New South Wales ‘rain’ on Queensland’s parade in men’s open

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first_imgBy BEN HARRISOn a field that resembled Sydney Harbour than Sunshine Coast Stadium, New South Wales clinched the men’s open State of Origin division with a 3-1 victory over Queensland.The deciding match was robbed of the entertainment spectacle the previous two matches dished up due to torrential rain that swept across the ground during the match.The field was a little bit damp due to an earlier shower but nobody would have foreseen for what was about to hit.In 15 minutes, large pools of water covered the entire surface of the ground.It had a huge impact on the game as players could not drive properly, dump properly or pass a long ball.“It was very hard, very hard to play on,” New South Wales captain Steve Roberts said.“It was just the simple footy that we did that helped. “There was always going to be mistakes and getting the two tries early helped us out and we just had to hold them out.”It was a tough opening period to the match as both teams tried to work the other out.Tim Good scored in the seventh minute and it was at that time the heavens opened.The conditions made it difficult for the teams to play their normal style.As Olympic-size pools of water covered the playing surface, New South Wales were able to grab a second touchdown through Robert Nakhla.The match became slow as players tried to stay on their feet.Queensland had several opportunities to score but the final pass would miss the mark; Trevor Moran’s Superman effort nearly paid off.As the minutes ticked down, it looked like there would be no scores in the second half.However a quick knock-on pass by Daniel Barton to Nakhla saw the winger score and all but seal the match for his side.Drumayne Dayberg-Muir scored a consolation touchdown for Queensland towards the end.When the full-time hooter went, Roberts let out a huge roar and his team-mates flanked their leader in the middle of the field and in the pouring rain.“Very happy with the boys,” Roberts said.“Queensland, credit to them, they always come out and play really hard, they levelled it up at one-all and the boys [NSW] just dug deep in the last game. “The conditions weren’t fantastic but we did what we had to do to get the win.”NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Robert Nakhla 2, Tim Good touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 1 (Drumayne Dayberg-Muir touchdown). HT: NSW 2-0. NSW won division 2-1. There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksSOO men’s open 3last_img read more


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first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Spain U21 coach De la Fuente happy with attitude of Barcelona whiz Ansu Fatiby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona attacker Ansu Fati could debut with Spain’s Under-21 side against Montenegro on Tuesday.But his national team coach Luis de la Fuente doesn’t want to single the player out.The Barcelona forward replaced Carles Perez in the La Rojita squad, after the latter withdrew due to injury.”[Ansu Fati] was very calm when he arrived and wants to enjoy his football like the others,” De la Fuente told MARCA. “There are players who make a difference immediately, he is not the only case, but he has various qualities for his age and youth.”He has many chances to improve but we have to be cautious.”He is just starting out and we have to help him.”Ansu’s situation is the same as [Iker] Muniain’s in his day.”We have to treat him normally.” last_img read more


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first_imgMarcus Posley layup wins it for St. Bonaventure.St. Bonaventure defeated No, 18 VCU today, 73-71 at home, in dramatic fashion. The Bonnies’ junior guard Marcus Posley went off the dribble and beat the final buzzer with an off-balance scoop shot off the glass, igniting a wild celebration. Here’s a look at the finish, which was Posley’s second game-winning buzzer-beater of the week.What a win for St. Bonaventure. They led the entire game, only to have VCU tie it up with 16 seconds remaining. Then, you have that finish. Also, check out the beginnings of an epic court rush at the end of the Vine. The Bonnies’ fans absolutely flooded the playing area in a matter of seconds. Quality stuff.last_img


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first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government wants to make B.C. drivers pay ICBC premiums that more fairly reflect the risk they represent on the roads.ICBC‘s current rate structure is more than 30 years old. It is built around ensuring the vehicle rather than the driver and allows discounts to drivers despite multiple crashes.The structure has resulted in British Columbians with crash-free, clean driving records subsidizing bad drivers, including those with multiple accidents. B.C. Attorney General David Eby explained the submission ICBC is making to the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) will include revenue-neutral proposals aimed at levelling that playing field. “We want to modernize ICBC so that British Columbians pay according to their crash history, driving records and level of risk, and take responsibility for their driving habits,” said Eby.  “It’s only fair.”“Right now, the system is broken. A driver with no crashes could be paying the same premium as a driver with three at-fault crashes in a year. We heard from British Columbians that their insurance rates need to be fair and we agree. Good drivers shouldn’t have to continue paying more to cover the costs for those who cause crashes or present a higher risk on our roads.”The proposed changes align with the feedback the government received from nearly 35,000 British Columbians on how to make insurance fair. Proposed changes to basic insurance include: Moving to a driver-based model, so that at-fault crashes are tied to the driver and not the person who owns the vehicle.Increasing insurance discounts for drivers with up to 40 years of driving experience, up from the current limit of nine years.New discounts available for vehicles with original, manufacturer-installed automatic emergency braking technology and for vehicles driven less than 5,000 kilometres per year.Basic insurance discounts for inexperienced drivers will be adjusted to better reflect their risk.At-fault crashes will have a larger impact on the premium a driver pays.Rate classes and territories data will be updated for the first time in more than 10 years to reflect significant changes in traffic density, population growth and changes in the urban infrastructure.An increase to the Driver Penalty Point (DPP) and Driver Risk Premium (DRP) programs of 20% in fall 2018 and 20% in fall 2019, as previously announced.“The changes we are proposing are the most significant updates to how ICBC‘s basic insurance premiums are set in more than 30 years,” said ICBC’s Board Chair Joy MacPhail. “When British Columbians were asked for their feedback on this topic, one message came out loud and clear, lower-risk drivers shouldn’t be paying the same as some high-risk drivers.”As part of these changes, ICBC is proposing a “transition cap” that limits how much the premium can change annually based on a customer’s driving record and at-fault crash history. Most customers will fully transition to their new basic premium within three years under the proposed changes.The B.C. government has directed ICBC to file an application with the BCUC by Aug. 15, 2018. Subject to approval, the changes would come into effect September 2019. Separately, the government has also directed ICBC to move the timing of its basic insurance rate application to the BCUC from late August to December to align any rate change with the other product changes already announced.last_img read more


