What’s Going to Sell Windows RT Tablets? Features, Not Price, Say Hardware Partners

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#microsoft surface Related Posts Microsoft’s first Surface tablet with Windows RT has been released at a price that’s substantially higher than competing Android tablets, so Microsoft’s hardware partners have decided to … sell it for more?Both Asus’ VivoTab RT and Dell’s XPS 10 will be priced equal to or higher than the Surface with Windows RT, which has been priced at $499 (or $599 with a Touch Cover).The VivoTab RT is only sold with a keyboard, for $599. Dell’s XPS 10 starts at $499, but rises to $679 with a keyboard dock.At least one analyst is already saying that the Surface RT is too expensive. And even though early reviews of the Surface RT are unenthusiastic, demand is robust. Right now, the wait for a basic, $499, version ships is two to three weeks, according to a note on Microsoft’s Store page. The wait for Dell’s 32-GB and 64-GB XPS 10’s, with or without a keyboard, reaches to Dec. 7, according to Dell’s order page. The Surface tablet represents a break Microsoft’s standard operating procedure. That is, the company usually develops an operating system that it sells to partners who install it in their hardware. Microsoft’s entry into the tablet hardware has rankled partners like Acer, which so far has yet to build a Windows RT tablet.HP also hasn’t released a Windows RT tablet, although a version running Windows 8, the Envy X2, is available for $850. HP chief executive Meg Whitman criticized Microsoft’s Surface at a Gartner conference Wednesday, claiming it “lacks a keyboard you can do real work on.”The selling point of both tablets appears to be the keyboard dock, which doubles as a battery; Microsoft’s Touch Cover and Type Cover both lack a battery. Asus says the dock, which includes a keyboard, touchpad, and an integrated battery that adds about eight hours, to a total of 18 hours, of power.The Surface RT won’t compete directly with mass-market Android tablets like the $299, 8.9-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD (Wi-Fi) or the $249, seven-inch Google Nexus 7 (16 GB). The Surface RT’s significantly larger 10.6-inch ClearType (1366-by-768-pixel) display sees to that.While ignoring mass-market appeals for the Surface RT, Microsoft is still positioning the device, by degree, as more of a consumer product than a business tool. Microsoft’s original-equipment-manufacturing partners have responded by marketing their own Windows tablets more for business use.Business, Battery Scratch the SurfaceDell emphasizes the business features of its XPS 10 including security features like SecureBoot and firmware Trusted Platform Module.Dell representatives said that its keyboard dock contained two USB ports, an HDMI port stereo speakers, and an auxiliary battery. Dell also said that its keyboard dock enables people to work in clamshell mode, away from a tablet or flat surface — a shot, deliberate or not, at the Surface RT’s fixed kickstand.Asus is differentiating itself with a 4G model from AT&T; the Surface RT is Wi-Fi only. The firm is still withholding pricing, though an Asus representative said in email that the market will bear an additional $100 for a full keyboard and trackpad plus an additional six or seven hours of battery and connectivity ports,” Bob O’Donnell, an analyst with International Data Corp., suggested that price won’t be a clear differentiating point for RT and Adndroid devices. “It’s going to boil down to design and brand preferences,” O’Donnell said. Features will be significant too, but so will be availability and convenience.“The Surface is going to be harder to find,” he said, because it will only be sold in Microsoft retail stores. markhachmancenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Ubuntu’s Quixotic Mobile War: HTML5 – Not Linux – Is The Key

