The Vikings And Ravens Are In For A Rude Awakening

5-411.5 Does schedule strength matter for 3-0 teams? 0-910.0 2-710.8 4-511.3 6-311.5 3-610.9 1-810.9 Opponents’ combined record is through the first three games of the seasonSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com OPPONENTS’ COMBINED RECORDTEAM’S AVERAGE TOTAL WINS The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings are both 3-0 to start the year, two of just five undefeated teams remaining in the NFL. But given the way that both teams have played so far, there are a lot of questions about how sustainable their success will prove to be as the season continues.Let’s start with the Ravens. Although 27 other teams wish they had Baltimore’s record, I’m not sure 27 other teams wish they had Baltimore’s team. Being 3-0 is great, but the Ravens have managed to achieve their perfect record while racking up about as few style points as possible.All three of Baltimore’s games have been close, with the team winning by a combined total of just 13 points. And its three opponents were Buffalo, Cleveland, and Jacksonville — teams with a combined 1-8 record, all of whom ranked in the bottom six of last week’s ESPN Power Rankings. In fact, we noted back in July that the forgiving schedule should help Baltimore get off to a strong start.What does history say about 3-0 teams that feasted on bad opponents? From 1990 to 2015, 63 teams started the season 3-0 against opponents that, like Baltimore’s foes, went 1-8 through three weeks.1I filtered out teams that were 3-0 after 4 weeks because I wanted to keep opponents’ records consistent. On average, those teams finished with 10.9 wins — only a little worse than teams who had beaten better opponents: So maybe the Ravens’ easy schedule isn’t a big concern, but it is smart to be worried about their low points differential. The Ravens have the worst points differential of any 3-0 team since the 2004 Jaguars, who eventually finished the season 9-7. From 1990 to 2015, there were 119 teams that went 3-0 through three weeks, and only four of them — the 2004 Jaguars, 1999 Patriots, 1993 Eagles and 1991 Bears — had a lower points differential than Baltimore does this year.If we use a simple linear regression between a 3-0 team’s points differential through three games and its final win tally, we’d expect Baltimore (at +13) to win 10 games, implying that they’d go only 7-6 the rest of the way.2It takes about 36 additional points of differential to translate to one more projected victory. The best-fit formula to project season-ending wins among 3-0 teams was: 9.61 + 0.028 * points differential. (The R-squared was 0.22.) Things were even worse for the 10 lowest-ranked 3-0 teams by points differential: That group averaged just 6.3 wins over the rest of the season. So although Baltimore should be happy with its 3-0 record, a low points differential against a cupcake schedule is enough to fuel skepticism about the team’s chances right now.The Vikings’ success so far is based on equally unsustainable performances. They’ve compiled their 3-0 mark despite gaining only 796 yards of total offense, becoming only the fifth team since 1990 to start 3-0 with fewer than 800 offensive yards.3They joined the 2012 Cardinals (787 yards through three games), 2004 Jaguars (654), 1998 Dolphins (750) and 1990 Raiders (793). Only one other team this year has played three games4The Saints, who have 795 yards of offense, play their third game of the season tonight. and produced fewer than 800 yards of offense: Los Angeles, with 788 — and it’s never a good thing to be compared with the Rams’ lowly offense.Minnesota ranks last in rushing yards per game and rushing yards per carry, so the running game hasn’t powered the Vikings’ undefeated start. The offense is also in the hands of quarterback Sam Bradford, who hasn’t managed many long stretches of competent play over his career. So how have the Vikings raced out to 3-0?Bradford has a passer rating of 107.8 this year, far above his career rating of 81.6, but two games of solid play don’t overshadow a career of underachievement. (His 22nd-place ranking in Total QBR also suggests that his lofty passer rating will come down to earth soon.) The biggest reasons for Minnesota’s success, then, have little to do with the offense and a lot to do with a fluky scoring performance from its defense and special teams, as well as a sky-high turnover margin.In terms of fluky scoring, so far this season, Minnesota has scored as many return touchdowns5Defensive and special teams touchdowns, which come from punt and kick returns as well as from fumbles and interceptions. (three) as it has offensive touchdowns, and that trend is unlikely to continue. Even good defenses and special-teams units can’t produce return touchdowns every week. Last year, Seattle and Arizona were the only teams with at least three return touchdowns through three games, and they combined for just five more the rest of the season. Digging deeper into history, from 1990 to 2015, there were 22 teams with exactly three return touchdowns after three games, and those teams averaged only 3.3 more return touchdowns the rest of the year.As for the turnovers, the Vikings have an NFL-best +8 margin in that department through three weeks, and that trend is also unlikely to continue. From 1990 to 2015, 74 teams had a +6 or better turnover margin through three weeks. On average, those teams averaged +7.1 more takeaways than giveaways through three games, but they finished the year with a +9.5 margin. That means that over the remaining 13 games, those teams only had about 2.4 more takeaways than giveaways. Some of the Vikings’ early-season success has been built on performances that are simply not sustainable.The good news for Minnesota? Last year’s Broncos showed that a defense-driven team can still win a Super Bowl, even when paired with a below-average offense. The Vikings’ defense leads the NFL in sack rate, and the run defense is allowing a mere 3.5 yards per carry. So it would be unfair to describe Minnesota’s 3-0 start as entirely fluky, even if that’s an accurate term for how the team has scored half of its touchdowns. That said, the Vikings have just two runs of 10 or more yards this year, tied with Jacksonville for the fewest in the NFL, and zero runs of 15 or more. And with only six passing plays of at least 20 yards, Minnesota ranks among the bottom three in the NFL in that category, too.In other words, despite their 3-0 records, Minnesota and Baltimore are each playing with no margin for error right now. Eking out close victories or winning with turnovers and returns can work for a short while, but both methods are cause for plenty of doubts about the teams’ ability to be serious title contenders.CORRECTION (Sept. 26, 11:15 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the number of games that Sam Bradford has played through the first three weeks of the NFL season. It was two games, not three. read more

