Struggling Lakers in need of a break

first_imgEL SEGUNDO – At least the Lakers won’t lose any games this weekend. Of course, the All-Star Game break begins Friday, so after tonight’s home game against Cleveland the Lakers will have five days to rest and ponder what has gone wrong during their four-game losing streak. “It won’t hurt, let’s just put it that way,” coach Phil Jackson said Wednesday. “I told them that they can’t take it off yet. They still have a game to play.” Jackson cut short practice Wednesday and limited it mostly to film review, and that couldn’t have been a fun exercise. As the Lakers try to head into the break with some momentum, there is plenty to correct. In each of the last three games, the Lakers have held the lead with less than five minutes to play but lost. Transition defense continues to be an issue, as does the ineffectiveness of Lamar Odom. With the Cavaliers, a team that handed the Lakers a nine-point loss just five days ago, in town tonight, the Lakers don’t have much time to correct their disturbing habit of losing leads late in games. “I would say it’s just a lack of playing together and finding a way to win,” Jackson said. “Those are the things the team was capable of doing earlier in the year and they’re not now. Sometimes you can throw it out and say it’s bad luck. Sometimes it’s a lack of execution.” In Tuesday’s loss to New York, it was more of the latter. Eddy Curry did the damage in the final minute, but throughout the second half the Lakers were flat-footed on defense while Knicks guards cut through the lane for shots or passes back to the perimeter. Penetration also was a factor in New York getting 60 points in the key to the Lakers’ 34. center_img Twice in Tuesday’s game, as the team huddled during a timeout, Jackson yelled at Odom, once for a quickly taken 3-pointer and once for a defensive lapse. It’s been a tough go for Odom since his return from a knee injury. Odom went scoreless in the first half Tuesday, finished with 12 points and missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer. “I’m sure he’s not happy with his game,” Jackson said. “He can play a lot better.” Asked about his physical condition Tuesday, Odom gave a shrug and said, “I’m playing.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Exclusive – Phillips calls on Leicester’s stars to keep season alive until final two games

first_imgKevin Phillips is calling on Leicester’s players to keep their season alive until the final two games of the season.The Foxes boosted their Premier League survival chances with a 2-1 win at home to West Ham United on Saturday, but they remain six points adrift of safety, albeit with a game in hand all the teams around them.And with their remaining fixtures pitting them against only one of the top six sides, at home to Chelsea at the end of this month, no-one at the King Power Stadium will be throwing in the towel just yet.And first-team coach Phillips is hopeful his players will pick up enough points between now and the final two games of the campaign – against fellow strugglers Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers – to keep their destiny in their own hands.“Let’s hope we’ve given ourselves a fighting chance when we come to those last two fixtures,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“If we can get there with a fighting chance it will be a good achievement. And who would have given us that chance when we were sitting bottom at Christmas?”last_img read more


first_imgKeith Sheils romps to victoryThe annual St. Johnston 5K was held this evening in warm and humid conditions along the pictureseque Foyle River.Spectators were treated to a great race at the front which was won by Keith Shiels from Foyle Valley with only a second to spare over his nearest rival, Letterkenny AC’s Chris Johnston.Shiels ran a time of 15.33 ahead of Johnston’s 15.34, with City of Derry’s James Brown in third (16.07). Winner of the womens race was Lifford AC’s Natasha Adams in 17.41, ahead of City of Derry’s Catherine Whoriskey (18.52) and Inishowen AC’s Sara Marie Doherty in third (20.15).   SHIELS WINS ST JOHNSTON/CARRIGANS 5K: ALL THE RESULTS was last modified: July 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SHIELS WINS ST JOHNSTON/CARRIGANS 5K: ALL THE RESULTSlast_img read more

