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Nyaya Yatra reaches city

first_imgBengaluru, Feb 12 (PTI) “Nyaya Yatra”, a march for justice that aims to create nationwide awareness about speedy,fair and transparent justice system, reached the city today.The march has been organised by the Forum for Fast Justice.As part of the yatra, two motorcades had left from Delhi on January 30 — one from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and the other from Kutch to Kolkata.The Yatra will terminate at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on March 4.The forum will hold its annual national convention in Delhi on March 5 and 6 that will be attended by delegates fromacross the country.It would pass a resolution which will contain demands for fast tracking of judiciary, the forum members said.Pointing out there are more than three crore cases pendingin various courts in the country, they said at the currentrate and procedure it may take at least more than 100 yearsfor the disposal of pending cases.Kumar Jahgirdar, President of NGO called CRISP (Childrens Rights Initiative For Shared Parenting), said the budget allocated to the judiciary should be increased and justice should be made time bound.He said, “The budget allocated for judiciary is 0.2 per cent of our GDP; we are demanding the union government to make at least 2 per cent increase in the GDP so that more courts can be opened and more judges are appointed.”He also charged that politicians dont want speedy justice. CRISP and National Litigant Bench are supporting and coordinating the Yatras activities here.The forum plans to submit a memorandum to the Chief Justice of Karnataka and the Governor. PTI KSU RA APR DVadvertisementlast_img read more

TRO bid will not affect SEA Games, Cayetano assures

first_imgMANILA, Philippines — The filing of a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC)  will not affect the conduct of this year’s Southeast Asian Games (SEA) Games, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano assured Thursday.Information technology company Atos reportedly filed for a temporary restraining order against PHISGOC, PSC, and POC over a controversial bidding on the Games’ information system management.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The firm questioned the validity of the public bidding held last August for the SEA Games Information Systems (SEAGIS) project, the event’s technical services, claiming that it has already been awarded to Atos last January.Cayetano, who is the chairman of the PHISGOC, however, expressed confidence that this would not affect the SEA Games itself as the court has not yet issued a TRO.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Hindi naman nag-issue ng TRO ang korte so confident naman kami dahil ang Department of Budget and Management ang nagprocure nitong lahat (The court hasn’t issued a TRO and we are confident because it is the DBM that procured it),” Cayetano said in an interview at the House of Representatives.“That won’t affect the games. Kasi nga may nanalong supplier and they will be the one to provide (Because there is already a supplier that won and they will be the one to provide),” he added. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? He also assured that the SEA Games would not be delayed despite reported issues in IT services.The SEAGIS project was only awarded to a Filipino-Malaysian joint venture on Oct. 11 but the SEA Games is set to start on Nov. 30.“We don’t expect any delays and ‘yun lang talaga yung running 56 sports and 530 events all at the same time is a big challenge, biggest sa SEA games yan (Running 56 sports and 530 events all at the same time is the biggest challenge in the SEA Games),” he said.The SEA Games will open on Nov. 30 and end on Dec. 11.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! View comments Rice industry paralysiscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Jazz outlast 76ers behind Donovan Mitchell’s 24 Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’last_img read more