GOSPEL MISSIONARY TOURISM BOOM

first_img North Carolina Preacher holds services in Turks & Caicos Healing Services begin tonight in Provo Related Items:Community fellowship center, kansas, maps Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Youth in focus for Natl Leadership conference Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Oct 2014 – Comnunity Fellowship Center Assemblies of God has drawn nearly 200 guests to the TCI from across the US over the past year.The MAPS programme of The Assemblies of God sends helpers all over the world for projects. CFC and its Community Christian Academy school has benefitted from no less than four visits to assist completion of the school building. Last October there was a free clinic where thousands got medical care and glasses from our visitors.A group of 18 from Kansas is here now. Another group is coming later in the month, October 21 to further construction at the school on Leeward Highway, Providenciales.last_img read more

Worlds oldest Olympian Bahamian Sir Durward dies with family at his side

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Sir Durward Knowles oldest living Olympic Champion, celebrated 100 Years Nov 2 Related Items:#bahamasgoldmedal, #oldestolympian, #sirdurwardknowles Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, #Bahamas – February 26, 2018 – Sir Durward Knowles, who up to Saturday was the world’s oldest living Olympic champion died at the age of 100 in his home country of The Bahamas.Revered for his philanthropic work, his striving to forge a stronger bond between black and white Bahamians in an initiative called One Bahamas and saluted for his accomplishments as a decorated sailor – Knowles slipped away on Saturday.#SirDurward on  November 2nd 2017 marked a century of life, a goal he desperately wanted to accomplish.  The intriguing Bahamian hero told us, at a book signing that he wanted to live to see 100 years old, and he did it.  One hundred years and nearly four months Sir Durward lived and lived a robust life.Last November, The Bahamas held a slew of events – nationally – to help the Olympic champion sailor celebrate the milestone.There are many outstanding feats for the man, who now leaves a nation in mourning but satisfied at his amazing life.  Sir Knowles is the first champion for The Bahamas at the Olympics level and he did it in sailing at the Tokyo Games in 1964; before the gold, Sir Durward won bronze as a sailor and Sir Knowles is one of the longest competing Olympians in history, attending eight of the Games in all, seven of them consecutively.Knighted in 1996, Sir Durward supported the disabled with donations of wheel chairs… he supported sailing, ensuring the culture remained vibrant and prominent… and he shared his story of tenacity, with anyone, anywhere that he went.His family confirmed his death was on Saturday February 24 at 2:15pm at Doctor’s Hospital in Nassau, New Providence.Flags today fly at half mast for Sir Durward Knowles, Bahamian Sea Wolf… may you rest in peace. Recommended for youlast_img read more

