Shifts in the Pyramid: Top 5 people in power list

first_imgIndustrialist Mukesh AmbaniMUKESH AMBANI53, Industrialist (2)Big BossBecause in a year when corporate czars have been cut down to size, his reputation stands as tall as his 27-storey, $1-billion new home.Because Asia’s richest man runs India’s biggest listed company worth Rs 3,36,000 crore whose power extends from oil and gas to,Industrialist Mukesh AmbaniMUKESH AMBANI53, Industrialist (2)Big BossBecause in a year when corporate czars have been cut down to size, his reputation stands as tall as his 27-storey, $1-billion new home.Because Asia’s richest man runs India’s biggest listed company worth Rs 3,36,000 crore whose power extends from oil and gas to textiles, telecom to financial services and even sports management.Because he enabled India to get its biggest foreign direct investment ever, thanks to RILs $7.2-billion deal with British Petroleum (BP) that will see it partner gas projects developed by Reliance.Because RIL, for the last six years, has been the single-largest contributor, at almost 14 per cent, to the National Stock Exchange’s gains.Because along with new-look wife, Nita, he is the unofficial head priest of Mumbai’s uppermost crust, playing host to the best and brightest Indians, from Sachin Tendulkar to Aamir Khan, Anand Mahindra to Adi Godrej.Because whether it’s the gas sharing feud with younger brother Anil or clearance for the deal with BP, he knows whom to call in and out of the government.Power moment When he took a two-third pay cut last year after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh commented on vulgar salaries. Of course, his salary,at Rs 1 crore-plus a month, is still a hefty one.Is influenced by His father Dhirubhai’s ability to do the unthinkable. He calls it “jumping to the next orbit”.Style statement “Only Nita,” he says proudlyOne regret That Mumbai Indians did not win the IPL last year Cricketer Sachin TendulkarSACHIN TENDULKARadvertisement37, Cricketer (5)Mr IndiaBecause in a nation where icons are nanosecond phenomenons, he is forever.Because ever since he made his international debut as a curly mopped, chubby cheeked 16-year-old, he has had to shoulder a billion expectations.Because age has not withered his infinite variety or lessened his insatiable appetite for records-Tendulkar holds the record for the most hundreds in Tests (51) and ODIs (48) and his total runs in first-class cricket stand at 79,371, the highest by any Indian.Because in an age of personality meltdowns, he is always correct in his public behaviour.Because he is India’s second richest sportsman, making Rs 64 crore a year from endorsements and match fee, yet he epitomises middle class values.Smartest move Not retaining the captaincy of the side despite leading India in 25 Test matches, between 1996 and 2000. It was Tendulkar who recommended M.S. Dhoni’s name.Did you know That he debuted in 1989 with a pair of pads gifted by his cricket hero, Sunil Gavaskar?Power moment Watching the video of his first Test hundredRecent acquisition Bought and renovated an old Parsi villa near Bandra West, Mumbai, for Rs 35 crore Industrialist Ratan TataRATAN TATA73, Industrialist (1)Rough RideBecause despite the tarnishing of his name in the Niira Radia tapes controversy, he presides over India’s most diversified, multinational business conglomerate with 100 companies in 56 countries and an annual turnover of Rs 3.1 lakh crore.Because he is influential enough to be granted a special audience in Parliament House with a pm under siege at the start of a Budget session.Because of the group’s total revenues of $67.4 billion, 57 per cent came from businesses overseas last year.Because he proved sceptics wrong by successfully turning around the loss-making Jaguar Land Rover to the extent that it contributed 60 per cent of the total revenue and 80 per cent of total profit of Tata Motors in 2010.Because he succeeded in reviving the sales of a struggling Tata Nano by introducing a four-year warranty and a special financing scheme.Usually to be found at His Colaba flat in Mumbai with his pet dogs. One of his Alsatians is named Tito.Top gun moment Co-piloted Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter plane at Aero India 2011 in Bangalore in February.Did you know That he owns around 1 per cent of the total shareholding of the group?Future plans Will step down as the chairman of the Tata Group in 2012 Media Baron Samir JainSAMIR AND VINEET JAIN56 & 44, Media Barons (8)Expanding FootprintBecause they brandished their heft by increasing attention to editorial with a sustained campaign against corruption in the CWG and Adarsh Society scams that scalped a chief minister, and innovative social initiatives like Aman ki Aasha and Teach India.Because they have become the moguls of multimedia with a newspaper empire that sells four million copies every day, an aggressive news channel that is watched by at least two million people daily and 32 radio stations tuned into by 41 million listeners every day.Media Baron Vineet JainBecause The Times of India has become a pan-India paper and is making inroads into Tamil Nadu with editions from Coimbatore and Madurai to take on the reigning stalwart, The Hindu.advertisementBecause they were the most profitable media company, making over Rs 1,200 crore last year, enough to wipe out their debts.Because the brothers have decided to professionalise the brand management with five ceos and involve themselves only in key strategic decisions.Power Moment The brothers bonded at Samir’s daughter Trishala’s wedding in Udaipur in February which was attended by the boldface names of politics, business and Bollywood.Power food Samir prefers home-cooked food, Vineet loves to snack.Fitness Mantra Gym for Vineet and yoga for SamirStyle Statement Kurtas for Samir and blazers for Vineet Banker Deepak ParekhDEEPAK PAREKH66, Banker (24)Corporate DefenderBecause he was the only corporate leader who took on the Government to defend big business after the 2G scam.Because he continues to be the Prime Minister’s advisor of choice, appointed to two more influential government committees in 2010, one on making India slum free and the other on promoting financial inclusion.Because HDFC is growing at a frenetic pace, with a 26 per cent rise in profits in April-December 2010, a 25 per cent increase in loan disbursement and a steadily falling ratio of non-performing roles.Because after years of steady performance, HDFC is hoping to close the current financial year with $1 billion in pre-tax profits, even as its market capitalisation shot past Rs 1,00,000 crore last year.Because HDFC was listed as the sole Indian firm among the world’s most ethical companies in research conducted by the New York-based The Ethisphere Institute.Passionate about Preserving Mumbai’s historic structures. Recently, he wanted Mumbai Ports to retain the century-old docks.Quality time Playing with granddaughter Aamaya.Regrets Not having learnt to play golfFavourite destination Loves going down to Goa for its fishlast_img read more

