Saina should aim for nothing less than gold: Aparna Popat

first_imgIndia’s top shuttler Saina Nehwal should aim for nothing less than fetching the country its first women’s gold medal at next month’s Delhi Commonwealth Games, according to her predecessor Aparna Popat.”She has to go for the gold medal. Nothing less will do. I don’t think anyone can beat her (to the singles title),” said Aparna who carved a niche twelve years ago when the Games were first held in the Asian continent – in Malaysia.”I expect some challenge from players of Malaysia and Singapore, but not much. They may reach the semis but I feel Saina has the best chance (to win the gold). Not only me but every one would be disappointed if she does not clinch the (women’s singles) gold medal,” the former shuttler told PTI.India have never won a gold medal in women’s singles in past Games. Both their badminton singles gold medals have been fetched by men – Prakash Padukone in 1978 at Edmonton (Canada) and the late Syed Modi in 1982 at Brisbane (Australia).The 32-year-old Aparna, administrative manager of Indian Oil, won a silver medal when she lost to Kelly Morgan of Wales in the final of the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998. She also helped the women’s team win the bronze.Aparna, who went on to win another individual bronze in the next Games at Manchester and lost in the quarter finals of the Melbourne Games four years ago before retiring from the shuttle game, expects a haul of at least four badminton medals from the October 3-14 Games.advertisementAparna feels India also have a very good chance to strike gold in all the three doubles events.”Jwala (Gutta) and (V) Diju have a good chance in mixed doubles. Sanave (Thomas) and Rupesh (Kumar) (men’s) as well as Jwala and Ashwini (Ponnappa) (women’s) – all have good chance.In fact everyone has a good chance,” said Aparna who foresees a clutch of medals for the hosts in badminton.”We should aim for four-plus medals. They need to play well,” said the former eight-time national singles champion.Talking about her own experience at the three CWGs she took part in, Aparna said mingling with the Indian cricket team and staying in the same apartment complex with the cricketers was a memorable experience in Kuala Lumpur.”That was my first multi-discipline event. The Indian cricket team was there. They were staying above us in the same building. Sachin Tendulkar was there and Anil Kumble came to the badminton hall to see a few matches we played. It was a memorable experience,” she recalled.Aparna said India had a pretty big badminton team as the format was different with the men’s and women’s team championships were held separately unlike the current mixed one.The former shuttle queen said she did not expect to win the silver in that edition.”I still remember the final against Kelly, who at that time, was playing very well even against the top players of the world. The first game was close and there was a debatable line call. I went there expecting to play well, put my best foot forward, that’s all,” she said.Aparna said the coaching camp at Bangalore prior to the 1998 Games and shuttle legend Prakash’s presence as coach helped the team a lot in clinching four medals at Kuala Lumpur.”We had Prakash Padukone as coach and had a camp in Bangalore prior to the Games. There was lot of team spirit and camaraderie. We gelled well as a team and got four medals,” she remembered.Aparna feels the standard of badminton in Commonwealth Games is considerably less than what a player encountered in the World Championships and Olympic Games or even the Asian Games.”The levels are lower than what players encounter in the world championships or even at the Asian Games because badminton is a strong suit among Asian countries,” she said.last_img read more

36 R&Js used at Rio 2016 wont officiate pending probe: AIBA

first_imgLausanne, Oct 6 (PTI) Stung by the criticism it drew in the Olympics, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has decided to bar all 36 officials, who conducted the Rio Games, from its upcoming events pending an enquiry besides agreeing to modification in the controversial 10-point scoring system. In a meeting of its Referees and Judges (R&Js) and Technical and Rules Commissions here, the AIBA planned “affirmative actions to build on during the new Olympic cycle”. “Rio 2016 was a watershed moment for AIBA. Boxing was in the spotlight for positive reasons, but occasionally also for the wrong ones,” said AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu at the end of the deliberations. “As an organisation, we have pulled together and I am extremely happy with the work that has been done this week by highly experienced members of our commissions, whose expertise and council will allow AIBA and its community to develop further throughout this next Olympic cycle,” he added. The AIBA insisted that the majority of the boxing competition in Rio 2016 was received “very positively” but admitted that “a small number of decisions under debate indicated that further reforms in the AIBA R&J procedures were necessary”. The judging in Rio had drawn strong criticism from boxers with several claiming to be victims of poor officiating. The most prominent case was that of Irishman Michael Conlan, who let it rip on the ringside judges in an expletive-laden tirade after losing to Russian Vladimir Nikitin despite overwhelmingly dominating the bout. In fact, Nikitin had to give a walkover in his next bout as he had been rendered medically unfit owing to the thrashing handed by Conlan. Conlan turned professional after the Games. “…it has been decided that all 36 R&Js that were used at the Olympic Games will not officiate at any AIBA event until the investigation reaches its conclusion, along with further immediate measures adopted by the commissions,” the AIBA statement read. The world body, however, decided to keep its faith in the pro-style 10-point system, which has also been criticised as “opaque” in some quarters, albeit with one change. “AIBA believes that the current 10-point must system, even though its subjective criteria sometimes causes misunderstandings and public debates, is the best scoring method for the sport because it takes into account the four key criteria essential to maintaining high level and entertaining boxing,” the AIBA stated. “What has been recommended by the Commission for future events is the opening up of all five of the judges scorecards to determine the winner of a bout,” it said. (MORE) PTI PM CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Opening Gambit: Rookies Mayank, Vihari to open as Vijay, Rahul dropped

