Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillHow can Personal Financial Management Program Staff help service members maximize that “new vehicle” purchase from deployment dollars?When some service members receive a large sum of money, they are tempted to spend it all on one large purchase like a new vehicle. Often it is hard to talk them out of this purchase. If it appears they are set on buying a car, you can still use this as a teachable moment. Teach them ways to make the most of this purchase. For example, explain how to research the best deals, the true cost of vehicles, and military discounts offered by various organizations. Often dealers have military discounts they don’t advertise, so service members need to ask.Invite the service members to consider taking out a small loan on the vehicle, thereby preserving some of their dollars. Using money saved to pay off the loan over the span of a year will add positive credit behavior to their credit report, resulting in a possible increase in their credit score.  For more information, refer to incharge.org/military-money/story/when-buying-a-car-dont.Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on November 25, 2013.last_img read more

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MFLN Family Development’s 2016 Programming

first_imgNeed Free CEU’s? Then you won’t want to miss out on MFLN Family Development’s programming opportunities for 2016. This year we are offering CEU’s for NASW and Georgia Marriage & Family Therapists through our Webinars, Podcasts, and September 2016 Virtual Learning Event! For more information about our upcoming programming opportunities, click here. Be sure to check out our MFLN Family Development 2016 Programming Flyer below!This post was written by one of our MFLN Family Development Team Members. The MFLN Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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Establishing a Network Mindset in 2017

first_imgAdapted from a blog by Jamie Bain, University of Minnesota Extension Educator — Health and NutritionThe Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Family Transitions concentration area provides education and resources for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. Our goal is for military families to increase their self-reliance and navigate each transition more successfully than the last. We know that the transitions and challenges military families face are complex.  We also know that we cannot do this work alone.  That is why we have ‘network’ as part of our MFLN name and why we strive to build a network of military family service providers to join us in these efforts. Consider the following thoughts adapted from a blog by Jaimie Bain, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, about creating a network mindset.Curtis Ogden, a senior associate of the Interaction Institute for Social Change, lays out six core tenets of creating a network mindset in his blog post Thinking Like a Network. These tenets have guided the work of myself and fellow “network nerds” for years, and I’d like to share them with you. Throughout this post, I also ask you to consider some critical questions and make some important commitments for our common work in serving military families as we enter into a new year.The first of the six core tenets in the philosophy of “Thinking Like a Network” is adaptability instead of control. To me, this can be the hardest of the six tenets because this means that in order to do our work effectively we need to surrender control to a certain degree. We can plan everything to the last detail and still something is inevitably going to happen that we don’t expect. So, if we work to let go of the illusion that we have control over everything, it could allow us to free up that part of our minds that is trying to control things, and potentially open up our capacity for greater creativity.In 2017, I want us to consider this question: “How can we let go and allow for the natural flow and organic progression of the work to take over?”The second core tenet is contribution before credentials. We know in our hearts through the connections we make in the community that everyone has their own inner brilliance, regardless of their credentials. America Bracho, Executive Director of Latino Health Access in Santa Ana, CA shared at a recent conference that this means respecting, valuing, and engaging all voices in our work. Even more so, this means that the people with credentials and privilege have a responsibility to create space to allow for those without credentials to let their brilliance shine.In 2017, I ask all of us to think about whose voices we value in this work and why. What voices aren’t being valued or are being forgotten altogether? How can we help amplify them?The next core tenet is resilience and redundancy instead of rock stardom. We’ve all seen it happen: a small nonprofit organization starts with a dynamic, energetic, and visionary leader and the organization does amazing work in the community. But as soon as that leader retires or moves on, the organization falls flat, struggles to survive, and sometimes even fades away. So how can that organization stay afloat and even thrive without the dynamic and visionary leader it started with? The article The Networked Nonprofit from the Stanford Social Innovation Review has an answer for us. Given the complexity and wickedness of the problems we currently face, organizations must cultivate deep and meaningful relationships with others in order to accomplish their mission and vision.In 2017, I implore us all to take a critical look at the extent to which our work is networked. If you were to take a new job, retire, or win the lottery tomorrow, how would your work continue? Is there resiliency in your connections and redundancy in the functions of what you do so that your work would live on even without you? If not, how are you building connections so that your work can continue and thrive when you are no longer leading?The fourth core tenet is diversity and divergence rather than the usual suspects and forced agreement. Sometimes it’s easier for us to make decisions by ourselves or with a group of likeminded people, so we can just get the work done already. Even though the work can get done faster when it is done in this way, it also means that we aren’t taking in the full complexity of the issue at hand. We aren’t considering all sides, all perspectives, all angles of what we are trying to accomplish when we don’t engage diverse and divergent perspectives in our decision making processes.In 2017, I want us all to take a hard look at who has seats at the tables where decisions are made. Are we surrounded by the usual suspects, the people who always make the same decisions because they are like minded or because they don’t want to rock the boat? Or are we inviting diverse perspectives and volunteering to engage in sticky, uncomfortable, and difficult conversations? I urge us all to remember this quote when we make decisions in 2017: “Nothing about us, without us, is for us.”The fifth core tenet is self-organization and emergence rather than permission and the pursuit of perfection. This tenet is about embracing the gray of the work, instead of trying to force every program, project, or idea to have a black-and-white solution and a tidy package. This means allowing for emergence and iterative design to guide our work. In addition, it means following our intuition. We all know what it feels like when we hit on an idea that feels electric and our gut tells us, “There’s something here!” Allowing ourselves to pursue our gut feelings and allowing people we supervise to do the same is essential to our work. We need to trust that building relationships and following our intuition could lead to failure, and it could also lead to success beyond our wildest dreams.In 2017, I encourage us to commit to embracing the gray and opening up to the potential of wild success.The final core tenet is to shift the focus from the core to the periphery. I learned from my wise friend, colleague, and geospatial lover Noelle Harden that ecosystems are most productive at their intersections, where peripheries overlap. So too are communities and networks. For those of us who work in the periphery, it can seem like decisions with far-reaching repercussions are made at the core in places like; military installations or at our nation’s capital or in the conference room of an organization without the important input and context we could provide. Because we know that efforts are stronger and more impactful when diverse groups are involved we may feel helpless during the decision-making process and then frustrated when an opportunity to be involved wasn’t available.But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can choose to be more involved. Maybe you choose to communicate with your supervisor to request support to work with new potential partners.  Maybe you choose to prioritize spending your efforts reaching out to work with others with similar goals. Maybe you choose to get involved in your local neighborhood association, join the board of an organization, write a letter to the editor, run for city council or the school board. Maybe you choose to talk to your legislator. Now is the time to make the choice to get involved and to advocate for what you believe in.We invite you to choose to network with Military Families Learning Network by learning more about MFLN Family Transitions, follow us on Facebook (MFLN Family Transitions) or Twitter (MFLNFT).  Join us on future webinars. Offer to write a blog or record a podcast. The ability of communities to collaboratively support military Service members and their families depends on each one of us stepping forward to network with others on these shared goals.In 2017, I encourage us all to think about when we are acting from the core or the periphery. When you are acting from the periphery, ask yourself how you can engage with the core as well as others from the periphery to collaboratively address issues.As I reflect on MFLN Family Transitions’ work, I feel grateful for all the inspiring and powerful relationships we’ve had the honor to make in our work with many military family service professionals across the nation. In fact, my favorite part of being a member of a network is working with others who also believe in the power of connectivity. I believe because we are all passionate about providing support for military Service members and their families we  can work  cooperatively to make the world a better place. We need each other to do our work more effectively and we are more powerful together than individually. This means we are already a network. In the Military Families Learning Network, we are a network of people working toward a common vision of supporting significant positive outcomes for military Service members and their families. Because of the complex issues faced by military families it is necessary that now, more than ever, our work requires us to adopt a network mindset. So in 2017, let’s commit to thinking like a network.last_img read more

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Stomping out the Stigma: A Look at Equine-Assisted Therapy and Training

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT & Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFTPixabay[Horse Shoe by aischmidt, May 15, 2015, CCO]Stigma. It’s a pretty familiar word to most of us. It’s especially familiar to those of us working in the mental health field. It’s what oftentimes keeps us and our clients away from seeking help and talking about issues that trouble us most. In a recent Anchored. podcast (Episode 10|  Four Legged Healers: Exploring Animal Assisted Therapy. ), we talked with  Dr. Shelley Green about her experience with equine assisted therapy as a way to decrease some of the stigma that can hinder not only clients, but also therapists in training.As a Professor of Family Therapy and Director of Equine Assisted Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University (NSU),  Shelley feels that horses offer a unique and powerful therapeutic resource; they have the ability to help clients take risks, face fears, and experience transformation in a very different environment than traditional in-office therapy. And, while horses are used for various types of therapy, including substance abuse, couples counseling, and abused children, they can also be used to promote clinical and personal growth with therapists.Shelley has developed two graduate level courses offered to master’s level marriage and family therapy students at NSU. These courses are designed to offer students the experiential opportunity to learn about equine assisted work. Performance anxiety often can be overwhelming for therapists-in-training leading to inner-focus rather than tending to clients’ in-the-moment needs.  The course includes on-site training at the nonprofit site, Stable Place, which houses therapy horses and provides a lovely setting for students to become more aware of themselves through individual work with horses. Horses have been known to serve as:“excellent teachers of relationship, communication, and mindfulness skills…due to [their] highly sensitive nature, therapeutic work with them can increase people’s tolerance for anxiety and help reduce self-focus.” (Meola & Sias, 2016, p. 4)Our MFLN Family Development team was eager to gain insight into the  impact courses such as Shelley’s have on the comfort, awareness and confidence of those involved. So, we invited three clinical students to discuss their experience learning about the therapeutic nature of horses and how equine-assisted therapy has shaped their clinical growth.Caitlin SicklerAlyssa BiestekCristina-Oana CucoanesIf you would like to learn more about the equine assisted therapy work Shelley and those affiliated with NSU’s MFT program are doing, listen to Anchored. Podcast Episode 8|  Four Legged Healers: Exploring Animal Assisted Therapy.  ReferencesMeola, C.C., & Sias, S.M. (2016). Equine-Assisted Practicum in Counselor Supervision. VISTAS Online, Article 53. Retrieved from https://www.counseling.org/docs/default-source/vistas/article_533ff227f16116603abcacff0000bee5e7.pdf?sfvrsn=4This post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration area on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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It’s a Doggy-Dog World

first_imgThe therapeutic potential of animals was first discovered in the 1800’s when treating anxiety in children and adults. Since then, the benefits of Animal-Assisted (AAT) Therapy has become more common and increasingly recognized. Many reports can be found on the cardiovascular, psychological, and cognitive benefits and potential impact of AAT. Nationwide, 4-H offers a dog curriculum. Through active participation in 4-H Dog programs and projects, youth develop responsibility, communication skills, decision-making, and nurturing. Dogs FloridaIndiana MarylandMinnesota Mississippi New Mexico Oklahoma Today, ATT is offered by many healthcare facilities, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes. One animal that is common in the AAT world, is our furry four-legged friend the dog.center_img State Extension 4-H Dog Programs and Projects With continued efforts to better leverage the Cooperative Extension System as a force multiplier in Military Family Readiness and Capacity Building, we would like to share the 4-H Dog Programs available at each Cooperative Extension office in the pilot states. Animal-Assisted Therapylast_img read more

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Can Members of the Military Get SNAP Benefits?