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Linux Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has never been one to think small. Walking down Oxford Street in London a few years back, he told me that one thing his money gives him is the ability to “see into the future a few years,” buying things today (his example was blisteringly fast Internet service) that will be commonplace tomorrow. Not content to simply see the future, however, Shuttleworth is now trying to invent the future, elevating Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux distribution from the sexiest nun in the Linux desktop convent to the dominant operating system for mobile devices.It’s a big goal. But is it a reasonable one?Shuttleworth declares that “Unity [Ubuntu’s user interface] in 2013 will be all about mobile – bringing Ubuntu to phones and tablets.” He makes a compelling case in a slick video. But in this, as ReadWrite’s Dan Rowinski has pointed out, Canonical is already several years too late. The opportune time for an open-source alternative to Apple’s heavily controlled iOS would have been at Apple’s apex of dominance… which is precisely when Android staked its claim. But Ubuntu wasn’t there, instead focusing on yesterday’s desktop market.Fighting Android And iOS – And MicrosoftNow Canonical must swim upstream against entrenched, premium iOS and entrenched, commodity Android, which competes well at the high end while eviscerating Apple at the low end. Add to this developer inertia, whereby mobile developers balk at even the fragmentation within these two platforms, and Canonical has entered a market that it has no reasonable chance to win.Knowing Shuttleworth, this won’t deter him in the least. I suspect it energizes him.No matter that Microsoft, far better financed and with dramatically more industry support, appears to be failing in its attempt to dislodge either iOS or Android, despite a reasonably compelling offering for the same high-end enterprise market Canonical is targeting, in addition to the low-end feature phone market.  By most accounts, Windows Phone 8 is an exceptional mobile operating system, with stunning innovations like social integration into one’s address book.  And yet it has failed to make any sort of dent in the market, leading one prominent analyst, Roger Kay, to deride Microsoft as having “reached an Orwellian impasse, in which it cannot tell the truth – even to itself” about how the market operates and its fortunes within the market.Can Canonical hope to do better than Microsoft?This isn’t a question of intelligence. Nor is a suggestion that Shuttleworth lacks Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s flair for developer dances. It turns out that mobile is incredibly, brutally hard. I spent a year at Canonical and worked amongst exceptionally talented people. If Ubuntu on smartphones fails, it’s not because the people building it are weak. It’s because mobile is a terribly tough market to crack.  Frankly, I don’t think Shuttleworth’s convergence argument is the right way to win. I don’t want the same OS to run across my disparate devices. Or, rather, I don’t want the same experience across those devices. I actually want my apps to span different devices, but that isn’t really a platform problem. It’s a billing issue, and not one that goes away until we escape the app stores that lock our apps to a particular store, rather than being connected to the developer.Nor do I think developers really believe that they can write once and have their applications run anywhere. That hasn’t worked on iOS or Android, and Ubuntu isn’t going to be much different. It’s fiction that writing an app on Ubuntu for smartphones will carry over to Ubuntu for in-car entertainment systems. Technically, that might be possible, but the user experience in those disparate systems requires a different application. I just can’t see developers getting much of a reprieve by having “one OS to rule them all,” even if it works as advertised.The Internet And HTML5 Offer The Only Way InBut if we step back a moment, there is actually one OS that spans wildly different devices. It’s called the Internet. And Ubuntu, as much as any other hardware-bound OS, gets it right.In Shuttleworth’s video announcement of Ubuntu mobile, he says something that could well prove the key to Ubuntu’s success:[In Ubuntu] Web applications are now first-class citizens in your launcher and switcher instead of being trapped in a browser.  Nobody else brings desktop apps and web apps together so seamlessly.Google beat iOS in smartphones, as it’s threatening to do in tablets, by offering developers and users a different experience, one built on lower costs and openness (not to mention heavy subsidies). To pit itself against Android, as Canonical is doing with Ubuntu, Canonical needs to offer something better, and not merely a better user interface, which Unity may well be. That didn’t work for Microsoft, and it’s unlikely to work for Canonical, because it’s not enough of a differentiator for developers and consumers to really pay attention. Shuttleworth is also correct that emulating Android is likely a losing strategy.But making the Web a first-class citizen on mobile devices? That would be a Very Big Deal, and it’s one that Canonical has already started to deliver on, as Shuttleworth rightly notes. It’s a potentially winning strategy because it’s disruptive.Shuttleworth stresses that being late to the mobile party is a virtue, but I can’t agree. Except…he might be right insofar as HTML5 is concerned. Ubuntu’s tardiness has allowed HTML5 to mature. For the first time, HTML5 job postings, which look to bloom beyond Android and iOS jobs, are about to surpass Flash developer job postings, as Indeed.com data shows:Eliminating The Barriers Between Native And WebThis could be the perfect storm for Ubuntu to make its mark on mobile. By eliminating the sometimes silly distinction between “native” and “Web.” By making the Ubuntu experience about what happens beyond any single device – about what happens in the HTML that spans different devices.  This is, of course, precisely what Mozilla is hoping to do with Firefox OS. In an ideal world, the two open-source giants would work together, as there is far more to be gained by collaborating on making the Web a first-class mobile citizen than there is to be lost.Regardless, launching a full-frontal attack on Apple and Google is a losing strategy. But going in through the Web’s back-door, one whose mobile capabilities are already good enough and keep getting better? That strikes me as something that Canonical is well-positioned to deliver, and just the sort of industry-changing disruption Mark Shuttleworth could sink his teeth into. Matt Asaylast_img read more

Fadnavis to hold second meeting with Dhangars

first_imgIn the wake of the Maratha quota agitation, in less than a month, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be holding a second meeting to hear the demands of the Dhangar community, principally that of its inclusion in the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category instead of the present Vimukta Jati and Nomadic Tribes (VJNT). Seeking a platform “We have been getting a number representations from community leaders and organisations demanding a hearing in front of the Chief Minister. They have requested us to give them platform to voice their issues, so we decided to call them for a meeting on Monday,” Ram Shinde, Minister for VJNT, OBC Department of the State government.The meeting will be attended by present and former MLAs of the Dhangar community, representatives of community organisations and concerned ministers and officials.Unfulfilled promise The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), during the 2014 State Assembly poll campaign had promised to include the Dhangar community in the ST category. For this, the community is said to have supported the party, yet a decision on this has not yet been taken. The State government has appointed the Tata Institute Social Sciences (TISS) to prepare a report on whether the community falls within the ST category or not.Opposition from tribalsMr. Shinde said that the TISS report on Dhangar reservation will also be discussed in detail in the meeting. When asked about opposition from tribal communities over the question of inclusion of Dhangars in the ST category, he said that the meeting is meant to address the issues of Dhangars and that this issue is not related.Three weeks ago, Mr. Fadnavis in his appeal for calm during the violent Maratha agitation had said that the TISS report will be handed over to the State government by August-end. As the Dhangar community too hit the streets to pressurise the government, Mr. Fadnavis had held a meeting with certain community leaders from his party. The community is politically important for the BJP as, though not a majority, it carries a sizeable presence in several assembly constituencies of western Maharashtra and Marathwada regions. Many Dhangar organisations have already started criticising the government for failing to fulfil its promise.last_img read more

After repeatedly slating Canelo, Billy Joe Saunders fails voluntary drugs test

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementBritain’s WBO middleweight champion now faces an anxious wait to learn his boxing fate after the banned substance oxilofrine, a stimulant, was found in his system ahead of his October 20 defense against Demetrius Andrade which was supposed to be aired on DAZN in US and Sky Sports in the UK.Oxilofrine is a stimulant which is used in some supplements and is claimed to help burn fat, increase adrenaline production, endurance and help with the oxygenation of the blood.After repeatedly slating Canelo, Billy Joe Saunders fails voluntary drugs testBBBoC general secretary Robert Smith told the Daily Mail: “According to our rules and those of UK Anti-Doping, he has not committed a breach. It is down to Massachusetts over what happens next.”Hearn said Andrade will fight in the main event be it against Saunders, another opponent for the vacant title or a nontitle fight if a vacant title but can’t be arranged on such short notice. Andrade has not boxed since he moved up to middleweight and easily outboxed Alantez Fox in a one-sided decision last October.The 29-year-old Saunders hasn’t fought this year, calling off a pair of fights with Martin Murray, claiming injuries. He was last seen in the ring last December in Canada, where he routed David Lemieux in an HBO-televised main event, a big win he’s completely failed to take advantage of or build from.Also Read-Boxing: Oscar DeLa Hoya wants to make Canelo vs Spence in near futurelast_img read more

