Making the singles count

first_imgRelaxed at a practice session on the eve of the fourth ODI against England in Bangalore in November 2008.Sachin Tendulkar is the complete batsman. Neither fast bowlers nor mystery spinners nor hard pitches nor damp decks nor dust bowls nor heat nor cold nor dusk nor dawn nor razzmatazz have,Relaxed at a practice session on the eve of the fourth ODI against England in Bangalore in November 2008.Sachin Tendulkar is the complete batsman. Neither fast bowlers nor mystery spinners nor hard pitches nor damp decks nor dust bowls nor heat nor cold nor dusk nor dawn nor razzmatazz have found him wanting. Ten thousand questions have been asked and all have been answered, most of them in the affirmative. Half-a-dozen downturns have been endured and all have proved temporary. Injuries have laid him low and none has crushed him. Thirty dubious decisions have been suffered and all have been accepted. It has not only been the runs or the brilliance of their making that have set him apart. It’s a mistake to regard him as an ordinary man and outstanding cricketer. There is nothing ordinary about him. He is cricket’s second miracle.Durability and equanimity count amongst his strengths. His longevity and continuity tell that tale. Harmony has also been important to success. It’s not just that he loves batting as another man relishes beer. Was ever a sportsman so lacking torment? Cricket has never been an ordeal to him, merely a game, his game, India’s game. He has sacrificed privacy for his talent and considered it a small concession. Although India speaks loudly in his cricket-he can only be fully appreciated once its turbulence adulation and exhaustion have been taken into account -he is not an especially Indian batsman. He has soaked up local and imported, past and present, and taken the guts out of them. He is at peace with himself and has been able to absorb the influences around him. It’s too easy to cast him as a genius, as if that provided the entire explanation. He is an independent and intelligent cricketer with a profound understanding of the game.advertisement”Cricket has never been an ordeal to Sachin. He has sacrificed privacy for his talent and considered it a small concession.”Roebuck is a former captain of Somerset and one of the most respected writers on the game With his family at the unveiling of his wax double in Mumbai before it moved to Madame Tussauds, London.Another quality can be added to the list. Tendulkar’s enthusiasm for cricket is beyond quenching. Through it all he conveys pleasure, retains vitality as others wilt. Crucially he loves the game, and serves it well. How many masters can truly say that? Tendulkar is no innocent, yet there is simplicity in his batting and impishness in his manner. At the crease he looks happy, a man in his element. He does not need to goad himself. Nor can any strut be detected in him. Never mind that he dominates the statistics, is widely admired, or that his play has seldom been equalled; he still respects colleagues and foes and the game itself. He does not take liberties. It is the unchanging approach of an unchanging man.His appetite for the game is evident in the length of his career and in every innings he plays. Tendulkar’s batting is illuminated but not defined byresounding drives, flicks off the pads or cuts as savage as any treasurer dare contemplate. Of course, these provide satisfaction but they are a gift from the gods. His character is revealed in another, less captivating part of his repertoire. He is a magnificent stroke player but he is also a master of the manufactured single.Sachin’s singles illustrate the workings of his mind. The humble run has never been neglected. It’s hard to think of another batsman of his stature as keen to tuck the ball into a gap and scurry. Of course, the bowling does not hold any fears. Just that his job is to score runs, and a single is better than a dot. Apparently Bradman sought a single off his first ball. Tendulkar is like that every ball. To watch him at the crease is to observe a batsman aware of every peril and the location of every fieldsman. Has any batsman the game has known collected as many runs with mild taps into the perennial gap behind square leg?Tendulkar is no innocent, yet there is simplicity in his batting and impishness in his manner. At the crease he looks happy, a man in his element. He does not need to goad himself. Nor can any strutbe detected in him. Receiving the Padma Vibhushan from the President.Opponents have studied the charts and observed the tactic and still cannot stop him. Captains cannot find a man to fill the hole without weakening their defences. Bowlers suffer as their prey politely guides their best offerings into a convenient gap and trots a single. Nor is the off side is neglected. Tendulkar is as calculating player adept at opening the face of the bat and encouraging the ball to speed away behind point. Another run, another small victory, another blow landed in the enduring and cut-throat battle between bat and ball.Opponents cannot build pressure on so elusive a batsman, and cricket is a game of pressure, of canny and rash decisions taken in the hot moment. Bowlers are frustrated to find their most lethal offerings, the summation of all their knowledge, experience and power, pushed away for a simple run. What is the point?It is this ability to create runs from thin air that sets Tendulkar apart. Ordinarily stolen singles are the work of the humdrum practitioner. Tendulkar has turned them into an art form. Consider the manner of their taking, the modesty, skill and anticipation required, and then the genial dash towards the other end. Radio commentators insist they once heard him call a single before the ball had even arrived. Tendulkar is ahead of the game.Nor does he forget about anxious partners. He wants the run not to fill his own account- though like all batsmen he is mindful of that-but because it is good cricket and improves the team’s position. He is not selfish. He is also a superb judge of a run. In 169 Test matches he has only been run out seven times. His partners have been caught short on 13 occasions. How many of them have been his fault? He has batted with Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly and others of that ilk. Doubtless some of them were bunnies whose judgement in these matters is notoriously unreliable. Considering all the singles scampered, it is a remarkable record.Celebrating India’s victory over Pakistan in the third cricket Test match at Rawalpindi in April 2004.Despite all the passing years and the vast tally, Tendulkar’s high regard for quick singles tells of discipline, hunger and a willingness to serve. His spirit does not tolerate rebellion or ego. Throughout he has uplifted team and country with deeds. Indians scared of pace? Ask Brett Lee or Wasim Akram. Cannot score runs overseas? Check the books. Dare not defy the Australians? The deed was most thrillingly done. He was not slaying dragons or dismantling demons; he did it because he could, because he wanted to score runs and to win.Still he is there, looking fresh and alert, still a player of pedigree, still humble, still wary but then suddenly fascinating about batting. And he’s not done yet. Still he is scoring hundreds, talking sense in that curiously high pitched voiced, driving the ball past the bowler or pinching a single and looking as pleased as a child who has found a plum, always he is absorbed. How many runs has be scored. Has he once appeared bored? Has he thrown his wicket away? Has he let the team down? Once? He has taken guard a thousand times for his country alone and always looked keen.Still, all good things come to an end. Fleetingness is part of it. It’s the same for the players, the knowledge that soon it will be over, this childhood dream taken into adulthood, this acquaintance with excellence.Tendulkar has been around so long it’s hard to imagine the game without him. Eventually another talent will appear. Let them outlast him. Let them outscore him. Let them surpass him in one formof the game let alone in three. And let them do it in India.advertisementadvertisementHis singles illustrate the workings of his mind. The humble run has never been neglected. It’s hard to think of another batsman of his stature as keen to tuck the ball into a gap and scurry.last_img read more

