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  • Some Facts And Frictions About Indians in US And Their Hunt For Visa

    first_imgExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said earlier this week that India was in talks with the US to reconsider a move to scrap work permits to spouses of H1B visas holders in the US. The American immigration policies are a concern for many Indians who live and work on visas like H-1B, F1, H4 and L1. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

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  • Eat, Drink And Be Svelte

    first_imgAnother new year has dawned but we are certainly carrying something from the old year with us into 2005 – those pounds we had sworn to lose in 2004! Yes, you can lose your keys, your money, your eyeglasses, but excess weight stays stubbornly right with you! Now help is on the way with Anjum Anand’s cooking secrets – Indian Every Day: Light, Healthy Indian Food. Light, healthy Indian food may sound almost like an oxymoron – after all, we are used to eating restaurant food drowning in butter and cream. Anand, who is based in London, gives you all the traditional dishes, but recreates them in lighter versions. She too had an addiction for rich Indian food and battled with weight gain throughout her growing years.You see her on the cover of her book – young, sleek and as fresh as the cilantro she is chopping – and you’d think, she couldn’t ever have had a weight problem. But Anand says she has lost over 75 pounds of “puppy fat” without going on crazy diets.She says in the book, “This millennium is about healthy eating. No more starvation diets, no more elimination diets, no more raw food, no more color co-coordinated diets, no more, no more, just say no! This millennium is about feeling good about yourself.” Anand, who had grown up on rich Indian food, found that the pounds could really creep up on you. She recalls, “After ultimately failing in all my dieting endeavors, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I read every diet and fitness magazine I could get my hands on. I was determined to understand what the experts recommended for permanent weight loss.”The answer, she discovered, was two-fold. Firstly, it was imperative to follow a varied diet with wholesome ingredients and limited oil. The second part of the answer was even more important and almost involved a change in behavior: “I realized this was the beginning of the rest of my life. I would have to adopt this new eating plan for the rest of my life. It made sense really as most people revert to their old eating habits and undo all the good work they have done.”She followed this mantra of healthy eating and slowly, but surely, lost the weight. She says: “I advise anyone embarking on a diet, to ask themselves if they could actually follow the diet they want to follow for a long, long time. Many fad diets aren’t sustainable. I know it is boring, but in my experience a sensible diet will give you the lasting results you are looking for.”Anand worked at the trend-setting Café Spice in New York and for Tommy Tang at the Mondrian hotel in Los Angeles. She has also appeared on the Food Channel’s “Good Food Live Show” and knows a thing or two about giving traditional food a fresh new look with contemporary, healthy touches. In her hands, Indian food is simpler and fresher, with jewel like garnishes and spices that provide the taste, rather than relying on oil.As she points out, Indian food is, in fact, very healthy. A typical Indian meal is really well balanced and would consist of a lentil (protein and minerals) curry, a non-vegetarian (protein) curry, a vegetable dish and a complex carbohydrate (wholemeal flat-bread or rice). Add to this a bowl of yoghurt (minerals) and you have all the food groups represented with a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals.“Also, the basic ingredients used in Indian cooking are inherently healthy,” she says. “Foods that the scientists call super-foods with healing properties such as ginger, garlic, chilies, tomatoes and the different spices. For example turmeric is an antiseptic. I think the whole world should eat this way.”So how does one go about transforming traditional rich cooking into light, guilt-free food that you can eat every day? After all, we all want our Murgh Malai Tikka, our kulfis and kheers!“The only thing you would need to do to make your Indian meals healthy is to reduce the amount of oil you use in your favorite recipes and buy non-stick pans,” she says. ” We all have such busy and full lives that few of us eat the accepted three meals a day at a table. More often than not we are grabbing something on the run or have little time to cook for ourselves.”To help organize busy lives, she offers an assortment of recipes in the book for both everyday cooking and party dishes and the bonus is that all of them are calorie conscious and can be whipped up in a short time. She says she’s included recipes for every situation from “from creating a lavish and impressive Indian feast for friends and family to throwing leftovers into a pan and creating a healthy meal in minutes for yourself.”While most of her dishes stem from traditional northern Indian cooking, she has added regional fare as well as dishes that came about as a result of her own experimentation.As she likes to say, “The recipes are a modern take on authentic home-style Indian recipes. I employ healthy cooking techniques, with modern and convenient ingredients to create a variety of dishes, both spicy and mild.”Indian Every Day has some innovative recipes and the photography is luscious enough to eat! The book is about sensible eating for the long haul, and none of the dishes give calorie components. So there is not an obsession with calories, but home cooking is tweaked to make it healthy and low in calories by selecting lean and low-fat alternatives.Thus you can indulge in Goan Prawn Curry, Methi Ke Naan or Murgh Makhani, or even eat desserts like Gajjar Ka Halva or Shahi Tukra. If you are addicted to Meetha Poora, crispy sweet griddle cakes, which are deep fried breads traditionally, Anand’s version which is pan-fried rather than deep-fried, allows you to indulge.She also has wonderful, earthy vegetarian dishes which give a tweak to traditional dishes: the Ghiya Ka Kofta Curry (Veggie Dumpling Curry) once again allows you to enjoy koftas without frying them. Masale Wali Arbi (Spiced Colocasia) ends up looking like a gourmet dish.Besides the recipes, Anand also has several tips for the time-deprived and novices, such as how to transform leftovers, the correct way for freezing small items like samosas or what the shelf life of various cooked foods should be. Ever wondered how long the paneer or the kulfi should sit in the freezer? The answer is in the book.Anand, who loves to travel, brings back international recipes from visits to Greece or Turkey and incorporates them into her repertoire. Thus you have Meethi Dahi Ki Malai (Sweetened Yogurt Cream). It does not contain any rich malai and is actually made out of Greek yogurt.The book has been very popular in the U.K. and Anand was delighted to find that it had become a best seller in her favorite bookstore. She says: “The British love Indian food. It is the most popular cuisine in the country with, ostensibly, more Indian restaurants in London than both Delhi and Bombay combined!”Very often, Indian food, notorious for grease, fried ingredients, sugar and cream, gets no respect from dieters. But done right, it can be the dieter’s best friend. Says Anand: “Indian food, often the culprit for my falling of the healthy eating wagon, was my saving grace and it still keeps me firmly on track.”                                                                           YOU DON’T NEED FAT TO BE THIN   Shahi Paneer 2 tbs vegetable oil1 medium onion, thinly sliced1/2 tsp each turmeric, coriander and red chilip powders1/2 tsp garam masala2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges250 ml (9 fl oz) hot water2 fat garlic cloves, grated3 green chillies, wholesalt to taste1 tbs tomato puree200 ml (7 fl oz) skimmed milk101/2 low-fat paneer cut into 1 inch cubes fresh coriander, chopped, to garnishHeat the oil in a medium non-stick sauté pan. Add the onion and soften for about 3-4 minutes over a moderate heat without coloring. Add the spices and stir for 30 seconds.Add the tomatoes and reduce for 5 minutes. Add 100 ml (3.5 fl oz) of the water and reduce again over a moderate heat.Add the garlic, chillies, salt and tomato puree, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the remaining water, bring to the boil and then simmer for `0 minutes. The tomatoes should have completely broken down by now.Reduce all the excess liquid in the pan. Add the milk and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the paneer and stir to coat in the sauce. Simmer for 3-4 minutes and serve hot, garnished with fresh coriander.  Gajar Ka Halva1 liter (11/2 pints) semi-skimmed milk1 lb 51/2 oz carrots, peeled and coarsely grated1 tbs rasins6 tbs caster or granulated sugar or to taste1 tbs raw cashews nuts, dry-roasted and halved11/2 oz unsalted butter (optional)Put the milk in a heavy-based saucepan (non-stick if omitting butter), bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes. Add the carrots and raisins and cook over a low heat until the milk has dried off, about 50-60 minutes. Stir and scrape the pan (with a wooden spoon if using a non-stick pan) often to prevent the milk from sticking to the bottom and burning.Stir in the sugar and cashew nuts, mix thoroughly and cook for another 15-20 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and there is no liquid left in the pan, Serve at this point if wished.Alternatively, add the butter to the pan and cook over a high heat until the carrots have caramelized and darkened. Stir and scrape the bottom of the pan until the mixture comes together, about 15 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.   Aachari Jhinga 3 tbs mustard or vegetable oil2 small onions, chopped11/2 each garlic and ginger pastes2-3 green chillies, left whole, or halved lenghtways and seeded11/2 tsp each brown mustard, nigella (onion), fennel, cumin and fenugreek seeds1/2 tsp turmeric powder11/2 rounded tbs coriander powdersalt to taste4 medium tomatoes, pureed1 lb 9 oz medium to large raw prawns, washed, shelled, with the tails intact, and de-veined100 ml (31/2 fl oz) hot water2 tsp garam masala1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper1 tbs lemon juice or to tastea handful of chopped fresh coriander leaves and stalksHeat the oil in a non-stick saucepan and gently fry the onions until golden and shrivelled, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger pastes and the chillies, and cook for 40 seconds before adding the seeds, turmeric, coriander powder and salt. StirAdd the tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes, adding splashes of hot water whenever necessary. Reduce before continuing.Add the prawns and the water, Bring to the boil, then lower the heat, cover and simmer until the prawns are nearly cooked, about 3-5 minutes. Uncover and stir over a high heat while reducing the sauce the consistency of thick gravy. Add a splash of hot water from the kettle if necessary. There should be enough gravy to mop up with your roti.Stir in the remaining spices, lemon juice and fresh coriander. Serve hot.  From Indian Everyday by Anjum Anand   Related Itemslast_img

