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Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu carry India’s hopes at Denmark Open

Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu carry India’s hopes at Denmark Open

first_imgTitle-contenders P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth would look to put behind the disappointment of an early exit from Japan Open and make a positive start to their campaign at the Denmark Open Super Series Premier, which begins on Tuesday.Rio Olympics and World Championship silver medallist Sindhu have been in rampaging form this season as she has already bagged two titles at the India Open and Korea Open respectively.After a gruelling week at Seoul last month, she couldn’t sustain the intensity and suffered a second-round defeat against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara — an opponent she had some fierce battles recently — at the Japan Open at Tokyo.The second seeded Indian, however, will be fresh after a three week training and would look to make amends when she opens her campaign against World No. 10 China’s Chen Yufei, a rival she had beaten in the World Championship in August.Chinese seventh seed He Bingjiao is likely to stand in Sindhu’s way to the semi-finals. The left-handed Chinese has a 5-4 record against Sindhu even though the Indian had beaten her at Korea Open.Slowly finding her foot back after battling her way through a career-threatening injury last year, Saina Nehwal will be looking for her first super series win in 16 months.She had won the Australia Open last year in June, 2016 before a knee injury derailed her Rio Olympics dream.The World No. 12 bagged a bronze at the World Championship but she lost to Carolina Marin at the Japan Open in the second round and the Indian will be itching for a revenge when she faces the fifth seeded Spaniard in the opening round here.advertisementReuters Photo The duo are locked 4-4 in head-to-head count but the last time Saina had beaten Marin was at the 2015 Dubai World Superseries Finals. The Indian has lost twice in straight games to Marin in the last two meetings and she would need a determined effort to get across the newly-crowned Japan Open champion.In men’s singles, Srikanth starts as hot favourite after his three back-to-back final appearances out of which he won two titles at Indonesia and Australia.The World No. 8 had two creditable quarterfinal finishes at Glasgow World Championship and Japan Open and he would be looking for another title after he opens his campaign against a qualifier.If Srikanth can cross the first two rounds, a familiar foe in World Champion and local favourite Viktor Axelsen might be waiting for him at the quarters.Among other Indians in fray, B Sai Praneeth and H S Prannoy have showed that they are no pushovers after their good run this season.While Praneeth clinched his maiden Super Series title at Singapore beating Srikanth in the final, Prannoy bagged the US Open Grand Prix Gold title besides creating a flutter after dumping heavyweights Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and China’s Chen Long in Indonesia Open.Prannoy and Praneeth will look to put their best foot forward when they face Denmark’s Emil Holst and Hans-Kristian Vittinghus respectively in the opening round.Sameer Verma, who won the Syed Modi Grad Prix Gold, will take on a qualifier and is expected to clash with Axelsen in the second round.Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are also in the fray.Women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will also look for a good outing, while Satwiksairaj and Ashwini, who reached the mixed doubles semifinals at Dutch Open Grand Prix last week, also will look to continue their good run.Tomorrow, Commonwealth Games champion P Kashyap, who reached the finals at US Open, will open his campaign against Denmark’s Victor Svendsen, while Subhankar Dey faces another local shuttler Kim Bruun in men’s singles qualifiers.In women’s singles, Anura Prabhudesai will lock horns with Denmark’s Irina Amalie Andersen.In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy will face Ireland’s Sam Magee and Chloe Magee in the main draw tomorrow.last_img read more

Hero MotoCorp unveils concept of off-road bike Xpulse

Hero MotoCorp unveils concept of off-road bike Xpulse

first_imgBy Munish ShekhavatMilan, Nov 7 (PTI) Indias largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp today unveiled concept of an off-road bike Xpulse, which it plans to launch next year.An adventure bike, the Xpulse concept provides a glimpse into Heros plans to expand further into higher engine capacity segments.”We are constantly developing concepts for the future ? keeping in mind global trends and customer aspirations,” Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp told reporters here. The XPulse gives a directional guidance on the path that Hero is going to ride on in the future, he added. According to company sources, Hero MotoCorp has definite plans to launch the product next year. “We created this segment in India a few years ago and we feel it is about time that we start conceptualising some new thoughts and ideas in this space,” Munjal said. Keeping with the rising global stature of brand Hero, the company is creating such concepts not just with the Indian users in mind, but also with a focus on the evolved global markets, he added.The company earlier used to sell an off-road model Impulse. It has, however, stopped production of the bike. Munjal said Hero MotoCorp is also committed on motorsports and would continue to invest in it.”As part of our long-term commitments for promotion of motorsports in India and also ourselves going globally into motorsports we will we making further investments of building the culture of motorsports in India and beyond,” he saidadvertisementThe companys motorsport division, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, also presented its plan for the upcoming Dakar Rally 2018, including its new motorcycle, which the pilots will ride at the rally.”The team is now ready for Dakar 2018. We are also taking our learning and experience from motor sports to develop new concepts and products for our customers,” he said. The Hero MotoSports Team Rally had a successful debut season on the rally racing circuit last season, with a 100 per cent finish rate in all the rallies that it participated in. PTI MSS RKL MKJlast_img read more

