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Lakme Fashion Week 2017: Nargis Fakhri looked utterly sensual on the runway

first_imgThe fourth day of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017 will be remembered for how radiant Nargis Fakhri looked on the runway. The Rockstar-fame diva looked like a vision as she ramp for ace designer Anushree Reddy.Photo: Yogen Shah Nargis was clad in a blazing lemon-yellow lehenga that could put the sun to shame with its beauty and brightness. The lehenga looked beyond gorgeous with a intrinsic silver embellishment that glimmered bright, all over it.Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: Lakme Fashion Week 2017: Esha Gupta looked as sizzling as molten gold on the runwayThe lustrous, gold choli looked phenomenal while the baby-pink, net dupatta draped over it lightened the look of this sensual, bling-a-ding outfit. While the outfit was loud on colours, the dupatta came as a respite. Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: Lakme Fashion Week 2017: Shraddha Kapoor looked like a red rose on the runwayNargis looked extremely sexy with just the right amount of cleavage showing, and loud makeup that complimented the brightness of the attire. It won’t be unfair to say that Nargis’ look was the most vibrant on the runway in the last four days.Photo: Yogen Shah She sported a royal emerald neckpiece that looked class apart, and added a touch of sophistication to her glamorous ethnic look.Precisely, Nargis’ look was a total winner on the runway.last_img read more

Listen: Brandon Harris’ High School Coach Wants Him To Transfer From LSU

first_imgLSU fans wait in line outside Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans wait outside of Tiger Stadium to watch the football team arrive between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris had a shot to win the quarterback job at LSU this season. After promising performances against Mississippi State and New Mexico State, Harris had a putrid game in the Tigers’ loss to Auburn, completing just 3-of-14 throws for 58 yards in a 41-7 loss. Harris threw just one more pass on the season, an interception against Kentucky. Harris’ high school coach David Feaster doesn’t believe that his former player got a fair shot in Baton Rouge, and encouraged him to transfer to JuCo and eventually another Division I program.Feaster: I tried to talk Brandon Harris into transferring at the break. Since he qualified, he could go JUCO, play 1 yr., go elsewhere— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster: LSU had worst passing game and best QB on the bench— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster: Brandon is dedicated to LSU. He really wants to make it work— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015You’re not biased towards your kid or another but you KNOW when an athlete could play in the collegiate level. -Wilson— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Apparently LSU is still telling WR recruits that “you’re QB, you know, Brandon Harris.”— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster said he was sick of LSU telling lies to the public.— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015If Feaster were Anthony Jennings dad, he’d be upset with Miles for saying this year was a disappointing QB year.— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Between the lack of faith in both Harris and Anthony Jennings, and the fact that LSU has reportedly had contact with potential transfers like Everett Golson and Braxton Miller, Feaster has a point. However, we totally understand why Harris would want to stick it out at a program like LSU.[247Sports]last_img read more

King’s Cup: India lose 3-1 to Curacao in Igor Stimac’s first test

first_img Press Trust of India BuriramJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 20:16 IST Sunil Chhetri scored India’s only goal in the defeat against Curacao. (Twitter: Indian Football Team)HIGHLIGHTSChhetri became the most capped India player by surpassing Bhaichung BhutiaIndia next play the losing team of the match between Thailand and VietnamIgor Stimac failed to guide India to a win in his debut match as managerTalismanic captain Sunil Chhetri struck in his milestone match but India lost 1-3 to higher-ranked Curacao in their opening tie of the King’s Cup football tournament in Igor Stimac’s first game in charge here Wednesday.Chhetri became the most capped India player by surpassing Bhaichung Bhutia’s 107 international matches and he scored the lone goal for his side in the 31st minute from a spot kick for his 68th goal, though it did not make any difference to the result of the match.The 82nd ranked Caribbean island nation, which has two players plying trade in English Premier League and some others in European leagues, scored three in the space of 18 minutes — through Roly Bonevacia (16th), Elson Hooi (18th) and Leandro Bacuna (33rd).A sloppy first half in which India — ranked 101 — defended and attacked poorly, saw the team trailing 1-3 at the breather. The new defensive set up — with Rahul Bheke coming in as central defender — was looking out of sorts with lack of anticipation and communication.India played a vastly improved football in the second 45 minutes — which was played mostly under rain — but could not score another goal.Stimac’s charges made at least four chances in the second half with two coming to the 34-year-old Chhetri whose first attempt hit the upright and the other — another free header — sailing over the bar.Though high-profile Stimac, a World Cup bronze medallist and former Croatia manager, began his stint as India coach on a losing note, there were positives to be taken from the match against a more technically superior side.advertisementThe Croatian gaffer gave international debuts to as many as six players, including to 18-year-old U-17 World Cup captain Amarjit Singh, and the Indian side played possession football and mostly through ground passes. He even resorted to a three-man backline briefly after trailing by two goals.Curacao dominated the first half but surprisingly India had more possession with 53 per cent as against 47. The second half was an even contest with India threatening to score several times and they completely dominated the final 15 minutes though another goal eluded them in the end.Udanta Singh was in his usual good touch with most of the Indian attacks coming from the right flank with his fast runs creating problems from Curacao.But it was Sahal Abdul Samad who was clearly the best Indian player on the field. He was all over the pitch at the centre of the park, initiating attacking moves, making fine turns to get the better of his opponents and not afraid of holding the ball.The introduction of Amarjit and Raynier Fernandes in the second half also added impetus to the Indian attack with both having a fine match overall.”Conceding three goals in the first half against a technically superior team was always going to be difficult to come back. It’s a new team with a lot of new players coming in,” Chhetri said after the match.”We made mistakes, especially in the first half. We are going to go to the drawing board and see what we did wrong. We hope to recover fast for the third-place match and do better,” he added.Stimac, on the other hand, compared India’s performance to the weather conditions at the Thunder Castle Stadium which saw sunshine during the first half but was lashed by heavy rains in the second 45 minutes.”We were very much like the weather. At one time the sun was shining, while in the second half there was a storm. After we changed few things in the half-time, we started playing better,” he said.”I’m proud of the team especially the manner we played in the 2nd half. I think we had 5-6 good situations in the second half to score our second goal and come back, and put some pressure on them in the last 10 minutes,” he added.The experienced coach said the decision making by his attackers was not good in the final third.”For example, where we were supposed to shoot the ball, we were passing; and when we were supposed to pass the ball, we were shooting. There is a long way for us to keep learning — the learning process will be long,” he said.India play the losing team of the match between Thailand and Vietnam in the third-place play-off on Saturday.Also Read | Gianni Infantino re-elected as FIFA President until 2023Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Indian footballFollow Sunil ChettriFollow Bhaichung BhutiaFollow Curacao Next King’s Cup: India lose 3-1 to Curacao in Igor Stimac’s first testSkipper Sunil Chhetri, who overtook Baichung Bhutia to become the most-capped Indian international, scored in the 31st minute but goals from Luis Bonevacia, Elson Hooi and Leandro Bacuna meant Curacao progressed to the final.advertisementlast_img read more