first_imgBy Chetan Narula Melbourne, Dec 26 (PTI) A desperate India will be punting on the rookie opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari in their bid to regain momentum against a rejuvenated Australia when the ‘Boxing Day’ Test starts on Wednesday. After being deflated by 146 runs in the second Test at Perth, India after a week’s break will be putting their best foot forward, an indicator of which is the decision to finally drop their out-of-form openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay. While there was temptation to play all-rounder Hardik Pandya, a fit-again Rohit Sharma will give the cushion of an extra batsman. Indian team management in a departure from its convention, announced their playing XI, a day prior to the match ending speculations about the possible team combination. Time had already run-out for Rahul, who had scored only 48 runs in four innings this series, including a highest of 44 in the second innings at Adelaide. In this year’s overseas cycle alone, his average had dropped down to 20.94 in nine Tests with only one fifty-plus score. Vijay had done no better previously scored 49 runs in four innings this series, including a highest of 20 in the second innings at Perth. Overall in 2019, he only averages 18.80 in eight Tests, with one hundred against Afghanistan. Otherwise his highest score this year is 46 in the first innings against South Africa at Centurion. In this year’s overseas cycle, his average drops down to 12.64 in seven Tests. The sheer numbers indicated that the two couldn’t be persisted with as they had become “walking wickets” for the Australian new ball bowlers.advertisement Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, who is present in Melbourne indicated that Vihari is being looked as a stop-gap solution (with Prithvi Shaw injured). Agarwal though has earned his place by sheer weight of runs in domestic cricket as well as for India A and couldn’t be ignored any further by either selectors or the team management. While Vihari bats at number three for Andhra, he has previously opened for Hyderabad earlier in his first-class career. It suffices to say that he has impressed the team management sufficiently in his two Test outings thus far to be handed this responsibility against Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Even so, this new strategy from the think tank again puts the spotlight on Rohit Sharma, who will be eager to make an impression after yet another batting order shuffle to accommodate him. In the past, India have dropped Cheteshwar Pujara (Sydney, 2014), moved Ajinkya Rahane to number three (Colombo, 2015), and even skipper Virat Kohli has batted at number three (St. Lucia, 2016) to make way for Sharma in the line-up. The batsman continues to underwhelm with his indifferent Test form, albeit he did score an attacking 37 runs at Adelaide out of India’s first innings total of 250. India’s third change is pertaining to their bowling attack. After getting the balance awfully wrong in Perth, they have included a spinner along with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has recovered sufficiently from his shoulder stiffness and takes Umesh Yadav’s spot in the playing eleven. This was after off-spinner R Ashwin was ruled out of this third Test, as he still needs more time to recover from his left abdominal strain. Australia too have made one change to their playing eleven. Peter Handscomb, who is short of runs, makes way for all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, albeit the latter isn’t in the best form himself. The hosts have made this change keeping in mind the placid nature of the MCG pitch, which was rated poor by the ICC after a drab draw played out against England here in December 2017. The pitch for this ‘Boxing Day’ Test sported some grass on the top surface, and both teams talked about the possibility of some moisture in the wicket as well. However, Australian coach Justin Langer and opener Marcus Harris have previously warned about the grass being not too productive here unlike in Adelaide and Perth, and with the sun beating down, the wicket could yet turn out to be a flat surface thus explaining their one change to bolster the bowling unit. Teams: India (XI): Virat Kohli (capt), Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami. Australia (XI): Tim Paine (capt & wk), Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood. PTI CNMatch starts at: 5 am IST. KHSKHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Manchester United liaise with police to identify fans over Romelu Lukaku chant

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on Facebook Manchester United are liaising with Hampshire police and Southampton in an attempt to identify supporters who ignored an appeal not to sing an offensive chant about Romelu Lukaku after the Belgian striker scored the only goal of the game at St Mary’s.Swathes of the away support in the stadium sang the song in the aftermath of Lukaku’s goal, and followed it up with: “We’re Man United, we’ll sing what we want.” That was despite Kick It Out, United and Lukaku having urged fans not to indulge in the chant. José Mourinho suggested he had not heard the chant, and described the substantial away support as “amazing”. Topics Share on LinkedIn Manchester United Read more Romelu Lukaku news Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Attention (some) Manchester United fans: all racial stereotyping is racist Race Share via Email Share on Messenger The Observer Marina Hyde “Manchester United has a zero tolerance stance on offensive chanting and behaviour,” said United in a statement. “The club and player have been clear in asking for an end to the chant. The club has worked with relevant bodies and supporters groups in trying to eradicate any offensive behaviour and will take further action against individuals if this continues.“The club is in discussion with the police and has asked for CCTV footage from Southampton and will try to identify those who disrespected the player’s wishes not to sing the song.”Anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out, who wrote to Manchester United after fans sang the chant in last Sunday’s match against Everton, also released a statement on Saturday.“Kick It Out is aware of repeated racist chanting by supporters of Manchester United today (23 September),” the statement read.“Kick It Out would like to reiterate its stance that such behaviour has no place in football. Romelu Lukaku himself has requested that the supporters ‘move on’ from singing the chant in question, and Manchester United now has a responsibility to ensure that the request is complied with.” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Will try to restore lost pride in West Indies cricket in India series: Nicholas Pooran

