Houses of MLA, ex-MLA, both Dalits, set afire in Rajasthan; death toll rises to 11

first_imgFresh violence broke out in Rajasthan on Tuesday as a 5,000-strong mob set ablaze the houses of a sitting and a former MLA, both Dalits, even as the death toll from Monday’s nationwide stir by Dalit groups rose to 11, with two more persons succumbing to their injuries in Madhya Pradesh.While the Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to stay its recent order on the SC/ST Act, which had triggered the bandh call by Dalit organisations that alleged the move diluted their constitutional rights, the government maintained that it was not responsible for any dilution and that it was fully committed to protecting the interests of the backward communities.Life was thrown out of gear in more than 10 States, most of them BJP-ruled, with widespread violence during the protests called by Dalit organisations on Monday with poll-bound Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan bearing the maximum brunt.Counter-violenceCounter-protests were reported on Tuesday from Rajasthan, where traders’ groups and members of other castes hit the streets over the damage caused on Monday.In Alwar district, where a man was killed on Monday, people staged a sit-in, refusing to cremate the body of the victim.A mob comprising nearly 5,000 people set ablaze the houses of sitting MLA Rajkumari Jatav and former MLA Bharosilal Jatav in Hindaun, District Collector, Karauli, and Abhimanyu Kumar told PTI. Curfew was imposed in the area.While Rajkumari Jatav is from the ruling BJP, Bharosilal Jatav is a former Congress legislator who had also served as a Minister in the State.The agitated members of the traders’ associations and upper castes took out a procession in Hindaun on Tuesday and tried to enter the SC/ST-dominated areas, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) NRK Reddy said.“The police lobbed tear gas shells and resorted to cane-charging and firing rubber bullets to disperse the mob,” he added.Superintendent of Police (SP), Karauli, Anil Kayal said that after the incidents of arson and violence, nearly 40 people were detained in Hindaun.According to the police, tension also prevailed in Churu and Gangapur city, where the law and order situation remained “critical”.Curfew was clamped in Gangapur city on Monday night.In Madhya Pradesh, the death toll from the violence that broke out during Dalit protests on Monday rose to eight with two more persons succumbing to their injuries, officials said.The police admitted that one person, who died on Monday, had fallen victim to police bullets.Two policemen were booked in connection with the death of a person in police firing, an official said.CasualtiesOn Monday, a senior police official claimed that the casualties occurred during clashes between the supporters of the “Bharat bandh”, called by Dalit outfits, and those opposed to it and not due to police firing.However, Bhind Superintendent of Police (SP) Prashant Khare on Tuesday said Mahavir Rajawat (40), who died on Monday, fell victim to police bullets.This has taken the nationwide death toll from the protests to 11, including two in Uttar Pradesh.The eight deceased in Madhya Pradesh included six Dalits and two upper caste Hindus, police officials said.Four deaths were reported from Bhind, three from Gwalior and one from Morena district.Curfew was still in force in some areas of Gwalior, Bhind and Morena districts in view of the violence witnessed during the bandh, which was organised to protest a recent Supreme Court order that allegedly diluted certain provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, officials said.last_img read more

Acoustic tags track ‘frenzy swimming’ in baby sea turtles

first_imgAs soon as a baby sea turtle hatches, it races to the water’s edge and vanishes into the waves. Scientists have used small satellite transmitters to track older, juvenile sea turtles; they’ve never been able to follow the hatchlings. But now researchers on the island of Boa Vista in Cape Verde (off the coast of West Africa) report tracking 11 hatchling loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) for more than 8 hours, after the tiny animals first set flippers into the sea. The scientists recorded the animals’ journeys via nanoacoustic tags glued to the hatchlings’ shells (pictured), which sent a ping that the researchers recorded and later used to plot the animals’ latitude and longitude as they traveled. The glue dissolves after a few days, and the tags were sufficiently small so as not to interfere with the turtles’ movements. The hatchlings proved to be mighty swimmers and traveled as fast as 60 meters per minute once they hit the ocean’s currents that helped transport them. After the first 8 hours, some had traveled more than 15 kilometers from their starting point, the scientists report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Their speedy departure (known as a frenzy swimming) helps them escape numerous coastal predators. Turtles released on both southern and northwestern beaches eventually caught currents that will ultimately transport them to the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic, where they will feed for several years before returning to their natal island. The study should help conservation efforts to protect endangered and threatened sea turtle species by filling in this previously unknown period of their migrations.last_img read more

Working with Naseeruddin, Arshad learning experience: Sagarika

first_imgMumbai, Mar 8 (PTI) Bollywood actress Sagarika Ghatge says it was a learning experience working with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi in the upcoming film “Irada”.The film, which revolves around a social issue, brings back the pairing of Naseeruddin and Arshad who worked together in “Ishqiya” and its sequel “Dedh Ishqiya”.Sagarika, best known for her debut role as Preeti Sabarwal in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Chak De! India”, says Naseeruddin has tremendous energy as an actor.”Working with Naseeruddin and Arshad has been a learning experience. Naseeruddin Sir has lots of energy. We shot for a combined scene recently and the feeling was amazing. He has a very warm presence on the set,” Sagarika told PTI.”While Arshad, more than anything else, is spontaneous and keeps on doing improvisations. That is a great quality to have as an actor because you get to a learn a lot as co-stars,” she added.”Irada” is helmed by debutant directors Aparna Singh and Nishant Tripathi. The actress says the directors got in touch with her as they had liked her performance in “Chak De! India”.”Aparna got in touch with me because she had seen Chak De and said she needed somebody like that character who is strong, independent and voices her opinion. That is how I came on board for the film.”Sagarika, who also participated in season six of TV reality show “Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi”, has no plans to do any more shows on the small screen.”I did Khatron Ke Khiladi because I connected with its sports, adventure theme. I have done lots of adventure sports myself. I had the time to do the show so I did it. I cherish memories from the show but TV was only a one off thing. I have no plans to get back to it.”advertisement”Irada” is scheduled to release this year. PTI JUR DK NDS SDMlast_img read more

