Cricketers don’t need Bollywood, Bollywood doesn’t need cricket: Virender Sehwag

first_imgFormer India opener Virender Sehwag, currently hosting the “Viru Ke Funde” web series, says Bollywood and cricket have no connection and are not dependent on each other.Bollywood and cricket stars are often seen hanging out together. In fact, some of the actors, including superstar Shah Rukh Khan even co-own cricket teams. (Virat Kohli’s team has the bowling attack to win overseas: Virender Sehwag)So are Bollywood and cricket interlinked?”In context of Indian Premier League, there is nothing that Bollywood is doing except buying teams because they have a lot of money. Cricket is separate and Bollywood is different. Cricketers don’t need Bollywood and Bollywood doesn’t need cricket. They are doing really well on their own platforms,” Sehwag told IANS. (Virender Sehwag trolls James Anderson after India crush England)However, there are cricketers like Navjot Singh Siddhu, who have chosen the entertainment industry after performing on the cricket field.Also, a lot of cricketers like Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh have featured on TV shows and films. What lures sportsmen to the entertainment world?”Cricketers have a good fan following. If you look at all the cricketers who have played for India, they have fans in millions on social media. If you are making something with a cricketer then you are sure that people will watch it. The TRP will go up which is why cricketers are being roped in for TV shows, films or any other social media platform,” the 38-year-old said. (Current Indian Test team has potential to succeed abroad: Rahul Dravid)advertisementAsked if the entertainment industry could be spelled out as a back-up plan for cricketers, he said: “Entertainment industry is not a back-up plan for cricketers. I am not doing anything on big scale to entertain people, it’s just on my Facebook or my Twitter on Viu (Vuclip’s video streaming service Viu), where people can watch ‘Viru Ke Funde’. I am not going commercial. I am just giving it to my fans rather than going to TV.””If you do a TV show, you have to have at least a 30-minute or a one-hour show. Then you have to depend on a script as well, here (‘Viru Ke Funde’) I am not doing that,” he added.He is seen giving his opinions and “sharing my experiences with my friends through the series”. (Virat Kohli’s passion for winning Test matches is unreal: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”I am chatting with my friends on ‘Viru Ke Funde’. They all play cricket. They have questions for me and they think that I am a bigger player so, I can give better answers. But they don’t understand that I am human being as well and I am facing the same problem. I don’t have answers to everything. What I give them is my own off field or on field stories,” he added.last_img read more

Family continues search for missing Karina

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of a missing Saskatoon woman is asking for the public’s help in finding their daughter.Karina Wolfe went missing a year ago and her family continues to search for answers.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

Crooning of love

first_imgHe took the country by storm with his soothing voice when he sang Mitwa in Kabhi Alvida na Kehna. By then he was already a favourite of music  lovers with songs like Mora Saiyyan mohse bole na and Aankhon ke saagar which he performed in the Pakistani band Fuzon.  The man with the golden voice, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan talks to Naila Manal about his newly released album Muhdikhai…Tell me about your musical journey.I was born in a musical family so music wasn’t something new to me.  We had seven generations of musicians. I was a part of the Pakistani band Fuzon (as the lead singer). I bumped into the band members when I was in Karachi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When we came up with the album Saagar, which had the song Aankhon ke Saagar, two of my songs were used by Nagesh Kukunoor in his film. Shankar (Mahadevan) called me and signed me. There has been no looking back since.But as far as my overall journey is concerned it has been great so far.  I am coming up with an album Muhdikhai…Unveiling the songs of eternal love. This is my fourth album and my third solo album. My journey has been productive so far. I have learnt a lot, experienced a lot and in the midst of it all distributed and shared a lot too. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYou came up with your new album Muhdikhai… Unveiling the songs of eternal love recently. Tell me more about it.For quite some time my fans have been demanding an album. Personally, I also wanted to go back to the studios and work. But films and other engagements, especially travelling gave me no time. Baith ke kaam karne ka waqt nahi tha (I didn’t have time to sit and work for the album), but one day I decided. It somehow came by and I started enjoying returning to the studio and recording. I really enjoyed it all, mazaa aya. My album hits stores on March 20. How is coming out with an album different from say, singing a song in a film, or performing in a band?It’s about the joy of creation, the difference between contributing to someone else’s work and creating something all by yourself. Film music is a collective effort and you are a part of someone else’s vision. Here, I was taking care of everything from the music to production and I had to oversee every intricacy. From a raw idea to a final productive, it is all mine, however it is. How is it for you to perform in India?India is like a second home to me. I get so much love here. In fact I have been lucky to get love everywhere lekin yahan aur jagaah ke muqaable zyada pyaar milta hai (I get more love here than anywhere else). Which is your favorite song among all those you have sung?You should pose this question to someone else. All I can say is I perform all my songs with all honesty.Ok, so which is your all time favourite song?That would be Tere Bina Zindagi se koi shakwa nahi.Who is your inspiration?My father, I have always wanted to be like him, sing like him, look like him.  He is my inspiration. It is a compliment for me if someone says that I sound like him.last_img read more

