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‘Cutrone should find a girl so he can rest & make love’

first_imgMilan I hope Cutrone finds a beautiful girlfriend so he can rest and make love – Gattuso Rob Lancaster 00:54 2/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Patrick Cutrone, AC Milan, 17/18 Getty Images Milan Serie A Milan v Sampdoria The in-form AC Milan striker must not get distracted by his achievements so far for the club, according to his coach AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso believes finding a “beautiful girlfriend so he can rest and make love” could be the key to Patrick Cutrone maintaining his hot streak in front of goal.With Nikola Kalinic out injured and Andre Silva struggling for form, the 20-year-old forward has stepped up to lead the line in recent weeks.AdChoices广告Cutrone has scored four goals in his last four outings in a Milan shirt, with his opener in the 3-0 win at Ludogorets in the Europa League on Thursday taking his tally for the season to 13 in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Gattuso, however, wants to ease the level of expectation surrounding a player who has already drawn comparisons to Rossoneri great Filippo Inzaghi.”We are taking it easy on Cutrone. He must not get distracted by the fact that he is the youngest player in Milan’s history to score that many goals,” he told the media.”He has to work and to rest. I hope he finds a beautiful girlfriend so he can rest and make love.”The in-form Cutrone looks likely to retain his place in Milan’s side for Sunday’s crucial Serie A clash with Sampdoria, who sit three points clear of their opponents in sixth place.The game pits Gattuso up against opposite number Marco Giampaolo – someone he knows well after the pair took their coaching badges at the same time.#Gattuso : “We are taking it easy on #Cutrone . He must not get distracted by the fact that he is the youngest player in #ACMilan ‘s history to score that many goals. He has to work and to rest. I hope he finds a beautiful girlfriend so he can rest and make love” #MilanSampdoria — AC Milan (@acmilan) February 17, 2018 “I won’t lie, I stole a lot of ideas from Giampaolo,” the former Italy international admitted in his pre-match news conference.”I know what a fine coach he is and am very worried, because this is a very difficult game in which we cannot make mistakes. If you make an error, Sampdoria will not let you get away with it.”It’s important we improve our performances and become more consistent. At times we’re too predictable, we lose the ball when dribbling out of defence and don’t develop our play.”Milan will be without Franck Kessie through suspension on Sunday, but Gattuso believes the hosts have adequate cover for the absent midfielder.”Both [Riccardo] Montolivo and [Manuel] Locatelli are good alternatives to Kessie. Montolivo has plenty of experience and quality, while Locatelli gives us freshness and extra depth,” he added.last_img read more

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This Might Be A Perfect Description Of What Jim Harbaugh Looks Like

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines gathers his team before the start of the game.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before the game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The best bit in sports radio is The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz‘s “What He Looks Like Game.” Le Batard, Stugotz and Co., with the help of their listeners, try to come up with perfect descriptions of what people in sports look like. Some examples:Paxton Lynch looks like the old school Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo.Vin Scully looks like the one real human in a Disney movie filled with animated talking animals.Dan Gilbert looks like the guy who shaves in the locker room mirror at the gym while totally nude.They’ve come up with one for Jim Harbaugh and, Ohio State fans, it’s pretty perfect, right?Jim Harbaugh looks like the guy who yells at his wife in front of everyone when they lose at Pictionary on gamenight pic.twitter.com/Whz6ERQVAI— What He Looks Like (@WhatHeLooksLike) May 8, 2016He totally does.last_img read more

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Draymond Green Is Key For The Warriors In Game 7

