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Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble congratulate PV Sindhu on her India Open triumph

first_imgIndia’s Olympic 2016 silver medallist P.V. Sindhu overcame her Rio Games conqueror Carolina Marin of Spain in straight games to win her maiden India Open Superseries badminton title at a packed Siri Fort Sports Complex here on Sunday.  The match-up between Sindhu and Marin was a repeat of the 2016 Rio Olympic final which saw the Spaniard taking away the gold medal in a hard-fought encounter.   But in front of her home fans here, third seed Sindhu posted a 21-19, 21-16 triumph in 46 minutes to give another display of her fast-rising career. (Also Read: PV Sindhu delighted to win maiden India Open Super Series title ) Since the Rio final, it was the second contest between the two shuttlers and the 21-year-old Hyderabadi has won both. With this win, Sindhu also equalised 5-5 in career meetings against the two-time reigning world champion. Accolades started pouring in on social media platforms for the 21-year-old superstar, with Sachin Tendukar, Anil Kumble, Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif among others tweeting their support. Champion moves & a warrior instinct! A true winner all the way. @Pvsindhu1, take a bow. #SindhuvsMarin- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 2, 2017 Congratulations @pvsindhu1 on the win! Great game! Wishing you more success! #SindhuvsMarin- Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) April 2, 2017 Sport unites all.Sikh, Isaai,Muslim, Hindu;Sabko jode PV Sindhu.Congrats champion @Pvsindhu1 on another wonderful Victory.#SindhuvsMarin pic.twitter.com/myqulxw0gX- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 2, 2017 What a performer, what a champion. Congratulations @Pvsindhu1 on winning the India open. #SindhuvsMarin pic.twitter.com/YFnc2xTMq3advertisement- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 2, 2017 Congratulations @Pvsindhu1 on winning #IndiaSS against the Olympic Gold Medalist #marin silver medal redeemed?? #SindhuvsMarin .. bravo ?? pic.twitter.com/JgjEIANG1u- Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) April 2, 2017last_img read more

Had plans for David Warner, Hilton Cartwright from the outset: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgBhuvneshwar Kumar said he had plans chalked out for openers David Warner and Hilton Cartwright, the two wickets he got first up as India beat Australia by 50 runs in the second ODI at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.”Yes I planned. First bowl I bowled I knew there is some swing on the wicket.”Specially for Warner, generally I bowl outswingers to him in Tests also so I knew there is a good chance I can get him out. And for Cartwright, it was normal, top of off-stump for him,” Bhuvneshwar, whose first spell (6-2-9-2) had the tourists on the mat, said at the post match press conference.Bhuvneshwar returned figures of 3/9 in 6.1 overs to help India go 2-0 up in the five-match series.Kuldeep Yadav bagged a hat-trick (3/54) taking three consecutive wickets of Mathew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in the 33rd over to become the second bowler in limited overs cricket to script a hat-trick at this venue and only the third Indian to record the rare feat in 50 overs cricket.Asked if the Aussies are struggling to pick Indian spinners, Bhuvneshwar said: “Our bowlers are bowling too well maybe. They score off our spinners in the IPL so they (Australia) can play spin. Our bowlers then are maybe bowling better here and they cannot pick them.”On his evolution as a bowler in recent years, Bhuvneshwar, who is now a regular in the first XI across formats for India and has been performing well, said: “When I started, I used to depend on conditions. Then I started improving as I played more international cricket. The more you play you know the areas you need to improve on. One year after I started playing, I knew I had to increase pace.”advertisement”I had no clue how to do it. Then our trainer came Mr (Shankar) Basu and he changed the training regime. Knowingly or unknowingly, my pace increased and with that my death bowling also improved.”Bhuvneshwar, who scored a match-winning half century in Sri Lanka before this series, said he always possessed batting skill and it was his knock against the Sri Lankans that gave him confidence he can score in ODIs too.”I haven’t tried anything differently. I have natural talent and I know I can bat. Specially when it comes to Tests, I can continue. In ODIs, you have to hit at my position and I don’t have that ability. But in the last three-four matches, the situations I got myself in, 10-15 overs I batted and in Sri Lanka I got the confidence that I can contribute in ODI as well. My batting coach Sanjay Bangar has worked on my batting as well.”last_img read more

