Mending Mumbai

first_imgEnvironment to EducationAzad Patel, 25, Ek Ehsaas Ek Vishwas Foundation From fighting mangrove devastation in northern Mumbai, to organising plantation drives, setting up anganwadi schools and making sure the children attend them, Azad Patel has done much to bring about social change in the city.The BeginningsPatel was only eight when,Environment to EducationAzad Patel, 25, Ek Ehsaas Ek Vishwas Foundation From fighting mangrove devastation in northern Mumbai, to organising plantation drives, setting up anganwadi schools and making sure the children attend them, Azad Patel has done much to bring about social change in the city.The BeginningsPatel was only eight when he realised how privileged he was. “I was in boarding school in Kolkata and there we’d often spot children from the nearby basti watching us. They had no toys or books,” he recalls. By collecting two rupees from everyone at school, he managed to collect over Rs 10,000 with which he bought them study equipments. This was just the beginning of his philanthropy. Today, he runs four small anganwa-di-style schools and is gearing up to set up a residential school in Virar.The Impact He set up the first school when he was still studying in the 11th standard. “I’d go there every day before college. At first, I had to bribe them with Parle G packets to lure them to the school, but slowly they started enjoying themselves. From the initial 10-20 kids, we now have 100 kids with us,” he says with pride. Website eeevfoundation.orgColouring LivesHimanshu S, 34, Aqui Thami, 25, Dharavi Art Room FoundationDharavi Art Room is a space maintained by Himanshu S and Aqui Thami, meant for the use of Dharavi’s children to express themselves freely through the medium of the arts.The BeginningHimanshu, who attended JJ School of Arts, has been no stranger to Dharavi. “I had a friend who lived in the Matunga Labour Camp and that’s how I first began visiting the area in the late 1990s,” he recalls. Affected by what he saw there, Himanshu began volunteering with various organisations. He found that art helped the children express themselves openly and that’s when he knew he wanted to provide them with greater access to resources as well as a safe space for them to spend their time. “Even if they don’t paint or draw, the children can now borrow from the library here, they can play some music or dabble with photography,” reveals Himanshu. About 300 children visit the art room over the week and Himanshu has found that the children, who often come from troubled homes, find it safe to open up and share stories of their life-good or bad-with others in class.advertisementThe Future When Aqui Thami, a trained social worker pursuing her PhD at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, joined Himanshu, their programme began expanding to include sex education and gender issues. They also ran a photography class with the women of Dharavi, who were otherwise restricted to domestic life. Himanshu makes sure the children’s works are taken to wide audiences. He hosts regular exhibitions and publishes their work. “By the end of this year, we hope to replicate the art rooms in Mankhurd and Malwani too,” he reveals. Website artroom.strikingly.comMaking dreams come trueBani Das, 33, Robin Chaurasia, 30, KrantiAt Kranti, Bani Das and Robin Chaurasia empower young girls, daughters of sex workers from Kamathipura, by providing them a home, nurturing their talents and helping them follow their passions. The BeginningWhile working at an NGO in Kamathipura, where minor girls were rescued and rehabilitated, Das realised how bleak the girls’ future was. “The girls had been rescued but they were shut in at home, watching television and running small cottage industries. Those early teenage years are so crucial, there was so much the girls could do, but there was no one to nurture their dreams,” recalls Das. When she met Chaurasia, who volunteered at the same NGO, the two discussed this problem and a few years down the line, Kranti was born in 2010. In Grant Road, the NGOs often ask older girls who’ve passed their matriculation or reached adulthood to leave. “We take in these girls and others who don’t know what to do or where to go. They may have the education but sometimes lack the strength and support to follow their dreams,” says Das.The ImpactRather than focussing on academic success, at Kranti the girls aged between 12 and 21 are pushed to pursue various arts, sports and other activities. “Of course, they attend school and college, but it is mandatory to take up extra-curricular activities too,” she explains. That’s how 19-year-old Sheetal Jain learnt that she loved to play the drums and was actually pretty good at it. She got a scholarship to study in the US and will now head to Hyderabad to pursue a two-year course studying to master the instrument. A weekly session with the counsellor helps the girls immensely. Das’ only regret is that she cannot take in more girls. “Sometimes the girls need to be hospitalised because of the trauma and their responses to it,” says Das. “If only we had access to a plot of land or a 1,000 sq ft area, we’d be able to help out many more girls,” she rues. Website kranti-india.orgadvertisementThe way forwardSamyak Chakrabarty, 26, Green Batti ProjectPairing young professionals with children from under-resourced communities, the Green Batti Project initiated by Samyak Chakrabarty’s Social Quotient, is a mentoring programme aimed at imparting life-skills and a dose of hope and confidence to the children, enabling them to reach their potential.The BeginningStarted in December 2014, the programme had close to 500 mentors volunteering across the city during their first term. Chakrabarty, who first understood the fate of children from underprivileged communities about three years ago when he decided to adopt a Marathi-medium school in Dharavi, found that apart from good-quality education the children were also lacking a positive influence in their lives. “Either their parents are not around because they’re constantly working or there’s domestic abuse. They have no source of inspiration,” he reveals.The ProcessThe mentoring programme, which consists of two-hour sessions once every week for six weeks, involves no academic work at all. It is based on activities such as getting the mentee to write stories, create PowerPoint presentations about themselves or a timeline that states the important events of life, how it has impacted them. “Sometimes issues of domestic abuse come to the fore this way and the mentors are trained to tackle such situations effectively,” he explains. The mentors are paired with children according to gender and location. While the former is for safety reasons, the latter is a matter of convenience. “We’ve had a 10 to 15 percent rejection rate, in such cases we replace. It happens. It’s human to not get along,” he adds. Chakrabarty, aiming to hit two birds with one stone, hopes that more people realise how simple volunteering can be. Website thegreenbattiproject.inThe pothole purgeRupesh Mandal, 33, Lokesh Khemani, 24, Edward Katchira, 30, Suraj Singh, 28, Spothole App The Spothole App allows users to report and track the GPS location of potholes across the city. Through this technology, the team behind the app want to bridge the gap between citizens and the authorities, who they hope will work together to create a pothole-free Mumbai.The BeginningLast year, independent creative director Rupesh Mandal tied up with designer and photographer Lokesh Khemani and Edward Katchira, digital consultant to initiate the Fill In The Potholes Project. Through the website, they took a humorous view of the sad state of the city’s roads and used creative ways to draw attention to the problem. “It was great fun, but then we thought why not try and find a solution,” says Mandal. Inspired by a directive issued by the Bombay High Court to have a simple redressal mechanism where citizens can report the presence of potholes to the BMC, the team got developer Suraj Singh on board and began working on the Spothole App. “The app is a tool to monitor potholes. We’re hoping to inculcate a civic sense in citizens, who can help by reporting a pothole,” explains Mandal.advertisementThe ProcessCurrently in beta version, the app is available for Android operating systems. “When you spot a pothole, just click a photo, upload it and mark its GPS location,” explains Khemani. The app has already seen around 200 entries since its launch in June. Once they have identified the worst hit area in the city, the team will approach the ward responsible for the area and present them with the data. “Our final goal is to not have a single pothole in the city,” says Mandal. Website fillinthepotholes.comCool cabsMahak Malik, 25, Girish Narayandass, 29, Nathalie Gordon, 27, Sanket Avlani, 28, Taxi Fabric Giving designers a unique, unrestricted platform to showcase their ideas, Taxi Fabric is simultaneously changing the face of the city’s iconic kaali-peeli taxis. Design doesn’t just perform a function, but can also create an impact, they believe.The Beginning “I used to take a lot of taxis from my home in Five Gardens in Wadala to work and I’d always notice the fabric during my rides,” reveals Sanket Avlani. It wasn’t long before the idea of creating fabric for the taxis’ worn seats struck him. He teamed up with friends Mahak Malik, Girish Narayandas and now Nathalie Gordon who is helping with their crowdfunding campaign, and the Taxi Fabric collective was born. Launched in April this year, five Taxi Fabric-upholstered taxis are currently plying in the city. Behind the driver’s seat is a label that gives you the designer’s name and a link to the TF website, which features their work and gives you their contact details.The Process”A shocking number of designers interested in participating in the project have got in touch,” reveals Avlani. Luckily, their crowdfunding campaign has been very successful and the team now has enough money for the makeover of 30 other taxis. Not restricting the project to Mumbai-based designers, the team is keen to have the designs centred on the city. So the fabric Avlani designed pays an ode to the iconic dabbawalas as well as the common man travelling by train. Apart from giving designers a platform, through this project they’ve also helped bring Mumbai’s iconic taxis in the limelight. Website taxifabric.orglast_img read more

