Making mountains her life, one peak at a time

first_imgMumbai: Kanamo in the Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, is no stroll in the park. At 5,970 m, it is a tough climb even for an experienced trekker. To scale this peak in just two days is exceptional. Last year, in July, Ishani Sawant, 25, did just that. What’s more she did it solo, carrying all her food, climbing gear, tent and high altitude clothing.“It was intimidating,” she admits. “I hadn’t been there before. The trail to the summit was not visible, as it had snowed heavily for previous two days. But it was an amazing experience. I had to find my way, navigate in the fresh snowfall. But it was an out-of-this-world feeling, to be alone, on the top, to talk to no one for two days, just you.”Love at first sightThe Pune resident fell in love with the mountains on a trip to the Himalayas when she was 13. She remembers being awestruck by their grandeur. “I kept clicking pictures of the mountains.” She knew then that she wanted to make the mountains her life. While it wasn’t easy to convince her parents to let her pursue her passion — “I hail from a middle class family where mountaineering as a profession is unheard of” — her mother quickly became very supportive. “She always believed in me and this kept me going.”Ms. Sawant is a qualified lawyer, with an LLB from ILS Law College, Pune, which she followed with a Diploma in Forensic Science. But she knew that adventure was her real calling. “While studying law and going to court, I used to go for adventure events on weekends. That made me so happy and it was so contrasting to the court atmosphere. I decided to become a professional alpinist.”So, while she was getting her more conventional qualifications, she also worked on her mountaineering. When she was 18, she enrolled in the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. She graduated with A grades in both the basic and advanced mountaineering courses from two of India’s top mountaineering schools, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (in 2009) and the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (in 2013). She has also taken courses in rock climbing and water kayaking in 2015, completed a Trip Leader India Course in 2016 from the National Outdoor Leadership School, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder from the Hanifl Center in Mussoorie.First climbHer first professional climb was in June 2013, when she, part of a team of four mountaineers, crossed the Parang La pass (5570m) in Ladakh and trekked to Tso Moriri, climbing Alpine style, which means climbing in a self-sufficient manner, carrying everything one needs, rather than setting up fully stocked camps on the mountain.Looking back, she says it was difficult at first to find acceptance from the mostly male mountaineering community. “Initially guys didn’t want to climb on my belay,” she says. (A belay is where one mountaineer holds a climbing rope secure, giving a climbing partner an additional element of safety.) “I had to keep proving myself again and again. I used to train with them and then wait after every one was gone to train more, do more pull ups and abs. It has been a very tough journey but I love the entire process. Now as I go climbing, my mates are confident about me, which has in turn upped my own courage.”Invisible slopesLearning the skills and acquiring the expertise was tough, but things got tougher after that.Climbing as a profession is not an easy one to follow in India. There is a huge difference in infrastructure, she says, which she only realised when she went to the U.K. in 2016 — as one of only 20 women from all over the world selected — for the International Trad Climbing Meet organised by British Mountaineering Council. “It was there I realised that there is no dearth of talent in our country. However, the reason why upcoming athletes switch to regular professions is lack of facilities. All good equipment and shoes we have to import from abroad, which makes mountaineering super expensive. We do not have sports physiotherapists to handle rock climbing injuries on the field or in the gym. There are not many trained coaches to teach us the latest methods and workouts. Most importantly, we do not have the mindset that rock climbing and mountaineering is also a profession. It is only a handful who rise above this all and still have that madness to pursue it.”Money crunchThe expense, and the fact that mountaineering is just not a viable profession in India means that getting funds is all uphill. “Mountaineering is an expensive sport, so I am finding it difficult to fund my adventures. I hardly go to Himalayas considering the huge costs involved in travel and equipment rent.”Ms. Sawant has not managed to find sponsors yet, so she spends her weekends teaching at adventure events to fund her own training. She uses her web site to share her adventure experiences and all the things she does to earn money for her adventures.This is in addition to her day job. In 2017, she added to her qualifications by completing a Distance Masters in Sports Management from the Institute of Sports Science and Technology, Pune, to help her learn about business. She is an entrepreneur, and her firm ProEdge conducts customised adventure events, including trekking, bike rides, rappelling, rafting, paragliding and camping. “I am internationally certified, not only in mountaineering and rock climbing, but also as a First Responder. So I am well equipped to handle wilderness emergencies and skilled to run these extreme sports events smoothly.” She also works with people with disabilities, running adventure programs for Adventures Beyond Barriers, and conducting rappelling and tandem cycling events for visually challenged people to take part in, along with sighted people, to promote inclusivity. She also trains cadets at the National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla, Pune, and has constructed a climbing wall for the academy.Conquering oneselfHow does she fit all this in? “I have realised that when you push your limit, your limits push back. So we should constantly endeavour to keep pushing towards our dream. No matter in which field you are, learning happens when you step out of your comfort zone and so something that you felt you couldn’t.”Her relative youth is also a handicap when it comes to being taken seriously as a mountaineer, and she is determined to change perceptions on that front too. “It really does not matter whether you are young or old, a man or a woman, an able-bodied or handicapped: the mountains are there for all. They do not become smaller if you are a kid or a woman or a handicapped. Mountains do not differentiate, then why should we? I live by this philosophy and hence been able to come this far.”For Ishani Sawant, life is all uphill; and that’s the way she likes itlast_img read more

