Milind Deora ignores Sanjay Nirupam’s jibes, says party bigger than individual

first_imgFaced with a barrage of criticism from his predecessor Sanjay Nirupam, former Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora turned the other cheek on Monday. ‘Unpleasant and unwarranted commentary’, he said, should be ignored. “A party and its ideals are bigger than an individual. Some unpleasant and unwarranted commentary from certain quarters should be ignored,” said Mr. Deora in a statement issued on Monday evening.Unpleasant scenes have accompanied Mr. Deora’s appointment as well as departure, with Mr. Nirupam criticising him over his idea to appoint a three-member committee to run the Mumbai Congress till the Assembly elections. “The idea to appoint a three-member committee to run Mumbai Congress in place of (a party) president is not at all appropriate. It will ruin the party further,” tweeted Mr Nirupam.He ridiculed Mr. Deora over his hints at undertaking an important responsibility at the national level. “Resignation (usually) comes with sacrifice. But here, a national-level position is being demanded. Is this a resignation or a ladder to climb? The party should be wary of such ‘devoted’ leaders,” he said.Mr. Deora, however, said he was humbled by the affection and support he received after his resignation, and asked party workers to keep up the good work. The Congress’s vote share in Mumbai rose by 5%, he said. It was proved in the Lok Sabha elections that party workers can work unitedly for all Mumbaikars and earnestly pursue their support to build an inclusive Mumbai, he said. “We have re-established Mumbai Congress as a party for all Mumbaikars and this is a great beginning to build on,” said the statement.last_img read more

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Azkals foil Tajiks Rally, keep top spot

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide BaliPure, Pocari dispute title View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire But Tajikistan struck twice in quick succession with Parvizchon Umarbaev scoring from the spot in the 57th minute off a questionable foul called on Amani Aguinaldo, and Dilshod Vasiev finishing off a quick counter attack four minutes later after Junior Muñoz lost the ball at midfield.Fil-Japanese leftback Daisuke Sato restored the two-goal cushion for the Azkals with a long range strike with 10 minutes remaining only for Manuchekr Dzaliliov’s late strike off another defensive breakdown giving the Tajiks hope until the end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe performance was a far cry from the horror show in Guangzhou where the Azkals absorbed a 1-8 defeat to China in a friendly Tuesday last week. Although the Azkals once again scrambled for most of the match and conceded some cheap goals against the Tajiks, they took their chances expertly with Patiño showing his quality.“It’s the perfect way to respond,” said midfielder Iain Ramsay, who played the full 90 minutes. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES A brace from Javier Patiño helped the Philippine Azkals weather a late Tajikistan uprising for a thrilling 4-3 victory Tuesday night that firmed up their grip of the top spot in Group F of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers at Republican Central Stadium in Dushbane.Captain Phil Younghusband gave the Philippines the lead with a sublime free kick in the 28th minute, before Patiño scored in the 41st and 48th minutes off two assists from Mike Ott as the Azkals looked on their way to a comfortable victory before 15,000 fans in the Tajik capital.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

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India hammer 200-plus totals in successive T20Is for the 1st time

first_imgKL Rahul slammed his fourth T20 International half-century as India continued to dominate Ireland in the final match of the two-T20I series in Dublin. The stylish Bangalore batsman was brought in at the expense of Shikhar Dhawan but he did not disappoint, racing away to a 36-ball 70.The 26-year-old Rahul enjoyed a sensational IPL campaign for Kings XI Punjab, smashing 659 runs off 14 matches.He did not play in the first T20I against Ireland on Wednesday. Skipper Virat Kohli, however, promised to give every player a chance in Dublin.INDIA VS IRELAND – 2ND T20IConsequently, Dhawan was rested and in came Rahul – one of four changes. Kohli walked in to open with Rahul and fell cheaply once again to Peter Chase, eight runs short of the 2000-run mark in T20Is. However, Rahul had got off to a breezy start which included two sweetly timed boundaries off Simi Singh in the first over. He was unstoppable thereafter and in the company of Suresh Raina, took the Ireland bowling attack to the cleaners.India, thanks to some fireworks from Rahul and Raina, blazed past the 100-run mark in the 10th over. And this was also the first time that India scored over 200 runs in successve T20Is.In the first match on Wedesday, India had scored 208/5 after Rohit Sharma’s scintillating 97.There was the same fluent bat movement, the same elegance and the same assured footwork from Rahul that saw him amass all those runs for KXIP. And Ireland had absolutely no answer to Rahul’s mind-numbing strokeplay.advertisementIndia are desperately looking for two middle-order options in the ODI side and Rahul’s classy innings should now put him in good stead. He looked good for his second T20I hundred at one stage but he was done in by a Kevin O’Brien’s spongy bounce. Meanwhile, Suresh Raina, who got through to the ODI side for the England tour at Ambati Rayudu’s expense, scored his first fifty since his comeback to the Indian team earlier in the year. He was dismissed by a Kevin O Brien slower ball after scoring 69 runs from 45 balls.Raina was not at his fluent best for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL but his powerful pull shots against Ireland on Friday should give the Indian camp a reason to smile.Ireland were bowled out for 70 runs in just 12.3 overs, as India won the match by 143 runs, the second biggest win by runs in T20I history. India also claimed the series 2-0.last_img read more

