9 Common Filmmaking Mistakes to Avoid

first_img2. Working With Dirty Lenses or SensorsThis shouldn’t be on the list. It should be common practice. Nonetheless, it still pops up a little too often. Camera lenses are made of glass. Glass gets dirty. You have to regularly clean glass to remove dirt and blemishes unless you want your shots to look dirty. Here are some resources on how get your glass to a spotless state.A Guide to Cleaning Lenses and Camera Sensors7 Pro Lens Cleaning Tools Under $7How to (Not) Clean Your Camera3. Shooting Out of Focus ShotsOnce mastered, focus can be a great tool in your cinematic toolbox for directing the audience’s attention and telling your story. However, when you’re first starting out, if you can’t control it, focus (or more specifically, a lack of focus) can absolutely ruin your shots. Watch the video above on how to set focus and check out some of the following articles for a little more in-depth information.3 Hacks for Shooting Without a Focus Puller The Best Follow Focus Options for Under $200What Are Focus Charts and Why Do You Need One?4. White Balance Being OffIf you don’t understand white balance, you should definitely learn. If you don’t understand how to learn, you should definitely at least use auto-white balance.There’s no excuse for shooting daylight footage white balanced for tungsten or vice versa. Here are some tips and tricks for working with white balance in post.Quick Tip: How to White Balance in Premiere ProWhite Balance Footage in Final Cut Pro XDaVinci Resolve Tip: Use Color Keys to Fix White Balance5. (Unintentionally) Breaking the 180-Degree RuleLet’s be honest. The 180-degree rule is more of a suggestion than a rule. Of course, not having an understanding of what it is and why it works is the first step to creating confusing scenes and compositions which serve no direct purpose. If you can acknowledge your mastery of the rule first, you’re well within your rights to break it — as long as it’s done intentionally.Film Studies: 180-Degree RuleQuick Tips: Understanding The 180 Degree RuleFilmmaking Tutorial: 180 Degree Rule and Other Shot Sequence Tips6. Under or Over Lighting Shots With Poor Set-UpsWhen working in professional videography, lighting is usually the part of production which separates the amateurs from the seasoned pros. Taking the time to understand and properly set up lighting for a scene can be a huge part of telling a story and adding depth to a shot. Here are some helpful resources to consider.5 Practical Cinematic Lighting TutorialsLighting 101: A Quick Guide for Lighting Film7 Steps for Lighting a Scene7. Overusing or Improperly Using Warp StabilizerWarp Stabilizer is an effect in Adobe’s Premiere Pro (as well as After Effects). In itself, it is a powerful tool which can be used to stabilize shaky footage here or there — though it’s not always perfect and can’t work miracles on hopelessly unstable footage. It’s all too common to see it applied improperly and create waves in footage which can ruin a project. Here are some tips for how to properly use or avoid using it.A Comprehensive Guide to Making the Most of Adobe’s Warp StabilizerRemove Warp From Warp Stabilizer Using After Effects4 Tips for Warp Stabilizer in Premiere Pro8. Not Taking the Time to Balance and Smooth Out AudioAudio is simply too important to be last on the editing to-do list and first on the chopping block. Bad, inconsistent audio can ruin a video from the get-go, so it’s important to treat it, well, like it’s important. Here are some tips and tricks for balancing and smoothing out audio transitions.How to Crossfade Audio Tracks in Premiere Pro and FCPXHow to Set Audio Levels for VideoAudio Tips and Tricks: Removing Echo and Reverb9. Incorrectly Formatting and/or ExportingWhether you’re exporting for YouTube or television, you need to be intentional with your export and formatting settings. Many editing programs include helpful presets that are often ignored if you don’t know where to look. Here are some helpful resources.Everything You Need to Know About Exporting VideoHow to Properly Export Video for YouTubeQuick Tip: Exporting Multiple Timelines in Adobe Premiere Pro Essential Gear for Product VideosHow to Extend Your DSLR batteryBackpacking Gear: Solar Charging for DSLR Camera Batteries What were some of you earliest filmmaking mistakes and video goofs? Share your war stories in the comments below!center_img The early paths of most filmmakers and videographers are littered with easy-to-avoid gaffes. Here are nine of the most common filmmaking mistakes and some easy ways to avoid them.Top image via PremiumBeat (How many mistakes do you see?)Filmmaking, at its heart, is a form of expression. It encourages freedom, experimentation, and innovation. There are an endless number of ways to set a shot, edit a scene, and tell a story. That being said, when you’re just starting out, there are several concepts, ideas, tips, and tricks which can help you make more thoughtful decisions in your filmmaking process.Let’s look at nine filmmaking mistakes which you may want to explore to better understand the art and your voice as a filmmaker.1. Forgetting Equipment or Arriving with Uncharged BatteriesImage via ShutterstockAgain, things like this should be common knowledge (regardless of your profession), but it still persists. Working as a professional videographer means taking the time to organize and properly prepare your gear and equipment well before you walk out of the door. Keeping your gear organized with a systematic workflow for charging batteries, dumping/wiping cards, and keeping everything cataloged is paramount for any serious video professional.last_img read more

Aurangabad riots: Shiv Sena leader held for vandalising police station

first_imgThe police on Monday arrested a Shiv Sena leader for indulging in vandalism during the riots in Aurangabad.Aurangabad police said that Pradeep Jaiswal, who was an MP in 1996 and an MLA in 2009, was held on charges of assault and vandalism for creating a ruckus on Sunday night at Kranti Chowk police station. He allegedly demanded the immediate release of two Shiv Sena activists who were taken into police custody for taking part in the riots. An officer said, “When the personnel on duty denied permission, he smashed the glass on the table and threw chairs around the station.” Mr. Jaiswal was booked under Sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.last_img read more

