November 26

Boxing: Joseph Parker wants to knockout Dillian Whyte

first_imgAdvertisementJoseph Parker is leaving nothing to chance for his fight next month on July 28 against highly ranked #1 WBC Dillian Whyte at the O2 Arena in London, England. Parker, 26, says he wants to knockout Whyte (23-1, 17 KOs) because he’s fighting in his home turf in London. Former World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Parker (24-1, 18 KOs) thinks it would be a mistake for him to go to the UK hoping to win a decision against the 30-year-old Whyte.The former WBO champion was last in action in March when he lost his belt to Anthony Joshua, who also holds the WBA, IBF, IBO world titles.  Even though he lost Parker became the first man to go the distance against the hard-hitting Joshua, at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.While Parker is confident that his chin will hold up, he knows that anything is possible once you step inside the square circle.“I back my chin but boxing is a funny game where one punch at the right time no matter how good your chin is or how strong you are can change everything.  But saying that, I still back myself,” Parker told in an interview BoxingScene.Whyte also last fought in March when he scored a highlight reel knockout of the previously unbeaten Lucas Browne.Advertisementlast_img read more

November 18

Lenovo’s next Note phone to be called K8 Note, launch set for Aug 9

first_imgLenovo’s next K-Note phone will be called the K8 Note, and not the K7 Note. The K8 Note will launch in India on August 9. The company is now in the process of sending out invites to the media for a press conference to be held in the National Capital on the said date where it will launch the phone. Lenovo has been teasing the phone for some time now on social media channels but there has been some confusion regarding the naming since the phone is technically to succeed the K6 Note.Little is known about the K8 Note for now, although the phone was recently spotted on benchmark website Geekbench. As per the listing, the phone will be powered by a 1.3GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor clubbed with 3GB of RAM. It will further run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. Although these are not official specs, Lenovo is known to tease certain key aspects of its major phones ahead of launch. We expect something same with the K8 Note as well.The incumbent K6 Note comes with a full-metal body and would remind you of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (and the Redmi Note 4) from a looks point of view. It comes with chamfered edges and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It runs Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box with Lenovo’s custom skin on top. The dual-SIM phone further supports 4G LTE connectivity.advertisementThe K6 Note sports a 16-megepaixel camera on the rear with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash alongside an 8-megapixel front camera. It is backed by a 4,000mAh battery and supports fast charging.Also Read: Lenovo P2 versus K6 Note: Big on battery, big on stylelast_img read more

November 18

Injured Barcelona skipper Andres Iniesta ruled out of Super Cup return vs Real Madrid

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta will miss their Spanish Super Cup second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday after suffering a thigh injury.Barcelona said captain Iniesta would miss the match after he was not able to train with his team mates on Tuesday ahead of the encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu, where the Catalans will look to overturn a 3-1 deficit.Iniesta, 33, was plagued by injury problems last season and rarely found top form. The midfielder joins Rafinha Alcantara and Thomas Vermaelen on the injury list at the Nou Camp.Barcelona did not give a recovery timescale for Iniesta, who may also miss the start of the league campaign on Sunday, when Barca host Real Betis.last_img read more

November 18

When friends spoiled Sachin Tendulkar’s first Chinese food experience

first_imgSachin Tendulkar is a foodie but his first experience with Chinese cuisine ended in disappointment and he had to return home thirsty and hungry.Tendulkar was a great lover of his mother’s cooking and it was not till he was nine-years-old that he first tried Chinese food.In the early 1980s, Chinese cuisine was becoming popular in Mumbai and having heard so much about it, his colony friends made a plan to go out for a meal together.”We each contributed 10 rupees, which was a lot of money for me at that time and I was excited about trying something new,” says Tendulkar.That evening, however, turned out to be disappointing as he paid the price for being one of the youngest in the group.”In the restaurant we ordered chicken and sweet corn soup as a starter. We were sitting at a long table and by the time the soup travelled to me at the far end, there was hardly any left. The older members of the group had finished off most of it, leaving very little for us younger ones,” he says.But this was not the end.”The same thing happened with the fried rice and chowmein and I barely managed to get two spoonfuls of each. The older boys had a great evening at our expense, but I returned home hungry and thirsty,” Tendulkar recalls the incident in a new book.Hachette India has brought out “Chase Your Dreams”, an adaptation of Tendulkar’s autobiography “Playing It My Way”, exclusively targeted at children and young adults.advertisement”Chase Your Dreams” is billed as the first children’s version of an autobiography by an Indian sportsperson.It tells the inspiring story of India’s greatest cricketer through simple prose, call-outs, inspirational notes and comic visuals. The illustrations enable children to experience some of the defining moments in Tendulkar’s illustrious career, the publisher says.Tendulkar, who was born to a very close-knit Maharashtrian family in Mumbai’s Bandra East and lived in the Sahitya Sahawas colony, considers his mother the best cook who would do anything to see a smile on his face.”She used to make the most delicious fish and prawn curry, baigan bharta and varan bhaat for me, and I owe my appetite and love of food to her,” he writes.Tendulkar tells many things about his childhood his keenness on tennis so much so that he even went around with a John McEnroe-like curly mop and hair band, his love for music, how he got his first bicycle, and eventually his extraordinary cricketing journey.”My father set me free at the age of 11 when he told me Chase your dreams, but make sure you dont find shortcuts to them,” he says.last_img read more