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Louvre attacker suspected to be Egyptian

first_imgA placard reading “the Louvre museum will not be open today” is displayed at the entrance of the Louvre museum in Paris. Photo: AFPFrench investigators believe the man who launched a machete attack outside the Louvre in Paris, before being shot and wounded by a soldier, is a 29-year-old Egyptian who entered the country on a tourist visa.The incident has thrust security and the terror threat back into the limelight three months before elections in France, with authorities saying it was a “terrorist” assault.The attacker, in a black t-shirt bearing a skull design and armed with two 40-centimetre (16-inch) machetes, lunged at four patrolling French soldiers while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”), Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a press conference.One of the troops was struck on the head and another fell to the ground outside the famous Paris museum after the assailant attacked. The second soldier managed to open fire and hit the machete-wielder in the stomach.“The attacker fell to the ground, seriously wounded. He has been taken to hospital and is fighting for his life,” the prosecutor said.A source later said that the suspect’s condition had stabilised. Security forces said one soldier had suffered a minor head wound.Police held hundreds of tourists in secure areas of the world famous attraction after the assailant was shot five times around 10:00 am (0900 GMT) in a public area near one of the museum’s entrances.‘Terrorist nature’The attacker who is thought to live in the United Arab Emirates, is believed to have entered France legally on a flight from Dubai on January 26, a source said.An Egyptian passport, thought to be the suspect’s, was found during a search of an apartment in an expensive district of Paris near the Champs-Elysees.The UAE government condemned the “hateful crime” and assured France of its “full solidarity”.As French authorities probed the attacker’s background, President Francois Hollande said that “there is little doubt as to the terrorist nature of this act,” an assessment echoed by Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.France was already still reeling from a string of terror attacks over the last two years and the country has been under a state of emergency since November 2015.The economy, immigration and security are major issues for voters ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections forecast to confirm the country’s shift right after five years of Socialist rule.US President Donald Trump tweeted that a “new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum in Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again. GET SMART US.”Witnesses described scenes of panic as people fled the Louvre complex following the incident.“We heard gunshots. We didn’t know what it was about. Then we evacuated the employees and we left,” one man who works in a nearby restaurant told AFP.A woman colleague said: “We saw death coming for us, with everything that’s happening at the moment. We were very, very scared.”String of attacksThe Louvre closed following the attack—but will re-open on Saturday.Paris’ lucrative tourism industry has been a major casualty of the terror attacks, with visitors cancelling or shortening their stays.The Louvre, a former royal palace in the heart of the city, has seen annual visitor numbers fall by some two million since 2015 to 7.3 million after the spate of recent attacks across France hit its claim to be the world’s most visited museum.The series of terror attacks in France began in January 2015 when jihadist gunmen rampaged through the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper and a Jewish supermarket, leaving 17 people dead in three days of bloodshed.Ten months later, gunmen and suicide bombers from the Islamic State jihadist group attacked bars, restaurants, a concert hall and the national stadium in Paris, killing 130 people.And last July, a Tunisian extremist rammed a lorry through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice on France’s south coast, crushing 86 people to death.Security has been a key campaign theme ahead of the presidential election in April and May, which a parliamentary election will follow in June.Rightwing candidate Francois Fillon, whose tough line on immigration and Islam made him an early poll favourite, has been ensnared in a damaging parliamentary expenses scandal in recent days.Anti-immigrant far-right leader Marine Le Pen is hoping for a boost from the furore and Trump’s election, while 39-year-old centrist independent Emmanuel Macron is also climbing in the polls.Friday’s incident came on the very day that Paris submitted its formal bid dossier to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.last_img read more