A mythologeek’s tale

first_imgAnand Neelakantan is a serious (and seriously good) writer. Five years ago, the 42-year-old published his debut novel, Asura: Tale of the Vanquished. It was an instant bestseller. Telling the story of the Ramayana from Ravana’s point of view, Asura was a smoother read than most mythological retellings. And both,Anand Neelakantan is a serious (and seriously good) writer. Five years ago, the 42-year-old published his debut novel, Asura: Tale of the Vanquished. It was an instant bestseller. Telling the story of the Ramayana from Ravana’s point of view, Asura was a smoother read than most mythological retellings. And both the story and the author’s research were deep enough to sustain readers’ moral quibbles with the author’s perspective. His next pair of books, the Ajaya series-telling the Kaurava side of the Mahabharata-was similarly notable. His PR folks estimate he’s sold a million copies of those three alone, all translations included.However, those three books-all retellings of beloved Hindu epics-were ‘safe territory’, of a sort. The novel that was launched on March 31, The Rise of Sivagami, marks Neelakantan’s first foray into crafting a new world: a three-book series based on S.S. Rajamouli’s 2015 film Baahubali: The Beginning. Sivagami, as befits its role as a prequel, is set 30 years before the movie. It begins the story of the warrior princess Sivagami, the mother of Rajamouli’s title character. The next two books will complete Sivagami’s back-story, establishing a secondary arc for the Baahubali franchise. (At the launch, Rajamouli also mentioned plans for a mini TV series based on Neelakantan’s books.) Given the scale of this enterprise-the first Baahubali movie had a budget of Rs 180 crore and grossed Rs 650 crore-the novel’s commercial success is virtually assured. Nonetheless, Neelakantan as author is a positive sign. His attention to detail and palpable love of mythology set him apart from contemporaries. Rajamouli choosing him as resident novelist suggests that Indian cinema is cottoning on to the value of a well-crafted story.advertisementLike many Indian authors, Neelakantan already had a career before publishing found him. “I’m from a small town,” he says. “I was forced to study engineering. Just like in 3 Idiots. And coming from a small town, being an ‘artist’ was not encouraged. Most artists you see there are drunkards.” A sudden smile disappears as swiftly as it blooms, and the serious engineer (who still has a job with the Indian Oil Corporation) is back. “But that’s where the stories are. In small towns.” Growing up in Thripunithura-a town in Kerala that is home to over 100 temples-Neelakantan says that mythology was a “daily thing, expressed in entertainment, in temple stories, in dance. Our mythology is something that needs to be experienced, not just read.”Neelakantan has at least six more books in the pipeline-the success of Asura earned him several slots with his publisher, Westland (and one with Jaico). For that matter, Sivagami is not his first brush with the world of film; he has already written scripts for Star TV, Sony and Colors. Novels based on movies, rather than the opposite, are a new phenomenon for India. And Sivagami itself is more closely related to film than literature. Baahubali 2 is set to release on April 28, and the launch of Sivagami was undoubtedly timed to keep interest in the films high. Neelakantan has said that scheduling meant he completed the book in just over three months. That may be the reason for a certain roughness evident in the language and plot-but only in comparison to the high bar set by Asura. ???-Aditya WigCITY OF STARSPhotographer Mark Bennington’s book Living the Dream-The Life of the ‘Bollywood’ Actor, strips away the glamour to look at the real people behind the reel stars. The New York-based lensman’s book gives readers a peek into the thoughts of the who’s who of Bollywood: Ranbir Kapoor, for example, says he wouldn’t want to disappoint his fans, while Riteish Deshmukh wishes fans were more considerate; Deepika Padukone says she’s still nervous, and Hema Malini would like to own a house in the Himalayas.”One of my goals was to humanise the narrative of the actor,” says Bennington. That said, not all the voices featured are insightful or informative. The ones that resonate the most are of actors in independent cinema and what Bennington calls the “fringe” group. They include the strugglers (mimic Gabbar Singh’s moving account) and the outsiders (transgender actor Bobby Darling on her fraught journey). Bennington also succeeded in getting one actress to open up about the ‘casting couch’. “It is a very real part of the business, but almost no one will go into detail [at least, on record] because they feel they have too much to lose,” he says.Having met over a hundred actors, Bennington noted that while nepotism is prevalent, “in India nobody takes anything for granted”. “Everyone I met was very hard-working and positive,” he says. “It was refreshing, because in the States there is a lot of bitterness and apathy.” Bennington also singled out Dev Anand, who died in 2011, a year after being photographed. “He really stood out. He was so inquisitive and engaging with me about my own career and [even] gave me advice.”advertisement-Suhani SinghTILL DEATH DO US PARTAt the beginning of Mukti Bhavan, an arthouse film that releases in India on April 7, an elderly father tells his work-obsessed son, “Mera waqt aa gaya hai (my time has come).” Because he wants to spend his last days in tranquility, 76-year-old Dayanand (Lalit Behl) prevails on Rajiv (Adil Hussain) to take him to Varanasi. The film’s title comes from the Ganga-facing establishment that they check into to await Daya’s demise.Shubhashish Bhutiani’s feature debut, the film elegantly portrays the difficulties of filial responsibility, a complex father-son relationship and the arduous wait for a loved one’s death. The film, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival last year, releases in India on April 7.Like Piku, Mukti Bhavan highlights the burdens of managing an ailing, demanding parent, and like Masaan, it is set in a city which has a flourishing commercial industry based on death. Yet despite the focus on death and aging, Mukti Bhavan’s gaze is tourist-friendly and Bhutiani tempers the sadness with regular doses of humour. Behl and Hussain do a fine job as the focal characters, whose amusing tiffs and frank conversations keep audiences engaged. Geetanjali Kulkarni and Palomi Ghosh are fine additions as Rajiv’s wife and daughter, respectively.Mukti Bhavan emphasises the importance of forgiveness before salvation, but the biggest accomplishment of Bhutiani’s script is that it keeps mawkishness at bay while honestly addressing the fact of death.-Suhani SinghPRIDE AND PRODUCEPunjabi entrepreneur Harinder Singh showcases a new line of contemporary Phulkari embroidery from April 6-13A quirky streak runs through all of Harinder Singh’s enterprises. A former garment exporter, Singh now runs a chain of boutique stores that sell Punjabi memorabilia. Named ‘1469’, after the birth year of Guru Nanak, the chain is best known for T-shirts bearing smart alecky Punjabi quotes like “Jadon strong si odhon wrong si (when we were strong, we were wrong)”. The T-shirts are all the rage among urban Punjabis and NRIs who see in them “a celebration of Punjabiat”, in the words of singer Jasbir Jassi. The success inspired Harinder and his wife Kirandeep to reinvent and popularise Phulkari, the traditional, painstakingly embroidered shawls that are given to Punjabi brides as part of their trousseaus. The couple created a line of products including key chains, potli pouches, upholstery covers and stoles, using the geometric patterns of Phulkari embroidery. The aim was to create “contemporary design interventions for young, upwardly mobile customers”, says Harinder. When he expressed these ideas on a morning walk-cum-meeting with curator and art historian Dr Alka Pande, the idea of Mela Phulkari was born. “Phulkari needed a platform,” says Pande, who was instrumental in making the Mela an annual event. This year, along with art and music, the Mela also celebrates the Gurmukhi script-calligraphed onto pottery, antique vessels and woodblocks. It will be held at the Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, from April 6-13.-Bandeep SinghadvertisementAN ARCHIVE OF THE MINDFive years after the documentary Celluloid Man, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur revisits the cinephile, archivist and legend Paramesh Krishnan Nair-who headed the National Film Archive of India from the mid-1960s to 1991-to whom goes the credit of single-handedly safeguarding India’s cinematic history.Film lovers will find much to appreciate in Yesterday’s Films for Tomorrow. Published by the Dungarpur-founded Film Heritage Foundation, this book is an anthology of P.K. Nair’s writings, and is filled with the legendary archivist’s uncensored views on everything cinema-from his unabashed admiration for India’s first filmmaker Dadasaheb Phalke to his take on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas (all “technical gloss and gimmicks”, and otherwise “soulless”).Some of the more delightful chapters chronicle Nair’s earliest movie-going outings, and shed light on his crazy hunt for silent films. Lists such as his “most moving movie moments” and films he fears we may have lost forever are a great historical resource as well. The book also contains a discussion-in depth-of the significance of regional cinema (Malayalam cinema gets a whole chapter) and the relevance of documentaries. There are also posters and stills illustrating some of the gorgeous artwork from yesteryear’s films.Taken together, the essays paint a portrait of a man who wanted cinema to be seen as more than just a means for escapist entertainment, one who felt the need to balance technology and creativity in the arts. Towards the end of the book, what Nair’s knowledge and thoughts most succeed in doing is to make readers embark on a new cinematic discovery by offering them a fresh perspective.-Suhani SinghLEGENDARY MEMORIESRunning through May 6, a new exhibition of photos at Jaipur’s Jawahar Kala Kendra offers a compelling retrospective of Ebrahim Alkazi’s theatre work. Spanning a period of 50 years, Alkazi’s career ran parallel to the Independence movement and the birth of Indian modernism in theatre.Curated by Amal Allana and designed by Nissar Allana, the exhibition features rare photographs, objects, archival documents and models of stage sets. The multimedia approach effectively showcases Alkazi’s vision and ideas, as well as some of his work from the 1940s and 1950s that has rarely been seen anywhere in India.A legendary figure in Indian theatre and director of the National School of Drama (NSD) from 1962 to 1977, Padma Vibhuhshan winner Ebrahim Alkazi introduced revolutionary changes in set design and lighting, and wove together international theories of drama and acting with traditions from India. Sceptical of intellectualism, he developed training methods for actors, directors and stage designers and spoke of a new ethics and philosophy in theatre.”My greatest challenge in designing an exhibition on a great legend like Alkazi, was [the challenge of] living up to the high standards that Alkazi [himself] stood for, and to be able to communicate that greatness in a manner befitting Alkazi,” says Allana. ???