Maharashtra politicians battle it out in football arena

first_imgMumbai, Aug 10 (PTI) On any other day, they would be at each others throats, but today, the ruling and the opposition party legislators were united for a cause: that of encouraging football.In a respite from the hustle and bustle of the monsoon session of the state legislature underway here, the legislators played a football match, in the parking area of Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai.Two teams– the Speakers Eleven and the Chairmans Eleven– played the match, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurating it. Both the teams had a mix of ruling as well as opposition legislators.While Fadnavis donned the hat of the match commenator, state sports minister Vinod Tawde was the referee.Fadnavis kicked off the match after the Chairmans Eleven won the toss.The match lasted for an hour and the legislators of BJP, Shiv Sena, Congress, NCP and AIMIM took part in it.Tawde had last week announced that the football tournament for legislators will be organised here, ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.Ten lakh school students in Maharashtra will play football on September 8, ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Tawde said.The FIFA U-17 World Cup is being held in India from October 6 to 28 this year.”The September 8 event will be part of the Mission Million we are organising to mark the tournament,” the minister said.”On that day, the entire Maharashtra will turn into one happy playground,” he added.”One lakh footballs have been distributed in one over 30,000 schools in Maharashtra as part of Mission Million,” the minister said.advertisement”Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for ushering in sports culture in the country and we are organising the Mission Million event in response to his appeal,” Tawde said. PTI VT ND NPlast_img read more

Kevin Pietersen ends Big Bash League career, likely to retire from all forms soon

first_imgKevin Pietersen has called time on his Big Bash career, after confirming that the 2017-18 edition of the BBL will be his last.The now 37-year-old has played for the Melbourne Stars for the last three seasons but hasn’t yet managed to win the title, but he gave his best-ever performance in the last match against city-rivals, Melbourne Renegades on Saturday night. His 30-ball 40 though was not enough to help his team to a win, as Renegades got a 6 wickets win with 13 balls remaining.WATCH VIDEOAfter the end of the match, the former English cricketer informed reporters that he will be ending his stint in the Australian BBL.”I’m done and dusted, playing days,” he said.”You get to that time in your career when you think ‘do I want this?'”I want it desperately at the moment…but I don’t think I will want it in 10 months’ time.”I just don’t see myself wanting to play cricket in December.”KP chats to media post match and confirms this will be his final @BBL season. #TeamGreen pic.twitter.com/YbeNiSIG15- Melbourne Stars (@StarsBBL) January 6, 2018He took to Twitter to confirm, he posted, “Confirming that this is my last BBL as a player! By the time BBL starts later this yr I cannot see myself wanting to improve or try & get better. That means it’s time to finish! I’ll enjoy playing my last few games at the Adelaide Oval, SCG & MCG!”Confirming that this is my last BBL as a player! By the time BBL starts later this yr I cannot see myself wanting to improve or try & get better. That means it�??s time to finish! I�??ll enjoy playing my last few games at the Adelaide Oval, SCG & MCG! �??? pic.twitter.com/Erzm8ouxL5advertisement- KP (@KP24) January 7, 2018Pietersen clarified that he would be honouring his commitments with the Pakistan Super League and in South Africa. Last month he was retained by Quetta Gladiators in the PSL draft after having represented them in the last two seasons as well.He has been a sought after player in the domestic T20 circuit ever since his time with the England came to an end controversially after 2013-14 Ashes.being controversially banished from the England Test side following their 2013-14 Ashes whitewash, the 37-year-old has become one of the most sought-after T20 players in domestic leagues around the world.Talking about his time in the BBL he said that he just wants to enjoy his last few outing with the side, “I am definitely coming to the end of my playing time,” Pietersen told cricket.com.au. “So I am definitely going to enjoy the last few digs..@KP24 was in good form in one of his final BBL knocks. More on his big post-match announcement HERE: https://t.co/4G3pVwbmdg pic.twitter.com/OzBaMejW5p- KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 6, 2018″It’s fairly close.  “It’s the practice that you look at and you just think, ‘do I want to do it?'”I’ve still got the energy at the moment but it’s dwindling.”Pietersen said on Saturday night he wants to stay involved with the Stars.”This franchise has been so good for me at the end of my career,” he said.”I’ve loved every single day I’ve been in Melbourne.”I love Melbourne and I’ve actually really grown to love Australia and have a really good rapport with a lot of the Australian public.”So to have some sort of involvement in the Stars going forward, because of how much I love this club, would be something of immense value to me.”last_img read more

Spain coach and players back De Gea: ‘He needs time and oxygen’

