2019 SAL Beach Games set for June 14

first_imgThe first ever African Beach Games slated for the island of Cape Verde is set to commence from the 14- 23 June 2019.Beach Soccer would be the headline sport for this event.SAL 2019 is the first ever game of its kind anywhere in the world and Africa is the proud host continent with several countries expected to participate in the two weeks tournament based solely on sand.According to the press officer for team Ghana, Baaba Tando, a final list of athletes along with the confirmed disciplines would be submitted to the organizers in the coming days.The host city, SAL, has been selected because Cape Verde intends to launch its international tourism campaign using sports as an attraction.Beach Soccer would be the headline of a total of 11 disciplines to be staged at the event. The other sports include beach volley, beach handball, open water swimming, coastal rowing, karate kata, freestyle football, kiteboarding and new sports such as beach tennis, beach basketball, and beach athletics.The games which are under the Ghana Olympic Committee supervision has given Ghana the opportunity to present at most 85 athletes cutting across the 11 selected disciplines for the tournament.The GOC has had a series of meetings with the heads of the various sports federations to put in place a strategic preparation schedule for the tournament as well as decide which disciplines Ghana would participate in during the tournament.It is imperative that Ghana puts its best foot forward to afford the nation medal opportunities at the Games.Sal, one of the 10 islands of the Cape Verde archipelago situated 460km due west of Senegal, is an island of year-round sun, blue azure sea, and vast white sand beaches. It is these features that made the island the perfect location for the 1st African Beach Games.last_img read more

OVERTIME

first_imgBILL NEAL :10 You may have read it here, for that matter, you may have been there. Where you may ask? Well, of course, I’m talking about the 2nd and 3rd best parties given by an individual this year. The 2nd being Debbie Norrell’s birthday bash at the Comfort Inn in Penn Hills a few weeks ago and now holding down third place, the Vince Neal blowout held earlier this year at Hosanna House.Yeah, both came with great “free” food, top of the line D.J. and old school flavor. But boys and girls, there’s a new party king at the table now! Charles “Buddy” Allie (quite possibly the nicest guy in the whole wide world) took over the No. 1 spot with his “65”-year-old birthday par-tay at the Airport Marriott…okay, right there huge points. Then you add to that not only the Pittsburgh Corvette Club, but Cleveland and D.C. as well, yep, the free food, TeeJay the D.J. (Baaaddd Boy) and the discounted overnight accommodations (you know what I’m saying). But here’s the killer, when you cap off the night with a birthday gift to yourself and roll in the room on a classic $100,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle…well, as I always say…Game Over!:09 In case you haven’t heard, Notre Dame football is back and is real. Now ranked 3rd in the nation after going into Oklahoma rustling up some steers for what many consider an upset. The Golden Dome shines again.:08 When I see the great Michael “Air” Jordan with the additional “50” pounds he’s put on, I don’t’ feel so bad about mine. See, it happens to the best of us. Father Time wins every time! I think it’s now safe to say “Air” Jordan has been grounded.:07 Eddie “E.J.” Jefferies is up and about and kickin’ that stroke in the butt. The power of prayer, mmmaaannn! If you see him “South of the Border Down Mexico Way,” call me right away! Don’t ask, you wouldn’t understand.:06 Alright “Chapman” here we go again. I’ll do it for you, but not everybody. Henry Chapman gets locked in with what I call the second wave of great guards that came along after the Larry Richardsons, Dwight Clays, Norm Nixons, etc. Chapman and many others including Myron Brown, Warner Macklin, David “Puffy” Kennedy, and Darren Walls, man all them cats could play. I mean really play. But what they all did for real, for real, is play that “D.” Hey Chapman, as fast as you used to be, I still caught you. You’re now “In the Locker Room.”:05 Pitt beat Temple. They’re supposed to. That’s when you know your program is back on track… when you beat the teams you’re supposed to…that’s right, you guessed it…Shut up!!:04 Speakin’ of Darren Walls and Notre Dame and I was, congratulations to his son’s successful career there and his now NFL career. “D-Walls” aka “Skywalker” was most certainly one of the ten greatest point/2 guards in Pittsburgh City League history. Quite simply, he could do it all; “D” you up, shoot it, slam on ya and more than all that, is a great young man. But what would you expect. That’s the “Wall’s” tradition and legacy. All the Walls boys were great athletes and good people. Love ya “D.”:03 Big LeMaison thanks to everyone that came out to the bed and breakfast jazz set with the beautiful Allure Models and the legendary Kenny Blake. The evening was a huge success. 50 strong took in the beautiful mansion in Penn Hills owned and operated by Bill Thompson. Special thanks to our sponsors, Judge Dwayne Woodruff, Gibson’s Soul Food Restaurant, Simmies Seafood Restaurant, The Green Forest, Mohann’s Restaurant, Eat-n-Park, The New Pittsburgh Courier, The Massage Institute of Penn Hills, Tracy Lynn Jewelry and, of course, the great Champions Executive staff.:02 Hey, Mr. John R. Laymon Jr., now that the error of my ways has been corrected. Pat a brother on the back and yeah you’re “In the Locker Room.” And in case ya’ll forgot, JL could shoot the ball with the best of them. I know, I know, it’s the North Side way!:01 The “D” is back in Pittsburgh. Vick and R.G.III are a distant memory. Bring on Eli and the New York Giants.:00 Double Overtime:Coming up Dec. 9, mark your calendars for the 37th Annual Willie Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards Banquet, honoring the great Michael Moorer, former heavyweight world champion, Buddy Allie, world track champion, Coach Terry Smith, Coach Harvey Smith and others. More information coming. This is gonna be nice!~ GAME OVER ~last_img read more

