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Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swim star Schooling ‘really sorry’ for Malaysia jibe This season’s series opens with the Northern Trust in New York next week, followed by the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston a week later.After a week off, they series resumes with the BMW Championship before the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings advance to the Tour Championship.McIlroy seemed confident he would be playing through the BMW Championship when he posted a note to fans on Twitter on Friday — urging them to enter a contest to win a chance to play 18 holes with him at the tournament in Illinois.ADVERTISEMENT He said the effects of a broken rib suffered early in the season continued to hinder his practice and had led to back spasms.But the 28-year-old decided to take a stab at defending his FedEx Cup crown after meeting with fitness adviser Steve McGregor in Belfast, the Daily Telegraph reported.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 openingMcIlroy won the second playoff event and the Tour Championship to clinch the FedEx Cup last year.Just like last year, he has not won a title prior to the playoff series. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 12: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a putt on the fourth green during the third round of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 12, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images/AFPWorld number four Rory McIlroy is in the field for next week’s Northern Trust Open, first event of the US PGA’s FedEx Cup playoffs won by the Northern Ireland star last year.McIlroy had indicated after a disappointing 22nd-place finish in the PGA Championship that he might sit out the rest of the year.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Singapore: Sebastian Vettel led Ferrari’s charge in practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on Friday but the German’s Formula One victory drought, already more than a year-long, still looked set to continue.The German, whose 52nd and last win came at the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix, was second and third fastest on the timesheets in Friday’s two sessions at the Marina Bay track. Teammate Charles Leclerc, who eclipsed Vettel with successive wins in Belgium and Italy, was 19th in the first session after being sidelined by a gearbox failure and sixth in the second.While Vettel was just 0.167 seconds off pace-setter Max Verstappen’s Red Bull over the first 90 minutes, he was nearly a second off the pace set by Mercedes’ championship leader Lewis Hamilton in the floodlit night-time running.Ferrari’s car was aerodynamically well-suited to the flat-out blasts of the Spa-Francorchamps and Monza circuits but the twisty Marina Bay street track, with more corners than any other circuit, has shifted the balance away from the Italian team.”I think Mercedes was very strong today,” said Vettel. “Everybody could see that, not just on one lap and not just on the timing tables.”I think overall they were a bit faster. On our side we can do better, we can improve the car so let’s see.”Vettel has won four times in Singapore, the same as five-times world champion Hamilton with the pair the most successful drivers at the event.His last win in the city-state came in 2015, his first year with Ferrari.The German heads into this weekend’s race off the back of a scrappy display at Monza, Ferrari’s home race, where he spun off and was sanctioned by stewards for rejoining the track dangerously.That was the latest in a series of mistakes going back to last year’s German Grand Prix and he is now 13 points behind Leclerc in the standings.The German’s current form has fuelled speculation, despite his statements to the contrary, that he might not see out his Ferrari contract which runs out at the end of 2020.”Certainly not the best one right now,” said Vettel when asked if this was the worst point of his career. “But also it’s not the worst one either.”I still love racing and I look forward to a lot of races this year to hopefully get in a better position and finish the season in the way we want.”Then prepare for next year.” Charles LeclercF1ferrariformula one First Published: September 21, 2019, 7:45 AM IST
Andre Russell came up with a magical last over to help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) grab a seven-run victory over Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday. (Scorecard)Highlights:Gautam Gambhir: “We are used to this wicket. The way wehave batted is very professional. I still thought we were 10 runs short but theball did slow a bit in the second innings. From hereon, we must get used to itand get better. The wickets up front were very important. The middle order hasbeen in decent form and hopefully they can take some pressure off us. Lastyear’s experience was a big learning for us. We are not taking any game forgranted.” Murali Vijay: “To be honest we did not startwell and for Maxi to pull off a knock like that was unbelievable. Axar got outat the wrong time. Lot of positives to take for us. We are bowling really welland the bowlers were up to the mark. Sandeep and Mohit were brilliant at thedeath. We needed to have a good start, but Maxi played well. The momentum iswith us. It is a great game to be part of. We are just looking forward to thegames coming up for us. Everybody wants to win and we wanted to go and get the160. We are keeping it simple. Hashim Amla came today morning, so we thought wewill give him a break and make use of him in the future games.”advertisementAndre Russell is the Man of the Match Kings XI Punjab Innings:23.35 IST: Andre Russell finishes with superb bowling figures of 4/20, Piyush Chawla took 2 wickets and Morne Morkel got 1. 