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It was that all too familiar feeling. After a dominant 34-25 scoreline heading into the break, the question lingering in the back of every Buckeye fan’s head was slowly becoming a reality – could they really lose this game? I wanted to believe I went colorblind, or that Ohio State started the half wearing Kansas’ jerseys as an early April Fool’s prank, but that wasn’t the case. A common sequence transpired for the next 20 minutes. Kansas responded, breaking hearts in Columbus, eliminating the Buckeyes from the Final Four, 64-62. So there is a new question for Buckeye fans – what could be next for the OSU men’s basketball team? It can be expected that changes will be made when a team travels the distance OSU did in the tournament. Between coaches wanting to find a new home and players graduating or entering the next level of competition, it is a common chain of events. The question can be summarized as a big “what if?” but a prediction is necessary with all the talent surrounding the team. Former guard William Buford will be the only player leaving the roster due to his senior status. Forward Evan Ravenel and guard Alex Rogers will be the only seniors on the roster beginning next year. The leading scorer, former sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, is officially out. The sophomore announced his departure on Wednesday, opening up the center position for the Buckeyes. Satch Sullinger, Jared Sullinger’s father, weighed in on the topic to WBNS-10TV’s ‘Wall to Wall Sports’ following the loss on Saturday: “The one question that I’ll have for Jared is, at this point, coming back, what do you have to prove?” The All-American didn’t have much more to prove. Sullinger led the team in points and rebounds for the past two years. If health was a major concern, it was no surprise that we saw the last game Sullinger plays in the scarlet and gray. Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas will have until April 10 to make his decision on entering the NBA Draft, according to the NCAA. With Buford and Sullinger gone, and the possibility of Thomas joining them, there will be a void that needs to be filled. When it comes down to it, the Buckeyes are young. Freshman forward Sam Thompson and sophomore guard Jordan Sibert are prepared to take the two open positions. Thompson played in each game this season and has impressive athleticism and ball handling. On the other hand, Sibert appeared in 24 games this season, but offers good size alongside sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. Bearing in mind the departure from Sullinger, Ravenel would be a solid replacement. Ravenel was the only other player to start for the Buckeyes this season providing plenty of minutes off the bench during the tournament as well, but don’t be for certain he is the answer. Enter freshman center Amir Williams. The soon-to-be-sophomore stands in at 6-foot-11. Sitting behind Sullinger, he didn’t see much action this season, but Buckeye fans took notice when he stepped in against Syracuse in the Elite Eight. With the youth on the bench and the talent to fill the void; the team should be able to make another strong push into the tournament. read more


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first_imgReports in England have suggested that Pep Guardiola will renew his efforts to sign Isco from Real Madrid this summer with a reported £75m bid on offer, claims The SunCity are known to be keen admirers of Isco and were reported to have made their interest know to the Spanish international last summer, but Isco chose to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu for another season.The Sun have reported that City are now prepared to renew their efforts to sign the highly-rated midfielder, who could potentially be allowed to leave the squad in the summer as part of the rebuilding process being planned at Real.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…The former Malaga player has made 24 starts for Real in an otherwise lacklustre title defence in La Liga with the club currently 15 points behind leaders Barcelona in third place.The English newspaper states that City are prepared to table a bid in the region of £75m for a player who gone to score 40 goals in 223 appearances for Real.last_img read more


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first_imgFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes it would be “impossible” for Los Blancos to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in case the Portuguese actually decides to join Juventus this summer.The former president claimed that Ronaldo’s exit would have serious implications at the Bernabeu.“If Ronaldo were to leave Madrid, he would leave a gap that would be impossible to fill,” Calderon told Tuttomercato.“You can not easily find a champion who, in addition to participating decisively in team play, guarantees more than 50 goals per season, and much more for the past nine years.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Florentino Perez has made excellent decisions for Real over the years, but he has the defect of not picking up the inheritance that is left to him by others. Something similar happened with Iker Casillas and Raul.“It culminated when Ronaldo realised Florentino didn’t value him the way he should. He wanted a better salary, which is normal for the best employee in a company. He was upset when reports said Real were prepared to pay double his salary to Neymar.”Ronaldo assisted Madrid grab third straight Champions League title last season, and has scored a remarkable 450 goals in 438 appearances for the Spanish giants.last_img read more


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first_img Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Mar 2015 – The Chamber of Commerce told Magnetic Media they had not been consulted, nor their members informed of the massive hikes published as coming for Work Permit fees. President EJ Saunders said our report was how he knew of the changes. On Friday the Government’s Gazette revealed a series of changes to the Immigration Ordinance and they include a more than double in cost of work permit fees to take effect April 1st. It was shared in the House of Assembly today that last year, Labour Clearances earned about $200 thousand dollars more than projected and earnings on work permits, surged past its estimate making $4 million dollar above what government had expected. Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Related Items:chamber of commerce, ej saunders, house of assembly, work permit Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6mlast_img read more