Africas efforts to achieve antipoverty goals in peril warns Migiro

5 November 2009Africa’s efforts to meet the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their 2015 deadline are threatened by the impact of the global financial crisis on the continent’s economies, said Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro. Africa’s efforts to meet the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their 2015 deadline are threatened by the impact of the global financial crisis on the continent’s economies, said Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro.“Despite some notable achievements, progress is off track across the continent,” she told the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.Ms. Migiro noted that between 2000 and 2008, Africa achieved impressive economic growth that averaged more than five per cent per year.“But that good news is in peril. The economic crisis, for which Africa bears no responsibility, has drastically reversed recent trends,” she said at the meeting, hosted by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).She noted that Africa’s growth for 2009 is projected to hit a paltry 1.7 per cent. Many people are losing their jobs and falling back into poverty. “Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals is likely to be adversely affected. The food and energy crises, as well as climate change, will also complicate our work.”Ms. Migiro urged the participants – who are examining how the various United Nations departments, agencies and other components work more effectively together – to implement the recommendations issued in July 2008 by the MDG Africa Steering Group.Chaired by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Group called for a number of measures in such areas as agriculture, education, health and infrastructure to speed up Africa’s progress towards reaching the Goals.Regarding agriculture, the Group called for the international community to mobilize over $750 million to help the continent meet short-term needs that have arisen due to soaring food prices. It also urged African governments to work with global partners to launch a Green Revolution on the continent.Ms. Migiro also invited participants to take part in the meeting planned for 23 November in New York of the MDG Africa Working Group to identify areas where action should be intensified.Today’s gathering in Addis Ababa follows a similar regional coordination meeting convened in Beirut by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which was also attended by the Deputy Secretary-General. read more

Eating fruits and vegetables could reduce risk of various cancers UN reports

“In many studies, there is a fairly consistent association of higher levels of fruits and vegetables intake with some reduction in cancer risk,” said Paul Kleihues, Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC), which coordinates and conducts research on the causes of human cancer and develops strategies for cancer control.IARC brought together 22 scientists from 10 countries for an international review of a wide-range of research findings. The working group, which met in France, estimated that one in ten cancers in western populations are due to an insufficient intake of fruits and vegetables. Although variable around the world, this fraction is expected to be higher in regions where the intake of fruits and vegetables is lower.“This, plus the evidence of beneficial effects of fruits and vegetables on other major diseases such as heart disease, indicates that individuals and communities should increase their intake of these foods,” Mr. Kleihues said. “This is an important message for governments, the food industry and consumers.”Though the results are persuasive for cancers overall, according to the working group’s chairman, Tony McMichael, the evidence for any particular type of cancer in relation to fruits and vegetables intake is uncertain.“Individual dietary habits are complex, and they are accompanied by various other personal behaviours, such as smoking and alcohol consumption, that can also affect cancer risk,” Mr. McMichael said. “So, it is not easy to get conclusive evidence on diet-cancer relationships.”The high-level scientists said the clearest evidence of a cancer-protective effect of eating more fruits was for stomach, lung and oesophageal cancers. read more

Sri Lanka UNs top rights chief voices concern over killings of civilians

“These violations are not only ceasefire violations, but also serious breaches of international human rights and humanitarian law,” Louise Arbour said in a statement released in Geneva.She stressed that the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have obligations beyond the Ceasefire Agreement to respect basic human rights and humanitarian norms – regardless of the status of the Ceasefire Agreement and whether the country is at peace or war.Paramount among these is respect for the right to life, said the High Commissioner, noting the concerns raised by a UN independent expert on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary killings who recently reported that both civilians and members of the security forces taking no active part in hostilities are being targeted. “I recommend that the Government of Sri Lanka seek international police and forensic support for investigations into killings to ensure justice and accountability,” she said. The High Commissioner urged the parties to take immediate steps to de-escalate the violence, resume dialogue and strengthen the monitoring and protection of human rights. The High Commissioner also expressed concern about recent threats and obstruction to the work of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, which consists of Nordic countries and was set up by a cease fire agreement brokered by Norway in 2002. She urged the parties to give it their fullest cooperation and reinforce its capacity to respond to violations. read more

UNICEF EarlyMomentsMatter campaign promotes investments in early childhood development

Before the age of three, human brain cells make up to 1,000 new connections every second, a speed that slows later in life. These connections ensure that children’s brains continue to grow and lay the foundation for future learning, health and happiness. These brain connections cannot reach their full potential without nurturing care, including adequate nutrition, stimulation, love, and protection from stress and violence.A recent series by The Lancet found that some 250 million children in developing countries are at a risk of poor development due to stunting and poverty. However, greater investments in early childhood development are needed in all countries: according to UNICEF, children living in middle and high-income countries are also facing risks. The agency estimates that millions of children spend their critical early years in unstimulating and unsafe environments, thus jeopardizing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. UNICEF’s campaign, supported by the LEGO Foundation, will begin with a digital and print initiative to help parents and caregivers better understand the neuroscience behind brain development for babies. It uses the hashtag #EatPlayLove to raise awareness about science in a straightforward, visually compelling way and to encourage societies to prioritize a strong start for children. The campaign also intends to drive demand for quality, affordable early childhood development services and to urge governments to make greater investments in programs that target vulnerable children.VIDEO:The Beginning of Life #EatPlayLoveUNICEF recalled that early childhood investment is one of the most effective ways to ensure that people reach their full potential well into adulthood and that such investments are especially critical for those who live in poverty. According to one study conducted over a 20-year period, disadvantaged children who participated in quality early development programmes as toddlers later went on to make up to 25 per cent more as adults than their peers who did not receive the same support. Through the campaign, UNICEF is calling on governments to step up their investments in early childhood, expand health and social services to young children, and to strengthen support services for parents and caregivers. The campaign is also receiving support from the H&M Foundation, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, ALEX AND ANI, and the IKEA Foundation. read more