Telangana Government to accelerate Hyderabad’ IT as a Wi-Fi enabled city

first_imgHow would it be if you could use a Wi-Fi while buying your vegetables or walking on the street? Well, this is what the Telangana Government has proposed recently. In a bid to make Hyderabad India’s major IT hub, a Wi-Fi enabled city, the government is holding talks with various telecom service providers.With a population of around 12 million, the service will enhance their growth and provide a full time access to the digital world.According to newspaper reports, Harpreet Singh, secretary of the information technology and communications department, has informed Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao that 90 per cent of the turnover of the IT sector was coming from Hyderabad, with a total turnover of 62,293 crore. The Telangana government confirmed a few weeks later that several firms were coming forward to provide 4G technology for making entire Hyderabad a Wi-Fi enabled city.The officials have been asked to draft strategies involving international consultants and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority, Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation, revenue, electricity, Hyderabad Metro Rail and sports departments, as quoted by a government statement.While plans to make Hyderabad a Wi-Fi enabled city are still on, concerns regarding the access and identification of users is being discussed as an issue.Free Wi-Fi hotspots can be a risk to the use of data online and risks accessing. Interpol’s cyber-crime centre has warned that data theft over Wi-Fi networks is a major issue and has taken a toll in the recent times. Since, there will be no official registration or tracking, identification of users will be a big concern during the period. advertisementThe security apparatus and logs of users who accessed the Internet will also be an important issue since the IT Act says anyone who provides Internet access to another person or group is mandated to maintain logs. However it is to be seen, how the government maintains its niche over IT development and maintain the threats arising.last_img read more

Lakshya Sen Beats Compatriot Rahul Bharadwaj to Enter Dutch Open Semi-finals

first_img badmintonDutch OpenLakshya Sen First Published: October 12, 2019, 12:09 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Almere: Rising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen sailed into the men’s singles semi-finals with a straight-game win over compatriot BM Rahul Bharadwaj at the Dutch Open Super 100 tournament here.The 18-year-old from Almora, who had clinched the Belgian Open last month, beat Bharadwaj 21-9, 21-16 in just 37 minutes on Friday night. Lakshya, who had won the Asian Junior champion, a silver at Youth Olympic Games and a bronze medal at World Junior Championships last year, will now take on Felix Burestedt of Sweden.Lakshya dished out a dominating game, moving to a 6-0 lead early on and then jumped to 11-3 at the interval.He continued his march ahead, reeling off six straight points at 13-8 to move to 18-8 and soon pocketed the game comfortably.In the second game, Bharadwaj opened up a 4-2 lead for a brief period but Lakshya came back to turn the tables and surged to 11-6 at the break.Bharadwaj tried to make a comeback but Lakshya kept his nose ahead to eventually shut the door on his opponent. last_img read more