first_imgWill try to restore lost pride in West Indies cricket in India series: Nicholas PooranNicholas Pooran, who scored his maiden ODI century (118), in West Indies’ narrow defeat to Sri Lanka, is hoping that the team restores their pride in their next series against India.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service Chester-le-StreetJuly 2, 2019UPDATED: July 2, 2019 13:09 IST Will try to restore our lost pride in India series: Nicholas Pooran. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies suffered their seventh successive tournament defeat against Sri LankaIndia will be touring West Indies to play three T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests in AugustWest Indies’ final match of the tournament is against Afghanistan on July 4West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran, who scored a brilliant century in his side’s narrow defeat to Sri Lanka, is hoping that the team can learn from its disappointing World Cup campaign and restore their pride in their next series against India.On Monday, the 23-year-old left-hander scored his maiden ODI century (118) as the Windies suffered a seventh successive tournament defeat against Sri Lanka in Durham.Pooran hammered an 83-run stand for the seventh wicket with Fabian Allen to give West Indies an unlikely shot at a record World Cup chase but they fell short by 23 runs.”This hasn’t been a successful tournament for us but as sportsmen, you fail more than you win and this has been a learning experience,” he was quoted as saying by the ICC.”We have a young team and a young batting line-up. Hopefully, a lot of guys like me, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope and Fabian Allen have learned from this tournament.It was the third time they’ve come close to a big scalp in recent weeks, after also losing out narrowly to Australia and New Zealand, scant consolation ahead of their final match against Afghanistan on Thursday.”Hopefully when we play our next series against India we can start heading in the right direction and restore pride in West Indies cricket,” said Pooran.India will be touring West Indies to play three T20Is, three ODIs, and two Tests, starting from August 3.Pooran also acknowledges the comparisons with Brian Lara and admits that he watched a lot of film of the great man but does not intend to fuel the hype.advertisement”I know people say a lot of things about me but if I don’t perform on the field it makes no sense,” he said.”I just want to get better and better each day. I have had a lot of starts in this tournament but not converted. I don’t know what the future holds – I’m just thankful that I got the opportunity to play and I could show the selectors that I could play.”I don’t want to be like anyone else, I just want to be Nicholas Pooran,” he added.Also Read | Watch: Rihanna meets Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite after Sri Lanka vs West Indies gameAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Nicholas Pooran 118 in vain as Sri Lanka scrape past West Indies in thrillerAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Nicholas PooranFollow Sri Lanka vs West Indies Nextlast_img read more

Bell of Batoche safe and sound – will be repatriated

first_imgBy Melissa RidgenAPTN National News“Where is the Bell of Batoche?”That question has burned the minds and souls of the Metis for 20 years since it was taken, under the cover of darkness, from a legion hall in Millbrook, Ont. where it was kept as a war prize from the North-West Rebellion.APTN Investigates host/producer Todd Lamirande knows the answer to that burning question.“As a Metis person, a journalist and a history-lover, the mystery of the Bell of Batoche has been near and dear to me. I’ve been working on this story for most of my career,” said Lamirande via phone from an undisclosed location near where the bell is being held.There’s been buzz over the bell’s whereabouts ever since the fateful night it vanished in 1991. Just three weeks prior to the break-in, a number of Metis leaders, including Yvon Dumont, had been at the legion and were photographed standing next to the bell in its secured enclosure. They were smiling. Did they know something?When pressed years later, Dumont denied any knowledge of the identity of the bell liberators, though he suggested if a Metis person was responsible, he was a “hero not a criminal.”Then in 2005, Gary Floyd Guiboche, who was a member of Dumont’s group that night in 1991, dropped a bombshell, telling The Globe and Mail that he and an unnamed partner reclaimed the bell from the legion three weeks after the visit. He was quoted saying the partner “has kept the bell hidden too long for no reason” and also had medals taken from the legion that belonged to a Millbrook soldier who fought against the Metis at Batoche. Guiboche never gave up the identity of the partner or the bell’s location.After the Globe story the trail went cold again, aside from rumor and innuendo that never panned out as fact.Until now.Tune in to APTN on Aboriginal Day for special coverage from the latest in Lamirande’s quest to find the Bell of Batoche.In the meantime you can watch the ground-breaking story he did for APTN Investigates about the missing bell.last_img read more