Romao the First of Four

Romao the First of Four

first_imgOlympiacos has announced the signing of Alaixys Romao from Marseille. The 32-year old defensive midfielder has signed a 2-year contract with the Erythrolefki. Romao is the first of four signings anticipated today on the final day of the transfer window.Romao is a clear “#6” defensive midfielder that has played his whole career in France. Before making a move to Marseille in 2013, he played at Toulouse, Louhans-Cuiseaux, Grenoble, and Lorient. He is coming off of three full seasons in the French Ligue 1 with Marseille (45, 39, 38 appearances). Additionally he has 52 caps with Togo’s National team.The 32-year old signed a 2-year contract with Olympiacos as a free agent. After signing his deal he stated “I want many titles with the biggest team in Greece.” Romao is another option in the defensive midfield position along with Milivojevic, Cambiasso, and Zdjelar. Milivojevic has caught the interest of many teams, however he is not expected to be sold last minute, as Olympiacos have minimal starting-line up options in the current position.The Erythrolefki are expected to complete three additional signing before the transfer window closes today at 6:00 PM local time. The three players will be Bruno Viana (central defender),Gonzalo Paciência (striker), and the “big name” Oscar Cardozo (striker). Of course, we cannot rule out a last minute surprise from the Greek Champions.Giannis Maniatis, Manuel da Costa, and Dimitris Siovas have all been rumored to leave the club with neither of the players rumored to transfer deal. Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Touch Footy Show – NYC Edition

Touch Footy Show – NYC Edition

first_imgIn this edition, Mark Spear, Adam Raptis and Glenn Hayes discuss the upcoming event – the favourites, who to watch out for as well as celebrating the Touch Footy Show’s first birthday. To view the video please click on the link http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865 or locate ‘MyTouch TV’ on the Touch Football Australia homepage.last_img

Georgia Fans All Said The Same Thing About Ohio State Today

Georgia Fans All Said The Same Thing About Ohio State Today

first_imgGeorgia football fans during a game.JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 28: Georgia Bulldogs fans celebrate in the first quarter of a game against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 28, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)On Thursday afternoon, Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell’s name popped up in the transfer portal, suggesting Martell was exploring a transfer from the university. That news come on the heels of former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields’ decision to transfer to Ohio State.After the Martell news dropped, Georgia fans all said the same thing about Ohio State’s quarterback carousel. The Bulldogs fans are glad Dwan Mathis doesn’t have to “walk into that mess,” as one Georgia fan described it.Georgia and Kirby Smart flipped Mathis from Ohio State before the Earlier Signing Period. The team likely knew it was losing Justin Fields and needed a replacement – and that replacement came from none other than Ohio State.Here’s what a few Georgia fans had to say.Dwan Mathis I’m happy for you.— UGA United (@UGAUnited) January 10, 2019I’m just glad Dwan Mathis didn’t walk into that mess…— ????????#FrommTrain (@25__DawgAx) January 10, 2019Shots fired from a program that just flipped a top recruit.Georgia fans can sit back and relax knowing Jake Fromm is their starting quarterback, while Ohio State fans are gearing up for a great quarterback race between Fields and Martell.last_img read more

Amendments Support Waste to Energy

Amendments Support Waste to Energy

first_imgNova Scotia is allowing new solutions to reduce the amount of waste going into our landfills. The province has amended its solid waste regulations to allow thermal treatment facilities to accept banned materials, such as plastic, cardboard and newsprint, and use them to create energy. According to a waste audit done in 2017 by Divert Nova Scotia, 43 per cent of the garbage being sent to landfills is banned material that could have been composted or recycled. The changes also clarify that the province considers energy recovery as waste diversion. Recyclable materials will still be banned from landfills and waste-to-energy facilities will still need all required environmental assessment and industrial approvals. “Nova Scotians are national leaders in waste diversion, but there is still more we can do to keep waste out of our landfills,” said Environment Minister Margaret Miller. “We want Nova Scotians to continue to recycle and compost, but we also need to ensure we’re doing all we can to reduce our footprint. This will give new businesses the chance to create something useful from waste destined for landfills.” Nova Scotians send an average of 404 kilograms of waste per person to landfills each year. The national average is 688 kilograms.last_img read more

Aboriginal children make up 95 of foster care kids in Northwest Territories

Aboriginal children make up 95 of foster care kids in Northwest Territories

first_imgAPTN National NewsAboriginal children are over represented in the foster care system across the country.That’s according to recent statistics in the National Household Survey.In the North it’s ongoing social issues that are the heart of the matter.APTN’s Cullen Crozier has the story.Ccrozier@aptn.calast_img

