PM Modi, Sachin Tendulkar congratulate Hima Das for dream run in Europe

first_imgThe accolades have been flowing for Hima Das as she collected five gold medals in Europe over the course of this month. On Sunday, Sachin Tendulkar and PM Narendra Modi expressed their admiration for the 19-year-old ace sprinter through a tweet.”Loving the way you have been running in the European circuit over the last 19 days. Your hunger to win and perseverance is an inspiration for the youth. Congrats on your 5 Medals! All the best for the future races, @HimaDas8. (sic.” Tendulkar tweeted.Loving the way you have been running in the European circuit over the last 19 days.Your hunger to win and perseverance is an inspiration for the youth.Congrats on your 5 Medals!All the best for the future races, @HimaDas8. Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 21, 2019″India is very proud of @HimaDas8’s phenomenal achievements over the last few days. Everyone is absolutely delighted that she has brought home five medals in various tournaments,” the prime minister tweeted.Modi also extended best wishes for her future endeavors.India is very proud of @HimaDas8’s phenomenal achievements over the last few days. Everyone is absolutely delighted that she has brought home five medals in various tournaments. Congratulations to her and best wishes for her future endeavours.Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 21, 2019Hima’s latest gold came on Saturday in Prague where she clocked a season-best time of 52.09 seconds to win the gold in 400m at the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix. Her personal best is 50.79 seconds, which she recorded at the 2018 Asian Games.advertisementThe Assam sprinter, however, failed to qualify for the World Athletics Championships as the 400m qualification mark for the world event has been kept as 51.80 seconds.Earlier, Hima had won the gold in 200m at the Tabor Athletics Meet.In her first competitive 200m race of the year on July 2, Hima had clocked 23.65 seconds to win gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland.Then on July 8, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland. Braving a sore back, the Assam runner had clocked 23.97 seconds to win the gold while Kerala runner V.K. Vismaya had grabbed silver with a timing of 24.06 seconds.On July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 seconds.last_img read more

Sterling’s racism ordeal was ugly but the reaction has been positive

first_img John Barnes Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Race Share via Email I was impressed, for instance, with the way Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher spoke on Sky’s Monday Night Football. I respect Neville for admitting he did not know quite what to do when Sterling confided in him at Euro 2016 about the abuse he was getting. That has been encouraging: seeing powerful white men in football admit to failings and show a seemingly sincere willingness to assess their own thinking and actions with a view to improving. I’ve seen a lot of educating get done this week. Not to mention Neville and Carragher endorsing Sterling as a true professional with a top character, which makes the negative stories look even more absurd.That all helps because they have a lot of influence. Many of the fans watching Monday Night Football will be white men who go to matches and might be sat next to a fan who’s going to shout abuse or even be like that themselves. So when you try to change the perception of people who hold such views, you are on to something. But I would like to see more educating. I would like, for example, more club chairmen and board members be proactive and say something similar with a zero tolerance approach.Some people will refuse to learn, of course, and refuse to change. They must be called out and banned from football. No one should feel comfortable venting racist abuse, whether from the stands or through media outlets. Just as fans must call out any fans they see hurling abuse, journalists must call out colleagues who perpetuate divisive rhetoric. Name and shame them. comment If every racist at football was silenced stadiums would still be full of racists The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. David Squires on … the mistreatment of Raheem Sterling Share on LinkedIn Raheem Sterlingcenter_img Read more Individuals showing solidarity and demanding certain standards are maintained can amount effective concerted action against racial bias in the media. Similar to the campaign the people of Liverpool have led against the Sun since that paper’s smearing of people around the Hillsborough disaster. Don’t read, click links or subscribe to any media organisations that peddle sinister untruths and stereotypes. This could be a solution to bring the end of the popularity of such negative narratives about black players in the press. Reuse this content Topics Read more Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp This week could be a eureka moment for football. Most of the reaction to Raheem Sterling’s claims that parts of the media have racially biased agendas has been very positive. It feels like a genuine step forward is being made and that Sterling has managed to turn something outrageous into a catalyst for long, overdue change. Share on Messenger I was pleased to see him take a stance and can relate to him feeling the need to do so. It’s not his job to do it – his job is to keep performing well for Manchester City and England and to focus on his family and whatever else he enjoys. He has been targeted for abuse for years but I’ve seen interviews when he has been asked about the media scrutiny on his life and he has batted the question away like a true professional focused on his job. But clearly he reached the end of his tether and decided it was time to say something publicly, while also defending his teammates. It is significant that he has done so from a position of strength: he’s arguably one of the most successful black players in the country, riding high in the Premier League and scoring goals every week for one of the best teams in Europe. But clearly for some people that doesn’t matter. Actually, it does matter: because for some people, the better you’re doing, the more abuse you can get. Let’s think about that.One of the reasons why racism is rearing its ugly head again in football is because a lot of black players are enjoying success that is an affront to the traditional set-up of a society of white privilege. Football turns that on its head, at least in terms of players. When black men become millionaires and can buy expensive homes for their families, it infuriates people who cherish the social construct where white people are at the top and people of other ethnic backgrounds are below. Sterling, after his move to City from Liverpool, was immediately perceived as money greedy and is undeserving of his earnings. The minute he gets within earshot, some remind him of the colour of his skin because of the hatred underlying a black boy from the streets of London becoming a millionaire footballer. It is bad enough when that allegedly comes from ignorant people shouting in stadiums, but when powerful people in the media are perpetuating such stereotypes, it is even more sinister.I am sure Sterling knew what sort of hostile reaction he would get from some people. But obviously he’s mentally very tough – since he was very young he’s played in front of thousands of people in stands every week and millions on TV – and the example he gave of the different ways MailOnline treated Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden was so clear and objective it was unanswerable.The heartening thing was the scale of the positive reaction. There seems to have been collective disgust and collective appraisal. There has been little beating about the bush and saying things such as: ‘Let’s have a debate about this,’ instead there has been recognition of racism – no ifs or buts. Also, usually what happens is you get Kick It Out or the same few black leaders in the media speaking out and other people become kind of desensitised, thinking: ‘OK, when something racist happens we’ll listen to them for a minute and then forget about it.’ But this time the criticism has not only been from the usual sources.last_img read more