Indian sponsors pump money into cricket but wonder why ICC is calling the shots

first_imgSelling point: Hero Honda will bank on Sourav GangulyFor most Indians, its s game. For corporate India, it’s a hot commodity, which, ever since the controversy over player contracts, has only become hotter.A last-minute settlement may have allowed the Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka to proceed sedately but the controversy,Selling point: Hero Honda will bank on Sourav GangulyFor most Indians, its s game. For corporate India, it’s a hot commodity, which, ever since the controversy over player contracts, has only become hotter.A last-minute settlement may have allowed the Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka to proceed sedately but the controversy and the BCCI-ICC row has already thrown sponsors’ plans awry.Ravinder Zutshi, vice-president, Samsung India-which has seven top Indian cricketers appearing in its ads- says the manner in which the controversy is settled will “have a significant bearing on brand endorsement by cricketers in the future”.An attempt by the ice to prevent its official sponsor, South African Airways, from being “ambushed” has left the Indian team without a sponsor after Sahara pulled out. Says Sanjay Lai, executive director, Percept D’Mark, Sahara’s agency: “Forget the money that has been invested. For Sahara, it is an opportunity lost.”With the ongoing Champions Trophy and World Cup 2003 in mind, Indian firms were in campaign mode. Samsung, LG, MRF and Colgate had signed up new cricketers. Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Fiat were putting together mega-budget ad campaigns.Selling point: Samsung has been forced to take off its adNow they are playing half-cock, waiting and watching. Most have decided to abide by the ice contract for the Sri Lankan tour. The “Team Samsung” campaign, for instance, has been taken off.But trouble will surely follow because cricket is a substantial ad-spend area. Industry spend on the game has been rising exponentially. In 1996, the year the World Cup was held in India, it (including ads, endorsements and sponsorships) was Rs 50 crore. By the next World Cup-England, 1999-it had risen to Rs 200 crore. Next year, it is likely to touch Rs 1,000 crore.advertisementInvestment in cricket makes perfect business sense. Says Atul Sobti, senior vice-president, Hero Honda: “Cricket is the only sport where India can be No. 1 and hence the pull.” A recent four-metro survey carried out by Indica Research rated Sachin Tendulkar the top celebrity endorser-bigger than actors Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh Khan or Amitabh Bachchan. Says B. Narayanswamy head of Indica: “Tendulkar is the only real hero India seems to have.”When LG tested the waters during the 1999 World Cup, it found its brand awareness zooming. Brand recall rose from 15 per cent to 35 per cent immediately after the Cup. Sales in April-June 1999 were 174 per cent higher than the corresponding period in 1998. Convinced, LG happily paid an estimated Rs 145 crore to be the ice’s “global partner” till World Cup 2007.The ice’s contracts with its official sponsors, who paid a premium for the ambush clauses, run for the 2003 and 2007 Cups and for the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Champions Trophies. They restrict rival endorsements from players during a tour and for 30 days before and after.Star appeal: A market survey rated Sachin Tendulkar as the top celebrity endorserFor the ongoing Champions Trophy the Indian team has got the ice to pare the 30-day period to 18-but the problem is bound to return. For the players, this could potentially mean three months of no endorsements in a World Cup year. Lai terms this “very restrictive”.Nevertheless, if the ice has its way the impact will be significant. Ambush marketing will simply die. In 1996, Pepsi’s “Nothing official about it” campaign featuring top cricketers won more mileage than official sponsors Coke at one-fourth the price.If the ambush marketing clause is successfully pushed through, a company that buys the ice event sponsorship rights will have a virtual ad monopoly in its line of business. Cricketers will see endorsement incomes fall. Yet a lawyer warns that, barring the unpredictable, “a court of law could uphold a petition by cricketers accusing the ice of restricting their trade”.Some sponsors also make the ” nationalist” point. The ice is supposed to sign 12 official sponsors for the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. So far it has found only four, three of them Indian.Seventy-five per cent of cricket revenue comes from India but it goes into the ice coffers and is used to promote cricket around the world. “Shouldn’t Indian sentiment be respected?” asks one cricket agent. Patriotism, it seems, is now the last refuge of the sponsor.last_img read more