first_imgBy Carol ChurchIf you’re like me, you may generally think of the military as an occupation that gives its employees a certain basic level of financial security. This isn’t to say that E1s are wealthy by any means, and we know that many families do get into debt and experience struggle. But typically, we probably think that service members and their families have a safe place to stay, adequate healthcare, and enough food to eat.While this is thankfully true the majority of the time, the facts show that at least when it comes to food, this isn’t always the case. It is not common for servicemembers or their families to be food insecure, but it definitely does happen. While numbers can be hard to come by, here is some of the data that we do have:In 2013, nearly 23,000 members of the military used food stampsIn 2015, 24 percent of children in U.S. DoDEA schools were eligible for free lunch, and 21% were eligible for reduced price lunch$84 million in food stamps were redeemed at military commissaries in 2014 (though not all were redeemed by active duty military)Approximately 1-2% of military families receive SNAP benefits (“food stamps”), compared to about 13% of the general populationWho is Eligible for SNAP?In order to be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), aka “food stamps,” a family’s income must first be at or below 130% of the federal poverty line. This is based on the amount that the family earns and the number of people on the family, but as an example, the maximum gross monthly income to be eligible for SNAP in a household of two people is currently $1287. Note that for military members, BAH DOES count when determining eligibility for SNAP.A family also cannot have many financial assets to be eligible for SNAP. The number is currently $2250, or $3500 for families with someone who is disabled or over age 60. This amount does not include a home that is owned, and usually does not include vehicles.So, in order to be eligible, families must be low-income and without significant savings. This is a limited number of military families, but, for instance, young new recruits with children, especially more than one child, or higher-level members with many children may be eligible. Veterans and retirees definitely may also be eligible.How Do You Apply?In most states, you can apply for SNAP online, though you may have to go in to an office in person. After the initial eligibility test, you will have to complete an eligibility interview, either in person or over the phone. This will probably take about 30 days.How Much Do Recipients Get?This depends on the size of the family, the amount the family is earning, and a formula that is used that takes various family costs into account. On average, families receiving SNAP get about $125/person/month.  The benefit can be used to buy almost all kinds of food (except food that will be eaten in the store or hot foods), but cannot be used to buy nonfood items, alcohol, or cigarettes. FSSASome may have heard of a program called FSSA, or Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance. This program was actually a supplemental income program for the military designed to ensure that income was not so low that service members qualified for SNAP. Few people took advantage of it and it has been discontinued. Read more here.More on SNAPMore info on SNAP is available here.ReferencesCenter for Budget and Policy Priorities. (2017). A Quick Guide to SNAP Eligibility and Benefits. Retrieved from https://www.cbpp.org/research/a-quick-guide-to-snap-eligibility-and-benefitsLiberto, J. (2014). Food stamp use among military rises again. Retrieved from http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/17/news/economy/military-food-stamps/Military.com. (2016). Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance Ending In September. Retrieved from https://www.military.com/benefits/2016/07/13/fssa-benefit-ending.htmlUSDA. (2018). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Retrieved from https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-itemslast_img read more

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When You Can’t Trust Your Gut: Making Sense of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Dietary Strategies

first_imgAuthor: Christian Maino-Vieytes, B.S. Nutritional Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, M.S. Candidate, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignOverviewIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition defined by continuous bouts of abdominal pain and altered bowel habits resulting in an abnormal stool. Unlike the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), IBS does not have a detectable disease origin or explanation. Also, IBS shares significant symptom-overlap with other illnesses, including lactose intolerance, which can make it difficult to diagnose. Consequently, many individuals routinely afflicted by IBS symptoms may be misdiagnosed or never diagnosed at all. However, there are a set of clinical criteria, called the Rome criteria, which are implemented by doctors, dietitians, or other providers to diagnose and classify IBS. Standards, such as the Manning criteria or the Kruis criteria can be used in place of or combined with Rome. On average, IBS affects younger and female individuals, and disturbed sleep patterns appear to play a role. IBS may present in tandem with other conditions including depression, anxiety, and fibromyalgia. In many cases, an imbalance between healthy and unhealthy bacteria in the gut is present. These facts highlight a hallmark of IBS, which is a compromised brain-gut connection.IBS routinely presents as recurrent abdominal pain, described as cramping in nature, accompanied by diarrhea, constipation, or both. These symptoms inform the different categories of IBS:IBS with predominant constipation (IBS-C)IBS with predominant diarrhea (IBS-D)IBS with mixed bowel habits (IBS-M)IBS unclassified (IBS-U)Symptoms are preceded by unique environmental “triggers” or foods that will cause symptoms to flare-up. Consequently, addressing food sensitivities through the management of these triggers features as the mainstay nutritional intervention for treating IBS.FODMAPs and Nutritional Strategies for Those Living with IBSThe recently touted low-FODMAPs diet has been embraced by professionals and patients in the IBS community as suitable nutritional therapy. FODMAPs, which stands for fermentable oligo-, di-, monosaccharides, and polyols, are small, sugar-containing food components that are fermented by certain bacterial species residing within the gut. The chemical products of these fermentations, including different gases and water retention, are what precipitate the range of symptoms previously discussed (e.g. bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and altered stool). Clinical research has demonstrated that sticking to a diet low in FODMAPs can substantially lower the severity of symptoms for a majority of IBS patients. Despite this, a low-FODMAPs diet can be very restrictive and challenging to implement due to the pervasiveness of FODMAPs in the foods we consume regularly. Common high-FODMAP foods include fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts/seeds, dairy, and sugar-alcohol sweeteners. The Institute for Functional Medicine provides further details on the pillars of the diet as well as a list of high-FODMAP foods and their low-FODMAP alternatives.In addition to the low-FODMAPs diet, other evidence-based dietary strategies include supplementation with probiotics and consuming more fiber-containing foods. Gluten sensitivity, although frequently mentioned in the same sentence as IBS, has not benefited from the same degree of scientific support. What many confuse as gluten being a food-related trigger for IBS is, in fact, consumption of foods that contain FODMAPs in addition to gluten (wheat, rye, and barley all contain FODMAPs). Despite the broad scientific consensus on common food triggers for IBS, these food constituents will affect individuals differently. An individualized nutrition plan that carefully examines specific food triggers in one’s diet requires collaboration between patient and clinician and development with the guidance of a health care provider.Bibliography:Barbara, Giovanni, Cesare Cremon, and Fernando Azpiroz. “Probiotics in irritable bowel syndrome: Where are we?.” Neurogastroenterology & Motility 30.12 (2018): e13513.Codoñer-Franch, Pilar, and Marie Gombert. “Circadian rhythms in the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal diseases.” World journal of gastroenterology 24.38 (2018): 4297.Collins, Stephen M. “A role for the gut microbiota in IBS.” Nature reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology 11.8 (2014): 497.De Giorgio, Roberto, Umberto Volta, and Peter R. Gibson. “Sensitivity to wheat, gluten and FODMAPs in IBS: facts or fiction?.” Gut 65.1 (2016): 169-178.El-Salhy, Magdy, et al. “Dietary fiber in irritable bowel syndrome.” International journal of molecular medicine 40.3 (2017): 607-613.Halmos, Emma P., et al. “A diet low in FODMAPs reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.” Gastroenterology 146.1 (2014): 67-75.Ikechi, Ronald, et al. “Irritable bowel syndrome: clinical manifestations, dietary influences, and management.” Healthcare. Vol. 5. No. 2. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2017.Isasi, Carlos, et al. “Fibromyalgia and non-celiac gluten sensitivity: a description with remission of fibromyalgia.” Rheumatology international 34.11 (2014): 1607-1612.Lacy, Brian, and Nihal Patel. “Rome criteria and a diagnostic approach to irritable bowel syndrome.” Journal of clinical medicine 6.11 (2017): 99.Lovell, Rebecca M., and Alexander C. Ford. “Global prevalence of and risk factors for irritable bowel syndrome: a meta-analysis.” Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 10.7 (2012): 712-721.Muir, J. G., et al. “Gluten-free and low-FODMAP sourdoughs for patients with coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome: A clinical perspective.” International journal of food microbiology 290 (2019): 237-246.last_img read more

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Rokinon Announces New Wide-Angle Lenses

first_img12mm f/2.0 NCS CS LensAccepts front filters using a 67mm diameter thread.Price: $399Mounts: Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX,  Sony E, Micro Four Thirds Rokinon announces affordable wide-angle lenses for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.Rokinon has announced their latest line of lenses today and we’re impressed….Rokinon has cornered the market at creating high quality lenses at a low price point. Their latest announcement serves to address a problem that plagues indie-filmmakers everywhere, crop factor.Crop factor happens when a lens is not capable of taking on the entire field of view of a given lens. This makes lenses look as though they are a higher focal length then what they really are.For example, the popular Blackmagic Cinema Camera has a crop factor of 2.4x, which would take your normally wide 24mm lens and turn it into a 57mm lens. Crop factor makes getting wide shots more difficult but the new manual Rokinon lenses aim to help.Rokinon’s new lense announcement includes a number of wide-angle lenses. Let’s take a look….8mm Fish-Eye II LensThe second generation of the popular 8mm lens.Price: $349Mounts: Canon EF-M, Fijifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E 8mm T3.1 Cine UMC Fish-Eye II LensA wide angle lens specially designed to be used on film productions. The lens has threads that can be easily fitted into most follow focus’s.Price: $399Mounts: Canon EF-M, Fufifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony EWhen Will the New Rokinon Lenses Ship? The lenses are expected to be available by Tuesday, March 25. You can pre-order all the lenses from most popular lens distributors.What do you think of the new Rokinon lenses?Are there any better alternatives? Share in the comments below.center_img 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS LensDesigned for APS-C Sensors. The lens was created with a nano coating system.Price: $539Mounts: Canon EF, Pentax K, Sony A, Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, Micro Four Thirdslast_img read more

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A Look Back at Year One of Creative District

first_imgCreative District was launched nearly a year ago to connect filmmakers and video pros. Is it working…and will it last?Technicolor launched Creative District back in March of 2014 as a form of LinkedIn for Film and Art Professionals. For the most part the site has acted as such, but to a slightly different degree. I was steered toward using Creative District through a fellow filmmaker who is a member of the committee that provides feedback and insight on how to make the service better. So now, with nearly a year into the service, here are my thoughts.Does the service really help professional filmmakers?Through my experience within the last year I would have to say, yes. I was able to gain work as a concept artist and cinematographer through the service. However, only one of these professionals that I collaborated with were also members of Creative District, others found me through the service and contacted me directly. This tells me the service reaches more people than just fellow collaborators within the service. So, being able to list your projects and then reach out for collaboration, or have collaborators find you is extremely helpful.There are just over 16,000 members on Creative District now so collaboration is limited to an extent. The majority of projects that are presented are independent and documentary, for which the site is really best suited for now. But as membership totals increase so should the number of projects and the type of projects. There appears to be great potential for more and more higher budget productions to be listed on the site through their creators.How does Creative District work?While the site is geared toward filmmakers, creative professionals from many different fields also have a large presence. Looking at the service from a filmmaker’s perspective, you’ll begin by creating a new project.Once you’ve gone through the easy process of adding a new project it’s time to begin looking for talent to help make this film a reality. Hopefully you’ll have other professional filmmakers within the service that you already have a connection with and you can begin pulling your talent together. If you don’t, Creative District allows you to fully network with a pool of professionals in various fields. Click the ‘people’ tab and you can look through the entire list of professionals and can narrow it down to those who live in your area.The best way to find talent on Creative District, other than just reaching out to other professionals, is to create job postings. By doing this under your project page it allows other professionals to see these job postings and to apply for them.This also works in the reverse if you yourself are looking for work or wanting to expand your reel. Several times I’ve ended up bidding for a job against several other professionals.Lastly, once you get your project posted and rolling into production you can submit it for a $5,000 grant that Creative District rewards professionals each month – added bonus.Overall thoughts on Creative DistrictDoes Creative District have staying power? I think it does – for professional filmmakers and productions. Through the site I’ve been able to cultivate relationships with other professionals.When looking at the number of overall professionals in the filmmaking and creative arts industries worldwide, 16,000 is merely a fraction of that population. If more professionals begin using the service then the potential for networking and moving your career forward greatly increase. We’ll see where this next year takes us…by then we should have a firm grasp of where the service is really going.Are you a member of Creative District? Share your experiences with the services in the comments below.last_img read more

