Ravena gets shot at another gold for PH

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGunning for a record-setting fourth gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games, Kiefer Ravena feels blessed beyond belief as he was named to the Gilas Pilipinas roster on Tuesday.“I’m very honored. I have the chance to get my fourth gold medal and be the only one to do it, so I guess hopefully, I get to repay the trust that coach Chot (Reyes) has given me, especially that I’m one of the newcomers in the team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Beermen guards Cabagnot, Ross eye history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Ravena is no stranger to representing the country in the regional tilt, leading the country to the pole position in 2011, 2013, and 2015.And for the 6-foot playmaker, he was overwhelmed with the trust the national team backers has been giving him, as he gets a crack on topping the three gold medal haul in basketball previously set by Rommel Adducul from 1997 to 2001.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s been six years since I first played in the SEA Games. I was 17 years old then with coach Norman (Black). I’m very thankful for the opportunity that until now, I get a chance to represent a country in such a prestigious competition like the SEA Games,” he said.“This is something we really look forward to every two years, and in the SEA Games, we aspire to prove that we’re the best in terms of basketball in Southeast Asia.” Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ravena said that adjusting to the system isn’t really much of a concern given his familiarity with the dribble-drive system, which is almost the same scheme used in the past iterations of the national team.“It’s really not that hard for me since this is the system that we’ve been running in the past couple of SEA Games with coach Jong (Uichico) and coach Tab (Baldwin). So adjustment-wise, there’s nothing really big on it. I guess it’s more of the players, but again, I’m lucky that I’m familiar with these players who I’ve been teammates with and I’ve played against one way or another, so it’s easier for me,” he said.Ravena also isn’t going to the regional tilt as the lone veteran, with Kevin Ferrer and Bobby Ray Parks seeking their third gold medal, as well as Troy Rosario, Baser Amer, and Almond Vosotros eyeing their second.With this wealth of experience, the two-time UAAP MVP eyes to share the knowledge to SEA Games rookies, like Kobe Paras, as they seek to further extend the Philippines’ dominance in the said event.“I guess it’s very important to share that knowledge, share that glory which you could only feel in the SEA Games. It’s not gonna be a walk in the park, unlike what other people say that it’s already a sure-ball, because it won’t. The other countries are improving, so it’s important that we improve also,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage But Ravena knows this won’t be easy, with countries like Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia hungry to upset the Philippines come August 19 to 30 in Kuala Lumpur.“We’re in for a dogfight. I was watching the SEABA Championships here, and from what I’ve heard and what I saw, that was their preparation for the SEA Games. So some of the teams came to the SEABA Championships not really to win but to beat the Philippines in the SEA Games. So that’s bigger target on our backs. Each and everyone of us will be playing, and we have to be aware of that, and we have to see and really accept the fact that some of the teams are already improving. It won’t be as easy as before or the previous years,” he said.“As I said before 2011, they have a program that’s really set, that one of these years, can beat the Philippines. But we won’t let that happen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Glasgow CWG: Indian lifter Omkar Otari wins 69 kg bronze

first_imgIndian weightlifter Omkar Otari won the men’s 69 kg bronze medal late Saturday after he lifted a total weight of 296 kg at the Commonwealth Games.The gold went to Mohd Hafifi Mansor, who lifted a total of 305 kg, while Nigeria’s Yinka Ayenuwa took the silver with a lift of 302 kg at the Clyde auditorium.The 26-year-old helped India win its 17th medal at the Games and sixth from the discipline.Earlier Saturday, India had two won golds and three silvers from shooting and one bronze from judo.last_img read more

Premier League: Liverpool Win over Manchester City Suggests Long Wait May Come to an End

first_img AnfieldFabinhojurgen kloppliverpool First Published: November 11, 2019, 2:07 PM IST Liverpool: There is still more than six months of the Premier League season left, with 26 games and no doubt many plot twists ahead, but Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday had the feel of a changing of the guard at the pinnacle of English football.It was not so much the maths, though Liverpool’s nine-point advantage over defending champions City, with a point less over Leicester City and Chelsea, is a significant gap, especially as Juergen Klopp’s side have lost one league game in 18 months. But it was the manner of Liverpool’s victory at Anfield which suggested that the fans’ nearly 30-year wait for a domestic league title may be coming to a close.City were by no means poor, and played their part in an entertaining encounter, but Liverpool were better in every department.Klopp’s side were sharper in attack, where Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both found the target, more solid at the back and in the midfield were faster, stronger, harder and more incisive, as always helped by their rampaging full-backs.Liverpool are European champions after overpowering teams of the calibre of Barcelona, bullying them physically, ripping them apart with speedy bursts down the flanks from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson and through ruthless finishing.City, though, have won the past two Premier League titles thanks to their technical brilliance and mastery of possession football which they executed with relentless consistency.However, this season Liverpool have matched that level of consistency, unbeaten and with 11 wins from 12, they arrived at this game with the only question being whether they could cope with the unique challenge of Pep Guardiola’s City machine.The only conclusion after 90 minutes of high quality football was that Liverpool have no weak spots. It is hard to think of any team in the world who would enter the intimidating atmosphere of Anfield confident of leaving with a win.City, in contrast, have had a major weakness exposed due to injuries and made an unfathomable mistake in the transfer market by not replacing former captain Vincent Kompany when he left the club in the close-season and that has come back to bite them.VULNERABLE VISITORSCity inexplicably given their huge resources, went into this season with just three established central defenders — John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte.Given that Laporte has been sidelined by injury since August and Otamendi’s form has been haphazard at best, City went to Anfield with midfielder Fernandinho filling in alongside Stones.Liverpool in contrast were able to replace Virgil van Dijk’s injured defensive partner Joel Matip with the experienced Croatian Dejan Lovren and still had England international Joe Gomez in reserve on the bench.There was no glaring error from City’s defenders but there was an air of vulnerability about them throughout the game and the sense of certainty that Liverpool would punish Guardiola’s back line for any slip-up.Last season, City delivered a tactically mature and disciplined performance in a goalless draw at Anfield but, as Guardiola conceded, this game was more similar to the 2018 Champions League quarter-final, where City were blown apart after going two goals down in the opening 20 minutes.”If you give them an inch, they will take that and score goals,” said City’s Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva, who grabbed their late consolation goal.”That’s what happens. You can play better than Liverpool and be 2-0 or 3-0 behind. They are maybe the best team in the world with their counter-attack, second balls and set pieces.”City will recover from this loss, surely will strengthen their defence in the January transfer window and it would be a foolish pundit who writes them off.”It’s still November and we still have games to play. We’re not in an ideal position – we don’t want to lose games – and we have to improve,” said Silva. “We were in this position last season. We’ll never give up.”Liverpool’s protestations that this game decided nothing were inevitable but there was no hiding the desire Klopp has to deliver that long absent league title.”Nine points, you cannot imagine that something like this happens,” said the German. “But it’s not important because who wants to be first in early November? We want to be first in May.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

