Clyde Roopchand laid to rest

first_imgFormer Chief Planner of the Finance Ministry, Clyde Roopchand, who has been hailed as a patriot andPersons solemnly pay their last respectsoutstanding public servant, was on Saturday laid to rest. Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo were among those present at the funeral service, held outside of the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.Roopchand worked at the State Planning Secretariat and also sat on several Government boards. He was 70 years old and passed away in New York, USA.After his passing, the Ministry of the Presidency had said issued a simple statement which read: “President David Granger has expressed condolences to the wife and relatives of Mr Clyde Roopchand.”The People’s Progressive Party had also expressed their grief at the passing of the former public servant. “His passion and commitment to advance the country and the welfare of its people is undisputed.Guyana has indeed lost a stalwart and a true son. The best tribute would be to ensure that his contributions are not forgotten and the impeccable standards he set, be emulated,” the Party had noted.last_img read more

Funding decisions made on Monday night *update

first_imgBelow is a list of groups that received funding from the City.PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS: $1,500 – Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion (requested $1,500) $1,500 – Lions Club Youth Jam Can Curling (requested $1,500)$2,100 – Fort St. John Literacy Society, for bus passes (requested $2,100) $8,352.00 – Women’s resource society, for bus passes (requested $12,384) $1,500 – Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club (requested $1,500) $2,200 – Gradfest (requested $2,200) $2,500 – Stage North (requested $2,500) $15,000 – Fort St. John Arts Council – Grant money allocated to user groups (requested $20,000) $5,000 – Spirit of the Peace Pow Wow Society (requested $5,000) $2,000 – Fort St. John Arts Council – flower pot program (requested $2,000) $15,000 – SPCA – spay and neuter program (requested $15,000)DEPARTMENTAL BUDGETS: $2,500 – Fort St. John arts council – fee for service- administration fee for coordination of grants to umbrella groups – community services (requested $2,500) $5,000 – Tourism Fort St. John Board – community services (requested $10,830) $5,000 – Fort St. John arts council – high on ice snow and ice sculpting fee for service – community services (requested $5,000) $40,000 – SPCA Pound keeper agreement- animal control (requested $40,000) $52,500 – Victim’s services – RCMP operations (fixed amount)CAPITAL: A one-time grant-in-aid allocation was included in the 2010 operating budget for $40,000, for capital improvements to the North Peace Historical Society/Fort St. John Museum. (requested $40,000)Advertisement Local non-profit organizations finally got their funding results on Monday, after a four-week halt on Grant-in-Aid decisions from the City Hall.In October, the City held numerous meetings with dozens of organizations ranging from sports groups to art councils.Each group requested funding to support annual operating budgets and special events. But in December, City Councilors decided to delay their decision on any funding until the New Year.- Advertisement -And although requests totaled $1,078,366 for 2010, not every group got what it asked for.Instead, the City handed out slightly more than $876,000 – that’s up roughly $41,000 from ’09.City Councilors met on Monday at City Hall, to make decisions on the funding. A report from City Staff explained that some user groups were becoming dependant on the grants, and many had no alternative plans should the City cut the annual funding.Advertisement OPERATING $10,000 – North Peace Historical Society/Fort St. John Museum (requested $10,000) $250,000 – North Peace Cultural Centre (requested $300,000)$25,000 – North Peace Justice Society (requested $35,000) $10,000 – Fort St. John Curling Club (requested $91,132.16) $380,000 – Fort St. John Library (requested $388,000)Two grant-in-aid requests were turned down, including:$10,000 for the Arts Council, for operational expenses for the ArtsPost.$27,720 for the New Totem Archers, for indoor rental space.———————–This story originally indicated that the Victim Services Organization had requested only $15,000. This was incorrect. The organization actually receives a fixed amount on an annual basis. apologizes for this error.last_img read more


