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first_imgHome to many young, promising designers, Hyderabad is fast making its mark on the fashion map. Classic saris rub shoulders with opulent Indo-Western wear even as young designers are going green with recycled materials or luring the modern fashionista with experimental and creative innovations. Join us for a tete-a-tete with,Home to many young, promising designers, Hyderabad is fast making its mark on the fashion map. Classic saris rub shoulders with opulent Indo-Western wear even as young designers are going green with recycled materials or luring the modern fashionista with experimental and creative innovations. Join us for a tete-a-tete with some of the city’s coolest, most innovative designers.Uber chic: Sagar TenaliHe launched his label, Sagar Tenali in 2006 and since then, has been on a roll. A NIFT graduate, he worked with the brand XLNC in Hyderabad, designing men’s clothing before he started his own studio in 2008.With his creations displayed in most leading studios throughout India, he’s carved a niche in the genre of western wear, club wear, resort wear and wedding trousseau. ‘Confident subtlety’ is his mantra and his latest collection titled Oh Bahamas reflects that rather stylishly. Essentially resort wear with a lot of linen jackets, chinos, ponchos and kaftans thrown in, he’s experimented with the embellishing and has used European style stones, crystals and other such adornments. “Expect to see a lot of silver, and black this season is blended with other shades,” he says. Other hot colours this season are slated to be dark emerald green, olive greens, brick red, shades of yellow, and blues like ultramarine and midnight. Layers are back. Like a kurta emerging out of a sherwani, paired with churidars.Style tip: Men can do away with the stoles and dupattas and go in for the pagdi or turban while sporting ethnic wear.advertisementUrbane hues: Asmita MarwaAsmita Marwa’s creations fuse the traditional with the contemporary, producing a chic urbane sensibility. An extensive traveller, Asmita draws inspiration from anything ranging from exotic spice markets to things lying on her desk in her studio. In 2008, she was featured among ‘Nine Designers to Look Out For’ by Vogue and now she’s already got a number of fashion weeks to her credit. Though having received no formal training in fashion, Asmita, a Psychology graduate was always interested in clothing design and has learnt designing through observation and experimenting besides her numerous travels abroad. Besides clothes, she also designs spaces and furniture as a hobby. Her label Asmita Marwa was launched in 2003 and for a few years following that, she retailed from a few stores.Her big break came in 2008 when she showcased her kalamkari collection at Lakme India Fashion Week, Mumbai. “One of the most fascinating aspects of contemporary fashion is the liberty of expressing yourself the way you like without any rigid set of style mantras,” says Asmita. Her latest collection, titled La Vi En Rose, showcased at the Blender’s Pride Fashion Tour this month is all about viewing life through rose tinted glasses even though everything around is affected by corruption, recession, violence and negativity. Her inspiration for this collection came from Woodstock and the times of the 60s and 70s that she keeps going back to.Her designs reflect a hippie chic look with a kaleidoscope of colours and prints. There are two distinct looks for this season-a boyish androgynous look and a more feminine bohemian kind of look,” she says. “Solid colours are the ‘in’ thing with a focus on deep tone shades of primary colours-burnt red, indigo, dirty mustard or military green. The last season’s obsession with purple is certainly over. The silhouettes are more structured and no-fuss. In India, a draped look still works. This translates into kaftan dresses and stuff like that.”Style tip: For evening wear, go in for a crisp white asymmetrical shirt with a pair of black leggings or pyjama pants or even palazzo trousers.Natural pizzazz: Sashikant NaiduEngineering didn’t quite agree with his more creative inclinations and Sashikant Naidu decided to follow his calling when he took up a diploma in designing at NIFT and debuted on the fashion week circuit at Lakme India Fashion Week, 2010. Listed among the top 50 upcoming designers of India in the Femina Book of Fashion 2003, he launched his label, Sashikant Naidu in the same year, but not before facing his fair share of struggles. He still thinks of himself as a struggling designer since he isn’t a cut throat businessman and can’t be one. “I like doing things my way and it’s been good so far-step by step with no overnight breakthroughs.” He started out really small in his father’s garage and not only had to work hard, but also face jibes like ‘After all you’re just a tailor!’ Inspired by Indian culture, heritage, tribes, and colours, Sashikant’s designs are subtle and classy. This season too he continues to work with ikat and kalamkari in silks apart from khadi that keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. When it comes to trends he says, “Burnt oranges, reds, deep purple, dull gold, royal blue, deep teal, primrose yellow are hot on the ramp and peach is the new neutral this season.” According to him, prints and colour blocks with structured cuts, carrying just a hint of sparkle and layering sums up the current look.Style tip: Aclassy shirt dress will always work since you can dress it down for work and up for the evening.advertisementClassy appeal: Archana RaoShe’s among the youngest of the lot and among the most promising too, going by the impressive looks in her look book. Archana Rao made a stunning debut on the fashion circuit this year, launching her label Frou Frou-a name inspired by the rustling sound of fabric-at the Gen-Next show, Lakme Fashion week, March 2012. After a bachelors degree at NIFT, Archana attended Parsons school of Design, New York and was selected to showcase her graduation collection at the prestigious Parsons Line Debut 2009 at Lord and Taylor, New York. That was followed by an internship at Kaufman Franco, New York, and after getting back to India, she started working as a menswear designer. The look for her latest collection Prologue is very androgynous. Classic masculine designs have been tweaked with a romantic, feminine twist. The structured, uniformed style of menswear has been made fluid with the use of oversized garments. “Inspired by the basic principles of line and form, silhouettes this season will be streamlined,” says Archana. Structured clothing with bold fabrics and simplistic style details are the forecast for the season.Style tip: Women should experiment with detachable collars, embellished neck pieces, oversized cuffs and metal belts.Ethnic elan: Ganesh NallariGanesh Nallari’s passion for fashion may have been a late discovery, but is certainly enriched with all that he’s done before, in line with his design philosophy of varied styles and inspirations coming together eclectically. Since art is known to show up in unexpected and often unpredictable ways, the painter, trained Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer, theatre actor, and once even a qualified dentist eventually took to dressing up the fashion conscious in the city. After having studied at Domus Academy, Milan and NIFT, he launched his label, Ganesh Nallari in 2007 that specialises in wedding trousseau for women and men. Over the last few years, he’s designed clothes for weddings, styled for several Telugu movie projects and dance productions and also finds his creative expression in theatre. “My brand celebrates the luxury of clothing, originating from the classic Indian art forms,” he explains. Ganesh finds Indian ethnic wear dominating this season in India. Apart from saris and anarkalis, which have been safe bets all through, the half-sari is becoming popular for its mix of fusion elements and diversity in style, allowing women of all ages to adapt to the new interpretation of this traditional attire with easy grace. Traditional fabrics like chanderi, kota tissues, kanchivaram and shaded Benaras georgettes are evergreen and the year 2012 celebrates color in contrasts, with warm hues like golden yellow, cadmium orange, Indian red, bright hyacinth, hot pink, light fuchsia, sea blue-green and royal ink blue dominating.Style tip: Pick the style and colour of your outfit based on your body type. Ink blue, for instance, can make you look slimmer. Larger prints on a bigger body type should be avoided. Shaded colours tend to give you a leaner look.advertisementEarthy femininity: Ishita SinghChic, elegant and comfortable-the words that best describe Ishita Singh’s sense of design. It’s the mantra she follows when dressing film stars and style divas. A NIFT graduate, Ishita has already been around for a decade in the fashion industry and her label, Anhad is all about the use of lots of colour, loads of Indian sensibility, style and simplicity. Ishita has also been designing extensively for films and her designs for actor Genelia D’Souza Deshmukh got her quite a lot of recognition. A socially conscious youngster, she happens to be the first designer in south India to have single handedly organised a fashion show to promote breast cancer awareness in Hyderabad in 2008. Talking about the trends this season she says, “A lot of bubblegum colours like pinks and oranges along with neutrals like dull grays will be in. More fitted silhouettes and sleek cuts will also be seen this season.”Style tip: Let accessories be minimal. A pair of big earrings should be good enough. Or a set of bangles in gold or silver are equally good.Clean cuts: Shravan KumarShravan’s self confessed “ramp to road” creations are a hit with wedding households and high society wardrobes alike. A NIFT graduate, he has been in the fashion industry for about 18 years now with his first breakthrough show being Design 04 at Pragati Maidan, Delhi in 2004. His re-diffusion couture with a definite love for traditional fabrics like kalamkari and namikari has earned him clients all over India and several shows; the latest being the Punjab and Kochi International Fashion Weeks. His collection showcased at the recently concluded Kochi Fashion Week has been inspired by the female matriarchal system in Kerala. While he works closely with weavers, he’s also associated with two NGOs-Passionate Foundation that works towards better education and Impact, which is associated with the treatment of cancer among children. Talking about this season, he says, “There seems to be a colour confusion of sorts, with shades from last season lingering on. So there’s a little bit of everything happening. The look, however, is a clean one with straight lines. Asymmetry is surely out. Frills and flounces are back and so are sheers, laces and net. For the future, the focus is quite certainly shifting rapidly to health fashion.”Style tip: If you’re wearing earrings, do away with the neckpiece; if it’s a statement clutch, go easy on the wrist-allow the focus to be on one eye-catching accessory.The saree soiree: Gaurang ShahHis designs are all about celebrating India and the sari. Perhaps that’s why actor Kiron Kher walked the ramp for Gaurang Shah at the Mumbai Fashion Week Winter Fest by Lakme in August this year. It was a rich collection which won him the Best Indian Designer Award for his kanjeevarams, kalamkari and zardozi saris in festive reds, yellows, pinks and oranges. At the July 2012 Berlin Fashion Week at Lavera Showfloor -Eco Designs Platform, he used a lot of whites and off-whites with splashes of colour. “I cannot work without colour. It’s how we Indians are and it’s who I am.” With no formal education in fashion or textile design, Gaurang learnt pretty much on the job, growing up among saris since his father had been running a textile business for years. Gaurang Shah was raised in Hyderabad and although his roots are in Gujarat, he draws immensely from the aesthetics of the south. Floral motifs are his all time favourite. Another signature motif is the peacock that he uses often in his creations. He believes in first understanding a weaving technique and then coming up with a design accordingly. The result-a healthy dose of texturing that his saris are enriched with. Expect to find unusual creations like a khadi Andhra sari with a pure silk border.Style tip: Choose simple, no-fuss blouses to go with your saris since the focus should remain on the sari, rather than shift to the blouse.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata’s Supa Parveen and Niraj Rao from Pune emerged winners of the first edition of India’s Asli Champion…Hai Dum! reality TV series. The grand finale of the show, which tests the physical and mental endurance of the contestants, was aired on &TV on Sunday.  Parveen and Rao outshone everyone in the final task of a triathlon — a combination of swimming, cycling and running — and won the title, read a statement from the channel. Along with a trophy, the winners won a cash prize of Rs 12.5 lakh and Mahindra TUV 300 sport utility vehicle. They also received a cash prize of Rs 50,000 from Denver. All the six finalists — Parveen, Swati Chauhan, Swati Goswami, Rao, Sanjay Negi and Abhishek Athalaye — also received Gionee mobile phones. The sporty show was high on Bollywood quotient too. The show’s host and actor Suniel Shetty performed on a medley of his 1990s hit tracks, including Haye hukku haye hukku haaye haaye and Jhanjariya, during the finale.Also read: Suniel Shetty is coming back to TV with this reality showlast_img read more