Open Forum provides window into Automotive Sector Strategy

Delegates at today’s SMMT Open Forum were given a unique insight into the government’s upcoming Automotive Sector Strategy that aims to map the industry’s future by focusing on key growth areas including technology, supply chain opportunities and skills.Taking to the stage in front of more than 400 industry representatives, Rose McNamee from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills outlined the direction and purpose of the 11 sector strategies that are being developed and why UK automotive has been selected as a significant focus for the government.Due to be published in July, the Automotive Sector Strategy is being co-ordinated through the Automotive Council and is supported by SMMT to ensure the interests of automotive companies across the country are represented.Following the presentation from BIS, Nissan’s Jerry Hardcastle OBE, Automotive Council Technology Group Chair and Jaguar Land Rover’s Dave Allen, Automotive Council Supply Chain Group Chair, highlighted the progress being made by the two key work streams in feeding into the Automotive Sector Strategy as well the Council’s broader achievements to date.Highlighting the current strength of the UK automotive industry, particularly in the face of challenging market conditions across Europe, Mr Hardcastle said, “I do believe that the ongoing activities between the automotive industry and the government underlie some of the success that we are enjoying.“One of the key strengths and sources of influence that the Automotive Council has enjoyed is the unusual ability that industry has developed to speak with one voice.  This has given real credibility to the purpose, structure and capability of the Automotive Council.”Concluding the session, Mr Allen outlined the Automotive Council’s focus on the domestic supply chain, emphasising that there are tangible opportunities to exploit and that companies at every level of the supply chain need to be able to access these prospects and grow their businesses to match OEM requirements.He said, “There is a collective vision within the Automotive Council to maximise opportunities for automotive suppliers and we are hugely motivated to bring new business to the UK and keep a long-term automotive footprint in this country.”Click through for more information about activities taking place today at SMMT’s Open Forum event.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Anthony Weiner Gave Us Ten Minutes At The DNC To Talk Hockey

The Democratic National Convention hosted a who’s-who of prominent Democratic figures. Thursday I met with former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who represented New York’s 9th congressional district from 1999 through 2011 and recently ran for mayor of New York. Weiner is a lifelong hockey fan and currently plays goalie for a recreational league team, so we talked about the state of hockey analytics, the Subban-Weber trade, and what he’s been watching this offseason.Walt Hickey: How long have you been a hockey fan?Anthony Weiner: My first good memories of being a hockey fan [were when] I started following the Islanders when they came into the league. It was probably like the mid-1970s I was old enough to get into sports. I’m not like a lot of your readers. I’m not someone who can tell you the 1984 Pittsburgh Penguins lineup, but, yeah.WH: What do you make of the offseason so far?AW: The Las Vegas expansion is interesting to me. I want to see if that’s going to work. I always assumed growing up that the reason you don’t expand to Las Vegas was the influence of gambling, but now that gaming is so pervasive everywhere, they’re like football; they want to get a piece of the action. I have emotional connection to teams like the Nordiques [a defunct Quebec professional team], and so it’s kind of interesting watching that. I’m obviously interested in seeing what the Islanders do.WH: You think they make the playoffs next year?AW: Oh, they’ll make the playoffs. In fairness, it was the Saturday before the season began last year where they got [Nick] Leddy and [Johnny] Boychuk, they’ve done some things late that have been pretty dramatic, so maybe they’ll do something late here. The trades that they made — not the literal trades, but the trading that they’ve done when we lost [Kyle] Okposo and [Frans] Nielsen, we lost in those trades, so I imagine they’re going to do something more. But they’ll make the playoffs. Even though that East is tough, the Rangers are much worse too.WH: What do you make of the deplorable state of advanced hockey analytics compared to other professional sports?AW: I’m one of the few people that thinks CORSI analytics, that stuff, is actually interesting to me. I think it’s additional information. In the summers we play four on four with no icing, and so my goals against average goes up in the summer maybe 10 percent. One player on the ice that’s 10 percent better than his opposite number can wreck havoc.Things that talk about possession and how many net shots are being shot as a way of understanding what’s going on, it’s helpful. I mean it’s not a substitute for watching the games. But they give you something more. These things also give you something to argue about and talk about, which is half the fun. Like when people argue about salaries, it’s not their money, but still it doesn’t make it any less of something you want to argue about and how it affects the cap, and is Bobby Bonilla still on the Mets’ payroll, stuff like that. These analytics do give us something else to argue about. Hockey by definition is harder to reduce to zeros and ones and put into a big spreadsheet than other sports are.WH: Do you think Sidney Crosby could be the greatest ever?AW: I just don’t think you can compare across eras. You look at the old film of hockey when I was growing up watching in the ’70s and ’80s. And you got these tiny goalies who had this bad equipment, so they never developed certain moves that the goalies today do all the time. There’s a reason why goalies didn’t do a slide from post to post then. They didn’t have the pads that have the protection and landing gear that allow them to do it. If Glenn Resch had that stuff? I think it’s really hard to do.The other thing is you develop tools to analyze stuff as you grow up. No one was more dominant from moment to moment as a pure goal scorer than Mike Bossy was. But it was a different kind of weird era. Wayne Gretzky was a great player that never got checked. Crosby, he’s playing in a league at a time when you’re going to get checked. So I don’t know how you do it is my way of not answering that question.WH: Who do you think the best goalie in the league is right now?AW: There’s different kind of styles. [Carey] Price, I think, if he comes back and he’s healthy, is just a great tactical goalie, almost flawless. He competes on every shot.By the way, I wrote about this for Business Insider. I wrote a column for them. The Kings were playing the Rangers in the Stanley Cup, and I was living a block away from the Garden, and I was like, “I’ll cover the Stanley Cup for you. You don’t have to pay me a dime.” Plus, I was going to the West Coast for one of the games, so I figured I’d get press credentials or something. I’d go to the games. No dice! So I’m stuck writing these effing columns.So I did this one column about how [Henrik] Lundqvist and [Jonathan] Quick were the most highly evolved goalies of their different styles — Lundqvist being the positional blocking goalie, Quick being the low-to-the-ice reacting goalie. A lot of folks think Quick is overrated, and he had a rough playoffs; I still think physically he’s amazing. To be that low to the ice and that powerful from side to side, that’s superhuman the stuff he does. But Lundqvist, his ability to play so deep in the crease and be so large, and have his angles so perfectly that he never seems to be out of position, you’ve got to give it to him.You basically only get beaten in the modern NHL on deflections and screens, and one goalie, Quick, is as fast at responding and seeing through a screen as anyone else, and the other goalie has just found ways to be positionally really deep so that extra split second he’s in a position that stops. In the evolution of goalies, those are the two highest evolved goalies I’ve seen.WH: What did you make of the continued reluctance to extend the Zadroga Act1The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act was a signature achievement for Weiner in Congress, but last year a campaign to extend the benefits to 9/11 first responders was met with substantial resistance from some members of Congress. from some parts of Congress?AW: To some degree it’s a reflection of what’s gone wrong in the days since I went to Washington in the ’80s as a staffer, got elected in 1998, and to when I left, in that there was a merit argument that you can make on things that transcended. Not always. Sometimes there were philosophical problems. But now there’s not. If it’s a Democratic thing, the Republicans don’t want to do it by and large, and if it’s a Republican thing, the Democrats don’t want to do it by and large. Much more the former than the latter in my view. And there’s no better example in the modern times than the Zadroga Act. No one can make a merit argument against it. It was basically, “We don’t want to do it because we don’t want to give you guys any new government program without respect to how good it is or whether it’s been vetted or whatever.” WH: Wrapping it up, who’s your sleeper pick to win the cup this year?AW: I still think the Predators are due to break through.WH: Because of the trade? [Montreal traded P.K. Subban to the Predators in exchange for Shea Weber in June.]AW: They won that trade.WH: They won it?AW: No doubt about it. [Subban]’s basically two years younger, much more of an impact kind of a guy. It was basically they were getting rid of his attitude problem or whatever the hell they had. So the Predators have always been — I always get burned on the Predators. I picked them to go far. They had a weird year this year. Their goaltending was off the first quarter, third of the year. I think Pekka Rinne is one of my favorite goalies. I think he’s amazing. But I don’t know. The East is super strong. The East is very strong. read more

