NRI University In Bangalore

first_imgThe Indian government has selected The Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) Trust to run the country’s first Non Resident Indian University in Bangalore.  The proposed university will start functioning from the 2009-10 academic year with its student body evenly split between overseas Indians and resident Indians.The trust currently runs nearly 20 educational institutes, including Manipal University and Kasturba Medical College.  Related Itemslast_img

Maliksi regrets early exit after tough stand against Meralco

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PBA IMAGESBlackwater was 12 minutes away from history.After a forcing top seeded Meralco into a do-or-die with a 92-91 stunner in Game 1, the no. 8 Elite had a real chance to advance to the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals against Star.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img View comments Blackwater even had the upper hand early in the rubber match but Meralco just showed its class, outscoring the Elite 31-19 in the fourth quarter en route to the the semifinal clincher.Maliksi, who finished with 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting and six boards, was disappointed he couldn’t lead his new team to greater heights.“I feel bad about myself because the trust of the coaches is there,” said Maliksi who only came to the Elite a couple of games before the eliminations ended. “My teammates trusted me and I feel bad because there were opportunities I know I’ve wasted.”ADVERTISEMENT Tasked to guide the Bolts, Amer drops 31 in crucial game BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ All Blackwater needed was one more strong quarter to prove that a small franchise could make it big in the PBA.The Bolts, however, had other plans and that came in the form of a 104-96 win that ousted the Elite in a heartbreaker.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“All of us want something to prove, we can’t call this overachieving if we played just the quarterfinals,” said a dejected Allein Maliksi Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Of course you want to win the championship. So, I think there’s a reason why we were put in this situation.”“It’s that we have to learn from this and apply whatever we need to do next conference, next season.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

SPORT-EURO-FOWLER 2 LAST

first_imgDeco, who is to feature in the Premier Futsal tournament, Deco, who is to feature in the Premier Futsal tournament, which is to be held in India next month, conceded that Brazil — his country of birth — was currently struggling to come up with a winning combination. “Older teams from Brazil had very good players. The current formation is not working very well. We have the talent but our players have to work harder,” said Deco, who had won the UEFA Champions League in 2004 with FC Porto and 2006 with Barcelona and represented his adopted country, Portugal, in two Euros and as many World Cups. Chhetri said he was initially backing Spain but there could eventually be a surprise winner, like Portugal. Speaking on the proposed merger between the Indian Super League and I-League, Chhetri said he was surprised to read the details in the media after the one meeting convened by the All India Football Federation. “I was told not to speak about it after the first meeting where a preliminary draft was submitted but was surprised to read details of the meeting the next day. But its not fair on my part to talk about it now before all stake holders come together,” said Chhetri, who has won two I-League crowns with Bengaluru FC and represented Mumbai City FC in last seasons ISL. “I have been playing football over the last 13 years and it has witnessed massive growth, not only in the numbers playing but also in those following. The Under-17 World Cup (to be hosted by India next year and whose broadcast rights have been bought by the Sony network) is going to be a massive step. But whatever we do is not enough from where we are (in world ranking),” he said. SPNs CEO, N P Singh, promised a good build-up for the first-ever FIFA event to be hosted by the country but said it was for the AIFF to provide the details. “A whole lot of events have been planned from now up to the Under-17 World Cup. Its going to be an intensive calendar but its the prerogative of AIFF to announce it,” he said. SPNs Executive VP and head of its sports cluster, Prasana Krishnan, dispelled doubts about next months Premier Futsal multinational league saying “it is on track”, although it has come under opposition from the AIFF. PTI SSR NRB CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan only recommendations, not contracted yet: Committee of Administrators