first_imgThe date was September 3rd, 1969 and the place was Nellie McGovern’s Bar (now The Cavern) in Letterkenny.The plan was to form a marching band to give the children of the town something to do. But little did those who sat in Nellies that night think the band would be going 30 years later.Now, after a break of more than a decade, the band is rising from the ashes once again.Back on their feet, the band had a reunion in the Station House Hotel on the 25th August last with an impressive 40 members playing a selection of tunes from days gone by.And so, on Friday night last, the group had their first meeting in the Loreto Convent to try and form a committee for the band, and that we did! The new committee is as follows:- Joint Chairmen – Hugh McCauley and Patrick Doherty.Secretary:- Elizabeth McCauleyTreasurer:- Deirdre GrahamPRO:- Tony DuffyA working committee will be formed at a later date. There will be a registration night for the band on Wednesday 24th October at 8 pm in Conwal Parish Church Hall.So everyone is welcome to come along, (it’s not just for members of past Letterkenny bands, anyone from other bands from years gone by, who would just like to play marching tunes are more than welcome). So if you like the music from the Marching Band scene from a few years gone by, this is the place to be.The band is strictly for over 18’s only.LETTERKENNY MARCHING BAND FINDS ITS FEET AGAIN – AFTER A DECADE was last modified: October 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny Marching bandREUNIONlast_img read more


first_imgThe minors started their league campaign on Saturday with an away win against Derg Gaels. Good performances from Séimi Grant, Jack Boyle and Daniel Devlin. Final score Derg Gaels 0-05 Naomh Muire 4-10.The under 14s have their first game of the season in the banks this Wednesday evening against Bundoran at 7pm.  Training timesUnder 6 boys and girls in the Áislann every Saturday from 11 -12Under 8 boys in the Áislann every Saturday from 10 – 11 Under 10 boys in the banks every Saturday from 10 – 11Under 12 boys in the banks on Saturdays from 4.45 – 6 and Mondays from 5.45 – 7Under 14 boys in the banks on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.30 – 8.45Under 10 training for girls will begin shortly. GAA NEWS – NAOMH MUIRE MINORS START LEAGUE WITH GOOD WIN was last modified: March 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NAOMH MUIRElast_img read more


first_imgHe may have failed to make it to the the final of RTE’s The Voice but Paddy Molloy is still a hero in Glenties.The singer/songwriter was knocked out of the show last night and will arrive back in Donegal this evening.There will be a welcome gathering for Paddy on the town’s Main Street this evening at 6.30pm. Locals say they wan to thank Paddy for doing the town proud and representing it so well on the national stage.All are welcome to attend. PADDY TO HEAR PLENTY OF WELCOME HOME ‘VOICES’ IN GLENTIES was last modified: April 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GlentiesPaddy MolloyRTEthe voicelast_img read more

Mary’s Meals are going on a walk to Knock

first_imgGenerous individuals from Donegal and all over Ireland are getting ready to set off on their annual nine-day trek to raise money for school feeding charity Mary’s Meals. The challenge organised by Donegal Mary’s Meals Support Group sees participants walking to the Knock Shrine in Co. Mayo under the banner “Step By Step To Feed The Next Child”, raising awareness of the charity’s work and collecting vital donations for Mary’s Meals’ school feeding programmes along the way.Groups of walkers set out from Dublin, Clare and Malin (Co. Donegal) on Monday, August 7 and are expected to arrive in Knock on Tuesday August 15. Mary’s Meals provides a daily nutritious meal to more than 1.2 million children in their place of education, in 14 different countries around the world. By serving daily meals in a place of education, Mary’s Meals addresses the effects of chronic hunger experienced by many of the world’s poorest children and encourages them to come to school and gain skills that can help them escape poverty in the future.It costs just €15.60 to feed a child for a whole school year with Mary’s Meals. The charity is committed to keeping its costs low and spends at least 93 cent of every €1 donated directly on charitable work. The Ireland-wide walking event is now in its fifth year and is organised by the Donegal Mary’s Meals Support Group. The annual challenge is an important fundraiser for the charity, raising €69,000 in its first year alone – enough to feed 4,758 children for a whole school year through Mary’s Meals. Fr Eamonn Kelly, chairman of the Mary’s Meals Ireland board and founding member of the Mary’s Meals Donegal Support Group, said: “So far, we’ve had nothing but kindness and interest in what we are doing. We are walking together, step by step, to feed the next hungry child. That is our main aim, to help feed the next chronically hungry child.”Eimear Felle, Fundraising Co-ordinator for Mary’s Meals Ireland, said: “We are so grateful to everyone taking part in “Step By Step To Feed The Next Child” for their incredible efforts to help Mary’s Meals reach more and more children with a daily meal in school. “Today, our work is more vital than ever. Across East Africa, drought and conflict have created a humanitarian crisis spanning several countries, including two where we serve Mary’s Meals – South Sudan and Kenya. “During this time of crisis, the daily meal provided by Mary’s Meals is not only a powerful incentive to come to school, it’s a vital lifeline for vulnerable children in desperate need of nourishment. “It costs just €15.60 to feed a child for a whole school year through Mary’s Meals so every donation raised by this event will make a huge difference to the lives of families suffering extreme poverty.” To find out more about Mary’s Meals, or to donate, visit www.marysmeals.ieMary’s Meals are going on a walk to Knock was last modified: August 1st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:charityFr Eamonn KellyKnockMalinMary’s MealsWALKlast_img read more