Suspected militants make failed attempt to kidnap businessman in Assam

first_imgSuspected militants of All Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA) have made a failed bid to kidnap a businessman in Lower Assam’s Udalguri district, police said on Sunday.Six miscreants came in three motorbikes and opened fire before hurling a grenade, which did not explode, at a market place in Panery in the district, in their attempt to kidnap the businessman on Saturday night, Circle Inspector Durga Kingkar Sarma said. Local people came to the rescue of the man, and contacted the police, he added.The grenade has been defused and three suspected militants of the Adivasi militant group arrested in connection with the incident, Mr. Sarma said, adding that the situation was under control.last_img

Now a portal to register e-vehicles

first_imgMaharashtra government’s new web portal, thrown open last week for the registration of battery-operated vehicles, expects to receive about 1,00,000 applications under the State Electric Vehicle Policy. A gateway for sanction and disbursement of fiscal incentive to the buyers of Electric Vehicle (EVs), the portal is designed to accommodate one lakh applications including those of 70,000 battery-operated two-wheelers, 20,000 three-wheelers, and 10,000 four-wheelers. The portal could also take registration of 1,000 battery-operated buses, officials said. As per the policy approved by the State Cabinet last year, an enabling environment is being created for the manufacture of nearly 5,00,000 EVs in the next five years. The government proposes exempting e-vehicles from road tax and registration charges. In addition, 15% subsidy will be provided to owners of first 1,00,000 EVs registered which would be ₹5,000 for two-wheelers, ₹12,000 for three-wheelers, and up to ₹1,00,000 for the four-wheelers, officials said.Senior officials of the industries department said fiscal incentive will be admissible only to application of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) sold in Maharashtra for the first time and registered with Regional Transport Offices (RTOs). “We have ensured buyers are eligible for incentive only once. The subsidy should be applicable on the base price of eligible BEV,” said an official. As per the policy, not only vehicles but even charging stations set up on public and private parking lots, fuel pumps, bus and railway stations and approved by local planning authority will be considered for grant of capital subsidy of 25% up to ₹10 lakh. As part of this, first 250 commercial public EV charging stations will be considered for assistance.Senior officials said the Directorate of Industries will verify the vehicle application within 15 days. They added that as per availability of funds, and within 90 days of filing valid claim online, sanctioned subsidy amount shall be deposited directly into the buyer’s account through RTGS.last_img read more

Slideshow: Untangling the bird family tree

first_img Most modern birds have four color receptors in their eyes, making them tetrachromatic. This means they can see a wider range of the light spectrum than trichromatic humans and most other mammals. Among birds, penguins were the odd ducks—they’ve lost a col Dario Sanches/Flickr Using comparative genomics, researchers found that the common ancestor of all modern birds lacked mineralized teeth and that birds lost their teeth about 116 million years ago. There are about 15,000 toothless bird species in the world, but just a few too On average, avian genomes are about 70% smaller than mammalian genomes. So what’s missing? Birds have very little intergenic material—noncoding DNA between the regions of the genomes that code for proteins. They also have fewer repeated genes and fewer c JohnCramerPhotography/Flickr Bill Birtwhistle/Getty Images Matthew Field/Wikimedia In order to get a good picture of how birds evolved, researchers compared their genomes with the genomes of their closest living relative, the crocodile. Dinosaurs, crocodilians, and birds are all archosaurs. After sequencing three different crocodile spe Birds’ beautiful plumage gets color and texture in part from proteins called β-keratins. When scientists looked at the different birds groups, they found that water birds have the fewest types of β–keratins; land birds have about double that number; and d Slideshow: Untangling the bird family tree i z u m i n i a/Getty Images Using comparative genomics, researchers found that the common ancestor of all modern birds lacked mineralized teeth and that birds lost their teeth about 116 million years ago. There are about 15,000 toothless bird species in the world, but just a few too center_img ‹› Tamara Staples/Getty Images Matthew Field/Wikimedia mutrock/Flickr It was long thought that the traits of predatory birds such as the falcon and the eagle arose twice in different parts of the bird family tree. Instead, according to the newly redrawn bird tree, all land birds descended from a single apex predator, but mo One of the long-standing questions about the evolution of birds is how their vocal learning faculty evolved—did it arise only once, or once in each of the vocal learning groups: hummingbirds, songbirds, and parrots? It turns out that vocal learning has ar mutrock/Flickr On average, avian genomes are about 70% smaller than mammalian genomes. So what’s missing? Birds have very little intergenic material—noncoding DNA between the regions of the genomes that code for proteins. They also have fewer repeated genes and fewer c By Sarah CrespiDec. 11, 2014 , 2:00 PM Luckily for birds, they survived the mass extinction event that killed most of Earth’s dinosaurs. Four bird lineages lived through the catastrophe and over the next 66 million years, these feathered dino descendants radically expanded and diverged into the approximately 10,500 species living today. Because of their rapid early expansion, the relationships between modern birds have been incredibly difficult to tease out. Now, with 48 bird genome sequences in hand, researchers report online today in Science that they have finally been able to untangle some of the toughest thickets in the bird family tree. 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Early Ateneo-La Salle clash spices up UAAP Season 81 volleyball opening weekend

first_imgBulls add to Heat woes at home with 105-89 win The matchup between the Lady Spikers, who are gunning for their fourth straight,  and two-time champion Lady Eagles headline the opening weekend of the biggest event in the UAAP’s second semester.Ateneo and La Salle share a storied history together, having squared off in six straight finals in the last  decade with the Lady Spikers winning four championships to the Lady Eagles’ two.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsUniversity of Santo Tomas looks to get a quick turnaround from its disappointing Season 80 campaign when it takes on Adamson University in the first game of the Feb. 17 game day.The Golden Tigresses missed out of the Final Four in 2018 after finishing with a 4-10 record—the second-worst mark in Season 80—while the Lady Falcons will start life in the post-Jema Galanza era. MANILA, Philippines—De La Salle’s title reign is off to a tough start as it begins the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament against rival  Ateneo on Feb. 17 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes University of the Philippines and University of the East will formally start the tournament on Feb. 16 at Filoil Flying V Centre at 2 pm.Season 80 runner-up Far Eastern University will take on last year’s no.4 National University in the second game of the tournament’s opening day.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