first_imgNewly appointed head coach Ravi Shastri will be meeting the four-member committee of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the selection of the support staff for Team India.CoA chief Vinod Rai on Saturday informed that Shastri is presently out of the country and once he is back, the four-member committee will have a meeting with him.”We have taken the board on the recommendations of the CAC for Mr. Ravi Shastri as the head coach. And we have decided that for further coaches and others, we must have a discussion with Mr. Ravi Shastri. We have discussed with him, he is away. He comes back tomorrow or day after,” said Rai.WATCH FULL VIDEO”We have set up a committee of Diana Edulji, Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, acting president of the board CK Khanna and CEO Rahul Johri as a convener, who will speak to them and Ravi Shastri and make the selection of the other coaches,” he added.The meeting, which comes after the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) appointed Zaheer Khan as bowling coach and Rahul Dravid as overseas batting coach, has been scheduled for July 18.However, the CoA chief made it clear that the CAC has just made recommendations over the same.”There’s no such thing as a contract as yet. These are just recommendations. A recommendation has been made and the CoA has to act on that. That recommendation will be acted upon in consultation with the head coach,” he said.advertisementThe BCCI has, however, clarified that Zaheer Khan will only be available as overseas bowling coach of Team India and will travel with the team on tour to tour basis.The board also made it clear Shastri was consulted before appointing Zaheer and Dravid as bowling and batting consultants respectively.”The recommendation for Ravi Shastri was made on the merit of his presentation and the vision that he projected for taking the team to greater heights. After taking the decision on his selection, the CAC consulted him and decided on having Batting and Bowling consultants on overseas tour-to-tour basis, as per the requirement of the team,” the BCCI had said in a release.As per reports, Shastri wants Bharath Arun to join the team as a full-time bowling coach.Presently, Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar are officiating as batting and fielding coach.last_img read more

a day ago​Dele Alli insists Spurs players behind Pochettino

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Dele Alli insists Spurs players behind Pochettinoby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham star Dele Alli believes that everyone at the club is firmly behind their manager Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs are struggling for confidence and form, especially in the Premier League.It has seen them slip in the top four race and prompted talks about Pochettino’s future at the club. But Alli insists every one of Spurs’ players is behind the Argentine coach.He told reporters: “Yeah, 1,000 per cent [players are behind Pochettino].”A lot of us would not be where we are now if it was not for him. All we can do is thank him.”We have always trusted him 100 per cent and we are going to keep doing that. We are a team.”When things are not going our way, it is easy for people to try and get at the manager but we need to look at ourselves as players.”We’re doing that and we are going to keep working hard.” last_img read more

PIL Bolsters Fleet with Two 11800 TEU Newbuilds

first_imgzoom Singapore’s containership operator Pacific International Lines (PIL) Group has taken delivery of two new 11,800 TEU containerships.The two vessels form part of a batch comprising twelve 11,8000 TEU boxships ordered by PIL from Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Ltd. The newbuilding duo has been built at the group’s Suzhou shipyard.The two ships have been christened Kota Pahlawan and Kota Panjang at a naming ceremony held in China.Both have successfully completed their sea trials and set off for Singapore on October 30 and November 1 respectively. The two vessels will be deployed on the Far East – US AC5 service from the beginning of November 2017.Port rotation: Xiamen – Nansha – Hong Kong – Yantian – Long Beach – XiamenAccording to PIL, the new ships are each fitted with 1,400 reefer plugs that can accommodate up to a maximum of 2,800 TEU of refrigerated containers onboard. They also feature an energy efficient design with an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). “PIL looks forward to taking delivery of its other vessels and is confident that the high-quality standards set by these two vessels will continue to be upheld,” the company said.PIL has 118 live vessels in its fleet, one bulker of 56,700 dwt and 12 small dry ships with a total carrying capacity of 269,400 dwt. The fleet also includes 105 containerships.Based on the data provided by VesselsValue, two ships have been earmarked for scrapping, a handy container of 1,180 TEU name Kota Wangsa and a singledecker, Selatan Datang, of 4,000 dwt. Both vessels are to be scrapped in  Bangladesh.last_img read more

