Visually challenged chess player’s feat goes unnoticed

first_imgThe sporting feat of a budding visually challenged chess sensation has gone completely unnoticed and unrewarded at a time when stellar performances of Odia athletes in the just-concluded Asian Games in Indonesia were widely acclaimed both by the State government and the private sector. Twenty-year-old Soundarya Kumar Pradhan won a silver medal at the 10th IBCA World Individual Junior Chess Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired held in Poland in the third week of August. His feat assumes even greater significance considering the financial and infrastructure obstacles he faced in his journey from Boden in Odisha’s Nuapada district – one of the poorest and most backward regions of the country. “For a visually challenged, it was never easy to travel to Poland and compete with the best in the game. It hurts when nobody comes forward and pats your back when you bring laurels for the country against all odds,” rued Mr. Soundarya. He was a born with Leber congenital amaurosis, a disease genetically passed through families. It, however, did not deter him from dreaming. Initiated into chess at the age of four, Mr. Soundarya has been performing consistently in the game. He emerged as the champion at the national level on a couple of occasions and also won the bronze at the Asia Pacific Chess Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired held in Karnataka in 2017 before clinching the silver last month.When Mr. Soundarya was finally felicitated by Lex Publicio, a Bhubaneswar-based law firm, here on Monday, he said it would be difficult to move ahead without support. Recently, Odia sprinter Dutee Chand was awarded ₹ 3 crore for her double silver in the Asian Games, while four members of the Indian women hockey team were given ₹1 crore each for coming second.last_img read more

Hiding details evokes criticism in J&K

first_imgThe authorities have decided not to publicise the details of candidates contesting in elections to urban local bodies in volatile pockets in the Kashmir valley “due to security reasons,” evoking sharp reactions from political parties.“Lack of transparency will only bring disrepute to the institution of democracy. It seems former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s legacy is being reversed. Mr. Vaypayee, as prime minister, ensured fair elections in J&K and allowed peoples’ representatives to come up. This saw a new hope emerging among people, who started looking up to elections as a credible exercise. In the process, mainstream political parties, too, gained an important space despite Kashmir’s complex situation,” senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Nayeem Akhtar told The Hindu. He described the situation in J&K as “worse than the 1990s.” “It’s getting worse than 1990s, with non-locals being fielded as candidates in many wards. They may have visited the area for the first time on the day of the nominations. The way the elections are held goes against tenets of democracy,” said Mr. Akhtar.All major regional parties, including the PDP and the National Conference, have decided to boycott polls, leaving the Jammu & Kashmir People’s Conference (J&KPC), the Congress and the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) as major players in the fray. “The credibility of the poll process has been badly affected. No candidate has filed a nomination in 177 wards. In 215 wards, candidates have been declared [elected] unopposed. It speaks volumes about the power-thirsty BJP imposing [on the] elections. What will be the credibility of these polls, when even finding a candidate to contest has become difficult?” asked Congress vice president and MLC G.N. Monga .Details concealed Contrary to J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra’s directive to returning officers “to paste details of contesting candidates on notice boards”, scores of wards in south and north Kashmir have decided against it. “Candidates have pleaded with us that their lives will be in danger in case their details are made public. In many wards, we decided against publicising it,” a south Kashmir-based official told The Hindu. In the wake of militant threats, several independent candidates on Thursday held a press conference in Srinagar. They claimed they were “not getting any response from the government over security. The property of two candidates have been attacked by unknown men in the past 24 hours in the Valley with petrol bombs.”However, Additional Director General Police-Law and Order (ADGP) Muneer Ahmad Khan said many contestants have been put up in hired hotels, guarded by heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces. About 3,000 candidates are in the fray across J&K for elections to 1,145 wards across 79 municipal bodies, starting October 8.last_img read more