Draymond Green’s playmaking PASSES TO SHOOTEREFG%QSQQSI Games 1-44945.953.9-8.0 Game 5856.353.9+2.3 Crunch time in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals wasn’t subtle. The Oklahoma City Thunder lost the ability to run even basic basketball plays — they had six turnovers in the last five minutes, with four coming in a disastrous two-minute stretch — and Kevin Durant, who has played masterful defense all series, spent the final possessions looking like an overgrown Tim Thomas. Klay Thompson carried the Golden State Warriors with a record-setting 11-for-18 performance from three, and Stephen Curry registered enough of a pulse to get the Warriors over the final hump. But just as important to the Warriors’ Game 6 win as those runs of inept or brilliant play was Draymond Green’s return to form.The Warriors are solid favorites to win Game 7 tonight: -7 at the sports books, 70 percent to win by ESPN Stats & Info’s Basketball Power Index and 68 percent to win by our CARM-Elo forecast. Plenty of factors will go into tonight’s result, including the reemergence of Curry’s shot and handle and the sustained defense of both teams (the Warriors contested 56 of 58 field goal attempts by Durant and Russell Westbrook in Game 6 and forced each to shoot under 40 eFG%, according to player-tracking data). Curry also seemed to begin to solve Durant switching onto him in Game 6. But the Warriors need Green to play in Game 7 like the all-world playmaker of the regular season and Game 6.Green was lively on offense and forceful on defense in Game 6 in ways he wasn’t in Games 3 and 4, both won by the Thunder. He pressured the ball high and made crucial stops in the fourth quarter after the Warriors went to their “Lineup of Death” with about six and a half minutes remaining remaining. And throughout the game, he created shots for the Warriors at a rate and of a quality that was more like his regular season performance, when he was one of the best playmakers in the league.Using player-tracking data from the NBA, we can show Green’s ups and downs as a playmaker. Here’s the qSQ (shot quality expressed as the predicted effective field goal percentage of a shot, as determined by factors like defender location and where the shot came from) and qSI (how much better shooters did than the qSQ prediction) for Green’s passes to shooters in the regular season, and in the Western Conference finals so far. Game 61471.454.1+17.3 Green’s regular season numbers are outstanding — at +5.6, he ranked fourth in the NBA1Among players who passed to shooters at least 500 times. in qSI (meaning his teammates made shots he created for them more than player-tracking data expected), edging out both Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul (each at 5.2). High qSI numbers stem from having good teammates, but just as much, they come from providing value on shots that still escapes the scope of player-tracking data. Mike Conley, for instance, was No. 1 in the league (+6.7) before he went out to injury, and his Memphis Grizzlies are stocked with guys who couldn’t hit the ocean from an aircraft carrier.You can see in the numbers that Green’s passes weren’t very effective early in the series, but you could see this in the games just as easily, particularly in Games 3 and 4. Partly this was due to Durant playing suffocating defense, but Green wasn’t driving, rolling to the rim or putting pressure on the defense in any of the ways that he typically does. The shot difficulty numbers are broadly the same, but this is a place where the numbers don’t tell the whole story, with many of Green’s passes coming a little mistimed or just slightly out of rhythm. The result was a bunch of possessions that looked like this: Green came to life somewhat in Game 5, but in Game 6 he was outstanding. It’s tempting to look at that massive qSI number and assume that Thompson simply shot the Holy Ghost out of the ball, inflating Green’s numbers. That’s a little true — eight of the 14 shots Green created went to Thompson, who hit four, including three of his threes — but Green also created many of those with pressure and timing. In other words, this wasn’t simply the difference between shooters making and missing shots, but a fundamental change in the quality of the shots, even if player-tracking data doesn’t quite catch it.Consider the fast break in the video below, where Green drives into Durant’s chest before passing off to Andre Iguodala. On a similar play in Game 4 (in the above video), he passed off before putting his body on Durant, allowing KD to recover and break up the play. Source: NBA player tracking data Regular season1,06162.056.4+5.6 If Golden State gets more plays like these out of Green in Game 7, the Warriors will be that much closer to regaining their peak form, and likely on their way back to the NBA Finals. read more

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From Boston to Buckeye Nation Bill Belichicks daughter coaching at OSU

Add New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick’s name to the ever-growing list of people who consider themselves Ohio State fans. Or, at least, that’s the way his daughter sees it. Assistant women’s lacrosse coach Amanda Belichick, 27, said her father has become an OSU fan since she started coaching at OSU. She said it helps that her father also has close ties to OSU football coach Urban Meyer and former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, now the defensive line coach at OSU. Many of her father’s former assistants have moved toward the college ranks. “I think with Bill O’Brien going to Penn State, he’s (her father) spreading his wings in the college world,” she said. “It’s great to see that Patriots connection out here.” While her father is known for being rather short with the media, Amanda Belichick, a graduate of Wesleyan University, spoke candidly about growing up as the daughter of an NFL coach. “People give him a hard time for not divulging too much information, but that’s, you know, not his job,” Amanda Belichick said. Growing up as the daughter as one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, one might assume that coaching would be a natural progression for Amanda Belichick. “I have a lot of memories of watching him breakdown film and drawing out plays and analyzing a game plan,” she said. But she said she hadn’t even considered coaching until after graduating from Wesleyan University in 2007 when she took a job coaching high school lacrosse, soccer and ice hockey at a boarding school in Connecticut. “I worked in the admissions office and it was kind of my full-time job,” she said. “What I loved about that job, and coaching was such a small part of it, was the coaching.” She stuck with lacrosse because it was something that she had been around her entire life. “We’ve always been a lacrosse family,” she said. “It’s been my passion, it’s one of his (her father) passions.” Amanda Belichick followed coach Alexis Venechanos to OSU from the University of Massachusetts where the pair helped lead the Minutewomen to an Atlantic-10 championship in 2010. Now that she is in coaching, having an NFL head coach for a father does have its advantages, she said. “I’ve really had an opportunity to work with him and talk about preparation and really evolve the way I prepare for my own, whether its practice or evaluating ourselves or evaluating our opponents,” she said. “Those are things that I’ve really been able to take from him.” But Amanda Belichick said her and her father’s relationship goes beyond coaching. “There are a lot of things that are personal that have nothing to do with sports that we can connect on,” she said. These topics include things like movies, books and a passion for history, she said. Amanda Belichick joked that during the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, she can only reach her father in the very early morning or very late at night. She said during a week like this she understands he’s busy and never tries to hold him up. When the ball is kicked off Sunday from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Amanda Belichick said she will be watching with the same nervous excitement that she watches all her father’s big games with. “You want the best for your father and you want to see him be successful,” she said. “I know how hard he works. To see him go out and win games is great.” The Patriots organization and the OSU women’s lacrosse team did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. The Patriots and New York Giants will play in Super Bowl XLVI at 6:30 p.m., Sunday. Tight end Jake Ballard and center Jim Cordle are both former Buckeyes and are on the Giants’ active roster. read more

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Commentary College football Rivalry Weekend again proves every week matters

