BMW hit & run case: 2 yr RI to Haryana industrialist’s son

first_imgA city court on Saturday awarded two years of rigorous imprisonment to Utsav Bhasin, the son of a Haryana—based industrialist, convicted of ramming his BMW car into a motorcycle and killing a man in 2008.Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Kumar also asked Bhasin to pay ₹ 10 lakh to the kin of the deceased and ₹ 2 lakh to a journalist who was riding pillion on the two-wheeler and was injured.The court had on May 5 held Bhasin guilty of offences under sections 304A (causing death by negligence), 279 (driving rashly which could endanger human life) and 338 (causing grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.The court had while convicting him dropped the charges of 304(II)(culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC.Bhasin was driving his BMW car when he had hit the two— wheeler on Moolchand flyover in South Delhi, killing Anuj Singh on September 11, 2008. A journalist of a TV channel was also injured in the incident.last_img read more

Shutdown against Bill hits life in Manipur

first_imgNormal life was thrown out of gear in Manipur on Monday as a result of protests by various groups against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which is pending in the Rajya Sabha.Six women vendors and one policewoman were injured during a clash between the two sides at a city market on Sunday. Hundreds of women vendors were staging protests against the Bill in the four markets within Imphal city. They blocked roads, affecting vehicular movement, and forced traders to close their shops.‘Excessive force’Police and paramilitary personnel tried to remove them but the women refused to budge. Soon a clash erupted between the two sides and the security personnel had to fire tear-gas canisters and mock bombs to disperse the protesters. The injured women were taken to Regional Institute of Medical Sciences for treatment. Criticising the use of “excessive force” on the protesters, Y. Dillipkumar, convener of Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill, said the women were “agitating in a democratic manner”.“The assault on the women vendors indicates that the State government is acting under the command of the Union government,” he claimed, adding that the agitation will intensify in the days to come.The women protesters returned to the main market to resume their protest on Sunday night. M. Babyratna, a woman vendor-activist, said their shutdown will continue till 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Some women vendors alleged that those who turned up on Monday morning to sell fish and vegetables were intercepted and their items were thrown away on the roads.Several civil organisations in Jiribam district bordering Assam called a 38-hour general strike from Monday morning. Shaved-head protest Several persons shaved off their heads as a mark of protest. Students who are members of six organisations protesting against the Bill marched with black flags in Imphal. Officials said there was “very thin attendance in offices”. Educational institutes, shops, commercial centres and banks were shut down.Autorickshaw drivers in Bishnupur district also took out a procession to condemn the Bill. Ibohal Sharma, president of the association of autorickshaw drivers, said some of them are prepared to immolate themselves if the Bill is passed in the Upper House. Former Minister Okram Joy said that the Bill should specifically mention that it will not apply in the North-eastern States.Officials said security measures have been tightened in all valley districts where people have been agitating. (With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Well Done: The Indian Vegetarian Selling Steaks In Hong Kong

first_imgSandeep Sekhri likes to defy the odds. Maybe that is why he is such a fan of Rafael Nadal, who, as an unheralded teen tennis player from Spain, shocked the world by winning the 2005 French Open title. Sekhri doesn’t even play tennis, but he still goes to the Roland-Garros tournament every year.It might also explain how the Indian immigrant to Hong Kong, a vegetarian for three decades, could sit atop a restaurant business that includes several popular steakhouses.Sekhri owns 28 high-end restaurants and bars across his adopted home, where he and his company, Dining Concepts, have become synonymous with the city’s dining scene.Read it at SCMP Related Itemslast_img

25 places your child must see before growing up!