Rugby steps up transformation drive

first_imgThe Vodacom Cup has been contested on an annual basis since 1998 and is an inter-provincial competition for all 14 South African unions. Jurie Roux, the CEO of Saru, said that no sanctions had been specified, should a province fail to select the required numbers of black players. He said the question and other operational matters around the policy would be addressed by the Games and Policy committee. Hoskins said Saru had taken the initiative, rather than wait for other agencies to force action. “The Vodacom Cup is a critical step on the development pathway in professional rugby, but it had moved away from its primary purpose of presenting opportunities for young emerging players, particularly black players. “All the 14 provinces recognised that fact and that we needed to address it as a strategic objective at our Transformation Indaba last year. That and other decisions were shared with the Department of Sports and Recreation, as well as the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee. ‘We needed to intervene’“The mood of the organisation is that we needed to intervene – and this was coming from the provinces as well – to see the graph of black player representation begin to rise,” he said. SAinfo reporter and SA Rugby ‘Tangible step’“This is rugby’s tangible step on delivering on that pledge,” he said. “The intended outcome is an increased pool of black talent from which Absa Currie Cup and Vodacom Super Rugby coaches can select and, in due course, more options for the Springbok coach.”center_img 15 August 2013 The South African Rugby Union (Saru) has stepped up its transformation drive, announcing compulsory targets for next season’s Vodacom Cup competition that will require a minimum of seven black players in each of the country’s provincial teams. The directive, released on Wednesday, also says that at least of those players must be in the starting 15, and at least two of the players must be forwards. The initiative was taken by the executive council of Saru on Monday and discussed with provincial unions on Tuesday. The numbers were determined in line with Saru’s global transformation strategy and after a review of historical levels of black representation in the competition. The tournament runs from March to April and, since its introduction, has been the competition in which virtually the majority of Springboks have made their senior provincial debut. ‘Commitment to transformation’“This decision to introduce measurable targets underlines Saru’s commitment to transformation,” Saru president Oregan Hoskins said in a statement. last_img read more

