5 days agoWoodward: What Man Utd want in a player…

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: What Man Utd want in a player…by Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVice-chairman Ed Woodward has set out the prototype of a Manchester United player.Woodward believes manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be a “walking, talking” version of the club’s philosophy. He told United We Stand fanzine, “Winning; playing attacking football with players that have an ‘x-factor’; and giving youth a chance.”Added to that, we want players to come in who respect their teammates, the club, the history. They must understand that they are creating a legacy by coming to Manchester United. Nobody is bigger than the club.”There should be both a humbleness and an arrogance. Humble when you are on the team coach and you wear the club suit, you do up your top button and wear your tie, you represent the club in the right way. Then you sign autographs for the people who pay your wages.”Then, when you go into the dressing room, you put the red shirt on and you feel arrogant, self assured. As Michael Carrick said in his book, you want to take the ball, you want the ball in tight spaces, you want a never-say-die spirit. Ole has brought a lot of the discipline back.”Whatever manager we have has to buy into that philosophy and Ole is a walking, talking version of that. Let’s let this play out with Ole in terms of the culture reboot.” last_img read more

Shipbreaking Activities to Restart at Gadani Yard

first_imgzoom The activities at Pakistan’s Gadani shipbreaking yards are set to resume following an order by the High Court of Balochistan, NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s spokesperson said.The order was made after the Pakistan Ship Breakers Association called on federal and provincial bodies to restart the activities.“Closing yards for a short period of time is something that we have seen before, for instance in Bangladesh. No substantial improvements of health and safety standards have taken place in the last month since the blast. We are afraid that business will continue as usual until the next accident,” the spokesperson said.The shipbreaking yards were closed following a series of explosions at a Gadani yard aboard the oil tanker Aces, reportedly caused by gas wielding processes undertaken during the dismantling work. The incident, which occurred on November 1, claimed over twenty lives while some 60 workers were injured.According to NGO Shipbreaking Platform, tankers’ preferred final destination is Pakistan due to extremely weak ‘gas free for men entry’ and ‘gas free for hot work’ requirements.“It is high time for Pakistan to significantly improve its breaking practices. The accident, which was the worst in the recent history of ship breaking, should ring the alarm bell for the Pakistani Government. They have been talking about shifting the industry away from the beaches to safe industrial platforms for a while now without taking any concrete step so far,” NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s spokesperson added.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Bauxite Spill Pollutes Solomon Islands Waters

first_imgOnly months after the area suffered an oil spill from a grounded vessel, the Solomon Islands’ waters were hit by a bauxite pollution.According to media reports, an estimated 5,000 tonnes of bauxite has spilled into Kangava Bay from a barge.The ore, that is used in aluminium smelting, reportedly slipped into the water at Rennell Island, during loading operations on July 1.Guardian cited a source from the island as saying that the “water is red”.In early February 2019, the bulk carrier Solomon Trader, loaded with nearly 11,000 tonnes of bauxite, ran aground on a reef off Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands, near the largest raised coral atoll in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage site.Initial estimates showed that some 70 tonnes of oil was spilled from the 1994-built ship, while relevant parties believed that the escaped amount was higher.After a lightering operation in mid-March, the 73,592 dwt ship was finally refloated in May. It was destined to be towed for scrapping.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

New Provincial Budget on April 26

first_imgFinance Minister Peter Christie today, April 21, announced hewill introduce the government’s 2005-06 budget in the Nova ScotiaHouse of Assembly on Tuesday, April 26, beginning at noon. “This will be our fourth consecutive balanced budget,” said Mr.Christie. “We will continue to invest in health care, educationand initiatives to strengthen Nova Scotia’s economy.” The minister said the province is in a stronger financialposition than previous years, but it is continuing with prudentfiscal management. -30-last_img

Debby Ryan Named New Voice For Mary Kay Dating Abuse Prevention Campaign

first_imgTo bring awareness to dating violence, an epidemic that impacts one in three young people today, American actress, singer and rising star Debby Ryan is partnering with global cosmetics giant Mary Kay as the company’s newest cause champion.Debby Ryan lends her voice to Mary Kay’s Don’t Look Away campaign to help prevent and end dating abuseKnown for her starring role as television’s “Jessie,” Ryan will travel the country to help educate teens and young adults on healthy relationships, how to recognize the signs of dating abuse and raise awareness of support services.Ryan will also serve as the spokesperson for Mary Kay’s Don’t Look Away campaign to help prevent and end dating abuse. The program includes the nation’s first-ever text-for-help service powered by loveisrespect that provides safe and anonymous advice to tens of thousands of young people each year via text. Simply by texting “love is” to 22522, teens and young adults can receive help from trained peer advocates anytime, anywhere.“It’s horrifying to know how many young people deal with abusive relationships and how much goes unmentioned,” said Ryan. “I know firsthand how alone you can feel when you’re being broken down in a relationship and forced to defend it or stay silent. Just being able to send a text message is anonymous and safe. Mary Kay and I believe that everyone deserves a safe, healthy relationship that makes you stronger and better and I want to make sure people know how to get the help they need.”According to the most recent Truth About Abuse Survey conducted by Mary Kay, 73 percent of teens and young adults experienced emotional abuse in their dating relationship and 40 percent never talked to anyone about the abusive behavior. As a Mary Kay Cause Champion, Ryan will lend her voice to the company’s steadfast commitment to put an end to these alarming statistics and eradicate dating violence.“As a corporate leader in preventing and ending violence against women, Mary Kay is educating young people across the country on how and where to get help before relationships become unhealthy and potentially violent,” said Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at Mary Kay Inc. “Debby Ryan is one of the most well-known rising stars in the entertainment business today. By joining forces with Debby, we know our collective voice will reach thousands of young people and help end dating abuse among the next generation before it ever begins.”For more information about Mary Kay’s Don’t Look Away program, visit marykay.com/dontlookaway.last_img read more