World Cup 2018: How visiting fans are handling language barriers

first_imgFootball is one sport that unites the world. Different people from different countries come together through this sport and celebrate one common spirit.However, overcoming language barriers is not so easy and when it comes to deciphering the Cyrillic alphabet in Russia, it can be extremely tough.Not all locals are well versed with English and so getting directions and understanding them from board signs can be very exhausting.However, the fans have found their way through the problem and who else but Google is helping them.World Cup fans from around the globe having been actively using Google Translate on their mobile phones and it has proved to be their messiah.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEBeing easily able to translate on phones has saved them from the trouble of frantic search through phrase books or gesturing for directions.The software has proven indispensable for many fans to communicate with locals in bars, restaurants and hotels in the 11 host cities.”It’s very difficult to understand the Cyrillic alphabet in Russian,” said Brazilian fan Gustavo, who travelled more than 12,000 kilometres (7,456 miles) from his native Pocos de Caldas to support his team in Kazan, where they will face Belgium in the quarter-finals on Friday.Also read – World Cup fans explore underground Josef Stalin’s bunker of Nazi era”So we use Google all the time and ask the people what they are trying to serve or to eat. When you use Google and you know the translation, that becomes easier.”Some foreign fans type what they want to say in Russian in their native language and show the translation to locals. Others use the app’s voice function that allows them to virtually speak to people in other languages.advertisementRussians have also been caught up in the craze.Also read – World Cup 2018: Neymar joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi in mural club”We were at the souvenir shop in Vladimir and the lady had her computer on so she would type her Russian words and then ask me to look at her screen to read the English translations,” said Trisha, a Filipino tourist visiting Kazan.Although the app can sometimes produce inaccurate or awkward translations, fans say it has significantly enhanced their World Cup experience.”One of our friends wanted to tell the woman in a shop that Russian women were very beautiful,” said Colombian fan Juan David Londono in Samara, where Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 in the group stage last month.”But when Google translated, it said ‘old women are very beautiful’.”Also read – World Cup 2018: Dazzling goals, memorable celebrations and the dance of joySome reporters have also used the tool to circumvent language restrictions imposed at the press opportunities of certain teams.At a news conference with France star Antoine Griezmann last month, a Spanish reporter wanted to ask him about his future at his club, Atletico Madrid.But France media managers had said questions would only be taken in French, a language the reporter did not speak. He got around the restriction by having Google Translate render his question in French.Griezmann laughed and began answering in Spanish while the French team’s spokesman said “next question” and urged the player to remain silent.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

YSR Congress leader Vivekananda Reddy found dead

first_imgAmaravati (AP): Y S Vivekananda Reddy, former minister and younger brother of former Andhra Pradesh CM Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, was Friday found dead at his residence in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, with family members alleging that the death was not natural. Vivekananda Reddy’s personal assistant M V Krishna Reddy has lodged a complaint with Pulivendula police expressing doubts over the nature of the death as blood clots were found in the bedroom and the bathroom. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The 68-year old leader is survived by his wife and a daughter. Vivekananda Reddy’s nephew and former MP Y S Avinash Reddy alleged that it was not a natural death and sought a thorough investigation. “There were two injuries on his head, one each on the front and the back. So, a thorough probe is required to establish the cause of the death. There could possibly be a conspiracy angle as well that needs to be probed,” Avinash Reddy said in Pulivendula. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed A case under section 174 of CrPC (unnatural death) was registered and the body moved to the Pulivendula government hospital for postmortem, a local police inspector said. YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and his mother Vijayamma rushed to Pulivendula from Hyderabad on hearing the news. Known as a down-to-earth and genial person, Vivekananda was elected as MLA in 1989 and 1994 from his hometown Pulivendula in Kadapa district. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Kadapa constituency in 1999 and 2004 and to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 2009. He had served as the agriculture minister under N Kiran Kumar Reddy in the then united Andhra Pradesh. He had a difference in opinions with his nephew, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, after the latter quit the Congress and established the YSR Congress, and chose to stay back in the parent party. Vivekananda even lost the by-election to his sister-in-law, Vijayamma, in 2011. Subsequently, the family differences were sorted out and Vivekananda Reddy joined the YSRC. Two days ago, he was seen at the Lotus Pond residence of Jagan in Hyderabad and on Thursday, Viveka, as he was known by, campaigned for the YSRC in Pulivendula constituency. He was alone at his residence in Pulivendula on Thursday night. “There was no response when I went to his house this morning. I called his wife in Hyderabad over phone and she asked me not to disturb him. Later, the cook and other household staff reached the house but they too did not get any response. I then went in through a side door and found Vivekananda’s body in the bathroom, with blood clots in the bedroom and the bathroom,” Krishna Reddy said. YSRC MP V Vijayasai Reddy expressed shock over the former minister’s death. “He was such a humble person who always engaged himself in public service. It is a huge loss to the YSRC and also the state,” the MP said in a message.last_img read more

