Raina wants an Indian to break McCullum’s fastest Test ton record

first_imgOn a day when Brendon McCullum broke the record for the fastest Test hundred, Suresh Raina said he couldn’t be happier to have the Kiwi swashbuckler in his IPL team Gujarat Lions even though he wants an Indian to break the milestone.Asked if McCullum breaking a 30-year-old record of Sir Viv Richards (which he jointly shared with Misbah ul Haq) will make it easier for new generation of batsmen to have a shot at glory, Raina said: “I am very happy for McCullum but I hope that somebody from India can do it. I am happy that we have McCullum in Gujarat Lions team. He is a fearless cricketer and we want players who will be playing fearless cricket.”Speaking at the launch of the Gujarat Lions’ team jersey, Raina said captaincy is “just a designation” for him as he does not look at it as a vehicle for something bigger (Indian captaincy in limited overs format). Also read: McCullum smashes fastest Test ton “Captaincy is just a designation for me. It is the performance that wins you matches. It is all about how one performs on a particular day. My job is simple. I have to deliver for the Gujarat Lions. Right now, the focus is on Asia Cup, then we have the World T20 and then comes the IPL. We will have a camp in Gujarat with domestic players before IPL.”It is important to have a balanced team with good domestic players.”He once again stated that it will be emotional for him to play for another franchise after eight years with the formidable Chennai Super Kings.advertisement”I have played for CSK non-stop for eight years without missing a single game. So it will be emotional for me. But at the same time, we have a very good team at the Gujarat Lions.”Raina has no problems batting at No 4 in the Indian team despite being a No 3 batsman for CSK in the IPL.”I don’t see it as a problem as we have big hitters across all slots. Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya can play big shots. It is important to now maintain a consistent performance graph from here till the World T20. We have a good mix of youth and experience in our team. There are members of the 2007 World T20 team as well as the 2011 World Cup team. We are fortunate to have them.”last_img read more

Arjun Maini creates history, becomes first Indian to win GP3 race

first_imgArjun Maini became the first Indian driver to win a GP3 race when he won the sprint race at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona on Sunday.The 19-year old, who was on Thursday signed by Haas F1 team as development driver, scored his first win in two years, finishing six seconds ahead of Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci and teammate Alessio Lorandi of Italy.The victory was set up at the start, which opened under clear but cool conditions with the grid lying in the shadow of the giant front straight stadium: poleman Raoul Hyman made a poor getaway with Boccolacci in P3 making a strong start but being stuck behind the South African, handing Maini a clear run to the first corner.The Frenchman pushed the Indian – who had a tough race in the feature race on Saturday finishing seventh, started from second in the reverse grid sprint race – hard for the lead but 19-year-old racer from Bengaluru was up for the challenge, while behind them Hyman was looking in his mirrors at the coming menace of the ART threat looming there.Anthoine Hubert soon disposed of Hyman and was looking to get into the mix of the fight for the lead, but in front of him Maini and Boccolacci were running side by side all around the circuit, which was only resolved when a small touch saw the Frenchman stumble, falling back towards his countryman and allowing the Indian to scamper away.Further back and Lorandi was on a charge: the Italian was repeating his impressive speed from yesterday’s race to easily dispatch Hyman before focussing on Hubert, easing by the Frenchman at turn 1 with 5 laps to go and was looking towards Boccolacci, although he was running out of time to make a real challenge.advertisementAt the flag all the applause was for Maini, who celebrated his new alliance with Haas F1 by bringing home Jenzer’s first win since 2012 and easily dominated his rivals all race long.Maini’s fellow Haas development driver, Santino Ferrucci, claimed the final point in eighth.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Could have beaten India with more intensity, says Imad Wasim