Auburn junior quarterback Nick Marshall (14) breaks a tackle during a game against Georgia Nov. 16 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn won, 43-38.Credit: Courtesy of MCTCollege football is funny.A sport that brings joy and despair to people across the country week in and week out, the game is particularly dubious on the final weekend of the regular season.Known as “Rivalry Weekend,” the final Saturday before the 2013 postseason did not disappoint either.From an Ohio State’s fan perspective, emotional highs and lows ensued from defeating archrival Michigan in Ann Arbor in thrilling fashion — picking off redshirt-junior Wolverine quarterback Devin Gardner in the end zone to deny Michigan the necessary two points that would give them the victory.Fans, players and the like were proud because the Buckeyes had just recorded their 24th straight win under coach Urban Meyer, but also turned their attention quickly to another rivalry game — The Iron Bowl.The same could be said for both myself and my colleagues at The Lantern, who had just left Michigan Stadium with the knowledge that No. 1 Alabama held a touchdown advantage over No. 4 Auburn. Upon tuning into the game on the radio and hearing that the Tigers had tied it up with 32 seconds to go, we made the correct decision to U-turn into the closest restaurant with a TV (Red Robin) because seeing if the unthinkable could happen — The Crimson Tide no longer rolling — was something we could not miss.All year, OSU has been slotted behind the top-ranked Tide and No. 2 Florida State, who had already taken care of business against rival Florida earlier in the day to finish regular season play unbeaten. So, if the Buckeyes were to even get a chance to compete for the final BCS National Championship, ‘Bama was going to need to either fall Saturday or next week in the SEC Title game. It seems unthinkable that an undefeated OSU would be left out of the national championship game, but because of the national perspective of the Big Ten as second tier to other conferences like the SEC, the possibility was at its highest point.Then lightning struck.While we were waiting to order our food, the referees put one second back on the clock, giving Alabama a chance to save its unbeaten season in regulation. Alabama coach Nick Saban turned to redshirt-freshman kicker Adam Griffith to attempt a 57-yard field goal for the win. Griffith’s attempt was short, Auburn senior cornerback Chris Davis retrieved it, and returned it 100 yards for the game-winning touchdown.Red Robin, filled with members of Buckeye Nation, exploded — and I couldn’t help myself but join in on the excitement.With a win against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game, the Buckeyes — barring any sort of BCS catastrophe that will allow a one-loss Auburn team to jump them in the rankings — will be heading to Pasadena, Calif., in early 2014 in search of the program’s eighth national championship.In a mere four hours, Buckeye fans went from holding their breath when Gardner took the snap on the two-point play, to extreme jubilation when Alabama’s undefeated season was no more. Suddenly, seeing OSU back at the top of the sport is a very real possibility.As a journalist writing on deadline for the OSU-Michigan game, the last half of The Game’s fourth quarter brought stress to both my fingers and head.But as a college football fan, rivalry weekend proved once again why the sport is tough to be topped. read more

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DAngelo Russell and JaeSean Tate earn Big Ten postseason honors

The Ohio State men’s basketball team already dropped its final game of the regular season, but it raked in multiple individual awards Monday.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as being named to the first-team All-Big Ten list by both coaches and media. Russell is the first Buckeye to win the conference Freshman of the Year award since Jared Sullinger in 2011.Russell also becomes the first Buckeye to be named first-team all-conference since DeShaun Thomas and Aaron Craft were both on the list in 2013.Russell finished his regular season campaign averaging 19.2 points per game, good for second in the Big Ten. He also led the Buckeyes in rebounds and was second on the team in assists.Joining Russell on the All-Big Ten freshman team is forward Jae’Sean Tate, who averaged 8.9 points per game this season, while ranking second on the team in total rebounds with 152.Tate earned the honors despite only starting 12 games this season after he stepped in for struggling sophomore forward Marc Loving six games into the Big Ten schedule. The Pickerington, Ohio, native averaged 10.7 points and five rebounds per game in conference play.In addition to Russell and Tate’s accolades, senior guard Shannon Scott and senior forward Sam Thompson were both honorable mention selections by the media.OSU is set to return to action on Thursday in Chicago in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the winner of the Minnesota vs. Rutgers matchup, which is set to be played Wednesday. read more

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ARREST LOG A Quiet Week For Wilmington Police

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between August 16, 2018 and August 22, 2018:Thursday, August 16NoneFriday, August 17NoneSaturday, August 18NoneSunday, August 19Moises Tulio DeOliveira (26, North Andover — Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (Summons)Monday, August 20NoneTuesday, August 21NoneWednesday, August 22None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Mukesh Ambani endorses Milind Deora for Mumbai South Lok Sabha constituency

first_imgMilind Deora, Mukesh Ambani and Nita AmbaniTwitter [Representational Image]Congress has received a massive boost for the Lok Sabha elections as business magnate Mukesh Ambani and billionaire banker Uday Kotak have expressed their support to Mumbai South constituency candidate Milind Deora.A former UPA minister, Deora will lock horns with Shiv Sena’s Arvind Ganpat Sawant in a fierce battle for phase four of the elections. He has shared a video on Twitter where the top industrialists were seen praising him.He posted the video by saying, “From small shopkeepers to large industrialists – for everyone, South Mumbai means business. We need to bring businesses back to Mumbai and make job creation for our youth a top priority.”In the video, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said, “Milind is the man for South Mumbai. Having represented South Mumbai for ten years I believe that Milind has in-depth knowledge of social, economic and cultural ecosystem of the South Mumbai constituency. Both micro enterprises and large businesses can thrive in Mumbai. So that attractive new employment opportunities can be created for our talented young women and men.”From small shopkeepers to large industrialists – for everyone, South Mumbai means business.We need to bring businesses back to Mumbai and make job creation for our youth a top priority.#MumbaiKaConnection pic.twitter.com/d4xJnvhyKr— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) April 17, 2019Endorsing Deora, Kotak Mahindra Bank Managing Director and CEO Uday Kotak said, “Milind truly represents Mumbai ka connection. I genuinely believe Milind understands and relates to a Mumbaikar. His family has been associated with Mumbai for a long time.”The video also features small entrepreneurs, businessmen and traders praising and backing Milind Deora for the general elections. The Mumbai South constituency will go to polls in the fourth phase on April 29.last_img read more