Thampi, Rana, Tripathi are big gains from IPL-10

first_imgNew Delhi, May 22 (PTI) It has easily been the biggest launchpad for talented cricketers but never has a single edition of the Indian Premier League thrown up a minefield of local talent like the one concluded on Sunday. The stories of one season wonders like Swapnil Asnodkar, Manpreet Gony and Paul Valthaty is well documented but a close analysis of the 10th edition would reveal that a handful of players have emerged, which would only make the bench strength of Indian team solid in coming years. Three such cricketers would be fast bowler Basil Thampi from Kerala, Delhi left-hander Nitish Rana and unheralded Maharashtra boy Rahul Tripathi. The trio made the big stage their own, showed admirable technique but above everything else displayed temperament — the main ingredient to survive at the highest level in any sport. The man who has grabbed attention of one and all is young paceman Thampi. There are times when statistics will never tell you the whole story. Thampis performance is a case in point where his special talent as a limited overs fast bowler came to the fore. Thats the reason why IPL jury awarded him the Emerging Player award despite only 11 wickets from 12 games at an expensive economy rate of 9.49 runs per over. Thampi showed the ability to bowl yorkers at will and clocked 140 plus clicks effortlessly. He was able to hurry the batsmen for pace and even chairman of selectors MSK Prasad admitted that he is the one for the future. His IPL captain Suresh Raina and star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo also termed him “India prospect”. National captain Virat Kohlis liking for genuine quicks is well-known and Thampi could be a welcome addition to the reserve pool of fast bowlers in ODIs and T20 Internationals. A few months back, an irate Gautam Gambhir was taking potshots at Delhi state team coach KP Bhaskar for allegedly “destroying the confidence” of young players like Nitish Rana. Rana wasnt particularly having a good time in Vijay Hazare Trophy but was sent back home in the middle of the tournament for poor performance. Incidents such as these differentiate boys from men. The 23-year-old left-hander got an opportunity to prove himself for Mumbai Indians and he came up with inspiring show. The 333 runs in 13 matches at a strike-rate of 126.13 showed how wrong Bhaskars assessment was about Ranas quality and potentially what he could have brought to the table. He had to relinquish his place to seasoned Ambati Rayudu towards the business end of the tournament but Rana played his part in MIs triumph to perfection. He hit 17 sixes in all and most of them were big ones landing into the stands. And he is not just a T20 dasher. The 961 runs in 16 first-class matches at a steady 41 plus average shows that he has ability to play in longer formats. With a bottom-handed grip and strokes on both sides of the wicket, Rana is certainly one to watch out for. There is no substitute for orthodox cricketing shots even when batsmen out there in the middle are trying all sorts of innovation. Rahul Tripathi would not have got his share of chances had IPL specialist Mayank Agarwal not failed in the first couple of matches prompting skipper Steve Smith to realise that he is not an answer to Rising Pune Supergiants opening woes. Tripathi came in from the third game and by the end of the tournament scored 391 runs at a strike-rate in excess of 146. His performance somehwat tapered during the knock-out stages but he has done enough to earn praise from all quarters. Its not easy opening with a star player like Ajinkya Rahane but Tripathi not only did well but more than well enough to put Rahane in his shadows. His 93 against Kolkata Knight Riders was full of authentic cricketing shots. He has the ability to play pull- shot in-front of the wicket, the footwork against spinners has been admirable and looked equally adept on front and backfoot. For Thampi, Rana and Tripathi — the real test begins now. The next domestic season will be an acid test for them. While Indias red-ball team (Tests) is more or less set but a good season in whites will certainly give their confidence a boost and prepare them for white ball season (limited overs cricket). There will be an India A tour to South Africa in next few months and one can expect some of these youngsters to make the cut. The trio along with Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant gives an assurance that Indian cricket is in safe hands. PTI KHS AT ATadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

After Samsung, Microsoft planning a foldable Surface phone soon

first_imgSamsung has been teasing us with the idea of a foldable smartphone for a considerable long time and eventually gave us a demo of what the final product could end up looking when released next year. The Royole FlexPai beat Samsung to a commercial launch with a device that can literally be folded out into a tablet. Therefore, it would be justifiable if other players in the industry also jump on the bandwagon. Huawei has confirmed an official unveil in 2019 and Microsoft is the latest one to join the list, although not officially.Brad Sams, a journalist and collaborator for tech blog, has published his book by the name of ‘Beneath a Surface.’ In the book, Sams writes that Microsoft is indeed developing a foldable smartphone. The device is internally known as Andromeda and will join Microsoft’s existing lineup of Surface branded devices. Sams even goes on to give a speculative launch date sometime in 2019.The book says that Andromeda will be a smartphone first, which means that we can expect some kind of an optimised version of the Windows 10 Operating System. This lines up with the previous leaks that spoke about the underdevelopment CShell UI that could adapt to a smaller display when required and offer the full-blown version of Windows 10 UI when unfolded.However, Sams mentions that the foldable Andromeda phone won’t be a pocketable device. Whatever we had seen previously in the leaked patent filings related to a compact Surface phone would not necessarily become a reality if we are to believe what the book says. We could, therefore, expect a device sporting dimension of a 7-inch phablet that could unfold into an even bigger canvas.advertisementMicrosoft is presently treating the device as a visionary product instead of looking at it as a commercial mainstream offering. The Andromeda will define the path Microsoft would take in the smartphone segment over the next couple of years and similar to Samsung, they too want to play it safe by categorising it as a niche device. Sams says that Microsoft would roll it out in the last quarter of 2019 as soon as the device is ready for production.Additionally, Sams also says that Microsoft will overhaul the Surface Pro completely in 2019. Similar to Apple iPad Pro, Microsoft will give the Pro a bigger screen with thinner bezels, a USB-C port, a host of new colour options and several other new additions. However, none of this is confirmed for now.ALSO READ | The ‘Frankenphone’ made the Pixel 3’s Portrait Mode incredible2019 will be a year of foldable devices and with Samsung leading the charge, we could expect it to become the industry norm as soon as possible. Given Microsoft’s expertise in the field of tablets and laptops, we could expect the Redmond giant to modernise personal computing on the move with the Andromeda device and re-establish Windows in the mobile industry.last_img read more

Projecting the Depth Chart at Cornerback

first_imgCB1B: Ramon Richards (Jr.)After a sophomore slump last season, Richards has drawn praise from coaches and teammates this offseason as a leader ready to take the next step. Which is good timing, because OSU desperately needs a reliable CB opposite Ashton Lampkin. If he can progress in fall camp as he did this spring, there’s no question Ramon will be starting come September 3.CB1A: Ashton Lampkin (Sr.)Mr. Reliable is back after sitting out most of spring. He’s a guy you don’t need to worry about, because you know he can be ready no matter the circumstance. Lampkin is the veteran leader of the group and by far has the most sound technique and ability to read the play before it develops. He’ll be counted on as the No. 1 to shadow the opposing teams No. 1 guy.Not listedRodarius Williams/AJ Green (Fr.)These two freshman will likely not see playing time barring injury to the group. Both were highly touted recruits and could use the season to take advantage of a redshirt to grow mentally and physically.Malik Kearse (Jr.)Kearse is a junior college transfer who I think may be hard to get a read on. I don’t think he’ll see the field much but he’ll be on the depth chart somewhere. There’s no redshirt for him so I would guess he should play. I would list him running with the 3’s for now unless something changes in camp.Read the depth chart projection at running back here. Continuing our breakdown of the slightly early projection of the depth chart, I’ll be taking a look at how I think the cornerback position will shake out after fall camp. There’s approximately 38.65 listed at CB on the online roster, so I’ll do my best to keep it short and sweet with who I think will see meaningful playing time in the 2016 season.CB3: Madre Harper (Fr.)The true freshman from Lamar High School was an early enrollee, and with the relative lack of experience at CB they’ve been prepping him for playing time early. He won’t be a starter, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play valuable minutes in the rotation down the stretch. He’s a tall, lanky defensive back with big upside. But the learning curve will be steep. Fortunately, OSU has good experience at the top of the depth chart.CB3: Darius Curry (R-Jr.)Curry’s experience and leadership will play a big role in a group full of young, hungry defensive backs. He got a good taste of meaningful playing time last year, and with the freshman coming in, I think he’ll be somewhere in the deeper part of the rotation. But just like Harper, his playing time may be limited.CB2B: Bryce Balous (R-Fr.)Balous is a young up-and-comer who redshirted last season, but has drawn good reviews over the offseason. Coming out of high school, Balous was a safety but a switch to cornerback should benefit both Balous and OSU. He has really good size and a high ceiling, but the down side is just the lack of experience. He’s heady enough I don’t think he will be a liability despite his youth.CB2A: Lenzy Pipkins (Sr.)This is where the grad transfer should shine. Pipkins has a ton of experience and could be next in a long line of successful grad transfers to come through OSU. He has the size, experience, and skill to be a key cog. I’d put him No. 3 overall in the rotation behind Richards and Lampkin. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Video: 4-Star Tackle D’Antne Demery Picks Georgia Over Alabama