Goodbye Steamboats, Hello Herons

first_imgMonaghan explainedthe designs went throughmany iterations beforelanding on something thateveryone could agree on. “Herons are just so majestic,” she said. “My other favorite landmark is the train station,” she added and Mery agreed and said it connotes “home.” Monaghan made sure to add details like windowpanes on the train station and the window boxes below that, at the real train station, are always filled by the Little Silver Garden Club with plantings that reflect the season. The heron signs include nautical roping lashed around the top of the sign’s posts and Monaghan said she’s asked that the borough plant seagrass at the base to complete the water way feel. Six of the signs feature the distinctive Little Silver Train Station, a nod to the borough’s busy downtown hub, and two signs feature a white heron soaring over the water, a delightful sight for travelers traveling over the Gooseneck and Oceanport Avenue bridges. By Amy Byrnes At the end of October, new, cheerful “Welcome to Little Silver” signs started popping up around town, reflecting the borough’s history and geography. Silverweb designer and co-owner Nora Monaghan, who’s lived in Little Silver for 23 years, said she especially wanted to highlight Little Silver’s extensive water ways and the stately white birds that she sees whenever she’s driving in and out of the borough. The classic markers had a distinctly colonial vibe and featured illustrations of a steamboat and the year Little Silver was established. center_img Silverweb of Red Bank, a graphic design firm, created the new welcome signs. The firm had helped create a logo and website for recent Little Silver Day celebrations and was happy to work with the borough council members on the design, materials and size of the signs for the $19,000 capital improvement project. “It was really a compliment,” said Silverweb co-owner Jackie Mery. A heron is featured on new signs announcing Little Silver.Photo by Amy Byrnes Once they came up with two designs, the borough went out to four sign fabricators to bid on the project and the winner was Stone Graphics Company, Inc. in Farmingdale. Owner Chris Stone said they applied the same weather resistant paint process used for signs the company created for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida that’s durable and – depending on care and environmental conditions – should welcome visitors to Little Silver for years to come. But lately they had started to show their age and were “literally falling apart,” according to Mayor Robert Neff. Public works employees were finding sign parts in the grass. It seemed they were too far gone for fixing. “We thought it was time to bring the signs up to date,” he said. LITTLE SILVER – For decades, iconic carved wooden signs have welcomed people to the riverside borough. “I wanted it to be perfect,” she said.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA MOVES FIRST POST TIME THIS SATURDAY TO 11:45 A.M. IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE $12 MILLION PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONAL FROM GULFSTREAM & 10-RACE SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP PROGRAM

