IPL 8: In-form Rajasthan Royals take on resurgent Mumbai Indians

first_imgMumbai Indians, who are yet to win a game in the IPL, will be looking to bounce back todayBuoyed by their thrilling last-ball win against Delhi Daredevils, a confident Rajasthan Royals will take on a beleaguered Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League cricket encounter on Tuesday.Having won their first two matches on the road, the Steven Smith-led side will be playing their first match in their “adopted home” venue of Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera.For Royals, the tournament couldn’t have started on a better note as they had two contrasting victories in their first two games.While the the 26-run win against Kings XI Punjab in Pune was a walk in the park, the Royals were stretched to the limit by Daredevils in their second match where Tim Southee got them home with a splendid last-ball boundary.The IPL unearths new talent every year and the talk after the first five days has been about young Baroda all-rounder Deepak Hooda, who has surprised one and all with composure and big-hitting abilities.The 25-ball 54 against DD has made the young Haryanvi ‘talk of the town’ and with Ajinkya Rahane and Smith for company, the youngster would be expected to blossom further.For Mumbai Indians, it’s been the worst start possible as they were comfortably beaten by seven wickets in their opening encounter against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders while Harbhajan Singh’s individual brilliance could not stop them from losing the second match by 18 runs.On paper, Royals will start as favourites but MI can’t be written off. Even during last season, they had lost five matches on the trot in the UAE leg before recovering remarkably to make it to the play-offs.advertisementBut batting has been a bit of a bother for MI, who have icons like Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting on board to help the players.Barring Rohit Sharma in the first game and Harbhajan in the second, the MI top-order has not performed per expectations.Australian opener Aaron Finch and India’s middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu have both looked out of sorts while Corey Anderson also has been a bit scratchy despite a half-century in the first match at the Eden Gardens.But with the likes of Kieron Pollard, Finch, Rohit eager to make amends for the failures, the task will be cut out for the likes of Chris Morris, Tim Southee and James Faulkner to use all their variations and change-ups in store on a batting-friendly Motera pitch which also provides some help for spinners.The Royals’ batting line-up is pretty solid despite the absence of regular captain Shane Watson, who has been on the bench for the first two matches with a toe injury.But with current combination, which has Smith, Faulkner, Southee and Morris as the four overseas cricketers in the playing XI, doing well, it will be interesting to see whether the regular captain can find his place in the team.last_img read more

Cornwall a second home for floodbeleaguered Kashechewan residents

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe evacuation of the Kashechewan First Nation continues for the fifth day in a row.The remote First Nation has a long history of flooding.APTN’s Annette Francis caught up with some evacuees in the host community of Cornwall, Ont., to see how they’re settling in.last_img

Lack of support holds Indigenous prisoners back

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN News Parole officers gave Parliamentarians a dose of reality on Indigenous incarceration Tuesday.Zef Ordman said he rarely recommends Indigenous prisoners for early release because they don’t have the employment, training or housing to help ease their transition into the outside world.“The white, middle-class, kid who’s got parents on the outside, and he’s 19 or 20, he’s got employment, he’s got education, he’s got housing,” Ordman told the House Committee of Public Safety and National Security.“The Aboriginal kid doesn’t have any of that.”Ordman said that won’t change unless Canada invests in Aboriginal-centred programs in health, education, employment and housing.Committee members heard release can be denied for something as simple as not having proper identification, because Indigenous offenders often come to prison without health cards or driver’s licences.“We had a job set up for (one inmate),” said Aura Andrews. “He couldn’t get it because he didn’t have his birth certificate or his (social insurance) card and he ended up failing.”Andrews suggested the department of Indigenous Affairs and its provincial counterparts visit prisons to hold identification clinics before offenders are released.The list of problems parole officers face is extensive, according to Andrews and Ordman.Everything from backlogs of individuals approved for transfer to being swamped with paperwork.“We need to be freed up to do our jobs, which is interacting with offenders,” Andrews said. “That is our job. So right now we’re so bogged down in paperwork and compliance issues that we can’t do our job.”“It’s sort of organized mayhem,” added Ordman. “You’re managing 30-plus offenders, right? And you’re sort of the central person, as a parole officer, you’re the central person.”tlamirande@aptn.calast_img read more