first_imgThe Indian Railways will soon employ premium coaches for luxury Tejas Express train in a bid to offer airplane-like features such as automatic sliding doors, LCD infotainment screens and Wi-Fi.The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai has completed building the first slot of revamped coaches, which will be rolled out in the upcoming days. The new development comes a few days after the launch of semi high-speed Train18.The new Tejas Express train coaches will initially be allotted to the Northern Railways, according to a Financial Express report.The first batch of new Tejas Express train coaches will be used on two routes: Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Lucknow. Other routes may be announced later by the Indian Railways.Wi-Fi, USB charging portsThe new Tejas Express train coaches will sport yellow and orange colour on the exterior while the interiors will have anti-graffiti vinyl wrapping to keep the trains clean. Inside, customers will get grey and red leather-like seats this applies to both executive and non-executive chair car coaches.The coaches will also come along with several features that are presently offered by airplanes: personalised reading lights, bio-vacuum toilets and a buzzer to call the attendants are some of them.Sandwich-glass doors with motor-operated blinds, automatic sliding doors, revamped folding snack tray, increased number of CCTV cameras and LED lighting in toilets are among the new facilities passengers can expect.The latest Tejas Express trains will also have onboard Wi-Fi service and USB charging ports with every seat. The new trains will have 18 air-conditioned non-executive coaches, 2 AC executive coaches and three power cars.advertisementThese trains will have a capacity to seat 78 passengers in the non-executive coaches while the executive chair will accommodate 56 passengers.Seat dimensions have also been adjusted to accommodate the LCD infotainment screens. Both non-executive and executive coaches will be able to access the infotainment screens.Among other things, the Indian Railways has significantly improved its customer interaction services apart from working on revamping select stations to be at par with airports.Also Read | 2 lakh towels, 81,000 bedsheets, 7,000 blankets stolen from Indian trains in a yearAlso Read | Improved Tejas Express will have CCTVs, LED TVs and WiFiAlso Watch | Pragati Express gets a makeover under Project Utkrishtlast_img read more

