Mi Smart Upgrade options start at Rs. 399 for the Redmi 9 Prime and Redmi 9, Rs. 499 for the Redmi Note 9, Rs. 549 for the Redmi Note 9 Pro, Rs. 599 for the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, Rs. 999 for the Redmi K20 Pro, Rs. 1,499 for the Mi 10T, Rs. 1,699 for the Mi 10T Pro, and Rs. 1,999 for the Mi 10 phone. These Mi Smart Upgrade plans need to be purchased along with the smartphone from select Mi Authorised Outlets.When it comes to availing the Mi Smart Upgrade scheme, users will have to contact the buyback partner for redemption and head to the nearest Xiaomi authorised service centre. The phone will then be inspected to ascertain no damage is detected, and after that a redemption code will be given to the customer. This code can then be used on Mi.com or any Mi authorised outlet for buying a new smartphone.Xiaomi notes that the phone should not be damaged or broken to be eligible for the upgrade. Furthermore, if original charger or box is not available, then Rs. 1,000 will be deducted from the buyback value. If the phone has any scratches or dents on the screen or body, then 10 percent of the buyback value will be deducted.- Advertisement – How to find the best deals during online sales? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Xiaomi has introduced a new ‘Mi Smart Upgrade’ scheme for Mi and Redmi phone buyers in India. This scheme enables new smartphone buyers to get up to 70 percent assured buyback on their purchased handset for up to 15 months from purchase, redeemable on their next Xiaomi smartphone purchase. This new Mi Smart Upgrade scheme is priced starting at Rs. 399 and it varies based on the phone you buy. This plan is currently applicable for phones like the Redmi 9 Prime, Redmi 9, Redmi Note 9 series, and the Mi 10 series. Apart from offering assured cashback till 15 months, this Mi Smart Upgrade Scheme also looks to make the buyback journey hassle free.The new ‘Mi Smart Upgrade’ gives users get the freedom to encash their phones any time after 3 months till 15 months of purchase, with exchange value ranging from 40 percent to 70 percent of the SRP. To be precise, users can get up to 70 percent of assured buyback within 4-6 months of purchase, 60 percent buyback within 7-9 months, 50 percent buyback within 10-12 months of purchase, and 40 percent buyback on 13-15 months of purchase. This means even after the phone warranty expires after 12 months, Xiaomi will offers 40 percent buyback till 15 months.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Top scorer Sergio Aguero is set for a month on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury as City moved top of the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday with a 5-1 win at Tottenham. The prolific Argentinian had taken his tally for the season to 26 before limping off just before half-time at White Hart Lane. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini expects the goals to continue flowing despite injury to the player he regards as the most important at the club. But with 115 goals scored in total by City this season, Pellegrini is not overly concerned. City won seven and drew one during Aguero’s month-long absence with a calf injury recently. Pellegrini said: “Of course it is very difficult because Sergio is a top player for us but I think we will replace him. “Sergio has just come back from an injury when he could not play for a month, and all the other strikers – Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and now Stevan Jovetic – replaced him. “I hope they continue the same way but, I repeat, we lose the most important player at the club.” Aguero had been playing in just his fifth game since returning from the calf injury and he had scored in all of them, including a hat-trick against Watford in the FA Cup. His new problem will rule him out of next Monday’s top-of-the-table clash with Chelsea and the follow-up meeting in the FA Cup fifth round later in the month. Most notably, he will also miss the first leg of City’s last-16 glamour tie against Barcelona in the Champions League but there is a possibility he could face Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final on March 2. Without Aguero, City will host Chelsea on Monday looking to assert themselves at the top of the table. The convincing win at Spurs lifted Pellegrini’s men into first place and prompted opposing manager Tim Sherwood to describe them as the best team on the planet. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho attempted to crank up the pressure ahead of Monday’s game by dismissing that statement. “Maybe, for the Tottenham manager, the planet is England,” the Portuguese said. Mourinho has, however, said recently he regards City as title favourites, even though his third-placed side beat them in October and trail them by just three points. But Pellegrini, who was replaced as Real Madrid boss by Mourinho in 2010, has no interest in any verbal jousting. He said: “I feel I never comment on nothing that Mourinho says. “I don’t have nothing against Mourinho. It is not me against Mourinho, or him against me. “On Monday it is Manchester City against Chelsea, both teams are fighting for the title. Nothing more.” Pellegrini is also too modest to agree with Sherwood. “I don’t know if we are the best team on the planet,” the Chilean said. “I know that if we play every game the way we played, especially the first 45 minutes – for the whole game but, of course, after they were with one player less it was little a bit easier – we are a very good team.” What is not in doubt is the importance of Monday’s eagerly-anticipated contest. Pellegrini said: “For both teams it is a game of six points. “With Arsenal we are the three involved for the fight for the title, and also Liverpool and Everton, so every game we play against all those teams is a game for six points.” Press Association
Nettie BrooksNettie J. Brooks, loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012 in Newton, Kansas at the age of 78.Nettie was born the daughter of Calvin and Geneva (Sterling) Billings on Monday, August 13, 1934 in Kingman, Kansas.On January 31, 1983, Nettie and Harold Dean Brooks were united in marriage in Oklahoma. Together they celebrated 23 years of marriage.Survivors include her sons: Rory “Butch” Porter of Derby, Kansas, Bob Porter and his wife Mary of Wellington, Kansas, Melvin Porter and his wife Juanita of Leeds, Alabama, step-children: Jack Wilbanks of Wichita, Kansas, Harold Brooks, Jr. of Coffeyville, Kansas, Teresa Cox of Wichita, Kansas, 12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, a brother, Bill Billings of Wellington, Kansas and her sister, Alma Jackson and her husband Walt of Anthony, Kansas.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers: Jack and Orrie John Billings.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2012 with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Funeral services for Nettie will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 29, 2012 in the chapel of Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington, Kansas.Interment will follow at the Oxford Cemetery, Oxford, Kansas.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, Kansas.