first_imgPakistani left-arm spinner Imad Wasim has asserted that if his side had shown the kind of intensity they exhibited in their Champions Trophy match against South Africa in the campaign opener against India as well, then the result could have been quite different.After being walloped by arch-rivals India by 124 runs in a match where they were below par in all aspects of the game, Pakistan came roaring back to form in the match against South Africa.They put in a vastly improved fielding effort while their bowling — both pacers and spinners — put the brakes on the South African scoring while regularly picking up wickets.Although the match was eventually abandoned due to heavy rain, Pakistan were declared the winner according to the Duckworth-Lewis system.”I’ve said this before also, we can do anything on any day. All we need to change is to put up this sort of performance every time. Whether we win or lose is separate. If we had played with such intensity against India, we could have won or lost, but you can see the difference,” Imad Wasim said in an interview with the official website of the International Cricket Council (ICC).”The way the boys bowled and fielded, it was fantastic to see our lads play like that. We are a different unit if we play with this intensity, if we don’t relax or don’t become lazy.”Wednesday’s match also marked the first time in ODIs that South Africa’s captain and star batsman AB De Villiers was dismissed for a golden duck. The bowler who dismissed De Villiers was none other than Imad Wasim.advertisement”Oh, it happens in cricket. Sometimes you get hit, sometimes the other guy gets out. It’s just cricket. You should not be carried away or feel too low by this. He hit a shot and got out, so I think I’m really lucky,” Wasim said.”He is such a big player. I see it from the team’s point of view. If AB de Villiers gets out early and you know what he can do if he stays for a long time, so we were just very happy that he got out. It didn’t matter that he got out on zero or one,” he added.The 28-year-old asserted that the flat and lazy approach which was seen in the match against India won’t be repeated in their last group game against Sri Lanka.The clash with Sri Lanka is a must win affair for both teams as the winner will enter the semi-finals.”There is no chance of that. When you win, the morale that is there is different. If we think too much about having beaten South Africa we might be flat again, but we are aware that it’s a do or die match for us. We’ll treat it like a knockout match and not worry about the result,” Wasim asserted.”Hopefully, Pakistan and the world will get to see a great performance,” he added.last_img read more

Three Things We Learned About OSU In Its 45-38 Pitt Win

first_imgGlenn Spencer said it best. “This hairline right here,” Spencer told the Oklahoman, “is receding because of Ramon Richards.”3. James Washington’s body control is surrealWe already pretty much knew this, but Washington’s ability to “box out” opposing corners or go get balls that are seemingly overthrown is incredible. Watch the way he goes up here, shields the defender and snatches away TD No. 2.Amazing. The non-conference portion of the schedule is now over, and we have learned a lot (although not everything) about this Oklahoma State team. Let’s get to three things we learned specifically on Saturday in the Pitt game.1. Even Big 12 Coaches Struggle To Make On-The-Fly FixesOne of the more interesting quotes to come out of the postgame on Saturday was this from Mike Gundy: “The lightning delay gave us a great chance to go in and redraw offense and defense, change our schemes, walk through and get prepared for the remainder of the game.”Glenn Spencer later confirmed that OSU’s defense added “a wrinkle.”The thing that stood out to me is … shouldn’t these things be happening as the game plays out? Why would you need a lightning delay to implement something? I realize that everything is going fast on the field, but I guess I would like to hear more about this taking place during the actual game.2. Ramon Richards Is MagicYou know how I always get annoyed about people calling everything the best or worst ever? Yeah, it’s kind of true with Ramon. He’s either getting housed for six or picking somebody off. Seemingly every time the ball is thrown his way.“It’s interesting, with Ramon, he seems a little bit like Shaun Lewis,” said Gundy. “He’s always in the right place at the right time. With Shaun, it seemed like every time you needed a play, he picked the ball up or intercept a pass. So far, Ramon has been in the right place in the right time.” 1. Oklahoma State will have issues against top-tier running backsJames Conner is an absolute grinder on the ground for Pitt, who churned out 111 yards on 4.6 per carry Saturday. Even with the defensive tackle position being as loaded as it is, the Pokes still had issues defending the run game, which could be attributed to Pitt’s pre-snap movement as much as the matchup on the line. But when you surrender 290 yards and still win, it’s a sign that there may be some issues that need cleared up. Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon would have a field day if they were to play OSU next week.2. OSU is relying on no kick return gameThe Pokes rank No. 76 nationally in kick return yardage with approximately 20.67 yards per return. I understand putting a burner in the back to field kicks like Jeff Carr who has breakaway speed, but it feels like he runs straight into a wall on every return and there’s a less than 5% chance of him breaking the first tackle. It seems they’re satisfied with below average which is a head-scratcher to me.3. No Chris Carson opens opportunities for Rennie ChildsGoing into Saturday’s contest against Pitt, Childs had six total rushing touchdowns in his entire career. He added four on Saturday along with 101 rushing yards. Chris Carson, who Mike Gundy said won’t be back “for awhile”, typically is the one getting the goal-to-go touches with his physical running style.“Rennie played the best game he’s ever played,” Mike Gundy said after the game.With Carson’s absence, Childs now has a big opportunity moving forward to build on what he started Saturday.center_img If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Talking with their Feat