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10 Audio Accessories Under $100

first_imgOnly have a small amount of money left in your budget for audio accessories? No problem. Check out all this great sound gear that’s available to you for under $100!Top image from of Lorelei.As filmmakers, we’re quick to make sure we’ve got all of the camera accessories we need… but what about sound gear?  We recently took a look at a collection of audio gear for under $500. Let’s continue down that path in a more budget-minded fashion with this list of ten must-have audio accessories for under $100.Note: the links below are just examples of where you can purchase this filmmaking gear. These are not sponsored or affiliate links. We encourage you to make your purchases at your favorite gear store!1. Tascam DR-05 Portable RecorderPrice: $99.99Image from SweetwaterThe Tascam DR-05 is a great option as a field recorder for the price tag of $100. While some may not view it as an accessory I’ve been on film crews where this little recorder was waiting in the wings in case the Sound Devices 702 or 633 went down. If you’re looking for a cheap capture solution for small projects, I would suggest it as well.2. Rode VideoMic GO: $90Image from SweetwaterWhile it doesn’t capture the kind of audio that the Rode NTG line of shotgun mics will, the Rode VideoMic GO captures quality sound for its price tag. I’ve used this same mic several times over the years in order to capture scratch-track audio, which is extremely helpful when you get into post-production.3. Audio Technica Condensor Mic: $99Image from B&HIn the event that you didn’t capture all of your audio while in the field, you’ll need to capture some ADR. For that you’ll need a quality condenser mic. The Audio Technica is a great little mic, but you also might want to check out the Blue Snowball, MXL V67G, Behringer C-3 or the AKG P120, all of which are under $100.4. Rode smartLav: $66Image from B&HThis is an interesting lav microphone. Say you’re working on a documentary or industrial video when your wireless lapel mic goes on the fritz. You need this audio and this shot and you only have a limited amount of time. Well, grab your smart phone and connect the Rode smartLav to it and open the app. Just like that, you have a backup for under $100.5. Nady DSM-1X Digital Meter: $75Image from B&HI never really thought about needing to measure the sound level of a space. However, I’ve had several sound recordists tell me they’ve used them when filming in an industrial space where there are large spikes of sound. They would walk with the meter toward the source of the sound while watching the dB level, easily discovering how close they could get to the sound without harming the recording equipment.6. Comprehensive Audio Adapter Kit: $90Image from B&HIt never fails, you’re out in the field and you need some sort of adapter, but that was one of those minute details that you forgot. Well if you’ve ever found your self dealing with this before just know that you aren’t alone, it has happened to me before as well. But, in order to prepare for the next time this will happen here is a great little audio adapter kit.7. Leatherman Sidekick Multi-Tool: $42Image from B&HThis is easily the greatest tool I’ve ever seen on set. A good friend of mine and fellow filmmaker brought one of these on set and it was a simply a godsend. While it’s not necessarily a piece of “audio” equipment, it will come in handy at some point. For example, when I was on a documentary crew, the sound recordist had a heck of a time pressing the small battery lock release on the Sound Devices 702 field recorder. Enter the Leatherman Sidekick. Problem solved.8. ProTapes Gaff Tape: $20Image from B&HNext to the multi-tool, the best tool for audio — and really any part of film production — is gaff tape. It’s amazingly handy. I was recently working on a documentary film and we needed to attach the boom mic to a C-Stand. When we discovered we didn’t have all the parts necessary to pull this off, we whipped out the gaff tape and strapped the boom pole to the arm of the C-Stand. It worked perfectly. You can also use gaff tape when you need your subject to tape a lapel mic to the inside of their shirt or jacket so you can get crystal-clear audio.9. Vulta Hurricane Flashlight: $37Image from B&HAs soon as you say that you won’t need a flashlight, you’ll need one. When working on set everything is lit in a specific way. So the light is directed toward the subject or characters. This will sometimes leave you in a shady or dark spot where it can be cumbersome to find little things like lapel clips or adapters. So make things easier on yourself and keep a small flashlight handy.10. Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones: $75Last, but definitely not least we need headphones. These same headphones were recommended to me by a film composer I work with, and I’ve used them for over two years now. When you put these on you’ll notice right away that you hear a nice flat sound, and as you should know, when you’re capturing sound you want to make sure that this sound is flat. This allows you to hear everything as it is without any manipulation.Image from B&HFor more in-depth info on filmmaking gear and tools, take a look at these articles:Filmmaking Tip: Gear For a One Man Documentary Crew10 Crucial Pieces of Audio Gear Under $500How to Spot Counterfeit Camera GearDid we miss any crucial audio accessories that we should have added? Are these essential audio accessories $100 or less? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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Working with Flowcharts in Adobe After Effects

first_imgDo you have tips for organizing your workflow in After Effects? Let us know in the comments. The Flowchart PanelTo access the flowchart, first I’ll make sure I have my desired composition open or selected in the project panel. Next, I’ll select Composition > Composition Flowchart. Once the flowchart panel opens, I’ll see all of my comps listed. I can also see all of the layers in each composition. The problem is that I’m not really enjoying this layout, so I’m going to customize my flowchart to make it more intuitive and easier to navigate.Display OptionsThere are a number of ways I can customize the display of my flowchart, all of which are in the panel drop-down menu. First, I don’t really like that the chart is flowing up. I prefer a left-to-right layout, with the original comp at the far left, so I’m going to change this setting in the panel menu. I’ll set the justification to left. If I wanted a simpler view of things, I could strip the flowchart down so it’s displaying only the comps.Navigating the FlowchartOne of my favorite aspects of the flowchart panel is the ability to quickly navigate and access comps and layers throughout my project. Anytime I select an asset in the flowchart panel, it will quickly show me that asset in the project or composition panel. If I select a layer in the composition panel, it will highlight the asset in the flowchart panel. Double-clicking a comp in the flowchart panel will open that comp.The Mini-FlowchartIf working in the flowchart panel seems a bit too counterintuitive, check out the mini-flowchart. There are several ways to access this — the main way being Composition > Composition Mini-Flowchart. There’s also a mini-flowchart button in the composition panel, or you can just press the Tab key while your composition panel is highlighted. Quickly jump between comps and precomps in the mini-flowchart using the arrow key. To launch a comp, simply click on it. Get a bird’s-eye view of your After Effects project with flowcharts.Top image via Shutterstock.When you’re working on a complex After Effects project, you might find yourself nesting compositions. A nest involves a composition within a composition. To create a nested composition, you simply highlight a single layer or group of layers and select Layer > Pre-compose. This creates a new composition in your project panel, and it will now show up as a layer in your original comp. We call this new composition a precomp.Working with nesting and precomps can quickly become confusing. Trying to make your way to a specific layer that’s buried in precomps can be headache-inducing. This is when the flowchart panel comes in handy.A flowchart offers you a bird’s-eye view of your project, so you can modify and customize your flowchart how you’d like and quickly navigate precomps and layers directly in the flowchart panel.Let’s take a closer look at what you can do with this tool.last_img read more

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How to Create a Mid-’90s DV Camcorder Look in After Effects

first_imgCover image via Vivitta.Looking for more After Effects tips and tricks? Check these out.How to Export with Transparency from Adobe After EffectsHow to Change the Color of Exterior Lights in After EffectsVideo Tutorial: Harness the Power of Presets in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Create Karaoke Graphics in After EffectsHow to Create a Harry Potter-Inspired Flashback in After Effects The HowThis is our before shot:First, open After Effects, create a new composition in 1080p, and download this handy 1:33 letterbox. Place the letterbox mask above the footage, and lock it. The mask, at this point, is just a reference for how we want to render our footage later..Next, we’re going to add an adjustment layer and begin adding the effects to destroy our footage. In the example clip, we can see the shadow detail on the wood panels, as well as the highlights in the sky. This won’t do. Therefore, we’re going to add a Brightness and Contrast effect — increase brightness a touch, and max out the contrast at 100.At this point, we’re going to add a Gaussian Blur and increase the strength to just three. DV camcorder footage from the ’90s is inherently soft, and it lacks clarity. So, using a Gaussian blur at only three may seem weak, but we’re going to increase the scale later.Then, we’re going to add a bit of chromatic aberration. We could add three separate channel mixers, slightly shifting the position and opacity. However, with the addition of immersive video editing in CC 2017, there’s an effect called VR Chromatic Aberration. While the the effect is intended for VR video, it’s a quicker way to get aberrant footage than duplicating channel layers.We only want to apply the slightest aberration. The default (50) is far too much. I’ve set mine at red 5, green 0, and blue 5. Now, the effect is nuanced, but it is still apparent in certain moments.Next, we’re going to add the Posterize effect at 30. The preliminary effects are finished. However, we now need to export the footage out at a DV size and bring it back in and scale it up for a 1080p export because, at the moment, the effects are still applying to a 1080p file. Ironically at this point, it looks too clean. Please remember to unlock and hide the 1:33.1 letterbox before rendering. NTC DV 1 is ideal.To finalize the effect, I’m going to add the magnetic tape glitches, which were prevalent in early DV camcorders. To do this, you first need to download this VHS overlay. Yes, I know I said that many people lump the VHS overlay with footage for a ’90s look, but we’re not going to be showing the VHS overlay. We only need the movement of the distortion. Once downloaded, and imported to the composition, hide the VHS layer and apply a Displacement Map to the newly rendered 4:3 clip. Then, change the displacement map layer to the VHS layer and reduce the displacement so that the displacement only comes through for the harshest movement.This is the finalized effect:You could take it a step further and apply a Fisheye lens effect to emulate the look of your favorite skate videos. While the tutorial below is for Premiere Pro, you can get the same results in After Effects. Need that DV look for your ’90s-era project? Here’s how you can turn back the clock on your footage in Adobe After EffectsI spent the better part of my teenage years trying to figure out how to make low-cost DV footage look like expensive cinema footage. Now, here I am explaining how you can make HD modern footage look like inexpensive DV footage from the 1990s.Filmmaking is bizarre.If you’re a filmmaker born in the ’90s, it’s harrowing to realize that we’re actually almost closer to 2050 than 1990. Bewildering and scary! What further cements the distance of the ’90s is that we’re starting to see Hollywood productions tap into the ’90s time-space more often. Jonah Hill recently directed a film titled Mid90s, literally and stylistically set in the ’90s. Captain Marvel, released last week, is also set in the ’90s.As a commentator said on the Mid90s YouTube trailer, “Have we moved on from ’80s nostalgia to ’90s nostalgia, already? Damn, I feel old.”Yes. Yes, we have.Whenever I think about making a short film that takes place outside of the ’10s, as soon as I start to think about the logistics of costumes, décor, props, and locations, I quickly talk myself out of it — primarily, because it’s expensive. However, and for the time being, the ’90s aren’t so far back in history that, with a couple of well-placed props, vibrant wardrobe colors, and questionable haircuts, you can film in most urban locations and pass them off as ’90s settings.When online content creators (and advertisers) want to invoke the atmosphere of a specific decade, without props, a set, or costumes, they usually replicate the popular medium of that decade. VHS for the ’80s, 16mm for ’70s, then on back to 8mm. However, what short films and online campaigns often miss is how ’90s video looked. People regularly lump the VHS look in with the ’80s and the ’90s. Many forget the ’90s saw the launch of DV and MiniDV, which looks much different from VHS. It also has a more unrefined grit than HDV, which arrived in 2003.This VHS “look” can technically apply to esteemed films like Saving Private Ryan and Scarface, since both films were originally released on VHS. However, MiniDV from the mid-’90s doesn’t necessarily have the aggressive scan lines you find with VHS tapes. There are slight line glitches, but the primary look comes from the harsh contrast, a lack of clarity, and how the color often bleeds from the edge.The question, of course, is why on Earth would you make footage from a modern system look like something people try to forget? Well, there may be a time when you need to show footage from the perspective of a DV camcorder, as we see in the Mid90s trailer. Perhaps you want to make a ’90s found-footage film, without the limitations of older tech. Or, you simply don’t have a DV camcorder, or you don’t have the tools necessary for transfer. Well, in 2019, who does?The following is a step-by-step guide on how to create the DV cam look (I can’t believe I wrote that), in After Effects, without any third-party plugins.First, before filming, it’s important to note that most ’90s DV cams had a narrow aperture, and the dynamic range was terrible. Either shadows were crushed or highlights were blown. Therefore, make sure your aperture is set wide, and increase the ISO if shooting outside to get blown-out highlights. And, of course, if you’re using a zoom lens, be sure to throw in the occasional zoom in and zoom out.last_img read more