Legendary Lionel Messi reaches 400 La Liga goals

first_imgAfter his goal against Eibar at the Camp Nou, Lionel Messi kept making history with the club after reaching his 400th La Liga goal.We are already out of adjectives to describe how incredible Lionel Messi has been for La Liga, today he scored his 400th La Liga goal against Eibar in front of all his fans and he became the only player in football history who has scored so many goals for a single domestic competition.The Argentine also has 159 assists in the Spanish tournament, which also puts him at the very top of the stats. In a match that was supposed to be easier than it actually was, Luis Suarez and a recovered Philippe Coutinho joined the party.The Uruguay international scored two goals against Eibar, the first and the last one of the 3-0 victory.The Brazilian wasn’t able to score, but he left several hints of his quality throughout the whole match and even assisted Suarez on his first goal.Playing as he did against Eibar, we can already state that Philippe Coutinho is completely back to his best form but he will need to remain like this for the rest of the season if he doesn’t want to be sold to the highest bidder next summer.But tonight’s main man was Lionel Messi, he keeps on gifting us with magical moments in 14 years of his career.✅ ¡LOGRO DESBLOQUEADO! 🔐⚽ 400 GOLES en #LaLigaSantander ⚽🌟 ¡MESSI es #LaLigaHistory! 🌟 pic.twitter.com/2lcCSqx43W— LaLiga (@LaLiga) January 13, 2019That very first La Liga goal he scored against Albacete back in 2005 was only the beginning, he reached this mythical number today and became an absolute legend amongst other legends.The player who is closer to him at the top of the list in all European leagues is Gerd Müller, who managed to score 365 goals for Bayern München in the Bundesliga.Jimmy Greaves is third with 357 goals scored in the English First Division before the Premier League was created.Then we have two Italians, the first one is Dellio Onnis, who scored 299 goals in the French Ligue 1. And we can’t forget legendary Silvio Piola, who got to score 274 goals in the Italian Serie A.These are the players who complete the list, but Messi has more merit for being able to get this milestone in the same era as Cristiano Ronaldo.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The Portuguese forward has a lot of merit in La Liga as well, as he managed to score 311 goals in the competition and remains as the second all-time goal-scorer after his spell at Real Madrid.Cristiano still has more league goals than Lionel, 12 to be exact.#LionelMessi es el primer jugador en alcanzar 400 goles en una sola de las 5 ligas grandes de EuropaLo logró con su 13er gol en @LaLiga vs Eibar. #Messi400 pic.twitter.com/vjbK4nMju0— ESPN Datos (@ESPNDatos) January 13, 2019Considering that Messi is nearly 2 years younger than Cristiano Ronaldo, being only 12 goals below the Portuguese player is truly incredible.Cristiano began his career at Sporting Lisbon and scored three goals in the domestic competition, then he moved to Manchester United and scored a good 84 goals during his spell with the Red Devils.We all know his story with Real Madrid, but Ronaldo remains strong and has already scored 14 Serie A goals since he arrived at Juventus last summer.The debate will forever remain alive between these two because some give more credit to Messi for being able to make La Liga his own, but many will always give Cristiano the advantage because he has been able to become a legend in the three biggest European leagues that exist.One thing is for sure though, Cristiano Ronaldo will never do what Lionel Messi achieved this Sunday because he never wanted to remain in a single club throughout his career.Perhaps if he would’ve stayed at Real Madrid during his whole career, Ronaldo may have reached Messi’s numbers but things worked out differently and he had to leave.👑 ¡MESSI, REY DEL GOL! 👑Messi = 400 goles Cristiano = 311 golesZarra = 251 golesHugo Sánchez = 234 goles Raúl = 228 goles#LaLigaSantander #LaLigaHistory pic.twitter.com/JvrwwoYRBJ— LaLiga (@LaLiga) January 13, 2019What has more credit, Messi’s 400 goals for a single club or Ronaldo’s 412 between 4 clubs? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