Monitoring group for Security Council arms embargo against Somalia reappointed

With Somali armed groups reported to be still receiving weapons despite a 1992 embargo, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed four experts as members of a re-established sanctions Monitoring Group called for by the UN Security Council.In a letter to the President of the Security Council released today, Mr. Annan names two as Melvin Holt, Jr., of the United States and Joel Salek of Colombia, both of whom served on the last Somali Monitoring Group.The other two are Harjit Singh Kelley of Kenya, who previously served on an expert panel on Liberian sanctions, and Bruno Schiemsky of Belgium, who served on a group monitoring the embargo against the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).On 15 March the Security Council requested Mr. Annan to re-establish within 30 days and for a period of six months a Monitoring Group with a many-faceted mandate, including “to continue investigating the implementation of the arms embargo by Member States and violations, inter alia, through field-based investigations in Somalia, where possible, and, as appropriate, in other States, in particular, those in the region.”The panel should also assess the actions taken by Somali authorities and other UN Member States, especially Somalia’s neighbours, “fully to implement the arms embargo.” read more

Where Do The Rockets Go From Here

Harden FT rateNBA FT rate 2017-18.502.345- Harden’s foul-drawing prowess is muted in the playoffsChange in free-throw rate (FTA/FGA) between the regular season and playoffs for James Harden and the entire NBA, 2015-19 Avg..511.424- From ABC News: YearReg SeasonPlayoffs% ChangeReg SeasonPlayoffs% Change Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2018-19.449.371- 2016-17.575.528- Mike D’Antoni has seen a number of close misses throughout his career, with his teams coming up just short of clearing the highest bar to claim an NBA championship.Having been through that pain before, the Rockets coach knew that this most recent playoff exit — in which Houston lost to Golden State in six games — would rank right up there with the other heartbreaks. “This one’s gonna leave a mark,” he said shortly after his club was ousted on Friday by the Warriors, who took the series despite playing the final five quarters without injured superstar Kevin Durant. “This is not just something you get over with. I’m definitely not gonna get over it in this press conference, or tomorrow, or the next day.”Regardless of how long it takes D’Antoni and the Rockets to move on from their playoff elimination, at some point Houston will have to decide whether it’s time to try a different route — in either strategy, roster construction or both — or to simply stay the course.Some will undoubtedly argue that Houston is due for a change at this point, after having been bounced from the playoffs by the Warriors for the fourth time in five seasons. After all, the Rockets have long been the NBA’s biggest outlier in terms of strategy. No offense takes more 3-pointers, and no defense is more liberal in how often it switches — a strategy that hurt Houston on the defensive glass in Games 5 and 6.But for as unsatisfying as it sounds in the wake of yet another loss to the same team, there may not actually be anything intrinsically flawed about the Rockets’ construction. They lost this year’s series by a total of 11 points over six games, with every game decided by 6 points or fewer — the first series in NBA playoff history to hold that distinction. Along the way, the Rockets also got to the line more often and snagged more rebounds. Houston shot more efficiently than Golden State and limited the Warriors’ fabled shot-making ability for most of the series. As much as James Harden and Co. are hearing it for not “stepping on the throat” of the Warriors late in Games 5 and 6, Houston played Golden State relatively evenly during these past couple weeks. The Rockets were just a few toss-up plays away from wins that would have left us with a totally different narrative about their season.The challenge for general manager Daryl Morey — perhaps one he is uniquely suited to face — is figuring out how much of the Rockets’ playoff malaise is simply an artifact of winning bias (our tendency to explain things through the lens of the final outcome) and how much of Houston’s actual process does need to be changed. The cruelly ironic way the team lost last season, when the most prolific 3-point shooting team in NBA history missed 27 consecutive threes in a Game 7, already put to the test any belief that Houston’s luck would eventually even out. (We estimated the odds of that cold streak at 1 in 72,000.) Then there’s the seeming improbability of a player as great as Chris Paul — who, for the record, played a terrific game Friday — making only one conference final (and no NBA Finals) in his career. At a certain point, you have to wonder whether this is simply the unluckiest team ever or if variance ceases to be an adequate explanation for a team repeatedly coming up short.After this latest crushing loss, there are a few factors that might be legitimate areas of concern for the Rockets. For one thing, the rate at which Harden gets to the free-throw line has declined in each of his past four postseason runs, by an average of 17.1 percent, even as the league’s free-throw rate has increased in the playoffs by an average of 5.4 percent in the same span. Harden still scored a ton of points this postseason, but with his trademark ability to draw fouls lessened, he went from an otherworldly combination of offensive efficiency and volume to a more terrestrial class of Hall of Famer.Relatedly, the Rockets may also need to take a hard look at how backcourt-centric their offense has become. They got 79 percent of their scoring from guards or guard-forwards against Golden State, with $90 million big man Clint Capela notching only 8.8 points per game and rarely justifying his presence on the floor. (His plus/minus per 100 possessions in the series was -15.2.) The rigidity of Houston’s roles makes it easier for the team to fill a roster around the famously ball-dominant Harden, but it may also make the Rockets more susceptible to matchup difficulties in the playoffs. It doesn’t help matters when those supposed 3-and-D role players, who helped fill out a top-10 defensive unit during the regular season, can’t do much to slow down the opponent at the other end of the court — which was certainly the case in the fourth quarter of Game 6, in which Stephen Curry logged 23 points.Houston suffers from its lack of bench depth, which could get even worse next year if Austin Rivers signs with a team that has more financial flexibility. Then there’s perhaps the most obvious issue: that the Rockets may need more creativity and firepower than Harden and an aging Paul can provide on their own as efficient 1-on-1 specialists. Houston tried to address this by signing Carmelo Anthony, but that experiment lasted only 10 games before the front office decided to cut bait. Still, finding a third high-level player who can create his own shot — or a fourth, depending on how you feel about Eric Gordon — would make a world of difference. But the Rockets likely lack the cap space or assets to obtain one.Because of these deficiencies, it might feel futile for the Rockets to simply run it back again with a similar group and a similar game plan. But if they do, as things stand now,1We still have to see what the L.A. teams do with all their cap space. The Lakers could become interesting if they sign a star free agent to pair with LeBron James, while the Clippers — who have no All-Stars on their roster — have a good thing going and plenty of cap space to offer, too. the Rockets would probably remain the Western Conference team with the best chance of knocking off the Warriors next season. The team doesn’t have much financial wiggle room to improve around its core, having committed $107 million to its top four players — Paul, Harden, Capela and Gordon — for 2019-20. But one underrated advantage of staying the course for Houston is that Golden State itself could be weakened if Kevin Durant leaves via free agency this summer. Even for a dynasty with unusual staying power, the Warriors can’t dominate the West forever.For now, however, the Rockets are looking like this decade’s version of the ’90s Utah Jazz, a talented team that couldn’t quite get over the hump against an all-time dynasty. And the fear of that close-but-no-cigar stagnation continuing figures to leave both D’Antoni and Morey thinking of tweaks that would allow Houston to take the next step.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 2015-16.518.450-13.1%.276.283+2.5% read more