Former Cincinnati Star Kenyon Martin Posts “Xavier Sucks” Graphic Ahead Of Tonight’s Rivalry Game

first_imgCincinnati's mascot standing on a board being held by cheerleaders.CINCINNATI, OH – FEBRUARY 04: The Cincinnati Bearcats mascot performs during the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Fifth Third Arena on February 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Before NBA star Kenyon Martin was lighting it up in the professional ranks, he played his collegiate ball at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to the nation’s No. 1 ranking for 12 weeks in 1999-2000. Naturally, that means that he isn’t a huge fan of the team’s major rival, Xavier.But just how much does he dislike the Musketeers? Martin posted the below graphic just hours before the two teams tip off in Cincinnati.It’s going down tonight. #bearcatnationstandup. UC Basketball where greatness happens. #letsgoA photo posted by Straightjacketcrazy. (@kenyonmartinsr) on Feb 18, 2015 at 9:14am PST Both Xavier and Cincinnati could use a win tonight to bolster their NCAA Tournament resumes. It should be another fantastic game between these two.last_img read more

The Teams That Should — And Shouldnt — Trade For Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler37.6– MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler, the four-time All-Star who asked to be traded out of Minnesota, is an NBA alpha — or, at worst, a dominant beta.Butler is one of the league’s best two-way talents, capable of changing a game on offense or defense. He has developed a hard-nosed reputation as someone who can quickly change the culture of a team. The 29-year-old should be a near-ideal trade target for just about any team still looking to make a jump as NBA training camps open this week.Yet for all his undeniable star power, the reality is that Butler would be an ideal fit with only a few of the teams that are most interested in his services. Much of that stems from how unique a player he is — and the two or three red flags that would make his acquisition more of a gamble than usual.The list of teams that have expressed interest in dealing for Butler includes the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers — a pair of teams Butler likes — as well as the Pistons, Rockets, Heat, Sixers, Blazers and Kings, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.But realistically, trading for Butler is not an automatic win for all these teams. The size of his contract, the type of role he demands to play and the assets that will be required to obtain him make the trade a significant gamble. From that list, there are maybe four (the Clippers, Pistons, Heat and Blazers) where the move seems worth the risk. For others, there are clear pitfalls that could render such a move disastrous.Perhaps the most glaring issue to consider is the amount of time Butler has played over the past five seasons: an NBA-high 37.6 minutes per game in that span1This is almost identical to the minutes load that Luol Deng — whose game has since begun flattening out — carried from age 24 through age 28. Deng, who also played for Tom Thibodeau, logged 38.1 minutes per game during those years. and 26 games in which he logged at least 45 minutes since 2013-14 — 11 games more than the next player on the list, per Basketball-Reference.com. PlayerMinutes per gameNumber of 45 Min. Games LeBron James36.8– Butler is racking up mileageNBA leaders in number of 45-minute games since the 2013-14 season, along with their average minutes per game* 13– 10– 26– Bradley Beal34.3– Anthony Davis35.9– 11– All of that could factor into how someone like Butler — who relies mostly on his physicality instead of his jump shot — ages as a player. But last season alone was less than ideal from a health standpoint. After ranking at the top of the minutes per game leaderboard in late February, Butler went down with a