Recruitment racket of NSCN (IM) busted in Nagaland, two held

first_imgSecurity forces have busted a recruitment racket of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) in Nagaland and rescued 32 people during an operation, an official said. Two cadres of the outfit were arrested in this connection.Based on a specific input that a group of people was being taken by NSCN (IM) cadres to Aopao camp in Mon district, a joint team of the Army and the Assam Rifles intercepted a vehicle on Mon-Aboi road on November 21 and foiled the bid, Defence PRO Lt. Col. Sumit Sharma said.Two NSCN (IM) cadres were apprehended and 32 people hailing from Laokkun, Tizit town, Jaboka, Nokzang, Hatothi (Naginimora) and Chingphoi villages were rescued.The people had been lured by the outfit on the pretext of providing jobs, he said.Two accused were handed over to the police on November 22 for further investigation, the PRO added.last_img read more

Banal fuels Flying V’s perfect run

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments In the second game, Cignal HD beat AMA Online Education, 86-76, with Davon Potts dropping 17 points and three rebounds in his best game yet for the Hawkeyes.Pamboy Raymundo added 16 points and two assists, while Raymar Jose had a near double-double with 12 points and nine boards to help the Hawkeyes climb to 3-2.Potts dropped eight points in the period to put his squad up early, 22-16. —CARLO ANOLIN, KRISTOFER PURNELLADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, firecenter_img LATEST STORIES Gab Banal. PBA IMAGESGab Banal’s impressive performance powered Flying V Thunder to a 107-96 rout of Wangs Basketball as the Thunder stayed on top of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig Tuesday.The 26-year-old bruiser led the Thunder with 29 points, 11 rebounds and four assists to keep their record unblemished at 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Flying V coach Eric Altamirano commended Banal’s consistency in the game.“He was our spark and he took it upon himself to shut down (Robbie) Herndon in the second half,” he said. “But all in all, it was a collective effort from our players.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBanal was pivotal in the game as he started an 11-0 run in the third quarter that helped the Thunder pull away from the Couriers, 86-80, after a slow first half where Herndon put up 20 of his 24 points to lead the scoring for Wangs.Bucking early foul troubles, former La Salle standout Jeron Teng contributed 20 points, six assists and four boards. How much does the PBA owe Mr. Bobong?last_img read more

Another year, another set of titles; Advani rules cue sports

first_imgBy Aparajita UpadhyayNew Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) Rarely does a sport become synonymous with an individual but Pankaj Advani has been just that to cue sports in India for a long time and this year was no different as he claimed a couple of more world titles to add to his legend.The 32-year-old has been juggling billiards and snooker quite efficiently for over a decade now. His performance, in fact, has come to define Indian cue sports and he lived upto expectations in 2017 as well, taking his world title count to 18.In July, Advani led India A to a gold in the finals of the Asian Team Snooker Championship, held in Kyrgyzstan. The winning team comprising Advani, Laxman Rawat, and Malkeet Singh demolished Pakistan 3-0 in an exciting final.Asked how it felt to outclass arch-rivals Pakistan, Advani brushed aside Indias fiercest foe as any other opponent and focused on his first ever team trophy.”Every opponent is equal for us. But the pressure and expectation of the people are a lot higher with Pakistan. If we are winning a tournament we would rather go out and beat the best to claim victory,” Advani told PTI.”It was extremely satisfying to win that event as it was the first time I was part of a team that lifted the championship trophy,” he said.Adding to his exploits globally, Advani also became the only Indian male cueist to hold the national billiards and snooker titles.However, 2017 also saw other Indian players make a mark, with 40-year-old Vidya Pillais silver medal at the World Womens Snooker Championship in Singapore being a high point.advertisementShe lost the match that went down to the wire to former World Champion Ng On Yee of Hong Kong.MPs Kamal Chawla also made the nation proud by reaching his maiden finals in the World 6 Reds Snooker championship. Although he lost to defending champion Darren Morgan of Wales 6-4, Chawla gave a gritty performance to claim the silver medal.But none came close to outshining Advani.”I wish I could tell you how difficult it is to win in the two formats (billiards and snooker). Everyone specialises in only one – either billiards or snooker and even that it is hard to win. It is very challenging for me and it is such challenges that I look forward to in my career,” the 32-year- old said.In choc-a-bloc November, the focus shifted to the IBSF World Billiards and Snooker Championships in Doha and once again Indias hopes were pinned on the Khel Ratna awardee.Thriving under pressure, Advani added two more world titles to his collection in the span of just two weeks.Advani clinched his 17th world title after he thrashed arch-rival Mike Russell of England in the IBSF World Billiards Championship.In a masterclass, the Indian ace clinically constructed lethal breaks to completely dismantle his longstanding rival to defend the 150-up format title he had won in Bengaluru last year.However, the 17-time world champion settled for bronze in the long-up format of the IBSF World Billiards Championship after losing to Russell, who he had defeated in the point format of the game earlier, in the semifinals.After a memorable outing in the World Billiards with a gold and bronze, Advani had only a day to switch from the 3- ball game to snooker.But Advani continued his good run by dishing out another superb performance to outclass Irans Amir Sarkhosh in the final for yet another title.His attacking game coupled with phenomenally tight safety play helped Advani secure his 18th World Championship title.”I took a break in September and in October I started my preparations. I did my homework, I was very hungry for victory and it showed in the results,” Advani said.Indian cue sports has plenty to look forward next year with youngsters like Rawat and Singh making a mark at the international stage and Chawla gaining his footing.As for Advani, he continues to be as eager and as hungry for titles as he has always been.”I have not put a number on how many word titles I want to win. Putting a number limits oneself. I want to be relentless, someone who makes their own style as they go,” Advani said. PTI APA PM PMlast_img read more