EA Access is finally available on PS4

first_img1:57 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 $6 at Tidal Rylo Best Buy Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Electronic Arts (EA) Microsoft,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Angela Lang/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $155 at Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See It Sarah Tew/CNET 1 Share your voice The Cheapskate Apple iPhone XS See it $210 at Best Buy Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read Google Home Hub review Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $59 at eBay DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See at Turo Read the AirPods review Boost Mobile $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Now playing: Watch this: Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Read the Rylo camera preview See It What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Lenovo Smart Clock review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Gaming $999 $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET Electronic Arts is known for games like the Madden NFL and FIFA sports titles. Christian Petersen/Getty Images After what seems like an eternity, PlayStation gamers on Wednesday can sign up for EA Access. The subscription service, from gaming giant Electronic Arts, costs $4.99 a month or $29.99 per year. EA announced in May that it was finally expanding EA Access support to PlayStation. The service first launched in 2014 for Microsoft’s Xbox One console, and then in 2016 for PC. It didn’t launch for the PlayStation, however, in part because the company didn’t believe it brought “the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect.” Membership gets gamers access to a growing catalog of games known as the Vault. Popular games include Titanfall 2, Madden NFL 19 and Battlefield V, according to Gamespot. Members also get a 10% discount on all digital EA games and content and access to the Play First trials, which let gamers play new EA titles prior to their official release. Tags $60 at Best Buy PlayStation State of Play event reveals new console and… Amazon Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sprint Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 7 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read DJI Osmo Action preview Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tags $299 at Amazon Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Commentlast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro review Class apart trend setter