Cricket, not Olympics, wins gold in endorsement game

first_imgKarmakar vaults into ad world With product endorsements, King Khan has a ‘fair’ point Kanpur, 10/10/2015: Indian team captain M.S.Dhoni with teammate Suresh Raina during the net practice session at the Green Park Stadium, in Kanpur on Saturday. Photo : R. V. Moorthy –   –  The Hindu advertising RELATED sport Published on CAT.A.LYST BRAND QUIZ – 2016 COMMENTS For advertisers, even an Olympic star isn’t glam enough × SHARE SHARE EMAIL Olympic medal winner Sakshi Malik or stunning vault performer Dipa Karmakar may grab some big-money sponsorship deals and cash awards, but brand valuations and endorsement fees commanded by athletes continue to be lower than those of cricketers.That’s because it’s the popularity and glam quotient that counts with brands when they partner with sport stars — and cricket still tops.Despite the emergence of multi-sport leagues, experts believe it will take a while before athletes reap commercial benefits in terms of endorsement cheques.Neerav Tomar, Managing Director and CEO, IOS Sports & Entertainment, said, “There is a huge difference in the endorsement fees commanded by an Olympian and a cricket star.“A top cricketer may earn ₹4-5 crore for a brand endorsement deal.“A top athlete who has excelled in a non-cricket sport may at best earn ₹80 lakh-₹1 crore in endorsement fees.”With its eyes squarely on returns on investments, India Inc continues to be conservative when it comes to betting on sporting personalities. Though some like JSW and Reliance Foundation do invest in development of sports at the grassroots level, most still wait for these athletes to perform and watch their consistency before investing, say talent managers.Typically, an Olympic medal winner can earn ₹35-50 lakh per deal depending on their performance, buzz generated, and personality, they add.The likes of Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza and Vijender Singh are among the few exceptions who have secured lucrative brand endorsement deals. But even their endorsement fees would be lower than what a cricketer earns.However, Indranil Das Blah, Partner, Kwan Entertainment & Marketing Solutions, says not all cricket stars earn hefty endorsement fees. “Only a few top cricketers earn hefty deals. The next rung of cricketers earns as much as the top athletes who have consistently performed well in Olympic sports,” he said.N Chandramouli, CEO of brand insights firm TRA, said some athletes may have managed to break the glass ceiling but it’s not enough.“Brand managers and marketing heads need to get out of their comfort zones and leverage these sports icons to reach out to their target audiences instead of carpet bombing their campaigns by associating with cricket,” he added. Kanpur, 10/10/2015: Indian team captain M.S.Dhoni with teammate Suresh Raina during the net practice session at the Green Park Stadium, in Kanpur on Saturday. Photo : R. V. Moorthy –   –  The Hindu August 18, 2016 SHARE COMMENTlast_img read more

No regrets for Payet after injury ends World Cup dream

first_imgOlympique Marseille ‘I’d do it again tomorrow’ – No regrets for Payet after injury ends World Cup dream Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 00:35 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dimitri Payet - cropped Getty Images Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille v Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid UEFA Europa League As he prepares to watch the World Cup from afar, Dimitri Payet admits he was “fully aware of the risks” of his Europa League involvement. Dimitri Payet has no regrets about risking his fitness in the Europa League final despite the decision costing him a spot in France’s World Cup squad.The Marseille skipper left the pitch in tears after just half an hour of Wednesday’s crushing 3-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in Lyon.Payet, who had been troubled by a muscle problem in the lead-up to the match, sustained a fresh hamstring injury that France boss Didier Deschamps confirmed as the reason for his exclusion from the 23 for Russia.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The 31-year-old former West Ham playmaker took to social media on Saturday to offer his support to the national team, while insisting he would not hesitate to make the same call again.”When you are a professional player, the France team is above all, it’s true,” Payet wrote on Instagram.”But [Marseille] is in my heart and if it is necessary to do it again tomorrow, after tomorrow, in six months, in one year, I would do it without question.”I repeat, I love this club and I am ready to make sacrifices for it… I was fully aware of the risks I was taking and I fully assume the consequences.”I am and I will be the first supporter of Les Bleus for this World Cup. I will heal and start preparing for next season. You can count on me.”last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Harbhajan Singh slams Basit Ali for his unsavoury comments regarding India