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017)–In an effort to better accommodate both the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational from Gulfstream and a 10-race Sunshine Millions/California Cup card locally, Santa Anita Park has moved first post time on Saturday up to 11:45 a.m. Approximate post time for the Pegasus World Cup is at 2:44 p.m. PST.The Pegasus, which features an epic rematch between all-time North American money-won leader California Chrome and Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion, Arrogate, has generated tremendous interest nationwide and Santa Anita is thus expecting a large crowd for it and its Sunshine Millions/Cal Cup program, which will include five stakes for horses bred or sired in California.Separated by just a half-length in their only meeting, Arrogate prevailed in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 5, but it was “Chrome” who took home his second Eclipse Award Horse of the Year title this past Saturday, in addition to being voted Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Male.A California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, California Chrome has been trained throughout his amazing career by 79 year old Art Sherman, who sent him out to win the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies. Owned by California Chrome, LLC, he has now won 16 of his 26 starts and has amassed earnings of $14,502,650.Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate followed up on a record setting 13 ½ length win in the prestigious Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 27, with his Classic win over “Chrome” in what was only his sixth career start. He was thus voted Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male for 2016.For scratches, changes and complete Sunshine Millions/Cal Cup entries and morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

Tanaka Ready For Fenway Park

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Masahiro Tanaka is well aware of what awaits in his first start at Fenway Park on April 22: The Green Monster and Boston’s fanatical fans.New York Yankees teammate Jacoby Ellsbury will also be returning to the ballpark where he helped the Red Sox win World Series titles in 2007 and last year.“I’m sure that the fans will be heated up a bit,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “I’ve seen the two teams play (on TV), and I understand there’s a rivalry between the two teams. It should be a good experience going up on the mound that day and I’m very much looking forward to it.”Tanaka has a simple plan for the 37-foot-high Green Monster in left field. “I understand that if you give up flyballs, it might be dangerous,” he said. “So, I think the best thing to do is try to get as many groundball outs as possible.”Tanaka is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA in three games with 28 strikeouts and two walks in 22 innings. The 28 strikeouts are the most by a Yankees pitcher in his first three career starts.Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year to lead the Rakuten Golden Eagles to their first Japan Series title, then signed a $155 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees.Jon Lester is slated to start for Boston. New York Manager Joe Girardi expects Ellsbury to get a mixed reception after leaving the Red Sox to a sign a $153 million, seven-year deal with New York.“You can’t think about what they’re going to do,” Ellsbury said. “You can really only focus on what you can do. Not worry about all that other stuff you can’t control.“I gave the organization everything I had for a third of my life. Nine years in an organization — drafted by them, came up and won two World Series. I left it all on the field.”last_img read more