Google to change how it displays search results in Europe

first_imgGOOGLE HAS AGREED to change how it displays search results in Europe — including a better labeling of its promoted content and displaying links to competitors — to appease concerns it might be abusing its dominant market position, the European Union’s antitrust body said today.Google’s search engine, which is the world’s most influential gateway to online information and commerce, enjoys a near-monopoly in Europe.The EU Commission, which acts as the 27-nation bloc’s antitrust authority, has since 2010 been investigating whether the company is unfairly stifling competition.It pointed out several areas of concern that Google is now trying to address through the proposed concessions.Google has offered to more clearly label search results stemming from its own services such as Google News, Google Maps or its shopping and flight search functions.That would allow users to distinguish between natural search results and others promoted by Google. It also agreed to display some search results from its competitors and links to their services, the EU Commission said.The Commission has often taken a harder line with US tech companies than its American counterparts, the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department.Google, which is based in Mountain View, California, was able to settle a similar antitrust complaint on its search business with the FTC in January without making any major concessions on how it runs its search engine.The EU Commission is now proposing a market test of the concessions for a month. That would give competitors the chance to say whether they deem them sufficient.‘A settled outcome’“The objective of this process is to try to see if we can achieve a settled outcome in this antitrust investigation,” said Commission spokesman Antoine Colombani.A group of 17 companies competing with Google — including tech giants and internet companies such as Microsoft, Nokia Expedia and TripAdvisor — vowed to carefully study the concessions proposed by Google.“The most important remedy to Google’s abuse of dominance is to require the search monopoly (…) to subject its own products and services to the same policy it uses to rank and display all other websites,” said the group, collectively called FairSearch.Legally bindingOnce the Commission accepts the concessions — revised or not — they become legally binding for the company for the next five years. If the deal is accepted, Google would avoid a fine and a finding of wrongdoing.If Google were then to break its commitments, the Commission could impose a fine of up to 10 percent of its annual worldwide revenue — that would be close to a whopping $5 billion in Google’s case.The Commission said Google will “clearly separate promoted links from other web search results by clear graphical features” and “display links to three rival specialized search services close to its own services, in a place that is clearly visible to users.”Opt-outGoogle will also give all websites the option to keep their content from being used in Google’s specialized search services, “while ensuring that any opt-out does not unduly affect the ranking of those web sites in Google’s general web search results,” it said.In addition, the proposed remedies will give newspaper publishers greater control over what appears in Google’s news aggregator, Google News.Google is also giving marketers greater ability to buy ads on rival networks — one of several concessions aimed at appeasing fears it is abusing its dominance of the online advertising market.To normal users in Europe, the changes in the display of search results will only be visible once the Commission accepts the settlement, most likely later this year.Algorithm unchangedHowever, Google’s algorithm — the unique mathematical formula that ranks its search results — will remain unchanged. That means the company retains the power to decide what search results are displayed most prominently.The Commission’s investigation was initially triggered by complaints from Google’s rivals.One of them, British comparison-shopping site Foundem, said that at first glance the proposed concessions “fall far short” of ensuring a level playing field in the search results market.“Instead of promising to end its abusive practices, Google’s proposal seems to offer a half-hearted attempt to dilute their anti-competitive effects, by labeling Google’s own services and throwing in some token links to competitors’ services alongside them,” the company said.The measures won’t “make a dent in Google’s ability to hijack the traffic and revenues of its rivals,” it added.Google worked closely with the Commission on the concessions’ design until formally submitting them earlier this month.“We continue to work cooperatively with the European Commission”, Google spokesman Al Verney said today.90 per cent market shareGoogle’s web search service has a market share of over 90 percent in the EU, a bloc of over 500 million people that makes up the world’s largest economy. In the U.S., competitors Bing and Yahoo have a share of about 30 percent of the search market.Separately, major tech companies led by Microsoft Corp. this month also filed another EU antitrust complaint against Google, alleging the company uses the dominant position of its Android smartphone operating system to illegitimately promote its own array of internet services.Microsoft, which has been a leading player in the complaints against Google, has had its own protracted run-ins with the EU Commission. The company from Redmond, Washington, has paid €2.2 billion in various fines since investigations began in 1998.Read: From Budapest to Everest, Google Street View reaches 50 countries >last_img read more