first_imgFor all the parents who keep wondering where to take their children for some fun and learning both, this is nothing but list-heaven. Tick off from this list during summer holidays. Don’t miss the book suggestions!Penguins, South AfricaMake your children meet happy feet in Simon’s Town (one of the only 20-odd sites in the world you can find penguins), where wooden walkways let you watch these fascinating birds on Boulders Beach. They will love to watch the actions and antics of these African penguins in their natural habitat, and build sand castles besides at this perfect picnic spot. Sidelight: The scientific name for the African Penguin is Jackass sphensicus demersus–for the braying sounds they make when on land, and the penguin colony has grown due to the protection efforts of ‘Van the Penguin Man’– Mr van der Merwe. Take along: 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc FromentalDead SeaIn less than an hour’s drive from Jerusalem, you can be at this famous lowest point on Earth (400m below sea level) and floating–yes, actually bobbing like a buoy–on the salty sea that never ceases to astonish. Your children (and you) will never get over this weird and wonderful feeling of weightlessness. The sea is so salty that no fish can live in it–and while the water is said to be curative, it’s best for kids not to swallow the water. Follow it up with a cruise on the Dead Sea in a double-decker boat, and a visit to the House of Scribe museum that tells the story of how the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Take along: The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls by Hagit Allon, Iena Zehavi and Lena ZehaviadvertisementPyramids, GizaDo you need a reason? Your children will see the only ancient wonder still standing. They will be overawed by the pyramids of Khufu (Cheops), his son Khafra (Chephren), and grandson Menkaura (Mycerinus). The ramps that lead into the pyramids are just right for a child’s height. The ‘sun boat’ (meant to carry Cheops across the heavens) is a must-see. Take along: You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Pyramid Builder! by Jacqueline Morley & David AntramCadbury World, BirminghamThe century-old home of chocolates is a candyhouse-dream come true for children. The three-hour tour tells you the history of chocolate through colourful presentations. It offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like seeing how you look as a choco-statue, toy-car rides through Cadabra, write your name in chocolate, and eat your on-the-spot scrumptious treat and get a goody-bag. Take along: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlSan Diego ZooBeautifully laid out over thousands of acres in Balboa Park, and accessible by the free Skyfari tram, this is a joy for children used to seeing cramped cages. There’s spectacle upon spectacle: the giant pandas via a 24-hour panda cam, or polar bears in a recreated tundra habitat filled with tons of shaved snow, the rainforest aviary with over 200 birds, or Indo-Chinese tigers, gorillas, hippos in a recreated Congo basin. Don’t miss the Children’s Zoo, where they can pet animals and watch baby animals being bottle-fed! Take along: Alphabets Are Amazing Animals by Anushka RavishankarBig Five, KenyaAnyone, but especially children, would be thrilled to see a lion lazing about in the open. The most famous of Kenya animals are the ‘Big Five’–Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalos and Rhinos–but there are other amazing sights: zebras in the grasslands, pink flamingos in the lakes. A place like Lake Nakuru National Park will offer you a lifetime’s opportunity. Plus, on the road from Nakuru to Lake Baringo, you’ll cross the equator–an unmatched joy for the children! Take along: How to Draw Kenya’s Sights and Symbols by Melody S. Mis.Disneyland, Anaheim, LAThe ultimate magical land, every child’s wonderland, this ‘happiest place on earth’ doesn’t need introduction. From character-themed attractions such as Winnie the Pooh, Mickey and Di to car spins; from Indiana Jones adventure to Matterhorn bobsleds, from the Finding Nemo trip to the Pirates of the Caribbean cruise… What doesn’t this big daddy of theme parks have for every age and stage of childhood. You’ll be spoilt for choice and the children will have no complaints–for once. Take along: Who Was Walt Disney? by Whitney Stewart & Nancy HarrisonUniversal Studios, HollywoodThis one will leave your children shrieking with delight–right from the freaky Revenge of the Mummy ride to the fun Simpsons motion simulator, not to mention the Terminator show and the Jurassic Park splashdown with a T-Rex attack! The Shrek-4D is tops–the 4th Dimension is made of water-sprays, bumps, tickles, and other tactile experiences. The studio tram tour takes you past famous movie sets. Take along: Special Effects In Film And Television by Jake HamiltonadvertisementAnne Frank House, AmsterdamOn the Prinsengracht, an unassuming house is a living history lesson. The secret annexe here is where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for over two years, and wrote her diary. The house and museum is a perfect show-and-tell to talks about the cruelty of prejudice, undying courage against extreme odds. Children will be awed at seeing the bookshelf that swung on its hinges (and hid the entrance to the annexe), and the wall on which Anne taped her postcard collection. Take along: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankNational Air and Space Museum, Washington DCFlights of fantasy for your child! The museum records the story of flight, from Kitty Hawk to outer space, through about 50,000 aircraft and spacecraft–all original. The IMAX films are not to be missed; likewise the 3-D space-imagery show, or the Cosmic Collisions experience. The flight simulators, with VR images and sound-effects will drive them wild. Take along: The Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar System by Joanna Cole & Bruce DegenAmazon RainforestThis is the best place for children with a sense of adventure and a love of the outdoors. Here a puffbird, there a monkey frog, now a colourful macaw, now a howler monkey, a viper, and perhaps even a sloth bear… Spotting amazing wildlife and climbing into the rainforest canopy will fascinate children of all ages. Most lodges do not have electricity so it’s great if you want to show children that fun is possible without TV. This is where the wild things are–wilder than even your kids even! Take along: The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry.Taj MahalOf course, the children will get an opportunity to see it as adults, but nothing is quite like the first time you see the Taj Mahal–as a child–gleaming, white, almost unreal. However often they may have seen its pictures in books or caught it on TV, the very scale and beauty of it will be something they will always remember. The perfectly symmetrical monument, the stories of the emperor Shah Jahan who had it built, the designs in the marble, the cool floor however hot the weather is, the glimmering reflections in the pool… truly memorable. Forever. Take along: The Taj Mahal: How and Why It Was Built (Great Buildings) by Christine MoorcroftIgloo Village, Hotel Kakslauttanen, FinlandIgloos are always fascinating to children. Close to the Urho Kekkonen National Park along the road that goes to the Arctic Ocean, Hotel Kakslauttanen is where you can book your own igloo–from your bed–between December and April in the Igloo Village with the extraordinary glass and snow igloos, and the largest snow restaurant in the world. The leaping, mesmerising, Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) can be seen from late August to late April. The glass igloos are warm, and in the snow ones, you get insulated sleeping bags, socks and head-cover. Brrr outisde, but unforgettable. Take along: The Igloo by Charlotte & David YueadvertisementGiant’s Causeway, antrim, IrelandA