Man and children 13 and 4 die when minivan and semi collide

first_imgPORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – A man and two children are dead after the minivan they were in collided with a semi in Manitoba.RCMP say the van was heading east on the Trans-Canada Highway on Saturday afternoon and collided with the westbound semi while attempting to turn north onto Highway 16 west of Portage la Prairie.A 35-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy in the van were pronounced dead at the scene, while a four-year-old boy died later in hospital.The 36-year-old woman who was driving and a nine-year-old boy remained in critical but stable condition in hospital on Saturday.All of the occupants were from Carberry, Man.The 62-year-old Ontario man who was driving the semi suffered minor injuries.Police say everyone was wearing seatbelts and that alcohol is not considered to have played a role in the crash.last_img read more

Shooting of BC hockey dad in driveway was case of mistaken identity

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – The wife of a man gunned down in what police say was a case of mistaken identity is pleading for any information that would solve the murder the family is struggling to understand.Paul Bennett, 47, was shot in his driveway in Surrey, B.C., on the afternoon of June 23. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Thursday he was the unintended victim of a targeted shooting.Darlene Bennett described her husband as the kind of man who wore his heart on his sleeve, volunteered his time freely, both as a hockey coach for their boys or to fill a call shift at the hospital where he worked.“He loved being a nurse, especially working in the operating room,” she said Thursday. “He found his element in the midst of chaos. There’s always opportunity to save a life or improve it.”He didn’t have a criminal record and wasn’t involved in any criminal activity, she told a news conference through tears.“We are grieving and traumatized by his loss and praying to understand why this has happened to our family. “Bennett was shot in front of his home at about 4 p.m. in what Darlene Bennett said was complete disregard for public safety in a quiet residential area.Cpl. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said people involved in such shootings aren’t interested in public safety.He said the death of the beloved father, hockey coach, brother and husband is tragic.Police released surveillance video from a home in the area showing just a few seconds of a newer, four-door Honda Civic driving past.Jang said it is associated with the homicide and police need anyone who has information to come forward.“We are working very hard to determine who the intended target was. That is one of our priorities, for investigators and our partners.”Two teenagers, aged 16 and 17, were also murdered in June. They were found on a road in Surrey in what police believe was a targeted shooting.A task force aimed at preventing gang violence in Surrey released a report earlier this month recommending more police enforcement, an expanded gang exit program and an initiative that would allow businesses to ban alleged gangsters from their premises.last_img read more

Controversial OPP commissioner appointment delayed

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — The Ontario government says it is delaying the appointment of the man set to become the province’s top cop until an investigation into allegations of political interference in the hiring process is complete.  Community Safety Minister Sylvia Jones says the government will respect Ron Taverner’s request for a delay in his appointment, which was supposed to take place on Monday.  Taverner, a longtime family friend of Premier Doug Ford, did not initially qualify for the role, but the government has admitted that it lowered the requirements for the job to attract a wider range of candidates.Sources in the premier’s office say that until a review is complete, Acting OPP Commissioner Brad Blair will be replaced at the helm of the OPP by Gary Couture, who is currently the force’s deputy commissioner.On Friday, Blair asked the courts to order Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dube to investigate Taverner’s hiring, after the ombudsman declined his request to carry out the probe.The Ford government has repeatedly denied that the premier’s office had anything to do with Taverner’s hiring.Taverner did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the delay, which he requested in an email to Jones.“Out of the greatest of respect for the brave men and women of the Ontario Provincial Police, I am requesting my appointment as commissioner be postponed until as such time the integrity commissioner has completed his review,” he wrote in the email.last_img read more