Microsoft Surface listed for 1000 by Swedish etailer

first_imgMicrosoft is hoping to lead the Windows RT charge itself with the Surface and Surface Pro tablets. Specific pricing has yet to be revealed, but the company promised that they would be competitive with other tablets and Ultrabooks on the market. Over in Sweden, one web retailer has already started taking pre-orders — at prices that convert to $1,000 to $2,100.Obviously, those prices aren’t anywhere near what most consumers would consider competitive. That said, figuring out what’s going on here isn’t as easy as running a Krona to dollar conversion on a currency exchange website.First off, electronics tend to cost more in Sweden than in the U.S., due in part to the addition of 25% VAT. The new iPad (Wi-Fi only, 16GB) sells for around $629 in Sweden, compared to just $519 in the U.S. That could put the converted entry-level 32GB Surface price closer to $800.That’s much more reasonable, but it’s still not within striking distance of the iPad. Is Microsoft really planning on selling the cheapest Surface for $800 when the iPad is almost $300 cheaper? No.The Surface and Surface Pro won’t go on sale until October, and Microsoft hasn’t given any official pricing direction yet. Webhallen is probably hoping to secure a few pre-orders from enthusiasts way ahead of the tablets’ release. It’s become a common occurrence for web retailers in recent years with smartphones, tablets, and laptops — and especially when it comes to buzzworthy devices like the Surface.It’s very likely that the 32GB Surface will be priced in line with the 32Gb Wi-Fi only iPad, while the Surface Pro will sit alongside the first round of Windows 8 Ultrabooks. The spread is pretty wide right now, so that could be anywhere from $800 to $1,100.More at Netbooknews and Webhallenlast_img read more

Cops call for better coordination between police forest

first_imgKothagudem: Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt on Tuesday has conducted a meeting with forest officials after the incident of attack on department officials on Monday.Addressing the meeting, the SP said the meeting was being conducted to help the officials and police departments have better coordination. Stating that police would always support officials protecting the forest lands, the SP requested the forest officials to give prior information to local police and get the security before they take on encroachments. Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Uday Kumar Reddy, District Forest Officer Ram Babu and all district forest officers attended the meeting.last_img

Centre and RBI must join hands

first_imgThe reassuring remarks made by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on March 22,stating that everything is honky-dory between the Ministry of Finance and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), inadvertently implied that the mutual relationship continues to be tense. The denial of ‘disconnect’ between the two institutions said this in ample measure! Though the Governor of the central bank is chosen and appointed by the government, with past precedents showing that by and large they seldom embarrassed their benefactor, there were occasions in the past when some had chosen not to go in tandem with the government in following loose monetary policy when the authorities showed predilection for loose fiscal policy. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceIn fact, during the two tenures of the UPA government, the then Finance Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram had to concede that he would have to walk alone on the path of growth if the apex bank was reluctant to go along with him, by following an accommodating monetary policy ;i.e. softening the monetary policy rates. When things went out of control in the summer of May 2012, with the abrupt announcement of a likely exit of quantitative easing; in other words what economists had dubbed unconventional monetary policy by the U.S Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, all hell broke loose in emerging economies; with India suffering the worst in terms of flight of capital, volatile exchange rate and a perilous spike in the current account deficit. It was at this juncture, that the UPA government sent its Chief Economic Adviser, Dr. Raghuram G Rajan to Mint Street in Mumbai to preside over the affairs of the country’s central bank-the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). What he did in subsequent, post his appointment went into the economic history books of this country, with the Indian economy ably steered back to normalcy. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeIncidentally, Rajan himself acknowledged the gravitas and the greatness of the institution he had been chosen to helm, at the First State Bank ‘Banking and Economic Conclave’ in Mumbai in June17, 2014. He stated that “the RBI, despite the general deterioration in the probity of public institutions, has maintained a reputation for integrity” and must perforce have to “work on maintaining a culture, as well as service conditions, that encourage integrity”. This frank assessment about an 80-year old institution, that he had only taken over recently needs to be seen in a historical context: the apex bank’s well-earned functional autonomy and independence down the decades is the result of being ably steered by many distinguished helmsmen like Rajan. Be that as it may, there are two areas on which most of the issues of differences in perceptions seem to be assailing both the Ministry of Finance and the RBI. Recently a momentous agreement on Monetary Policy Framework (MPF) has been signed between the apex bank and the Ministry of Finance, committing the RBI to bring inflation below 6 per cent by January 2016; with a target of 4 per cent with a band of plus/minus 2 per cent for 2016-17 and all the ensuing years. The accord also provides for the constitution of a Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) as in the United Kingdom and other European Countries, this committee will be tasked with setting the monetary policy, instead of the extant practice where the RBI Governor and his deputies set the monetary policy; after taking due account of all the factors that operate in the economy. Reports are rife that there are differences with the government over the formation of the MPC with both of them not on the same page over the precise nature and composition of the proposed Committee. It needs to be noted that this major pact of binding the government to a monetary strategy through inflation-setting follows a universal trend at other major central banks.Here a caveat is in order. Most of the developed economies which embraced inflation-targeting two decades ago were at their wits’ end in recent years as inflation rate and interest rates were in the negative zone or on the wane, in the wake of quantitative easing that flooded economies with cheap money flow, making a travesty of any attempt at targeting inflation; with too much money chasing few takers resulting in asset booms which triggered undesirable consequences. The emerging economy of Brazil has continuously missed its midpoint inflation target of 4.5 per cent for two years, thanks to a distinct lack of fiscal discipline. India has several unenviable parallels with Brazil on this score as the authorities have not shown any seriousness in quality fiscal consolidation up till now and the primary objective seems to be stoking public investment and public demand, the implied consequences of which, especially on inflation is too visible to be vaporized by the wishful-thinking that a growth-crazy government is keen on persisting with out of sheer compulsion. The onus on delivering inflation target on the apex bank alone is disproportionate to the clout and heft of the apex bank. The authorities in the saddle should not swerve from the quality fiscal consolidation path, in order to bring a measure of stability to the fundamentals of the economy and the proper macro-economic milieu to ensure non-inflationary quality growth. Between the Congress penchant for inclusive growth through imprudent spending on welfare policies without ensuring the wherewithal to fund the spend and the BJP-led NDA’s façade of fiscal responsibility by spending on infrastructure, the bottom line remains that the central bank has to be vigilant about any vulnerability to the larger financial stability. Leaving aside this vital issue, the composition and voting rights or veto power to the RBI governor are equally thorny issues where both the parties would not like to cede ground-particularly the political leadership which has the indispensable remit to run the economy while the institutional regulator has only the dispensable moral authority!On the issue of carving out a separate Public Debt Management Agency (PDMA), the RBI Governor appears to have yielded ground albeit with a qualifier in place, he stated that “a public debt management agency as a professional organization, independent of the central bank, independent of the government, is something that is desirable”. RBI had reconciled itself to abrogating its public debt management remit because of the dichotomy in that role: as the government’s sole debt manager it had to ensure money could be raised at low interest rates, whereas as a central bank, battling inflation in a permanently supply-constrained nation, it is compelled to increase interest rates. This dichotomy was too difficult to sustain any longer.All said and done, despite Jaitley’s supposedly ‘candid’ confession that there is no “disconnect” with the apex bank over the recent functional overhauls, the need of the hour is for both institutions to respect each other’s functional space, keeping in mind the best interests of running the world’s third largest economy. IPAlast_img read more