India U-19 squads for England cricket tour announced

first_imgPromising Haryana batsman Himanshu Rana will lead the India Under-19 squad for next month’s two four-day matches against England while his compatriot Prithvi Shaw of Mumbai will skipper the side in the subsequent five one-day matches during the tour, a BCCI release stated on Friday.The Indian colts will start their tour with a two-day warm-up game on July 19-20 before playing the first four-day game from July 23-26 at Chesterfield. The second four-day match will be held from July 31-August 3 in Worcester.The first one-dayer will be played on August 7 at Cardiff followed by the second on August 9 at Canterbury. The third and fourth games will be played on August 12 and 14 at Hove and Bristol respectively, while the final one-dayer will be hosted at Taunton on August 16.Squads:Team for four-day matches: Himanshu Rana (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Manjot Kalra, Riyan Parag Das, S. Radhakrishnan, Harvik Desai, Het Patel, Harsh Tyagi, Ashok Sandhu, Rahul Chahar, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Darshan Nalkande, Vivekanand Tiwari.Team for one-day matches: Prithvi Shaw (Captain), Shubman Gill, Himanshu Rana, S Radhakrishnan, Salman Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Harvik Desai, Het Patel, Anukul Roy, Shiva Singh, Rahul Chahar, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Yash Thakur, Ishan Porel.last_img read more

Nokia 6 Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Raw power takes on stock Android coated with nostalgia