Citigroup Is Testing Its Own Bitcoin Citicoin

first_imgJuly 7, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The day has come: Banks can’t ignore Bitcoin anymore. Not even the biggest of the big.First up is Citigroup, the New York City-based global banking giant recently revealed to the International Business Times that it is developing its own version of Bitcoin. Predictably branded ‘Citicoin,’ the virtual currency was coded by Citigroup’s research and design arm, Citi Innovation. Still in the early testing phase, a patent has not been filed for the mainly open-source cryptocurrency, which is based off of Bitcoin and its core blockchain ledger technology, a chronological public ledger of all Bitcoin transactions that have ever taken place. This approach will allow for less complicated and less costly cross-border payments and other transactions.    Related: Why Billionaire Investor Reid Hoffman Is Betting Big on BitcoinCitigroup, which has eyed distributed ledger tech over “the last few years,” also admitted to the Times that it has developed three internal blockchains to test its fledgling digital coins on. While the company’s inaugural foray into virtual currency is promising — and certainly a pioneering move within the traditional financial services industry — it’s still a ways away from being the real deal.“They [Citigroup’s blockchains] are all within the labs just now, so there is no real money passing through these systems yet,” Ken Moore, head of Citi Innovation Labs, told the Times. “They are at a pre-production level, to be clear.”Related: Is Bitcoin Speculative Foolery or a Financial Services Breakthrough?So far, the focus of Citigroup’s digital currency system has been on cross-border payments, with trade likely up next, Moore said.He described Citicoin, as “an equivalent to Bitcoin,” and said it’s “up and running” within company labs in an effort to give Citigroup a head start. “It’s in the labs, but it’s to make sure we are at the leading edge of this technology and that we can exploit the opportunities within it.”Citigroup has thrown down the virtual gauntlet. Which big bank is up next?Related: ‘Days Felt Like Years’: What Morgan Spurlock Found When He Tried to Survive on Bitcoin for a Week Enroll Now for Freecenter_img 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Terrorism insurance coverage has quadrupled in just three years

first_imgTags: Insurance, Trend Watch Posted by ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — In what can be regarded as a sign of the times, a travel insurance comparison site has reported that the number of travel insurance policies purchased with Terrorism coverage has reached an all-time high, nearly quadrupling in the past three years.According to sales data from Squaremouth, more than 1 in 10 travellers search for Terrorism coverage on its website, with numbers increasing each year since 2012. In the past three years, the number of customers who specifically searched for and purchased a policy with Terrorism coverage has increased by 280%; in the past year alone, that number increased by 165%.The site also compiled a list of the three-year growth percentage of American travellers buying Terrorism coverage for top destinations. The most popular destination among travellers is the United States, with a growth percentage of 268%. Mexico (364%), Italy (242%), Canada (313%) and United Kingdom (344%) rounded out the top five destinations.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Over the past three years, the number of U.S. travellers searching for Terrorism coverage when buying insurance for trips to top European destinations increased by 332%. And with a 506% increase, American travellers heading to Germany were the most concerned.The Terrorism insurance benefit provides cancellation coverage if a traveller is unable to take their trip due to a terrorist attack at their destination. In order for a traveller to be covered to cancel a trip due to terrorism, the attack must meet the following requirements:It must be deemed an act of terrorism by the U.S. Department of StateIt must be within 7-30 days of the traveler’s departure date, depending on the policyIt must occur in or near a city listed on the traveller’s itineraryThe traveller must have purchased their policy prior to the attack Travelweek Group Tuesday, April 18, 2017 center_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Terrorism insurance coverage has quadrupled in just three yearslast_img read more