Football The final drive that lifted Ohio State over Michigan and Curtis

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) scores the game-winning touchdown in the second overtime of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 win over Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes took down the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines on Saturday in an unprecedented finish that is often only present in dreams.Junior H-back Curtis Samuel took a handoff and ran to the left sideline where redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and redshirt senior center Pat Elflein paved the way for the game-winning touchdown in OSU’s 30-27 double-overtime victory. In Weber’s first game in the rivalry and Elflein’s fifth, the two created one of the most memorable plays in the history of the rivalry.“It’s ‘29 lead’ is the call, and Curtis scored,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said.After that moment, Meyer coiled over and was on the ground. He was helped up by members of the staff and, well, he really doesn’t know who.“I don’t know,” he said. “Curtis scored going to the left.”When asked what happened immediately after the game, it was like Meyer was stuck in a loop where he could only remember the play that saved his season.“Yeah, Curtis scored,” he said.For years to come, Meyer won’t be the only one to remember that play. All 110,045 people in attendance — an Ohio Stadium record — will remember that play, either in reminiscing or in self-pity. Samuel became a player cemented in college football history as well as the ongoing tradition of the Scarlet and Gray against the Maize and Blue on the last week in November.But it almost didn’t happen.OSU salvaged a disastrous offensive day by riding its two biggest playmakers in overtime. OSU began the first overtime with the ball and it took just an 18-yard gain from Samuel on the first play and a 7-yard gain from redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett on the next to put OSU in front for the first time since the second quarter.When OSU got the ball in the second overtime, the Buckeyes were trailing by a field goal. Again, only Barrett and Samuel would touch the ball.Barrett was sacked for 4 yards on 2nd-and-5 from the Michigan 20, OSU had a critical 3rd-and-9 in front of them. OSU kicker Tyler Durbin had missed two field goals already in the game, so confidence certainly wasn’t at an all-time high for the kicking game.Barrett threw a swing pass to Samuel, who was trapped in the backfield and was going to be tackled for a loss. A couple dozen moves later, Samuel zigged and zagged from the right side of the field to the left for an 8-yard gain to set up a 4th-and-1 from the Michigan 16.“I couldn’t even tell you how it happened,” Samuel said. “I got to go back and look at that one. I knew I had to make a play for my team and that just happened.”Samuel put the Buckeyes well inside the range of Durbin, but Meyer had confidence in his offense even when down by three with the game on the line. Now, Meyer is known for his gutsy play calling, but the decision to go for it on 4th-and-1 when all OSU needed was a field goal was worthy of a concussion protocol to make sure Meyer was mentally in check to make the call. For him, it came down to an old adage.“If you can’t get that far, you’re not a championship team,” Meyer said.Barrett barely reached the line to gain and the call stood after a replay review that Meyer said made his heart stop. Without Samuel running rampant across the field, the chance for a win would’ve never happened. On the next play, Samuel finished his improbable overtime with the game-winning score and Columbus was sent into a frenzy.Dubbed as the team’s No. 1 playmaker from the beginning of the season, Samuel didn’t put up astronomical stats, but showed up when the game mattered.“In crunch time and you need someone to make a play and your number is called and you make it, that’s a playmaker,” Elflein said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s throwing, blocking or running the ball, when it’s crunch time and you need someone to step up, that’s a playmaker.”As soon as Samuel broke the goal line, Elflein and redshirt junior guard Billy Price were the first to hug him and were soon joined by the team.“First off I got to say, I want to thank God. I gotta thank God,” Samuel said. “My team, we fought. It was a hard game … Without them, that wouldn’t have happened.”Well, it did happen, and neither Samuel nor anyone else will soon forget the first overtime game in the history of the rivalry. read more

