T20: India vs England - Preview

Neww4u-Sports Desk- Birmingham: The odd loss in the final ODI notwithstanding, India are expected to hold an edge as the visitors seek to bring the curtains down on what has been a mixed tour with a victory in the only T20 International against England here on Sunday.

Having suffered a 1-3 defeat in the Test series, the Indians found their bearings in the One-dayers, clinching the five-match series 3-1 despite losing yesterday’s inconsequential final game by 41 runs at Leeds.

After struggling to get going in the five-day format, the inclusion of fresh legs such as Suresh Raina for the One-day Internationals gave the team the much-needed impetus.

Young batsmen such as Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan too fared better in the blue jersey though Virat Kohli’s woeful run of form remains a major cause for concern for the Indian think-tank.

Considered the mainstay of Indian line-up till recently, Kohli’s run of poor scores continued in the shorter format and the batsman would be keen to at least end the tour on a decent note.

Though they flopped in the inconsequential final ODI, both Rahane and Dhawan have had good outings in the penultimate game, with the former notching up a smashing century.

Raina has been good on and off while Ambati Rayudu (53) and Jadeja (87) showed their ability with the willow on the Headingley wicket.

As far as bowling is concerned, the Indians enjoyed greater success in the ODIs, with Mohammad Shami managing to impress even captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni with his effort in the death overs yesterday.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar relishes bowling on seaming conditions and would be keen to extract something out of the Edgbaston track. Dhoni has another option in Umesh Yadav though it remains to seen whether the pacer is picked after a lacklustre outing in Leeds.

Left-arm spinner Jadeja can be a handy bowler in the shorter format and he would definitely be a valuable option for the skipper.

And then there is the specialist spinner, offie Ravichandran Ashwin, who surely knows a thing or two about bowling in the slam-bang format.

From England’s point of view, Joe Root, who had just scored his ODI ton, will look to continue in similar fashion having got a fair idea of how to handle the Indian attack.

The hosts have named uncapped Surrey batsman Jason Roy in their 14-man squad and it will be interesting to see if he is played or not.

Roy is joined by the recalled Tim Bresnan, Ravi Bopara and James Taylor.

Bresnan has not played in an international side since the defeat to the Netherlands that ended England’s miserable World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh in March, while Taylor last featured for England 12 months ago in an ODI against Ireland.

With Stuart Broad, England’s regular T20 captain, unavailable due to a knee injury, the team will be led by Eoin Morgan.

Teams:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Dhawal Kulkarni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Taylor, James Tredwell , Chris Woakes. PTI


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Motorola unveils new Moto G and X, smartwatch with Flipkart

News4u-Business Desk- New Delhi: Riding high on the success of its affordable handsets, Motorola Mobility on Friday unveiled the second generation of its popular Moto G and Moto X in India in an exclusive partnership with homegrown e-tailer Flipkart.

The US-based firm, which has sold 1.6 million units of Moto E, G and X since February, is betting on the new version to help it ramp up sales in the fiercely competitive Indian smartphone market.

“Partnering with Flipkart, we had launched Moto G a few months ago, followed by Moto X and Moto E, all of which have received tremendous response in India. Now, we are bringing in a new generation with better features and at an attractive price,” Motorola Mobility India General Manager Amit Boni told reporters here.

Moto G will be priced at Rs 12,999 (16 GB), which is cheaper by Rs 1,000 compared to the previous generation.

Along with the Moto 360 smartwatch, Motorola will make the Moto X available later this month. The pricing of both the devices will be announced later.

Motorola claims to have over 5 percent share of the India smartphone market.

According to research firm IDC, smartphone sales in the country grew almost three-fold to over 44 million in 2013, buoyed by affordable devices made by local firms.

In the second quarter of 2014, 18.42 million smartphones were shipped in India. Samsung is the leader with a 29 percent market share, followed by Micromax (18 percent).

The smartphone category is witnessing intense competition, especially in the affordable (sub USD 100) segment.

Last week, Firefox (in partnership with Spice and Intex) had launched two new handsets, priced below Rs 2,300, aimed at those looking to upgrade from feature phones to smartphones.

Google is also expected to launch its much-awaited sub-USD 100 (around Rs 6,000) smartphones in India on September 15, which will further intensify competition in the booming multi-billion dollar smart devices market here.

Flipkart Vice President Retail and Head Strategic Brand Alliances Michael Adnani said 1.6 million units of Moto E, G and X have already been sold on Flipkart.

“Moto E accounts for the bulk. We are confident that we will see similar response for the new devices as well,” he added.

Asked whether the company will discontinue the previous generation, Boni said it will be gradually phased out.

The new Moto G has a 5-inch screen, 1.2 Ghz quad core processor, Android KitKat OS, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear and 2MP front camera, expandable memory up to 32GB and 2,070 mAh battery.

The Moto E will feature 5.2-inch screen, 2.5 GHz quad core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16GB memory, 13MP (rear) and 2MP (front) camera and 2300 mAh battery.

Talking about the smartwatch, Motorola Mobility Senior Vice President Product Management Charlie Tritscler said the market is new and growing.