Cavs begin coaching search after parting ways with Drew

first_imgAlthough expected, Drew’s departure creates more work for a franchise that will sit out the NBA playoffs this season following a four-year run in the Finals with James.The 61-year-old Drew met with general manager Koby Altman, and the two decided it was best if they went in separate directions. Altman said in a release that Drew “respectfully declined to participate in the search process and will not be returning to coach the Cavaliers.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Cavs tied for the league’s second-worst record with Phoenix, but Drew kept his team playing hard until the end. He received praise from many of his players, including All-Star forward Kevin Love, who was limited to just 22 games following toe surgery.“We have great respect and appreciation for Larry and the job that he did as the head coach of the Cavaliers for nearly the entire 2018-19 campaign. He brought professionalism, class and steady leadership both this past season and prior four years,” Altman said in a release. “All of us in Cleveland wish Larry nothing but the best going forward.” View comments Altman will embark on a search for Cleveland’s fifth coach since 2013. The Cavs will consider college coaches, NBA assistants and former head coaches to continue the rebuild Drew started.Altman is scheduled to outline some of his plans during a news conference Friday at the team’s facility in Independence.The Cavs’ job is enticing on several fronts. Owner Dan Gilbert has displayed a willingness to spend and Cleveland could land one of the top college prospects depending on how things go in next month’s draft lottery.Drew took over when Tyronn Lue, who led the Cavs to a title in 2016, was fired Oct. 28 following a 0-6 start. The 61-year-old Drew spent three seasons with the Cavs, joining Lue’s staff for the championship season.When he replaced Lue, Drew, who previously coached in Atlanta and Milwaukee, knew the Cavs might go in another direction at some point and asked the team to restructure his contract.ADVERTISEMENT Drew’s steadying influence helped the Cavs endure injuries which led to him use a league-high 32 different lineups. He also helped in the development of rookie point guard Collin Sexton, who finished strong after a slow start and appears to be a building block for the future.“I want to thank Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, the entire organization, and especially our fans, for what has been a very special and rewarding time here in Cleveland,” Drew said. “Koby and I had a good discussion following the season and have both decided that the best decision for each of us was that I would not return to coach the team. I am very proud of what we accomplished over the last several years together and will always cherish our championship.“I also want to commend our players this season for the bond that they established, the way they approached their jobs and the hard work and growth they had every day. I am very proud of them and wish them the best as they continue to develop for the future.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Larry Drew watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Cleveland. A person familiar with the decisions says the Cavaliers are not bringing back Drew for a second season. Drew, who led the Cavs to a 19-63 record after taking over when Tyronn Lue was fired on Oct. 28, was told the team was not picking up his contract option by general manager Koby Altman, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, April 11, 2019, because the team has not commented. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers’ next coach will inherit a better situation than the one Larry Drew got handed.Drew and the Cavs parted ways Thursday after a challenging, 19-win season that followed LeBron James leaving for Los Angeles and included a rash of injuries to a young roster.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sacramento Kings fire coach Dave Joerger 3 losing seasons Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Football : Klopp defends Liverpool’s spending spree.

first_imgAdvertisementLiverpool boss defends his club’s spending spree in the transfer market this summer as the Reds have lashed out the money acquiring the services of Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri. Having already spent more than 150m in the transfer market, Klopp says that the market is not closed hinting at yet another marquee signing. Lyon’s captain Nabil Fekir is most likely the next player in line to join the Reds this summer.The footballing world is criticizing Klopp for his extravagant spending at Liverpool as last summer he had criticized Manchester United for spending 90m on Paul Pogba. Ever since, Klopp has gone on to sign the most expensive defender, most expensive goalkeeper and atleast 40m on Keita, Fabinho and Salah each. Quite contrary to his comment on United.“We don’t care what the world around us is thinking,” Klopp stated.“Like Manchester United didn’t care what I said.”The German added: “It is only an opinion in that moment. Did I change my opinion? Yes. That is true. But it is better to change your opinion than never have one.“Whatever people say and bring it up again and again, I have had worse days in my life and worse things happen to me. We have the players we wanted. I am fine with that.” – he added.It is quite clear that Klopp is trying everything to bring success to Liverpool. Klopp’s style of management, relationship with the players and his “heavy metal football” has shown hints of success as Liverpool reached the finals of the Champions League last season. Liverpool’s hopes of a silverware has never been brighter and more promising as this could be one the best squads Liverpool have assembled in club history.On the other hand, one cannot completely blame the German manager for this splash of cash as the market has been high on inflation ever since Neymar was bought for more than 200m by PSG. Before the big money moves happened, a 100m transfer would be a rarity but since then there have been many transfers for an exorbitant amount of money. With clubs setting unbelievable price tags for players, it would not be long before another player touches the 200m transfer target.Read also :Football : “I will stay at PSG” – NeymarFootball : Liverpool’s Naby Keita believes the Reds can challenge Man City for the Premier League Title. Advertisementlast_img read more

