Xiaomi’s Mi Smart Upgrade Scheme Offers Up to 70 Percent Assured Buyback on Smartphones, Starts at Rs. 399

first_imgMi 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 –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Agnes Harry is Dominica’s newest Centenarian

first_imgLocalNews Agnes Harry is Dominica’s newest Centenarian by: – May 15, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweet 51 Views   5 comments Sharecenter_img Share Share Agnes Wiltshire Harry. Photo credit: Ashton ShillingfordAgnes Wiltshire Harry affectionately known as Sister Harry or “Doux Doux” is Dominica’s latest centenarian. Remarkably Sister Harry joins over twenty Dominicans who have lived to the ripe old age of 100 years, a figure that continues to draw attention to the island’s culture and lifestyle.On Saturday May 5th family members and friends joined Sister Harry at the Roseau Seventh Day Adventist church in celebration of her one hundredth birthday. During the celebration Sister Harry, showed no signs of fatigue and sang along with the congregation to enthral everyone who attended the function.Sister Harry, who hails from the village of Castle Bruce was born on May 02nd 1912 to William and Victoria Wiltshire. She was one of six children.In 1944 Agnes got married to Martin Harry and spent a significant amount of her years residing in the Village of Wesley with their four children. Her husband passed away in 1976.Throughout her years spent in Wesley, Sister Harry made a significant impression on the lives of those who interacted with her.First elder of the Wesley Seventh Day Adventist church Andrew Shaw described Sister Agnes as being agile in her twilight years.“God has blessed her and up to last year she was still going in front of the stove and cooking and bringing food for someone at the Infirmary at age 99. She is pretty strong and I will tell you what made her strong, it was her faith in God and all the green banana, dasheen and plantain from Wesley which she ate”.In her earlier years sister Harry worked as a domestic worker. Her only daughter Liluis Richards said her mother has been an example in her life and describes her mother as a hard working and generous woman.“She tried very hard to provide family and never found it too much to give to those in need. She always found time to help others and the charity began at home”.Agnes Harry and her sister Masalda Burkette who is 99 years old. Photo credit: Ashton ShillingfordLiluis recalls her mother in her younger days as a stern disciplinarian who played a significant role in raising children as well as grand children.“She administered discipline to her grandchildren, other relatives and to everyone else who needed to be disciplined, she would not hesitate to do it. She did it only when necessary and did it in an effort to stair her children or grandchildren in the right direction”.Sister Harry throughout her life has been a devout Christian attending regular service at the Seventh Day Adventist church. Her daughter Lilius revealed that her mother made God the centre of her life.“Until a few years ago my mother ensured that she attended service every Saturday. To this day he ensured that she devotes her time to her Lord on a Sabbath. It has been declared to me that my mother finds strength in the Lord. Her belief is so strong that she is rock which will not be moved”.Parliamentary representative for the Wesley constituency and Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs Hon.Gloria Shillingford is impressed with the level of care and support given to centenarian Agnes Harry throughout her years. Hon. Shillingford would like other families on the island to follow suit and care for their elderly parents.“Let me just encourage all of us, those of us who still have our elderly family, including our mothers and fathers to take care of them. The Government can never take over what a family can do for family”.Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau South Constituency Hon. Ambrose George and Health Minister Hon, Julius Timothy were also present to celebrate the milestone achievement of Sister Harry. They both expressed congratulations to Dominica’s latest centenarian and wished her continued long life.In his remarks to the congregation Hon. Ambrose George said “I am sure had her children not taken care of her the way they did we would not be celebrating this milestone here today. I want to thank and congratulate her children and grandchildren and the rest of her family who played an important role in ensuring that sister Harry is well taken care of”.The country’s Health Minister Hon. Timothy in his remarks would like all Dominicans to aspire to live to the ripe old age of one hundred.He said “Today as we celebrate with “Doux Doux” let us use her (Agnes Harry) as a yard stick, let all of us aim to be at least a hundred”.During her birthday celebration sister Harry was showered with gifts from family members and friends.Sister Harry, a lover of poetry during her younger days penned and recited a number of poems. As part of her birthday celebration Sister Harry was presented with a compilation of her poems.Studies on longevity conducted by the Ross University Medical School back in 2008 suggest that the key to longevity in Dominica is a simple lifestyle and a healthy diet, and regular exercises.Government Information Servicelast_img read more