NS boasts of 100M in film production but industry says jobs still

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia says film production in the province has gradually increased over the last two years to $102 million in 2017-18, but critics say the industry still hasn’t nearly recovered from the controversial axing of the film tax credit.Bernie Miller, deputy minister of the Department of Business, told a legislature committee on Wednesday that the figure is in line with the 10-year average before the province ended its film tax credit in 2015.He said the province’s film and television production fund paid out $22 million last year.“Moving forward, production demand under the development fund looks strong,” said Miller. “It’s important to remember that Nova Scotia’s film industry is cyclical and somewhat volatile in the short term and we need to be careful in considering not just year-over-year activity but long-term trends.”Miller said Nova Scotia’s total production volume has remained “somewhat constant” at between one and two per cent of total Canadian production volume.He maintained the number of jobs in the sector has increased over the past two years, but repeated that there was a boom and bust cycle even under the old tax credit system.But Progressive Conservative Tim Houston said the province is now spending more money for film production and animation than it did under the old tax credit, and it isn’t seeing a corresponding increase in jobs and production activity.“They need to look at where they are spending the money and why they are spending it and work with the industry to get better bang for the buck,” Houston said following the hearing.“If you are spending as much money and you have less economic activity and fewer people working, you are doing it wrong.”In addition to the $22 million figure highlighted by Miller, the province also spent $10 million on animation. Before the province eliminated the tax credit, it spent $24 million.Laura MacKenzie, interim executive director of Screen Nova Scotia, said while there have been small improvements, employment and production levels aren’t close to what they were before the tax credit was changed.MacKenzie said the industry hasn’t recovered from the loss of the tax credit, which covered up to 65 per cent of eligible labour costs.“Absolutely not,” she told reporters. “Our workers aren’t working the way they used to be working.”According to IATSE, the union which represents motion picture technicians in the Maritime provinces, gross pay for its membership has fallen 65 per cent from 2014 levels.MacKenzie said the government needs to do more to attract productions and to boost local companies.She said that should include building a sound stage, creating an equity fund to help local producers, and increasing the base refundable portion of the current fund, which currently is 25 per cent for all production costs.“We’d like to see at least three percentage points for talent and zoning included in our base rate,” MacKenzie said.Miller said the government is exploring opportunities around a potential sound stage, but is less open to increasing the current refundable portion of the fund.“I don’t know that there’s a cause and effect between more government funding and growing the industry, because we have always had between one and two per cent of the industry,” he said.Miller said he wants to shift the discussion away from “simply adding on to the percentage of incentive” to a broader discussion of how the province can become more competitive nationally.last_img read more

Alberta poised to topple PEI as Canadas spud king

first_imgFrench fried, mashed, scalloped, hash browned — there’s almost no bad way to serve up a delicious potato!Alberta is processing more spuds than ever before. Last year, potato production in our province reached a record 20,500 hundredweight – or more than two-billion pounds.“We’ve seen potato production in Alberta more than double over the last 20 years or so, and we’re just actually right behind Prince Edward Island and Manitoba in third spot for potato production,” said Todd Hirsch, chief economist with ATB Financial.P.E.I. is still Canada’s top producer. But that may be about to change.“There’s just not a lot more farming or agriculture space for them to expand,” Hirsch said. “As a result, I think Alberta will easily surpass Prince Edward Island … in the next few years.”One of the reasons for the rapid increase is the growth of value-added industries in southern Alberta.“Alberta really is on the map for processed potato products, frozen french fries, snack foods and the like,” he said. “Farmers have been responding to that by growing more potatoes.”last_img read more

Siddha Group introduces Rooftop Skyplex

first_imgSiddha Group, Eastern India’s leading real estate developer, recently announced a first-of-its-kind initiative, Rooftop Skyplex, at their projects with Skywalks to give Kolkatans an altogether new movie-watching experience like never before.Siddha Group has always been a pioneer in introducing new dimensions in real estate; be it the longest ever Rooftop Skywalk in the world at an affordable residential project or the Siddha homebuying App and more. Skyplex is an additional feature where Siddha home-buyers can watch movies at the open air Rooftop Skywalks in an amphitheater setting. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainA lot of residential condominiums have introduced the concept of mini theatres at their residential clubs but Siddha Group is going a step forward and introducing Rooftop Sky Theatre experience with Skyplex with modern projection technologies with hi-tech sound system at their Skywalks. “We have always added innovations in our projects which have made home buying and living experience for the customers better. With our Rooftop Skywalks being the talk of the town, we added this extraordinary feature in the form of Skyplex in our Skywalks. Because who wouldn’t love the experience of watching their favourite movies or watching their favourite teams fight it out at the fields, at the rooftop under the sky in the open air. Now-a-days it is all about providing unique experiences and we are sure this is something our customers will look forward to”, said Sanjay Jain, Managing Director, Siddha Group. Siddha will be adding this feature across their affordable Skywalk projects that include Siddha Sky at EM Bypass, Siddha Suburbia on Southern Bypass, Siddha Eden LakeVille on BT Road and Siddha Galaxia at Rajarhat. All the Skyplex are proposed to have a 2K projection and dolby digital sound system. Comfortable sit outs across the amphitheatre will provide ample seating space for the residents.last_img read more

Grateful that we had stopped Couple avoids fiery Alberta crash that killed

CEREAL, Alta. — A Saskatchewan man says a well-timed pit stop may have helped him avoid getting caught in a fiery 10-vehicle crash in southeastern Alberta that killed three people.Dore Germo and his wife left Kelowna, B.C., on Monday after a holiday visiting friends. After a night in Calgary, they were on their way home Tuesday to Warman, Sask.They stopped for gas and a break in Hanna, Alta., about 80 kilometres from where seven passenger vehicles and three semi trucks collided on Highway 9.“We were quite grateful that we had stopped,” Germo said in an interview Wednesday.“It just makes you think, ‘Could that have been us further up the road?’ We just don’t know.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The couple spotted smoke as they continued east but thought it was a grass fire.Then they saw flashing lights and heard sirens. A police officer was running down the middle of the road waving his arms at stopped vehicles.“I rolled down my window and he was just yelling, ‘Get out! Get out!”‘Germo said they were directed to a gravel road to get around the crash, and from there they could make out a tanker truck and burned vehicles amid the smoke.“It kind of looked like a bomb had gone off because there were these burnt-out vehicles and it was very eerie,” he said.“It was quite a sickening kind of empty feeling once you realized that — yes — those are people just going about their day and travelling somewhere.”He said he’s praying for those involved.“The first thing you think of is those poor families.”RCMP confirmed Wednesday that three people were found dead at the crash scene between the small communities of Chinook and Cereal, about 300 kilometres east of Calgary. Ten people were injured, two critically.One of the trucks that was carrying fuel ignited, causing several vehicles to catch fire, and another truck was carrying butane.A stretch of Highway 9 was still closed on Wednesday afternoon, while crews cleared the area and recovered dangerous goods in one of the trucks.RCMP Cpl. Laurel Scott said the crash happened in a construction zone.“Any time that traffic is moving through or travelling near a construction zone, there’s always a concern just generally about travelling safely.”She said a collision analyst was at the site for several hours taking measurements, noting marks on the road and recording where debris had landed.The investigation could take several weeks, she said, and will also take into account mechanical exams and witness statements. It’s too early to say whether any charges are possible, she added.“We need the public to understand this does take some time.”The RCMP’s victim services unit was providing support to people involved in the crash. The unit set up at the legion in nearby Oyen on Tuesday night.“They’re there to offer whatever help they can, even if it’s just to listen to somebody and give them a blanket,” Scott said.— By Lauren Krugel in Calgary read more