first_imgd'antne demeryTwitter/@SouthernPigskinKirby Smart continues to recruit at an impressive level at Georgia, even when his former employer Alabama is involved. Today, the Dawgs picked up a commitment from four-star in-state offensive tackle D’Antne Demery. BREAKING: 4-star offensive tackle D’Antne Demery commits to #UGA over Alabama. Free story— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) June 15, 2016Scout’s Chad Simmons broadcast the decision, which you can rewatch on Periscope.LIVE on #Periscope — Chad Simmons (@ChadSimmons_) June 15, 2016247Sports ranks Demery as one of the top 15 players in Georgia. He is the 11th player to commit to Georgia in the 2017 recruiting cycle.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Throttle Jockey: The Kawasaki H2 and Question One

first_imgBack in September, after a long run of rumors and teases that had the motorcycle press and speed freaks (the velocity kind) in a tizzy, Kawasaki pulled back the curtain on the H2R, a supercharged sport bike packing an astounding 300 brake horsepower – a good 100+ ponies more than pretty much anything else you can buy. A gigantic asterisk was also revealed: the H2R was a track-only bike and was not street legal.Of course, that just set the stage for putting the motorcycle press and speed freaks in a second tizzy as they waited for the other tire to drop on the street-legal version of the H2R, called the H2. When it was finally revealed, super-charger intact but detuned to some degree, all everyone really wanted to know is: how fast will it go?That seminal inquiry has been Question One since Gottlieb Daimler first fitted an internal combustion engine to a rickety wooden creation in the late 1800s. Once the little engine began filling the air with oil smoke and noise, Herr Daimler and whoever else was twisting wrenches most certainly took turns hopping aboard and seeing what she could do. Could it outrun a horse? Eh, probably not, but it beat walking.Refinement to the simple concept of fitting an engine to a bicycle began in earnest soon afterward, with Indian coming online in 1901 and Harley-Davidson getting started in 1903, among dozens of other bike makers. Competition pushed design forward and racing pushed speeds ever higher; horses were out of the game in short order.The Americans, Brits, Italians and Germans traded speed records and trophies for decades, but for the most part, consumers could rarely buy a bike that could top 100mph right off the showroom floor. That changed in a hurry when the Japanese bike makers got serious about speed in the 1960s, culminating in 1969 with the Honda CB750, which featured an air-cooled 77 horsepower inline 750cc four that could reliably and repeatedly hit 125mph or so by simply turning the throttle to the stop in 5th gear, no special skills or tuning magic required.Kawasaki, pretty much a high-speed boutique maker compared to Honda’s goliath, answered in 1972 with the H2 Mach IV, a 750cc 3-cylinder two-stroke speed machine with woeful handling that quickly earned the nickname “widowmaker.” They hit again in 1973 with the KZ900, a 903cc inline four that was a beast of a machine and upped the ante with dual-overhead cams and even more power. Suddenly, it was game on in Japan.The rapid pace of development there would temporarily bury the British bike industry as Triumph, Norton, BSA and others all turned out the lights. The Germans held fast (well, not really) and the Italians soldiered on, focusing more on style and handling than outright velocity. But that would eventually change.Like a biblical lineage, the Honda CB750 begat the CB900, then the CB1100F. The KZ900 spawned the KZ1000, KZ1100, GPZ750 Turbo, GPz750 and 900 Ninja (the “Top Gun” bikes), and eventually the ZX series of sport bikes, culminating in the ZX-11D, a somewhat portly land missile that could touch 174 miles an hour given enough straight road. Along the way, Suzuki mixed in light weight, good handling and big power with the GSX-R series and Honda was still game with the CBR line, of which the CBR1000 was capable of 150mph or better. Along the way, fuel injection and other modern tech began to replace carburetors and other outdated systems. Speeds kept rising.Then, in 1997, Suzuki unleashed the Hayabusa, a wind-tunnel sculpted 1300cc anomaly that got everyone’s attention when motorcycle magazines consistently posted top speeds in excess of 190mph, with Cycle World documenting 194mph on what Suzuki insisted was a perfectly stock bike. They immediately disappeared from showrooms at a heavy premium.And then it all ended.Bureaucrats in Europe, concerned over what they rightfully saw as a quickly escalating race to the 200mph mark, called a timeout by threatening to heavily tax any bike that could exceed 186 mph, or 300kph. It was called a “gentleman’s agreement” by bike makers but riders called it numerous other derisive names, including “coward’s agreement.”With the top speed war on pause, bike makers focused on other aspects of performance, namely handling and engine management technologies. Post-1997 sport bikes could often easily hit 186mph, but built-in electronic nannies now kept the peace. Testing for top speed became a moot point, the question simply became how quickly the newest model could make it to the new digital wall.Then, the H2R.When news of the supercharged track machine was finally confirmed, Question One returned. The answer? Still not precisely known, but many pundits say their math points to a top speed of about 250mph – on a track. With modern supercars rapidly closing in on 300 mph, 250 doesn’t have quite the glamour it may have years ago, but keep in mind this is from a bike that has an MSRP of 50 grand and not the better part of a million dollars. Sure, they’re all sold out now, but the motorcycling press and speed freaks are now waiting to see if the detuned street-legal H2 with adhere to the 186mph limit – or blow right through it.Because while the bureaucrats were sleeping, everyone has been dialing up the power, dialing back the weight and stuffing modern bikes with enough technology to shame most high-end sport cars. Crushers like the Ducati 1299 Pinagale, the BMW1200RR and now the Kawasaki H2 are lying in wait, 200+ horsepower engines at the ready.Will the H2 be the first halo bike to finally give 186 the finger? Stay tuned, because if it does, 200mph for $30,000 or less could be as close as turning an ignition key. What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy Editors’ Recommendations Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Expertslast_img read more