first_imgXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the night.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Display6.3-inch full HD+ (2340x1080p) with 2.5D glass screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shieldAspect ratio: 19.5:9Contrast ratio: 1500:1Brightness: 450 nits and 84% NTSC colour gamut Processor11nm class Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core with Adreno 612 GPU OSAndroid Pie with MIUI 10 RAM +Storage Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Neptune Blue modelKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaI have small hands and had a bit trouble operating phone single handed on the Redmi Note 7 Pro, but thanks to MIUI, there is an option to minimise the screen layout to resolve my shortcoming. With the widescreen, I had a pleasant experience watching TV series, movies and trailers on YouTube.Performance:My review unit has 4GB RAM, 64GB storage (expandable up to 256GB storage) and packs a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor. It works buttery smooth and I’m pretty sure the top-end model with sumptuous 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, will perform even better.The Redmi Note 7 Pro base variant showed not even slightest hint of lag-ness when loading apps, switching between apps, camera operation (snapping images & video recording), watching videos and even playing PUBG Mobile game.In the AnTuTu benchmark tests, the Redmi Note 7 Pro scored a staggering 1,81,852 points and on the GeekBench, it got an impressive 6,193 and 2,398 points on multi-core and single-core tests, respectively. Camera:Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro houses dual primary camera– a 48MP (with Sony IMX586 sensor, F1.79 aperture) and a 5MP (F2.4 aperture) with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) and AI Portrait mode, dual-tone LED flash.I want to stress the fact that unlike other rival brands, the Redmi Note 7 Pro has a true 48MP camera and takes stunning images in natural sunny and even low-light conditions. In the Night mode, the camera requires the user to stay steady, as it takes a few seconds to process the image. The resultant images are decent, but I have to say, it is by the best among any brands in its price range.My tip to the Redmi Note 7 Pro owner is to use the night mode in situations such as controlled light conditions like monuments with street lights in the background and in pitch darkness, take the normal mode photo with LED flash on. In both the circumstances, you are assured of great pictures worth sharing on social media channels.If you want to get the 48MP picture, you have to settings (sandwich icon) in the right top corner to select the same namesake and rest assured, you will really get a nice picture with great details of the scene, which even some upper mid-range phones ( Rs 35,000-price Plus) cannot match it.Also, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) works like charm and is accurate in most of the time in identifying the locale type and optimising the camera to get the best shot possible.On the front, the13MP snapper is impressive and the AI Portrait mode is best compared other branded phones in the market. 1/1 Dimensions159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1 mm Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with two stereo speakers at the base with Type C port in the middle.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Add-onsP2i water splash-resistant coating, hybrid dual-SIM slot (nano-SIM 1 + nano SIM 2 or microSD card), facial recognition, fingerprint sensor, IR sensor, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 ac; dual-band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz), USB Type C, 3.5mm audio jack, AK 98937 Smart PA Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample shotKVN Rohit/IBTimes India13photo slideXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the eveningKVN Rohit/IBTimes India Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the morning.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Neptune Blue modelKVN Rohit/IBTimes India2photo slideXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Nebula Red modelKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaIt also comes with P2i coating, meaning the Xiaomi phone can sustain accidental water splashes and rain shower. Furthermore, the company is offering a shell case in the retail package. This will help improve the durability of the Redmi Note 7 Pro.It sports 6.3-inch full HD+ (2340x1080p) LCD with 2.5D glass screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shield (even on the back too). The display is very bright and can be adjustable to control blue light for night time reading. Even under the bright sunny condition, I didn’t have trouble reading the content on the screen. 1/1 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro sample imagesKVN Rohit/IBTimes India 4GB RAM + 64GB storage: Rs 13,9996GB RAM + 128GB storage: Rs16,999 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the evening.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro features a hybrid SIM tray slot on the left side.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:08Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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COPY LINKAD Loading … Main: 48MP (with Sony IMX586 sensor, F1.79 aperture) + 5MP (F2.4 aperture) dual rear camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) and AI Portrait mode, dual-tone LED flashFront: 13MP with AI Portrait mode ColoursBlack/Blue/Red Close Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the evening.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India 4GB LPDDR4X RAM + 64GB storage6GB LPDDR4X RAM + 128GB storage[Note: storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD card] Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the evening.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the morning.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro black colour variant.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India5photo slideXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro houses a 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster and a mic on the top.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the night.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample shot.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Camera Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample shot.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaBattery:This aspect is very subjective, as the device’s battery life depends on how you use. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with 4,000mAh battery, same as the Redmi Note 6 Pro and its predecessor. But, with new Snapdragon 675, the Redmi Note 7 Pro will offer a full day’s battery which most of us crave and if used more conservatively, it delivers more actually. As a non-gamer user, my review unit gave more than one and a half day of battery life. If you happen to watch a tad more videos and also play games in your free time, it will last more than 10 hours easily.Final thoughts:After using it for more than three weeks, I did not find any discerning shortcomings in the Redmi Note 7 Pro in terms of functionality and actually, it delivers more than the price it commands. Xiaomi phone ticks all five critical aspects in a phone, which the consumer, particularly young and salaried class people look for. It has uber cool design & high durable build quality, great camera (best in its class. Period), really long lasting battery, a powerful processor configuration and most importantly, the low-price, which plays a very crucial role in the minds of shrewd Indian consumers while making the purchase.Right now, you won’t find a better phone with such specifications-to-price-ratio in the Indian market that can match Redmi Note 7 Pro.The only qualm I have with Xiaomi is that it is not making enough Redmi Note 7 Pro units to satiate demand in the market; despite having multiple mobiles assembling plans in India, the company is still hosting a flash sale and for me, this is just criminal.Pros:Visually appealing designPremium build qualityPowerful processor and good RAM+ storage configuration optionsExcellent camera hardwareLong lasting batteryThe price tag is ridiculously low for such a feature-rich phoneCons:Conducting flash sale in 2019 should be labelled as a cardinal sin. I am getting lots of requests from friends and colleagues for F-codes, but I’m helpless. I exhausted my two f-codes before the first flash sale and another two, which I requested the PR agency last week, is also gone.Key specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro:ModelModelXiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProModelDisplayXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro6.3-inch full HD+ (2340x1080p) with 2.5D glass screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shieldAspect ratio: 19.5:9Contrast ratio: 1500:1Brightness: 450 nits and 84% NTSC colour gamutModelOSXiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProAndroid Pie with MIUI 10ModelProcessorXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro11nm class Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core with Adreno 612 GPUModelRAM +StorageXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro4GB LPDDR4X RAM + 64GB storage6GB LPDDR4X RAM + 128GB storage[Note: storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD card]ModelCameraXiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProMain: 48MP (with Sony IMX586 sensor, F1.79 aperture) + 5MP (F2.4 aperture) dual rear camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) and AI Portrait mode, dual-tone LED flashFront: 13MP with AI Portrait modeModelBatteryXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro4000mAh with Quick Charge 4.0 capabilityModelAdd-onsXiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProP2i water splash-resistant coating, hybrid dual-SIM slot (nano-SIM 1 + nano SIM 2 or microSD card), facial recognition, fingerprint sensor, IR sensor, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 ac; dual-band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz), USB Type C, 3.5mm audio jack, AK 98937 Smart PAModelDimensionsXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1 mmModelColoursXiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProBlack/Blue/RedModelPrice Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro4GB RAM + 64GB storage: Rs 13,9996GB RAM + 128GB storage: Rs16,999 Battery4000mAh with Quick Charge 4.0 capability ModelXiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Mobile phone manufacturing factories increased from 2 to 120 after coming to power: RS Prasad Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro primary camera sample taken in the morning.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India Price  Last month, Xiaomi unveiled the new Redmi Note 7 Pro, the company’s first smartphone of the year in India and in fact, it was also a global debut. During the presentation, Xiaomi took its own sweet time to describe its camera, processor, design and other aspects of the Redmi Note 7 Pro and when the time came for the price announcement, I and many other fellow reporters and bloggers covering the event, we’re betting the device would be priced in the upwards of Rs 20,000. But, to everyone’s surprise, Xiaomi revealed that the Redmi Note 7 Pro would start at Rs 13,999 (4GB RAM + 64GB storage) and the top-end with 6GB RAM and 128GB costs just Rs 17,999. It left many perplexed how Xiaomi would come with such a ridiculously low price-tag for the Redmi Note 7 series, which compared to rival brands with similar features, cost more than the double.   Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with full HD display.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaDoes the Redmi Note 7 Pro really live up to the hype? Well, Xiaomi has provided a review unit to the International Business Times, India Edition to judge it and here’s what I learnt about this new game changer of a phone.Build quality, design and display:The Redmi Note 6 Pro and its predecessor, Redmi Note 5 Pro already set a benchmark for build quality in the mid-range class of phones and now, with the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi has taken it a notch up.The glass-enclosed Redmi Note 7 Pro with a metallic frame around the edges exude premium feel, which I believe is unparallel in its class. Though its fingerprint magnet, many in my office were really impressed with the design and build quality of the Xiaomi phone and couldn’t believe it costs less than Rs 14,000. 1/1last_img read more