England recall 38-year-old Gareth Batty to Test team after 11 years

first_imgTeenaged opening batsman Haseeb Hameed was one of the three uncapped players named on Friday for England’s forthcoming tour to Bangladesh.Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari and Northamptonshire batsman Ben Duckett are the others, while Ansari’s 38-year-old team mate Gareth Batty returns as one of the four spinners, 11 years after he was last selected for a Test.Opener Alex Hales and one-day captain Eoin Morgan had decided not to tour Bangladesh over security concerns.Most interest will now focus on whether Lancashire’s Hameed can succeed where Hales largely failed in solving the longstanding problem of an opening partner for captain Alastair Cook. (Also read: Barmy Army joins Eoin Morgan in pulling out of Bangladesh tour)The 19-year-old has been prolific in county cricket this season, scoring more than 1,000 runs at an average of 52.He would become one of the youngest players to appear for England since the second world war.”For someone so young, has had an impressive season,” national selector James Whitaker told the England and Wales Cricket Board website (www.ecb.co.uk).”His four centuries, against some of the best bowling attacks in the country are testament to his outstanding temperament and attitude. (Also read: Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales pull out of England’s tour of Bangladesh)”Ben Duckett merits his call-up to both squads after showing his qualities as an attacking batsman.”His 220 not out for the England Lions in a 50-over game against Sri Lanka A earlier this summer was very special.”Selecting four spinners for the test matches will offer “plenty of options”, Whitaker added.advertisement”Alongside Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, we are excited about the qualities that Zafar Ansari and Gareth Batty bring to the squad.”Zafar has great potential both with bat and ball and Gareth’s experience as one of the country’s best slow bowlers and his ability to be effective in subcontinent conditions will be beneficial.”Ansari was selected for the test squad to tour Pakistan last year but had to withdraw with a thumb injury. (Also read: Bangladesh bowling coach Walsh surprised by some England no-shows)England play two tests against Bangladesh next month, after three one-day internationals that begin on Oct 7.After Morgan’s decision to stay at home, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will be the one-day captain.Batsman Joe Root has been rested from the one-day squad.England Test squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.One-Day International squad: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Liam Dawson, Ben Duckett, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.last_img read more

Four Jaipur houses of jewellery chart the changing face of the bridal aesthetic with top trends for the coming wedding season.