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first_img Recommended for you Jazz & Soul concert to raise money for Youth instruments Related Items:crystal charles, jazz & soul concert Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Nov 2015 – Young people registered at the Edward Gartland Youth Center are learning how to use brass instruments thanks to instruction from Branford Handfield; talented local musician, singer and songwriter and tonight a fundraiser is set to unfold at the Palms Resort to support the programme. Chrystal Charles, also known as TESS is promising a soul-stirring show and says in addition to her mix of R&B and old school hits, will be a new release performed by Carl Lewis; that Reggae love song is called: ‘For You’. Tickets ($50) are still available for the show; which is tonight from 8pm.center_img Crystal ‘TESS’ Charles hailed as ideal to draw out young talent Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more



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first_img Updated: 9:23 AM December 14, 2017 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSANTEE (KUSI) — The Santee Park & Recreation Committee (SPARC) gathered Thursday to consider recommendations on a smoke-free parks ordinance.SPARC will consider a smoke-free ordinance recommending smoke-free parks and open spaces to the Santee City Council. This could be the first step in creating smoke-free parks in Santee.Santee is the last city in the county to allow smoking in public parks, but local youth and park enthusiasts along with public health advocates have documented the impact of tobacco-related litter and the nuisance associated with tobacco use in all nine Santee Parks.A 2017 survey conducted in Santee indicates overwhelming support for smoke-free outdoor spaces and public parks.91 percent of people surveyed agree smoke-free parks are healthier for everyone6 percent of people surveyed support the current practice of allowing unrestricted smoking throughout Santee parks.Survey respondents agree that secondhand smoke is a nuisance and produces unhealthy air for children playing (91 percent), people eating (86 percent) and exercising such as walking, jogging, bike riding (86 percent).Years of research has provided evidence exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful to health. Smoke-free parks protect the health and quality of life of residents and visitors.Children exposed to secondhand smoke/vape are more likely to suffer from colds, ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia.Secondhand smoke is especially dangerous to children AND adults with asthma or other chronic illness because it makes their condition worse and triggers asthma attacks.Secondhand smoke has been identified as a Toxic Air Contaminant by the California Air ResourceThis puts secondhand smoke in the same category as diesel exhaust, arsenic, and benzene.  Santee Park & Recreation Committee to consider ordinance to make public parks smoke-free , center_img Posted: December 14, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Vape is not simply water vapor. E-cigarettes have at least 10 toxic chemicals known to cause cancer and reproductive harm.Smoke-free parks help guard children and adults from secondhand tobacco exposure and harm.This information was provided by the California Department of Public Health.last_img read more


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first_img Moby To Sell Over 100 Pieces Of Gear From His Private Collection For Charity Moby To Sell Off Some Of His Gear For Charity moby-sell-over-100-pieces-gear-his-private-collection-charity News Email Twitter The dance music icon is selling some of his most beloved gear for a good causeBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 24, 2018 – 2:02 pm Starting April 26, GRAMMY-nominated producer/DJ, author and activist Moby plans to open a new Reverb.com shop in order to sell off more than 100 pieces of his classic studio gear, with plans to donate 100 percent of the profits to charity.”This is the equipment I’ve used to make all my records,” Moby explains in the launch video for his official Reverb Shop. “I have so much equipment and almost all of it has profound sentimental value to me, including synthesizers I started using in the ’80s. But rather than keep it all in storage, I want to sell it for a good cause.”The cause Moby has elected to help raise funds for is the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an organization which plans to “dramatically [change] the way doctors treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer,” and “has been working tirelessly for alternatives to the use of animals in medical education and research and advocating for more effective scientific methods,” according to their website.The items Moby plans to sell include the Yamaha SY22 Vector synthesizer he used on his first-ever single release, 1991’s “Go,” as well as the Roland Juno-106 synth used for the bassline of “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?” from his Best Alternative Music Performance GRAMMY-nominated 1999 LP Play. Also up for grabs are assorted bass and electric guitars Moby has owned and used since the late 1980s, some costume pieces from the music video for “The Perfect Life” that Moby filmed with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, as well as  the “crown jewel” of his synth collection: the Roland Jupiter-6 that he used on “almost all of [his] early techno records,” and was once owned by techno pioneer Joey Beltram.”Every penny that’s generated goes to charity,” Moby explains. “I don’t get to keep any of it. I don’t get to keep the equipment, and I don’t get to keep even one cent of the money generated by it.”Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more Facebook last_img read more