BSNL introduces Rs 199 and Rs 499 prepaid plans for IPL 2019 lovers, 1GB data per day offered

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiMarch 23, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 09:21 IST HIGHLIGHTSBSNL has introduced two data plans for IPL 2019 lovers.Rs 199 pack offers 1GB data per day for 28 days.Rs 499 pack offers 1GB data per day for 90 days.Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 is set to kick off at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. Ahead of one of biggest sports events of the year, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has introduced new data plans for its prepaid users that are aimed to help them get timely updates of the cricket matches and enjoy the event.According to a report by Telecom Talk, BSNL has introduced two new data plans, one worth Rs 199 and the other worth Rs 499. These data plans, apart from giving prepaid users daily data benefits and unlimited voice calling, will also give them free alerts about the ongoing matches in the from of SMSs.Now the details about the two newly introduced data plans. As far as the plan worth Rs 199 is concerned, it offers BSNL’s prepaid users 1GB data per day and it comes with a validy of 28 days. This means that in total, the Rs 199 plan offers 28GB data for a month. Apart from the data, the Rs 199 plan also offers its users unlimited voice calls, which means that if users travel from their home circle to any other place (which is outside their home circle), they would be charged at standard rates. This pack, as mentioned earlier, ships with free cricket SMS updates of the ongoing matches and it also offers free cricket PRBT or the personal ring back tone.The Rs 499 plan, on the other hand, packs better benefits than the Rs 199 pack. While this pack too offers just 1GB data per day, it comes with a validity of 90 days or 3 months. This means that BSNL’s prepaid users who opt for this pack will get 90GB data for 90 days. In addition to this, they would also get free cricket PRBT and free cricket SMS alerts. But that not it.advertisementThe Rs 499 data plan will also offer users unlimited voice calling benefit along with added benefits of national roaming including in Delhi and Mumbai. Additionally, it will also offer users 100 SMSs per day – something that was missing in the Rs 199 pack.Both the data packs are availableacross all of BSNL’s 20 telecom circles in India starting today.ALSO READ: | Jio, BSNL are top gainers in January 2019: Jio adds 9.3 million new connections, Vodafone loses 3.5 millionALSO READ: | Vodafone is offering 50 per cent discount on Amazon Prime subscription for prepaid users: How to avail itALSO READ: | Reliance Jio may launch 5G JioPhone in India after network is ready by 2021Get 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow BSNLFollow IPL 2019Follow BSNL data plan BSNL introduces Rs 199 and Rs 499 prepaid plans for IPL 2019 lovers, 1GB data per day offeredApart from the calling benefits, BSNL’s prepaid users who subscribe to any of these plans would also get free cricket PRBT and free cricket SMS alerts.advertisementlast_img read more

Mackenzie Valley pipeline dream refuses to die

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople from the Mackenzie Valley in the Northwest Territories have been counting on the development of a natural gas pipeline.But now the project is in doubt and the federal government isn’t interested in giving it any more funding.But proponents of the pipeline aren’t ready to give up just yet.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has this story.last_img