FA Cup: Chelsea knocked out, Diego Costa denies biting rival

first_imgDiego Costa told Chelsea he didn’t bite an Everton opponent in a confrontation that led to the fiery striker being sent off on Saturday as his team was knocked out of the FA Cup.Chelsea had just been humiliated by former striker Romelu Lukaku scoring twice in a five-minute span, including a breathtaking solo goal, when Costa was sent off in the 84th minute of Everton’s 2-0 win in the FA Cup quarterfinals.Reacting to a challenge from Gareth Barry, Costa thrust his head at the Everton midfielder before appearing to sink his teeth toward Barry’s neck in a biting motion. Having already been shown a yellow card for a 10th-minute foul on Barry, Costa was dismissed for the first time in two seasons at Chelsea after being booked again.There was no immediate reaction from Barry to suggest he had been bitten. More than four hours after the incident, Chelsea insisted there was no bite.”Diego spoke to club officials after the game and expressed regret over his reaction to the challenge from Gareth Barry that led to his red card,” Chelsea said late Saturday on Twitter. “But Diego was also very clear that he did not bite him at any point during that altercation.”Everton also ended with 10 men after Barry himself was shown a second yellow card three minutes later for catching Cesc Fabregas.”Diego Costa had a fighting spirit and I would like to praise the referee (Michael Oliver),” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said. “The sending off of Costa was right.advertisement”The sending off of Gareth Barry was right and the referee never allowed those emotions to stop the fluency. Whatever happens with Diego Costa I am sure the two players shook it off.”The FA Cup exit followed Chelsea being eliminated from the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.Lukaku’s first goal came in the 77th minute after Ross Barkley slipped the ball through to him on the left wing. Lukaku slalomed past two players before cutting inside past defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic and striking low past compatriot Thibaut Courtois.The Belgium goalkeeper was beaten again in the 82nd when Lukaku put the ball through his legs for his 25th goal of the season – a tally greater than Chelsea’s strikers combined.So, unlike in 2009, Guus Hiddink will not be ending this interim spell as Chelsea manager by lifting the FA Cup.And Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor will have to rebuild the squad by attracting players to a team likely out of Europe. At the same time, Chelsea is still dealing with the legal fallout from Mourinho’s rift with its former team doctor on the opening day of the season as Eva Carneiro’s constructive dismissal case heads to a public tribunal hearing.Relegation was the immediate threat to Chelsea when Hiddink replaced Mourinho in December but the champions’ Premier League status is not under threat.”My first task was to get us, as soon as possible, out of this relegation zone which we surprisingly did well within a few weeks from the 16th place to 10th,” Hiddink said. “But then it is difficult, as I said before, to achieve the Champions League places and maintain two roads to have success which is the FA Cup and which was the Champions League. They are gone now and that’s a pity.”last_img read more

13 new govt colleges to open this year in Punjab

first_imgThe Punjab government on Thursday, June 9, revealed its plan to open 13 new government colleges in the state this year.Details on the move: According to Press Trust of India (PTI), Higher Education Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, in a statement, said the following:Of the total 13 colleges, two colleges will be professional, two of them would be based on model degree, while the remaining nine will be degree collegesThe construction work of these colleges was in full swing, he said, emphasising that one professional, two model degree and nine other colleges would be started from the current session 2016-17He also revealed that the two professional and two model degree colleges would be started in collaboration with the Rashtriya Uchttam Siksha Abhiyan (RUSA).Total investment for two professional government colleges:The two professional government colleges namely, Punjab Arts and Sports College, Jalandhar, and the Punjab Aeronautical College of Engineering, Patiala, would be opened with an estimated investment of Rs 26 crore each.State-Centre share in the investment:The minister further informed that the state had already contributed an excess share of Rs 6.47 crore, besides contributing its share in proportion to the ratio of 60:40 as the centre and state share.Construction status:70 per cent of construction work of Punjab Arts and Sports College, Jalandhar, has already been completed.Read: Mumbai’s self financed courses witness hike in number of entries every year Click here for more information from India Today Education.last_img read more