November 17

India vs Essex: Kohli, Karthik slam fifties as India post 322/6 on Day 1

first_imgIndia posted 322 for 6 on the opening day of their three-day tour-match against county side Essex on Wednesday as their batsmen received the much necessary practice before the start of five-match Test series against England.Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik was on unbeaten 82 at stumps while captain Virat Kohli warmed up nicely for the upcoming series with a half-century.Opener Murali Vijay (53 ff 113 balls) and Lokesh Rahul (58 off 92 balls) also scored a half century each after the visitors opted to bat after winning the toss.Coming at number seven at the fall of Kohli (68) in the second session, Karthik smashed as many as 14 fours from 94 deliveries to remain not out on 82 along with Hardik Pandya (33 not out off 58 balls).Karthik stitched 114 runs with Rahul for the sixth wicket to take India’s score past the 300 mark.Kohli, who had struggled all through the previous Test tour of England in 2014, was instrumental in reviving the Indian innings after the visiting side were reduced to 5/2 in the third over and 44/3 in the 19th over.Watch: Dhawan out first ball in tour match vs Essex, Pujara lasts 7 ballsHe came out at number five at the fall of Ajinkya Rajhne (17 off 47 balls) and along with Vijay resurrected the Indian innings with a 93-ball 68 which was studded with 12 fours. The 90 runs he shared with Vijay four the fourth laid the foundation for the likes of Karthik and Rahul to flourish down the order as India batted for 84 overs today.With his 92-ball 58 which was studded with 12 boundaries, Rahul himself made out a case to be in the playing eleven in some point of time in the long Test tour.advertisementAfter all the drama over the condition of the pitch and the outfield at this ground, which apparently led to the curtailing of the match by one day, the Indians won the toss and got down to the business of spending time at the middle ahead of the five-match Test series beginning in Birmingham on August 1.The Indian side were, however, in the dock initially with opener Shikhar Dhwan being dismissed for a first ball duck while one down Cheteshwar Pujara made just one before he was out in the third over, leaving the visitors at 5/2.Virat Kohli receives Barmy Army’s International Cricketer of the Year awardsDhawan was caught behind as the top-order found new ball bowler Matt Coles (2-31) too hot to handle. Coles also dismissed Pujara cheaply, caught behind again, leading to Rahane coming out at number four.Even in the practice game, it was surprising to see Rahane walk out to bat at number four. He was dropped at first slip when on four, while Vijay also enjoyed an extra life when dropped at second slip when on six.Vijay was also dropped at first slip when on 18. It would have made India’s start even worse, but together they added 39 runs for the third wicket and somehow stabilised the innings.There were a lot of streaky edges from both batsmen as the new ball continued to move around. Rahane, in the 19th over, finally nicked behind to reward Matthew Quinn (1-27) who used the pitch’s slope to generate away swing.It brought Kohli to the crease as the Essex crowd welcomed him with cheers. And immediately, the visiting skipper got down to business, unleashing an array of boundaries against the wayward Paul Walter (2-90).At one point in the first session, Kohli was scoring at 100-plus strike rate as India went to lunch at 100/3.Making his lives count, Vijay scored his half-century off 104 balls. Kohli, at the other end, got to his half-century off 67 balls, and he was key in keeping the scorecard ticking.Walter managed to rectify his line and length for a small passage of play before tea, as he removed both set batsmen in the space of four overs. Vijay was bowled, while Kohli was snapped up at first slip, Varun Chopra making no mistake for a change.India went to tea at 201/5 with Rahul and Karthik building up a solid partnership. The duo played some attacking shots, especially Rahul, who seemed to have shrugged off the disappointment of getting dropped after his duck at Lord’s.Rahul scored his half-century off 77 balls, while Karthik played shots all over the park. The two matched each other stroke for stroke, even playing identical pull strokes. They put on 114 runs for the sixth wicket, and added respectability to India’s total.Later, Rahul holed out, miscuing off left-arm spinner Aron Nijjar (1-36). Karthik and Hardik Pandya batted out the remainder of the day.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