first_imgDavid de Gea has found support in Spain’s head coach Fernando Hierro and his teammates after his howler against Portugal that led to widespread criticism from the Spanish media.During the much-hyped Spain vs Portugal, de Gea let slip a direct shot from Cristiano Ronaldo and gifted Portugal their second goal of the night.Though Diego Costa and Nacho pulled back by scoring a couple of goals, Ronaldo stood decisive again and struck a delightful free kick to help Portugal earn a draw.De Gea has been massively criticised in the Spanish media for giving away a cheap goal to Ronaldo and also for his badly positioned defensive wall for the Ronaldo free-kick.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE”We have our full confidence in him, I know very clearly from experience that footballers need to feel confidence, not just in the good times,” Spain’s interim coach Hierro told reporters on Monday at the team’s base in Krasnodar.De Gea has repeatedly got his club out of jail and was voted player of the year at United last season. But he has made costly errors in three of his last four outings for Spain, also letting in cheap goals against Switzerland and Argentina.”He’s had difficult moments but you can get over everything with time. Goalkeepers have a special psychology, and sometimes action-reaction is not enough. De Gea needs time and oxygen,” added Hierro.Also read – We had very little time to adapt, says new Spain coach after Portugal drawadvertisement”All players need confidence and I’m going to give that to them. De Gea has taken everything naturally, we have to get used to debate because it’s part of the job. No-one has given him anything for free, and we need to be fair with him.”Midfielder Isco also gave his backing to Spain’s number one, who for now is fending off competition from Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga and veteran keeper Pepe Reina.”De Gea is one of the best in the world, he knows how to react, and we are showing him a lot of love,” Isco said.Also read – World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo slams hat-trick, Portugal draw 3-3 with Spain”We have to help him because he helps us a lot, and that’s what this group is all about.”A former Spain defender and until last week the Spanish football federation’s director of football, Hierro has been catapulted into the unexpected position of head coach after Julen Lopetegui was sensationally sacked last Wednesday for negotiating a move to Real Madrid on the eve of the tournament.”I came here in a suit and Im going to return in a tracksuit,” added Hierro.”I was the sporting director but things are how they are, and in football things like this happen. Due to these circumstances I have a fantastic challenge, a challenge Im working on all day every day.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Delhi schools preparing students for worsening air pollution

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 4 (PTI) Shifting the morning assembly of students indoors, mandating them to wear masks during outdoor activities and distributing gooseberries are among the measures taken by schools in Delhi and adjoining areas to deal with the alarming level of air pollution.With Delhi’s air quality expected to deteriorate further post Diwali, several schools have started taking precautionary measures.”We have quality filters in place because of which all our classrooms receive treated fresh air throughout the working hours and a professional team is monitoring this,” said Deepa Kumar, principal, Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Gurgaon.”We are also closely monitoring and recording PM2.5 (particulate matter) levels, with checks being conducted every few hours. This information helps guide our outdoor activities,” she said.The air quality in Delhi has oscillated between ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ for nearly three weeks now.On Sunday, it showed some improvement to fall in the ‘poor’ category but experts believe the situation is likely to worsen after Diwali. Fine particulates can be a matter of serious health concern than PM10 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 10 micrometres).Kumar said the school administration at times has to cancel outdoor sports activities. “If needed, we conduct appropriate activities inside the classes during the sports hour during the day,” she added.Ashok Pandey, principal, Ahlcon International School in Mayur Vihar, said, “We have shifted the venue of morning assembly indoors and advised parents to send their wards wearing masks so whenever they are outdoors they have limited exposure to toxic air”.advertisementSuraj School in Gurgaon has started an initiative to distribute gooseberries to students, which, according to health experts, minimize effects of air pollution on lungs.”We are advising students to regularly eat the fruit and have also been distributing it in school,” said Kanika Ghai, vice principal of the school.Amita Wattal, principal of Springdales, Pusa Road in Delhi, said the school is organising campaigns to make students aware of the hazards due to fire crackers ahead of Diwali.”We are encouraging students to celebrate ‘green’ Diwali and say no to crackers as they also add on to the pollution. We have shifted sports and cultural practices indoors as post Diwali the air quality usually dips,” she said.Amid a rise in health-related problems due to increase in air pollution in the national capital, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday launched a manual on asthma detailing how school administrations must behave in case of an emergency.Delhi’s Directorate of Education (DoE) is yet to issue an advisory in this regard.”We are waiting for a direction from Graded Response Action Plan, after which an advisory will be issued to all government and private schools,” Sanjay Goel, DoE director, said. PTI GJS VIT ABHABHlast_img read more

Guardiola has three transfer priorities picked out

first_imgPep Guardiola has seen three transfer priorities picked out for Manchester City, with Stuart Pearce of the opinion that reinforcements are required from back to front.The Blues made history in 2018-19 when completing a domestic treble.Premier League and Carabao Cup crowns were retained, while the FA Cup was added to a notable roll of honour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? There are few chinks in City’s armour, but even a star-studded squad can be improved.Former Blues boss Pearce considers that to be the case, with there a couple of obvious areas in which Guardiola could strengthen.He has seen club captain Vincent Kompany depart at the end of his contract, while holding midfielder Fernandinho is not getting any younger at 34 years of age.Long-term successors are required for two talismanic figures, while Pearce believes that another proven frontman would also aid City’s cause heading forward.He told Sky Sports: “I think all teams need to strengthen no matter who they are.“Just to get a fresh face in the dressing room, Man City with Kompany leaving that leaves an issue at the centre of defence, I think as well the holding midfield role as well as if they lose Fernandinho for any period of time, which they did last season, would cause them problems.“And I always think upfront, you can always strengthen with a striker.”Harry Maguire Leicester City 2017-18City are not expected to be busy in the summer transfer window, but are being linked with a number of proven performers.Speculation suggests that they are among those keeping an eye on Leicester defender Harry Maguire.A move for Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has also been mooted, with the Blues piecing together plans for both the present and future.Guardiola may also be tempted to join the race for Ajax starlet Matthijs de Ligt, with the 19-year-old centre-half attracting interest from leading sides across Europe.In terms of midfield options, Atletico Madrid star Rodri is considered to be a top target amid talk of a €70 million (£60m/$80m) buy-out clause in the 22-year-old’s contract being triggered.last_img read more