23.30 IST; That’s It!! Andre Russell’s terrific final over goes for just 4 runs for 3 wickets (including 2 run-outs). Kolkara Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 7 runs to clinch the top spot in the points table.23.26 IST: Another Run Out!! Gurkeerat now falls short going for a quick second run. KXIP need 10 from 3 balls23.24 IST: RUN OUT!! Andre Russell’s brilliant fielding off his own bowling results in Axar Patel’s wicket. Kings XI need 11 from 4 balls. 23.21 IST: Kings XI Punjab need 12 runs to win off the final over with the in-form Axar Patel on strike against Andre Russell. 23.15 IST: SIX!! Back-to-back sixes from Axar Patel keeps Kings XI in the hunt. Score 143/6 in 18 overs, need 22 runs from 12 balls. 23.13 IST: That’s out!! David Miller hits a full-toss from Andre Russell straight to the fielder at long-on. Kings 130/6 in 17.3 overs. 23.09 IST: FOUR!! Gurkeerat Singh hits a boundary off the last ball from Shakib as Kings reach 130/5 after 17 overs, need 35 runs from 18 balls. 23.05 IST: Terrific over for KKR, just 5 runs and a wicket off it. Kings XI 122/5 after 16 overs, need 43 from 24 balls. 23.00 IST: Big Wicket for KKR!! Piyush Chawla traps Glenn Maxwell plumb in front of the stumps as he was going for a reverse-hit. Maxwell falls for 68 from 42 balls. Kings XI 120/5 in 15.4 overs, need 45 runs from 26 balls. 22.55 IST: Massive from Maxwell!! The Aussie hits Shakib for a 102-meter six over deep mid-wicket.22.54 IST: This match is in for an interesting finish. Kings XI 109/4 in 14 overs, need 56 from 36 balls. 22.48 IST: Piyush Chawla bowls a quite over for KKR, giving away just 5 runs. Kings XI 98/4 in 13 overs, need 67 runs from 42 balls. 22.45 IST: FIFTY!! Glenn Maxwell reaches his half-century in just 29 balls with five boundaries and three sixes. Kings XI 93/4 after 12 overs, need 72 runs from 48 balls. 22.37 IST: SIX!! Glenn Maxwell smashes a big hit off Brad Hogg’s final ball as Kings XI reach 64/4 in 10 overs. Need another 101 runs from 60 balls. 22.29 IST: WICKET!! Piyush Chawla strikes in his first over for KKR as Wriddhiman Saha plays-on. Kings XI 53/4 after 9 overs, need 112 runs from 66 balls. 22.26 IST: Shakib Al Hasan comes into the attack and bowls a 5-run over first up. Kings XI 48/3 after 8 overs. 22.22 IST: Umesh Yadav bowls a decent over for KKR, gives away just 6 runs. Kings XI 43/3 after 7 overs, need 122 runs from 78 balls. 22.18 IST: Powerplay Done!! Glenn Maxwell finishes Morkel’s over with a four. Kings XI 37/3 after 6 overs. 22.14 IST: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha hits back-to-back fours off Umesh Yadav on the off-side. Kings XI 27/3 in 5 overs. 22.06 IST: Double Breakthrough for KKR!! First Manan Vohra and then Murali Vijay, both fall to poor shots. Russell and Morkel have dislodged the top-oder. Kings XI 13/3 in 3.1 overs. 22.00 IST: FOUR!! Murali Vijay gets a top-edge but still manages to score a boundary off the final ball to spoil Morne Morkel’s over. Kings XI 7/1 after 2 overs. advertisement21.53 IST: WICKET!! Andre Russell picks up the wicket of Marcus Stoinis, who falls for a duck. Kings XI 1/1 in 0.3 overs. 21.50 IST: Murali Vijay and Marcus Stoinis will open for Kings XI. Andre Russell takes the new ball for KKR. 21.35 IST: A superb final over from Sandeep Sharma!! Just four runs came off the final over. Kolkata Knight Riders reach 164/3 in 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab. Robin Uthappa top-scored for KKR with 70 off 49 balls while skipper Guatam Gambhir scored a quickfire 54 off 45 balls. None of the Kings XI Punjab managed to pick up a wicket as all three dismissals were run-outs. 21.30 IST: 10 runs come off the penultimate over from Mohit Sharma. Kolkata 160/2 after 19 overs. 21.26 IST: Kolkata reach 150 in the 18th over for the loss of two wickets. Yusuf Pathan and Andre Russell now have the big job of closing out the innings on a high for KKR. 21.18 IST: Run Out!! Robin Uthappa goes for a quick single but gets sent back by Yusuf Pathan, bowler Mohit Sharma grabbed the ball a got a direct-hit. Uthappa falls for 70 from 49 balls. Kolkata 138/2 after 17 overs. 21.12 IST: Strategic Time-Out!! Kolkata 128/1 after 16 overs. Uthappa 68*, Yusuf Pathan 4*21.07 IST: Robin Uthappa smacks a six and a four off Swapnil Singh as Kolkata reach 121/1 after 15 overs. 21.02 IST: Robin Uthappa brings up his half-century with a glorious boundary through the covers. Kolkata 107/1 after 14 overs. 21.01 IST: WICKET!! Gautam Gambhir runs himself out for 54 from 45 balls. Kolkata 101/1 after 13.3 overs. 20.56 IST: Fifty up for Gautam Gambhir and 100 up for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 13th over. 20.53 IST: Kings XI spinner have managed to slow down the scoring rate. Kolkata 89/0 after 12 overs. 20.46 IST: At the half-way stage Kolkata Knight Riders have scored 74/0 after 10 overs with Gautam Gambhir nearing a half-century. 20.40 IST: Kings XI take a strategic time-out!! 20.39 IST: SIX!! Robin Uthappa hits the first maximum of the match, Axar Patel is the unfortunate bowler. Kolkata 62/0 after 9 overs. 20.36 IST: Fifty up for Kolkata Knight Riders!! Gambhir is batting on 30*, Uthappa on 21* 20.32 IST: Left-arm orthodox spinner Swapnil Singh gives away just 3 runs from his first over. Kolkata 43/0 after 7 overs. 20.28 IST: Powerplay Over!! Over-pitched delivery from Stoinis gets smashed down the ground by Gambhir. Kolkata 40/0 after 6 overs. 20.24 IST: Good start for Axar, gives away just 2 runs in his first over. Kolkata 32/0 after 5 overs. Hat-trick bowler Axar Patel comes into the attack now. 20.15 IST: FOUR!! Marcus Stoinis concedes 9 runs from his first over which included two boundaries from Gambhir. Kolkata 21/0 after 3 overs. 