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How to Be Rich

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Last week a reader of my Sunday Newsletter sent me an email to ask me a single question. That question was, “How do I become rich?”The word rich is used to describe people who have an abundance of money and material wealth. But just like there are multiple forms of intelligence, there are multiple forms of wealth, real wealth being something different from pecuniary wealth.Be HealthyYour health is a more important source of wealth than money. You would never trade your eyesight or your hearing for money. You wouldn’t trade your ability to walk and run and drive for money either. You wouldn’t give up the ability to pick up your children or grandchildren and hold them in your arms.Your health is an immeasurable form of wealth, even if you don’t recognize it as such.Be WealthyBeing loved and loving others is an immense form of wealth. The more people who truly love you, the richer you are. The number of people you love is another way to measure your real riches. When you die, your banker will not show up to your funeral, nor will your stock broker. Don’t look for these folks if you are ever sick or hospitalized either. You’re looking for the person who is going to sit next to you and hold your hand.The greatest source of riches is love. Period. Full stop. If you have that, you have what you really need.Be WiseOne way to measure your real wealth is to weigh your character. Who are you? What do you stand for? What do you fight for? How do you contribute? There are people who cannot sleep at night because they’ve betrayed themselves and others. There is no amount of money that can prevent them from being poor.Who you are matters much more than what you have. It always has, and it always will.Be GratefulThe truth is that you can only be truly rich when you are truly grateful. And when you are truly grateful, you are already rich.There is nothing wrong with wanting money and hustling to make as much as you believe you need to be happy. But there are more important things that bring you real wealth that must not be abandoned in pursuit of “being rich,” lest you gain the money and lose your real wealth.last_img read more

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How to Get a Job In Sales (Part Two)

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now A long time ago, I wrote a post about how to get a job in sales. It is mostly right. What is really wrong is corrected here, with apologies for not writing this sooner.Right now I have an open position for a sales manager for one of my companies. I have been very involved in the process of hiring this person, as they are instrumental to the success of the business (as all sales managers are).There are ads for this position running on Indeed.com, ZipRecruiter, and Careerbuilder. These ads have been run multiple times, and the resumes have really stacked up. There are now more than 400 resumes, half of which lack the requisite experience, as they have no sales or leadership history at all.These ads have been running for weeks. Over 400 people have sent me their resume. Yet, not a single one of the people who sent me their CV have had the gumption to pick up the phone to call me to ask me for an interview.If you want a job in sales, you have to demonstrate the fundamental skills and abilities of a salesperson. You have to pursue what it is that you want, especially if it is an opportunity. How can you be a salesperson without knowing how to schedule an appointment with a prospect?If you are a sales manager, you are a leader. How can you lead salespeople if you are unwilling to serve as an example of what you want them to be? Would you recommend the people on your team send emails and wait to see if anyone emails them back for an appointment?Sales isn’t an endeavor that allows for passivity. Leadership requires that you lead the action to move forward towards some goal, some better future. It doesn’t allow you to wait to see if anything happens for you. These behaviors repel success.If you want a job in sales, act like a salesperson. If you want to lead or manage a sales force, demonstrate the behaviors you will expect of the people you lead. Do this and you will massively compress the time it takes you to get work.last_img read more

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Police analysing suicide note of Buxar District Magistrate Mukesh Pandey

first_imgThe police are analysing a two-page ‘suicide’ note Buxar District Magistrate Mukesh Pandey left behind, to establish the sequence of events between his disappearance from a hotel in south Delhi to his death in Ghaziabad on Thursday night.The Ghaziabad SDM held an inquest, based on which a probe will be marked either to the police in Delhi, where a missing complaint was registered, or Ghaziabad, where he was run over by a train.A post-mortem was conducted at a Ghaziabad hospital on Friday. Later, the body was transferred to the AIIMS. It will be taken to his hometown, Guwahati, on Saturday.While the police did not reveal details about the alleged suicide note, Senior Superintendent of Police (Ghaziabad) H.N. Singh mentioned the detailed note in another note whatsapped to his relatives.“I am committing suicide in the district centre area of Janakpuri in west Delhi…by jumping off the 10th floor of the building. I am fed up with life and my belief in human existence has gone. My detailed suicide note is kept in a Nike bag in room 742 of the hotel. I am sorry, I love you all! Please forgive me,” said the note.On Thursday, the IAS officer had sent a message to his father-in-law and other relatives to tell them that he was staying at Leela Palace Hotel in south Delhi, and that he planned to end his life in Janakpuri. His sister-in-law had then approached the Sarojini Nagar police station.According to the police, Mr. Pandey was reportedly denied access to the roof of the district centre, after which he took a metro train to Anand Vihar, and from there a train to Ghaziabad.last_img read more

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Jagannath Rath Yatra begins in Ahmedabad

first_img| Photo Credit: Biswaranjan Rout The 141st Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath commenced this morning in the city amid tight security as lakhs of devotees flocked to the 18km route to catch a glimpse of the deity.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel performed ‘Pahind Vidhi’ – a symbolic ritual of cleaning the way for the chariots using a golden broom.The chariots of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balbhadra and sister Subhadra, then embarked on the yatra from the 400- year-old Jagannath Temple in the Jamalpur area.Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people on the occasion and hoped Lord Jagannath’s blessings will help the country scale new heights of development.“Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra.With the blessings of Lord Jagannath, may our country scale new heights of growth. May every Indian be happy and prosperous. Jai Jagannath!” the PM tweeted.Before the annual Rath Yatra started, BJP president Amit Shah performed “mangla aarti” (auspicious ritual to pay obeisance to Lord) of the deities in the temple during the early hours.Besides the three chariots of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balram and sister Subhadra, the Rath Yatra procession comprised 18 decorated elephants, 101 trucks with tableaux, members of 30 religious groups and 18 singing troupes.The Rath Yatra is taken out every year on Ashadhi Bij, the second day of Ashad month, as per the Hindu calender.The procession will come back to the temple at 8.30 pm on Saturday after passing through the Old City, including some communally sensitive areas like Jamalpur, Kalupur, Shahpur and Dariyapur.Over 20,200 personnel drawn from the city police, Home Guards, the State Reserve Police (SRP) and para-military forces were deployed at strategic locations along the 18km-long yatra route to prevent any untoward incident. Devotees and police personnel pull chariots of Jagannath temple deities to set it in front of the temple on the eve of Lord Jagannath’s annual Rath Yatra festival at Puri, Odisha.last_img read more

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Centre studying options on temple: Adityanath

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the Union government was working on “various options within the ambit of the Constitution to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya”. On the second day of his visit here, he prayed at the Hanumangarhi temple, and declared that Ayodhya was the abode of “Ram Lalla’ and that there “was a temple [at Ayodhya] and will always be there”. His statement comes a day after he announced that the city of Faizabad would be renamed Ayodhya.The Chief Minister inspected the site where a 150-metre-tall statue of Lord Ram would be installed on a 50-foot pedestal. Addressing a huge gathering here on Tuesday, Mr. Adityanath said, “Faizabad district of the state, of which Ayodhya city is a part, would be restored to its original name and would be known as Ayodhya from today.” In Gorakhpur on Tuesday, he said Hindu devotees were yearning to celebrate Deepavali in Ayodhya with grandness.last_img read more

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Oppn. to corner Khattar govt. in Assembly

first_imgAs the budget session of the Haryana Assembly is slated to begin today, the Opposition parties — the Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal — have decided to corner the ruling BJP government on issues related to government employees, corruption, water, farmers’ distress and deteriorating law and order.The ruling BJP, which is high on confidence after sweeping the recent Jind bypoll, is all set take on the Opposition. The party claims that the people have entrusted their faith in the Manohar Lal Khattar government’s transparent and graft-free governance and uniform development policy, which has been proved by the Jind bypoll and municipal polls in the State.Budget on Feb. 26The budget session will start with the Governor’s address on Wednesday and the budget for 2019-20 would be presented by Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu on February 26.Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhary told The Hindu that the party would highlight issues pertaining to government employees, who have been staging protests on various platforms against the alleged wrong policies of the State government.“Rising corruption, scarcity of water, deteriorating law and order situation and farmers’ plight are other important issue that we intend to raise in the House. We have moved at least six calling attention motions on different issues,” she said“Apart from these, we will also expose the BJP government on its caste-based divisive politics, which it had been adopting for garnering votes. The BJP has failed to fulfil even a single promise that it made during the 2014 Assembly elections. Every section of society — be it farmers, government employees, traders or youth — is suffering due to the anti-people policies of the BJP,” said Ms. Chaudhary.“Before the session starts, we will have a meeting on February 20 (morning) to fine tune the final strategy to strongly raise public interest issues in the House,” she added.INLD, the principal Opposition party in the State, is also set to take the government to task on issues related to the problems of government employees, the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal issue, corruption and law and order. “The BJP had promised to regularise government employees but has failed to do so… the staff of various departments are protesting. We will raise their voice in the House,” Leader of the Opposition and senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala said.last_img read more

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Another BJP candidate set to be elected unopposed in Arunachal

first_imgAnother BJP candidate is set to be elected unopposed in Arunachal Pradesh after the nomination of his lone rival from Yachuli Assembly constituency was found invalid during scrutiny, election officials said on Wednesday. BJP nominee Taba Tedir is likely to be elected unopposed after the nomination papers of Toko Yaram of the Janata Dal(United) was rejected by the election authorities, Additional Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Kanki Darang said. Two BJP candidates — Tedir and Kento Jini — are already set to be elected unopposed from the Aalo East constituency in West Siang district. However, they would be officially declared winners only after March 28, the last date of withdrawal of candidature. Meanwhile, seven independent candidates withdrew their nominations on Wednesday, sources at the CEO here said. With this, a total of 198 candidates remained in the fray for the Assembly poll, while 12 remain for the two Lok Sabha seats.last_img read more

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Carl Wieman Takes Physics, Education Jobs at Stanford

first_imgCarl Wieman’s crusade to improve undergraduate science education is now based at Stanford University.The physics Nobelist and former White House science education czar has been named a faculty member in both the physics department and Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. The joint appointments, effective 1 September, give Wieman an academic perch to take his research on learning in new directions while continuing to incorporate those insights into the classroom.Wieman joined the Obama administration in 2010 from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. He and his wife, Sarah Gilbert, led an eponymous institute there that worked with several science departments to transform their undergraduate courses by changing the department’s approach to teaching. One outcome of that project is a compilation of effective teaching practices that correlate with improved student performance. 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In that post, which he left abruptly in June 2012 to battle multiple myeloma, his attempts to reshape the $3-billion-a-year federal investment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education faced significant opposition. At both UBC and the White House, he says he was “trying to find ways to get people to do things they did not want to do.” Those efforts, he adds, “may have been necessary, but they were not much fun.”Those two experiences, he says, “have earned me the right to be more selfish” in his professional life. In particular, that means conducting research on how students learn and applying those lessons to individual courses in specific fields. “This work involves thinking about interesting intellectual problems, working with good students and collaborators, and writing papers,” he says.These academic pursuits don’t mean a complete withdrawal from the frontlines of education policymaking, however. “I will continue to advocate for the adoption of effective teaching practices and give advice to institutions that want it on how they can improve their STEM teaching,” he says.last_img read more