Maryland man killed by tree in Eleuthera

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 1, 2017 – Eleuthera – A huge tree in North Eleuthera toppled onto the man trying to trim it, and it killed him now Police are investigating to ensure that is how a winter resident actually died.   The American man, from Maryland was reportedly cutting down a tree in his yard in Gregory Town when it broke free and somehow crushed him.The man was rushed to clinic, but was pronounced dead. The freak accident happened around 9am on Sunday.#MagneticMediaNews#MarylandmankilledbyfallentreePhoto Credit: Eleutheran resident Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Marylandmankilledbyfallentreelast_img read more

Ziff Davis Media Shutters Electronic Gaming Monthly Sells 1UP Network to Hearst

first_imgSEE RELATED: Ziff Says Goodbye to PrintA little more than a month after discontinuing the print edition of PC Magazine and taking the brand online-only, publisher Ziff Davis Media has sold its 1UP Digital Network to Hearst’s Ugo Entertainment. Financial terms were not disclosed.In conjunction with the sale, Ziff said it has shuttered Electronic Gaming Magazine. The January issue was its last. It was not immediately clear if EGM will continue online or if any layoffs were associated with the deal. A Ziff Davis spokesperson did not immediately return requests for comment.According to CEO Jason Young, the actions help Ziff Davis “pay down debt and shift our full focus to our core PCMag Digital Network Business.” In June, a New York confirmed Ziff’s reorganization plan, allowing the company to emerge from bankruptcy protection which it filed for in March.In addition to 1UP.com, the network includes gaming sites MyCheats.com, GameVideos.com and GameTab.com. GCA Savvian Advisors acted as Ziff’s financial advisor in the transaction. Hearst acquired the Ugo Networks, an online entertainment site targeting men aged 18 to 34, in July 2007. It was founded in 1998 by CEO J Moses.last_img read more

Zitar inventor Niladri Kumar forays into EDM

first_imgHe’s widely heralded as the inventor of the ‘zitar’ — a combination of sitar and guitar — and stands among one of the leading exponents of Indian classical music. But now Niladri Kumar, who is ‘very intrigued’ with electronic dance music (EDM), is cutting out an EP based on the popular genre.Niladri, whose new single Head to the heart, which also features Bollywood singer and guitarist Rashid Ali, was unveiled earlier this month, says he is working on two different albums. And one of these would mark his foray into the uncharted musical territory of EDM.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“There are a couple of albums under the pipeline. There are two different albums. One album is deeply rooted in the Indian classical tradition, but it will be on the zitar. It is basically all about the hardcore compositions which we have in Indian classical music, but it will be rendered in a way never done before,” Niladri said over phone from Mumbai. “The second album I am trying to do will be based on EDM. I am very intrigued with EDM and how young people connect to the EDM grooves and music. So I always wanted to do something on those lines. Maybe I’ll release an EP containing around five tracks this year,” he added.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEven as Indian classical musicians have often worked with fusion overtones, a sitar player working on an EDM-based album is something quite unheard of. About this unconventional musical experiment, Niladri said: “The fusion space is a little blurred. A lot of things come into the fusion space and it is not clearly demarcated. The EDM space is somehow slightly more demarcated than fusion now. I want to work with that space and add to the melodic element in the EDM genre.”  Besides, he feels “you have to try and give the fans a new story, a new thought”.However, Niladri’s ‘ulterior motive’ behind doing this album is to “get to people who connect to the EDM space and are totally unaware of the huge melodic content that our Indian classical instruments hold and how well it can enhance the EDM space”.Niladri, who was first exposed to EDM in Britain, says although he is not very well-versed with Indian EDM producers, he thinks “there is good potential with what’s happening in here”.“When I heard the young kids going for it here, I thought it’s maybe a great idea to use that genre and try and portray your melody in there and give them a feel of the sitar, zitar and the whole Indian space, but not too much,” he added.As far as traditional Indian classical music is concerned, Niladri believes that “Indian classical music is something which has stood the test of centuries, amid the invasion of genres and sounds”.“There are more sitar, tabla and sarod players than any other time in history. That proportion had not increased in terms of the audience listening to it. It’s about the depth in it. There’s a big science involved it,” he said. “People should stop asking about the future of Indian classical music. The question should be asked, what is the future of EDM and fusion music,” added the musician, who will launch his new brand ‘STAY UP Rooted’, and will perform for a cause at a concert in Mumbai on October 30.last_img read more