right knee injury that required surgery. And while injuries are often an unpredictable thing, Butler’s wasn’t the biggest shock in the world. He had missed four games in January with a sore right knee that might have required an MRI, and then Butler took the unusual step of sitting out the All-Star game the following month, citing a need for rest. Five days later, he was hurt to the point that he required the procedure on his meniscus.Butler takes on grueling tasks as someone who’s often the primary ball-handler — particularly in the clutch, where his aggressive style drew more free-throw trips than any player — and who guards the other team’s best scorer. And the potential for injuries to slow a player down as he reaches his 30s should give any club pause before sinking assets into a deal for him — let alone signing him to a max extension worth five years and $190 million in 2019, when he’s due to become a free agent.Zooming all the way out for a moment, let’s be clear: Butler is absolutely worth a sizable gamble from merely a talent perspective. His coach, Tom Thibodeau — who thinks so highly of Butler that he reportedly asked him on Monday to reconsider his trade request — called the swingman a “top-10 player in the league.”On the night of Feb. 23, when Butler suffered his knee injury, the Timberwolves were tied for third place in the loaded West. By the time he came back came back six weeks later, they’d slipped to eighth. Minnesota needed to win its last three games of the season — including a thrilling win-and-you’re-in finale against Denver — to secure the franchise’s first playoff trip in 14 years.With Butler, the Wolves were arguably a top-three team in the NBA, outscoring opponents by more than 8 points per 100 possessions;2For reference, only the Rockets and Warriors outscored opponents by 8 points per 100 possessions last season. without him, the club had the profile of a bottom-10 squad, hemorrhaging nearly 5 points per 100 possessions. Not many stars, or even superstars, possess that kind of game-changing impact.Still, there’s a pretty compelling case to be made that Butler simply doesn’t make sense on certain clubs — particularly young, developing ones, with whom he might lack patience. He frustrated younger teammates in Chicago two seasons ago when he questioned whether they cared as much as he did about winning, a critique that led to coach Fred Hoiberg benching him to start a game. Then this past year in Minnesota, reports suggested that Butler didn’t always see eye-to-eye with young star Karl-Anthony Towns. (Towns finally agreed to his five-year, $190 million extension in the wake of Butler’s trade request, which lent credence to the report. But Towns on Monday chalked it up to “awkward” timing and coincidence, saying the issues were unrelated.) Taking that into account, a young team like the Nets or the Kings — still in the developmental phases — wouldn’t seem to be ideal for Butler.The other thing worth considering with Butler, especially in Houston, Philadelphia or Portland, is how he’d fit alongside another ball-dominant guard. That experiment didn’t play out all that well when the Bulls had both Butler and Derrick Rose sharing the backcourt, and reports bubbled to the surface about there being a bit of a power struggle because of the lack of clarity in their roles.There’d be no such question with the Clippers or Heat. And the Pistons and Blazers desperately need talent upgrades to enhance their standing in their respective conferences — something that’s especially true of Portland, even if there would be questions about Butler’s fit with Damian Lillard.Few NBA players can impact a game the way Butler can. But given what we know about the talented guard, only a few teams would be smart to move heaven and earth to trade for him right now. 15– *Regular season onlySource: Basketball-Reference.com James Harden37.0– read more