Wayne Rooney wants another trip to MLS playoffs before going home

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ View comments Becoming his own man After winning just nine matches and finishing outside of the playoffs in 2017, United was sparked by Rooney’s addition midway through the 2018 season — as well as the opening of Audi Field — and wound up fourth in the East. The team’s playoff run was short, however, as United was eliminated on penalties after a 2-all draw with the Columbus Crew in the knockout round.Currently NYCFC sits atop the East as the season winds down. Major League Soccer went to single-elimination playoff rounds this year and expanded the postseason to include 14 teams, seven from each conference. The all-knockout postseason replaces the two-legged format for the conference semifinals and finals that the league started using in 2003.“I think we know we’re not the best football team in the league, we like to try to make games a bit scruffy at times and work hard and dig in and try and make the three points,” Rooney said. “That’s how we’ve won most of our games this season, so we all need to work together to do that. It will be tough, of course, but if we do that we’ll give ourselves a good chance.”United coach Ben Olsen said it’s hard to understate Rooney’s contributions to the team. Rooney leads United with 11 goals and seven assists this season. He had 12 goals last season.“Last year with the addition of the stadium, that brought a new energy to the fan base and community. Wayne doubled down on that and has energized the fan base, the team and the organization,” Olsen said. “He continues to be a big piece of this. He’s been a joy to manage so far and we’re looking forward to the little time we have left with him.”ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, D.C. United’s Wayne Rooney reacts after putting a shot over top of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, British Columbia. As his Major League Soccer career draws to a close and he prepares to return home, Wayne Rooney would like one more shot at the playoffs stateside. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)As his Major League Soccer career draws to a close and he prepares to return home to England, Wayne Rooney would like one more shot at the playoffs.The longtime Manchester United and English national team striker is in the final regular-season stretch with D.C. United, which is 12-10-9 this season for fifth in the Eastern Conference. There are three games to go, including Sunday’s match at home against the Sounders.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers NCAA: Nzeusseu shines as Lyceum piles on St. Benilde’s woes Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img The team is already building toward a future without Rooney. This week, Union announced the return of midfielder Yamil Asad for the 2020 season. Asad played for United in 2018 on loan from a first-division club in his native Argentina, and he had nine goals, including the team’s first goal in the opening game at Audi Field.Rooney’s new job will present different challenges for the 33-year-old. Derby has been out of the Premier League since 2008 and lost a playoff final in May to return to the top division. His former England teammate, Frank Lampard, was in charge of Derby last season before moving to manage Chelsea.Rooney said he’s relished his chance to play in MLS. He’s been getting cheers on the road for the past couple of weeks since he announced his move.“I’ve always enjoyed playing football, whether that’s in England or over here. I love the game. I love playing so my enjoyment for the game hasn’t changed from obviously the moment I got here to now. It’s what I do,” he said. “I know I love playing football and until my body tells me I can’t, I’ll keep doing it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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He is the all-time top scorer for England (53) and Manchester United (253). He scored 208 goals in Premier League play, second only to Alan Shearer’s 260. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

India Today sting: Pune curator Pandurang Salgaonkar puts pitch on sale hours before India-New Zealand 2nd ODI