World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway is said to be the result of a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. But younger children will be more fascinated by the other story: the legend of Finn MacCool, a great giant of a man, who built this causeway in order to fight a Scottish giant! Take along: Finn MacCool and the Giant’s Causeway by Malachy Doyle, Peter UttonHarry Potter Tour, EnglandThe Harry Potter London Black Taxi Tour takes you to the 150-year-old King’s Cross Station where you can try to find Platform 9, between platform 9 and 10, to catch the Hogwarts Express! Go on to Oxford to see Bodleian Library, the Hogwarts dining room and library, and Christ Church College that was the Hogwarts School. Take along: The Harry Potter series by J.K. RowlingMadame Tussaud’s Waxwork Museum, LondonA bit of a queue-up for this, yes, but still worth it as this is the closest your children (and you) will get to some of the people you admire–whether it is kings and queens, actors, and musicians of the past, or present-day stars such as Beckham, SRK or Sachin Tendulkar. The wax sculptures are surprisingly lifelike and there’s a lot of interactive fun to be had–such as giving a speech at the UN beside world leaders, or grooving with Beyonce. The macabre Chamber of Horrors (hoodlums, Dracula et al) is a big hit with older ones; and for 12-plus children there’s the new Chamber Live exhibit. Take along: The Fascinating Madame Tussaud by Rene FolletGreat Barrier ReefThere’s so much to do on this natural wonder of the world, the largest reef system, off the Queensland coast, made of more than 2900 reefs and 900 islands, that the children will never be bored–especially when you tell them it’s made of living things! They will enjoy snorkelling, exploring tide pools and looking at the corals… while you chill on the beach. Or take them for a glass-bottomed boat ride or on a helicopter joyride to get a bird’s eye view. Take along: The Great Barrier Reef by Erinn Banting.Bentota MangrovesIt’s a magical mystery tour meandering through the tangled roots of the amazing mangroves and the scattered islets on the Bentota river in Sri Lanka. Children will be delighted to catch sight of exciting wildlife like the ‘kabaragoya’ (water monitor). The hour-plus cruise is recommended because as you go further upstream the scenery is more unspoilt. An added plus in Bentota is the acre-wide Meetiyagoda moonstone mine. Take along: The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle by Lynne CherryMadurodam, The HagueMake your Lilliputian feel like Gulliver at Madurodam, a miniature city, with the Netherlands’ tourist attractions, skyscrapers, railroads, harbours… All built at a 1:25 scale. The best part is that the miniatures work and move too–cars careen down the highway, and airplanes taxi in at Schipol. The mayor of Madurodam is elected by a youth municipal council of 25 pupils from schools in the region! Take along: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan SwiftMount EverestWhich child doesn’t love records–biggest, widest, fastest, longest… How about getting the ‘highest’ one into their memory pockets, with a Mount Everest flypast that offers the thrill of seeing it up close–flights, lasting an hour, leave every morning around 6a.m. from Kathmandu to go within four nautical miles! On a clear day (Feb-April and Oct-Nov) you can see a magical view of the grandest mountains Everyone gets a window-seat on the small light aircraft, so no squabbling! Take along: The Top of the World by Steve JenkinsSabarmati Ashram, GujaratAfter textbooks and Munnabhai, time for the children to get a glimpse of the real thing–the ashram of the man of the millennium, Mahatma Gandhi. Historically important for housing the Father of the Nation, but also for being the site from where he began his Dandi March in 1930, taking your children here will ensure that they know he really is not just a history lesson! Places to see are Gandhi’s own cottage–Hriday Kun, Upasana Mandir–the open-air prayer ground, and the museum. At Hriday Kunj, Gandhi’s personal things are on display, including his charkha. Take along: The Mahatma and the Monkeys edited by Anu KumarThe Terracotta Army, Xi’anBe ready for big boggled eyes as rows upon rows of amazingly life-like ceramic soldiers stand at attention in three underground pits. The militia of 8,000 statues was built more than 2,000 years ago by Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, to guard him in the next world, and was discovered accidentally by farmers in 1974. No two soldiers are alike and there are also horses, chariots, acrobats and musicians. Take along: The Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China by Jane O’Connor.Corbett National ParkJust the thought of maybe, just maybe, being able to see a tiger will get the kids all excited. But children will be happy with every small, or big, creature they see. There are some 50 species of mammals in the park, including elephants, leopards, wild boar, sambhar, barking deer, and many species of reptiles, and birds. Many hotels have children’s camps and the jeep safari is always a thrill. Take along: Man Eaters of Kumaon by Jim CorbettZorb, RotoruaAn impossible looking adventure sport, zorbing is basically hurtling down inside a big ball, usually on a gentle slope, but also sometimes on a level surface (which allows more rider control). It should be tried out only at official Zorb sites; the first was established in Rotorua by Akers and David Akers. There are two kinds of orbs, harnessed (one or two riders) and non-harnessed (up to three riders). Children over six can try this but even if they are not up to doing it, they will love to watch! Take along: Kid’s Trip Diary by Loris and Marlin BreeNek Chand’s Rock Garden, chandigarhTell your children that the creator of this sculpture garden hid it from the authorities for over ten years and you’ll have their attention–if they are not already riveted by courtyard upon interconnected courtyard filled with many creatures real and imaginary. All made by a Road Inspector who used everything from forks, wires to broken bangles. Take along: Trash Crafts by Benita Sen Fact fileCape Town, SA: Delhi-Dubai-Cape Town on Emirates. Fare: Rs. 51,000Jordan: Delhi-Amman-Delhi on Royal Jordanian; Dead Sea is an hour away by road. Fare: Rs. 30,000Cairo: Delhi-Bahrain-Cairo on Gulf Air. Fare: Rs. 28,000London & Birmingham: Delhi-London-Delhi on Jet Airways. Fly or take the train to Birmingham. Fare: Rs. 37,000San Diego: Delhi-Chicago-San Diego on American Airlines. Fare: Rs. 67,000Kenya: Delhi-Dubai-Nairobi on Emirates. Fare: Rs, 39,000Los Angeles: Delhi-HK-Los Angeles on Cathay Pacific. Fare: Rs. 58,000Amsterdam & the hague: Delhi-Amsterdam-Delhi on KLM. The Hague is 30 minutes away by train. Fare: Rs. 25,000Washington: Delhi-Chicago-Washington on American Airlines. Fare: Rs. 60,000Amazon: Delhi-Amsterdam-Lima on KLM; and then Lima-Iquitos on Lan Peru Airlines. Fare: Rs. 90,000Agra: Fly to Delhi and take the Shatabdi.Finland: Delhi-Helinski-Ivalo on Finnair; Igloo Village is 30 minutes away by road. Fare: Rs. 45,000Ireland: Delhi-Belfast on BA; Giant’s Causeway is 2 hours away. Fare: Rs. 46,000Great Barrier Reef: Delhi-Singapore-Sydney-Cairns on Quantas. Fare: Rs. 60,000Bentota: Delhi-Chennai-Colombo on Kingfisher Airlines. Fare: Rs. 17,000Mt everest: Delhi-Kathmandu on Air India. Fare: Rs. 10,000Ahmedabad: Fly directly from any metro.Xi’an: Delhi-Shanghai-Xi’an on China Eastern Airlines. Fare: Rs. 42,000Corbett national park: Fly to Delhi and drive the six hours to Corbett.New Zealand: Delhi-HK on Air India; HK-Auckland-Roturua on Air New Zealand. Fare: Rs. 75,000Chandigarh: Fly or take the train from New Delhi. Information courtesy HRG SITA, New Delhi, tel: (011) 4122 6666. Fares are from Delhi, in approximation and may change according to your city of travel. They are up to date at the time of going to press, and subject to change.last_img read more