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first_img Porsche The closer we get to launch, the clearer it becomes how important the Taycan, Porsche’s first full-production, all-electric car, will be to the future of the company. Since that first Mission E concept was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, you could tell that Porsche was taking this foray into battery electrics very seriously. The billions and billions the company has invested in the intervening years serve as financial testament to that commitment. And now, here it is: a real, functional Taycan. No, the cars you see here are not final production units, as they’re still lacking many final features and details — minor stuff like air vents and rear seats. And, as you can tell by the camouflage, Porsche isn’t quite ready to let us see exactly what it looks like, either.  Porsche Taycan on ice in Sweden Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Comments Getting the power down Putting more than 600 horses’ worth of power to the surface of a frozen lake is no small feat. Tires are of course a major part of what Porsche is testing in Sweden, tire engineer Benjamin Gehring spending hour after hour behind the wheel finding the right mix of size and compound. For Taycan, rolling resistance was a critical factor in tire selection. The cars I rode in were on either on unstudded Goodyear Ultra Grip or unmarked Pirelli snow tires. The final brand and fitment for the production car has not been finalized. Then there’s the hardware that gets the power to the wheels, and in that regard Taycan is unlike any Porsche that has come before. The car has front and rear motors, and on this “top-notch” spec of the car at least the rear motor has some interesting, performance-oriented attributes. First, it’s connected to a proper limited-slip differential. Second, it has two speeds. Yes, a two-speed transmission at the rear, which I could clearly hear switching ratios as the car gained speed during hard acceleration. Indeed, the car seems to rely almost entirely on the rear motor under normal driving conditions. One of the many displays that can be toggled on the dramatic, curved digital gauge cluster showed the torque split, and if the car wasn’t accelerating hard or sliding across the ice, all the power came from the rear. 2020 Porsche Taycan First RideRWD most of the time, the Taycan is quick to send power forward when needed.  Porsche But, being an EV with two motors, the car can almost instantaneously demand power from either axle, without having to work around the limitations of some clumsy center differential or transfer case. For Christian Wolfsried, differential engineer on the Taycan, this presents some new challenges — and opportunities. “In the [Taycan’s] AWD system,” he told me, “there are no restrictions at all. You are absolutely free to put the power to the front or the rear. This is not possible with a regular combustion system, or a mechanical AWD system.” Wolfsried took me through the car’s various drive modes on the snow. As you go into Sport and Sport Plus, the car becomes more aggressive and the throttle response sharper, as you’d expect. It also lowers itself, something also done at highway speeds to optimize aerodynamics. However, in the Taycan you can also toggle between different settings for Porsche Stability Management, a system that got a bit of a workout on the ice. There are no restrictions at all. You are absolutely free to put the power to the front or the rear. This is not possible with a regular combustion system. Christian Wolfsried, engineer for Vehicle Dynamics 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 42 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Ice drifting in Porsche’s all-electric Taycan 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags What it is In 2018, I was fortunate enough to drive an early precursor to Taycan, the Mission E Cross Turismo concept. Though I was able to get behind the wheel of that hand-built curiosity and take it for a quick spin in the hills around Malibu, California, that car was a very early prototype, of the sort where you had to be careful where you prodded the interior lest your finger poke right through. The cars you see here are very different things. Though still not final production units, they are largely using final production hardware. Major components like chassis, suspension, batteries and drivetrain are all there and reasonably finalized. What the engineers are focusing on now is the specific tuning of those components, a process that is increasingly handled with laptops and a tangle of adapters, not a bundle of wrenches and tools. However, given how much of a car’s behavior is dictated by software, any impressions I was able to glean from the right-hand seat must be taken with a rather large grain of salt. And, since the interiors of the three cars I rode in were in various states of finish, and often covered by camouflaging fabric, I can’t really give any impressions there — except to say that I had plenty of headroom in the front seats but not quite enough in the rear. All the cars I rode in were of the “top-notch” trim of the eventual Taycan, confirmed by the engineers but also evidenced by the big wheels and meaty brakes lurking behind them. Porsche engineers demurred on my questions regarding specific performance figures, instead quoting the company’s most recent published estimates. That is to say, more than 600 horsepower down to all four wheels, the 0-to-100 kilometers-per-hour (62 mph) sprint accomplished in less than 3.5 seconds and, crucially, the ability to do that at least 10 times in a row. Porsche also promises an 80 percent charge in just 20 minutes from one of its 800-volt chargers and a range on the European NEDC cycle of 500 kilometers. That equates to about 310 miles, but given the EPA test is an altogether different beast, expect a lower rating here. My test ride included a morning of sliding around on a massive frozen lake in Sweden before heading out on an approximately 100-kilometer loop of public roads, most covered in snow, giving me visions of stages of WRC’s Rally Sweden. Temperatures were hovering around 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit for most of the day. 80 percent charge takes just 20 minutes. Tim Stevens/Roadshow On cold and range Sweden has long been a development locale for manufacturers looking to ensure their vehicles can go in the snow and the ice. With the advent of these newfangled electric cars, what with their temperature-sensitive batteries and their relative absence of waste heat, testing in a place like Lapland takes on even more importance. Many of my first questions about the Taycan were just how that cold, which was 35 below just a week before my visit, impacted the range of the car. Still no formal figures were given, but I learned a lot about the Taycan’s thermal management system, designed to keep the battery in its optimum temperature envelope for maximum range — and, crucially, to keep the car’s motors at the right temperature for maximum sustained performance. Performance is a crucial component. “We didn’t change the requirements for the car,” Bernd Propfe, director of the Taycan’s platform product line, told me in Sweden. “We are aiming to build a Porsche.” That means the Taycan, like any other Porsche, has to complete a set number of laps around the company’s test track in Weissach without overheating. How many laps? That, Propfe wouldn’t say. Interestingly, the Taycan can prioritize engine and battery cooling, and that prioritization will be based on the car’s drive mode. Put the car in its standard mode and dial up 69 degrees F on the HVAC system and you can bet your driving loafers that you’ll get 69 degrees. However, Propfe told me, throw the car in Sport Plus and head out for a lap of the Nurburgring and you might have to live with 71 or 72. But, he said, the thermal system in the car is “very, very powerful,” so you should never stray more than a few degrees from ideal. In Sweden, of course, the main concern is on the other end of the thermometer. Propfe explained that the Taycan not only has the ability to scavenge waste heat from the electric motors to warm the battery, but that it can precondition both the cabin and the battery temperature in the morning before the car moves anywhere. Ideally this is done using electricity sourced from a wall outlet — like the outdoor plugs for block heaters that are near-ubiquitous in this part of the world. 2020 Porsche Taycan First RideThe Taycan’s AWD system makes short work of snowy Swedish roads.  Porsche Regen and rolling Lift off the throttle in many a modern EV and you’ll experience a rather dramatic deceleration effect, a conversion of the car’s momentum into electricity by engaging the electric motor or motors. Most EVs allow you to tune this effect to some degree, with Nissan’s latest Leaf and its E-Pedal offering the most dramatic regen, able to bring the car to a complete stop and hold it there. After a little practice in a Leaf, you can almost entirely forgo the brake pedal. For Taycan, Porsche went a different way. In the default mode, when you lift off the throttle the car doesn’t drag you to a halt. Instead, it just coasts along. “Coasting is the most energy-efficient way to do it, because braking always goes along with a loss of energy, because no engine has a 100 percent ratio,” Propfe said. “We strongly believe that the customer, if he wants to brake, he should hit the brake.” So, what happens when you do hit the brake? Then and only then does the car begin the dance of regeneration, harvesting speed in exchange for battery juice. Dip into the brake gently and you won’t engage the physical brakes. But, tuck in a little deeper and then the hydraulic system is engaged. I asked Propfe about the feel of this system, as I’ve driven many an electrified machine with clumsy stoppers. Propfe assured me that, thanks to the brake-by-wire system employed here (similar to that on the Acura NSX), it’s impossible to feel that transition. “They have done a perfect job,” he said of the car’s engineers. We strongly believe that the customer, if he wants to brake, he should hit the brake. Bernd Propfe, director of Taycan Platform Product Line More From Roadshow 17 These cars were, however, in good enough shape to open the door and let me in for the shotgun ride of a lifetime: sideways on ice in an all-wheel-drive, four-door, electric sports car with somewhere north of 600 horsepower. In other words, you’re looking at the most serious threat the Tesla Model S has yet faced, and what could easily be the most compelling choice on the market for would-be EV owners who want both performance and practicality. That is, of course, if it’s any good. 5:27 Electric Cars Performance Cars Out on the handling circuit, Wolfsried showed that with PSM enabled, the car doesn’t allow much sliding at all. As the car starts to lose grip it aggressively cuts power and applies brakes automatically to keep the car in-line. However, step up to PSM Sport mode and you can start to have some fun — to a point. Get the car too sideways, and PSM kicks in to bring you back inline. Crucially, you can turn the stability control completely off, and off means off. In this setting, the Taycan morphed into an ice drift monster, happily sliding around the skidpad and getting way out of shape on the handling course. Despite the wild antics, the car felt poised and balanced from the passenger seat, distributing power where it was needed most and always coming back in line with just the right amount of counter-steer and throttle. Cycling through the drive modes was incredibly telling, but there was one big surprise I hadn’t expected when the car slotted into Sport Plus: It got louder. 2020-porsche-taycan-first-ride-106Sadly, we’re not allowed to show a picture of the interior. So, enjoy this lovely wide shot. Porsche Sound and other interior impressions As I noted above, all the Taycan examples I rode in were in some way incomplete, and all were missing some portion of their interiors. What was present was largely covered in black fabric, but I couldn’t miss the lovely, sweeping, curved digital gauge cluster that sits behind the wheel. No analog tachometer here. Situated next to it is a version of the same silly little shifter that stands erect in the center of the new 911. I am not a fan of either the look nor the placement of the thing in Porsche’s iconic coupe. Up on the Taycan’s dashboard, however, it makes a lot more sense. In that now-empty space between the seats, the Taycan offers a second touch interface between, not unlike that found in the Audi E-Tron and other new Audis like the Q8. But again it was the sound that caught me off guard. In the most finished of the three cars, the one with a nearly full interior, there was a distinct, and distinctly digital, sort of engine noise piped into the cabin. It sounded quite similar to the tune the Jaguar I-Pace sings, but more subtle and perhaps a bit more traditional. Propfe, the platform engineer, was coy when I pressed for more details on the sound, saying only that this “E-Sound” is digitally created and that it will change based on the mode of the car. But, that’s all still very much under development. 2020 Porsche Taycan First RideDon’t be fooled by those fake tailpipes. There’s an EV under that camouflage.  Tim Stevens/Roadshow Wrap-up While riding shotgun is never as much fun as actually driving, I learned a huge amount about the Porsche Taycan this week. Sliding sideways on the ice, the thing felt poised and capable. Out on the road, on a rare patch of dry asphalt, a few launches left me with little doubt about the car’s sheer grunt — and a bit of whiplash. Ludicrous? Not quite, but I don’t doubt Porsche’s claims that this thing will prove a more consistent performer than a Model S. But to tell for sure we’re just going to have to bring these two together, and that should make for a very fine day indeed.  Editors’ note: Travel costs related to this feature were covered by the manufacturer. This is common in the auto industry, as it’s far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. While Roadshow accepts multiday vehicle loans from manufacturers in order to provide scored editorial reviews, all scored vehicle reviews are completed on our turf and on our terms. The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s editorial team are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content. Porsche Teslalast_img read more