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first_imgWe asked you to tell us how the U.S. government shutdown is affecting science and research. Here are some of your responses. To share your shutdown experience, tweet @ScienceNews or tag your post #essentialscience.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Fish Put on a Light Show

first_imgFish are starting to show their true colors—and they’re really glowing. In a first extensive survey, researchers have identified more than 180 species of fish that sport fluorescent coatings—showing that this phenomenon is widespread and could potentially allow individuals to communicate with each other.Glowing, or biofluorescence, is a phenomenon in which special proteins absorb incoming light and re-emit it at a longer wavelength, giving off brilliant green, orange, and red colors. Although marine organisms such as corals and jellyfish glow, the effect had not been widely observed in fish, and scientists had spotted only red coloration. But discovering new fluorescent proteins could have practical benefits. The isolation of a green fluorescent protein from jellyfish, for example, has provided a revolutionary tool for biological imaging, enabling safer and easier viewing of everything from the innards of the brain to the AIDS virus.In the new study, reported today in PLOS ONE, ichthyologist John Sparks of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and his colleagues explain that they had not originally set out to look at fish. They were studying the biofluorescence of corals when an eel swam in front of their specially filtered camera. Unexpectedly, the creature glowed green. Their curiosity piqued, the researchers set about to see just how common fluorescence was among fish. Accompanied by professional photographers and filmmakers, the team conducted four expeditions—to locations in the Bahamas and the Solomon Islands—and visited public aquariums to examine a range of fish species. Using waterproofed, high-intensity blue lights—which match the predominant color underwater—the researchers stimulated the fish’s natural fluorescence. Although the resulting light show may have been invisible to human eyes, yellow filters enabled the team to see and film previously hidden colors.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“We found out that biofluorescence is much more widespread in terms of colors and fluorescent patterns than we ever anticipated,” Sparks says. The team spotted biofluorescence in about 180 species, including cartilaginous fish (like sharks) and their bony counterparts (such as eels and lizardfish). The team believes the occurrence of fluorescence in so many different species indicates that, among fish, the capacity to glow may have evolved a number of times.Biofluorescence was especially common in species that—to our eyes at least—are well-camouflaged in their coral reef environments. Instead of blending in, however, the species became highly noticeable when viewed through the yellow filters. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the same biofluorescent fish had their own yellow filters within their eyes, allowing them to see their peers. Because these fish often displayed species-specific patterns, the researchers propose that fluorescence may serve in communication or even mating displays, while keeping the fish camouflaged against predators.Nico Michiels, a zoologist at the University of Tübingen in Germany who was not involved in this research, notes that the study is the first to present fluorescence data from a large number of fish species in the context of the fish tree of life. Although he agrees that the distribution of green and red fluorescence among fish does hint at possible uses in communication, he cautions against assuming that the biofluorescence is functional. He says that the need for artificial lights to detect the weak fluorescence in many species casts doubt on the usefulness of the coloration in the fish’s dimly lit natural environments.Bioluminescence expert Steven Haddock of California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing—who also was not involved in the study—agrees. Many natural materials fluoresce because of their structure, he notes. Even humans have fluorescent features—such as in our skin, fingernails, and eye lenses—but these have no specific role. More studies are needed to determine whether fluorescence in specific fish does have a function, he says. However, he gives Sparks and colleagues credit for paving the way toward interesting questions about the natural functions of fluorescence.Sparks and colleagues intend to try to answer those questions: “For now we want to try and get at the functional aspect of it,” Sparks says. He and his team plan to key in on some of the groups with more diverse patterns to determine whether fluorescence does play a role in communication.*Correction, 8 January, 9:24 p.m.:  This item originally stated that bioflourescent proteins re-emit light at a shorter wavelength. This has been corrected to “longer wavelength”.last_img read more

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Podcast: An Arctic ice-pocalypse, stellar explosions that snuff out life, and more

first_imgIs the Arctic facing an ice-pocalypse? Why might the universe be a lonelier place than previously thought? And how do our body’s bacteria protect our brain? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi. Plus, Science’s Eric Hand discusses the winding history of the Black Beauty meteorite—a 4.4-billion-year-old piece of Mars.last_img

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Climate change could slash coffee production

first_imgHalf of the land needed for coffee production could disappear by 2050. That’s the takeaway of a new modeling study, which estimates how climate change will alter conditions such as temperature and precipitation that coffee beans grow in. Researchers first obtained the locations now used for growing the world’s two most dominant coffee species—Arabica (Coffea arabica, pictured) and Robusta (Coffea canephora). Then they used climate models to project the future climates of these areas in 2050 and how these climates would affect coffee growth. In a future in which humans make only modest progress to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the world’s total land area with climates suitable for coffee growing falls by 50%, the scientists report online this month in Climatic Change. Major coffee-producing nations like Brazil and Vietnam could be especially vulnerable. Near the equator, Robusta may at least partially displace Arabica, the latter of which is susceptible to high temperatures. But Robusta, which is more vulnerable to fluctuating temperatures, could suffer somewhat greater global losses overall. If the economics are favorable enough, some coffee production could potentially shift to higher altitudes or latitudes, the researchers suggest. But some additional land would need to be deforested; that wouldn’t be good for the climate, because trees suck out CO2 from the air.last_img read more

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Foxconn To Begin Assembling Top-end Apple iPhones In India In 2019

first_imgApple Inc will begin assembling its top-end iPhones in India through the local unit of Foxconn as early as 2019, the first time the Taiwanese contract manufacturer will have made the product in the country, according to a source familiar with the matter.Importantly, Foxconn will be assembling the most expensive models, such as devices in the flagship iPhone X family, the source said, potentially taking Apple’s business in India to a new level.Read it at News India Times Related Itemslast_img read more

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NRI – Non Respected Indian

first_imgIt is hard to be an NRI in India. It is fine theoretically and seems to work fine for most purposes. But it can be damn hard sometimes. Each day, you discover more complications with this idea of living your own identity. And, we are not talking about dual citizenship or other such gimmicks.I found myself – my native identity now implanted firmly in the United States – in India two months ago. It was an interesting experience, to say the least. It seemed like making myself an object of learning, even as I was learning what it means to be an NRI in India. It so happened that I was with a Caucasian American associate for most of the trip. That provided even more engaging encounters and eye-opening discoveries. For part of the trip, we stayed at an ecohotel in Mumbai, appropriately named Orchid. If you insist on asking what that is, it is in many ways a metaphor for treating people. It is supposed to be an environmentally friendly place, plugging into a countercultural, socially aware capitalism that is taking hold in India. There is little they seemed to conserve, including water for your showers or supplies in your closet. It was hard to see what they did to be eco-friendly. But it seemed to work well as a publicity stunt. When guests arrived, they were to be treated equally, with glittering promises written all over the entrances on little electronic boards. In reality, the story was different.I shouldn’t pick on this hotel alone, because quick visits to hotels in the vicinity and my telephone inquiries with other hotels in the area convinced me that there seemed to be a common three-tier policy toward three classes of guests (who knows how many others). First, there is a rate at Indian hotels for dollar-paying customers. Then there is a second rate for those who shell out the native currency. Generally, locals pay a fraction of what foreign customers do. That is a charming part of the Indian hospitality system, but let us hold that discussion for another day. There is also, yet another level for those who can pay in dollars, but who are native – the NRI crowd. Some may get by paying in Rupees by hiding their NRI identity. The ability to speak the local language helps and feeling comfortable in the environment helps too. But if you are outed as an NRI, you pay the dollar rate. If that is not curious enough, consider this: a dollar paying customer, checking in at the same time, in the same kind and class of room, gets a bathrobe and extra goodies in his room, while the poor native-looking shmuck does not get these rewards. I discovered this even if the non-blessed NRI forks out the full dollar rate.The discrimination does not stop there. There is the servile attitude that is deeply implanted among us toward whites and Westerners. So they continue to get the privileged deal over the local-yokal NRI. Indians and NRIs seem so used to it, that we don’t complain too much (if ever) or even tacitly play along. I spent a good part of my stay figuring out and playing games to discover that the service is slower for us NRIs over Westerners and simply fewer warmer smiles. All this while, paying the same the non-shmuck foreigner pays.Airlines seem to have the same logic too. There are two different layers of fares. If you pay in the coveted alien currency, you can carry larger pieces of luggage and it arrives on time. It does not look like it has been thrown around. I was keen to see if these people arrive early, but that did not seem to happen.One time on Hungarian Malev airline, I was told that Hungarians behaved well in the presence of foreigners and so did the airline staff. However, if there were no foreigners on the plane, all bets were off and it was party time. Well, good for them. On Indian airlines, somehow, things work the other way around. We seem to be on our better behavior when we are by ourselves. Mixing the pot produces weird gestures, like this servile attitude, which becomes a shameful spectacle in itself. How many times do you have to offer food to the already plentiful people? There is some respect that NRIs get in public places, but it is more this servile awe and not this non-assuming easy-going attitude with which people treat each other in India. It is no doubt a curse for NRI tourists if they genuinely like the easy and charming presence of being ourselves among ourselves.But throughout my India visit, something inside me yearned to be treated like a genuine Indian. I did what every NRI Indian wannabe does, donning simple clothes and wiping off that NRI look off my face. But to no avail. There is a two-tiered ticketing system at most archeological and tourist sites in India from the Taj Mahal to Mahabalipuram. A foreigner pays more, several times more, than the native. And the NRI? I thought I was fully Indian. I acted like one, language, gestures and all. Since I am a real Indian, I thought I could get away paying the genuine Indian price for entry to the Mahabalipuram site. I even stopped my English yards away from the ticket counter. But I could not outfox the sharp and even clever minds of the personnel at the ticket counter, who would not give up the idea that I was not a native. Even though I am not a natural actor, I gave it my best shot. Mine, after all, is 20- year-old memory of being an Indian, mind you. Nothing worked and I had to again fork out the dollar price to enter the site, which made me proud to be an Indian. Sure, I could afford the price in dollars. I was going to bust my budget for the India visit regardless. My motivation to trick the sharp cookies behind the counter was not so much to save money, but to prove a point. I am an Indian and can act like one. And that did not work. As an NRI that really hits you where it hurts.We all attempt something like this in India. There were plenty of examples all around. I was advised to make reservations at Indian hotels through native friends and relatives. There is a way to hide this or that NRI part of your identity to save a buck. After all, the desire to save a buck, even if it is the poor Rupeee, makes us like the native Indians. But underneath all that, there seems to be a need not to sound and look like a foreigner. Funny thing is that if you really looked and sounded like a foreigner, you would be treated better. Paying more may not be fair to the fair skinned, but you will atleast be treated better – better than the lesser paying locals and the equally higher paying NRI shmuck. But among us NRIs there is this urge to sound and look like an Indian and to be treated like one. And, guess what, even that is difficult.So what do you do? Hide being what you are, or show it off. If you showed off, you are really not the real thing.There is still the totem pole of respect and we NRIs have not reached any higher since the time we left India – only our price of admission went up.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Mumbai-Pune hyperloop project gets a crucial push

first_imgThe much talked about Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop project received a push on Tuesday with the Cabinet approving to appoint a consortium of DP World and Hyperloop Technologies as its Original Project Proponent (OPP).It is being claimed that once the hyperloop is ready, the 150-km journey between Mumbai and Pune will be cut down to just 30 minutes, turning the region into one megacity.“The consortium will have to produce a project report. This will be open to debate and challenge by rivals. Finally, the best proposal will be awarded the rights to build and operate the Mumbai-Pune hyperloop,” said an official.In the cabinet meeting, it was also decided to grant the project a ‘public infrastructure’ status, which will enable it an easier access to funds and concessions.The project will be implemented in two phases — first a test track on an 11.4km corridor from Gahunje to Ozarde, followed by the final, 117.5km track. Any bidder can give suggestions and objections. The project will improve connectivity for the 26 million residents of both cities, and expect 150 million people to use the service annually.If all goes well India could be the first country in the world to officially commission a hyperloop. The project involves a direct foreign investment (FDI) of Rs 70,000 crore making it the first project in the country having such a huge FDI.According to officials, the Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) is all set to float tenders for the construction by mid-August.The State government also allocated a 15-km stretch of land from Kiwale to Urse in Pune to build the test track. The track, and the rest of the hyperloop, will run along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The government currently owns most of the land along the stretch, which will reduce land acquisition problems that usually delay most infrastructure projects.last_img read more

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Shops, schools to reopen where restrictions are lifted: J&K administration