78th death anniversary of Tagore observed in city

first_imgKolkata/Darjeeling: The 78th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore was observed on Thursday with due solemnity.The statue of Tagore was garlanded and the students of Rabindra Bharati University sung his songs at the Jorasanko campus of the university, where the bard had breathed his last. Professor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, vice-chancellor of RBU, said an exhibition on the lives of Tagore and Gandhi, whose 150th birth anniversary will be celebrated in October, was inaugurated on Thursday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThough the differences between Tagore and Gandhi are well known, it did not affect their friendship. Gandhi had visited Santiniketan four times and on two occasions he was accompanied by his wife Kasturba. Gandhi had given Tagore a cheque of Rs 60,000, when the latter needed the money. Similarly, on one occasion Tagore had gone to see Gandhi when he was on hunger strike in jail and gave him a glass of fruit juice to break the fast. The exhibition will be held for one month and may be extended further. Professor Basu Ray Chaudhury said such an elaborate exhibition on the lives of two great personalities is the only of its kind held in Kolkata so far. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThere was also a discussion on ‘Tagore and Gandhi: A noble debate’, in which Professor A Annamalai took part. Mayor Firhad Hakim garlanded the statue of Tagore at Nimtala crematorium. The death anniversary of Tagore was observed at New Town as well. At Upasanasthal, the residents took part in a prayer in the morning. This was followed by singing of Tagore’s songs. In the afternoon, saplings were planted in the campus of Rabindra Tirtha by scholars and important persons. Noted Sanskrit scholar Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri was the chief guest of the programme. Rabindra Tirtha will organise programmes on Tagore on Saturdays and Sundays in August. Meanwhile, the death anniversary of Tagore was also commemorated at Mongpu in Darjeeling. Deepap Priya P, the District Magistrate, Darjeeling garlanded the statue of the bard there. Addressing the gathering, the DM stated that very soon renovation work of the museum, bungalow and the surroundings will be taken up. “In order to promote Mongpu we will organise a three-day-long tourist festival at Yogighat in December this year,” stated the District Magistrate. Mongpu, 32 km from Darjeeling was the bard’s favourite haunt. Tagore had visited the place in 1938, 1939 and 1940 –the year in which his birthday was also celebrated here. This was his last visit as he fell ill and had to return to Kolkata.last_img read more