Ohio State track brings in best recruiting class in years

When announcing the signings of nine recruits who will be coming to Ohio State as members of the men’s track and field team next season, OSU interim coach Ed Beathea said he believes the future of the team he is coaching is bright. “This is the best recruiting class we have put together in my time at Ohio State,” Beathea said in a press release. OSU will welcome a broad range of recruits in its incoming class. The class includes five athletes from Ohio, but also adds four out-of-state recruits. Among the class are three distance runners, two sprinters, one hurdler, two throwers and one multi-event athlete. Donovan Robertson, a hurdler from Berea, Ohio, headlines the class. Robertson, the 2011 Ohio Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year, has many accomplishments to his name. This year, Robertson set the indoor national record in the 60-meter hurdles, completing the event in 7.57 seconds. Robertson is also the defending state outdoor champion in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, and was named to the 2011 USA Today All-USA track and field team. Beathea said he recognized the significance of signing Robertson. “Donovan is one of the most talented signees in OSU history,” Beathea said in the press release. “He will have an instant impact on our conference and the country.” The group of in-state recruits is also highlighted by distance runners. Steven Weaver, from Napoleon, was the 2011 Division II state champion in the outdoor mile run and in cross country. The team also added Nicolas Pupino of Copley and Jordan Redd of Fairborn. Jack Kincade from Hilliard is the fifth in-state recruit in the class. Kincade scored 6,243 points in the decathlon last season, which was the sixth-best decathlon score among all high school athletes nationwide in 2011. OSU also lured four recruits from farther east to come west. Champ Page, a sprinter from Marlboro, Md., is a six-time Maryland state champion. Page finished the 2012 indoor season with times that ranked second nationally in the 300-meter dash with 33.93 seconds, third in the 500 meter with 63.71 seconds, and 11th in the 400 meter with 48.28 seconds. Justin Burke, a sprinter from Virginia Beach, Va., is a two-time defending outdoor state champion in the 100-meter dash, as well as in the 200 meter and 400 meter. Two throwers will also come to the Buckeyes from other states. Joseph Velez, from Providence, R.I., is joined by javelin thrower Billy Stanley from South Park, Pa. Assistant coach Kevin Mannon praised both incoming throwers. “(Velez) has the ability to make an immediate impact on the Big Ten and NCAA championships in 2013,” Mannon said in a press release. “Billy has already thrown a mark that can score at the Big Ten championships, so we expect him to be a major player for us in 2013.” read more

Kane the big threat for England – Courtois

first_imgBelgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expecting Harry Kane to be England’s biggest threat in the World Cup in Russia ahead of their group stage clashThe Red Devils will face off against England in their final game of Group G.Kane, who was recently appointed the new England captain by Gareth Southgate, has scored 108 goals in his 139 Premier League games over the past five seasons after breaking into the Tottenham team.The 24-year-old had his most productive season in front of goal for Spurs this season with 30 league goals and Courtois is well aware that Kane cannot be taken lightly.“England have a team with a lot of individual talent, you’ll have to watch out for several players,” said Courtois, according to Goal.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But the one who scores almost 30 goals every year is Harry Kane. He is the most dangerous.”The Chelsea goalkeeper is disappointed by Mohamed Salah’s expected absence in their friendly against Egypt on Wednesday, in what he hopes will provide Belgium with a similar test to what they faced with Tunisia.“It’s a shame we can’t play against the best team [of Egypt] because they will play without their best player,” he said.“I think Egypt has a good team. Obviously, with or without Salah, it’s different.“But it will be a good game and a good test, hopefully a match similar to that against Tunisia.”last_img read more

Pogba believes United has rediscovered itself

first_imgManchester United footballer Paul Pogba believes that his team is back to the place they belong, thanks to interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.After Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Manchester United, the board of directors appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim coach.And with him, the Red Devils have won their six matches played so far.This is why footballer Paul Pogba believes his team is returning to the place they belong, thanks to Solskjaer.“The way we are playing we have more possession of the ball. We know more where to attack and where to go. We have more of a pattern of play and more of a structure,” Pogba told Sky Sports News.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“That makes it easier for everyone. So I would not say it is only myself. Yes, I have scored a few goals and had a few assists but it is all the team [that deserves credit].”“It was great for us. It was great to show we are coming back and getting closer to the top,” Pogba said. “We needed points and we showed that we could beat a big team,” he added.“I wouldn’t say [we had] luck because you create your own luck. David did his job and I thank him for that.”“I think the team performance was great. We played against a good team. You cannot say they are not a good team because they have top players,” Pogba commented.“It was a great game and it was a good victory for us.”last_img read more

WestJet case threatens 26 years no measles in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#26yearsnomeaslesinTCIthreatened, #magneticmedianews, #WestJetcrewmeaslesscare Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 11, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Health explains that the possible reintroduction of measles into the country through an airline worker last month is being taken seriously and an investigation into the potential impact was launched.   The crew member from WestJest who was confirmed to have measles did not deplane when the flight from Canada landed in Providenciales.The information comes following the Ministry of Health’s investigation into the case, unofficially reported to them, but confirmed by the Canadian Public Health Agency through the assistance of PAHO.   A worker for WestJest on March 24 flew into Provo and was days later found to have had measles.   The crew member worked seven flights, and although the crew member did not deplane, because of the contact with passengers, who were visitors in the island, it is still necessary for the surveillance system to be vigilant and extra sensitive to detect any secondary cases early.Measles has not been seen in the TCI for 26 years explained the Ministry of Health, which also reported that 95% of residents are covered with the MMR vaccine.   The Surveillance team called the possible re-introduction of measles a threat to the resident population and to the over one million guests who visit annually.Health is asking anyone who believes they may have been exposed to measles to contact a primary health care clinic nurse, right away.#MagneticMediaNews#26yearsnomeaslesinTCIthreatened#WestJetcrewmeaslesscarelast_img read more