How to Tie a Bow Tie: A Video Guide to the Best Bow Tie

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Tie a Bow Tie: A Video Guide to the Best Bow Tie Close Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:07Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:07 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned How to Shave With a Straight Razor Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts Ten years ago, we never thought we would be writing this piece. Alas, the bow tie is now a staple in many man’s wardrobe and can make an appearance at a black-tie event or a casual night out with friends. In order to make sure your bow tie is spot on, we spoke to Alex Wilcox, founder of Lord Willy’s haberdashery in New York City, to give us the basic instructions for tying a proper bow tie.But first, a bit of history. While the bow tie has a long history (from the Croatians in the 17th century to the French aristocrats and their very poufy bows), its’ current iteration rose to fame in the 19th century. It was for practical purposes that it became popular with dentists and doctors — such a short tie would never interfere while reaching over a patient.Why a bow tie? Funny enough, the tie that has a reputation of being conservative, but is actually rather radical in today’s fashion. Bow ties are worn by everyone from Southern gents to hipsters to NFL celebrities. It’s a great alternative to your typical tie knot for many reasons: 1) it sets you apart and 2) it son’t swing all over the place or fall into your food (and you don’t need a tie bar).You can watch Wilcox tie a bow tie in the video above, but we’ve also provided a step-by-step guide below:Step No. 1When placing the bow tie around your neck, keep both ends at equal length (not like a four-in-hand where one side is shorter than the other). Take the first piece, fold through, and pull it to the side. This allows you to make the shape of the bow tie.Step No. 2Pull the bottom piece of the fabric over itself to make the base of the tie.Step No. 3Your index finger is the secret! Place it in the back of the tie to form the hole.Step No. 4Pull the top piece over and find the hole you have created with your finger. Pull it through.Step No. 5Once you have pulled it through, gently correct the fabric and you will have your bow tie!So you’ve mastered the bow tie. Up next: how to tie a Windsor knot.Article originally published October 15, 2014. Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Barlast_img read more

CBI books exIT Commissioner S K Srivastava raids 13 places

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI has registered a case against controversial former Income Tax Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Srivastava who was compulsorily retired by the Central government last month along with several other high ranking IT officials, officials here said. The probe agency has accused the former IT official of cheating, forgery, and obtaining undue advantage.The Central Bureau of Investigation started raiding 13 locations related to him and his alleged associates on Friday evening in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, and Murad Nagar. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Sources here said that Srivastava had employed a private individual by the name of Amardas to write and type up appeal orders for him when he was posted as CIT Appeals 1 in Noida and held additional charge of Appeals 2 in Noida, in exchange for a monthly salary. In fact, officials here said that Srivastava had decided on 104 IT appeals out of which 13 cases were out of his jurisdiction and purportedly uploaded the orders sometime June 2019, backdating them to December 2018. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe CBI has alleged that Srivastava accessed the internal ITBA system of his office between June 11 and June 13 with his RSA token to upload the backdated orders. An RSA token is a personalised pass key issued to officials which allows them to access the ITBA system. Srivastava, a 1989-batch IRS officer, was compulsorily retired on June 10. Moreover, he allegedly manipulated the dispatch records to show that he had dispatched these orders on June 7 when in fact, they were dispatched on June 14. Sources here added that the appeals orders were suspected to be passed in exchange for undue favours. The probe agency recovered jewellery worth Rs 2.47 crore, cash of Rs 16.44 lakh, and watches worth Rs 10 lakh from Srivastava’s residence in Pandara Road, which was cordoned off on Saturday. Agency sleuths also found Rs 1.3 crore in bank accounts belonging to him and his family members along with incriminating documents and electronic evidence. A bank locker that surfaced during the searches is also being operated upon. The CBI also raided a boutique on Vasant Kunj, allegedly run by Srivastava’s wife. Officials added that incriminating documents pertaining to immovable properties are being investigated. The searches also covered premises of Amardas, Srivastava’s alleged associate and two other Chartered Accountants namely Anil Prahlad Kumar and KP Garg. Kumar’s residence and offices in Ghaziabad were searched whereas Garg’s Garg Brothers and Associates was raided in Nehru Place. While Amardas, Kumar, and Garg are not named as accused in the FIR, sources here said that their premises were covered because prima facie their involvement in the case was suspected. The searches at premises of Kumar and Garg are underway. Interestingly, Srivastava was the one who went after NDTV with allegations of large scale tax evasion and controversial BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramaniam Swamy has come out in his support. In fact, when Srivastava was compulsorily retired last month after allegations of sexual harassment against him had come up, Swamy had tweeted that his retirement was wrongful and said that he would take up Srivastava’s case. Even when Srivastava was compulsorily retired, the government had reportedly cited many irregularities. In a government dosier, he had allegedly made scandalous allegations against the women IT officials who had accused him of sexually harassing them.last_img read more

OneRepublics Ryan Tedder To Be Honored At Save The Children Illumination Gala

first_imgSave the Children, the leading organization investing in childhood, has announced that the 5th Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala will honor Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic; Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya; and the organization’s philanthropic corporate partner BVLGARI North America.The event, presented by Johnson & Johnson, will be hosted by NBC’s Craig Melvin and will take place on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis will perform.Now in its fifth year, the Illumination Gala will benefit Save the Children’s efforts to give more children a stronger start in life by helping end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths and by supporting early childhood education. In recognition of the occasion, Save the Children will celebrate each of the honorees for their achievements in giving children a brighter future: • The Voice Award for Ryan Tedder, Grammy-winning songwriter, producer, and front man of the multi-platinum selling band OneRepublic who is being recognized for his extraordinary dedication to speaking up on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children. In addition to supporting Save the Children’s humanitarian relief efforts on the conflict in Syria and in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, Tedder used the power of his voice on the OneRepublic song “Feel Again.” The song served as the backdrop in 2013 for an Ad Council PSA for Save the Children’s Every Beat Matters campaign, which helped millions of children in poor countries survive their first five years of life. Tedder said the song was inspired by actual heartbeats of children in Guatemala and Malawi, where front-line health workers work every day to keep kids healthy. As part of the campaign, Tedder visited Save the Children’s newborn and child survival programs in Guatemala, and donated proceeds from sales of the song to Save the Children. His foundation, The Ryan & Genevieve Tedder Foundation, also supports children through education and youth development. • The Humanitarian Award for Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of the #1 U.S.-based Greek Yogurt brand Chobani, who is being recognized for his courageous leadership on behalf of refugees. Ulukaya has demonstrated an inspiring commitment to provide resettled refugees with a path to a brighter future by embracing them as valued employees at Chobani. In 2015, he signed the Giving Pledge, committing the majority of his personal wealth to helping displaced people and founded the Tent Foundation, which forges innovative partnerships with NGOs, business and governments to improve the lives of refugees all over the world. As an entrepreneur and devoted philanthropist, Ulukaya is changing the conversation around the global refugee crisis – calling on the global community to recognize the human rights of refugees and put an end to displacement once and for all. • The Visionary Award for BVLGARI North America, is in recognition for its enduring commitment to supporting children in need in the United States and around the world. Since beginning its unique partnership in 2009 with Save the Children, Bulgari has raised over $50 million globally through sales of an iconic Save the Children jewelry collection.More than half a million people have purchased the signature pieces, including a ring, a bracelet and a pendant. Funds raised through the partnership have been invested in 100 projects in 33 countries, reaching more than one million at-risk children and youth through education, emergency response, poverty reduction and youth empowerment programs.In the United States, Bulgari is a generous supporter of Save the Children’s early childhood education programs.“The individuals we are honoring at our fifth annual Gala have gone above and beyond on behalf of children around the world – from supporting newborns’ health to early childhood education to refugees,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children president & CEO. “This year’s honorees’ compassion and dedication toward ensuring every last child, whether here in the US or around the world, can reach their full potential is inspiring. We are delighted to recognize this remarkable group for their contributions and to celebrate their accomplishments.”Other notable guests expected to attend include Save the Children Artist Ambassador, Trustee and Gala Honorary Chair Jennifer Garner, Second Lady of the United States (2009-2017) and Save the Children Board Chair Dr. Jill Biden, Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles, Save the Children Action Network President Mark Shriver, award-winning journalist Tamron Hall, and fashion designer, philanthropist and Gala Co-Chair Gabriela Hearst, Corbin Capital Partners CEO and Gala Co-Chair Tracy Stuart, among others.The gala will be presented by Johnson & Johnson. For more information, please visit read more