November 16

The best young players at the World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Mbappe, Dembele and the best young players heading to the World Cup Goal Last updated 2 years ago 18:00 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe PSG Bordeaux Ligue 1 30092017 Gettyimages World Cup Kylian Mbappé Germany Switzerland Brazil Portugal Egypt England Nigeria France Belgium Italy Denmark Marcus Rashford Ousmane Dembélé From Marcus Rashford to Ramadan Sobhi, Goal takes a look at the finest players of promise potentially heading to Russia next summer We now know the majority of World Cup participants.England have booked their spot in Russia, and will be joined by the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Panama. The USA, and Christian Pulisic, will amazingly be missing, after they fell to a disastrous 2-1 defeat to Trinidad & Tobago in their final qualification match.France 11/2 to win World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland could still qualify, but they will have to navigate a play-off against one of the seeded teams: Italy, Croatia, Denmark and Switzerland. Sweden and Greece are also in the play-offs.Now that things are taking shape, Goal takes a look at the best young players, who will be aged 21 and under next summer, heading to the World Cup.KYLIAN MBAPPE | FRANCE | 18Kylian Mbappe PSG Lyon Ligue 1 17092017The boy who would be king – no teenager is as hyped in world football as Kylian Mbappe. PSG have agreed to pay over €100 million to sign the 18-year-old next summer following his initial loan move from Monaco, and he has already lit up Parc des Princes, forming a fearsome partnership with Neymar and showing his frightening potential in his side’s 3-0 demolition of Bayern Munich. Maybe the best prospect heading to Brazil, Mbappe has a very real chance of firing France to glory.MARCUS RASHFORD | ENGLAND | 19Marcus Rashford EnglandPerhaps the best teenager playing in England, Marcus Rashford possesses lightning pace, crisp technique and a clinical eye for goal. Jose Mourinho is hardly known for promoting youth, but Rashford has been too good to ignore at Manchester United and is likely to be key to England’s hopes of progressing beyond the quarter-final stage in Russia.GABRIEL JESUS | BRAZIL | 20Kevin De Bruyne Gabriel Jesus Manchester CityGabriel Jesus has an indefinable star quality. A brilliantly talented footballer, who has already surpassed Robinho as the best attacking Brazilian to play for Manchester City, Jesus scores all types of goals, and is humble to boot. He has claimed that his form for City will decide whether he goes to Russia, as he is yet to rely on reputation alone; it is a safe bet that he will be on the plane, and on the pitch, as Brazil aim to win a sixth World Cup. OUSMANE DEMBELE | FRANCE | 20HD Ousmane Dembele BarcelonaNeymar’s replacement at Barcelona, Ousmane Dembele sealed a dream move from Borussia Dortmund and then promptly ruptured a tendon, leading to surgery and a predicted layoff of up to three months. Dembele, though, is a precociously talented winger, and fans would do well to remember his name as France prepare for action next summer. Dembele was involved in 32 goals in 50 games during his time in Germany, and will be out to prove that he can step into the Brazilian’s shoes over the remainder of the campaign and in Russia.GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA | ITALY | 18Gianluigi Donnarumma Italy U21The natural heir to Gianluigi Buffon, Gianluigi Donnarumma is the best goalkeeper to emerge on the continent since his fabled predecessor. Donnarumma is a freak of nature, making his debut for AC Milan at the age of 16, and has already racked up 84 appearances, along with four caps for Italy. Though Buffon will surely play in goal in Russia if the Azzurri navigate a play-off encounter, Donnarumma is the best No.2 in world football — and he’s just 18.WILFRED NDIDI | NIGERIA | 20Wilfred NdidiOnce Leicester City lost N’Golo Kante to Chelsea they needed to find a replacement, and the double title winner’s successor, Wilfred Ndidi, is forging his own path in the shadow of the Frenchman. A truly athletic midfielder, Ndidi has won 12 caps for Nigeria, and is already first choice in his position for Craig Shakespeare’s side. Better for his experience in the Premier League, and improving apace, Ndidi will be central to Nigeria’s hopes in Russia.YOURI TIELEMANS | BELGIUM | 20youri tielemansMonaco may have lost the youthful brilliance of Kylian Mbappe in the summer, but they also acquired the youthful brilliance of Belgium’s exceptional midfielder Youri Tielemans for a fee of €25 million. A star in his native country, Tielemans made 185 appearances for Anderlecht, scoring 35 goals and providing 31 assists before seeking a new challenge in the principality. Tielemans is the next big thing out of a country that has already produced the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, and he will be lining up alongside the two Premier League stars when the Red Devils aim to finally deliver on their remarkable potential this summer.KASPER DOLBERG | DENMARK | 20Kasper Dolberg, AjaxJust 20, Kasper Dolberg has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs after a season that saw him truly emerge on the European stage. Brilliant for Ajax as the Eredivisie club reached the Europa League final, Dolberg scored 23 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions last time out, and has also won four caps for Denmark, scoring in a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan. With the guile of Christian Eriksen behind him, Dolberg could be in the running for the World Cup Golden Boot next summer if Denmark progress into the knockout rounds, such is his unerring eye for goal.RENATO SANCHES | PORTUGAL | 20Renato Sanches Swansea CityNow with Swansea City, it is testament to Renato Sanches’ character that he chose to move to Wales on loan from Bayern Munich, and it may well seal his inclusion in Portugal’s squad in Russia. An almost guaranteed starter with the Premier League outfit, Sanches — a prodigiously talented midfielder with power and subtlety — already has 13 caps to his name, and is likely to meet up with the squad in the summer stronger for his experience in England.RAMADAN SOBHI | EGYPT | 20Ramadan Sobhi HDSome have predicted that the audaciously talented Ramadan Sobhi will one day win the Ballon d’Or. Known for his tricks and flicks, Sobhi has famously stood on the ball he has been playing with twice in his career, and though he has yet to thrive in the Premier League with Stoke, he is lionized in Egypt, where he is well on his way to becoming a legend. He has already won 20 caps for his country, and Mido, the former Tottenham striker, once labeled him “the best talent in North Africa”.BENJAMIN HENRICHS | GERMANY | 20HD Benjamin Henrichs Bayer LeverkusenIt is no easy feat to break into the Germany squad at the age of 20. Benjamin Henrichs, the Bayer Leverkusen right-back, has done just that, and has a superb chance of making his way onto the plane to Russia as a result. Henrichs has played over 50 times for Leverkusen, and has three caps for Joachim Low’s senior side – with two coming in the Confederations Cup. Indeed, in both games, against Cameroon and Mexico, Henrichs provided an assist, and he played at right midfield against the South Americans to prove his invaluable versatility.BREEL EMBOLO | SWITZERLAND | 20Breel Embolo SchalkeSwitzerland must negotiate a play-off to reach the finals in Russia, and Schalke’s Breel Embolo is all set to burst onto the international scene if they do. Blighted by injuries in recent years, Embolo is still just 20, and is itching to unleash the talent that he so regularly showed with FC Basel. In his homeland Embolo scored 31 goals in 94 appearances prior to a move to Germany, where he has played just 14 times. He has, however, been involved in five goals and has also won 19 caps for his country — bet on him to add to that number in Russia.last_img read more

October 26

Notre Dame Wide Receiver Has Reportedly Broken His Collarbone

first_imgA closeup of a Notre Dame football helmet.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A detail view of a Notre Dame Fighting Irish players helmet showing the CFP logo during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the Clemson Tigers at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A veteran Notre Dame wide receiver has reportedly suffered a fractured collarbone heading into the start of the 2019 season.Michael Young, a potential starter at wideout for the Fighting Irish, suffered the injury during a practice on Saturday.ND Insider has confirmed the news.The 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior broke his collarbone during Saturday’s practice inside Notre Dame Stadium, a source confirmed with the Tribune.Irish Sports Daily first reported Young’s injury as a broken collarbone. Immediately following Saturday’s practice, head coach Brian Kelly said he hadn’t received further information on Young’s status.Young was a three-star recruit coming out of high school.The 5-foot-10 wide receiver caught 7 passes for 138 yards and 1 touchdown last season.Notre Dame is set to open its 2019 season on Sept. 2 against Louisville.last_img read more