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first_img 18 Photos Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Comments Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Huawei’s sold millions of phones like the P30, but it tempered expectations that it’ll overtake Samsung to become the world’s biggest vendor in 2019. Angela Lang/CNET Huawei is reportedly giving itself more time to overtake Samsung as the world’s biggest phone-seller.The scandal-scarred Chinese company took the No. 2 spot from Apple in the second quarter of 2018, and CEO Richard Yu previously said it aimed to become the world’s largest phone vendor by the end of 2019.Its chief strategy officer revised that goal in a speech Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia, according to Reuters.”We would have become the largest in the fourth quarter [of this year] but now we feel that this process may take longer,” Shao Yang said in Shanghai. 9 1:28 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Huawei scales back production, AI destroys humans (again) Share your voice Huawei’s P30 looks like fantastic forbidden fruit Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • reading • Huawei says it’ll need more time to become world’s biggest phone seller Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Phones He noted that Huawei is selling 500,000 to 600,000 smartphones a day. The company is likely tempering expectations for 2019 after President Donald Trump in May signed an executive order effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks, due to national security concerns about Huawei’s close relationship with the Chinese government. The US also urged its allies not to do business with Huawei despite the company’s consistent denials that its products are used for spying. Last week, its chairman said that Huawei is willing to sign a “no spy agreement” with the US.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 4:48 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:35 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Apple Huawei Samsung Apple Donald Trumplast_img read more