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  • Book review: O.V. Vijayan’s ‘A Cartoonist Remembers’

    first_imgA Cartoonist Remembers By O.V. Vijayan Rupa I do not like O.V. Vijayan. Yes, I know I published a lot of his work in The Illustrated Weekly when I was editing it. That is because I found them very topical, very relevant in those days. But today, I no longer,A Cartoonist Remembers By O.V. Vijayan Rupa I do not like O.V. Vijayan. Yes, I know I published a lot of his work in The Illustrated Weekly when I was editing it. That is because I found them very topical, very relevant in those days. But today, I no longer think so.For he makes me think too much. And, like the rest of India, I am coming to believe that thought is not entirely a good idea.To begin with, cartoons are supposed to be funny. They are meant to make you laugh or smile. Vijayan’s work does neither. In fact, what is worse, they always leave me disturbed. Not just disturbed with the world outside, but also disturbed within myself. I feel angry, shortchanged. I guess that is why no newspaper will ever ask Vijayan to do the front-page cartoon again.They will have no readers left. After all, cartoons are part of the morning ritual. You wake up, brush your teeth, drink a hot cup of chai, sit on the potty and laugh with R.K. Laxman. At least that is what I did for years-till Laxman stopped making me laugh.But to be disturbed in the morning? To be provoked by thought, anger, despair and disappointment, the deep anguish and sadness of spirit that Vijayan brings? No, that is not what newspapers are for, remember? Why do you think all the bad news is getting pushed inside and the front page hijacked by the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Shah Rukh Khan? Because no one wants to wake up to bad news.The local bad news appears on the city page. The global bad news on the world page. Sports scams on the sports page. Corporate frauds on the business page. The front page stays clean. No wonder, cartoonists like Vijayan and Rajinder Puri have vanished!advertisementVijayan’s problem is that he chose to be a cartoonist. You expect him to raise a laugh. Instead, he always caries the cross of pain, anger, disappointment on his frail shoulders.He raises concerns. He cuts through the cant and hypocrisy, the deceit and dishonesty of our time. He sees through the lies, the chicanery. In fact, it was Vijayan who brought to an end the age of genial cartooning and made savagery his baseline.But he is no Eminem either. He is a balladeer of the spirit. Like Joan Baez who woke you to your conscience, he makes you look at the mirror and ask yourself who you are, what you stand for. Yes, his lines are cruel. He challenges you to think, to react and if you do not, he ridicules your helplessness and makes you even more angry.In an age where the dividing line between news and entertainment has now entirely vanished, where truth and fiction live together as man and wife, where the fantasies of war and national pride have long overtaken the simple issues of food and shelter, free speech and human rights, the cartoonist as a social commentator is as irrelevant as the circus clown.That is why the bitter sarcasm, the vicious body language of his art, the intemperance, the brazen honesty that Vijayan stands for makes him totally anachronistic.So it is just as well that he does not draw any more. That he stays, as this book declares, in a secluded, peaceful part of Kerala. For it is no longer safe for thoughtful men with a conscience to live out here.The India we once knew has been taken over by politicians, movie stars, scamsters and the brain-dead children of the fashion industry. The dialect of protest has long been forgotten. Instead, all you have around you is the ennui of the half living and a media that ; has chosen to deliberately dumb down.last_img read more