first_img India Today Magazine New Delhi March 8, 2019 ISSUE DATE: March 18, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 14:04 IST Kom (left) and Raj at the conclave. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)Two of India’s sporting legends, six-time world champion boxer Mary Kom and ace cricketer Mithali Raj, came together to discuss their journey to the top. At 36, both are still at the peak of their careers and have no plans to hang up their gloves. For Kom, winning the goldTwo of India’s sporting legends, six-time world champion boxer Mary Kom and ace cricketer Mithali Raj, came together to discuss their journey to the top. At 36, both are still at the peak of their careers and have no plans to hang up their gloves. For Kom, winning the gold at the Olympics is an unfulfilled dream, so Tokyo 2020 is in her sights. For Raj, leading India to its first World Cup triumph in 2021 remains a priority. Birthday girl Kom ended the session on a power packed note, delighting audiences with a performance of the 4 Non Blondes classic, What’s Up (What’s Going On?).TakeawaysWhile talking about how perceptions about Indian women’s cricket had changed since 2005, when the team first finished runners-up in the World Cup, Raj said, “When I was travelling back to India [after the 2017 Lord’s final in England], I thought, ‘Okay, it’s going to be the same old grind with little acknowledgement since we hadn’t won the World Cup’. But we landed early in the morning at around 2.30-3.00, and I remember that walking out of the airport took us nearly half an hour because there were so many people who had come to welcome the team.” Raj credited media coverage and social media for the team getting its due, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India for motivating players with better travel arrangements and payments.”As a cricketer, I have to understand my body…you can always push beyond the norms set by society for an athlete. These days, you see even sportspeople trying to push themselves beyond 40 years”Mother to three sons, Kom said she couldn’t have won the six world titles and lasted this long without the help of her family. “I have a supportive husband, parents and in-laws,” she said. Kom recalled how her husband urged her to participate in an international competition a few years ago even when one of their kids was ailingadvertisementYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandey Tags :Follow SportsFollow Mithali RajFollow Mary Kom Talking with their Feat”Being married to him (Karon Kom), I can say I’m the luckiest woman,” said Mary Kom about her husband.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

The Short List of the Best Men’s Workout Clothing Brands

first_imgWhether you’re a regular gym rat or just starting to dip your toes into the athletic world (good for you!), chances are you could use some new workout gear. Sure the stuff from college is technically fine, but why not ditch the old gym shorts and invest in some high-quality garments that could actually optimize your workout instead of just barely getting you through it? With that in mind, we thought we’d run through some of the best brands for men’s workout clothes on the internet. These companies run the gamut from household names to exciting newcomers, so there’s bound to be one that’s going to be the absolute perfect fit for you and your type of workout, whether that’s hoops in the park, sprints on the track, or lifting weights in the gym. Best Men’s Workout Clothing BrandsNikeIn the decades since its founding in 1964, Nike has gone on to become the world’s largest supplier of athletic shoes and apparel. Christened with the brand’s iconic swoosh, each product is as sleek as it is practical, marrying functionality with a fashion-forward aesthetic. This is perhaps why Nike has always been such a hit with both athletes and streetwear enthusiasts alike and garnered such a solid reputation among a myriad of different customers. While the company is best known for its shoes (particularly the Air Jordan and Air Max models), it also boasts a wide range of other products geared toward nearly every sport imaginable. Price range: $-$$$Perfect for: Rounding out your style with some tried-and-true gear.Shop NowAdidasOf course, no roundup of fantastic men’s workout clothes would be complete without Adidas, the sort of hip older brother to Nike’s all-American vibe. While the two brands are pretty similar (shhh don’t tell the die-hards), we think Adidas has a somewhat broader focus than Nike’s specific “anyone can be an athlete” one. What this means is that Adidas dabbles in pretty much everything from tracksuits to shoes to accessories and has slightly more crossover appeal between the gym and outside world. Plus, celebrities love an Adidas moment and the brand has certainly benefited from a heavy dose of influencer clout over the years. Price range: $-$$Perfect for: Looking cool while hitting the grind.Shop NowRhoneRhone has made a name for itself with a line of streamlined workout gear designed for optimized mobility and performance. What this means is that each article of clothing is infused with all the tech you’ll need to get some serious work done in your next spin class, including anti-microbial, four-way stretch, and moisture-wicking properties. While the duds may not be anything fancy to look at, their simplicity is emblematic of their purpose i.e. to help you achieve your fitness goals without fuss. You can’t really go wrong with any of the goods, but we’re especially big fans of the Mako short and Swift short sleeve shirt. Price range: $$-$$$Perfect for: Filling out your workout wardrobe with some awesome essentials.Shop NowUnder ArmourWhile Under Armour has traditionally favored substance over style, the brand has recently upped its fashion game in the face of the rising athleisure trend. The extensive line of athletic gear here is probably most appropriate for those looking to do some serious training at the gym as opposed to those who want to look fly at post-workout brunch. Notably, many of the items are built with recovery in mind, especially those outfitted with the brand’s proprietary UA Tech, which not only actively cools, but also helps fight pesky odors and moisture. Price range: $-$$Perfect for: Hitting the gym with precision and comfort.Shop NowGymsharkOne of the more affordable options on the list, Gymshark is a popular athletic brand featuring tops and bottoms ranging in price from $18-50. Advertised as being “built for graft, not for glamour,” the workout line is relatively bare-bones and is constructed mostly with cotton fabric. While this may not be a great fit for those in search of uber-intense athletic garb that’ll wick moisture or absorb odor, it could be a real winner for those gym rats who want something that’ll transition seamlessly between different spaces, especially as many of the items feature interesting graphics and bright colors. Price range: $Perfect for: Spending less and bringing some contemporary style into your workout wear rotation.Shop NowVuoriCalifornia-based Vuori does athletic wear with a west coast sensibility, creating clothes that are technically sound but still totally chill, bro. What this means is that the collection of joggers, shorts, and shirts is probably best suited for those guys who want fantastic workout gear, but don’t necessarily need it to look like workout gear. In the place of sheeny polyester or breathable mesh, fellas will find bright colors, fun patterns, and an overall relaxed aesthetic that’s at home on the beach AND the weight room. Price range: $$-$$$Perfect for: Diverting from the athletic wear norm.Shop NowOutdoor VoicesIf athleisure is your MO, Outdoor Voices might just be the athletic brand for you. Though the collection here is certainly not as expansive as the others in this round up, its specific focus on contemporary silhouettes could really work for guys who want to stay on trend. I’m especially intrigued by the new EcoMesh T-Shirt, which combines mesh with 100% recyclable polyester for a top that’s as breathable as it is eco-friendly. Other standouts include the Sunday Short and RecTrek Jogger. Plus, you can take advantage of the OV kit deal in which you can pair one bottom with one top for just $95. Price range: $$Perfect for: Modernizing your workout gear with some trendy styles.Shop NowRyuRyu Apparel is all about designing clothes for the athletic individual, whether they’re hitting leg day or just hitting a local cafe. In this vein, the goods here are specifically built to look as natural in the gym as they do outside it, which could be a plus for those with an exceptionally active lifestyle. Available in an array of muted colors, Ryu’s hoodies, pullovers, joggers, and shirts are all constructed with an airy knit jersey incorporated with just a touch of spandex for stretch. The resulting collection is therefore comfortable, breathable, and super functional. Price range: $-$$Perfect for: Pulling off that post-gym glow even on your cheat days.Shop Now Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

