World Pays Tribute to ‘The Greatest’

first_imgThe Bible teaches in Proverbs 22:1 that “a good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” It is predicated upon this philosophy that the demise of American boxing icon, Muhammad Ali, has drawn the world’s attention with tributes flowing from every part of the globe.Ali, a three-time World Heavyweight Champion, died on Friday, June 3, at Phoenix Hospital in Arizona, USA, at the age of 74, from what family described as “septic shock due to unspecified natural causes.” He has battled Parkinson’s disease for 32 years. His medical records indicate that the boxing icon had been suffering from respiratory illness.His remains have already arrived in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, for burial on Friday.President Barack Obama in his tribute to the boxing icon said “Muhammad Ali shook up the world, and the world is better for it.”Former President Bill Clinton also extended condolences to Ali’s family saying he lived a life full of “religious and political convictions that led him to make tough choices and lived with the consequences.” Presumptive Republican front runner, Donald Trump also described Muhammad Ali as a great sports champion who will be remembered in the world, but Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton sharply criticized Trump by saying: “You will be judged by your past.” In a statement titled, “Presidential Candidates Proposing to Ban Muslim Immigration to the United States” that Ali issued last December after Trump first issued the proposal, the boxing great never mentioned Trump by name – but his message was clear. “Our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam,” Ali wrote, “and clarify that these misguided murderers have perverted people’s views on what Islam really is.” A loser in the famous 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” fight in Kinshasa, George Foreman, referred to Ali as one of the greatest human beings he had ever met.In his tribute, American civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson said Ali was a man willing to sacrifice the crown and money for his principles, referring to Ali’s 1967 refusal to take part in the Vietnam War.His decision was widely criticized by his fellow Americans and he was stripped of his title, putting his fighting career on hold for three years.Sports LifeAli shot to fame by winning gold in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.The boxer, who characteristically coined himself “The Greatest,” beat Sonny Liston in 1964 to win his first world title; subsequently becoming the first boxer to capture the world heavyweight title on three separate occasions.Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion. He won the title in 1964, 1974 and 1978, and retired from boxing permanently in 1981 having won 56 of his 61 fights.He was crowned by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as “Sports Personality of the Century.”Ancestry and Early LifeMuhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.) was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, to the union of Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. and Odessa O’Grady Clay.Clay’s paternal grandparents were John Clay and Sallie Anne Clay. Clay’s sister Eva claimed that Sallie Anne was a native of the African island nation of Madagascar.Muhammad Ali made his amateur boxing debut in 1954 and won six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles, two national Golden Gloves titles, an Amateur Athletic Union national title, and the Light Heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. His amateur record was 100 wins with five losses.Ali converted to Islam, ditching what he called his “slave name” and becoming Cassius X, which was later changed to Muhammad Ali.Funeral ArrangementsThe funeral will take place in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, this Friday. Former US President Bill Clinton will deliver the eulogy.Comedian Billy Crystal and sports journalist Bryant Gumbel are also expected to speak at the funeral.There will be a private family service on Thursday ahead of the state funeral.Friday’s events will begin with another private prayer service for family members at a Louisville funeral home.Ali’s body will then be taken in procession through the main streets of Louisville, including an avenue that bears his name and on Broadway, where a procession was held in 1960 to celebrate his Olympic gold medal.The main service will be at 14:00 local time (18:00 GMT) at the KFC Yum Center, which seats more than 20,000 people.(This story was culled from Internet research)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spending time with MS Dhoni has helped, says man-of-the-series Kedar Jadhav