first_imgOf all the wedding wows, none captures desire more provocatively or portrays passion more consummately than jewellery.The dazzling dance of metal and stone has evolved through legend and lore to move beyond price and investment to craftsmanship and exclusivity.The new bridal aesthetic wears its vanity not lightly but tastefully. Where,Of all the wedding wows, none captures desire more provocatively or portrays passion more consummately than jewellery.The dazzling dance of metal and stone has evolved through legend and lore to move beyond price and investment to craftsmanship and exclusivity.The new bridal aesthetic wears its vanity not lightly but tastefully. Where less is more and statement pieces rule, we chronicle four houses of jewellery, all from Jaipur, that have redefined the changing face of this sparkle saga.From a 280-year-old brand that furnished the whims of Rajputana royalty to a brand only 17 years old that’s already designing for the royal family of Abu Dhabi, these dream catchers bedeck Hollywood beauties and Bollywood stars alike.TRIBAL TURNS TABLES If you can still vividly recall the golden heave of Brad Pitt’s architectural chest in a cobalt blue toga as Achilles, in Troy, but fail to remember the beaten gold, engraved neckpiece he sports, your national pride could be called into question, because all the jewellery worn by Achilles, Helen, Hector and Paris was designed by Jaipur-based jewellery powerhouse Amrapali.If that doesn’t make your chest swell with pride, it should at least surprise you to know that the fairly young brand (founded in 1978) had its roots in the quiet bylanes of Chameliwala bazaar in Jaipur. A non-descript market, “where the Amrapali shop was the last stop on the deadest lane of the market,” says Tarang Arora, 35, creative director of the company.The house of Amrapali, better known for translating a tribal aesthetic to a fashion imperative, began as a rebellion that forced two best friends studying history to strike out on their own. While Rajeev Arora came from a family of doctors and lawyers, Rajesh Almira’s family traded in emeralds. The latter just couldn’t see himself assessing and cutting green stones all his life. So the journey began when the two started trading in handicrafts since Jaipur was a big hub; jewellery was not even a sparkle in their imagination at this point.advertisementA year and half in to their business, while in Delhi, someone told them about a great demand for garnets, a stone that was cut in Jaipur. They decided to explore the lure of the garnet and discovered a whole world of jewellery in the quest. So, by 1981-82, the duo started selling bits of jewellery.They would travel to different parts of the state and observe what jewellery the tribal women were wearing. “At this point, there wasn’t anyone who was interested in making tribal jewellery into a fashion statement. They would visit sarafa(pawn) shops to buy beautiful jewellery. They would, say, dismantle a necklace that had 14 pendants and make it into seven earrings,” says Arora.The idea was that if they simply redesigned the necklace, they could sell it to one client but this way they made seven pieces and would have seven people talking about it, which would help with publicity and profitability. And that is how it began.Avant garde designs with a chunky, bold aesthetic that began with silver have, over the years, translated to fine jewellery as well. “We are an Indian brand; we take that Indianness in our designs that reflects Indian craftsmanship and inspiration and then whether we make it in white gold, yellow or rose gold or combine it with jadau, it doesn’t matter”, says Arora.Indian sensibility with a western appeal is what helped garner international recognition in 2002, when they were invited to Selfridges for a special promotion, 23 and a half days of Bollywood. Although the contract was for a mere 23 days, 14 years on, the brand is still at Selfridges.In 2011, Amrapali became the first Indian brand to be invited to Harrods to be part of their fine jewellery room, to share space with Harry Winston and Bulgari.”People may not be able to tell the difference between a Harry Winston and a Bulgari but if you see an Amrapali ring, you will definitely know it’s not Bulgari or Harry Winston. We are the point of difference in the fine jewellery market globally that represents India very strongly,” says Arora. With 38 retail outlets across India and six countries, 75 per cent of their jewellery is one of a kind, especially wedding jewellery.The brand has recently collaborated with fashion designer Anamika Khanna for wedding jewellery as well. “The idea was to design for a wedding that is not typical. No bride or groom wants to resemble a Christmas tree. So delicate pieces are in vogue or even if they are bigger pieces, they are rendered with a delicate aesthetic,” says Arora.advertisementAmrapaliNeckpiece from the wedding collection by anamika khanna sports carved emeralds, antique naths and a watch bracelet-inspired chain.Single colour is back on trend as opposed to multi-coloured jewellery that dominated for a while.Carved emeralds or workmanship on stones is popular and has ardent fans.Combination of different mediums, such as gold and silver, for instance, even for wedding jewellery is big; even black gold with a vintage look is here to stay.The big polki look is all done; coloured stones define the new look with blue tanzanites leading the trend. YESTERDAY ONCE MOREHushed whispers, hurried steps, furtive glances; history tiptoes along the corridors of inherited memories as Chandra Prakash Surana, son of Prakash Chand Surana, 7th generation of the famed jewellery house Bhuramal Rajmal Surana Johuree, recounts the days when his forefathers, official jewellers to the royal family of Jaipur, used to be escorted through the sequestered zenana quarters for an audience with the queen.A privilege accorded to a select few outside the royal gene pool, the Suranas were privy not just to royal courts and quarters but had, in fact, been invited to settle in Jaipur by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, founder of Jaipur, in 1735 to promote the intricate art of handcrafted gold, enamel, and kundan.Almost three centuries later, the House of Surana still maintains the traditions of its royal past by preserving the technique, craftsmanship and inspired designs. Although the artisanal skills echo an archival look, the injection of a contemporary aesthetic keeps the brand relevant and its jewellery eternal. “Jadau is what we are most famous for, in fact, we can be called pioneers in the art of jadau.But, the use of coloured stones, which Jaipur is renowned for, in jadau is the mainstay of our jewellery,” explains Chandra Surana, 53. It’s as well-deserved boast with a range that redefines exquisite in the most ethereal way. Elaborate necklaces, crafted bangles, traditional head ornaments like matha pati, mang tikka, jhela and borla are intricately textured to give the pieces an elegant, yet effortless look. The jadau pieces are embellished with emeralds, rubies, south sea pearls, tourmalines, polki (flat, uncut diamonds) and diamonds.The accompanying meenakari or enamel work is as delicate as it is intricate. “It is this finesse in the workmanship that truly elevates a piece to jewellery to an art form,” he explains. Meenakari, crafted in 23-carat gold, is a recurrent theme, but contemporarised using pastels as also the use of unstructured south sea pearls to lend an asymmetrical edge.As far as the wedding jewellery is concerned, “Jadau is integral to every wedding wishlist, how heavy a bride chooses to wear it is an individual choice,” he says. “Jewellery has followed the trends of clothes, and is more experimental and pared down. But the use and style is less heavy as opposed to earlier where it was a primary investment asset.For instance, the hasli, a traditionally broad and stiff head ornament, is crafted in a more delicate avatar so that it is more comfortable for the wearer and resonates with the times,” he adds. Ours is a traditional art so we refer to archival designs but even if we repeat designs, the artisans tweak them in ways so that customers appreciate something unique to possess.” As proportions change with the times and customers, layers reduce and embellishments become more modest.advertisementToday only 20 per cent of their jewellery is customised as compared to earlier where there was a 50-50 segmentation between ready-to-wear and bespoke. “Patience, like the contemporary aesthetic, is a whittled-down virtue, but as long as women love jewellery, our future looks bright,” he says. And as the eye flits from bauble to gem, what’s not to love? www.brsjohuree.comSuranasCurrent trends replaced elaborate meenakari on the top by more stone work and open work setting to make the pieces lighter.Head ornaments- borlas, jhelas and matha pattis-are popular this season.Hand ornaments such as hathphools and tagdis are sporting lighter versions,but still big. Traditional bangles like dasti or paunchi are alsopopular.Men’s traditional ornaments such as the kalangi and sarpech (turban ornaments), are staging a much-deserved comeback. SONNETS IN STONEIt’s a rare woman who isn’t enthralled by the rhapsody of stone cast in metal. But it was royal patronage that served as casting director where jewellery was concerned. Nawal Agrawal, of Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers, Jaipur, is quick to ascribe credit where it is due. History played to great advantage since Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur, had great plans for his new city.To this end, he invited the best craftsmen to settle in specially allocated areas. Johari Bazaar, in Jaipur, was meant exclusively for jewellers. Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas (BG) Jewellers were among the first few stores in this famed market, where it all began in 1944. With a vibrant colour palette and inspiration drawn from culture and architecture, BG translates its designs in a glorious duality of traditional roots and contemporary sensibility.Of course, Rajasthan plays the ultimate muse. Patronising the much-celebrated style of kundan meenakari, their collections-Hunar, Adrishya, Aranya, Amr, and the newest, Adaa- draw on a swath of genres, cultures and creations from across the board. Of course, the heavy insistence of traditional gold and silver jewellery has evolved, altering the face and course of traditional craft. Agrawal’s son, Yash, a graduate of GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Carlsbad, US, has created more than 400 copyright and patented designs to infuse the vigour of youthful renditions.While kundan–meenakari remains their mainstay, bold experimentation with coloured stones and uncut and full cut diamonds are the more natural delineations for the brand. Keeping in step with the modern bride, their wedding pieces experiment with bold hues and interesting combinations of gemstones, diamonds and polki with gold. Variety is the call of the day with audacious taking over flashy and vivacity reigning over the tried and tested. www.bgjewellers.in/BGLong jhumka earrings with traditional kaanche(hair attachments)Traditional hand ornaments like hathphool are reigning this season.Nose ornaments such as the long nath with chain is also going to be very popular.Long, jhumka earrings with kaanche (hair attachments) are another big trend.Also, traditional head ornaments like maang tikkas, passa, borla, maatha patti will be the trailblazers for this wedding season.HUE GRANT A narrative woven entirely in colour, where nature, history, art and craft collaborate in a sublime confluence, Sunita Shekhawat, the brand and the designer, represent a refreshingly original rethink of traditional meenakari work. Exploring heritage craftsmanship in ethereal pastels and a striking range of blues, “meenakari, meenakari, and meenakari”, cradles the kernel of this brand.The youngest brand of our selection, Shekhawat came into the business only in 1999, even though art and craft were both part of her passions since her student days. A passion she seamlessly translated to designing jewellery; she had always designed her own jewellery, but when ambient appreciation started to morph into actual demand, she decided to spread the joy.She would take orders after a clear understanding of their ideas and budget, and then sit with individual craftsmen and watch her designs take form. Encouragingly successful, she had started to design for Jaipur royalty including erstwhile Maharani Gayatri Devi, but it was only after her husband joined her that the venture became more commercial.”Unlike most others, we actually design collections according to season, which essentially translates into two or three per year.” Almost 90 per cent of their collections are wedding jewellery that include bespoke pieces for both men and women. Men’s jewellery includes not just the typical kalgi, coat buttons and rings but even long necklaces, but “they are not feminine”, she insists.Prospective buyers have to get a fitting done before the jewels are designed. Why? “If a man is 6 feet tall, the requirements of the necklace will be different; for women, the length of the neck, and where the collar bone starts are essential for that perfect rest of a choker,” she explains.They recommend a sitting with the entire family to assess the requirements as well as sensibilities. “We encourage the bride to bring the ensemble along for the initial session so that we can ensure that the jewellery resonates the sense and sensibility of the clothes.” Less is more, is clearly their perspective but client is queen as always. www.sunitashekhawat.com/Sunita ShekhawatHhandcrafted neckpiece called ariya (also known as aadh), neelvarna collection in gold and polki, worn as a hair ornament.Heavy jewellery is definitely on its way out with sensible, lighter and wearable pieces. in.Statement pieces that can be worn individually look contemporary and are riding high on the wedding circuit.Layering of jewellery is a big trend, making it versatile with options to embellish or scale down.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma’s six-hitting skills are at a peak: 127 ODI sixes in the last 5 years