Istanbul will host second International Jazz Day UN announces

The Turkish city of Istanbul will be the global host city of the second International Jazz Day, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of Turkey announced today.“I am delighted to announce that Istanbul will serve as the host city for the 2013 International Jazz Day celebration on 30 April,” said UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova. “A meeting place of global cultures, Istanbul is an ideal location to highlight the extensive influence of jazz.”Born in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, jazz is rooted in African traditions, draws from European musical forms, and has evolved into various styles across the globe.In partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day was adopted by UNESCO Member States on the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock. The Day seeks to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.This year, the main concert for International Jazz Day will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, while other celebrations and educational programmes will take place around the globe. Libraries, schools, performing arts centres, artists and arts organizations of all disciplines throughout the world will be encouraged to celebrate the day through presentations, concerts and other jazz-focused activities. “On International Jazz Day, jazz is celebrated, studied, and performed around the world for 24 hours straight,” said Mr. Hancock. “Collaborations abound among jazz icons, scholars, composers, musicians, dancers, writers, and thinkers who embrace the beauty, spirit, and principles of jazz, freely sharing experiences and performances in our big cities and in our small towns, all across our seven continents.”Celebrations in Istanbul will kick off with a special early morning performance for high school students conducted by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and others, UNESCO said in a press release. An evening concert at Istanbul’s famed Hagia Irene will also be held featuring performances by stellar musicians from around the world.“Last year’s celebration reached more than one billion people through educational programs, performances and media coverage,” said the President of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Tom Carter. “This is a phenomenal figure that we believe will be surpassed in 2013.” read more

Holmes scores 17 as Mississippi State women beat Texas 6749

AUSTIN, Texas — Jazzmun Holmes scored 17 points, and No. 6 Mississippi State beat No. 10 Texas 67-49 on Sunday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.The Bulldogs entered the marquee matchup of powerhouse programs coming off a series of early season routs. The result against Texas turned out to be more of the same: The Bulldogs were in complete control, even if the score wasn’t quite so out of hand.Mississippi State (8-0) ended the first quarter with a 10-0 run and coasted the rest of the way as the Longhorns time and again booted the ball around with 22 turnovers or surrendered offensive rebounds for put-back baskets.The Bulldogs led by 17 at halftime, stretched it to 24 in the third quarter and were never really threatened. Chloe Bibby made a buzzer-beating layup, then a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 20 to start the fourth quarter. Mississippi State got the lead as high as 27 before a late 10-0 Texas run.Bulldogs senior Teaira McCowen grabbed 12 rebounds to set the school record with 1,109 for her career. The centre broke LaToya Thomas’ mark of 1,108.Sug Sutton scored 16 points for Texas (7-1).BIG PICTUREMississippi State: McCowan could have gobbled up even more rebounds if she wasn’t limited by foul trouble and sat for much of the second quarter. Her 6-foot-7 frame dominated Texas inside on both ends of the court.Texas: The Longhorns need junior forward Joyner Holmes to return quickly. Her size and ball-handling skills are sorely needed against big opponents like McCowan. Holmes has been out with an ankle injury and the Longhorns hope to have her back in time for next Sunday’s game against No. 11 Tennessee.UP NEXTMississippi State hosts No. 22 Marquette at home on Thursday.Texas hosts No. 11 Tennessee on Sunday.Jim Vertuno, The Associated Press read more