Beyond Tourism Extended Stays in Morocco

By Alexandra GrittaRabat- We have all heard of the most popular tourist destinations in Morocco—Marrakech, Fez, the Sahara, Casablanca, Tangier, Rabat, Chefchaouen, Essaouira….But what if you are working or studying abroad in Morocco for a period of months or even years? What are some of the overlooked locations and activities to do in Morocco when you run out of other options? Oualidia LagoonBy Alexandra GrittaOualidia is a coastal village 170 kilometers southwest of Casablanca, next to a beautiful protected, natural lagoon. It is a lesser known location famous for its seafood—especially its oysters. Oualidia is also truly one of Morocco’s most beautiful areas for surfing and kayaking. With the help of a guide, you can kayak your way through the region’s scenic lagoon. Oualidia is more of a quick weekend getaway or a relaxation destination. Outdoor activities (the beach, water sports, exploring) are its primary features. Also consider taking a tour of the oystery to better understand the mechanism of one of the city’s major exports.Note: If you’re not a fan of the outdoors, pass this one by. English speakers in this region are harder to come by.Horseback ride along the beach of SkhiratBy Alexandra GrittaEven if you are not a “horse junkie,” this is not an experience to be missed. Skhirat (located about 25 minutes south of Rabat by train) has some wonderful beaches, and for a small price, you can take a lovely tour of them on horseback.Club Equestre Oued Ykem is highly recommended. They cater to all levels, take good care of their horses, and also send a guide along with you in case you have trouble managing your horse.The ride costs MAD 100 an hour, and horses are available beginning at 3:30 p.m. Note: You do not need reservations to ride, but you must communicate in Darija (Moroccan Arabic) or French. The staff do not speak English. Lastly, specify your level of riding if you are looking for more than a leisurely pace.Day trip to Ourika ValleyBy Alexandra GrittaThe valley contains various Amazigh villages located approximately 60 kilometers southeast of Marrakech. There are a lovely set of gardens along with an elevated cafe and many hiking opportunities to see the valley.You will find some of the cheapest argan oil in the valley, and some of the Amazigh village markets offer handicrafts and jewelry that are harder to come by in other cities or are more expensive than buying them from the source.The locals are incredibly interactive and friendly. Note: As with most other locations, be aware that you will have to bargain, as tourists may be quoted higher prices. Additionally, note that English speakers are few to none and that most of the Amazigh in this region speak a language of their own, not Darija or French.IfraneIfrane provides a nice break from the heat of Morocco. It is located in the Middle Atlas Mountains and has cooler temperatures. Visitors say that the architecture style and landscape is more evocative of Switzerland than of Morocco. Ifrane is definitely a unique location to see a “different” side of Morocco.Although the town has a relaxing atmosphere and can be fun to visit all-year round, the best time to go is in the winter, when there is snow and skiing opportunities.The town is most famous for its independent and reputable university “Al Akhawayn,” which teaches its courses in English and aims to give students an “American liberal arts” experience.Note: You need a student to accompany you if you wish to access the university. AsilahAspects of tourism in Morocco: Picture by By Alexandra GrittaAsilah is situated about 31 kilometers south of Tangier. Like Tangier, Asilah was formerly occupied by the Phoenicians, and it was part of “Spanish Morocco” from 1912 to 1956. Asilah is lesser known and smaller than Tangier, but it is worth taking a stop there to appreciate some of its beautiful architecture. Asilah is also a bit like Essaouira’s smaller, calmer cousin—a small seaside location with a low population.Asilah hosts a weekly Thursday market and annual music and art festivals, including a mural-painting festival. There is also a yearly International Festival held in August which features both jazz and Moroccan music.Terres d’Amanar outside MarrakechLocated in an Amazigh region, this hotel and park combination is not to be missed. It is situated just 30 minutes outside of Marrakech at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. The park offers a wide variety of activities including horseback riding, archery, Amazigh arts and crafts, a zipline, swimming, and all-terrain mountain biking.You do not have to be a resident of the hotel to visit the park, and activities are priced individually, usually ranging from MAD 100 to 200 per 30 minutes to 1 hour of an activity. This location is popular with native Moroccans for a fun day and highly recommended.Le Dhow boat bar in RabatChances are that if you are a foreigner in Rabat you will at least have heard about this place. Docked in the water next to Rabat’s kasbah (fortress), the bar offers various alcoholic beverages and dining options. Chill under the sails on deck or go below at night to listen to the music.Note: As the menu can be a bit more expensive, the boat is recommended for drinks after dinner over a dinner option. There are better restaurant options in Rabat.Amal Women’s Training Center & Moroccan Restaurant in MarrakechA Moroccan women holding a tagine (tourism in Morocco)The Amal Center is a non-profit organization that trains disadvantaged women between the ages of 18 and 35 so that they can find jobs, achieve socio-economic stability, and support themselves and their families.The center is a great place to spend some time volunteering. Even if you are busy and do not have time to actively volunteer, you can support the center just by choosing to eat at the restaurant or by taking a one-time cooking class.The American Fondouk in FezBy Alexandra GrittaThe American Fondouk is a non-profit organization that treats working equines for free in order to help out both the animals and their families. Visitors are welcome and advised to come in the morning. Staff will take you on a tour to see the animals and to observe the treatment of the animals, as well as interactions between the owners and their animals. The center offers internships and on-site housing to medical students.Animal welfare in Morocco is not afforded as much of a priority as other issues. If you are staying a long time in Morocco, you may notice a higher reliance on donkeys, mules, and horses than in your native country. To see some of the issues the equines face, the poorer families they serve, and the people fighting to improve their conditions is truly enlightening.National Mohammed V Theater in RabatIf you have time to spare, consider checking out the various plays, ballet, and both musical and cinematic performances at the National Mohammed V Theater. Performances include Shakespearean plays and operas! read more

Annan welcomes border agreement between Russian Federation Ukraine

A statement issued late yesterday by his spokesman said the Secretary-General “was very pleased” to learn of the signing on Tuesday in Kiev of an “Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the Ukrainian-Russian State Boundary.”The Secretary-General congratulated Presidents Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation and Leonid Kuchma of Ukraine “on this important development, which will enhance the security and stability of both nations,” the statement said.

