Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Happy birthday Chiranjeevi! Allu Arjun, Kajal Aggarwal‏, other celebs wish actor

Happy birthday Chiranjeevi! Allu Arjun, other stars wish Telugu superstar
Chiranjeevi and Kajal Aggarwal. Pic/Twitter

Megastar Chiranjeevi, who made a smashing comeback to acting with 'Khaidi No 150' earlier this year, turned 62 on Tuesday. Birthday wishes came in from the fraternity members.

Celebrities took to Twitter to express their love and birthday wishes for the actor.

Allu Arjun said Chiranjeevi "is our one and only megastar".

Actor Sudheer Babu thanked him for being an inspiration.

"Happy birthday Chiranjeevi garu. Thank you being an inspiration to the entire actors' family and wish you continue to do that for many more years," Sudheer said.

Akhil Akkineni tweeted: "A very happy birthday to one and only megastar Chiranjeevi garu. Lots of love and wishes to you sir."

Sai Dharam Tej said: "To my everything who raised me to (become) who I am today. Wish you a very happy birthday mavayya (uncle)."

Director BVS Ravi said: "A very happy and grand birthday wishes to one and only megastar."

Chiranjeevi is gearing up for the shoot of his upcoming Telugu film "Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy", based on the life freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy.

The title logo of the film was unveiled on Tuesday on the occasion of Chiranjeevi's birthday.

Team India's fitness tests is their secret mantra to beating Sri Lanka

India's skipper Virat Kohli with MS Dhoni and other team mates during the first ODI match against Sri Lanka at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, on Sunday. Pic/PTI
India's skipper Virat Kohli with MS Dhoni and other team mates during the first ODI match against Sri Lanka at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, on Sunday. Pic/PTI

The Indian cricket team's conditioning coach Shankar Basu has made it mandatory for the players to undergo random fitness test in an attempt to maintain the same on-field intensity throughout a series.

In every practice session, some or the other player (even a group of them) is put through a rigorous training drills after they have finished with their respective skill-set session (batting, bowling or fielding).

The YoYo endurance test, which has of late been in the news after Yuvraj Singh's failure to clear the same, is a pet project of Basu.

Indian team's form man Dhawan has been spotted undergoing this test twice on this tour already, once before the second Test at SSC along with Ravichandran Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara, and then, ahead of the first ODI in Dambulla, along with Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.

Former skipper MS Dhoni was also put through this test post practice last Friday.

"The fitness aspect has always been there. It is just that it is now more in prominence because it is very important that everyone in the team should be at the same level of fitness. This is because fitness is a major part in all three departments. One moment of poor fielding can change the momentum of the game," Dhawan said after another match-winning knock.

Dhawan termed this new fitness regime as a fair call by the team management.

"In today's cricket, it is not like 10 years back. Things were different earlier but now the game is very high paced and you have to be fit. And it is fair to expect so. If you are not fit, then the team has to bear that load and it is not fair on the team.

"It is something seen not just in Indian cricket but also every other cricket team like Australia, England, etc. They all have fitness parameters, and now, so do we," the opener's answer was an indication why some of the illustrious players could not make it to the side.

Additionally, it highlights a certain acceptance from both the selectors and the team management that this has to be the foremost quantifiable criterion going forward given the plethora of talent available.

"We have got good players. If one goes, there is always another player (to take up that spot), so we can afford to look at this aspect. There has to be a balance. If we don't have a back-up player of same ability, then we know that we cover it (fitness levels) up a little bit.

"Now, we know that we have that (great bench strength) so why not put more responsibility on the players who can come up and do a job for the team," said Dhawan.

Ashton Agar set for comeback Test after replacing Steve O'Keefe

Ashton Agar
Ashton Agar

Australia coach Darren Lehmann yesterday backed Ashton Agar to make his Test return during the tour of Bangladesh, four years after the all-rounder made his last appearance.

Agar impressed Australian selectors with his form in the domestic Sheffield Shield competition this season, earning him a recall ahead of left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe.

"Ashton batted really well and he is a gun fielder. We are really pleased for him," Lehmann told reporters in Dhaka.

"We are hoping for Ashton to reproduce that sort of form," Lehmann said of Agar. Australia are expected to field at least two spinners in the first Test in Dhaka starting this Sunday, with Agar now set to join regular spinner Nathan Lyon in the attack.

Lehmann said Australia were prepared for anything at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium, where Bangladesh defeated England inside three days last October.

