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Suphala’s Tabla

first_imgShe’s learnt from the best – Ustad Alla Rakha and his son Zakir Hussain. Now tabla player and composer Suphala is bringing this ancient instrument into urban spaces and making it hip and happening, from loft parties to galas and discos. What was it like to study with the masters? “It was amazing and a great privilege,” says Suphala. “I was lucky enough to be there with Ustad Alla Rakha when he had the time to teach; he was in his 70’s. He has an institute in Bombay where he would teach five days a week. I lived with him when I stayed in Bombay so not only would I go to class with him, but also I would sit with him in the balcony every morning and we would have our chai together and if he felt inspired, he would start reciting a rhythm to me. I managed to spend a lot of quality time with him. It was great just being around your guru as much as possible, because you never know when they’ll be inspired to teach you something.”Suphala, whose album The Now has been released by Rasa Music and includes such top artists as Norah Jones, grew up in Minneapolis in a family of doctors and engineers. There was a lot of emphasis on education, so it was unusual for her to go in this direction, and especially to take a classical instrument like the tabla into pop music.: “For me it was natural to do that because I have grown up here and listened to all sorts of music. I study and love classical Indian music, but the music that I produce and write is a combination of all these factors. So it is a new thing but also very natural for me.”Does she still practice the tabla every day or has the fusion changed that somehow? “My life revolves in a large part around my guru and studying the art even more,” she says. “I still do practice classical music every day and try to keep my chops up on the tabla and everything comes from there.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Run Budhia Run

first_imgThe Orissa government has banned a four-year-old boy who ran 40 miles in seven hours from marathons out of fear for his health. Budhia Singh, who has variously been dubbed a wonder child and India’s Forrest Gump, was vying for a entry in the Limca Book of Records when he was stopped by state officials wary that he was suffering from extreme exhaustion and risked serious injury from exposure in Orissa’s torrid heat.Budhia, born in a slum, is under training with a judo coach Biranchi Das, who claims to have rescued him from a villager to whom he had been sold for $18 by his mother after his father died.Several prominent former Indian athletes, including runners Milka Singh and P T Usha, have denounced Das for exploiting the child for cheap publicity and the Orissa government has threatened to arrest him for child cruelty. Das in turn in threatening to move to another state. Looks like both will be on the run. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Nutty Robbers

first_imgCalifornia police have closed in on Sukhwinder Singh Grewal, 41, and Amrik Singh, 27, who they allege masterminded almond heists that had California abuzz for this past year. Over a period of 18 months, 14 truckloads of almonds valued at $2 million were stolen from Central Valley, which produces almost 80 percent of the world’s almonds.In one especially audacious robbery, tractor-trailer rigs with 40-foot containers, each holding 44,000 pounds of nuts, were stolen as they awaited shipment to the Port of Oakland.Grewal, owner of Sona Spice Imports, a grocery wholesaler, is charged with selling the nuts in unmarked boxes to stores in California and Canada.Thankfully, they weren’t churning them all into barfi.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Minority Histories of the Indian National Flag