Dhanush sets his eyes on Ayushmann Khurranas Article 15

first_imgDhanush.PR HandoutDhanush, who is already busy with multiple projects, is now in the race to acquire rights to remake the hit Hindi movie, Article 15.According to The Times of India, Dhanush is one among many who are trying to procure the remake rights of the movie. “Many filmmakers from south have expressed their interest in remaking the film, and Dhanush, who is known for backing movies with good content, has also shown keen interest,” a source told TOI.However, it is unclear whether the actor wants to star in the movie or restrict himself as the producer.Article 15 is an investigative thriller directed by Anubhav Sinha. The movie revolves around the rape and murder of two teenage Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh’s Lalgaon. It deals with the contentious issue of caste-based oppression sensitively. Although the movie had met with opposition from a section of the audience, it turned out to be a profitable venture by grossing Rs 64 crore at the box office.The subject seems to have caught Dhanush’s attention because of the rampant casteism in Tamil Nadu.However, Dhanush has a few movies in his kitty. He is working on Vetrimaaran’s Asuran and will be also teaming up for the second part of Vada Chennai. The actor has teamed up with RS Durai Senthilkumar for Pattas.last_img read more

Sebi bans commodities arms of Motilal Oswal India Infoline from trading

first_imgStock markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has banned commodity broking arms of two broking firms from trading and directed their clients to transfer their accounts to other brokers in 45 days, a media report says. Sebi censured commodity broking arms of Motilal Oswal and India Infoline (IIFL) as part of ongoing investigation into the National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) case of 2013, according to the report.The Sebi order issued on Friday, February 22, found the two brokers not “fit and proper” to conduct commodities derivatives trading. Sebi’s not “fit and proper” status applies to the commodity arms of both the brokers and not their unified broking businesses, according to the Business Standard website. “The noticee shall cease to act, directly or indirectly, as a commodity derivatives broker,” the Sebi order said.The market regulator is investigating a Rs 5,600-crore payment default at the spot commodity trading platform of Jignesh Shah-promoted NSEL that surfaced in 2013 in which some broking firms are alleged to have taken part in the fraudulent sale of NSEL derivative contracts without the underlying commodities in the warehouses.Sebi found the close association of the two brokers with NSEL allowed them to “become a channel” for fraudulent transactions. “Thus… the noticee is not a fit and proper person to be granted registration/to operate as a commodity derivatives broker”, the order said.”I, in exercise of the powers conferred upon me under Regulation 28 of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Intermediaries) Regulations, 2008 read with regulation 7(1) of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Stock Brokers and Sub-brokers) Regulations, 1992, in the interest of investors and to protect the integrity of the securities market, declare that the noticee is not a fit and proper person to hold, directly or indirectly, the certificate of registration as commodity derivatives broker, and hereby, reject the applications dated December 11, 2015, and December 16, 2015, filed by Motilal Oswal Commodities Broker Private Limited for registration as commodity derivatives broker. The noticee shall cease to act, directly or indirectly, as a commodity derivatives broker.” Sebi issued a similar order against IIFL also.Sebi also directed the broking arms of these companies to allow transfer of accounts of the commodities derivatives clients to any other broker of their choice without any additional cost within the stipulated 45 days. In case of any commodities clients remained after 45 days, the broking firms were to transfer the accounts to another broking firm holding a valid certificate of registration to carry on such activity, within a further period of 30 days. “Such person should not be directly or indirectly related to the noticee. The order shall come into force with immediate effect,” Sebi said.The two brokerages are among more than 300 brokerage houses named by the Sebi in a first information report (FIR) pointing to the violation of rules in the NSEL scam. Sebi issued show-cause notices to five brokers earlier alleging illegal forward contract trade and failure to do proper diligence such as physical verification of warehouses, stocks and checking claims of exchange on guaranteed returns.last_img read more