first_imgIndia have been a dominant force in international cricket in 2017 and much of that credit goes to captain Virat Kohli, who has led from the front.Kohli, however, has had an able ally in Rohit Sharma, India’s vice-captain in ODIs. The stylish Mumbai batsman has gone about his business professionally, piling on the runs — leaving shattered records in his wake.The ‘Hit-man’ blasted a 138-ball 147 to hand India the upper hand in the series-deciding third ODI against New Zealand in Kanpur, which India won by six runs. He became only the second after skipper Kohli to reach a triple-figure mark for the fifth time this year (Kohli actually has six ODI hundreds this year!). Besides, Rohit also followed his captain in completing 1000 runs this calendar year.A combination of elegance, timing and placement for Hitman as he brings up his 15th ODI Century #INDvNZ @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/ezqxD8CmSQ- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017Rohit’s century was studded with 18 fours and two sixes as he brought up 150 career sixes in just 165 one-day internationals. Only former Pakistan batsman, Sahid Afridi, smashed 150 ODI sixes in fewer innings with 160 matches. Currently, Rohit is ranked 12th in the list of most sixes in ODIs – only four Indians have hit more sixes than Rohit.What makes Rohit’s feat outstanding is the fact that he has been a completely different player since 2013, having hit more sixes than any other player in this period.He has hit 127 sixes out his total of 150 since 2013.  Here’s a year-wise breakdown of Rohit’s sixes in one-day internationals: 30 in 2013, 22 in 2014, 23 in 2015, 19 in 2016 and 33 in 2017. India are scheduled to play three more ODIs against Sri Lanka.advertisementOnly @SAfridiOfficial has reached 150 ODI sixes in fewer innings than @ImRo45! #howzstat pic.twitter.com/2WI0iBR0q9- ICC (@ICC) October 30, 2017THE TRANSFORMATIONThe Indian cricket team’s decision to promote Rohit up the order as an opener proved to be a masterstroke. Rohit has scored 13 off of his 15 centuries since 2013.Both his double hundreds have also come since 2013, when he moved up to the top of the order. His 209 against Australia in Bengaluru in November of 2013, was studded with 16 sixes and his 264 against Sri Lanka in Kolkata in 2014 had nine sixes.last_img read more

England will not change game plan against Croatia, insists Eric Dier

first_imgnews Jordan Henderson’s rise from raw talker to mature leader has been impressive “Our style is to play on the front foot. That is what the manager wants from us and that is what the players believe in as well. We know that the next game is going to be the hardest yet, not just because of the opposition but because of the circumstances as well. We know there are going to be difficult periods in the game, but we never want to be on the back foot. We want to be aggressive and constantly on the front foot.”Although Young was quick to insist he had sensed “no fear” in the squad ahead of the national side’s biggest match since 1990, there is a realisation that a once-in-a-lifetime chance may await this group of players in Moscow. “It’s a great opportunity, we all know that,” said Kyle Walker. “I think it’s the best opportunity that England’s ever had, and probably might ever have, because, no disrespect to Croatia, the other side of the draw was a lot more difficult.“They have got some fantastic players. I’ve played with Luka and for me he is one of the best midfielders in the world by far, but they also have to worry about us. We’ve played well in the games.“We’ve showed immense character, like when the equaliser went in against Colombia and we dug ourselves out, stepping up for the penalties. So we have shown character, we’ve shown belief. That’s what is going to get us over the line in this game.” Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Dele Alli: ‘It would be nice to nutmeg Luka Modric again for England’ “Especially physically, it is very demanding on the body to go 120 minutes in a game and then obviously fly back to your base as well,” said Ashley Young. “We felt that when we played Colombia but now they have done it twice, so it could be a major advantage to us and work in our favour. That said, it’s a World Cup semi-final and players will do everything they can, putting their bodies on the line, to play. It’ll be a tough game, so we’ve got to be mentally and physically prepared for what they will throw at us.”England trained with a full complement in Zelenogorsk on Monday, with any fears over Jordan Henderson’s fitness having receded since the Liverpool midfielder limped away from the victory in Samara complaining of hamstring trouble. Jamie Vardy, who has been hampered with a groin problem that required two sugar injections, also took part, with Gareth Southgate’s squad effectively given a clean bill of health.The manager hopes to select an unchanged lineup for a tie that will see an increased English presence in the stands, with the Football Association expecting up to 10,000 fans to travel to Moscow, and will resist the temptation to add more defensive steel to his side. The threat of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic is clear but England’s gameplan will remain attack-minded and progressive.“That pair are world-class,” said Eric Dier, who is likely to remain among the substitutes with Henderson fit to feature. “Modric is a fantastic player who can create magical moments. He’s been one of the outstanding performers so far in this World Cup, so we will have to do our jobs as a team and as individuals, and contain them both. But you can still play on the front foot and be aggressive. We never want to be reactive. We want to be proactive. When you play against stronger opposition it is natural to do more defensive work, but that doesn’t mean we change our style or our mentality. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Thomas Hitzlsperger Topics World Cup 2018 Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Read more Share on Twitter World Cup England are confident they will beat any lingering effects of fatigue from an increasingly hectic campaign by the time they start their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years, and are hopeful an unchanged lineup can exploit tiredness in Croatia’s ranks.Their opponents at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday have been extended to extra time and penalty shootouts in each of their knockout games, against Denmark and Russia, and played against the hosts in Sochi on Saturday evening after England’s far more comfortable success over Sweden. They have serious doubts over the availability of their goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and the right-back Sime Vrsaljko. Read more Share via Email Englandlast_img read more