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Harbhajan Singh slams Basit Ali for his unsavoury comments regarding IndiaHarbhajan Singh came down hard on former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali who had claimed that India will lose their last 2 league games of the World Cup 2019 to ensure his team doesn’t qualify for the semi-finals.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 22:04 IST Basit Ali had claimed that India will lose their matches to ensure Pakistan don’t qualify for semi-finals (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan are currently trying to remain in contention for the semi-finals of World Cup 2019Basit Ali had claimed that India will lose their matches to ensure Pakistan don’t qualify for semi-finalsHarbhajan Singh termed Ali’s comments as ‘stupid’ saying that there was no need for such remarksIndian cricketer Harbhajan Singh has slammed former Pakistan international Basit Ali for his comments regarding India deliberately losing in the World Cup 2019 to ensure their neighbour’s ouster from the tournament. Earlier, Ali had claimed that India will “never want Pakistan” to make it to the semi-finals of the ongoing World Cup and that’s why the Men in Blue might perform badly and intentionally lose their matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.When asked about his response to Ali’s comments, Harbhajan told India Today that it was a ‘stupid’ remark.”What makes him say that? Is he stupid? I don’t know what is he smoking, seriously! He’s got to be on a different planet in order for him to talk ill like this. That’s probably the way they have played their cricket and that’s how they see the game,” replied Harbhajan.Basit Ali reckons India will not want Pakistan to qualify for the semi-finals and may play poorly in their matches against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/vwg3oFnnplSaj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 26, 2019Basit Ali had also said that New Zealand had lost their last league match against Pakistan during the 1992 World Cup as they wanted to play the semi-final in their own backyard. Harbhajan was not amused after hearing this and said that such claims are baseless and Ali should be ‘fixed’ by then captain and now Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.”I think Imran bhai should fix him now. I think he needs to be fixed because you can’t put your team down like this by saying that ’92 was fixed and now 2019 is fixed as well,” said Harbhajan.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India may deliberately lose to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to oust Pakistan, says Basit AliAlso Read | India will allow opponents to win to ensure Pakistan are knocked out: Sikander BakhtFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Nextlast_img read more

Gary Sinise And Hollywood Friends Salute Heroes

first_imgActor/Humanitarian Gary Sinise and the Gary Sinise Foundation have announced their “Hollywood Salutes Heroes” multi-day celebration, an expression of thanks to those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.Gary Sinise (center) brought together celebrities (right to left) Tom Arnold, Rob Lowe, Sela Ward, Stacey Dash and more at Paramount Pictures Studio to honor wounded troops and veteransThe Foundation enlisted main sponsors USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore & American Airlines to coordinate participants and travel for over 100 wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their guests across the country to take part, and brought together supporting sponsors Disneyland Resorts, Paramount Pictures, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Sysco Foodservice, Greyhound and Pacific Coachways to present the first time event in Los Angeles on February 3 – 6.Highlights of the event will air on ABC’s “Countdown To The Oscars” primetime television special airing Thursday, February 27, 8pm ET.

“These few days were all about giving these heroes an incredible experience they will never forget. If we can help lift their spirits after they’ve sacrificed so much, we owe them that,” said Sinise.Sinise traveled from Washington DC along with 50 wounded, ill and injured troops, veterans and their guests from Walter Reed Army Medical Center located on the campus of Naval Support Activity Bethesda and from Fort Belvoir Community Hospital to sunny Southern California where they met up with wounded from Naval Medical Center San Diego for a few fun-filled days. Hollywood rolled out the red carpet during the heroes’ whirlwind trip, which included a full day at Disneyland Resort and accommodations at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa; a feast at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.; and culminated in a day-long Forrest Gump inspired celebration at Paramount Pictures Studios, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Academy Award-winning film.On the Paramount lot, the heroes were surprised by Sinise and many fellow celebrity attendees including Ted Danson, Tim Allen, Greg Kinnear, Rob Lowe, Katharine McPhee, Dennis Haysbert, Joe Mantegna, Patricia Heaton, Tom Arnold, James Caan and Mykelti Williamson, plus more than 100 local veterans. They were treated to a private screening of Forrest Gump followed by a special concert performed by Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band on Paramount’s New York Street backlot.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Union demands Postmedia executives return 23M in bonuses

first_imgThe bonuses were part of a retention plan to keep key employees with the company during and after its recently completed debt restructuring, which reduced its total debt of $648 million by about $307 million.“It’s not unusual” for a company to implement such a program during these types of transactions, said Postmedia’s vice-president of communications, Phyllise Gelfand. Unions representing Canadian journalists want five Postmedia executives to reject bonuses totalling $2.275 million as the struggling newspaper chain continues staff reductions.The company awarded Postmedia president and CEO Paul Godfrey $900,000, CFO Doug Lamb $450,000, COO Andrew MacLeod $425,000, legal and general counsel Jeffrey Haar $300,000, and National Post president Gordon Fisher $200,000, according to financial documents filed Wednesday.The money will be paid out over three instalments with the first cash payment already distributed on July 15. The next two payments will be made Dec. 2 of this year and July 14, 2017. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: However, one of the five executives, Haar, will leave Postmedia at the end of November, she said. Gelfand could not confirm whether Haar is still entitled to the next two payouts of his retention bonus.The Communications Workers of America Canada President Martin O’Hanlon said in a statement that the executives are acting in an unconscionable manner by accepting the extra money while asking employees to volunteer for buyouts or risk another round of layoffs.“This is an absolute disgrace,” he said, calling on the five men to return the money.Unifor Local 87-M, which represents Ontario’s unionized newspaper workers, called on the executives to give the money to Postmedia’s employees.“That money should be spent to retain workers,” said union president Paul Morse in a statement.Postmedia said last month it was looking to cut salary costs by 20 per cent.The newspaper chain offered its employees voluntary buyouts in late October. The company has not yet announced whether the program reached that target, but has said layoffs may be necessary otherwise.As of the end of August this year, Postmedia had 4,233 full-time equivalent employees, according to its financial documents — down from 4,733 a year prior. In January, the company laid off 90 people and merged newsrooms in four cities where it owns two newspapers in each market.Gelfand said the company had no comment on either the union’s demand for the executives to return their extra pay, or the optics of simultaneously handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses and working towards reducing salary expenses.Despite the bonus, Godfrey’s total compensation fell by nearly $100,000 for 2016, while that of the other four executives rose this year by $29,800 on the low end and $113,456 on the high end. Each of their base salaries remained the same as in 2015.Last year, the five executives and Wayne Parrish, the company’s former COO, received bonuses for their work when Postmedia acquired Sun Media’s English-language newspapers and digital properties.By Aleksandra Sagan – The Canadian Press Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Gambhir says possess only one voter ID hits back at AAP