Shooting: Gagan fails to clinch gold

first_imgA wry smile played on Gagan Narang’s face as he addressed the media at the Karni Singh Shooting Range on Wednesday. What his optimistic words failed to do, however, was hide his disappointment at finishing with four gold medals instead of the six he was aiming for at the Games.Narang’s failure to make it to the 50m rifle prone singles final put India’s final medal tally in shooting at 14 gold, 11 silver and five bronze medals. This is after Heena Sidhu took second spot in the women’s 10m air pistol and Samaresh Jung settled for bronze in the 25m standard pistol event.The tally was three more than India’s overall total of 27 medals from Melbourne, but two shy of the mark of 16 gold set there. Narang could only manage a 590 in the qualification round to finish tied eighth. He missed out on the final in a shoot-off, managing 51.6 points, the same as Wynn Payne of Canada. Sri Lanka’s Mangala Samarakoon shot 53.2.Hariom Singh made it to the final but finished eighth with a total of 689.6 points, seven behind the winner, Jonathan Hammond of Scotland. Australian Warren Potent, the bronze medallist at the Beijing Olympics, took silver with 695.4 while Northern Ireland’s Matthew Hall finished third.Narang still counted the positives. “I am happy with my perform- By Shreyas Sharma in New Delhi ance, four gold medals with four new Games record is good. I did struggle a bit with prone position but I think we should look at the positives,” he said.advertisementNational coach Sunny Thomas said: “I have mixed feelings. The number of medals increased, but I wish the colour of a few of them was different. We could’ve got five more gold medals,” he said. Earlier, Heena suffered a heartbreaking loss in the 10m air pistol event.Leading Malaysia’s Pei Chin Bibiana Ng into the final on the basis of more perfect 10s after both had shot 383s in qualification, Heena only managed 98.6 compared to Pei’s 98.9 to end up with the silver medal.The other Indian in the fray, Annu Raj Singh, finished fourth, 3.1 points behind bronze medallist Dina Aspandiyarova of Australia. Jung, meanwhile, could not find his mark in the 25m standard pistol singles after having finished second in the pairs with C.K. Chaudhary.Any hopes of an addition to the tally in the last event of the Games evaporated with Allan Daniel Peoples (8th) and Mairaj Ahmad Khan (16th) failing to make the final in the men’s skeet singles.The surprise winner was England’s Richard Brickell, who beat former world champion Georgios Achilleos and his fellow Cypriot Andreas Chasikos in a shoot-off.Meanwhile, at the Kadarpur range, India managed to finish 11th in the full bore rifle pairs event, despite the athletes, Sushil Ghaley and Praveen Dahiya, having got their first experience of the guns just days before the competition.New Zealand won the pairs gold ahead of Scotland and England. Ghaley later finished 29th in the singles while Dahiya was 32nd, as England’s Parag Patel won gold, ahead of Australia’s James Corbett and Northern Ireland’s David Calvert.last_img read more

BCCI refuses to blink again, says will not accept Lodha reforms in totality

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) continues to remain defiant and refused to accept contentious Lodha recommendations in a special meeting held at New Delhi today. The meeting chaired by BCCI president Anurag Thakur was called to discuss the board’s future course of action ahead of Supreme Court’s final hearing on Monday. (BCCI president Thakur now part of ICC’s finance committee)According to sources, BCCI apprised state associations that their lawyer’s arguments have still not been heard and that they are hoping their side of the story, reservations about recommendations, will be heard during Monday hearing. (Anurag Thakur’s affidavit to be on focus in next BCCI meeting)Moreover, it has also been learnt that affidavits by Raknakar Shetty and Anurag Thakur will be filed on Monday, as directed by the apex court in the last hearing. Some state associations also have practical difficulties in implementing the Lodha reforms in totality. (BCCI setting dangerous precedent with its defiance of Supreme Court)In the interim order passed by the Supreme Court on October 7, it was stated that BCCI was far from lending its full cooperation to Lodha committee which has suggested sweeping reforms in the cricket Board.The Court also directed the BCCI that it should not disburse any funds to state cricket bodies until they agree to the reforms specified by the Lodha Committee.BCCI in its Special General Meeting had decided to implement the Lodha committee’s recommendations in part excluding the contentious ones such as a three-year cooling off period for office-bearers, one state one vote and an age cap of 70 for the administrators.advertisementlast_img read more

Photo Advisory second, Photos released up to 8.20 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: July 21, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Coimbatore: Goddess Maa Kaali Amman (A) Surat: Heavy rains (B) Balurghat: Farmer in paddy farm (A) Gandhinagar: Shankarsinh Vaghela at a public meeting (A+B) Guwahati: AITUC Dharna (B) Kolkata: TMC Martyrs Day celebration day in Kolkata (B) Dharamsala; Protest in Dharamsala (B) Srinagar: Protest against civilians killings in Srinagar (A) Bhopal: Haseena Parkar film promotion in Bhopal (B) Chennai: Women offer prayers in Chennai (A) Amritsar: Artist gives final touche to statues of Lord Ganesha (B) Jammu: J&K protest over sugar (B) Lucknow: SP and congress protest in Lucknow (B) Dehradun: Uttarakhand CM inaugurates workshop (A) Gurugram: Shivratri celebration (B) Chandigarh: Haryana CM Khattar addressing a press conference (B) New Delhi: A painting at the ongoing exhibition “My Journey To Portugal-Prelude” (B) Jerusalem: Palestinians run away from tear gas thrown by Israeli police officers (B) Lucknow: Terrorist Mohammed Saleem being produced in Lucknow court (B) New Delhi: J & K Governor N N Vohra in New Delhi (B) Kishanganj: Dolphin found at Mahanadi River bank (B) Bhopal: Haseena Parkar film promotion in Bhopal (B) Gurugram: Taapsee Pannu at an event (A) New Delhi: Piyush Goyal at agreement signing ceremony (B) New Delhi: Modi meets BJP MPs (B) Karnaprayag: Bus fell down in Karnaprayag (B) INTERNATIONAL Tokyo: Britains Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson shakes hands with Japans PM (A) Lebanon-Syria border: Hezbollah cannon pounding militants positions on the Lebanon-Syria border (B) Moscow: Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev steps down from a new self-driving minivan (A) St. Petersburg: Naval parade rehearsal in St.Petersburg (A) Ramallah: Clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem (B) SPORTS Chennai: Chennaiyin FC press conference (B) Nagoya: Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya (B) PTI PHOTO VNA KISadvertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to come with 3x zoom dual cameras, says Analyst

