BJP MLA calls Mamata ‘Surpanakha’

first_imgJust days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advice to partymen to refrain from making controversial statements, BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh Surendra Singh targeted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, calling her ‘Surpanakha’ while comparing the Opposition Congress to ‘Ravana’.The first-time MLA from Bairia made the controversial remarks while raising questions over the law and order situation in West Bengal.“All the terrorists belonging to BJP-ruled States have fled to West Bengal and if such a situation continues, Bengal will also turn into a Jammu and Kashmir one day… Mamata Banerjee has turned into ‘Surpanakha’ and the Congress into ‘Ravana’,” the MLA said at a zila panchayat programme here on Tuesday night. Surpanakha is the sister of demon king Ravana in the epic Ramayana. “People are being killed and even though she [Mamata Banerjee] is the Chief Minister, she is doing nothing,” Mr. Singh said.“Just as Hindus were thrown out of Jammu and Kashmir, they will be forced out of West Bengal… Terrorists from Bangladesh have infiltrated West Bengal and are troubling Hindus, but it is our good fortune that we have a leader like Narendra Modi. We will be able to remove foreign powers from West Bengal,” Mr. Singh claimed, adding that ‘Surpanakha’ will be defeated by Mr. Modi and Amit Shah.The BJP MLA also attacked Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying he will have to face Mr. Modi in the coming Lok Sabha polls.Controversy’s childMr. Singh was in news recently for his controversial statement defending Unnao rape accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and for claiming that 2019 Lok Sabha polls will be fought on religious lines. Earlier this year he had claimed that India will become a “Hindu Rashtra” by 2024.last_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the show-stealer, is back!

first_imgOne hit, Mahendra Singh Dhoni just needs one hit from the middle of his willow to make everything, everybody else on the field, around you look insignificant.On Sunday night, in Dhaka against Bangladesh in the 2016 Asia Cup T20 final, Dhoni was at it again.There was the opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who had grafted against the impressive Bangladesh pacers and played a matured innings. At the other end, Virat Kohli, unperturbed by the occasion and opposition, was calmly going about his business. (Dhoni troll revenge: Indian hackers hack 20 Bangladesh based websites) It looked like India were cruising towards 121-run set by Bangladesh in the rain-curtailed final but there was still a twist in the tale. When Dhawan fell with the target in sight, the run-rate had started to climb up. India needed 19 off the last two overs and the Bangladeshi fans at the Shere Bangla Stadium were beginning to get excited but they were silenced almost cruelly – Dhoni banged a length delivery from Al-Amin Hossain into the stands and the equation was hopeless. To rub it in further, Dhoni finished the match off with another monster hit as the partisan crowd looked lost and depressed. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni should play till 2019 World Cup: Virender Sehwag)There were times when the whole world believed nothing was impossible for the man from Ranchi. However, it wasn’t the same comforting feeling when the Indian captain, who had had a bad patch with the bat in the recent past, walked in to bat with the run-rate reaching somewhat alarming proportions.advertisementBut like that final showed, Dhoni is back at his best. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni best finisher in the world: Virat Kohli) It’s good news for his fans and for the team itself. With Dhoni rediscovering his dangerous form, the rejuvenated Indian unit found the missing piece of its jigsaw.  The team now is looking formidable with every member playing his role to perfection.Dhoni, after his three-month sabbatical looked lean and fit. He though, was not able to regain his batting form. A humiliating defeat at home against South Africa last year didn’t help his cause. Questions were asked not just about his captaincy but also about his place in the squad after a dismal 2015. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he can still hit big shots) However, the memories of a  disappointing 2015 seem to be in the distant past now. Sunday’s Asia Cup win meant Dhoni’s men won 10 out of their 11 T20 internationals this yearIt all started Down Under After losing the four successive one-day internationals against Australia, India’s glorious winning form started. India whitewashed Australia 3-0 in the T20I series.Dhoni and Co. came back from behind to thrash Sri Lanka in the three-match T20 series. Five wins on the trot in Bangladesh gave India their sixth Asia Cup title.There is a lot of positivity about this team now. India look like a well-oiled machine in the shortest format of the game. The top-order is firing. The middle order looks solid with an array of big-hitters. Apart from consistent performances from Indian spinners, pacers Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah have quashed India’s woes with the new-ball. The team boasts of some quality all-rounders.More importantly, the captain is looking relaxed, more animated on the field.What is more satisfying is his approach during the press conferences. We are not sure if anybody would dare to ask those ‘nagging’ questions on retirement to Dhoni again. Those who dare shall face the wrath of his wit.Also, he is all praise for his teammates unlike last year. “India can take on any team anywhere in the world,” said the charged-up skipper after the Asia Cup triumph.It’s warning bells for teams ahead of the World Twenty20 which is set to start next week. The No 1 T20 team looks complete. Former players, men from the opposition teams have chosen India as their favourites to lift the World T20 trophy at home.Hopefully it will end from where it all began for the Ranchi hero. Expect some fireworks from the skipper in the coming days.last_img read more