Crans Montana Forum kicks off Friday in Rabat

Crans Montana Forum kicks off Friday in Rabat

Rabat – The 25th annual meeting of the Crans Montana Forum, a global platform to promote international cooperation, dialogue, growth, stability, peace and security in the world, kicked off Friday in Rabat under the theme “Heading on South-South: not only a strategy, but a necessity.”Under the auspices of King Mohammed VI, the meeting which is held at the headquarters of the Islamic, Scientific, Educational, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), is attended by a number of heads of State, government ministers, heads of international organizations, economists and business leaders from several countries to discuss promising new markets, particularly in Africa.The opening session was marked by a royal speech, which was read by Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar. read more

Drone swarms led by F35 jets will overwhelm Britains enemies Defence Secretary

Drone swarms led by F35 jets will overwhelm Britains enemies Defence Secretary

Britain’s new F-35 jets will be able to deploy “drone swarms” to “confuse and overwhelm” enemy forces by the end of the year, Gavin Williamson has said. Any position emitting radar energy or seen by drone cameras could then be attacked by missiles from the F-35 or other… The Defence Secretary has announced groups of unmanned aircraft will seek to penetrate enemy air defences, all controlled by a pilot in one of the RAF’s new F-35 stealth jets. Air defence radars and surface to air missile sites will be the most likely targets, as the drones seek either to spot the enemy positions using cameras or force adversaries to ‘light up’ their equipment by switching on their radars to attack the drones. read more

Hitachi mining customers to benefit from new Remanufacturing Centre

Hitachi mining customers to benefit from new Remanufacturing Centre

first_imgHaving initially launched a remanufactured parts programme in 2009, Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe (HCME) has now unveiled a new €1 million Remanufacturing Centre. After two years of “detailed planning, intricate development and the installation of the latest high-tech engineering and testing equipment”, the facility has officially opened its doors for business. There is already a wide range of remanufactured parts available for Hitachi customers throughout the European dealer network, and as a next step, Africa, the Middle East and the CIS. The quality of components is “as good as new” according to HCME’s Dealer Support Manager, Marten Bootsma and comes with a significant saving on the new list price.The centre is situated in the vicinity of HCME’s Oosterhout factory in the south of The Netherlands. It specialises in the supply of the main pumps, swing and travel motors, and cylinders for most medium and large Zaxis excavators, and ultra-large EX-6 series mining machines. It also caters for the transmissions on ZW wheel loaders. While only Hitachi-manufactured components will be overhauled in the Remanufacturing Centre, HCME works with an extensive network of OEMs for other components. These include: ZF, the manufacturer of axles and transmissions for wheeled excavators; MTU, which supplies Mercedes engines for the ZW310; Allison’s Dutch dealer for mining truck transmissions; and a UK company that has been certified by Isuzu Europe for the DPF (part of the muffler filter) on Zaxis-5 medium and large excavators.In addition, the remanufacturing of AC-drive components for the EH-series dump trucks has been licensed to a Dutch company. As an example, each EH3500ACII rigid dump truck in the Talvivaara Mining fleet in Finland will benefit from these remanufactured components being fitted at 20,000 h. This offer will be extended to other similar fleets that fall under HCME’s parts distribution network. HCME comments: “The tried-and-tested remanufacturing process is initiated when the required part is ordered by one of HCME’s dealers on behalf of a customer. The sales agreement includes the return of the ‘core’ product to HCME, where it is assessed for damage and evaluated for repair. It is then disassembled and replenished with new parts if required, and then assembled, checked and tested using rigid Hitachi standards, so that it is returned to the same specification as a new component. The remanufactured component is also sold with a six-month warranty – the same as a new component.”“The competitive price, high level of quality and excellent availability of remanufactured parts mean that they are an attractive proposition for any Hitachi customer,” says Bootsma. “This programme is also a good example of HCME’s corporate social responsibility activities, as the core isn’t scrapped, but refurbished and supplied back into the market. HCME’s customers benefit directly from the Remanufacturing Centre, because they have now better access to an increased supply of components from Europe as well as Japan. In addition, the sustainable value of this facility may be evidenced by the diminishing need for raw materials in the supply chain.”last_img read more