Clementinum in Prague – The Most Beautiful Library in the World

first_imgWith culture and education this old, it’s only natural that Prague would have arguably the most beautiful library of them all in the Clementinum Library. Arguably, one of the most beautiful and admired cultural centers in Europe is the city of Prague in the Czech Republic, founded circa 880. The capital of Bohemia is home to the oldest university in Central Europe, dating back to 1348.The Clementinum (Klementinum in Czech) which is a historic complex of buildings housing the national library, is not considered only the most beautiful library in Prague but in the world, as well. The complex was founded when the Jesuits arrived in Bohemia in 1556. The name comes from the chapel dedicated to St. Clement, built in the 11th-century. Later, in the medieval period, a Dominican monastery was founded in the same place, providing a home to the Jesuits.In 1622, the monastery was promoted to a university which later became the third largest Jesuit university in the world. In 1653, 31 years after its establishment, the Jesuits began with the reconstruction and expansion of the complex, which lasted for more than 170 years, employing some of the most prominent architects of the time. The Clementinum was expanded on over 2 hectares, becoming one of the largest building complexes in Europe. It is today the second largest complex in Prague after Prague Castle.East entrance of the Clementinum.Although it is still a beautiful example of Baroque architecture, you can find various kinds of architectural styles in the complex, due to its long renovation period. Besides the classrooms, the Jesuits built bedrooms, a print room, church buildings, a pharmacy, and of course, the library. In 1654, two years after the library from Charles University was transferred there, the Clementinum college and university were merged. The complex was run by the Jesuits until 1773 when their order was dissolved. Two years after the Jesuits left, the oldest weather recording lab in the Czech Republic began operating as a part of the Clementinum University, and it is still functional to this day.Clementinum library. Photo by Bruno Delzant CC by 2.0Officially, the library was opened in 1722. The book collection dates back to the time of the Jesuits, and it still has books with white spines and red marks left by them. Currently, the library is a home to more than 20.000 books, most of which are foreign theological literature, with writings dating from the 17th century up until today. Some of those rare books were given to Google for scanning and will soon be available on Google Books.Klementinum, Prague 2008The interior of the library is of a baroque style, and the magnificent frescoes on the ceiling are made by Jan Hiebl. The frescoes depict Jesuit saints, patrons of the university and motifs of education. The interiors have been untouched since the 18th century, with the portrait of Joseph II mounted at the head of the library hall, the Emperor who transferred the books from the abolished monastic libraries to the Clementinum Library. The library has a remarkable collection of terrestrial globes and astronomical clocks.In 1777, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria declared the university and library as open to the public. In 1781, the director of the library Karel Rafael Ungar established a collection of Czech literature, which he called Biblioteca Nationals. This has triggered the idea of creating a national library.His collection still stands in the same place, at the head of the library hall. One year later, in 1782, it was transformed into a legal deposit library. In 1990, the Clementinum became known as the National Library. Besides the magnificent examples of Czech literature collected by director Karel Rafael Ungar, the library houses pieces written by Tycho, Brahe, and Comenius.Prague Clementinum as seen from the top floor, where the Slavic library is situated. – By Aktron – CC BY-SA 3.0Today, the library is still functional. For several years there was a debate about expanding the space for future library collections as it was expected that the library would fill its capacity by 2010. So, in January 2006, the Prague authorities made a decision to sell one of the city-owned property to the National Library.Read another story from us: The Furness Library, officially known as the Fisher Fine Arts Library was the first library built in PennsylvaniaIn the same year, an international architectural competition was started to get a design for the new National Library building. The architect Jan Kaplicky won the contest, and the final project is in the process of being realized.last_img read more