DNA analysis of mummified remains alters notion of how Renaissanceera child died

first_imgTORONTO – An international team of disease detectives has shed new light on a virus that kills almost a million people around the world each year by probing an unusual source — the mummified remains of a young child who died about 450 years ago in Renaissance Italy.The scientists were able to sequence the complete genome of an ancient strain of hepatitis B after extracting DNA from the naturally mummified body of the two-year-old girl, which was interred with a number of other bodies in the sacristy of the Basilica of Saint Domenico Maggiore in Naples.In the mid-1980s, before the advent of advanced genomic sequencing, Italian researchers had suggested the child likely died of smallpox because of evidence of rash-like scarring on her body.“The blisters are clearly all over the face … when you look at the image, your first thought would be smallpox,” agreed Hendrik Poinar, an evolutionary geneticist at McMaster University in Hamilton, who co-led the new study with evolutionary biologist Edward Holmes of the University of Sydney.But after extracting viral DNA from small samples of the child’s skin and bone and analyzing its genetic signature, researchers turned up no evidence of smallpox.“Nada. We couldn’t find anything,” said Poinar, director of McMaster’s Ancient DNA Centre, who previously helped sequence the genome of the extinct woolly mammoth and traced the genetic evolution of the bacteria that causes bubonic plague.One of the scientists then turned to what’s called a pathogen enrichment array, a means of testing a DNA sample to see if there’s a genetic match detected among markers for hundreds of viruses, bacteria and other disease-causing agents.What emerged was a clear signal for hepatitis B, leading the researchers to speculate that the child may have been affected by a rare childhood disease that can follow infection with hepatitis B, known as Gianotti-Crosti syndrome.“That’s a rash that breaks out extensively on children and it can cause death,” said Poinar.What surprised the scientists, whose research was published Thursday in the journal PLOS Pathogens, was how little the 16th-century strain of hepatitis B had changed genetically when compared with modern-day samples of the virus.Hepatitis B is a primarily blood-borne virus that affects the liver. While most adults recover fully from the disease within a few months as their immune system clears the infection, some people develop a chronic lifetime infection that can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. A vaccine can prevent hepatitis B, but there’s no curative treatment.It’s estimated that one-third of the world’s population has been infected with the virus at some point in their lives and that about 350 million people are currently living with a chronic infection.“This is a virus that still causes considerable morbidity and mortality today across the globe, especially in underdeveloped countries and for lower socioeconomic status individuals,” said Poinar, noting it began infecting humans about 60,000 years ago.“The more we understand about the behaviour of past pandemics and outbreaks, the greater our understanding of how modern pathogens might work and spread, and this information will ultimately help in their control,” he said.“Understanding the evolution of pathogens is quintessential to figuring out how to eradicate them.”—-Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper Present A Legacy of Changing Lives