-Rohit Parihar INDIA GOES ULTRAJoining the International Ultra-running Association will allow India to send teams for global competitionsWhile every selection trial is important to a runner, Indian ultra-runner Kieren D’Souza is particularly thrilled about an upcoming one. Having become a member of the International Association of Ultra-running (IAU), the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) can now select a team to compete in the 2017 Trail World Championships in Italy, on June 10. The race runs through national forests in the central Apennines (between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna) for 49 kilometres.”India’s membership is a big boost to ultra-runners,” says 24-year-old D’Souza, who became the first Indian to participate and finish the Spartathlon-a 246-km race from Athens to Sparta in Greece that ranks among the most competitive ultras worldwide. “I am sure this will help the Indian presence in the global ultra- and trail-running map,” he adds.Female competitors could benefit in particular, says Delhi’s Meenal Kotak, another of India’s leading ultra runners. “India does not provide the best conditions for women to train effectively,” says Kotak. “That might change with this international recognition.”Some ultras are races over a set distance. Others are races to cover the most ground within a time limit. Some are road races and others run over hills and rivers, through deserts, forests, and snow. Despite the sport’s gruelling nature, ultra-running is one of the fastest growing adventure sports in the country, with nearly 1,500 people taking part in races held across India, and some competing abroad as well. That enthusiasm was what drew AFI to the sport, points out AFI president Adille Sumariwalla.The membership also grants the AFI the authority to organise ultra-marathons and mountain trail runs in the country and promote Indian endurance runners abroad. For that reason, some see the development as a mixed blessing. “As of now, ultra-running is pure and corruption-free. But no one knows if that’ll last once a government-run federation takes over,” says an ultra-runner who did not wish to be named.-Anil Nair A WRITER, REBORNPenguin Books has reissued two translations of novels by Perumal Murugan-Current Show (Nizhal Muttram) and Seasons of the Palm (Koolla Madari). The writer, long popular among Tamil readers, became a national figure two years ago after controversy surrounded his novel, One Part Woman. Threats from caste-based groups forced him to apologise, agree to delete portions of his work, withdraw unsold copies, and ultimately, leave his home in Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu. In despair, Murugan announced that he would give up writing altogether.But readers and fellow writers rallied in support and in July 2016, the Madras High Court quashed criminal cases against him, explicitly encouraging him to write again. Now, the noise has died down and Murugan’s poetry and novels are out in new editions. “As his official English-language publisher,” says Ashish Mehta of Penguin Random House, “we want to make his entire fictional oeuvre available to readers who are unable to read the original Tamil. When we learned that these two novels had been out of print for quite some time, it made sense to bring them back into circulation.” Murugan’s writing is raw, and you can nearly smell the urine and feel the sticky floors underfoot in Current Show, where street kids are hired ad hoc at a cinema and constantly menaced by their employers. In Seasons of the Palm, children are bonded to work on farms, shackled by their parents’ endless debts. Here they live with the open sky, howling storms and dark-fruited palm trees, but also the brutality of caste oppression.The uproar over One Part Woman still shadows his writing, Murugan says. “I cannot write the way I used to. I don’t think I can continue with those forms of realism and naturalistic writing.” He is not writing anything at the moment but is seeding ideas for future work. Penguin will also be publishing Murugan’s Songs of a Coward in September 2017, a collection of poems written in the months between his “death” and “resurrection”.-Latha Anantharaman TALKING LOVEAhead of the year’s most awaited Kollywood release, Kaatru Veliyidai, director Mani Ratnam talks films, love and relationshipsKaatru Veliyidai is being called Roja redux. Are there similarities?The film is an emotional story. I wouldn’t compare it with Roja.You’ve made several love stories. How would you describe the love in Kaatru Veliyidai?Every story is a love story in some sense, and every film is about relationships. Even when we are dealing with conflict, it is a relationship we are talking about. In Kaatru Veliyidai, I would say the love is a bit more classical.What did you think of OK Jaanu, the Hindi remake of your film?If I ever remake a film, it would be my take on it. That is the only way it should be done. Shaad (Ali) is a good friend and we talked about several aspects. [One] wants the director of the [remake] to have as much freedom as [possible].All your films have dealt with relationships. Which one of them is closest to your own life?Relationships between fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, all come out of things seen and shared. But it is the man-woman relationships in a film that get talked about the most.A.R. Rahman’s soundtrack for Kaatru Veliyidai has been well received. Which is your favourite track?My favourite would have to be Nalla Allai.-with Prachi Sibal AFRICAN TASTES FOR INDIAN DINERSWhile ignorant, racist attacks against Africans stun the capital, a new crop of restaurants is celebrating African culture and cuisine. This week it’s not just a matter of taste to sample exotic eats like the fluffy injeras of Ethiopia-it’s also a statement of solidarity.GalitosFor the past few years this QSR in Bengaluru’s Whitefield has been giving patrons a taste of South Africa and Mozambique with its popular peri-peri chicken, kebab-like Afrikaaner sosaties and mealie pap soup that’s made with corn meal and flavoured with tomato and basil. Exotic appeal: chicken boerewors sausages with tangy bean-rich chakalaka sauce.Green onionWhile prima facie there may be nothing remotely Nigerian to the look and feel of this Marine Lines, Mumbai, restaurant, a glance at the menu will throw up myriad surprises in the form of the tomatoey jellof rice with a huge hunk of deep-fried chicken, served with fried plantain slices as accompaniments and the funky smelling, dried fish redolent goat onugbo curry, best mopped up with balls fashioned out of the log-shaped semovita fufu that’s flecked with pieces of okra. Exotic appeal: chicken egusi soup with bitter leaf, thickened using melon seeds.AbyssinianOffering a range of Ethiopian delicacies from teff-flour bread (known as injera) to the national dish of chicken doro wat spiced with traditional berbere spice mix, this six-month-old Chennai restaurant in Alwarpet has almost everything brought in from Ethiopia. Exotic appeal: raw tenderloin kitfo seasoned with the Ethiopian version of ghee, mitmita cheese and cardamom.FezWith decor that seems straight out of a story from 1,001 Arabian Nights, and living up to the promise of its name, this Moroccan and North African restaurant in New Delhi’s Chanakyapuri area is a repository for all things North African. From the lamb tajine it serves-jazzed up with preserved lemons-to its Tunisian stew served with cous cous, this restaurant offers patrons a genuine taste of the exotic. Exotic appeal: the tajeh al-kamroon harissa-marinated prawns that are charcoal grilled and served with a walnut sauce.Blue NileRun by the cultural wing of the Ethiopian embassy in Chanakyapuri, eating out at this ber-authentic Ethiopian restaurant-cum-caf is both educational and palate-pleasing. The staff are on hand to guide you through the nuances of this Northeast African cuisine that has as its flagbearers the fluffy injera bread made from rice, teff or corn; the black lentil rich defen mesir and the begg tibs which is sliced lamb fried with onion garlic and fresh chilli. Exotic appeal: a potent shot of salty, muddy Ethiopian coffee with a few drops of niter (Ethiopian clarified butter), served with popcorn.-Raul Dias ALL IN THE BREWTapaswini Purnesh, the 29-year-old Classic Group heiress, talks of her preferences, food pairing and the importance of brewing techniques What do you think of the newest coffee trends like micro-roasteries?The cafe culture is now slowly moving towards coffee appreciation, and that is a good sign. We had our own roastery-cafe and wine lounge called Berries and Barrels as early as in 2014, but it seemed ahead of its time.Tells us about your journey with Classic Coffees?I joined Classic Coffees seven years ago after a degree at Le Cordon Bleu, and have had a keen interest in food and coffee pairing. We will soon be organising workshops titled ‘The Coffee Art’ that will introduce enthusiasts to coffee and dessert pairing. We are also in the process of launching a range of affordable premium coffee for different times of the day, a concept that is relatively new here.How do you pair coffee with dessert? Is it very different from tea pairing?Food pairing too has a lot to do with how the coffee is brewed. A light-bodied pour-over coffee can be paired with a piece of apple or pear, a medium-bodied texture pairs well with custard, lemon curd or a fruit tart and an espresso or Aeropress demands creamier flavours like chocolate or salted caramel.What was the last ‘most memorable’ cup of coffee you had?During a vacation in Bali, I had an interesting cold brew with lime and sugar. It was quite unusual.-with Prachi Sibal FILMY FUNDASTaapsee Pannu, actor, on acting, movies and family Q: You play a spy in Naam Shabana. If there was one person you could spy on, who would it be? A: Akshay Kumar. He is my favourite rags-to-riches story. I’d like to know how he gets it right almost every time. How can someone grow so exponentially?Q: Favourite spy novel or movie? A: I find the on-screen spies too flashy and glam. Instead I’m a fan of the X-Men series. I also like the adventurous Lara Croft.Q: One thing you can’t do without when you’re shooting on location? A: Jokes. I love to pick on people. I’m a big bully. Thanks to people like Neeraj [Pandey], I’ve picked up more sarcastic humour. He calls me a drama queen.Q: What’s your most prized possession? A: My family and friends, because they have nothing to do with films. They don’t care what’s a hit or a flop or what I’m doing next. They make me feel normal.Q: An actor, living or dead, that you’d like to work with? A: I really want to do a film with Ranbir Kapoor. He is one of the most versatile actors around.last_img read more