BORING THURSDAY Easy wins for France and Croatia

BORING THURSDAY Easy wins for France and Croatia

← Previous Story ASIA 2016: Qatar secure semi-final spot Next Story → Nikola Manojlović and Meshkov Brest part ways France and Croatia celebrated routine wins at the start of the Main Round in Krakow. Both matches had clear favorites, but it wasn’t expected that the difference between the rivals will be too visible. France smashed Belarus 34:23 (20:5) in the first 10 minutes. Nikola Karabatić had 9/9 in the first half, so Claude Onesta had a chance to rotate all his players in order to refresh them before crucial match with Croatia on Wednesday.STATISTICSSame story has been seen in Croatian win over Macedonia 34:24 (17:13). Croatia opened match in classy manner with 7:1, but Macedonians, obviously exausted after Preliminary Round battle against Serbia, managed to get back until half-time break. However, Ivan Slišković (6) and Co. showed domination in the second half…STATISTICSSTANDINGS:Poland 4Norway 4France 4Croatia 4Belarus 0Macedonia 0PHOTO: EHF-EURO.COM read more

Ireland look to blow the roof off Wales Grand Slam party in

Ireland look to blow the roof off Wales Grand Slam party in

first_img Share1 Tweet Email2 Murray Kinsella reports from CardiffAFTER THE PHONEY war, now we finally get the rugby.It’s likely to be wet, wild and utterly brutal at Principality Stadium [KO 2.45pm], with Ireland’s desire to see the roof open for this final round Six Nations clash ensuring that it’s likely to be played in difficult weather conditions.The forecast for Cardiff is not good – rain and strong winds – so there are likely to be plenty of pissed-off Welsh supporters in the crowd, although the roof not being closed will reduce the effect of their vocal support. Schmidt has opted to keep the roof open. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOWarren Gatland’s Grand Slam chasers wanted this game fought out indoor but Joe Schmidt wasn’t willing to play ball and, with Six Nations protocols essentially allowing the away union to decide, we have an outdoor game.The physical nature of this fixture is likely to be ferocious, with Ireland believing their pack – including Six Nations debutant and former Scarlets lock Tadhg Beirne – can get the upper hand in the set-piece and collisions.Gatland’s men have shown their ability to go through long passages of play successfully – both in attack and defence – over the course of this championship but it will be riveting to see which team cracks first in this contest.Memories of Ireland battering and battering in vain against the formidable Welsh defence on their visits here in the 2015 and 2017 Six Nations remain strong, although they insist that’s not the case in their camp.“The big thing was that we were able to keep the ball,” said Ireland captain Rory Best yesterday.“It’s going to be tough, especially with guys like Justin Tupuric in there. Having played with him on two Lions tours, he’s one of the best players that I’ve ever played with.“So when he’s in there, it’s going to be a challenge to keep the ball.“Probably the big one that jumps out is just how tough their defence is going to be. We’re going to have to be as good as we can be in every opportunity we’re given because Wales aren’t going to give you very many opportunities. Alun Wyn Jones has led Wales superbly. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“When you get into that 22, they seem to go through the roof in terms of their physicality. The closer you get to the Welsh line, the harder it’s going to be and we’ve got to get our head around that as well.”The Welsh attack is improving with Gareth Anscombe at out-half – his creative touches add a new dimension – but it is that defence that will have given Schmidt restless nights this week as he has plotted a map for Ireland to find ways to break it.Gatland’s side have been strong aerially in this championship, with Liam Williams – fit to start today after concern for his shoulder – defusing bombs in defence and Josh Adams showing his threat for a wonderful leap and gather to score against England.Jonathan Davies is class at outside centre opposite the equally influential Garry Ringrose, while Hadleigh Parkes is the glue-like figure for Wales that Bundee Aki so often is for Ireland.Tipuric, the combative Ross Moriarty and Josh Navidi are a multi-skilled back row, while Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony will threaten the Welsh lineout, CJ Stander will work relentlessly, and Sean O’Brien will be keen to prove a point on the big occasion.In Adam Beard, Wales have a 23-year-old lock who has yet to lose a Test match but the man alongside him is even more important. Alun Wyn Jones will go down as a legend of Welsh – and probably world – rugby and his determination to seal this Grand Slam could be a telling factor.Gatland, who has already won two Grand Slams with the Welsh, is another advantage in a week like this, his record in knock-out games and championship deciders being impeccable. He is a superb motivator. Tadhg Beirne adds something different for Ireland. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOIreland, however, will feel they can peak on this final day of the championship, never having lost the last game of a Six Nations under Schmidt.With Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton ready to deliver a controlling masterclass in the rain, Ireland have travelled with confidence that they can spoil the Grand Slam party at the Principality.The bookies have found it difficult to call this one and Wales’ one-point favouritism says it all. Fine margins will be decisive.“There’s going to be little errors,” said Best, “maybe somebody over-eager overruns the ball or a small penalty offside, that kind of thing. “Those are going to happen in a game but I think for you to get close to your best 80 minutes, they’re at a minimum, but it’s also how you react off the back of those, that says a lot. Do you make a mistake and switch off?“And a team doesn’t just get the ball back, they get yards and it’s all these little things that we’ll know. It’s a little bit of a cliché, but you’ll know when a team is just in that moment and they’re trying to live every moment around the pitch.”Wales:15. Liam Williams14. George North13. Jonathan Davies12. Hadleigh Parkes11. Josh Adams10. Gareth Anscombe9. Gareth Davies1. Rob Evans2. Ken Owens3. Tomas Francis4. Adam Beard5. Alun Wyn Jones (captain)6. Josh Navidi7. Justin Tipuric8. Ross MoriartyReplacements:16. Elliot Dee17. Nicky Smith18. Dillon Lewis19. Jake Ball20. Aaron Wainwright21. Aled Davies22. Dan Biggar23. Owen Watkin Ireland: 15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Garry Ringrose12. Bundee Aki11. Jacob Stockdale10. Johnny Sexton9. Conor Murray1. Cian Healy2. Rory Best (captain)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Tadhg Beirne5. James Ryan6. Peter O’Mahony7. Sean O’Brien8. CJ StanderReplacements:16. Niall Scannell17. Dave Kilcoyne18. Andrew Porter19.  Quinn Roux20. Jack Conan21.  Kieran Marmion22. Jack Carty23. Jordan LarmourReferee: Angus Gardner [Australia].Bernard Jackman joins Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey on The42 Rugby Weekly as Ireland bid to spoil Wales’ Grand Slam party in Cardiff, and the U20s target their own piece of history. Ireland look to blow the roof off Wales’ Grand Slam party in Cardiff A bruising encounter in the rain awaits at Principality Stadium. By Murray Kinsella Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM 20,553 Views https://the42.ie/4545535 Mar 16th 2019, 7:01 AM Short URL Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Subscribe 31 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sitdown Sunday My childhood growing up in a cult