first_imgIt’s no secret that Xiaomi has hit bull’s eye with the Redmi Note 4. The Redmi Note 4 is easily among the best selling phones that Xiaomi has ever come out with, and the phone still manages to hold its ground in the under Rs 15,000 price segment even though it was launched in January.Xiaomi VP and India MD Manu Kumar Jain, only recently, announced that the company had sold 50 lakh units of the Redmi Note 4 phone in the country in 6 months since launch. The Redmi Note 4, in fact, “broke all records to become No. 1 selling smartphone in Q1 & Q2,” Manu wrote on Twitter. That despite the fact that buying a Redmi Note 4 — like all Xiaomi phones — doesn’t come easy since the phone is almost always out of stock and when it is in stock, it sells out like hot cakes in minutes if not seconds. Backed by a premium design, top-notch performance and fantastic battery life, the Redmi Note 4 still remains to be the smartphone to beat at its price point.Only now we have a phone that can give the Redmi Note 4 a thorough run for its money, in almost all the departments. The Nokia 6, from HMD Global, is that phone. The Nokia 6 may not exactly dazzle from a specifications point of view, but, that’s not something that HMD Global is gunning for, at the end of the day. Instead, the Nokia 6 is relying on the overall experience to woo buyers in India. And that overall experience is something that the company is hoping to offer with three elements: design, the brand appeal — read nostalgia — and pure Android.advertisementDesign and build qualityThe Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 looks (and feels) like an expensive phone, but it isn’t expensive at all. It’s a gradual progression of the Redmi Note 3. With the Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi has added curved 2.5D glass with rounded edges and polished antenna lines, into the mix. The Redmi Note 4 weighs in at just over 160 grams, which isn’t quite that much when you consider the fact that it’s housing a 4,100mAh battery inside. And just so you know, it measures a respectable 8.3mm (in thickness) as well. What is remarkable, however, is that even though it crams in such a big battery inside, the phone feels practically the same no matter how you hold it. An even distribution of weight throughout its body, coupled with the curved glass ensures the Redmi Note 4 feels smaller (and more compact) in comparison to other 5.5-inch phones including the Nokia 6.The Nokia 6 is also an all-metal smartphone carved out of 6000 series aluminum with chamfered edges and curved 2.5D Gorilla glass on the front. It has a physical home button on the front that also houses a fingerprint scanner, and is flanked by touch-based capacitive keys which are backlit. The power button and the volume rocker lie on the right, while the SIM card slot rests on the left. The Nokia 6 — that tries to sort of mimic the design aesthetics of Microsoft’s Lumia line-up — undeniably looks classier than the Redmi Note 4. It’s boxy and very solid, feels very reassuring when in the hands, the Nokia 6. But, there’s a flip-side to it. The Nokia 6 has very sharp edges and because the phone is quite broad, you’ll actually feel its chamfers digging into your hands all the time.Also, its fingerprint scanner may be very fast and accurate, but, it’s somewhat teensy and because it’s located up-front at the bottom, chances are it would take some time getting used to. The Redmi Note 4 has an always-on fingerprint scanner on the back which also works quite well.The Nokia 6 may be lacking in all-round polish, but, it picks up right where the Nokias of yore left, in that the phone is built like a tank, it is rock solid and built to last. The front is carved out of Corning Gorilla Glass and the back (although it is prone to scratches) looks and feels like it can take a beating.The Redmi Note 4, on the other hand, has a scratch-resistant protective coating on-board but Xiaomi wouldn’t tell me exactly what kind. “For protective glass, we use multiple suppliers and can’t comment on which exact one, but its quality is up to what you’d expect from the premium competition,” is what a Xiaomi spokesperson told me about the phone.DisplayBoth the phones come with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display but the Redmi Note 4 fairs slightly better in this department. The screen of the Redmi Note 4 does well most of the time unless you’re out and about in direct sunlight. Its (above) average brightness levels feel lacking when you’re out and about. Also, the screen is prone to reflection which adds up, hampering the phone’s outdoor legibility further. But, the screen of the Redmi Note 4 has one ace up its sleeve. It handles — and reproduces — colours so well you don’t mind that it’s not as bright as the company’s more expensive phones. Although the screen of the Nokia 6 produces excellent colours — albeit slightly on the warmer end of the spectrum — it is also very reflective and brightness levels are not at par with Xiaomi’s phone, something that affects the outdoor legibility by a great deal.Software.advertisementThe Nokia 6, like all Nokia phones in 2017 and going forward, runs a vanilla version of Android Nougat and will always be “pure, secure, and up to date,” according to HMD Global. The company has already announced that the Nokia 6 is in line to receive an upgrade to Android Oreo in the days to come. In fact, HMD Global is banking heavily on this aspect to sell its new Nokia-branded phones, including the Nokia 6.For someone who’s into the simplicity and ease of use that stock Android brings to the table, the Nokia 6 is just ideal. There are no unnecessary tricks here, no crazy over-the-top gimmicks. It is pure, unadulterated Android, more or less the same deal that you’ll find in a phone from Google, like the Pixel and the Pixel XL. The Nokia 6 comes with a stock build of Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. Nokia has skinned a few aspects of the software like the design of the icons but overall, the software is as close as it gets, even more so than a Motorola phone.The Redmi Note 4, on the other hand, comes with Android Marshmallow-based MIUI. An update to Android Nougat is incoming, but Android Oreo will probably take a lot longer. As expected, you get a user interface with lots of fancy colour schemes and animations, and no app drawer. If, you are not a ‘stock Android fanatic’, the MIUI offers all the bells and whistles that you’d want from a fully-functional operating system, including customisation themes. Some of its features like scrollable screenshots, second space and dual apps are worth mentioning. Additionally, the Redmi Note 4 comes with an IR-blaster that can be used (in tandem with the Mi Remote app or even some third-party solutions) to control smart home appliances.HardwareThe Nokia 6 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with 3GB of RAM under the hood, and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a micro-SD card slot. The Redmi Note 4 is meanwhile powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. The Redmi Note 4 is available in three versions: 2GB RAM and 32GB memory, 3GB RAM and 32GB memory, and another with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory. All the versions of the Redmi Note 4 support expandable storage of up to 128GB via a hybrid microSD card slot.advertisementUnlike a phone like the Redmi Note 4 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 625) which uses a chipset built on the power-efficient 14nm finfet process, the Snapdragon 430 which is inside the Nokia 6 — besides being an entry-level chipset — is based on a 28nm process. There are (of course) differences but for most users it would all narrow down to this: you’re more likely to get (much) better battery life and little (or no) overheating in phones powered by a chipset on the lines of a Snapdragon 625 than in phones powered by a Snapdragon 430. The same is true about raw performance.Don’t mind me, both the phones will be quick and responsive in every sense of the word. Xiaomi’s phone, however, will hold an edge in terms if raw power and also thermal efficiency. The Nokia 6, with its humbler CPU (and GPU), will be prone to some occasional lags here and there in comparison to a phone like the Redmi Note 4. Of course, stock Android gives the Nokia 6 an added punch, but, at the end of the day, there’s only so much that stock Android can do. The Nokia 6, you must know, could have done with slightly better hardware, even more so because it costs higher than the Redmi Note 4.Both the phones support 4G LTE and dual-SIM connectivity. The speaker setup on-board the Nokia 6, in addition, comes with dual amplifiers and supports Dolby Atmos sound technology.CameraThe Redmi Note 4 sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, phase-detection autofocus along with a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, you get a 5-megapixel snapper. The phone captures some good-looking photos — with occasional softness — in good light with good amount of detail and mostly spot-on (if a little oversaturated) colours. Dynamic range could have been better but overall it’s mostly smooth sailing. Also, the Redmi Note 4, surprisingly, does well in macro photography scenarios which means close-up shots come out well (enough) when the light is adequate. Xiaomi’s new phone is also able to capture well to-do photos — with occasional softness — in tricky light situations with good detail.The Nokia 6, on the other hand, comes with a 16-megapixel shooter on the back with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED flash. On the front, the Nokia 6 comes with an 8-megapixel camera. The Nokia 6 does mostly well in well-lit natural conditions, but, its auto-focusing abilities do leave you asking for more. Although its reliable, the phone’s a bit slow when it comes to grabbing on to focus. Also, the relatively underpowered processor rears its ugly head every now and then when the phone has to take a breather while taking multiple shots at the same time. The Nokia 6 hasn’t been designed to do motion photography, but, then even the Redmi Note 4 hasn’t been designed that way either. But, overall the Redmi Note 4 does better job at focusing and there’s almost no shutter lag while taking photos which means you’re more likely to get a slightly better photo of a moving object with the Redmi Note 4 than with the Nokia 6.Although both the phones falter at low light photography, the Nokia 6’s slow focusing woes mean the Redmi Note 4 fares better in such situations at the end of the day.BatteryThe Redmi Note 4 is backed by a massive 4,100mAh battery, which is non-removable. Moderate to extreme usage saw us cross the one whole day barrier with ease, while toning down further should get most users one and a half to two days out of the phone. Extreme usage scenarios got us close to 15 hours on the Redmi Note 4, which is phenomenal. Sadly, the Redmi Note 4, supports only 5V/2A charging and not Qualcomm’s Quick Charge.The Nokia 6, on the other hand, comes with a 3,000mAh battery that delivers fairly decent battery life. But, clearly not as much as Xiaomi’s phone. Much like the Redmi Note 4, even the Nokia 6 doesn’t support fast charging.So which one should you buy?The Redmi Note 4 starts at Rs 9,999 and goes all the way to Rs 12,999. The Nokia 6, meanwhile, costs a substantial Rs 14,999.The Nokia 6 has a stellar design (albeit in dire need of some polish) and is built like a tank which is again trademark Nokia. The Nokia 6 also has its software well in place. Then of course there’s the nostalgia bit: the legacy that the Nokia brand brings along is hard to deny or overlooked. Essentially, HMD Global, made a plan, worked on it, and delivered it in the Nokia 6. Someone who’s looking for a phone that can take a beating (and last longer than most phones in the market right now), that ships with unadulterated vanilla Android that’s more likely to be updated faster, and oodles of brand legacy, the Nokia 6 is definitely the phone to buy.Xiaomi’s phone, in comparison, offers a better screen, better all-round performance, better set of cameras and better battery life. Also, it costs less. You can do the math.Also Read: Nokia 8 vs OnePlus 5: To win market, Nokia’s Android phone will have to beat flagship killerlast_img read more