first_imgThe tricolour flag, perhaps the most tangible and potent symbol of freedom from colonial servitude, is on particularly full display during Independence Day in India.Few weeks ago, a rally was organised in Delhi under a 2,200-foot-long tricolour. At Attari, on the border of India and Pakistan, the tallest Indian flag in the country was recently mounted atop a 360-foot-high pole. Last year, Purnia, a town in northern State of Bihar, had a 7.1-kilometre-long tricolour. Size, it turns out, does matter.Flag-waving also occupies a wide range of terrains, from banal street corners and sports matches to movie screens, in a display of both fervour and pride. The song “Maula Mere Le Le Meri Jaan” from the Hindi movie Chak De India (2007) is one such moment:“Teeja tera rang thaa main to teeja tere dhang se main to,” it intones, reflecting on the flag’s green shade: “I was your third colour, the one as fashioned by you”.Such spectacles generally come wrapped in the visual vocabulary of majoritarian politics, wherein the voices and concerns of the largest community dominate. Loyalty to the flag is never sui generis; its citizens must be inculcated to display and demonstrate patriotism in this specific way.The vivid shades of the Indian tricolour actually have a secret subaltern history, a genealogy that has been largely forgotten. As India celebrates its independence from Britain, it’s a story worth remembering.A symbol with a forgotten historyWe begin this brief history with an official document called Specification for the National Flag of India (Cotton Khadi), in which the Bureau of Indian Standards prescribes that the Indian national flag shall be a tricolour consisting of three rectangular (sub)panels of equal widths.The specified colours are “India saffron”, “white” and “India green”. At the centre is a design of the Ashoka Chakra, the “wheel of peaceful change” associated with a legendary ancient emperor Ashoka from the third century BCE. The wheel is in navy blue, the document says, before going into great technical detail on other aspects of the national flag.Two obvious questions arise here. Firstly, why do we call it a three-colour flag? Why has blue been erased from our cognitive frame when we think about the colour scheme of India’s national flag?And, second, this document does not tell us anything about meanings, social significance and popular perceptions pertaining to these four shades. We must go back in time to understand their origins.Blue, the colour of revolt and dalit politicsIn the popular memory of colonial period, blue is the colour of resistance. Commonly associated with indigo, the shade owes its political imagery from the “Indigo revolt” (Nil vidroha), a peasant uprising against the white Indigo planters in 1859-60 in Bengal.Later, in 1917, the country witnessed another massive peasant mobilisation of indigo growers, this time in the northern state of Bihar. This event was transformative even for Mahatma Gandhi, who shifted his political attention from urban centres to rural landscapes of suffering and exploitation under the colonial regime.It would be a fitting tribute to Gandhi and those rebellious peasants that the charka, or wheel, in the centre of the flag is in navy blue. But the wheel is bereft of Mahatma’s spindle.“India as a nation can live and die only for the spinning wheel”, he often claimed, and this symbol occupied a central position in the model of Swaraj, or self governance, laid out in his book Indian Home Rule.In 1931, the Indian National Congress adopted it to don India’s pre-Independence flag as an emblem of the anti-colonial movement.But in July 1947, just before independence, the charkha was replaced with the Ashokan wheel (chakra) in the design of India’s national flag. This irked Gandhi, who said he would “refuse to salute the flag” if it did not contain the charka.There’s also the eerie silence about navy blue, which compels us to confront the deep political prejudices of Indian politics. That’s because its roots trace back to the dalit, to lower-caste politics. India’s most famous dalit icon, a contemporary of Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, is always portrayed wearing a blue coat. Blue is still the colour of dalit politics in modern India, too.Is it a mere coincidence that the colour of the Ashokan wheel in the Indian national flag, navy blue, remains uncounted when we talk about the “tricolour flag”? Or does this gesture perhaps reveal a deep grudge against dalit politics and subaltern voices?White for minoritiesAnother colour that deserves more attention in any story of the flag is white. In the aforementioned official document, while saffron and green are affixed with the word “Indian”, bestowing them a sense of rootedness and specific history, white has been denied similar cultural milieu.Instead, it is perceived only in the universal vocabulary as representing peace and humanism. Why this erasure of particularities?White is perhaps the most difficult shade when it comes to telling a tale. From the bridal trousseau of Christian tradition to the Himalayan snow capped Mount Kailasha, where, in poet Kalidasa’s Sanskrit classic Meghadutam, it represents the laugh of Hindu god Shiva, to the ubiquitous caging in the monochromatic uniform of Hindu widowhood, the colour white is a canvas spread wide.For Gandhi in 1921, while the flag’s red and green symbolised Hindu and Muslim communities, respectively, white was to represent all the minority communities put together. In his scheme, they were to be protected by the other two.Red and saffronSoon, however, his own party, the Indian national Congress, officially distanced itself from this direct connection between colour and community. This was particularly important in the aftermath of violence between Muslims and Hindus communities that had gripped the country in the 1920s.Secular leaders (including the future prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru) championed saffron as a colour of valour, an ancient colour, and underplayed its popular association with right wing Hindu organisation, the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh and to the 17th-century Maratha warrior king Shivajji.Yet to this day, the colour remains well associated with Hinduism and with Hindutva, an ideology that promotes an essentialist vision of Hinduism. We have forgotten that saffron also came to India through minority religious traditions, including Buddhism, and via other ascetic religious movements, like ancient Shramanic traditions.It is rather ironic that in today’s aggressive nationalism, India has completely forgotten the minority histories of these colours.Bypassing the greenThe amnesia acquires a sinister property considering that the outgoing vice president, Hamid Ansari, recently voiced his anxiety pertaining to the vulnerability of minority communities in contemporary India.In the song from the film Chak De India, this anxiety is palpable. Premised upon the popular equation of green with Islam, the lyrics refer to green as the third colour, using the past tense – “I was your third colour” – lamenting the Muslim’s community’s growing marginalisation in contemporary India.This erasure from the present, green’s exile into the past, calls for deep introspection.Sadan Jha is the author of Reverence, Resistance and Politics of Seeing the Indian National Flag (Cambridge University Press, 2016)Reprinted from The Conversation Related Itemslast_img read more

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Don’t Come With Prepared Speech for Visa Interview, U.S. Consul General Tells Students

first_imgStudents should not come with a prepared speech for visa interviews at the United States embassy, George H Hogeman, the U.S. Consul-General at New Delhi, said on March 29. Hogeman also announced June 6 as the Visa Day, when the U.S. embassy in Delhi and the four consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai, will remain open exclusively to adjudicate visa applications from Indian students who are applying to the United States for higher studies.Talking about the interview process, Hogeman said: “All that a student has to do is to listen carefully to questions asked by officers and reply to them with real answers instead of coming up with prepared speech.” He added: “We know students are nervous. That is okay. Many nervous applicants are issued visas.”There are 1,86,000 Indian students in the United States, Hogeman said, citing a report from 2017. This is the highest number ever, he pointed out. One in six international student in the United States is Indian.“People-to-people relationships are the bedrock of the US-India relations and the bedrock of such relationships are student visas. Higher education plays a central role in the relationship between two countries,” Hogeman said, according to PTI.Students are asked the reason for choosing the United States for higher education, the details of the program and financial plan. An average interview lasts for around 30 minutes.“However, the time taken and questions asked would differ depending on each student. If a visa gets rejected, a student has to introspect and learn from that experience before applying again,” he said. “No one can guarantee you a visa. When applicants receive a message with fraud indicators, we encourage them to exercise caution and common sense.”Students should use resources available with EducationUSA and conduct research on programs they would like to prefer. “We do not require any documents at the time of visa interview, but if an individual prefers to bring, they should not be fake,” the U.S. embassy’s Fraud Prevention Manager Elizabeth Lawrence said. “Any students providing counterfeited certificates may be barred from applying for visa forever.”EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 425 international student advising centers in more than 175 countries, offering accurate and current information.If a student thinks of applying for an F Visa (the U.S. visa for students), the process should start at least a year before the session starts. A student can apply for a visa 120 days ahead of the start of the session.“At EducationUSA, we provide free information to students,” Aastha Virk Singh, advisor at EducationUSA, said. “If you start correctly with us, the visa will not be a problem.”While the United States remains one of the most sought for countries for education there has been a decline in the number of the student applications in the last two years.Applications from Indian graduate students and first-time enrollment rates declined by 15 per cent and 13 per cent, respectively, from 2016 to 2017. In 2015-16, Indian enrollments reduced by 7 per cent, according to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). Related ItemsacademicsF VisaUnited Stateslast_img read more