Luis Enrique decries after defeat says football was unfair to Spain

first_imgSpain’s manager Luis Enrique laments they were cheated by football in the last minute after his side’s loss to Croatia in yesterday’s Nations League match.Croatia defeated Luis Enrique’s national team 3-2 but he believes his team were better and deserved more.“It was a great second half from both teams,” said the Coach via Football Espana after La Roja’s defeat in the Nations League.“We were much better than in the first, where we didn’t pose much of a threat because of the many inaccuracies in our play.”“The team deserved more, certainly not a defeat. Their first goal came from a mistake, the second was from a set-piece and their last one was lucky as it came when both teams were going for it.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Obviously it would’ve been much better to win. We did some good things in the second half, but they opted to play on the break and not press very high.”“That shows it was a very, very difficult group. We obviously didn’t expect these two defeats, but we still have a chance going into the last game. If Croatia and England draw, Spain will go through.”“Obviously I’m concerned about the things we have to adjust, like after every game. I really liked the team in the second half.”“We came back twice and deserved something from it. We hit the woodwork and it’s incredible that some of our chances didn’t go in.”“I don’t think football was fair to us tonight.”last_img read more

Dhoom 4 Will Salman Khans loss be Baahubali star Prabhas gain

first_imgSalman Khan and Prabhas.PR HandoutAfter Salman Khan refused to act in Dhoom 4, the movie seems to have fallen into the laps of Tollywood star Prabhas, who became the heartthrob of millions with the Baahubali series.If the latest rumours are to be believed, Prabhas has been approached for the antagonist role in Dhoom 4. It is said that the Yash Raj Films, which had considered him for the role initially, had changed plans at some point of time and held talks with Salman Khan.Well, Salman Khan reportedly turned down the offer as he was not keen to do a negative character. Thereafter, the names of Ranbir Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan had surfaced. Now, it looks like these two could not take up the projects for one or the other reason and the makers have now returned to their earlier plans and approached Prabhas.The Dhoom franchise is all about bikes and babes with a cat-and-mouse game between the thief and the cops. John Abraham, Hrithik Roshan and Aamir Khan had played the well-built stylish villains.Prabhas too has such charming personality and can bring a lot of freshness to the franchise, say industry insiders.While the baddies have been changing in every film, Abhishek Bachchan as a thief-nabbing cop with the support of his sidekick Ali (Uday Chopra) has been the permanent member in the franchise. A section of Bollywood media had reported that the Junior Bachchan would be replaced by Ranveer Singh, but there is no official word on it.The first and third instalments were directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, while Sanjay Gadhvi helmed the second part in the Dhoom franchise. The fourth instalment is rumoured to be directed, once again, by Acharya.Coming back to Prabhas, he is busy with Saaho. The shooting of the movie is almost completed and it will hit the screens in August. After this film, he will be moving on to KK Radha Krishna’s film, produced by UV Creations.last_img read more

Quader to return home in 2 weeks

first_imgObaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, who is now undergoing treatment in Singapore, will return home after two weeks.“If there is no problem in his (Quader’s) health, then he will return home after two weeks,” Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Bridges Division Sheikh Walid Faiz told BSS Wednesday.He said specialized physicians in Singapore advised Quader for taking rest enough.However, before leaving for London Wednesday morning, prime minister Sheikh Hasina talked to Obaidul Quader and inquired about his physical condition. During the conversation, Quader informed the prime minister of his present state of heath, the PRO quoted as saying.Earlier, Quader admitted to the Bangladesh Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on 3 March, following breathing complications. Later, he was flown to Singapore on 4 March and admitted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital.last_img read more