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on Facebook There looked like points in this fixture. The surface was pure, and the Storm was the Storm. Weren’t they? Munster threw a beautifully-weighted floating ball for Addo-Carr to notch his fourth consecutive double. Yet when Aitken notched his own double after a scything, bopping, Origin-bound try under the posts, the Dragons underlined themselves as the best team in the NRL (in May).The take-out? This was not a quality game of rugby league. In some ways it was like a grand final – scrappy, and not up to expectations. Saints had some luck, for sure. Yet such was their D-line desire that Melbourne Storm – the NRL’s foremost executors – could not execute them. The Dragons won the game on defence. Premierships are won on defence.Sure, it’s only May. But if the premiership is Mount Everest, the Dragons are ascending. Melbourne Storm – and everyone else – are limping into base camp. Reuse this content Topics Australia sport Read more Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian features … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. NRL: Dragons continue hot streak with 20-point domination of Melbourne – as it happened Rugby league Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter NRL Read more Since you’re here… Though their star halfback is a Rooster, their famous champions will turn 35 on the same day in June, and in the days of video-on-demand, it’s no real secret what they’ll bring each week, Melbourne Storm has been the testing material of this National Rugby League.Their fast guys seem faster. Their big guys seem to wrestle to more brutal effect. Storm’s all-round game, and their “shape” seems, for whatever reason, harder than their opponents’. In the physical man-dance following each aptly-named “hit”, Melbourne Storm are the masters and Cam Smith is Yoda. Sharks survive near-epic Eels comeback as injury compounds Titans NRL loss Yet, behold: your competition favourites the St George-Illawarra Dragons who brought plenty to their spiritual home, Kogarah-Jubilee, on a crackerjack May Day, and touched up the premiers. It was a chance for the Dragons to stamp their credentials in red-V ink. And they did. Big fast forwards tore in like beasts. Big fast backs ran hard at ragged edges. Little fellows scurried about on electric feet and made a heaving home crowd of 19,173 believe. We learned: if Storm is the testing material, the Saints are now of the same cloth.The match was the Saints’ acid test. It was a match to determine if the Dragons are the real deal. It was a May “grand final” between the bookies’ two outright favourites. The jury remains out. But, the Dragons brought plenty of grunt.Storm knew it. They went at the Dragons’ big units early. There’d been press about Jack de Belin, the Origin chances of Tariq Sims, how Ben Hunt is buy-of-the-year. There were old-fashioned bits early on – a little knee to the cheek, a forearm across the chops.The Dragons played up-tempo: big men hard-charging, getting up, quick play-the-balls, gifting their tricky ones options to work at back-peddling pigs. Again, not the science that launched Sputnik. But done well, at pace, it’s extremely hard to stop, as Euan Aitken was after slick work inside by James Graham (convincing decoy), Gareth Widdop (slick ball) and Hunt who threw a “flat” pass for his centre-man to run into a hole and bop over to score. /info/2015/jun/05/guardian-australia-sport-newsletter-subscribe-by-email Storm came back; you would expect nothing else. Cameron Munster fed Billy Slater, who fired a flat torpedo for Josh Addo-Carr – the Fox – who needed but a scintilla of space to scythe over out wide. Later, Slater threw a miracle overhead ball for Addo-Carr to leap in, but Storm had won a play-the-ball penalty instead. Smith was confused about the call. Rugby league will yap about it all week.From there the game became ragged, like two heavyweight boxers had lost a little lightning after the initial crisp flurries. It was scrappy, even ordinary – as if the conditions were too good. The rub of the green suited Melbourne for a period and they bombed in. But the Dragons weathered the Storm, their goal line was Rorke’s Drift repelling the Zulu impis. It would prove critical.The Storm? So many guns. Smith, Slater, Munster, Anthony Kaufusi. Ryan Hoffman’s been running edges since 2004. When Craig Bellamy talks about his relationship with Hoffman he gets teary. And yet, they were just off, the Storm. Just off like a cheese you’re not a hundred per cent sure of. It looks tasty, but… no.And so the May grand final rolled on. Three minutes to half-time the Dragons kicked a penalty. Taking the points is 2018’s new black. Widdop fired a laser beam between the big sticks. The Dragons took an eight point lead into half-time. They’d played poorly. But hadn’t suffered. Sign of a good team? You’d have to say it is. They were playing Melbourne Storm, after all.Early into the second half, Jeremy Latimore bopped Smith in the testicles and Cam McInnes burned over. Soon enough Gareth Widdop – super-smart, cool, clinical, the most-effective afield – fired torpedoes left and right, changed the point of attack and threatened plenty. He set up Tim Lafai’s game-breaking 48th minute leap-and-plant try, and the sideline conversion meant the Dragons led by 22. last_img read more

first_imgSerie A Gattuso: Cutrone goal should’ve been disallowed Sacha Pisani 08:39 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PatrickCutrone-cropped Getty Images Serie A Milan Lazio Milan v Lazio The Rossoneri head coach was honest when asked about the legitimacy of the young striker’s 15th-minute opener on Sunday Gennaro Gattuso admitted Patrick Cutrone’s opener for AC Milan should have been disallowed in Sunday’s win over Lazio.Cutrone opened the scoring with a glancing effort, much to the frustration of Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi, as Milan triumphed 2-1 at San Siro.Inzaghi said it was “incredible” Cutrone’s goal was allowed to stand after replays showed the ball went in off his arm from Hakan Calhanoglu’s cross. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I’ll be honest, I thought it was a header at first glance. Seeing it again from that angle, it was a goal that should’ve been disallowed,” Milan head coach Gattuso told Mediaset Premium.”Having said that, it’s reductive to talk only about one incident. There were many chances and we rode our luck at times.”Adam Marusic equalised five minutes later before Giacomo Bonaventura restored the home side’s lead on the stroke of half-time.That header proved decisive as Milan extended their winning streak in Serie A to three matches.”We are happy, as we took on a great team,” said Gattuso. “I thank the lads for today’s wonderful performance.”I don’t like this constant talk of every game being a turning point for Milan. We have to take it one game at a time, no matter the situation.”The club spent a lot of money to invest in this squad, there were some difficulties, but now we are in good shape psychologically.”Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci added: “We have to keep our feet on the ground. We won, which is our duty. We played very well in the first half both offensively and defensively.”In the second spell, instead, we conceded more to our opponents. The coach has managed to enhance our group cohesion and now we all fight for each other. It’s great to be part of this team.”last_img read more