Bet on Ashwin to star for India against South Africa

first_imgFor those wanting to wager on which India bowler will be the star turn in the approaching series against South Africa, a bet on Ravichandran Ashwin would be well advised. The 29-year-old offspinner has emerged as his team’s strike bowler in recent series and is particularly effective on home pitches. With legspinner Amit Mishra for support in Tests and several other slow bowling options, including part-timers, in limited overs games, Ashwin is expected to shine across the formats with his variety.Ashwin has bagged 145 wickets in 28 Tests, 139 in 99 one-day internationals and 25 in 26 T20 internationals.”He has been a champion bowler for us,” Test captain Virat Kohli said after Ashwin bagged 21 wickets and helped India register their first Test series win in Sri Lanka in 23 years. “He has been taking wickets for us everywhere. He is an asset for any team, a spinner of that quality and mindset is a weapon that any captain would love to have in his team.”South Africa brace up for spinAshwin’s rise has been phenomenal and he has firmly placed himself at the helm of the spin attack post the Anil Kumble-Harbhajan Singh era.He came into the spotlight with his performances in domestic T20 games and was picked for limited overs games early on. But he also responded to the demands of Test cricket instantly as he bagged nine wickets in his debut Test against the West Indies at New Delhi in 2011.He capitalized on his chances and was the fastest ever to 100 wickets in 18 Tests. Ashwin did not find much success on tours of South Africa and England but grabbed 12 wickets in three Tests in Australia last season as he committed to a more aggressive line around off stump, starting to use the ‘carrom ball’ and other variations more judiciously.advertisementFormer India offspinner Erapalli Prasanna feels Ashwin has thrived since adopting the off-stump line.”He has been making the batsmen play and is bowling on one side of the pitch,” Prasanna told the NDTV news channel. “He used to bowl on either side of the wicket because he believed in many variations. He did not understand that variation is in the deception.”Ashwin, who is also comfortable bowling with the new ball, has focused on mastering Test cricket’s peculiar challenges.”The last 10-12 months I’ve been more focused on Test cricket. I came to terms with the fact that Tests are no child’s play. I wanted to be serious about every aspect of the game and be as focused as possible,” he said.India team director Ravi Shastri said Ashwin has “the brain of an astronaut.””He has combined that intelligence with calmness and patience now. That bodes well for us because now the astronaut’s mind is helping team India take flight,” Shastri said.Against South Africa, Ashwin’s biggest challenge will be to switching rapidly between formats as the tour kicks off with a three-game T20 series to be followed by five ODIs and four Tests.The T20 games are slated for Dharamsala (Oct. 2), Cuttack (Oct. 5) and Kolkata (Oct. 8).The ODIs will be in Kanpur (Oct. 11), Indore (Oct. 14), Rajkot (Oct. 18), Chennai (Oct. 22) and Mumbai (Oct. 25) while the tests will be played in Mohali (Nov. 5-9), Bangalore (Nov. 14-18), Nagpur (Nov. 25-29), and New Delhi (Dec. 3-7).last_img read more