MS Dhoni hit among Rising Pune Supergiant female fans, say Ben Stokes and Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni is without a doubt a hit amongst the cricket lovers not only in India but across the world. And now, it seems, Dhoni is also very popular among the female fan of the Rising Pune Supergiant. While there’s no doubt about it, the million dollar boy Ben Stokes and top order batsman Ajinkya Rahane confirm the same to their fans. (Dhoni will become a better player post captaincy: Ganguly to India Today)After a shoddy start to the Indian Premier League this year, Pune Supergiant have bounced back with three successive victories to jump to to the fourth spot in the points table. (Dhoni remains the most destructive finisher: Fleming)Following their victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad last week, the trio answered some interactive locker-room questions for the fans. (Dhoni needs to be part of Kohli’s World Cup team: Clarke to India Today)In one of the questions, they were asked “who would you feel is the most popular Supergiant amongst the female fans?” (When Dhoni is at the crease, the game is never over: Clarke to India Today)While Stokes and Rahane had no doubts in answering that and they were quick to pick Dhoni. However, the former captain took some time in his decision-making before naming Faf du Plessis.Who would #msdhoni trust with a secret #RPSvSRH #ipl #IPL2017 #RPS #RPSvsSRH @msdhoni Gulf Oil India (@GulfOilIndia) April 22, 2017The trio was also, “which two Supergiants do you think are definitely Bollywood ‘Hero’ and ‘Villain’ material? (Dhoni doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone, says Warne)advertisementThe Englisham Stokes was quick to name the team skipper Steve Smith as a Villain and Dhoni as a Hero. Well it was evident that Smith found some hatred in India, especially after his DRS antics during the recently concluded India-Australia Test series. He was also involved in a few banters with Test captain Virat Kohli, who after the 2-1 series victory said, ‘he is no more friends with the Australian cricketers’. (Dhoni has amazing hands, Stokes warns batsmen)Rising Pune Supergiant will be up against second-placed Kolkata Knight Riders at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. While Gautam Gambhir and company would look to displace Mumbai Indians at the top of the table, Smith’s men eye third spot for the first time in their IPL career.Last season, RPS finished seventh with just five victories in 14 matches.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Video: Jim Larranaga Broke Out An Extremely Joyful Rendition Of The Whip/Nae Nae After Miami Beat Florida

first_imgJim Larranaga htis the nae nae after beating Florida.YouTube/CanesAllAccessMiami hoops is off to a fast start, sitting at 8-1 after Tuesday night’s 66-55 win over in-state rival Miami. After the game, Larranaga joined the extensive list of college coaches who have broken out The Whip/Nae Nae dance to celebrate a win.Larranaga is a full dance craze behind, so expect him to Dab at some point soon. If you’re going to be a post-game dancer, you need to be up on your fads, Jim. Really, this responsibility is on his players.last_img

Aquaculture on a Path for Growth

first_img To learn about submitting an application for a new site go to The regulations are available at tendering for equipment to help with environmental and fish health monitoring, including a submersible remote-operated vehicle establishing a committee chaired by the Nova Scotia Salmon Association to recommend a workable approach to trace escaped fish back to their origin developing policies to operationalize the lease and licence process appointing a chief aquatic animal health veterinarian participating in training for Department of Environment’s 55 conservation officers who would be responsible for enforcing new regulations. Since the training was completed, conservation officers have contacted operators to help increase awareness of the regulations working with the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association to establish criteria for accrediting aquatic animal health clinics Government is seeing the aquaculture industry respond positively to new regulations brought in a year ago with more than 50 licence renewals processed under the new rules so far. The ongoing interest in the sector and improved regulations are expected to lead to job creation across the province. Since adopting the new regulations last October, the department has posted public notice of renewals on its website at and comments have been accepted as part of the new process. Right now, Fisheries and Aquaculture is accepting new applications for leases and licences for ocean-based cultivated marine plants, certain types of shellfish and trout farming. Final evaluation of those proposals will be carried out by an independent aquaculture review board that will be appointed later this year and will hold public hearings before making its decisions. “With our robust approach to regulating aquaculture we’re creating the conditions that will allow further industry investment and increased job opportunities for our coastal and rural communities,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Industry said they needed clear, consistent rules to follow and we delivered on that a year ago with one of the best sets of regulations in the world.” Aquaculture is worth about $60 million annually to the Nova Scotia economy. It supports 600 direct jobs and contributes to seafood exports, which were worth $1.68 billion. “The aquaculture industry has been an actively engaged participant in the development of Nova Scotia’s progressive and industry-leading regulations,” said Tom Smith, executive director of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia. “We believe that with this regulatory approach we are poised to realize our full potential as an economic engine for rural and coastal communities.” Government has also provided $2 million in funding as part of its latest provincial budget to support aquaculture research looking at interactions between sites and their local environment, advanced planning for development and innovations that can support more efficient production methods. Other steps taken over the past year include:last_img read more