Belichick Deflects Deflated Balls Blame

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Jan. 22 he doesn’t know how footballs became deflated during the game that got his team to the Super Bowl.But Belichick declined to answer questions after saying he knew nothing about accusations that his team cheated with underinflated footballs in its win against the Colts in the AFC championship game.The NFL is investigating. “I had no knowledge of this situation until Monday morning,” said Belichick, who said he was “shocked” to learn the news.“I would say I’ve learned a lot more about this process in the last three days than I knew or have talked about it in the last 40 years that I’ve coached in this league,” Belichick said. “I had no knowledge of the various steps involved in the game balls and process that went through.”Belichick did not specify who in the Patriots organization was responsible for the underinflated balls, or absolve anyone besides himself of potential wrongdoing.Softer balls are generally considered easier to throw and catch, and quarterbacks, specialists and equipment managers are known to have very individualized preferences in how footballs are readied for games. Belichick said he was unaware of the process for game balls until the accusations were raised.Belichick says he sometimes hears quarterbacks, kickers and other specialists talk about their preferences.“I can tell you and they will tell you that there is never any sympathy from me whatsoever on that subject. Zero,” Belichick said.Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is expected to address reporters later.Belichick says the Patriots going forward will inflate footballs to a safe level to prevent them from dropping below allowable air pressure during games.“We will take steps in the future to make sure that we don’t put ourselves in this type of situation again,” he said.The coach who has won three Super Bowls said he generally forces players to practice under bad ball conditions.“Anytime players complain about the quality of the footballs, I make it worse and that stops the complaints,” he said.The issue has drawn strong reaction from around the game and its fans as the Patriots prepare to play the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona, for the NFL title.Belichick declined to answer several questions after his opening remarks at his press conference, answering several questions by saying: “I’ve told you everything I know,” and “I don’t have an explanation.”___(HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bees can count with just 4 brain cells, says study