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State Bank of India moots plan to abolish debit cards

first_imgState Bank of India (SBI) Chairman Rajnish Kumar attends a news conference in Mumbai, India, November 23, 2017.ReutersThe country’s biggest lender, State Bank of India (SBI) is planning to eliminate ubiquitous debit cards from the banking system. State-owned SBI, which is servicing around one-fifth of the population, has ambitious plans in the coming years to promote digital payment and takedown plastic cards, despite the huge dependency on debit cards. Speaking at the annual Fibac, SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar said, “It is our wish to eliminate the debit cards, and am sure we can eliminate them.” He further added that there are around 90 crore debit cards in India and over 3 crore are people using credit cards. Kumar highlighted digital solutions like SBI’s own ‘YONO’ platform as a way for achieving a debit card-less country.YONO (You Only Need One) is an integrated digital banking platform offered by SBI. YONO is an app for both Android and iOS and enables users to access a variety of financial and other services such as taxi bookings, online shopping or medical bill payments. The platform was launched in November 2017 by the then Finance minister, Arun Jaitley. A State Bank of India branch in Mumbai.REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeKumar said YONO allows a user to withdraw cash at the ATMs and can be used at a merchant establishment to make payments without having a card. He further said the bank has already rolled 68,000 ‘YONO cashpoints’ and is under the process of adding further 1 million cashpoints in next one and a half years.Once the system is in place, the necessity to have a card will be eliminated automatically. Moreover, YONO can also be used to take credit, making it a digital credit card that can be carried anywhere. He also underlined QR code payments as another alternative for debit cards. However, YONO is prone to issues like website failure. Last month, YONO went down across all platforms, causing major inconvenience to its users.last_img read more

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Headon collision kills truck driver

first_imgRoad Accident logoA truck driver was killed in a head-on collision between two trucks in Agran area of Baraigram upazila of Natore district on Tuesday night.The deceased driver is Belal Hossain, reports UNB.The accident took place around 8:00pm as two trucks had collided head-on, leaving a truck driver injured, said Baraigram police station officer-in-charge GM Shamsun Nur.The victim was taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared him dead, he said.last_img

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Nwora Will Enter NBA Draft Maintain Collegiate Eligibility

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville forward Jordan Nwora will enter his name in the 2019 NBA Draft pool, but will take steps to maintain his collegiate eligibility to allow a return for his third season with the Cardinals.”Because of the ability to test the waters without losing eligibility, it seems like the perfect opportunity for me to try out with NBA teams and get feedback from them directly regarding my strengths and weaknesses,” said Nwora. “If the feedback is positive, I would stay in the draft. If the feedback indicates I should return to school for continued development, then that’s what I will do. Either way, it is a positive experience that will allow me to find out what specifically NBA teams want me to improve to enhance my draft stock, whether it is for this year or next year.””The NBA and the NCAA continue to shape the undergraduate process of determining draft prospects in a more refined way,” said UofL Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Mack. “I fully support Jordan as he tests the draft waters on where he stands in his basketball future. When the time comes to make his decision it will be with feedback straight from the source, the NBA.”New NCAA legislation in effect in 2019 allows college basketball players to be represented by an agent after the season if they request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.  To maintain collegiate availability, the agreement with an agent must be in writing, disclosed, terminated when the student returns to college, as well as meeting other conditions.  Players who request an evaluation, participate in the NBA combine and aren’t drafted can return to school as long as they notify the university by the Monday after the draft.Honored as the 2019 ACC Most Improved Player, Nwora was the second-most improved scorer in the nation with his 17.0 scoring average (sixth in the ACC), up 11.3 points per game from his 5.7 average a year ago.  The All-ACC third team selection is one of five players in the ACC who scored 20 or more points on at least 13 occasions this season.  Nwora scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games and produced nine double-doubles this season.A sophomore from Buffalo, N.Y., Nwora was UofL’s leader in scoring and rebounding (7.7 rpg, ninth in the ACC).  He was also among the ACC leaders in field goal percentage (.446, 12th), three-point field goal percentage (.374, ninth), three-pointers made per game (2.3, 11th), defensive rebounds (6.44 per game, fourth) and minutes played (31.9 per game, 21st).  He was named to the USBWA All-District IV team and NABC All-District 2 team.An exercise science major who was named to the All-ACC Academic men’s basketball team, Nwora scored a career-high 32 points against Boston College in Louisville with 10 rebounds and four assists.  Honored on the 2018 NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team in November, he made at least three three-pointers on 16 occasions this season.  Nwora helped Louisville achieve a 20-14 record against the nation’s third-toughest schedule and participate in its 39th NCAA Tournament.  Picked in the preseason to finish 11th in the ACC, UofL attained a 10-8 conference record and earned a tie for sixth in the final regular season standings.Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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History through the lens