MCC backs inclusion of women’s T20 event in 2022 Commonwealth Games

first_imgMCC backs inclusion of women’s T20 event in 2022 Commonwealth GamesThe next edition of the Games will be held in Birmingham and organisers are to announce this year whether cricket will get a place for the first time since 1998.advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 9, 2019 17:35 IST Including women’s T20 in the Commonwealth Games will demonstrate that the sport of cricket is inclusive: Shane Warne (@englandcricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShane Warne, member of the MCC World Cricket Committee, urged the Commonwealth Games Federation to build on the momentum women’s cricket has gainedHaving Women’s T20 at Birmingham 2022 would be a game-changer: New Zealand star Suzie BatesCricket was last included in the Commonwealth Games in 1998 when South Africa beat Australia in the men’s 50-over finalThe Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) World Cricket Committee, which comprises spin great Shane Warne, has unanimously backed the inclusion of women’s T20 competition in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.The next edition of the Games will be held in Birmingham and organisers are to announce this year whether cricket will get a place for the first time since 1998.Warne attended his first MCC World Cricket committee meeting after being elected to the committee last year.Shane Warne backs inclusion of women’s cricket in 2022 CWG”It’s a hugely exciting time for women’s cricket after two great World Cups in two years and it’s up to the cricket world and Commonwealth Games Federation to build on that momentum and bring cricket into multi-sport games,” the Australian legend said in Bengaluru.”What’s more, including women’s T20 in the Commonwealth Games will demonstrate that the sport of cricket is inclusive, dynamic and with plenty of opportunities for growth,” Warne added.Former New Zealand women’s captain Suzie Bates, who has been a member of the committee since 2017, said, “Having Women’s T20 at Birmingham 2022 would be a game-changer.””Multi-sport events like the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics attract and inspire a different audience, so it’s an enormous opportunity for women’s cricket to win new fans, as well as being a chance for the Commonwealth Games to build on one of their core values – equality – and create more opportunities for female athletes.”The bid for inclusion was a joint submission from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and International Cricket Council (ICC), whose Chief Executive David Richardson is also attending the two-day meeting in Bengaluru.advertisementMCC World Cricket committee chairman Mike Gatting said, “I’m proud our committee members are so firmly behind the inclusion of women’s T20 at the next Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.””The competition will primarily be held at Edgbaston, a superb venue firmly linked to cricket and Birmingham’s sporting heritage. It will be significant for the sport in the Commonwealth and raising the profile of an exciting format cricket around the world.”There was a positive update from committee members on the increased priority being placed on women’s cricket globally.FICA, the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations, recently revealed 81% of women player respondents and 67% of men believe cricket should be in the Olympics, and women’s T20 inclusion in the Commonwealth Games may be the first step on the path to Olympic inclusion.The MCC is cricket’s formal law-making body and its world committee of former players meets twice a year to discuss key issues facing the game.Cricket was last included in the Commonwealth Games in 1998 when South Africa beat Australia in the men’s 50-over final in Kuala Lumpur.Also Read | 3rd T20I: Smriti Mandhana fifty in vain as England whitewash IndiaAlso Read | Virat Kohli better than Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara in ODIs: Michael VaughanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow 2022 Commonwealth GamesFollow Women’s CricketFollow MCC World Cricket CommitteeFollow Shane WarneFollow Suzie Bateslast_img read more

Melbourne Stars signs Dale Steyn for BBL season six

first_img Asian News International MelbourneOctober 8, 2019UPDATED: October 8, 2019 19:17 IST Dale Steyn in action during an IPL 2015 match. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDale Steyn signed a deal with the Big Bash League franchise Melbourne StarsMelbourne Stars will start their BBL campaign against Brisbane Heat at Queensland on December 20Steyn had been on the Stars wishlist and he joins fellow South Africans AB de Villiers and Chris Morris in the BBLSouth Africa pacer Dale Steyn signed a deal with the Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Melbourne Stars on Tuesday for the upcoming sixth edition.Steyn had been on the Stars wishlist and he joins fellow South Africans AB de Villiers and Chris Morris in the BBL after de Villiers signed with the Brisbane Heat and Morris with the Sydney Thunder. Steyn joins Nepal legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane as the Stars’ second overseas signing.”It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while, play Big Bash. Unfortunately representing the Proteas for the bulk of my career over Christmas time we’ve always got Test matches on, the Boxing Day and New Year’s Test matches. So I haven’t been available. But since retiring from Test cricket, it’s opened up a little window for me while the Proteas play red-ball cricket,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Steyn as saying.Steyn hasn’t played since he injured his shoulder in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in April and he was ruled out of the ICC World Cup shortly after it began. He is currently preparing to play for Cape Town Blitz in the Mzansi Super League, which begins in November.The 36-year-old announced his retirement from the longest format of the game on August 5 this year to focus on limited-overs cricket. Steyn had played 125 ODIs for Proteas in which he scalped 196 wickets with the best figure of 6/39. He also featured in 44 T20Is and bagged 61 wickets with an economy of 6.79.”The biggest relief off my shoulders was when I retired from Test cricket and I knew I didn’t have to bowl 40 overs in a Test anymore. It was amazing. All the training that I’m currently doing right now, it’s to bowl only 24 balls. When I put that into comparison to what I’ve done over the last 15 years of my career it really is pretty easy,” Steyn said.advertisementMelbourne Stars will start their BBL campaign against Brisbane Heat at Queensland on December 20.Also Read | We always make a comeback: SA skipper Faf du Plessis ahead of Pune TestAlso Read | South Africans were hesitant to Shami’s kind of bowling in 2nd innings of Vizag Test: Bharat ArunAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Dale SteynFollow Melbourne StarsFollow Big Bash League Melbourne Stars signs Dale Steyn for BBL season sixSouth Africa legend Dale Steyn joins countryman AB de Villiers in signing BBL deal, joining Melbourne Stars for the start of the season.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Education Minister Wants Bus System for Students in All Parishes