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  • PBA D-League: Go for Gold dumps Petron-Letran, strengthens playoff bid

    first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Roosevelt Adams led the Scratchers with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks, and he was also the one to put over the team late in the game.The Knights trailed by 11 points, 92-81, with 3:50 left in the game before Adams went on a personal 9-3 run that gave GFG a 101-84 lead with 1:50 remaining, essentially securing the Scratchers’ 4-3 record to stay in the playoff picture of the Aspirants Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“This is what I expect from him, this is the reason why I got him,” said Scratchers head coach Charles Tiu of Adams.Unique Naboa pitched in 20 points, five rebounds, and seven assists for GFG while Yankie Haruna and Clement Leutcheu had 14 points apiece. Jeo Ambohot had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Petron-Letran, which dropped to 5-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 76ers, Butler look to maintain home-court against Raptors View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MANILA, Philippines—Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde kept its playoff bid alive demolishing back Petron-Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 108-87, in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

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  • Japan’s Shiba, Ishitsubo go undefeated to rule FIVB Boracay Open

    first_imgIn the men’s division, Thailand’s Narongdet Kangkon and Banlue Nakprakhong denied Yuya Ageba and Nobuaki Taira, 19-21, 22-20, 15-8 to capture the gold medal.Australia’s pair of Brittany Kendall and Stefanie Weiler took the women’s bronze medal after holding off Slovenia’s Tjasa Jancar and Tjasa Kotnik, 21-15, 18-21, 19-17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJapan’s Jumpei Ikeda and Katsuhiro Shiratori got the better of the Austrian partnership of Maximilian Trummer and Simon Baldauf, 16-21, 26-24, 16-14 to clinch the bronze medal in the men’s division.The Philippines finished fifth in the women’s division with Cherry Rondina and Bernadeth Pons lost to Fujii and Kumada, 21-17, 21-19, on Saturday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel PLAY LIST 01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ginebra comes back to beat Meralco behind Justin Brownlee ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba cruised to a clean sweep of Japanese compatriots Sakurako Fujii and Minori Kumada, 21-14, 21-18, to take the gold medal in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open Sunday at White House Beach in Station 1, Boracay.Shiba and Ishitsubo, the world No. 86 pairing in the world, went undefeated in the whole tournament and capped off their perfect run with a drop shot to foil Fujii and Kumada’s attempt for a third set.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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  • Sindhu loses epic final, settles for silver at World Championship

    first_img× sindhu   –  Reuters SHARE SHARE EMAIL August 27, 2017 COMMENT Published on sindhu   –  Reuters PV Sindhu’s gallant effort to become India’s first ever World Badminton Champion ended in a heart-wrenching defeat against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in an epic final, here today.In the longest match of the tournament, which tested the physical and mental strength of both the players, Sindhu lost 19-21 22-20 20-22 after battling hard for one hour and 49 minutes.Their bodies were falling apart as the match progressed but both Sindhu and Okuhara used every ounce of energy left in them to make it an epic contest of World Badminton Championship.After closing the second game by winning an incredible 73-shot rally, Sindhu saved one championship point in the decider but it was the Rio Olympic bronze medallist who had the last laugh.For India, it still is a historic edition since for the first time country’s shuttler are returning with two medals.Saina Nehwal won a bronze yesterday after losing her semifinal.Sindhu, who had won bronze twice in the 2013 and 2014 editions, thus became only the second Indian to win a silver medal after Saina Nehwal had achieved the feat in the last edition at Jakarta in 2015.India had one silver and four bronze in the World Championships before this edition.Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to win a medal when he took a bronze in the men’s singles in 1983 before the women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa bagged another bronze in 2011.Rio Olympic silver medallist Sindhu came into the match with a 3-all head-to-head record against Okuhara. But the Indian had an upper hand in their last two meetings — Rio Olympics and 2017 Singapore Open.Sindhu, seeded fourth, was a little sluggish to start with and was 3-5 at one point but she managed to reel off eight points on the trot to grab an 11-5 lead at the break.The Indian used her height to good use, retrieving the shuttles quickly and started using her cross court returns to trouble the Japanese.Sindhu showed good anticipation and used deception well to move to a 13-8 lead but the pint-sized Japanese changed gears and started dictating the rallies. She first clawed back to 14-14 when Sindhu faltered with her return serve before grabbing the lead.Okuhara continued to move ahead, reaching 18-14 after winning 10 of the 13 points after the interval. However, the Japanese committed a few unforced errors, which helped Sindhu to level par at 19-19.Sindhu, then sent one to the net to hand over the game point to Okuhara, who pocketed the opening game when the Indian hit long.After the change of side, Okuhara struggled to control her lifts and also miscued a few shots as Sindhu led 5- when her rival’s smash found the net. Sindhu made some sound judgements at the baseline and tried to be patient on the court to extend the lead to 9-3.However, Sindhu failed to reach for a low forehand return at forecourt and sent the shuttle wide thrice as Okuhara reached 7-9 before unleashing a down the line smash.A net error stopped Okuhara’s run as Sindhu eventually held a 11-8 lead at the interval when her rival again went wide.At 15-13, another exceptional rally unfolded with Sindhu making the Japanese run to the deep corners and even though Okuhara made some remarkable retrieves she miscued a shot at the forecourt as Sindhu led 16-13.Okuhara brought more power to her smashes to breach Sindhu’s defence and created acute angles with her wrist to reduce the margin to 16-17. Two backhand returns and a block at the net helped Sindhu move to 18-16. An extraordinary net return gave her another point and she grabbed the game point when Okuhara went long.Not ready to give up, Okuhara fell back on her extraordinary net game to save three game points. Sindhu then won a point by pushing the shuttle at the back of the court.What ensued next was a 73-shot long and exhausting rally which Sindhu managed to win when Okuhara’s return found the net and she collapsed on the ground, drained completely.In the decider, Okuhara opened up a 5-1 lead early on as Sindhu looked a tad exhuasted but some clever returns near the net helped the Indian claw back at 5-5. The momentum shifted again in Indian’s favour as she started dominating the rallies and reached the break at 11-9 when Okuhara hit wide.After the change of sides, Okuhara erased the deficit with a backhand body smash and a forehand return. Sindhu won another long rally with an onrushing smash but she lost her second video referrel as Okuhara led 13-12.They moved neck and neck till 17-17 before the Indian grabbed a 19-17 lead when Okuhara hit wide. The Japanese produced a perfect cross court reverse slice and then unleashed another cross court smash to once again level par.A net error from Sindhu handed a match point to Okuhara but the Indian saved it after winning another long rally, following a bad leave at the baseline by Okuhara.The Japanese grabbed the match point again when Sindhu found the net and she used it this time with a perfect return on Sindhu’s backhand to become the first shuttler from her country to win the World Championship.Sindh had reached the final after beating World No 10 Chen Yufei, late last night. sport SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