first_imgThe exhibition will include approximately 50 works depicting the architectural marvel of these temples which were inspired by the Chola and Pallava architecture of Southern India from  sixth Century A.D. to fourteenth  Century A.D.The exhibition will be held at the Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, in the Capital from January 21 to 24.The exhibition is in line with Look East Policy of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, and aims at improving awareness about our South-Eastern neighbours, thereby building a strong bond with them.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Located in North-western Cambodia, Angkor, the capital of the ancient Khmer Empire was founded around the ninth Century AD by King Jayavarman II. The city reached its peak of glory in the twelfth century under Kings Suryavarman II and Jayavarman VII. The compound at Angkor Wat covers an area of 1,500 by 1,300 m and is surrounded by a vast moat 180 m wide. Along the causeway leading to the enormous entrance gate are balustrades shaped as giant serpents, which are believed to represent emblems of cosmic fertility. The temple consists of a towering complex of terraces and small buildings that are arranged in a series of three diminishing stories and surmounted by five towers. These towers are believed to represent the five peaks of Mount Meru, the home of Gods and the center of the Hindu Universe. The roofed and unroofed structures are covered with bands of finely carved stone sculptures. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWith the decline of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Wat vegetated for several centuries only to be rediscovered by the French in the latter half of the nineteenth century. In 1992, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee declared the monument, and the whole city of Angkor, a World Heritage Site.Highlights of ASI’s restoration work at Angkor Vat included the SamudraManthan gallery, entrance porches, libraries and moat embankment and southwest corner pavilion of the third enclosure and chemical treatment. With the successful completion of its assignment by the ASI, history had taken a full circle. What the Indian genius had helped to found over a period of ten centuries from the fourth to the fourteenth in Cambodia, it was able to restore when the structure was about to crumble. Somesh Goyal is an IPS officer of 1984 batch allocated to Himachal Pradesh. He post graduated in English  Literature from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak and taught the same at Vaish College, Rohtak before joining the Indian Police Service. He is a trained Commando and has worked with the Black Cats. He has also worked in and trained Special Protection Group responsible for security of Prime Minister of India. He has remained on deputation with Border Security Force and served in Kashmir and West Bengal as DIG and Inspector General. For efficient border management, Goyal was given the Maharana Pratap Best Border Management Trophy in 2007. Somesh Goyal has pursued photography as a hobby for over three decades. His photo features have been published in all the leading national dailies. His interest was generally confined to nature and landscapes.last_img read more

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Metro services disrupted as drain overflows broken pantograph stalls trains

first_imgKolkata: Metro services were disrupted for 10 minutes on Sunday morning, after water from the sewerage line overflowed and went on the track. Immediately, Kavi Subhas bound rakes were stopped at different Metro stations. Services were resumed after the track was clear.Meanwhile, later in the evening, train services on the Sealdah-Naihati main line were partially affected after the pantograph of a local train broke. According to sources, on Sunday morning at around 11:17 am, a Metro rake developed a technical snag and came to a halt just before entering Rabindra Sarobar station. The motorman tried to restart the rake but failed. Immediately, he informed Metro authorities at the station about the glitch. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWithin minutes, engineers and other Metro staff went to the rake and tried to find out the cause. While doing so, they noticed that the drain located in the middle of the track was filled to the brim. As a result, water overflowed and reached the track. Immediately, electricity connection to the third rail was cut off and a power block was activated to avoid any untoward incident. The rake was evacuated. After 10 minutes, the track was cleared and power to the third rail was restored. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMetro authorities have acknowledged the disruption. According to the officials, services were resumed at 11:27 am. Meanwhile, the Down line was operational. Some Kavi Subhas bound rakes ran late due to the problem. In another incident, train services in the Sealdah-Naihati main line got partially affected after the pantograph of a Naihati-Majerhat local broke on Sunday afternoon at around 4:45 pm, between Ichhapur and Barrackpore railway stations. Three tower wagons along with maintenance staff were sent to the spot to fix the pantograph as soon as possible. Delayed train movements were arranged using Up and Down suburban lines. However, Sealdah-Lalgola Dhanadhanya Express was detained for quite a long time. Later, it was passed using the Up suburban line, which was being used for local trains.last_img read more

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Travel Secrets – Cookham United Kingdom