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is on a mission to create a national school bus system, which will provide transportation for students in all parishes.Speaking at the signing of an $8 million Japan Grassroots Human Security Grant agreement with the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Hiromasa Yamazaki, on January 10 at the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Reid said one of his dreams is to have a society where schools have buses assigned to them.“We’re looking at an overarching plan to provide transportation for all students. We need 1,000 buses to cover the need of the schools. I have that particular aspiration of a comprehensive national school bus system for a number of reasons, not only for safety, but to get our students to school on time and in a managed and regulated way,” the Minister said.“While we have this vision for the rural transportation system, we didn’t just sit back. We have committed over $204 million at the start of this academic year towards this particular rural bus system,” he added.He emphasised that there is a great need for the national school bus system in rural areas, adding that students would be transported more safely, parents would save from the high cost of transportation, and there would be less burden on the rural transport operators with privately owned vehicles.“The cost for transportation is extremely high in rural areas. We’re talking about small farmers who are essentially just trying to survive. There is a significant number of students in the rural areas who are on the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH), and they will need the transportation system,” the Minister argued.Senator Reid pointed out that, on average, about 20 per cent of students are absent from school each day.“In the recent Survey on Living Conditions, it wasn’t strange to us that an overwhelming majority of those who were interviewed said money was the main fault why they couldn’t send their children to school regularly,” he noted.Senator Reid said he believes a new comprehensive national school bus system would support PATH.“We’re doing a lot in trying to get the children to school [through PATH], trying to give them lunch for five days, trying to provide insurance, IDs and books. That’s wonderful, but if the children are not able to get to school, all of those efforts are for naught,” he said.The grant will cover the cost to purchase a school bus for Oracabessa Primary School in St. Mary.The Japan Grassroots Human Security Project was developed based on an alliance formed by the Embassy of Japan in Jamaica and the National Education Trust on April 20, 2015. This partnership is aimed at meeting education needs at the primary level in schools in need of assistance. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is on a mission to create a national school bus system, which will provide transportation for students in all parishes. “We’re looking at an overarching plan to provide transportation for all students. We need 1,000 buses to cover the need of the schools. I have that particular aspiration of a comprehensive national school bus system for a number of reasons, not only for safety, but to get our students to school on time and in a managed and regulated way,” the Minister said. He emphasised that there is a great need for the national school bus system in rural areas, adding that students would be transported more safely, parents would save from the high cost of transportation, and there would be less burden on the rural transport operators with privately owned vehicles.last_img read more

Export Events Provincewide Nov 21

first_imgBusiness operators across the province will have an opportunity to learn more about exports at a series of events taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The export events are being organized by Trade Team Nova Scotia, a partnership of federal, provincial and private-sector representatives dedicated to helping Nova Scotia companies export products and services globally. “Nova Scotia has the infrastructure, educated workforce and accessibility for the movement of goods and people to support strong exports,” said Minister of Economic Development Angus MacIsaac. “Government continues to promote and facilitate export expansion through the trade team and Nova Scotia’s export strategy — Going Global, Staying Local — all of which creates economic prosperity for our province.” Sydney-based manufacturer Protocase, a Nova Scotia “Come to life” charter member, has become a multi-million dollar business over the past six years through exports. The company delivers custom electronic enclosures, cutouts, mounting hardware, powder coating and silk screening to customers across North America. Clients range from small enterprises to Fortune 500 companies. “Exporting is the only way to realize the high growth potential of our company,” said Steve Lilley, Protocase president and CEO. “Exporting means wealth generation, not just for the company, but for our community.” The export events will take place in Sydney, Cornwallis, Halifax, Dartmouth, Truro and Wolfville. For more information on these events, trade resources and programs, visit the Trade Team Nova Scotia website at www.tradeteamnovascotia.com .last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work is underway on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The bridge is open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road, and Ward Road. CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 4 – Port Hastings Rotary Trunk 4 at the Port Hastings Rotary will have partial lane closures during the installation of an overhead sign. The work will last until the end of March.center_img INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over the Shubenacadie River until September. Traffic is moving in both directions, drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. PICTOU COUNTY: Bridge Work, Brookville Road Work is taking place on two bridges over McLellans Brook on Brookville Road in Pictou County so vehicles can carry oversized loads of wind turbine components to Irish Mountain. Work has begun on the bridge near the intersection of Brook Road. It will continue to have two-lane traffic, but delays are possible. Work on the bridge near the intersection of Willard Fraser Road has begun. Traffic will be limited to one-lane and controlled by traffic signals. Work on both bridges will be finished by Sunday, March 15. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30-last_img read more

No animosity no friendship TRS on approach towards NDA

first_imgHyderabad: The TRS would give issue-based support to the BJP-led NDA government, a senior leader of the ruling party in Telangana said Friday, ahead of the commencement of the Lok Sabha session next week. “No animosity, no friendship”, K Keshava Rao, who was retained as Parliamentary Party leader Thursday told PTI, when asked about the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao-led outfit’s policy towards the National Democratic Alliance government. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana “Absolutely issue-based support; same thing (the stand adopted by TRS towards the previous NDA regime) will continue,” the Rajya Sabha member added. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti had backed the NDA on demonetisation, GST and in the elections to the post of President and Vice-President during its last term. Chandrasekhar Rao Thursday shared his thoughts on the strategy to be adopted by party MPs in the Parliament session beginning Monday. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahThe TRS had aimed to sweep the recent Lok Sabha elections in the newly formed state, repeatedly asserting it would win 16 seats and its ally AIMIM one out of the total 17. The TRS won nine Lok Sabha seats. The BJP, which had a lone member from Telangana in the previous Lok Sabha, sprang a huge surprise winning four seats, while the Congress picked up three. Expecting a hung Parliament, the TRS had since last year made efforts to forge a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties which, however, largely remained non-committal. The NDA’s massive win dashed hopes of the TRS, which was keen to play a key role in formation of the government in the event of NDA and UPA falling short of the majority mark. The TRS Thursday appointed Khamman MP Nama Nageswara Rao as party leader in the Lok Sabha. Nageswara Rao, who was TDP’s parliamentary party leader from 2009 to 2014, had joined the TRS on the eve of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. A P Jithender Reddy was floor leader of TRS in the previous Lok Sabha, but joined the BJP after being denied ticket. The TRS would also miss K Kavitha, daughter of the Chief Minister, and B Vinod Kumar, who had served as deputy floor leader of the party in the Lok Sabha. Kavitha and Vinod Kumar, two prominent faces of the party, lost to BJP candidates in Nizamabad and Karimnagar constituencies respectively. The TRS has six members in the Rajya Sabha.last_img read more