James Cameron on the lure of Atlantis and making Avatar 2 3

first_imgAdvertisement The Star caught up with him as he launches the estimated $500-million Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney World in Orlando this May and preps for his highly anticipated four-sequel shoot for Avatar.Condolences, first of all on your friend Bill Paxton. I was thinking of Paxton while looking at your relationship with Simcha Jacobovici in the documentary. You’re sending Simcha to the ends of the Earth to find Atlantis. However, Bill was your first roving reporter. In Ghosts of the Abyss, your documentary on the Titanic, you sent him deep underneath the sea.That was fun. That was on our second Titanic expedition. We had done Titanic the movie together and for that film I had dived the wreck 12 times. I was always telling him what an amazing experience it was. And we had been on dive trips in the past, but just to scuba depths. I said, ‘Come on Bill, you love adventure.’ He jumped on and became the everyman voice of that show. He loved history and the arts in general and storytelling. He had such a respect for the history of Titanic he brought a real gravitas to that film. He was such a great human being. You felt the tragedy through his eyes.Your relationship with Simcha reminded me of the dynamic between J. Jonah Jameson and Peter Parker in Spider-Man (a movie that Cameron was once slated to direct). The whole idea of the crusty editor and the overly enthusiastic reporter. You keep reining him in and telling him to “go west.”(Laughs) That’s a pretty good analogy. Simcha and I always joke I’m the skeptic and he’s the starry-eyed theoretician that comes up with all these connections. It’s a good throttle-and-brakes relationship. The search takes off in a sailboat that goes across the Mediterranean including the islands of Santorini, Malta and Sardinia.Since the success of Avatar in 2009, Cameron, 62, has been strangely invisible. He has worked consistently as a writer and producer on passion projects such as his documentaries but hasn’t directed a major motion picture since. (He certainly doesn’t need the work: Forbes has estimated his wealth to be in the $700-million range.) But it turns out he’s not been exactly inactive. This year Cameron may well be the busiest man in Hollywood. Login/Register With: Canadian James Cameron is the undisputed king of the box office, having directed and written the two highest grossing films of all time: Avatar and Titanic.What is not as well known is that the Oscar-winning director also has a deep love of science and history, which has led him to produce lavish, technologically advanced documentaries that run from deep sea exploration of the German battleship Bismarck to the mystery of undersea volcanoes.This time around the Kapuskasing, Ont.-born Cameron is teaming with Israeli-Canadian journalist Simcha Jacobovici (recipient of the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards) to try and figure out if the lost city of Atlantis actually existed in Atlantis Rising. The documentary premieres Sunday on Discovery. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Aiming straight as an arrow

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’ week two of the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax.After a brilliant performance at the North American Indigenous Games two years ago, one archer from the Yukon is drawing back her bow with some of the country’s best.Here is APTN National News reporter James Hopkin with the story.last_img

Four Nigerians arrested by Sri Lanka Navy in Northern seas

Naval personnel attached to a Coastal Patrol Vessel (CPV) belonging to the Northern Naval Command arrested four Nigerians in the Northern seas.The Navy media unit said that the Nigerians were arrested with two Sri Lankans on a trawler 12 nautical miles North of the Thalaimannar lighthouse. The boat was believed to be heading to India at the time of arrest.

UN peacekeepers probe reports of attacks on Congolese civilians

People in the Ninja chiefdom told Radio Okapi of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) that at about 9 o’clock Monday night, a Rwandan Hutu militia that has committed itself to disarm and return home, Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR), left its positions in Kabona, accompanied by the Kabona chief, and made its way to Ninja.The group told the people of Ninja that some renegade Rwandan Hutu rebels, known as “Rastas,” were in the area. Just half an hour later, on hearing cries of alarm, the FDLR unit initially found five people dead of machete wounds.The Interim Governor of South Kivu, Didace Kaningini, later gave the casualty total as 18 dead, 11 seriously wounded and about 50 people abducted, while numbers of people fled, Radio Okapi said.Meanwhile, MONUC said its troops from Pakistan and Morocco, along with DRC Government troops, supported by an attack helicopter from India, carried out a cordon and search operation in the Katoto area, north of the north-eastern town of Bunia.The DRC troops killed eight militia members suspected of belonging to the Union of Congolese Patriots-Lubanga (UPC-L) and lost one of its own soldiers, MONUC said. read more