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  • Nico Rosberg wins eventful Belgian GP, closes gap on Lewis Hamilton

    first_imgNico Rosberg won an incident-packed Belgian Grand Prix featuring a chaotic start, wild overtaking, a heavy crash, safety cars and a red flag.The Mercedes driver’s win on Sunday saw him close the gap to nine points on teammate Lewis Hamilton, who finished third behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo as the resurgent Australian driver secured a third straight podium finish.”It’s been a great weekend, very, very happy with that result,” Rosberg said after his 20th career win. “Congrats to Lewis, last place to third must be pretty impressive.”Rosberg started from pole position with teen driver Max Verstappen also on the front row. Hamilton started from the back row with Fernando Alonso, after both incurred multiple grid penalties for extra engine part changes this weekend.”Lewis wasn’t out there to battle it out, so that made it an easier weekend,” Rosberg said. “It all worked out fine.”For him at least.Verstappen was involved in a first-turn collision with the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel that shaped the race.MAGNUSSEN CRASHESIt had a beneficial effect on Hamilton and Alonso, who avoided the early carnage in front of them, then gained places when the safety car came out after Danish driver Kevin Magnussen’s crash.Magnussen emerged from the wreck, hobbled away and was taken to hospital for checks for a cut to his left ankle. He escaped serious injury.POINTS FOR FORCE INDIAGerman driver Nico Hulkenberg was a season’s best fourth ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez and Vettel, while Alonso was seventh, Raikkonen ninth and Verstappen 11th.advertisementThe race start was clean enough for Rosberg, but it was mayhem behind him.The 18-year-old Verstappen, the youngest driver to ever start on the front row, was overtaken by Raikkonen and Vettel, and then aggressively tried to go for the inside heading into the first turn – even though there was very little room.The impeded Ferraris were now squeezed wide and, as a consequence, Raikkonen came across and nudged into the side of Vettel.Verstappen blamed them, saying “they just turned into me” but the incident was the latest of several involving the Red Bull driver. Verstappen became the youngest driver to win a race when he clinched a brilliant victory at the Spanish GP in May.His talent is undoubted, but his aggression is not to everyone’s liking. Later in the race, he again infuriated Raikkonen, a rare feat considering the Finn’s nickname is “The Ice Man” for his usually unflappable demeanor.Raikkonen came in for a front nose change but the pit crew also had to put out a small fire under his car.Others struggled as the manic tempo continued.Spaniard Carlos Sainz lost control when his rear right tire blew out, sending him pirouetting to an improvised halt on the grass. He then acrobatically drove back across the track, with his rear right wheel up in the air, before parking at the side of the track.The incidents prompted the safety car to come out on lap three, and when the race re-started a lap later Sainz, Marcus Ericsson, Jenson Button and Pascal Wehrlein – who hit Button from behind – had all retired.The safety car emerged again after Magnussen lost control of his Renault coming out of the top of the hill at Eau Rouge, spinning at speed and slamming backward into the barriers.On lap 10 of 44, the race was halted as the red flag came out, because the barrier Magnussen crashed into needed repairing.When the race resumed 20 minutes later, the top five was Rosberg-Ricciardo-Hulkenberg-Alonso-Hamilton.In a fascinating sub-plot, Verstappen and Raikkonen were involved in another incident as Verstappen appeared to nudge him wide.Raikkonen – who is twice Verstappen’s age – let his frustration out, saying “his only interest is to push me off the track.”Then, as they battled for 13th place, Verstappen zig-zagged in front of him as he tried to hold position, prompting Raikkonen to use an expletive when describing Verstappen’s driving as “ridiculous.”HAMILTON FINISHES THIRDHamilton overtook Hulkenberg on lap 18, leaving just Ricciardo and Rosberg ahead of him.With no traffic, however, Rosberg was pulling away.Hamilton came in for new tyres on lap 22, switching to softs, and was down in ninth when he came back out after a slow pit stop.But with others changing tyres, he was soon back up to third.”This is the best result I could have hoped for,” said Hamilton, who said on Saturday that he was aiming for a top-10 finish. “Our performance today was stronger than I expected. Third (place) is something definitely helped by the safety car.”advertisementMeanwhile, the Ferrari-Verstappen duel continued with Vettel overtaking the Dutchman.last_img read more

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  • No crisis at Real Madrid despite Wembley mauling, says Cristiano Ronaldo

    first_imgCristiano Ronaldo played down talk of crisis at Real Madrid after the European and Spanish champions were trounced 3-1 on their Wembley debut against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.The Portuguese scored his sixth goal in this year’s Champions League and 111th overall but it was merely a consolation effort as his side were outplayed on their first ever appearance at the iconic stadium.Defeat left Real second in Group H, three points behind Tottenham who will seal top spot if they win one of their last two games away to Borussia Dortmund or home to Apoel Nicosia.Zinedine Zidane’s side also trail Barcelona by eight points after 10 games in La Liga following a shock defeat by Girona at the weekend — a result that means Real have suffered their worst domestic start for five years.”You can’t always be at your best — there are good moments and bad moments,” Ronaldo, who had never been on the losing side against Tottenham, including in 11 matches against the London club for Manchester United, told reporters.”We’re relaxed. What counts is what happens at the end (of the season), not what happens now. We need to stay calm.”We’re not in the best moment — we have to accept that and keep working. We could lose three, four, five games and I still wouldn’t think there’s a crisis.”We’re in a bad run and we want to change things. We’ve got a long way to go in order to do that but I’m sure we will. Football is about winning but people forget the good things this side did a few months ago. I’m relaxed.advertisement”I don’t think it’s a question of attitude. We won’t hide, we’ll work to turn this around.”Zidane said before kickoff that he relished the challenge of recovering from setbacks. He could not have envisaged his side being so comprehensively outplayed, though, as Real lost for only the second time in 22 European fixtures.Like Ronaldo, he said there was no need to panic, even if he knows Thursday’s headlines will not make pleasant reading.”You always ask me if I’m worried, but I’m not worried. I’m never going to be, whatever happens,” the Frenchman said.”We’re not in a good moment, but there’s time to change that.”Of course the dressing room isn’t happy. It’s a tough defeat for us today, but at the same time it’s deserved. Tottenham deserved to win.”We know how to change this. We’re going to change this. We have to ride this out.”Zidane refuted suggestions his side, run ragged at times by Spurs, were suffering physically.”We’re definitely not in a bad state physically. We’re at the level we are. Perhaps we’re not at our best because of two defeats, but physically I don’t think we’re in a bad way.”last_img read more