first_imgLOS ANGELES — February 20, 2018 — A Legacy of Changing Lives, presented by the Fulfillment Fund, will honor the legacy of Cherna and Dr. Gary Gitnick with a star-studded gala on Tuesday, March 13 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.Special guest presenters Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, and hosts Teri Polo and Sherri Saum (“The Fosters”) are set to join the festivities to celebrate the Gitnicks’ 40 years of service on behalf of the students of Los Angeles. A Legacy of Changing Lives will also include a special performance by Grammy Award-winning composer Charles Fox joined by soon-to-be-announced special guests. The gala dinner will be catered by celebrity chef and famed restauranteur Wolfgang Puck.The celebration is supported by notable dinner co-chairs who include The Honorable Frank and Kathy Baxter, Edyth and Eli Broad, Susan A. Buffet, Megan and Peter Chernin, Bradley Cooper, Jan and David Crosby, Robert De Niro, Stedman Graham, Frann and Jim Gray, Hawkins Mikita, Kate Hudson, Amy Pascal, Gelila and Wolfgang Puck, Rich Ross, Anne M. Sweeney, Tie the Knot’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, and Sally Whitehill and Mark Gordon.ABOUT THE GITNICKSCherna and Dr. Gary Gitnick are co-founders of the Fulfillment Fund, an organization that works to make college a reality for under-served students. It began forty years ago after Dr. Gitnick’s UCLA holiday party, where he was inspired to create a small mentoring organization for children with disabilities. Soon after, the Gitnicks witnessed the growing educational needs of all students and expanded to bring mentorship and college readiness services to youth of all abilities, making the Fulfillment Fund one of the first programs of its kind. Now with programs in Las Vegas and Vail, Colorado, the Fulfillment Fund empowers thousands of students each year.In 1991, Cherna Gitnick founded the Friends of the Fulfillment Fund, a women’s auxiliary group that raises crucial funds. Cherna put together a tea at her home to inspire guests to get involved with something fulfilling. Soon, the Friends began hosting annual fundraising luncheons which went on for more than ten years, and later transformed these events into new and creative initiatives such as “Songs of Our Lives” and the Fulfillment Fund Author and Artist Series. The group also connects with students, and mails Starbucks coffee cards to recently graduated Fulfillment Fund scholars. Since its inception, the Friends of the Fulfillment Fund has raised more than $3 million.ABOUT THE FULFILLMENT FUNDThe Fulfillment Fund has empowered youth through education for four decades. With a mission to make college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities, the Fulfillment Fund seeks to open young people’s eyes to the possibility of college, change their beliefs about what they can achieve, and support them on their path toward a college education. Through a comprehensive array of unique college access services, the Fulfillment Fund provides classroom-based instruction, college and financial aid counseling, individual and group mentoring, digital learning courses, scholarships, experiential learning groups, college field trips, and more.last_img read more