Coalition To Dampen Houston Heights Dry Zone Kicks Off Election Campaign

first_imgFlorian MartinSteve Reilley with the Houston Heights Beverage Coalition speaks during a campaign kickoff event.If you live between West 27th Street, White Oak Bayou, Dian and Gostick streets in the Heights, you can’t buy alcohol in your neighborhood.That’s thanks to an ordinance from 1912.In August, the City Council voted to place a referendum on the ballot to lift the ban on the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption.Steve Reilley leads the Houston Heights Beverage Coalition, which collected more than 1,700 signatures on a petition to overturn the ban. He, together with city council members and representatives from the retail industry, kicked off the official campaign for a yes vote.They’ll have to convince at least half of the estimated 10,500 voters who live here.Considering there is no organized opposition, this sounds like an easy task but Reilley says they’re not taking it for granted.“In Houston/Harris County, a November ballot in a presidential year is very, very, very long,” he says. “And so this one is literally going to be the last thing, the bottom of the ballot on that November ballot, so we have to get the word out.”He says there’s also some misinformation about what the ordinance would do. It doesn’t repeal the original law that established the ban but merely allows for beer and wine to be sold in stores.It’s something grocers like HEB would benefit from.The grocery store chain has been negotiating a lease for a 4-acre property on North Shepherd Street. But HEB’s Houston president Scott McClelland says a lifting on the ban is crucial for them to move forward.“It’s tough when both beer and wine are such big sellers and so important to our overall success of a store,” he says. “So we’re counting on this vote passing.”Some concerns that have been raised about the change include that it could attract homeless people to loiter outside stores and that it would invite more unwanted new development in the historic area.If the referendum passes, nothing changes for restaurants or bars in the area. They will still have to circumvent the law by signing customers up for private drinking clubs if they want to sell alcohol to them.To see a map of the Heights’ “dry” area, go here. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:31 Share Listenlast_img read more

As New York Probes Business Deals Trump Cries HARASSERS

first_imgBy MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general has opened a civil investigation into President Donald Trump’s business dealings, acting after his former personal lawyer and fixer told Congress that he exaggerated his wealth to obtain loans. Trump tweeted an apparent response Tuesday night, decrying his home state and its governor as “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSERS.”Attorney General Letitia James issued subpoenas Monday to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank seeking records related to four Trump real estate projects and his failed 2014 bid to buy the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, according to a person familiar with the inquiry.In this Jan. 6, 2019 file photo, Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, smiles during an inauguration ceremony in New York. James has opened a civil investigation into President Donald Trump’s business dealings, taking action after his former lawyer told Congress he exaggerated his wealth to obtain loans. A person familiar with the inquiry said James issued subpoenas Monday, March 11, to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank seeking records related to four Trump real estate projects and his failed 2014 bid to buy the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The New York Times first reported the subpoenas.Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, told Congress in late February that Trump exaggerated his wealth on financial statements provided to Deutsche Bank when he was trying to obtain financing to buy the Bills.Cohen told a House committee it was common for Trump to overstate his wealth when dealing with the news media or banks and for him to understate it when it came time to pay his taxes.“New York State and its Governor, Andrew Cuomo, are now proud members of the group of PRESIDENTIAL HARASSERS,” Trump tweeted . “No wonder people are fleeing the State in record numbers. The Witch Hunt continues!”Cuomo’s office didn’t immediately respond.Deutsche Bank said in a statement that it remains “committed to cooperating with authorized investigations.” Messages left with New Jersey-based Investors Bank and the Trump Organization were not immediately returned.The subpoenas issued by the attorney general seek loan applications, as well as mortgages, credit lines and other documents related to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., buildings in Chicago and New York and a golf course in the Miami area.Several Congressional committees have also requested documents from Deutsche Bank. California Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat and head of the House Financial Services Committee, said last week that the bank is cooperating.Deutsche Bank has been one of the few major banks willing to regularly lend to Trump, whose past financial troubles scared off large New York banks. Trump’s company borrowed billions of dollars from the German bank over the years.In May, five Democratic members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan asking the bank to turn in any records relating to Trump’s accounts and any ties to Russia. The bank refused, saying it had to respect legal requirements to keep client data private.James, a Democrat newly elected to office, pledged to look into Trump’s business practices, saying after her victory last November that she’d be “shining a bright light into every dark corner of his real estate dealings and every dealing.”Trump has complained that James is waging a politically motivated vendetta against him. Her office is also overseeing a lawsuit against a Trump charitable foundation. James’ predecessors sued Trump over the operations of Trump University, his real estate school.Previously, a different New York state agency, which regulates insurance companies, launched an inquiry into Cohen’s allegations that Trump also misled insurance companies about his financial worth.Trump has said Cohen is lying to try to get out of a prison sentence for tax evasion, campaign finance violations, making false statements to banks and lying to Congress.__Follow Michael Sisak at twitter.com/mikesisaklast_img read more