Honda recalls 172200 CRV Acura ILX vehicles in US to fix problem

Honda recalls 172,200 CRV, Acura ILX vehicles in US to fix problem with door latches AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 19, 2012 7:36 am MDT DETROIT – Honda is recalling 172,200 small SUVs and cars in the U.S. because the doors may not close.The recall affects 166,000 CR-V SUVs from the 2012 model year and 6,200 Acura ILX small luxury cars from the 2013 model year.Honda says that if the inside driver or passenger door handles are used at the same time as the power or manual door locks, the inner door latch may not work. This means a door may not latch, or it could latch and open when the locks are used.The company says no crashes injuries have been reported because of the problem.Honda says dealers will inspect the cars and fix them if needed. Owners should get letters from the company starting in mid-August. read more

Peter Thiel became New Zealand citizen in California in 2011

by Nick Perry, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2017 10:29 am MDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Peter Thiel became New Zealand citizen in California in 2011 FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, file photo, PayPal founder Peter Thiel, right, listens as then President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology industry leaders at Trump Tower in New York. Thiel was able to gain New Zealand citizenship in 2011 despite never having lived in the country because a top lawmaker decided his entrepreneurial skills and philanthropy were valuable, documents reveal. Thiel didn’t even have to leave California to become a new member of the South Pacific nation. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Silicon Valley billionaire and President Donald Trump adviser Peter Thiel was able to gain New Zealand citizenship in 2011 despite never having lived in the country, because a top lawmaker decided his entrepreneurial skills and philanthropy were valuable to the nation, documents reveal.Thiel didn’t even have to leave California to become a new member of the South Pacific nation. He was granted citizenship during a private ceremony held at the New Zealand Consulate in Santa Monica.The New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs on Wednesday released 145 pages of partially redacted documents detailing how Thiel became a citizen.His status was first reported by The New Zealand Herald newspaper last month and raised questions because Thiel didn’t fulfil the usual criteria requiring people to live in the country.In his application, Thiel wrote that he owned a home in New Zealand but if he was granted citizenship, he would need to continue residing in the U.S. to manage his California-based companies.He said he realized his circumstances wouldn’t usually qualify him for citizenship, but that he believed he was an exception.“In the course of pursing my international business opportunities, my travel, personal philosophical commitments and benefaction, I am happy to say categorically that I have found no other country that aligns more with my view of the future than New Zealand,” he wrote.He said that as part of his study into how he could contribute to the local entrepreneurial environment, he had consulted with John Key, who was New Zealand’s prime minister at the time.Thiel wrote that “it would give me great pride to let it be known that I am a New Zealand citizen.”Thiel didn’t immediately respond to requests made Wednesday for additional comment.However, Thiel’s citizenship status only became publicly known following last month’s newspaper report. The 2011 documents show that Thiel also remained a citizen of Germany, where he was born.Thiel, 49, co-founded PayPal and was the first professional investor in Facebook. He secretly bankrolled a lawsuit against the news and gossip site Gawker which led to its bankruptcy and closure. Forbes estimates his net worth at $2.7 billion, which makes him one of New Zealand’s wealthiest citizens.He has been an important adviser to Trump, who has vowed to put “America first.”When considering Thiel’s application, New Zealand officials noted that he had established a venture capital fund in New Zealand which had invested in a Wellington-based online accounting business, Xero.“Mr. Thiel has demonstrated his philanthropy through making a million-dollar donation to the Christchurch earthquake relief fund,” officials wrote as part of a letter recommending his application be approved.His citizenship was granted through a special approval by lawmaker Nathan Guy, who at the time was the Internal Affairs minister.Opposition lawmaker Iain Lees-Galloway tweeted Wednesday that the decision was “entirely about money” and that citizenship shouldn’t be for sale.Government figures show that over the past five years, New Zealand has received about 150,000 citizenship applications, with 92 receiving special approval by the minister after taking into account exceptional circumstances. read more

Heat go up 31 then scramble to top Pelicans 106101

MIAMI — Josh Richardson scored 20 points, Dwyane Wade added 18 and the Miami Heat wasted most of a 31-point lead before hanging on to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 106-101 on Friday night.Kelly Olynyk scored 13 for Miami, which snapped a six-game home losing streak. The Heat led by 31 points in the second quarter, then saw the lead cut to three in the final moments before escaping.Anthony Davis finished with 41 points for the Pelicans, who got 21 from Jrue Holiday and 15 from Nikola Mirotic. The Heat held a massive 49-12 edge in bench scoring, led by Wade.He had a drive with 1:23 left to get the lead up to 103-97, and Richardson’s driving basket with 26.1 seconds remaining all but sealed the much-needed win for Miami.Miami entered on a six-game losing streak, and decided to make a key change in an effort to turn things around — the black “Vice” uniforms, whose unveiling coincided with the start of the home slide, were ditched in a decision that was made shortly before game time. The Heat donned their red uniforms instead, calling the switch “an organizational decision.”Plus, as part of the tributes around the NBA this week to the late broadcaster Craig Sager and his most unique sense of fashion, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and his assistants wore their outlandish best. Spoelstra wore a blue and white plaid coat, assistant Dan Craig went with a leathery look and Juwan Howard wore sneakers that loosely resembled the sort of colorful jackets Sager made famous.The Heat led by 20 after one quarter — their biggest lead at home through 12 minutes since Jan. 30, 2007. By the midpoint of the second quarter, the lead was a season-high 31. Richardson had 14 points, Wade had 11, the Pelicans had missed all 11 of their 3-point attempts and Miami was up 52-21.Richardson’s 3-pointer with 2:56 left in the half pushed Miami’s lead to 59-28.And then things got interesting, quickly.New Orleans needed only 97 seconds for a 12-0 run that cut the deficit to 19, and the Pelicans went into the locker room down 61-41. Davis then scored the Pelicans’ first 11 points of the second half with a jumper, two 3-pointer and three free throws after getting fouled on a 3 to get his team within 65-52.E’Twaun Moore left with 1:34 left with what appeared to be a left knee injury, and was unable to put any weight on that leg as he was helped to the locker room.TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans is 9-2 at home, yet only 2-10 on the road. … Davis hadn’t scored more than 33 points in a road game this season. He’s reached 40 or more twice at home. This also marked the most he’s scored in any of his six appearances in Miami since joining the NBA; before Friday, his high on the Heat home floor was 29, set on Christmas 2015.Heat: Friday started a stretch in which Miami will play nine out of 10 games against Western Conference teams. … The game marked Miami’s 390th consecutive home sellout, tying the Phoenix Suns (1990-99) for the seventh-longest in NBA history. … Whiteside now has at least one blocked shot in 22 straight games, the fourth-longest such streak of his career.HEAT INJURIESMiami’s injury situation is getting worse, not better. The Heat are up to 62 games missed by eight different players because of injuries — Goran Dragic is still out with his right knee injury, Tyler Johnson sat again with his right hamstring strain, Dion Waiters hasn’t played this season while he recovers from ankle surgery and Derrick Jones Jr. is now out with a right hamstring strain.COMEBACK TRYThe Pelicans failed in their bid for history. The largest halftime deficit ever overcome in franchise history was 19 — they were the New Orleans Hornets then — at Memphis on Jan. 30, 2010. When trailing by 20 or more, New Orleans is now 0-38. And it has never rallied from more than 23 down at any point in a game to win.UP NEXTPelicans: Visit Charlotte on Sunday.Heat: Host Utah on Sunday.___More AP NBA: and Reynolds, The Associated Press read more