Three former England captains criticise South African Kagiso Rabada’s ban

first_imgThree former England captains united on Saturday to condemn the one-match ban given to South African paceman Kagiso Rabada.He will miss the second Test starting on Friday after receiving a fourth demerit point in 24 months for what the International Cricket Council called “inappropriate language” towards batsman Ben Stokes in the first Test at Lord’s on Friday.The three previous points were all for “deliberate physical contact” against Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella in February.”It seems a nonsense to me that those two things combined have resulted in a Test match ban,” Michael Atherton told Sky Sports viewers after watching film of both incidents.”Three demerit points for that slight bit of contact with Dickwella and then yesterday when it’s hardly directed at Ben Stokes.””For me it’s ridiculous,” said one of Atherton’s predecessors Ian Botham.”It’s a physical game and you’re talking about heat-of-the-moment exchanges. That’s just a nudge.”A third former captain, David Gower, agreed.”It’s highlighted by the fact that those points from a previous offence mean he’s not going to be playing in the next Test match of the series. It is a very, very harsh punishment.”South Africa are already missing paceman Dale Steyn for the whole series with a shoulder injury and on Saturday fellow seamer Vernon Philander was taken to hospital for an x-ray after being hit on the hand during his innings of 52. The x-ray showed no bones were broken.He was last man out as South Africa were dismissed for 361, 97 behind on first innings.advertisementlast_img read more

Photos of Pakistan cricketers removed from Jaipur stadium after Pulwama terror attack

first_imgRajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) has removed the photographs of Pakistani cricketers from the picture gallery of Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack. Around 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a deadly terror attack on Thursday and Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility of the attack.RCA followed the footsteps of Cricket Club of India and the Mohali stadium authorities who also carried out similar actions condemning the terror attack.On Saturday, Cricket Club of India (CCI) had covered the portrait of Imran Khan in the restaurant hall at its Brabourne stadium headquarters in Mumbai. Secretary Suresh Bafna had said that the step was their way of condemning the barbaric attack on their security personnel.Following that, the broadcast of Pakistan Super League (PSL) was suspended in India by DSport, who held the right for the same in India.Also, photographs of various Pakistani cricketers, including Shahid Afridi, Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram, inside the Mohali stadium was taken down as a “humble step” to show solidarity with the families of martyrs of the Pulwama terror attack on Sunday.IMG-Reliance then backed out from broadcasting the PSL, meaning the league will go off air unless the PCB brings in an alternate production services.On the other hand, there is continuous controversy around an I-League match between Real Kashmir FC and Minerva Punjab FC in Srinagar on Monday. While AIFF have given a go-ahead for the match in Srinagar, Minerva are not ready to travel just days after the attack and asking for written security assurance from the Home Ministry or Indian Army or the Government of India.advertisementHowever, the Shooting World Cup will not be affected by the situation in the country after National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) secretary Rajiv Bhatia confirmed on Monday that visa will not be denied to the Pakistan shooters for participation in the upcoming tournament. He said that “Home Ministry has given its approval”.Also Read | PCB reacts after CCI removes Imran Khan posters: Will take this up with ICC and BCCIlast_img read more

25 days agoEveryone will know ‘top class’ Man Utd youngster Garner – Fletcher

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everyone will know ‘top class’ Man Utd youngster Garner – Fletcherby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United star Darren Fletcher believes that James Garner is one to watch from the club’s academy.Garner has received significant praise for his performances for the under-23 side so far this season.He is a goalscoring, box to box midfielder who has appeared a level above the others at the under-23 level.And Fletcher believes the 18-year-old is a huge talent who can go all the way.”People talk about the leaders and who is going to help them, which is an important side [to the argument], so it’s a difficult one but I’m sure as the season goes on you’re going to see more of James Garner because he’s top class,” Fletcher told BBC Radio 5 Live.”I’m surprised he’s not featured so far but by the end of the season I’m sure that people will know who he is without a doubt, if you don’t by now.” last_img read more

SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS ANIMATION SUPERVISOR JOSH BEVERIDGE TALKS ABOUT SPIDERMAN INTO THE