A treat for theatre enthusiasts

first_imgThe drastic evolution of theatre, over the years, has not only helped theatre and those associated with theatre, come into the limelight but this has also brought about a change in the perceptions of people who have started to acknowledge and get involved to make theatre, as an art, a success.National School of Drama (NSD) will present the 18th ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ (BRM) to be held in the national Capital from February 1 to 2. More than 10 countries from around the world including USA, Australia, Italy, Sri Lanka, Poland, Bangladesh, Spain, China, Pakistan, Austria and almost all the states of India will come together to showcase their best theatre talent. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘World Theatre Forum’ to be a part of BRM, where eminent theatre personalities from various countries will come together. Some of the finest names in the theatre world, including Nana Patekar, Mohan Agashe Pankaj Kapur, Anupam Kher, Paresh Rawal, Saurabh Shukla, among others to be a part of the festival. BRM will also travel to Jammu, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and Thiruvananthapuram this year. Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (independent charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, government of India and eminent stage and film personality Nana Patekar have consented to be the chief guest and guest of honour at the inaugural ceremony of the 18th ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn an effort to highlight the relevant issues, the festival this year will incorporate seminars on diverse topics such as ‘Rediscovering the Magic of Theatre’, ‘Today in Today’s Theatre’ and ‘Emerging trends in Indian Theatre’ by eminent personalities. Speakers from countries as Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Norway, Italy, USA, Brazil and India will grace the event and share their experiences.BRM will provide a platform to artists coming from remote areas, showcasing more than 300 performances in the venue. These include street play, dance and musical performances, adding to the attraction. This year, NSD is also planning to set up a Theatre Bazar for the theatre lovers, enthusiasts and audience in general. In the Theatre Bazar, products related to theatre will be showcased such as handicrafts, theatre lights, theatre books, musical instruments, madhubani paintings, and mask making artists. A food hub with authentic and traditional cuisines from across the country will be on offer.The 18th ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ will also pay tribute to Prof. S Ramanujan in the form of a Tamil play Pethannasami Thalattu, a documentary and exhibition based on his work.Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama said: “This is a platform on which we can really rediscover the magic of theatre by experiencing theatre and connect with this wonderful medium. It is also one of the rare opportunities for artists and audience to see global theatre expressions at one place. ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ is one of the biggest theatre festivals in the world and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone and make this a high quality and enjoyable aesthetic experience for our audiences.”Shri Ratan Thiyam, chairperson, National School of Drama Society said: “The ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ is a prestigious theatre festival and we select plays keeping in mind the variations of theatre, forms and style along with strong emphasis on in-depth aesthetic expressions, newness and innovation. This is a great opportunity not only for existing theatre lovers but new audiences as well to see the best of plays from around the world under one platform.”The ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ was started in 1999 by the NSD in order to contribute to the growth and development of theatre across the country. From being a national festival that presented the work of some of the most creative theatre workers in India, it has grown into an international event, hosting theatre companies from around the world, and is today acknowledged as the largest theatre festival of Asia dedicated solely to theatreThe performances will be held at Abhimanch and Open Air Theatre at the NSD Campus along with LTG Auditorium, Kamani Auditorium and Shri Ram Centre. Tickets will be available at NSD box office and at the website http://eticket.nsd.gov.in/ in denominations of Rs 50 and Rs 100 at Open Air Theatre and Rs.50, Rs 100, Rs 200 and Rs 300 at all other venues.last_img read more