Sitdown Sunday My childhood growing up in a cult

first_img Share6 Tweet Email4 By Aoife Barry Sunday 5 May 2019, 9:00 AM May 5th 2019, 9:00 AM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4615181 30,121 Views IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. My childhood in a cult Guinevere Turner was brought up in an isolated commune in Boston, among people who believed the world was set to end soon. She was homeschooled and never saw a doctor. Here, she writes about this life and the impact it had on her.(New Yorker, approx 22 mins reading time) Sitdown Sunday: My childhood growing up in a cult Settle back in a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads. Image: Shutterstock/DTFM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I was also raised to believe that we were eventually going to live on Venus. In my early twenties, years after I left the Family, I was describing my childhood to someone and she said, “That doesn’t sound like a commune—it sounds like a cult.” I still balk at this word and all the preconceived notions that come with it. What’s the difference between a commune and a cult? Here’s one: a cult never calls itself a cult. 2. The stolen kidsThis longread is about what happened when a man named Larry Ray moved onto the Sarah Lawrence campus in New York ini 2010, to stay with his daughter and her friends.(The Cut, approx 50 mins reading time)Within days of his release, Larry Ray moved onto Sarah Lawrence’s campus. He planted himself in the common area, cooking steak dinners and ordering expensive delivery for Talia and her seven housemates. While they ate, he told them stories in a nasal Brooklyn accent about his long and decorated history as a government agent, his former work as an international CIA operative, how he recovered Stinger missiles off the black market and engineered a cease-fire in Kosovo.3. The girls of BessboroughThe BBC journeys to Cork to look at the mother and baby home Bessborough,  where unmarried mothers were sent to have babies in 1960s Ireland.(BBC, approx 26 mins reading time)Once through the door, her clothes, her savings book, her small stud earrings and her bracelet were taken from her. She was given a uniform – clogs and a starched denim dress. Bridget – like the other arrivals – was told not to speak about her life outside. All of them were given a different name. Hers was Alma – but she couldn’t get used to it. 4. The word ‘fat’ should be reclaimedComedian and podcast host Sofie Hagen talks about the word fat, and why she wants it to be reclaimed.(The Guardian, approx 10 mins reading time)For several years, the 30-year-old comic has been vocal about what she describes as society’s “deeply ingrained” anti-fat bias and the way it marginalises people, particularly women. On social media, she has highlighted fat phobia in advertising campaigns, inevitably attracting the attention of trolls whose personal abuse can “last for days”.5. The kids of the global climate strike From Uganda to Tokyo, here are the kids of the global climate strike movement.(Vice, approx 34 mins reading time)Why has the youth strike movement made such an impact? It has emphasised how many youth actually care so deeply about their lives in relation to this crisis. There is something powerful about a generation fighting back, especially a generation that will be first affected by climate change but is also the last generation to do something about it.6. The power of a nameHow important is a fada, or any other character on a name? Very important, writes Rebecca Tamás.(Granta, approx 11 mins reading time)When I started correcting people in earnest I was transitioning from being a student and an ‘emerging writer’, to becoming someone with a ‘career’ in academia, someone who published books. My name appeared more often, and as it did, I couldn’t help but notice the accent was forgotten perhaps two out of every three times. Initially it didn’t seem like a ‘big deal’. And indeed, perhaps it is not one. But how to describe the sense of deflation when someone you respect tweets an incorrect version of your name? When everywhere you go, this slightly wrong version of yourself limps after.…AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES… Most of Stephen King’s family are writers. Here’s how they make it work.(New York Times, approx 32 mins reading time)If reading was a common escape in the King household, it was nonetheless deeply social. They read on tape, but they also took turns reading aloud after dinner, passing around “The Hobbit” or the Narnia chronicles. It followed that writing came to feel like something they all could share as well. Stephen and Tabitha did not take themselves off to quiet sheds or off-site offices to write; they wrote in their own home, upstairs, as their kids, below, wondered what words were being put on the page and played elaborate role-playing games of their own.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday> Image: Shutterstock/DTFM 11 Comments last_img read more