Police identify Dease Lake victim and charge Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky

first_imgIn consultation with the BC Prosecution Service, 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, have now been charged with one count of 2nd-degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.  The RCMP have not yet laid charges in relation to the deaths of Lucas Folwer and Chyna Desse.As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large. There are concurrent investigations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba into the sightings reported to the police of the two suspects. Saskatchewan RCMP had received reports of the suspects being spotted in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan on July 21. On July 24, Manitoba RCMP confirmed that the RAV4 the pair were travelling in, was recovered on fire in the Gillam area in the Northern part of the province in the evening of July 22.We continue to ask the public to remain vigilant for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky and consider them to be armed and dangerous. The two may be using a different vehicle, on foot or even travelling separately. If they are spotted, do not approach, call 9-1-1 or your local police immediately. DEASE LAKE, B.C. – The RCMP have confirmed the identity of the man found near Dease Lake.Police can now confirm that the man discovered deceased on July 19, 2019, at a Highway pullout about two kilometres south of the vehicle fire south of Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37 is Leonard Dyck from Vancouver, BC.BC RCMP are releasing a photo of Len and expanding their request for any additional information from anyone who may have spoken to Len during his travels in northern BC.center_img The BC RCMP Major Crime tiplines remain open in support of the Leonard Dyck, Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese homicide investigations. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-543-4822 or 778-290-5291.The Dyck family have been notified and they wish to provide the following statement:“We are truly heartbroken by the sudden and tragic loss of Len. He was a loving husband and father. His death has created unthinkable grief and we are struggling to understand what has happened. While we understand there will be interest in knowing more about him and the impact he had during his life, we are asking for the public and the media to please respect our privacy during this difficult time.”last_img read more

The top 10 books on Apple BooksUS

Apple Book charts for week ending September 22, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher)1. The Institute by Stephen King – 9781982110598 – (Scribner)2. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – 9780385543798 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)4. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell – 9780316535625 – (Little, Brown and Company)5. Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson – 9780525522515 – (Penguin Publishing Group)6. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – 9781101442197 – (Penguin Publishing Group)7. Killer Instinct by Howard Roughan & James Patterson – 9780316422345 – (Little, Brown and Company)8. Permanent Record by Edward Snowden – 9781250237248 – (Henry Holt and Co.)9. Met Her Match by Jude Deveraux – 9781488088605 – (MIRA Books)10. Flame by Chelle Bliss – No ISBN Available – (Bliss Ink)____The Associated Press read more

Gala to support firstgeneration postsecondary students

Zach Harrietha knows first-hand the impact Denim, Diamonds and Diplomas can have.Two years ago, as a high school student at the DSBN Academy in St. Catharines, Harrietha and his graduating classmates each received a $250 bursary from the fundraising gala.Now, the second-year General Sciences student is hoping to give back. Along with fellow Denim, Diamonds and Diplomas organizers from the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society (BLCS), Harrietha aims to continue the tradition of providing bursaries to students who will be the first in their family to attend post-secondary education.After receiving a bursary from Denim, Diamonds and Diplomas several years ago, Zach Harrietha is now one of the event’s organizers.The gala, which encourages guests to stray from a traditional black-tie dress code in favour of more casual denim options, takes place Saturday, Feb. 2 at Club Roma in St. Catharines from 6 to 11 p.m.  Those in attendance will be treated to live entertainment, a three-course meal and the chance to bid on multiple items in a silent auction.Harrietha said the support the event offers bursary recipients goes beyond a financial boost.“It’s a sigh of relief,” he said. “It helps financially and shows first-generation students there are other people in the region who want to support them. There is a community here that is ready to help them succeed while they continue their education.”Denim, Diamonds and Diplomas has raised more than $60,000 for bursaries since the event’s inception in 2016. Harrietha and the BLCS team are optimistic they will add another $20,000 to the total this year.The team hopes to accomplish this fundraising goal through general ticket sales, a silent auction for those in attendance and a $5 raffle for a diamond ring from Jewelry by Michael that is open to anyone. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased during business hours in Brock’s Student Life Involvement Commons (MCA 204).“We need more people to come out in their best denim, and we have lots of available tickets,” Harrietha said. “We want to support and grow the region by helping the next generation of leaders.”Tickets for the gala are available until Friday, Jan. 25 and are $65 each or $600 for a table of 10. Tickets and additional information are available on the Education Foundation of Niagara’s website. read more

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones could be booted off Strictly claims BBC

The actress accused her comedian boyfriend of calling her a “psycho” when she confronted him about his close friendship with Jones. Walsh was publicly and unceremoniously dumped by his partner of five years Rebecca Humphries last night after the dancing partners were seen kissing outside a pub in Marylebone on her birthday last week. In a damning statement which is likely to force his exit from the BBC One show, Rebecca Humphries alleged that Walsh was a controlling character who had subjected her to “inappropriate, hurtful behaviour”.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– 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. The BBC 5 Live presenter referred… Seann Walsh and Katya Jones will be booted off Strictly Come Dancing by lunchtime, according to BBC presenter Nicky Campbell. read more