Revealed: Salman Khan’s rough and tough look in Sultan

first_imgSalman Khan is playing the role of Sultan Ali Khan, a 40-year-old wrestler from Haryana in his upcoming film Sultan. The actor took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share his look with his fans. Here is a picture that was taken while training. Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) October 9, 2015RELATED: Salman meets Hunger Games on the sets of Sultan, and this is what happensThis picture has been taken during a training session and Salman Khan looks intense with a moustache. The Dabangg actor’s beefed up look with bulked muscles, cropped hair and a moustache does make him look like a wrestler. The tagline of the picture reads as, “Wrestling is not a sport, it’s about the fighting that lies within.” Sooraj Pancholi also gave a thumbs up on Twitter to this Salman Khan look. This look ???? #Sultan Sooraj Pancholi (@soorajpancholi9) October 9, 2015Salman has already started training in wrestling and mixed martial arts with international fight coordinator Larnell Stovall for his film Sultan.RELATED: Rekha to play Salman Khan’s mother in SultanDirected by Ali Abbas Zafar, Salman Khan’s Sultan is expected to clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees on Eid 2016. The female lead of the film is yet to be announced. Here’s the teaser:last_img read more

Tottenham, Liverpool through to last 32 of Europa League

first_imgThe value of an in-form striker was underlined as Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Athletic Bilbao needed goals from pivotal front men to grab vital wins that booked places in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday.Harry Kane’s late strike gave Spurs a 1-0 win at Qarabag, Liverpool needed Christian Benteke to dig them out of a spot of bother in a 2-1 win over Girondins Bordeaux and Bilbao had Aritz Aduriz to thank for a 3-2 comeback victory in Augsburg.Those three sides were among 11 teams, who celebrated reaching the knockout stages of the competition.FK Krasnodar, Lazio, St Etienne, Basel, Schalke 04, Sparta Prague, Villarreal and Braga will all be in the hat when the draw is made for next round having booked spots with one group game to spare on the marathon route to May’s final.Last season’s surprise finalists Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, however, were brought firmly down to earth with an early exit.Dnipro made a surprise run to the final last term but their European adventure ended early this time when a 3-1 defeat at Lazio meant they could not finish in the top two in Group G.There was also disappointment for former European champions Celtic as they lost 2-1 at home to Ajax Amsterdam to end their hopes of reaching the next round.KANE STRIKESTottenham’s Kane struck in the 78th minute for his ninth goal in his last six games to ensure the English Premier League club can relax going into their final group outing. The England striker had suffered a drought when he went eight games without a club goal at the start of the season, but questions about whether the 22-year-old could continue last term’s prolific scoring run have been long-since silenced.advertisementAfter Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli earlier hit the woodwork, the powerful Kane thumped home a header from a corner to move them to 10 points at the top of Group J. Liverpool were also in need of frontline inspiration after they fell behind at home to Bordeaux when keeper Simon Mignolet was penalised for holding on to the ball too long and Henri Saivet thumped home from an indirect free kick after 33 minutes.Benteke was hauled down in the area to earn Liverpool a penalty, which James Milner converted after 38 minutes, and the Belgian striker then got on the scoresheet with a superb turn and finish in first-half stoppage time.Aduriz’s contribution for Bilbao was even more dramatic. The group stage’s most prolific marksman scored twice in the final seven minutes to secure a comeback win in Augsburg that kept the Spaniards top of Group L and moved them safely into the next round.Bilbao have flourished with Aduriz scoring six goals in five group games, while Augsburg and Partizan Belgrade meet on the final matchday to decide who joins the Spaniards in the last 32.LATE DRAMAThere was late drama in Germany where Schalke needed to beat APOEL Nicosia to guarantee qualifying but had to wait until the 86th minute for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to snatch a 1-0 win. Having ended a seven-match winless run in all competitions, Schalke stayed top of Group K, ahead of Sparta Prague who also reached the knockout phase with a 1-0 win over Asteras Tripolis.Basel progressed as Group I winners after they came back from 2-0 down against Fiorentina, managed by the Swiss side’s former boss Paulo Sousa, to draw 2-2.The Italians, who took a stranglehold with a double from Federico Bernardeschi, had to play for more than an hour with 10 men after Facundo Roncaglia was shown a first-half red card. Sousa’s Fiorentina now need at least a draw in the final match against Belenenses to make it out of the group stage.Villarreal came into their game at home to Rapid Vienna having already qualified earlier on Thursday after Viktoria Plzen lost 1-0 at Dinamo Minsk. The Spaniards celebrated with a 1-0 win to end the Austrian side’s 100 percent Group E record with Bruno Soriano’s late goal.Borussia Dortmund, who lost 1-0 at FK Krasnodar, Molde, beaten 2-0 by Fenerbahce, Napoli, 1-0 winners at Club Bruges, and Rapid Vienna had already secured their places in the knockout stage on the previous matchday.last_img read more

Boxing Day Test: All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite expected to debut for West Indies

first_imgWest Indies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite is favored by captain Jason Holder to make his Test debut on Saturday against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Holder said on Thursday that Brathwaite was ahead of fast bowler Miguel Cummins as the likely replacement for Shannon Gabriel, who injured an ankle in the first Test which the West Indies lost by an innings and 212 runs.Holder says “Carlos has been in the squad for a little while now and he’s waited for his opportunity, so he’s probably pretty much front-line to go in ahead of Miguel.”Brathwaite has played seven one-day internationals for the West Indies. Legspinner Devendra Bishoo could also be recalled, with selectors likely to wait until a Saturday morning pitch inspection before finalizing their lineup.last_img read more