first_imgSamsung confirmed to launch the most anticipated device of the year — Note 8 on August 23. The South Korean company in its official teaser confirmed that the Note 7 successor will come with a massive display and S Pen. Now, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities has revealed that Note 8’s cameras will support 3x optical zoom feature. This was first reported by a Chinese micro-blogging site — mydrivers.com.With that, Note 8 is going to be the first handset by Samsung to sport dual cameras, if only the company doesn’t unveil the Galaxy C10 which is also tipped to come with two cameras at the back. Ming-Chi Kuo earlier said that Note 8 will sport a 12-megapixel wide-angle CIS (CMOS image sensors) which will be coupled with dual photodiode and enable users to capture better low-light shots. While the secondary camera will sport a 13-megapixel telephoto CIS with dual 6P technology and 3X zoom.Also Read: Galaxy Note 8 to launch on August 23, confirms Samsung as new leaked renders show dual camerasThe South Korean smartphone maker has started sending out media invites for the Galaxy Note 8 that mention “Do bigger things”. Rumours hint that the Galaxy Note 8 will come with a 6.3-inch display, slightly bigger than that of the recently launched Galaxy S8. In the invite Samsung also mentions “Find out what it means to do bigger things on 08.23.2017,” in its tweet. Samsung doesn’t say much about the smartphone though. All that it highlights is that the device with a big screen is coming.advertisementIn the invite image, shared by Samsung Mobile on Twitter on Thursday, shows an outline of a smartphone with an Infinity Display. So, this confirms that the upcoming Note 8 will come with the display similar to that of the Galaxy S8. Furthermore, it also hints that the device will come with the signature S Pen.A report leaked earlier this week reveals that Note 8 release will be carried out in two phases. The first phase will commence in early September, where Samsung is said to release the Note 8 in select markets like — US, South Korea, and the UK. While in the second phase which is to start in October, Samsung is said to release the smartphone in other markets. This means that the South Korean smartphone manufacturer may bring the Galaxy Note 8 to the Indian market sometime around the month of October.last_img read more

I will definitely be at Leverkusen next season – Havertz

first_imgRumoured Bayern Munich target Kai Havertz has ruled out a move away from Bayer Leverkusen for at least another year.The 20-year-old enjoyed an impressive campaign with the Bundesliga side last season, and has been linked with a €90 million switch to league champions Bayern.Havertz, however, has been with Leverkusen since the age of 11 and is in no rush to move on just yet, although he admitted he may be interested in a transfer further down the line. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “For me, it has long been clear that I will spend the next season in Leverkusen, without any ifs and buts,” he told Suddeutsche Zeitung.”I feel very well in Leverkusen and I see a period here in which I can develop very well.”At some point I will take the next step. If it comes to that, then no one will be angry with me here. You just want to achieve the most possible in your career.”A number of other European clubs have been tipped to move for Havertz on the back of a campaign that saw him score 17 goals and set up three more in the German top flight.But Leverkusen managing director Rudi Voller previously told any interested suitors to forget about bidding for the Germany international, who is under contract at BayArena until 2022.”It’s logical for clubs to come close, but there was nothing to be agreed and not too much to talk about,” Havertz added. “For the coming season, I can definitely say that Leverkusen is the right place for me.”Leverkusen’s successful attempt to qualify for the Champions League, thanks to their fourth-place Bundesliga finish last term, will also have had a huge bearing on Havertz’s decision.They guaranteed their place in Europe’s premier cup competition after ending the campaign three points ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach.Havertz was called up to Joachim Low’s Germany squad for the very first time last summer, and was included for matches against France and Peru.  He then made his international debut last September, coming on as a late substitute against Peru in a 2-1 win for Germany.last_img read more