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Indian American Family Sues School Over ‘Gender-Identity’ Issue

first_imgAn Indian American family is taking a school in California to court with charges that it discriminated against their daughter by forcing her to dress as a boy. The eight-year-old transgender child attends Heritage Oak Private Education in Yorba Linda. The parents allege that the child, who was identified as male at birth, felt like a girl, but the school did not allow her to transition her gender at the school, saying the move would “create an imbalance in our environment”.“This is a fight for basic equal dignity, for our families and for all families – for a society that values things that unite us and the things that make us different,” Priya Shah, mother of Nicole ‘Nikki’ Brar, said in a press statement, Indiawest reported.“I am forever in awe of the courage that it took for Nikki to stand up for who she is, despite all the messages she was getting from her school and from society. Her courage to fight for her authentic self has galvanized my own.”Nikki’s father Jaspret Brar pointed out that the family could not “stand to watch Nikki’s hopes and dreams be crushed because a group of adults didn’t accept her for who she is,” according to a statement released by the Public Counsel law firm, which is representing the family.‘Trapped in Boy’s Clothes’ The lawsuit, which was filed August 2 in Orange County, Calif., Superior Court, also names Nobel Learning Communities, the parent company that runs the school. It stated that Nikki had told her parents just before she turned seven that although she was identified as a male at birth, she felt like a girl. It added that Nikki – who was named Nikash at birth – had always preferred toys and clothes generally meant for girls. She liked to wear her mother’s shoes and nail paint, and used to create gowns out of her grandmother’s dupattas.The lawsuit further stated that the family consulted a therapist who encouraged them to buy her girls’ clothes if she asked for them. Nikki even told her parents that “boys’ clothes felt like a prison,” it added.The teachers and administrators at Heritage Oak School, however, allegedly refused to use the name Nikki, and continued with the name, Nikash. They continued to identify her as “he”, and asked her to wear the boys’ uniform and to use the male washroom.School’s ReactionThe parent company of the school released a press statement reiterating their support to the student and the family, the publication reported. “We believed it was extremely important to respond, not hastily, but with deliberate care, to decide when and how to inform and educate our entire elementary school community of students, staff and parents about the mid-year change of gender identity expression of a young child,” said the company, adding that it had consulted outside expert, and had allowed Nikki to use the single-unit staff bathroom. It also said that the company had offered specific options to the girls’ uniform, which the family rejected.The parents later withdrew their child from Heritage Oak, and Nikki now attends a public school in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.“This case is about the denial of basic respect and dignity,” said Mark Rosenbaum, an attorney with Public Counsel, in a press statement. “When adults at a school think that they can dictate the name that a child goes by and demand she wear a boy’s uniform when she knows she’s a girl, that’s wrong.” Related ItemsIndian American sues Heritage Oak schoolIndian girl Heritage Oak SchoolIndian origin transgender girlLittle IndiaNicole ‘Nikki’ Brar Heritage Oaktransgender children USlast_img read more

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How Will Trump’s Plan to Scrap DACA Affect Indian-Americans

first_imgUnited States President Donald Trump is all set to scrap the ‘Deferred Action for Children Arrival’ (DACA) program, which grants work permits to people who illegally arrived in the country as children. This move from Trump will negatively impact people from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, China, and India, according to the statistics from Migration Policy Institute.This reform was amended by former President Barack Obama during his tenure. Now, Trump will reportedly give six months to the Congress to come up with a better alternative for this popular initiative, the New York Times reported.Indo-Americans’ Fate at StakeThe decision to scrap DACA was one of Trump’s poll promises, and the withdrawal of this program is expected to fetch criticism from many corners, including his own Republican party sometimes. Paul Ryan, the Speaker of US House of Representatives, reacted to Trump’s move in a strong manner, saying the President should not terminate DACA, as these children know no other country than the US.Statistics indicate that the DACA program is protecting more than 7,50,000 people in the United States from being deported. If Trump withdraws this program, the worst affected country will be Mexico, as 1,28,200 people from this Latin American country are reaping the benefits of DACA.India is placed number eighth in the countries that produce illegal immigrants. According to the Migration Policy Institute, United States has 22,000 illegal Indian immigrants who are making use of the DACA provision for their studies and work.DACA: Barack Obama’s Most Appreciated ProgramThe Deferred Action for Children Arrival program was formulated by the Obama government to allow illegally arrived child immigrants to continue their work and study in the US. To enjoy the benefits of DACA, the applicants should be under the age of 30, and they should submit all their personal details to the Department of Homeland Security. FBI conducts a background check on these individuals, and in exchange, the US government agrees to defer any legal action on their immigration status for a span of two years.As per government records, the average age of DACA recipients is 22, and 17 per cent of them are on the verge of completing an advanced degree.Some senior administration officials have hinted that Trump may change his decision as this is a sensitive issue, which may fetch serious results if implemented. Related ItemsDACA criticismDACA effectDACA IndiansDeferred Action for Children Arrivalillegal Indians in USillegal migrants USLittle Indialast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy A (2019) Series to come with three rear cameras, in-display fingerprint sensor