first_imgBees can solve seemingly clever counting tasks with very small numbers of nerve cells in their brains, according to a study.Understanding how bees countIn order to understand how bees count, the researchers at Queen Mary University of London simulated a very simple miniature ‘brain’ on a computer with just four nerve cells — far fewer than a real bee has.To model the input to the brain, the researchers analysed the point of view of a bee as it flies close to the countable objects and inspects them one-by-one.The ‘brain’ could easily count small quantities of items when inspecting one item closely and then inspecting the next item closely and so on, which is the same way bees count.The results showed the simulated brain was able to make reliable estimates on the number of items on display when provided with the actual visual input that the bee is receiving while carrying out the task.This differs from humans who glance at all the items and count them together.Also read | Are bees capable of ending the human race?Bees’ clever behaviourIn the study, published in the journal iScience, the researchers propose that this clever behaviour makes the complex task of counting much easier, allowing bees to display impressive cognitive abilities with minimal brainpower.Bees can even differentiate numbersPrevious studies have shown bees can count up to four or five items, can choose the smaller or the larger number from a group and even choose ‘zero’ against other numbers when trained to choose ‘less’.They might have achieved this not by understanding numerical concepts, but by using specific flight movements to closely inspect items which then shape their visual input and simplifies the task to the point where it requires minimal brainpower.Using the intelligence of beesThis finding demonstrates that the intelligence of bees, and potentially other animals, can be mediated by very small nerve cells numbers, as long as these are wired together in the right way.The study could also have implications for artificial intelligence because efficient autonomous robots will need to rely on robust, computationally inexpensive algorithms, and could benefit from employing insect-inspired scanning behaviours.Inspection strategies used by animals”Our model shows that even though counting is generally thought to require high intelligence and large brains, it can be easily done with the smallest of nerve cell circuits connected in the right manner,” said Vera Vasas from the university.advertisement”Careful examination of the actual inspection strategies used by animals might reveal that they often employ active scanning behaviours as shortcuts to simplify complex visual pattern discrimination tasks. Hopefully, our work will inspire others to look more closely not just at what cognitive tasks animals can solve, but also at how they are solving them,” added Vasas.Professor Lars Chittka, leader of the team in which the study was performed, said: “These findings add to the growing body of work showing that seemingly intelligent behaviour does not require large brains, but can be underpinned with small neural circuits that can easily be accommodated into the microcomputer that is the insect brain.”Bees v/s humansBrain size matters a lot when it comes to beesThey have only one million nerve cells in total, so they have precious little brainpower, and must implement very efficient computational algorithms to solve tasks.In comparison, humans have 86 billion nerve cells which are responsible for receiving information and sending commandsAlso read | The mighty bees: From insane learning abilities to playing sportsInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

$573 Million Allocated for Basic Needs Trust Fund

first_imgThe Government has significantly increased its allocation to the Basic Needs Trust Fund to $573 million in the 2019/20 fiscal year, from $163 million in 2018/19.This was disclosed by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, as he opened the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Thursday (March 7).Financed by grant resources from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Fund seeks to improve access to quality education and human resource development in low-income and vulnerable communities.“This includes upgrades to rural primary schools and support to micro community enterprises,” Dr. Clarke said.He noted that 14 projects will be undertaken throughout the next financial year in select communities across Jamaica.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport was allocated $126 million to facilitate the establishment of two new centres for women, who are victims of domestic violence, which will become available by the end of 2019/20 fiscal year.“We will then have one centre to serve parishes in each of the three counties – Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey,” Dr. Clarke said.last_img read more

Dawson College looking to make Indigenous Awareness Days annual event

first_imgAPTN National NewsDawson College in Montreal hosted its first ever Indigenous Awareness Days.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has the story.last_img

Jammu Car explodes in Banihal CRPF bus damaged

first_imgA powerful blast in a Santro car under mysterious circumstances caused panic along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Peer Moth near Jawahar Tunnel in Banihal Saturday morning. Giving details, sources said the blast appears to have been caused by an LPG cylinder inside the vehicle. The car was coming from Srinagar side, sources said, adding that the blast occurred around 11.30 am when it hit a CRPF bus from behind. The CRPF in a statement said, “An explosion took place in a civil car near Banihal while CRPF convoy was on move. The car caught fire and slight damage was caused in the rear of one of the CRPF vehicle. No injuries were caused to CRPF Personnel. Incident being investigated in respect to all possible angles.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details IGP Jammu zone M K Sinha said that experts have rushed to the spot and nothing can be said about the cause of blast until they examine the site. “Yes, there is an exploded cylinder along with an unexploded one found at the blast site,” he said, adding that no one in the CRPF bus has been injured. While the car was destroyed, there was slight damage to the CRPF vehicle. No one was injured as the car first caught fire before the blast, sources said. The driver of the Santro car had jumped out of the vehicle and escaped. A search operation is underway. (Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img read more