20.11 IST: FOUR!! Gambhir ends the second over from Mohit Sharma with a boundary. Kolkata 12/0 after 2 overs.20.05 IST: Sandeep Sharma bowls a terrific first over for Kings XI. Kolkata 2/0 after 1 over.20.00 IST: Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa take guard for KKR. Sandeep Sharma will start off the proceedings for Kings XI. Toss: Kings XI Punjab win the toss and opt to bowl.For KKR – Shakib Al Hasan and Brad Hogg have replaced Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine. For Kings XI – Manan Vohra comes in for Shaun Marsh and Swapnil Singh replaces KC KariappaPreview: On a high after a resounding victory against Royal ChallengersBangalore (RCB), two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will aim to produce a similar performance when they face Kings XI Punjab on home turf.advertisementKKR presently have 10 points with five wins from eightgames, whereas Kings XI are at the bottom of the leader board with justtwo wins from seven matches.The Knights had a night to rememberon Monday as they pulled of a stunning win against RCB. Chasing 186, the men-in-purple were at one stage struggling at 69/4. But then YusufPathan and Andre Russell got together to bail their side out of trouble. Though Russell got out towards the end, Pathan (60) carried his batthrough ensuring KKR got home with five wickets to spare.Punjabare also coming into the contest at the back of a big win against tabletoppers Gujarat Lions and would ideally want to grab another one here.It was Axar Patel who brought the Gujarat side on their knees with hisfour wickets in five balls and the Eden Gardens strip might also provide some purchase to the left-arm spinner.But KKR have a settled bowling unit of their own and putting up or chasing down a score against the home side would not be easy.Punjab in all probability would not tinker much with their winning combination and would hope their new crowned captain Murali Vijay and MarcusStoinis can get them off to a flying start with the willow. However, the visitors will be without their in-form batsman Shaun Marsh who haspicked up a back injury and will take no further part in the tourney.The last time these two sides met in Mohali, KKR had come out on top with a six-wicket victory and the Gautam Gambhir-led side would ideally want a repeat so that their homecoming tastes sweet.
There has been much buzz around a romance brewing between Kartik Aaryan and the newcomer Ananya Panday, especially after they have signed Mudassir Aziz’s Pati Patni Aur Woh.Since the announcement of Pati Patni Aur Woh remake has been doing rounds on the internet, these millennial stars have been hogging all the limelight including the Sonchiriya actor Bhumi Pednekar who has been roped to share the screen with Kartik and Ananya.Sanjeev Kumar’s film (1978) which was a comical take on extra-marital affairs is set to return to the big screen and the release date of the same has been finalised.Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to announce the release date of Pati Patni Aur Woh remake. The film will be released on January 10, 2020.Release date finalised… #PatiPatniAurWoh to release on 10 Jan 2020… Stars Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Pandey… Directed by Mudassar Aziz… Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Juno Chopra and Abhay Chopra. pic.twitter.com/Lr8P1UQ3rstaran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 25, 2019While the Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety actor, who surprised his fans by sporting a new mustache look ,will step into Sanjeev Kumar’s shoes in the remake. Ananya, on the other hand, will be essaying the role of Ranjeeta Kaur.Talking about Bhumi, the actress is set to play Kartik’s wife, which was originally played by Vidya Sinha.Produced and directed by BR Chopra, Pati Patni Aur Woh (1978) revolves around a married couple Ranjeet (Sanjeev Kumar) and Sharda (Vidya Sinha) and how things change after he gets a promotion and a stunning secretary Nirmala (Ranjeeta Kaur).advertisementPati Patni Aur Woh remake entered into the pool of a controversy when Pink actress Taapsee Pannu revealed that she was unceremoniously dropped from the film at the last minute without being given a reason.For the unversed, Bhumi was finalised for her role after Taapsee Pannu had been allegedly dropped from the film.Starring Kartik Aaryan, Ananya Panday and Bhumi Pednekar, Pati Patni Aur Woh is helmed by Mudassir Aziz and is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Juno Chopra and Abhay Chopra.ALSO READ| Kartik Aaryan unveils his look in Pati Patni Aur Woh remake: Meet aashiq mizaaj Chintu TyagiALSO READ| Taapsee Pannu slams Pati Patni Aur Woh makers for unprofessionalism: The struggle does not endALSO READ| Kartik Aaryan on his struggling days: Social Media helped me become an actorALSO WATCH: A roundup of the best and worst of Bollywood in 2017
zoom India is looking to develop a number of new and small ports for commercial shipping transportation, according to data released by India’s Ministry of Shipping.Based on the traffic and cargo scenario of the country’s twelve Major Ports, a master plan has been prepared for expansion of port capacity, which includes a number of new ports.Namely, it is understood that India’s Kolkata Port proposed the development of a port at Sagar Island, West Bengal, in an effort to reduce the constraints including long river navigation, available draft navigation due to persistent siltation and high dredging cost. Projected traffic is to be around 3.5 million tons per annum in 2020 increasing to around 27 million tons in 2035.Additionally, V. O. Chidambaranar Port proposed the construction of a port in Enayam near Colachel, Tamil Nadu. Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the site is currently under preparation and the first container berth in Phase-I is expected to be operational by December 2020.Furthermore, Paradip Port Trust suggested the development of Paradip Outer Harbour in Odisha, which would increase the port’s capacity from from 140 to 250 million tons per annum by 2020.Techno-Economic Feasibility Report (TEFR) for the Paradip Outer Harbour upgrade has been prepared and a Detailed Project Report (DPR) is expected to be completed by the end of May 2017.
