoption issues. The sales pipeline was unable to offer insights and ad hoc forecasting was inaccurate. Moreover, manual sales activity tracking was not effective enough to measure the sales pipeline progress which in turn did not allow the opportunity for appropriate coaching. The lack of a mobile solution with their prior CRM solution did not account for sales representatives who were constantly on the move like Oracle Sales Cloud does today. To overcome all these challenges Dorf Ketal procured Oracle Sales Cloud in February, 2013. Oracle Sales Cloud provides Dorf Ketal a 100% improvement of lead tracking and creates a unified response to their customers through a 360-degree view available to the sales representatives. Better customer visibility and informed coaching increases win rates, and also enhances transparency through the entire sales process, from lead sourcing to closing opportunities. Oracles superior solution enables 99% forecast accuracy enabling greater insight against KPIs, 100% user adoption and productivity through mobile applications allowing smartphone, tablet as well as Outlook integration. MORE PRN KSCadvertisement
The pre-booking for “India ka phone” aka JioPhone starts today at 5:30pm. Update: No, it seems that the pre-booking is starting from 6PM. Earlier Reliance said that it was 5pm but apparently the correct time is 5.30PM. This is when the pre-booking for the JioPhone will open on the Jio website, inside the MyJio app and at the authorised offline stores. The JioPhone, which is effectively free but more on this later, was announced by Mukesh Ambani at the company’s 40th annual general meet held on July 21 in Mumbai.Update: There seems to be great rush to the Jio website for the JioPhone and that has crashed the website. It is either not opening for most people or it is opening very slow. But even when it is opening, the link for JioPhone pre-booking is not working in most instances. Worse, the situation is same with the MyJio app. That too is very very slow and is either not opening or crashing. Consumers can pre-book JioPhone through the website, MyJio app and from offline retailers associated with Jio. As the JioPhone goes on pre-booking — and effectively on sale today — Jio is also answering a lot of questions that people have around the phone’s specification. The JioPhone specifications have been finally revealed along with its key features.The launch event saw not only the announcement but also a demo of what the JioPhone could be like and what all features it will come with. We even saw Isha Ambani along with Akash Ambani and Kiran Thomas giving us a demo of how the JioPhone operates on voice commands for sending text messages, making calls and even for playing music. Isha Ambani also detailed about the features of the phone. Though the trio spoke a lot about the JioPhone, not all details were revealed. For example, the full specifications were not showed.advertisementWith the pre-bookings starting today, Jio has updated its official website and given us the final picture of the much-hyped JioPhone.JioPhone specsFirst this first, and this is something we confirmed earlier as well, the JioPhone is going to be a single SIM phone. This is in contrary to all the previous rumours that predicted the JioPhone would come with dual SIM support. The phone comes with single nanoSIM slot.The JioPhone sports a 2.4-inch QWVGA (240×320 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.2GHz Spreadtrum SPRD 9820A/QC8905 dual-core processor with Mali-400 GPU and 512MB of RAM. The spec sheet reveals that the phone runs on KAI OS. The device is backed by a 2000mAh removable battery which as per company claims offers 12 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time.The phone comes with 4GB internal storage that’s expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. In terms of optics, the JioPhone features a 2MP rear camera at the back and a VGA camera on the front.Further the phone has an alphanumeric keypad with 4 way navigation keys, Torchlight, USB 2.0 support, WiFi, NFC, FM Radio, and Bluetooth. The JioPhone comes only in Black colour.The box will contain the handset, battery, SIM card, charger adaptor, warranty card and quick service guide.As far as the specifications are concerned, there is nothing earth-shattering here. The JioPhone is a very inexpensive device and its hardware too shows the same. But then this is also a free phone, will offer free voice calls (with a cheap monthly plan) and offers some smartphone like features such as basic web browsing and access to apps like JioTV.How to pre-book JioPhone?Now that the specs details are out of the way, the question comes “how to book the JioPhone”? The JioPhone pre-booking can be done both offline and online channels. To book online, you can either visit the company’s website Jio.com or download the MyJio app. The company has a dedicated page for the pre-booking which goes live today at 5:30pm.Also Read: JioPhone pre-booking starts today: When and how to book, Rs 500 security fee & all questions answeredIt is important to note that when you book the JioPhone today, you will have to pay Rs 500. As for why, we explain it below.For those willing to book offline, you can visit a nearby Jio Store, Reliance Digital store or any multi-retail store to book your JioPhone. Please note that not all Reliance Digital stores will take the registrations for the phone. Only those retailers who have purchased the Jio pre-booking vouchers are eligible to take the pre-bookings. It is advisable to carry your Aadhaar card along with you.advertisementThe JioPhone will be distributed on a first come first serve basis to only those who pre-book the phone starting today.JioPhone is effectively free then why Rs 500 for pre-booking?Jio in a statement released to the media has said that buyer needs to pay Rs 500 to pre-book the phone. This amount will be adjusted in the security deposit of Rs 1500 which is refundable after 3 years. The rest Rs 1000 needs to be paid at the time of the delivery of the device. Jio says that it is taking Rs 500 against every JioPhone booking to avoid ‘potential misuse’.In our opinion, asking users to pay Rs 500 is a welcome move from Jio. This will ensure that only the people who want the JioPhone will book it. So, there are no needless queues, similar to what we saw with the Jio SIM card last year because that was free. This time around, people will go to a Jio store to get the device only if they are serious about it because it entails paying Rs 500.
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