The new £5 note can play vinyl records

first_imgA spokesperson for the Bank of England declined to comment over the images of shrunken banknotes appearing on social media, but did note that the bank has said the new plastic currency is durable – not indestructible.— Jme (@JmeBBK) October 3, 2016— Jme (@JmeBBK) October 3, 2016 Overcooked!!!— Jme (@JmeBBK) October 3, 2016 Some others, including rapper Jme, have been trying to destroy the notes.   The new £5 note went into circulation last month, and the Bank of England said they would cleaner, safer and stronger than paper notes, lasting around five years longer.People have been putting the claims to the test and trying to destroy the new note.Social media is full of pictures of notes that have been inadvertently shrunk – including this one from comedian Ryan Swain:center_img— Jme (@JmeBBK) October 3, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Despite the popularity of the picture, some are suspicious that the picture could have been faked.YouTube user jamesb72 has also uploaded a video in which he heats up two £5 notes in the oven.The first one shrivels up in seconds – but when he tries it again, with a baking tray on top to prevent it from shriveling, it doesn’t appear to shrink at all: The new £5 note is hard to destroy because it is made of polymer.Because of its strong plastic structure, people have found another surprising use for it.A video of  Michael Ridge, from Norwich, has shown he was able to play ABBA’s Money, Money, Money on his record player using the new five pound note as a needle.All that is needed to use the five pound note as a needle is a contact microphone and an amplifier.last_img read more

Suspect in custody after shooting on US Navy base

first_imgTHE US NAVY has confirmed that a shooting took place on its base in Millington, Tennessee, this evening.It said this evening on its Twitter account that it could confirm an incident on a navy base, called Naval Support Activity Midsouth, in Millington.Two soldiers were injured in the incident. The base was put on lock-down during the shooting.In the last number of minutes, it said that a suspect was put in custody, and it is not an active shooter situation.The military base was built in 1917 and more than 7,500 personnel are assigned or work there.last_img read more

AFP show support for Cyprus

first_imgMinister for Home Affairs and Justice Jason Clare announced that Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers will continue their work supporting the United Nations (UN) Force in Cyprus. The AFP has committed another 15 police officers. This contribution means Australia is providing the largest component of the United Nations Police (UNPOL) contingent to Cyprus. To date, 101 police deployments have deployed to Cyprus totalling over 1,574 officers. “The AFP’s continued presence in Cyprus demonstrates our commitment to UN peacekeeping operations, and reinforces Australia’s willingness to actively contribute in resolving conflict,” Mr Clare said. Federal Member for Chisholm, Anna Burke, welcomed the Government’s continued commitment to Cyprus. “Australia has played a key role in maintaining law and order in Cyprus and the surrounding region since 1964. It is important to Cyprus and the people of our community that Australia continues it’s pivotal and positive role,” Ms Burke said. “I am pleased to see that it will be continuing.” Mr Clare said that Australia was recently successful in securing a seat on the UN Security Council and is the 12th largest contributor to the UN regular and peacekeeping budgets. “We have deployed 65,000 defence and police personnel to over 50 UN and other peace and security operations since 1947. “AFP members are based throughout Cyprus where they work as patrol officers, personnel officers, instructors and political liaison officers.” Mr Clare said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Kong Director Tackling Console Wars TV Show

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Kong: Skull Island was one of our favorite schlock monster movie delights of 2017. It brought us a King Kong who wasn’t boring, a John C. Reilly who cursed big ants, and a tease for a Godzilla crossover. It also put director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, and his magnificent beard, on our radar.Since Kong, Vogt-Roberts has been making a lot of noise about finally getting the inscrutable stealth video game series Metal Gear Solid onto the big screen, even appearing alongside exiled Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima. Given the sheer density of that franchise, and Konami’s infamous apathy, that film may never happen. But regardless, Vogt-Roberts knows his stuff when it comes to video games.And now he’s about to bring that knowledge to the small screen. Vogt-Roberts is working on a TV adaptation of the video game history book Console Wars.Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation spans a wide period of time in the histories of Sega, Nintendo, and later rivals like Sony. But its centerpiece is the brutal battle between 16-bit hardware titans the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo, specifically the underdog struggle of American Sega executive Thomas Kalinske. It’s definitely a book we’d recommend if you want to learn more about a fascinating slice of video game history, but we found author Blake J. Harris’s writing a little fake and overly dramatic. It’s like it was always meant to be a film project.In fact, it was. Even before the book was published, executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg had optioned it for a movie and/or documentary. They even wrote the foreword. And now they’ve settled on the format: TV show. Bringing Jordan Vogt-Roberts as director on-board was just the last piece of the Tetris puzzle. Other team members include co-producer James Weaver, pilot writer Mike Rosolio, and production company Point Grey in partnership with Legendary.We don’t know when Console Wars will come to television, or even what channel it’ll be on (pour one out for G4). Here’s hoping it corresponds with either the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie or animated Super Mario Bros. movie. It’ll be a real Professor Marston and the Wonder Women situation. For more video game books, check out our picks for best reads for the literary player and read our review of 8-Bit Apocalypse by Alex Rubens.View as: One Page Slides1/221. A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith StuartA heartwarming story about a father and son that acknowledges how much modern kids adore Minecraft.Purchase Here2. Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Jason SchreierInstead of scooping industry secrets, Jason Schreier uses his ace reporting skills to tells us the human stories behind the creation of massive AAA games like Destiny and Dragon Age.Purchase Here3. Boss Fight BooksLike the 33 ⅓ series but for video games, each book in the Boss Fight series is one author’s deep dive into a single title, whether it’s an autobiography blended with EarthBound or a look at the secret but massive impact of ZZT.Purchase Here4. Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation by Jamie LendinoThis book chronicles the best of Atari’s overlooked 8-bit era, and it was written by Jamie Lendino, Editor-in-Chief of sister site ExtremeTech.Purchase Here5. Breathing Machine by Leigh AlexanderLeigh Alexander beautifully recounts the weird and wonderful influence computers and gaming can have on a growing child.Purchase Here6. Console Wars by Blake J. HarrisGamers today sometimes have favorite platforms, but their fights are nothing compared to the bloodbath of Nintendo vs. Sega in the 1990s. Relive the Greatest War.Purchase Here7. Critical Path by Dan AmrichIf you want to do what we do and become a video game journalist, this reference book is a great place to start.Purchase Here8. Embed With Games by Cara EllisonJournalist Cara Ellison spent months traveling the world and living with different game developers. Here’s what she experienced.Purchase Here9. Extra Lives by Tom BissellWhen he’s not writing video games themselves or co-writing tell-all books about The Room, Tom Bissell also writes humanistic essays on what video games mean to people.Purchase Here10. Killing Is Harmless by Brendan KeoghWith its Heart of Darkness themes and Apocalypse Now terror, Spec Ops: The Line takes the military shooter genre to task, and this analysis will help readers appreciate the game even more. Purchase Here11. Masters of Doom by David KushnerFamous Hell shooter Doom (the original not the also excellent Game of the Year reboot) is one of the most important games ever made. This book focuses on its brilliant, eccentric creators at id Software.Purchase Here12. Persuasive Games by Ian BogostIf you’ve heard of any “video game professors” it’s probably Ian Bogost. So here’s the video game book for you more academic types.Purchase Here13. Piranha Frenzy by Colin CampbellThis is a “fictional” book about the drama that surrounds the world of video game journalism. It’s ridiculous yet entirely accurate.Purchase Here14. Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life by Chris KohlerChris Kohler is one of the finest writers about Japanese video games, and this thesis-turned-book is his best argument for the value of Japan’s enormous contribution to the art form.Purchase Here15. Ready Player One by Ernest ClineThis sci-fi adventure about a futuristic MMO, soon to be a Spielberg movie, is absolutely dripping with video game references, particularly games of the 1980s.Purchase Here16. Reality Is Broken by Jane McGonigalVideo games are played by millions of people and make billions of dollars. This book challenges us to expand our vision of what games can do as a huge, permanent part of culture.Purchase Here17. Super Mario Bros. 3 Brick by Brick by Bob ChipmanWritten by our own Bob “MovieBob” Chipman, this book is a written Let’s Play of one of the great Nintendo games of all time.Purchase Here18. Up Up Down Down Left Write by Nathan MeunierAnother great video game journalism reference book, I’ve personally used many tips from this guide.Purchase Here19. Rise of the Video Game Zinesters by Anna AnthropyAn art culture is only as cool as its subcultures, and this look at video game design subcultures from various alternative identities is extremely cool.Purchase Here20. Game Design Companion: A Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4 by Daniel JohnsonThere are plenty of great, accessible videos on game design online like Extra Credits or Game Maker’s Toolkit. But if you want a lengthy, written analysis of the design for this great Game Boy Advance Wario platformer, this is it.Purchase Here21. WTF Is Wrong With Video Games? by Phil OwenIf you love something, you aren’t afraid to criticize it, so take a break from praising video games and think about how the industry can improve.Purchase Here22. Empires of Eve by Andrew GroenEve: Online is an utterly fascinating video game in which thousands of players role-play in a shared digital online world of starships. It exists in-between fact and fiction. In chronicling various monumental Eve events from years past, Andrew Groen essentially wrote a virtual history book.Purchase Herelast_img read more