"In India we had three-day games. Sometimes, shorter the match, the more exciting Test match it is in a way," he said.

"We are prepared for that but traditionally it is a good wicket here."

‘Cuphead’ is as wondrous as it is difficult

Just take one look at Cuphead’s gorgeous hand-drawn art style and you’ll understand the hype. First-time indie developer Studio MDHR created a game that’s as detailed and fluid as classic Disney cartoons. And it has that hint of magic that you can only get from traditional, non-CG animation. It’s also a dream to play, with controls reminiscent of Contra and other extremely difficult 2D side scrollers. Simply running around and shooting enemies feels great — and that’s a good thing, since you’ll be doing a lot of it.

You’ve got a variety of weapons to choose from, a dash-move for getting out of danger quickly, and you can also parry any pink-colored object by jumping off of them at just the right time. The vast majority of Cuphead is made up of elaborate boss fights — and I really mean elaborate.

The bosses, and their accompanying stages, feature some of the most unique designs I’ve ever seen in a video game. But you won’t have much time to drink in the gorgeous visuals before the bosses start filling up the screen with deadly projectiles. While there are attack patterns you’ll have to learn, you’ll still have to keep your wits about you for some randomized changes. Cuphead is the sort of game where you should expect to die — a lot.

Thankfully, the game gives you a few different difficulty levels to help you get your bearings. A beautiful overworld map connects all of the different boss battles, and you can also interact with other characters there. Cuphead also features a handful of platforming stages, which should evoke plenty of classic gaming nostalgia.

In addition to playing through the game solo, you can also have a friend join you in co-op mode. That’s something we don’t typically see in games today, and it brought back memories of sitting on the couch for hours on end when I was a kid.

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Facebook to Make ‘Safety Check’ a Permanent Feature on its Mobile App

Facebook’s Safety Check service is set to become a permanent feature of the social media network on both mobile and web, with the next update of the iOS app.

The Safety Check feature first appeared in 2014 to help users let loved ones know they are safe if they are close to a crisis. Facebook announced on its Disaster Response page that the service will roll out to become a permanent feature over the next few weeks.

Safety Check helps our community let loved ones know they are safe during a crisis, find and give help, as well as learn more about a crisis. There’s now a single place to go to see where Safety Check has recently been activated, get the information you need and potentially be able to help affected areas. We will gradually roll this out in the upcoming weeks starting today.

Facebook’s example images show the service being accessed on Android, but the Safety Check feature should make its way onto iOS with the next update to the app, as an additional option in the Explore tab, which can be displayed by tapping the hamburger button in the lower right corner of the interface.

Facebook recently made several changes to the News Feed to make it easier to read and navigate, with tweaks to the design and the use of chat bubbles to display comments. Facebook is a free download for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Pakistan to host World XI, Sri Lanka and West Indies

Najam Sethi
Najam Sethi

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) yesterday announced the return of international cricket to its soil, with three separate sides scheduled to visit after years of isolation over security concerns.

A World XI tour kicks off in September followed by a short visit by Sri Lanka for a Twenty20 match in October, then a Twenty20 series against the West Indies a month later. "We are getting positive signals and the doors of international cricket are opening on Pakistan," said PCB chairman Najam Sethi. The tours are seen as a big step towards Pakistan once again hosting major international outfits after militants targeted the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009.

Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels are back in West Indies ODI squad

Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels. Pic/AFP
Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels. Pic/AFP

West Indies batters Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels have been included in the 15-member ODI squad for the series in England.

Gayle last played an ODI in March 2015, while Samuels in October 2016.

Speaking on their inclusion, Courtney Browne, chairman of selection panel of CWI, said, ¿With regards to the selection of the ODI squad, the panel welcomes back Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who will both add value to our batting and help with the nurturing of the young batsmen in the team.¿

¿Both Sunil Narine and Darren Bravo have declined to be considered for ODIs in England. Narine has however confirmed his desire to play 50-over cricket again but has asked to play in our Regional Super50 before he is considered and Darren said he was not available for selection.¿

¿Dwayne Bravo said he is still not 100% fit, but is looking at a possible return to international cricket next year,¿ he added.

West Indies, who are currently involved in a three-Test series against England, will begin the ODI leg of the tour with the match against Ireland on September 13 in Stormont.

The game will be then followed by five-match ODI series against England between September 19 and 29.

West Indies ODI squad: Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder (capt), Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Kesrick Williams.


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