Greeks are the most stressed people in the world finds report

Greeks are the most stressed people in the world finds report

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Representing the views of citizens from more than 140 countries and areas, the 2019 Global Emotions Report measures life’s intangibles – feelings and emotions – that traditional economic indicators such as GDP were never intended to capture. The Gallup that sampled 150,000 people found that Greeks are the most stressed people in the world.The poll found that 59 per cent of Greeks had responded positively to the question that asked them if they had “experienced a lot of stress yesterday”, putting Greece at the top of the chart for the third consecutive year.Greece tops the list, followed by the Philippines, Tanzania and Albania.The same poll asked respondents about their anger levels, and found Armenians topping the chart followed by Iraqis, Iranians and those of the Palestine.The citizens with the most positive experiences were those of Paraquay, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador, whereas those that experienced the greatest negativity were in Chad, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Iran.last_img read more

Reddits rGames Stages April Fools Day Shutdown To Protest Gamer Toxicity

Reddits rGames Stages April Fools Day Shutdown To Protest Gamer Toxicity

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target Today is April Fool’s Day so the internet is positively crawling with even more lies than usual. This is especially true for video games fans as the #brands are out in full force releasing disturbingly elaborate hoaxes. Whether it’s a new Nintendo Direct, surprise character announcement for Tekken, or PlatinumGames tax simulator, if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.However, the popular gaming Reddit r/Games is using this cursed holiday as an opportunity to get extremely real. Today the subreddit has shut down to stage a protest of the gamer toxicity it feels partially responsible for propagating.“In recent times, it’s come to our attention that what has been intended to be a forum for the potential spread of knowledge and involvement in video games has instead become a battleground of conflicting ideas,” the mods’ explanation post reads. “Ordinarily, this isn’t an issue; discussion by its very nature is certain to bring argument, but when that argument descends into vitriolic attacks between individuals on a regular basis with no chance at deescalation, that’s when, put simply, something’s got to give.”Specifically, the post calls out gamer “disdain” and “outright rejection” of marginalized identities. There’s been a rise in “inflammatory content” whether it’s racism, transphobia, homophobia, misogyny and all of the other regressive right-wing mindsets we’ve seen continue to fester in gamer communities since the GamerGate hate movement exploded them to the surface five years ago.Reddit played a huge role in that ongoing debacle, serving as a kind of complicit mid-point between mainstream site and radical fringe community like 8/chan. So for r/Games at least to recognize its role in this negativity shows an admirable amount of self-awareness. The post also links to various progressive charities. The subreddit should re-open tomorrow, and after that the community will have a discussion about the shutdown and why it needed to happen.There’s still a long road ahead towards purging video games, and tech in society in general, of hateful ideologies. Just recently Minecraft finally had to kick Notch to the curb while Facebook got around to banning white supremacy at last. But in the end, just like in video games, the good guys will win.last_img read more