Rihanna fans listen up – you can attend the Clara Lionel Foundation Diamond Ball for just $1.For just a $1 donation, you can enter to win two tickets to the Diamond Ball, airfares and one night in a hotel. The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) was founded in 2012 by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. CLF is is dedicated to breaking down barriers and transforming the lives of young people globally and is a revolutionary philanthropic space where supporters can join Rihanna’s journey as a global ambassador for education. Current programs include the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and the Barbados Micro Grants Program.Here’s where your money will go:• $1 – could provide 1 brick to a school in Malawi • $5 – could provide 5 bricks to a school in Malawi • $10 – could provide 10 books • $15 – could provide a girl with essential school supplies • $20 – could provide a month of schooling for a girlTo find out more and make a donation, click here
India’s visage, steeped in tradition, designate the multi-coloured cultural hues of the land, more on the lines of social bonding and comprehensiveness that gives way to each ritual being pulled out of its spiritual context and getting transformed into a celebration. Holi has a very contemporary metaphor in today’s India. One of this country’s favourite festivals, it is celebrated to mark the beginning of spring, ushering in the spirit of freshness and shedding the mundane. More importantly, it invokes inclusivity and hence, people from all faiths can be a part of it. There are a number of myths associated with this extant ritual of smearing colour on friends and family but what stands out is the fact that it is one of the greatest testaments to Hinduism’s absorptive capacity. From far and wide, people visit their families and close ones. The schools, colleges and universities across India celebrate Holi with great enthusiasm. Foreign students, who visit India to obtain academic degrees, participate in great numbers. Tourists from all over the world visit India to witness Lathmar Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan, where Krishna was born. In Punjab, people engage in Hola Mohalla, a yearly fair that was first organised by Sikh Guru Gobind Singh to celebrate Holi. Special demonstrations of physical agility, wrestling, martial arts, sword fights, military exercises and turban tying are part of the celebration. Vasant Utsav in Santiniketan is inspired by Nobel-laureate Rabindranath Tagore who introduced this festival at Viswa Bharati. Students, dressed up in bright-coloured attires, celebrate Holi through cultural programmes. They play ‘Dol’ with abir and flowers. Hundreds of foreigners take part in this event every year. In north India, various theme parties are held across the region. People set up bonfires, offer prayers and toss coconuts in the flames to signify the death of negativity and sorrow. In the present context, with the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections just round-the-corner, the politicisation of this festival may not be a fitting pivot. However, there have been earlier instances when such festivals have witnessed throngs of men carrying out victory marches amid packed street corners, shimmying wildly, smeared in colours. And in Indian politics, as it is in this country’s character, every new beginning (including the spring season) witnesses a ‘colourful’ welcome. From parties that have won recent elections to those celebrating Holi, gulal is a recurrent requisite. But it is important to understand that incendiary rhetorics and religion-baiting communal politics are no longer the order of the day. For this new India, as vintage veneration evokes reverence for the archaic, it also brings with it an essential change — the only constant in this country. Happy Holi!