Mourinho v Guardiola: The Story of the Rivalry

first_imgManchester is now home to two of the most successful managers in the world and United’s Jose Mourinho will go head-to-head with City’s Pep Guardiola on Saturday. Mourinho and Guardiola worked together at Barcelona between 1996-2000, when Mourinho was a coach and Guardiola was a player.The pair have clashed many times before and have a fierce rivalry.As they prepare for this weekend’s hotly-anticipated derby. Sky Sports takes a look back at their records against each other and the times they’ve clashed…The first meeting between Guardiola and Mourinho as managers produced a typically intriguing tactical battle, as Barcelona and Inter Milan played out a 0-0 draw in a Champions’ League group game at the San Siro in 2009.The reverse fixture, though, saw the Spanish side win a one-sided contest 2-0 at the Nou Camp. The hosts were without Lionel Messi or Zlatan Ibrahimovic but Xavi picked Mourinho’s men apart. After the game, Mourinho conceded his team had been outplayed – but welcomed the chance of another crack at Guardiola’s team: “We’re far from being Barca in terms of individual qualities and profile. As a team, Barcelona are better than us. But if I had to play against Barca again tomorrow, I would already be ready. If you told me that Inter will face Barca in the semi-final, I will accept it already.”Mourinho got his wish. Inter did come up against Barcelona in the semi-finals – and this time they emerged victorious. However, in a glimpse of how Mourinho and Guardiola’s rivalry would develop, the tie was not without its controversy or outspoken remarks.After a first-leg 3-1 win at the San Siro for the Italian side, Mourinho slammed Barca’s claims they should have had a penalty for a foul on Dani Alves.“A year ago Chelsea were crying and Barca were laughing with the referee,” Mourinho said, referring to the controversial Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge, which saw referee Tom Henning Ovrebo reject a number of penalty claims from the Blues. “They laughed because he denied my Chelsea boys their rightful place.”Mourinho was even more impassioned after his side – reduced to 10 men midway through the first-half – booked their final berth with a 1-0 defeat in Barcelona.“It is the most beautiful defeat of my life,” he said. “It is a style of blood not skill. We were a team of heroes. It’s a pity I could not play because I have got the same blood. I have already won a Champions League but today was even better. We made huge sacrifices.”Mourinho’s Inter would go on to win the Champions League and match Barcelona’s 2008/09 achievement of winning a treble.The rivalry between Guardiola and Mourinho hit a whole new level in 2010, when Mourinho was appointed Real Madrid boss. During the next two seasons, as the pair vied for domestic and European honours, their relationship turned ugly.A thumping 5-0 win for Guardiola in Mourinho’s first El Clasico handed the Spaniard a head-start. “I’m proud the whole world has seen how we play football,” he said.But it would be a run of four meetings in a little over two weeks from mid-April, as Barcelona and Real Madrid clashed in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and Champions League, which saw the pressure get to both men.There was a penalty for each team as a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu all-but assured Barcelona of the league title. But Cristiano Ronaldo clinched the Copa del Rey in extra-time four days later, ending Real’s 18-year wait to lift the Spanish cup.Guardiola may have secured the league but he lost the Copa del Rey final to Mourinho’s RealAfter the game Guardiola sparked a war of words by suggesting the linesman must have had great eyesight to spot Barcelona’s Pedro was in an offside position before scoring what would have been the opening goal.“Up until now there was a very small group of coaches who didn’t talk about referees and a larger group who did,” said Mourinho ahead of the teams’ Champions League semi-final first-leg. “Now, with Pep’s comments, we have started a new era with a third group, featuring only one person, a man who criticises (the referee) when he makes good decisions. This is completely new to me.”Guardiola was incensed – and hit back. “As senor Mourinho has called me Pep, I’m going to call him Jose,” he said in his pre-match press conference. “Tomorrow at 8.45pm we will face each other on the pitch. Off the pitch he’s won. He’s been winning off the pitch all season. Let them give him a Champions League for it so he can enjoy it and take it home. In the press room he is ‘el p*** jefe’ (the ******* boss) and the one who knows more than everyone else.”The Barcelona manager reportedly returned to the team hotel to a standing ovation from his players, who went on to win the first leg of the Champions League semi-final 2-0 at the Bernabeu with two late goals from Messi.For the fifth game in a row (including Inter Milan) Mourinho had a player sent off against a Guardiola side. Pepe was shown a red on 61 minutes and Mourinho himself was dismissed for protesting.After the match, he launched a shocking attack on Barcelona and the integrity of UEFA officials. “One day, I would like Josep Guardiola to win this competition properly,” he said.