Intl Mother Language Day observed at IndoBangla border

first_imgBALURGHAT: International Mother Language Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at the Zero Point of Bangladesh territory with representatives of both countries on Thursday.The programme was conducted by Amra Mukti Yodhdhar Sontan Command, Saptahik Alokito Simanto, Hakimpur of Bangladesh and Ujjiban Society, Balurghat Chhandam, Uttarer Robbar and Meghalaya Tura Committee of South Dinajpur district from India. The long struggle of achieving recognition of Bengali language, particularly in Bangladesh, bore fruit after UNESCO declared February 21 as the International Mother Language Day in 1999. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The Language Movement is considered to have laid the foundation for vehement nationalism in the mind of Bengalis and also distinguished the cultural animosity between the authorities of the then East Pakistan (now independent Bangladesh) and West Pakistan,” said Zahidul Islam, secretary of Alokito Simanto. The secretary of Ujjiban Society Suraj Das said: “The military government made several attempts to establish Urdu as their sole national language, as the western wing of Pakistan considered Urdu a product of Indian Islamic culture, while they felt Bengali language symbolized Hinduism.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Hindu-Muslim division had also been considered and was being played upon and exploited by the political elite of the country most effectively and almost in a routine manner, for their own benefits in the name of the nation and the state. “Speaking more specifically, the seeds of partition between the Hindu and Muslim communities were sown in 1948, when Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the father of the Pakistani nation, declared in Dhaka that Urdu would be the state language of Pakistan,” Das said. The Language Movement had a major cultural impact on the Bengali society and inspired the development and celebration of Bengali language, literature and culture. The day is also observed as ‘Martyr’s Day’. “Those who lost their lives to uphold the prestige and defend the rights of their mother language became hallowed martyrs,” said Biswanath Laha, acting head of Uttarer Robbar. Reputed poets and eminent writers of both countries took part in a language seminar on the occasion. A colourful cultural programme was also organised.last_img read more

GNU Health Federation message and authentication server drops MongoDB and adopts PostgreSQL

first_imgJust after RedHat announced its plans to drop MongoDB from its Satellite system management solution because of it being licensed under SSPL, GNU has followed suit. Earlier this week, GNU announced its plans move its GNU Health Federation message and authentication server –Thalamus– from MongoDB to PostgreSQL. As listed on the post, the main reason for this switch is because MongoDB decided to change the license of the server to their Server Side Public License (SSPL). Because of this decision, many GNU/ Linux distributions are no longer including the Mongodb server. In addition to these reasons, GNU expresses their concerns that even the organizations like the OSI and Free Software Foundation are showing their reluctance to accept this idea. Adding to this hesitation of accepting the license; rejection from a large part of the Libre software community and the immediate end of support from GPL versions of MongoDB has lead to the adoption of PostgreSQL for Thalamus. Dr. Luis Falcon, President of GNU Solidario says that one of the many reasons for choosing PostgreSQL was its JSON(B) support that  provides the flexibility and scalability found in document oriented engines. The upcoming thalamus server will be designed to support PostgreSQL. To stay updated with further progress on this announcement, head over to the GNU blog. Read Next GNU Bison 3.3  released with major bug fixes, yyrhs and yyphrs tables, token constructors and moreGNU ed 1.15 released!GitHub now supports the GNU General Public License (GPL) Cooperation Commitment as a way of promoting effective software regulationlast_img read more