SEHA Gazprom Final4 in Skopje – Balkan Classico and Meshkov underdogs against

← Previous Story VIDEO: Interesting handball discussion at SEHA Gazprom Final4 Next Story → IN TOP FORM: RK Vardar routine win over Meshkov Brest The SEHA Gazprom Final4 starts on Friday in Skopje where four teams will fight for the place at the final on Sunday (20.15 hrs) at Jane Sandanski hall, where almost 100% tickets were sold out day before.RK Vardar will meet HC Meshkov Brest at 17.45 on the way to defend the title in regional competition.Stojance Stoilov, Vardar player: On Friday, we will meet a good team led by a good coach. However, we’ll play in front of our fans, in our hall and we are the defending champions. This is why we will do everything we can to go all the way for the second season in a row. Last time Skopje hosted a SEHA Final 4 tournament we were stopped in the final losing against Zagreb and I really hope that won’t happen again.Vid Poteko, Meshkov Brest player:Our wish was to avoid Vardar in the Final4 semi-final to be honest, but due to a tough rhythm we weren’t able to finish the regular season the way we wanted to and now we’ll have to play one of the best teams in Europe in the semi-final. Despite of that, of course, we’ll do everything we can to beat them and reach the grand finale.Balkan-classico between RK PPD Zagreb and RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko will be seen on Friday – 20.15 hrs.Zlatko Saracevic, PPD Zagreb coach: I really believe best four teams of the league have in the end managed to reach this final tournament. Of course, I’m really glad we’re here. We will face Celje and I obviously expect a difficult match because those matches are always tough and tense. I feel like the chances of progressing to the final are 50:50.Branko Tamse, Celje PL coach: Of course, we are happy we’ve managed to reach this tournament playing well throughout the full course of the season. All four teams deserve to be here in my opinion. A tough match against a team with quality is obviously ahead of us, but we’ll do our best to deliver a solid performance and entertain all the fans of course. SEHA Gazprom League Final4 read more

Les 8 actus science que vous devez connaître ce matin

first_imgLes 8 actus science que vous devez connaître ce matinDes fruits et légumes riches en pesticides, une minuscule planète Terre et une tempête qui disparait, voici votre concentré d’actualités scientifiques pour ce 20 février.  – Les pesticides inquiètent de nouveau. Selon un rapport de l’ONG Générations Futures, près de trois-quart des fruits et 41% des légumes non-biologiques seraient porteurs de traces de pesticides quantifiables. Les plus touchés seraient le raisin, le céleri branche et les clémentines. – Une image de la Terre vue de l’espace fascine les internautes. La photo a été capturée par le satellite OSIRIS-REx à plus de 60 millions de kilomètres de distance et montre notre planète sous la forme d’un minuscule point brillant. A ses côtés, un autre point plus petit qui n’est autre que la Lune. – Les vampires révèlent leurs secrets. Des chercheurs pensent avoir compris comment les chauves-souris vampires parviennent à survivre en se nourrissant de sang. Leur adaptation proviendrait de l’étroite relation entre leur génome et leurs bactéries intestinales.  – Une équipe a découvert une mystérieuse particule radioactive au dessus de l’Alaska. Identifiée à 7 kilomètres d’altitude, la particule serait riche en uranium 235 normalement rare. Son origine n’a pas été identifiée mais celle-ci ne serait pas naturelle d’après les scientifiques. – Courir serait bon pour la mémoire. Selon une nouvelle étude, la course à pied limiterait les effets négatifs du stress sur l’hippocampe, la région du cerveau responsable de l’apprentissage et de la mémoire. À lire aussiAmazonie, Russie et imprimante 3D, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 23 août- La plus grande grotte sous-marine au monde révèle de nouveaux trésors. Les archéologues qui l’explorent au Mexique y ont découvert des fossiles de paresseux géant ainsi qu’un autel dédié au dieu Maya du commerce.    – Tremblements à Yellowstone. Au cours des dix derniers jours, plus de 200 secousses ont été détectées aux abords du volcan américain. L’activité reste toutefois “relativement faible” et le niveau d’alerte demeure “normal” rassurent les spécialistes.  – La plus grande tempête du système solaire pourrait disparaitre. La Grande Tache Rouge détectée sur Jupiter était autrefois quatre fois plus grosse que la Terre. Mais elle ne cesse de diminuer d’après les observations de la sonde Juno et pourrait s’effacer d’ici quelques décennies. Le 20 février 2018 à 10:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