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday said shops and business establishments can open in areas where restrictions have been lifted while efforts have been made to ensure restoration of public transport services in the Kashmir Valley. High schools will reopen from Wednesday in areas where restrictions have been lifted, officials added. Addressing a press conference, Jammu and Kashmir Director of Information and Public Relations Sehrish Asgar said steps are being taken to open a few more telephone exchanges in the Valley for revival of landline telephone connections in more areas.”Shops can open wherever the restrictions have been lifted,” Ms. Asgar said, replying to a question on when the business establishments will open. “The Education Department has decided to open all high schools in Kashmir Valley from tomorrow in the areas where relaxations have been provided,” she added. She said restrictions on the movement of people have now been eased in 81 police station areas across the Valley. “The restrictions have been eased out in more police station areas, now taking the total number to 81. The curbs will be eased out in 10 more areas on Thursday,” she said.Ms. Asgar said landline telephone services will be restored by Tuesday evening.Briefing the reporters about the status of schools, Director Education Kashmir Younis Malik said 3,037 primary schools and 774 middle schools have re-opened across the valley.He said there has been significant improvement in the attendance of teachers in the schools in the past one week.”We are making best efforts to increase student attendance in the schools,” he said.Giving details about the situation, SSP Srinagar, Haseeb Mughal, said no major untoward incident has been reported from anywhere in the Valley.”We have not witnessed any major incidents today. Two minor incidents have been reported from Srinagar – one near Tatoo Ground and another in Hawal area. They have been dealt with and we are closely monitoring the situation,” he said.Many services including mobile and Internet were suspended since August 5 when the Centre abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution and reorganised the State into two Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.last_img read more

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Assembly bypolls in Uttarakhand, West Bengal on November 25

first_imgAssembly bypolls to three seats in West Bengal and one in Uttarakhand will be held on November 25, the Election Commission announced on Friday. The bypolls in the two States were not held earlier on the request of the State governments. While the local body elections were on in Uttarakhand, the West Bengal government had cited the Durga Puja festivities to postpone the bypolls. The notification for the Assembly bypolls to the Pithoragarh seat in Uttarakhand, and the Kaliaganj, Karimpur and Kharagpur Sadar seats in West Bengal will be issued on October 30. While polling will take place on November 25, counting of votes will be taken up on November 28, the commission said. The Pithoragarh seat in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand fell vacant following the death of sitting MLA Prakash Pant. Pant, who held the finance and parliamentary affairs ministries in Trivendra Singh Rawat cabinet, died battling cancer at a hospital in Houston, US, in June. Bypolls to 51 Assembly seats and two Lok Sabha constituencies were held on October 21. If necessary, Assembly bypolls to 15 seats in Karnataka will take place on December 5, as the issue related to disqualification of MLAs is pending before the Supreme Court, which will take a decision in the matter in the next few days.last_img read more

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Nadal: Federer not ‘boyfriend’ material

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TNT, SMB repulse foes SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next LATEST STORIES “One important thing that is a great example for kids, doing unbelievable well and doing it with the right attitude.“That’s something I admire as you can admire — I think I answered already.” CBB UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses KEY BISCAYNE, FL – APRIL 02: Winner Roger Federer of Switzerland with the trophy next to runner up Rafael Nadal of Spain after the final at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK, United States — Rafael Nadal had to calm growing enthusiasm over a possible US Open semi-final clash with old rival Roger Federer by warning reporters against making the two appear “boyfriends.”Nadal and Federer, two of the greatest players of all time, have met 37 times, including 12 at the Grand Slams, but never in New York.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games When asked to describe what he admires most about Federer, also a long-time off-court friend, Nadal was keen to cool the “bromance.”“I don’t want to look like I gonna be his boyfriend, no?” said Nadal, causing a packed media conference room to burst into laughter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We don’t want to talk these kind of things before important match. We have a lot of respect for each other, no? We played a lot of times. I think we did important things for tennis. We appreciate that.“We always had a good relationship. I think he always has been a great ambassador for tennis and for our sport, with good image, of course, and representing good values. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

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Clippers are Griffin’s team more than ever with Paul gone

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “He’ll bring the ball up at times. He’ll be one of the guys we use as a facilitator.”Griffin will be whatever the Clippers need at the moment. And that figures to be more than their leading scorer.“We’re going to be a different team,” Griffin said. “It’s just the nature of getting so many new guys, but that’s a good thing. We’ve had some regular-season success but we haven’t had true success here. Now’s a good time to move forward.”Griffin, 28, has All-Star center DeAndre Jordan back in the middle. Danilo Gallinari is the new small forward. Patrick Beverley — who came over in the Paul trade — takes over at point guard, and either Lou Williams or Austin Rivers will start at shooting guard.That’s a lot of new.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s going to take some time with this many new guys,” Griffin said. “It’s on the guys who are coming back, who have been here year after year, to kind of help lead the way a little bit and show them how we dothings here.“We’re going to be a team that’s fun to watch. Get up and down and play hard.”That was a recurrent theme at the Clippers’ media day on Monday. Despite the loss of Paul — considered by many the league’s best point guard — the Clippers expect to run more this season than ever.“I think (his loss) mandates a change in style,” Rivers said. “Probably the style I’m more familiar to begin with. I’ve always been a ball-movement coach. I think we can get back into that.“I do want to play at a higher pace. You go into camp and you look at your team and you’ll find the pace that they want to play at. I think we should be an up-tempo team, an early-strike team. We should be a very physical team.”Even with Paul, the Clippers never could advance beyond the Western Conference semifinals. Some demanded change, and change has arrived.“I’m excited about this new challenge,” Griffin said. “It’s going to be fun.” Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin poses for photos during an NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — For six years, they were the Los Angeles Clippers’ dynamic duo, a one-two punch that led the team to the playoffs every season.Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were one of the most respected twosomes in the game. The Clippers won over 50 games each of the past five years.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kyrie Irving excited about joining revamped Celtics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And now they are no more.With Paul’s contract up, the Clippers traded their nine-time All-Star to the Houston Rockets in theoffseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNow more than ever, the Clippers are Griffin’s team — a very different team with nine new players.“There will be times when Blake is the tallest guy on the floor,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We want him to be an aggressive player, an attack player. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgBOCAUE, Bulacan—Barangay Ginebra and Meralco will fight through exhaustion to gain a head start in the PBA Governors’ Cup championship that is now down to a best-of-three series.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bolts come into Game 5 carrying the momentum after winning the last two games to tie the series and would try to move on the hill as the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena here hosts the final three games of what has been the closest-fought title series of the season about to end.“We now have a series, guys,” Meralco’s Norman Black proclaimed after outlasting the Gin Kings in a close endgame for the second straight night on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMorale boost“Coming back [from 0-2] down to tie them is a big morale boost for us. But it will still be very tough moving forward.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Both will be playing without key players for the remainder of the series.Meralco’s Ranidel de Ocampo is out because of a torn calf muscle while Cone has ruled out Sol Mercado who twisted an ankle near the final buzzer of Game 4.Meralco has been successful in holding down Ginebra’s huge roster in the last two games, with its ploy of running keeping the 7-foot Greg Slaughter, the Best Player of the Conference, on the bench in the endgame.The Bolts also rode out the inspiration given by former Most Valuable Players Jay Jay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa, who beat them here last year.“The players were just simply determined not to let them (Caguioa and Heterbrand) beat us again,” Black said. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “This is the way it should be,” Ginebra counterpart Tim Cone said after the 83-85 loss where his players failed to call for a timeout with under 20 seconds remaining.“We are playing a very tough team and they have been able to exploit our weaknesses.”Tip off is at 6:30 p.m. with Meralco shooting to move ahead for the first time in the series and inch closer to the franchise’s first title.“If you asked me before the start of this series if I would be happy [being 2-2] with them at this point, I would have said yes,” Cone added.Key players missingADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View commentslast_img read more

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Hope Solo says Blatter grabbed her; he calls it ‘ridiculous’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bottas takes Brazilian GP pole after Hamilton crashes For her career, Solo has made 202 total appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts.Solo’s time with the national team ended following last year’s Olympics in Brazil, where the Americans were ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals. Afterward, Solo called the Swedish team “cowards” for its defensive play.She was suspended from the team shortly thereafter and has not returned. She was dogged throughout her career with controversies, including a 2014 domestic violence case involving a family member’s home in Washington state.Blatter was suspended as head of soccer’s governing body for six years following allegations of widespread corruption in a scandal that came to light in 2015. U.S. and Swiss officials cooperated in the investigation, which is ongoing, and more than 40 people have been indicted.Blatter has had a history of what many consider to be sexist behavior concerning the women’s game.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort A representative for Solo confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that the report was accurate and said the player had no further comment.Blatter spokesman Thomas Renggli messaged the AP on Saturday (Sunday Manila time): “This allegation is ridiculous.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe remarks by Solo come amid a torrent of accusations by women of sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment and media industries.Solo anchored the U.S. team in goal during its 2015 Women’s World Cup championship run, allowing just three goals in seven games with five shutouts during the tournament. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2013, file photo, Abby Wambach, left, of the United States is presented the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award by Hope Solo, center, goalkeeper of the U.S. team, and FIFA President Sepp Blatter, right, during the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala held at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland. Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Blatter sexually assaulted her at the ceremony. In an interview published Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter “grabbed” her inappropriately on her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the awards event. APHope Solo says former FIFA President Sepp Blatter grabbed her rear shortly before the two were to appear on stage at a prestigious soccer ceremony four years ago. A representative for Blatter called the allegation “ridiculous.”In an interview published Friday (Saturday Manila time) in the Portuguese newspaper Expresso, the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national team recounted what happened at the Ballon d’Or awards in 2013 in Zurich.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA U.S. forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual awards event in 2012, even though she was one of three nominees for the women’s Player of the Year.Blatter also famously argued in 2004 that players could boost the popularity of the women’s game by wearing tighter shorts. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

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Antetokounmpo scores 27 as Bucks beat Grizzlies

first_imgRead Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Khris Middleton and John Henson had 17 points apiece as Milwaukee won a season-high third straight. Henson made eight of 10 shots in his highest-scoring game this season.Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Memphis, and Dillon Brooks added 19 points.After the Bucks threatened to pull away late in the third, Evans scored nine consecutive points to pull Memphis into an 84-all tie early in the fourth quarter. Memphis pulled ahead on Dillon Brooks’ 3-pointer with about nine minutes left. Milwaukee tied it on Tony Snell’s corner 3. A soft drop-in by Antetokounmpo put the Bucks ahead 100-96 with just under five minutes remaining, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.“Normally that game gets away from us,” Kidd said. “When we came back with the starters, we went on a run, but it started on the defensive end.”The Bucks got off to a strong start, shooting 65 percent from the field in the first quarter, including 6 for 6 on 3-pointers, to take a 34-29 lead.ADVERTISEMENT “It was confidence boost to see shots go down,” Middleton said.Memphis hit 10 of its first 11 shots in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead with 4:24 left in the half. Milwaukee made just one of six shots from long-range in the quarter, but pulled to 65-60 at the break, led by Antetokounmpo’s 12 points in the period.POSITIVE ATTITUDEFizdale said he is taking a positive approach with point guard Mike Conley, who has struggled with his shooting this season. He made 2 of 12 shots against the Bucks after entering the game shooting 40 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range.“Be positive. There’s no beating the players up over struggles,” Fizdale said. “It’s not the way to get them out of it, and it’s never been my approach. Mike has had a nagging injury and can’t control that.”BANG FOR THE BUCKFizdale believes the Bucks improved considerably with the recent acquisition of Eric Bledsoe from the Phoenix Suns.“You add Eric Bledsoe to anybody’s team and you are going to be way more concerned,” Fizdale said. “Obviously, there’s the pace and the speed that he brings to the game. His tenacity, his toughness, his ability to get to the rim. They are going to be something to reckon with this year with him.”TIP-INSGrizzlies: Wrapped up a five-game trip with a 2-3 record. Chalmers fouled out with 2:19 remaining. LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stunning KO loss ‘big lesson learned’ for Folayangcenter_img Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) looks to shoot against Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 110-103. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — After being torched for 65 points in the first half, the Milwaukee Bucks turned up the defensive pressure against the Memphis Grizzlies.Milwaukee held Memphis to 12 points in the third quarter to get back into the game and pulled away late in the fourth for a 110-103 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “In the first half, it was a shoot-around,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “I thought in the second half we focused on the defensive end.”Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bucks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We want to be a defensive team,” Antetokounmpo said. “Sometimes we make mistakes and forget who we are.”Memphis coach David Fizdale said the Grizzlies lacked intensity in the third quarter.“We try to pride ourselves on our toughness and I didn’t think we held up our end of the bargain tonight,” Fizdale said. “That third quarter, we just didn’t come out ready to compete. That was the big difference in the game.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Bucks: Middleton, who entered the game shooting 26 percent from 3-point range, hit his first three attempts from beyond the arc. … Bledsoe started but was a game-time decision with a knee contusion. “He got hit. It was sore,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “He was good yesterday. This morning he woke up and it was a little sore.” … F Mirza Teletovic missed his third straight game with left knee soreness.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Host Indiana on Wednesday night in the first of four consecutive home games.Bucks: Host Detroit on Wednesday night to wrap up a three-game homestand. 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Ceres eyes huge upset vs Tianjin