EU Gives Green Light for P3 Network

first_imgzoom The European Commission today informed the P3 partners that the Commission will not open proceedings in connection with P3 Network.On 24 March 2014, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) decided to allow the P3 Network – the long-term operational vessel sharing agreement proposed by CMA CGM, MSC and Maersk Line – agreement to become effective in the US.In EU, the P3 alliance was required to conduct a self-assessment.Since its conclusion, the P3 partners have been in voluntary discussions with the European Commission to confirm the P3 partners’ view of P3 being in compliance with EU competition law.The partners will now continue their close cooperation with competition and maritime authorities in amongst others China and South Korea to address questions and to explain the nature of P3.Background:CMA CGM, Maersk Line and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA agreed back in June 2013 to establish a long-term operational alliance on East – West trades, called the P3 Network. The aim is to improve and optimize operations and service offerings.The P3 Network will operate a capacity of 2.6 million TEU (initially 255 vessels on 29 loops) on three trade lanes: Asia – Europe, Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic.While the P3 Network vessels will be operated independently by a joint vessel operating center, the three lines will continue to have fully independent sales, marketing and customer service functions. June 4, 2014last_img read more

New Senior Government Officials Appointed

first_imgPremier John Hamm has appointed a new deputy minister of the Department of Transportation and Public Works and an acting CEO of the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. David Darrow will leave his position as CEO of the Tar Ponds Agency to take up the deputy minister position at the Department of Transportation and Public Works, where he will replace the outgoing deputy, Brian Stonehouse. The current director of operations at the Tar Ponds Agency, Frank Potter, will step into the role of acting CEO on Mr. Darrow’s departure. The changes take effect with Mr. Stonehouse’s retirement on Dec. 31. “We are fortunate to have benefited from the outstanding knowledge, dedication and expertise that Brian Stonehouse offered Nova Scotia during the course of a 31-year career with the province,” Premier Hamm said. Mr. Hamm also welcomed Mr. Darrow to his new position. “I believe Nova Scotians will continue to benefit from Mr. Darrow’s extensive management experience and engineering skills,” he said. A specialist in transportation engineering, Mr. Darrow has been with the government of Nova Scotia since 1982. Before that he worked in the private sector as a consulting engineer. Mr. Darrow has been at the helm of the Tar Ponds Agency since February of 2003. During his tenure there, the agency successfully negotiated a $400-million project-funding agreement with the government of Canada, and formulated a remediation plan for the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens sites. During the same period the agency developed a strategy to ensure that the community receives maximum economic benefit from the project. Mr. Potter has been with the Tar Ponds Agency since 2001.last_img read more

Conference To Support and Promote Breastfeeding in Nova Scotia

first_imgHealth professionals and community partners from across the province will be in Halifax on Wednesday, March 29, learning what they can do to help encourage more Nova Scotia mothers to breastfeed their infants for longer. A conference, called Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI): Making it Work in Nova Scotia, will focus on initiatives and programs to make breastfeeding the cultural norm in our province. In October 2005, Nova Scotia became the second province in Canada (after Quebec) to adopt a provincial breastfeeding policy. “Supporting women who breastfeed increases the health benefits for children and mothers in Nova Scotia,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “Wednesday’s gathering is an important step that follow our provincial breastfeeding policy. Education is a key step towards the Baby Friendly Initiative.” The BFI is an international program established by the World Health Organization and UNICEF to promote, support and protect breastfeeding worldwide in hospitals and in the community. It requires health-care providers, families and communities to work together to ensure a breastfeeding friendly environment. Guest speakers for the event include Marilyn Sanders, national co-ordinator for the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, Kathy Venter, BFI trainer and assessor, and Ginette Belanger, master evaluator for BFI. They will speak on BFI and how Nova Scotia can support this international initiative. Officials from Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection will also discuss their efforts to promote breastfeeding through www.momsanddads.ca, the department’s parenting website. Nova Scotia has one of Canada’s lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration. Research shows that only 24.1 per cent of Nova Scotia mothers breastfeed exclusively at four months. More than 175 participants will be taking part in the all-day conference.last_img read more

Statement from Premier Stephen McNeil on Investigation by Law Enforcement

first_imgOn behalf of the provincial government and all Nova Scotians, I want to reiterate my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the law-enforcement professionals who prevented a terrible crime from being committed in our capital city. Everyday, the men and women who serve in law enforcement prevent many crimes from taking place. All too often, this quiet professionalism is taken for granted by those they serve. In this case, we are now all reminded of this quiet professionalism — and again we are all grateful. I also want to recognize the high degree of co-operation that has taken place between the RCMP, Halifax Regional Police and authorities in the United States and thank Crime Stoppers for their continued excellent work. -30-last_img read more