13th Doctor Contender Sacha Dhawan Would Love the Part

first_imgFor more than 50 years, Doctor Who‘s titular character has been portrayed by a white dude.That may change in 2018 when new showrunner Chris Chibnall reports to duty with the Thirteenth Doctor.Since Peter Capaldi early this year announced his departure from the long-running BBC program, fans have speculated about his successor: Kris Marshall, Tilda Swinton, Olivia Colman, and David Harewood remain odds-on favorites.But most big-name actors aren’t likely to give up a Hollywood career just to run around Cardiff six months a year, wielding a light-up screwdriver and fighting green-screen aliens.The BBC, however, has at least one very willing candidate.Sacha Dhawan (left) and Mark Gatiss (right) (@sacha_dhawan via Twitter)Sacha Dhawan—who, along with Gwendoline Christie, Hayley Atwell, Andrew Scott, Alex Kingston, and Danny Dyer, boasts 25-to-1 odds among UK bookmakers—is keen to take the TARDIS controls.“Oh my God, I’d absolutely love to,” the Manchester-born actor told RadioTimes. “I SO would love to.”Only 33 years old, Dhawan has been acting nearly half his life, starting with small-screen appearances in City Central, Out of Sight, The Last Train, and Weirdsister College.American viewers may recognize him from M. Night Shyamalan’s forgotten After Earth, Jack Bauer reboot 24: Live Another Day, Jeremy Piven vehicle Mr. Selfridge, or as Ajay in the latest season of Sherlock.He also snagged a recurring role as Davos/Steel Serpent in the new Marvel TV series Iron Fist (now streaming on Netflix).“I’ve worked with [frequent Doctor Who collaborator Mark Gatiss] quite a lot, and I think I’d bring something really exciting to it,” Dhawan said of the part of the Thirteenth Doctor. “It’d be incredibly nerve-wracking to do, to be honest. It’s quite a lot of pressure.”“When the list came out,” he said, referencing the novelty betting records, “I was so honored really that I was even considered. And that alone was kind of good enough. But who wouldn’t want to do it? It’s Doctor Who.”Dhawan is already part of the Whoniverse: In 2013’s An Adventure in Space and Time (penned by Gatiss), he played Waris Hussein, the British-Indian director known for his work on the first Doctor Who serial, “An Unearthly Child,” in 1963.“We were on set, and Peter Capaldi came on, and he was making some notes and stuff,” Dhawan recalled to Radio Times. “And I was like, ‘Oh, he’s the guy from… What’s he doing on set?’“And Mark [Gatiss] said, ‘Oh no, he’s a huge Doctor Who fan, he just kind of wanted to come and have a look.’ I didn’t know then, but he obviously ended up being the next Doctor.”Chibnall, still in the throes of the final season of Broadchurch, has promised himself a vacation before diving into the new job. Which means you can stop holding your breath for news of the next Doctor.Still, fans can hope that the show’s five-decade trend will get a modern update next year. After all, Missy the gender-bending Master is one of the best new characters in recent history.“I think it’s time that we celebrate that it should maybe be something different. I don’t know what the answer is—I guess it’s the right person for the job,” Dhawan said. “But I think it’s time to flip the character on its head slightly—and I feel that’ll very much happen this year, whether or not it’ll be someone of race or gender.“I’m keen to see what the [BBC] do,” he added.last_img read more

Two labourers killed in road accident

first_imgKeesara: Two persons were killed and nine others sustained injuries in a accident on Keesara Outer Ring Road (ORR) on Thursday morning.The deceased were identified as Chittemma (50) and her husband Muthaiah (55). The incident occurred when a goods vehicle ferrying 11 labourers from IDA Bollaram to Uppal, accidentally had inflated tyre at Keesra, due to which the vehicle lost its control and rammed into the road divider. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Chittemma died the spot due to serious injuries and her husband Muthaiah succumbed while undergoing treatment in the hospital. The other nine labourers who sustained minor injuries were treated in the hospital. After registering a case police are investigating. in when the goods vehicle they were travelling in had inflated tyre tin a goods vehicle tyre blasting incident According to J Narender Goud, SHO, Keesara police station,last_img read more

Visitors throng Surajkund

first_imgWhat’s the most spectacular thing about the popular ongoing Surajkund Mela? It just created history with the highest footfall recorded for a single day with 1,42,000 visitors on a single day on Sunday last week. This new milestone crossed all previous footfall records.The success of Surajkund Crafts Mela is credited to the availability of modern amenities of safe drinking water, clean environment, high maintenance of law and order, clean and hygienic public conveniences and efficient transport facilities with the due efforts of policing and security agencies, district administration and Mela Authority. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The area of the Mela now stands around 40 acres and ensures smooth and soaring movement of visitors. The year 1989 had a footfall of mere 1.75 lakhs while the year 2010 saw a whooping 7.54 lakhs of visitors in the Mela. The year 2011 saw a 20 per cent increase in the number of visitors as compared to 2010 and over the last couple of years, the numbers have been escalating.Surajkund Crafts Mela has gone beyond cultural amalgamation of various countries. The Mela has gone international this year with the participation of 20 countries. The Mela has been enriched by various foreign cultural troupes. It boasts of dedicated fan following who visit every year.last_img read more