Column Why do we care about Will and Kate the fairytale across

first_imgFAIRY TALES HAVE set us up for a fall: books that chronicle the heroic efforts of some handsome prince saving the beautiful damsel in distress from a life of misery – is it any wonder that so many Irish, granted mostly women, have an obsession with royal life?There should be a disclaimer on the inside cover giving readers a heads-up that the chances of this actually happening in reality are slim to none.But then again, albeit slightly predictable and unoriginal in their plotlines, the authors of fairy tales at least had the foresight to wrap the end up with “happily ever after”, thus allowing the reader’s imagination to conjure up the wonderful life Prince Charming and his Princess had in a faraway land. No daily update on what the princess was wearing, where they went on their holidays, or what their extended family were doing.Once upon a time…Unfortunately, there is no such luck in the real world, where we have our very own “once upon a time” playing out across the pond in the form of William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, two peas in a royal pod.While the vast majority of us may not care less about the royals, it’s fair to say there is no escaping them, whether we like it or not.In truth, how many of us live vicariously through some celebrity or other, whether loved or loathed? Sports player, actor, musician, model or maybe politician? We single out one and proceed to skulk around in the background, trawling through websites, commenting in forums, leafing through magazines and newspapers, always judging, always watching. Pure and utter voyeurism, a trait we Irish are stellar at.But why are we obsessed with the royals and, in particular, Will and Kate? Just what is it about the blue-blooded couple that has the everyday person scrambling for more and more information?The wedding of the centuryIn 2011, there was the wedding of the century when Will made Kate an honest woman. A bit presumptuous maybe, considering this century is still in its infancy, but anyway. One in three Irish people watched the Royal Wedding, a statistic that accurately reflects the national fascination with the bride and groom. But then again, this isn’t a new phenomenon. In 1981, roughly 750 million people worldwide tuned in to see Charles and Diana wed, setting the precedent for future royal couplings. The only difference with Will and Kate was that the viewership grew to approximately two billion.Hand-in-hand with the extraordinary surge in public adoration for Will and Kate is the argument that it could be linked to the tragedy that befell William as a young boy, and the strong streak of Irish ‘Mammyism’ engrained in our DNA. The late Lady Diana was loved by all, her beauty and strength enhanced, not diminished when she left Charles. Rather than be shunned, she and her two sons William and Harry were embraced into the bosom of the nation.A side-effect of this Irish Mammy Syndrome is that we have an innate mothering quality, wanting to make sure that the boys, who suffered such public heartbreak and loss, turn out okay. Will, with those big doe-eyes, and the unfortunate acquisition of his father’s hairline was always the pet.The girl-next-doorEnter Kate Middleton, with her perfectly mute image, who would become the face of the modern royal family. While not particularly interesting on paper, in the media Kate was portrayed to the public as the ordinary girl-next-door who had been lucky enough to find a real prince. Her very own fairytale come true, except our Kate doesn’t exactly fit the criteria for damsel in distress.The banality of ordinary life for the everyday person is something Kate Middleton would never have come close to ever experiencing, given her prestigious background. In fact what our boy Will did was save her from her comfortable, rich, sophisticated, privately-educated lifestyle. Fair play, Wills.With Will and Kate’s pairing, we find ourselves caught in a royal chokehold, where we can’t get away from the fierce media coverage that the couple attract. Contemporary celebrity culture dictates what we hear, read, and see every day in the media, which means if you read headlines, you’re pretty much doomed to know about them. It doesn’t matter if you don’t care. Newsworthy news is a rare gem these days. Deal with it.The obsession with the royal couplePinned as the perfect couple, is it that the media has manipulated the image of the royal couple so that we try to identify with them and ultimately strive to be like them? Are we to feel bad because we’re not more like them?With Kate, the obsession is more real. Fashion, weight, pregnancy, it seems Kate is a model example on all counts; therefore celebrity culture infers that women need to be like her. When she wears a particular Topshop dress, it immediately sells out, because Topshop dresses are something us ordinary folk can afford. Wasn’t that nice of Kate to buy something on the high street?Popular culture of previous generations saw artists of influence championing and shaping the culture of the day, acting as catalysts for change in society. Nowadays, we have scripted reality and paparazzi. Privacy is priceless. No more topless sunbathing for the Duchess.Perhaps what is most confusing about this whole obsession is the fact that it goes against what we Irish love – a bit of misery, especially when it comes to those of higher society. So why is it that we seemingly can’t get enough of the fairytale across the Irish Sea? Really, there is nothing special about Will and Kate, an average-looking man and wife you could say. Dated, broke up, got back together, got engaged, got married and now there’s a baby on the way. Hold on, maybe that’s just it. Will and Kate are just your average couple. They just happen to be royalty.Aoife O’Connor is a journalist from Kerry. You can view here LinkedIn page here or follow her on Twitter here.PICS: Immortalised in wax – Kate and Will>Read: 11 celebrity couples that make us believe in true love>last_img read more

NaMo loyalist Kangana Ranaut makes chai and pakoras after BJPs clean sweep

first_imgKangana Ranaut making chai and pakoras.InstagramPrime Minister Narendra Modi won the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 from his seat in Varanasi and is also set to form the government at the Centre after the landslide victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).After returning from her gig at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival 2019, Kangana Ranaut got busy in the kitchen at her Mumbai home! The actress treated her family to chai and pakodas to celebrate PM Narendra Modi’s victory.Sharing pictures from her kitchen and drawing room where her family was relishing the pakoras, Kangana Ranaut’s team said on Twitter, “#KanganaRanaut celebrates the legendary win of narendramodi and BJP4India at the #LokSabhaElections2019 by spending time with her family!”Chai and pakoras have been synonymous with Narendra Modi, who claims he was a chaiwalla as a child, serving tea to patrons and leading a humble life.Kangana has been a BJP loyalist and rooted for PM Narendra Modi all along. She has also slammed fellow actors like Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt for not voicing their opinion on politics.However, Kangana Ranaut has refuted claims that she will enter politics in the future. We shall wait and watch if she changes her decision five years later for the Lok Sabha Elections 2024!Kangana Ranaut wowed fans with her style at the various events at Cannes 2019, especially her first look, which was a fusion sari with a corset and long-sleeves hand gloves. The look was curated by designers Shane and Falguni Peacock.Back in Mumbai, the actress will now begin promotions for her film Mental Hai Kya that releases on July 26, 2019.Kangana Ranaut was last seen in and as Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019), a film she also happened to co-direct after director Krish left the shooting mid-way.last_img read more