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting back at the AAP, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir Sunday asserted that he possessed only one voter identity card, adding that the ruling party in Delhi was making baseless allegations against him as it did not have any vision for the people. Gambhir is fighting against AAP’s Atishi from the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency this general elections. “I have only one voter ID card from Rajender Nagar. I used to live with my maternal grandparents as a child at Ramjas Road (in Karolbagh), but I never voted from or applied for any voter identity card from there,” he told PTI. The BJP candidate was responding to Atishi’s claim that he had two voter identity cards from Rajender Nagar and Karolbagh constituencies. He alleged the AAP candidate was making allegations against him as she had nothing to talk about with voters during campaigning. “When you have no vision for the people or nothing else to talk about, you make allegations like these,” Gambhir said. Meanwhile, a Delhi court had on Friday decided to hear Atishi’s criminal complaint against Gambhir in this regard on May 1. The AAP candidate had filed the complaint against Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as a voter in more than one constituency in violation the Representation of the People Act(RPA). She had also raised objection over the nomination papers filed by the former cricketer which were rejected by the returning officer of the polls. Gambhir said he believed in “positive politics” and would campaign with a vision to make East Delhi one of the best Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi, and avoid indulging in blame game with his opponents in the polls. Congress has fielded former Delhi minister Arvinder Singh Lovely from the seat.last_img read more

7 Years Prison for Terrorists Who Targeted Gnaoua Festival

Rabat – A Sale court has sentenced three Essaouira terrorists who planned  an attack on the Gnaoua World Music Festival to seven years in prison.The Criminal Chamber of First Instance in charge of terrorism cases sentenced the three jihadists to seven years in prison on Thursday, as reported by the daily Al Akhbar in its weekend edition.The court sentenced the first defendant to three years in prison, while the other two were sentenced to two years each. The three terrorists were arrested in June 2017 by the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ).They were planning terrorist attacks on the city’s world-renowned Gnaoua festival, in addition to the Jewish cemeteries in the city.When the ISIS-affiliated cell was dismantled, the BCIJ seized knives and computer equipment at the jihadists’ homes.The Central Bureau also found texts in which the three terrorists pledged allegiance to the leader of the Daesh terrorist organization, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.Since 2002, the BCIJ has dismantled 167 cells, including 46 affiliated to ISIS; 2,963 suspected terrorists, 277 of whom already had criminal records, have been arrested and referred to the judiciary courts. read more