first_imgThe Samsung Galaxy A series of the next year is going to be a special series of phones. The ongoing reports and rumours suggest that Samsung could loosen its purse strings for the hardware of its Galaxy A (2019) series of phones.There are reports that Samsung Galaxy S10 could be the first phone from Samsung to come with triple rear cameras but the latest report hints that Galaxy A 2019 series phone could be the first phone from Samsung to sport three cameras on back.We have seen reports that say that Galaxy S10 could be the first Samsung device to sport in-display fingerprint sensor. But this may also change if the in-display fingerprint technology debuts on some of Samsung Galaxy A (2019) series phones. While the Galaxy S10 is expected to feature an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, Samsung may introduce a cheaper optical scanner for its Galaxy A phones. The quality of the two sensors will be different. The premium Galaxy S10 will have a better quality of sensor than the Galaxy A series phone.According to a report from The Investors, Samsung plans to add high-end features like in-display fingerprint sensor and triple camera lens to its Galaxy A series of phones this year. Apparently, this is to boost the sales of budget phones as the sales figure of Samsung flagship phones have not been very good this year. Reportedly, the sale of Galaxy S9 sale is the slowest of any Samsung flagship phone since the Galaxy S3. The company managed to sell just 9 million units of Galaxy S9 in the second quarter.advertisementSamsung Display, the display manufacturing unit of Samsung, is also working on unbreakable OLED panels. These panels have received certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the official testing company for OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the US Department of Labor. The UL certification means that the panel is ready to use in the consumer products. Until mow there were rumours that Samsung could use this display in its Galaxy X phone but now when the company is planning to bring in high-end features to its Galaxy A series phones, it wouldn’t be wrong to expect the unbreakable OLED panels in Galaxy A series phones too.last_img read more

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Elon Musk says new Tesla Roadster will float above the ground using rocket thrusters

first_imgIf you loved that flying Delorean car in Back To Future, you would love what Elon Musk proposed on Twitter on Thursday. The Tesla founder says that the company’s next Roadster will have small rocket thrusters, built using technology of Tesla X, that will let the car float whenever needed. And no he is not joking, at least that is what he says, even though to convey his idea he took help of the floating Delorean made popular by Back To Future films.For those of you don’t know what I am talking about, let me give you a quick brief before I drop the Roadster-sized bomb. Tesla, the eco-friendly carmaker which is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, is working on a sports cars called the Roadster.Tesla Roadster, which offers a top speed of 250 miles per hour and can go from 0-100 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds, is scheduled to release in 2020. Now, at least a year ahead its launch, Musk is claiming that he is critical details regarding a feature that will be present on board the Tesla Roadster.According to Musk, the Tesla Roadster will be able to float in the air with a little help from SpaceX. Musk, in a tweet on late Wednesday night said that Roadster will be able to float above the ground using thrusters that have been forged by the space-exploration company. Musk also shared a GIF giving a demo of the feature. Of course, the GIF is of the Delorean that floats, and time travels forward or backward when it hits speed of 88 miles per hour. So all of this could be an elaborate joke as well. Here, take a peek:advertisementThe new Roadster will actually do something like this https://t.co/fIsTAYa4x8Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 9, 2019Musk’s tweet bemused a fellow Twitter user who questioned him if he was joking, to which he replied he wasn’t. In fact, Musk gave him a working model of how the feature would work. “I’m not. Will use SpaceX cold gas thruster system with ultra high pressure air in a composite over-wrapped pressure vessel in place of the 2 rear seats,” Musk responded.What followed was a talk between two geeks discussing the feature at length. “Plus, you can basically accelerate at the limit of human endurance,” the SpaceX founder wrote in response to a tweet about the design of the car. In another tweet, where the Tweep asked if the Roadster would be able to travel a quarter mile in less than 8 seconds, Musk asked — “vertically or horizontally?”.While the talk has certainly got everyone excited, Musk has also cautioned that feature might not be ready for ground use immediately given the law, so far, doesn’t talk about a ‘flying car’. “I don’t think the law fully anticipated this situation. So probably yes for a while,” Musk wrote.ALSO READ: | Elon Musk’s ouster as chairman at Tesla shows genius tech founders are rarely good business leadersALSO READ: | Elon Musk is bored of Earth, says he wants to live on MarsALSO READ: | Elon Musk is a genius but working with him is messy, say Tesla employeeslast_img read more

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Premier League 2018-19 preview No1: Arsenal