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Con Banega Crorepati

first_imgIt is not everyday that you see Dilliwallahs jostle to take a look at books. And buy them by the dozen. The Book Fair has been going mostly empty. But if you had been going to Dilli Haat over the last weekend, you would see how the place has completely transformed. All thanks to the Third Annual Comic Con. Every Delhiite worth his Diamond Comics came along. If not to buy books, to browse through them. If not to browse, then pick up merchandise. And if for nothing else, then to get themselves clicked with the quirky banners and with men and women who decided to give themselves a fun makeover. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Of course Comic Con is about comics. But it is as much about the merchandise, some of which you will get only at Comic Con which makes them all the more attractive for the funk-loving youngsters. And funky they all are. Superkudi, that hit theme of the last edition of Comic Con, has given way to Supermummy this year. So apart from banners, you could also pick up Supermummy tees, posters, wall clocks, cushions and even mugs. The ‘Wonder Bai’, or the ubiquitous Indian maid, was another favourite. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBut what most people were seen jostling for (and some even went back disappointed since most stalls had run out of sizes) were the Superman and Batman tees. While some were the more regular ones, there were others which had been fun slogans. The Bangalore-based Hysteria, was seen doing brisk business with their badges, posters, tees, art prints and more. So much so, that you actually had to queue up to see their poster catalogue. While the now well-known Chumbak (every girl worth her auto raja boxers have heard of them) has a stall, we found the lesser known ones doing brisk business. The merchandise was similar — tees, mugs, quirky posters, calendars and even toys of comic characters — but each added their own quirky take to them. Want to voice an opinion? Wear it on the tee. That was the USP of the Wear Your Opinion stall. A stall which stocked Harry Potter merchandise, was also a crowd favourite.last_img read more

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See the Sun Do a Somersault Courtesy of NASAs Observatory

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory took a photo of the sun every 12 seconds on July 6th, and the results aren’t quite what you’d expect. A time-lapse video of the images makes it look like the sun is doing a somersault, because the SDO was spinning 360-degrees on one axis when it captured them. The observatory performs the seven-hour maneuver once a year to take an accurate measurement of the star’s edge. See, the solar surface is pretty chaotic, and the spacecraft has tough time finding its outermost layer while it’s stationary. SDO’s images were taken in extreme ultraviolet wavelength, but NASA colorized the sun in the video below, so we can see it tumbling in space. This story originally appeared on Engadget 1 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 18, 2016last_img read more

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How to Drive Conversions Without Relying on Intrusive PopOvers

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Conversions and growth. Growth and conversions. They make the business world go round.So how much do you love (and by love, I mean hate) pop-over ads?The paradox is that they’re incredibly effective at converting, but people loathe them.The good: Pop-ups (which open a new browser window) and pop-overs (float above the content but do not open a new window) have a click-through rate near two percent, which is higher than other most other methods. Entrepreneur got 86 percent more subscribers when trying out a pop-over opt-in form. Popup Domination users boasted conversion increases between 150 percent (wow) and 1100 percent (WOW) when it first debuted.Marketing firm Fresh Relevance added a popover form on every page after a 30-second delay, resulting in 11 times as many sign-ups as they got from the old form in the footer while doubling the numbers of sign-ups from the old form, too!The bad: People — your users and customers — despise them. A lot. Beth Hayden at Copyblogger actually received hate mail when she tried them on her own site. Most studies have found 90 to 95 percent of people claim to hate them with a fiery intensity.Tools like AdBlock Plus — downloaded over 500 million times — make pop-ups very easy to control and eliminate.They’re the second most detested type of ad after telemarketers. 64 percent of respondents in a recent survey said they use blockers because pop-ups are annoying and intrusive.Annoying. Intrusive. Not exactly the feelings you want to inspire in your visitors.You have two choices: don’t use them at all, or make them less irritating. Here are a few alternative suggestions:Option A: Use a traditional inline formYes, pop-over adds are effective, but they’re not the only game in town. For example, you can use a traditional inline (directly on the page) form in either the header, footer, or sidebar. It may not convert as much, but it’s much less annoying and impossible to block.Create and share fantastic content on a consistent basis. Provide a wonderful product or service. If your product is great, people will convert without the pop-over.Include an inline opt-in after blog posts and articles. If what you’re providing is valuable, they’ll sign up.Personalize your messaging and segment your audience.A/B test. Then A/B test again.  Improve your CTA with stronger copy.Upgrade your sign-up form with personality and social proof.Related: 22 Qualities That Make a Great LeaderOption B: Use an app or online toolHere are some of the tools I’d reccomend:Scroll Box is a slide form that appears from any corner after reading X percent of a page. It’s smaller than a traditional pop-over, doesn’t obscure (as much of) the page, and converts at 0.94 percent. Also try the Scroll Triggered Box. Hubspot found a 192 percent higher CTR and 27 percent more submissions using a slide-in form when compared to a static CTA.Smart Bar can either sit at the top of a page (static), appear only when scrolling up after scrolling down (smart), or stay with reader as they move down (sticky). Businesses use it as a less invasive opt-in or simple reminder. It converts at only 0.25 percent, though. Also try the Hello Bar.Welcome Mat is a full-screen CTA that launches immediately as a visitor lands on a page (so although it’s similar, it’s not a true pop-over. It doesn’t interrupt their experience). It can even be used as a landing page. It has a 1.76 percent conversion rate according to SumoMe. Also try: OptinMonster’s Fullscreen.Related: 11 Ways to Make Money While You SleepOption C: Use the pop-over strategicallyI’ll be the first to admit that the allure of the pop-over is hard to resist. Many websites report sales increases of up to 40 percent after implementing them. The trick is to compare the upswing in sales and conversions with any resulting reduction in subscriptions, higher bounce rates or angry hate mail. Is it really worth it?If you absolutely must use a pop-over, though, use them in as unintrusive and innocuous a way as possible, be prepared for possible customer blowback and remember these helpful hints:Use a cookie or session tag to make sure people only see it once.No means no. Respect someone’s decision to close it. Don’t have another pop-over asking whether they’re sure. They’re sure.A/B test everything: copy, layout, image, color.Match the style and theme of your site.Make the close button easy to see and use.Avoid condescending options like “No thanks, I already know everything”.Keep the copy short, action-oriented and positive.The ideal formula? Headline, 2-3 benefits, an image, and a strong CTA.Acknowledge and thank those who opt in.Related: How to Start a Business With (Almost) No MoneyOption D: Use a delayed pop-overGive your users a little bit of time. Delay your pop-over to coincide with:X number of page views. If someone has read two or three pages already, they’re interested in you.End of a post. The pop-over is triggered as they hit the bottom of the page.X number of seconds or minutes spent on page. For example, you could use a pop-over containing a valuable coupon within seconds of opening the site. It’s quick and viewed as helpful to potential shoppers.Exit intent. Pop-overs can be triggered when someone goes to exit or close the page.Just be aware that many users consider exit pop-overs a little pathetic. They see websites that use them as less confident, less polished, and less professional. It’s considered a needy design pattern, and no one likes the needy friend, right?Pop-overs are definitely a catch-22. Some of the highest conversion rates out there, but terrible street cred. 70 percent of people say they have a lower opinion of businesses who use them.Tread lightly. 6 min read April 10, 2017 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens Listen Nowlast_img read more