Chicharito close to leaving West Ham for Besiktas

first_imgTransfers No Man Utd return for Chicharito as Besiktas close on €8.5m deal Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 04:49 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Javier Hernandez West Ham Getty Images Transfers Beşiktaş West Ham United Premier League Javier Hernández The Mexico striker had been linked with a second stint at Old Trafford, but his next career move is to take him away from England and over to Turkey Javier Hernandez is close to leaving West Ham for Besiktas in an €8.5 million deal, Goal understands.The Mexico international only returned to English football in the summer of 2017, with the Hammers acquiring the former Manchester United striker from Bayer Leverkusen.They invested £16 million in a proven Premier League performer, and handed him a three-year contract. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player EMIRE Javier HernandezThat agreement is, however, set to be broken after just six months, with a switch to Turkey about to be made.A return to Old Trafford had been mooted for Hernandez, with Jose Mourinho in the market for support and competition to Romelu Lukaku.The 29-year-old will not be getting that opportunity, though, as Besiktas have leapt to the front of the transfer queue.The Turkish side’s chairman, Fikret Orman is in London and holding advanced talks with West Ham regarding Chicharito.With an agreement now close, the hard-working frontman will soon be in a position to open a new chapter in his career.It is understood that a contract worth €3.5m-a-year will be put to Hernandez, with Besiktas prepared to spend big in order to make a high-profile addition following the sale of Cenk Tosun to Everton.Hernadez is best known for his time with United, but he also spent a season on loan at La Liga giants Real Madrid while with the Red Devils and has been a regular source of goals wherever he has been.If he is to leave West Ham, then he will depart having netted four times in 20 appearances.last_img read more

‘There is a human element to it’ – Lloyd explains consoling Thai GK

first_imgAfter the final whistle sounded on Tuesday, putting an end to a game in which the U.S. women’s national team decimated Thailand 13-0, Carli Lloyd didn’t immediately celebrate with her teammates.Instead, she went to Thailand goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying, consoling her after a game in which she was on the wrong end of the heaviest defeat in World Cup history.The USWNT was rampant in Reims, particularly in a 10-goal second half, as it began its World Cup in breathtaking fashion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The team has faced criticism for its celebrations after a handful of its goals, but several players also consoled Thailand players after the game, with many of the Asian nation’s players in tears following its extremely heavy defeat.Lloyd was one of the U.S. players to offer words of encouragement and, on Friday, she shed more light on her desire to speak with Charoenying after the final whistle in Reims.“After the game I felt for her and wanted to go up to her and it wasn’t something where I needed the whole world to see,” Lloyd said.But the world did see her gesture, which Lloyd said came from her natural inclination to offer support to a player who clearly needed a lift.“Obviously I’m a player and this team is full of players who want to battle it out, who want to go full throttle, but we are human and there is a human element to it.“You’ve got to feel for a goalkeeper letting in 13 goals, if you don’t then I don’t think you have much of a heart.”The U.S. forward, who scored the 13th and final goal of the evening, is hopeful that her team’s vanquished rivals can turn things around in its remaining group-stage games against Sweden and Chile.“I think that’s what the sport is all about, in the wins and losses I think character is a true component in the sport,” Lloyd said.“It was cool, I hope they continue to put their head up, continue to fight and just keep going.”Lloyd said she was unsure if Charoenying understood everything that she said on the pitch but in a Twitter post on Thursday, it was clear that the message came through for the goalkeeper.“Thanks so much, Lloyd,” the goalkeeper wrote. “Your words that you told me make me strong. Keep going for this tournament and so on. Firstly, I felt disappointment in worst situation but this is the biggest experience in my life.”All you can do is give it your best each and every day. Keep fighting and never give up!! Still 2 more games to play. 😊— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) June 13, 2019Lloyd responded, saying: “All you can do is give it your best each and every day. Keep fighting and never give up!! Still 2 more games to play.”last_img read more

Oracle Netsuite squash Open: Joshna Chinappa upsets Joelle King to enter semifinals

first_imgOracle Netsuite squash Open: Joshna Chinappa upsets Joelle King to enter semifinalsJoshna Chinappa booked her Oracle Netsuite women’s squash Open semi-final spot after beating world ranked 6 Joelle King and now will meet top seed and world number one Raneem El Welily of Egypt on Sunday.advertisement Next Press Trust of India San FranciscoSeptember 28, 2019UPDATED: September 28, 2019 21:24 IST India’s Joshna Chinappa in action (Twitter: @ONOSquash)HIGHLIGHTSAgainst Joelle King, Joshna Chinappa’s record has never been outstandingJoshna Chinappa notched up a 11-9, 6-11, 11-3 win over world ranked 6 Joelle in the quarterfinalsJoshna will meet top seed and world number one Raneem El Welily of Egypt on SundayIndia’s Joshna Chinappa stunned fourth seed Joelle King of New Zealand to seal a place in the semi-final of the Oracle Netsuite women’s squash Open, a world tour gold event here.The 33-year-old from Chennai, seeded eighth, notched up a 11-9, 6-11, 11-3 win over world ranked 6 Joelle in the quarterfinals on Friday night.Joshna will meet top seed and world number one Raneem El Welily of Egypt on Sunday.Joshna had a bye in the first round and then an easy 11-7, 6-11, 11-6 win over unseeded Melissa Alves of France for a place in the quarters.Against King, Joshna’s record has never been outstanding having lost many times but it was a different this time.Showing assurance and keeping a good length in her returns, the Indian matched the rival stroke for stroke.Though there was a slip in the second game when Joelle seemed to return to her aggressive ways, Joshna assured the winning trend did not desert her.It was a gutsy show overall that took her 35 minutes to complete.Responding to her big win, Cyrus Poncha, the SRFI Secretary General said, “This is a brilliant start to the season for Joshna. We wish her more success ahead.Also Read | World Athletics Championships: Dutee Chand fails to reach 100m semis, misses Olympic quotaAlso see:For 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Joshna ChinappaFollow Squash playerlast_img read more

Designer John Bartlett is today’s Worn Out Wednesday

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know Today we learn more about the New York based designer, John Bartlett:Growing up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, the last thing I imagined for my career was fashion design. And yet, after graduating from Harvard University with a degree in sociology and a minor in night clubbing, I moved to New York City and started taking night classes in sewing and draping at F.I.T.  With so many kids studying women’s design, I decided to try my luck in menswear, a then sleepy and under-the radar part of the fashion scene.I started my own menswear label in 1992 with a super small collection that sold to Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. As the decade unfolded my business grew and I also introduced womenswear and accessories into the picture. I have been honored twice by the CFDA with the award for best newcomer and the award for best menswear designer. I have had the wonderful opportunity to produce my pieces in Italy and even learned to speak the language, albeit at the level of a five year old.Today my collection is sold exclusively with The Bon-Ton Stores under the label John Bartlett Consensus. I feel like I have come full circle design-wise. My first ideas were rooted in a rugged traditional American sensibility and now it is available to everyone at a price they can actually afford.As for John’s personal style:Jeans: Lately I’ve been totally into the GAP jean but not in the denim. Their classic slim jean is perfect in Bedford cord and other non-denim fabrications.Shirts: If I am not wearing my own shirts from the John Bartlett Consensus collection at Bon-Ton then I’ll wear a classic Brooks Brother’s slim fit oxford cloth shirt, especially in unusual colors.Pants: Believe it or not the only pants I own that are not suit pants are from Duluth trading company and I wear them strictly for gardening to protect from ticks and for walking dogs at the Yonkers shelter.Suits: When I do wear a suit, it is from J Crew. I’ve found that their quality and price relationship is unbeatable.Related: Vegan Designer Joshua Katcher. Shoes: Being a vegan, I don’t wear leather so I can typically be found wearing sneakers day and night. Right now Tretorn makes my go to shoe.Accessories: I wear my handsome Ted Meuhling gold wedding band and just got both of my ears pierced so I plan to purchase some Ted Meuhling hoops once I can take out the training earrings.Outerwear: I am obsessed with the down-free collection of winter coats at Patagonia. Down is not a humane source for me, so I prefer any outerwear that uses primaloft, which is a wonderful down alternative.Favorite Cologne: I use essential oils that are also calming. Lately I have been wearing an oil called “valor.”Your favorite App: I use an app called Insight Timer, which helps time my twice-daily vedic meditation practice. I definitely recommend checking it out!Favorite piece of technology: My new iPhone 6 PlusNext tech purchase: A go-pro! Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men The Best Men’s Trail Running Gear for Warm Weather How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Falllast_img read more