first_imgMOST READ The Busmen secured their visas from the Chinese embassy only on Monday afternoon and with no direct flight from Manila to Tianjin, they are estimated to arrive in the Northern coastal Chinese city at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday.The Busmen opened their qualifying campaign with a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Myanmar’s Shan United last Jan. 16, before stunning Brisbane Roar, 3-2, in Queensland last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Tianjin will be a step up in quality as the squad boasts world class talents in Brazilian Alexandre Pato, Belgian Axel Witsel and Chinese Nationals Zhao Xuri and Liu Yiming. Even with far from ideal preparation, Ceres Negros hopes to continue punching above its weight in Asia’s most prestigious club competition as it battles Chinese powerhouse Tianjin Quanjian on Tuesday in the final playoff for a spot in the group stage of the Asian Football Confederation Champions League.Not only are they heavy underdogs against the team that finished third in the Chinese Super League last season, the Busmen will also take the field in freezing conditions just 12 hours after arriving in Tianjin.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25Villar on rant vs DA budget: It’s not against research01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Eala rules France tourney Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Team Steph, Team LeBron tip off NBA All-Star Game

first_imgLeBron James has started his 14th straight NBA All-Star Game, breaking a tie with Bob Cousy for the longest streak in league history. James is one behind Kobe Bryant for the most overall.Two intriguing subplots with Team LeBron are that James is teaming up again with Kyrie Irving, the Boston guard who campaigned to leave James’ side in Cleveland last summer; and Russell Westbrook is once again teammates with Kevin Durant, who ditched him in Oklahoma City in 2016 to win a championship in Oakland last year. The final starter on Team LeBron is Anthony Davis of New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames’ original roster has been dramatically altered by injuries to DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Kristaps Porzingis and Kevin Love, who all won’t play.Stephen Curry is the first player in Golden State history to start five straight All-Star Games. His fellow starters are James Harden of Houston, DeMar DeRozan of Toronto, Joel Embiid of Philadelphia and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee. NBA star Redick in racial slur storm Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum Actor Kevin Hart performs prior to an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)First, there were elaborate pregame introductions by Kevin Hart, and then the Canadian national anthem by the Barenaked Ladies and the American national anthem by Fergie.Then it was time for the NBA All-Star Game between Team LeBron and Team Stephen at Staples Center.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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CEU stays unbeaten

first_imgRod Ebondo proved unstoppable anew to power Centro Escolar University to a 91-85 victory over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum as the Scorpions stayed unbeaten in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Tuesday at Marikina Sports Center.The Congolese fired 33 points and snagged 20 rebounds to hike the Scorpions’ record to 3-0 while halting the Pirates’ (4-2) four-game winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Saulong plan: Body attack Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Earlier, Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian coasted to a second consecutive win as it whipped Go for Gold, 87-65.The Revellers coasted to their fourth win in seven games. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Padda doesn’t regret benching star players early vs UE

first_imgKaTropa make it Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City The Lady Falcons were gunning for a share of the third spot with Ateneo, but they wound up dropping to 3-4 while the Lady Warriors took advantage of Padda’s surprise move to take the match in five sets, 25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, for their first win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament“I don’t regret it, I don’t think that was the reason why we lost,” said Padda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPadda said Galanza rolled her ankle in their previous game against De La Salle while Soyud was sick and the two didn’t even show up for practice the whole week while Permentilla had to take care of family matters.And with the three not showing up in training, Padda decided to put Bernadette Flora, Chrislyn Uy, and Lea Perez in the starting lineup. View comments MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adamson University head coach Air Padda stood by her decision in benching captain Jema Galanza, Eli Soyud, and Chiara Permentilla in the first set of the Lady Falcons’ stunning loss to University of the East on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuscenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I have morals as a coach that I have to stick to my own and when you’re not in training the whole week you can’t just show up and play especially if it was a personal choice or whatever came up,” said Padda.Galanza was Adamson’s leading scorer, prior to facing UE, averaging 13 points a game while Soyud and Permentilla are both averaging a shade less than 10 points an outing.“I don’t understand how I’m supposed to start you when the other girls have been working hard, they’ve been there,” said Padda. “I don’t want to kill somebody’s dream, my job as a coach was to give everybody an opportunity.”“I don’t know if I can look at myself and call myself their coach so that was my decision.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Gameslast_img read more

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Warriors owner on potential Cavs rematch: ‘We got unfinished business’

first_imgLOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo “We were the better team, but they did win,” Lacob described the 2016 finals.  “We need a chance to go in there and prove that.”Both squads have reinforced their lineups since last year’s match up, with Golden State landing perennial All-Star Kevin Durant. Cleveland, on the other hand, managed to bolster their chances for another title with key additions like Kyle Korver, Deron Williams and Derrick Williams. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORIES:WATCH: Jalen Rose waves ‘walis tambo’ prior to Dubs’ sweep of SpursNBA: Pachulia’s family receives death threats after Leonard incidentADVERTISEMENT The two powerhouse teams have split their NBA finals match up for the past two years, and the spirited executive couldn’t hide his desire for a deciding grudge match.With his team already finals-bound, Lacob candidly proclaimed that he wants another piece of the defending champs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I don’t care who we play, but my preference is Cleveland,” he told The Undefeated’s Marc Spears after the Dubs completed the sweep of the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. “We have some unfinished business.”Lacob even addressed last year’s gutting defeat and explained his team’s chances of one-upping their inter-conference rivals. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob. Jeff Chiu/Associated PressThe Cleveland Cavaliers are one win away from a third straight ticket to the NBA Finals, and Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob couldn’t be more thrilled.READ: Irving’s 42, LeBron’s 34 pushes Cavs past Celtics in Game 4ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Filoil: Perpetual edges UE for 2nd win MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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NBA: Paul believes blockbuster trade will benefit both Rockets, Clippers

first_imgClippers coach Rivers on Chris Paul trade: ‘I hate the way it endedSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Before Mayweather-McGregor … Ali v Inoki “Everyone says, ‘We get killed. We can’t get there. We just can’t get over the hurdle.’ I felt like it was time for change,” he shared.“I got an opportunity to grow here,” he added. “It’s unreal to think about the times that we had. We had some good runs.”Furthermore, Paul downplayed the rumored nepotism between coach Doc Rivers and his son Austin, which pundits attribute to his exit in Los Angeles.“Just like I called Blake (Griffin) and those guys, I called Austin,” he said. “I wish him the best of luck with what he has going on in the future. No, that report wasn’t true. If anything, Austin has grown up a lot and is getting better. I heard the report. It’s not worth responding to.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Chris Paul  APNBA fans will definitely get some getting used to seeing Chris Paul donning the Houston Rockets’ colors.The league’s premier playmaker opted for a change in scenery and left the Los Angeles Clippers, which he helped rise from obscurity for the past six seasons.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster dealSpeaking to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, a sports news site, the 32-year-old point guard shared how  the trade bodes well for both franchises.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I feel like the last six years we’ve had a great run. I felt like it was not only a good time for change for me, but for the team, too,” he said.The nine-time NBA All-Star also addressed the Clippers’ struggles to get over the hump throughout his tenure, with the team looking like contenders throughout the season only to burn out come playoff time. View commentslast_img read more

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PH 5 scrapes past Taipei B

first_imgNext up for the Filipinos is Japan at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon even as the Canadians, who are getting better by the day here, shoot for a fourth straight win against Taiwan’s Team A in the 7 p.m. main game.One path that Gilas could take to winning the title is to sweep its remaining games and hope that Taiwan’s Team A defeats Canada.The 16-point win by the Filipinos on Sunday night would give Gilas the edge in case of a triple tie with Chinese Taipei A and the Canadians at the end of the elimination round, since Canada won by just 13.Wright fired 21 points and led all Filipino shooters for the second straight game. He hit five triples Monday and tallied nine in total against the two Taiwanese teams.“I’m just trying to do my job, and that is to make shots for this team,” Wright said.ADVERTISEMENT Ilocos, Stallion draw, still winless MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games But when push came to shove, Gilas separated itself from the boys as Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon and RR Pogoy took turns in hurting the young hosts and keeping them winless in three games.“Every year that I come to the Jones Cup, my most feared game is (against Chinese Taipei’s) Team B,” coach Chot Reyes said after the rather close shave, which came less than 24 hours after Gilas bamboozled the regular Taiwanese national team, 88-72.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“They play with a lot of energy and they have nothing to lose,” Reyes went on. “This is a game we always approach with a lot of caution and I told them to come out with maximum effort because they (Taiwanese) will play with maximum effort.”The win enabled the Filipinos to stay in the title hunt despite losing 77-90 to Canada 150 on opening day, but they cannot afford another loss and would have to get help from the other teams along the way. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Point guard Chun Chen-ying had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists to pace Taiwan B, which outrebounded Gilas, 40-37, despite the Filipinos, for a change, looking to be the bigger team.GILAS 93 – TAIPEI-WHITE 82GILAS 93—Wright 21, Pogoy 15, Myers 14, Jalalon 13, Ravena 10, Ferrer 8, Cruz 6, Standhardinger 6, Daquioag 0, Vosotros 0, Pessumal 0, Paras 0.TAIPEI-WHITE 82—Chen Y.C. 17, Barone 16, Huang T.H. 13, Chen G.Q. 9, Lee 8, Chien 5, Wen 5, Huang H.H. 4, Liu 3, Fan 2, Wu 0.Quarters: 18-20, 44-44, 69-62, 93-82Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTOTAIPEI—Finding it hard to sustain the intensity after two straight emotional grinds, Gilas Pilipinas needed to dig deep in the endgame to dodge the upset ax, escaping Chinese Taipei B, 93-82, in the Jones Cup Invitational at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here Monday afternoon.After going 1-1 against much tougher teams in their first two games that required nothing short of their best physically and emotionally, the Filipinos came out flat and yielded the momentum early.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

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LeBron James ‘excited’ to return to Manila for ‘Strive for Greatness’ show