David Warner can learn how to play spin from Sourav Ganguly: Michael Clarke to India Today

first_imgDavid Warner is struggling to score runs in the ongoing four-match Test series against India big time. Ravichandran Ashwin has dismissed him nine times in 23 Test innings and the star Indian spinner has maintained his stranglehold over the Aussie opener in the series. (Also read: Michael Clarke, MS Dhoni meet as India-Australia series heats up)Ashwin has got the better of Warner three out of four times in the ongoing series, which is currently locked at 1-1. In the backdrop of the prevailing mood in the series, the Warner-Ashwin duel will continue to be another interesting sub-plot to the Ranchi Test. (Also read: India vs Australia: David Warner will to continue to attack Ravichandran Ashwin)Warner, however, has said he will not back down from playing his shots against Ashwin despite the many risks involved in such an approach.WATCH FULL VIDEOSpeaking exclusively to India Today, Michael Clarke has advised Warner to take tips on playing spin bowling from Sourav Ganguly, who is considered one of the best players of spin bowling. (Also read: David Warner backs Pat Cummins to lead Australian attack)”He should pick up the phone and speak to Sourav because no one played spin as a left-handed batsman as good as him. He can learn so much that the way he played spin. David Warner has all the shots but I am not sure if he has the confidence to play all those shots. At the moment he’s little bit uncertain and that’s because Ashwin has got him so many times,” Clarke told India Today.advertisementGanguly said Warner will have to work hard to score runs on Indian pitches.”He’s got to fight hard on these pitches. It’s not like batting in Melbourne or Brisbane or Adelaide where the ball doesn’t spin. Ashwin bowling on those two pitches was lethal. Players with the caliber of Virat Kohli have not got runs because Nathan Lyon has bowled well to him, Australian spinners have bowled well to him,” Ganguly told India Today.”Ashwin will bowl well to Warner. He cannot just hit his way out of the pitches. He’s got to go back to Steve Smith’s way. He’s got to go back to Pujara way. The way he got runs in the second innings. He’s got to find out what are his shots on these pitches. What Matthew Hayden did, what Justin Langer did, what Steve Waugh did or what Michael Clarke did and play cricket accordingly. He’s got to be little more controlled. He’s got to learn from Steve Smith. It’s about fighting hard on these pitches,” he said.India and Australia will lock horns in the penultimate Test from Thursday.last_img read more

Happy to be in Australian Open final, says Roger Federer

first_imgRoger Federer advanced to the final, as his opponent Hyeon Chung of South Korea retired from the second set, unable to play with blisters.Ruthless Federer handed wounded Hyeon an old-fashioned schooling before the overwhelmed South Korean quit with foot blisters trailing 6-1 5-2 in a damp squib of an Australian Open semi-final on Friday.WATCHFederer was detained for only 62 minutes under the Rod Laver Arena roof as he set up a final against big-serving Croat Marin Cilic who pummelled another young gun, Kyle Edmund, on Thursday.It is the sixth time Federer has reached a grand slam final without dropping a set — the most recent at Wimbledon last year when he beat an injured Cilic in the final.Although happy to conserve energy for Sunday’s final, and even make it out in time for a spot of dinner, the 36-year-old defending champion said it had been a “bitter sweet” victory.”I must admit, you do take the faster matches whenever you can because there’s enough wear and tear on the body,” Federer told reporters. “When they happen, you take them.”I’m just happy I’m in the final, to be honest. That was the goal before the match today. Not under the circumstances I was hoping to (reach the final)…”He struggled clearly with his movement. I was able to take advantage of that. I wish him a good recovery.”.@RogerFederer will compete in his th Grand Slam final on Sunday evening #AusOpen— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2018It was an anti-climactic end for Chung, who played superbly to beat fourth seed Alexander Zverev in five sets in round three and even better in a straight sets win over six-times champion Novak Djokovic in the round of 16.advertisementThe 21-year-old was joined by his agent Stuart Duguid in the post-match news conference who explained what had happened.”It’s worse than regular blisters. Over the last few days, it was blister under blister under blister,” he said.RED RAW”He had it shaved off. Now it’s red raw. They tried injections to see if it numbed the pain. It didn’t work.””I really hurt. I can’t walk no more,” Chung added.Federer admitted after his quarter-final victory over Tomas Berdych that he knew little about Chung’s counter-punching game, having never faced him before.He had obviously done some homework though as he swarmed all over the world number 58 from the first game, feasting on Chung’s powder puff serve to break immediately after choosing to receive first having won the coin toss.Bashing winners for fun he repeated the trick twice to grab the opening set in 33 minutes.When Chung held serve for 1-1 in the second set, a huge cheer erupted from an Australia Day crowd who had hoped to witness a classic battle of the generations.But Chung, nicknamed ‘the professor’ mainly because of his scholarly white spectacles but also because of a maturity beyond his years, had no answer to Federer’s firepower.Unfortunate scenes on @RodLaverArena with Hyeon #Chung forced to retire early in his Men’s Singles SF against @RogerFedererFederer is through to his 7th final here at Melbourne Park. #AusOpen— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2018With his movement and defensive skills — his biggest weapons — compromised he was a sitting duck as Federer racked up 24 winners in the 57 points he required for victory.Federer broke for 3-1 with a dipping backhand pass and when Chung needed treatment on his foot blisters after losing the next game, his hopes of becoming the first South Korean to reach a grand slam final already looked forlorn.Chung won one more game but after Federer held for 5-2 he walked to the net to offer his hand, departing the arena to sympathetic applause and a smattering of boos.World number two Federer now turns his attention to Cilic, who he has only lost to once in nine meetings.The Croat’s sole victory, however, came in the U.S. Open semi-final in 2014 when he claimed his solitary major title.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Australia ball-tampering scandal: How Steve Smith & Co. planned the coup