October 25

Anil Kumble hopes to see more Indians like Yuvraj Singh in T20 leagues

first_imgAnil Kumble hopes to see more Indians like Yuvraj Singh in T20 leagues Yuvraj Singh got the BCCI clearance to play in Canada’s Global T20 League. Anil Kumble, who is the chairman of ICC Cricket Committee, said Indian players participating in global leagues will improve their following, considering the fandom India cricketers enjoy.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 19, 2019 20:43 IST World Cup-winning former India all-rounder retired from international cricket earlier this year (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh got the BCCI clearance to feature in Canada’s Global T20 LeagueAnil Kumble expects the BCCI to give NOCs to more players in the futureFor me the development of cricket in this region is what attracted me: Kumble on association with Euro T20 SlamWith the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) making an exception for Yuvraj Singh and giving him permission to play in the Global T20, the doors have been opened and former India skipper and coach Anil Kumble believes that having Indian players in the new T20 leagues is an immense boost not just for the growth of the leagues, but also for the youngsters who ply their trade in those leagues.Speaking to IANS on the sidelines of the Euro T20 Slam draft on Friday, Kumble — a board member of the advisory committee — said that Yuvraj getting permission was a big boost and hopefully more players would get NOC from the board to play in various T20 leagues apart from the Indian Premier League.”Yes, I feel that is something the BCCI will look at, but currently there are certain restrictions. But having said that, you know people like Yuvi have got the permission to go and play (in Global T20). So, I don’t see any issue if some of these players want to go and play, but the BCCI will have to give them NOC. At this point in time, it is good to have someone like Yuvi play in the leagues and in the future you will perhaps see more players from India participating in the leagues,” he said.Asked how having experienced Indian players would help the leagues, Kumble said: “One is to get the experience of the player in the league and the second is the following that the Indian player has back home and that is massive. Any player from India gets massive support, the Indian team gets massive support across the world. So, the following of the league and their heroes is massive. And in that sense it is a big moment if any Indian player plays in these leagues. Yuvi playing in different leagues apart from the IPL will be followed as well.”advertisementKumble reveals reason for association with Euro T20 SlamKumble says the reason why he decided to be associated with the Euro T20 Slam is the fact that Ireland is a Full Member now and has Test status and this league would help develop the game in the Europe region.”For me the development of cricket in this region is what attracted me. I know there are a lot of T20 leagues that have cropped up, but I feel the development of Europe and Ireland being a Full Member now and having Test status is something that attracted me,” he explained.Kumble feels T20 is the format that helps bring in new people to the game. “I think that is something people want to see, we have seen over different competitions. Also, the closeness of competing against the tougher teams so to speak is a lot narrower and the difference between teams is very narrow. So, you will also see the odd result that doesn’t go as per expectation. That is why I feel this format is something that helps in growing the game.”It is a great platform for exchange of ideas and talent. For any youngster across the globe to get to interact with the icons is a blessing and to rub shoulders with them. Also for teams like Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands, it is as good as gold. The youngsters will benefit from playing against and with the icons. To know how the experienced campaigners adapt to certain situations, you cannot learn that from coaches,” he pointed.Also Read | Triple H presents World Cup winning England team customised WWE Championship beltAlso Read | MS Dhoni has no immediate plans to retire, says longtime friendAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Euro T20 SlamFollow Anil KumbleFollow Yuvraj SinghFollow BCCIFollow Global T20 leaguelast_img read more

October 24

Kletterwerks – A True Heritage Brand from Montana

first_img It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt If you Google the definition of the word authentic, some of what you’d find is:  made or done in the traditional or original way; worthy of trust, reliance, or belief.  You might also see a picture of a Kletterwerks bag.Based in Bozeman, Montana, Kletterwerks (In German, Kletter means climbing and werk means plant, so ‘climbing factory’) is known for their great bags. They are the company that outfits the SOCOM or Special Ops Command and are carried by the majority of the Tier 1 Military Units in the United States.  Fire Fighters were the next to join as big fans. Now they outfit almost every HotShot fire fighting crew in the country.The hunting market developed from Kletterwerk’s own personal lifestyles up in Montana, and of course, they kept their roots in the outdoor and skiing scene.  Dana Gleason, a big skier and backpacker in the 80s and 90s, understands not only Big Sky Country, but what bags are a must have for guys around the country.They are also known for their collaborations with the likes of:  Mark McNairy, Pilgrim Surf and Supply & Advise. The ultimate in combing fashion and function.The increase, over the last decade, of American heritage brands, has been particularly impactful for Kletterwerks.   But their three key styles remain: the Flip, the Day, and the Rock. All made of 1000 denier Cordura fabric, which is a dense rip-stop nylon fabric that has a great strength to weight ratio.We could wow you with more techinal info, but the fact that the Navy Seals approached the company to replace their bags they had been using for 20 years, well that’s all we need to know. (And yes, Kletterwerks glady placed the bags with even better ones.) Editors’ Recommendations 1. Flip Pack 2. Kletter Kurier Bag 3. Day Pack 4. Konker Bag 5. Mark McNairy Collaboration 6. Pilgrim Surf Collaboration 7. Supply & Advise Collaboration 8. F/W Campaign 9. F/W Campaign 10. F/W Campaign 11. F/W Campaign The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now center_img The Best Diaper Bags for Stylish Dads Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