Enbridge defends pipeline safety ad but critics insist company is playing catch

VANCOUVER — Those reading major newspapers in British Columbia, Alberta or Ontario over the past two days might have noticed a full-page ad placed by Calgary-based Enbridge.The statement from the oil giant emphasized the company’s “99.999 per cent” pipeline safety record and its commitment to preventing oil spills.While Enbridge maintains the ad was not a direct reaction to negative publicity it has been receiving in recent months, some critics are viewing it as an effort to win over those opposed to one of the company’s major proposed Canadian projects.Andrew Barr/National Post Shortly after the scathing U.S. report, which likened Enbridge to the “Keystone Kops,” Enbridge announced it would invest another US$500-million in safety improvements to the Northern Gateway pipeline.But the oil giant continues to see opposition to the proposal.Hillman said Enbridge would need to do much more than placing an ad if it wants to persuade British Columbians to support Northern Gateway.“As much as you like to have a large flag that you can wave, the reality is you’re still dealing with aboriginal communities, and with others all the way along the pipeline and other interest groups,” he said.“You need to be able to work with them and develop those relationships as well.”Holder agreed.“There’s no question, we know we have a lot of work to do, especially in the province of British Columbia, to convince the public that Enbridge is a respectable company, that we can build pipelines in a safe and reliable and sustainable way,” she said.“I wouldn’t say we’re ready to say it’s working yet — I believe we have a lot of more work to do, but we have some time on our side, and we will continue helping the public understand who we are.”In Ottawa, the head of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, Brenda Kenny, acknowledged the industry is playing catch-up when it comes to countering the negative perception some people have of pipelines.“As a sector, we’re coming to this late in terms of going public with the programs we have underway,” Kenny said.“We should have been more communicative earlier. This is a sector that’s been operating very, very safely — and frankly, below the radar screen — for many, many decades. We recognize that it is of high importance to Canadians at this point in time, and very important to our country. So you will be seeing a lot more of us.”The association’s news conference Thursday on Parliament Hill was intended to draw attention to an initiative that has been in place for about four years aimed making pipelines safer and more environmentally sound.Kenny said her group plans to ramp up communications to better publicize the program, but dismissed the suggestion it amounted to little more than a public-relations effort.“This is absolutely not a PR exercise,” she said.“We owe it to Canadians to deliver infrastructure that is the safest in the world, and we owe it to Canadians to provide information that helps them make their own decisions about how they feel based on the facts.” Enbridge’s pipeline safety record has been attacked recently by environmental advocates, politicians and the media due to several spills from its pipelines in the U.S. The criticism comes as the company is trying to gain approval for its controversial Northern Gateway project, which would take Alberta oil to northern B.C. to be shipped to foreign markets.Indeed, it’s likely no coincidence that a prominent industry group staged a separate news conference Thursday in Ottawa to promote an existing program aimed at making pipelines safer and more environmentally sound.Mike Hillman, a former B.C. Liberal party campaign manager and a former public affairs consultant, said the Enbridge ad indicates the company may be trying to “play catch up” with those opposed to Northern Gateway.Hillman said if Enbridge is trying to garner support for the project, it should have made the company’s pipeline safety statistics more apparent to the public sooner.“If in fact you have an exceptional record and you have qualities that are in fact very real, then there’s no reason why those things shouldn’t be known to people much earlier in its existence,” he said.[np-related]“By bringing out those things now, by the sounds of it, to counter some of the reactions to their project in B.C and to also recent incidents that have happened, it’s a bit of catch up.”University of British Columbia social marketing professor Darren Dahl said the ad, which is a written statement by the company’s president Al Monaco and chief executive officer Pat Daniel, may also be an attempt to move public sentiment by giving out information that Enbridge feels is more accurate.By bringing out those things now, by the sounds of it, to counter some of the reactions to their project in B.C and to also recent incidents that have happened, it’s a bit of catch up“If you asked someone 10 years ago about pipelines, they probably had no opinion or they’re like, ’Yeah they’re well-managed,”’ Dahl said.“But because of the high stakes of the (Northern Gateway) proposal, and there has been some pipeline incidents in past years that has caught the media’s attention, people don’t have the same neutral or positive attitude…towards pipelines.”Indeed, Enbridge’s ad stresses the necessity of getting the facts on pipelines straight.“Pipeline safety has been much in the news lately, and so it’s important to give the issue some context—to look beyond the latest headline and recognize the outstanding long-term safety record of this important energy delivery system,” Monaco and Daniel wrote.But the company’s executive vice president of western access said the ad is not a direct response to some of the negative publicity it has been subjected to.“We’re just trying to assure the public that we do take safety very seriously,” Janet Holder told the Canadian Press in a phone interview.“This just further enhances that we take safety very seriously and that our track record would show that.”Last month, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board criticized Enbridge’s response to a pipeline spill of millions of litres of oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River on July 25, 2010, affecting more than 50 kilometres of waterways and wetlands.AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File read more

New global strategy targets raft of neglected tropical diseases – UN health

Dengue, leprosy, river blindness and guinea-worm disease are among 17 neglected tropical diseases now targeted by a new global strategy, supported by worldwide partners, that provides a steady supply of quality medications, the United Nations health agency said today.“With this new phase in the control of these diseases, we are moving ahead towards achieving universal health coverage with essential interventions,” says Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), introducing a new report, entitled “Sustaining the drive to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases.”The report shows new momentum in controlling, eliminating and eradicating some of the longest-term scourges faced by humankind that take their greatest toll among the poor, moving the world closer to the elimination of many of them.“The challenge now is to strengthen capacity of national disease programmes in endemic countries and streamline supply chains to get the drugs to the people who need them, when they need them,” Dr. Chan added.According to the report, two diseases are targeted for global eradication, including dracunculiasis, or guinea-worm disease – which can produce a parasite as long as two or three feet – by 2015, and yaws, which attacks skin, bone and cartilage, by 2020. Targets are set for the regional elimination of several other diseases in 2015 and in 2020.Such targets can be set because of the donation of medicines and funding through an alignment of international partners, which helped bring about a considerable scale-up of preventive chemotherapy and other actions through widespread delivery of single-dose, quality-assured medicines.In 2010 alone, 711 million people received treatment for at least one of four target diseases, including lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases, WHO said.Other targeted diseases include rabies, trachoma, buruli ulcer, chagas disease, human African trypanosomiasis, leishmaniases, taenaisis/cysticercosis, echinococcosis/hydatidosis, foodborne trematodiases and lymphatic filariasis, WHO said.The agency projects that treatment for schistosomiasis alone will reach 235 million people over the next five years.“The prospects for success have never been so strong,” adds Dr. Chan. “Many millions of people are being freed from the misery and disability that have kept populations mired in poverty, generation after generation, for centuries.” read more