From Asus ZenFone 5Z to Xiaomi Mi A2: 5 top phones launching in India in July

first_imgIf you’re into phones and crazy tech, July will be just right for you. Not only will July mark the launch of some much awaited devices like the Xiaomi Mi A2, it will also set the stage for the future in two of the most futuristic devices the world of tech has ever seen, the Oppo Find X and the Vivo Nex S. Not to forget, if you’re someone banking on nostalgia, BlackBerry will have something to say as well, in the QWERTY-backed KEY2. Asus is meanwhile all set to launch its own take on the OnePlus 6, in the ZenFone 5Z.There will be many more launches of course, but, here are the top 5 that we’ve handpicked for you that should keep you excited. Also, here’s a word of advice: if you’ve been saving on buying a new phone, you might as well wait some more, just in case you’re not missing out on these cool phones.Asus ZenFone 5Z: July 4The Asus ZenFone 5Z is virtually identical to the iPhone X. Only it runs Android. The phone is carved out of glass and metal, and boasts of an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 90 per cent that’s 6-7 per cent higher than Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ phones. The phone is almost border-less, barring a notch up-top and a chin portion at the bottom. Asus says its notch is smaller than Apple’s.It has a 6.2-inch 1080p+ screen inside a 5.5-inch form-factor. And an unusual 19:9 aspect ratio that can be toned down — to 18:9 and 16:9 — via settings for specific apps to make best use of apps that don’t support it for now. The panel is LCD.advertisementThe ZenFone 5Z is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. It is backed by a 3,300mAh battery with support for fast charging — but sadly no wireless charging — and charges over Type-C. There are stereo speakers on-board, and the phone supports High-Resolution audio via compatible wired and wireless headphones.The ZenFone 5Z comes with a dual camera system consisting of a primary 12-megapixel sensor — a Sony IMX363 — with large 1.4um pixels, and large f/1.8 aperture, with dual-pixel phase detection autofocus, four-axis optical image stabilisation, and electronic image stabilisation for videos. The secondary camera, meanwhile, consists of an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor that assists in portrait photography or photos with shallow depth of field. On the front, the phone comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.Oppo Find X: July 12The Find X is a phone straight out of the future. It is an all screen and no bezel phone. Or at least, the closest that it can get to realising this dream in the current scenario. The Find X achieves this by taking forward things that Vivo started with its recently launched X21, and adding all sorts of crazy to it, down to the T. The Find X, to begin with, has a whopping 93.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio.And how does it go about achieving such a ridiculous amount of screen real estate? Well, for one, it does not have a notch nor a prominent chin. The Find X, as crazy as it is, features an all-glass front and back. A completely clean front and back. There are no physical buttons. Or cameras. That’s right, the Find X does not ship with conventional cameras. Instead it features a motorised system that pops out every time you need the cameras, or face unlock. The system is similar to the pop-out system found on the Vivo Nex only in the case of the Find X, it involves both the front and rear cameras that sit nestled inside the glass sandwich and pop out only when you want them to.It is missing out on a trick or two though. The Find X does not have a fingerprint scanner and instead supports only 3D facial recognition. It does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack as well.Rest of its spec-sheet is pretty high-end. The Find X comes with a 6.4-inch 1080p+ display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood. It comes with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Colour OS and is backed by a 3,730 mAh battery with support for VOOC fast charging. The phone sports a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 16MP camera and another 20MP shooter. On the front, the Find X comes with a 25MP camera.advertisementVivo Nex S: July 19The Nex S is a phone with no bezels, no notch and a pop-up selfie camera. The USP of the Nex phone is its futuristic design. The Nex has an all-glass front (and back), and an over 90 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. This is because the Nex does not ship with a notch. There’s a small chin at the bottom but overall, the Nex is the most bezel-less phone in the market right now, bested by only the Oppo Find X. It is, in fact, the commercial variant of the concept Apex phone that Vivo had showcased at MWC 2018.The Nex does now have a forehead, and as such, the earpiece and sensors are placed underneath the display. It comes with a rather unconventional pop-out selfie camera that’s built out of mechanical parts.Elsewhere the Nex — the Nex S — sports a third-generation in-display fingerprint scanner that’s said to be faster and more accurate than the one we saw on the recently launched Vivo X21. The regular Nex A ships with a conventional rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.Hardware specs include: 6.59-inch 1080p+ AMOLED display, dual rear camera system consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. The Nex further comes with an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.BlackBerry KEY2: ETA: End of July-Early AugustNow, if the original KEYone wowed you with its one-of-a-kind nostalgic physical QWERTY and BlackBerry’s push for a safe and secure software ecosystem, the KEY2 will literally blow your minds with everything that’s in store.The BlackBerry KEY2 looks exactly like the KEYone, although a few changes that have been brought in, this year, should help improve ergonomics and hand-hold feel. This includes a more compact chassis and a re-positioned convenience key, that’s now located on the right along with the power and volume rocker.The USP of the KEY2, still remains to be, its full-scale physical QWERTY that lies in continuation with the touch screen. The QWERTY still supports touch-gestures like scrolling and Flick Typing for predictive texting, as also 52 app shortcuts via short and long press. The space bar still doubles as a fingerprint scanner. Only this time, the keys are up to 20 per cent larger so they should feel less cramped than the ones on-board the KEYone. BlackBerry is also introducing a new Speed Key that lets you use custom shortcuts from anywhere on the screen. On the KEYone, you could use them only from the home screen.Elsewhere, the BlackBerry KEY2 comes with a 4.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD screen with an unusual aspect ratio of 3:2. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 6GB RAM. The phone comes with up t 128GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 3,500mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 over USB Type-C.The KEY2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with BlackBerry’s usual suite of security and productivity applications: meaning that it’s also being pitched as the most secure Android smartphone in the world. The phone has “device security built in from the start,” according to the company, with tools like hardware root of trust and a secure bootloader, quite literally encrypting the phone to the T.advertisementMoving on, the KEY2 comes with a dual rear camera system consisting of one 12-megapixel camera (f/1.8 aperture) and a secondary 12-megapixel camera (f/2.6 aperture) for depth sensing and up to 2X optical zoom. There’s a dual tone LED flash and support for 4K video recording. On the front, the KEY2 comes with an 8-megapixel camera.Xiaomi Mi A2: End of July-Early AugustXiaomi is gearing for a global product launch, and while it doesn’t say what’s in store, speculations are rife that the Mi A2 may soon be a reality. The company has now announced a new Mi Explorer program that will let select Mi fans travel to the global launch event for no cost, as well as gain exclusive access to the product, possibly the Mi A2. These Mi fans will possibly be the first to experience the device, that’s set to launch anywhere between July 23 and Jul 26.Since the Mi India social media handle has been at work here as well, it is obvious that it will have implications for the Indian market, and that it’s hinting at a global launch, there’s a very high possibility that the Mi A2 may just be in the offing. The Mi A1, to recall, was globally launched in India last year in September. Only this time, Xiaomi is switching places. This global unveiling will happen in Spain, which isn’t surprising since Europe seems to be Xiaomi’s next frontier after having successfully captured the Indian market.It must be noted though that the Mi A1 isn’t the only Xiaomi product that has been globally announced outside of China. There have been more, including the hard to get Redmi Note 5 Pro. But since the company just launched the Redmi Note 5 Pro, a Redmi Note 6 Pro, so early in the life-cycle is a little hard to fathom. Although, it can’t be negated altogether as well. Or, Xiaomi may launch something else entirely, you may never know. But it takes no genius to ascertain that most people would be vouching for the Mi A2, especially after the super popular phone that was the Mi A1.And Xiaomi already has the Mi 6X live and kicking in China and since the Mi 5X became the Mi A1 for the Indian market, it is anticipated that Xiaomi already has the necessary hardware ready. All it needs to now is to outfit it with Android One software, and we’ll be good to go.last_img read more