October 24

Bedouine Fills Her Self-Titled Debut With Laurel Canyon-esque Country-Folk

first_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date As the Bedouine moniker suggests, Azniv Korkejian’s music is informed by a nomadic life. Born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, she spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, moving to Boston when her family won a Green Card lottery. After Boston, the family moved to Houston, and Korkejian left for Los Angeles as soon as she was able. From there she spent time in Lexington, Kentucky; Austin, Texas; and Savannah, Georgia before returning to Los Angeles.Korkejian’s return to the city turned out to be a homecoming of sorts. She discovered a close-knit community of musicians in Echo Park, and as she puts it, “I just kept meeting the right people, who were professional musicians, and even though they were going on these big legitimate tours, they were still coming back to this amazing small scene, still demoing at home, and I immediately felt welcomed to join in on that.”It was within that context that Azniv Korkejian’s first album came about. A sound editor by day, she entered the studio of Gus Seyffert looking for reel-to-reel tapes and left it with with a producer for her debut album. After preparing some thirty tracks over the course of three years, Korkejian and Seyffert whittled the music down to ten songs and brought them to Spacebomb Records. The resulting album, titled Bedouine after Korkejian’s recording moniker, is a quietly confident debut. Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Backed by the strumming of an acoustic guitar, Korkejian delivers the lyrics to standout track “Solitary Daughter” poetically, occasionally drifting almost into spoken word. She discussed the lyrics in an NPR interview, saying, “the song is kind of a reaction to traditional gender roles. It was sort of a rejection of conventional romance; it’s not something that I needed.”Single “One of the These Days” is similarly quiet, but its melody is brighter and more upbeat. Korkejian discussed the track as well, calling it “an optimistic outlook on wanting to speak the same language as someone, or at least close enough for you both to feel loved.”The songs on Bedouine rarely stray above quiet, but they don’t need to. The power of Korkejian’s music does not lie in its volume, but in the gorgeous orchestration and her thoughtful lyrics.Bedouine is out now on Spacebomb Records and is available for purchase through Amazon, iTunes, and Spacebomb’s online store. 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Bedouine Fills Her Self-Titled Debut With Laurel Canyon-esque Country-Folk Close The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

October 24

Tourism Minister Highlights Need for Increased Funding for Tourism

first_img Bolstered by her love for the outdoors, an innate passion for forests and a deep appreciation for the sector’s value to the environment, Ms. Headley has led the Department for 21 years, seeing it through many changes, most notably its transition to an executive agency in 2007. “Being a female in the Forestry Department had always been like ‘who are you and what do you know’,” Ms. Headley says in an interview with JIS News. Story Highlights In 1996, Marilyn Headley made history by becoming the first female Conservator of Forests in Jamaica and the Commonwealth. In 1996, Marilyn Headley made history by becoming the first female Conservator of Forests in Jamaica and the Commonwealth.“They used to say, you don’t look like a forester; so I would always say, how is a forester supposed to look?” she relates to JIS News.The appointment as head of the Forestry Department – all the more meaningful, as she was returning to the agency, which kick-started her career – would set the forest sector on its current path to being foremost in the country’s drive towards sustained growth and development.Her appointment might also have served as a catalyst for the addition of more female technical staff at the traditionally male-dominated Department.“Being a female in the Forestry Department had always been like ‘who are you and what do you know’,” Ms. Headley says in an interview with JIS News.Recalling her first stint at the Department in 1976, when she took a job as an Assistant to the then Deputy Director, having just completed her degree in Agriculture at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Ms. Headley says there were, at most, three females working in technical fields.Over the course of eight years, she served as civil culturist, research officer and senior research officer at the agency.Still, she was eager for more opportunities to grow professionally, and moved to the Jamaica National Investment Promotions Limited (now Jamaica Promotions Corporation), where she worked as an Agricultural Marketing Officer.That agency transferred her to its Miami office, where, for eight years, she would work as the Agricultural Officer for the North American region.Upon her return to the Forestry Department in 1996, however, she was disappointed to find that the female-to-male ratio had not seen much improvement over the years.The gender gap would, however, begin to improve, following Ms. Headley’s appointment as Conservator. This, she says, was due in part to a Canadian-funded ‘Trees for Tomorrow’ project, which had a module focused on how gender was reflected at the organisation.The Conservator makes it clear that while she made no direct effort to bring in more females, she made sure qualified women were equally considered for technical positions as men.“I am not going to hire you just because you are female, but if you are qualified, gender should not hinder you from being considered,” she points out.With the number of women leaving universities qualified in technical areas increasing, she is proud to note that the female cohort at the Forestry Department also increased exponentially.Ms. Headley tells JIS News that some 40 per cent of technical positions at the Department are now filled by women, up from 1.5 per cent in the 1990s. She notes that several members of the senior management team are also female.“That is what I call improvement, in that everybody can now feel like they too can be a Conservator. It is important for people to feel that when they come in, there is room for them to move up,” she points out.Bolstered by her love for the outdoors, an innate passion for forests and a deep appreciation for the sector’s value to the environment, Ms. Headley has led the Department for 21 years, seeing it through many changes, most notably its transition to an executive agency in 2007.She was appointed Chief Executive Officer and reinstated as Conservator of Forests following the shift, which she describes as an achievement of which she is particularly proud.She is also happy to have been able to bring the forest sector to the forefront of public awareness, which she hopes will foster greater recognition of the importance of forests in mitigating climate change, protecting the country’s infrastructure from flooding and to overall safeguard the environment.It was in the 2000s that she introduced the community participation initiative, where foresters were encouraged to get persons involved in protecting the resource. “Getting people involved, getting the stakeholders to meet, getting the views of the public – all this was new to the Forestry Department,” she points out.She adds that the expansion of the agency, to include posts for lawyers, sociologists, public-awareness specialists, and others, was also significant in revolutionising the way the Department operates.“This is very much in line with the global trend of how we must see forestry,” Ms. Headley says.She expresses confidence in the team at the Forestry Department and its capability to take the agency forward, especially through the implementation of the National Conservation Forest Management Plan, now before the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation for approval.“I think we are on a good track. We have here some bright young people… . I feel comfortable that this generation is ready to take the plan to 2026 and beyond,” she tells JIS News.Reflecting on her contribution to the public sector, she expresses satisfaction with her journey.“As a career civil servant, I find that I have been able to contribute in a lot of ways and to make a difference in the country and the sector,” she notes.She says her motto for success, inspired by a teacher from her youth, has been to always aim high.“Anything you are doing, always aim just a little beyond,” the CEO and Forest Conservator says.last_img read more