first_imgBy now you know the story. A radioactive spider bites nerdy young Peter Parker giving him a unique set of super powers that leads to him becoming the Amazing Spider-Man. So when Peter Parker (voiced by Jake Johnson) turns up in the new animated feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it’s not a surprise.Until he and Afro-Latino Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) meet up and both of their mutual spidey-sense kicks-off.Spider-Man meet Spider-Man. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Coming from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller — the creative team behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street — this feature length cartoon is receiving rave advance press. Along with the hit movie Venom, the wiley web-crawler is swinging back into action. Taking the series launched by 2002’s Spider-Man directed by Sam Raimi as its cue, rather than the far less appealing later reboot attempts, the animation and VFX work in the new flick was done entirely at Vancouver-based Sony Imageworks.Josh Beveridge was the animation supervisor handling what is rumoured in the industry as being one of the largest teams ever assembled for one project. By the end of this film, viewers will meet everyone from Spider-Woman Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) to Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) and Spider-Man Noir (Nicholas Cage) from the ever-expanding “Spider-verse” multiverse. Each character brings their own distinctive animated style and reality with them, so the work included many unique CG and hand-drawn techniques as well as groundbreaking comic-style quirks.Multiple Spider-Verse characters converge in a Brooklyn bedroom in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. SONY PICTURES ANIMATION / PNG“There were a lot of pressures on this one, beginning with knowing that it was another Spider-Man movie and we had to answer ‘why?’” said Beveridge.“The answer was that it was Miles Morales’ story and told in animation which meant that visually it was going to be wildly different.Plus, people care deeply about this particular character and we had to address that very carefully too. It’s a movie that is a love letter to comic books, which is not a single medium, so that meant we got to show the different universes and styles in the film.”Josh Beveridge. Sony Pictures Imageworks animation supervisor. PNGMuch has been made of such stylistic choices as going to comic book frame layouts in certain action sequences to even evoking old style comic printing on frames. As Beveridge says, it’s not a genre it’s a medium and one that is relatively young and exploding with technology. The team held back on a lot of the digital tricks.“We didn’t want this to be a case of ‘how much can the computer do?,’” he said. “Instead we wanted it to be how much it could feel like a moving comic book playing out in front of you. That meant developing some very high-tech solutions as well as some very low tech.”The cast of characters all clearly had to be “spider people” who looked cool and capable when they were fighting and could convince viewers that they could take out baddies. One thing proved constant in the animators’ study of the different universes. All spider heroes were about extreme angles and suspension of gravity when they were in action. So this became a unifying constant across worlds.“So Peter is able to move more like an older veteran who has taken his shots, Gwen with a dancer’s grace and Miles as a completely modern young kid who didn’t really want to become Spider-Man,” he said. “Then we greatly exaggerated for Spider-Ham with more traditional classical animation and Peni Parker uses all manner of anime styles which constantly change. These characters had to be built completely differently from the others, because they just wouldn’t work otherwise.”The expansion into the Spider-Verse means that Beveridge and team could be spending a lot of time in there, as the potential storylines to develop are plentiful. The typical cinematic universe divisions meant animation was targeted to the TV and live-action blockbusters to the movie theatre. This film confuses that separation and if it is as big a hit as expected, will guarantee more to come.“That’s great, because with animation you can truly stretch out as the only limitation is your imagination,” said Beveridge. “I have always thought that it was wrong that the two were separated, particularly when you are talking about comic book superheroes. We chose an esthetic that straddled between the two worlds to tell the story and I think it really works.”After dozens of live-action VFX mega-budget blockbusters like Avengers: Infinity War or Black Panther, the idea of taking superheroes back onto the printed page, or animated screen seems like an excellent plan. Because — wait for it — superheroes aren’t real.BY STUART DERDEYN | VANCOUVER SUN | twitter.com/stuartderdeyn Advertisementcenter_img SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Miles gets his Spider-sense. 2018 [PNG Merlin Archive] SONY PICTURES ANIMATION / PNG Advertisement Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Indonesia deploys urgent humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka

The Indian Express reported that the Sri Lankan government has declared a state of alert in response to the worst drought the country has faced in four decades. It has implemented measures such as water-use restrictions, deployed soldiers, established a presidential commission and urged its citizens to consume water prudently.The Sri Lankan National Water Supply and Sanitation Council on Sunday warned of the need to rationalize the consumption of drinking water as the countrys current reserve is expected to last for only two months. The foodgrain was delivered following a request made by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena through the countrys ambassador to Indonesia in Jakarta. “I immediately responded to the request and asked the ministers concerned to send the aid, and Alhamdulillah, today, we can send it to Sri Lanka,” Jokowi said. As a friend, Indonesia will help Sri Lanka, which is currently facing a food crisis because of drought, Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said on Tuesday.The country is going through a prolonged dry spell, and more than one million of its people are facing acute water shortage and a food crisis. Alahudeen Ansar, head of the Council, said the demand for drinking water has increased by 15 per cent and that measures have been taken to restrict its use in many areas in the 13 affected districts. (Colombo Gazette) “As friends, it is appropriate that Indonesia help Sri Lanka face this difficult situation,” President Jokowi said, as the country delivered humanitarian aid in the form of 5,000 metric tons of rice to Sri Lanka on Tuesday, according to Antara News. read more

Alma Deutscher 11yearold music prodigy wins standing ovation for her first fulllength

first_imgThe 11-year-old has previously been compared to a “mini Mozart”, in recognition of her early talents, but has insisted: “I think for me it’s more interesting to be Alma.”She began her musical career at the age of two when her parents noticed her interest in a Strauss lullaby.At three she was playing a toy violin, composing pieces for the piano at four and writing a full sonata at six.She finds much of her musical inspiration while skipping.Representatives for Miss Deutscher said it was too early to confirm whether the two-and-a-half-hour opera will make its way to a British stage in the future. The opera, Cinderella Alma Deutscher now hopes to take her opera worldwide  “I hope that after this performance, it will be performed all around the world, that everyone will want to put it on and everyone will want to know it.”When asked about her future plans, on Radio 4’s Today programme, she added: “After Cinderella, I want to write my piano concerto, because I’ve written the third movement but I’ve got to finish the second movement.“I’m also writing a book now and I want to publish it, and make it into a film, and then I want to write music for the film.”Her opera tells the story of a young composer, Cinderella, whose poetic prince falls in love with a melody she wrote, vowing to track her down. Miss Deutscher playing the violin aged eight Miss Deutscher playing the violin aged eight The opera, Cinderella An 11-year-old British music prodigy received a standing ovation for her first full-length opera, after it premiered in Vienna, as she speaks of her hopes of taking the show around the world.Alma Deutscher, a composer, pianist and violinist, began working on Cinderella three years ago, and performed it under the eye of conductor  Zubin Mehta on Thursday night.The show, which the Telegraph awarded four stars, received a warm response from its audience of 300, with Miss Deutscher now exploring plans to take it elsewhere.“Of course I’m extremely proud,” she said . “If anyone had told me a few years ago that my opera would be put on in Vienna, I would have thought it was a joke. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Alma Deutscher now hopes to take her opera worldwide  Her wicked stepmother is played as the over-the-hill director of an opera house, while her step-sisters are “pompous prima donnas”.The schoolgirl composer also appears in the German-language opera, playing musical interludes on the piano and at one point accompanying Cinderella on the violin at the Vienna’s Casino Baumgarten theatre.German media describe her as a “Wunderkind”.Miss Deutscher, who lives with her parents in Dorking, Surrey, has proclaimed herself “extremely excited” about the performance at Vienna’s Baumgarten palace, saying she had dreamt about how it’s going to look like on the stage.last_img read more