…but residents say no work done… drainage works reek of corruption – CouncillorsCouncillors at the Soesdyke/Tu Huiste/Coverden Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) are accusing the Chairman and Overseer of collusion when it comes to drainage works in the community, since many of the drains have not been cleared but monies paid.According to the Financial Report circulated at the last statutory meeting on Thursday, the NDC would have expended over $6 million, with some $1.6 million for drainage works. The report explained that the Baksh, Nig-a-Kein, Meertins, Policeman, and Leacock and Jandoo Outfall trenches were cleared for the month of September but upon inspection, it was discovered that very little or no work has been done.The Policeman Outfall trench that was supposedly cleaned in SeptemberCouncillors Dave Singh, Udairam Baijnauth and Vice Chairman Aaron Grant-Stuart all raised objections to the expenditure, but the Chairman refused to entertain their objections. They related that the Chairman informed that all payments were made and that the works were satisfactorily completed.Vice Chairman Grant-Stuart, who also heads the NDC’s Works Committee said he was forced to resign after repeatedly expressing dissatisfaction with the drainage works but being forced to approve them after the Chairman would demand that he sign off.When Guyana Times visited the Soesdyke area on Saturday, residents expressed dissatisfaction with the overall performance of the NDC since they feel very little work is being done despite them paying their rates and taxes.Councillor Dave SinghOne woman living along the Policeman Outfall trench said she moved to that area some 15 years ago and is constantly being forced to endure flooding, due to overgrowth in the trench. She said she would have to clear the section behind her house because the water would become stagnant, resulting in the breeding of a whole host of bugs, as well as carrying a foul smell.“The last time them clean this trench was early part last year (2017) and even before then they does barely clean it. The can never say that them clean this trench here last month because they would be lying. The next thing is that the road is another story. If you know how long [Leslie] Glasgow (NDC chair) said that he will send the man them to weed the road [parapets] and we still waiting here. I tell them already that elections coming up and them won’t come here and expect to get a vote. Them really not doing anything,” the resident lamented.The woman explained that she used to collect $500 from every resident in her neighbourhood so that they could have paid to have the sides of the road weeded but the NDC even refused to aid them in disposing the cut grass, so the residents stopped paying to have it cleaned.“The records are showing that all of the outfalls including the Policeman trench which is the conservancy has already being cleared and paid for and that is not the case. Literally no cleaning was done and we asked and the Chairman insisted that the work has been completed and paid for,” Councillor Singh said.Singh explained that the Policeman Trench serves as the conservancy for the residents of Soesdyke Back area since the water from the highland would roll off into the trench to be drained. He further related when the trenches are clogged, it means the water has nowhere to go which results in flooding.“Now is dry season but wait until December and you will see how high this trench does raise. The water does run on the people land and then it does cause flooding. We are really in a bad position because the Chairman and Overseer just doing what them want to do and even though I have no evidence of them getting a kickback, I want to believe that they are,” he said.The Councillor said the contractors who are being hired to do the work are not from the area, despite them calling for otherwise.“We does pay $347,000 to clean outfall and none is being cleaned. We are paying out money without getting any service. The Chairman and overseer are dictatorial and we are paying money to clean a trench where not even a blade of grass is being touched. I had a talk with the contractor who was supposed to clean the Policeman trench and he does not know where the trench is. He signed for the money and he don’t know,” Singh related.The Councillors said they are at their wits’ end when it comes with dealing with the Chairman and Overseer (Fazila Manna) since they are both unprofessional. They reported that if they raise too many objections, they are banned from speaking at meetings unless they apologise.Vice Chairman Grant-Stuart told Guyana Times that the NDC’s spending is very exorbitant, identifying that they would have spent over $1 million to just lay some stones on the Grant Sand Road and over $270,000 for a galvanised pipe barricade.