WWII Warship Lost with Five Sullivan Brothers Has Been Found

first_imgA gun turret containing a Mark 12 5-inch gun from the USS Juneau that was discovered as part of the sunken warship’s wreckage on March 17, 2018. Credit: Navigea Ltd.One of the most well-known stories of family sacrifice in wartime is the loss of the five Sullivan brothers aboard the light cruiser USS Juneau during World War II. That story resurfaced after an expedition headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen discovered wreckage from the USS Juneau lying on the ocean floor in the South Pacific.Serving together aboard the USS Juneau, the Sullivan brothers were all lost at sea after their battle-damaged warship received a torpedo hit that blew the Juneau in half and killed most of the crew. Their deaths have played into some myths and misconceptions surrounding U.S. military policies on permitting family members to serve together and excusing “sole survivors” from duty. But their loss also represents just one chapter in a broader story of fighting and dying alongside family members in times of war.[embedded content]Joining Up and Serving TogetherThe five Sullivan brothers grew up in the small town of Waterloo, Iowa and bounced around between school and doing odd jobs during the Great Depression of the 1930s. By 1937, the eldest brothers Frank and George had signed up for the U.S. Navy. They were able to both get stationed together on the destroyer USS Hovey as part of four years of peacetime service that ended in May 1941. Such family postings together in the peacetime Navy were supposedly standard practice for the time, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command.The Imperial Japanese military’s attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941 provided a personal wakeup call to the Sullivans. Two good family friends—a pair of Iowan brothers named Bill and Masten Ball—were serving on the battleship USS Arizona that sank after being torn apart by a violent explosion from a bomb going off in one of the warship’s powder magazines. Masten survived, but Bill lost his life.Bill’s death spurred the Sullivan brothers to enlist in the Navy together. George, one of the elder brothers who had formerly served in the Navy, wrote a letter on behalf of all the Sullivans that petitioned the Navy to keep the “five brothers and two buddies” together during deployment. “As a bunch, there is no-body that can beat us,” Frank Sullivan wrote in the letter.The five Sullivan brothers. From left to right: Joseph, Albert, George, Francis, Madison. Credit: Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum.The Sullivans’ request technically went against the Navy’s official policies of the time period. In July 1942, the Bureau of Naval Personnel’s published an article in its Information Bulletin that forbade commanding officers from forwarding requests such as those from the Sullivan brothers.The Bureau considers that it is to the individual family interest that brothers not be put on the same ship in war time, as the loss of such a ship may result in the loss of two or more members of the family, which might be avoided if brothers are separated. An instance of this was the loss of three brothers on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, T. H. (Territory of Hawaii), on December 7, 1941. In view of the above, Commanding Officers will not forward requests for brothers to serve in the same ship or station.But the U.S. Navy did not seem to actually enforce this policy in practice, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. The Sullivans got their wish to serve together aboard the light cruiser USS Juneau that was commissioned for active duty on Valentine’s Day, 1942.The Night of BattleThe USS Juneau and the Sullivans became part of the first major Allied offensive against Imperial Japan in the Guadalcanal campaign of the South Pacific. In August 1942, American and Australian naval forces supported U.S. Marines who seized Guadalcanal and other islands in the Solomon Islands chain from the Japanese troops who had occupied them earlier.But the Imperial Japanese military was not willing to give up on Guadalcanal. Control of the island and its airfield could have potentially allowed Japanese warplanes to threaten sea supply lanes between the United States and Australia. Attempts to land more Japanese troops and reinforcement by Japanese naval forces led to multiple land and naval battles with the Allied forces.By November 1942, the struggle was still ongoing as both Allied and Japanese forces attempted to reinforce their troops on the island. On November 13, the USS Juneau joined two other light cruisers, two heavy cruisers and eight destroyers as they steamed out to meet an approaching Imperial Japanese naval force that included two battleships, a light cruiser and 11 destroyers.Credit: U.S. Navy graphic by Annalisa UnderwoodThe resulting night battle became a brutal slugfest in the dark as both sides traded cannon fire and torpedoes at close quarters. During the 40 minutes of chaotic combat, the USS Juneau received a torpedo hit and was forced to retire from battle. The light cruiser rejoined the surviving U.S. ships at dawn and began moving off to the southeast.A Japanese submarine sighted the U.S. ships around 11 AM and fired a spread of three torpedoes aimed at the damaged heavy cruiser USS San Francisco. None of the torpedoes struck the heavy cruiser, but one traveled beyond and hit the USS Juneau on the port side close to where it had been previously damaged. That second torpedo strike set off a huge explosion in the cruiser’s ammunition storage that blew the ship in half.An estimated 115 members of the ship’s crew initially survived the explosion, including possibly one or two of the Sullivan brothers. But delays in sending rescue efforts due to fears of additional enemy submarines and ships meant that only 10 men were rescued from the water eight days after the USS Juneau went to the bottom. None of the Sullivans were among the survivors.Total U.S. losses from the battle included two light cruisers—the USS Juneau being among the casualties—and four destroyers. The Imperial Japanese force lost two destroyers and was forced to scuttle a badly damaged battleship. More importantly, the Japanese naval force retreated and never carried out its mission of bombarding the U.S. airbase on Guadalcanal, which enabled U.S. warplanes to continue operating from there.Family Service and Sole Survivor PoliciesThe publicized loss of the Sullivans led to proposals for a Congressional act that would prohibit family members from serving together. But in the end, Congress never took action on that matter, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. For that matter, no president ever enacted a similar policy through executive order.Still, the U.S. military did take some steps to recognize family sacrifices and potentially alleviate the pain of a family losing all its sons to the war. Toward the end of World War II, the Bureau of Naval Personnel began issuing “sole survivor” directives that allowed servicemen serving in the Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard to apply for transfer to non-hazardous duties if their families had already lost two or more sons.The light cruiser USS Juneau in New York Harbor in February 1942. The ship was sunk during the naval battle of Guadalcanal in the South Pacific in November 1942. Credit: U.S. NavyAfter the war ended in 1945, the Bureau of Naval Personnel issued the following statement: “With the end of the war with Japan, the Navy can now revert to its long-time policy of not prohibiting members of the same family from serving together aboard the same ship or at the same activity.” This may not have had much impact, given that the Navy apparently never strictly enforced the prohibition on family members serving together even during the war.In 1948, Congress passed the Selective Service Act that included a provision exempting the sole surviving son of a family if the family had one or more sons or daughters who had died as a result of military service. Later revisions have since expanded the exemption so that the current law provides a peacetime exemption for anyone–not just sole surviving sons–whose parent or sibling died, was captured, or is listed as missing in action as a result of military service. But nobody is exempt if Congress declares war or a national emergency.Other Bands of BrothersThe sheer scale of the conflict and casualties in World War II meant that some American families suffered grievous losses even if family members deployed in geographically distant theaters far from each other. A notable example that inspired the 1998 film “Saving Private Ryan” came from the four Niland brothers who hailed from Tonawanda, New York. Each joined different Army units, but three of the four brothers participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.Robert Niland, serving as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, was killed while manning his machine gun behind enemy lines. Preston Niland, serving with the 4th Infantry Division, died near Omaha Beach during the huge Allied amphibious assault. Meanwhile, Edward Niland, the eldest brother, had already been reported as missing after his B-25 Mitchell bomber was shot down during a mission over Burma in May 1944. (Edward was later discovered to be alive after having survived imprisonment in a Japanese camp.)When the U.S. Army discovered what had happened, it moved to exempt the surviving Niland brother from combat duty. Frederick “Fritz” Niland had been serving as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division and had dropped between Omaha and Utah beaches during the D-Day invasion of France. But with his new orders, he was sent back to England and eventually the United States to serve as military police (MP) for the rest of the war.The four Rogers brothers at the commissioning ceremonies for the USS Juneau at the New York Navy Yard Feb. 14, 1942. They are Joseph, Patrick, Louis, and James. Left to right. Credit: U.S. Naval History and Heritage CommandClearly, separation of family members serving in the military did not ensure that families would avoid losing multiple fathers, brothers and sons. But occasionally it did lead to different outcomes. The sinking of the USS Juneau could have meant a similar family tragedy involving the four Rogers brothers who were also serving together aboard the light cruiser, if not for two of the Rogers brothers making a fateful choice, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command.Just weeks before the light cruiser was lost near Guadalcanal, two of the Rogers brothers decided to take the U.S. Navy up on an offer to separate brothers serving together. In October 1942, Joseph and James “Jimmy” Rogers decided to transfer from the USS Juneau to a supply ship. When the USS Juneau went down in November 1942, Patrick and Louie Rogers both died along with the Sullivans and most of the crew.Joseph and Jimmy survived the war, and Joseph went on to marry and have a family. Both brothers eventually died as old men in the 1990s. That meant that neither lived to see Paul Allen’s expedition discover the wreckage from the USS Juneau lying on the seafloor near the Solomon Islands on March 17, 2018: 76 years after the light cruiser went down with the two Rogers brothers and five Sullivan brothers.last_img read more

