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first_imgWindies embrace fans in fun day MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies players brought smiles to the faces of thousands of fans as they participated in the annual Family Day at the G event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. The day of fun was geared toward young fans and over 4,000 turned up at the iconic venue to be part of the festivities. The Australian team also participated as players signed autographs and took photographs. “It was a fantastic event for the players and the fans,” West Indies team spokesman Philip Spooner said. “The players were all delighted to see so many cricket lovers, young and old, from all walks of life and from several parts of the world, who came out to see the training session, and then participate in the day’s activities. “It was a great day with excellent weather at the MCG, as we build up to the Test match this weekend.” Father blocks player’s transfer to Liverpool BELGRADE, Serbia (AP): Marko Grujic may not be signing a seven million euros ($7.6 million) contract with Liverpool after all. The reason: His father keeps his passport. Red Star Belgrade, the 19-year-old Serbian midfielder’s club, has reportedly agreed on a five-year deal and he was to travel to Liverpool for medical check-ups. Grujic’s father, however, says he should remain at Red Star until the end of the season when his price will be bigger. “His passport is with me and he is not going anywhere,” Goran Grujic told Belgrade media. He accused Red Star management of forcing his son to leave because of the club’s deep financial problems. Red Star says in a statement yesterday that if it doesn’t get the funds from Grujic’s transfer, the club will collapse financially. Smith lifts Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Australia Test captain, Steve Smith, has captured the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being honoured as the ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2015. Smith, 26, was the leading run-scorer in Tests during the period under consideration, compiling 1,734 runs from 13 Tests at an average of 82.57, with seven centuries and six half-centuries. He also gathered 1,249 runs at an average of just under 60, with four centuries and eight half-centuries from 26 one-day internationals. “Given that there are so many great players around the world, I’m incredibly honoured to receive these awards,” Smith said. “While team success is always my number-one motivation, awards like this are very special. I’m thrilled and very proud to receive them.” Meanwhile, South African AB de Villiers was voted ICC ODI Player of the Year, while fellow countryman Faf du Plessis won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year for his 119 off 56 balls against West Indies in the second Twenty20 in Johannesburg last January.last_img read more

Takeaways: Sharks fix issues, head into Arizona with momentum

first_imgSAN JOSE — The best teams that Pete DeBoer has had in his time with the Sharks have been able to quickly recognize what’s gone wrong after a loss and fix it in time for the next game.This year’s Sharks team is starting to share some of those same attributes, as they were able to distance themselves from an ugly loss earlier this week to beat the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.Patrick Marleau scored his 557th career NHL goal, Noah Gregor scored his first and Martin Jones made 32 saves to help …last_img

The hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos

first_imgSimply Gujarati plays gadget guru this month, bringing you the hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos in the city. Picture perfectThe Canon EOS C300 is all you need to make your next big documentary. The camcorder represents a giant leap forward for cinematic HD video production. The most expensive,Simply Gujarati plays gadget guru this month, bringing you the hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos in the city.Picture perfectThe Canon EOS C300 is all you need to make your next big documentary. The camcorder represents a giant leap forward for cinematic HD video production. The most expensive Canon in the market, Canon India has introduced this advanced Cinema EOS range cameras to facilitate high quality filming without the huge load of equipment that usually needs to be lugged around. It offers a newly developed super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor with 8.29 million effective pixels and has a pixel size that is larger than that of conventional professional cameras. This enables greater light gathering capabilities for enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise that is ideal for digital cinematography.Where: Nonac Services 305, Corner Point, Jetalpur Road, Vadodara.Cost: Rs 13, 90,000.Tel: 0265 2310099.Swift drivePowerful, dynamic and bold-these are the words that come to mind when you look at the R8 Spyder, the open high-performance sports car by Audi. The sporty Audi single frame and large air intakes are instant indicators that this is a smart, sleek and stylish sports car. The rear spoiler is automatically extended at 100 km/h and retracts into the vehicle silhouette at 35 km/h. The hand-made V8 mid engine generates 316 kW (430 bhp) and the Audi R8 Spyder accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds going up to a top speed of 300 km/h. The mid-engine concept ensures a balanced load distribution and excellent handling properties. The interiors have a classic motor racing feel-plus ergonomically shaped sports seats with high-quality seat covers.Where: Audi Showroom and Workshop, Surat Dumas Road, Surat.Cost: Rs 1,47,00,000.Tel: 09662515080.advertisementGame onThe perfect gift for a die-hard gaming fan, the Vita is a revolution in portable entertainment. This next generation device packs in countless innovative features into a stylish and compact form to bring you games-on-the-go. The 12.7 cm OLED multi touch screen has an optimised touch menu interface and dual analog sticks to enhance the gaming experience. There are front and rear cameras that allow you to enjoy what Sony calls Augmented Reality. The Vita is light and convenient to carry. You can also download games on the device which are stored on a memory stick that comes in various Gigabyte sizes. As an added feature, it even comes with 3 G and Wi-fi connectivity.Where: Shop No 1 Piplod Plaza, Opp Lancer Army School, Dumas Road, Surat.Cost: Rs 24,990.Tel: 0261 2720048.Power packedFor some, flying commercial is passe-travelling in your own aircraft is the utmost luxury. Invision air offers just this as the company provides high-end, ultimate-in-luxury, chartered jet planes, making long queues and security checks a thing of the past. The aircrafts boast of classic interiors and the airline company provides the client with all that they need for either a personal or a corporate trip. The company which began operations last year has been serving the flying needs of the rich and powerful in the state ever since and offers various ownership options. Currently two aircraft models, the Embraer Phenom 100, a four seater aircraft and Embraer Phenom 300, an aircraft that can accomodate nine passengers is available with Invision air. Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for the both the aircrafts. With the interior being designed by BMW Group’s Designworks USA, onboard conveniences include a wardrobe and refreshment centre, an aft cabin private lavatory with toiletry cabinet and satellite communications.Where: Purchase online at invisionair.co.inCost: Price on request.Tel: 18002665387 (Toll Free Number).Cool talkBrace yourself for lightning fast web browsing, remarkable picture quality and seamless gaming visuals. You’ll love the minimalist design and the camera that captures every moment (even in low light) with crisp, vivid, beautiful photos. It allows still photography even while shooting HD video. Plus, with Beats Audio you hear authentic, deep sound with true, finely-tuned details. The HTC One X features a beautifully crafted polycarbonate unibody that has the ruggedness of metal but is super light. With seamless construction, the unibody combines a unique high gloss ‘piano’ finish and a matte back. The HTC One also has an amazing 4.7 inch, 720p HD screen crafted from contoured Corning Gorilla Glass. HTC One X will also be available in select 4G LTE markets with a LTE-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU’s. The HTC One X handset is available in Polar White and Glamour Grey colours.Where: Bonkers, National Plaza, Alkapuri, Vadodara.Cost: Rs 42,999.Tel: 09898401694.Tech proAn ideal on-the-go companion that can manage your files, send emails, play music, movies and crunch numbers-the MacBook Air is everything you need and more. Being a little over an inch at its thickest end, it fits conveniently into any bag and has therefore been holding the title of the world’ thinnest notebook ever since its launch. After a series of designs and updates since its maiden version in 2008, the new Macbook Air comes with fancy features like a glossy LED backlit display and a full-size keyboard, a large trackpad that responds to iPad-related multi-touch gestures like pinching, swiping and rotating. The Intel Ivy Bridge processor that runs the machine, sports HD 4000 graphics, has higher capacity storage and memory options as compared to the earlier version and comes with an improved 720p Facetime HD camera. When you flip open the MacBook Air, it starts up in seconds. Even after a month in standby mode, the screen springs to life and apps launch quickly. So if you’re looking for a product that is high on aesthetics while doing the job as well, this is the gadget dreams are made of.Where: CROMA, Himalaya Mall, Memnagar, Ahmedabad.Cost: Rs 99,900.Tel: 079 6609 5000.advertisementMean machineWho doesn’t love a Harley? It’s what every biker’s dreams are made of. The Ultra Classic Electra Glide CVO takes those dreams a step further, leading a cruise into the future of motoring. Fitted with an air-cooled, dual exhaust engine with a torque of 150 NM @ 3500 rpm throttles, this wide-snouted bike is perfect for cruising on the highway. With an overall width of 970mm and height of 1448mm, the bike offers a ground clearance of 130mm. The machine has a fuel capacity of 22.7 litres and weighs 421.4 kg. Among its unique features are the anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Brembo brake callipers and the CVO-specific inserts. The hydraulically actuated nine-plate clutch with high performance spring is complemented with a six-speed cruise drive transmission. The tubular frame of the chassis is made of mild steel and has a two-piece stamped and welded backbone, and the 41.3mm telescopic front forks come with blow-by valves. The Ahmedabad showroom currently offers a range of 15 models including variations of the Sportster, Dyna, Softail, V-Rod and Touring models. In addition to the motorcycle line-up, the dealership offers a range of genuine Harley-Davidson riding gear, apparel, and parts and accessories to customize your bikes.Where: Nine Bridges Showroom, New York Complex, SG Highway, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad.Cost: Rs 35.45 Lakh.Tel: 09824000707.Classic driveThe all-new Passat is the epitome of luxury and comfort. With electronic parking breaks, keyless entry and start options, there are plenty of hi-tech features available in this all-new version. The new front-end design gives the car an even more dominant, high-class look which is reinforced by the bi-xenon headlamps, along with rounded in-set headlamps and LED daytime running lights. The exteriors of the car are elegant and give it a unique appeal with chrome finished radiator grills. It is a fashionable yet practical mid-size sedan with impressive driving dynamics and a remarkable number of standard features and unique options. It is power packed with the new 1.8L, 1798cc TSI petrol engine, enabled with a six speed manual gearbox and direct injection supply system, making the engine both powerful and fuel efficient. Many advanced safety and comfort features are an added benefit too, like the ABS (Anti lock Braking System), Traction Control System, Cruise Control, Electronic Differential Lock, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), 8 Air bags and so on. The Passat is just what you need to add that extra bit of class while you’re on the road.Where: Automark Motors Pvt. Ltd Gondal Road, Gondal Ahmedabad Bypass Circle, National Highway 8B, Vavdi, Rajkot.Cost: Rs 2,156,564 (for the basic model).Tel: 0281 6693333.advertisementCool glideWhy walk when you can glide on the new Segway I2 PT (Personal Transporter). It makes travelling short distances an exciting adventure while being good for the environment too. Segway entered the Indian market with two base models-the X2 and I2. The I2 is meant for indoor use while the more rugged X2 can be used outdoors. This little transporter lets you hop on board and scoot along to your destination with zero effort. Segway PT’s are highly intelligent transportation devices that run on Saphion lithium-ion batteries. For minimal maintenance you need to ensure that your PT never drains out of battery. Battery life depending upon usage and terrain can give a mileage of approximately 20,000 kms if used on smooth surfaces. Moreover, operating and maintenance costs are almost negligible.Where: Purchase online at birdsegway.com.Cost: Rs 5, 62,050 (X2) Rs 4,94,890 (i2).Tel: 9810399443.last_img read more