Pochettino Juan Foyth is not to blame for Spurs defeat

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists Juan Foyth’s costly error was not the reason behind their 4-2 derby defeat to Arsenal on SundayDespite taking a half-time 2-1 lead through goals from Eric Dier and Harry Kane, Spurs conceded three times after the break.Alexandre Lacazette’s goal, in particular, caught the eye after Foyth was robbed from possession within his own half before the Frenchman’s deflected 20-yard strike went into the net.Lacazette’s effort handed Arsenal the lead back with Lucas Torreira finishing things off shortly afterwards.But Pochettino refused to blame Foyth and claimed the Argentine defender was one of Spurs’ best players on the day.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“How many players on the halfway line miss the pass? A lot,” said Pochettino, according to Goal.“And then it is 50 metres to arrive at the goal. Because he is young it is easy to blame him, it is easy.“But for me, Juan was one of the best players on the pitch. If we put this pass that wasn’t good in that action out of the 90 minutes, by far [he] was the best. By far.”20-year-old Foyth has made five appearances for Spurs this season.last_img read more

DEI Briefs 42914

first_imgEngineering News-Record has released its first digital edition using the Mag+ platform. Additionally, ArchRecord is also now available as a digital edition. The content in both instances will be replica copies of their print versions. Compounding that is the app size, which is 957MB, meaning not only will the issues be larger than many native digital editions, but so, too, are the apps that house them. Look Magazine Upgrades Digital Edition with NewsfeedLook magazine has upgraded its digital edition with a newsfeed that updates readers on the latest news from the fashion world. The app also enables users the luxury of in-app shopping,. The app is available for iOS, Android and NOOK products. Grocery Retailer Enters the Digital Magazine SpacePublix has launched a digital magazine titled Publix Gather & Share. The title borrows its name from the company’s sales brochure, however the magazine experience is aimed to inspire its shoppers to innovate in the kitchen. The branded magazine will be free to readers and will publish monthly. Yahoo! Reimagines Its Travel VerticalYahoo! Travel has been relaunched as an “immersive digital magazine.” The vertical has been part of Yahoo!’s stable since 1997, however the new iteration mirrors a digital magazine with interactive features and more visually engaging content. Also, the new vertical is leveraging sponsored content. McGraw-Hill Rolls Out a Pair of Digital Editionslast_img read more