Dazzle Ships – The Strangest Sea Camouflage Ever

first_imgAccording to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “dazzle” means “to lose clear vision especially from looking at bright light; to arouse admiration by an impressive display” and “to shine brilliantly.” Nowhere does it allude to camouflage. But that’s exactly what it meant during the first world war. By 1917, Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Emperor of Germany, had launched an extremely successful U-boat submarine campaign. Over one fifth of British supply ships had been sunk by the Germans whose submarines were authorized to sink any vessel, even hospital ships. Hiding ships at sea was extremely difficult, as the colors of the sea and the sky are always changing.Wilhelm IIMirrors, tarps, and other ideas were discussed but were rejected due to feasibility and the inability to camouflage the smoke from the ship’s smokestacks. Finally, a solution called “dazzle” was proposed by renowned artist and Britain’s Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Head of Staff, Norman Wilkinson.Rather than attempt to camouflage the ship, his idea was to camouflage the location and direction of the ship. To do this, he had ships painted in colorful geometric designs.SS West Mahomet in dazzle camouflage, 1918.In the movies when a submarine is attacking a ship, the person using the periscope yells out, and someone pushes a button releasing the torpedo. In real life, it is much more complicated.The sub could be no closer than about 10 feet and no farther away than just over 6,000 feet. The position of the ship and where it would be when the torpedoes were launched had to be estimated using the size, the usual speed of the ship, and the direction in which it was headed. This is where dazzle came into play. The bright colors, unusual shapes, and curved lines confused the eye, and it became very difficult to determine the shape, size, and direction of the ship.Indianapolis in 1944 dazzle camouflage pattern.According to SmithsonianMag, in May of 1917 the first dazzled ship, the HMS Industry, was sent out for a test. Local sailing ships and coastguards were to report back on the position. The dazzle worked brilliantly. After the initial test, about 400 troop ships were dazzled as well as 4,000 British merchant ships.The designs painted on the ships closely resembled the Modernist art wave of the time, made popular by artists such as Picasso. Some of the painters of dazzle not only painted ships but put the same technique to canvas.HMT Olympic in dazzle camouflage while in service as a troopship during the First World War.Over 100 years later, New York artist Tauba Auerbach created another dazzled ship. The New York Art Fund commissioned the artist to paint the fireboat, John J. Harvey.As reported by ArtNet, Auerbach remarked, “I’m interested in the unlikely intelligence of dazzle camo. I like that it works to outsmart rather than hide. It’s like prioritizing ‘ingenuity over virtuosity,’ which is something I say to myself all the time in my head.” The boat was painted in what Auerbach calls “Flow Separation” and is displayed in various locations in New York Harbor where it will remain until May 2019, offering free weekend rides for those who are interested.HMS Argus (I49) in harbor in 1918, painted in dazzle camouflage, with a Renown class battlecruiser in the distance.Artist Tobias Rehberger also designed a dazzle ship, the HMS President – a World War I era ship that may have been painted in dazzle during the war, which now sits at Somerset House on the River Thames in London, England. He also painted an entire café in dazzle, winning the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale.Dazzle shipVenezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez is another artist who dazzled a vessel, the Edmund Gardner, which sits in dry dock in Liverpool, England as a city monument.Read another story from us: The Greatest Beer Run in History Happened During the Vietnam WarThe Imperial War Museum in London has posters, clothing, pillows, tote bags and other items made with dazzle designs in honor of the imaginative designs created for the World War I ships.last_img read more

Blue Jays advance with 11th inning Wild Card walkoff against Orioles

first_img Advertisement The one-game Wild Card is Game 7 baseball playoff drama in a box. Regardless of whether traditionalists are in favor of the play-in-playoff game, the win-or-go-home atmosphere is baseball drama at it’s finest.Last night, with the Blue Jays and Orioles Wild Card game at the Rogers Centre deadlocked at 2 -2 in the 11th inning, and fans firmly planted on the edge of their seats, Edwin Encarnacion stepped to the plate with two runners on.He channeled Joe Carter from 1993, and launched a 3-run, game winning bomb to send the Blue Jays along to the Division Series to play the Texas Rangers. He threw in a killer bat-flip for good measure. Playoff walk-off home runs are the best walk-off home runs.Turn up in The Six! @Encadwin provides the #walkoff heroics:— MLB (@MLB) October 5, 2016 The Rangers and the Blue Jays will square off for the first time since Joey Bautista and Roughned Odor went all McGregor/Diaz the last time they played. It should be interesting. Game 1 is tomorrow.last_img read more