HC scraps Niko deals orders to confiscate its properties

first_imgnonameThe High Court on Thursday scrapped the decade-old joint venture of BAPEX and Canadian company Niko to explore gas in Bangladesh.A High Court bench comprised of justice Naima Haider and justice Abu Taher M Saifur Rahman passed the order in the morning.The bench also scrapped the deal between Petrobangla and Niko for supply, sale and purchase of the extracted gas.Saying that the two deals were signed through corruption, the court ordered that no payment should be made to Niko as long as the Canadian company gives compensation for two blowouts at Tengratila Gas Field in Chhatak of Sunamganj and the case regarding the compensation payment is not disposed of.The court also ordered that all the properties of Niko Canada and Niko Bangladesh under the two deals should go under the custody of Bangladesh government.Besides, whatever properties Niko has in Block-9 will be confiscated and thus go under the custody of Bangladesh.last_img read more

Optimized by Evolution Ants Dont Have Traffic Jams

first_img Explore further A team of researchers from institutions in Germany, India, and Japan discovered this surprising result while observing the ant species Leptogenys processionalis travel down linear trails. Like many other ant species, these ants form trails with their pheromones that remain stable for hours or even days, making the trails analogous to vehicular highways. “Our study clearly demonstrates that ant traffic is very different from vehicular traffic, in spite of superficial similarities,” Andreas Schadschneider, of the University of Köln and the University of Bonn in Germany, told “It also raises a fundamental question: how do the ants achieve practically ‘free-flow’ up to such high densities; our experiment demonstrates what happens and we also make a theoretical model of what might be responsible for this behavior.”To observe the ants in their natural setting, the researchers set up video cameras at sections of 10 different one-way trails that had no intersections or routes that branched off. Surprisingly, the scientists never observed individual ants speeding up to overtake another ant in front; the ants followed each other in single file. This behavior, of course, contrasts with vehicular highway traffic, as well as most other known traffic forms. Most significantly, the scientists found that, unlike vehicular traffic, the average velocity of ant traffic remains the same in spite of increasing density. Consequently, the greater the density, the greater the flux, so that more ants travel down the trail segment in a given amount of time. In contrast, vehicles on a highway tend to slow down when the traffic density increases, eventually resulting in a traffic jam. Along the same lines, the researchers noted that most types of high-density traffic exhibit mutual blocking, in which a vehicle is prevented from moving by neighboring vehicles and also contributes to the blocking of those vehicles. However, the researchers did not observe mutual blocking in the ant trails.As the researchers suggested, perhaps evolution has optimized ant traffic flow, since ants are known to have highly developed social behaviors. In their study, the scientists observed that ants tend to form platoons in which they move at almost identical velocities, allowing them to travel “bumper-to-bumper” while maintaining their velocity. At higher densities, platoons merge to form longer platoons. But because their head-distance remains the same, traffic still maintains its same velocity even as density increases. This behavior is very different from highway traffic, in which vehicles close together tend to slow down. Citation: Optimized by Evolution, Ants Don’t Have Traffic Jams (2009, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — As highway traffic increases, you’d probably expect a traffic jam, where vehicles slow down due to the high density. While traffic jams are a common occurrence on our highways, high density traffic has completely different effects for ants traveling on trails. As a new study has found, ants don’t have traffic jams. Rather, as ant traffic density increases, the traffic maintains the same average velocity as at low densities. While observing ants traveling on a trail, scientists observed that, unlike in vehicular traffic, the average velocity of ant traffic remains the same in spite of increasing density. Image credit: Alexander John, et al.center_img “For the ants, an efficient transport system is essential for the survival of a colony,” Schadschneider said. “Food sources are usually not in the immediate neighborhood of the nest and so the transport has to be well organized. Therefore it is not surprising that evolution has optimized the behavior of the ants (or all social insects). On the other hand, human transportation systems still reflect a certain desire for freedom and individuality. In contrast to ant traffic, what dominates in human traffic are two things: selfish (non-cooperative) behavior, and large body weight of vehicles where any contact between the vehicles would be costly (for the cars as well as for the riders’ lives). Ants, on the other hand, do not mind body contacts which become unavoidable at high densities.”As he explained, understanding ant behavior will require further study: “Now entomologists have to connect this behavior of ants to their ‘thinking and sensing’ process. Our work opens up the possibility of collaborations between entomologists, physicists, mathematical modelers and traffic scientists.”While this study shows that the collective marching of ant traffic seems to be very different from vehicular traffic, the scientists suggest that ant traffic might be more analogous to human pedestrian traffic. They plan to explore this analogy in the future, and they predict that their results could have applications in swarm intelligence, ant-based computer algorithms, and traffic engineering. “To our knowledge, so far applications in swarm intelligence mainly draw from the analogy with the formation of ant trail networks,” Schadschneider said. “Our study was focused on a different aspect, namely the usage of an already existing trail. Combining both approaches could open promising perspectives for future applications, e.g. in optimization problems.“From a traffic engineering point of view, the results give some indication on how to improve the situation on our highways,” he added. “As the example of the ant trail shows, non-egoistic behavior could improve the situation for almost everybody. However, this will be difficult to achieve since, very much in contrast to the ants, drivers and their cars are very different. Another interesting point is the relevance of communication between the vehicles. On ant trails this is achieved mostly on a chemical basis. In the future, our cars might be connected electronically and transmit e.g. information about velocity changes immediately. This would allow the driver to react much quicker to a new situation.”More information: John, Alexander; Schadschneider, Andreas; Chowdhury, Debashish; and Nishinari, Katsuhiro. “Trafficlike collective movement of ants on trails: absence of jammed phase.” Physical Review Letters, 102, 108001 (2009).Join on FacebookCopyright 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Ants show us how to make super-highways This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Volkswagen announces Temporary Auto Pilot with advanced features