first_imgAustralia captain Steve Smith confessed on Saturday to havingdeliberately trying to tamper with the condition of the ball on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in an orchestrated attempt to gain an advantage.Smith and senior players conspired to change the condition of the ball using sticky tape and grit from the pitch during the third Test at Newlands with Australia’s opening batsman Cameron Bancroft caught on camera using the tape.The International Cricket Council (ICC) charged Bancroft, the most junior member in the side at 25, of trying to change the condition of the ball. The governing body could dish out a one-match ban and a 100 percent fine of match fee to Bancroft.WATCHHere is a timeline of Saturday’s incident which could cause irreparable damage to Australia’s reputation as a cricketing side:LUNCH: South Africa go to lunch with a lead of more than 100 and the loss of a single wicket.Australian government wants Steve Smith to be sacked after ball-tampering rowAustralia’s leadership group, including Smith and other senior players, hatch a plan to tamper with the ball to gain reverse swing. Bancroft is chosen to carry out the task.TAMPERING: Bancroft uses yellow sticky tape and grit from the pitch and to work on the ball while attempting to shine it.Integrity of Australian cricket is laughing stock of world sport: Adam GilchristCAMERA: Host broadcasters repeatedly show close-up footage of Bancroft rubbing the ball on the big screen at Newlands. Footage also suggests Australia head coach Darren Lehmann saw the images and subsequently sent substitute Peter Handscomb on to the field to alert Bancroft.advertisementMichael Clarke not ruling out return as Australia captain after ball-tampering scandalLEHMANN: The head coach is seen talking on a two-way radio while Handscomb is out on the field with a similar device speaking to Bancroft.TAPE: Television images show Bancroft, after being alerted, shoving the tape clumsily down the front of his trousers to keep it out of the gaze of the umpires. Bancroft later admitted he was nervous and panicked when he realised that cameras in the stadium had caught him in the act.Cricket Australia CEO on ball-tampering controversy: It’s a very sad day for Australian cricketUMPIRES: The on-field officials confront Bancroft who produces a black sunglass bag from his pockets and the umpires then allow play to continue.INTERVIEWS: Australia opt out of the post-match broadcast interviews with Smith and Bancroft arriving late for the news conference.Facing the cameras, Smith admitted the side’s leadership group had planned to tamper with the ball. Bancroft said he was charged by the ICC with a Level 2 offence for attempting to alter the condition of the ball.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Exclusive: Realme CEO confirms Realme X with pop-up camera will launch in India soon, days after China launch

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMay 3, 2019UPDATED: May 4, 2019 15:05 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme India CEO confirms the Realme X will come to India soon.The Realme X may cost somewhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000.The Realme X will come with a pop-up selfie camera and notch-less display.Realme just launched the flagship Realme 3 Pro (Review) in India a few days ago, but the company is already working on bringing something bigger to China. The Realme X, as you may have heard, is tipped to launch in China later this month and all the leaks so far (including a promo video) have revealed that the phone will come with a pop-up selfie camera. The Realme X launch in China is rumoured to happen on May 15. Soon after that, the Realme X will be coming to India.Speaking exclusively to India Today Tech, Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth confirmed the India launch of the Realme X. Sheth could not provide an exact timeline for its launch in India, but you can expect it to happen soon after its debut in China. The Realme X has already been certified by the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) suggesting its imminent launch.The Realme CEO could not comment on the pricing of the Realme X as well, but it is expected to slot above the Realme 3 Pro based on its rumoured specs. We speculate that the Realme X could come to India priced between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 keeping in mind the disruptive pricing of most Realme phones that have launched so far. We also believe the pricing will be in the sub Rs 20,000 segment as a recent leak suggested the Realme X will cost CNY 1,799 (approx Rs 18,500) in China.Additionally, the Realme X will most likely launch in India with a different name. It is possible that the phone will be part of a brand new series when it comes to India, but details on this is slim at the moment.advertisementBased on what rumours have told us, the Realme X will sport a notch-less display thanks to the selfie camera moving to a pop-up mechanism. The Realme X is also tipped to launch with a Snapdragon 730 chipset, 6.5-inch, VOOC 3.0 fast charging and a 48MP primary camera, among other things.Realme is celebrating its first anniversary in India. The compay has launched a series of successful phones from the Realme 1 to the Realme 3 Pro. Realme has become one of the biggest emerging brands in India in recent years and has managed to capture a market share of 7 per cent in India in the first quarter of 2019. The Realme X will help the company take on Xiaomi’s upcoming Snapdragon 730-powered Redmi phone in India.ALSO READ | Realme X and Realme 3 Pro tipped to launch in China on May 15Get 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow RealmeFollow Realme X Exclusive: Realme CEO confirms Realme X with pop-up camera will launch in India soon, days after China launchSpeaking exclusively to India Today Tech, Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth said that the company will bring the Realme X to India soon. The Realme X will come with a pop-up selfie camera and notch-less display.advertisementlast_img read more

Suez Canal Authority Invests in Maintenance Fleet

first_imgzoom The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has ordered two custom-built 29,190kW heavy-duty rock cutter suction dredgers (CSDs) from Dutch shipbuilder Royal IHC.Royal Ihc said that the vessels have been specifically designed in close cooperation with SCA, and will be used to maintain and improve the artificial sea-level area that connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas.The CSDs are to be built in the Netherlands and expected to be delivered in 2020.A standardized IHC Beaver 45 CSD will also be built by IHC at SCA’s shipyard in Egypt, with the aim of improving the local manufacturing capacity for this type of dredging equipment. Alongside the delivery of the three CSDs to SCA, an extensive IHC training programme will be provided, as well as a CSD simulator and a large package of spare parts, the shipbuilder added.“Signing this contract is a serious step towards upgrading our fleet of dredgers, and means that we will have the world’s largest CSDs in terms of dimensions and total power. The new state-of-the-art CSDs from Royal IHC will enable SCA to participate in deepening and widening the waterway and help realize the Egyptian plan to develop local ports,” stresses SCA Chairman and Managing Director Admiral Mohab Mohamed Hussien Mameesh.last_img read more