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  • Report: 3 NFL Teams Interested In Trading For Josh Rosen

    first_imgarizona cardinals rookie quarterback josh rosenGLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 23: Josh Rosen #3 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up for the NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL draft sits less than one month away. As NFL teams do their final preparations for the upcoming draft, an interesting trade idea has popped onto the radar.The Arizona Cardinals hold the No. 1 pick in the draft. According to multiple reports, the team is in “love” with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray – who fits Kliff Kingsbury’s offensive scheme.There’s only one problem. The Cardinals traded up in the 2018 NFL draft to select former UCLA star Josh Rosen with the No. 10 pick in the draft.If Arizona selects Murray, the Cardinals will have to find a new home for Rosen.According to a report from college football analyst Joel Klatt, three NFL teams have inquired about a potential trade for the former Bruins quarterback.The New York Giants, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers are reportedly interested.Patriots, Chargers and Giants are all interested in Josh Rosen, one of the teams offered a 2nd-round pick, per @joelklatt pic.twitter.com/IpZw1huSQ7— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) March 27, 2019Klatt revealed one of those three teams has offered a second-round pick to the Cardinals, but failed to mention which team. However, NFL insider Benjamin Allbright suggested the Chargers are the only team to make an offer.With just a month until the draft, rumors will run rampant and potential trades will surface.Will the Cardinals make the bold choice to draft a quarterback in the first round two years in a row? If so, they’ll be the first team since the Indianapolis Colts selected Art Schlichter and John Elway in 1982 and 1983.last_img read more

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  • S Ravi only Indian umpire among 22 officials for 2019 World Cup

    first_imgS Ravi only Indian umpire among 22 officials for 2019 World CupSundaram Ravi is India’s only representative in the 22-member list fr the World Cup announced by the ICC which consists of 16 umpires and six match referees. advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 26, 2019 14:05 IST Sundaram Ravi, India’s only official selected for World Cup 2019, has officiated in 33 Tests, 42 ODIs and 18 T20Is till now (Getty image)HIGHLIGHTSSundaram Ravi will be one of the 22 match officials in World Cup 2019S Ravi has officiated in 33 Tests, 42 ODIs and 18 T20Is till nowThe 22-member list announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) consists of 16 umpires and six match refereesSundaram Ravi will be one of the 22 match officials officiating in the upcoming World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30.Ravi, India’s only representative in ICC’s Elite panel, has officiated in 33 Tests, 42 ODIs and 18 T20Is till now.The 53-year-old recently had to face flak from India skipper Virat Kohli when Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lost to Mumbai Indians in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).Ravi had failed to notice a no-ball bowled when Bangalore needed seven to win the match off the final delivery. Mumbai’s Lasith Malinga had bowled a dot ball, but replays suggested the paceman had overstepped the line.Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma had also said such mistakes were “not good for the game”.The 22-member list announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) consists of 16 umpires and six match referees.The opening match between hosts England and South Africa at The Oval will see three World Cup winners officiating.David Boon will be the match referee, Kumar Dharmasena one of the two on-field umpires and Paul Reiffel the third umpire. Bruce Oxenford will be the other on-field umpire and Joel Wilson the fourth official for the match.Ranjan Madugalle, the most experienced match referee, will be officiating in his sixth World Cup, while it will be the fourth World Cup for Broad and Crowe.Umpire Dar will be officiating in his fifth World Cup and it will be the fourth and last for Gould, who has announced his retirement after the tournament.advertisementThe appointments for the semi-finals will be announced at the end of the league stage and those for the final will be finalised after the semi-finals.The match officials for the World Cup are as follows: Match Referees: Chris Broad, David Boon, Andy Pycroft, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Richie RichardsonUmpires: Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Sundaram Ravi, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker, Joel Wilson, Michael Gough, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Paul WilsonAlso Read | No debate surrounding No.4 spot in World Cup squad, says Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | India, Pakistan, England, Australia: Ganguly predicts 2019 World Cup semifinalistsAlso Watch | Getting better with age, looking forward to the World Cup: Chris Gayle to India TodayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow World CupFollow Sundaram RaviFollow Umpirelast_img read more

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  • Thalidomide survivor calls on government to boost annual payment

    first_imgOTTAWA — Thalidomide survivor Fiona Sampson says a Health Canada revamp of a compensation program doesn’t boost annual payments to a level that could make the difference between independence and institutionalization.Changes to the federal program announced on Wednesday include an increase to a lump-sum payment for survivors — a boost to $250,000 from $125,000.Sampson says she welcomes that but she and a group of survivors are upset the government didn’t also increase annual payments for victims suffering long-term harms from the now-banned pregnancy drug.Health Canada currently provides annual tax-free payments to survivors ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 based on individual disability level and Sampson’s group wants that range raised to $75,000 to $150,000.Changes to the existing thalidomide support program are to take effect in the spring and will also include a boost to an emergency medical assistance fund from $500,0000 to $1 million.The announcement received praise from a separate group — the Thalidomide Survivors Taskforce — that thanked Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor for working to improve the lives of Canada’s thalidomide survivors.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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  • Freedom of movement for peacekeepers in Lebanon must be ensured –UN