New study says Canada leads G8 in keeping promises made at summits

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press Posted May 18, 2012 5:06 pm MDT New study says Canada leads G8 in keeping promises made at summits OTTAWA – A new report ranks Canada first when it comes to G8 countries fulfilling pledges made at international summits.The G8 Research group study comes as G8 leaders met Friday at U.S. President Barack Obama’s Maryland retreat of Camp David.Each summit ends with a declaration by Canada, the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K., Russia and the European Union on a set of steps they’ve agreed to take on issues ranging from development to security.Among the highlight’s of last year’s summit in Deauville, France, was a pledge to assist new democracies in the Arab world.The research group, based at the University of Toronto, found that countries were making good progress toward those goals.“Canada has supported the democratization of Partnership Countries, but has not taken clear measures to support their economic modernization,” the study said of Canada’s efforts.But countries have been stymied in another pledge: returning the frozen assets of fallen dictators throughout the Middle East and North Africa.That had been one of the key demands of new leadership in those countries.“If you give (the assets) back to the private sector, immediately you get private sector jobs and growth,” said John Kirton, director of the research group.“There’s a total meeting of the minds on that.”But the study suggests only France and the U.S. have actually returned any money, while Canada, the E.U. and U.K. are still working on the problem.The other countries have taken no steps at all.The study also reviewed promises from past summits, including the one hosted by Canada in 2010.At the Muskoka summit, Prime Minister Stephen Harper brokered an international deal on maternal and child health that saw G8 leaders pledge $7.3 billion in new funding over five years for related programs.The initiative committed countries to disbursing enough of their aid to meet three specific goals by 2015: reducing the under-five mortality rate by two-thirds, reducing the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters and achieving universal access to reproductive health.That commitment was further renewed in Deauville.But the report finds that last year, only half of the countries made progress on their pledges.The reasons cited for those who failed to keep their promises ranged from economic turmoil in Italy to political gridlock in the U.S.“The Muskoka Initiative will help save the lives of mothers and children around the world,” said Andrew MacDougall, a spokesman for the prime minister, in an email.“And we therefore encourage all partners to meet their commitments.”The leaders are expected to leave this year’s summit without making any major financial commitments to new global initiatives, given the precarious economy situation they are each facing.On Friday, they announced a new alliance with African countries and the private sector to fight food insecurity.“As a continuation of our international leadership on food security and agriculture, we are pleased to support the New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security,” Harper said in a statement.“The New Alliance is a partnership based on mutual accountability, aimed at unlocking the enormous potential of Africa’s agricultural sector and improving nutrition outcomes.”Canada’s commitment to the new alliance is $219 million over three years, but only $50 million of that is new money.In 2009, the G8 pledged $22 billion toward food-security programs worldwide and that funding commitment expires this year.Canada was the first country to pay its share of that pledge and there were calls Friday for funding levels to be maintained.“We are pleased to see the G8 leaders, including Prime Minister Harper, take a significant step to keep food security and nutrition a top priority and help lift 50 million people in Africa out of poverty,” said Sherry Arnott, the food security expert with World Vision.“But the leaders won’t be able to claim success in 10 years if this alliance grows economies but not healthy children.” read more

Orelogy to run the numbers for FYI at Cadoux high purity alumina

first_imgFYI Resources has appointed Orelogy Consulting as mining study manager for the Cadoux project, responsible for site operations design and scheduling of the high purity alumina (HPA) economic studies.The consultant will take on early-stage analysis of mining at Cadoux, in Western Australia, while providing an overview of “mining requirements, scheduling, stockpiles, waste dumps, tailings storage facilities, and the associated logistics, capital requirements, key challenges and risks”, FYI said.FYI’s Cadoux project has a total indicated and inferred resource base of 16.1 million tonnes at 11.76% Al, 0.51% Fe and 0.37% Ti. The geology of the kaolin deposit – shallow and flat lying – means it should be amenable to a low-cost, free digging mining operation, while the company’s kaolin to HPA process flowsheet has been successfully demonstrated with an HPA grade of 99.99% achieved, plus a mass HPA recovery of 97.2% attained.Back in January, FYI employed GR Engineering Services to carry out a prefeasibility study on a processing facility able to treat 120,000 tonnes per year of kaolin ore for feed to a specially designed beneficiation and refining plant producing up to 10,000 t/y of HPA.The deliverables for Orelogy’s mining study include:Electronic data package of the block model, topography, pit design(s)Cutoff grade determination, stockpile binning methodologyROM/stockpile layoutWaste dumping strategyRehandle strategyRehabilitation strategy and closure plansDewatering plans/issuesGrade control plansManaging trafficabilityCost estimates.Orelogy has also been engaged to undertake tradeoff studies to determine the most appropriate fleet size for campaign mining, continuous mining and single versus double shift.FYI’s managing direct Roland Hill said: “Orelogy have a good reputation in the industry for the mining phase of the study and we are delighted to have them on board and take responsibility for this aspect of the HPA strategy.”last_img read more

PS4 Camera will offer voice control facial recognition

first_imgOne of the features of Kinect v2 on Xbox One that Microsoft keeps highlighting is the voice control it offers up. You can turn on your Xbox One with a voice command. Neat. Kinect can also figure out who is holding a controller, a feature that will be put to good use in Killer Instinct.But it looks as though such features aren’t going to be limited to Xbox One. Sony has hinted at similar features being available when you use the PlayStation Camera with PS4.No specifics have been divulged yet, but a spokesperson for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has confirmed that the PlayStation Camera is capable of voice recognition and therefore voice command input. Will it allow you to turn the PS4 on? Maybe, but Sony has said it will talk about the feature more in the near future.The Camera is also capable of facial recognition, which when combined with voice control must mean it can handle many of the same inputs and automatic game setting changes the Xbox One with Kinect has. Motion control won’t be on a par with Kinect, but so far the focus (by Microsoft) has been on promoting voice and gamer recognition. I’m still waiting to see the compelling reason to use motion control on Xbox One.Further evidence of these features comes from the GameStop Expo that was held in Las Vegas last week. A slide Sony showed claims voice and facial recognition are features they have implemented. You can see it for yourself above and at the 5m 30s mark in the video below:Is this another blow for Microsoft? Maybe. It depends just how close in functionality the PS4 Camera is to the Kinect in terms of voice control and player recognition. If PS4 can match it, then it removes such features from the equation as to why you should choose Xbox One over PS4.last_img read more