Kruger Park’s mopani worm harvest

first_imgSouth Africa’s Kruger National Park has launched a pilot project allowing local community members to harvest mopani worms in a closely monitored, sustainable way. Close monitoring For a period of two weeks until 28 December, 60 community members from the Nxanatseni region, between Punda Maria and Phalaborwa, will be given permits to harvest worms for their own consumption in the world-famous game reserve. He said the pilot project would be monitored closely to assess its impact and prevent over-harvesting. “Mopani worms are a great source of protein, and most people in Limpopo [province] eat them,” Mabasa added. “Scientists will monitor the ecological, social and economic impact of the harvesting process before, during and after the project has taken place to ensure that it does not negatively affect the ecosystem.”center_img Mabasa said the harvesters would be divided into six groups of 10 people each, each group being accompanied to the harvesting zone by a ranger and guide to protect them against attacks from animals. 23 December 2010 Source: BuaNews “With high unemployment levels in the rural communities outside the park around the harvesting area, we want to contribute positively towards the well-being and livelihoods of some of those families, especially during Christmas time,” said Kruger Park spokesman William Mabasa.last_img read more

Agritourism conference focused on Ohio laws

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Whether it’s a corn maze, a zip line, a hayride or a pick-your-own operation, Ohio farm operators who offer agritourism attractions must be properly insured and have warning signs posted at each activity notifying visitors that the operator is not liable for any injuries related to those inherent risks.That’s just a few of the provisions found in an Ohio law signed last summer regarding agritourism. The law, which took effect last August, not only defines what agritourism is, but also offers protections for agritourism operators, and addresses issues including civil liability risks, property taxation and local zoning authority.To help farm operators understand exactly what language is contained in the law and to help those in the agritourism industry prepare for the upcoming spring and summer agritourism season, experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University in collaboration with The Ohio State University and Wright & Moore Law Company, LPA will host a conference on the issue April 5.The Ohio Agritourism Ready Conference: Liability Management, Profitable Strategies and Fun event is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the All Occasions Catering and Banquet Facilities, 6989 Waldo- Delaware Road, in Waldo. The goal, said Christie Welch, who is an organizer of the event, is to assist Ohio’s agritourism operators to be more informed about their responsibilities when operating these types of businesses.“We want to provide tools to assist operators in managing the risks associated with these businesses and provide resources to help them manage their businesses for profitability,” said Welch, who is also the program manager of Ohio State University Extension’s Direct Agricultural Marketing Program. “We want to help them make sure they are proactive in managing those things that we hope never happen, but can when inviting individuals onto their farm.”The conference will feature presentations from researchers, educators and specialists with OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms of the college, respectively.Topics for the conference will include:Liability Management for Agritourism OperatorsFinancial Analysis for AgritourismMarketing Your OperationHelp Wanted: Hiring Laws You Need to KnowMaking School Tours EasierAgritourism and ZoningCreative Idea SharingRegistration is $25 per person or $40 for two people from the same farm or business. The deadline to register is April 3. Registration includes lunch and handouts. Contact Charissa Gardner at or at 740-289-2074 ext. 132 to register.last_img read more