    Earlier this week villagers reportedly staged numerous protests against the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) during a maximum deployment exercise carried out by the mission, which is tasked with monitoring a ceasefire between Israel and Hizbollah.UNIFIL regularly carries out such exercises to ensure the readiness of its troops on the ground. The UN has noted that particular care is taken to minimize disturbance or inconvenience to the local population during the operation, and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) are fully informed of the activity, its nature and purpose. “UNIFIL’s freedom of movement was violated and UN troop-contributing countries are quite concerned,” Michael Williams, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, said in a statement following his meeting in Beirut with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.“We must insist that the freedom of movement of UNIFIL is fully respected,” he said. “UNIFIL’s exercise in the area was carried out as part of its normal operations and with full respect of its mandate, and indeed the LAF assisted UNIFIL in defusing tensions.”Mr. Williams added that he and Mr. Berri agreed on the need to work hard to prevent any recurrence of the problems of the past week and that all parties must be involved in trying to defuse these tensions.The two men also discussed the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 conflict between Israel and Hizbollah. It also calls for respect of the so-called Blue Line separating the Israeli and Lebanese sides, the disarming of all militias operating in Lebanon and an end to arms smuggling in the area.The Special Coordinator noted that UNIFIL’s presence and deployment in the south and its close work and coordination with the LAF “provide the backbone for the implementation of resolution 1701 in a way that serves the interests of Lebanon and the stability of the entire region.”UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters on Wednesday that UNIFIL is making every effort to talk to the communities and explain to them the nature and purpose of the activity to clear up any misunderstandings they may have. The enhanced deployment operations concluded on 30 June. 2 July 2010The freedom of movement of United Nations peacekeepers serving in south Lebanon must be fully respected, the world body’s top official in the country said today, voicing concern at recent incidents involving protests directed at blue helmets. read more

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  • New alliance to focus on estate community

    A new alliance, the Tamil Progressive Alliance, which will focus on the estate community, was launched today with the participation of the political party leaders of the alliance.The new alliance consists of the Democratic People’s Front led by Mano Ganeshan, National Union of Workers led by Palani Digambaran and Up-country People’s Front led by V. Radhakrishnan. Ganeshan said that while the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) looks at issues faced by Tamils in the North, there is no one who gives enough focus to the issues faced by the up-country Tamils. As a result, the three Tamil political parties which have the backing of the up-country Tamils, have decided to form an alliance and work together in future. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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  • WatchWe could have done a few things better Tim Hortons president vows

    Chris Young/The Canadian Press files He said he has spoken to members represented by GWNFA in his visits to Toronto, Montreal and Halifax and will encounter even more of them in Vancouver this week. The meetings are usually arranged at large hotels and include an evening reception and four-hour discussion that Macedo says is drawing attendance rates around 100 per cent.The GWNFA has backed class-action lawsuits filed by franchisees over the company’s alleged improper use of a $700 million national advertising fund. It wrote to Navdeep Bains, the federal innovation minister earlier this year, alleging that RBI failed to live up to promises made under the Investment Canada Act in 2014. The group did not immediately respond to request for comment Thursday.Negative attention on the company culminated in calls for a boycott earlier this year after it was reported that some franchisees in Ontario moved to offset the province’s minimum wage hike by cutting breaks and forcing employees to cover a bigger share of their benefits.Tim Hortons has since fallen from 4th to 50th spot in national brand reputation rankings conducted by research company Leger.The cross-country meetings are focused on Tims’ launch of its new “Winning Together” brand plan in April.It is aimed at improving the customer experience and sales at Tim Hortons operations through its app, a new marketing campaign and a $700 million initiative to renovate restaurants to bring a more natural look and open-concept seating to Tim Hortons locations.Macedo said the plan will also include product launches before the end of summer, some new packaging and a revamped “visual identity” for the brand.He is seeking feedback from the franchisees about the forthcoming moves, but has also hired prominent pollster Allan Gregg to circulate a survey of owners to ensure franchisee voices are heard.His moves towards smoothing things over with franchisees come as some of Tim Hortons’ biggest competitors capitalize on the company’s struggles. On Thursday, McDonald’s announced it is rolling out one of the brand’s most popular offerings: bagels.Macedo acknowledged “we have some very good competitors,” but said he thinks “our brand is the strongest” and the quality of its breakfast products are “the best in Canada.”“The competition is there, but once we get rolling in our direction, I think they have to be very concerned as well, now that we are starting to get a plan and getting everyone fired up behind it,” he said.“Expect really interesting things in the next several months.” TORONTO — Tim Hortons is ready to make amends.President Alex Macedo has been crisscrossing the country over the last few days, meeting with thousands of franchisees in a bid to regain their trust and convince them that the fast food giant is committed to improving its strained relationship with some owners.His tour comes after months of public sparring with a dissident franchisee group over everything from cost-cutting measures to delays in supply deliveries to a $700-million renovation plan that they say will cost store owners $450,000 per restaurant.“We can’t pretend everything is good or that we did all the right things. We could have done a few things better,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press.McDonald’s takes aim at Tim Hortons in breakfast wars: You can now buy bagels at all Canadian storesTim Hortons U.S. franchisees launch suit against corporate parentTim Hortons parent launches plan to bolster iconic chain’s reputation“The last three months have been very difficult for the brand…We definitely don’t like to be in the media with controversies and business issues with our restaurant owners…So much as has been said, and it is difficult to break from the clutter, but we have decided to communicate better.”Macedo’s message signals a shift in the company’s approach to addressing the Great White North Franchisee Association, which says it represents at least half of the brand’s Canadian owners and whose vocal opposition to the company’s strategy has been a thorn in its side since the group formed last year.The previous approach of Tim Hortons and parent company Restaurant Brands International had largely been to ignore the disgruntled franchisees.“We do have a dissident group of franchisees that have been very vocal and exposed some of the business issues that any franchisee or any franchisee relationship has to a wider public and I don’t think that is good for anyone,” Macedo admitted on a call from Calgary, where he had just wrapped a meeting with franchisees.Tim Hortons’ president says the company has decided to ‘communicate better’ with a group of dissident franchisees. read more

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  • Philosophy is an art of living together says UNESCO on World Philosophy