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first_img TV and Movies Video Games Share your voice The Witcher is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s book series, which kicked off with 1993’s The Last Wish, and CD Projekt Red’s three-game series, which started in 2007. Each follows traveling monster slayer Geralt as he rights some of the world’s wrongs (as long as the price is right). The TV series has been in production since 2017, with Daredevil and The Defenders producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich acting as showrunner.Cavill was revealed to be playing Geralt in 2018, and told Men’s Health earlier this year that training for the role got him into the best shape of his life. Impressive when you consider the guy played Superman. Cavill is a huge fan of the property, having read all the books and played all the games, and Hissrich told CNET’s Richard Nieva the actor was a “great resource” during production.”Having a fan be at the center of the show, he understands what fans are looking for,” Hissrich said during a Friday press roundtable. Tags Scenes on a beach with Yennefer talking to a baby girl, apologising she hasn’t had much of a life. “We’re still just vessels for them to take and take until we’re empty and alone… so count yourself lucky – you’ve cheated the game and won without even knowing it” she tells her.— SFX magazine (@SFXmagazine) July 19, 2019 The rather excellent Witcher 3 is also coming to Nintendo Switch later this year.Netflix is no doubt hopeful this adaptation will take off like Stranger Things’ third season, which gave the streaming service a boost after it saw US subscriptions drop for the first time in eight years. They premiered a very action-packed clip showcasing Geralt’s skill set and it’s revealed that Henry Cavill is doing all of his stunts. #TheWitcher #SDCC— Nathaniel Brail @SDCC (@NateBrail) July 19, 2019 A pack of fans at San Diego Comic-Con were treated to the first trailer for Netflix’s The Witcher series on Friday. We’d already seen shots of Henry Cavill as hero Geralt of Rivia and of his trusty steed, Roach, but this is our first footage from the adaptation of the Polish book that spawned a series of video games.The new trailer was shown to the audience attending The Witcher panel at SDCC on Friday. And the reactions hitting social media have been positive.center_img Comic-Con 0 Next clip shows Ciri in a wintry forest and comes across a band of female warriors. #SDCC #thewitcher— JoBlo.com (@joblocom) July 19, 2019 First published July 19 at 3:10 p.m. PT.Updated July 22 at 3:35 a.m. PT: Adds quote from CNET interview. Comments Netflix Nintendolast_img read more


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first_imgCPI (M), undoubtedly the most dominant political party in Kerala, faced a colossal fall in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Left Democratic Front (LDF) managed only one out of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state, and interestingly, most of their defeats were with a margin of more than 1 lakh votes. The unexpected defeat and the considerable reduction in vote share have already pulled the Pinarayi Vijayan government to a state of defence, and political experts believe that this is just the beginning, and what awaits the LDF is more challenging days where they will face strong threats from both UDF and NDA.So, what worked against LDF, especially CPI (M) in this Lok Sabha elections. International Business Times, India present you the five factors that led to CPI (M) colossal fall.The arrogance of top leaders who already forgot the values of MarxismPeople in Kerala, especially those who live in the northern region of the state, have an affinity towards left for ages. However, when we analyse the recent election results, CPI (M) has lost a majority of votes from these areas. In Pinarayi Vijayan’s legislative Assembly too, CPI (M) faced a lethal fall, and as per reports, they lost 10 per cent of the votes when compared to last elections.So, what made CPI (M) lose their popularity in these regions? The answer is very simple – the arrogance of top leaders, especially while facing the media has played a crucial role in putting the party under a bad light. It should be noted that Pinarayi Vijayan, CPI (M)’s face in Kerala, has insulted journalists multiple times, and videos of those incidents went viral on online spaces. In this era of social media and independent journalism, clips like these have the potential to create a negative wave among the general public who hold a neutral mindset.Citing another example, Remya Haridas, the winner of Alathur constituency, was a very unfamiliar name when Congress announced her candidature. However, she became an acceptable face among the general public when LDF convener A Vijayaraghavan, and so-called intellectuals like Deepa Nishanth made derogatory comments against the Congress candidate.Glorification of political murdersThe performance of CPI (M) leaders in various news channel’s prime time debate shows have also negatively impacted the party’s run in this year’s election. CPI (M) leaders like AN Shamseer, Mohammed Riyaz, and Aanathalavattam Aanandhan have several times justified the political killings allegedly carried out by the party in the state, and this shameless glorification of bloodshed has made many believe that CPI (M) is a party that supports violence.Minority appeasement and Sabarimala issueCPI (M) is a party that is known for secular ideologies and socialistic values. However, in the past few years, the party has shown visible minority appeasement, and luckily, their appeasement agenda worked well for them in the previous elections. However, after the Sabarimala issue, things took a new turn, and CPI (M)’s hurry to allow women in the temple made many people believe that the party is against religious practices.Even people in the minority category also considered CPI (M)’s move not suitable in a country where religious beliefs are protected. Political experts believe that Christians and Muslims were also worried about Sabarimala issues as they thought that the next targets will be churches and mosques.Wrong selection of candidatesEven though promising parliamentarians like MB Rajesh lost the polls in a narrow margin, political experts claim that the party has made some wrong selections while choosing candidates in various constituencies. Even people with below average political literacy were well aware that candidates like Innocent (Chalakkudy) and PV Anwar (Ponnani) will surely fail in the elections. Party’s decision to nominate reigning MLAs as candidates in Lok Sabha elections also worked against CPI (M).Kerala’s strong stand against BJPPeople in Kerala have a secular mindset, and they have always tried to stay away from the Hindutva politics put forward by the BJP, controlled by RSS in disguise. Most of the voters in Kerala wanted to see the fall of BJP, and they believed that the only alternative for the ruling party will be Congress.Keralites are well aware that CPI (M) has already lost grounds in West Bengal and Tripura, and this makes the party incapable to do anything in Lok Sabha. To get a better government, and if not, a strong opposition, Keralites decided to choose Congress.[The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not reflect that of International Business Times, India]last_img read more