Nintendo Announces the Switch Lite for 199

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » As the rumors predicted, Nintendo has announced a smaller version of the Switch is set to hit the market in September carrying the name Switch Lite.As The Verge reports, this Lite version of the Switch includes several big changes to the original model made possible and necessary by it being offered as a handheld-only device. First of all, it’s smaller and ships with a 5.5-inch touch screen rather than the Switch’s 6.2-inch display. The Joy-Cons are gone, replaced with integrated controls either side of the display. You’ll notice the directional buttons on the left have also been replaced with a D-Pad.No Joy-Cons also means Nintendo has removed the IR Motion Camera and the HD rumble feature from the Switch Lite. If you want to play a game that requires Joy-Con motion input, for example, 1-2 Switch or Pokemon Let’s Go, you’ll need to purchase a set of Joy-Cons separately to use with the Lite. The kickstand is also gone, which nobody will complain about, right?As it’s a handheld-only model, the Switch Lite can’t be hooked up to a TV, which also means it will only work with games that support handheld mode. Currently all games support handheld mode and now all future games will need to.So the Switch Lite is smaller, less versatile, and is missing some key features of the original Switch ($299.00 at Amazon). However, that does come with some positives. For one, the Switch Lite is $100 cheaper at $199. It’s noticeably lighter than the Switch and battery life is expected to be slightly better. There’s also going to be three color options at launch on Sept. 20, with the choices being yellow, grey, and turquoise. A Pokemon Sword and Shield edition is also planned.The price alone should make the Switch Lite a very popular choice and we could see the original Switch left on stores shelves. Isn’t this also the clearest sign yet that Nintendo has no intention of replacing the 3DS? July 10, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Western Sydney recognises value of a second airport

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Western Sydney could be changing its attitude towards a second Sydney airport, with local leaders recognising potential economic value and infrastructure growth an airport could bring to the region.Meeting this evening to consider changing its thirty-year opposition to a commercial airport, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), made up of LGA’s from Parramatta, Blacktown and Penrith, is said to be changing its point of view with the times.“Although there has been significant community opposition in the past, we suspect that attitudes have changed significantly during the past 20 years,” WSROC president Councilor Tony Hadchiti said.Tourism Industry Council NSW general manager Andrew Jefferies explained that unless the Federal Government loosened up its curfews and restrictions at Sydney Airport, a second commercial airport in Western Sydney would be “inevitable”.Currently Sydney Airport regulations only allow for 24 aircraft movements between the hours of 5.00am and 6.00am, despite the original Airports Act allowing for up to 35 aircraft movements.Meanwhile between 23.00 and 24.00 the Airports Act allows for 40 aircraft movements but regulations allow for none.Mr Jefferies said an airport that could run at maximum capacity, without legislative restrictions would help stimulate demand for the city’s visitor economy.“A joint report of the Federal and New South Wales Governments noted demand for between 750,000 and 1 million passengers a year from a commercial operation at Richmond and the RAAF’s own long term negativity of shared operations has now ceased,” he explained.“We urge Minister Albanese to release the findings of the Government’s study into Wilton and Richmond as a matter of urgency.” ……last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The recent suspension of Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington for the entire 2014 NFL season and the news that Washington will be placed on the reserve-suspended list has given rise to talk around how the NFL handles the usage of marijuana and whether or not it should be taken off the league’s list of banned substances. NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah told Bickley and Marotta Monday afternoon on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. that many around the league think that the NFL’s attention should be focused more on eliminating performance enhancing drugs instead of marijuana which is slowly gaining more momentum to legalize around the country. Colorado and Washington state already have laws on the books allowing citizens to legally carry small amounts the drug. Jeremiah himself took the opposite stance. “The rules are what they are and to me it’s just tough to fathom how you would jeopardize everything to make the decision that these guys have made,” Jeremiah said. “It’s not too difficult I wouldn’t think to abide by them.”In April 2013, Washington was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. In May 2013, Washington was arrested and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault after pushing his ex-girlfriend in an altercation over their five-month-old child.According to a report by ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Cardinals will put Washington on the reserve-suspended list in order to try and reclaim a $10 million option bonus on his contract.“The difficult thing and the advantage he (Cardinals general manager Steve Keim) has in this situation is that Steve Keim has the chance to be around him and find out what he’s all about and to listen to him and speak with him about what happened here and if he’s comfortable that, there is a game plan going forward that this doesn’t happen again,” Jeremiah said. Washington was drafted by the Cardinals with the 47th pick in the 2010 NFL draft. He has started 53 of 59 games in his NFL career with the Cardinals collecting 325 total tackles and 18 sacks. If the Cardinals eventually decide to release Washington, Jeremiah is convinced that another team will quickly pick him up and take a chance on the 2012 All- Pro and 2013 Pro Bowl selection. “You’re talking about a player with a very very rare skill set for the position,” Jeremiah said. “He is a rare talent and if he does get cut loose then he won’t be on the market for very long.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network analyst 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 30, 2017 2:53 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 30, 2017 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Daniel Talbot, a force in the independent film world who distributed art house movies and co-founded New York City’s influential Lincoln Plaza Cinema, has died.Talbot’s death was announced Friday in a post on the movie theatre’s Facebook page. He was in his 90s and had been in declining health in recent months, according to trade publication Variety.Two weeks ago, it was reported that the theatre’s lease was up and it could close in January after operating for nearly four decades. Talbot and his wife and business partner, Toby Talbot, started and ran the six-screen theatre tucked into a basement in Manhattan’s Upper West Side neighbourhood.The couple would determine which films passed muster, flagging them for wider attention, Toby Talbot said in a recent interview with the website Deadline.“We acted as kind of first readers. If a film opened at Lincoln Plaza, it had to be worthwhile,” she said.Daniel Talbot ran the New Yorker Theater in the early 1960s and started the distribution company New Yorker Films in 1965 with “Before the Revolution,” among Bernardo Bertolucci’s earliest films.“I had no interest in distribution,” Talbot told Variety in 2009. “I made him a very small offer and I got the film, and that was the beginning of New Yorker Films.”Other releases included Louis Malle’s “My Dinner With Andre” and films by Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.A memorial service was scheduled Sunday at New York City’s Riverside Memorial Chapel, the chapel said Saturday.Talbot’s survivors include his wife and three daughters, according to Variety. Daniel Talbot, influential indie film figure, dies in NYClast_img read more

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