Mary Pratt acclaimed East Coast painter and subversive feminist dead at 83

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – For East Coast painter Mary Pratt, a master chronicler of the wonders and woes of domesticity, a pile of grapes could contain “the secrets of the universe.”Pratt had an eye for the multitudes contained within the minutiae domestic life: the fleshy moguls on an uncooked chicken leg; crimson tin foil crackling under the heft of a blood-stained fish; the seductive sheen of Jello on a silver platter.Featured in galleries across Canada, the Newfoundland-based artist won international acclaim for imbuing household artifacts with striking, if at times unsettling, realism.And in the wake of her death Tuesday at the age of 83, curators say Pratt’s still-life paintings will enshrine her singular, subversively feminist point of view in the art world and beyond.“She has changed the way that we view our lives outside the gallery space,” said Mireille Eagan, curator of contemporary art at The Rooms art gallery in Pratt’s hometown of St. John’s.“As we are preparing a meal, as we are wandering through a living room and we see light throughout a vase, we will be reminded to stop and to cherish both the sadness and the beauty of that experience.”Born Mary West in Fredericton in 1935, Pratt studied at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., under Alex Colville and Lawren Harris, the son of the famed Group of Seven Painter.She married fellow student Christopher Pratt in 1957 and moved with him to rural Newfoundland in 1963. As her husband’s reputation as an artist grew, Mary Pratt raised her growing family in between brushstrokes.As she tended her household chores, Pratt would feel an “erotic charge” of inspiration to document these daily rituals with a camera, said Eagan.Projecting the image on to a canvas, she would render the tableau with obsessive attention to light and colour, suffusing it with the joys and disappointments of being a wife and mother.In the mid-1970s, Pratt suffered the devastating loss of twins at birth, her children said in a statement. She also dealt with the turmoil of an “intense and complex marriage,” the children said, and the couple eventually split, although they reconciled later in life.“Her ultimate impact is that she showed us the beauty and the sadness of our daily lives,” Eagen said, her voice cracking with emotion. “The impact of the artwork, long after she has passed, will resonate with people because of that.”With her depictions of domesticity, Eagen said Pratt was also sending a subdued political message about the prescribed roles for women in the home and in art.Jonathan Shaughnessy, a curator at the National Gallery of Canada, said in the past, a critical bias against supposed feminine fixations meant that Pratt was not always given due recognition. But the cultural consensus has since shifted, he said, in no small part thanks to Pratt’s perseverance.“She brought these subjects into the foreground of art,” said Shaughnessy. “That’s why she should be recognized, even if it’s also the reason she hasn’t been as recognized as she could have been.”Among her litany of artistic achievements, Pratt’s children said she was most proud of being named a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1996 and her role in establishing The Rooms.In a 2015 interview, Pratt told Shaughnessy that she has received letters from homemakers who felt forgotten, but said her paintings gave them encouragement to persist with their domestic duties.“It made them feel a little more like heroes than they had thought before,” Pratt said.Everyday objects contain “many little tiny truths,” said Pratt. As her brush sculpted out cracks and crevices and found the hidden hues, she said didn’t paint her subject; she made it.Her art was not autobiographical, she said, but a way to possess “little gems of reality” forever.“I think with my work, even things that are ordinary, are not ordinary,” she said. “I think everything is complex and worthy of … a closer look.”last_img read more