Grofers closes operations in nine cities due to poor take off

first_imgGrocery delivery app Grofers has closed its operations in as many as nine cities after assessing that customers in these cities are not ready yet to take up their services.The firm had launched an aggressive marketing television campaign in November last year to attract more users to its site but failed to generate enough demand out of it.”We ran a series of marketing campaigns including television ads in these cities to test the markets and see if the volume picks up,” co-founder Albinder Dhindsa told Mint.Grofers has reportedly stopped its services in Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Kochi, Ludhiana, Mysuru, Nashik, Rajkot and Visakhapatnam. The demand in these cities was not enough for Grofers to continue with the advertising campaign.”This is not the first time the company had to end operations in some cities and this might not be the last time either,” a source told Business Standard.In its last round of funding in November last year, the Gurgaon-based firm had raised $120 million from investors led by Japan’s Softbank. Tiger Global and Sequoia Capital were also among the investors in that round.Currently, Grofers operates in Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Pune and a few other cities. The company competes with BigBasket in the grocery delivery space.”The smaller cities are not ready for hyperlocal business yet, once they are, we will reconsider our strategy,” Dhindsa added.Employees who are affected by shut down of operations in the nine cities are being relocated to other cities, the company said. Grofers had employed 20-30 people in those cities.Other players in the space like Shadowfax Technologies Pvt. Ltd and Peppertap are also looking to consolidate their businesses.”Our focus is to ensure that processes, systems and operations in the current 17 cities are fully efficient. For the next few months we are not looking to grow to any new city,” said Navneet Singh, co-founder of Peppertap.Similarly, Shadowfax’s operations have been confined to three cities currently.”We will be functional in these three cities, generate cash flows and operational efficiency. There are no plans to expand to new cities,” said Abhishek Bansal, co-founder of Shadowfax.last_img read more