Speaking Tuesday at a panel discussion on The Role of Religious Leaders in Peacebuilding in the Middle East, the Secretary-General called for expanding the space for dialogue with local and regional leaders, and other people with a voice and influence within their communities. “Sustainable peace requires not only political will from all sides, but also the collective efforts of the international community, civil society and fundamentally, religious leaders,” he told participants organized by the UN Alliance of Civilizations.He noted that the world was witnessing a spiralling wave of discrimination and stereotyping of people who are sometimes referred to as “the other.”“As Muslim, Jewish and Christian religious leaders, you have the opportunity to teach the shared humanistic values of tolerance, understanding, compassion and peace,” he continued. Calling them the core values embraced by all three monotheistic faiths represented at the gathering, he pointed out that “they can be the catalysts for peace.” The Secretary-General applauded efforts towards promoting the peaceful co-existence between Palestinians and Israelis, calling the initiatives “the way to a more hopeful future – a future of tolerance and mutual understanding as a pathway to just and lasting peace.” In his speech, Mr. Guterres decried the elusiveness of peace in the Middle East conflicts, noting that “with every passing day, frustration grows, hope diminishes, and the perspective of a peaceful resolution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems more distant. He reiterated that a two-state solution was the only path for Palestinians and Israelis to realize their historic aspirations and live in peace, security and dignity. “There is no plan B,” Mr. Guterres said.
(YouTube: RebellionFC)THINGS WE SHAREDIn the days since the Boston Marathon explosions, many people have questioned the media’s intense coverage of the events, comparing it to a perceived lack of reporting on a series of explosions in Iraq that killed 50 people and injured hundreds more. Australian journalist Jonathan Green dissects the issue, stating that that the “deaths in Iraq have, somehow, been stripped of the elements of empathy and surprise that would propel them into the eager vacuums of our news cycles”.Anne Hathaway and pals are ruining the Mammy haircut for actual mammies.Ole Salomonsen‘s third film about the northern lights is definitely worth five minutes of your time. For this short, he decided to use some real-time video footage to “better show how furiously fast and beautiful the polar spirits can dance”. Farmers have put little ‘jackets’ on lambs in the fields around Langley, Cheshire to help them with the unusually cold weather conditions during the lambing season. (Image: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire)HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps…THINGS WE LEARNED#MONEY MATTERS: The long-anticipated guidelines from the Insolvency Service of Ireland were published today, revealing that borrowers struggling to keep up with repayments may have to move house, sell a car and change childcare arrangements in order to qualify for the process.This image shows exactly how much a single person can spend under the new rules.#TEXAS: At least 15 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas in the early hours of this morning. The scene has been described as one of “significant devastation” but it is not yet clear what caused the blast.#SAVITA: The inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar heard from a pathologist today who said the cause of the 31-year-old’s death was septic shock, E.coli in her bloodstream and a miscarriage at 17 weeks, reports RTÉ News.The Galway coroner is expected to sum up and charge the jury tomorrow.#ARREST: A man in his 30s has been arrested in connection with the theft of €9,000 from Balbriggan garda station in January. The sum was taken from a €26,000 haul recovered after an attempted robbery at a shop in Lusk.#ROBBERY: Rhino heads and horns worth about half a million euro were stolen from the National Museum Archive last night. A security guard at the Swords facility was tied up as three masked men raided the building before 11pm.#FREEDOM: An internal document circulated among the Fine Gael parliamentary party this week has outlined a series of radical proposals which would alter the way Dáil business is conducted. Backbencher Eoghan Murphy suggests that government deputies should be allowed to vote against their own party on certain issues.THINGS WE LOVEDLet us introduce you to Dalek and Davros, two newborn baby Humboldt penguins born at Chester Zoo. Zookeepers have named all this years babies after characters from the television series Dr Who. Lovely Michelle in TheJournal.ie HQ noted earlier that they’re even smiling for the camera. (Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire) Dublin’s latest visitor guidebook – made by young adults with Down Syndrome for young adults with Down Syndrome.Happy Birthday, Mr President. That sounds a bit wrong when talking about Michael D but the lads and ladies at DailyEdge.ie gave him a virtual hug earlier.We are all better at football than this lot. Thanks to TheScore.ie for finding this gem and using the hashtag #woegius. (Editor’s note: Make sure you have the audio turned up as you watch) (Vimeo Credit: Ole C. Salomonsen)
Four Clark County men spent the night near Elk Lake east of Salem, Ore., after their rental pickup got stuck in the snow. On Monday, Robert Record, 44, of Washougal was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe toward Bagby Hot Springs with Shane Lambert, 23, of Washougal, and Vancouver residents Paul Barry, 26, and Eddie Nix, 53. Record said at first he drove toward the hot springs using directions from a friend, then switched to using GPS on Lambert’s phone. When those directions led him down a sketchy road, he downloaded directions from the OnStar device in the pickup. The group ended up 45 miles in the wrong direction on an unmaintained road that didn’t lead to the hot springs, according to the Marion (Ore.) County Sheriff’s Office. “At night the road didn’t look as bad,” Record said.He drove until he came across a pothole and decided to turn around. That’s when the pickup got lodged in a snowy embankment near Elk Lake, more than a two-hour drive from the hot springs. The group had trouble picking up the OnStar signal or cellphone service, Record said, and decided to hunker down for the night. “We survived on whiskey and Subway,” he said. They periodically turned on the truck and its heater to keep warm. On Tuesday, they walked up the road and got cellphone service, Record said. The sheriff’s office said that it was notified Tuesday afternoon through OnStar.