Former United Airlines flight attendant will plead guilty to making bomb threat

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Former United Airlines flight attendant will plead guilty to making bomb threat against plane by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Aug 21, 2013 1:02 pm MDT DALLAS – A former United Airlines flight attendant has agreed to plead guilty to making a bomb threat against a United jet flying between London and Los Angeles.The man’s attorney said that United had declined to investigate the man’s claims that a male supervisor sexually harassed him.A United spokeswoman confirmed that the man had worked for the airline but declined to comment further. The man had been hired by American Airlines to become a flight attendant shortly before he was arrested.According to court documents, Patrick Cau used pay phones near his Los Angeles home and around the country to make threats against six United flights between last October and January. One call went to a United crew-scheduling number, the others to 911.Under an agreement filed last week in federal district court in Los Angeles, Cau will plead guilty to one count of making a bomb threat against a plane. Cau, who also goes by the name Patrick Kaiser, is expected to enter a plea Monday and be sentenced this fall.The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, although federal prosecutors agreed to recommend a lesser sentence. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles did not return calls for comment.Cau agreed to pay restitution — United said it lost $267,912 because the flights were delayed or cancelled after the threats — and, as a German citizen, he also faces possible deportation.His attorney, John Duran, said that Cau worked for United for 15 years and rose to the position of purser or head flight attendant. Duran said Cau filed a sexual-harassment case against a male supervisor, but the case “didn’t go anywhere.”“There was an actual basis for his unhappiness with United,” Duran said. “He’s a good guy who made some really poor decisions.”Cau was indicted in May and remains in custody. Duran said his immigration status made him ineligible for bail.In February, American accepted Cau into its training program for new flight attendants. He began training in March but was fired in April after his name appeared on a government no-fly list, said Matt Miller, a spokesman for American.Miller said the company checked Cau’s background for any criminal record and whether he was on the government’s no-fly list, but nothing turned up.“My understanding is he was added to the list after” the airline’s background check, Miller said. “That was the first red flag.”A spokesman for the U.S. Terrorist Screening Center, which maintains the no-fly list, said the agency wouldn’t say why or whether an individual is on the list.Miller said Cau travelled on two flights during training and may have served drinks to passengers but would not have performed any duties related to safety or security.___Follow David Koenig at read more

Beach Handball gets first Mediterranean champions

← Previous Story FLYING DANES: SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel in the biggest handball derby! Next Story → Norwegian Elverum are the last member of EHF Champions League! Beach handball Italian city of Pescara was host of Beach Handball competition within first Mediterranean Beach Games. After 4 days of the matches where the spectatores were able to see many of them on top level, gold medals won teams of Italy by winning Greece in female and national team of Tunisia in male competition (defeated Cyprus by 2:1). In female competition, silver goes to Greece and bronze to Turkey.Within male teams, second best is Cyprus, while bronze goes to the team of Turkey that won against greece in the third place match.One of the bigest legacy of this I edition of Med Beach Games is the fact that there were present some new beach teams as Malta, Algeria and Albania and as well some that turn back to Beach Handball as Slovenia. It is the proof that development of this handball discipline is very fast and that next edition of those Games will be one of the world Beach Handball competition with highest quality in both female and male competition.It is important to underline that although many of top Beach Handball Mediterranean (Croatia, Serbia, Spain) nations didn’t take part on this multisport competition, our beach sport was sport with the biggest number of competitors within all Med. games.Mostly of the matches is possible to see now on Internet and we offer you to see two semifinals: between Greece & Tunisia in female competition – , as Turkey and Tunisia in men’s- . read more

About 9500 homes lost power as wild weather wreaks havoc on Christmas

first_imgUpdated 1.50pmIRISH FERRIES HAS cancelled its swift sailings between Dublin and Holyhead that were due to bring passengers home for Christmas today and tomorrow.The company said it would be able to accommodate customers on its cruise vessels. The departures of the swift sailings were cancelled because of “adverse weather conditions”.Another night of strong and gusty winds created more problems for ESB Networks which had crews out at a number of faults across the west and south of the country this morning.Worst affected areas include Cork and Wexford. In Wexford, more than 2,500 customers lost power after midnight in one fault area.Service has returned to normal for the majority of properties.Faults and service interruptions as of 9.15am today. (Image: ESB Networks)Met Éireann has predicted further showers today – of the hail, sleet and thundery kind. However, there could also be good sunny spells in the east and south.Highest temperatures will be four to eight degrees.More wintery showers are expected tonight, as well as a sharp frost and a risk of ice on untreated roads.Tomorrow morning will bring more rain and windy conditions.“It will become mainly dry for a time in the afternoon, but heavy showers will soon follow from the west,” the Met Éireann added.Remember, don’t blame it on the weatherman.First published at 9.19amRead: Wild weather knocks out power, leads to ferries being cancelledWATCH: Lightning strikes church in Clonmellast_img read more