first_imgInternazionale Spalletti: Inter are in a fragile moment Dom Farrell 13:35 2/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Daniel Bessa Eder Genoa Inter Milan Serie A MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images Internazionale Genoa v Internazionale Genoa Serie A Defeat at Genoa marked the latest blow against the Serie A side’s Champions League ambitions and their manager has pointed to low confidence Andrea Ranocchia’s bizarre own goal knocked the wind out of Inter in their lacklustre 2-0 Serie A loss at Genoa, according to head coach Luciano Spalletti.The match at Stadio Luigi Ferraris was goalless until the final attack of the first half, when Milan Skriniar’s clearance struck centre-back partner Ranocchia and flew into the Inter net on Saturday.Goran Pandev scored against his former club in the 59th minute and an Inter side lacking injured duo Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic were devoid of attacking inspiration for the most part. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It was a game in the balance and in the first half the best chances came to us, but when you happen to have such an episode as the one just before the interval, in a period like this, it is not easy to regain confidence,” Spalletti told a post-match news conference.”However, we came back from the locker room to try to play the game and stay in their midfield.”But we needed more balance. We could not handle the ball with the quality we should have. The lack of tranquility caused everything to turn against us.”Inter still have only one win in 2018 and will drop out of the top four in Serie A if Lazio beat Verona on Monday.Spalletti acknowledged a drain on their confidence.”The team did not make a bad performance, we had to stay in the game and then wait for the right moment to take the lead,” he added.”We are in a fragile moment, we have to grow from time to time. It is not easy to turn things around suddenly.”We are trying to work to do something different and I think we are going in the right direction.”It would have been useful to consolidate these changes but we cannot reject the choices made. They were not decisive in the defeat.”Inter will get a chance to turn things around with a Serie A clash against bottom side Benevento next Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgWatch: Noise and good wishes galore as Virat Kohli and Co. take off for EnglandA bunch of bystanders at Mumbai international airport on wee hours of Wednesday morning suddenly turned into a thousand on the realization that it was Virat Kohli and Co. taking off for England to attempt another shot at the coveted crownadvertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 10:54 IST Team India departed for England to play the 2019 World Cup (Twitter: @imro45)HIGHLIGHTSTeam India left for the 2019 World Cup on Wednesday morningA large crowd gathered and cheered for their favourite stars at the Mumbai airportIndia start their World Cup cmapaign against South Africa on June 5IPL crowds throng cricket stadiums but that fervour pales in comparison to the nationalistic emotion a World Cup campaigns generate. This was quite evident when a bunch of bystanders at Mumbai international airport on wee hours of Wednesday morning suddenly turned into a thousand on the realization that it was Virat and co taking off for England to attempt another shot at the coveted crown.There were so many mobile cameras scrambling for pictures; the assembled crowd made a noise loud enough to match a stadium feel of a bus stand.Earlier the Indian touring party smartly dressed in official team blazers left together in the team bus as per protocol, even though only a five-minute road distance separated team hotel and the airport.Captain Virat having mastered the art of avoiding eye contact with the crowd, marched away in the team bus even as the ‘Chak de India’ number play loud in the backdrop. “How’s the Josh? asked the crowd. Should be High’ given the kind of rapport, captain and coach enjoy. Head coach Ravi Shastri had earlier in his pre-departure press talk, spoken about the need for ‘not playing a World Cup match any differently’.Jokes and giggles continued as the usual late-entry suspects trickled into the team bus. Shikhar Dhawan knows all about scoring big runs in an ICC tournament but still hasn’t perfected the art of tying his tie. Fielding coach R Sridhar helping him with the knots.Sakshi Dhoni was present in person to see off her husband as he took off for what will be his fourth World Cup campaign. Players’ families will only be joining the team, twenty days after reaching the UK as per policy laid out by BCCI.advertisementEarlier in the afternoon, captain Virat Kohli was the cynosure of all eyes when he arrived in his Bentley at the BCCI headquarters. Virat also had time to seek blessings of his childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma when he followed his press talk with a quick chat with the coach at the Wankhede stadium premises. He predicted the upcoming World Cup to be ‘the most challenging’ of his career.With the aid of their twelfth man like the noisy Bharat Army bunch who had assembled at the airport late in the night, to cheer them off, Virat’s men, to start with stand with a very good chance to make England – a home away from home.Also Read | Team India’s PUBG love on full show as Virat Kohli and Co. leave for 2019 World CupAlso Read | World Cup 2019: No room for complacency, says Virat Kohli ahead of team departureFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow MS Dhonilast_img read more