The quarterly reviews may be over but the Troika arent leaving just

first_img“We will be here every six months in a completely normal fashion”.He said that in previous cases when a country exited a programme it was normal for the IMF to maintain a presence for several years.The message was echoed by Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem last month. After paying tribute to Ireland’s efforts within the programme, he stressed that any country leaving a bailout “would have extra surveillance for some time”.In a similar approach to that of the IMF, there will be six-monthly check-ins by the European Commission and the European Central Bank, both of which have permanent bases in Dublin.Dijsselbloem said that there would be, “no measures just surveillance”.Related: ‘This is the right decision for Ireland’: Taoiseach confirms bailout exit without credit line >Also: “The purpose of the programme was actually to exit the programme” – Noonan > IRELAND FORMALLY EXITS its EU-IMF bailout this weekend, as the three-year finance arrangement comes to an end. The Taoiseach is planning an address to the nation to mark the event, while ministers will also engage in a round of media events and interviews today.However, the teams from the European Commission, European Central Bank and the IMF won’t be going very far; all three bodies will be carrying out twice-yearly check-ups with the Department of Finance.The IMF team are expected to stay for a “number of years”.  Speaking following the twelfth and final review of the country’s bailout programme last month, the Irish Mission Chief with the Washington-based fund took the opportunity to remind the media that the IMF would still be undertaking regular ‘visits’ with the Government to discuss policy.“The only thing that will be different is that there not be an assessment,” Beaumont said.last_img read more

Algorithm reconstructs ancient parent languages in record time

first_imgThough services like Google Translate encompass a large swath of languages that can be coherently translated to another, there are still many more languages that are left a mystery. Now, researchers at University of British Columbia and UC Berkeley have created a computer system that can automatically translate parent languages, or protolanguages, which are languages that modern-day languages are theorized to have originated from.In the case of the study, which is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research team set its sights on Proto-Austronesian, a language that is responsible for daughter languages in Australasia, and Southeast Asia, among other regions. From a pool of more than 140,000 words, the research team’s system was able to reconstruct over 600 languages. The system used an algorithm called the Markov chain Monte Carlo sampler, which was able to analyze the history and origin of sets of cognates, then figure out which protolanguage the sets most likely belonged to. Perhaps equally as important as being able to recreate the languages, the system nailed an accuracy of 85% of what humans were able to reconstruct manually, and in much less time. Normally, it can take years for humans to manually reconstruct a language, whereas it can take the system a few hours or days.Along with being able to reconstruct languages, the system uses a statistical model that could, in theory, help researchers to understand how languages might change in the future. Throughout the process, the system recorded a potential reconstruction for each cognate and language, revising them over and over and incorporating a set of predefined sound-change rules, until it came up with a prediction that was more refined, and thus more likely.With the new system, languages can now be reconstructed and more closely studied much faster than before. We just hope the predictions help us cut off annoying trends like “yolo” and “hellah” before they can wreak linguistic havoc.last_img read more

Another go round for the Jantzen Beach Carousel

first_imgPORTLAND — A five-year mystery about the future of the C.W. Parker Four-Row Park Carousel — better known as the Jantzen Beach Carousel — has come to a happy conclusion.Restore Oregon, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings, announced on Thursday that it has taken ownership of the carousel and is seeking a new, permanent home for the ride.“We have here a wonderful opportunity to make more memories for generations to come,” said Restore Oregon Executive Director Peggy Moretti at a press conference.The Jantzen Beach Carousel was built in 1904 for the St. Louis World’s Fair, and spent some time in Venice, Calif. before becoming a part of the Jantzen Beach Amusement Park in 1928. The park closed in 1970, but the carousel–believed to be one of the oldest and largest of its type in the world–was renovated and installed in the Jantzen Beach Center following the mall’s completion in 1972. It is the last survivor of five large carousels built by the legendary C.W. Parker, who was known as the “amusement king.”When the shopping center was remodeled in 2012, the carousel was dismantled and stored in a warehouse, where it remains today. Later that year, amidst rumors that the carousel would never be reinstalled or had been sold, Restore Oregon added it to its Most Endangered Places list.last_img read more

Zaniolo excited about his football career

first_imgThe 19-year-old has debuted for Roma against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League and recently he was called to the national teamNicolo Zaniolo debuted with Italian Lega Serie A club Roma in a UEFA Champions League match against Real Madrid this season.His good performances have also made him shine and was called to the Italy national team too.And the 19-year-old is very excited about this.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I expected a lot less to happen than what actually did. I would like to continue on this path. My debut at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid for the Champions League was crazy, I could not describe it,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.“My legs were trembling, thank goodness De Rossi was there to give me a hand. Once on the pitch, however, I only thought about playing football.”“I did not expect the call-up to the Italian National Team. I was in front of the TV when I found out. I called my father and we went to Coverciano,” he commented.“I hope that in the future I will succeed, I played with champions like Chiellini and Bonucci and I tried to learn as much as I could although I had little time available. Mancini told me that he believes in me very much and that now he will show me how much I’m worth.”last_img read more

Merson Mourinho Man United missed Ibrahimovic

first_imgThe absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his strong character was a big blow for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, says football pundit Paul MersonAfter nearly two seasons, Ibrahimovic left Old Trafford in March for MLS side LA Galaxy amid struggles to regain full fitness from a knee ligament injury.Since the Swedish striker’s exit, Mourinho’s relationship with the likes of Paul Pogba hit a boiling point with United struggling in the process.The Portuguese coach was sacked on Tuesday after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, which left United 19 points behind their rivals in sixth in the Premier League.And Merson believes Ibrahimovic’s departure left a huge void at United.“Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a big miss for Manchester United,” Merson told Sky Sports.“He was one of those players that Mourinho had in the dressing room where you didn’t need to keep on listening to the manager’s voice, and he would’ve picked players out.”The former Arsenal midfielder added that Ibrahimovic could have helped Mourinho in a similar manner to what Roy Keane did for Sir Alex Ferguson in the United dressing room.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Zlatan would not have had what has happened in the last five or six weeks,” added Merson.“He would not have had some of the results, being 2-0 down at Southampton and being absolutely run ragged by Liverpool.“People will say they were trying, but let’s be honest, they got battered. It was embarrassing.“I think Zlatan would’ve gone in there and he would’ve started to dig players out and years ago you would’ve seen the same with Roy Keane and Sir Alex Ferguson.“Ferguson would’ve sat back and Keane would’ve come in and started to pick people out.“Peter Schmeichel would’ve been going mad along with the other experienced players. They would’ve then all calmed down and Sir Alex Ferguson would’ve had his say.”United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been confirmed as Mourinho’s replacement on an interim basis for the remainder of this season.last_img read more