first_img More information: Volkswagen press release: … sp?ITMID=117&LANG=EN ( — Volkswagen, as part of the European wide research project HAVEit, has announced the Temporary Auto Pilot (TAP), a set of features added to a car that aids in speed control, lane-assist and crash avoidance. Explore further Much like the highly touted driverless vehicles in the news of late, the new vehicle system from VW works by means of sensors and cameras mounted on various parts of the exterior of a vehicle. Assistance comes via cruise control, automated braking when curves are noted (or to avoid a collision), steering assist to keep the vehicle in the proper lane, passing assistance and assistance in stop and go traffic. Unlike other vehicles in the news however, the TAP is not meant to serve as a driverless vehicle; it’s more of a guardian angel, watching over a driver and instantly correcting mistakes.The company is quick to point out that the driver is still in control the entire time the TAP system is in use, and thus must continue to actually drive the vehicle; TAP should be thought of as more like driver extensions, they say, not as an autonomous system that can take over the driving when asked.Critics have already suggested that the new additions might actually make a car less safe to drive, citing the fact that humans as a rule tend to focus less sharply when they don’t have complete control of things. Since its not clear yet just how much control the human will have when the TAP is engaged, these criticisms seem premature. If after all, the person continues to drive the car the entire time the TAP is engaged, and the TAP only makes itself known if and when it performs corrective actions when errors are made by the human driver, it would seem this would require the driver to continue to maintain as much control as has been the case up to now.In any case, the test vehicle, a modified Passat, marks another giant leapt towards fully automated cars; this because it’s clear that Volkswagen fully intends to put such an equipped vehicle on the market in just the next few years. This stands in stark contrast to other concept cars demonstrated by others such as BMW, and Google, which still have many hurdles to overcome. The difference here is that VW’s system is comprised of off-the-shelf components and the fact that the driver continues to maintain control at all times.In any case, it seems clear that it won’t be too long before human beings will no longer be trusted to drive themselves around. Citation: Volkswagen announces ‘Temporary Auto Pilot’ with advanced features (2011, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ‘Smart cars’ that are actually, well, smart This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 HAVE-IT (Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transport)last_img read more

Model shows how gas giants could have survived and spun away from

first_img(—A new model developed by a team of researchers with member affiliations in Argentina, France and Mexico, depicts a possible scenario to explain why gas giants do not migrate into the star they are orbiting during their early stages. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers note that prior efforts to build a model that could explain gas giant growth and behavior did not take tidal effects into account and thus could not show why they survived. Martin Duncan of Queen’s University offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Model shows how gas giants could have survived and spun away from their star (2015, April 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Gas giants, such as Jupiter and Saturn, exist today because of certain processes that went on during their early development—but until now, no one had come up with a reasonable model to explain those processes—most showed the gas giants migrating into their star during their early stages, rather than spinning away from it.In this new model, the researchers believe tidal effects are the key. It all starts, they note, with a material disk surrounding a nearly born star. Material in that disk crashes into other material and some of it sticks—as that happens over and over more accretion takes place until the evolving planet grows large enough to start capturing gas in its atmosphere. Once that happens, the researchers say something interesting happens—as new material falls through the gas into the solid core of the planet, heat is released. That heat is then transferred back to the surrounding gas, and because the planet is spinning, parts of the gas, ahead of and behind the planet, expand—more so on the trailing side. That results, the researchers claim, in what they call a heating torque that actually pushes the still evolving planet away from its star. The model also suggests that the distance the planet is pushed from its star depends on the material that was in the original disk which made its way to the core of the new planet. Heavier elements would naturally offer more torque, but a planet’s eventual resting place would also depend on the size of the planet that formed.The model is just a first step in a new direction in trying to explain how gas giants came to be and where—research will continue both by the team with this new idea and of course by many others in the field. This is Jupiter’s Great Red Spot in 2000 as seen by NASA’s Cassini orbiter. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute © 2015 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Nature More information: Planet heating prevents inward migration of planetary cores, Nature 520, 63–65 (02 April 2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14277AbstractPlanetary systems are born in the disks of gas, dust and rocky fragments that surround newly formed stars. Solid content assembles into ever-larger rocky fragments that eventually become planetary embryos. These then continue their growth by accreting leftover material in the disk. Concurrently, tidal effects in the disk cause a radial drift in the embryo orbits, a process known as migration. Fast inward migration is predicted by theory for embryos smaller than three to five Earth masses. With only inward migration, these embryos can only rarely become giant planets located at Earth’s distance from the Sun and beyond, in contrast with observations. Here we report that asymmetries in the temperature rise associated with accreting infalling material produce a force (which gives rise to an effect that we call ‘heating torque’) that counteracts inward migration. This provides a channel for the formation of giant planets and also explains the strong planet–metallicity correlation found between the incidence of giant planets and the heavy-element abundance of the host stars. Explore further Rocky planets may orbit many double starslast_img read more