Canadas supply management a flashpoint in NAFTA talks Heres why

first_imgSupply management: economists love to hate it, and Canadian farmers are loathe to give it up.The politically explosive issue emerged yet again Monday as a flashpoint in increasingly heated NAFTA renegotiation talks after the United States asked for an end to the system within the next decade.So what, exactly is supply management, and why does it stir up so much controversy?The debate has been going on since the federal government created the system in the early 1970s in response to wide swings in prices and interprovincial trade disputes as technology and other developments disrupted the agricultural markets.The complicated system sets prices and protects Canadian farmers from competition, creating stability for dairy, egg, chicken and turkey producers. But it is seen as a symbol of government overreach and distortion of the market by those opposed.Because the system blocks out foreign production from the Canadian market, it is a thorn in the side of trade negotiators as other countries look for freer access to Canada’s food markets, while Canadian politicians have shied away from any drastic changes.The federal and provincial governments use a few ways to control the market.They keep out foreign competition with high tariffs on imports, which vary by product but run as high as 300 per cent for butter.To avoid oversupply, provincial boards regulate how much farmers are allowed to produce.For example, any farmer, except very small producers, that wants to produce eggs, milk, or poultry needs to secure a government “quota,” or production allotment. Much like the medallion system that regulates the number of taxi drivers, quotas mean a farmer has the right to produce a certain amount of the product.Any new farmer has to buy in, and the rights don’t come cheap. The prices vary significantly by category and by province, some of which have capped how high the quota price can go.In 2015, the right to produce a kilogram of butterfat a day — the standard measurement for dairy quotas — sold for $42,500 in British Columbia, but for $23,000 in New Brunswick. Overall, the government says the value of all the supply management quotas issued stood at about $35 billion last year.Finally, with both foreign and domestic competition limited by the system, the government boards need to decide how much farmers will be paid for their production, since standard market forces that are supposed to set prices aren’t at work.The government sets a minimum price that processors have to pay the farmers, or a “price floor.” Critics have argued that floor is artificially high, meaning dairy and other products cost more for Canadian consumers that they might otherwise.To help determine the price, provincial boards canvas producers to figure out the costs of production and then add a margin of profit to determine how much they’re guaranteed to be paid, explained Alfons Weersink, a professor of food and agriculture economics at the University of Guelph.“The system provides a stable return, and a decent return. And that’s the hallmarks of the system,” said Weersink. “It’s not subject to volatility of other agricultural sectors, which are inherently variable; ups and downs in prices constantly.”But that artificial, government-controlled price stability goes against the basic tenants of free-market thinking, according to economists like Herbert Grubel.The senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, and professor emeritus of economics at Simon Fraser University, says the system inflates prices, with several studies showing the average household pays hundreds of dollars more because of it, and that it would be better for the market to set prices and adjust for risks.“The free market adjusts the returns that people get from certain activities by taking account of the amount of risk they take,” said Grubel.He believes the quota system adds significant costs to farmers (and therefore consumers) because they have to buy the right to produce, and take on significant debt to do so.The industry, however, disputes that there would be any savings from dismantling the system, and that other countries provide more indirect subsidies to their agriculture industries.The issue came up in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, while U.S. negotiators have demanded an end to the system as part of ongoing NAFTA negotiations.Canada did make concessions in the recently enacted Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union, allowing 16,000 tonnes of duty-free cheese plus another 1,700 tonnes for use in food processing, while leaving the system as a whole largely unchanged.There have been various proposals on how to dismantle the system, either by adding a surcharge to products to compensate farmers for their quota investments, or to gradually keep increasing the number of quotas allotted, but it won’t be a simple affair to dismantle such an entrenched program.last_img read more

UN to host seminar series aimed at combating intolerance

Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the 21 June event, which kicks off the series “Unlearning Intolerance.” The daylong programme includes numerous experts on anti-Semitism and leaders of various faith-based groups working to promote greater understanding. The UN will also host a public photo exhibition in conjunction with New York’s Center for Jewish History from 15 June to 9 July entitled “Diaspora: Homelands in Exile” by Frederic Brenner. UN officials said the next seminar, set for around January 2005, would deal with the problem of Islamaphobia. read more

Canada Pension Plan fund manager to buy HVAC equipment maker for 11

TORONTO – The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has agreed to pay $1.1 billion for the air distribution division of Tomkins, a diversified U.K.-based industrial company that the fund manager owns with Onex Corp.The division makes products used in heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems for commercial and residential buildings.“Through our joint ownership of Tomkins since 2010, we have acquired deep knowledge of the air distribution business and have built strong relationships with management,” said Andre Bourbonnais, senior vice-president of private investments at CPPIB.“With this acquisition, we will acquire directly a significant majority interest in the air distribution division, including the portion that we don’t currently own indirectly through Tomkins.”Onex (TSX:OCX) and the CPPIB acquired Tomkins in a US$5-billion deal in September 2010. Each owns a 50 per cent interest in the company.The core business at Tomkins is its Gates subsidiary, a manufacturer of power transmission belts and hydraulic hoses for the industrial and automotive aftermarket.Since the CPPIB-Onex acquisition, the company has sold five non-core businesses for total proceeds of almost $1 billion, which has been mostly used to reduce the company’s debt.“With the sale of air distribution, we’re nearing completion of our planned disposition program well ahead of schedule,” said Seth Mersky, a managing director at Toronto-based Onex.“We can now focus our efforts on building value in the core Gates business with a significantly de-levered capital structure.”The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter but other financial details of the transaction weren’t disclosed. Canada Pension Plan fund manager to buy HVAC equipment maker for $1.1 billion AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 21, 2012 10:37 am MDT read more

Sustainable cities key to implement SDGs says head of UN regional forum

Speaking at the opening of the Cities Conference, Alicia Bárcena, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) underscored that despite significant progress in reducing poverty, high degrees of socioeconomic residential segregation continues to persist in metropolises and large and small cities and towns. “Socioeconomic segregation deepens inequity and contributes to social fragmentation and the high levels of violence that characterize many cities in [the region],” she said. According to estimates, by 2030 – the timeframe to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – there could be more than 92 million additional people living in cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. The region is already the most urbanized developing region in the world. Therefore, added Ms. Bárcena, it is necessary to guarantee the right to the city as a basic requirement for achieving sustainable development. Concluding this Friday, the Cities Conference focuses on the regional implementation of the New Urban Agenda – the outcome of the Habitat III conference – to build inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities. Also at the inaugural session of the Conference, the head of ECLAC presented the Regional Action Plan for implementing the Habitat III outcome, proposing actions the countries of the region can take to ensure sustainable development of their cities and human settlements. The Regional Action Plan is centred on six action areas, which include national urban policies; urban legal frameworks; urban and territorial planning and design; financing urbanization; local implementation; and monitoring, reporting and revision mechanisms. The Cities Conference has been organized by ECLAC, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the General Assembly of Ministers and High-level Authorities of the Housing and Urban Development Sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (known by its Spanish acronym, MINURVI) in Santiago, Chile. read more