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first_imgUBS employees work in the UBS “fintech lab” at Canary Wharf in London.ReutersWithin the silos of incumbent financial services, so-called fintech companies are good at picking off one thing only and doing it well.This approach is also taken within data science, where a lot of the properly intelligent work is about understanding the domain (problem) and how best to use the information/data for the problem you have. In doing so, a fintech approach – collaboration, open-sourcing code – is helping to gradually change the culture of finance, even in some hitherto heavily guarded domains.Dr Tristan Fletcher, research director, Thought Machine, said: “Without this specialisation and domain knowledge, it’s very hard to rise above the noise. However, the algorithms themselves are often applicable in many areas or problems, and we are probably seeing decreasing specialisation here.”Fintech lends itself particularly to specialisation because there are many well-packaged problems that need to be solved and can be clearly delineated – KYC, AML, credit checking etc. Having a competence in one area does not necessarily imply it in others, so it is harder to justify being a corporate fox vs a hedgehog.”Bonus-driven executives with a big bank or fund might be reluctant to share their secret sauce with people in their own company, never mind other corporates. In contrast, within the majority of small fintech startups, most employees will share (to varying degrees) in the ownership of the company, which will drive collaboration and the sharing of ideas internally. Furthermore, because of the relative balkanisation of a lot of the domains in the fintech ecosystem, there is much more incentive to co-operate than be competitive in the industry.Fletcher said: “I think the main reasons for the disparity between fintech and investment banks and hedge funds is that a lot of the sources of revenue in the latter are closer to a zero-sum game. Profiting from pure speculation, for example, means that someone else must be losing money (assuming the counterparty isn’t doing something more economically useful like actually mitigating risk).”Furthermore, compensation in traditional financial institutions is much more closely linked to one’s actual proximity to (often large) amounts of money. It’s often a food chain with front office staff getting more than middle office, getting more than back office for example.”Incentivisation through cash bonuses, which is gradually going out of fashion, encourages a very short-termist approach. Fintech incentivisation, being a relatively new and entrepreneurial sector, is much more about ownership in the company, which is clearly much longer term.”Value in the fintech world is much more about the execution of an idea, whereas hedge funds, for example, are known to take a cloak and dagger approach to their intellectual property, in order to justify their management fees.”However, some financial institutions and even secretive hedge funds are changing, sharing information and open sourcing some non-core infrastructure. A good example is the US hedge fund AQR, which open-sourced some of its infrastructure around time series storage and helped kickstart the pandas libraries community.”I have heard of more and more private companies open sourcing non-core infrastructure and this makes a lot of sense: it adds credibility from a technology perspective to the organisation, gets lots of developers to critique and improve any code at very low cost and encourages the adoption of any software the company might be pushing out,” said Fletcher.As much as fintech is providing an exciting new lease of life for the financial services industry, there is a super-abundance of hype out there. Terms like data science, AI, machine learning, blockchain and so on have become extremely hyped terms these days. Attaching these words to your LinkedIn profile if you work in software will get your profile more views; framing a project in this way can get funding more easily.”There are a lot of people claiming to be doing artificial intelligence and machine learning purely to get funding or generate publicity. In some cases this is being a little bit disingenuous, using machine learning when something simpler would be fine and in others it’s just bare-faced lying. This obviously doesn’t just apply to start-ups, ” he added.”The danger is that you get disappointments that blemish the entire field: perhaps some unscrupulous people use machine learning in a massively incorrect way and you get a well-publicised failure that tarnishes the reputation of the entire genre.”Fletcher said there are no easily recognisable conditions that prove some entity is genuinely doing this sort of work, but he would generally look to see whether some of the senior staff did at least have some strong academic credentials in AI or statistics.The financial arena is characteristically conservative, and when it comes to using artificial intelligence, non-finacial use cases associated with the likes of Google DeepMind and IBM Watson (which are modelled around potentially replicating human behaviours) garner much more attention and would appear to be far ahead.Fletcher added: “One of the problems with AI/deep learning is interpreterability; it’s hard to work out what the black box is actually doing. And this is dangerous in applications which could impact the tightly-coupled financial markets or indeed people’s bank accounts.”A lot of the machine learning in markets is based around time-series analysis, and it is more typical to use different methods (less related to biological processes) here.”There has been work using genetic algorithms, biologically inspired in a different way, on portfolio construction (for example bond portfolios by a product called Galapagos) and I’m sure many people used Neural Nets in the 80s but a lot of the ML methods used in markets nowadays are very far away from being biologically plausible in any way.”Newsweek and International Business Times are to host an Artificial Intelligence and Data Science in Capital Markets event, taking place on 1 and 2 March 2017 at the Barbican in the City of London.last_img read more