Yemen UN aid chief warns of critical situation for thousands of displaced

9 October 2009The top United Nations humanitarian official today warned of the increasingly dire circumstances facing a growing number of people in northern Yemen forced from their homes by the ongoing conflict between the Government and the Al Houthi rebels. Since fighting erupted between the two groups in 2004, an estimated 150,000 Yemenis have been uprooted and the number is swelling by the day, with the latest clashes spilling out of Sa’ada city into neighbouring areas. The UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that around 200 people flood out of Sa’ada daily into surrounding areas, with some travelling by food through mountainous regions for four or five days.On the second day of a four-day tour of northern Yemen, Under-Secretary-General John Holmes visited a makeshift camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mazrak, where over 6,000 people are taking shelter, and some uprooted families have taken refuge on open land.“I came to Mazrak camp and to this district today to see first-hand the circumstances that the displaced people are living in, so that I could better understand how the international community can assist,” said Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.“This part of the country has been experiencing instability for some time now, and for some of these people this is the second or third time that they have been displaced,” he added.The majority of IDPs are living amongst host communities or in open spaces in areas without clean water sources, and the most vulnerable have fled to camps with scant means of supporting themselves, making them largely dependent on humanitarian assistance for their survival.“The people who have fled to the camps have few or no safety nets or coping mechanisms,” Mr. Holmes said. “Many came from conditions of great poverty, and have now lost the little that they had, so we need to help them with everything from shelter to food to clean water.”He noted that the thousands of IDPs who have chosen to live out of the camps also need help. “There are still many we cannot reach as well as we would like, and our resources are finite.”Aid agencies will not be able to cope with the increasing caseload without strengthened international support, OCHA said, stressing that their $23.7 million flash appeal to fund immediate, life-saving efforts has only received only 16 per cent of the amount requested since it was launched on 2 September.Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva today that the civilian population “continues to bear the brunt of the ongoing conflict.”He noted that the agency’s own $5 million emergency appeal – to organize, manage and expand camps; provide protection for IDPs; and provide tents and other humanitarian assistance – is still $2.6 million short of its target. read more

Jarvis school goes to Whoville

Noah Michaud as the Cat in the Hat in Seussical Junior ~ The Musical. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO) Chloe Dawson plays Horton, in Jarvis Public School’s production of Seussical Junior ~ The Musical. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO) The Jarvis Community was treated to a trip to Whoville during a production of Seussical Junior ~ The Musical by Jarvis Public School.During Education Week,  50 students were involved in the production that saw five shows over two days, May 8-9. More than 450 people took in the two evening productions and two area schools were able to take in the afternoon shows.“The best part of acting is you can do it no matter what. A person’s a person, no matter how small,” said Chloe Dawson, who played Horton the Elephant.Her cast mate and cousin, Aubrey Dawson, said she enjoyed meeting new people in different grade levels that she may not have gotten to know outside of the play.“Everyone was so positive and they supported us no matter what,” said Aubrey.Director Julie McIntyre said that putting on a production takes a lot of effort but many helping hands make it all worthwhile.“The talent we saw from our cast was incredible.  Without giving children the opportunity to participate in the dramatic arts, some of the quiet, shy young people would never have the opportunity to share their gift with us.”  The Cast of Seussical Junior from left to right Abby Dorr as Mrs. Mayor, Brant Dawson, as JoJo and Andrew Yager as Mr. Mayor, the smallest Who’s in Whoville. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO) read more

Despite Gaza clashes Israelis and Palestinians must maintain ceasefire says UN official

The clash resulted in casualties on both sides and follows a series of armed incidents since the end of November.The Deputy Special Coordinator urged all parties to maintain and reinforce the ceasefire of 26 August and refrain from escalating tensions.