Toronto comes together to remember victims of deadly van attack

first_imgFlowers, candles, tears, and broken hearts.A memorial to remember the victims of Monday’s van attack in North York that left several dead and injured continues to grow.The moving tribute was set up in a parkette on the east side of Yonge Street, south of Finch Avenue East, just hours after the attack. It is just steps away from where the attack took place.Residents have been leaving flowers and candles, and writing messages of support and condolence on large cardboard squares. Below is a photo gallery of the memorial.Open Gallery10 itemsThe Toronto Sign at Nathan Phillips Square has been dimmed and the official flags at Toronto City Hall, all civic centres and Metro Hall are being flown at half-mast.A Muslim-Canadian non-profit group called DawaNet, which helped raise more than $800,000 for the victims and their families of last year’s mosque shooting in Quebec, has launched a GoFundMe page for the victims of the Toronto incident. It had raised more than $20,000 by Tuesday morning.After the attack, there were several touching moments of people helping each other — even if it was just a shoulder to lean on. A Toronto journalist posted a tweet that described a couple and their daughter offering water to those who were trying to get home after the attack.Amazing Canada: This thoughtful couple with their adorable daughter offering water to people trudging along Beecroft road, as sheppard station is closed due to the tragedy at Finch-Yonge. I was a grateful recipient of their generosity. Thank you! #lovecanada pic.twitter.com/SS1ZUUiYZw— Yadullah Hussain (@Yad_FPEnergy) April 23, 2018The ride-sharing service Lyft is also offering “free rides up to $15 to or from all Line 4 stations to anywhere within North York.” The free service will end at 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.Related contentTributes pour in following Toronto van attack10 killed, 15 injured after van plows through pedestrians at Yonge and Finch‘A very angry and scared young guy’ Witness describes driver in Yonge & Finch incidentlast_img read more

TIFF 2017 – Day 2 in Photos

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Idris Elba walks the red carpet for the movie Molly’s Game during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Friday September 8, 2017. Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter Lady Gaga, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain, Steve Buscemi, Tatiana Maslany and Ed Harris were among the stars who walked the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. Tatiana Maslany and Jake Gyllenhaal Tatiana Maslany at TIFF 2017 Idris Elba walks the red carpet for the movie Molly’s Game during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Friday September 8, 2017. last_img read more

SaskTel says it has plans to deal with risks posed by Bell

by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 12, 2016 11:50 am MDT Last Updated Dec 12, 2016 at 2:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – Saskatchewan’s provincially owned telecommunications company says it has strategies to address the risk posed by Bell Media’s proposed takeover of Manitoba Telecom Services.SaskTel says the $3.9 billion MTS (TSX:MBT) and Bell (TSX:BCE) deal — if approved — represents regulatory, competitive and financial risks for SaskTel.But the company says most of the risks existed before the deal and have already been assessed.“SaskTel is a competitive regional carrier and it will need to remain competitive going forward in the face of a rapidly changing industry. The BCE/MTS deal does not change this fundamental situation although it heightens the risks,” SaskTel said in a document released Monday.The report was SaskTel’s response to an assessment released in June which said the takeover poses serious risks to SaskTel.The assessment said the reduced number of carriers in Manitoba could lead the federal government to create incentives for additional wireless competition. Such measures could reduce costs for competitors and increase costs or restrict expansion for SaskTel, it said.The report said there’s also a risk that establishing Winnipeg as a western headquarters for Bell could erode SaskTel’s share of the Saskatchewan business market.SaskTel said it has been dealing with competitors across all lines of business for nearly 30 years.“It is important to note that none of the competitive factors that differentiate SaskTel are directly impacted by Bell’s acquisition of MTS. All of these factors are areas that SaskTel would be focusing on regardless of who is the dominant communications service provider in Manitoba,” the report said.If the sale is approved, SaskTel could be the only major regional player in Western Canada, surrounded by two of the large players — Telus in the west and BCE to the east.“If this occurs, it provides additional credence to the argument that SaskTel must not be treated the same as the large national players from a regulatory perspective,” SaskTel said in its document.The response notes SaskTel needs an annual capital investment of close to $300 million.But it also says that’s a concern for the government because provincial debt is growing. According to a mid-year budget update released last month, public debt is up $447.7 million to $15.2 billion.New Democrat Warren McCall said the response confirms SaskTel has been providing good service in a highly competitive industry.But McCall said he’s concerned the document doesn’t address a proposed law which would allow the Saskatchewan government to sell up to 49 per cent of a Crown without it being considered privatization.“You do a risk assessment to fully consider what the concerns are and I guess what we see in this report is no acknowledgment of one of the biggest concerns, one of the biggest risks facing the future of SaskTel,” said McCall.The MTS and Bell deal still requires approval from regulators, including the federal government and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. SaskTel says it has plans to deal with risks posed by Bell takeover of MTS read more