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first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Thanks to our friends at TechBargains, we’ve rounded up three can’t-miss deals on stuff you won’t want to miss. Check it out:Samsung Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive $28.49This little flash drive holds a ton of files and is made to fit into your laptop without protruding. It has a great, low price and gets great reviews at Amazon. Anker Lumos LED Desk Light $39.99 (Orig. $69.99)This highly rated lamp has all the style and function of a similar model you might find at DWR at a fraction of the price. It features different lighting modes for studying, reading, relaxing or even bed time with five dimming levels. This LED desk light has a handy 60-minute sleep timer so that it will automatically shutoff if you doze off.Miracle_Gro AeroGarden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit $99.99Easily grow your own herbs without having to run to the store to grab a sprig of basil, cilantro or parsley. Best of all, this is incredibly fresh and super easy to start and maintain.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » August 1, 2016 2 min readlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterVirgin Voyages is returning to its Virgin brand roots and creating an incomparable music experience on its first ship, Scarlet Lady. Due to set sail for her inaugural season in 2020, Scarlet Lady will be equipped with an on-ship record shop called Voyage Vinyl; The Groupie, a private karaoke and gaming lounge; and curated music and performances by up-and-coming artists as well as music trendsetters for Virgin Voyages’ Sailors to enjoy.Virgin Voyages’ residency program will feature performances by world-class talent on the ship, at in-port destinations and at The Beach Club at Bimini. Last month, Virgin Voyages announced that the Grammy and Oscar-winning DJ, songwriter and record producer, Mark Ronson, has committed to four performances at The Beach Club at Bimini in 2020. Based on Sailor demand, the company has expanded the star-studded residency music line-up to include the multi-platinum chart-topping artist, DJ, producer/ remixer, MK (Marc Kinchen), who has committed to one performance in 2020. The Grammy-nominated electronic music duo Sofi Tukker, known for their smash-hit ‘Best Friend’ , will also join the Virgin Voyages residency program.The GroupieWith the Virgin brand’s deep-rooted history in music, Virgin Voyages’ sonic identity will come to life aboard Scarlet Lady. Each space on Scarlet Lady will have a unique energy, thoughtfully developed by industry tastemakers and brought to life by up-and-coming talent and special guest performances. The Virgin Voyages sonic identity will have a home in electronic music, but will also incorporate other music genres, ensuring that all Sailors will find a sound they love. The brand defines electronic, as not solely a traditional EDM sound, but will incorporate all electronically programmed sounds, even those of more classic eras, and the early innovators of the sound from rare disco tracks, through to ’80s sounds and other important periods of electronic sound. That means timeless classics from varying genres will be artfully blended with new and rising artists. Calming sounds will be incorporated at the appropriate times, to ensure moments of relaxation and rejuvenation are in ample supply.As part of Virgin Voyages’ fierce approach to music, the brand also announced the expansion of its Creative Collective from design, food and entertainment to now include music. Virgin Voyages’ new music Creative Collective will include WhiteLabel Creative, a group of music industry insiders that specialise in sensory branding and cultural programming for hospitality and lifestyle experiences. WhiteLabel Creative is responsible for developing the background sonic palettes across the ship and securing DJs for The Beach Club at Bimini’s residency program.Leaning into Virgin’s history in music, something old is new again with Voyage Vinyl, the record shop aboard Scarlet Lady. Voyage Vinyl will be the go-to spot on board for Sailors to experience music from all eras and genres. Voyage Vinyl features personal listening stations for Sailors to enjoy their favourite albums both current and classic. Sailors looking for something unique can also shop for limited-edition curated albums and special editions of classics. Sailors can also purchase music magazines, headphones and record players.Voyage Vinyl will also double as a performance spot for live sets mixed by Scarlet Lady’s resident DJs.Sailors can let loose at The Groupie, Virgin Voyages’ bookable karaoke, gaming and movie lounge. Designed by Roman Coppola, The Groupie was designed as a modernist take on a Japanese-style karaoke room for Sailors to enjoy singing along to their favourite tunes with friends.Lead image: Virgin VinylGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Vancouver flight searches up 71