October 24

Resolve to Get Moving in 2018

first_img According to Senior Health Education Officer at the Ministry of Health, Charmaine Plummer, there are a number of activities that even those who lead busy lifestyles can do. The Ministry of Health is encouraging individuals to get moving in 2018, as it continues to push its Jamaica Moves initiative in an attempt to encourage Jamaicans to lead a healthy lifestyle. The Ministry of Health is encouraging individuals to get moving in 2018, as it continues to push its Jamaica Moves initiative in an attempt to encourage Jamaicans to lead a healthy lifestyle.Many persons have been delaying getting active, citing the lack of time to commit to an exercise programme, but determination and discipline can go a far way in the entire process.According to Senior Health Education Officer at the Ministry of Health, Charmaine Plummer, there are a number of activities that even those who lead busy lifestyles can do.“Putting on some lively music and dancing, engaging in chores such as sweeping the yard, cleaning furniture, washing the car and other such activities are some easy ways for us to stay active while at home,” Ms Plummer stated.The key to staying motivated while engaging in any physical activity, is to find ways to make it fun and enjoyable.One may include other members of the family, turn activities into a game or race, incorporate music or even include rewards for completing tasks.In order to increase physical activities, an individual may expand their routine to include brisk walks in the community or games such as football, netball, cricket or any other outdoor activity.The Health Ministry recommends that adults engage in a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days per week.Children are also being encouraged to become more active in order to avoid obesity, build physical strength as well as improve focus.The recommended physical activity for children between the ages of six and 17 is at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous movement, at least five days per week.It is also recommended that children do a combination of muscle and bone-strengthening activity, at least three days per week, as part of the daily 60-minute routine.Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. Some factors that promote physical inactivity include urbanisation, automation and increased access to technology and the media.As a result of these changing social values and behavioural practices, individuals are forced to live in a highly paced stressful environment, which has contributed to a sedentary lifestyle.According to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity accounts for six per cent of deaths annually.Inactivity is the main cause for approximately 21 to 25 per cent of breast and colon cancers, 27 per cent of diabetes and 30 per cent of ischaemic disease (restriction of blood supply to tissues and organs).“It is important that we each take personal responsibility to do all we can to prevent chronic illnesses that result from inactivity as well as poor dietary choices. All Jamaicans are encouraged to increase physical activity to preserve their health and improve overall wellness,” Ms. Plummer argued.She also noted that it is important to remember that while individuals engage in their various forms of physical activity, they must ensure that they stay hydrated by drinking water before, during and after their routines. Story Highlights “Putting on some lively music and dancing, engaging in chores such as sweeping the yard, cleaning furniture, washing the car and other such activities are some easy ways for us to stay active while at home,” Ms Plummer stated. last_img read more

October 23

Maintenance Takes Spotlight after Bow Singapore Grounding

first_imgzoom Following a steering failure, which caused the tanker Bow Singapore to ground in August 2016, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) highlighted the need for a well-formulated maintenance plan.The 2004-built oil tanker ran into trouble on August 19 outside Australia’s Geelong harbour after its steering gear ceased working and the rudder remained at 5° to port. The ship started swinging towards the edge of the channel. Steering was regained a short time later but, despite the efforts of the pilot, the ship grounded.ATSB’s investigation revealed that Bow Singapore’s A telemotor solenoid, controlling the rudder’s movement to starboard, had stopped responding to electrical signals, which initiated an uncontrolled turn towards the edge of the channel and shallow water.“The company’s procedures for a steering gear failure required a change in operation from the bridge to local emergency operation from the steering gear room. However, the procedures did not include the steps to be taken on the bridge prior to that change, such as using non follow-up mode and changing to alternate telemotor and/or pump systems,” the officials noted.The planned maintenance system for the steering gear did not include or contain any schedules for any detailed inspections or scheduled parts replacement.In addition, the hydraulic system port and starboard solenoids were painted green and red respectively, to match the side of the ship that each is on when mounted on the shuttle valve. However, this was opposite to the direction the rudder would move when they were operated.Bow Singapore was re-floated on August 20, with the assistance of the rising tide and a tug. The ship proceeded to anchor and, later, to the discharge berth in Geelong. After discharging cargo the hull was inspected by divers and no damage was found.Odfjell Management, the ship’s managers, arranged for a replacement of the solenoids and shuttle valves for both steering systems, while the relief valves were opened and examined and the oil was changed. No faults that could cause the failure were found.ATSB said that the ship managers have now included a 6-monthly job entry into their planned maintenance system for the opening and inspection of the steering gear’s solenoids. In addition, the telemotor solenoids have been repainted so that the colours now match the direction of rudder movement, rather than the side of the ship on which they are mounted.Further, the fleet wide safety management system procedure for ‘steering gear failure’ has been amended to include reference to ship specific emergency change over procedures.last_img read more