Pennsylvania prosecutor fights clergy sex abuse as she maintains Catholic faith

first_img Bobby Ross Jr.,Load Comments,Pizzeria ordered to pay $4,500 for booting gay rabbinical student Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,Bishops attend the second day of the Vatican’s conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests, at the Vatican, on Feb. 22, 2019.  (Giuseppe Lami/Pool Photo via AP)EBENSBURG, Pa. (RNS) — When allegations of past sexual abuse were first made against a priest at St. Clement Catholic Church in Johnstown, Pa., Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan recognized the name immediately. The Rev. George Koharchik had been her family’s pastor for the decade he served at St. Clement’s, from 1974 to 1984.When each of her four eldest siblings got married, “he had such a connection with us that he came back to do the weddings,” Callihan, the sixth of nine children, recalled in a recent interview at her second-floor courthouse office.But Callihan, 50, knew the victims, too: They were friends and former classmates in this western Pennsylvania county — a farming and coal-mining area hit hard by the steel industry’s decline and the opioid epidemic.District Attorney Kelly Callihan in her second-floor office at the Cambria County Courthouse in Ebensburg, Pa. RNS photo by Bobby Ross Jr.“I didn’t falter for a second in believing and understanding” the stories of abuse, Callihan told Religion News Service. “You could just hear the pain that they were going through.”Callihan ended up referring Koharchik’s case, as well as separate sex abuse claims involving a Franciscan friar, to Pennsylvania’s attorney general. “I knew that I didn’t have the resources in a small prosecutor’s office to take on an investigation of this magnitude,” Callihan said. Also, she said, “I was too close to home with knowing a lot of these victims.”Her decision proved monumental. Her referrals resulted in a state grand jury investigation, which in 2016 reported that 50 priests in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown had abused hundreds of children over four decades while bishops covered up their actions.Those findings in turn provided the impetus for a wider grand jury investigation into six other dioceses across Pennsylvania, culminating in a report — released this past August — that detailed abuse by more than 300 clergy against more than 1,000 children over 70 years.RELATED: Opinion: Pennsylvania grand jury report is a new low for Catholic Church“I think the fact that she’s a Catholic and still pushed this investigation forward shows that she did it at great cost,” said Jimmy Hinton, a Pennsylvania minister who is a certification specialist with the advocacy organization GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment).Victims advocate Jimmy Hinton, left, with his mother, Clara Hinton, and sister Alex Howlett at the Somerset Church of Christ in Pennsylvania. Their father and husband, John Hinton, a longtime minister, is serving prison time for sexually abusing young girls. RNS photo by Bobby Ross Jr.It helped, Callihan said, that Altoona-Johnstown Bishop Mark L. Bartchak alerted her about the allegations against Koharchik after victims brought diocesan officials stories of abuse they said occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s.“I think that was a big step in and of itself,” Callihan said of the call from Bartchak. “It wasn’t covered up. It was brought directly to me.”Callihan said she had no personal recollections of strange behavior by Koharchik. But she said, “I didn’t doubt for one second, once I heard and saw the pain of the victims, that this occurred.”An undated photo of the Rev. George Koharchik. Photo courtesy of bishopaccountability.orgKoharchik, now 70, escaped criminal charges because the statute of limitations had expired, but he has been defrocked and is reportedly living as a private citizen in Johnstown.In the past, Altoona-Johnstown bishops had failed repeatedly to file police reports on abusive priests.“In fact, where police did appear deals were brokered to avoid prosecution,” the grand jury report said.The report cited one case where two assistant district attorneys knew of a priest named Francis McCaa, who was accused of engaging in sex acts with multiple altar boys. The prosecutors, described as “pretty strict Catholics,” called the allegations a “delicate situation” and filed no charges. One of those former prosecutors, Patrick T. Kiniry, is now a Cambria County judge.“You have to understand, this is an extremely Catholic county,” Kiniry told investigators in 2015, recalling a 1985 meeting in which an agreement was made with former Bishop James Hogan that McCaa would be transferred to another location. McCaa died in 2007.“DA Callihan didn’t defuse anything. She turned it up,” said Shaun Dougherty, 49, who reported that he was sexually abused by Koharchik from age 10 to age 13, when the priest was Dougherty’s basketball coach and religion teacher at his Catholic grade school.RELATED: Pope Francis calls for ‘all-out battle’ against child sex abuseLike Callihan, Dougherty grew up in a Catholic family as one of nine children. Now an advocate for victims of Catholic clergy sexual abuse, he attended last week’s Vatican summit on the church’s response to the crisis.In a Johnstown Tribune-Democrat column last year, Dougherty praised his childhood friend: “Kelly, words can’t describe the love and gratitude that I have for you, as proof by the tears rolling down my cheeks as I write this section. You have changed the lives, for the better, for so many of us, by turning this over to the state attorney general. I am forever grateful.”District Attorney Kelly Callihan in her second-floor office at the Cambria County Courthouse in Ebensburg, Pa. RNS photo by Bobby Ross Jr.But while Dougherty abandoned his faith as a result of the abuse, Callihan remains a practicing Catholic.“I like to think that positives have come out of this,” said Callihan, a mother of two who now attends Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Johnstown.“Our local diocese has changed the way they handle child abuse,” she added. “They’ve come up with guidelines. They seem more victim-sensitive and victim-friendly.”For her part, Callihan spearheaded the 2015 launch of the Cambria County Child Advocacy Center, a nonprofit with a goal of minimizing the trauma suffered by child abuse victims.Rather than force children to undergo multiple interviews with school officials, police officers, state caseworkers and mental health providers, the center is a child-friendly environment where victims can be interviewed once by all the agencies involved.Amid the renewed attention to the Catholic sex abuse crisis spurred by Pennsylvania’s grand jury report, Callihan has noticed that people are talking openly about the problem.“It’s not this secret society anymore,” she said. “I hope the message is out that ‘It’s not your fault if you suffered that abuse. Your community is going to help and support you. You can be open about it and come forward and get help because no one likes that this happened.’” Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 TagsAltoona-Johnstown clergy sex abuse scandal grand jury report Mark Bartchak Pennsylvania Roman Catholic Church Top Story,You may also like News • Photos of the Week By: Bobby Ross Jr. Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Bobby Ross Jr. Share This! By: Bobby Ross Jr. Bobby Ross Jr. Southern Baptist executive group urges caution before investigating church abuse Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Xbox One to be playable at LA Microsoft Store on June 10

first_imgBoth Sony and Microsoft have promised to drop more details about their new console at E3, but Microsoft is jumping the gun and allowing the public to get their hands on the Xbox One a day earlier than that.Major Nelson has announced that the Xbox One is set to make an appearance on June 10 at the Microsoft Store, Westfield Century City in Los Angeles. Members of the Xbox team will be there along with a few of the consoles and controllers, and they fully intend on letting you play with them. So, if you’re lucky enough to be in the area and can get to the front of the queue, you may be one of the first to hold the Xbox One controller and play a game with it.It’s a completely open event so you can guarantee a large crowd of gamers will turn up to get a look at the machine. Major Nelson is also promising “one or two other surprises,” which hopefully means there will be a couple of games playing on the console we haven’t heard about yet. The Xbox One already has 11 confirmed games, but I’d like to see a few exclusives unveiled during E3 week.Chances are good that both Sony and Microsoft will have their consoles available to play with at E3, but the queues to get a look and touch are going to be huge. This Microsoft Store event could turn out to be an easier way to secure some hands-on time.last_img read more