first_imgKedar Jadhav might have failed to carry India over the finish line today at the Eden Gardens but the Pune-born all-rounder has easily been India’s find of the three-match One-Day International series against England. (SCORECARD)Chasing a stiff target of 322 in the final ODI in Kolkata, India almost rode on Jadhav’s brilliant 90 off just 75 balls along with Hardik Pandya’s career-best score of 56 off 43 balls, which saw a match-winning 104-run sixth wicket stand off just 83 balls. (Virat Kohli picks Kedar Jadhav for special praise after ‘series of positives’)With 16 runs needing in the last over, Jadhav hit a six and a four off the first two balls to give the 66,000-odd crowd some hope, but fell to Chris Woakes eventually. (3rd ODI: Jadhav’s 75-ball 90 in vain as England clinch Eden thriller)The hosts were unable to complete the chase and fell short of the target by just six runs to give England their first victory of the India tour.However, despite the tough loss, Jadhav stood out with his fighting character and showed a lot of promise as a finisher India had been looking to fill in MS Dhoni’s shoes.”I was planning to play all six balls, I knew if I could do that the bowler will be under pressure. Just that the ball I got out to, I was not in position to hit the big shot, I was still moving and that is why I mistimed,” Jadhav said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Jadhav finished the series as the highest run-getter with 232 runs and won the man-of-the-series award for his efforts, which included a match-winning 76-ball 120 in the first ODI in Pune.advertisementWhen asked how he kept his calm in tense situations, Jadhav cited the time spent with former captain Dhoni as the reason.”The thing is, since the time I came in the team, I’ve been spending a lot of time with Dhoni and it has helped me deal with situations calmly.”I would have been more happy if we would have won this game but I am satisfied with what I have done in this series. I can still improve,” he added.last_img read more

Vivo V15 pre-booking starts today: Pre-order details, India price, specs and all you must know

first_imgVivo V15 was launched in India last week for a price of Rs 23,990. The V15 is the toned down version of the V15 Pro which went official in the country last month for Rs 28,990. Starting today the V15 can be pre-booked in India. The Vivo V15 will go on sale on April 1 on both online and offline stores including Vivo India E-Store,, Flipkart, PayTm Mall, Tata CLiQ and all offline channels.As far as the design is concerned the Vivo V15 looks exactly the same as the Pro version. Specs wise too, both the V15 and V15 Pro have some things in common, while there are several differences too. The V15 comes with pop-up selfie camera, sports gradient finish design, slim bezels, tripe AI based rear cameras, Android 9 Pie, and 4000mAh battery. In India the Vivo V15 comes in three colour variants including Royal Blue, Frozen Black and Glamour Red.To get more details about the V15, read our quick review by clicking here. Let’s take a quick look at everything that the Vivo V15 offers to the consumers. The Vivo V15 comes packed with Ultra FullView Display that measures 16.59cm (6.53). The screen comes paired with screen resolution of 1080×2340 and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. For the display the V15 uses 2.5D glass, Fifth-generation Corning Gorilla Glass protection. On the hardware front the V15 is powered by MediaTek P70 processor paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The phone runs Android 9.0 Pie based on Funtouch OS 9.advertisementOn the camera front, the Vivo V15 includes three AI based cameras – primary 12MP sensor, secondary 8-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor. On the front the Vivo V15 comes with a 32-megapixel sensor for clicking selfies. It’s a pop-up camera on the front. The Vivo V15 is backed by a 4,000mAh battery with Vivo’s Dual-Engine Fast Charging support.Notably, the Vivo V15 is right now the cheapest pop-up selfie camera phone available in the country. The Vivo V15 comes with fingerprint sensor on the rear panel and not in-display sensor like the V15 Pro. Sadly the phone doesn’t support face unlock support like V15 Pro, but that is justifiable considering the price difference between the two.On buying the V15 customers will have access to array of offers: –Upto 10,000 exchange buyback offer with Bajaj Finserve EMI being Instacash as buyback partner with additional vivo benefits– 5 per cent SBI cashback on Credit/Debit card regular transactions and credit card EMI transaction–Exclusive Zero Down Payment for 8 months with IDFC First–Lowest EMI option of Rs 1599 exclusive with HDB on 15|3 scheme and 5% additional cashback–Benefits worth Rs 10,000 – Jio Vivo cricket offer and upto 3.3 TB Jio 4G Data–Exchange offer of Rs 2,000 Extra on your old smartphone–Loyalty benefit of Rs 1,000 over above exchange value– Up to 15 months No Cost EMI option– One Time Screen ReplacementALSO READ | Vivo V15 quick review: Almost bezel-less screen, good looks and a pop-up selfie camera made affordableALSO READ | Vivo V15 launched: Key specs, features, India price, and everything else you must knowlast_img read more