first_imgIndia Today reporters disguised as bookies unearthed a massive scandal on Wednesday as they caught the Maharashtra Cricket Association pitch curator allowing people to tamper with the pitch on the eve of the second ODI between India and New Zealand in Pune.Pandurang Salgaonkar has been barred from entering the ground and an investigation will now take place against him and all those responsible behind this scandal.The match however, will go an as per schedule at the MCA stadium in Pune.Pandurang Salgaonkar has been caught on camera talking to our reporters, who were disguised as bookies, revealing that the pitch will be made according to their demands.The reporters asked Salgaonkar that two players want bounce on the pitch and if it can be done to which Salgaonkar replied, “it will be done”.Salgaonkar also said that it is going to be a 337-340 wicket either way. He also assured on camera that a score as big as 337 will be chaseable.Salgaonkar even allowed our reporters to inspect the pitch in person, clearly violating the laws as set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC).FULL CONVERSATIONIn what was a savage blow to the ICC and the BCCI’s stiff codes on corruption and on restrictions over outsider access to the field before matches, Salgaoncar not only accompanied India Today’s undercover reporters to the Pune pitch but also allowed them to tap it.Worse, he revealed to the reporters, posing as bookies, the wicket was a belter.advertisement”It is very good. I guess it will garner 337 (runs),” Salgaoncar disclosed.”Are you sure?” probed the journalist.”Sure and 337 will be chase-able,” the curator replied a day before the ODI. “There’s no doubt about it.”If he’s to be believed, Pune’s wicket was definitely a big-scoring paradise – a bonanza for hard-hitters on the field and for the bookies gambling on them off it.Salgaoncar, himself a former cricketer, also permitted the investigative reporters to take a test walk on the pitch and stamp it with the feet.”It’s not allowed. Still, we did it. The BCCI observer is also sitting around,” he confessed. “If someone asks me tomorrow, I’d say no one came. I don’t know.”Now, the curator guaranteed doctoring the pitch to favour one of the teams.”Two players want some bounce on the pitch. If that can be done,” asked the reporter.”It will be given,” he agreed. “I told you this is a 340-run wicket, either way,” Salgaoncar added.”That’s fine. That can be bet on. But we want (a team) to be favoured,” demanded the journalist.”That will be done good. I told you,” the pitch curator promised.MCA PRESIDENT PROMISES ACTIONMCA president Abhay Apte spoke to India Today right after the sting operation was aired and he said, “We will look into the matter. Rest assured, if anyone found guilty, strict action will be taken.”This is yet another big blow to the Indian cricket board which had just about got back on its feet after being hit by the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scandal in 2013.Remember the pitch in question here is the same one which was rated poor by the ICC after the India-Australia Test match which was played in February this year.Australia had thrashed India by 333 runs on a rank-turner after the hosts were bowled out for 105 and 107 in both innings and the match finished within three days.India are trailing 0-1 in the three-match series after losing the first match by 6 wickets at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.Meanwhile, several developments took place after India Today’s expose. The Maharashtra Cricket Association promised strong action while the BCCI joint secretary said he was shocked.The Committee of Administrators head Vinod Rai told India Today the guilty will be punished. The Supreme Court-appointed committee was already monitoring the situation.GUILTY WILL BE PUNISHED: COA BOSS VINOD RAI TO INDIA TODAY The Committee of Administrators has reacted to India Today’s sting operation on the Pune pitch curator, hours before the second ODI between India and New Zealand.The Supreme Court-appointed CoA head Vinod Rai told India Today the guilty would be punished. The committee is already monitoring the situation closely after the sting operation broke on India Today TV this morning.MAHARASHTRA CRICKET ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT PROMISES STRONG ACTIONMaharashtra Cricket Association president Abhay Apte has promised India Today that strict action will be taken against anyone found guilty of tampering with the Pune pitch ahead of the second ODI between India and New Zealand which will be played in a few hours time.advertisementMCA president Abhay Apte spoke to India Today right after the sting operation was conducted on curator Pandurang Salgaonkar in which he agreed to make the wicket according to their demands”We will look into the matter. Rest assured, if anyone found guilty, strict action will be taken,” Apte said while on his way to the stadium.BCCI SHOCKED AFTER INDIA TODAY STING OPERATION The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said he is shocked with what has transpired this morning after India Today conducted a sting operation on the Pune pitch curator and caught him revealing details about the wicket on camera.”The BCCI has zero tolerance on such issues. I am not yet aware of the full thing. I will attend to it immediately and take strictest action. The guilty will not be spared,” Chaudhary told India Today.”A strict action has been taken against the pitch curator and the employment relationship between Pandurang Salgaonkar and MCA stands terminated,” BCCI Chief Executive Rahul Johri said in a statement.”The BCCI is in touch with the MCA and appropriate measures will be taken with regards to the matter. The BCCI will continue to enforce strict measures in case of such misconduct in the future.”PUNE PITCH CURATOR BARRED FROM ENTERING STADIUMPune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar who was caught on India Today’s camera agreeing to manipulate some bounce, some movement and some balance between bat and ball for the Wednesday ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) stadium, has been barred from entering the ground.India Today has also been able to confirm that preliminary action will be taken against Salgaonkar, who was a first-class cricketer.BAN PUNE CURATOR, DEMANDS AZHARFormer India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has called for a ban on Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar, who was caught on India Today’s camera agreeing to manipulate some bounce, some movement and some balance between bat and ball for the Wednesday ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) stadium.Salgaoncar has already been barred from entering the stadium for today’s ODI and he faces preliminary action but Azhar has called for a complete ban on the curator.last_img read more