News Twitter Email Facebook Mexican singer targets a 15-date trek in support of her 2017 album, ‘Primera Fila’ Renée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 26, 2018 – 3:59 pm Yuridia may not be a household name in the United States — yet. But we predict she could be soon.The Mexican singer/songwriter launched her career when she won second place on the fourth series of Mexico’s musical reality TV series “La Academia,” picking up the nickname “Voice of an Angel” along the way. When she released her debut album, 2005’s La Voz De Un Ángel, it sold more than 1 million copies, making her the highest-selling Latin female artist since Thalìa in the ’90s.Now the Latin pop singer is headed to the United States for her 15-date Desierto tour in support of her 2017 album, Primera Fila. She’ll debut in Milwaukee on Aug. 3 and cover cities such as Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, and Dallas. The trek wraps Aug. 31 in San Antonio, though more dates are expected.Visit Yuridia’s website for ticket details and availability.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook Messenger Mexican Singer Yuridia Heads Out On U.S. Desierto Tour Yuridia Heads Out On U.S. Desierto Tour mexican-singer-yuridia-heads-out-us-desierto-tour
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday released its annual Arctic Report Card, covering everything from rising temperatures on land and sea, to sea ice declines and its impact on Arctic ecosystems and the rest of the world.Download AudioSince the beginning of the 20th century, the report finds surface air temperatures in the Arctic have increased by 5.2 degrees Fahrenheit.Jackie Richter-Menge is with the the Army Corps of Engineer’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering lab. She says half of that warming has happened in the last three decades.“Between October 2014 and September 2015, the Arctic-wide annual average surface air temperature over the region was 1.3 degrees centigrade – or 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit – above the 1981-2010 baseline average,” Richter-Menge said.That’s the highest annual average temperature in the observational record since it began in 1900.Generally, Richter-Menge says air temperatures in all seasons were above average in the Arctic this year, with some reaching 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit above the baseline.She says it was also an interesting year for sea ice, and the changes correlate strongly to the increasing air temperatures.“In February 2015, the lowest-ever maximum ice extent in the satellite record – which begins in 1979 – occurred on the 25th of February,” Richter-Menge said. “This was 15 days earlier than average.”And that record-low maximum was capped off with the 4th-lowest sea ice minimum on record in September 2015.Along with declining sea ice, Richter-Menge says the composition of the sea ice has changed dramatically over the last few decades.“In February and March, the oldest ice – defined as being greater than 4-years-old – made up 3 percent of the ice cover, while new first-year ice made up 70 percent of the ice pack,” Richter-Menge said. “Thirty years ago, in 1985, the composition of the ice cover was much different. Twenty percent of the ice pack was over 4-years-old and only 35 percent was classified as first-year ice.”She says these observations confirm a trend toward a thinner, more vulnerable ice pack.The ice pack isn’t the only thing made vulnerable by a warming climate. According to Kit Kovacs, with the Norwegian Polar Institute, marine mammals are greatly impacted – particularly walrus populations, which are hauling out on land rather than sea ice as they follow the retreating sea ice edge.“This new haulout behavior is raising concerns about the well-being of females and their young that must now make a 180-kilometer long – that is 110 miles – feeding trips each direction from coastal haul-outs to areas of high prey abundance, rather than simply utilizing nearby ice edges as they did in the past,” she said.Kovacs says fish populations are also changing in places like the Barents Sea – north of Scandinavia – where rising ocean temperatures are attracting fish species normally found in warmer waters, displacing cold-water, Arctic species.Impacts are not limited to marine habitats. Martin Jeffries, an adviser for the U.S. Office of Naval Research, says the warming Arctic is resulting in lower snow pack coverage in May and June, and increasing water discharges from Arctic rivers.“In 2014, the year for which we have the most-recent complete record, the combined discharge of the eight largest Arctic rivers was 10 percent greater than the average of 1980-1989,” Jeffries said.The report says the changes recorded over the last few decades are clearly evident. And combined with projections of continued warming temperatures, we can expect to see further change throughout the Arctic in the future.
Vikarabad: Patnam Sunitha Mahender Reddy and B Vijay Kumar took oath as Vikarabad ZP Chairperson and vice chairman respectively on Friday. A total of 18 ZPTCs and two cooption members also took oath. The swearing in ceremony was administered by district collectorAyesha Masrath Khanam and CEO Srikanth Reddy. MLAs M Anand, K Yadaiah, District Grandhalaya Chairman Kondal Reddy were present.
Takadimita Grand Finale.PR HandoutThe curtains for the first season of dance reality show Takadimita will be dropped this weekend. Five teams are in the competition to lift the trophy in the Colors Kannada’s show which was kicked off in February.The show was started with 14 contestants (7 male and 7 female) which was a mix of TV celebrities and commoners. In the end, five teams have entered the last stage of Takadimita. Kishan-Namratha, Sunil-Deekshitha, Dileep-Ramya, Manju-Karunya and Bhaskar-Neha are the contestants who are in the race to lift the trophy.Actor-filmmaker Ravichandran, actress Suman Ranganath and classical dancer Anuradha Vikranth are judging the show, which is hosted by Akul Balaji.”Every contestant here has performed well. Missing out an opportunity to be in the finale does not mean that you are a bad dancer. May be the concept was wrong or you had a bad day,” Ravichandran had said after the elimination of Kavitha’s team, who missed out an opportunity to enter the finale.The grand finale will be aired on Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm on Colors Kannada.