New York Media Announces Launch of the Vulture Network

New York Media Announces Launch of the Vulture Network

first_imgAdvertisers are able to expand the way they currently reach consumers through Vulture.com to across the Vulture Network – geographically, by date for “key tune-in responses,” as well as behaviorally. Complex Media expanded its network last week, adding 8 new sites and an additional 3.5 million unique visitors to its websites. In addition to the slew of sites added last week, Complex Media has incorporated 28 other sites into their network over the last six months. Once on the network, the site has a two-year contract with Complex Media, and can only be represented exclusively by Complex. Forbes also launched its own ad platform with the Forbes Media Network in late February of this year. Forbes Media Extension (or FMX) includes the entire Forbes portfolio of branded and non-branded sites such as RealClearPolitics.com, RealClearSports.com, ForbesWoman.com as well as Forbes’ finance and business blogs. FOLIO: previously reported, “Anchoring the [Forbes] program is a segmentation project called FAST, which marries Forbes audience data with third party information to create customer categories for advertisers to target…create a branded audience data set that can be packaged and sold into matching content verticals.” More on this topic Forbes Launching Digital Ad Platform Bloomberg L.P. Creates Bloomberg Media Group Vulture Festival Announces New Media Partners New York Media Uses Real Time Analytics to Gain 10 Million Uniques Michael Smith Named to Newly Created Position of Chief Digital Officer with Forbes Forbes Launches Women’s Magazine, Web SiteJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry DivePowered by New York Media hopped on the content network train (and all its monetizing possibilities) with the launch of the Vulture Network. The Vulture Network is a vertical content network that is anchored with Vulture.com, a site (which began as nymag.com’s culture blog) dedicated to the latest in celebrity and cultural news. New York Media is expanding this network to include other related, editorially-curated sites such as Seat 42F, Art Critical, Brokelyn, MRQE and Futon Critic. Vulture.com already attracts close to 3 million uniques, and as of January 2011, had 18 million page views. With the creation of the Vulture Network and the inclusion of more sites comes an additional 2.5 million users. The addition of these sites to the New York Media-powered venture will allow advertisers to reach “a larger number of industry insiders and entertainment enthusiasts” through the Vulture Network. A number of advertisers have already decided to take advantage of the new offering; including Target, AMC’s The Killing, HBO’s PeeWee Herman, The Lion King and Samuel Goldwyn’s Electra Luxx. last_img read more

Wilmington Family To Give Away Ice Cream In Memory Of Their Child

Wilmington Family To Give Away Ice Cream In Memory Of Their Child

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Town Officials Discuss Creating A SPLASH PAD In WilmingtonIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today” WILMINGTON, MA — The family of Julian George Cayer, who passed away on May 1st at 8 months old, would like to celebrate what would have been his first birthday by hosting a free ice cream truck event on Sunday, August 25, 2019, from 1pm to 3pm, at Yentile Farm Park (9 Cross Street). While supplies last.Julian had an infectious smile and his family would like to pass smiles along to the community.Alex Ice Cream truck will be giving away free treats at Yentile Farm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Akshay Tritiya sales likely to remain weak due to high gold prices

Akshay Tritiya sales likely to remain weak due to high gold prices

first_imgGold sales are likely to remain weak on Akshay Tritiya this year. Jewellers primarily attribute it to the high price of gold that is hovering above Rs. 30,000 per 10 gm for more than a week now. “During Akshaya Tritiya (which falls on May 9) we are expecting marginal growth in sales compared to last year as the prices are ruling very high and due to the present dry weather conditions in the country,” PTI quoted All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF) Chairman Sreedhar G V as saying.Even if people do buy, it would be in smaller lots as most of them have already done wedding-related purchases, he added.A former head of the federation voiced similar views.”There will be buying as people will purchase a token small ticket size jewellery or coin for the festival and they will hesitate to go for heavy pieces due to high prices,” former GJF Chairman Bachhraj Bamalwa said, according to PTI. Gold prices have appreciated from Rs. 25,390 per 10 gm at the beginning of calendar year (CY) 2016 to Rs. 30,125 on Friday (May 6) in the Delhi bullion market.Silver prices also have risen sharply to close at Rs. 41,040 per kg on Friday from Rs. 33,300 at the beginning of CY 2016.However, a Bengaluru-based jeweller is hopeful of sales picking up on Akshay Tritiya this year, while admitting high prices are a dampener. “The increase in excise duty and the surge in gold prices had adversely affected the buying patterns. However, by Akshaya Thritya the sentiments will witness a reversal,” Pratap Kamat, CEO of Abaran Jewellers, said in a statement.Sentiment among gold traders also got dented due to the re-introduction of the 1 percent excise duty on all jewellery items, except silver, for jewellers with turnover of Rs. 12 crore or more in a year.During the debate on the Finance Bill 2016 on Thursday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley ruled out withdrawal of the excise duty, despite requests and protests by jewellers.The stock exchanges will be extending trading hours for gold ETFs on Akshay Tritiya.Some of the listed jewellers in India include Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ), Titan (jewellery division is called Tanishq), PC Jeweller and Gitanjali Gems. The unlisted firms include Malabar Gold, Joyalukkas, G. R. Thanga Maligai (GRT) and Mehrasons Jewellers.last_img read more