Une nouvelle tempête de sable paralyse le Koweït

first_imgUne nouvelle tempête de sable paralyse le KoweïtUne nouvelle tempête de sable a soufflé lundi sur le Koweït, paralysant le trafic aérien comme les terminaux d’exportation de pétrole. La semaine dernière déjà, une tempête avait balayé le pays mais aussi l’Irak, ainsi que certaines zones du nord-ouest de l’Arabie Saoudite.Lundi, des bourrasques soufflant à plus de 45 kilomètres par heure ont plongé le pays dans un épais brouillard de sable et de poussière, réduisant la visibilité à moins de 150 mètres à l’aéroport de Koweït, rapporte 20minutes.fr. Dans certaines zones plus dégagées, la visibilité était encore plus faible. Le trafic aérien a donc été suspendu, tandis que les pétroliers sont restés bloqués à leurs mouillages jusqu’à la fin de la tempête, a indiqué un porte-parole de la société nationale.À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseDepuis quatre hivers, le Koweït souffre d’une grave sécheresse. Le sable est alors très facilement soulevé par les rafales de vent, qui plongent le pays sous d’épais nuages de sable. Un phénomène fréquent en été, mais généralement très rare en hiver. La semaine dernière, une tempête accompagnée de vents chargés de poussière et de sable avait déjà touché le pays et d’autres régions voisines. Un phénomène impressionnant, à découvrir en vidéo en cliquant ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/temp%eate/le-koweit-plonge-dans-le-noir-par-une-tempete-de-sable_art13621.htmlLe 5 avril 2011 à 17:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

CES 2019 Hisense goes higherend with better Roku TVs and 4K laser

first_img TVs Hisense’s latest “laser TV” is a massivve screen paired with a short-throw projector and wireless sub. Hisense It’s not easy bringing a new brand name into the US TV market. Televisions are expensive and last a long time, and people tend to want a name they can trust.Hisense, one of the TV brands in domestic China, is a less-familiar name to Americans than even TCL, a fellow Chinese brand that has become increasingly successful in the US. For its 2019 lineup, Hisense is taking a page from TCL by improving the picture quality of some of the most popular kinds of TVs: those that use Roku’s operating system. It also introduced a new all-in-one laser “TV” (er, projector) and a few other bits of intriguing TV tech. Here’s the rundown.hisense-r8-frontHisense R8 Roku TV with Dolby Vision and local dimming.R8 series Roku TV: On paper this set looks like a serious rival to TCL’s 6 series, CNET’s favorite TV for the money, which combines Roku’s superb smart TV system with the picture quality chops of full-array local dimming. The R8 has a healthy 64 zones of dimming on the 65-inch size, wide color gamut, 700 nits of brightness and Dolby Vision, all for less than the TCL 6 series. Shipping “later in 2019” the 55-inch size costs $600 and the 65 an aggressive $750. H8F series Android TV: This set offers all of the picture quality features of the R8 but with Google Android TV smart system instead of Roku’s. Google Assistant voice control is built-in and the set also works with Amazon Alexa. It will launch in May 2019 starting at $400 for the 50-inch and up to $750 for the 65-inch.H9F and U9F series Android TVs: These step-up models offer improved image quality specs, thanks to quantum dot technology. The H9F (May, $700 for 55-inch and $1,000 for the 65-inch) has 150 dimming zones and gets up to 1,000 nits in brightness, while the U9F (June, available only in a 75-inch size for $3,500) has a whopping 1,000+ zones and 2,200 nits of peak brightness. hisense-u9-frontThe 75-inch Hisense U9 claims more than 1,000 dimming zones. Hisense 100- and 120-inch 4K laser short-throw projector systems: Hisense bests on previous gigantic “TVs” — actually projection systems that consist of the screen, a projector that can sit very close to the wall, and a sound system — by adding a new dual-color laser light engine for improved color. The screens are designed to work well in bright lighting and the sound system is built into the projector, augmented by a wireless subwoofer. Alexa support is built in, available via the voice remote. Pricing was not announced, but for reference the 2018 100-inch setup was $10,000.Beyond those shipping products Hisense also talked up some of its more future-looking tech.hisense-sonic-one-backThe backside of the Hisense One, said to be the thinnest 65-inch TV in the industry. Hisense ULED XD: Hisense likes to call its high-end sets “ULED” (don’t ask me what it stands for) so this variation is called “Extreme Detail.” It’s an all-new LCD panel design that “layers a 1080p module displaying a grayscale image between a full array LED backlight and a 4K module displaying a full color image.” Hisense claims improved dynamic range, brightness (2,900 nits), and “unsurpassed” black levels. I’m intrigued to check it out in person.4K RGB laser TV: An improvement on its laser projection tech that uses three separate lasers, one each for red, green and blue. The result, according to Hisense, is up to 98 percent of the Rec 2020 wide color gamut.Hisense One Design: Billed as the “thinnest-self contained 65-inch television in the industry,” the set ranges from less than 1/4-inch at its thinnest to 1 inch at its thickest point. And the screen itself acts like a speaker, similar to some OLED TVs. Tags Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 News • Google Photos sharing to Android TVs shut down over privacy bug 2 Preview • Android TV: Voice search, gaming, and a simplified interface CES 2019: What tech to expect 85 Photos Share your voice 1:44 Comments CES Products Hisense Roku Google Android TV CES 2019last_img read more