“If I tell UEFA what I really think and feel, my career would end now. Instead I will just ask a question to which I hope one day to get a response: Why? Why Ovrebo? Why Busacca? Why De Bleeckere? Why Stark?” he continued, naming the referee who officiated Chelsea’s exit the previous season and the three referees to have taken charge of Mourinho’s most recent matches with Guardiola.“Why? Because every semi-final the same things happen. We are talking about an absolutely fantastic football team, so why do they need that? Why? Why does a team as good as they are need something (extra) that is so obvious that everyone sees it?“I don’t know if it is the UNICEF sponsorship or if it is because they are nice guys. I don’t understand. They have power and we have no chance. All I can do is leave that question here in the air and hope that one day I will get the response. They have to get to the final, and they’ll get there, full stop.“Josep Guardiola is a fantastic coach. But I have won two Champions Leagues and he has won (only) one Champions League – and that is one that would embarrass me. I would be ashamed to have won it with the scandal of Stamford Bridge. If he wins it this year, it will be with the scandal of the Bernabeu. Deep down, if they are good people, it cannot taste right for them. I hope one day Guardiola has the chance of winning a brilliant, clean championship with no scandal.”With Mourinho serving a touchline ban the sides drew 1-1 at the Nou Camp, sealing Barcelona’s passage to the final. “This has been one of the most beautiful nights I have ever lived,” said Guardiola, whose team would go on to beat Manchester United at Wembley.Any hopes the off-season would allow Mourinho and Guardiola’s rivalry to cool off vanished in the midst of a fierce Spanish Super Cup second-leg the following August.After drawing the first match 2-2 ugly scenes marred the return in Barcelona, with Mourinho poking Tito Vilanova, Guardiola’s assistant, in the eye during a melee which followed a ferocious tackle from Marcelo on Cesc Fabregas. The Real Madrid manager was also seen making gestures towards Messi and Alves and, after the 3-2 defeat, criticised the hosts’ ball boys. “Someone has to take action on the matter. Mourinho is destroying Spanish football,” said a furious Gerard Pique, the Barcelona defender.Mourinho, though, was ready for war. “I’m not going to say we’re happy because we didn’t win the Spanish Super Cup, that would be hypocritical of me. But we intended to play like men and not fall on the ground at the slightest touch. I have been taught to play like a man and not to fall first.”However, Guardiola would once again get the better of Mourinho in the first league clash of the season, pulling level with their rivals at the top of La Liga after bouncing back from the quickest-ever Clasico goal from Karim Benzema to win 3-1.A little over a month later Barcelona were victorious again at the Bernabeu, taking a 2-1 Copa del Rey first-leg lead back to the Nou Camp, where they booked a semi-final spot in the competition they’d go on to win.However, despite defeat to Barcelona in December, Real Madrid were proving an unstoppable force for all other comers in La Liga, winning 11 in a row after that Clasico loss. By the time they went to the Nou Camp in April, the title was in their hands – and Ronaldo hit the decisive strike in a 2-1 success to put Real seven points clear with four games remaining.Barcelona’s defeat to Real Madrid all but sealed the capital club’s La Liga title winIt was Barcelona’s first home defeat in 55 games, Real’s first Clasico win since 2008 and their first at the Nou Camp for five years. “We can’t expect to always be up to the standard but it’s a pity we faltered in the decisive moment,” rued Guardiola. Mourinho declined to speak to the press.Real went on to win all four remaining games to take the title for the first time in four years, finishing with a record 121 goals to their name and a nine-point advantage over Barcelona. As an illustration of how far clear Mourinho and Guardiola’s men were of the rest, third-placed Valencia were 39 points off the summit.At the end of the season Guardiola announced he was leaving Barcelona for a sabbatical. “It’s his life, but for me it’s unthinkable to take a sabbatical. He is younger than me, but I’m not tired,” was Mourinho’s farewell.Guardiola and Mourinho resumed their rivalry in August 2013, when Bayern Munich and Chelsea met in the UEFA Super Cup. Neither man had won the Champions League or Europa League with those respective clubs the previous season but Guardiola, fresh from his year-long sabbatical, and Mourinho, back at the Bridge after leaving Real Madrid, were eager to kick-off their new jobs in style.Guardiola had taken charge of Jupp Heynckes treble-winning Bayern but needed a last-gasp Javi Martinez equaliser in extra-time against 10-man Chelsea to take the game to penalties. The Spaniard then delivered an inspiring team talk to his players, according to Pep Confidential, Marti Perarnau’s book on Guardiola’s first season at Bayern.