UNbacked probe into Hariri killings seeks information held by Hizbollah leader

The prosecutor of the United Nations-backed court set up to try suspects in the murders of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others has asked the country’s authorities to hand over all information allegedly held by Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah pertaining to the 2005 attack. Mr. Nasrallah held a press conference on 9 August during which he offered information to assist the investigation, and showed a video that he claimed implicates Israel in the attack. “In line with its mandate, the Office of the Prosecutor has requested the Lebanese authorities to provide all the information in possession of Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah,” the Special Tribunal for Lebanon stated in a news release. “This request includes the video material that was shown on television during the press conference, as well any other material that would be of assistance to the Office of the Prosecutor in unveiling the truth,” it added. The Office of the Prosecutor also invited Mr. Nasrallah to “use his authority to facilitate its investigation.” The Tribunal is an independent body that was set up in The Hague in the Netherlands, following a probe by an independent international commission after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s own inquiry into the massive car bombing in February 2005 was seriously flawed and that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the attack. The investigation of the murders continues under the guidance of the Tribunal’s Prosecutor, Daniel Bellemare, who reported in December that the probe “is making progress and proceeding at full pace.” He stressed that the ultimate goal of the Tribunal, beyond finding out the truth and ensuring that justice is done, is to help Lebanon and its people in their continued efforts to further promote the rule of law and fight impunity. 11 August 2010The prosecutor of the United Nations-backed court set up to try suspects in the murders of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others has asked the country’s authorities to hand over all information allegedly held by Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah pertaining to the 2005 attack. read more

Islamic State was initially unaware of Easter attacks says top official

About 48 hours after the April 21 attacks, which claimed over 250 lives, the IS took credit for the bombings, with the group’s Amaq news agency releasing a visual of the Sri Lankan suicide bombers, standing by a black flag of the IS, apparently pledging allegiance. The faces of all but one — the alleged ring leader Zahran Hashim — were masked. At the time, IS analysts had pointed to the “delay” in the claim, with some of them even terming it “uncharacteristic” of the terror group. Significantly, investigators have traced Mr. Milhan’s involvement in two cases that are now considered important precursors to the Easter killings. The first involves the shooting of two policemen, in November 2018, at a checkpoint in the eastern Batticaloa district from where Zahran Hashim hailed and the other being the shooting of a Minister’s coordinating secretary in March, in the central town of Mawanella. The secretary, who was seriously injured, is being treated in hospital.Mr. Milhan’s name was also mentioned in a memo dated April 11, sent from a top Sri Lankan police official to the security services, warning of possible suicide attacks targeting catholic churches. The letter is proof of prior intelligence — including information shared by India — having been available.Investigators have established that Mr. Milhan left the country on April 17 — about a week after the letter was circulated, and four days before the deadly bombings. “We are hoping to retrieve Milhan’s phone and laptop from the authorities in Saudi, to cull out more evidence of his role in the plot,” the official said. Meanwhile, suspects being interrogated have been providing more insights into how their radical collective functioned, according to investigators. By Meera SrinivasanThe Islamic State (IS) may have claimed responsibility for the Easter terror attacks in Sri Lanka, but its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was initially not aware of the horrific serial bombings, according to a top official familiar with the probe. The ongoing investigation in Sri Lanka has revealed that a local Islamist radical, who is an IS sympathiser, had contacted the IS leadership after the attacks. “Through a third party, he [the suspect, now in custody] had pleaded with the IS for recognising the blasts carried out by jihadists, who had ‘sacrificed’ their lives,” the senior official told The Hindu. The interrogations have revealed Zahran Hashim’s “dictatorial tendencies”. “The youth he drew, including most other suicide bombers for the Easter mission, were keen on fighting foreign wars for the IS — in Syria or Iraq. But Zahran had told them ‘nothing doing’, and that this assignment in Sri Lanka was as holy and important,” the official said, citing the interrogations. “It seems that Zahran did not listen to any of them and would only have it his way.”In the two months since the Easter attacks, authorities have initiated at least three investigations — one led by the police’s Criminal InvestigationDepartment (CID) and the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID); one by a panel appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena comprising a former Supreme Court judge, a former IGP and a former bureaucrat; and a third, by a parliamentary committee of legislators.Based on a report submitted by the President-appointed panel, the Attorney General, on Thursday, directed the acting IGP — the IGP was sent on compulsory leave following the blasts — to initiate criminal investigations against nine senior police officers, who allegedly failed to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks despite prior warnings. (Courtesy The Hindu) Sri Lankan investigators are yet to find concrete evidence of whether the local jihadists were directly connected to the IS. “They were all sympathisers of the IS, but it remains unclear how they maintained links with the IS, if in fact they did. Now we have also come across some other radicals here who are supporters of the IS,” the official said, requesting anonymity, due to the sensitivity of the ongoing probe.Investigators also expect to draw out more specific information in the coming weeks from five Sri Lankan suspects who were deported from Saudi Arabia last week. One of them, Mohamed Milhan, is believed to have been chosen the likely successor of Zahran Hashim, to lead the radical National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ). read more

Human rights in Cambodia could be undermined by economic policies UN

Government policies to reduce poverty in Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in the world, are not in line with the country’s obligations to improve human rights, a situation that calls for informed public debate, a senior United Nations official says in a report released today.”Policies and strategies allegedly aimed at reducing poverty have been developed without sufficient regard for Cambodia’s obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and are hampered by problems of disbursement in the education and health sectors,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for human rights in Cambodia, Peter Leuprecht, says.”Many problems persist in the delivery of the right to housing, such as forced evictions and the lack of adequate shelter for displaced Cambodians.”The National Assembly elections of July 2003, the third since the 1991 peace agreement, was better run and marked an important step in establishing a multiparty democracy. He expresses concern, however, about intimidation, vote buying and violence during the electoral campaign and a “perception among many state actors and institutions that criticism of the government may amount to criminal incitement.”Cambodia was set to become one of the first two least developed countries to complete its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), a move that “may adversely impact on the fulfilment of its human rights obligations,” he says. “(The Special Representative) believes that there is a need for informed public debate on this issue.”Cambodia has an annual per person gross national income of $260 and is ranked 130th out of the 174 countries surveyed in the UN’s “Human Development Report 2003,” Mr. Leuprecht notes.He adds, however, that the way in which trade liberalization in a WTO framework could help to eradicate poverty would depend on its form, pace and sequencing. Present areas of concern included the health-care system and related issues, like intellectual property rights.”Some observers have commented that opening the country’s health-care system to foreign health-care providers and drug companies could damage efforts to establish a viable health-care system for all,” Mr. Leuprecht writes. “The introduction of intellectual property protection might also negatively affect drug prices and availability. The impact of agricultural trade liberalization could also have an adverse effect on rural lifestyles, rural employment and food security.”Large land concessions given to private companies and leading to the illegal clearing of primary forest was eroding the living standards of the 80 per cent of the population who still live in rural areas, he says, but most concessionaires failed to pay the government the required rents.In addition, the justice system was accommodating both anonymity and impunity, especially when the perpetrators were people of political and economic influence, Mr. Leuprecht says, while the administration of justice received inadequate funds.”Judges often hand down significant sentences for very minor offences and prosecutors often seek even higher sentences, while the criminal justice system frequently fails to deal with more grave offences,” he says. read more