Americas Next Top Model Alums Unite to Support Great Cause

first_imgNew York Times bestselling author Nigel Barker, two-time finalist and All-Star of America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) Dominique Reighard, and the first ANTM male winner, Keith Carlos, united to support In Christy’s Shoes 7th Annual Sole Celebration on May 14 in Columbus, OH.America’s Next Top Model first male winner, Keith Carlos, America’s Next Top Model two-time finalist and All-Star, Dominique Reighard, and New York Times bestselling author Nigel BarkerCredit/Copyright: Dominique ReighardThe night featured a fashion show with the latest trends in footwear from DSW and apparel styles by Express, as well as a silent auction highlighting autographed celebrity shoes. The added participation from the ANTM celebrities helped make the Sole Celebration a must-attend event. As a committee member, Dominique Reighard contributed on and off stage as well as by inviting her friends Barker and Carlos to attend the event. Dominique developed the fashion show by helping with the selection of the models and styles featured on the runway; Nigel Barker signed copies of his latest book Models of Influence; and all three alumni offered their expert coaching to the participating models in addition to mixing and mingling with guests throughout the night.“The show could not have gone any better and it was great to have ‘three generations’ of Top Models show up to support such a great cause,” Reighard said. “But what is really important is that we got the message out there. In Christy’s Shoes strives to show women that they can face anything with confidence and be strong and powerful. It’s easy to tell someone to ‘stand tall,’ but that confidence has to come from a place of self-love and compassion. We have to inspire them to find that light inside of themselves to face the next challenge.”In Christy’s Shoes celebrates the life of Christy Levy Peters who lost her battle with terminal brain cancer at the age of 34. The organization’s mission is to inspire women in challenging circumstances to walk in their shoes with confidence, strength and stability. In Christy’s Shoes accomplishes this by supporting women on their journey of personal growth through collaborating with non-profit partners that support and lift up women in challenging circumstances including Amethyst, Dress for Success Columbus and Zusman Hospice at Wexner Heritage Village.“We’re beyond grateful that Dominique, Nigel and Keith were willing to lend their support to the cause, help get our message out and make this truly a memorable event for all involved,” said Christy’s twin sister and In Christy’s Shoes Founder, Katrina Levy Zidel.For more information on In Christy’s Shoes, please visit www.InChristysShoes.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Will a summer job burn your financial aid for college

Roughly one-third of teenagers have summer jobs, according to the Pew Research Center. Some of these jobs may make you very familiar with the letters “SPF.” But every working student should know a different abbreviation to avoid getting burned: EFC.While you may be working to help pay for college, the money you earn could affect the financial aid you receive. Here’s how.INCOME AND FINANCIAL AIDEvery student who wants federal financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Colleges use this information to calculate how much a student and their family can pay for school. This is known as the expected family contribution , or EFC.The EFC considers the income and assets of parents and students. In general, those with more money pay more money — and may not qualify for more desirable aid as a result.“Typically, students with higher EFCs won’t be eligible for need-based money,” says Lauren Brantley , an eAdvisor for the College Advising Corps , a non-profit organization based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina , that works with low-income, first-generation students.Need-based aid includes Pell Grants, which you don’t repay, and subsidized federal loans, whose interest the government pays while you’re in school. Schools may also use the FAFSA to determine institutional aid, awarding some scholarships and grants based on financial need.STUDENT INCOME PROTECTIONPenalizing working students may sound unfair, but annual earnings are excluded from the financial aid formula — to a point.For dependent students, “The FAFSA wipes out any income earned at $6,660 or below,” says MorraLee Keller, director of technical assistance for the National College Access Network, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. If you exceed the maximum, the formula counts half the excess earnings.For example, say you worked at an ice cream shop earning $10.45 an hour, the median for food service workers according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You’d have to work more than 630 hours to hit the income maximum.That’s not likely over the summer, but you could earn more than $10,600 by working 20 hours a week at that salary for the entire year. In that instance, the FAFSA would ignore $6,600, and $2,000 of the remaining $4,000 would affect your EFC.It’s tough to say how much need-based aid that $2,000 could cost you — it would depend on your entire financial picture — but Pell Grant amounts and EFC are directly correlated.Currently, if you attend college full time and have an EFC of $3,000, you’d qualify for a Pell Grant of $3,245, provided the school’s cost of attendance exceeds $6,195. If your EFC increased to $5,000, your grant would decrease to $1,245.You can estimate this potential effect on your situation with the U.S. Education Department’s FAFSA4Caster .DETAILS TO KNOWIf you make a lot of money, you’ll want to understand the school year those earnings affect because the FAFSA uses income information from two years ago.“For a student who’s an incoming freshman, calendar year 2017 is what is being taken into account on their FAFSA,” Keller says.This wrinkle means college students close to graduating who land high-paying jobs or internships would likely finish school before that money counts toward their EFC.Work-study jobs also don’t count toward the amount of income students can earn. You could make $3,000 from a work-study job and $4,000 from a summer job, but only the latter would go into the EFC calculation — keeping you below $6,660.These details mean the benefits of working likely outweigh the risks.“I think that students need to work when they’re in college,” says Jodi Okun, founder of College Financial Aid Advisors, which helps families understand the financial aid process. “It’s going to help them get employed faster.”INDEPENDENT STUDENTS CAN EARN MOREIndependent students, who don’t provide parent information on the FAFSA, can earn more before affecting their financial aid — $10,360 for single students and up to $16,620 for married students.However, independent students might easily surpass those limits. They are typically older and may be working their way through school.Okun advises these students to “do what you need to do, and try to stay away from worrying about income protection.” She says colleges will analyze these students’ situations differently when calculating financial aid.___________________________________________________This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Ryan Lane is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: rlane@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @ryanhlane.RELATED LINKSNerdWallet: What is the expected family contribution? http://bit.ly/nerdwallet-expected-family-contributionCollege Advising Corps https://advisingcorps.org/FAFSA4Caster https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/estimateRyan Lane Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