Ratul Puri moves Delhi court to surrender in AgustaWestland money laundering case

first_imgNew Delhi: Businessman Ratul Puri, who was arrested in a bank fraud case, moved an application before a Delhi court Thursday saying he wants to surrender in the money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam.Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, filed the plea before Special Judge Arvind Kumar, who has put up the matter for Friday.The court had Wednesday refused to cancel a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him in the money laundering case related to the chopper scam.Puri is already in the custody of Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the alleged bank fraud case related to his company Moser Baer.The application, moved advocate Vijay Aggarwal, also prayed for the production of Puri in the court so that he can surrender before the judge.last_img read more

Right messaging and support for farmers led to drop in Afghan poppy

27 October 2008The 20 per cent decrease in Afghan poppy cultivation recorded for this year shows that with the right kinds of messages and support from the Government, farmers and communities will respond and change their behaviours, a senior official with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today. The 20 per cent decrease in Afghan poppy cultivation recorded for this year shows that with the right kinds of messages and support from the Government, farmers and communities will respond and change their behaviours, a senior official with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today. Poppy cultivation in the strife-torn nation dropped by a fifth this year, from 193,000 hectares to 157,000, according to the Afghanistan Opium Survey 2008 which was released by UNODC in August. It also found that 18 of the country’s 34 provinces are now opium-free – up from 13 last year. “This is quite an accomplishment,” Christina Oguz, UNODC’s Representative in Afghanistan, told a news conference in Kabul, recalling the findings of the survey.She said the reduction in poppy cultivation happened because “the Government had a very clear message – from President [Hamid] Karzai, to his Ministers, to Provincial Governors, to the Mullahs and community leaders.“The message was clear: We will not tolerate poppy cultivation. And the farmers listened everywhere, except in the south… So when 90 per cent of the farmers in Afghanistan listened they showed that change is possible, that people can radically transform their behaviour and their attitudes or beliefs with the right kind of support.”UNODC studied last season’s pre-planting public information campaign, which indicates that “there is a simple way of packaging information that, under the right circumstances, can send a clear message and compel a community into action,” said Ms. Oguz.In Herat and Nangarhar provinces, for example, messages about the fact that poppy cultivation is against Islam and the Koran proved to be very powerful. Meanwhile, in Badakhshan, people responded more to the link between opium and violence in the form of local crimes. “The argument of disharmony and criminality in the community was very powerful there and it was also very powerful in Balkh,” Ms. Oguz pointed out.“But interestingly nowhere did the farmers make a connection between terrorism on the one hand and poppy cultivation on the other hand,” she added. “What this tells us is that the content must be right for the message to have any influence on the audience and the relevance of the content varies from province to province.”The means of communication is just as important as the message, she noted, especially in a country with high illiteracy rates and lack of access to television and radio. This made word of mouth a crucial form of form of communication, especially if it was through influential figures such as mullahs, or religious leaders. And as important as public information is, it has to be backed up with the right kind of support to provide farmers with alternative livelihoods, Ms. Oguz stressed. “Lack of food and lack of cash are real problems for very large parts of the population in provinces like Balkh, Badakhshan and Nangarhar, where very substantial reductions in poppy cultivation have taken place,” she noted.Ms. Oguz added that both the Government and the international community are “playing with fire” if they do not honour the promises of support to the farmers who have stopped cultivating opium.“As we speak now the farmers are actually making their decisions on whether or not to prepare their land for planting poppy for the next season,” she stated. “So this is exactly the time when something has to happen on the part of both the international community and the Government.” read more

UN gives hope to Rwandan communities ravaged by climate change

18 September 2010Once home to many chimpanzees and golden monkeys, landslides, floods and torrential rains have destroyed thousands of hectares of land in Rwanda’s Gishwati Forest. A United Nations-led scheme seeks provide hope to the region after decades of severe environmental degradation exacerbated by extreme weather events which have claimed lives and demolished homes. In a bid to reduce local communities’ vulnerability to climate change, the pilot project – jointly implemented by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development (UNDP), with funding from the Danish Foreign Ministry – has mapped and developed a comprehensive plan for land sustainability and use. Risk studies carried out by UNEP and UNDP found that to avoid further erosion in Gishwati, 43 per cent of the terrain should be used for pasture, forest plantation and fruit tree plantation, with half of that land to be protected from invasive human activities. The project also developed technical manuals to help local government and communities better manage forest resources. They manuals provide detailed information field validation for carbon sequestration, land suitability for planting high-value cops, soil resilience, sustainable farming systems, bridging food security critical periods, and strategies to cope with climate variability. For its part, the Rwandan Government has allocated $25 million to relocate people from Gishwati to safer areas. The UN project is part of a larger programme – Climate Change and Development Project – Adapting by Reducing Vulnerability (CC DARE) – that helps countries in sub-Saharan Africa and small island States integrate climate change adaptation into national development planning through the use of small funds for targeted short-term activities not exceeding six months. “Integrating adaptation into national development policies can strengthen the ecosystems and thus the economy against the impacts of climate change. Rwanda is setting an early and a positive example of how Africa can address current and perhaps more importantly future climate vulnerability while also assisting towards meeting the poverty-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. read more