first_imgSource = Travel Secrets by Andrew J. Wood Travel Secrets – Cookham, United Kingdom By Andrew J. WoodTravel Secrets – Cookham, United KingdomCookham: If you were asked to think of a stereotypical English village and to described the images that the olde-world English countryside conjures up in your mind you would probably be describing Cookham. A quaint village, with a central high street, Union Jacks fluttering, and streams of colourful bunting.Travel Secrets – Cookham, United Kingdom By Andrew J. WoodAdd to the picture hanging baskets of bright floral displays on every lamp post, country cottages with English gardens brightly adorned with flowering jewels and herbaceous perfumery, a meandering river (the Thames) with boats, swans, ducks and willow trees. Also add a village pub (between the High Street and Cookham Rise there are five), a picture postcard church (Holy Trinity), restaurants aplenty (including brilliant gastropubs, and stand-alone Indian, Chinese and Thai restaurants), and finally art galleries and boutique local handicraft shops.Apart from being visually stunning Cookham as a village is also practical. For local residents there are supermarkets; banks; cafés; a post office and garage. Which means local supplies are never too far away. Located just 30 minutes west of Heathrow airport (19mi/30km and 20 minutes (10mi/16km) from historic Windsor and Eton, it’s a gorgeous well kept village with a real sense of community and a friendly disposition towards visitors.Travel Secrets – Cookham, United KingdomBy Andrew J. WoodIt’s a great place too if you’re a dog. Wonderful long walks and acres of open parks, commons and woodlands for dog owners to let their best friends off-the-lease to run and exercise with ease.Driving into Cookham is like arriving at the quintessential English village. It’s close proximity to Royal Windsor Castle; a meandering river Thames and London (M4), makes this village very special.So special that my sister Jill and hubby Graham live here. During my hotel graduate training days I used to commute between Cookham and London when I lodged here, getting up at the crack of dawn to travel by train to Maidenhead and Paddington, to get to my kitchen at the Sheraton Park Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge before 7 a.m. everyday. And on my day-off sitting on a bench on the river Thames pathway, under a willow tree, watching the white swans and sailing boats. Happy memories.A few years back we visited Jill with other friends. Jill having only one spare room we decided, that rather than split up and cause havoc in my sister’s household, all the visitors would stay at the Crown Pub. It’s a lovely place to lodge. The 300 year old Crown is an historic feature in the centre of the village.Originally the Crown Inn, however no-one is exactly sure when it was built, it is estimated that it was in the 1700’s; providing food and shelter to the weary traveller back then.Travel Secrets – Cookham, United KingdomBy Andrew J. WoodAccommodation in those days was very sparse. The original wood-framed building was destroyed by fire and has been re-built twice in 1890 and 1929.One of Cookham’s most famous residents was artist Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA (1891 – 1959). Spencer became well known for his paintings depicting Biblical scenes occurring as if in Cookham. Spencer referred to Cookham as “a village in Heaven”, he was born and spent much of his life here.Cookham is 2 miles (3 km) north of Maidenhead, forms part of the High Wycombe Urban Area. It has a population of approx 6,868.The parish includes three villages:• Cookham Village – the centre of the original village, with a high street that has little changed in hundreds of years.• Cookham Dean• Cookham Rise – around the railway station.Travel Secrets – Cookham, United KingdomBy Andrew J. WoodThe village’s neighbours are Maidenhead, Bourne End, Marlow, Bisham,and Taplow.The River Thames flows past Cookham on its way from Marlow to Taplow, and forms the boundary with Buckinghamshire. Several islands in the Thames belong to Cookham, such as Odney Island, Formosa Island and Sashes Island.The John Lewis Partnership, one of the country’s premier retailers, which runs John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets, also has a residential training and holiday centre based on Odney Island.After graduating in Hotel Management from Edinburgh, I became a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, which is based here in Cookham, at Moor Hall.In 2011 The Daily Telegraph deemed Cookham Britain’s second richest village. With 41 houses sold over £1m. Describing Cookham, they wrote,“The epitome of Englishness, with Thames riverside walks, boating and gastropubs. Artist Stanley Spencer has a dedicated gallery, children’s author Kenneth Grahame invented Toad, and Enid Blyton lived and wrote here.”Andrew J. WoodTravel SectsAbout the AuthorMr. Andrew J Wood, a professional hotelier, Skalleague, travel writer and Director of one Thailand’s leading DMC/travel agents, Andrew has over 35 years of hospitality and travel experience. He is a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh (Hospitality Studies.)A UK national, Andrew was born in Yorkshire and prior to moving to Thailand Andrew gained valuable post graduate experience with Thistle Hotels (UK); Hilton Intl (Paris) and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts (London). He started his hotel career in Thailand with Shangri-La Hotels, Royal Garden Hotels and Resorts and the Landmark Group of Hotels (Thailand and UK) and later became General Manager of some of the country’s leading hotels including the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, Pattaya.Andrew is a former board member and Director of Skal International (SI), National President SI THAILAND and President of SI BANGKOK. He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Thailand including Assumption University’s Hospitality School.Due to his extensive hospitality and travel experience, Andrew as a writer is widely followed.last_img read more

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Poland attracts visitors with sports and culture

first_imgPoland presents itself in a sporty way this year with new offers for bikers and water sports lovers. “A true highlight is the new bike path, Green Velo, which stretches over the distance of almost 2,000 kms and leads through eastern parts of the country,” said Rafal Szmytke, President of the Polish Tourist Organisation.Another attraction is the freshly re-opened Elblag Canal that has been redeveloped within the last two years and is once again accessible to tourist vessel, houseboats and sail boats.Additionally, the spotlight is on Wroclaw – the metropolis at the river Oder which will introduce itself as the European Capital of Culture 2016. Over 500 big events are planned for this occasion and according to Wroclaw’s Mayor Rafal Dutkiewicz the city awaits visitors around the world.“We want to show Wroclaw as a European city with an extraordinary history,” he stated. He aims to double the number of national and international visitors in 2016 from currently around three million to six million.According to preliminary calculations, around 16.4 million guests from abroad visited Poland last year. This marks a growth of four percent compared to 2013, in which 15.8 million guests from abroad visited Poland and stayed for at least one night.last_img read more