first_imgVancouver flight searches up 71% With the Vancouver Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games coming up in February (12th-28th 2010), Skyscanner can report a 71% increase in flight searches to Vancouver compared to last year.Hosting the Olympics is a big boost to any city; investment in new infrastructure, lift systems and hotels, plus global publicity means that host cities can expect to remain high on skiers’ lists for a long time, as the Olympic legacy lasts for many years.Skyscanner takes a look at Winter Olympic cities of the past, present and future.Vancouver, Canada2010Vancouver itself is a ski city, with three ski areas within the city limits: Grouse, Seymour and Cypress Mountains. Those looking for more can make the two hour journey to Whistler Blackcomb, which is consistently rated as one of the best ski resorts in the world. With over 3000 acres of terrain, and an average snowfall of over 10m per year, Whistler is a very worthy host. Find cheap flights to VancouverTurin, Italy2006Several different Italian ski resorts played host to winter Olympians in 2006; Bardonecchia was the site of the snowboarding competitions, Cesana San Sicario held the biathlon and alpine skiing, but the best known to UK skiers was Sauze d’Oulx which hosted the freestyle skiing events. Situated at one end of the lift-linked Via Lattea (Milky Way), Sauze d’Oulx is one of the largest, most popular resorts in the area, offering access to over 400km of pistes. Find cheap flights to TurinSalt Lake City, USA2002Salt Lake prides itself on having some of the lightest, driest powder in the ski world, with an average of 13 meters of the stuff falling each winter. With four world class ski resorts – Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude, all just minutes from the international airport, Salt Lake is one of the USA’s premier ski cities. Find cheap flights to Salt Lake CityNagano, Japan1998Japan has fast become one of the world’s most alluring winter sports destinations, and with over 400 ski areas, huge volumes of powder snow and a fascinating cultural adventure to boot, it’s not surprising. The land of sumo and sushi has hosted the winter Olympics twice and there are ski areas all over Japan’s four main islands, but the most well known are on Hokkaido, and in Nagano and Niigata. Find cheap flights to JapanLillehammer, Norway1994One of Norway’s oldest and most prestigious winter destinations, Lillehammer is packed with ski and snowboard opportunities. Nordseter and Sjusjøen have developed into two of Northern Europe’s best cross-country skiing destinations with approximately 350km of prepared trails, including both forested and mountain terrain. The wide variety of alpine slopes at Hafjell (just 15km from Lillehammer itself) makes this the place for downhillers, with 40km of runs and 15 lifts on offer. Find cheap flights to OsloAlbertville, France1992The Albertville Olympics were the third time that France had held the games, and some of the country’s best known ski resorts were used as venues, including Les Arcs, Courchevel, Meribel, La Plagne, Tignes and Val d’Isère. These continue to attract huge numbers of British skiers each winter and are known for their extensive skiing, good snow conditions and lively nightlife. Find cheap flights to GenevaCalgary, Canada1988Calgary’s 1988 games are remembered for the appearance of novice Olympians, Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, and Jamaica’s bobsleigh team (as dramatised in the film Cool Runnings). Despite being heavily outmatched by their competitors, they won the hearts of the spectators and the world’s media, much to the annoyance of many superior athletes. Venues for the downhill events included Nakiska which was built especially for the games and remains a popular ski resort to this day. Find cheap flights to CalgarySarajevo, Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina)1984Though Yugoslavia as a country no longer exists, Sarajevo’s ski areas are attracting increasing numbers of adventurous UK skiers. Bjelašnica was the venue for the men’s alpine skiing, whilst Jahorina held the women’s alpine events. Both ski areas are just a short drive from the Bosnian capital, meaning visitors can ski the slopes by day and explore the vibrant city by night. Find cheap flights to SarajevoLake Placid, USA1980Lake Placid has actually hosted the Winter Olympics twice (the first time was in 1932) and is well known for both its alpine and Nordic skiing opportunities. The ski resort of Whiteface claims the ‘greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies’ and with 85 trails and 314 acres of skiable terrain, there’s certainly plenty of snow. Real thrill seekers can even join a professional bobsleigh driver and brakeman and ride the Olympic bobsled track. Find cheap flights to AlbanyInnsbruck, Austria1964Sitting in the scenic Tyrol region, the city of Innsbruck offers oodles of outdoor fun, and lively nightlife. Surrounded by snow capped mountains, there are several ski areas in the area to choose from including Axamer Lizum, Igls and the Stubai Glacier. Nordpark is the closest to Innsbruck itself; go from city centre to ski slope in just 20 minutes by taking the funicular railway then cable car, but be warned – the ski area boasts one of the steepest runs in the Alps. Find cheap flights to InnsbruckSochi, Russia2014Russia remains fairly uncharted territory for the average non-Russian skier, but Sochi’s hosting of the winter Olympics in 2014 will change all of that. Krasnaya Polyana is a two hour drive from the city of Sochi and is known for being a favourite of President Putin’s. 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