Loonie lower greenback strengthens Fed minutes show growing debate about rates

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 20, 2014 6:55 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie lower, greenback strengthens: Fed minutes show growing debate about rates TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Wednesday as the release of the minutes of the latest meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve showed a sharpening debate within the central bank about when to hike rates.The loonie was down 0.23 of a cent at 91.15 cents US as the Fed also continued to indicate that the central bank is in no rush to raise rates from close to zero, where they have been since the financial crisis.The minutes showed that some officials thought the Fed would need to call for “a relatively prompt move” to reduce the stimulus it has supplied since the financial crisis erupted in 2008. Otherwise, these officials felt the Fed risked overshooting its targets for unemployment and inflation.Those who think the Fed should withdraw its support only slowly cited persistent drags on the job market despite solid hiring and a steady drop in the unemployment rate.The Fed has emphasized that economic data, not the calendar, will determine when it hikes rates, generally expected around the middle of 2015.Slack in the labour market has been a particular concern, a topic that Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen is expected to address in her speech to the central bank’s economic symposium at the end of the week.While U.S. job growth has been coming in at around 200,000 monthly, the participation rate has drifted down to a percentage in the lows 60s.The loonie had traded higher in the morning after Statistics Canada reported that wholesale sales rose 0.6 per cent to $53 billion in June, a third consecutive increase.The agency said that sales in the vehicle sector declined 2.4 per cent to $9.1 billion. But this was offset by gains in five subsectors, led by a 3.1 per cent rise in the miscellaneous subsector, which includes agricultural supplies, wholesalers of logs and wood chips, minerals, ores and precious metals, and second-hand goodsPrices were mixed on commodity markets with the September crude contract — which expires Wednesday — was up $1.59 to US$96.07 a barrel. The October contract climbed 59 cents to US$93.45. Prices rose as data showed a drop in U.S. supplies of about 4.5 million barrels last week, about three times the amount that had been expected.September copper shot up nine cents to US$3.18 a pound. Some analysts attributed the jump to strong signs of a rebound in the U.S. housing sector, including strong data on housing starts and a jump in a prominent builders confidence survey.December gold bullion dipped $1.50 to US$1,295.20 an ounce. read more