Saddleworth Moor fire Apocalyptic blaze breaks out in Yorkshire after Britains hottest

They included engines from Marsden, Huddersfield and the Kirklees area.Incident Commander Laura Boocock told the BBC it was “one of the biggest grass fires (she) has ever seen”, but it was “nothing they can’t handle”.Witness Harry Broughton tweeted: “Never seen anything like this – had a drive up as these things look terrible.”High up on the Pennines between Saddleworth and Marsden on the Manchester/Yorkshire border, but close to houses including two pubs. Hope it is contained.”Britain’s wildfires, in pictures Firefighters make their way cross the charred moorland  The huge fire in EdinburghCredit:Jane Barlow/PA Two firefighters stand by as the fire rages in the background in East SussexCredit:Solent/Eddie Howland The view of the Saddleworth Moor fire from the roadCredit:John Eccles/PA People watch the fire burn on Arthur's Seat Firefighters from across the UK have been battling a string of wildfires after Britain saw its hottest winter day on record on Tuesday.The most recent blaze was whipped up on Saddleworth Moor, which witnesses described as “apocalyptic”. Firefighters were called there just before 8pm on Tuesday after Britain enjoyed its third day of unseasonable sunshine. It continued to burn into Wednesday until firefighters eventually brought it under control around lunchtime, but it wasn’t the only wildfire to hit the UK. Dramatic photographs showed a huge fire burning on Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh as crews battled to bring around 800m of gorse under control having been alerted at 6.30pm. Earlier in the afternoon, East Sussex Fire and Rescue had to extinguish two separate wildfires. The first, just before 3pm engulfed 35 hectares in Nutley, before another broke out around a mile away in Ashdown Forest. Britain saw its hottest winter day on record on Tuesday when the mercury hit 21.2C (69.4F) in Kew Gardens, London. For the second day running we’ve broken the UK record for the warmest winter day with 20.8 °C at Porthmadog, Gwynedd— Met Office (@metoffice) February 26, 2019 Saddleworth Moor fire  The fire near Marsden could be seen for miles around as crews from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service battled to contain it through the night.Witnesses described the “terrible” scene of fire coming close to buildings high on the moorland.  West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had five fire engines and two specialist moorland firefighting units at the scene. A firefighter walks through the charred moor Firefighters make their way cross the charred moorland Credit:Chris Furlong/Getty Two firefighters stand by as the fire rages in the background in East Sussex A firefighter walks through the charred moorCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty  Fire and Rescue Service personnel from Greater Manchester and Huddersfield tackle a large wildfire on Saddleworth MoorCredit: Anthony Devlin/Getty The fire rages on Saddleworth Moor Britain’s hottest winter dayThe UK yesterday experienced its warmest winter day since records began for the second day running.Records were broken in England and Wales, as temperatures edged above 21C (69.8F) and Britons continued to enjoy a spell of unseasonably mild weather.The 21C barrier was hit at Kew Gardens in west London in late afternoon after temperatures hit 20.8C (69.4F) in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, North Wales, at 1.22pm, the Met Office said.On Monday, the thermometer reached 20.6C (68.5F) at Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, West Wales, the highest recorded in February and beating the previous record of 19.7C (67.4F) in Greenwich, south-east London, in 1998.Parts of Britain on Tuesday were hotter than a series of popular holiday destinations, beating Malibu, Athens and Barcelona. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. People watch the fire burn on Arthur’s SeatCredit:Duncan McGlynn And reaching 21C, the temperature matched that of Cairo, Buenos Aires and Delhi.  Firefighters continue to work on Saddleworth Moor overnightCredit:Jon Super/Reuters Saddleworth Moor fire Credit:Nick Lawton/PA The view of the Saddleworth Moor fire from the road Fire and Rescue Service personnel from Greater Manchester and Huddersfield tackle a large wildfire on Saddleworth Moor Firefighters tackle wildfire in Ashdown Forest Saddleworth Moor Damage caused by the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor in West YorkshireCredit:Richard McCarthy/PA Firefighters tackle wildfire in Ashdown ForestCredit:Solent/Eddie Howland The huge fire in Edinburgh  The fire rages on Saddleworth MoorCredit:Getty/Anthony Devlin The warmth follows last February’s Beast from the East, which plunged temperatures below freezing and brought heavy snowfall across the country.Cooler temperatures expected from Wednesday onwards will be “still above average” for February, Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said.Heavy showers are possible on Thursday as temperatures struggle to get above 11C (51.8F) or 12C (53.6F).Friday, March 1, will mark the first day of meteorological spring and is expected to be mostly dry before a wet weekend. Damage caused by the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor in West Yorkshire Saddleworth MoorCredit:Rich Needham/John Eccles/PA Firefighters continue to work on Saddleworth Moor overnight Mr Miall added: “The weekend doesn’t look great, it’s looking wet and windy across the country.”There’s lots of uncertainty over the details because it’s still a long way off but wet and windy seems to be the theme through many areas.”Monday’s record highs were likened to a “climate breakdown” by Green MP Caroline Lucas.Mr Miall said: “This kind of event is what climate change would expect but we can’t directly relate it to climate change.” read more