Raveena Tandon asks Dangal actress Zaira Wasim to keep regressive views to

first_imgRaveena Tandon, Zaira WasimInstagramDangal actress Zaira Wasim, on Sunday, decided to quit her promising career in Bollywood but citing religious reason for her decision has irked Raveena Tandon to a great extent. The Mohra actress wished if only the 18-year-old could’ve kept her regressive views to herself and gracefully made her exit from the industry rather than making it a nation-wide issue.”Doesn’t matter if two film olds are ungrateful to the industry that have given them all. Just wish they’d exit gracefully and keep their regressive views to themselves,” Raveena Tandon tweeted.In a long Facebook post, Zaira said she has decided to say goodbye to her film career as her relationship with her religion was threatened. The Kashmiri girl became famous overnight after her fabulous debut in Aamir Khan’s Bollywood blockbuster Dangal in 2016. She made her mark in Secret Superstar in 2017 and we may see her last in her upcoming film The Sky Is Pink which also stars Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar in lead roles. Directed by Shonali Bose, the film will be releasing on October 11 this year.”As I complete 5 years today, I want to confess that I am not truly happy with this identity, that is, my line of work. While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my Imaan, my relationship with my religion was threatened.”I kept procrastinating by tricking and deluding my conscience into the idea that I know what I am doing doesn’t feel right but assumed that I will put an end to this whenever the time feels right and I continued to put myself in a vulnerable position where it was always so easy to succumb to the environment that damaged my peace, imaan and my relationship with Allah,” Zaira had written in her post.Read Zaira Wasim’s full statement here. Dangal fame Zaira Wasim quits Bollywood, says ‘it damaged my relationship with Allah’last_img read more

Cheque books IFSC codes of six banks will be invalid after September

first_imgThe new logo of State Bank of India (SBI) is pictured at the podium of the venue of a news conference after the announcement of SBI’s fourth quarter results, in Kolkata, India May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File PhotoReutersPublic sector lender State Bank of India has asked customers of its subsidiary banks to apply for new cheque books and IFS codes “as soon as possible”.Going digital by taking help from microblogging platform Twitter, the bank said that all users from associate banks of SBI and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank will need to upgrade their cheque books.Accounts holders of State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Raipur, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Hyderabad and Bharatiya Mahila Bank will have to apply for the new cheque books and IFS codes, NDTV reported.The bank further said that the old cheque books and IFS codes of the six banks will be valid until September 30. Users can avail of the new cheque books via the Internet and mobile banking, ATMs or by visiting the home branch, the lender added.We request customers of SBI’s erstwhile Associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank to apply for new SBI Cheque books as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/iWhq4xtbrn— State Bank of India (@TheOfficialSBI) September 20, 2017SBI, however, said that the charges for non-maintenance of monthly average balance does not apply to all its bank accounts. Corporate salary accounts, small and basic savings bank deposit accounts and accounts opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna are exempted from maintaining monthly average balance.Earlier in August, in a reply to an RTI query, SBI had said that the bank has collected Rs 235.06 crore as penalties from 38.8 crore accounts for not maintaining monthly average balance in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.Of the 40 crore savings bank accounts that SBI has, 13 crore accounts fall under this exempted category, the state-owned lender said.Earlier on April 1, SBI’s associate banks State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Travancore, besides Bharatiya Mahila Bank merged with the SBI.With the merger, SBI has been catapulted to the ranks of the top 50 banks in the world in terms of assets now worth Rs 37 lakh crore. The bank has grown its deposit base to over Rs 26 lakh crore and advances to around Rs 18.50 lakh crore, 22,500 branches, of which 20,000 are its own and 58,000 ATMs.last_img read more