Major retail groups talk expansion with small to midsize agencies in mind

first_imgMajor retail groups talk expansion with small to mid-size agencies in mind This story originally ran in the March 7, 2019 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here.TORONTO — Are the big players interested in buying smaller agencies? Well, it depends on who you ask.While some agency owners might be convinced that their book of business is too small to attract the attention of a major retail group, at least a few of those groups beg to differ.In this second installment of Travelweek’s 5-part series, we talked to high-profile retail organizations about how small-to-mid-size agencies fit into their expansion strategies.Vision Travel Solutions is very much in growth mode and while it’s made headlines recently for bigger acquisitions, it’s interested in smaller agencies as well, says Vision President Brian Robertson.“We are able customize the opportunities and ensure that all of the staff or independent travel advisors feel comfortable with Vision Travel. Whether they become a host agency or we acquire them, we are always looking for great travel agencies that fit with our culture and specifically our personalized approach to travel,” says Robertson.Asked if Vision has seen an increase in the number of inquiries from agencies looking to sell, Robertson says: “Yes we have. And what is interesting is that many of the principals want to stay involved – which is not always what you might expect.  They really want to stay in travel but not deal with the day-to-day management of the business. Many of the owners and managers of these organizations also have unique skills and experience that they can bring to make them and our company more successful moving forward.”Robertson adds: “Regardless of our size, we believe that we need to remain accessible to our clients and flexible to their needs. Our team understands and embraces that concept and it has been the key to our success. We are not looking to dismantle the companies we acquire, we are looking to give them more tools and support to be more successful.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesUNIGLOBE Travel is also growing, and small to mid-size agencies “are absolutely of interest to UNIGLOBE as we are looking to expand our network of offices,” says Regional Vice President, Eastern Canada, Joel Kopstick.Unlike the old days when it would sell a franchise and an agency would open up from scratch, over the past dozen years or so UNIGLOBE’s growth has come from existing agencies in the marketplace affiliating with UNIGLOBE under its Partner Agency Program.Kopstick says he hasn’t seen an increase in the number of agencies who want to sell. “Mind you, as a Region, we are not in the business of acquiring agencies. That being said, a number of our franchisees and partner agencies would be very interested in purchasing quality agencies, particularly those with some corporate business.”Maritime Travel meanwhile has doubled its size through acquisitions over the past 10 years. The company currently has about 115 agencies with a 50/50 split between Atlantic Canada and the rest of the country. “Our main expansion has been in B.C., Alberta and Ontario however we will look at and have purchased branches in other provinces,” says Gary Gaudry, President, Maritime Travel.“We will look at any type of agency – big or small, leisure or corporate,” says Gaudry. “Most of our growth in the past few years has come from purchasing ‘Mom and Pop’ agencies. These one-off agencies vary in size and for the most part are between $1 million and $5 million in sales. But we have purchased the odd agency with sales higher and lower than this.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesOne agency owner who sold to Maritime Travel, Isabella Beane in B.C., says the decision to sell was the right one for her. Beane opened Port Moody Travel in 1988 and operated it as an independent agency until July 2015 when she sold the agency to Maritime Travel with the view to retiring.  “The Maritime move was a great move for my agency, they promote a strong feeling of family within the organization and provide us with all the tools to work effectively for our clients.”Selling her agency after so many years was a very emotional experience but the process was seamless and an easy transition, she adds.Gaudry says he believes “some of the old ‘buying’ agencies have changed the size of the agencies they are willing to buy. Once a company gets purchased by a global company, the size of the agencies they would like to buy does increase dramatically.”Maritime Travel gets approached by five to 10 agencies per year, he added. The company has made about 50 purchases over the last five to seven years.Travelweek’s 5-part special series looks at the options available particularly to owners of small to mid-size agencies with annual sales of up to $3 million or so, who may be looking to sell, or downsize their responsibilities, while remaining in the industry. Click here for Part 1. Travelweek Group Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Sharecenter_img Tags: Feature Story, UNIGLOBE, Vision Travel Solutions Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more