Windows 10 doesnt run games with Securom and SafeDisc DRM

first_imgYou can play all kinds of games on your Windows 10 PC — including Xbox One titles, thanks to its built-in streaming support. There are two kinds of games you can’t play, however: games that are “infected” with Securom or SafeDisc DRM.Windows 10 simply doesn’t support either DRM scheme. Why? It has to do with various security upgrades Microsoft made to Windows 10. It’s not possible for software to dig its claws deep down into certain critical system areas any more. That’s a good thing, because it should make it harder for malware to compromise a Windows 10 machine. Most legit software that runs on older OSes like Windows 7 isn’t affected, but two types are: antivirus apps and invasive DRM.Newer versions of your antivirus software of choice (assuming you have one and you’re not just letting Windows Defender patrol your desktop) will run fine on Windows 10. Some of the games in your library, however, might not.Of course, there’s a good chance that they didn’t run fine when they were released anyway. Securom and SafeDisc are two of the most hated technologies gamers have ever encountered, not least because they were riddled with deficiencies that prevented games (and even other unrelated Windows software like Process Explorer) from loading. EA was slapped with a $5 million class action lawsuit over their use of SecuRom in Spore back in 2008. Its inclusion also led to widespread piracy of the game, yet EA continued using it.Just last year, they reminded everyone how awful SecuRom is when they decided to give away The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection. Fortunately, tutorials on how to remove DRM from games spread like wildfire… and they just might be all you need to get your games running on Windows 10. There’s probably a patch out there for anything you’re jonesing to play.And don’t worry: Microsoft won’t remotely disable your patched games if it makes them look like counterfeits, despite what you may have read lately. All that fuss about their EULA giving them a kill switch got stirred up because bloggers didn’t realize that particular EULA applied to services like Xbox Games and not Windows itself.last_img read more

Modi vows cleaner India but no clear path to get there

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober All project clearances would be handled by a single government-appointed panel and eliminate the need for forest communities to approve diversion of their lands for industrial use. The Subramanian Committee report also suggests revising the mandate of India’s environmental courts so that they consider only existing law and not scientific arguments and other considerations.While it’s unclear which recommendations Modi’s government will adopt, environmentalists believe it will embrace most of them within legislation soon to be presented in Parliament.“If the laws aren’t working properly, you don’t just throw them out. You’re supposed to implement them, or make them better,” said Leo Saldanha of the Environment Support Group, which has campaigned against the report’s recommendations.“Most of these changes will have adverse implications for decades. Modi won’t even be around to see the consequences of what he’s doing.”Modi and many of his ministers have made clear they see India’s environmental laws as roadblocks to economic development, holding up industry and halting infrastructure such as dams, highways and railways. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility That was the first and last time the public saw Modi with a broom. As he passes one year in office, India is as filthy as it ever was with some of the world’s most polluted air, rivers stinking with sewage and more than half the 1.2 billion population still defecating in the open. Despite lofty promises of a new pristine world filled with smart cities, sparkling waterways, solar panels and toilets for all, it is a mystery how Modi plans to get there.At the same time, environment experts say, the government is laying the groundwork to dismantle hard-fought laws for protecting the environment. With hundreds of millions mired in poverty, many believe economic growth at any cost is the only thing that matters. The latest budget slashed environment funds by 25 percent, with little outcry. And business leaders have been effusive about Modi’s leadership, crediting his constant globe-trotting with boosting investor sentiment and raising India’s profile worldwide.Modi’s approach embodies “the idea that like the West we will grow and clean up later,” said historian Ramachandra Guha. “But we don’t have access to colonies like Europe had,” he said. “There is no part of India where no one lives. If you excavate a coal mine, or build a factory on a river, you are depriving someone of land, or clean water, or forests.” India’s growth languished between 4 and 5 percent for several years as business confidence and investment wilted under the weight of chaotic bureaucracy, policy U-turns and epic corruption scandals. But economists forecast India to overtake China as the world’s fastest growing economy this year with a 7.4 percent expansion.Environmental degradation, meanwhile, is already costing India at least 5.7 percent of its GDP each year, according to the World Bank. Those losses are expected to increase as the compound effects of pollution sicken more people while more of India’s forests vanish, soils continue to degrade and aquifers run dry.Past governments have opened debate to communities and activists, but the Modi government has cracked down on groups such as the Ford Foundation, Greenpeace and Action Aid.Critics warn Modi may be courting a backlash by undermining the rights of local communities and by sacrificing decades of environmental laws that required rigorous assessment of industrial consequences, even if those laws weren’t always implemented.Fishermen have begun protesting coastal pollution, while tens of thousands of farmers rallied last month against plans to make land acquisitions easier. A decades-long Maoist insurgency continues unabated and with support from forest-dwelling communities who also seek a greater share of the country’s natural resource wealth. “I have this feeling that all of this will ultimately go wrong,” said Pushp Jain, director of a Delhi-based environment consulting group ERC.“If they take away public hearings, which is where affected people can be heard, then you have a problem.”___Follow Katy Daigle on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Sponsored Stories NEW DELHI (AP) — Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street.Modi, ever the darling of photo ops and grinning selfies, seemed to be calling for a cultural revolution, defying centuries-old hierarchies that make the idea of an official cleaning a street anathema in Indian society. By leading a new campaign called “Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan” or “Clean India Mission,” Modi challenged those divisions while dignifying labor and elevating cleanliness as a nationwide goal. In this Monday, May 25, 2015, file photo, traffic moves on a bridge over Bellundur Lake which is filled with froth from industrial pollution in Bangalore, India, Monday, May 25, 2015. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s first year in office was punctuated with promises of clear rivers, clean energy and toilets for all, but environmentalists worry his government is on an entirely different path: dismantling hard-won environmental laws in the name of boosting growth. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi) India has a long record of making plans that come to nothing. Previous governments also vowed better sanitation, cleaner rivers, renewable energy and various anti-pollution measures.Modi’s promises on the environment include expanding solar power five-fold by 2022, ensuring everyone has access to a toilet by 2019, and cleaning the Ganges river of sewage and pollutants. The sanitation pledge alone requires building 70,000 toilets per day. The country is still 100 million toilets short of its goal while funds for sanitation were halved in the last budget.Environmentalists worry most about what is to come from Modi’s government. They point to a mounting assault on environmental protections meant to check pollution, prevent unfair land-grabbing and establish legal rights for tribal communities to oversee the land they live on.Specifically, the critics object to the loosening of rules such as requiring local consent for mineral prospecting as well as to longer-term plans for overhauling the country’s six keystone environment laws.One of Modi’s first acts as prime minister was to form a committee that within three months issued a report recommending a wholesale shift in environmental regulation. The recommendations include eliminating independent pollution regulators and having industries police themselves. How men can have a healthy 2019 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Ethiopias greatest kingdom

first_imgThe ancient city of Axum stands tall and proud thanks to its towering obelisks hewn from single stones. This city is one that is steeped in biblical history.Source: BBClast_img