Salah scores direct from corner, injured in Egypt romp

first_imgJohannesburg, Oct 13 (AFP) Liverpool star Mohamed Salah scored direct from a corner but was later injured as Egypt romped to a 4-1 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win over eSwatini. The striker went down holding his leg as the Group J match drew to a close in Cairo, resumed after receiving treatment, and was almost immediately withdrawn. Speaking after the match, Egypt assistant coach Hany Ramzy told BeIN Sports: “The initial diagnosis, according to the team doctor, is a strong muscle strain. It is not a tear, I think it is not serious.” After scoring 44 goals in all competitions during his first season at Anfield, the striker has netted only three this term, with just one since August. Salah netted twice and missed two penalties when record seven-time African champions Egypt hammered Niger 6-0 last month in another qualifier. With eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) ranked even lower than Niger, there were expectations that Salah could get back on the goal trail at the Al Salam Stadium in the Egyptian capital. He blasted a shot wide with Egypt three goals ahead before curling a corner into the net on the stroke of half-time. Salah fluffed a chance to net again by missing from inside the box during the second half after combining with Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny. Captain Ahmed Elmohamady, Amr Warda and Mahmoud Hassan also scored for Egypt and Sibonginkosi Gamedze snatched a late eSwatini consolation goal. Tunisia, who host Niger Saturday, and Egypt have six points each in a mini-league they seem certain to qualify from for the 2019 Cup of Nations in Cameroon.advertisement – Home teams dominated – Ivory Coast and Angola also scored four goals on a day when home teams dominated with seven of the first eight matches delivering maximum points to them. Jonathan Kodjia, Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, Cheick Doukoure and Maxwel Cornet scored for the Ivorians as they crushed the Central African Republic 4-0 in Bouake. In the other Group H match, Guinea defeated Rwanda 2-0 in Conakry through goals from Francois Kamano and Ibrahima Cisse to stay three points ahead of the Ivorians. Angola ended the perfect two-victory Group I record of Mauritania by recovering from conceding a third-minute goal to triumph 4-1 in Luanda. Captain Mateus da Costa turned the tide with goals after 12 and 16 minutes, levelling from a penalty before volleying his team into the lead. Angola and Mauritania have six points and Burkina Faso can join them if they win at home to bottom team Botswana Saturday. An Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting goal gave Cameroon a laboured 1-0 Group B win over Malawi in Yaounde, and Dutch coach Clarence Seedorf his first success as ‘Indomitable Lions’ coach. Defending champions Cameroon are guaranteed a place among the 24 finalists next year as hosts, but opted to compete in the mini-league phase to gain competitive match practice. They top the group with seven points, four more than Morocco, who should narrow the gap by defeating the Comoros in Casablanca Saturday. In other matchday 3 qualifiers, Gabon beat South Sudan 3-0 in Libreville, Togo snatched a late 1-1 draw with the Gambia in Lome and Cape Verde outplayed Tanzania 3-0 in Praia. (AFP) AHlast_img read more

Virat Kohli is a modern day Jesus: Graeme Swann

first_imgIndian captain Virat Kohli is winning the hearts of fans cricketers alike by his sportsmanship during the ongoing World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. After he asked the crowd to stop booing Australia’s Steven Smith earlier this month, Kohli was in the news again when he decided to walk thinking that he had edged a Mohammad Amir delivery to the wicketkeeper during India’s game against Pakistan. Former England spinner Graeme Swann is mightily impressed.In his recent podcast which is titled ‘Swanny’s Cricket Show’, Swann recalled Kohli’s walking incident and said that it proved the Indian captain was so honest that he could easily be termed a ‘modern day Jesus'”I’ve always hated non-walkers and I’ve had an argument with every batsman in the game, (and they say) ‘Nah, you should wait for the umpire, it’s the umpire’s job’. It’s cheating I think. If you nick it and you stand there, you know you’ve knicked it and you know you’re out, and if you use the excuse: ‘Oh I’m letting the umpire decide whether I have or not’, you’re still cheating. You’re cheating yourself more than anything. Virat walked off and it turned out he didn’t even hit it. So he is that honest, he’s given himself out when he’s even not! Honestly, he is a modern day Jesus,” said an elated Swann.Swann didn’t stop in his praise for Kohli just yet and when he was asked how he felt about India’s progress at the World Cup, he just couldn’t stop talking about Kohli, calling him his ‘favourite human being on the planet’.advertisementVirat Kohli is my favourite person on the planet at the moment!Subscribe ? https://t.co/W82owsPcgF #SwannysCricketShow @JOE_co_uk pic.twitter.com/bVOaall62lGraeme Swann (@Swannyg66) June 23, 2019″First off all, they are led by my favourite human being on the planet at the minute, Virat Kohli. He is transcending what a normal cricketer is like. He is using his position in India as a superstar among people and a role model for good. And I’ll tell you why, he walked off the field yesterday. Not only did he do the Steve Smith thing when he said ‘stop booing, clap him’, which was great because you know I hate the booing of people. It’s boorish, it’s pathetic…it’s Brexit! It’s horrible,” added Swann.India are currently on the 3rd spot in the World Cup points table with 4 more games remaining in the league stage. Virat Kohli’s men will next take the field against West Indies on June 27 in Manchester.Also Read | David Warner 3rd Australian to hit 500 runs in a single World CupAlso Read | England vs Australia World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan looked scared, says Kevin Pietersenlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola sends message to FA over yellow ribbon after Carabao Cup win