    Marking World Philosophy Day, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is encouraging people of the world to share their philosophical heritages and “dare to open spaces for free, open and tolerant thinking.”The Day falls every third Thursday in November, and this year, it follows the International Day of Tolerance. “This coincidence is deeply significant, given the link between tolerance and philosophy. Philosophy thrives on the understanding of, respect and consideration for the diversity of opinions, thoughts, and cultures that enrich the way we live in the world,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “As with tolerance, philosophy is an art of living together, with due regard to rights and common values. It is the ability to see the world with a critical eye, aware of the viewpoints of others, strengthened by the freedom of thought, conscience, and belief,” she added.To celebrate the day, UNESCO has organized a number of events that will take place between 16 and 18 November at its headquarters in Paris. They include international encounters on new philosophical practices, a roundtable on tolerance, the launching of the UNESCO Chair on the Practice of Philosophy with Children, a roundtable for teaching Aristotle, and a night of philosophy to wrap up the three days.Traditionally, philosophical thinkers hold that astonishment is at the root of philosophy – the discipline stems from our natural tendency to be astonished by ourselves and the world in which we live. Philosophy teaches us to reflect on reflection itself, to question well-established truths, and to verify hypotheses in order to find conclusions. This kind of inquiry has been practiced for centuries in cultures around the world and has generated the basis for critical, independent, and creative thought. “Philosophy does not offer any ready-to-use solutions, but a perpetual quest to question the world and try to find a place in it,” explained Ms. Bokova. “Along this road, tolerance is both a moral virtue and a practical tool for dialogue.” World Philosophy Day is of particular importance to the United Nations as it provides conceptual bases of principles and values on which world peace depends: democracy, human rights, justice, and equality.This year, UNESCO celebrates the birthdays of Artistotle and Leibniz, two eminent philosophers who contributed to the development of metaphysics and science, logic, and ethics. They placed philosophy at the core of public life. “Let us, in turn, celebrate this spirit,” said Ms. Bokova. “Let us dare to open spaces for free, open and tolerant thinking.” read more

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  • Ferrero Rocher shamed as Christmas chocolates with the least recyclable packaging

    Monsieur, with these Rocher you are really adding to our landfill problem – the Which? study suggested Ferrero Rocher  Nikki Stopford, director of research and publishing at Which?, said: “For many of us the indulgent look of these festive chocolate boxes is synonymous with the Christmas season.“We are more aware than ever of the impact that we’re having on the world around us – so we want our research to help people to make the right choices for them and to understand how to dispose of packaging in the most eco-friendly manner.”Meanwhile, Government data released on Tuesday showed levels of household rubbish being recycled in England have virtually stalled, making the UK unlikely to meet targets on recycling by 2020.Some 45.2 per cent of household waste was recycled in 2017, up just 0.3 percentage points up on 2016’s figures and rising only around 1 percentage point in five years.The amount of “dry” materials such paper and card, glass, plastic and waste electrical and electronic equipment being recycled fell 2.1 per cent in 2017, while the collection of separate food waste increased by 8.7 per cent on the previous year.The UK has a target under European Union rules to recycle at least 50 per cent of of waste generated by households by 2020. With English households accounting for more than four-fifths of the country’s waste, the UK as a whole looks likely to miss the goal.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ferrero Rocher has been named and shamed as the Christmas chocolate box with the least recyclable packaging. The vast majority (89 per cent) of the packaging in a 359g Ferrero Rocher Collection box may be destined for landfill as it is made from non-recyclable plastic and foil, a study by consumer group Which? found.The only parts of the popular hazelnut treats’ packaging which can be recycled are the paper cases and the gold plastic tray in which they sit, which make up the remaining 11 per cent. By contrast the most recyclable chocolate boxes were Waitrose Christmas Chocolate Favourites 240g which is 96.3 per cent recyclable) Cadbury’s Milk Tray, which is 92.5 per cent easily recyclable. The second least recyclable packaging was for Marks & Spencer’s The Big One Selection 600g, which is 71.4 per cent recyclable. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––In addition Which? analysed chocolate boxes for their packaging to chocolate weight ratio, and found boxes of Ferrero Rocher Collections had by far the highest. Nearly half of the weight of a 359g Ferrero Rocher Collection box is made up of packaging (42.4 per cent), with the rest constituting (67.6 per cent) the chocolates themselves, it found.  The boxes with the highest proportion of chocolate weight were Marks & Spencer’s The Big One Selection 600g (just 8.5 per cent packaging), and Lindt Lindor Assorted Mix 384g (just 11.5 per cent packaging), the study showed.  A spokesman for Ferrero said: “The packaging we use is carefully designed to maintain the freshness and quality that is the hallmark of Ferrero products. Ferrero Collection is a delicately created product and the packaging is of fundamental importance to protect our chocolates from damage during transport, in the shops and at home.”To maintain the integrity and upmost quality for our consumers we package the product in its distinctive box, appreciated by consumers.”We are aware that some consumers like to reuse the boxes in fun and creative ways like those suggested on our website.”  read more

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  • LETTER Guyanese need to make the change now

    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMashramani greetings from Political PartiesFebruary 23, 2014In “Opinion”Granger extends an olive branch to the people of Region 10 – BondJuly 28, 2014In “Politics”Guyanese want LGE – Head of Lead Project; Meeting planned for tonight in GeorgetownOctober 2, 2014In “Politics” Dear Editor:I have lived long enough to know that my younger generation needs to be left with a legacy that I (and they), should be proud of. Forget for a moment that you have a political affiliation. Forget, if you will, that you have been socialised to like one party and hate the other. Now that you have put your brain in neutral, answer this simple question. What are the adults in Guyana leaving for their children to be proud about?Yes we have unlimited, or yet untold, amounts of natural resources but aside from that, what can we honestly say we are bequeathing to our children. Someone asked me recently if I am proud to be a Guyanese and I literally had to pause before I answer. After all, to say that I am proud to be a Guyanese implies that I own the behaviours that have plagued this nation for decades now. To say that I am a proud Guyanese is to say (indirectly), that I am proud of the political nonsensical behaviors that have been exhibited for over the last 50 years. To say that I am proud to be a Guyanese, is to say that I condone (in some way), the uncontrollable levels of crime that continues to decimate our progress. I mean, when I say that I am a proud Guyanese, am I not sanctioning the systematic racial tensions that have stymied the growth and development of this nation?So while I love my country and have always sought to represent and project the best in us, I am not sure that I am proud to be associated with the evils for which we are well known; locally and internationally. Every person who knows Guyana knows of the atrocities that obtain here. Everyone you know has reservations of traveling to Guyana, for fear that they will be robbed of killed. Guyanese used to be known for their excessive wearing of gold chains, ear-rings and other attractive pieces of gold jewelry. Have you observed that that practice has been discontinued? The truth is, the political climate in Guyana has not allowed for the fostering of goodwill among the citizens. The political and ideological stubbornness have polarised us and pauperised us and we are completely disrespectful and cruel towards one another. Guyana is a mere shell of what it can become; thanks to our political leaders.The last sitting of the 71st Parliament was yet another proof of how unmannerly and backward Guyana has become. Imagine, the President – the Head of State – visited those hallowed walls – our highest legislative outfit – to make a formal address and he was completely humiliated in the sight of the world. I remember when then President Barrack Obama visited the Senate for a joint session, in 2009, to make a speech. The Republicans did not like or respect the president and one of the Republicans, Joe Wilson, shouted, “You lie”. For months after that he was ridiculed and he paid a political price.Is this what we are leaving for our children? Maybe I am getting old and too sentimental but I guarantee you that this is not what I would like as my legacy. And frankly, it is these kinds of behaviours that I hope to change in my political pursuits. May God bless Guyana. Yours truly,Dr. Vishnu BandhuLeader, URP read more