For International Literacy Day UN flags key role of reading and writing

This year’s International Literacy Day, observed annually on 8 September, has a special focus on the fundamental relationship between literacy and peace. “We must not allow conflict to deprive children and adults of the crucial opportunity of literacy. Literacy is a fundamental human right, and the foundation of all education and lifelong learning,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in her message for the Day, which the agency has been marking for more than four decades.She added that literacy transforms the lives of people, allowing them to make informed choices and empowering them individuals to become agents of change. “Lasting peace depends on the development of literate citizenship and access to education for all. Amidst political upheaval and escalating violence in many parts of the world, literacy must be a priority in the peace-building agenda of all nations,” she stated.Peace and sustainable development are interdependent, and it is crucial for the two to develop and strengthen simultaneously, Ms. Bokova continued. “Literacy is also a development accelerator, enabling societies to grow more inclusively and sustainably,” she noted. “Literacy programmes can become a key component of future development strategies, opening new opportunities and skills for all.”This year marks the end of the UN Literacy Decade, proclaimed in 2002 to galvanize government action worldwide against illiteracy. Over the decade, and despite considerable effort and some major achievements, 775 million people are still considered non-literate, of whom 85 per cent live in 41 countries.As part of the celebrations for the Day, UNESCO has brought together representatives from these 41 countries to examine the lessons learned over the decade and identify ways of accelerating progress to meet the Education for All (EFA) goals established by the world’s governments in 2000 for a 50 per cent improvement in literacy levels worldwide by 2015. The EFA goals are made up expanding early childhood care and education, providing free and compulsory primary education for all, promoting learning and life skills for young people and adults, increasing adult literacy, achieving gender parity and improving the quality of education.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message for the Day, said the global movement for education needs a big push, and that is why he will be launching a new Education First initiative later this month.The initiative focuses on three priorities: putting every child in school, improving the quality of learning and fostering global citizenship. “I call on world leaders and all involved with education to join this initiative. The cost of leaving millions of children and young people on the margins of society is far greater than the funds required to reach the international goals for education,” he stated.“Ask any parent what they want for their children, even in war zones and disaster areas where food, medicine and shelter might be considered the highest priorities, and the answer is the same: education for children. Ask any child what he or she wishes to be when they grow up, and the answer is rooted in education. Education is the gateway to fulfilling those aspirations.“A literate world is a more peaceful world, and a more harmonious and healthy world,” Mr. Ban added. “On this observance of International Literacy Day, let us pledge to join together to move the literacy agenda forward.”Other events taking place at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters include the award ceremony for the 2012 UNESCO literacy prizes, and the nomination of singer and songwriter A’salfo as a Goodwill Ambassador to contribute to the agency’s efforts to fight against exclusion, discrimination and injustice. read more

Opinion Cincinnati Bengals a pretender after loss to lowly Texans

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during a game against the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 11 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Cincinnati Bengals started the 2015 season 8-0 for the first time in franchise history and have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. So a matchup with the lowly Houston Texans, who sat at 3-5, should have been no problem, right?Wrong. The Texans continued their domination of the Bengals with a 10-6 win in a defensive struggle in Paul Brown Stadium in front of a roaring jungle of 61,381 Bengals fans on Monday night.The most discouraging part is the Texans did it with their backup quarterback after starter Brian Hoyer was knocked out of the game due to a concussion. Given, T.J. Yates didn’t do much, but his 22-yard rainbow to DeAndre Hopkins pushed the Texans past the Bengals and into the driver’s seat in the lackluster AFC South.Sure it’s just one loss, and sure the Bengals are still 8-1 — sitting pretty in the AFC North with a three-game lead over Pittsburgh — but quarterback Andy Dalton showed a side Bengals fans are all too familiar with. One that should make Bengals fans uneasy every time they think about yelling out, “who dey.”The Red Rifle turned into the “Red Rider B.B. Gun,” as Texans defensive end J.J. Watt called Dalton after the game, and his inability to win in primetime games was on full display again as he pushed his overall primetime record to 4-8.Dalton finished Monday night’s blunder of a game 22-of-38 for 197 yards and an interception for easily his worst performance of the year.The biggest problem is the Bengals looked tentative to take shots deep down the field against the Texans — something they’ve excelled at so far this season. Dalton ranks third in the NFL for average yards per pass, according to NFL statistics, but couldn’t connect on passes downfield on Monday.Perhaps Watt breathing down Dalton’s neck all night had something to do with it. Watt’s pressure against backup right tackle Eric Winston clearly impacted the Bengals’ ability to convert on third-downs, finishing the game at an abysmal 23 percent (3-of-13) conversion rate.Ultimately, the fifth-year quarterback will take the brunt of the blame for the loss to the Texans, but realistically, Dalton isn’t the only one to blame. Tight end Tyler Eifert dropped several passes that he normally catches and receiver A.J. Green fumbled away the Bengals’ final hopes in the last minute. Pair that with the Bengals’ inability to run the football — 21 carries for 73 yards on Monday (3.5 average) — and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.The lackluster performance comes at the worst possible time for the Bengals, as the team’s next contest is on the road against the red-hot Arizona Cardinals in another primetime matchup on Sunday night.The question is, can the Bengals match up under the lights and show the NFL what they are truly made of? Or will they fry in the desert next week against the team’s former quarterback and possible league MVP Carson Palmer? Also, looking even further, the Bengals still have key division tilts against the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, as well as a Week 16 matchup with the Broncos in Mile High Stadium.Despite the 8-0 start, the Bengals could very well lose half of their second-half games.  Sure, some might say I’m overreacting, crossing the Bengals off my list of Super Bowl contenders after Week 10. But my instincts and my gut tells me to not trust this bunch until they prove they can consistently win in primetime games, let alone in the playoffs. read more

Atlas Copcos new Scooptram ST18 LHD at Euro Mine Expo

first_imgAs a Gold Sponsor of the upcoming Euro Mine Expo to be held in Skellefteå, Sweden, 10–12 June, Atlas Copco will be presenting some of its latest and exciting new products. The new Scooptram ST18 loader will be on display together with a new simulator for underground LHDs, the latest control system RCS 5, as well as a new automation system. Designed to match Atlas Copco’s successful 60 t capacity mine truck, Minetruck MT6020, the ST18 has a unique bucket design which tests show gives considerably better muckpile penetration.“The optimised bucket gives a faster loading cycle and that means more tonnes per month,” comments Ben Thompson, Product Manager at Atlas Copco. “It also offers great improvements for the operator, not least in terms of the extra legroom provided by the unique Atlas Copco Footbox.“Good legroom should not be underestimated. Operators who have tested the Scooptram ST18 cite the new Footbox as one of the reasons why the loader enables them to work longer shifts,” Thompson points out. “Not only that, they confirm that the view from the cab is best-in-class, even when reversing, thanks to the loader’s sloping bodywork and shorter frame structure.”At Euro Mine Expo the new loader will be available for anyone who wants to try out the new Footbox or examine the unique bucket design. Visitors will also be able to find out how it feels to drive the new loader under realistic conditions by using the simulator located in the demo-arena.last_img read more