first_imgzoom The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) criticized the alleged use of Peruvian Navy troops as strikebreakers in the pay of APM Terminals at a meeting of International Labour Organization in Geneva.The ITF publicised what they described as ”the deteriorating situation in Peru’s port of Callao, where Netherlands-based APMT is paying for military forces to break a legally-ballotted strike by members of the ITF-affiliated SUTRAMPORPC union many of whom have now have received letters demanding they return to work or be sacked.”ITF president Paddy Crumlin said: ‘Things are going from bad to worse, with these threatened sackings and the use of navy sailors as strikebreaking mercenaries. Those kind of tactics would be unthinkable in APMT’s home country of the Netherlands, not to mention Denmark, home of its parent, the Maersk Group.”Crumlin said that the agreement is close, with the main sticking point being the fact that the workers are denied the medical benefits offered to administrative port staff, ”despite the risk of injury and exposure to hazardous substances involved in their work.””The strikebreaking began with seafarers being pressured into loading/unloading – something for which they are dangerously untrained and which is actually illegal under Peruvian law,” Crumlin said.”The ITF drew the risks to the attention of ship operators and seafarers and that particular tactic stopped. But it’s now been replaced by the rather shameful hiring of the armed forces to undermine their countrymen’s right to strike. This is what we raised at the Committee on the Application of Standards at the ILO, and we will not rule out formal complaint against the Republic of Peru to the ILO itself.”Peru’s Association of Exporters (ADEX) this week reported that Peru loses over USD 5 million a day due to the strike at Callao.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned the police on Wednesday against harassing drivers and transporters on highways. She was addressing the administrative review meeting in east Midnapore.During the meeting, Banerjee said she had received several complaints against police for harassing drivers. “The drivers may commit mistakes but cases are given against them arbitrarily. The civic volunteers on duty are sent to collect money by the police. I am not going to tolerate this. I have asked Anuj Sharma, Commissioner of Kolkata Police, to take action. I also request Virendra ji to look into the matter seriously,” she said, adding that more CCTV cameras will be installed on highways and those involved in the matter will not be spared. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Buses carrying tourists to Digha are stopped by police to check papers. This is their duty but then cases are given against the driver if they fail to give money. What is this? This will not be tolerated,” Banerjee added. Meanwhile, she instructed the administration not to allow hawkers on Digha beach. “We are constructing a 7 km pathway and no hawkers will be allowed there. They will be rehabilitated elsewhere. We want to keep the pathway free from encroachment,” she said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBanerjee also asked the officials to expedite construction of the Jagannath temple in Digha. “Get hold of the best masons who are expert in constructing temples. Once it is constructed the people visiting Digha will be visiting the temple and the place will be developed as a centre of religious tourism,” she said. She added that Digha will come up as an international tourism centre. “People go to Goa to enjoy the sea. Digha will come up as a major tourist spot. All modern facilities will be set up to attract visitors. The state government has proposed to introduce seaplane facility in Digha as well,” she maintained. The state government is also set to bring up a museum at Pichabori, an important place in the freedom movement of India. “Undivided Midnapore had played a major role in the Indian freedom movement. We will set up a museum and a monument to pay respect to the freedom fighters,” she said. She said the state government has also proposed to install blue plaques on important buildings which had been visited by great people. She added that the state government is going to set up a university at Mahishadal, which will be named after Mahatma Gandhi to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary. She inaugurated 74 projects including laying the foundation stone of some, worth Rs 400 crore. Among these, she laid the foundation stone of a state-of-the-art fish market with storage facility of sea fishes at Mohona in Digha. The Chief Minister instructed the district administration to look after the export of betel nuts, flowers and cashew nuts, for which East Midnapore is famous. Ramnagar I and II, Contai I and II and Khejuri blocks are famous for betel nut, whose export is going up. She also asked the district administration to rehabilitate the flower sellers at Deulia bazaar.last_img read more

first_imgFederal wildfire researchers say most regions in Canada could be facing a long, hot, fiery summer.Wildfire starts and the amount of land burned were below average for the first few weeks of the season, but dry weather is turning things around, said Richard Carr, a fire research analyst with Natural Resources Canada.“We’ve had a long, lingering winter and a bit of a slow start to the fire season, but the numbers are higher than the same time last year.”Across the country, wildfire starts have been above average since the end of April. On the national fire danger map, the risk in almost all of the three most westerly provinces is rated at least high. Saskatchewan shows as almost entirely extreme.Two provinces have already had their first evacuations of the year. About 40 people in Crutwell, Sask., have had to flee their homes at least twice. Seven families in Lac du Bonnet, Man., also had to leave.Manitoba has counted 119 fires so far. Last year at this time, the figure was 27 and the year before that it was 58.Nationally, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre says Canada is about 100 fires ahead of the 10-year average for early May.Although some parts of the country are flooding, much of the forested area remains dry, said Carr.“It’s pretty dry across that whole stretch, right from British Columbia to western Ontario.”Ontario has banned open fires in its northwest and Alberta has posted bans in many parks and municipalities. A ban in Saskatchewan covers Crown land in provincial parks, except in the Cypress Hills.The Alberta government produces a map that displays how dry forests are. Almost the entire forested region of the province rates at least 89 out of 100.More worrisome are Environment Canada’s weather predictions for the summer. Although precipitation is difficult to predict and some rainy relief is expected by July, Carr said the data suggests it will mostly be hot and dry.“There’s still a fair amount of Canada that’s showing drier than normal conditions,” he said.“If we get rain during that time, we might go into a lull and have a normal summer. But if it stays dry — and it looks like there’s a chance that it might — we might be a busier season.“A number of models are predicting a warm summer across North America. That’s really increased.”Canada has about 8,000 wildfires every year that burn an average 21,000 square kilometres of forest. The amount burned varies widely from year to year, but federal statistics suggest that figure has been rising for the last several years.Scientists theorize that increased wildfires will be one of the main effects of climate change as hotter weather and less predictable precipitation creates more volatile forests.Fire conditions are tough to predict. Heavy rains, lightning strikes or gusting winds can change everything.But Carr said conditions are lining up for a difficult summer.“It is picking up pace now.”— Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

Rabat – An Algerian journalist was arrested by police on Sunday during a demonstration in the city of Nador over suspicion of inciting local residents to protest.Djamel Alilat, a journalist working for the Algerian French-language daily El Watan, known for its anti-Morocco stances, was filming and taking pictures of the protest held in support for the demonstrations in Al Hoceima.According to Moroccan media, the journalist faces deportation. During the protest, police confiscated a digital camera which the Algerian journalist was using to film the demonstration. A police source said the journalist could not provide any official documents from the Moroccan Ministry of Communication giving him authorization to do any professional news coverage.The same source added that the journalist was placed under custody for investigation to determine the nature of his connection with the ongoing protests in some parts of the Rif.Early investigations revealed Alilat had been staying in a house that belonged to one of an activist in the protest, leading some to speculate that the journalist might be suspected of spying. read more