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Premier League 2018-19 preview No 2: Bournemouth Read more Arsenal features Topics Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Özil, Héctor Bellerín, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Petr Cech unveil the club’s third kit in Singapore. Photograph: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Premier League Facebook The price of inertia is that the squad Wenger left behind was the worst of his 22-year reign, which at least means that Emery can start with expectations at a realistic level. Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification again last season and they will have to re-establish themselves in the top four before thinking about winning their first title since 2004.That explains why there was little grumbling when Wenger left with a year remaining on his contract. It will be strange not to see the Frenchman in the dugout when Manchester City visit the Emirates on the opening weekend but the time had come for Arsenal to innovate – and it is telling that Emery’s title is head coach, with Raúl Sanllehí and Sven Mislintat placed in charge of transfers. This project is Ivan Gazidis’s baby. The club’s chief executive, who was linked with a move to Milan last week, finds himself in a strong position in north London, having found a manager willing to work under his structure.Crucially, Arsenal have had a while to adjust. Emery was in place less than a fortnight after Wenger’s final game, allowing the Spaniard a full summer to work with his new squad, and it will be fascinating to see if the 46-year-old is capable of invigorating a team who have been crying out for more direction. Vague tactics have led to Arsenal becoming flimsy, immature and prone to collapse at the first sign of trouble. Perhaps that does not reflect too well on Arsenal. They have gone for experience but they have not appointed a sure thing. Emery is not a genius like Guardiola, a forceful personality like Jürgen Klopp or a ruthless winner like José Mourinho. He has won more than Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri, true, but even his achievement of leading Paris Saint-Germain to a domestic treble last season comes with the caveat that he lost the title to Monaco in his first season in France and made no impression in the Champions League. Arsène Wenger: ‘I haven’t emptied my desk and in a way I am still in shock’ Equally, however, PSG’s financial advantage can magnify their setbacks. Perhaps it was the wrong fit for Emery. His reputation as a demanding football obsessive might have stopped him from connecting with PSG’s egotists but it has helped him flourish in less suffocating environments. The experience of achieving three consecutive Europa League triumphs at Sevilla should prove helpful as Arsenal prepare for another Thursday-Sunday schedule.Above all, Arsenal have turned to a coach who will work relentlessly on his players’ weaknesses, which should benefit stagnating youngsters such as Héctor Bellerín, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Alex Iwobi. There will be more intensity and Emery, who seems likely to favour a 4-2-3-1 system, has spoken about shifting the emphasis from dominating possession to showing remorseless hunger off the ball.A new Arsenal are gradually starting to take form. There has been no major clear-out yet – Jack Wilshere has moved to West Ham after being told his opportunities would be limited and Santi Cazorla has returned to Villarreal in search of a fresh start – but the tweaks Emery has made so far show where he wants to improve. That, however, is that as far as new signings are concerned. Funds are limited, meaning that Arsenal have required a focused approach, and Emery could find himself itching to replace a few members of his squad soon.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette could form a potent partnership in attack, Aaron Ramsey offers goals and energy from midfield and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Konstantinos Mavropanos showed promise last season. However, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Özil are not as consistent as their equivalents elsewhere, Danny Welbeck has struggled to stay fit, Granit Xhaka can be rash in central midfield, Shkodran Mustafi has toiled at centre-back, Laurent Koscielny is injured and Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal are unconvincing options at left-back. There are holes to fill and a lack of quality depth.Framed in that way, Emery has his work cut out and it remains to be seen if Arsenal have made up enough ground on their rivals. These, ultimately, are uncertain times in north London and it will only take a couple of bad results for people to start questioning the wisdom of parting with Wenger. But there is no going back, no room for doubt or panic, even if it is painful at first. In Ivan, Raúl, Sven and Unai they have to trust. They have no other option. Guardian writers’ predicted position: 5th (NB: this is not necessarily Jacob Steinberg’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)Last season’s position: 6thOdds to win the league (via Oddschecker): 20-1The first thing to make clear is that the man charged with reviving Arsenal is not the Spanish equivalent of David Moyes. The second is that for any comparison with Manchester United’s struggle to adapt to life after Sir Alex Ferguson to hold, Arsène Wenger would have had to leave his successor a title-winning team, rather than one that failed to win an away game in 2018 until the final day of last season.If Unai Emery’s task is daunting, it is only because the previous boss was well past his glorious peak. Whereas United’s travails since Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 have exposed their structural failings, the unfortunate truth is that decay had taken hold at Arsenal long before the announcement of Wenger’s departure on 20 April. The folly of telling the Wenger Out brigade to be careful what they wished for whenever dissatisfaction rose had become impossible to ignore. Mesut Özil has what it takes to be Arsenal captain, says Unai Emerycenter_img Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Premier League 2018-19 previews While it might have been braver for them to press ahead with their early interest in Mikel Arteta, who has received quite the education as part of Pep Guardiola’s entourage at City, it is worth keeping in mind that the 36-year-old would have been learning on the job. Could Arsenal afford a gamble when they have already fallen so far behind their rivals? Not when Emery was regarded as the safer choice. Read more Share on Twitter Read more Share via Email Pinterest How, after all, did it make sense for Arsenal to turn a blind eye to Wenger’s decline simply because United hired Moyes? It was a disingenuous argument, a counterproductive way of thinking and a waste of time. As long as the status quo remained in place, there was no way for Arsenal to make real progress. Share on WhatsApp The arrival of Stephan Lichtsteiner, the experienced Swiss right-back, on a free transfer from Juventus should harden a naive side, while Arsenal have looked to toughen their soft centre with the £17.7m signing of the Greece centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund and the £26.5m signing of the talented Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria. Bernd Leno is expected to take the No1 spot from Petr Cech after joining from Bayer Leverkusen for £19.2m, while Mattéo Guendouzi, a 19-year-old French midfielder, is one for the future after signing for £7m from Lorient. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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We’re Giving these Grooming Products the Green Light for St. Patrick’s Day