One Last Dispatch From The Land Of Chess Kings And Billionaires

Left: While waiting for the title ceremony, Magnus Carlsen is finally able to relax with his father by his side. Right: Following his defeat, Karjakin was clearly disappointed while speaking to the Russian media. He confirmed rumors about travelling to New York with a Virgin Mary icon. Watching an elite chess match in person is at once enjoyable and discomfiting. You follow the players’ actions — their moves, their mannerisms — for long stretches of time. You hang on each one and imbue it with meaning. You become so familiar with their moves that you can rattle them off later from memory: “queen to h6,” say, or “rook to e2.” You try to understand why the players did what they did. The moves can be beautiful or inscrutable or frustrating or disappointing. You try to imagine what you would do if you were in one of their chairs. You try to predict what they will do next. You try and make sense of their postgame explanations. But you aren’t them, and you can never really understand.On Wednesday, the final day of the World Chess Championship, hundreds crowded into the Fulton Market Building in lower Manhattan to watch, trying to understand. Magnus Carlsen, the defending champion, No. 1-rated player in the world and the closest thing the sport has to a rock star, was facing his challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, in a series of speedy tiebreaker games. The 12 lengthy games that had stretched over the previous 19 days — I attended 11 in person — ended tied and the two grandmasters were back in their chairs in a soundproof glass box to break the deadlock. It was the biggest day in chess in many years. Carlsen, the former wunderkind, was clinging to his title and his legacy, while Karjakin and the Russians were hoping for a return to the days of Soviet chess hegemony. On the fourth game of the tiebreaker, and the 16th of the match, Carlsen attacked the Russian’s king, Karjakin resigned and the two shook hands. It was over. You had to elbow your way through knots of onlookers to get anywhere in the venue’s sprawling VIP wing. Men in suits and expensive shoes crowded around TVs, watching the games and sipping martinis. The room was at a low murmur — equal parts English and Russian with an occasional dash of Norwegian. The clinking of glasses and the ratatat of ice in cocktail shakers punctuated the chess talk.Like a Russian nesting doll, a VVIP section had been set up for Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire, and company within the VIP section. It was newly roped off and closely monitored by scary-looking bodyguards. Thiel, a Donald Trump supporter and a strong chess player himself, and Yuri Milner, the Russian billionaire venture capitalist, sat at a board inside. With apologies to Beyoncé, it was $6 billion at a chess table. Accompanying them: Bennett Miller, who directed “Foxcatcher,” about the wrestling-obsessed murderer and multimillionaire heir to the du Pont fortune, and the Icelandic grandmaster Hedinn Steingrimsson, who was giving them a private analysis of the ongoing championship game taking place just a few yards away.A buffet and wine bar had been installed for the guests from Silicon Valley who’d arrived that day, and bored-looking members of their entourages lolled on large couches, poking at iPhones. Word around the venue was that the billionaires had paid $50,000 for these privileges. (The match’s organizer wouldn’t comment on the figure.) Much later in the evening, some other journalists and I raided their buffet, eating what must have been thousands of dollars worth of cold mini tacos.“Are you security?” the writer Brin-Jonathan Butler asked one of the well-dressed, well-built men keeping close watch over the well-heeled chess lesson.“Something like that,” he responded ominously. “I wouldn’t bother them, if you don’t mind.”This World Chess Championship scene was somewhere at the intersection of Bond film, Trump fundraiser and museum gala. There are other internal chess-world squabbles. Agon Limited, the match’s organizer, filed an application for a restraining order and injunction against a number of popular third-party chess websites, just before the match began. The websites’ alleged transgression? Relaying chess moves live, which Agon saw as a violation. The application was denied by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, who wrote that “robust reporting of factual data concerning the contestants’ moves” best served the public interest. Agon’s CEO, Ilya Merenzon, told me that the company would continue to pursue the matter in court, and was also proposing legislation to cement their rights to the games they organize.I discussed the case with Macauley Peterson, the content director for chess24, one of the defendants, on the floor of the venue during one of the early games. He kept glancing away from me at people walking by. He said he was worried about who might be eavesdropping.The tournament’s organizers have declared their own victory, though, bragging that the 20-day biennial championship had drawn some 10,000 spectators to its location in the South Street Seaport. But that’s less than, say, half the average attendance of the worst team in baseball for any one of its 81 home games this year. And the event’s only two main sponsors were PhosAgro, a Russian producer of phosphate-based fertilizer, and EG Capital Advisors, a Russian investment management company. Not exactly Nike and Coca-Cola. Spectators in the VIP lounge. A production team from Russia created an atmosphere for VIPs more often seen in Moscow than Manhattan. Despite the high-powered, moneyed interest, and its prime New York City location, the match was sparsely covered by the American press — as chess is generally — and given little attention outside the core chess world. It’s unlikely to increase the game’s reach or exposure as the organizers may have hoped. That did happen once in the States — in 1972 — but that was because of Bobby Fischer.The troublesome shadow of Fischer stretches over every conversation of chess’s success and future in the U.S. He was the best American player of all time, and its only modern world champion. His legacy is stained by his vocal anti-Semitism, and comments that he was pleased with the terrorism on Sept. 11, among other things. But in his chess prime, he carried the U.S. on his back while sitting at the board, having taught himself the game, largely alone, in a shabby Brooklyn apartment. And he won.While this year’s championship lacked the colorful characters and Cold War narrative of Fischer’s title run — although some journalists tried to revive them — it did have some of the controversy.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of the game’s international governing body, FIDE, was absent from the match, having been sanctioned by the U.S. for business connections with the Assad regime in Syria. Ilyumzhinov is no stranger to controversy. He insists he was abducted by aliens. They were wearing yellow spacesuits and nabbed him from his Moscow apartment in 1997, taking him away to a distant star. He considers chess “a gift from extraterrestrial civilizations.” Left: Magnus Carlsen, 26, at the World Chess Championship’s opening gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Right: Sergey Karjakin, 26, tests the overhead lights in the playing hall. All photographs by Misha Friedman Left: A branded vodka bar assured VIPs were sufficiently entertained throughout the tournament. Right: Ekaterina, a Karjakin family friend, flew in from Moscow just for the tiebreaker round. But despite the controversy and the finances, what’s really missing from chess is a character.The U.S. has three players in the world Top 10, any one of whom could have a shot at challenging Carlsen for the title in two years. They’re undeniably fantastic players. But they seem less like compelling national characters — and less like artists — than Fischer did. They’re technicians, raised in a computer-chess age. Carlsen ended the match and extended his world championship reign with a beautiful move on Wednesday evening — whether he’d admit its beauty or not — sacrificing his queen to entrap Karjakin’s king. But in one of the postgame press conferences, Carlsen said chess was a sport and a science. For art, he said, you’d “have to look elsewhere.” Left: Neil deGrasse Tyson, a celebrated astrophysicist, and Fabiano Caruana, the No. 2 ranked chess player in the world, chatted about baseball. Right: Peter Thiel showed up for the decisive tiebreaker round and had a grandmaster at his side to explain the games live. Tickets were expensive, but there were a lot of young fans at every game, especially on weekends. After the match — after the trophy presentation and the cake and the champagne — our photographer and I tracked down the Norwegian contingent at an after-after-party at a steakhouse a couple miles uptown. It was a festive scene. Holiday garland and lights festooned the bannisters and the restaurant was a cozy respite from the cold and rainy November day outside. Carlsen was sitting at a far table in the crowded dining room with about 50 others. He was eating. With a fork. Like a person. It was odd to see him with something other than a chess piece in his hand.I wanted to talk to him. I’d been watching him for hours most days for the past three weeks. But honestly I had no idea what I’d say. Carlsen famously hates interviews. But I was saved. “No questions. Definitely no,” his manager, Espen Agdestein, told us. “He’s very tired. We’re just relaxing.”I’m not Carlsen. But I understood. read more