Nofault compensation advisory group disbanded

first_imgTransparency in medical negligence cases could save the health system millions>More than €45m paid out to patients injured in HSE hospitals> A GROUP WHICH was to examine how to help smooth the legal process for families whose children suffer “catastrophic injuries” at birth due to medical negligence will not sit again.The Medical Independent has discovered that a Department of Health advisory group that was to examine “no-fault” compensation for those suffering injuries at birth last met in 2008. The Department of Health has now confirmed to reporter James Fogarty that the group will not meet again.Instead, said a spokesperson, a report is due from that group. It is hoped that reforms recommended will help speed up the process for families. Just last week, 12-year-old Roisin Conroy from Portlaoise was awarded €2.6m for suffering a brain injury at birth – her parents had sued the HSE and a consultant on her behalf.After the award, the family’s solicitor said the case again highlighted that measures were needed to prevent dragging families through years of legal trauma. Roisin’s father Kevin spoke of how his daughter had been denied the care she needed for over a decade as the case played out.The spokesperson added that the Department of Justice and Equality is drafting a “General Scheme of a Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill which would make provision for periodic payments” which would be of particular benefit to cases where someone suffered series injury due to negligence of another.last_img read more

Appeal for missing man last seen boarding Tralee to Dublin train

first_img Saturday 11 May 2019, 9:41 AM Appeal for missing man last seen boarding Tralee to Dublin train Dan Sheehy hasn’t been seen since 29 April. Share47 Tweet Email GARDAÍ ARE SEEKING the public’s help in locating Dan Sheehy, a 52-year-old man who is missing since Monday 29 April.Dan was last seen boarding the Tralee to Dublin train on the day he left home.He is described as being 5’11″, broad build, with a brown/grey tight haircut and dark green hazel eyes. It’s understood he was wearing a suit when last seen. Anyone who can assist in tracing his whereabouts is urged to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.  Short URL By Sean Murray Image: An Garda Síochána Image: An Garda Síochána https://jrnl.ie/4629883 1 Comment 20,294 Views May 11th 2019, 9:41 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Step Into the Final Year with Clueless Senior Year

first_imgvia BOOM! StudiosSiobhan Keenan’s art style wonderfully captures the world of Clueless. She has a sharp, sleek style that’s made for this comic, especially when it comes to fashion and the power of character expression. She distinguishes the girls in their sense of who they are and even adds a little bit more about them and their individual personalities.Shan Murphy’s stellar colors are so complimentary to Keenan’s lines. It feels like they were just meant to join as one. The colors are muted and soft. It adds a gentle feel throughout that goes hand and hand with Keenan’s art. The overall feel of the comic is warm and inviting, which makes you want to pick up the comic even more.Clueless: Senior Year is a delightful continuation for the girls from Beverly Hills. This team truly captured what Amy Heckerling created and continued a story that is realistic and sublime. I can’t recommend this comic enough for fans of the original movie. I’m totally buggin’ out over it and you will too.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and WildVariant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18) “Your favorite girls from Beverly Hills are back in an all-new, all-original adventure! It’s senior year, and Cher, Dionne, and Tai find themselves in a bit of a crisis of self… where are they meant to go, and what are they meant to DO after high school? Luckily they have all year, and each other’s help, to figure it out!”I was never a big fan of the Clueless movie. The coming of age film was never my thing. I was way more a The Craft girl. However, Clueless: Senior Year allowed me to revisit the classic movie. I have to say; I dig it a little more now!CLUELESS: SENIOR YEAR(W): Amber Benson & Sarah Kuhn (A): Siobhan Keenan (C): Shan Murphy (L): Jim Campbell (CA): Natacha BustosClueless: Senior Year brings the girls of Beverly Hills to life once again. We read as they go through the most important year of their lives before hitting adulthood. Senior Year. Yes, that dreaded year where you figure out what you might want to do for the rest of your life. Cher, Dionne, and Tai hit this realization hard as they each come to grips with their identities and what they want to do.via BOOM! StudiosClueless: Senior Year is sort-of a continuation from the cult hit movie Clueless, written and directed by Amy Heckerling. Amber Benson and Sarah Kuhn take her girls and usher them into the hardships of accomplishing their final year unscathed.Benson and Kuhn span out three stories in a year, allowing you to follow the girls through the seasons of the year. Cher suffers an identity crisis as she tries to figure out what career suits her best. Dionne aka D wants her voice heard. She steps out from being Cher’s sidekick to become her own Batman. Tai suffers a tragic loss in her family. She has to decide to either go to art school or run her great-aunts apple farm.Benson and Kuhn write the girls openly and honestly enhancing the original characters and source material. They also keep the nostalgia of in their flawless writing as well. The best part about narrative is they keep the female friendship at the heart of the story. Cher, Dionne and Tai’s friendship are an important element in any piece Clueless work. Even if they have a tiff or disagree with each other, they always come back together. Their bond stays stronger than ever.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Allegri backs Ronaldo amid controversy

