Copa America: Neymar’s absence could be blessing in disguise for hosts Brazil

first_img Reuters Sao PauloJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 11, 2019 13:14 IST Neymar limped off the pitch during Brazil’s 1st half win over Qatar (Reuters Photo)Brazil expect to win every tournament they play, especially at home, but they go into next week’s Copa America without their talisman Neymar and lacking some of the sparkle that has long been their stock in trade.They have not lost since Belgium dumped them out of the 2018 World Cup in the quarter-finals but their 10-game unbeaten run with the exception of last week’s 7-0 drubbing of 10-man Honduras – has come largely without the usual flair.Brazil’s preparations for the Copa have been overshadowed by Neymar firstly the rape allegations against the striker, which he has denied, and then the ankle injury that ruled him out the tournament last week.Tite’s squad is as good as any in the tournament but the coach is trying to manage a generational change and said that choosing his squad of 23 players was the “most difficult” task he had faced since taking over three years ago.Brazil have included only 14 of the squad that went to the World Cup in Russia a year ago, with Everton’s Richarlison, David Neres of Ajax Amsterdam and midfielders Artur of Barcelona and Luca Paqueta of AC Milan among the young recruits.Apart from home advantage, they are fortunate to be in one of the easier groups with Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela.The big question will be how they cope without Neymar but his absence could be a blessing in disguise. With the Paris St-Germain forward gone, there will be less of a circus atmosphere around the squad and the focus will be firmly on the pitch.advertisementHis teammates will want to show they can do it without their undisputed leader and they may also take the opportunity to show their solidarity and try to win the trophy for Neymar.The win over Honduras in their last warm-up game, with Philippe Coutinho resurgent and six different players getting their names on the scoresheet, was an encouraging sign.Brazil have won the Copa America eight times but not since 2007 and that trophy drought compounded by a failure to win the World Cup since 2002 – is a long one by Brazilian standards.Fans expect a home triumph and, even though the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation last week said Tite’s job was safe no matter what happens, fans will not spare him unless Brazil win, or lose playing beautiful football.But the coach was his usual inscrutable self when asked what he hoped to achieve over the next three weeks.”We are playing in our own country, and expectations are high that we win,” he said. But the expectation corresponds to how we perform. Are we going to win? I don’t know. But I want us to do the best we can.”Also Read | Neymar wants controversial Santos-Barca transfer trial to be held in BarcelonaAlso Read | Portugal clinch UEFA Nations League title after 1-0 win over NetherlandsAlso 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 Copa America: Neymar’s absence could be blessing in disguise for hosts BrazilNeymar suffered the ankle injury during Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Qatar and he won’t be able to recover in time for their Copa America campaign.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Kia Seltos price-variant-feature combination explained