Mi Band 3 quick review: One of the best gadgets Xiaomi has made so far

first_imgXiaomi is already very popular among the smartphone buyers in India. But that’s not all that it wants. It wants more. Xiaomi wants to occupy each and every corner of people’s homes, and it wants to do so with products like Mi TVs, Mi Air Purifiers, Mi Smart Security cameras, Mi Bands and so on and so forth. Last week, Xiaomi launched seven new smart home products at its Smart Living event held at the company’s India HQ in Bengaluru. One of these products is the Mi Band 3.The Mi Band 3 is affordable and comes with a price of Rs 1,999. And my first impression of it is that it’s fantastic.The Mi Band 3 is way more than just a fitness band. After using the Band 3 for some time, I believe it’s the best fitness band Xiaomi has made so far, and also overall the best that you can get under Rs 5,000. There are no two thoughts about it.The Mi Band 3 is already available in India and is selling for Rs 1,999 on and Mi Band 3 comes in three colours — Blue, Black, and Orange.I have used the Mi Band 3 for a while now, and love almost everything about it. Starting from the OLED display to the durable strap and the range of new features that it packs, the Mi Band 3 has almost everything that one wants from a fitness band.More than just a fitness bandThe Mi Band 3 not only monitors the sleep quality or the heart rate or measures the number of steps walked like the way the Band 2 would do, but also shows three-day weather forecast, and notifies users with new WhatsApp messages, emails, or calls. Unlike the previous generation Mi Bands, the Mi Band 3 is different in several ways.advertisementThe Band 3 not only notifies the user about a new message or a call but also displays the name of the caller and shows the content of the message or the email. This means the Mi Band 3 users may not have to switch to their phone to read messages or office emails. They can read them on the band, although the experience on its small screen is obviously not as good as what you get while reading the mail on a phone. To reply to messages or respond to calls, users need their phone.The Mi Band 3 comes with the ability to track sports activity and heart rate in real-time. For instance, whether a user is running, jogging, cycling or skipping, with Mi Band 3 they’ll be able to measure their heart rate on the go. The Mi Band 3 also comes with features like auto monitoring of sleep quality and, of course, counts the steps you take. The Band 3 also shows weather updates for three days and pack features like stopwatch and find a device, a feature I found unique and very useful while using the Band 3. For instance, in case a user misplaces the phone, the “Find Device” feature will let them remotely make the phone ring. So, the user will know that the phone is in the folds of sofa seats. Then there is the Idle Alert feature, which is similar to what you get in more pricey smartwatches or fitness bands. This feature lets users know that they are idle if they are sitting for over an hour by vibrating the band.The Mi Band 3 is also water resistant up to 50m. Xiaomi claims that users can go for swimming wearing the Mi Band 3 as it comes with a 5ATM rating.Easy to connect to the phoneI connected the Mi Band 3 to the Redmi 6. To connect the Mi Band 3 to the phone, users will first need to install the Mi Fit app on their device and then sign up with either Mi, Facebook, or Google account. They can also use their phone numbers to sign up with the app. After signing up, the users will need to follow these steps to connect their phones to the Mi Band 3:– Enter some of their personal details like weight, height and age– Ensure to switch on the Bluetooth on the phone and the band, and then search and pair the phone and the fitness band — To receive WhatsApp, email or call notifications on the Band 3, users will need to enable the incoming call, App alerts options on the Mi Fit app– Users will be able to manually select only the important apps that they want to receive notifications from.advertisementCan be worn for hoursThe Mi Band 3 comes with a much bigger display compared to the Mi Band 2, which shows the notifications clearly. Although it is not a smartphone, you can read short messages on this screen. The Mi Band 3 comes with an OLED display which measures about 0.78 inches and has 128×80 resolutions. It is also quite comfortable to wear as it weighs just 20 grams. Basically, you can wear the band whole day without any hassle.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi Band 3, Mi Air Purifier 2S, Mi Luggage, and Mi Home security camera launched in IndiaI am still in middle of testing the Mi Band 3 but so far indications are that it has pretty decent battery life. The Band 3 comes with 110mAh battery, which is almost 60 per cent bigger than the Mi Band 2 battery. Xiaomi claims that the Band 3 can offer up to 20 days battery life. So far, the Mi Band 3 battery has held up pretty well for me. I used the fitness band for one full day to monitor heart rate in real time, get WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and email notifications, call alerts, and more, and only 15 per cent of the full battery was consumed by the end of the day, which is quite impressive. For active users and who get a lot of notifications, 20-day battery life claim may not come true but even if the Mi Band 3 battery lasts one week, that will be best in the industry.last_img read more