Despite rains 40000 children face death in droughtstricken Horn of Africa UN

Some 40,000 children in the Horn of Africa are facing the “very real” prospect of a slow death by starvation in the months ahead in one of the world’s most inhospitable regions where, despite recent rains, a two-year drought has already killed half the livestock, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today. “Food shortage has always been a fact of life in this tough region,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah said in launching the Agency’s new multimedia report – Child Alert: Crisis in the Horn of Africa – which called for relief efforts to adapt to the nomadic way of the drought-stricken pastoralists, especially in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.The report comes just days after UNICEF announced that it faced a $54-million shortfall in its $80-million appeal to scale up its operations in the region where 8,780,000 people, 4,445,000 of them children, are seriously affected by the drought. “To help them ride out the regular crises, we need to think like pastoralists, rather than insisting that they adapt to the fixed location services usually offered to them,” Ms. Salah said. “If people can live and raise cattle in desert zones in the other parts of the world, they can do so in the Horn. They’ve been doing it for thousands of years.”UNICEF, other UN agencies and partners in the region have already begun adapting programmes to better suit the pastoralist way of life. Two examples are mobile therapeutic feeding centres for young children and the funding and training of teachers who can travel with families as they move throughout the region searching for water and food for their herd.Principle points raised by the Child Alert include:Some 40,000 children are so malnourished that they face the prospect of death in the months ahead.Rainfall, when it came, actually worsened the crisis in many areas, killing livestock, bringing malaria and other diseases, washing away young crops, and polluting scarce water sources.The vast majority of affected children are those of the huge pastoralist community of the Horn of Africa.The repetitive cycle of crises in the region can be broken with consistent access to mobile services that support the pastoralist way of life.In the past few years, the region has been drained by increasingly severe drought. In 2000, almost 100,000 people died. The vast majority of those affected are the 16 million nomadic pastoralists who straddle the borderlands between Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. Around half of those have been seriously affected and are in need of assistance, including 1.6 million children under five. read more

Trial into granny murder commences

Colin Allen also known as Colis Williams and referred to as “Bonus” earlier today denied killing 77-year-old  Danrasie Ganesh called ‘Carmen’ as the trail commences at the High Court before Justice Navindra Singh.Colin Allen also known as Colis WilliamsThe woman was murdered August 1, 2015 at a home at which she was care-taking. Some 10 witnesses are expected to testify during the trial.Murdered, Danrasie Ganesh called ‘Carmen’Allen is being represented by attorney Rachael Bakker while Tuanna Hardy, Teriq Mohammed and Abigail Gibbs are representing the state.According to reports, Ganesh’s battered body was discovered by relatives who went to check on her on the day in question.The murder which was reportedly captured on CCTV footage showed who is believed to be the accused striking Ganesh to her head with a tyre wrench before dragging her to a corner where the woman collapsed.The murderer then used a hand towel to strangle Ganesh around her neck, stomping and kicking her in the process until she went motionless.Following his arrest shortly after the killing, Allen told detectives that he was paid some $700,000 by a relative of Ganesh to kill her and to further steal documents pertaining to a property. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan gets 100 years for killing Montrose ‘granny’February 26, 2019In “Court”‘Granny Killer’ remanded to prisonAugust 25, 2015In “Crime”Mother flees country after realizing son killed Montrose GrannyAugust 24, 2015In “Crime” read more

Iris a totally readytofly UAV quadcopter with nextgeneration autopilot

first_img3D Robotics’ Iris is an advanced quadcopter with full GPS-guided autonomous capabilities. Iris is designed to provide an “out-of-the-box” flying experience that brings the power of professional grade aerial robotics to the mass market. It can be controlled by an Android tablet or phone (iOS coming soon) or through a nine-channel radio control transmitter (included). With a mobile app, takeoff and landing can be done with a single touch, and mission planning is as simple as tapping on a map and drawing a path that Iris will follow.3DR’s newest quadcopter is designed with a wide angle between the front arms to provide a clear view for its onboard camera, an optional GoPro Hero3® that can also be included in the package. The arms and legs are produced from Zytel Nylon® for the ultimate in wear, abrasion and impact resistance.  They come in various colours, and are easily and inexpensively replaced if required.Iris sports a high-performance 32-bit autopilot system built on an ARM Cortex-M4 processor that runs a real-time operating system and uses the latest ST Microelectronics sensors. The flight code represents over four years of professional development and testing in a community of over 40,000 users. Iris also features an integrated power-distribution/motor-control board to reduce weight and increase available payload capacity. All of Iris’s electronics are housed under a sleek shell that provides impact protection and aerodynamic efficiency.Iris includes an impressive list of features:Multiple control options provide redundancy and flexibility: RC, computer, phone, tabletBuilt-in data radio for real-time mission monitoring, data-logging, and controlPowerful cross-platform ground station/mission planning and analysis software that runs on Windows, OS X and Linux, providing simple point-and-click programming and configurationMobile apps allow intuitive “draw a path” mission-planningCamera options include a live video link with programmable on-screen-display, and will soon support a fully integrated stabilized camera gimbal with autopilot controlGoPro® compatible camera mountAvailable with a nine-channel RC transmitter pre-programmed for the most popular flight modesPre-programmed GPS waypoints allow for professional-grade mission capabilities, such as mapping, scripted cinematography, scientific research, and other applications where repeatable flight plans are requiredAuto takeoff and landing along with Return-To-Launch point command at the press of a button or under programmable failsafe conditionsFollow Me function for the ultimate “selfies”. In this mode, Iris will follow (at an adjustable distance) any ground station device equipped with a GPS antenna and one of 3DR’s telemetry/control radiosGeo Fencing provides a virtual box to keep your drone within a user-selectable spaceOpen source flight code, ground station software and electronics are all freely distributed under standard open source licenses. This means that Iris’ capabilities are always improving and expanding with a simple firmware update!Ready-to-fly Iris packages are currently available for pre-order from 3D Robotics. These pre-ordered vehicles are intended for developer-level users who are familiar and comfortable with operating multi-rotor vehicles from 3D Robotics. A full consumer release of the product will follow shortly thereafter.last_img read more