Catchup Wednesday 3 midweek longreads

first_imgSome time in the late 19th Century, the drowned body of a young woman was recovered from the River Seine. As was customary in those days, her body was put on display at the Paris mortuary, in the hope that someone would recognise and identify her. The pathologist on duty became so entranced by the face of the girl with the enigmatic half-smile that he asked a moulder to take a plaster cast of her face.2. Golden Gate tragediesAn average of 30 people take their own lives by jumping from the Golden Gate Bride every year. Liza Gross argues that this sad figure could be changed if a simple fix was put in place: bridge barriers.Slate, approximately 9 minutes reading time – 1871 words IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:1. Saving faceWho is the woman of the Seine, the 19th century female whose face is probably the most kissed in the world? Her visage is on the CPR mannequin ‘Resusci Anne’, and Jeremy Grange went on a journey to find out more about her story.BBC, approximately 8 minutes reading time, 1710 words 3. Budget woesBudget 2014 was announced yesterday – and Opinion and Insight columnist Damien Kiberd argues that the arithmetic behind the figures is “not just iffy – it’s scary”. He looks at the review of medical card holders and the ‘mathematics of imaginary numbers’, approximately 4 minutes reading time – 912 words Noonan says the economy will grow in volume terms in 2014 by 2 per cent. Maybe, maybe not. Presumably the Troika has approved this number.  The actual outcome could be better…..but it could also be a whole lot worse.Want some more longreads? Then check out Sitdown Sunday>center_img Police found his car later that night in the parking lot west of the bridge toll plaza. Because no one saw him jump, the coroner’s report made no mention of suicide, even though an investigator told me the pattern of injuries and circumstances suggested “he most likely jumped off the bridge.” What happened isn’t a mystery. The mystery is why we allowed it to happen.last_img read more

How Pokemon Go brought back mystery in the Internet Age

first_imgPokemania dominated the majority of my childhood. Everyone that I can remember obsessed over the cards, the games, the show, and, of course, the merch. But amidst the furor, there were the rumors. The “my uncle who works at Nintendo said” the “this is how you catch Pikablu,” and the “I know where to find Mew.” This hearsay ruled the playground, affording fleeting cachet to those who held privileged knowledge.Most of these tricks were false. But they were often so difficult to test and so wonky that they gained traction anyway. Plus, the few that were true were indistinguishable from the others like The Missingno. glitch (which let players make copies of rare items through a convoluted sequence of in-game actions) may be infamous today, but in 1999 telling someone to follow the very precise set of instructions needed to make it work sounded about as realistic as anything else.Trading these rumors was a vital part of what it meant to buy into Pokemania and the evolving culture around it at the time. The act of dissecting and testing theories with friends forged its own community, one built on exploration and discovery. It was like overhearing in arcades how to pull off Mortal Kombat fatalities, only the fights were cuter. After the early 2000s, though, everything changed. Pokemon struggled to maintain that same air of mystery. Now that millions of players could work together to debunk or confirm just about anything in a few days, the mystique that once drove a large chunk of the quintessentially 90s Pokemon experience died.Games like Dark Souls have built up their own fandoms around using the internet to encourage people to test out their ideas and swap theories or stories about the game’s world. But with that, there are no secrets, no undiscovered territory.Earlier this year I played an early copy of Dark Souls III for review, and even then — when just about all information was under lock — there wasn’t too much left to be discovered by the time the game officially launched.So how does Pokemon Go fit into this? Through some magic cocktail of poorly designed tutorials, server issues, artificial scarcity, and a smattering of easter eggs, nobody’s quite sure how it all works.Over the past week and a half the internet culture driving the app’s runaway virality has come up with and debunked dozens of “secrets.” One of the best examples of this is the idea that players could control how some Pokemon grow.Eevee is one of the more famous pocket monsters, known for its ability to transform into one of several forms. In the Gameboy games, you controlled this process with magical in-game stones. In Pokemon Go? People had a lot of theories, but nobody was sure until a couple of days ago. Some suggested that forcing Eevee to evolve at a certain time of day would control what it became. Others suggested it was the Pokemon’s characteristics that mattered. Nope. All wrong.All you have to do is name it after obscure, one-off characters from the old 90s television show. That’s ludicrous. No one would have thought that of all the hypotheses about how this stuff worked, it’d be the one based on an arcane reference. And that’s exactly what makes it special.Beyond weird features or tricks, Pokemon Go organized cliques and pushed them to track down and find new Pokemon together. New subreddits and Facebook groups are cropping up all over, dedicated to helping others and talking about how to succeed in this otherwise impenetrable game.And it’s for  ridiculous reasons. Pokemon Go isn’t well-designed. Rampant bugs and technical problems have helped foster some of the more prevalent rumors. For example, catching Pokemon is the main thrust of the game. To catch new Pokemon, you need to throw special balls at the creatures. If you miss, the game would show your ball rolling off into the background.During the first few days the game was out, people started tapping on the screen to pick up that missed ball. This only gained traction because the game wouldn’t update the number of Pokeballs in your inventory. After a few more days though, players caught on and realized that they’d bought into a false tip. That’s just one example of dozens, perhaps hundreds of rumors fans have swapped around, but it’s emblematic of how much false information there is about there, and how long it’s taking the tens of millions of players to suss out what’s real.For others, suggestions about where people might find the rarest Pokemon are all over. I know that in my city of Minneapolis, our Como Park Zoo is a haven for Magmar. Lake Calhoun is where you can find Dratini and a swarm of Magikarp. On their own, these aren’t much, but Pokemon Go enforces an artificial scarcity for its beasts that incentivize people to work together to figure out how to “catch ’em all.”The thing to remember is that Pokemon Go has accidentally stumbled on an incredible phenomenon, made real only through its many failings. But in so doing, it recaptured the magic of the mid-to-late 90s explosion.It’s hard to say how much longer this will continue. Every day it seems, we know a bit more about the game, and as the gap of what we don’t know starts shrinking, the sea of once unanswered questions will dry up. That, for now at least, is what’s made Pokemon Go special for so many. You’re not just playing a game, you’re participating in a once-in-a-lifetime event. Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><>last_img read more