first_img How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter The color green is considered a symbol of positivity, hope, rebirth, money, and health, so it makes perfect sense for you to incorporate green grooming goods into your daily routine — and there’s no better time than St. Patrick’s Day. From shampoo to shaving cream, packaging to product, brands have been gravitating towards this refreshing and energizing shade. You’ll find a healthy serving of green ingredients like eucalyptus, peppermint, lime, basil, kelp, cucumber, and green tea in the formulations of these men’s grooming products, all of which boast a lovely emerald shade. It really is easy being green!Baxter of California Vitamin Cleansing Soap Bar Italian Lime & Pomegranate – $17This gentle moisturizing body bar will wake up your olfactory senses and pep up your morning shower. The glycerin stripe down the middle is packed with good greens like aloe and seaweed that nourish and soothe your skin. Fragrant lime and cucumber are the fresh notes that make up this zesty, citrusy scent.See ItJack Black Hair Care Starter Set – $38The set includes Jack Black True Volume Thickening Shampoo and the brand’s Nourishing Hair and Scalp Conditioner. Tea tree leaf oil, peppermint oil, organic kelp, and organic basil leafare just some of the botanicals that make up the duo’s formulations. Shampoo, rinse, and repeat for thicker, fuller hair and a flake-free scalp.See ItKiehl’s Men’s Oil Eliminator Refreshing Shine Control Spray Toner – $18If you’re prone to breakouts or have excessively oily skin, using a toner can work wonders. Spritz on this oil-eliminating mist from Kiehl’s. It’s made from glycerin, which will help your skin hold onto the needed moisture, and menthol, which  will cool down the skin and soothe irritation. It dries to a matte finish, soothes razor burn, and keeps shine at bay.See ItBrickell Hybrid Glide Shave Oil – $27This shave oil adds soothing aloe and algae extracts to your pre-shave routine to help lock in moisture while adding essential vitamins to your skin. Best of all, these green ingredients along with argon, jojoba oil, and vitamin E work together for a pain-free, effortless shave sans bumps and ingrown hairs.See ItPeter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask – $52 Editors’ Recommendations Using the same after-sun products on your face that you use on the rest of your body can irritate your skin even more. Instead, calm your weathered mug with this ultra-gentle mask. It’s made with cooling green cucumber and soothing aloe vera, along with other hydrating botanicals like papaya and chamomile. This Cucumber Gel Mask is a must for rehydrating after a skin-assaulting day on the beach or ski slopes.See It How to Shave With a Straight Razor center_img Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Fasterlast_img read more

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Shipping Pools Potential Traps for the Unwary

first_imgzoom Pressured by difficult markets and periods of economic uncertainty, shipping companies often turn to pool arrangements, not being aware of the financial, tax and jurisdictional implications of participating in such deals.As “shipping pools can be an attractive option,” the international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens has warned ship owners and operators to check all the implications of taking part in these arrangements.“Interest in the concept generally is increasing as a way to leverage money and maximise economies of scale. But while it might make good commercial sense for like-minded shipping interests to pool their resources to mutual advantage, traps may lie in wait for the unwary,” Michael Simms, shipping partner, said.Simms notes, “historically, tax-friendly offshore jurisdictions have been a natural fit for many shipping pools, but the recent increased focus on general tax transparency and on proper governance and reporting procedures may serve as a catalyst for change in this regard.”Moore Stephens has advised on a number of pool agreements during the past 12 months. There are a range of tax issues to consider when setting up, amending or joining a pool. In the case of a new pool, it will be necessary to consider the tax position of each entity within the pool structure.Other important considerations include the terms of the pool agreement itself, the status of the pool under competition law, the effectiveness of the marketing strategy, and the way pool accounts are prepared and submitted.“Shipping pools have clear advantages for some. But it is a challenging market, and one subject to increasingly stringent evaluation. It would be a mistake to just dive in without careful consideration,” Simms said.last_img read more

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Premier Pays Tribute to Former Cabinet Minister Guy Brown

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald expressed sadness today, April 6, about the death of former cabinet minister Guy Brown. Mr. Brown passed away Sunday at the age of 72. “Mr. Brown was a dedicated and hard-working representative of the people of Cumberland County for almost a quarter of a century,” Premier MacDonald said. “During that time, he held many cabinet posts, but there was never any doubt that his constituents were his first priority.” Mr. Brown was first elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature in 1974. Some of the posts he held during his career include Minister of Consumer Affairs, Minister of Labour, Minister of Agriculture and Marketing and Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Economic Renewal Agency. Mr. Brown had a long history of public service, which began with his service in the Canadian Forces in 1956, and extended to his election as Mayor of the Town of Springhill in 2004. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I extend my sincere condolences to Mr. Brown’s wife, family and friends,” the premier said. The flags at Province House are flying at half-mast in honour of Mr. Brown.last_img read more

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All 6 accused acquitted in Pehlu Khan lynching

first_imgJaipur: An Alwar court on Wednesday acquitted all six accused in the lynching of Pehlu Khan, killed two years ago by a mob that set upon him while he was transporting cows.The Additional Judicial Magistrate acquitted the six men, giving them benefit of the doubt, according to a lawyer. Pehlu Khan (55), his two sons and a few others were transporting cows when they were allegedly stopped and thrashed by a mob near Behror in Alwar district on April 1, 2017. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsKhan died in hospital on April 3, triggering outrage over the murder and focusing attention on attacks by cow vigilantes. “The court gave benefit of the doubt to all six accused and acquitted them of lynching charges. We have not received the court order copy and will wait for it to study it and appeal in the higher court,” Additional Public Prosecutor Yogendra Khatana told reporters. The six accused let off by the court are Vipin Yadav, Ravindra Kumar, Kaluram, Dayanand, Yogesh Kumar and Bheem Rathi. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayPolice had also named three minors in the case. They are facing trial in a juvenile justice court. The court of Additional District Judge Sarita Swami completed the trial proceedings on August 7 and reserved the case for judgment on Wednesday. The then BJP government in Rajasthan under Vasundhara Raje came under flak over the killing, with the incident escalating the debate over Muslims facing attacks from cow vigilantes. Recently, the Rajasthan Assembly passed a bill introduced by the current Congress government in the state to tackle mob lynching.last_img read more