first_imgTopics Share on Facebook news Read more Reuse this content Kompany on target as Manchester City cruise past Arsenal in Carabao Cup final Arsenal Carabao Cup Read more Pep Guardiola Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn His team are 13 points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand over second-placed Manchester United while they are 4-0 up from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Basle.The manager also adopted a defiant tone against the Football Association, in the wake of his charge for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians.Guardiola wore the ribbon at Wembley and he said that, even if he was banned from the touchline by the FA, he would continue to do so. But this was primarily an afternoon in which he could celebrate the first silverware of his City tenure.“Winning titles helps you to win more, that’s true,” Guardiola said. “My players know we will not go far in the Champions League if we play like we did in the first half here. But we showed who we are in the second half. We played really well from the first action.“Big congratulations to everyone at City – from Sheikh Mansour, Khaldoon [al-Mubarak] to everybody else. I can’t forget how they took care of me last season when it wasn’t so good. I will always remember how everyone at the club, like Khaldoon, supported me.” Pep Guardiola believes that Manchester City’s 3-0 Carabao Cup final win over Arsenal at Wembley can fire the club’s push for a treble of trophies this season.The manager said the victory, secured with goals from Sergio Agüero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva, represented payback for the club’s owners for the support they gave to him last season. Guardiola will now push to add the Premier League title and the Champions League trophy. Share via Email Manchester City On the yellow ribbon Guardiola added: “They [the FA] know I will wear it always. I can wear it somewhere else. Uefa have another opinion. They say you can wear it as long as it’s with respect. Here [in England] it’s different apparently.“I have empathy for the people who have no freedom, those guys in Spain who are in jail. They haven’t been proven guilty. Anyone can be in that situation. Before being a football manager I am a human being and this is for humanity.“There are four guys in prison and other guys, they don’t have weapons, just votes in the ballot. I said this is always with me and it always will be until the last. I will accept whatever they [the FA] decide about my behaviour. It’s not a lack of respect, it’s being part of humanity.”The Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, lamented an early missed chance – even though Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appeared to be offside – dismal defending on the opening goal from Shkodran Mustafi and the lack of an offside call on City’s second, when Leroy Sané appeared to be in David Ospina’s line of vision.“A little bit of everything went against us,” Wenger said. “We self-inflicted our punishment. The second goal is offside. It’s a mystery how it cannot be given.” Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp FA charges Pep Guardiola over Catalonia yellow ribbon Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Raiola’s demands key to Mkhi-Alexis deal

first_imgTransfers Mkhitaryan-Alexis swap deal stalls as Raiola pushes for contract payment Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 21:06 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(24) Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexis Sanchez Getty Transfers Arsenal Premier League Manchester United A. Sánchez The outspoken agent is known for getting his way in the transfer market and his demands will have to be met for Arsenal to get their man Arsenal’s pursuit of Henrikh Mkhitaryan hinges on whether the attacker is paid off by Manchester United due to his contract running for another two years, Goal understands.The Gunners are hopeful of securing Mkhitaryan as part of a deal which will see Alexis Sanchez move the other way, although neither club are prepared to sanction the transfer unless the Armenia international agrees to join Arsene Wenger’s side this month.Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola, who has already met with Arsenal officials at the club’s London Colney training ground this week, is also determined to secure a fee for himself as part of his involvement in brokering the deal.Arsenal are requesting a flat fee of £35 million for Alexis, and Raiola says Mkhitaryan will play a pivotal role in the outcome of their negotiations with United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Manchester United are not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal,” Raiola told The Times.”Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it’s his decision.”Mino RaiolaRaiola emphasised his opinion that Mkhitaryan is the centre-piece of the transfer talks, not the Arsenal forward.”Sanchez is part of the Mkhi deal, not the other way around,” he added.Alexis has been the subject of a transfer tussle between United and Manchester City but, with the latter pulling out due to the demands of the Chilean’s agent Fernando Felicevich, the frontrunners to sign last season’s 30-goal man are now Jose Mourinho’s men, with the former Barcelona star already agreeing personal terms.Meanwhile, Wenger’s January transfer activity is likely to be affected by the Premier League Short Term Cost Control (STCC) rules which came into play at the start of the season.The new rules mean that teams can only increase their wage bill by £7m above what it was last season. Arsenal’s struggle to add to the signings of Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac last summer was partly because of their failure to offload fringe players on high salaries. Wenger’s side had a wage bill of £191m two seasons ago, according to the most recent club accounts available via Companies House. It is one reason why Arsenal needed to ship out Theo Walcott, Francis Coquelin and Sanchez before bringing replacements in.Coquelin joined Valencia for a fee in the region of £12m last week, while Walcott is on the verge of joining Everton for £20m. Mathieu Debuchy, meanwhile, is in talks over signing with St Etienne six months before his contract expires, which would free up further wage space for Bordeaux star Malcom, the 20-year-old winger Arsenal are keen on signing in January.Pierre-Emerick AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains a primary target of Wenger’s and new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is playing an integral part in the talks which could see the 28-year-old arrive as a replacement for Sanchez. Olivier Giroud has been mentioned in discussions and it remains a possibility that he would head to Borussia Dortmund as part of the deal.Former Dortmund head scout Mislintat was heavily involved in Arsenal’s first signing of January, the 20-year-old Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos, and is again involved in talks for both Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan.West Brom defender Jonny Evans is the subject of interest from both Manchester City and Arsenal, with the Gunners also hopeful of bringing in an experienced centre-back this month due to Laurent Koscielny’s injury problems and Per Mertesacker’s impending retirement.A defensive arrival would likely see one of Calum Chambers or Rob Holding go out on loan.last_img read more