Torino reports ready for Napoli clash

first_imgCoach Walter Mazzarri spoke before today’s match on how the team has “picked up fewer points than we deserved”In an early Italian Lega Serie A match-up, Torino will play against Napoli.And for Torino’s manager Walter Mazzarri, his team does not deserve to be in the place they are right now, but on a better spot.The Granata are in 12th place, after only one victory, two draws and one defeat in the competition.“I expect our fans to be passionate, fired up and give us a hand to put in a great performance,” said the coach in his press conference as reported by Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“So far we’ve picked up fewer points than we deserved. It angers me when we play well and don’t win the game, such as against Udinese. We dominated there for 90 minutes and were very unlucky to concede a goal.”“Napoli represent an important test for us. If we can build on the second half performances against Roma and Inter, that’d be a big step forward,” he added.“I don’t like to make comparisons. Napoli plays well and Ancelotti is one of the top Coaches in the world, not to mention a lovely person. They drew 0-0 with Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League this week, but absolutely dominated that match. If they played it again, they’d win 3-0 or 4-0.”“Marek Hamsik is playing in a new role, even if it’s the one people wanted me to use him in all those years ago, as a playmaker. Napoli is still a very strong squad and we’ll see where they end up,” he concluded.last_img read more

Reds sweating on the fitness of key duo

first_imgLiverpool are likely to be without Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League fixture at Burnley.Both players are injury concerns following Sunday’s 1-0 win against Everton in the Merseyside derby.Hence, Jurgen Klopp and his staff are considering rotation with the busy festive period fast approaching.“We have to see, but we have opportunities, options [and] we can make different line-ups. We’ll see,” Klopp told Sky.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“But Sadio got a real knock on his foot, we’ll have to see how that ends. He played a game, huh? He was so quick, unbelievable. But that’s only one thing.“Hopefully all the rest will be OK. Robbo I think has a dead leg, his hip, so in the moment we have to see.“Of course, we play in three days, that’s really hard, but tonight we don’t have to think about that. We celebrate, go home, [have a] proper sleep. Tomorrow, recovery, and then we’ll make ourselves ready for Burnley.”last_img read more

Roy Ayers Method Man Redman More To Play Crate Diggers NYC Music

first_imgNews Presented by Discogs, the “largest vinyl collector’s festival series on earth” is coming to the Bronx on July 27Rachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Apr 11, 2019 – 12:22 pm Crate Diggers NYC, presented by renowned music database Discogs, and in association with Japanese audio company Audio-Technica, has announced the official music lineup for its New York City festival on July 27 at the New York Expo Center in the Bronx.Funk icon Roy Ayers will headline the fest, with support from by Method Man & Redman, Rudimental, Smif-N-Wessun, Black Moon, Mad Skillz, Jurrasic 5’s Soup Presents: The Fullee Love Collective, and more.Entrance to the record fair is free to attend all day, and tickets for the fest cost $30 and go on sale Friday, April 12 at 10:00 am EST.  Crate Diggers NYC welcomes record sellers from around the region, as well as rare-finds and freshly pressed vinyl collectors looking to add to their stock.According to a release, Crate Diggers will offer more than “100 tables of vinyl for sale by some of New York’s most respected record dealers, some of the finest local DJs spinning wax all day, craft beer, great food and free admission from noon until close in a festival atmosphere.”Behind The Board: Get Into The Vinyl Groove With Producer/Engineer Jeff Powell Roy Ayers, Method Man & Redman & More To Play Crate Diggers NYC Music and Record Festival Email Facebook Twitter Crate Diggers NYC Music and Record Festival Lineup roy-ayers-method-man-redman-more-play-crate-diggers-nyc-music-and-record-festivallast_img read more