October 22

Ministers Responsible for Local Government Meet in Halifax

first_imgAt their annual meeting today, July 11, in Halifax, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for local government called for continued collective dialogue with the municipal sector on common interests, such as infrastructure funding, relationships with Aboriginal peoples, and enhancing the strength and vitality of urban, rural and northern municipalities and communities. “As provincial and territorial ministers, we want to continue to meet and collaborate with municipal associations because we recognize the important role municipalities in Canada play in helping solve some of our greatest challenges,” said meeting chair Jamie Muir, Nova Scotia’s minister responsible for local government. “It is important that we collectively engage our municipal partners, and municipal associations, to help find solutions to these issues.” Ministers understand that strong and viable municipalities and communities are vital to the strength and health of each province and territory. Ministers also heard first-hand from the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities about key issues and challenges facing municipalities. Building on substantial work already started in this area, the ministers have directed officials to meet this fall to further define challenges and identify potential solutions. Ministers noted that all governments have contributed significantly to addressing infrastructure needs and acknowledge that municipalities and communities continue to face pressures. There are ongoing and emerging funding challenges such as the implementation of the proposed national wastewater strategy. Therefore, increased collaboration with all partners is required to meet these challenges. Provincial and territorial ministers discussed the importance of constructive, co-operative municipal/Aboriginal relationships. Therefore, provinces and territories will work with the municipalities and communities and will encourage them to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal peoples. Ministers also recognize the importance of engaging municipalities in provincial and territorial climate change initiatives and that the municipal sector has an important role to play in this issue. To this end, ministers support sharing information across provinces and territories on leading policies and programs that address greenhouse gas emissions and the inevitable effects of climate change. Ministers also heard from Gordon McBean, an expert in climate change. The next annual meeting of ministers is in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2009.last_img read more

October 12

France’s Supreme Court Suspends Burkini Ban

Rabat – The Council of State, France’s highest court, suspended the burkini ban today, saying that local mayors have no legal basis for which to justify the ban on full-body swimwear.The ruling was issued after several human rights organizations, such as the La Ligue des Droits de l’Homme (The Human Rights League) and Le Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France (The Coalition Against Islamophobia in France) called on the Council of State to suspend the decision of the mayor of the Mediterranean resort of Villeneuve-Loubet, in southwestern France, to ban the full-body swimwear ban.“The restrictions that [the mayor] has placed on freedoms must be justified by proven risks of breaches of public order,” declared the Council of State. “The impugned judgment constitutes an illegal and conspicuous breach against fundamental freedom, such as the freedom to come and go, the freedom of conscience and personal freedom,” the Council added. The ban “constituted a serious and manifestly illegal infringement of fundamental liberties,” the State Council said in its judgement reported in The Telegraph.The Council of State’s ruling relates specifically to the south-eastern town of Villeneuve-Loubet, but the decision is expected to set a legal precedent for the approximately 30 seaside towns that have issued similar bans.The controversy over the burkini hit its peak when pictures of four armed police officers forcing a Muslim women to take off her hijab and outer garments on the beach were posted in news outlets and on social media.The photos created an unprecedented uproar worldwide angering Muslims, as well as human rights activists.The burkini ban in many of these French towns were enforced a month after the deadly terror attack in nearby Nice.  A Muslim, said to have ties to ISIS, drove a massive truck through a Bastille Day celebration killing 84 people.A week later, Jacques Hamel, 86-year-old Catholic priest, was stabbed to death in another terror attack on a church in the northern France.French politicians yesterday debated the burkini ban in television and radio interviews.Former President Nicholas Sarkozy and other right-wing politicos expressed support for the burkini ban and the need for greater security after the terror attacks in France.Prime Minister Manuel Valls said yesterday he condemned any “stigmatization” of Muslims, but maintained that the burkini was “a political sign of religious proselytizing.”Moroccan-born French Minister of Education of Higher Education and Research Najat Vallaud-Belkacem stated that the ban of the burkini represented “a dangerous political drift,” in an interview with Europe 1. She said the “proliferation” of burkini bans “was not a welcome development.”While the debate among French politicians continues, one American terrorism expert questioned the reasoning and purpose of the burkini and burka ban as a means to combat terrorism in France.“It is the opposite of effective,” says Will McCants, author of The Isis Apocalypse and director of the Brookings Institutions’s Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World.“At least in the short term,” said McCants. read more

October 12

Jamiroquai: Art Has Always been about Integrating Difference

Rabat – Whether it be the reserved exuberance of “Cosmic girls,” the delectable funkiness of “Virtual insanity,” the beatific insanity of “Runaway,” or the exultant cult-like philosophy of their early tunes, Jamiroquai remain to their fans the epitome of the subversive beauty of funk music. Although fundamentally faithful to the basic tenets of the funk genre, the British jazz-funk band has lately found quite an interesting way of mixing and exploring genres from electronic and disco to pop and rock.Hours prior to a superb performance at the 17th Mawazine Festival, the group gave a 15-minute press conference at the Rabat Art Gallery (Villa Des Arts) on Sunday, June 24. In what sounded more like a fifteen-minute chat with old friends, they talked about their music, how it felt to deliver a premier performance in front of a passionate Moroccan public, and their conception of art and its place in society.How did it feel to be in Morocco for the first time? What surprises did the band have for the thousands of Moroccan fans whose attachment to the band’s type of music has something of a religious elevation of spirit? asked a pack of journalists.Jay Kay, the band’s leader, laughed encouragingly at the questions.“It always feels good to sing, to perform, and do music,” he said, straddling the unique feeling of being in Morocco and that of being a celebrated music band whose dexterity has won them the admiration of a worldwide audience.“We are tired. We are just coming off Ukraine, where we’ve just given another performance,” he said, but promised the band will do what they do best for their Moroccan fans: Music.“The plan is to play really well,” they said. “It is interesting and refreshing to go somewhere we’ve never been before. It is exciting to be here.”Jay Kay, who that afternoon spoke on behalf of the group, talked about the band’s origins in terms of a constant drive to “synchronize.”The singer suggested that “A Funk Odyssey,” the group’s fifth studio album, was essentially about mixing, changing, and exploring unknown musical territories, new grounds—both for their own good as artists and the good of millions of fans who demand constant creativity and novelty of musical perspectives and instruments.“I think it is difficult to strive far away from what we do. But this album is a bit hybridized. Well, it’s always been hybrid, really,” Jay Kay said. “I think in terms of drums and how different it sounds [from previous albums]. I listened to some of the albums from day one, and I realized how much complexity and changes were in it.”To a journalist who asked about the group’s memory of Toby Smith, a founding member of Jamiroquai who passed away in April 2017, aged 46, Jay Kay said: “I saw his wife the other day…There is at least that nice thing that he has left his children—he has left three children behind–and his wife. There is a nice legacy for them to have. It is kind of there, the music does not go away.” read more