Rabat – In an excerpt of an interview with Moroccan news outlet Hespress, Bashir al-Dakhil, one of the founders of the Polisario Front said that Sahrawis in the southern provinces are benefiting from the ongoing Western Sahara conflict.Al-Dakhil told Hespress that some officials, including parliamentarians and their relatives “take advantage” of the Sahara conflict with the separatist group, “given the privileges they enjoy and the wealth they have been receiving since the establishment of this separatist front in the 1970s.”According to the founder of Polisario Front, the principles of accountability and responsibility, which King Mohammed VI stresses as essential to the constitution in all his speeches, “ha[ve] not yet reached the Moroccan Sahara.” Referring to another recent publication by Hespress about regional communities in Morocco’s southern provinces, Al-Dakhil said that there are several “fake counties in the region, which are draining the money of the Sahara in the Boujdour province, an area in the economic region of Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra.“The southern provinces suffer from many issues related to governance due to the complete control over the decisions by the officials, without a participatory approach that would engage the population with proposals to solve the issues of concern” in the region, said Al-Dakhil.In the interview, Al-Dakhil also criticized government subsidies to the Sahara, calling for authorities to defend the territorial integrity of the Kingdom with conviction, not benefits.The founder of the separatist movement criticized the lack of involvement of the Sahrawi population in defending the issues that the region faces.Al-Dakhil, however, described Morocco’s strategy to involve the regional presidents–Sidi Hamdi Ould Errachid of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region and Yajna Khattat of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region–in the meeting held with the UNSG Personal Envoy of Horst Kohler as a “positive step to overcome the diplomatic loopholes that led Morocco to face many disappointments.”Al-Dakhil also discussed the ongoing “war” initiated by the separatist group to challenge Morocco’s legitimacy in Sahara, after failing in its political and legal process at the international level.Speaking about Algeria and its motives for supporting the separatist group, Al-Dakhil said that “Algeria does not want the independence of the Sahara.” Al-Dakhil also quoted former Algerian president, Houari Boumediene, who once said, “We will make the Sahara issue a stone in Moroccan shoes.”Algeria has been a long-time supporter of the Polisario Front and its claim over the Sahara, reiterating their support for the separatist front, which has demanded the right to self-determination and independence since its formation in the 1970s read more

Drowsy bus driver enters ditch

Drowsiness may have been a factor after a school bus entered a ditch near Delhi last week.The matter was brought to the attention of the Norfolk OPP around 4:15 p.m. last Thursday. The empty school bus entered a ditch off Swimming Pool Road.No injuries were reported and there was no damage to the bus. The driver of the bus mentioned to police that they were tired.“Most people recognize the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs,” Insp. Joe Varga, chief of the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“However, many do not realize that driving while drowsy can be just as fatal. Sleepiness not only slows reaction time, it decreases awareness, impairs judgement and increases the driver’s risk of crashing.”Coin collection, cash stolen in DelhiA coin collection plus $1,000 in cash were reported stolen from a home in Delhi last week.The theft on Crescent Avenue was reported to police around 1:50 p.m. Thursday.Norfolk OPP are interested in hearing from anyone who noticed suspicious activity on Crescent Avenue last Thursday afternoon. Information can be shared at 1-888-310-1122.Information can also be passed along to Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk. The number to dial is 1-800-222-8477. Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.Suspended driver pinched near DelhiAutomated licence-plate reading technology helped police pull a suspended driver off the road near Delhi.An officer with the Norfolk OPP was patrolling Highway 3 near Delhi when the device issued an alert for a problematic licence plate.The officer conducted a pull-over and discovered that the 27-year-old Norfolk man behind the wheel was under suspension.The pull-over occurred around 9:40 p.m. Thursday. The driver was charged accordingly and has a date to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe at a later date.Copper cable stolen in WindhamAn undisclosed amount of copper cable was stolen from a shed in the north end of Norfolk County last week.The theft occurred on Windham Road 2 in the early morning hours of Thursday. It was brought to the attention of Norfolk OPP around 7:45 a.m. Thursday.Norfolk OPP are investigating. read more

Big day in Colorado theatre shooting case: Judge accepts insanity plea, orders mental exam by Dan Elliott, The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2013 2:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CENTENNIAL, Colo. – A judge accepted James Holmes’ long-awaited plea of not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday and ordered him to undergo a mental evaluation — an examination that could be a decisive factor in whether the Colorado theatre shooting suspect is convicted and sentenced to die.The judge also granted prosecutors access to a hotly contested notebook that Holmes sent to a psychiatrist shortly before the July 20 rampage, which left 12 people dead and 70 injured in a bloody, bullet-riddled movie theatre in suburban Denver.Taken together, the three developments marked a major step forward in the 10-month-old case, which at times has inched along through thickets of legal arguments or veered off on tangents.Holmes faces more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.He will now be examined by the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, but it’s not certain when the evaluation will begin or how long it will take. Hospital officials have said that before they meet with Holmes, they want to review evidence in the case, which prosecutors said totals nearly 40,000 pages.Judge Carlos Samour Jr. set a tentative date of Aug. 2 for the exam to be complete but said he would push that back if hospital officials request more time. Samour indicated he still hopes to begin Holmes’ trial in February.Holmes, 25, shuffled into court with his wrists and ankles shackled, wearing a long, bushy beard and dark, curly hair that was slicked back.Samour read Holmes a five-page list of consequences of the insanity plea and asked if he had any questions.“No,” Holmes answered in a clear, firm voice. It was only the second time since his arrest that he has spoken in court, other than occasional whispered exchanges with his attorneys.The findings of the mental evaluation will become evidence in Homes’ trial, but they are not the final word on whether he was legally insane at the time of the shootings. The jurors will determine that.If their verdict is not guilty by reason of insanity, Holmes would be committed to the Mental Health Institute indefinitely. He could theoretically be released one day if doctors determine his sanity has been restored, but that is considered unlikely.If their verdict is guilty, jurors would then decide whether Holmes will be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.Colorado law defines insanity as the inability to distinguish right from wrong caused by a diseased or defective mind.Marcus Weaver, who was wounded and lost his friend Rebecca Wingo in the shooting, doesn’t believe Holmes is insane but is grateful the case is moving forward.“As we’ve seen evidence and seen the case unfold, it’s become more evident that Mr. Holmes did what he did, and it had nothing to do with his mental state,” he said.The insanity plea is widely seen as Holmes’ best chance of avoiding execution, but his lawyers delayed it for weeks, saying Colorado’s laws on the insanity plea and the death penalty could work in combination to violate his constitutional rights.The judge overruled their objections last week, but on Tuesday he conceded one point: Neither Holmes nor his lawyers had to sign a statement or say in court that they understood the five-page list of consequences of the insanity plea.Samour originally planned to require Holmes and the defence to acknowledge they understood those consequences before he accepted the plea. But Samour said Tuesday he had determined that wasn’t required by law.Holmes needed Samour’s approval to enter the insanity plea because a judge had entered a standard not guilty plea on Holmes’ behalf in March.Prosecutors first sought access to the notebook when its existence was made public days after the shooting. Holmes had mailed it to Dr. Lynn Fenton, a University of Colorado, Denver psychiatrist who had treated Holmes. Holmes had been a graduate student in neuroscience at the university.The notebook’s contents have never been officially made public, but media reports have said it contains drawings depicting violence.The defence argued the notebook was protected by doctor-patient privilege. But Samour ruled Tuesday that under Colorado law, Holmes waived that privilege when he entered the insanity plea.Prosecutors said Tuesday that in addition to reviewing the contents of the notebook, they would ask police to do unspecified “additional processing” of it.Court officials also released nearly 100 pretrial motions Tuesday, most of them from the defence.One signalled that Holmes will seek a change of venue because of pretrial publicity. Others challenged the admissibility of ballistics, handwriting and mountains of other evidence and demanded that prosecutors hand over as many as 2,000 pieces of physical evidence.Holmes’ lawyers appear to be trying to humanize their client, who made his first court appearances with a mop of dyed orange hair. They filed motions asking that he be allowed to appear before jurors in civilian clothes, instead of a jail uniform, and without shackles. They also asked that authorities ratchet back courthouse security, including armed guards on the roof.Defence lawyers want Holmes’ parents to be allowed to witness the entire trial in support of their son and not be sequestered like other possible witnesses.___Associated Press writer Nicholas Riccardi contributed to this report.___Follow Dan Elliott at read more