Rivian will offer its R1T and R1S with an electrochromic glass roof

first_img Comments 1:16 Auto Tech Electric Cars Trucks SUVs 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self Hi Steven! We will offer multiple roof styles including electrochromic glass (which turns from opaque to transparent on demand), a fixed glass panel, a two-piece removable composite roof and a standard fixed roof.— Rivian (@Rivian) August 13, 2019 Rivian R1S concept puts electricity into an SUV The Rivian R1T might be the electric pickup truck of tomorrow Tags Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshowcenter_img 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride 2 Jeep Enlarge ImageThe R1T and R1S models that Rivian showed at the LA Auto Show featured glass roofs, but an electrochromic version would be even cooler. Rivian Electrochromic glass — glass that can change its level of tint based on the amount of electric current running through it — has been around for a while, but it hasn’t gotten too much play in the automotive space, beyond Mercedes-Benz using it for the “Magic Sky Control” roof on some of its vehicles, and McLaren offering it as an option in the McLaren 720S.Well, now another car company is jumping on electrochromic glass for its vehicles and that company is Rivian, according to the company’s announcement via Twitter on Tuesday. In addition to the electrochromic option, Rivian plans to offer a standard roof, a fixed glass roof and a two-piece removable composite roof — we’d expect this to work like the removable roof panels on the Jeep Wrangler. Share your voice Rivian said that it plans to offer these options on both its R1T truck and R1S SUV models, though there’s no telling how much they’d cost or which version would be standard equipment. The vehicles that Rivian has been displaying to the public were both equipped with the fixed glass roof option, which we liked.While we’re still not totally sure when we’ll see a production version of either Rivian model, we’re betting that it’ll be sooner rather than later, thanks to massive investments from the likes of Ford and Amazon.Rivian didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment. 22 Photoslast_img read more

AK The Art Of Medicine

first_img(Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage)Physicians spend a lot of time thinking about how to fix the human body. A group of young doctors in Anchorage recently had the chance to draw it instead. They are all overworked, over tired interns- halfway through their first year of residency. They spent a morning in an intro to drawing class in an effort to get them to think more creatively about their careers.Download AudioAt first, Doctor David Silbergeld wasn’t sure what to make of the drawing class that popped up on his schedule.“I think my first thought was, ‘uh oh,’” he said.Silbergeld’s dad teaches art history, so he’s had lots of exposure to art. But the last time he remembers producing any of it was a long, long time ago.“When I was 4 or 5 years old I used to do art my dad said was amazing, and I have not done anything since then,” he said.Silbergeld is in his first year of the Alaska Family Practice Residency in Anchorage. Since July, he has been whizzing through a series of challenging rotations, working 80 hours a week and getting very little sleep. But for a month in the depth of the winter, all of the residency’s interns have a break of sorts called ‘trans-cultural medicine.’ It’s like an extracurricular holiday- a feast of lessons in things like cultural diversity, wilderness survival and nutrition.And for three hours one recent morning – drawing.University of Alaska Anchorage art professor Garry Mealor is teaching the class in figure drawing. He explains the students will have 90 seconds to draw each pose the model takes. He offers a few quick pointers – like how to get the proportions right (a human figure is about eight heads tall).Then the model takes off her robe and more than a dozen doctors start to draw. Silbergeld is clearly enjoying himself, but it isn’t easy. He develops a coping strategy early on.“I simply can’t recreate the human head or the human face in any beautiful or realistic way, so I’ve sort of given up on that and I’ve focused more on the torso or to some extent the legs, and I’m more pleased now that I’m doing that,” Silbergeld said.(Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage)This is the fourth group of interns to take the drawing class. Dr. Susan Beesley, an Anchorage pediatrician, came up with the idea. Beesley thinks medicine is both a science and an art. She helped start an arts program at her medical school in Colorado. And she wanted to offer a small piece of that experience to the Alaska residents. Beesley likes that it pushes them out of their comfort zone.“I think it’s important to think creatively when your subjects are humans,” Beesley said. “Humans don’t really follow textbooks all the time and I think if you can integrate a little bit of creative thought into your healing practice that it will benefit both the doctors and the patients.”Beesley also hopes the class offers the doctors a different perspective after six months of looking at disease and illness in the human body.“Now we’re asking them to just look at it as a piece of art and think about it as just beautiful and miraculous and something that they can enjoy,” Beesley said.The morning’s last challenge is to use different erasers to create an image of the model on paper blackened with charcoal, which Mealor assures is “going to be messy, but fun.”(Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage)Silbergeld spends the rest of class immersed in his final piece of artwork.“It took an hour to get me okay with it but I’m okay with it.”Silbergeld isn’t exactly sure how this class may affect his decisions as a doctor three months, or even three years, from now. But he appreciates the chance to spend a morning thinking a little differently than his typical doctor routine allows.“I think classes like this are a good reminder that sometimes when you do that physical exam you do need to step back and get that broader image of the human body when you’re seeing patients,” he said.As he packs up, Silbergeld decides to take several of his drawings home. He says he’s not exactly ready to frame them, but he doesn’t want to give them up either.last_img read more

VIDEO Ed Orgeron stopping his recruiting presser twice to yell at players

first_imgLSU head coach Ed Orgeron is arguably the most authentic coach in college football, and is known for wearing his emotions on his sleeve. That was on full display during his recruiting rundown press conference last night at the Tigers’ practice facility.While Coach O was running down his recruiting haul in front of the gathered media, some of his players were making too much noise in the background. Instead of pushing through, he stopped the presser twice to yell at his guys to keep down the racket like a dad on a business call with kids running around the house.This is 100% on brand for the head cajun and easily the best highlight from recruiting day.“Hey guys! I’m having a press conference!”Twice Wednesday night #LSU Coach O had to shut some people up. pic.twitter.com/yvt2u42i1Q— Jacques Doucet (@JacquesDoucet) December 20, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more