Walker gives unprecedented address on local budgeting woes

first_imgGovernor Bill Walker during a press conference last November in Anchorage. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Governor Bill Walker’s budget vetoes have carved at $17 million dollar hole in the Anchorage’s revenues, with the bulk of that drop hitting the school district.Listen nowIn a move he called “unprecedented,” Walker spoke by phone through a hoarse voice to the Anchorage Assembly during its Tuesday night meeting. The brief remarks addressed how the gridlock in Juneau is beginning to directly impact the local budgeting process.“Pushing this off to local government is not at all what we wanted to do,” Walker told assembly members of his veto actions over the Legislature’s operating budget.He went on to add that the dire fiscal situation confronting the state is an “entirely preventable disaster,” but one he’s concerned legislators will not act on.“As they push stuff on us, we don’t have a lot of tools to deal with them,” said Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz shortly after the governor’s call. “They basically said, ‘here, it’s your problem.’”In a memorandum to the Anchorage Assembly, officials from the administration spelled out the $16.6 million dollar budget gap that will have to be closed if Walker’s vetoes over the budget hold.The biggest chunk of that money is in a 25 percent drop in how much the state reimburses local governments for bonded debt over construction projects and upgrades to schools. Because those bonds were voter approved, property-owners in Anchorage will be responsible for paying the $10.8 million difference, according to an email from ASD spokesperson Heidi Embley.The remaining $5.25 million in cuts to transportation and the foundation formula is likely to be covered by the school district’s fund balance.The school board is meeting August 1st to decide on a revised budget.Another $1.8 million drop is expected as a result of Walker’s limit on the Permanent Fund Dividend. Because the Anchorage Police Department garnishes some PFD’s, the governor’s $1,000 cap is expected to reduce collections.The Berkowitz administration is analyzing whether or not additional cuts could potentially impact the city budget.“He made decisions I wouldn’t have made,” Berkowitz said of Walker. “But he has people’s attention.”last_img read more

Doling out freebies will not bring in development Hardeep Singh

first_imgNew Delhi : Taking a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi, Union Housing and Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday said doling out freebies was not the way as far as urban development was concerned. Gearing up for the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) last week appointed Puri as a co-incharge for the election, along with his cabinet colleague Nityanand Rai. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us “They (AAP government) want to give everything free, but this is not the way as far as urban development is concerned,” Puri said, replying to a question at a press conference held for the launch of “Swachh Survekshan 2020”. The Delhi government has recently announced free bus and metro rides for women and free electricity consumption up to 200 units.last_img read more

Datsun Go Based onDo Sedan Makes Global Debut in Russia Price Specification

first_imgNissan’s recently revived low cost brand Datsun unveiled a new sedan in Russia, dubbed the ‘on-DO’.The ‘on-DO,’ Datsun’s Go based sedan is a five-seat coupe and measures 3,785mm in length, 1,635mm in width, 1,485mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2450mm. Although the car is built on the Go hatchback platform, the new ‘on-Do’ sedan flaunts a different style and draws its power from the 1.6-litre petrol engine, which can churn out a power of 87bhp. The car is specially designed for the Russian market, hence the launch of the sedan in India is quite unlikely.Datsun will manufacture the on-Do sedan at the Avtovaz plant in Russia and is likely to be priced below 400,000 Roubles(roughly 6.80 lakh).The car has been styled at Datsun’s advanced Global Design Center in Japan.”In markets where Datsun has been introduced so far, the brand represents modern, attractive, practical and reliable new cars as symbols of freedom and of a newly-found status. The Datsun models are new, no-compromise designs that bring modern levels of engineering, styling and ability within the reach of a new generation of car buyers,” said Vincent Cobee, Corporate vice president and Global Head of Datsun, as quoted by Cartrade.Nissan’s Datsun Go which made its India debut in March has been earning tremendous response in the domestic market. Priced at 3.12 lakh, Datsun Go hatchback, the new sensation in the domestic car market is said to have received over 50,000 enquiries till now. The car, which competes with the Maruti Alto, Ford Figo, Maruti Wagon R, Hyundai Santro and Hyundai i10 in the subcontinent market, comes with a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine, which can churn out a power of 68bhp and a peak torque of 110Nm and accommodates features like digital tachometer, follow-me-home headlamps, speed sensitive wipers, silver finish front radiator grille and engine immobilizer.(Edited by Anu James)last_img read more