Rogers reports 35% surge in profits in second quarter, beating analyst estimates TORONTO – Rogers Communications reported a 35 per cent increase in second-quarter net income on Thursday, beating analyst estimates with an especially strong performance from its key wireless division.It’s the first financial report issued by the Toronto-based telecommunications and media company (TSX:RCI.B) on Joe Natale’s watch since he became its CEO in April.Natale is a former CEO of Telus (TSX:T), where he had a reputation of building customer satisfaction and reducing wireless subscriber turnover — factors that some analysts have said would be critical to his success.He said his new team at Rogers has delivered strong results in its wireless division, but added there’s always room for improvement.“The focus on customer experience and loyalty is one that requires the whole organization to play,” Natale said in a conference call.“That takes time. That’s not something that’s going to happen overnight but it’s fundamentally important.”For the wireless division, churn for contract subscribers improved to 1.05 per cent from 1.14 per cent a year earlier while average monthly post-paid revenue increased to $124.31 — up from $116.06.Rogers also reported 93,000 net additions to contract wireless subscribers, above some analyst estimates.During the call, one analyst asked whether Natale expected to divest any of the company’s non-core businesses.“Right now, we’re happy with the mix of assets we have across the business,” Natale replied.But he added that “we’re perpetually unhappy with our results in any part of our business. That’s sort of a state of mind.“In the fullness of time, we’ll continue to look at some of our holdings and, if there are better ways of surfacing value, we’ll certainly consider them.”Some analysts said they thought the Rogers media division, which includes the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, the Sportsnet specialty cable channels as well as print, digital and broadcast operations performed well.Several analysts also noted though that Rogers Cable had slightly weaker subscriber growth during the quarter than expected.Overall net income was $531 million or $1.03 per share, while adjusted profit was $1 per share. That’s up from $394 million or 77 cents per share of net income and 83 cents per share of adjusted income in last year’s second quarter.Analysts had estimated Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) would have 90 cents per share of net income, or 93 cents per share after adjustments, according to Thomson Reuters.Revenue was $3.59 billion — up four per cent from last year’s second quarter and within analyst estimates. by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 20, 2017 5:39 am MDT Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Fighting has broken out close to the provincial capital of Goma between Congolese Government forces (FARDC) and the armed group known as the M23 movement after a two-month lull. This has led to displacement among the civilian population, including preventive displacement, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “With a deteriorating situation in Masisi – to the north-west of Goma – a steady stream of about 600 people a week has been crossing into Uganda’s Kisoro district,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. “More skirmishes are likely and we fear that they could trigger a bigger exodus.” The agency has sent plastic sheeting for shelter construction, plates and cups, and temporary latrine kits as well as soap for the new arrivals, and provided fuel for transfers to the transit centre. On Monday, UNHCR sent an additional emergency shipment of tents, plastic rolls, blankets, sleeping mats and fuel. Other items such as larger tents for office use as well as plastic tables and chairs are also being arranged. Partner UN agencies are also providing food and water. Separately, tens of thousands of refugees have fled into western Uganda after the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel group, captured the North Kivu town of Kamango. The Uganda Red Cross has so far registered more than 66,000 refugees in the country’s Bundibugyo district. “Together with our partners, we have completed joint assessment missions and begun moving emergency food and non-food aid to the area. The refugees are living in any space available, including schools, with host families and even in gardens,” said Mr. Edwards. Even before the arrival of the newest refugees, Uganda was already home to more than 210,000 registered refugees and asylum-seekers, more than 60 per cent of whom came from the DRC. read more

Son & FatherIn 14 NBA seasons, Jimmy Jackson played for 12 teams. His movement mostly was more about other teams wanting him than teams not wanting him. After all that basketball, though, it was Traevon Jackson’s mom who introduced their son to the game.It was not that Jimmy Jackson did not want his kid on the court. It was that he did not know Traevon existed until he was seven. By then, the boy’s mom, Tammy Winston, was practically mortified when she saw him play basketball.“He was terrible when he first started,” Winston said to The New York Times. “He had no grace. He was just real physical and rough and clumsy.”That could have been because he had been playing football. But the son met his father, developed a relationship, worked hard on his game, and is the point guard on No. 1-seed Wisconsin, which will vie for a Final Four spot tomorrow.But it has not been an easy road. Winston, who played high school basketball, attempted to help her struggling son through pointers and verbal attacks.“She’d always give me little pointers, especially at the free-throw line,” Jackson said. “She’d say, ‘You’re missing them because you aren’t bending your knees.’ I’d be like, ‘C’mon, Mom.’ ”People would chant “Your dad was better” to the young man, almost breaking his spirit.“The negativity would manifest itself to the point where honestly I didn’t even want to play,” Jackson said last year. “I questioned it a lot. I questioned it because I got to a point where I didn’t love the game anymore. I felt like it was more of a job.”That was growing up. At Wisconsin last year, Jackson said he poorly handled some personal situations. “I had a lot of off-the-court stuff,” Jackson said to Fox Sports. “In my mind, I was a good guy. The typical good guy. I would do the right things. But I had a lot of flaws that personally I had to deal with. Whether it be going out, drinking or other things. It was a lot of stuff that I had that wasn’t good. It was my outlook. Instead of it being like a casual thing, it was my outlet thing.”But Jackson seemingly has fought through and is one of the leaders of the team with the best chance to challenge Kentucky for the National Championship. His game is not like his dad’s. Traevon is more of a floor general who can hit the open shot. And he’s a lefty.Jimmy Jackson was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the fourth pick of the NBA Draft six months before his son was born. He had been a versatile star at Ohio State, where he used size and skill to become one of the nation’s best players.He learned about his son seven years after the draft, and they built a bond. The son joined the father on the road during school holidays and stayed with him in the summers. That passion for football faded to a love for basketball.Fourteen years later, Traevon Jackson has blossomed, but still hears the “Your dad was better” chants from opposing teams. His mom heard them, too.“I’d hear things like: ‘His father was so much better. He’s nothing,’ ” she said to The Times. “There was even a cheer in high school, ‘Your dad was better.’ I would hurt for him because he could never be just Traevon Jackson. He was Jim Jackson’s son.”Traevon Jackson did not let the detractors win. He worked hard and then harder and earned his way to Wisconsin’s starting point guard spot. He broke his foot about six weeks ago and made his return in the Badgers’ 79-72 victory over North Carolina. He played only five minutes, but should be able to log more tomorrow.Jackson said he was not concerned about recovering from his injury because he had overcome so much more. And he reverted to the spiritual upbringing his mom instilled in him.“I honestly had a peace about me,” he said. “I’ve really just been able to surrender everything to God, trust in Him and His plan.” read more