Cricket betting grips country

Cricket betting grips country

first_imgCricket betting is not a thing for the rich anymore. From the city’s streets and tea stalls to housing complexes and restaurants, gambling is now everywhere, with more and more people, mostly from the lower income group, gambling on the outcome of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) matches.It’s not really something entirely new. In 2014, Atanu Dutt, a bookie, was arrested by police in Dhaka. Quizzing him, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) came to know that Dharam Singh Yadav, an officer of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption and security wing, was into gambling himself.Three people, including former national captain Mohammad Ashraful, were handed sanctions for their involvement in match fixing, in connivance with bookies.On 22 September this year, a young boy was killed in Rajshahi over a dispute centring cricket betting. Last Monday, a student of Manarat University was also killed for protesting cricket betting in the area.Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia told Prothom Alo that all the intelligence agencies and the police stations have been instructed to increase surveillance to stop gambling.A team of Prothom Alo recently visited a tea stall next to a rickshaw garage in Shyamoli and found Md Monirul Islam and Jasimuddin betting on the ongoing match between Comilla Victorians and Chittagong Vikings.This gambling session takes place in this stall everyday, said locals.The Prothom Alo team found booksellers, restaurant boys, and other people with low incomes gathered in different tea stalls near Nilkhet’s Gausul Azam Market to bet on BPL matches. They bet on the outcome of the match, scores per over, total scores and on many such aspects.Most of the gamblers there were low-income people. A 15-year-old restaurant boy said, one of his friends lost almost Tk 8500 in the last three days.Abdullah Al Mamun, a small trader from Mohammadpur, said  people in the Bihari Camp area take part in betting activities the most, gambling all the year round.Ripon Mia, an RMG worker in Savar, said most of his co-workers are betting on the BPL matches. Someone he knows had to sell his cellphone as well.Betting on the netBesides this local betting activities, gambling is hugely participated online as well.A young man working for a private firm said he had been placing bets on different cricket matches for the last few years, but that he plays on a UK-based website. One needs an international credit card to bet on these sites.Most of these websites are based in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, countries where gambling is legal. Despite the rules saying only citizens of these countries could take part, people from other countries register and bet on matches.Outside Dhaka city, cricket betting is very popular in Jamalpur, Chittagong, and Rangpur.A correspondent in Prothom Alo’s Chittagong office reported that betting on BPL is going on in almost every area of the city. The Rangpur correspondent said it is the same there.last_img read more

BNP struggling with seat sharing

BNP struggling with seat sharing

first_imgLogo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is yet to fully overcome the challenge of sharing parliamentary seats with old and new allies for contesting the upcoming general elections.Partners of the BNP-led 20-party alliance and newly formed Jatiya Oikya Front demanded at least 90 seats. Of them, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, a component of the 20-party alliance, wants 35 seats, a number the party contested for in the 2008 elections.Other partners of the alliance demanded 20 seats while the Oikya Front allies sought at least 30-35 seats.The main opposition party is, however, pondering over sharing 50 seats at best with the allies, the BNP and alliance partners said.The BNP leaders said a large number of local level leaders, who have been with the party in its ups and downs, are expecting nominations as the party is going to contest the national elections for first time in 10 years.At the same time, the party policymakers are keeping an eye on the probable candidates of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League and its allies.Amid all these equations, the BNP could not finalise its party candidates until now, the leaders say.They said they have completed taking interviews of nomination seekers of all 300 seats and are currently busy with sorting.The final decision will be taken by Sunday or Monday.In the mean time, the leaders said, they will discuss with the 20-party alliance and Oikya Front about seat sharing.“The BNP is currently busy with finalising their party candidates. We hope the seat sharing discussion will be held by Saturday or Sunday,” a leader of Jatiya Oikya Front and convener of Nagorik Oikya Mahmudur Rahman Manna told Prothom Alo.Several highly placed leaders in the BNP said they have been considering keeping one or two alternative candidates ready for each constituency, should any first choice get overlooked in the sorting.The BNP and the alliance partners said they will select candidates based on a few criteria. Such candidates would include those who have greater chance to win, those who have stronghold at the field level and financial capability alongside educational qualifications, and those who have experience in fighting polls and acceptability among the people of the constituency.Death of many senior leaders and age of many popular leaders will also force the BNP change its candidates.Accordingly, standing committee members Jamir Uddin Sircar and former chief of army Mahbubur Rahman will not compete in the elections.“I’m not competing in the polls as I’ve grown older. We should give way for the younger generation,” Mahbubur Rahman told Prothom Alo on Friday.Standing committee member Tariqul Islam died this November while ASM Hannan Shah, Khandker Delwar Hossain, M Shamsul Islam and RA Gani, former deputy speaker Akhter Hamid Siddiqui and former state minister Fazlur Rahman (Patal) passed away in the past few years.BNP standing committee member and also 20-party alliance coordinator Nazrul Islam Khan said, “We’ve agreed to select candidates who have maximum chance to win. Nepotism won’t be entertained since we’re competing in the polls in a completely hostile environment.”*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritte in English by Shameem Rezalast_img read more