Mont Blanc un appel international pour le protéger

first_imgMont Blanc : un appel international pour le protégerChamonix, France – S’alarmant de la menace du réchauffement climatique qui pèse sur le mont Blanc, douze associations françaises, italiennes et suisses ont lancé depuis Chamonix un appel pour la mise en œuvre d’un système de protection du Toit de l’Europe au niveau international.A l’occasion d’une conférence française pour la biodiversité à laquelle a participé Chantal Jouanno, la secrétaire d’État chargée de l’Écologie, douze associations ont remis un appel aux élus locaux en faveur d’une protection renforcée d’un “monument naturel exceptionnel”.Dans cet appel, Mountain Wilderness, Pro Mont-Blanc, et dix autres associations qui militent pour l’inscription du Mont-Blanc au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco, rappellent que le Toit de l’Europe “est souffrant, menacé par le changement climatique, la pollution, l’excès de trafic dans les vallées” mais aussi “la pression de l’urbanisation”.Comme l’a expliqué le vice-président de Pro Mont-Blanc, qui réunit vingt-six associations italiennes, suisses et françaises, les militants demandent “une vraie reconnaissance du mont Blanc et que les États s’engagent à appuyer les collectivités locales et les populations pour qu’un mécanisme de protection se mette en place”.Assurant que l’État montre une réelle volonté de mener un débat à ce sujet avec les autres pays partenaires, Chantal Jouanno a tenu à rappeler les intérêts contradictoires sur cette question, mais aussi la forte concurrence en matière de demandes de classement présentées à l’Unesco.Le 22 mai 2010 à 09:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Turks and Caicos AG Chambers defends Civil Servant in false news attack