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Apple releases iOS 122 beta 1 for developers with custom screen time

first_imgApple released the next major iOS update, iOS 12.2 beta 1 to developers on January 24, 2019. This update boasts of features like custom downtime scheduling, as well as major updates to PWA. Custom screen time scheduling According to a report by 9to5Mac, iOS users will be offered a custom downtime scheduler in the latest iOS update. Users will now be able to adjust the Screen Time feature per the days of the week. Although previous iOS versions had a similar downtime scheduler, it was limited to be applied every day. With iOS 12.2 beta 1, users can either choose to use the same schedule everyday, or customize it depending on which day of that week it is. You can use it by navigating to Settings > Screen Time > Downtime. PWA improvements Apple has made major improvements to Progressive web apps by introducing new features for developers. Mike Hartington, developer advocate for Ionic framework gives us a glimpse of new improvements in a tweet. New experimental features include Web Auth, Web Animations, WebMeta, pointer events, intersection observer etc. Service workers are removed from the experiments list and are enabled by default. External sites are loaded via SFViewController. This means authentication flows and still work without leaving the PWA. The current state of any app is maintained, even if the app goes in the background. You can view the native app as well as the PWA of the same app in the search. Users are generally excited for Apple making improvements to its PWA. A comment on Hacker news reads, “This is great for user rights and moves the needle more towards a decentralized and open ecosystem, while maintaining strong security guarantees to the end-user.” However, users also want Apple to consider supporting Push Notifications for PWAs. Other UI features 9to5Mac notes the following new UI updates made to Apple iOS 12.2 beta 1. New Screen Mirroring icon in Control Center New full screen Apple TV Remote Control Center interface New “Speakers & TVS” in Home app settings More detailed Apple Wallet UI for Recent Transactions Updated details button in Wallet card UI Tap a transaction for more detail Card details feature bubbly inset rectangles rows Motion & Orientation Data is new Safari toggle in iOS Settings Air Quality Index reading in Maps Safari warns about websites not supporting HTTPS Fill in a search suggestion without submitting the search Keyboard color picker Inline Safari music playback Album name full song search results in Music app iOS 12.2 will bring Apple News to Canada Developers can head to Settings > General > Software Updates to start downloading iOS 12.2 beta 1, if they have a previous iOS 12 beta installed. Non-developers can enter the public beta program by visiting beta.apple.com on the device they wish to enroll in the beta.  Currently, there is no public beta release. Read Next Apple has introduced Shortcuts for iOS 12 to automate your everyday tasks Microsoft Office 365 now available on the Mac App Store Tim Cook cites supply constraints and economic deceleration as the major reason for Apple missing it’s earnings targetlast_img read more

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