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Private equity group Warburg Pincus has via an af

first_imgPrivate equity group Warburg Pincus has, via an affiliate, become a strategic minority investor in Polish cable operator Inea and plans to provide funding for a major fibre-to-the-home-based network expansion. Warburg Pincus said it believed the deal is the largest private equity investment in Poland so far this year.The funding will be used to support an expansion of the operator’s next-generation network, which provides bundled services to customers across the regions in which Inea is active. Specifically, Warburg Pincus will support Inea’s rollout of a FTTH-based network to bring high-speed broadband access to over 200,000 additional households and a significant number of businesses in its home territory of the Wielkopolska region in western-central Poland.Part of the investment will be devoted to funding Wielkopolska Sieć Szerokopasmowa, a partnership with the local government which will construct over 4,000 km of  fibre optic backbone and distribution network, putting 95% of Wielkopolskie households within a 4km radius of the closest distribution node.According to Warburg Pincus the network, once completed, will be the most advanced in Poland, providing high-speed broadband access to over 500,000 homes across the region.Warburg Pincus has committed to additional funding to support growth and consolidation. Terms of the funding were not disclosed.“Warburg Pincus is a very experienced and successful investor who fully supports the project to construct the nextgeneration Access network in the Wielkopolska Region,” said Janusz Kosinski, president of the management board and co-founder of Inea. “Since we engaged in the project to construct a NGA network we have been looking for a partner who would allow us to complete this project on as large a scale as possible. The involvement of Warburg Pincus will help ensure the success of this project which will lead to all inhabitants throughout the Wielkopolska Region benefitting from access to next generation broadband telecommunication services.  In addition, with the support of Warburg Pincus, we will have more opportunities to grow our business further.”Paul Best, a Warburg Pincus managing director, said: “As experienced investors in the cable sector, Warburg Pincus has identified Inea as a truly exceptional operator. The Polish TV and broadband markets benefit from long term structural growth and cable has a significant advantage over other technologies.  We were attracted to INEA due to its strong market position and the potential for further growth and industry consolidation. In addition, we have found an exceptionally talented management team who are dedicated to the expansion of their business.  We look forward to supporting them as active partners with a long term value creation agenda.”Inea currently passes 360,000 homes and serves 170,000 subscribers. The company is the country’s fourth largest cable operator.last_img read more

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Emerald Media a panAsian media investment vehicl

first_imgEmerald Media, a pan-Asian media investment vehicle backed by private-equity outfit KKR and Peter Chernin, is taking a minority stake in South Asian content-focused OTT TV service YuppTV for US$50 million (€40 million).YuppTV, based in Atlanta in the US, provides live TV, catch-up TV and movies on-demand in 14 languages across the globe with a mix of South Asian content.Emerald Media was set up last year by KKR and the Chernin Group as part of their partnership agreement. KKR committed to invest US$300 million in the venture in November, with the Chernin Group’s Asian unit CA Media taking a minority stake. The outfit is headed by Paul Aiello – CEO of CA Media and a former CEO of Star TV Asia – and Rajesh Kamat. COO of CA Media and a former COO of Viacom18 Group and CEO of Colors.YuppTV claims to reach 400 million homes globally, with over five million monthly visitors accessing the service. YuppTV is available on 27 devices and reports a peak monthly traffic of 20 million visitors. It says it has had over 10 million mobile app downloads since launch, in addition to being pre-installed on 50 million Samsung TV sets and being downloaded to 300,000 LG smart TVs. It is also available on the Sony PlayStation PS3 and PS4 platforms.The service provides over 250 live channels and has a catalogue of over 5,000 movies and 100 TV shows, marketed via on-demand movie brand YuppFlix. It has recently also invested in an advanced analytics-based recommendation system for live TV to improve the discoverability of its content.YuppTV is primarily viewed by audiences in the US, UK, Middle East, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean.  The service also recently launched in India, with a focus on the southern part of the country. In India it is also available via the Android Playstore.The company raised its series A funding round from Poarch Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama in September 2015.“We couldn’t ask for a stronger partner than Emerald Media. YuppTV is a content distribution platform with a strong consumer connection, and Emerald Media has global media relationships. We hope to leverage their relationships and existing assets Endemol, OML, Fluence and Graphic India to create original programming and make this platform a next generation distribution and content powerhouse,” said Uday Reddy, promoter and CEO of YuppTV.“Emerald Media believes in driving change and value-creation by providing a distinctive combination of capital, domain knowledge and management bandwidth. The world is moving from traditional consumption to multiscreen delivery mediums. YuppTV provides a unique combination of technology, strong content relationships and revenues of scale and will be an anchor to our vision of building a new age media company,” said Aiello.last_img read more

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What are the rules of warIts a timely question i