Bale: I’d rather watch golf than PSG

first_imgReal Madrid Neymar? I’d rather watch the golf, says Bale Dom Farrell 07:43 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) GarethBale - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Cristiano Ronaldo Gareth Bale Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruña Deportivo La Coruña The Welshman hit top form for his side against Deportivo La Coruna and he is not about to spend free time worrying about PSG and Neymar Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is not worried about facing Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League next month – because he is too busy watching golf.Bale continued his encouraging return to fitness with two goals and a man-of-the-match showing in Sunday’s 7-1 demolition of Deportivo La Coruna.Madrid remain 19 points behind leaders Barcelona and lie fourth in La Liga, meaning a third European title in succession represents a far more realistic prospect of silverware. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Nevertheless, Wales star Bale claims he is currently more interested in the form of Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth than Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.”I don’t really watch much football, I’d rather watch the golf to be honest,” he told ESPN FC when asked about PSG’s prowess.”We’ve not really thought about the Champions League yet, it’s still a bit of time away.”We have to focus on each and every game at the moment, build confidence and get back to winning ways.”5 – Gareth Bale has scored five goals in 2018, more than any other La Liga player in all competitions. Express. pic.twitter.com/JpF08WuzJy — OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 21, 2018 Sunday certainly represented a step in the right direction after Adrian Lopez’s opener for Depor threatened to turn the Santiago Bernabeu’s atmosphere in a mutinous direction.But Bale inspired the turnaround, with Nacho and Cristiano Ronaldo also hitting braces, and he received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Lucas Vazquez.”Yeah, instead of whistles, which is always good,” he said, having previously been on the receiving end of Bernabeu abuse.”It would have been nice to have stayed on to get the hat-trick, but the most important thing is always to get the victory and to try and get some confidence back in the team.”last_img read more

Cape Breton Students Explore Job Opportunities in IT and Analytics Sector

first_imgYoung people in Cape Breton are test driving exciting IT and analytics training to get ready for high-paying, high-tech jobs. “The future for IT professionals in Nova Scotia is bright,” said Deputy Premier Frank Corbett. “These students are in the right place to get the tools they need for a prosperous future in their communities.” Students at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Marconi Campus, today, Feb. 21, toured hardware labs and work spaces with Cape Breton Nova MLA Gordie Gosse, senior location executive of IBM Cal Gosse and representatives from the college. In November, IBM chose Nova Scotia as the best province to locate its only Global Delivery Centre in Canada. This positions Nova Scotia as a leader in innovation and analytics, and helps to attract more investment, more business, and more jobs. “Hearing that major companies like IBM are coming to Nova Scotia to build their business makes me excited for my future here at home,” said second-year IT student Mark Fraser at the NSCC Marconi campus. “I am excited that IBM is coming to talk to IT programs here at Marconi campus. We get to hear from them about the opportunities that will be available in the sector, and I potentially have the chance to meet my future employer.” IBM expects to create hundreds of jobs over the next eight years, and the province is focused on getting people ready for those opportunities. “Today’s test drive is an excellent example of how the province, NSCC, universities in Nova Scotia and IBM are working together to support learners and their career choices,” said Don Bureaux, president of NSCC. “IBM chose our province because they believe in our students and workforce. Today is about connecting Nova Scotians to programs that will give students a competitive advantage and the skills needed to fill some of the best jobs this province has ever seen.” During the test drive, participants are also learning about courses, co-op opportunities and student services that are offered.last_img read more

Natural Gas Exploration to Begin in Pictou County

first_img review by the department and a third-party drilling engineer review and approval by the Department of Environment open house in the community permission from the landowners Aboriginal notification erosion, sedimentation and spill control measures industrial waste must be treated at approved facilities air-quality control measures water testing of all wells within one kilometre water monitoring of all surface water within 500 metres of the drill site “Any oil and gas activity in our province must be done in a way that minimizes any risk to the environment, especially our water resources,” said Environment Minister Randy Delorey. “Our staff carefully reviews these applications and, if an approval is given, terms and conditions are put in place to protect the environment.” Industrial approvals with the Department of Environment include water management, process waste management and air-quality control. Requirements from the industrial approval include: As part of its water management plan, East Coast Energy has tested all water wells within one kilometre of the two well sites. All 16 wells tested positive for natural gas. These results have been shared with residents. The company has submitted an emergency response plan and will provide daily reports to the Department of Energy once drilling begins. The drilling program for the two wells is expected to take place over 30 to 40 days. Before the company can undertake any further activities, it would have to apply to the departments of Energy and Environment for permits. Natural gas exploration in Pictou County is getting underway, under strict regulations from the departments of Energy and Environment. East Coast Energy Inc. has met all regulatory requirements, including permits to drill two test wells into the Foord coal seam at a depth of about 540 metres. The permits do not allow the use of hydraulic fracturing. “East Coast Energy has all of the necessary permits in place to begin exploring for local and cleaner sources of natural gas,” said Energy Minister Andrew Younger. “Drilling companies must follow a strict regulatory approval process that ensures any activity is done in a safe manner that protects the environment.” All drilling applications in Nova Scotia must go before a one-window standing committee of provincial government departments. East Coast Energy has met with representatives from the departments of Energy, Environment, Labour and Advanced Education, and Natural Resources. Applications for an Authority to Drill from the Department of Energy are subject to:last_img read more