October 8

Police to inform employers to act on nearly 100 suspects

At least one person was killed in the violence. Police media spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that among those arrested are suspects employed in Government and private institutions. The Police is to inform employers of nearly 100 suspects arrested over the recent violence, to take disciplinary action against them.Mobs attacked Muslim owned properties in Minuwangoda and the North Western Province. He said that those institutions will be informed over the arrest of their employees.The Police media spokesman also said that the employers will be advised to take disciplinary action against the employees arrested for engaging in violent acts. (Colombo Gazette) read more

October 6

Annan supports attempt to set world record for largest educational lesson

“We come to this lesson well-prepared. Study after study has taught us that there is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls,” Mr. Annan said in a message issued in New York. “If we are to succeed in our efforts to build a more healthy, peaceful and equitable world, the classrooms of the world have to be full of girls as well as boys.”Mr. Annan’s message was for the “World’s Biggest Lesson,” a record attempt organized across the globe by the Global Campaign for Education – a worldwide alliance of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and trade unions working for the achievement of universal basic education. The current record for the largest lesson, according to the Guinness Book of Records, was set in March last year when 28,801 children took part in a language class in the United Kingdom.Also in support of the record attempt, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) brought together hundreds of children and adults in New York who participated in the simultaneous lesson, which coincides with the 2003 Global Week of Action for education, which is celebrated from 6 to 13 April.During this year’s education week, communities, children and organizations worldwide will rally to raise awareness of the millions of girls and women who are still being denied the right to go to school, UNICEF said. This ties in well with the UN agency’s own efforts to increase the number of girls in school over the next two years.UNICEF’s Special Representative and world music star, Angelique Kidjo, taught the 30-minute lesson, which focused on the value and urgency of girls’ education. Joining her was Nane Annan, wife of the Secretary-General, and UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. read more

October 2

Malta must accelerate efforts towards preventing illtreatment of detainees – UN experts

“We acknowledge the first step the Maltese authorities have taken towards preventing torture and ill-treatment by ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and designating two monitoring bodies,” said Mari Amos, who headed the delegation from the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture. “But through our meetings with different stakeholders, we have seen that significant work needs to be done to make these bodies fully independent and effective in line with the Optional Protocol and other relevant international standards,” she added. The Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture was established in 2002 and has a mandate to visit all places where persons may be deprived of their liberty, including police stations, prisons (military and civilian), detention centres, and mental health and social care institutions while ensuring that States are in compliance with their obligations as delineated under Optional Protocol.Appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, the group of independent experts regularly examines and reports on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. Ms. Amos’ delegation – which included Hans-jorg Viktor Bannwart, June Lopez Paguadan and Aneta Stanchevska – visited Malta from 6 to 9 October to provide advice and technical assistance to the local authorities on the management of their National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) – the national monitoring bodies established by the Optional Protocol. During its visit, the SPT delegation held capacity-building exercises with the two bodies designated by the Government as NPMs – the Board of Visitors of the Prisons and the Board of Visitors for Detained Persons – and conducted a number of joint visits to places of detention. “A key way to increase the independence and effectiveness of monitoring is to raise awareness of what [the Optional Protocol] requires regarding the role and functioning of NPMs,” Ms. Amos continued. “Such awareness-raising should take place among different sectors, including the authorities and the members of these bodies themselves.” As required by its mandate, the SPT will communicate its recommendations and observations to the Maltese authorities in a confidential report. read more

October 2

Thesis defences — Sept 16 to 20

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Monday, Sept. 16 to Friday, Sept. 20.All are open for the University community to attend.Master of Arts thesis defencesApplied Disability Studies Master of Arts student Nancy Leathen will defend the thesis “Comparing the High-Probability Instructional Sequence with and without Food to Increase Acceptance of Nonpreferred Foods in Children with Food Selectivity” on Monday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. in WH 147.Her examination committee includes Kate Bezanson, Chair; Kimberley Zonneveld, Supervisor; Mitchell Fryling, External Examiner (Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Division of Special Education and Counselling, California State University); Maurice Feldman, Graduate Program Director; and Tricia Vause and Ivy Chong, Committee Members.—Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity Studies student Kevin Hobbs will defend the thesis “To Know Their Stories: Using Playbuilding to Develop a Training/Orientation Video on Person-Centred Care” on Monday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. in Plaza 600F.His examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Joe Norris, Supervisor; Sandra Faulkner, External Examiner (Professor of Communication, Bowling Green State University); Mary-Beth Raddon, Graduate Program Director; and Madelyn Law and Spy Denomme-Welch, Committee Members.Master of Science thesis defencesJordan Fazio, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Physics, will defend his thesis titled “An Analogue of the Laplace-Runge-Lenz Vector for Timelike Geodesics in Schwarzschild Spacetime” on Monday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. in MCH 313.His examination committee includes Robert Carlone, Chair; Stephen Anco, Supervisor; Cristina Stoica, External Examiner (Wilfrid Laurier University); and Bozidar Mitrovic and Edward Sternin, Committee Members.—HamidReza Nayeri, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Physics, will defend his thesis titled “Travelling Wave Solutions on a Non-zero Background for the Generalized Korteweg-de Vries Equation” on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. in WH 147.His examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Stephen Anco, Supervisor; Olga Trichtchenko, External Examiner (University of Western Ontario); and Kirill Samokhin and Edward Sternin, Committee Members. read more