Offensive line paving the way for Ohio State football

When Ed Warinner took over as the offensive line coach of the Ohio State football team last spring, he inherited an offensive line that lost three starters from the previous season. In Warinner’s second spring at OSU, there is much more certainty on the offensive line with four returning starters, all entering their senior seasons. Jack Mewhort is entering his third season as a starter and his second season as the Buckeyes’ left tackle. Left guard Andrew Norwell will also be a third-year starter, while center Corey Linsley and right guard Marcus Hall will be second-year starters. All four players started all 12 games last season and have 81 career starts between them. Warinner said he expects his veteran group to step up and provide leadership for the team this year. “They’re playing well, they’re veteran guys, and they’re doing well in school and they’re taking care of their business,” Warinner said. “It’s showing the other guys, this is how you do it, which is really good.” As the left tackle, Mewhort will be expected to lead the unit up front once again this season. “He is a real pro at being in a meeting, paying attention, taking notes, asking questions, studying, lifting weights, doing extra, being on time, just doing things the right way, and he plays well,” Warinner said of Mewhort. Warinner said Mewhort leads by example, but becoming a better vocal leader is a “skill he’s trying to develop.” Mewhort’s status as a team leader came into question last June when he and then-teammate Jake Stoneburner, a senior tight end-turned-wide receiver on last year’s team, were arrested for obstructing official business. Warinner said Mewhort has grown from that experience. “Jack was a good kid before that incident, he just made a bad decision,” Warinner said. “He just learned that, you know, you got to be responsible and accountable all the time.” Mewhort said the incident made him more mature. “I made a bad decision, and it really blew up on me,” Mewhort said. “I grew up a lot from that.” He said OSU coach Urban Meyer viewed him as a leader prior to that incident, and Mewhort said he “betrayed his trust.” “I had to earn a lot of trust back from a lot of guys, and I spent most of the year doing that,” Mewhort said. “I’m just trying to become the leader that everybody can look to.” Mewhort said all four of the senior offensive linemen are focusing on becoming better leaders this spring. “We’re all seniors now … this is our last year together,” he said. “We want to be the guys that people can look to for leadership, and we’re definitely working towards that.” Norwell said it feels “way different” going into this season because of the continuity within the offensive line unit. “We’re functioning together … we improved,” he said. “We got some guys in there that are leaders and we’re just paving the way for the 2013 season, and we’re going to keep improving and get this team rolling.” Of his four returning starters, Warinner said Hall made the most noticeable improvement this spring, but that all four have gotten better. “Marcus has improved his footwork and … his quickness and change of direction and just all the little mechanics of playing O-line,” Warinner said. “I think Norwell’s bending better … Jack’s a little more confident out on the edge … Corey’s real strong and solid inside.” That does not mean Warinner is complacent with the offensive line’s current progress though. “If our offensive line doesn’t get better, our offense won’t get better,” Warinner said. “Every position’s got to improve. We’re not satisfied with where we were at. We’ve got to improve individually. There’s a lot of things we can get better at.” Warinner said he started back with the basics again this spring, but added that “ground zero’s a little higher up” this year. “You start to move faster,” Warinner said of the progress of his offensive linemen this season. “Your accumulated knowledge and experience helps you … one thing we’ve been able to do is probably install more plays.” While most of the offensive line remains set from last season, the one spot that remains uncertain is right tackle, where the team is replacing Reid Fragel. Fragel only played his senior season at right tackle but is a potential 2013 NFL draft selection. The competition to start at right tackle is currently between rising sophomore Taylor Decker and rising redshirt sophomore Chase Farris, Warinner said. Mewhort said that competition has been a “great battle.” “Both of those guys are working their butts off every day. They’re both going really hard, they’re both great players,” he said. “They’re both learning a lot, and they’ve come a long way just in the three or four practices that we’ve had so far.” Warinner said the Buckeyes’ second-team offensive line currently consists of rising redshirt junior Darryl Baldwin, rising sophomore Jacoby Boren, rising redshirt sophomore Tommy Brown, rising junior Antonio Underwood and either Decker or Farris, depending on which player does not win the right tackle battle. Warinner has not been the only coach taking notice of the offensive line’s progress. Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel said his group will continue to benefit from competing against the offensive line in practice. “We go against a really, really good offensive line every day,” Vrabel said. “If we can compete against those guys, I think it’s going to make us better.” read more

Official song of the Womens EHF EURO 2010

← Previous Story GB sensation: Win over Slovakia! Next Story → German Bundesliga (Round 14): The “Lions” finally broke wounded “Zebras” EHF EURO 2010 Norway and Denmark Two of the most exciting artists of the Danish music scene, singer Anna David and Jimmy Colding from the pop group Zididada – known for many years and even more for their famous hits – took the EHF EURO 2010 as an occasion to team up and to record a sports anthem with international potential.The theme “Out of the Dark – Into the Light” is about embarking upon the task of fighting and ultimately being able to celebrate the triumph. So even if the song does not deal specifically with handball, there are obvious thematic parallels to situations that the handball players at the EHF EURO 2010 will face.[youtube][/youtube]Anna David, who turns 26 five days before the opening of the EHF EURO 2010, got her first record deal already as a 14 year old. Nowadays she can look back on solid experience with her immense talent that later came to full maturity on the album “Music Is Taking over” released October 2010.Jimmy Colding (41) has celebrated a decade of success with his band Zididada. Very few have escaped being infected by the joie de vivre that Denmark’s probably best live band shares with tracks like “Rock My Boat”, “Sugartop”, Zididada Day”, “Los Reventados” and “Walking on Water “.Together, Anna and Jimmy turned the song “Into the Light” into a fantastic sound, and the two artists are very happy with their cooperation.“Women’s handball has always filled a part of my life since my mom is a big fan of handball. It is therefore an honour for me to help backing up the cool chicks,” said Anna David. “I am impressed with the girls fighting spirit and their will and I am extra excited to be part of the EHF EURO 2010, and then even to see the girls up close.”Jimmy Colding added: “The song was already written in September together with Lars Quang and we were allowed to present it to the Danish and Norwegian national teams in the NRGi Arena in Aarhus on 24 September in a 100% acoustic version. The response was tremendous, and with that very positive mood we felt, it was really great to do a studio session.”The lyrics in “Into the Light” are meant as a manifestation of being courageous, independent and headstrong. When we in the chorus sing “Crazy” it is meant in the sense that the ones who take the lead, initially often appear to be crazy, but as success becomes a reality, it’s just the crazyness that made the success.” said Jimmy Colding.So the next twelve days starting from 7 December 2010, there is not much more for both players and spectators to say than “Into the light, let’s go crazy!”text: read more