Massive plantation drive in GB Nagar

first_imgG B Nagar: Contributing towards Uttar Pradesh government’s massive plantation drive, on Friday, with a target of 22 crore saplings on the occasion of Quit India Movement’s 77th Anniversary, the Gautam Buddh Nagar District forest department, district administration and all the three authorities unitedly performed the exercise and planted over 10 lakhs saplings of various species in a single day at various sectors, wetland, greenbelt and parks around the district. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderA senior officer of Gautam Buddh Nagar District forest department told Millennium Post that the G B Nagar district was given a target of planting 7, 40, 931 saplings around the district in a single day drive on Friday. “The target could not have been achieved without support from the local residents and RWAs. People from various parts of the district came in large number and supported the drive. The GB Nagar district achieved beyond the given target and planted 10.67 lakhs saplings in a single day,” said Pramod Kumar, Divisional Forest Officer, Gautam Buddh Nagar. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further said that a massive plantation drive was executed in Sector-91 Biodiversity Park by Noida authority followed by Yamuna authority area and plantation of nearly ten thousand saplings at Surajpur wetland area and district collectorate. The Noida authority also recorded a benchmark by planting 2,55,289 saplings of various species in a single day. The plantation drive was carried out at 25 places in Noida including bio diversity park in sector 91, Sector-94,125,127 & 128 Central verge & road side plantation and almost all the major sector and footpaths of Noida. The authority started the Plantation program from sector 91 bio diversity park by Chief Guest Satish Mahana, Minister of Industrial Development. Besides the Minister, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, M.P., G.B. Nagar & Pankaj Singh, MLA, Noidaalso participated in the program. R.K. Singh, Principal Secretary, Infrastructure & Industrial Development and Ritu Maheshwari, CEO, Noida were also present in the plantation program. “This is by far the maximum plantation in a single day in the history of Noida by Noida authority. In previous year, Noida Authority planted 1,04,918 plants on 15 August 2018, which was a record of highest plantation in a single day at that time. After that Noida Authority broken its own record with planting 1,70,104 plants in a single day on 17 November 2018,” said Ritu Maheshwari, Chief Executive Officer, Noida authority.last_img read more

BMO expanding role of Brian Tobin at the bank names him vicechairman

first_imgTORONTO – BMO Financial Group is expanding the role of Brian Tobin and making the former premier of Newfoundland and Labrador vice-chairman at the bank.Tobin has served as vice-chairman at BMO Capital Markets since April 2013.In the new job, Tobin will report to Darryl White, chief executive of BMO Financial Group.He will provide senior relationship management for corporate, government and institutional clients.Tobin was premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1996 to 2000.Before taking the provincial helm, he also served as a federal cabinet minister in several portfolios.Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO)last_img

Moroccan Wedding of President of Mauritanias Daughter Stirs Controversy

Marrakech – Mauritanian social media users slam the decision of their President to organize a “Moroccan” wedding ceremony for his daughter.The wedding ceremony of the daughter of the President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, which incorporated traditional Moroccan customs and dress, has been subject to heavy criticism from Mauritanian society and social media users.The daughter of the president, who had lived in Morocco, chose a Moroccan ceremony and traditional customs to be observed throughout the wedding, from wearing Moroccan traditional clothes, to being carried on a Moroccan Ammria, a platform on which the bride is carried by four men, and with music played by live traditional Moroccan bands, according to Al Arabia. The wedding ceremony elicited strong criticism from Mauritanian social media users, who considered it an “expression of indifference to Mauritanian traditions by the President’s daughter, charging that she failed to respect local Mauritanian traditions.Some charged that the President’s daughter “is not proud of belonging to Mauritania and its traditions, even if she did not mean it, as long as she chooses to celebrate her wedding through the traditions of another country.”Others, however, supported the president’s daughter’s choice, arguing that she is free to celebrate her wedding in whatever manner she chooses. In their view it was not unusual for her to choose a Moroccan wedding, given that she had lived in Morocco for a long time and had enjoyed Moroccan wedding ceremonies. read more

Members of Security Forces Injured in Dispersal of Unauthorized Sitin in

Rabat  –   Several members of security forces were injured, some of them seriously, in the dispersal on Wednesday of an unauthorized sit-in in the north-eastern city of Jerada, the prefecture of Jerada said.“Despite the decision issued on March 13, 2018, by the local authorities of the province of Jerada on the ban of all unauthorized protests and gatherings, a group of individuals staged, in violation of this decision, a sit-in on the edge of abandoned wells near Al Fath high school, during which some hooded individuals provoked the public forces and threw stones at them.These forces were forced to intervene, in coordination with the competent prosecutor’s office, to disperse this demonstration,” the source pointed out in a statement. These violent acts caused injuries among public forces, including serious injuries, which required their evacuation to the UniversityHospital Center (CHU) of the city of Oujda, the source added.Protesters also burned five police cars and caused extensive damage to vehicles and equipment used by the same forces.Nine people were arrested following the events, the statement said, adding that they will be brought to justice.Public forces will maintain measures aimed at protecting the security and public order, while showing restraint and self-control so as not to give in to provocations and scrupulously respecting the law, the statement said. read more

UNbacked meeting examines role of males in preventing spread of HIVAIDS

At its 48th session in March 2004 and for the first time, the UN Committee on the Status of Women will have these topics on its agenda and a report on the 21 to 24 October conference in Brasilia will contribute to the discussion, DAW said yesterday.“Ideologies of masculinity and ‘manliness,’ which encourage men to display sexual prowess by having multiple partners, by stressing aggressiveness and dominance and lack of responsibility in sexual relationships, put men themselves and their partners at risk,” it said in a news release.In addition, work relations that were not supportive of responsibilities at home resulted in economic inequalities for women, the Division said. “Achieving gender equality would also require greater sharing of domestic responsibilities between men and women.”DAW said it already had conducted a four-week online discussion – in which 314 representatives from 70 countries took part – on the positive roles men and boys could play in achieving gender equality in work and in combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic. read more