Not a single patient in the building PAC to investigate €7 million

first_img Image: Shutterstock/beerkoff Image: Shutterstock/beerkoff 20,060 Views 35 Comments By Sean Murray Our Lady’s Hospital Cashel Source: Google Street ViewAddressing the committee today, Labour TD Alan Kelly said he agreed with McGrath and called it an “incredible story”. He described going to the hospital with Minister Simon Harris where they found no patients at all.There wasn’t one single patient in the building. It’s not a case of where the €7 million has gone, it’s a case of what is it being used for.He added that South Tipperary General Hospital has some of the worst overcrowding in Ireland, which is around 25km away from Our Lady’s, and that the HSE would not use any of the beds at the facility to help alleviate the trolley crisis.At South Tipperary General today, there were 30 people on wards and trolleys according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s trolley watch figures.Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald said that the HSE should address these issues.PAC Chairman Seán Fleming proposed writing to the HSE to demand a “full explanation” on the situation.Read: GPs welcome HSE assertion that €9 billion needed to save Irish health serviceRead: How Ireland’s hospitals are massaging the numbers of people on trolleys Share132 Tweet Email1 Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 1:57 PMcenter_img Short URL ‘Not a single patient in the building’: PAC to investigate €7 million overspend at Tipperary Hospital The PAC will write to the HSE to demand a “full explanation” on the situation. Jan 19th 2017, 1:57 PM THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Committee will investigate an alleged €7 million overspend at Our Lady’s Hospital Cashel.The issue relates to claims made today at a meeting of the PAC that not one patient can receive a bed at the facility, which has been refurbished at a cost of over €22 million since 2009.It was said in the committee that Independent TD Mattie McGrath wrote to the PAC last month about the issue that he had raised serious concerns about the overspend. http://jrnl.ie/3194360 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Fujitsu LTE F01D la tablette en mouvement

first_imgFujitsu LTE F-01D : la tablette en mouvementÉtanche et pouvant se commander par les gestes, la nouvelle tablette de Fujitsu, la LTE F-01D  dispose d’arguments assez originaux pour le genre. Résistante à l’eau et disposant d’un tuner TV et d’un confortable écran de 10,1 pouces (25 cm) , la dernière tablette de Fujitsu pourrait devenir la star de votre salle de bain. Mais ce serait trop limitatif par rapport à ses caractéristiques. Car avec son support Wifi, 3 et 4G, son GPS, son capteur 5 Mpixels et son port Bluetooth 3.0, elle saurait également se rendre utile au bureau ou en déplacement.À lire aussiMicrosoft : une tablette Xbox Surface de 7 pouces ? Présentée au CEATEC 2011, elle dispose d’un processeur cadencé à 1 Ghz, de 1 GB de mémoire vive et d’un espace de stockage de 16 GB. Prête pour être confronter à la concurrence, donc mais là où la LTE F-01D innove, c’est dans son interface utilisateur : tactile multipoints, elle peut aussi se commander par mouvements, à la manière d’une interface Kinect. Un geste de la main, et vous changer de chaîne de télévision, comme le montre la vidéo présente sur cette page. Ne reste plus qu’à lui faire un signe pour qu’elle arrive jusqu’à nos côtes ! Le 6 octobre 2011 à 13:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NASA is shooting an asteroid with a giant DART to help save

first_imgNASA’s DART spacecraft will blast off to the asteroid 65803 Didymos to crash into its moon.  NASA If an asteroid was shooting towards Earth, what would our options be? Sure, we could send up a ragtag team of miners to drill into the asteroid, plant a nuke and blast it to smithereens. But if NASA has its way, we won’t need to train miners to be astronauts — it has other plans to deflect those deadly asteroids. (A lucky thing too, because it makes far more sense to teach already-trained astronauts to use a drill rather than putting miners through astronaut school, but that’s another matter entirely). NASA is prepping for a (potential) doomsday outcome with the Double Asteroid Redirection Test — a mission that will test whether we can crash a spacecraft into an asteroid and knock it off course, thus saving humankind and preventing us from ever sending Bruce Willis into space. In this week’s episode of Watch This Space, we take a look at the DART mission to 65803 Didymos — a binary asteroid (complete with its own companion “moonlet”) that’s currently orbiting the sun out past Earth. Now playing: Watch this: NASA wants to save the Earth from asteroids (with a giant… Share your voice According to NASA, the moonlet (or “Didymoon” as it’s been nicknamed) is a perfect example of an asteroid of the size and type that could crash into Earth. So, the space agency wants to send its DART spacecraft up there as early as Dec. 2020 to blast towards the 150-metre-wide moonlet and crash into its surface. Imagine it like a game of pool. If you need to knock the 8 ball in the corner pocket, you knock the cue ball into its side and it’ll shoot off on an angle. By sending its cue ball careening into the moonlet, NASA will measure how the impact changes the moonlet’s momentum and hopefully get a better idea of how asteroids can be redirected in future.To learn more about the DART, the partner mission being run by the European Space Agency and what all this has to do with Elijah Wood and the film “Labyrinth” (there are connections, we promise) then check out this week’s episode of Watch This Space. You can get your space fix every other Friday with new episodes, or catch up with the whole series on CNET or YouTube.  Post a comment Sci-Tech NASA Space 4:55 Tags 0last_img read more