first_imgJuventus boss Max Allegri has backed Cristiano Ronaldo amid recent controversies ahead of their Serie A clash with Udinese.Allegri hailed Ronaldo as a great professional whose ‘dedication to social matters says everything about him.’“He’s fine, he’s a lad I’ve known for three months,” the Coach said at a Press conference when asked about the rape allegations faced by the No 7.“What I can say about him is that in his 15-year career, he’s always shown great professionalism both on and off the field. He’s dedicated and also very much so to social matters, which says it all.“I knew he wouldn’t be called up by Portugal; he reached an agreement with the CT and President of his federation. He has broad shoulders; he’s focused on taking to the field and doing well.”“Douglas Costa is back, but Khedira is out. De Sciglio and Rugani will be assessed. Szczesny will play in goal, but one of Mandzukic, Dybala and Cristiano may miss out.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“Cuadrado’s growing and his assist gave him motivation. Bentancur? He could be there, I’ll assess him in training.“We have lots of games, beyond technical decisions and our chemistry. I have to rotate our front line.“Our squad has improved a lot, and that’s thanks to the club. If we’re better now than in the past, we’ll see how much we win at the end of the season.“We’ve won a lot, and we’re only missing the Champions League. Now we want to finish this seven-game run in the best possible way; then we’ll have six more before the November break.“Udinese always battles at home, so we must approach the game with determination, even if technically it might not be a good match.”last_img read more

Bees on Notre Dame rooftop survive this weeks devastating fire

first_img“I got a call from the spokesman for Notre Dame who said there were bees flying in and out of the hives which means they are still alive,” Geant told CNN on Friday. “Right after the fire I looked at the drone pictures and saw the hives weren’t burnt but there was no way of knowing if the bees had survived,” Geant added. “Now I know there’s activity, it’s a huge relief.”On Wednesday, Geant posted photos on his Instagram taken by drones that show the hives intact. A visual history of Notre-Dame de Paris Post a comment The bees of Notre Dame seem to have their patron saint Ambrose looking out for them.  Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET The devastating fire that destroyed part of Paris’ historic Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday appears to have spared the bees living on its rooftop.Since 2013, as part of a city initiative to support biodiversity in Paris, Notre Dame has been home to three beehives on a roof beneath the rose window. Because the hives are located about 30 meters (98 feet) below the main roof, the fire didn’t get close enough to do any damage. Considering each hive is home to 60,000 bees, Notre Dame beekeeper Nicolas Geant was beyond relieved to learn the fire didn’t hurt the insects. Share your voice Another photo posted on his Instagram shows the bees alive and well on one of the Notre Dame gargoyles. The structures  double as functional rain spouts.Perhaps St. Ambrose, the patron saint of bees and beekeepers, was keeping an eye out for the beloved insects of Notre Dame.center_img 0 36 Photos Tags Sci-Tech Culturelast_img read more

Yukon Quest clarifies its rules against dog doping

first_imgThe Yukon Quest is clarifying its rule banning performance enhancing drugs. A press release issued by the Quest last week in light of a positive drug test on dogs in last year’s Iditarod says, “all dog teams are required to be clear of prohibited drugs”.Listen nowQuest rules committee chair Kathleen McGill said that means mushers can face disciplinary action if banned drugs show up in their dogs.“With a sled dog race that runs 1,000 miles, it’s difficult not to put the musher in charge,” McGill said.“Our rules make it pretty clear that unless they can prove otherwise, they’re held responsible,” Quest head veterinarian Christina Hansen said.Hansen says urine samples taken from Quest dogs before, during and after the race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse are screened for a broad spectrum of banned drugs, including Tramadol, a pain reliever that was found in samples take from four dogs in musher Dallas Seavey’s team after last year’s Iditarod.Seavey has denied administering the drug to his dogs, and Iditarod officials have said they couldn’t prove any intent to cheat, raising the possibility of sabotage, a prospect that has been echoed by race icons like Jeff King and Ally Zirkle.In reaction to the incident, the Iditarod board changed its drug rule this fall: removing a requirement that officials prove intent. Now, similar to the Quest, in the case of a dog testing positive for a banned drug, the musher will be presumed guilty unless they can explain otherwise.The Yukon Quest’s McGill said race organizers try to protect dogs from any tampering, especially at check points while mushers are sometimes away from their teams.”We do keep the dog yards separate and control who goes into the dog yard,” McGill said. “So the public just can’t walk into the dog yard at the checkpoints. And we do that with the fence barriers or snow banks. Any reporters have to be escorted, and even handlers aren’t allowed into the dog yard at some of the checkpoints.”McGill admits that’s more complicated during the Quest’s mandatory 36-hour layover in Dawson, during which handlers are put in charge of dog teams at a campground across the Yukon River from town, while mushers rest at hotels in Dawson. She said Quest officials went over rules in the spring and do not plan any changes.last_img read more