Urban Meyer dissects Rutgers commends Bennett Bosa during Big Ten teleconference

OSU football coach Urban Meyer addresses the media at the 2014 Big Ten Media Days July 28 in Chicago. Meyer was involved with one of 22 self-reported NCAA violations by OSU in the first half of 2014.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorOhio State coach Urban Meyer spoke on the weekly Big Ten teleconference Tuesday afternoon and discussed the Buckeyes’ upcoming matchup with Rutgers as well as select players who have made an impact on the 2014 season.Meyer said senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett has an “incredible future.” He added that Bennett could fall anywhere from a first round pick to a late round pick in the 2015 NFL draft depending on his performance.Meyer’s first comment about Rutgers was how impressed he is with its punt block team. He said he believes the Scarlet Knights are very aggressive and said they are one play from being undefeated.Meyer said Rutgers senior quarterback Gary Nova had “the day of days” in his last game against Michigan. Meyer added the Buckeyes began preparing for Nova and the Scarlet Knights during the bye week.He said sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa is a two-dimensional player in that he is skilled at pass rush and stopping the run. Meyer added that most players at that position are one dimensional.The coach said his offense has “seen almost every defense you could imagine,” and added that the offense will not get caught again like it did against Virginia Tech.Meyer said that while each offensive lineman has improved, redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin stands out for his big improvements.He said that although the line has improved, it is still “concern No. 1,” moving forward.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Scarlet Knights on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

You were the best mum in the universe says daughter of woman

first_imgMr Winslow urged the authorities to take a tougher line on terror suspects. Martyn Hett Stuart Murray, the stepfather of another victim, 29-year-old Martyn Hett, also paid tribute to a life taken far too soon.”I’ve only just realised how many people thought so highly of him, how many lives he touched,” he said. “To have achieved all that in a short space of time. All that love you leave behind is just priceless.” The teenager added: “You taught me to ‘believe’ in myself and to do my best. I will make you proud mum, I promise. I love you soooo much, more than anything and always will.”Paying his own tribute Mrs Lees’ husband Anthony said: “Lisa you are my beautiful, gorgeous wife. You are my life, my soulmate, my best friend. I love you so much and always will. Life will never be the same again. My heart has been ripped apart.” Their words were echoed in the overwhelming grief felt by dozens of families who lost loved ones at Abedi’s hands.Loved ones such as Kelly Brewster, who had just put down a deposit on a new house, had been trying for a baby and was the happiest people had known her when she was killed.Her partner, Ian Winslow told of his agony at losing the woman he thought he was going to spend his life with.”I just want to kiss her again”, he said. “I just want to hold Kelly and kiss her again. I miss her so much. We had all of these amazing plans together, and now all that has gone.” Fr John Paul MacKinnon, Barra’s parish priest, said: “People are in a daze. We are just a small island and the world has somehow come to our little island and it is suddenly at the centre of the world now.”Laura’s parents described her as a “funny and witty young girl who excels at everything she does”.They added: ”Our hearts and minds have been with Eilidh’s family since we heard their news.” Martyn Hett’s family paid tribute to him Grande – whose fans had been so excited to see her perform on Monday night – has said her “heart, prayers and deepest condolences” are with the victims of the bombing, adding that she will return to the city for a benefit concert. Mrs Lees graduated last year from university and before that had won an award for her work with children with complex mental health issues. Her mother, Elson Hunter, said: “You achieved such a lot in your life. You were an inspiration to all and should have had a great life ahead of you.” Miss Brewster, a 32-year-old insurance assessor, is thought to have died shielding her niece, Holly Booth, from the blast.She had taken Holly, 12, to the concert with her sister Claire and they were leaving when Adebi struck. Holly survived with two broken legs and Claire is recovering with a broken jaw. Mr Winslow, 36, said his daughter from a previous relationship, Phoebe, who is just seven, kissed their TV screen when she saw Miss Brewster’s face appear during a new report.Earlier on the day of the concert he had put a deposit down on a house and texted Miss Brewster pictures of the property.He said: “She told me it looked like her dream house. She really was the happiest she has ever been.” Lisa Lees was with her friend Alison Howe, who was also killedCredit:PA  Eilidh MacLeod was 14 years-oldCredit:PA / GMP Royton, Oldham, where a vigil was held Kelly BrewsterCredit: Chantelle Garrity/PA Eilidh MacLeod was 14 years-old At about 8pm, she texted him back and said ‘love you’.When he heard about the attack later that evening he rushed from their home in Sheffield, along with Kelly’s parents and other relatives, to Manchester to try and search for Miss Brewster, Claire and Holly.At the Etihad Stadium – which had been set up as a information centre for missing persons – they were told there were two adults and two children who had survived but had not yet been identified.“We were desperately hoping that one of the adults would be Kelly,” said Mr Winslow. “But this went down to one adult and then they said it wasn’t Kelly – we were then told that she had passed away. Everyone is absolutely devastated.” Lisa Lees was with her friend Alison Howe, who was also killed Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “These people are monsters to target innocent children and adults at a concert,” he said. “The person who did it was known to the authorities and they should take more robust action.”The reverberations from the blast set off by Adebi were also felt 400 miles away on the Scottish Isle of Barra, home to 14-year-old Eilidh MacLeod, who travelled to Manchester for a birthday treat.She was killed and her school friend Laura McIntyre, 15, is critically ill in hospital having staggered from the scene “badly burned, blinded and with a broken leg”. Lisa Lees and Alison Howe were from Royton, Oldham, where a vigil was heldCredit:Lindsey Parnaby /AFP The daughter of a woman killed while she waited to pick her up from the concert attacked by an Islamist terrorist has described her as “the best mum in the universe and the bestest friend that I could ask for”. Lisa Lees and her friend Alison Howe had gone to collect their 15-year-old daughters India and Darcie from the Ariana Grande concert and were in the foyer of the Manchester Arena when Salman Abedi set off his devastating home-made bomb last Monday night, killing both women.Now India has paid a poignant tribute to her mother, a tutor at a college in her home town of Oldham.“You always cheered me up when I was upset and have always been there for me. You have the most beautiful smile and most caring eyes,” said India. “You are loved by everyone. I will forever miss our girly days out and talking to you about everything.” Kelly Brewsterlast_img read more