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: LeBron James headed back to Manila for Nike RiseTwo years after, he graced the final day of the the Nike Rise program, where under privileged kids got access to professional training for six weeks at the House of Rise.He is schedule to put on a show for his fans at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LeBron James dazzles Manila anew in his second trip to the country. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLeBron James couldn’t hide his excitement over his return to Manila.The four-time NBA MVP is on his way to the Philippines for the “Strive for Greatness” tour on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img View comments “On my way to Manila! Excited to get back. #StriveForGreatness🚀” said James in a tweet.READ: LeBron James inspires, amazes fans in Manila FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThis is James’ third visit to Manila.In 2013, fans even lined up for days just to get a chance to see him for the “Witness History” event. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Eze leads Saints in takedown of Heroes in NCAA Season 93 All-Star Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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UAAP Season 80 Preview: NU Bulldogs ready to pull off surprises

first_imgAkhmetov knows he’s in for tough challenge vs Eustaquio And for the seasoned mentor, there’s only one word to describe this campaign with the Bulldogs: a challenge.“I like challenges,” he said. “The goal right now, realistically, is to be very competitive. Meaning tosay, we need to get to the Final Four because that’s the main objective. It will take a lot of hard work and you know that we’re the dark horse going into the Final Four, but hopefully, with a little hard work and a lot of luck, it’s attainable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJarin inherits a young NU team, which failed to make it to the semifinals for the first time in five years last season.But the bench tactician likes what he’s seeing from his lineup with J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem serving as the team’s leaders. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coach: Jamike JarinLast Season: 5-9 (5th Place)Holdovers: J-Jay Alejandro, Matt Salem, Rev DiputadoAdditions: Issa Gaye, Jonas Tibayan, Enzo JosonKey Losses: Alfred Aroga, Med Salim, Joshua Sinclair, JV GallegoWinner in every level he’s been in, coach Jamike Jarin embarks on a new chapter in his career as he is tasked to lead National University this upcoming season.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: NU Bulldogs643 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem will be carrying the load for this season. With Issa Gaye joining us, that will be a good help also. And the bench will play a big, major role in our quest this season,” he said.But more than the manpower, what makes Jarin successful is his tried-and-tested system, something which he is hoping the Bulldogs have already bought into.“It takes a lot of time to really adapt to what you really want. But then, the only thing is I’m very fortunate personally because I inherited a group that has this good attitude — that has winning attitude, great culture. So you have to give credit to coach Eric Altamirano and his coaching staff for doing a great job,” he said.With that said, Jarin expects nothing less from this NU crew to bring in the energy for the full 40 minutes.“We’re gonna come in with a lot of energy. We’re gonna come in very competitive. We’re gonna come in all-out, and ready to surprise everybody.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

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PM inaugurates Sports Injury Centre at Safdarjung Hospital

first_imgPM Manmohan Singh inaugurates a sports injury centre at the Safdurjung hospital in New Delhi. PTI PhotoIndia on Sunday got its first ever dedicated ‘Sports Injury Centre’ as it braces to host the 19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday inaugurated the seven-storeyed Centre situated within the premises of the Safdarjung Hospital.The Centre aims to provide world class treatment for sport-related injuries to sportspersons of the country besides catering to the needs of the participants of the Commonwealth Games that begin Sunday next.The Centre, built at a cost of Rs 70 crore, has an inpatient capacity of 35 beds in two wards with all the modern facilities. It also has three world class integrated modular operation theatres with facility for video conferencing.It is equipped with state-of-the-art operation theatres, physiotherapy centre with all the facilities adhering to global standards and a dedicated team of well experienced and dedicated doctors.With PTI inputslast_img read more

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In the city

first_imgAll the latest products, places, fads and trends to grab hold of your city. Festive bonanzaThe festive aura provides an opportunity for everyone to indulge in luxurious gift options. Keeping up with the spirit, Swarovski brings their new collection. Choose from the exquisite crystal creations in eye-catching designs. Add the,All the latest products, places, fads and trends to grab hold of yourcity.Festive bonanzaThe festive aura provides an opportunity for everyone to indulge in luxurious gift options. Keeping up with the spirit, Swarovski brings their new collection. Choose from the exquisite crystal creations in eye-catching designs. Add the beauty of Nature to your table decorations with Jacky, Juliette and Liz from the Rocking Flowers range. At: G-5, SG Highway, Satellite Road, AhmedabadCough up: Bee Eaters (above) Rs14,250; Duck Rs 6,600Sense of smellPlatinum, the fragrance by Oriflame is worth a dekko. Specially made to capture the essence of the modern man, the scent is all-male. The combinations of fiery black pepper, sensual patchouli and leather are a must try.At: Contact your nearest Oriflame consultant or SMS Oriflame to 59994 to possess this bottle.Cough up: Rs 1,590Tune inPhilips has launched a new line of waterproof and sweatproof headphones, SHQ3000 & SHQ4000. Their rubberised black and bright orange design comes in three sizes with extra soft anti-bacterial silicon ear caps.Great for sports enthusiasts as these are weightless, secure, comfortable and safe for outdoor use.At: Philips stores Cough up: SHQ3000 Rs 1,999; SHQ4000 Rs 2,499last_img read more

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India 142/2 at stumps on Day 2 in Cape Town

first_imgSo far India have been playing their cards right in this deciding Test match against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town. SCOREFirst the bowlers came good and then the batsmen did their part on Day 2 of the third and final Test on Monday.India opener Gautam Gambhir (65) and Sachin Tendulkar (49) were at the crease chipping away at South Africa’s first innings total of 362.There were initial hiccups in batting with Virender Sehwag getting out and Rahul Dravid falling short of his crease. But Gambhir along with Tendulkar steadied the India ship which was coasting along on 142/2 when proceedings came to an end on Day 2.Earlier, India quicks provided the required impetus to skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s plans of a series win by claiming wickets quickly and regularly.And it was S. Sreesanth who stood out with his impressive bowling finishing with a five-wicket haul.But trust Jacques Kallis to deliver the goods when the chips are down and he did just that on Monday scoring an impressive 161.The way he shaped his innings commands respect. In a way it dented the pride of India bowlers, who had claimed seasoned batsmen without much resistance.He put on a 52-run 10th wicket partnership with last man Lonwabo Tsotsobe (8 not out) that spanned across 15 overs. He farmed the stand in such a fashion that Tsotsobe faced just 28 balls in an hour that he stood at the crease supporting Kallis in his endeavour.This was before the India pacers got busy counting heads on the Newlands track.advertisementSreesanth did the maximum damage claiming three wickets in the day to increase his victims list to five since yesterday when he had claimed Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers.Continuing his good form on the second day, Sreesanth sent off Ashwell Prince on 47 with a perfect in-swinger that curved in to destroy his stumps. On the very next ball he sent home Mark Boucher without even letting him open his account. Deep in the first session, he accounted for tail-ender Morne Morkel.Zaheer Khan, who got the better of opposition skipper Graeme Smith on the first day, added Dale Styen’s wicket to his list of victims before claiming Kallis to the end of the South Africa innings.Ishant Sharma finished with two wickets.last_img read more

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Will Aishwarya win ‘Razzy’ to match her hubby?

first_imgAishwarya Rai BachchanWe are a little tired of the glut of Bollywood awards that flood our TV screen every year, so a few imaginative types have cashed in on the boredom.Suddenly, various organisers are announcing their own desi versions of the Raspberry Awards-or the Razzies -to “honour” the ” worst of the worst” in Bollywood.If popular awards have become dime a dozen, you already have more than one set of awards that claim to be the ultimate Razzies for Bollywood.Over the past couple of years we have had the Golden Kelas. Now, another set of trophies, called the Ghanta Awards, are set to give the Kelas competition.The doubt of course remains over how many in self- obsessed, narcissistic Bollywood will be sporting enough to accept “trophies” for their bad shows with a vote of thanks.Very few in Hollywood are game to turn up at the Razzies. “If films such as Peepli [Live] , Phas Gaye Re Obama and Tere Bin Laden can take a jibe at social foibles, why can’t award ceremonies cock a snook at the mightiest of stars and filmmakers when they make a bad film?” says a newgeneration producer, not wishing to be named.Among the very few who were sporting enough to accept an Indian Razzy was Abhishek Bachchan. Last year, on receiving a Kela for Delhi-6, Abhishek sportingly said: ” This is a milestone in my career. I won for worst accent in Delhi- 6. Chalo , at least Delhi- 6 won something.” In comparison, Kareena didn’t quite seem to find it funny. “If Sandra Bullock can (win a Razzy and an Oscar in the same year), why can’t I bag a Kela Worst Actress for Kambakkht Ishq and then a Best Actress for 3 Idiots? I take it as a compliment,” she said.Leading the nominees for this year’s Kela for Worst Actor is Shah Rukh Khan for My Name Is Khan. Others nominees are Imran Khan for I Hate Luv Storys, Neil Nitin Mukesh for Lafangey Parindey, John Abraham for Jhootha Hi Sahi, Hrithik Roshan for Guzaarish and Vivek Oberoi for Prince. The actresses are Sonam Kapoor for Aisha, Deepika Padukone for Housefull and Break Ke Baad, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan for Raavan, Kajol and Kareena for We Are Family, Priyanka Chopra for Anjaana Anjaani and Pakhi Tyrewala for Jhootha Hi Sahi. Housefull, I Hate Luv Storys, Veer, My Name Is Khan, Tees Maar Khan, Aisha, Anjaana Anjaani and Action Replay vie for this year’s Worst Film Kela.The Ghantas, which created a furore by launching their website with a near-nude, photoshopped picture of Shakti Kapoor on its web page, are being launched this year. Blue, Raavan , Kurbaan , Pyaar Impossible and Housefull are in contention for the Worst Film.Kareena (for Kurbaan and We Are Family), Aishwarya (Robot and Raavan), Barbara Mori (Kites), Sonam (Aisha and I Hate Luv Storys), and Anushka Sharma (Badmaash Company) are vying for the Worst Actress award.Uday Chopra (for Pyaar Impossible), Himesh Reshammiya (Radio), Abhishek (Raavan), Shahid Kapoor (Chance Pe Dance , Milenge Milenge , Badmaash Company and Paathshaala) and Akshay Kumar (Blue, Khatta Meetha and Housefull) are competing for the Worst Actor Ghanta.The winners will be chosen according to online votes.advertisementlast_img read more

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Aero India 2011: ‘Flying Bulls’ dazzle on Day 1

first_imgAs the nine Kiran aircraft of IAF’s Surya Kiran aerobatics team drew Tricolour streaks across the skies on the opening day of Aero India 2011 , a Czech team of veteran flyers became their admirers.”They are very good,” quipped Miroslav Krejci, 55.A member of the ‘Flying Bulls’ aerobatics team, Krejci was chilling out after an equally challenging feat. “The Bangalore airfield, some 1,000 metres above the sea level is challenging. You won’t get the same power as you would at the sea level – so you have to save energy. “The four ZLIN 50 LX aircraft of the ‘Flying Bulls’ had flown close by, looping like an inverted G and a ‘hammerhead’. The announcer turned poetic, talking about butterfly’s grace and a raging bull’s heart.How do you fly so close? “That is because none of us can see so far away,” team leader Radka Machova, 62, said, leaving Krejci chuckling behind his walrus moustache. All the team members are above 50.Why do you fly? “Why not?” Krejci quipped. His colleague, Jiri Veprek, 51, sees flying as a “big pleasure”. For Jiri Sallar, 58, who was born at an airport while his family was celebrating the Czech Aviation Day (September 17), flying comes naturally.Machova just loves flying.”When I married I had a flying licence, so my husband knows what I was up to. I worked on ground for a while and then took up aerobatics.” Her elder son is an air traffic controller and the younger runs an adventure sports shop.As a team, their work is coordinated.In its signature manoeuvre called mirror flying, Machova and Krejci fly their aircraft one over the other upturned like a mirror image and Saller goes around them in what are called barrel rolls.”You have to be a bit crazy to do this sort of thing,” Krejci said, as the team chilled out over coffee and sponge cakes, clad in beige flying suits and thick leather sandals.”We have flown in South and North America and over the Arctic and Antarctica,” Machova noted. “We just dismantle, pack up our small planes, ship them and fly them.” The Flying Bulls are parked at Hangar 7 in Innsbruck, Austria.A RICH HISTORYThe team got its present name in 2001, when it was welcomed as the newest member of the big Red Bull family.The foundation of the ‘Flying Bulls’ was laid in 1960, when on a small airfield in Chrudim 100km east of Prague, four friends, Tlusty, Struz, Bezak and Klimenda, formed the aerobatics group ‘Box Trener’. Soon, they were winning hearts at air shows, receiving invitations from countries beyond the Czech Republic.But leaders of the former Czechoslovakia made it increasingly difficult for them to go abroad for shows. The squadron was forced to stop their aerobatic flights in 1982.The team was revived in 1989 by Unimax and called the ‘Unimax Devils’. In 1990, the team got a new sponsor, NTC Chrudim AG, and flew under a new name, ‘Sky Box’, till the Red Bull family adopted it in 2001.advertisementlast_img read more

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