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  • Mayor tilts at Katsalidis tower

    first_imgIn a bid to overturn the state government’s approval for Australia 108 – the 388 metre tower planned for Melbourne’s Southbank, Mayor Robert Doyle has suggested that the building’s shadow could disfigure the Shrine of Remembrance. Designed by architect Nonda Katsalidis, the building will be the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere and has met the approval of State Planning Minister Matthew Guy, who has regularly underlined his support for the project – describing it as an architectural example of Australia “coming of age”. Melbourne City Council and the Victorian government have been in dispute over the building’s height since the project began, with architects Fender Katsalidis winning a VCAT tribunal hearing over the City’s objections. Cr Doyle, who sits as a trustee of the Shrine told reporters “There are a couple of things that are sacrosanct – one is the Shrine and the other is the Yarra – and there are rules in the planning scheme to prevent that sort of overshadowing.” The Mayor added: “If something is getting that big that it’s overshadowing the Shrine, you’d really have to say, ‘What are we gaining through that height?’” However Cr Doyle’s concerns are not shared by the Shrine’s CEO Denis Baguley. Mr Baguley told the Herald Sun that the State Planning Department had provided illustrations of how the shadow created by Australia 108 would traverse near the Shrine on Anzac Day and at the winter solstice. “From my observation I don’t believe there are issues of overshadowing that will concern us,” said Mr Baguley. “In our view the effect is minimal – no more than (from) existing buildings and our own trees…” Nonda Katsalidis told Neos Kosmos that the CEO’s comments had pulled the rug out from under the Mayor’s feet. “The Planning Department has gone to the Shrine and shown them diagrams, so Doyle doesn’t have great credibility when talking on this issue,” said Katsalidis. “It’s water of a duck’s back, the City want limits on building heights, but there are good reasons sometimes to build high buildings.” “If the City had their way Melbourne would never have had the Eureka building. Is that a good or a bad outcome? Has it increased the stature of Melbourne? Doyle should think about those things”. Katsalidis has championed the extensive consultation with thousands of local residents and traders in Southbank on the planned Australia 108 tower. None of whom made significant objections. “What this is, is a political issue,” said Katsalidis. “What they don’t like is the minister taking away decisions on major projects from the Council. “The Council want to be part of the process, and that’s fair enough, but they have been. We’ve been through it, they objected before and the tribunal threw it out, as their objections were found to be without merit. They should learn from things like that”. Australia 108 is set to be the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. Using new construction technology developed by Katsalidis, it is likely to have transformed the Melbourne skyline by 2017. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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  • iSlate iPad ou iTab un nom encore incertain mais une sortie confirmée

    first_imgiSlate, iPad ou iTab : un nom encore incertain mais une sortie confirmée pour demainÉtats-Unis – C’est officiel : demain mercredi 27 janvier, à 19 heures (en France), Steve Jobs présentera la dernière invention d’Apple, la fameuse tablette iSlate. Le patron d’Apple est confiant et attend cette nouveauté avec enthousiasme : “C’est la chose la plus importante que j’ai jamais faite” a-t-il déclaré. Le monde entier est impatient et excité de découvrir la dernière création de la marque à la pomme. Demain, à San Francisco, on saura enfin à quoi ressemble ce produit, à la pointe de la technologie. À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?D’après les 50 prototypes repérés sur le campus de Cupertino, siège de la compagnie Apple, cette tablette permettrait d’accéder à plus de 200 applications, aussi bien personnelles (jeux, divertissements, livres même) que professionnelles (bases de données, fichiers, dossiers et outils de travail).Le nom du produit reste apparemment à confirmer. Apple voudrait le baptiser iPad, mais ce nom appartient à la société Fujitsu. Bien que cette dernière ne s’en soit jamais servi, des négociations sont encore en cours pour que Apple en détienne les droits. Le nom pourrait être iSlate, ou encore iTab. Cette tablette graphique interpelle bien des curieux. Patience, plus que quelques heures et toutes les informations seront transmises. Le 26 janvier 2010 à 11:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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  • An Astronaut Accidentally Called 911 From Space

    first_imgStay on target We all know what would happen if you screamed in space (thanks, Alien), but what happens if you call 911 from space?In a recent interview with Dutch public broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS), Dutch astronaut André Kuipers described accidentally dialing the emergency services number while in orbit aboard the International Space Station.Kuipers, an astronaut with the European Space Agency, missed dialing an essential number when making a call via Houston, and ended up connecting with the U.S. emergency switchboard.“If you’re in space, it’s like you’re making a call via Houston, first you dial the 9 for an outside line, and then 011 for an international line,” Kuipers told NOS.The call set off a security alert at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and a security team rushed to check the room through which his call had connected.The team, of course, found nothing wrong. “I made a mistake,” Kuipers said. “The next day I received an email message: did you call 911?”Kuipers joked that he felt let down that nobody had arrived in response to his call. “I was a little disappointed that they had not come up,” he said.The 60-year-old space traveler spent nine days on the ISS, conducting 21 experiments in the fields of human physiology, biology, microbiology, physical science, Earth observation, education and technology. He was the seventh European astronaut to visit the ISS, and the first from the Netherlands.Long-distance calls are available to crew members of the ISS.In a 2013 interview with Space Answers, NASA Flight Director Holly Riddings said astronauts in the ISS use an IP phone, which works functionally through a computer. “It’s kind of like ‘Space Skype’. They can call any phone in the world if they have the right satellite coverage,” she said.It seems astronauts calling the wrong number could be a thing. In 2015, British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted an apology to a woman he accidentally called. He said: “I’d like to apologise to the lady I just called by mistake saying ‘Hello, is this planet Earth?’ – not a prank call…just a wrong number!”Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti then responded to Peake’s tweet: “Ha, ha! I called 911 once by mistake.”More on Geek.com:63 Incredible Images of Earth from SpaceThis Lake Looks Like a Christmas Tree From SpaceChina’s Lunar Probe Lands Safely on Far Side of the Moon NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System last_img read more

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