Disha Patani finally reveals why she and Tiger Shroff dont speak openly

first_imgTiger Shroff, Disha PataniInstagramThere’s no secret that Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani have been seeing each other for quite a while now but none of them have ever openly confessed about their love for each other. The two have always maintained that they are very good friends and admire each other but it hasn’t been enough for their fans who are eagerly waiting for them to announce their relationship soon.So when a fan on Twitter asked Disha about why she and Tiger have never acknowledged their relationship in public, the Bharat actress replied saying that both of them are shy to express their feelings so nobody’s breaking the ice. She also said that she has been trying to impress Tiger for many years but haven’t succeeded till date.”I’ve been trying for so long, it’s been so many years and I’ve been trying to impress him. Now I’ve done this film Bharat where I’m doing all these stunts and I thought maybe he’ll get impressed but no luck. Yeah, we go to eat but that doesn’t mean he’s impressed, not like that like the crush impressed; but he like’s everybody’s pictures like that. You must speak to him the next time. He’s shy and I’m shy so nobody’s breaking the ice,” Disha Patani was quoted as saying by Bollywood Hungama. Jackie Shroff chooses one — Tiger Shroff or Disha PataniAFP/Getty Images; STR/AFP/Getty ImagesIt’s a known fact that Disha has been a frequent visitor to the Shroff family and often seen spending some quality with them. In fact, Ayesha Shroff and her daughter Krishna have often seen showering her love on Disha on social media and seem to be getting along quite well with her. Jackie Shroff had even gone on record to say that his son has found a girlfriend and he was very happy about it “lekin usko ek tichki diya hai maine.”Similarly, when Tiger was earlier asked about rumours about his relationship with Disha, he said that some amount of speculation is good. His statement hinted that Tiger might be enjoying the kind of attention he and Disha are getting and may want to keep their fans waiting for some more time.last_img read more