“Globally, wearable is a new trend and it is picking up. Moto 360 is trendy and smart. We expect it to do well here as well,” he added. PTI


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Africa & Indian Ocean winners revealed at World Travel Awards

News4u-Travel Desk- Kenya Tourism Board has successfully defended its title as Africa’s Leading Tourist Board as World Travel Awards winners in Africa & Indian Ocean are revealed.

The organisation was among the most successful entrants at the 2014 awards, taking the prize for the third consecutive year, while South Africa Airways took the trophy for Africa’s Leading Airline.

The prestigious title of Africa’s Leading Game Reserve Brand was awarded to &Beyond, while voters recognised Mantis Collection as Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand.

World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “We saw an incredibly rich, diverse and inspirational selection of nominees in Africa & Indian Ocean in 2014, with many top competitors fighting it out in a series of very close races.

“With tourism growing in importance all the time in both Africa and the Indian Ocean, it is an honour to bestow our prizes on some exceptional organisations.

In the Indian Ocean, Air Mauritius took the title of Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline, while Maldives took the top honour of Indian Oceans’ Leading Destination.

Global giant Hilton Hotels walked away with the trophy for Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Brand.

World Travel Awards President Graham Cook added: “Each of our winners here this evening is a deserving champion. They will now move forward to the World Travel Awards Grand Final, which will this year take place in the stunning destination of Marrakech, Morocco. I look forward to welcoming them there.”

Winners in Africa & Indian Ocean are the fourth region to be revealed by World Travel Awards, with Gala Ceremonies staged in the Middle East, Europe and South America earlier in the year.

Two further events remains on the Grand Tour 2014, with The Oberoi, New Delhi, welcoming the Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony on October 10th, before CuisinArt in Anguilla completes the journey later in the month.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, in its historic 21st year, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

The annual programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry.

In 2013, over 500,000 individual votes were cast by travel professionals and high-end tourism consumers.

All regional winners then compete head to head in a final round of voting to decide who will triumph in WTA’s world awards – the ultimate accolade in the travel and tourism industry.

The winners are announced on the night of the WTA Grand Final, which will this year take place in Morocco on November 29th.Agencies


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Woody Allen never ‘agonized’ over longtime dispute with ex Mia Farrow

News4u-Entertainment Desk- New York:Woody Allen has revealed that he has never “agonized for a second” over his disputes with former partner, Mia Farrow, including daughter Dylan Farrow’s molestation allegations against him.

The 78-year-old filmmaker, who strongly denied the allegations, said that he had a very “dull private middle-class life”, which was uneventful, the New York Post reported.

The ‘Annie Hall’ star continued saying that he had never given “a second’s thought” to his custody drama with his former partner.

Allen, who doesn’t care if people burnt all of his movies after his death, added that there was “no God” and “no reason for anything.” ANI


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An hour of moderate exercise daily halves heart failure risks

News4u-Features Desk- Washington: A new study has revealed that an hour of moderate exercise everyday or half an hour of vigorous exercise reduces the heart failure risk by 46 percent.

Swedish researchers found that the more active a person was, the lower was their risk for heart failure and the physical activity was equally beneficial for men and women.

The study also found that those who developed heart failure were older, male, had lower levels of education, a higher body mass index and waist-hip ratio, and had a history of heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Co-author Kasper Andersen, researcher at the Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden, said that even quite low levels of activity could give positive effects, and that, physical activity lowered many heart disease risk factors, which in turn lowered the risk of developing heart failure as well as other heart diseases.

Andersen added that walking, bicycling or taking the stairs could make a big difference in the Western world, which promoted a sedentary lifestyle.

The study is published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure. ANI


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Age no bar for breast cancer surgery: Study

News4u-Features Desk- Singapore: There is good news for older women suffering from breast cancer as researchers have found that breast cancer surgeries may be safely performed even for women aged 80 years and above.

“The results of this study are important as they dispel the misconception and fear among the public that surgery for elderly patients is unsafe and has a high complication rate”, said Ong Kong Wee from the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) who led the research.

“Surgery is the most important modality in the treatment of breast cancer. It also relieves symptoms in patients who have tumours that do not respond to other therapies,” Wee added.

The study explored the safety of breast cancer surgery in women aged 80 years and above.

A retrospective analysis was performed on 109 elderly women who underwent surgery in NCCS and Singapore General Hospital (SGH) from 2001 - 2010.

Although approximately 80 percent of patients had co-existing medical problems such as hyper-tension, dyslipidaemia and diabetes mellitus, there were no deaths recorded following the breast surgery.

More than 60 percent of patients recovered without any complications, while only three percent developed major complications but recovered subsequently.

“Surgery should always be considered even among elderly patients and performed expeditiously,” Wee added. IANS


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My children can’t watch me in ‘Paddington’: Nicole Kidman

News4u-Entertainment Desk- London: Actress Nicole Kidman said her role in upcoming children’s film ‘Paddington’ is too disturbing for her two young daughters to watch.

The 47-year-old star, who has Sunday, six, and three-year-old Faith, with singer husband Keith Urban, plays villain Millicent Clyde, a museum director who wants Paddington bear to be stuffed and mounted, reportedly.

“I was like, ‘I’ll do this for my children’. Then they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, are you playing the bear’s mummy?’ I told them, ‘I’m not playing the mummy, I’m playing…’, and that’s when I realised they can’t go see this film.

“I’m vicious and awful in it. My daughter was mortified. They can’t see it now,” she said. PTI


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