first_imgWhat are the rules of war?It’s a timely question in the wake of attacks on civilians, aid workers and hospitals in conflict zones around the world. Just this week, three hospitals in southern Syria were bombed by pro-government forces, according to The Washington Post.After such incidents, there are many references to the “rules of war.”In January, a British MP wrote an op-ed in The Guardian calling for the prosecution of the forces in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates “for any violations against civilians and breaches of the rules of war.” This month the coalition’s forces have been attacking the port city of Hodeida, Yemen’s lifeline to critical aid, food and fuel.Doctors Without Borders has this month declared “that the conduct of hostilities in Syria may violate the basic rules of war.”The president of UNICEF in Canada has declared, “Around the world, the rules of war are under attack — and so are millions of children.”The rules of war are part of the Geneva Convention and they first were established in the 19th century.They dictate what can and cannot be done during armed conflict. They aim to protect people who are not fighting in the conflict and curb the brutality of war by setting limits on the weapons and tactics that can be employed.Representatives of aid groups say there is a growing disregard for these rules in conflict zones around the world. “It has become glaringly obvious that respect for international humanitarian law is in decline,” says Scott Paul, the humanitarian policy lead of Oxfam America, a global aid agency.History of the rules of warAlthough our modern rules of war can be traced back to ancient civilizations and religions, it was Henri Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross, who began the process of codifying these customs into international humanitarian law. In 1864, he helped establish the first Geneva Convention, an international treaty that required armies to care for the sick and wounded on the battlefield. It was adopted by 12 European countries.Over the next 85 years, diplomats debated and adopted additional amendments and treaties to address the treatment of combatants at sea and prisoners of war — not just combatants on battlefields. In 1949, after the horrors of World War II, diplomats gathered again in Geneva to adopt four treaties that reaffirmed and updated the previous treaties and expanded the rules to protect civilians. They’re now collectively known as the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and contain the most important rules of war.Upholding the rulesSince then, the rules of war have been ratified by 196 states. They protect people who are not fighting in the conflict and curb the brutality of war by setting limits on the weapons and tactics that can be employed. In 2014, for example, the rules helped guarantee safe passage for civilians in South Sudan to flee violence.They’re also used in domestic and international courts to determine if a government or non-governmental militant group is guilty of a war crime. If a warring party is accused of violating international humanitarian law — whether by an individual, group, country or observer — countries are obligated to investigate. The U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, for example, helped punish war criminals who committed mass atrocities during the Bosnian war in the 1990s.The U.N. Security Council, a group of 15 countries at the U.N. charged to maintain international peace and security, may also impose sanctions — like a travel ban or an arms embargo — as an incentive for warring parties to comply with the rules of war.Enforcing the rules can be difficult. For example, the five veto-holding permanent members of the Security Council — the U.S., China, Russia, the U.K. and France — must vote unanimously to pursue a resolution that might call for an investigation, refer a case to a court for trial, threaten sanctions or propose another motion. But often one or several of these countries has a vested interest in the conflict in question.As mandated by the Conventions, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has a special role to play as a guardian of these laws. The ICRC tracks the evolution of warfare and makes recommendations for updates to the rules accordingly. It also participates in U.N. discussions on crises and potential violations to ensure the rules are being upheld.In addition, the ICRC helps inform the public of the rules of war through videos and social media messaging. This 2-minute film, titled “Why we can’t save her life,” won a Grand Prix award at the Cannes Lions festival in France this month. The film reminds people that hospitals are not a target.The rules of warAlthough there are many rules contained in the Conventions, here are six crucial principles that are relevant to ongoing conflicts. Because the rules themselves often use legal terms, we have paraphrased the language. To read the original language, click here:1. No targeting civiliansIntentionally targeting civilians, buildings such as schools or houses and infrastructure like water sources or sanitation facilities is a war crime. Killing or injuring a person who has surrendered or is no longer able to fight is also prohibited, as is punishing someone for an act that another person, even a family member, has committed.Attacks should only be directed at military objectives, and military targets such as bases and stockpiles should not be placed in or near populated areas.If the expected “incidental civilian damage” of an attack is “excessive and disproportionate” to the anticipated military gain, then the attack legally cannot be carried out.There is one caveat: a civilian structures, for example a school, may become a legitimate target if it is being used for specific military operations — as a base to launch attacks, for example, or a weapons storehouse.2. No torture or inhumane treatment of detaineesTorture and other forms of cruel, degrading or ill treatment are expressly prohibited. The lives, rights and dignity of detainees should be preserved. They must be given food and water, protected from violence and allowed to communicate with their families.There are no exceptions to this rule, even when torture might elicit lifesaving information.3. No attacking hospitals and aid workersThe wounded and sick always have a right to be cared for, regardless of which side of the conflict they’re on. Medical and aid workers who are on duty in these areas make an effort to be neutral and serve both sides of the conflict. They must, therefore, be protected by all warring parties and allowed access to collect and care for the wounded and sick.If combatants see a red cross or red crescent, symbols of the national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, they should know that person or place should not be attackedBut the rules of law do grant an exception for hospitals as well as other civilian structures. If a hospital is being used for specific military operations, it may become a legitimate target.4. Provide safe passage for civilians to fleeParties to a conflict must take all reasonable steps to evacuate civilians from areas where there is fighting. In the heat of conflict, such steps can take the form of advanced warnings or the creation of “safe corridors” for civilians to leave a besieged city and for humanitarian workers to deliver aid and services. Civilians must never be blocked from fleeing.5. Provide access to humanitarian organizationsCivilians and militants who are no longer fighting in the conflict have a right to receive the help they need, whether it’s medical care, food, water or shelter. This means that restricting the delivery of humanitarian aid — through naval and air blockades, closing ports or confiscating supplies — is prohibited. In fact, deliberately causing starvation and hunger is a war crime.6. No unnecessary or excessive loss and sufferingThe tactics and weapons used in war must be proportionate and necessary to achieve a definitive military objective. The use of weapons that are “by nature indiscriminate,” according to the Geneva Conventions, is prohibited. For example, the use of land mines, while not banned, is limited because they can indiscriminately kill and maim both combatants and civilians.Joanne Lu is a freelance journalist who covers global poverty and inequity. Her work has appeared in Humanosphere, The Guardian, Global Washington and War is Boring. Follow her on Twitter @joannelu. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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