All the books you need to read this year

first_imgThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Poems that Make Grown Men Cry edited by Anthony and Ben Holden Here Are The Young Men by Rob Doyle. (This book has been picked up by Harry Potter’s publishers. Drugs and drink fuel a post-school summer)Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill. (Think Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, with a post-millennial twist)Dubliners 100 edited by Thomas Morris. (A selection of Irish authors re-imagine the classic Joyce collection)Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent. (Multiple narrators tell a story of deception and abuse)The Closet of Savage Mementos by Nuala Ní Chonchúir. (Inspired by her own unexpected pregnancy, set in Ireland and Scotland, and receiving rave reviews)The sports books Source: David Epstein In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies Staring at Lakes by Michael Harding The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez.Ticks all the boxes if you want a fairly thrilling and absorbing read about conflict in Colombia and its impact on a young man’s life. (Read our interview with him here)Booker PrizeThe winner will be announced in September, but there’s time to: A much-talked about debut.The tomes Donna Tartt in New York Source: AP/Press Association ImagesWant to get stuck into a weighty book? Try these for size. The Kills is a ‘multimedia novel’ with audio and video content too. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert The Iceberg: A Memoir by Marion Coutts In The Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis Young Skins by Colin BarrettThis collection by young Mayo man Barrett is mainly set in the fictional Co Mayo town of Glanbeigh. Looking for stories about young people in modern rural Ireland? Here you go.Irish Book Awards Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Danish Dynamite by Ben Smyth. (About the beloved Denmark team of the 80s)Fear and Loathing in La Liga by Sid Lowe. (About the Barca v Real Madrid rivalry)Wheelmen by Reed Albergotti. (Lance Armstrong and doping)The Sports Gene by David Epstein (Are you born a great athlete, or do you become one?)The Race to Truth by Emma O’Reilly. (Written by the Irish woman who blew the whistle on Lance Armstrong)The classicsLooking for classics? Here are some that have been talked about this year. Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas Our staff recommendWe write for a living, ergo we love reading too.Here are some of our team’s favourite reads. While the above books are generally from 2013 – 2014, these are from a range of years. Mrs Hemingway by Fiona McFarlane Bark by Lorrie Moore The Kills by Richard House Family Furnishings: Selected Stories 1995 – 2014 by Alice Munro Dubliners by James Joyce (It celebrates its centenary this year)One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (who sadly died earlier this year)I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (who sadly also passed away this year)Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Irish actor Chris O’Dowd is performing in a Broadway adaptation of this novella)The good reviews and best sellersBooks of various genres getting all the good reviews this summer: The Irish writers Source: Louise O’Neill The young bloods always have something great up their sleeve. We’re particularly looking forward to getting stuck into these. Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood The short story collectionsStuck for time, or love little nuggets of fiction that you can devour quickly? (Lydia Davis provides the tiniest morsels) Harding provides an interesting take on Irish life; Boyce won the newcomer award; and Phillips will provide you with a crime fix.Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole The Herbalist by Niamh Boyce Get started on the shortlist, orRead last year’s winner by Eleanor Catton (which is over 800 pages long)Frank O’Connor short story award The Doll’s House by Louise Phillips Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling and Cracking Up by Mary Beard Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty Fintan O’Toole: Fields of Fire by Damien LawlorMichael Freeman: Two collections of fantastic journalism / personal essays: Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan and Magic Hours by Tom Bissell.Jennifer Wade: Flight by Oona Frawley is a beautifully written book with poignant insights into identity, belonging and contemporary Ireland. Extra points for being published by excellent new independent Irish publisher, Tramp Press.Aoife Barry: The amazingly weird and wonderful short story collection Tenth of December by George Saunders, or A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor. She died 50 years ago this year and her dark Southern Gothic stories are chillingly good.Paul Hosford: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt was stunning. As was this by The Masked Man, but that’s about wrestling. I also really enjoyed Flashboys by Michael Lewis and Double Down by Mark Halperin.Susan Daly: What is the What by Dave Eggers. It’s based on the life Sudanese refugee called Valentino Achak Deng who somehow survived what became a death march for thousands of other children trying to escape a bloody civil war and genocide. The story is powerful enough but Eggers’s incredible talent elevates it to something that gets under your skin, into your brain, pierces your heart. You will never watch news bulletins about international humanitarian crises in the same way again once you have read this book.What books would you recommend? Tell us in the comments.Most of these books can be bought online in physical/ebook format, or in your local book store. Where links are provided, they are to the online stores of the publishers of the book, or to sites with more information.Read: 27 sports books to spend your Christmas vouchers on>Read: Conor McGregor is going to write a book about his life ‘in and out of the Octagon’>Read: New Amazon service offers unlimited e-book access> A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride WHETHER YOU’RE HEADING away some time over the next month or two, or spending the long weekend at home, you might be looking for a new read to occupy you.But which books are winning awards, getting good reviews, and ready to be picked up off the shelves (or ordered to your Kindle)?We sort through the piles to help you choose your next read.The award winners Lord Mayor of Dublin Christie Burke presents Juan Gabriel Vasquez winner of the International IMPAC Dublin literary award Source: Niall CarsonOnly want to read award-winners? 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Video of new Motorola smartphone appears ahead of Galaxy S4 launch

first_imgEither Motorola has planted a substantial leak on the eve of the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch, or this Vietnamese hardware vlogger is in trouble. Whatever the case may be, we can see a new Motorola phone on the horizon, and it’s looking pretty sweet.Motorola hopefuls have been waiting and waiting for the often whispered X Phone. As Google approaches the end of the 18 month pipeline of hardware that was inherited at the time of purchasing the company, fans of what is to come are hoping for a spectacular new phone that may even be worthy of Nexus branding.There’s never been any hard evidence of a Motorola phone in production yet, but there’s more than enough speculation to keep people talking as Moto’s competitors play their hands. If this video is any indication, even if this isn’t the X Phone, Motorola is clearly headed deeper into Stock Android territory.The phone on display is a Snapdragon S4 Pro powered device that is all but Stock Android, running at least Android 4.2. The phone is packing 2GB of RAM under its 4.65″ 720p AMOLED display at 320ppi. In terms of hardware specs alone, the phone seems to very closely emulate the Nexus 4. The design shown here is pretty different from Motorola’s current design schema, opting for soft curves and a matte backing over the highly industrial look of the current RAZR line. The phone is obviously running on a GSM carrier, which could mean that it would be available to more than just Verizon Wireless customers if it is meant to hit the states.The phone is briefly compared to an iPhone 5 in the video, and you can clearly see how nice and thin it is. The curved backing is a new design choice for Motorola, but it allows the camera and flash to lay flush with the phone. There doesn’t appear to be a volume rocker in the casing, which raises some questions about how you would do things like take screenshots or quickly mute the handset when a call was coming in. It’s possible that what we see here in this video is an unfinished product or a casing over the real phone, as it is clear the screen cover is hiding the front facing camera and the user in this video was never touching the actual glass.Motorola releasing what is basically a Nexus 4 right now would put it up against more than a few 1080p phones using Qualcomm’s next generation of processors, which would be difficult. It is possible that this phone is meant to be offered as a mid range handset, but the rest of the hardware seems more than capable. It’s also possible that this is the last phone in Motorola’s pipeline before we start seeing devices made entirely under Google’s influence, which would only further indicate that the often rumored X Phone is much further away than initially rumored.Until we know more, this unreleased phone will continue to be an interesting mystery.last_img read more