“Firstly, make up your mind immediately as to where you’re going to put the ball and stick with that decision,” Guardiola said. “I’ll say it again. Decide now, and don’t change your mind no matter what happens. Secondly, keep telling yourselves that you’re going to score. Repeat it a thousand times and don’t stop until after you’ve taken the penalty. Don’t worry and don’t change your minds.”Guardiola enjoys the moment with Franck Ribery and the UEFA Super CupThe instructions worked. Bayern won the Super Cup, and Guardiola scored victory over his long-time rival. “The best team clearly lost,” retorted Mourinho. “They just scored one more penalty.”After the game, Mourinho was quizzed by the press on his poor record against Guardiola – he had only won three of their 16 meetings.“Your statistics are wrong and very wrong,” Mourinho said. “Go there and see what happened with Inter in the Champions League semi-final. I won the Spanish Cup final in Valencia, I won the Super Cup in Spain. I was champion in Spain. I won the match for the title in Barcelona with Real Madrid.”Pushed on whether Mourinho had more accurate statistics, he said: “I don’t know. Maybe you are right and I am wrong. But I don’t care. It’s not important.”Expect both managers to show just how important their rivalry is to them when United and City and meet on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Panelists discuss effects of LA riots on race relations

first_imgThe program was part of the Visions and Voices program, the university’s arts and humanities initiative.The panel featured three professionals who studied the 1992 L.A. riots. Erin Aubry Kaplan, an award-winning journalist and a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly, focused on the effect of the riots on the city’s black community.Kaplan emphasized that discourse around of black justice has been slowly disappearing since the time of the riots to now.“We talk about Latinos, immigrants, gays, but we don’t talk nearly enough about black people as a whole,” Kaplan said. “African-Americans are becoming less and less visible.”The panel discussed topics ranging from racial profiling and the Los Angeles Police Department to the geography of wealth versus poverty in Southern California. Panelists also discussed relations between black, Korean and Latino communities as well as the rebuilding efforts in post-riot South Los Angeles.Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, noted that it is often difficult to hold honest conversations about racial conflict today.“We have the facade of racial progress, but in reality it’s a different story,” Hunt said. “We can’t talk about it because we’ve supposedly moved past it. It’s difficult now.”Another panelist, Dae Hoon Kim, a filmmaker and founder of the Korean American Film Festival New York who directed a new documentary concerning the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, emphasized the need for objectivity and for society to be more open-minded about racial issues.“In reality, all of us, to a large degree, are ignorant,” Kim said. “Unless we start coming together and stop being political, we won’t have a full picture on the topic.”Some students, many of whom have no memory of the riots, said the discussion provided a stimulating learning experience in terms of the history of Los Angeles.“Before coming to this event, I didn’t know much about the [1992 riots],” said Katherine Lee, a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering. “I learned how race played a huge role through this event, how the riots actually happened and what people hope for today.”Other students believed the event helped them receive a more concrete understanding of race relations. Louige Oliver, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience, found the discussion to be rewarding.“I thought it was really interesting in that it gave me a lot of perspectives about race, both current and past,” Oliver said.Some students were worried about the current state of race relations in Los Angeles. Connie Ge, a junior majoring in history, emphasized that Los Angeles neighborhoods today are still suffering from the same conditions they were under in 1992.“I learned that the same problems that caused the riots are still not being addressed,” Ge said. “There is still a lot of poverty, discrimination, police brutality and not enough business initiatives that make people feel that they have a stake in their neighborhoods.”Kaplan’s father, Larry Aubry, a prominent scholar, who specializes in civil rights, also served on the panel.Though the riots occurred more than 20 years ago, Aubry remained adamant that it still has significance to the current state of race relations as it did in the past.“Race does matter. It’s a perpetual thing,” Aubry said. “Whatever exists then still exists now.” Panelists reflected Monday on the 1992 riots in Los Angeles and discussed their effect on the current state of race relations at Doheny Memorial Library.Speaking out · Journalist Erin Aubry Kaplan, who studied the 1992 Los Angeles riots, discusses the current state of race relations in L.A. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more