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first_imgAdvertisements of Paytm, a digital wallet company, are seen placed at stalls of roadside vegetable vendors in Mumbai, India, November 19, 2016.Reuters filePaytm is no longer just a mobile wallet company as founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma is pulling every possible string to make the company a one-stop shop for all retail and financial needs of Indians.Paytm, owned by One97 Communications, is now planning to launch services including mutual funds, general insurance, life insurance and a number of banking services via its payments bank.But why foray into mutual funds?”Wealth management business is the logical next vertical for Paytm to foray into after payments and banking,” Pravin Jadhav, the senior vice president at Paytm Money, told International Business Times India over an email.The company is likely to start mutual funds distribution business with the launch of its digital platform by the end of April. The distribution will be done through Paytm Money, the new wealth management unit of One97 Communications.Paytm Money is in discussions with asset management companies to offer direct mutual fund investments.The new app will offer investors mutual funds from 12 of the 15 largest asset management companies in the first phase. By August, it aims to increase that to around 25 fund houses.”Paytm Money will offer only direct plans of mutual fund schemes that will provide up to 1.5 percent higher returns than regular plans because of lower expense ratio and no hidden commission,” said Jadhav.Paytm aims to increase the penetration of mutual funds through its app at a time when products like systematic investment plans (SIPs) are gaining a lot of traction among the young retail investors.Despite the growing interest, only 28 percent of individual investors’ assets in mutual funds come from beyond the top 15 towns, according to the Association of Mutual Funds of India.Paytm aims to leverage this opportunity by creating awareness and easing mutual funds purchase.”Mutual fund industry today has about 15 million investors, we believe this number will double in next 3-4 years. We want to introduce wealth management products like mutual funds to Paytm’s 300+ million users,” said Jadhav.last_img read more


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first_imgIndian pilot, wing commander Abhinandan, stands under armed escort near Pakistan-India border in Wagah, Pakistan in this 1 March, 2019 image from a video footage. Photo: ReutersA pilot shot down in a dogfight with Pakistani aircraft returned to India on Friday, after being freed in what Islamabad called a “peace gesture” following the biggest standoff between the two countries in years.But fresh violence raged in Kashmir, with seven people killed in the Indian-administered part of the tinder-box territory, suggesting that the crisis may not be over yet.Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, shot down on Wednesday over Kashmir — divided between the nuclear-armed rivals since 1947 — crossed into India at the famed Wagah crossing point, sporting a black eye from his ordeal.Thousands of Indians, waving flags, singing and dancing with patriotic fervour, had gathered at the crossing point on Friday afternoon but the crowd dwindled after his release was delayed inexplicably by hours.Live news channels broadcast on television images of Indian Air Force (IAF) wing commander pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returning to India from the India-Pakistan Wagah border on 1 March, 2019. Photo: AFPIn New Delhi the announcement of the experienced pilot’s release was seen as a diplomatic victory, but India warned that its military remained on “heightened” alert.On Thursday and Friday both countries continued to fire barrages across the Line of Control (LoC), the de-facto border dividing Kashmir, leaving at least one person dead.Gun battles on the Indian side left two militants and four members of the Indian security services dead, while a civilian was killed in later protests, police told AFP.”Influence of terrorists and terrorism has been curtailed and it is going to be curtailed even more. This is a New India,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, facing a tough election due by May, said Friday.”This is an India that will return the damage done by terrorists with interest,” he said.India’s junior foreign minister and former army chief, Vijay Kumar Singh, tweeted that the “welcome” release of the pilot was “the first of many steps that #Pakistan must take to reinforce their commitment to peace”.- Suicide bombing -Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule. Both claim it in full and have fought two wars over the Himalayan territory.India has half a million troops in the part it administers, with militants — backed by Islamabad, according to New Delhi — fighting for independence or a merger with Pakistan.Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have died since a revolt that broke out in 1989. Last year was the deadliest in a decade with almost 600 killed, monitors say.Air Force Police cars come out of the India-Pakistan border restricted area, after Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was freed to return to India, at the Wagah border on 1 March, 2019. Photo: AFPMatters escalated alarmingly after a massive suicide bombing killed 40 Indian troops on February 14, with the attack claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group.Twelve days later Indian warplanes launched a strike inside undisputed Pakistani territory, claiming to have hit a militant camp.An infuriated Islamabad denied casualties or damage, but a day later launched its own incursion across the LoC.That sparked the dogfight which ended in both countries claiming they had shot down each other’s warplanes, and Abhinandan’s capture.Prime Minister Imran Khan unexpectedly announced Thursday that he would be released in the first sign of a potential thaw.Khan alluded to the catastrophic consequences of nuclear war and called for talks — even as he warned India should not take the announcement as a sign of weakness.Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi meanwhile said he was boycotting a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Abu Dhabi, as India had been invited.The tensions prompted Pakistan to close down its airspace, disrupting major routes between Europe and South Asia and grounding thousands of travellers worldwide.Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said Friday that flights could land and depart from its main airports from 1300 GMT, and that others would be opened “gradually”.- Standing ovation -The parents of handlebar-moustached Abhinandan were given a standing ovation by fellow passengers as they boarded a flight to Amritsar near Wagah to welcome their son.He has become a national hero after purported footage that went viral showed him being beaten by locals after being shot down before Pakistani soldiers intervened, with social media abuzz with #GivebackAbhinandan and #Abhinandanmyhero hashtags.His subsequent polite refusal to proffer more details than necessary — “I am sorry major, I am not supposed to tell you this” — won him particular sympathy in India.His father, a retired air force officer, told the Times of India newspaper, “Just look at the way he talked so bravely… a true soldier… we are proud of him.”last_img read more