first_imgKia Seltos price-variant-feature combination explainedKia Seltos comes in with three engine options — 1.5-litre petrol, 1.5-litre VGT diesel and 1.4-litre Turbo GDI petrol. While 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre VGT diesel mills are available with the Tech Line, 1.4-litre Turbo GDI petrol comes with the GT Line.advertisement Next Varun Singh New DelhiAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 18:41 IST Kia Seltos boasts of several segment-first features.HIGHLIGHTSThe entry-level Kia Seltos is priced at Rs 9.69 lakh (ex-showroom, India).The top-of-the-line Seltos is priced at Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India).Kia Seltos features an 8.0-inch HUD (Head-Up Display).Kia Motors has finally launched Seltos in India. The compact SUV has been introduced for a starting price of Rs 9.69 lakh (ex-showroom, India), making it Rs 31,000 cheaper than the entry-level Hyundai Creta. At first glance, Kia Seltos does look like a good value for money having premium features at affordable prices.By now, all of us know that Seltos is available in Tech Line and GT Line trims. The Tech Line has five variants — HT E, HT K, HT K Plus, HT X and HT X Plus. The GT Line gets three — GT K, GT X and GT X Plus. Kia Seltos comes in with three engine options — 1.5-litre petrol, 1.5-litre VGT diesel and 1.4-litre Turbo GDI petrol. While 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre VGT diesel mills are available with the Tech Line, 1.4-litre Turbo GDI petrol comes with the GT Line.You must be wondering what is the variant-wise price of Kia Seltos and which trim has what all features. Below we give the exhaustive variant-wise price and features of Kia Seltos.Variant-Price– Seltos HTE 1.5 Petrol MT – Rs 9.69 lakh– Seltos HTE 1.5 Diesel MT – Rs 9.99 lakhFeaturesABS with EBD, dual airbags, front disc brakes, rear disc brakes, projector headlamps, skid plates, manual AC, rear AC vents, power windows, driver seat height adjust (manual), keyless entry, steering mounted audio control, 3.8-inch 2DIN audio with Bluetooth and four speakers.Variant-Price– Seltos HTK 1.5 Petrol MT – Rs 9.99 lakh– Seltos HTK 1.5 Diesel MT – Rs 11.19 lakhadvertisementFeaturesAll the features of Kia Seltos HTE as well as projector fog lamps, electrically adjustable ORVM, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, rear view camera, six speakers (including tweeters) and front USB charger.Variant-Price– Seltos HTK Plus 1.5 Petrol MT – Rs 11.19 lakh– Seltos HTK Plus 1.5 Diesel MT – Rs 12.19 lakh– Seltos HTK Plus 1.5 Diesel 6AT – Rs 13.19 lakhFeaturesAll the features of Kia Seltos HTK as well as 16-inch hyper metallic alloy wheels, heartbeat LED DRLs, smart key with push button start, auto cruise control, LED sound mood lights, rear defogger and auto light control.Variant-Price– Seltos HTX 1.5 Petrol MT – Rs 12.79 lakh– Seltos HTX 1.5 Petrol IVT – Rs 13.79 lakh– Seltos HTX 1.5 Diesel MT – Rs 13.79 lakhFeaturesAll the features of Kia Seltos HTK as well as 17-inch hyper metallic alloy wheels, high line TPMS, crown jewel LED headlamps, heartbeat LED DRLs, ice cube LED fog lamps, heartbeat LED tail lamps, dual muffler design, 10.25-inch HD touchscreen navigation, UVO Connect system, smart pure air purifier, black and beige 2-tone interior and leatherette seats, smart key with push button start, fully automatic AC and rear door sun shade curtain.Variant-Price– Seltos HTX Plus 1.5 Diesel MT – Rs 14.99 lakh– Seltos HTX Plus 1.5 Diesel 6AT – Rs 15.99 lakhFeaturesAll the features of Kia Seltos HTX as well as electric sunroof, ventilated front seats, 8-way driver power seat, Bose premium 8 speaker sound system, front parking sensors, 7.0-inch colour display and high speed smartphone wireless charger.Variant-Price– Seltos GTK 1.4 Turbo petrol MT – Rs 13.49 lakhFeaturesABS with EBD, dual airbags, all wheel disc brakes, 17-inch crystal cut alloy wheels, crown jewel LED headlamps, heartbeat LED DRLs, ice cube LED fog lamps, heartbeat LED tail lamps, electrically adjustable ORVM, leather wrapped D-cut steering wheel with GT Line logo, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, six speakers (including tweeters), fully automatic AC, LED sound mood lights, smart key with push button start, black leatherette sports seats with red stitching.Variant-Price– Seltos GTX 1.4 Turbo petrol MT – Rs 14.99 lakh– Seltos GTX 1.4 Turbo petrol 7DCT – Rs 15.99 lakhFeaturesAll the features of Kia Seltos GTK as well as side and curtain airbags, high line TPMS, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), HAC (Hill Hold Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), red brake caliper (front), multi drive modes and multi traction modes (7DCT only), 10.25-inch HD touchscreen navigation, UVO Connect system, smart pure air purifier, smart 8.0-inch HUD (Head-Up Display), 7.0-inch colour display, ambient mood light, beige leatherette sports and solar glass – UV cut.Variant-Price– Seltos GTX Plus 1.4 Turbo petrol MT – Rs 15.99 lakhFeaturesAll the features of Kia Seltos GTX as well as electric sunroof, ventilated front seats, 8-way driver power seat, BOSE premium 8 speaker sound system, 360 degree camera sorround view monitor, blind view monitor in cluster LCD and front parking sensors.(Note — All the prices are ex-showroom, India)ALSO READ | 2019 BMW 3 Series launched in India, starting price is Rs 41.40 lakhALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki XL6 launched in India, price starts at Rs 9.80 lakhALSO READ | Hyundai Grand i10 Nios launched in India, price starts at Rs 5 lakhadvertisementGet 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? 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Affordable Student Housing Pilot Program

first_imgLow-income single parents attending Cape Breton University will have access to affordable rental housing thanks to a student housing pilot program created under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement. David Morse, Minister of Community Services, and MP Rodger Cuzner, on behalf of Joe Fontana, federal Minister of Labour and Housing announced today, Nov. 24, that rent supplements will be provided for up to five single-parent students attending Cape Breton University full time. “Access to affordable housing will help relieve some of the financial pressures for single-parent students and their families while they attend university,” said Mr. Morse. “We hope to learn more about the needs of single-parent students and how we can best support their efforts to obtain a university education.” “The government of Canada is proud to support affordable housing initiatives for all Canadians,” said Mr. Cuzner. “In helping to house single-parent students attending Cape Breton University, we are demonstrating our commitment to families and higher learning. Access to education through affordable housing is an investment in Canada’s future.” Single-parent students attending Cape Breton University full time are able to apply for a rent supplement to help them pay their rent. Rent supplements will be available for qualifying students whose apartments have been safety inspected and approved by the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority. This means families may be able to continue to live in their current place of residence. To qualify for student housing program, applicants must be enrolled full time at Cape Breton University, a lone custodial parent, eligible for public housing and approved for Nova Scotia Student Assistance. “Cape Breton University is pleased to take part in this student housing pilot project for single parents,” said university president John Harker. “Affordable housing and appropriate support for students, especially single parents, is vital as they pursue their post-secondary education options. Without support, access becomes meaningless.” The Department of Community Services has been working with universities in Nova Scotia to determine how to best support single-parent students attending university. Student housing pilot programs are also being offered at Acadia University and St. Francis Xavier University. The province hopes to launch similar affordable student housing pilot programs at other universities in Nova Scotia. To date, almost $26 million has been announced by the government of Canada and the province of Nova Scotia and its partners for the construction or renovation of nearly 600 units in the province. A total of $56.18 million will be available under Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement. Information on the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement is available at local housing services offices or on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms .last_img read more