St. Olave’s has abandoned the practice of withdrawing Year 13 place offers from Year 12 pupils who achieved worse than three Bs at AS-LevelCredit: Gareth Fuller/ PA An investigation into the school, which was judged Outstanding by Ofsted in 2014, found its safeguarding policy was in place and implemented.However, investigators found “issues of wellbeing, mental health and emotional abuse” including an “adverse effect” on the wellbeing of less academic pupils caused by a “constant emphasis” on getting A* grades and reading medicine at Oxbridge. 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. St. Olave's has abandoned the practice of withdrawing Year 13 place offers from Year 12 pupils who achieved worse than three Bs at AS-Level The school was heavily criticised in the council report The School Chaplain told how more than 30 pupils in two years had sought a confidential conversation to discuss how the pressure was affecting them, and several “felt like failures” when predicted even A*AA grades, rather than straight A*s. The Orpington school was heavily criticised in the council reportCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA A “superhead” of an ultra-selective London grammar school left sixth-formers feeling suicidal and staff feeling bullied with a “constant emphasis” on perfect exam grades, a report has found.Aydin Önaç’s focus on his pupils at St Olave’ Grammar School in Orpington achieving A* grades and Oxbridge admissions left one student feeling he “might as well kill himself” after his offer of a place in Year 13 was withdrawn when he missed the three-Bs target in Year 12 exams.A report by Bromley Borough Council has concluded that 66-year-old Mr Önaç, who resigned from his £200,000-a-year post last year, was wrong to enforce the policy, which it says has left some children “medically diagnosed at risk of suicide”.Pupils received the news in a school office with no adult present and emerged “deeply distressed”. One staff member overheard a student say he was so fearful of telling his parents he had to leave “he might as well kill himself”, and another student saying “they just want to be rid of me, they just want me gone.” After a legal challenge from parents, the local authority confirmed it was illegal to exclude pupils on non-disciplinary grounds and the school has abandoned the practice.The report also criticised the school for refusing staff funds for essentials and requesting donations from parents despite sitting on £2m in reserves.St Olave’s has promised to judge future performance against a broader range of criteria. read more

first_imgOn July 10, Phelps Dodge received the air quality permit needed for its new copper-mining operation to be constructed near Safford, Arizona, USA. Issuance of the permit came from the Air Quality Division of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. Obtaining the permit allows Phelps Dodge to initiate construction of the mine. The company has been conducting allowable site preparation activity for several months. Formal construction will begin in early August. The first major construction milestone, the pouring of concrete for a secondary crusher, is scheduled to take place in late August. Plans are for the mine to be in full production in the second half of 2008. The construction budget for Safford is approximately $550 million. Full production is projected to be some 109,000 t/y of copper. Phelps Dodge estimates the new mine will employ up to 1,000 construction workers at peak construction, about 400 full-time workers and an additional 100 contract workers. Projections are that the mine also will create approximately 250 to 300 additional indirect jobs in surrounding communitieslast_img read more

first_imgEver since Minority Report was released people have been asking and comparing future user interfaces to that used by Tom Cruise in the movie. Only last year John Underkoffler gave a TED talk demonstrating the gesture interface we’d all be using in 5 years. Now, a few months later, Texas Instruments is offering it up to manufacturers as part of its new OMAP 5 platform on mobile devices.OMAP 5 uses two multicore ARM Cortex-A15 processors running up to 2GHz each. As it’s a platform TI include both 3D and 2D graphics engines, and boasts of a 5x increase in graphics performance over existing mobile handsets.AdChoices广告TI want OMAP 5 used for HD, stereoscopic 3D imaging and video, augmented reality, and 3D graphics output. But there’s also support for proximity sensors and interactive projection. Brought together in a mobile device that means HD quality projector output you can interact with in mid-air with gestures. In other words: a Minority Report-style interface on the go as the video below hints at:Compared to the previous OMAP 4 platform TI has made some major improvements in every area. At the same time the transition from OMAP 4 to 5 is meant to be pretty painless allowing current projects using OMAP 4 to easily transition.Here’s a breakdown of the advantages and additional features of OMAP 5 over the previous generation platform:It’s unlikely we’ll see such an interface offered soon on a mobile device. Texas Instruments is making samples available in the second half of this year and expects products using OMAP 5 to hit the market in the second half of 2012.Read more at Texas Instruments, via ITProPortalMatthew’s OpinionThe touchscreen displays we carry with us can only get so big before the unit itself won’t fit in our pockets, or the battery drain is too much to make it feasible to go bigger. Switching to projector output makes sense if we can get the resolution high enough and make gesture inputs (or touchscreen on any surface) work well.OMAP 5 looks to be a big step towards offering that. Any transition needs something impressive to draw users to it, and HD graphics on a scale much bigger than a smartphone will surely do that, especially if we can interact with them.All we need now is smartphone manufacturers to embrace it and put a projection unit and OMAP chip inside a handset. Who will jump first?last_img read more