Mother Nature Is Very Resilient A Year After Hurricane Harvey Coastal Ecosystems

first_imgCourtesy Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiThe Nueces River near Corpus Christi and the Gulf of Mexico.When Larry McKinney steers his boat around the bays near Corpus Christi, he’s normally able to navigate by sight. But since Hurricane Harvey made landfall a year ago, dumping anywhere from 20 to 50 inches of rainwater along the Texas coast, McKinney’s usual markers aren’t as recognizable.“Some of the islands that you used for landmarks have disappeared or been reconfigured,” said McKinney, executive director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. “The natural infrastructure has changed, and the system’s adapted to that.”In the year since Harvey, McKinney and his colleagues at the Texas A&M Corpus Christi interdisciplinary institute continue to research how both humans and nature reacted and adapted to the storm. The storm — which caused nearly $125 billion in damage and led to the deaths of an estimated 94 Texans — tore apart human communities. Still, McKinney said, Harvey serves as a reminder of the resiliency of nature and how coastal bays and estuaries have evolved to benefit from seasonal storms.For coastal ecosystems, Harvey offered a welcome and necessary flush of freshwater to bays and estuaries. The rainfall was like stirring up a big pot, McKinney said, freeing sediment and nutrients that had been trapped in riverbeds and letting nutrient-rich waters flow to the coast.“That all washes down into the estuary and provides the very base of the food chain,” McKinney said. “The more nutrients that come in, the better for the estuary. When you have a really massive flood, particularly when there’s been a drought before, you get an overabundance.”In the immediate aftermath of the storm, that overabundance did cause a plankton bloom — or a sudden high concentration of plankton in the ecosystem. As those plankton die, their decomposing bodies use up valuable oxygen in the estuary ecosystem. But now, McKinney said, the nutrients remaining after the plankton bloom are fueling fish and other small creature populations.“Over the years, those [canals] will get a big production of trout, which is great for fishing over the next few years,” McKinney said.Beaches and plant life were also rejuvenated in the aftermath of the storm, said Tom Schmid, CEO of the Texas State Aquarium.McKinney said that when it comes to hurricane recovery, “it’s really interesting how much better the actual marine ecosystem is at recovering than the human side,” McKinney said. “If we didn’t have hurricanes, this coast would look very different. But the system has changed in a way that reflects that.”Courtesy Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiResearchers from the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies travel by airboat to take water samples of the Nueces River near Corpus Christi.That quick recovery along the Gulf Coast makes sense, McKinney said, and was in line with scientists’ expectations. Maps known as “spaghetti models” that plot the paths of past hurricanes show that tropical storms are frequent in — and affect every part of — the gulf.“Think of our coastal ecosystems,” McKinney said. “It has infrastructure just like our coastal communities. When hurricanes hit and you get flooding canals and houses, the same thing happens to the natural community. It’s just that the natural system is much better than humans at recovering from those impacts and moving on.”But while Harvey’s freshwater rejuvenated ecosystems in the lower coast, the heavy rainfall was too much to handle as the storm traveled — and stayed put — farther up the Coastal Bend.As the hurricane stalled out over Houston, it dumped enough freshwater at once into the Gulf to become toxic. Through models and satellite images, scientists were able to watch the mass of freshwater as it spread more than 100 miles offshore. Even by November, the “blob” of freshwater had yet to be absorbed into the sea.Freshwater is less dense than saltwater, so it floats on the ocean’s surface, McKinney said. A layer of freshwater creates a dead zone, cutting off oxygen from the atmosphere from reaching the saltwater — and marine life — below. While scientists did see some bleached coral and decreased salinity levels near the Flower Garden Banks, a coral reef about 100 miles off the coast, the situation would have been much worse had the fresh water body passed directly over the reef.“The Flower Gardens act like a sentinel,” McKinney said. “They’re so far off that they’re generally unaffected. When something happens to [that coral], then it must really be a serious issue.”Researchers with the institute also received more than $300,000 from the National Science Foundation to continue work on how ecosystems bounced back from the storm. Studies include a look at how Harvey impacted lagoons along the coast, as well as how flooding and fallen trees affected streams and rivers. The two research teams were among 59 across the country given grants to study the immediate impacts of the storm.“Mother Nature is very resilient,” Schmid said. “The barrier islands will always be there. They might shift a little bit, but when we build things on them, that’s where it gets compromised. I think animals have an amazing ability to recover from events like this. We seem to take a little bit longer sometimes.” Sharelast_img read more

Men need a place for sex Women need a purpose

first_imgI have just come to know that my daughter (9) gets physically molested by the car pool driver that takes her to school. We are very disturbed.Anjali Sharma, RajkotFirstly, stop sending her in that vehicle. If possible, someone from the family should drop and pick her up from school for the next couple of weeks. Secondly, report the case to the car pool management and if possible accost that driver directly. Thirdly, in a very easy, simple and friendly manner speak to your daughter and explain to her how she should approach such situations in future. Kids these days are very mature but they are sensitive. Such issues should be handled with care. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I’m madly in love with my English professor. I even attend his private tuitions just to see him. I want to express myself but feel scared. Please tell me how to do it?Reena, KolkataSuch ‘crushes’ are common. I’m sure you are not the only one who feels this way about your professor! If I were you, I would have written a personalised letter. A handwritten one and would have probably not given my name in it. Would have sealed it in an envelope, sprayed my most favourite fragrance and handed it over to him on a suitable occasion. But as he’s your college professor, such an act could bring some amount of negative impact too. If you can hold on to your feelings, hand it over on the last day of your college. One life, do what you want but ‘play safe’ girl! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI’m a 29-year-old woman. I don’t enjoy sex at all. I have had it with two partners in my life so far. Is there any problem with me?Name withheld, RajasthanThey say men need a place to have sex, women need a purpose. Female sexuality is complex. At its core is a need for closeness and intimacy. Women also have physical needs. When there is an emotional or physical problem, they can have sexual problems. Lack of interest in sex can also be triggered by family problems, illness or death, financial or job worries, in-law problems, childcare responsibilities, managing a career and children, previous or current physical and/or emotional abuse, past history of sexual abuse, fatigue and depression. Sometimes for women, the inability to become physically aroused during sexual activity often involves insufficient vaginal lubrication. The biggest problem is that most men get sex education from their friends, TV and porn movies. In normal lives, sexuality is far different from how it is portrayed in porn and men fail to understand this! Women are much more interested in romance and relationship than in casual intercourse. Psychological counselling can play an important part, as can coaching in sexual foreplay and stimulation techniques. Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