Samsung creates an image processor using IBMs brainchips

first_imgIBM’s been busy. A couple weeks back they unveiled a new line of neural computing chips that try to mimic the kinds of connections found in the brain. It could unleash incredible new leaps in parallel computing and revolutionize artificial intelligence. Samsung, it seems, wanted to leverage that new processing power as soon as possible. The electronics giant announced this week that they’ve been working on an image processor that can record in 2,000 frames per second.The processor, which IBM dubs TrueNorth, uses 4,096 separate processing cores to form one standard chip. Each of them can operate independently and are designed for low power consumption. Samsung hopes that the chip will help with visual pattern recognition — something our brains excel at. As such, they’ve incorporated their image sensor and a TrueNorth chip into a gesture recognition system which is already performing spectacularly well.This works because each pixel on the sensor operates independently and only reports changes it sees, much like a compressed video. That means it requires a fraction of the processing power and resources most cameras need. With less overhead, Samsung can push the sensor to record much, much faster — almost ten times that of a standard, 250 fps high-speed camera.Samsung wants to use the tech for safety features for autonomous cars or more advanced gesture recognition. The insanely high speed of the camera could allow it to detect much subtler changes than modern systems. Being able to improve the responsiveness of an automated vehicle with faster systems is also a top priority.It’s just one more example of how we’re already living in the future.last_img read more

ASAWISHH Organizes a Soy flour Baking Demonstration in Myanmar

first_imgPhoto : Dr. Kirk O’Donnell leading the soy flour baking demonstration. Credit: ASA/WISHHThe American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health’s (WISHH) organized a soy flour baking demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar for more than  50 bakery owners and lead bakers at the end of April.  The bakers received hands-on training, learning how to incorporate soy flour into breads, cookies and cakes at the Cherry Xeno test kitchen.  Cherry Xeno is a Myanmar importer of baking ingredients and equipment.The demonstration was led by Dr. Kirk O’Donnell, a U.S. technical consultant with more than 25 years of baking experience.  He also met with two bakeries during his trip on the economic and functional benefits of using soy flour.Funding was provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Emerging Markets Program (EMP).last_img read more

Vancouver fire chief saves choking man

first_imgAs chief of the Vancouver Fire Department, Joe Molina doesn’t go out on calls.So the story of how he saved a choking man’s life at a restaurant on Sunday spread quickly around City Hall on Monday, and Molina agreed to talk about it not to highlight himself as a hero, but to highlight the need for people to know how to perform simple techniques such as the Heimlich maneuver and CPR. Deputy Chief Dan Olson said it was an example of how someone without any special equipment was able to save a life. Alas, Olson said, Molina “isn’t in every restaurant.” Molina, 52, said it was the first time he’d used the Heimlich maneuver while off-duty in his 22-year career as a firefighter. Usually, it’s children who choke, often on hot dogs. (Olson would also like to take this opportunity to tell parents to cut hot dogs up into little pieces.)On Sunday, Molina was at McMenamins Sand Trap Pub in Gearhart, Ore., five miles north of Seaside. He was on the patio with his girlfriend, his niece and a dog, which necessitated the outdoor seating. In his line of sight was a man in his mid-70s, and Molina heard him start to cough. The coughing grew worse. Usually the body does a good job of expelling lodged items, Molina said, but he watched as the man stood up and walked over to the railing. He was no longer coughing. The man’s wife had left the table before the coughing started, Molina had noticed, so the man was alone. Another patron stood up and patted the man on the back, asking him if he was OK.last_img read more

JCD leftleaning bodies quota reform activists declare panels for DUCSU polls

first_imgNurul Haque Nur, Md Rashed Khan and Faruk HossainOpposition BNP’s student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the left-leaning student organisations and quota reform movement activists on Monday announced their respective panels for Dhaka University Central Student Union (DUCSU) polls slated for 11 March.Mostafizur Rahman, Anisur Rahman Khondokar and Khorshed Alam Sohel have been named as JCD’s vice president (VP), general secretary (GS) and assistant general secretary (AGS) candidates respectively.The student body’s DU unit president Al Mehedi Talukder and general secretary Abul Bashar Siddique announced their panel at a press briefing at Madhu’s Canteen in the afternoon.The other candidates of the panel are liberation war affairs secretary Jafrul Hasan Nadim, science and technology affairs secretary Maksudur Rahman, common room and cafeteria affairs secretary Quaneta Islam, international affairs secretary Ashraful Islam Uzzal, literary secretary Minhaz Ahmed Prince, cultural secretary Quaiyum Ul Islam, sports secretary Moniruzzaman Mamum, students’ transport secretary Mahfuzur Rahman Chowdhury and social service affairs secretary Touhidul Islam.The panel’s member candidates are Habibul Bashar, Arif Hossain, Iqbal Hossain, Sahab Uddin, Mahmudul Hasan, Safayat Hasnain Sabit, Tanvir Azadi Sakib, Sultan Md Salauddin Siddik, Md Shariful Islam, Imam Al Naser Mishuk and Alamgir Hossain.General Students’ Rights Protection Platform (Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Sangrokkhon Parishad), which led the quota reform movement last year, has picked Nurul Haque Nur, Md Rashed Khan and Faruk Hossain as their candidates for the posts of vice-president, general secretary and assistant general secretary respectively.The platform declared their panel nominating candidates for 17 out of 25 posts.They will announce the full panel for central union and hall unions within Monday, said the leaders.Other members of the panel are liberation war affairs secretary Nazmul Huda, secretary of common room and cafeteria affairs secretary Sheikh Emilee Jamal, international affairs secretary Habibullah Belali, literary secretary Akram Hossain, cultural secretary Nahid Islam, sports secretary Mamunur Rashid Mamun, students’ transport secretary Razibul Islam and social service affairs secretary Aktar Hossain.The panel’s member candidates are Umme Kulsum Bonya, Raiyan Abdullah, Sab Al Masani, Imran Hossain and Shariar Alam Sumya.Left-leaning student bodies under the umbrella of Progressive Students’ Alliance and Anti-imperialism Students’ Unity jointly nominated Chhatra Union general secretary Liton Nandi for VP, Chhatra Federation’s Umme Habiba Benzeer for GS and Samajtantrik Chhatra Front’s DU unit vice-president Sadekul Islam Sadik for AGS.They picked candidates for all other posts and hall union.Naming their candidates at a press briefing at Madhu’s Canteen on Monday, its leaders said they will press home their six-point demand, including setting the poll stations in academic buildings instead of residential halls.Other members of the panel are liberation war affairs secretary Rajib Kanti Roy, science and technology affairs secretary Ulul Amar Talukder, common room and cafeteria affairs secretary Suhail Ahmed Shuvo, international affairs secretary Mim Arafat Manab, literary secretary Rajib Das, cultural secretary Fahad Hasan Adnan, sports secretary Shuvra Nil Roy, students’ transport secretary Hasib Muhammad Ashik and social service affairs secretary Foisal Mahmud.The panel’s member candidates are Moinul Islam Tuhin, Aminul Islam, Amzad Hossain, Afnan Akhter, Mitramoy, Salman Farsi, Rahatil Rahat, Armanul Haque, Jesan Arka Marandi, Manisha Akhter, Mahir Farhan Khan, Udoy Nafis and Pratnapratim Mehedi.last_img read more