Saudi king too wants regime continuity FS

first_imgA handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on October 17, 2018, shows King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) receiving Bangladesh`s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (L) at the royal palace in the capital Riyadh.Photo: AFPAppreciating Bangladesh’s tremendous development unleashed under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Wednesday wished the continuity of the present regime in the coming days.The Saudi Kind made the wish when prime minister Sheikh Hasina had an audience with him, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque while briefing reporters after the meeting.The official also said earlier that many leaders who joined the UN General Assembly session last month wished continue of the prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s administration.”The Saudi king repeatedly said Bangladesh has achieved huge development and its continuity needs to be maintained. Here the continuity means the continuation of the prime minister,” he said.Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, also the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, said if there is continuity, the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia will be strengthened further in all areas, the foreign secretary added.About the meeting, Shahidul said a discussion was held amid a very cordial and warm environment.When the prime minister reached the Royal Palace, the king himself came out to its gate to receive her, he said.”The king told the prime minister that it (Royal Palace) is your house and you’re always welcome here,” the foreign secretary said, adding that there was elaborate banquet and the king was seen very cordial while talking to the prime minister over the lunch.The Saudi king stressed the need for exploiting the opportunity on the cooperation between the brotherly countries in different sectors, including economic and cultural areas.He highly lauded Bangladesh for its voice over the establishment of the Palestine people’s rights. “Bangladesh’s position is very respectful,” the foreign secretary quoted the king as saying.The prime minister thanked the Saudi king for his cordial hospitality.When she drew his attention to the problems of Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia, the king said it is his duty to resolve those as Bangladeshi expatriates contribute to the socio-economic development of Saudi Arabia, too.The prime minister invited the Saudi king to visit Bangladesh and he accepted it, Shahidul Haque said.last_img

JAMES Roby says he is in good shape and ready to g

first_imgJAMES Roby says he is in good shape and ready to go as England prepare for their World Cup campaign.Steve McNamara’s side will face Australia, Ireland and Fiji in their Group A pool.“Every time I get picked for England it is a great honour,” he said. “It is obviously something different from being in a club environment and it makes a refreshing change to meet up new players from different teams. We have a good chance.“It’s been a tough year for me with injury but I feel I am in good shape. I’ve had ankle problems but on the flipside I’ve had a lot of rest as a result. Physically I am feeling fit and fresh and hopefully I can use that to my advantage.“I think it is definitely one of the strongest squads we’ve had for a while. There is strength in depth and there is an argument for a lot of the people that weren’t selected. That’s good for Steve McNamara as he has a lot of players challenging for places.“Now we have to go out there and give a good account of ourselves.”He continued: “Ever since it was announced that the World Cup would be in England I’ve been excited. Of course you concentrate on your club week in week out but it is always in the back of your mind because you have the desire to wear the jersey, represent your country and do everyone proud.“Now we are meeting up it is more real and the intensity will step up ahead of that opening ceremony.”Langtree Park will host Australia v Fiji on November 2 with an 8pm kick off. Adult tickets are available from just £10 with kids £5. You can buy here.last_img read more