Qantas concludes US freight class action

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Qantas said it will pay up to US$26.5 million as part of a settlement to resolve its liability under a freight class action in the US. The class action commenced in 2006 against a number of airlines regarding activities in their freight departments. As part of the settlement reached today, the Australian flag carrier will pay back the US$26.5 million it made in freight revenue to and from the US. Qantas will also be required to cooperate with the class action plaintiffs but will be released from claims made by direct purchasers of air cargo services during the period from January 2000 to 11 September 2006.   Among the other airlines, Air France reached an agreement of up to US$87 million, Lufthansa US$85 million, Scandinavian Airlines US$13.9 million, Japan Airlines US$12 million and American Airlines reached a US$5 million agreement.last_img read more

Tourisms best of the best recognised at awards

first_imgTourism’s ‘best of the best’ recognised at awardsTourism’s ‘best of the best’ recognised at awardsThe ‘best of the best’ in tourism were recognised last night with the Whitsundays bringing home 14 trophies from the 2017 Queensland Tourism Awards.The 2017 Queensland Tourism Awards were held last night (Friday, November 10) at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, recognising Queensland’s finest tourism operators.Whitsunday operators brought home a swag of awards including five Gold, four Silver, three Bronze and two Highly Commended Awards.In all, the Whitsundays collected the second highest number of awards for one region.Tourism Whitsundays CEO Craig Turner said it was a wonderful achievement for the award recipients and also the entire Whitsundays tourism industry.“We are very lucky to have a strong, robust tourism industry in the Whitsundays and when operators like these win awards at state level, it is a sign to the rest of the world just how good our tourism offering is,” Mr Turner said.“I would like to heartily congratulate the winners and also acknowledge every operator who entered, as the awards are a great opportunity to showcase to the world what the Whitsundays can offer in terms of world class tourism experiences.”The Queensland Tourism Awards, which are hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), cover 30 different categories and recognise the outstanding achievements of operators across the state.QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the 33rd Queensland Tourism Awards had attracted an outstanding array of tourism operators across all award categories.“I congratulate the winners of the 28 business, event and individual categories, as well as winners of the inaugural RACQ People’s Choice category,” he said.“All operators and individuals have demonstrated excellence in Queensland’s thriving tourism industry, which has continued to grow in the past financial year by more than 5.5 per cent, and international visitor numbers for Queensland saw record growth in the 12 months to June 2017, growing 5.6 per cent.”All Gold Award winners from categories 1-25 in the Queensland Awards will now automatically gain entry into the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, due to be held at the new Perth Stadium, in Perth, Western Australia, on Friday, February 23, 2018.For more information and a full list of award recipients, please visit: www.qtic.com.auAward-winning Whitsundays operators:01. Major Tourist Attraction – Abell Point Marina – Gold11. Major Tour & Transport Operator – Ocean Rafting – Gold12. Tour & Transport Operator – Red Cat Adventures – Highly Commended12. Tour & Transport Operator – Whitsunday Jetski Tours – Bronze13. Adventure Tourism – Whitsunday Jetski Tours – Highly Commended13. Adventure Tourism – Red Cat Adventures – Silver13. Adventure Tourism – Ocean Rafting – Bronze15. Tourism Restaurants & Catering – Fish D’Vine – Silver17. Caravan & Holiday Parks – BIG4 Adventure Wsy Resort – Gold (+ Hall of Fame)19. Unique Accommodation – Whitsunday Escape – Silver 19. Unique Accommodation – Cumberland Charter Yachts – Gold20. Self-contained Accommodation – Pinnacles Resort – Silver22. Deluxe Accommodation – Mirage Whitsundays – Bronze24. New Tourism Business – Island Jet Boating – GoldSource = Tourism Whitsundayslast_img read more

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