Skeye is not the limit for Terra Drone as it continues globalisation

first_imgTerra Drone has continued its acquisition drive with the purchase of a majority stake in leading European drone service provider Skeye.With this acquisition, Terra Drone has become one of the largest drone service companies with more than 250 employees and a presence in all continents. As part of the acquisition, Skeye will become the European headquarters of Terra Drone.This is Terra Drone’s second acquisition in a matter of months. Back in October, it invested in Inkonova AB, a Swedish startup developing aerial robotics for underground mining and, earlier this month, it opened a branch in South Africa.Terra Drone serves its clients with safer, better and more efficient surveys and inspections by using and developing cutting-edge technologies in the fields of unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, the company says. It has 10 subsidiaries in Japan, APAC, EU, Africa, North America, and South America and focuses on mining, construction, energy utilities, and oil and gas applications.Skeye, meanwhile, is an aerial survey and inspection company with a focus on drones in the oil and gas market. It has headquarters in the Netherlands and offices in the UK and Belgium.Toru Tokushige, CEO of Terra Drone, said the company had discussions with many drone operators in Europe but were especially impressed with the track record and professionalism of Skeye.“Skeye has an excellent track record and vast professional experience in the on- and offshore oil and gas market, in both inspections and 3D surveys using drones. We consider Skeye to be the best partner to bring our technologies to the European and African market.”Pieter Franken, managing director of Skeye, said: “Terra Drone will bring a wealth of new technologies and a global network that we can use to better serve our international clients. This will ensure we can keep on providing our customers with the most cutting-edge technologies, now and in the future.“The TerraUTM operating platform, 4G capabilities for guiding drones over large distances, in-house developed Terra-LiDAR, smart learning inspection software, and their proprietary mapping software, Terra-Mapper, are but a few of examples of technologies that this partnership will bring.”last_img read more

10 defining characteristics of an Irish audience

first_imgAH WE LOVE an aul concert or ‘show’ here in Ireland. Pantos are pretty much booked up a year in advance and we’re so delighted when a big musical comes to the Grand Canal tickets become gold-dust.There’s just something about sitting in those stalls, taking it all in.Here are ten things you will definitely spot amongst the crowd at any live event around Ireland. Definitely.1. ALL the gadgetsSomeone will be watching the whole show through their phone to later post to YouTube so that no one will watch them. Source: Zsolt VajdaHours and hours of snapping, just to end up with this: Source: Tsunami The GeckoPhone obsessives can also be seen to check in on Facebook while live-tweeting proceedings so everyone reading it can be sure that they’re having a bad time.Kids at pantos, on the other hand, simply covet flash wands. Bonus points if it makes an earth-shattering noise. Source: Amazon2. Gentle shushing will echo the roomIt’s the ballet and you’ve just opened your wine gums, relax, old lady in front tutting.3. A chorus of Olé Olé Olé is always heardUsually at a pop concert, just as the performer starts to give the rehearsed spiel about how much Ireland is the best country in the world to perform to. Either that or booing that comes after mistaking us as part of Britain. Source: Sarah Whiteacre4. All drinkers will have at least two pints with them at all timesQueueing? Leaving our seat? Nobody has time for that. Source: atomicjeepFour pre-poured Heineken please, in a McDonald’s car tray. Thanks. Source: UK Packaging suppliers5. Aisle movement will be at an all time highThe latecomers always have the seats in the middle of a huge row. ‘Sorry’ will be said by both parties at least 50 times as they make their way across with trays of beer and swingy coats. You’ll apologise at least once for getting hit in the face with someone’s draw string. Source: athomeinscottsdale6. Old Irish slane tshirtsSpot the guy in the vintage band tshirt, probably from Slane, if the band you’re seeing ever played there. Then there’s the one who bought a tshirt at the merch stand and put it on over their jumper, never to be worn again. Source: Ebay7. Someone will think they deserve to be on stageWhether singing their heart out or heckling the act. Usually spotted at a comedy gig, the heckler will be constantly shouting during any opportune moment of silence. They think they’re bleedin’ gas and should be on stage themselves. They shouldn’t.8. A morph suit or other animal costume will gain attentionThe morph-suit-lad’s natural habitat is the outdoor music festival. He’ll always be spotted marching around like he owns the place, as everyone asks to get their photo taken with the absolute certified ledgebag. Source: Photocall Ireland!9. Home-made snacks will be rifeThe over-prepared mammy will have all the snacks you could ever want, either made at home or at least bought outside of that disgraceful venue mark-up. DISGRACEFUL. Source: Bmstores10. Loads will leave earlyEncore? Gone. They want to beat the exiting crowds, but now they are the exiting crowds.LAST SONG? GET THE COATS.7 things the new name for the Junior Cert ACTUALLY sounds like>6 good reasons to despise festive crowds>last_img read more

YouTube reveals new plan to charge for watching some videos

first_imgYOUTUBE HAS UNVEILED its much-speculated-upon plan to charge viewers to subscribe to watch some videos on the site.A small number of channels have begun offering paid channels for subscribers only, starting at $0.99 per month. As the service launches today, there are 53 such channels, including National Geographic Kids and the company behind Sesame Street.For this money, YouTube said viewers will be able to watch live fights on a UFC channel, for example, or full episodes of children’s television programmes on the Sesame Street channel.YouTube said many channels will offer yearly rates at a discount, and every channel will offer a 14-day trial.Irish users who try to click into any of the channels get a message saying “This paid channel is unavailable in your country”.The service moves YouTube closer to services such as Netflix, and a step away from its beginnings as a way to showcase amateur homemade videos.In a blogpost, YouTube said the move was an extension of its partner programme which has been running since 2007 to “enable content creators to earn revenue for their creativity.”Users have to subscribe from a computer, but YouTube said viewers will be able to watch the channels across a range of devices and will soon be able to subscribe from these devices.“This is just the beginning,” YouTube said on its blog. The Google-owned site said it will be rolling out more paid channels in the coming weeks.YouTube said there are more than one million channels which are making money on the site.Read: YouTube has won its battle with TV… according to YouTube > Read: 11 internet firsts you probably never heard of >last_img read more

9000 families to lose oneparent payment from today

first_imgOVER 9,000 FAMILIES will lose their One-Parent Family Payment today, as the criteria for eligibility changes.Changes to the payment were announced two years ago, with around 60,000 people set to be taken off the payment over time.The changes relate to the age of children and the time the payment began.It has been said that the reforms are designed to get lone parents into work, but those who have relied on the payment will be offered support by the Department of Social Protection.Jobseekers Allowance, Family Income Supplement Payment and Carer’s Allowance will be used to cover those who were reliant on the payment.Read: Almost 3,000 extra young people were signing on last monthlast_img read more