Observing that it is often in times when poetry is impossible, that the best kind of poetry is written, pioneering Malayalam poet and theorist K Satchidandan said it was important to be able to hurt and affect sentiments in an increasingly charged and gentrified world.”The freedom to disturb and agitate is one of the most important rights a poet has, especially in the history we find ourselves living in today. Poetry is the freedom to conceive, to create alternative worlds, different ways of seeing, going beyond reality to escape it. Or perhaps even oppose the real and inhabit other realities,” said Satchidanandan, during a thought-provoking evening conversation at Vak: Raza Biennale of Indian Poetry, an event held in the Capital recently. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe scholarly panel discussion, titled ‘Poetry as Freedom’, was held at the Triveni Kala Sangam as part of the three-day Biennale. The first-of-its-kind celebration of verse in the country was organised by the Raza Foundation – set up by the late master artist Sayed Haider Raza in 2001 and helmed by eminent Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi, the Managing Trustee.”Though it is but words, poetry is ultimately an act of imagination and a kind of conversation. To use meter, rhythm, metaphor, rhyme, syntax, structure, style and imagery to follow or break with diktats and rejuvenate and recreate language in order to make apparent the invisible,” added K Satchidandan. Citing the importance of the discussion, Vajpeyi said, “Poetry is perhaps the best embodiment of the ideals of freedom. It has become all the more crucial today when there are many curbs on freedom of expression and in a world where the idea of freedom has been divorced from ideas of equality and justice.” The hour-long conversation also featured prominent educationist and former NCERT director Krishna Kumar, award-winning author and academic Ananya Vajpeyi and Apoorvanand, renowned professor of Hindi at Delhi University. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDescribing poetry as the “last refuge” against tendencies of systemic oppression and reductionism, Ananya Vajpeyi traced the influence poets and their works have exercised on the sub-continent across epochs. Contending that a “little amnesia” would help the contemporary shake off the shackles of the past, iconic litterateur Keki N Daruwalla said that poetry was an important counterweight against the canonisation of myth as memory.”The danger of myth becoming scripture and memory, as something to be remembered as having lived or occurred is something we must all be wary of. This sort of co-option – the darker side of memory – is linked to nostalgia. A little amnesia would benefit us all,” said Daruwalla, sparking a lively discussion at event. He linked the conflation of myth with historical and racial anger and distrust. The discussion saw impassioned rebuttal arguments from noted social scientist Shiv Visvanathan and celebrated Gujarati poet-playwright Sitanshu Yashaschandra at the Biennale.”Indian poetics understands that memory, like literature, gives you space for and elasticity of interpretation. Indian literature traditionally used memory as metaphor. Like literature, memory should be permitted to cheat us and play with us,” Yashaschandra said.
Kolkata: Speaker Biman Banerjee on Monday asked Tapas Roy, who holds the independent charge of Planning, Statistics and Programme Monitoring department, to convene a meeting of the standing committee of MLAs to take up the issue of spending MLALAD funds.A number of MLAs in the state Assembly raised issues over less spending of MLALAD funds by some municipalities or utilising the same in schemes other than what it is allocated for. The matter was raised by Left Front MLA of North Dum Dum Tanmoy Bhattacharya, who questioned Roy about the inability in spending MLALAD funds, popularly known as BUP funds, on the part of North Dum Dum and New Barrackpore municipalities. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe North Dum Dum municipality has spent Rs 23 lakh, while New Barrackpore has failed to spend any amount. “There is a fixed guideline for spending funds under BUP scheme and there should be public display in the form of signboards mentioning the funds spent under the scheme. If it is found that proper procedure has not been followed in this regard, it is not desirable,” Roy said. He asserted that this fund is a right of the MLAs. “My department will again pass over direction to the District Magistrates to ensure that signboards are put up displaying expenditure of BUP funds,” he added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThis fund is allocated by the state government on the recommendation of the respective MLAs for development work in the area and is spent through the municipalities. Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan mentioned that his MLALAD funds have been spent by Champdani and Baidyabati municipalities in Hooghly in some other projects against his recommendation. “Often we are completely in the dark about how the municipalities spend these funds,” Mannan added. The Speaker said that the issue has been raised by a number of MLAs and asked Roy to organise a standing committee meeting of MLAs to solve the same.