Early age drinking linked to alcohol dependence

first_imgEarly onset of drinking and intoxication may lead to heavy drinking and alcohol dependence among people, warn researchers from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in the US. Researchers concluded this in a study on the correlation between early age (less than 15 years) and contexts of first intoxication such as one’s own home, friends’ homes or outdoor settings, and the problems that arise in these contexts. For research, team studied 405 adolescent (aged 15-18 years) drinkers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to the findings, published in the journal Substance Use & Misuse, about one-third of adolescent drinkers experienced their first intoxication by the age of 15, about one-third experienced it after 15, and about one-third had consumed alcohol but never to the stage of intoxication. In addition, drinkers reported drinking most frequently at homes, followed by outdoor settings, and then in restaurants, bars or nightclubs. The early age of first intoxication was found to be strongly linked to drinking in outdoor settings. The results of the study emphasise importance of contexts in early alcohol initiation and the resulting problems to inform development of preventive interventions specific to contexts, said Lipperman-Kreda, a researcher from the varsity. To prevent or delay early onset of drinking, more should be known about the modifiable circumstances that enable these behaviours, the study suggested.last_img read more

July 27 1999 Paradox Director Ron Anastasia and D

first_imgJuly 27, 1999Paradox Director Ron Anastasia and Dr. Chris King from New Zealand exchange ideasin the Paradox Lab. Photos by: Doctress Neutopialast_img

Rep Franz welcomes granddaughter to State of the State address

first_img20Jan Rep. Franz welcomes granddaughter to State of the State address Categories: Featured news,News Tags: #SB, Franz, HD101, MISOTS16 center_img LANSING, MI – Onekama lawmaker State Rep. Ray Franz, right, welcomed granddaughter Meghan Franz, left, to the House chamber tonight to hear Gov. Rick Snyder’s State the State address.“It is a true blessing to have my granddaughter here with me tonight to share in this experience,” Rep. Franz said. “Like so many Michigan families across the state, family comes first and my family means everything to me. This is also a great opportunity for Meghan to see what her grandpa really does in Lansing. This will be the last address I attend in the House chambers as state representative and I couldn’t think of a better person I’d rather have at my side than Meghan.”Meghan Franz is originally from Toledo, Ohio and is currently a sophomore at Northwood University studying marketing and finance. “I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to attend the State of the State with my Grandpa,” Meghan said.  “He has served his constituents with dignity and integrity and I am so proud of him.”######last_img read more

The Estádio do Dragão Portuguese cable and pay TV

first_imgThe Estádio do DragãoPortuguese cable and pay TV operator Nos has teamed up with Samsung and Sport TV to broadcast a football match in virtual reality.Viewers equipped with Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headsets were able to watch the match between FC Porto and Benfica at the Estádio do Dragão yesterday in the format.Nos claimed a world first for the live broadcast in VR, using five cameras to enable viewers to choose different angles to watch the game, providing a 360-degree experience.The experience was made available to viewers in the Samsung store at the Fórum Almada and at the Nos theatre in the Shopping Colombo centre.Nos transmitted the match over fibre and a 1Gbps 4G network, using 300Mbps of dedicated capacity.“The Portuguese League is immensely proud to associate to these partners and to this revolutionary initiative in watching a football match. The match opposing FC Porto and Benfica will surely be followed by an even greater number of viewers, to add to the thousands of fans that will be at Estádio do Dragão and to the millions that will watch it at home, on the television. Portuguese professional football and all the emotion it offers will now be taken to a never before seen level,” said Pedro Proença, the president of the Portuguese league, ahead of the match.“We are aware that football is a passion point for the Portuguese people, which means that this initiative, the first of its kind worldwide, has all it takes to allow the users access to an experience that promises to change the way we look at live broadcasts,” said Frederico Paiva, business manager of Samsung Portugal.last_img read more