Advertised salaries show 39 yearonyear rise for October 2018

first_imgAdvertised salaries have risen year-on-year for the first time in six months, showing a 3.9% increase in October 2018 when compared with the corresponding 2017 figures, according to the latest monthly report from job search engine Adzuna.Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, said: “It’s hopeful that real wages are on the way back up after months of decline. While overall salaries are up 3.9% year-on-year, we had expected to see more robust growth, but have our fingers crossed that this will be a springboard to build upon as we move into 2019.”Teaching tops the list of the best-performing job sectors by salary, with advertised pay increasing by 15% year-on-year, followed by the creative and design industry (8%), administration (7%), the legal industry (6.6%) and hospitality and catering (4.4%).Hunter said: “It’s pleasing to see tireless bar staff and waitresses receiving a jolly bump to their wages, just in time for the busy period. Hopefully, this will be some consolation for all the terrible jokes and loud behaviour acted out at Christmas work dos up and down the country over the next few weeks.”At the other end of the scale, jobs in the domestic and cleaning sector have seen the biggest year-on-year salary drop, at 7.2%, followed by graduate jobs (4%), scientific roles (3.9%), the retail industry (1.6%) and maintenance (1.6%).last_img read more

Elvis Costello Reveals Cancer Diagnosis Cancels European Tour Dates

first_img Email Elvis Costello Cancels European Tour Dates elvis-costello-reveals-cancer-diagnosis-cancels-european-tour-dates News Facebook Elvis Costello Reveals Cancer Diagnosis, Cancels European Tour Dates Read more The iconic singer/songwriter will forgo the final six dates of his summer tour to recover from surgeryNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 6, 2018 – 4:39 pm GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Elvis Costello has been forced to cancel the remaining six shows of his ongoing European tour after revealing he was recently diagnosed with cancer.The 63-year-old underwent surgery in May to remove a “small but aggressive cancerous malignancy” before beginning his summer tour. His doctors have urged him to sit out the upcoming dates to recover.“Six weeks ago my specialist called me and said, ‘You should start playing the Lotto,’” Costello said in a statement. “He had rarely, if ever, seen such a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy that could be defeated by a single surgery. I was elated and relieved that our European summer tour could go ahead.”Despite this initial optimism, Costello admitted he had to accept his recovery will take longer than he would have wished and apologized to ticketholders for the cancellations.”Post-surgical guidelines for such surgery, recommend three weeks to four weeks recovery, depending on whether you are returning to a desk job or an occupation that involves physical work or travel,” Costello continued. “It was impossible to judge how this advisory would line up with the demands on a traveling musician, playing 90-minute to two-hour-plus performances on a nightly basis, but by the time we reached the Edinburgh Playhouse, I was almost fooled into thinking that normal service had been resumed.” In the statement, Costello also reminded fans he and his band The Imposter have a “magnificent new record of which we are truly proud” on the way this October. Just last month, he announced the album and a fall North American tour to support it.A full list of scheduled tour dates can be found on Costello’s website, as fans of the songwriting icon from all over the world wish him a full and speedy recovery.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Twitter last_img read more