Towards rural economic crisis

first_imgThe last month has been about brutal economic data, all indicating towards what we were speculating about: India’s rural economy is headed for a crisis like never before. On the second of April 2019, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) released sales data for 2018. Depressingly, scooter sales grew at its slowest in 14 years. Those reporting on rural India treat scooter as the first milestone of a household’s rising prosperity. Also Read – A special kind of bond”Sales were expected to rebound after the conclusion of the General Elections,” SIAM President Rajan Wadhera reportedly said, but with a condition: “A recovery in demand would, however, be contingent upon factors such as abundant monsoon rain and improvement in credit availability.” Around the same time, the news of a “weak” El Nino already taking shape hit headlines. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US, El Nino conditions strengthened in February 2019. And it triggered the alarm bells: the summer monsoon is under threat now. Also Read – Insider threat managementIf the next monsoon is below normal levels, it would be the fifth consecutive below-normal monsoon and drought year for close to 250 districts in the country. Most of them are in India’s rain-fed areas and host the poorest population. Currently, 300 districts are already under drought, the third and fifth consecutive for regions such as Marathwada in Maharashtra and Rayalseema in Andhra Pradesh. Since 2014-2015, which witnessed the second consecutive drought that precipitated a severe agrarian crisis, there has been no let up in monsoon deficit in the last five years except in 2017. However, according to the India Meteorological Department’s definition, monsoon has been normal for the last three years at pan-India level. This is because it defines below-normal only beyond a 19 per cent deficit. India’s winter foodgrain production has already been downgraded. The country’s overall economic growth is already being downgraded, keeping in mind the potentially below-normal monsoon and also the overall slump in global economy. However, the impacts on crop production are overtly negative as the rainfall distribution has not been uniform; many states had huge deficit while others a 9-19 per cent deficit. “Rainfall distribution has been patchy and farmer incomes are down,” Crisil Chief Economist Dharmakirti Joshi told the media. But what makes this a point of great distress for the rural economy is the double whammy. First, farmers lost crops and income from agriculture to consecutive droughts. Second, when they looked for alternative option of livelihoods, there was not much to take up. It means their economic conditions have simply worsened. The average growth rate for farm sector wages nearly halved between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Those who want to make up for this dip can’t find options. For example, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has been able to offer only 38 days of employment per household in 2018-19 — a significant drop from 45.8 days in 2017-18. Similarly, non-farm wage growth has also dipped to around 4 per cent (December 2018). Going by government data, there is a 20-30 per cent dip in general rural wage growth. India’s rural economy accounts for half its gross domestic product as well as private consumption. And 40 per cent of its outputs come from agriculture. The crisis in rural economy started showing signs way back in 2011. The rural wage growth rate that hit the historic above 20 per cent in November 2011 started declining. By November 2014 it reported a growth rate of just 3.6 per cent in November 2014. But this year also marked the start of the consecutive two severe droughts. Agricultural growth was just 0.2 per cent in 2014-15. After this, though officially the monsoon has been normal, farmers have not recovered from losses. To this was added the market glut that ensured farmers didn’t get enough returns for their produce. The dip in wage rate means close to 50 crore (500 million) daily wagers have reported a dip in their income. This is an additional loss as their perceived income from farming would have also dipped. (The author is Managing Editor, Down To Earth and writes on rural affairs and development matters. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Morocco Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attack on Its Embassy in Tripoli

Rabat – Morocco strongly condemned the terrorist attack targeting its embassy in Tripoli and called on Libyan authorities to open an investigation to determine the circumstances of such criminal aggression.The Kingdom of Morocco expressed “deep concern and firm condemnation of this terrorist act that represents a blatant violation of international law and diplomatic norms relating to respecting and guaranteeing the inviolability of diplomatic missions,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.Following this attack Morocco “calls on the Libyan authorities to conduct an inquiry in order to determine the circumstances of this cowardly criminal attack and its perpetrators,” the statement added. In the statement, Morocco reiterated its solidarity with Libya in this transition period and reaffirmed support to political dialogue under the auspices of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) between the Libyan political stakeholders in order to achieve the Libyan people’s aspirations to stability, peace and prosperity.The main gate of the Moroccan embassy in Tripoli was targeted early on Monday by a bomb attack that exploded without claiming victims but left material damage in neighboring buildings. read more

Marking Eid alAdha UN expresses hopes for peace

“May this special occasion bring all Iraqis one step closer to achieving peace, reconciliation and further progress towards stability and democracy,” said Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, extending his wishes to the country’s people and Government for a peaceful and festive season. He also reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to assist Iraq as it addresses its challenges and moves towards its future. Wishing them “Eid Adha Mubarek,” the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) congratulated the people and Government of Sudan. “The celebration of the feast sacrifice is a symbol of solidarity and a peaceful coexistence toward which we are all committed,” UNMIS said in a press release. 7 December 2008On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the United Nations has voiced its hope for peace. read more

UN closely involved in efforts to ease political tensions in Madagascar

10 March 2009The United Nations is closely involved with efforts to resolve the political crisis in Madagascar peacefully, the world body said today. President Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina, the mayor of the capital, Anatananarivo, declared last month that they are committed to start a UN-facilitated dialogue. Nearly 100 people were killed and many more injured in violence that erupted recently amid their dispute.Spokesperson Marie Okabe said today that the world body is working in tandem with the international community, “including in support of efforts being made collectively to ensure the safety of persons involved,” towards settling the problem in the Indian Ocean island nation.She noted that the top UN advisor on the ground, Tiébilé Dramé of Mali, is in contact with the parties, the mediation efforts and diplomats.Assistant Secretary-General Haile Menkerios, who has been dispatched to Madagascar twice, told UN Radio yesterday that his advice to the sides was that “a peaceful solution is the best and that they can reach it through dialogue.”He said that the first instalment of the negotiations entails the president and the mayor’s camps reaching agreement on how to stabilize the situation. The next phase – drawing in an expanded group including representatives of other political parties, civil society, youth women and others – would be geared towards tackling root causes, including “problems of governance on a wider scale – political, economic and social.” read more