Can acting help improve memory

first_imgHave you ever felt annoyed with yourself, maybe for forgetting to do an important task?If so, acting out things you are supposed to remember or pretending that you are actually doing it, can help you recall.The findings showed that alternative enactment techniques, such as acting, can improve prospective memory – where you have not remembered to take the action you had planned. This involves recreating an action and pretending that you are actually doing it, in as much vivid detail as possible, the researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA failing prospective memory can be an early sign of Alzheimer, according to lead author Antonina Periera, psychologist at the University of Chichester in the UK.In the research, published in the journal Neuropsychology, it was examined the prospective memory performance in nearly 100 participants. It included patients with mild cognitive impairment aged 64 – 87 years, healthy older adults aged 62 – 84 years and younger adults aged 2 –18 years.Participants reported improvement, especially the older subjects with mild cognitive impairment in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. It was confirmed that prospective memory erodes as we get older and that enactment techniques might support those with a poor prospective memory.The enactment techniques “can have long lasting effects even for people with cognitive impairment.last_img read more

Josef von Sternbergs Infatuation with Marlene Dietrich Created Cinematic Magic

first_imgThe collaboration of Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg is one of the most remarkable ones in Hollywood. He made her into an icon, transformed her from a Berlin suburban girl into a star.She in return was his long-time muse that allowed his career to flourish and for him to become a true rococo cinema master to be remembered.Marlene Dietrich in No Highway (1951).They made seven movies together between 1930 and 1935, all of them essential for any cinema lover: The Blue Angel (1930), Morocco (1930), Dishonored (1931), Shanghai Express (1932), Blonde Venus (1932), The Scarlet Empress (1934) and The Devil is a Woman (1935).Clive Brook and Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express (1932).When he came to Berlin, Josef von Sternberg was already an established film-maker. He was famous for working with lights and shadows and on sound stages, which made his movies especially aesthetically pleasing.Before coming to Germany, he had a great success with silent films such as Underworld (1927) and Docks of New York (1928). His first talkie was The Blue Angel in which Marlene stared as Lola, the lead role.Marlene Dietrich and Barry Norton in Dishonored (1931), directed by Josef Von Sternberg.The movie was a great success, which was not always the case with directors transitioning from silent to sound movies, as many of them were not equipped to deal with the new medium.Von Sternberg encountered Marlene in a Berlin cabaret that was not reserved for the best of actors.People from the Berlin film scene tried to convince him not to work with her, but he did not to give up on his conviction that she was the one for the role.Marlene Dietrich and Victor Mclaglen in Dishonored (1931).According to Wrong Reel, after making a test scene with Marlene, Von Starnberg wrote: “I then put her into the crucible of my conception, blended her image to correspond with mine, and, pouring lights on her until the alchemy was complete, proceeded with the test. She came to life and responded to my instructions with an ease that I had never before encountered.” By playing with light and shadows he accentuated her beauty and appeal, and made her cheekbones famous.Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel.While they were still working on their first movie together Von Sternberg sent test shots back to Paramount. He gave Marlene five minutes to make up her mind if she was ready for Hollywood or wanted to stay in Germany.Emile Chautard and Marlene Dietrich, Shanghai Express (1932).She luckily decided to follow him and soon was shooting Morocco alongside the great Gary Cooper. This movie both saved Paramount from decline and made Marlene into a Hollywood star. Soon everyone wanted to work with her, the audience was in love with her and the media glorified her.Their collaboration was full of ups and downs and very turbulent. Von Sternberg was known as extremely demanding, hard headed and authoritative.Shanghai Express (1932).He was not very famous for creating a pleasant working atmosphere, so many people from the industry avoided him even though he was a brilliant film-maker. However Marlene was not to be broken easily, and would even bully him in return.The Devil is a Woman (1935), directed by Josef Von Sternberg.According to Dietrich’s daughter, Von Sternberg was madly in love with his muse which helped her know his soft spots and find her way when she needed to. It is not certain if the two of them had a sexual relationship, but it is speculated that they did.Lionel Atwill and Marlene Dietrich in The Devil is a Woman (1935).Their relationship did not serve only as an inspiration for the movies they made together, but very often was also the outright subject of them. The most obvious example is the movie Blonde Venus. It tells the story of an American scientist who falls in love with a German performer, eventually leading to marriage.’The movies they did together were abundant in subtle and artistic eroticism which was in a way also the end of them two working together. The era started to shift towards more conservative values which made their films stop doing so well at the box office.Read another story from us: The Unhappy Royal Couple – Charles and Diana’s Loveless MarriageJosef Von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich parted ways after The Devil is a Woman and both continued working with other people. However, many film lovers believe that their best movies were those that they had made together.last_img read more

How to sync Vivaldi user data

first_imgHow to sync Vivaldi user data by Martin Brinkmann on July 06, 2017 in Internet – Last Update: July 10, 2017 – 12 commentsIf you use the Vivaldi browser on multiple devices, or even a stable and development version on the same computer, you may have run into a roadblock when it comes to making sure the user data is synced between all Vivaldi versions.Vivaldi does not support Sync yet, but it is a feature that the company works on actively. It is likely that Sync will ship this year.For now however, the only option that Vivaldi users have is to sync data manually between profiles. While this requires some manual work on part of the user, it is not super difficult.Note: The method may be used to sync most user related data but not all of it. You cannot sync extension installations for instance it seems, so that you need to install extensions manually on all other devices you use Vivaldi on.Syncing Vivaldi user dataYou need to locate and copy the user data on the computer that you use Vivaldi on already.Open the Vivaldi web browser on the device.Load vivaldi://about in the address bar. This lists information about the Vivaldi installation including the profile path location.Copy the profile path, e.g. C:\Users\Martin\AppData\Local\Vivaldi\User Data\Default.Close the Vivaldi browser (you may get file in use errors when copying otherwise).Open the user data folder that you just copied in the system’s file browser, but go up a directory so that User Data is the folder that is displayed (and not Default).Copy the Default folder. You can copy it to a USB Flash Drive for instance, or transfer it through other means to the target device.The target device processRepeat the steps 1 to 4 on the target computer.Paste the User Data folder so that it replaces the existing User Data folder on the device. This overwrites the data.When you start Vivaldi on the device afterwards, you will notice that the tabs of the Vivaldi installation of the other device are loaded, and that you have access to bookmarks and other data.What is missing?As mentioned earlier already, extensions are not carried over. This means that you need to install them again on the target machine.Passwords are not synced as well. Instructions on how to export and import Vivaldi passwords are posted on the Vivaldi forum. I could not get those to work though, as the Export option did not show up when I tried the option.Update: This appears to be caused by Google modifying Chrome’s core, and Vivaldi using the same code. To get it to work, you need to set the chrome://flags/#password-import-export flag to enabled first, and then open chrome://settings-frame/passwords to get to the import and export options.You can overcome the password syncing issue if you install a password manager extension from the Chrome Web Store.Making things more comfortableWhile you can leave it all at that, you import only one state and once you start using Vivaldi on different machines, states will inevitably change and become different again. Since data is not synced automatically, you’d have to repeat the steps.This does not work overly well though, and here is the reason: you have to sync data whenever you have used a Vivaldi instance. If you don’t, you may overwrite user data.One option that may work is to launch Vivaldi with the –user-data-dir (–user-data-dir=Path) parameter, and use only one user data folder that is shared between all devices.One option for that is to move the user data folder to a file synchronization folder, and use it on all devices that you run Vivaldi on.Now You: Do you sync your browser data?SummaryArticle NameHow to sync Vivaldi user dataDescriptionThe guide lists a simple method of synchronizing user data of the Vivaldi web browser between different machines using built-in functionality.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more