As historians have discovered across the ages, world history is not set in stone. Unless you’re poking around an Ancient Egyptian pyramid of course, but even then the facts of what took place hundreds or thousands of years ago are always subject to revision. Sometimes these revisions are based on major findings. Other times, however, the smallest detail can turn long-established ideas on their head. Take this painting of a cockatoo for instance. It was included in a 13th century Latin text called The Art of Hunting with Birds (or De Arte Venandi cum Avibus), which resides in the Vatican Library.A new study, published in the June issue of the journal Parergon, explores the significance of the “white parrot” captured in those pages. Its authors Heather Dalton, Jukka Salo, Pekka Niemelä and Simo Orma, look to the cockatoo as symbolic of world trade. A symbol that alters how experts should perceive the historical flow of goods across the globe.White umbrella cockatoo.Writing about the study for the University of Melbourne website, Dr. Dalton refers back to a previous investigation she performed into the image of a cockatoo on a 15th century altarpiece, painted by Andrea Mantegna. Through that depiction and this current artwork, she wishes to “highlight the fact that during the medieval period, merchants plying the waters just to the north of Australia were part of a flourishing trade network that reached west to the Middle East and beyond.”Depiction of a cockatoo in the medieval manuscript, c. 1241. Photo by Biblioteca Apostolica VaticanaRendered within the margins of the Vatican manuscript, which dates from the 1240s, the cockatoo was just one of 900 wildlife illustrations providing a record of the menagerie of Frederick II of Sicily, the Holy Roman Emperor. It is thought by some that he wrote The Art of Hunting with Birds himself.He possessed quite a collection of birds and beasts, as Emperors tended to do. Back then the natural world was a veritable gift catalog, and it was the 4th Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt, or “Sultan of Babylon” who had sent the cockatoo to Frederick II, knowing of his love for feathered things.The drawings in the 13th century book pre-date other European depictions of cockatoos by 250 years.This wasn’t a simple question of getting the bird from A to B. The cockatoo had to spend several years being transported from Australasia to Italy. Along the way, it would no doubt have seen some fascinating sights, as it was traveling via world trade routes. Routes such as the Silk Road played a vital part in opening the planet up to itself, introducing food, technology and all manner of intrigue from different cultures.De Arte Venandi cum Avibus. Photo by Biblioteca Apostolica VaticanaThe avian offering has been identified by Dalton and her co-authors as one of two types: a Triton, one of the subspecies of the Greater Sulphur-crested cockatoo, or one of the Yellow-crested varieties. This places the bird’s origins in the vicinity of Northern Australia, New Guinea, or Indonesia.Steel engraving of Cacatua-Inca (Laphocroa leadbeateri).So, this little creature certainly traveled a long way. Its journey reflects not only the unusual nature of royal present-giving but also the path of trade as it began to change the way countries looked at themselves.Talking CockatooDalton is keen to emphasize the role of northern Australian waters as a trade route, and in particular, how the indigenous Southeast Asians used the sea to transport their wares from place to place, a detail she feels is overlooked in the general scheme of events.Four drawings of the white bird, identified as a cockatoo, feature in Emperor Frederick II’s book.She goes on to mention that, “Although this trade lessened from the mid-thirteenth century due to circumstances within China and India, records show that during the early thirteenth century Malay ports were exporting goods from other Southeast Asian destinations into China and beyond — including white parrots.”Read another story from us: Solving the mystery behind the 13th Century parchment in the Vatican Secret ArchivesWhile seemingly just a pretty-looking bird in an old book, this cockatoo is generating fresh avenues of discussion about factors that changed the course of world history. It may not have done a whole lot of flying, but it’s certainly helped the academic community stretch its wings.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books
Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. A new startup launching today, Savvy, allows students and teachers to schedule appointments and join live video chats through an online platform.The San Francisco-based startup aims to tap into a smart education-technology market that was worth $105 billion in 2015 and is expected to balloon to $447 billion by 2020, according to a report from market research firm Markets and Markets.Savvy gives teachers in all manner of disciplines — ranging from voice training for individuals who have recently undergone transgender surgery, managing your career as a dancer, somatic body movement to becoming a private investigator — a way to advertise their skillset, book appointments either via live video chat or in person and accept payment.Image Credit: SavvyRelated: This Is Bill and Melinda Gates’ Prediction for the Future of Online EducationSavvy makes a 15 percent commission on whatever a teacher charges.”Today, there isn’t enough of the right education to go around. Traditional schools can’t keep up with demand, and often don’t teach folks the right knowledge at the right time,” said Hamish Chandra, co-founder at Savvy, in a statement announcing the launch. “The biggest advantage with Savvy that learners can tap into a wide variety of experts from the convenience of their homes.”To be sure, there are other online education portals. For example, Udemy is an online education resource with more than 10 million students and 40,000 courses.The difference is that Savvy connects teachers and students one on one. That allows for individually tailored instruction.Image Credit: SavvyRelated: Duolingo, the Chart-Topping Language App, Unveils a Platform for Teachers“For example, my co-founder is an immigrant with kids in Germany starting a company in California. When it was time for him to think about his finances, there were plenty financial planning videos and courses out there, but none that could help him figure out his specific situation,” says Chandra in a post with users on the discovery platform Product Hunt. “By giving him access to one-on-one teachers, he can talk about his specific questions and get answers he can actually apply to his life. As an extra bonus, he could also find a teacher who’s been in his situation (i.e. starting a company while thinking about kids’ college funds).”To date, Savvy has raised $1.7 million from a handful of venture capitalists and angel investors.To see more about how Savvy works for teachers and students, watch the YouTube video embedded below. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 3 min read March 3, 2016