Mickey Marotti antsy to get Buckeyes buff

The Ohio State football team did not get much time to rest after its 24-17 loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2. Just days after the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Buckeyes were back in the weight room for training and conditioning under the instruction of new strength coach Mickey Marotti, who pushed up the start of offseason workouts by a week. “We were getting antsy,” Marotti said at his introductory press conference on Jan 12. “It’s time to go.” Marotti, whose official title is assistant athletic director for football sports performance, will serve as strength and conditioning coordinator and manage the entire sports performance staff of the football program under new coach Urban Meyer. “Anybody that touches our athletes in the football program, I kind of oversee it from a communications standpoint to see what we can do better to be the best out there,” Marotti said. This will be the fourth time that Marotti and Meyer will work together. The two met as graduate assistants at OSU in 1987 and were reunited nearly a decade later at Notre Dame where Meyer coached wide receivers and Marotti served as strength coach. When Meyer was hired as coach at Florida in 2005, one of his first hires was Marotti, who went on to serve as director of strength and conditioning for the Gators until coming to Columbus. Meyer said he has complete confidence in Marotti, as well as the four full-time assistants that will work under him. “There are times in the year when the strength staff has more contact with the team than the coaching staff,” Meyer said. “I have complete trust in Mickey Marotti’s abilities to prepare our student-athletes to be the strongest, fastest and mentally toughest football players they can be.” Marotti said having assistant athletic director as part of his title was something that was very important to him as far as future career aspirations. “I had a similar role at Florida, but there wasn’t a title involved,” Marotti said. “I think it has a little bit more meaning and maybe, down the road 10 or 15 years from now, maybe that’s an avenue that I’d like to take, to get into administration.” Marotti received a master’s in strength in conditioning from OSU in 1987 and is only one of 100 strength trainers to receive such an honor . His salary for 2012 is $380,000. He is known for incorporating unusual exercises into his workouts, such as flipping tires and hauling rocks. “I’m going to go very hard on these guys,” Marotti said. “We’re going to be doing a lot of things here in the upcoming weeks that I know (the players) are looking forward to. “Well, I am at least.” read more

Sophia resident in custody over unlicenced gun

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUnemployed man nabbed with unlicenced gun, ammo- PoliceNovember 15, 2017In “Crime”Dog food vendor busted with unlicenced gun, ammoOctober 11, 2018In “Crime”Sophia man remanded after found with unlicenced gun, ammoJuly 16, 2018In “Court” The weapon in questionA 25-year-old male resident of Dennis Street, Sophia was on Tuesday evening arrested after he was reportedly found with an unlicenced.32 revolver without ammunition.According to the police, ranks form the Force’s Narcotics Branch made the arrest after receiving information.Police say the are investigating the matter further. read more

Apple Pay is now available in Ireland

first_imgApple Pay is now available in Ireland You can now tap your iPhone like a contactless card. Mar 7th 2017, 7:41 AM Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 7:41 AM 26,403 Views Share136 Tweet Email1 37 Comments By Rónán Duffy Image: Youtube/Applecenter_img Short URL The service is now avaialble through two irish banks. OVER TWO YEARS after it was first launched, Apple Pay is now available in Ireland.The cash-free payment system allows users to pay for goods by tapping their phone on a reader, much like they would using a contactless card.Apple Pay in Ireland is currently available for customers of KBC Bank and Ulster Bank and there is no charge per transaction on the service.The security of the service comes from the fact that your actual card numbers are not stored on the device and are therefore not transferred when you make a payment.Instead, you’re issued a Device Account Number that is encrypted and stored in your device.The only time your debit or credit card details are seen by Apple is when you’re entering it into your phone.It’s much like generating a new voucher for every transaction you make. Each one is for the specific transaction you make and even if it is intercepted, the token cannot be traced back to the buyer.You can also use Apple Pay to pay for goods and services in apps on your device. Source: Apple/YouTubeYou can begin using Apple Pay through the Wallet app on your Apple device.It is available on an iPhone 6 or later, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 or later and an Apple Watch paired to an iPhone 5 or later.Android Pay has also been available to Irish uses since December 2016.Explainer: How does Apple Pay (and mobile payments) actually work? >Read: Apple is changing the iPhone’s charging port again > The service is now avaialble through two irish banks. Image: Youtube/Apple https://jrnl.ie/3274316 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Shocking video of alleged rape in Nassau street surfaces one arrested