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Court appearance for company owner whose truck involved in Broncos bus crash

first_imgCALGARY – The owner of a trucking company involved in the fatal Humboldt Broncos bus crash appeared without a lawyer at his first court appearance Friday.Sukhmander Singh of Adesh Deol Trucking was represented by duty counsel, who asked the matter be set over to Nov. 30.Singh, 36, did not speak to anyone on his way into court in Calgary.Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured in rural Saskatchewan when the Broncos junior hockey team bus and a semi-truck owned by Singh collided at an intersection last spring.Singh faces eight charges relating to non-compliance with federal and provincial safety regulations.There are seven charges under the federal Motor Vehicle Transport Act: two counts of failing to maintain logs for drivers hours of service, three counts of failing to monitor the compliance of a driver under safety regulations, and two counts of having more than one daily log for any day.The eighth charge under the Alberta Traffic Safety Act alleges failure to have or follow a written safety program.Court documents allege the offences occurred between Jan. 1 and March 31 — prior to the fatal accident on April 6.The maximum penalty for a federal hours of service failing is $5,000 per offence. The provincial charge carries a $310 penalty. A court can, however, use discretion to impose a penalty up to $2,000.Alberta Transportation said Adesh Deol Trucking remains suspended.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 29, was driving the semi unit and was charged earlier this year with dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.Sidhu, who was not hurt, was released on $1,000 bail in July under condition he not drive and that he surrender his passport.He is to be back in court in Melfort, Sask., on Nov. 27.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

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Central America floods crisis only just beginning warns UN relief official

“The people affected by this crisis have lost everything, and their difficulties are only just beginning,” Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said as she wrapped up a four-day visit to Nicaragua and El Salvador, two countries badly hit by the disaster. “Hundreds of thousands of people face a struggle for survival over the next six months. We must act now. We cannot let the people of El Salvador and Nicaragua down.”Up to 300,000 people fled the floods in El Salvador during the peak of the rains in October, and the homes and livelihoods of 143,000 people have been affected by heavy rains in Nicaragua. Thousands of homes have been damaged, possessions destroyed and hundreds of schools, roads and health facilities are closed.The Governments and peoples of Nicaragua and El Salvador mobilized emergency responders immediately after the floods, and have succeeded in minimizing the loss of lives, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “But the cumulative effect of annual catastrophic events has pushed national capacities to their limit,” the Office said. The UN is mobilizing international assistance to assist the efforts of the Governments and last week launched emergency appeals for both countries. However, the $14 million appeal for Nicaragua is currently only 22 per cent funded, while the $15 million appeal for El Salvador is only 23 per cent funded. “The needs are real, and the situation could get worse if we do not step in now,” said Ms. Bragg, who is also Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. “I hope donors will give generously to these appeals.” 5 November 2011The humanitarian emergency caused by last month’s devastating floods in Central America is only just beginning, a top United Nations relief official said today, warning that the situation could get worse for the estimated 1.2 million people affected without urgent international support. read more

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Rio Tinto joins forces on revolutionary block cave tracking system

first_imgRio Tinto is joining forces with CRCMining, Newcrest Mining and Elexon Electronics in the development of a cutting-edge, real-time tracking system for material within block caves, on target to be operational in 2014. For more effective caving based mining methods, technologies must be developed to better control the caving process in a manner that ensures good fragmentation and minimises ore dilution. The key to this is to measure the direction of flow of material within the caving zones as well as its degree of fragmentation. This information is necessary in order to control the ingress of waste material from outside the ore zone into the ore. It also provides necessary data to develop and validate caving models to improve cave designs and ensure improved cave performance.The proposed technique attempts to track the location of beacons placed in the cave. The approach uses a modulated magnetic carrier approach to track the beacon through the caving rock. The cave tracking system has three major components:Beacons – devices that are placed in the cave and tracked during cavingDetectors that measure the signal generated by the beaconsCentral Cave Tracking unit collects measurements made by each detector to determine the 3D location of the each beacon detected.The system also requires a communication infrastructure to transmit the detector measurements to the central cave tracking unit. System benefits for the mining industry include:Real-time mapping of caving material movementMinimise dilution and maximise recovery from caveTest validity of existing caving models and develop new modelsDesign better cave layouts using improved models.CRCMining established the concept for the Cave Tracker before inviting Newcrest Mining and Elexon Electronics to develop the concept into a commercial cave tracking system.  Commercial development of the Cave Tracker technology remains on track with Rio Tinto recently joining the partnership between CRCMining, Newcrest Mining and Elexon Electronics. This will allow continued progress towards cave deployment testing as a first generation commercial product in multiple operational mines by mid 2014.last_img read more

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Gran Turismo 6 gets PS3 box art November 28 release date from

first_imgWe’ve been hearing rumors that Gran Turismo 6 is a PS3 game since late February. And that rumor was reinforced last week when a listing for the game appeared on Newegg and has remained live. Now it seems another retailer has decided to give the game a listing along with provisional box art and a release date.The Newegg listing gave no details beyond the fact GT6 is a PS3 game, but Italian retailer multiplayer.com has gone a step further. They are stating the game will be released on November 28 and have also posted a picture of the box art you can see below. It is stated the art is not final, but if that’s what ends up being final art I don’t think anyone would be upset.If the November 28 release date is to be believed, that’s probably after the PlayStation 4 has launched, or at least in the same release window. That is surprising, but maybe Sony had little choice. The game can’t easily be ported to the PS4 due to the different hardware architectures, and developer Polyphony Digital is well known for shipping when a game is ready, not to a schedule that suits Sony.Gran Turismo 6 now looks set to be the last major game release for Sony’s current gen console. The GT series has always been a system seller and I can’t see that changing with GT6 even this late in the lifecycle. If anything it’s going to form a bit of a bargain for racing game fans–the best looking Gran Turismo yet on a console that Sony may bundle the game with for under $300.last_img read more