Commentary NHL should have jettisoned plans for Jets return to Canada

Then, there was the issue that the Thrashers were my second-favorite NHL team, after the Blackhawks, of course. There were a few justifications for this. There was Byfuglien. He helped bring the Cup home to Chicago and then he brought my heart to Atlanta with him. Second, there’s the fact that my hometown Chicago Wolves were the American Hockey League affiliate of the Thrashers. Since the move, the Jets became affiliated with the Manitoba Moose, also owned by True North, leaving the Wolves to find a new team to affiliate with. I understand that the Thrashers needed to do something. They were in financial trouble, and they needed a change. I just don’t think they’re going to find their solution in Winnipeg. From a more rational, less-biased angle, I don’t get why True North decided to try its luck with a failing franchise in Winnipeg of all places. This is not Winnipeg’s first attempt at a professional hockey team. The original Winnipeg Jets joined the NHL in 1979, but the team moved to Phoenix and became the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996 due to financial issues in Winnipeg. I’m not sure what True North plans to change, but in my opinion, if it didn’t work out in Winnipeg the first time, it’s not going to work this time either. The Wolves found their new team in the Vancouver Canucks, an organization which I love to hate. I don’t really have a reason for my hostility toward the Canucks (I hated them before the insane rioting after last year’s Stanley Cup Final), but it’s hard to cheer for the Wolves knowing that they’re affiliated with a team I despise. My initial concern was that a few of the former Blackhawks from my beloved 2010 Stanley Cup Championship team were playing on the Thrashers when the move was announced. Dustin Byfuglien, who is perhaps my favorite Blackhawk from the 2010 Chicago team, and Andrew Ladd will forever hold a special place in my heart, and to see them banished to the middle of nowhere was painful, to say the least. When the NHL preseason kicked off last night, the Columbus Blue Jackets took on the Winnipeg Jets in a split-squad contest that, in my opinion, never should have been the schedule. Then there’s the issue that the NHL is more than likely going to have to shift its divisions to accommodate the move. For the 2011-2012 season, the Jets will remain in the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division, the same division they played in as the Thrashers. But next season, the league will likely realign the conferences rather than shifting Winnipeg alone. This could mean that long-standing rivalries will be split and that teams which have played each other for years may no longer do so, or do so less frequently. I don’t like it. When the Atlanta Thrashers franchise was purchased by True North Sports and Entertainment and relocated to Winnipeg earlier this year, I took it personally. Not only do I not understand the move from a business standpoint, but as a Chicago hockey fan, I was outraged when I first heard about it. read more

Anxious men twice as likely to die from cancer research finds

first_imgA large number of people are affected by anxiety and its potential effects on health are substantialOlivia Remes, Cambridge University Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) affects around 5 per cent of the adult population and is characterised by excessive and uncontrollable worry about many areas of life.While the European Prospective Investigation research is not able to prove that anxiety causes cancer, experts say the findings support speculation that bodily stress caused by mental stress in GAD patients goes on to weaken functions such as the immune system.The fact that the male correlation between anxiety and cancer deaths is not shared by women is also unexplained.However, lead research Olivia Remes, of Cambridge University, said the reason could be because women are more likely to seek swift treatment for anxiety, whereas men tend to wait longer before seeking help, or not get treatment at all. Men who suffer from anxiety are more than twice as likely to die from cancer than those who do not, a major new study has found.A survey of nearly 16,000 people over 15 years found that the correlation held true regardless of other factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption and physical activity, however the association was not shared by women.Scientists involved in the research have now called for doctors to treat anxiety as a major physiological health risk and “more than just a personality trait”. Previous studies have looked at whether anxiety is associated with death from major causes of disease, but the findings have been mixed.Professor David Nutt, of Imperial College London, said the new findings did not surprise him.“The intense distress that these people suffer often on a daily basis is usually associated with a great deal of bodily stress that is bound to have a major impact on many psychological process including immune supervision of cancerous cells,” he said.center_img One in two people will born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime, according to Cancer Research UK.“Researchers, policy-makers and clinicians don’t give enough importance to anxiety and this needs to change,” she said.“A large number of people are affected by anxiety and its potential effects on health are substantial.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Iron ore – How will mining costs evolve in the coming years

first_img2010 has seen the iron ore industry change drastically – the passing of the annual benchmark system has introduced new price volatility for all concerned, miners have had to take on new freight risk by taking responsibility for delivery, and the gradual global economic recovery that has seen mining cost components increase still remains delicate.As market participants look to the approaching 2011, questions exist surrounding the how future industry and global macroeconomic developments will impact mining costs around the world. It is against this uncertain background that CRU introduces the market to the upcoming 2011 edition of its Iron Ore Cost Service.This exclusive five-part service becomes available in mid-December, and draws upon the expertise of London and Beijing offices to provide a definitive examination of the global cost structure for the mining and production of iron ore fines, lump, pellet feed and pellets through the years 2006-2020. By covering 112 mines worldwide – including 95% of global seaborne trade – CRU says “our service allows users to conduct detailed scenario analysis and cost benchmarking for the industry through the coming years.”Flexible Model – The cost model contains all CRU’s detailed cost and macroeconomic data for 2006-2020. Users can review and flex very specific parameters within any mine or the macroeconomic forecasts, in order to conduct unlimited scenario analysis, create tailored cost curves, and understand how conditions change moving forward. In addition to cost curves, the model enables a range of analysis and reporting options including averaging, cost comparison, stacked cost curves, technical analysis and graphical profiles.112 Profiles – Users receive individual profiles for all 112 mines covered in the service. They profile detailed cost breakdowns to allow in-depth review and benchmarking of specific parameters within mines.Quarterly Analysis Presentations – Each quarter, subscribers receive online presentations containing CRU’s analysis of the key trends in the industry cost structure, which take into account the latest key data and developments.Quarterly Macroeconomic Updates – Users also receive each quarter fully-updated forecasts of all key macroeconomic drivers, which are easily loaded into the model to allow up-to-date and accurate analysis.Access to CRU’s Analysts – With our service benefitting from CRU’s long-standing experience and expertise in the iron and steel industries, subscribers can access our key analysts if required to further discuss the Cost Service or the latest market movements.last_img read more