Baba Ramdevs Patanjali to expand business manufacture solar power equipment

first_imgTOUGH TIMES: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev and Managing Director of Patanjali Ayurved Acharya Balkrishna performing yoga. REUTERS/Amit DaveAfter gaining a considerable market share in the FMCG market space, self-styled Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved is planning to diversify its business, this time into the solar power equipment manufacturing.”Getting into solar is in line with the swadeshi movement. With solar, each household in India can have power supply, and we are here to make that happen,” Acharya Balkrishna, managing director of Patanjali Ayurved told Mint in an interview.Since its inception, Patanjali is cashing in on the “natural” or ayurvedic and ‘swadeshi’ label to scale up its business. The company was set up in 2006, has been a success story now, as it has grown at a dramatic pace, with revenue touching Rs 10,561 crore as of March 31, 2017, from Rs 2,006 crore in 2014-15.Patanjali’s decision to foray into solar power equipment manufacturing space comes when the central government is considering a 30 percent capital subsidy as part of a new solar manufacturing policy, reported the business daily.”The government has been working on the solar industry, and even offering sops. We will manufacture solar panels in India without compromising the quality. But we are not going to get into the price war with the Chinese solar panels,” Balkrishna explained.The government has also proposed a scheme—”rent a roof”, with an aim to support its ambitious plan of generating 40 gigawatts (GW) of solar power by 2022.Earlier this year, the firm acquired a navigation aid equipment manufacturing company, Advance Navigation and Solar Technologies. Baba Ramdev backed Patanjali plans to invest around Rs100 crore in solar equipment manufacturing.For manufacturing solar equipment, the firm has already chosen a factory unit in Greater Noida, it is expected to be functional in next three to four months, reported the business daily.”This started with our plan to use solar as a source of power at all our factories. That time we understood (that) most of the solar modules come from China. And there was no quality consistency even in India-made ones. We started with making solar modules for our captive use initially and then decided to utilize existing capacity to manufacture solar modules and sell in the market. This unit is at a nascent stage at the moment,” Balkrishna said.last_img read more

What The Future Holds For Houstons Automotive Industry

first_imgThe Houston Auto Show is billed as largest auto show of the South. In its 35th year, the 2018 show brings the public an opportunity to check out new vehicles from all the major automakers. It also brings the Houston automotive community together. Dealers, manufacturers, marketers, engineers, and media all converge on the show each year.That seems like a fine opportunity to talk with some of them about the state of the automotive industry and auto sales in Houston. In an interview from the floor of the Houston Auto Show, Houston Matters Host Craig Cohen talks with Bob Krapes, regional director for Chevrolet, Chris Poulos, owner of West Point Lincoln, and Steve McDowell, president of Infonation, which produces reports about — and for — the automotive industry. Sharelast_img read more

Baltimore County Public Library to Host Holiday Toy Drive

first_imgJoin the Baltimore County Public Library and help less fortunate children and families in the community. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to any branch or special program between Nov. 28 and Dec. 11. The gifts will be donated to various local charities benefitting the community.The toy drive is part of BCPL’s Connecting the Community initiative. “The Baltimore County Public Library is one of the most important and wonderful resources that you have at your disposal,” said BCPL Director Paula Miller. “We serve over 800,000 people. To have that much impact on people’s lives and on the communities that we are in is wonderful.”For more information, visit: www.bcpl.infolast_img

Hackers kill Glorious Leader the game with a buttkicking Kim Jong Un

first_imgIt’s a sad day, dongmu. Your hopes of stepping into the boots of Kim Jong Un and crushing foes in a side-scrolling run-and-gun have been dashed: development of Glorious Leader! has been cancelled by Moneyhorse Games.The studio fell victim to a hacker assault during which the intruders “destroyed data pertaining to Glorious Leader! and other projects [Moneyhorse] had in development.” The hack — as well as previous threats related to the game — prompted Moneyhorse to cancel their Kickstarter project last week.The hackers also seized control of the Moneyhorse website, leaving nothing more than a blank page with the title “Website unavailable” in its place. As a result, you may never get to gun down capitalist scum from the back of a flaming unicorn, team up with Dennis Rodman, or fire a bazooka at that pot-smoking scoundrel Seth Rogen.The last update on the Kickstarter project also acknowledges that the team “made mistakes in our pledge levels and rewards” and they had little hope of achieving their $55,00o funding goal. That’s prompted some commenters on the game’s Steam Greenlight page to speculate that Moneyhorse is trying to use the Sony hack as a convenient way out of having to deliver a product, citing previous delays and inactivity on their various feeds.Whatever the case may be, it’s an untimely end to what could have been a fun little send-up. One that managed to catch the attention of blogs around the web and mainstream media outlets like ABC and Time, too. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Glorious LeaderGlorious LeaderGlorious LeaderGlorious LeaderGlorious LeaderGlorious LeaderGlorious Leaderlast_img read more