2 more hajj flights cancelled for passenger crisis

first_imgThe authorities of Biman Bangladesh Airlines have cancelled two more hajj flights due to shortage of pilgrims.The flights — BG-5045 and BG-3053 — were scheduled to take off for Saudi Arabia at 5:00am Wednesday morning and 4:35pm in afternoon respectively.With these, a total of 19 flights have been cancelled during this hajj session.Managing director of the Biman Shakil Miraz told Prothom Alo that the flights were cancelled due to shortage of passengers.Following the series of cancellation of flights, the Biman authorities will arrange a press briefing today (Wednesday).The first hajj flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines left for Saudi Arabia with 419 Bangladeshi pilgrims on 24 July.As many as 1,27,198 pilgrims are scheduled to perform hajj this year.last_img

Polls not under Hasina Front leaders tell Sylhet rally

first_imgLeaders and activists of the Jatiya Oikya Front join the rally in Sylhet on Wednesday. Photo: Anis MahmudLeaders of the new opposition coalition have asked the people to unite for launching a movement to restore voting rights and hold a fair election in the country.Holding its first rally in Sylhet on Wedneday, the leaders of Jatiya Oikya Front or National Unity Front said their movement began.Secretary general of BNP, a key player in the front, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir called it a march for restoration of democracy.Front leader and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain expressed optimism about victory of the people through the coalition’s movement.The coalition, formally launched on 13 October, organised the rally to mobilise public support in favour of its demands, especially holding of the next general elections under a non-party administration.Citing massive rigging, intimidation and manipulation in recent civic elections, the front leaders insisted that the national elections must be held under a neutral government.“The 11th parliamentary election can in no way be held under prime minister Sheikh Hasina,” front leader and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna told the rally.Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal chief ASM Abdur Rab echoed the same sentiment, saying, “It’s a fight for vote, fight for democracy and fight for collective existence.”Criticising the Awami League government for its repressive measures, he cautioned that if any more opposition leaders and activists are arrested, the people will take to the street.A portion of the Jatiya Oikya Front`s rally at Registry Field in Sylhet on Wednesday. Photo: Prothom AloSylhet city mayor and BNP leader Ariful Haque Chowdhury presided over the rally which started around 2pm with recitation from the holy Quran and holy Gita.Speaking at a public rally at the city’s Registry Field, Front leader Kamal Hossain said the people will again become the owners of the republic as the victory of the coalition is certain through a united movement.”We’ll again become the country’s owners and bring the country under our control, ensure people’s overall welfare and equality through a united movement,” he was quoted by UNB as saying.The rally concluded peacefully despite arrest of many opposition leaders and activists on the night before, and obstacles to joining the rally.A huge number of leaders and activists of Oikya Front, especially many from the BNP, joined the rally.The law enforcement twice denied the permission for holding the rally, but later gave it. The ruling Awami League also observed a programme on the same day.Kamal further said, “I can assure you that our victory is certain through the unity of the Oikyafront.”He said though the government talks about development, only a handful of people have been benefited. “The development of a few people is not the real development…we want the development of all. Let’s get united for the real development.”He reminded the people that the Bengalis had been successful whenever they got united in the past. “So, get united thinking about our victory, we’ll surely be the owner of state power, and we’ll take the country forward with our united efforts so that we can enjoy our all rights.”Kamal Hossain addresses the rally in Sylhet on Wednesday. Photo: Prothom AloBefore the start of the rally, the senior leaders of the Oikyafront visited the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R), Shah Paran (R) and the grave of general MAG Osmani, and offered fateha there on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.Several hundred leaders and activists of the party holding placards, banners and portraits of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting chairman Tarique Rahman started thronging the rally venue since noon. They chanted various slogans demanding Khaleda’s release from jail.A huge law enforcement personnel were deployed in the city and around the rally venue.The Oikya Front’s seven-point demand includes installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution the election commission, release of all political prisoners, deployment of army and cancellation of the move to use electronic voting machines (EVMS) for holding the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.After the Sylhet Rally, Oikya Front is scheduled to hold another such programme at Laldighi Maidan in Chattogram city on 27 October.However, the coalition is yet to yet get permission for the rally.last_img