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos – July 17, 2017 – Fake or false news strikes again and this time it tried to take down the Registrar of Lands, Brandie Nova Anderson of Jamaica.  The Attorney General’s Chambers came to the defense of Ms Anderson and the Integrity Commissioned denounced that it is investigating the woman who has been Registrar of Lands since November 2014.No one knows who Joshua Pierre is, but that is the name put to a statement of a most damaging nature posted to social media about Anderson.It is said the statement was packed with lies and the AG has reported to the matter to the Police for investigation.  It was also explained in those Friday media releases that, “it is now very clear that some person or persons hiding behind the name “Joshua Pierre” made a malicious and damaging publication that has no basis in truth as it has been confirmed that no investigation into Ms. Anderson is being carried out by the Integrity Commission.”As for funds and how they are handled at the Lands department, there was this,   “The Government’s funds, including that, which have been appropriated to the Land Registry, are managed and paid through strict financial management and procurement procedures, and audited at the end of each Financial Year. There has been no finding to implicate Ms. Anderson of any wrongdoing since she commenced her service with TCIG.”The assault on the reputation of Anderson is called malicious.“All persons are reminded of the serious legal consequences of causing damage to the professional reputation of public officers who are merely seeking to carry out their functions in accordance with the high professional standards of the public service.”It was also explained that Ms. Anderson won the job of leading the Register of Lands through a fair and transparent process, a clean police record and she is also cited with having  “transformed the Lands Registry into an efficient operation in accordance with the requirements of the Registered Land Ordinance and has garnered the respect of her peers both within and outside of the public service.”#AGdefendscivilservant#IntegrityCommissiondeniesinvestigation#Andersonnotunderinvestigation#TCIGpublicservicestandard#FakenewsinTCI Related Items:#AGdefendscivilservant, #Andersonnotunderinvestigation, #FakenewsinTCI, #IntegrityCommissiondeniesinvestigation, #magneticmedianews, #TCIGpublicservicestandard Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

FBI searching for robber who targeted 2 Miramar credit unions

first_imgNo injuries were reported from the second robbery and the amount of money taken remains undisclosed.The FBI released pictures of the man at both robbery locations, hoping members of the public will come forward with information that could lead to his arrest.The man is described as having white beard stubble and was last seen wearing a black hat with a Marlins logo, a blue denim long-sleeved shirt, jeans and Ralph Lauren glasses with “POLO” on the sides.If you have any information on these credit union robberies, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Federal authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed two credit unions in Miramar just minutes apart.Officials said the man first walked into a Tropical Financial Credit Union located along Miramar Parkway and Corporate Way at approximately 11:15 a.m., Friday.He made his way to the counter, approached the teller and demanded money.The man fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.There were no injuries reported.The robber continued on to a nearby Space Coast Credit Union, located along Southwest 81st Avenue and Miramar Boulevard at around 11:30 a.m.Officials said he approached the teller at the counter and demanded money. last_img read more

5 Alaska Grown Challenge

first_imgParticipating retailers will create specialty Alaska Grown displays in their stores that prominently place and showcase the Alaska Grown products they carry, making them easy for customers to find. From June through October, Alaskans are encouraged to spend $5 every week on Alaska Grown products at their local grocery stores.  Division Director Arthur Keyes: “We have one of the cleanest growing environments in the world, and when you buy Alaska Grown, you are not only getting a fresher, quality product, you are also supporting our in-state economy.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Division of Agriculture is launching its second annual $5 Alaska Grown Challenge to support the growth of Alaska’s agriculture industry. The challenge will run for the five-month period when Alaska Grown products are most available.last_img read more

Uttar Pradesh Bar Council chiefs killer dies in Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: The lawyer who shot himself after killing Uttar Pradesh Bar Council President Darvesh Singh Yadav in Agra court died in a Gurugram hospital on Saturday. Manish Sharma was shifted to Medanta hospital. He was in coma and was kept on a ventilator. He was declared dead on Saturday afternoon. Sharma had shot his colleague Darvesh Singh Yadav on June 12 after the latter was elected as the Bar council President. Sharma fired three bullet at Yadav, killing her on the spot. Immediately after, Sharma shot himself in the head.last_img