Pi calculation smashes records

first_img Bellard, of Paris Telecom Tech, made and checked the calculation by running his own software algorithms for 131 days. The previous record calculation, set by Daisuke Takahashi at the University of Tsukuba in Japan in August 2009, took only 29 hours to complete, but used a super-computer costing millions of dollars, and running 2000 times faster than Bellard’s PC.Pi is the value of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, and has been of interest to mathematicians for hundreds of years, since Sir Isaac Newton developed formulae to extend the number of decimal places.Bellard has been following the records for calculating Pi to the maximum number of decimal places since he received his first book about Pi at the age of 14. Computations to find a value to any number of decimal places are part of a branch of mathematics called “arbitrary-precision arithmetic”. For Bellard the calculation was more for fun than because of an obsession with the digits, but he said that arbitrary-precision arithmetic has applications because it can be used for testing algorithms and computers. He claims his method is about 20 times more efficient than previous methods.Bellard said he used the Chudnovsky formula to produce a binary result (a process that took 103 days), which was then checked (which actually took 34 hours on 9 computers, but would have taken 13 days on one PC), and converted to a base-10 result (12 days), which was then verified (3 days).Bellard’s computer cost less than €2000 (roughly $2870 US) and ran Linux’s Red Hat Fedora operating system. It had a Core i7CPU at 2.93 GHz, and had 6 GB of RAM and 7.5 TB of disk storage space in five 1.5 TB hard disks. He wrote all the required software.The world record for memorizing and reciting Pi was set in 2005 by a Chinese graduate student, Lu Chao, who spent a year learning 100,000 digits and was able to recite Pi to the 67,890th decimal place before he made an error. The feat took just over 24 hours. Reciting Bellard’s result of 27 trillion digits would take over 1,284,000 years at the Guinness Book of Records’ required rate of one digit every 15 seconds.M Bellard is perhaps best known as the writer of the open source project FFmpeg and processor emulator QEMU. He said he has no immediate plans to calculate Pi to further digits in the future, but may do, depending on his motivation and the availability of larger and faster storage. He intends to release open-source versions of his software for Linux and Windows to enable anyone who is interested in furthering the calculation to beat him to it. (PhysOrg.com) — A computer scientist in France has broken all previous records for calculating Pi, using only a personal computer. The previous record was approximately 2.6 trillion digits, but the new record, set by Fabrice Bellard, now stands at almost 2.7 trillion decimal places. Explore further A trillion triangles: New computer methods reveal secrets of ancient math problem This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img More information: bellard.org/pi/pi2700e9/ Citation: Pi calculation smashes records (2010, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-pi.html © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

The one who will love will not leave you broken

first_imgI’m working in a school. I teach computers. One of my students from 9th standard has a crush on me. How do I handle this?Name withheld, New Delhi.These adolescent crushes are a part of growing years. Just don’t let it grow. Talk to the student personally (inside the school premises). If it’s getting out of hand, inform the school management and inform the parents. But, please do make an honest effort to indirectly or directly express your mind. Handle it carefully. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’My wife and my mother are always breaking into fights. I feel helpless. What should I do?Ashok, Noida.Ashok, you are in a sandwich situation. Both these relationships are very important and hence you have to be very careful in handling the emotions of the two. Firstly, try not to take ‘sides’ and be neutral. Ignorance can be bliss at times. If not, judge the situations and then handle it. If nothing is working start your family set up independently or else change the city. As a husband, please be sensitive about your wife’s expectations. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMy husband has an affair with his colleague. I’m pregnant now and have just found this out. I’m helpless and shattered.Name unknown, Haryana.Surveys reveal that men have this tendency of adultery when their wives are expecting! Unfortunate but true. I suggest, be calm. Concentrate on your special phase of life and ignore this completely. The arrival of the new one will surely bring a change in the situation. Please don’t hesitate to let your man know that you are aware of what’s happening. Move into your parents/siblings till you deliver. Enjoy motherhood and its magic. Don’t panic. Best of luck! I can’t forget my ex and this is not allowing me to have a normal life. How can I start a refreshed life?Jasjit, Punjab.Its difficult for wounds to heal. Time is the best medicine. I would suggest you to concentrate on your social life, make new friends, go for parties, movies. Divert your mind and focus elsewhere. There’s no point brooding over the past. Let bygones be bygones. The one who will love, will not leave you broken. Hence, there was no love in your past relation! Life is beautiful, just get out and explore it.I divorced my wife last year. But I feel, I’m still in love with her. She’s seeing someone else. Feel really depressed. How can I get out of it? Kamal, Jaipur.You have two options – Speak to her and give the effort to start again. You can always restart the relation as a friend and take it forward.  OR Forget her and start life again. There’s no point getting depressed as it was bound to happen. One of you, would have got into a relationship. As it’s her, you are affected. Don’t let this get worse. Do what I told and see what life unveils. Be happy and have peace always!Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to -roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more