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Sitdown Sunday What happened to missing Claudia Lawrence

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sitdown Sunday: What happened to missing Claudia Lawrence? Settle back in a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads. Short URL By Aoife Barry But the battle on Quincy Street is about more than just sex. For Ms. Miller, it’s about trust and safety; for Ms. Taillor, it’s about respect and kink-shaming. As both women fought to protect their communities, what resulted was a culture clash and gentrification struggle all wrapped up into one fight.2. Tragedy for an Irish family at Cedar CreekIn 1864, an Irish father held his dead son’s body after he was killed during the Battle of Cedar Creek. Here’s the family’s story.(Irish American Civil War, approx 11 mins reading time)The family is not an easy one to trace in the 1860 census. The main reason for this is their listing under the name of O’Riley (which has been erroneously recorded as O’Kiley). On 21 June 1860 Charles was living in the First Ward of the City of Auburn, where he worked as a laborer. His wife Marcella was engaged in housework and looking after the couple’s four children- 15-year-old Anthony, 12-year-old Mary, 6-year-old Ann and 4-year-old Charles. A ten-year old girl, Catherine Doyle, also lived with the family. Both Charles and Marcella had been born in Ireland, but had emigrated to the United States before the mid-1840s, as all their children had been born in New York. Another son, James, would follow in 1861. 3. What happened to Claudia?Claudia Lawrence went missing 10 years ago. She still has not been found.(BBC, approx 25 mins reading time)Indeed, the 35-year-old was seen walking home from work the day before – cameras capturing her as she left work at 14:31 and spotting her at various points along the 45-minute route. Later that night, she spoke to Peter on the phone, then Joan, with whom she made plans to mark Mother’s Day.  IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. When the dominatrix moved in next doorA feminist kink space opens up in a New York neighbourhood, and residents are not happy.(The New York Times, approx 15 mins reading time) Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 9:00 AM Mar 24th 2019, 9:00 AM Share7 Tweet Email3 Image: PA Archive/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4555646 4. How veganism became an industry Once thought of as a fringe interest, veganism now means big money for food companies. But does mean that it’s in danger of being diluted by capitalism?(New Statesman, approx 16 mins reading time)In 2018, the Vegan Society registered 9,590 new products as vegan – a 52 per cent increase on products that carried the society’s official trademark in 2017. In September 2018 alone, Iceland launched its No Bull frozen vegan range; Magnum released two pea-protein ice creams; Hellman’s started selling vegan mayonnaise; Pizza Express introduced a new vegan pizza; and Costa Coffee launched a vegan cookie. Every major British supermarket announced or expanded a vegan range in 2018.5. Boeing 737 Max’s flawed systemHow did Boeing certify the 737 Max system which is suspected to be behind recent major plane crashes? Here’s a look at what happened.(Seattle Times, approx 19 mins reading time)Yet black box data retrieved after the Lion Air crash indicates that a single faulty sensor — a vane on the outside of the fuselage that measures the plane’s “angle of attack,” the angle between the airflow and the wing — triggered MCAS multiple times during the deadly flight, initiating a tug of war as the system repeatedly pushed the nose of the plane down and the pilots wrestled with the controls to pull it back up, before the final crash.6. Easily distracted? Read thisWe live in an always-on world, and it’s easier and easier to get distracted. But here are some tips to help.(Make Time, approx 10 mins reading time)But for most people, I don’t think willpower is the right approach. New psychology research is showing that old ideas about willpower and self-control weren’t quite right. Just ask a gambling addict or a smoker. It’s possible that we can’t build willpower and we can’t summon self-control, after all. They’re myths. What often looks like strength of resolve is really the result of an environment or mindset that makes the right decisions the easy decisions.…AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES…From last month, a look at inside the controversial Theranos.(Vanity Fair, approx 18 mins reading time)Holmes, too, had seemingly cherry-picked from her elders. She wore a black turtleneck, drank strange green juices, traveled with armed guards, and spoke in a near baritone. In an industry full of oddballs, Holmes—a blonde WASP from the D.C. area—seemed hell-bent on cultivating a reputation as an iconoclastic weirdo. Having Balto seemed to help fortify the image.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday> Image: PA Archive/PA Images 2 Comments 29,868 Views last_img read more

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Study sees little cost in removing Snake River dams

first_imgIn the debate over the survival of endangered Columbia River salmon and the sustainability of dams in the Pacific Northwest, a new study suggests four hydroelectric dams on the Lower Snake River in Eastern Washington could be removed and effectively replaced with clean energy resources at little cost to taxpayers.“Although the subject matter is really complicated, the story is really pretty simple,” said Sean O’Leary of the NW Energy Coalition, the clean energy advocacy group that commissioned the study. “For years, this problem has been presented as a dilemma: We can have fish restoration or reliable power — we can’t have both. But this study demonstrates that’s false.”The Lower Snake River Dams Power Replacement Study concludes that balanced portfolios of solar and wind energy production, combined with energy efficiency and storage, can replace the power provided to the Northwest by the four Lower Snake dams and at a cost of about $1.28 per month for residential customers in the year 2026.The study also claims no new natural gas power plants are needed to meet regional energy demands. “Replacing the dams with clean and renewable resources provides superior or equal results to replacing them with natural gas for cost, carbon emissions, system reliability, and ability to meet peak load requirements,” states a fact sheet on the study.However, existing gas facilities would play a role in the power portfolios. Also, while the study addressed energy production, it didn’t address the shipping of goods the dams enable.last_img read more

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