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 18, 2017 – Nassau – An alarming set of videos are spreading on social media and Police are telling the public that they have a man in custody for the explicit scene in broad daylight where it appears a woman is being raped while laying unresponsive in the street.The vile act is being taped by others, said to be two males and on camera with his face showing from time to time is a third man actually having sex and then performing another sexual act in a different video, and most crudely and cruelly on the woman.  Police say the woman appears to be, ‘not in her right mind.’Magnetic Media is told the woman claims she did not know what happened and believes she was drugged.  Police are expected to make more arrests in the case.#MagneticMediaNews#allegedrapeinNassaustreets#allegedrapedtapedinNassau Related Items:#allegedrapedtapedinNassau, #allegedrapeinNassaustreets, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Take a new approach to recognition at Employee Benefits Connect 2018

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Delegates at Employee Benefits Connect 2018 will be able to learn how to construct a social media-focused recognition strategy.Debra Corey (pictured) group reward director at Reward Gateway, will lead a session titled ‘How to be a rebel with recognition in a social world’ as part of the employee engagement conference stream on Wednesday 28 February 2018.The session will discuss how and why HR, reward and benefits professions should think differently around their approach to recognition, and explore how forging a unique approach to recognition can work to really engage employees and aid staff retention.To demonstrate these points, Corey will present seven employer case studies to highlight different organisations’ approaches to recognition.During the session she will also discuss the importance of social media and the role this should play in an employer’s approach to recognition. Corey will explore how technological advancements should be taken into consideration to help employers facilitate a more social and visible strategy for peer-to-peer recognition.Corey said: “The whole concept is about not being afraid to challenge the status quo, so really just going out there and shaking things up and doing things differently. If all [employers are] doing right now is long-service awards, is that really achieving […] engagement? So really taking a step back and thinking about ‘what can I do [that is] unique? What can I do that’s really going to drive engagement?’“I want to light that fire, I want to light that flame under people to be rebels. I want to give [delegates] enough practical tips and tools so that they can go back and start thinking about […] ‘how can I do that in my [organisation]?’ And then, relating to social, […] how and why they can be social because it is no longer a nice to do, but it is a must do.”Employee Benefits Connect 2018 will take place on Wednesday 28 February 2018 at Park Plaza, Westminster, London.For more information or to book your place.last_img read more

Deepika Priyanka top Insta celebs with high fake followers

first_imgSan Francisco, Aug 10 (IANS) Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra Jonas are among the 10 celebrities who have maximum numbers of fake followers or “bots” on Instagram. At sixth place on the fake followers’ list, a massive 48 per cent of Deepika’s followers are bots, according to an analysis from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP). Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us At 10th place, 46 per cent of Priyanka’s Instagramn followers are fake. Deepika currently has 37.9 million followers on Instagram while Priyanka has 43.6 million. At the top is talk show host Ellen DeGeneres with 58 per cent of fake Instagram followers, followed by boy-band BTS coming with 48 per cent. Kourtney Kardashian was third with 49 per cent, while Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian both had 44 per cent fake followers on the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Katy Perry has 53 per cent of her 83.6 million Instagram followers fake. Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus are also ranked high for bots. “We took various ‘most successful’ and ‘most followed’ to build our list of celebrities across acting, sport, music, and TV personalities. We then filtered this by the number of followers to give ourselves a top 100 most followed list,” ICMP said in a statement. Advertise With Us “We then ran their Instagram and Twitter handles through IG Audit and Sparktoro’s fake Twitter follower’s tool to measure what percentage of their following was actually real,” it added. As Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram continues to grow, influencer marketing has emerged as a major trend in 2019 that earned influencers the highest amount of money for paid posts to date. Attaining the 19th spot, Priyanka made it to the list along with Indian cricketer Virat Kohli who sits on the 23rd rank. While Priyanka Chopra Jonas charges $271,000 per post, Kohli charges $196,000.last_img read more

Preserve Dhakas archaeological sites PM

first_imgPMPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the authorities concerned to take necessary steps for the conservation and renovation of the archaeological sites in Dhaka city, reports UNB.She gave the directives in a meeting with the senior officials of the cultural affairs ministry, archaeology department and Rajuk at her office.Briefing reporters after the meeting, the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said the archeology department’s director general Altaf Hossain gave a powerpoint presentation on the prensent condition of the 93 archaeological sites in the city.The prime minister gave directives on which sites should be demolished and which should be protected and renovated considering their historical importance, he said.The prime minister’s principal secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, PMO senior secretary Suraiya Begum, cultural affairs secretary Md Ibraheem Hosein Khan, public works secretary Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker and Rajuk chairman Md Abdur Rahman were present at the meeting.last_img read more