Scientists debunk famous legend of Mona Lisas eyes

first_img 10 Photos Comments Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.’Hello, humans’: Google’s Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet. Wacky science images from the Getty (pictures) Share your voice Sci-Tech Tags 2 The study used a ruler to help participants indicate where they thought the Mona Lisa’s gaze was directed. CITEC/ Bielefeld University There’s more mystery to the Mona Lisa than just her secret smirk. The Mona Lisa Effect is the concept that the eyes in an image are following you. It was named for Leonardo da Vinci’s famous portrait from the Renaissance, but it may need a new moniker now.Researchers at Bielefeld University in Germany took a closer look at the Mona Lisa Effect to see if Mona Lisa’s eyes actually seem to track viewers moving in front of the painting housed at the Louvre in Paris. monalisaresearchersEnlarge ImageGernot Horstmann (left) and Sebastian Loth measured the direction of the Mona Lisa’s gaze. CITEC/ Bielefeld University “People are very good at gauging whether or not they are being looked at by others,” says psychologist Gernot Horstmann, an expert on eye movement and co-author of a study on the Mona Lisa Effect published this week in the journal i-Perception.The researchers says the effect kicks in when the subject of a photograph or painting looks ahead toward the viewer. The team displayed part of the Mona Lisa’s face on a computer screen and used test subjects to measure the painting’s perceived gaze. They found that participants perceived the Mona Lisa’s gaze to be off to the right-hand side. The scientists laid out their results in no uncertain terms: “We conclude from the measurements that the lack of evidence is due to the claim being objectively false: Mona Lisa does not gaze at the viewer.” The Mona Lisa Effect has a notable role in modern technology. Study co-author Sebastian Loth researches communication with avatars. “When communicating with an avatar, for example in a virtual environment, gaze improves our understanding of the avatar,” Loth says. He says the avatar can use its gaze to point at objects or express attention. The Mona Lisa is a spectacular painting, but now we know she’d make for a lousy avatar.last_img read more

Market watch Sensex extends losses gold prices soar

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex extended its losses for the third consecutive session on Wednesday, falling by 67 points on the back of rising concerns over companies’ earnings in the September quarter.The Sensex closed at 26,779 points, down 0.25%, while the 50-share Nifty fell by 23 points, or 0.29%, to end at 8,107.”Sentiment was hit after index heavyweights like Hindustan Unilever and TCS announced quarterly results which were below street expectations,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.Investors’ worries rose after second quarter earning results from India’s second largest IT firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) missed market expectations and Infosys revised down its dollar revenue forecast for the current fiscal. While TCS posted 6.1% growth in net profit for the second quarter this fiscal year, Infosys lowered its annual sales growth forecast to 6.4-8.4% in dollar terms from a previous estimate of 7-9% despite posting a forecast-beating net profit in Q2.”TCS, the industry growth leader, has marginally missed street’s growth estimates in the past two quarters. In spite of the stock having witnessed a time correction over the past six months, its valuation remains elevated at 18x FY17 P/E. As the earnings growth is expected to lag revenue growth over the next couple of years, valuation could come under pressure,” Ambani said.IT shares came under pressure following TCS results. The TCS share plunged by over 4%, while Infosys ended 0.11% lower.Besides, weakness in global markets as a result of renewed worries over slowdown in China weighed on market sentiments.China’s inflation fell to 1.6% in September from 2% in August, indicating a reduced demand in the country and consequently, signs of a further slowdown in economic activity in the world’s second largest economy.Tata Motors closed 2.4% lower following the release of disappointing economic data in China. China is the largest market for Tata Motors’ luxury car division, Jaquar Land Rover (JLR).India’s largest automobile manufacturer, Tata Motors had reported nearly 49% drop in its net profit in the first quarter of 2015-16 due to declining sales in the world’s biggest car market, China.Among the BSE sectoral indices, IT was the top loser, while consumer durables index ended as the biggest gainer.Hindalco (up 2.8%), ACC (up 1.8%), Tata Steel (up 1.4%), HDFC (up 1.2%) and Reliance Industries (up 1%) were the top gainers among Sensex stocks. DLF (down 2.5%), Hindustan Unilever (down 1.9%) and ICICI Bank (down 1.6%) were the top losers.On the commodity front, gold prices soared by Rs 385 to Rs 27,185 per 10 grams, while silver prices rose sharply by Rs 500 to Rs 37,300 per kg.In the overseas markets, prices of the yellow metal rose to a three-and-half month high amid weakening dollar, as comments from the US central bank officials point to reduced chances of an interest rate hike in the country this year.The rupee appreciated by 15 paise to 65.04 against the US dollar supported by weakness in the greenback in the overseas markets.last_img read more