Drone attacks cause fires at Saudi Arabia oil facilities

first_img Short URL Drone attacks cause fires at Saudi Arabia oil facilities The facilities are owned by Aramco. Share3 Tweet Email 18,840 Views Image: Shutterstock/Arnut topralai Image: Shutterstock/Arnut topralai Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sat 4:36 PM By AFP DRONE ATTACKS SPARKED fires at two Saudi Arabia oil facilities today, the government said. The attack targeted facilities run by the state-owned company Aramco. Huge plumes of smoke rose into the sky after the pre-dawn attacks on Abqaiq and Khurais, two major Aramco facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia.The attacks follow a spike in regional tensions with Iran.The attacks highlight how the increasingly advanced weaponry of the Iran-linked Huthi rebels – from ballistic missiles to unmanned drones – poses a serious threat to Saudi Arabia, the world’s top crude oil exporter.“At 4am the industrial security teams of Aramco started dealing with fires at two of its facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais as a result of… drones,” the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.“The two fires have been controlled.”The statement added that an investigation had been launched after the attack in the kingdom’s eastern province, but did not specify whether operations at the two facilities had been affected.Interior ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki told AFP there were no casualties.The full extent of the damage was not immediately clear as reporters were not allowed near the plants where Saudi authorities appeared to have beefed up security.In recent months, the Huthi rebels have carried out a number of cross-border missile and drone attacks targeting Saudi air bases and other facilities in what they say is retaliation for a long-running Saudi-led bombing campaign on rebel-held areas in Yemen.The rebels launched “a large-scale operation involving 10 drones that targeted refineries in Abqaiq and Khurais in eastern Saudi Arabia”, the group’s Al-Masirah television reported.Last month, an attack claimed by Huthi rebels sparked a fire at Aramco’s Shaybah natural gas liquefaction facility – close to the Emirati border – but no casualties were reported by the company.- © AFP 2019  Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 4:35 PM 18 Comments last_img read more

Les vilains petits canards de la nature au bord de lextinction

first_imgLes “vilains petits canards” de la nature, au bord de l’extinctionDu galago, primate d’Afrique aux oreilles trop grandes, au dauphin du Gange quasi-aveugle, en passant par le saola, sorte de croisement entre l’antilope et la chèvre… Huit mammifères considérés comme “particuliers”, voire “moches”, rejoignent à présent la liste des espèces en voie de disparition établie par la Société zoologique de Londres.Des scientifiques britanniques ont compilé une liste après avoir identifié les mammifères en voie d’extinction à qui il ne reste que très peu de parents en vie, ce qui les rend précieux dans la conservation de la biodiversité. Ces animaux particuliers font partie d’une faune oubliée, confinée à quelques habitats éloignés, ne recevant que très peu, voire aucune attention de la part des défenseurs de la nature.À lire aussiUne femme meurt après avoir été mordillée par son chiotEtablie par la Société zoologique de Londres, la liste des 100 espèces de mammifères en danger met en avant les “vilains petits canards” de la nature qui ont du mal à faire parler d’eux autant que d’autres espèces menacées plus “populaires”, alors qu’ils ont plus que jamais besoin d’être protégés. “Leur extinction aurait un impact énorme sur la diversité”, s’inquiète Craig Turner, un biologiste anglais.L’échidné à long bec qui vit en Nouvelle Guinée, par exemple, se trouve en tête de liste. Avec l’ornithorynque, il est le seul mammifère à pondre des oeufs.Le saola, genre de croisement entre une antilope et une chèvre, rejoint la liste de la Société zoologique de Londres pour la première fois. Il vit au Laos et au Vietnam et était encore inconnu en occident au début des années 1990. Il n’en resterait que quelques centaines au total.Le pangolin chinois, mammifère insectivore édenté dont le corps est recouvert d’écailles, fait aussi son apparition pour la première fois sur cette liste. Il possède une langue d’une cinquantaine de centimètres qui lui permet d’atteindre les termites et fourmis. Les pangolins sont chassés pour leur viande, considérée comme raffinée. Leur peau et leurs écailles sont utilisées en médecine traditionnelle.Egalement menacé, le dauphin du Gange, presque aveugle, a vu son habitat se réduire de manière constante à cause des projets d’irrigation. Il est le dernier descendant de l’un des plus anciens groupes de dauphins à long bec qui ont vécu dans les océans il y a des millions d’années.La liste des mammifères menacés inclut aussi le paresseux pygmée, le tapir asiatique, ou encore le lémurien noir et blanc de Madagascar.Découvrez ces animaux particuliers en images : 23 novembre 2010 à 18:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

CES 2012 Pure sort des produits orientés Web

first_imgCES 2012 : Pure sort des produits orientés WebLa marque de radios britannique dévoile deux nouveaux produits qui rompent avec sa tradition, lors du CES 2012 de Las Vegas.Pure admet par les actes son renoncement à fabriquer des radios totalement autonomes. Ce désaveu, dû au manque d’implantation de la Radio Numérique Terrestre, le fabricant britannique le prouve avec l’enceinte Contour 200i Air. Pour la première fois chez Pure, on ne retrouve en effet pas de radio intégré à l’appareil. Il s’agit d’une enceinte AirPlay avec dock Apple, pour iPad ou iPhone, et une connexion Wi-Fi, explique Clubic. Pour ceux qui voudraient quand même écouter la radio, il faudra passer par l’application Pure Lounge, donnant accès à des dizaines de milliers de radios Internet. Cela se fera avec deux haut-parleurs de 3,5 pouces produisant un total de 36 watts, une sortie A/V RCA, une entrée mini jack et une prise Ethernet, pour un produit qui en coûtera 250 euros.Pure a quand même sorti une vraie radio avec la Sensia 200D Connect (notre photo), dotée de deux haut-parleurs de 15 watts chacun, mais qui est elle aussi clairement orientée vers le Web. Elle intègre en effet un écran tactile où seront disponibles des bulletins météo, Twitter, Facebook, des flux RSS ou encore une visionneuse d’images compatible avec les comptes Picasa. L’appareil pourra en outre communiquer avec tous les terminaux équipés de l’application Pure Lounge en Wi-Fi. Enfin, il sera possible d’enregistrer ses émissions favorites sur une clé USB qu’on branche au dos de l’appareil (enregistrement immédiat ou différé). Une technologie subtile qui aura un prix, environ 300 euros. Le 12 janvier 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more