NBA All-Star weekend: Stephen Curry masters the dunk and lob

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Before the NBA All-Star game game ended, Stephen Curry needed to give the hometown crowd one last parting gift. He didn’t heave a shot from halfcourt. He didn’t shoot a 3. He didn’t even attempt a floater.Instead, Curry did not something that rarely defines his game. He threw down a dunk. With the clock ticking down to zero, Team LeBron had no inkling to play any defense. And why would they? They were about to cement a 178-164 win over “Team Giannis” in Sunday’s NBA All-Star …last_img

SA ‘encouraged’ by G20 growth plan

first_img7 November 2011 South Africa is encouraged by the Group of Twenty’s commitment to an action plan for growth and jobs, President Jacob Zuma said at the conclusion of the G20 summit in Cannes, France on Friday. “We are pleased with the commitment to an Action Plan for Growth and Jobs, which is an undertaking to renew efforts to combat unemployment and promote decent jobs, especially for the youth and others who have been most affected by the economic crisis,” Zuma said. According to the Presidency, the focus on job creation is in line with South Africa’s domestic focus on transforming the economy to promote inclusive growth and decent jobs. Zuma said the sovereign debt crises as well as credit rating downgrades of Eurozone economies had raised fears about a deepening financial crisis in the region. “We welcome the progress made by European leaders in their effort to resolve the current crisis. We urge them to continue to take decisive actions that will build confidence in the global economy.” The two-day summit, which ended on Friday, took place against the background of risks to the global economy, notably the risk posed by financial sector weakness. “We have also urged all G20 member countries to play their part to prevent the negative spill-over effect of the crisis on developing and low-income countries in line with the action plan,” Zuma said. South Africa was concerned that slow growth in the world economy was affecting Africa’s trade, growth and job creation prospects. South Africa’s real GDP growth was expected to remain below its pre-crisis 5% average at 3.5% over the next two years. South Africa also supported calls for ways to address loose monetary policies in advanced economies, while also strongly supporting the continued mainstreaming of development discourse in the G20, Zuma said. Over the course of the summit, South Africa participated and co-chaired the G20 Development Working Group alongside France and Korea. “While we participate in the G20 in a national capacity, we have always been mindful of the concerns of developing countries and the special challenges faced by Africa,” Zuma said. “The success of the development agenda of the G20 is crucial for the long-term credibility and legitimacy of the G20 for developing countries.” South Africa supported recommendations made by the High Level Panel on Infrastructure, premised on the understanding that facilitating increased private sector involvement was essential for enhancing infrastructure financing. Zuma said South Africa also supported the work of the Development Working Group on food security and building resilience in low-income countries, as this was critical in preventing cases of famine such as the one in Somalia. “We welcome chairing of the Development Working Group by Mexico in 2012 and the continued implementation of the Seoul Multi-Year Action Plan to support economic growth in developing countries.” BuaNewslast_img read more

Fadnavis, Chandrakant Patil on BJP’s first list of candidates

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday announced its first list of 125 candidates for the Maharashtra Assembly elections. The party declared tickets for 90 sitting legislators, while dropping 12 others in seats which are believed to free them up for deliberations with ally Shiv Sena. The two partners have confirmed they will fight the elections together. The expected names that feature on the list include Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis from Nagpur South West and State party president Chandrakant Patil from Kothrud in Pune. The BJP’s Central Election Committee had last week met under the leadership of party president Amit Shah to finalise the first list. The party also made space for several turncoats who left the Opposition ranks to join the saffron alliance ahead of polls. The prominent names from the Opposition ranks to be given a ticket include Kalidas Kolambkar from Wadala, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil from Shirdi and Harshvardhan Patil from Indapur. High profile names missing from the list were of controversial BJP leaders Eknath Khadse and Prakash Mehta. Both former ministers had faced charges of corruption during the party’s first term.Unrest in party ranksThere were murmurs of rebellion within the party ranks with the announcement of the list. Mr. Khadse held an emergency meeting with his supporters, while south Mumbai legislator Raj Purhoit landed at the Chief Minster’s residence.Mr. Khadse said, “I have filed my nomination today. My name is not in the list issued by the party, but the possibility of me getting a ticket cannot be ruled out. I do not know if this seat is going to be with the Shiv Sena or with BJP. What I know is that I have been loyal to the BJP for the past 42 years.” The list also featured the BJP’s candidate for the Satara Lok Sabha by-election, erstwhile NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale, who filed his nomination papers on Tuesday.Other opposition leaders accommodated on the list are Vaibhav Pichad from Akole, Jaykumar Gore from Man, Madan Bhosale from Wai, Ranajagjitsinha Patil from Tuljapur, Shivendraraje Bhosale from Satara and Sandeep Naik from Airoli. Notable names missing include Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Kalyan MLA Narendra Pawar, Kothrud MLA Medha Kulkarni and Mumbai MLA Sardar Tara Singh.last_img read more

Vivo V9 Pro India launch expected on Sept 26, could be priced under Rs 20,000

first_imgVivo is set to launch a new smartphone in India on September 26, an Amazon teaser reveals. The smartphone maker is yet to reveal the name of the phone, but going by the rumours, looks like it is going to be the V9 Pro. The Amazon teaser has already revealed a lot about the smartphone and taking into consideration the specs of the with the V9 Pro, Vivo will be looking to take on the likes of Oppo Realme 2 Pro, which is set to hit the Indian shores on August 27.Update: The chances of Vivo launching the V9 Pro are high. The Vivo V9 launch in India will happen on the dedicated page of Amazon India. As for the pricing, the V9 Pro is said to cost under Rs 20,000 and the phone will be available from October onwards. The exact sale date is yet to be announced by the company yet.The V9 Pro is a brand new smartphone from the company, meaning it hasn’t been launched in any market as of yet. The V9 Pro will be a bigger version of the V9. This also means that India could be one of the first countries to get the V9 Pro. The Amazon teaser has revealed that the upcoming Vivo phone will come with a massive screen. The phone is teased to sport a 6.3-inch Fullview display 2.0, which Vivo claims will offer “a perfect view for enhanced experience.”The Amazon teaser has also confirmed that the upcoming Vivo phone or (possibly) the V9 Pro will be powered by Snapdragon 660 AIE (Artificial intelligence engine) chipset paired with 6GB RAM, similar to what we will also find inside the yet-to-be-launched Realme 2 Pro. The V11 Pro which is priced Rs 25,990 also comes packed with Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset and 6GB RAM. The teaser also claims that the Vivo phone will be capable of tackling multitasking with ease. Vivo hasn’t revealed any further details about the upcoming smartphone.advertisementThe pricing of the phone is still a mystery, but what we know for sure is that the V9 Pro will be positioned below the Vivo V11 Pro. According to an IANS report from last week, the V9 Pro will be priced under Rs 20,000. Considering the V11 Pro comes with a price tag of Rs 25,990, an under Rs 20,000 price for the V9 Pro could make the phone one of the best in this price segment. By pricing the V9 Pro under RS 20,000, Vivo could aim to take on the likes of phones like Mi A2, Realme 2 Pro, Nokia 6.1 Plus, among others.ALSO READ: Vivo V11 Pro gets 4K video recording option via new OTA updateBesides the already confirmed specs, rumours suggest that the V9 Pro will come with dual cameras with a primary sensor of a 16MP and secondary sensor of 5MP. On the front, the phone is expected to sport a 24MP selfie shooter. Some rumours also reveal that the V9 Pro will come with a 3260mAh battery with 18W fast charging.last_img read more