Green Goose Wows the Crowd & Raises $100K On Launch Conference Stage

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Imagine getting points in an online game each time you drink more water, floss your teeth or take a step toward some other healthy lifestyle goal. That’s the promise of Green Goose, a company that uses tiny sensors and accelerometers on stickers or credit cards to track everyday behavior and record it online.The company demonstrated today how its technology, which is currently in pre-production in China, lets a user put a sticker containing a tiny sensor and a year’s worth of battery power, on the handle of a toothbrush, for example. The motion of the toothbrush sends a message to the Green Goose base station which then publishes a record of the activity online. A wide range of everyday activities can be tracked and the whole system was a big crowd pleaser at Jason Calacanis’s Launch conference. Two members of the panel of investor judges put $100,000 into the startup on the spot while the company was still on stage. A third, Bill Warner, had already invested. “It’s amazing and there’s so much more you haven’t even heard,” he said about the company. marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Internet of Things#web ReadWriteWeb wrote about Green Goose in February of last year (those investors should read RWW more closely, apparently, might have got better terms) when the company was framing itself as a tool for ecological and financial responsibility. It’s based in both San Francisco and Portland, Oregon.The company seems to have shrunken its sensor design substantially and reframed itself as a health and wellness instrumentation service. It’s all about actualizing your intentions and measuring your behavior as a game, according to the service’s site.Water bottles, tooth brushes, bikes, pill bottles and other objects can be turned into sensors that track our interaction with them and then publish that data online. All thanks to a simple sticker or other attachable sensor. It’s the simplest and most pleasing example we’ve seen yet of the widely anticipated trend called The Internet of Things.All kinds of formerly disconnected devices will be brought online in the coming months and years, their activities and interactions no longer ignored by their users but now tracked, stored and analyzed for patterns, thresh holds and opportunities by web based applications and interfaces. A more measured world will in theory be a more rational, more just and more sustainable world. It looks like it may be a world with better dental hygiene, too.The health angle is a strong one and the healthcare industry knows it. “Insurance companies are really trying to figure out how to reinvent all this stuff,” Web 2.0 forefather and sensor-lover Tim O’Reilly told me about Green Goose today. “They’re all looking for things like this that will drive wellness. The biggest question about it is whether it’s too early. As the old VC saying goes, being too early is indistinguishable from being wrong. But this is defiitely on the right track.” The Launch conference Grand Jury members on stage tonight thought so too. Shervin Pishevar and Jay Levy each said on stage that they’d put in $50,000 investments (pending due diligence), after host Calacanis and the crowd cheered louder and louder at the prospect of their doing so. Calacanis had to admit that the conference’s front line selection committee made a mistake when it neglected to select Green Goose to present at the main event. Fortunately Grand Jury members found, selected and promoted the company from the demo platform tables out in the hallway. They’ll leave much happier birds. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Report tallies U.S. shutdown costs

first_img“Furloughed four out of five Nobel Prize-winning researchers currently employed by the Federal government. Three of the Laureates who were furloughed work at NIST, performing cutting edge research in physics that could have broad commercial applicability in areas such as advanced communications, cyber secu­rity, and computing. The fourth furloughed Laureate works at NASA on the new, much more capable, successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.” “Put on hold most Federal government support for new basic research, due to furloughs of 98 percent of NSF employees, nearly three quarters of the NIH, and two thirds of the CDC. For example, no new NSF grants or grant continua­tions were issued during the shutdown; on average, NSF issues about 765 grants and continuations in a two-week period.” “Cut back flu season surveillance and monitoring, as well as other public health monitoring. CDC cut back its annual flu vaccination campaign for a peri­od of time and suspended its weekly “Flu View” report, leaving local public health authorities without access to complete national flu season data for two weeks. CDC staff also discontinued analysis of surveillance and molecular epi­demiologic data to identify clusters of linked Hepatitis and Tuberculosis cases that cross State or local jurisdictional boundaries.” “Delayed efforts to combat invasive species that are endangering Great Lakes fisheries. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists were unable com­plete field-testing of a technology to prevent the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. The window of opportunity to field test this technology was missed, due to cooling water temperatures, and testing will now be delayed for six months. Work was also delayed on other invasive species projects, includ­ing research on the spread of dangerous Africanized honeybees in the South­west, invasive grass species involved in intensifying wildfires, and white-nose bat syndrome impacting bats in national parks.” “Prevented the USGS from gathering and processing data on natural disas­ters. The USGS lost an opportunity to gather information on damage caused by the Colorado floods, including landslides, debris flows, and other activities. The loss of these data significantly reduces the ability of scientists and disaster re­sponse professionals to learn from these extreme events. The shutdown also im­pacted the capacity of the USGS to deliver information to states on potential pol­lution caused by record flooding in the South Platte River Basin.” “… NASA and NSF had to cancel their Antarctic-launched long-duration space science research missions for the year because NSF cannot reopen facilities in time to get research balloons off on schedule. The balloons are used as a platform for space science research into phenomenon such as cosmic rays and the Big Bang.” A new report from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget fills in a few more details on how last month’s 16-day U.S. government shutdown affected research. The 27-page tally of the shutdown’s costs, released yesterday, concludes that that disruption cost the government at least $2 billion in lost productivity and helped nudge up the nation’s unemployment rate.A few science-related excerpts (bold, italics, and underlining from the report):“During the 16-day shutdown, Federal government employees were furloughed for a combined total of 6.6 million days,” including 16,000 days at the National Science Foundation and 192,000 days at NASA.The shutdown:Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) “Stopped the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s operations at its facilities in Charlottesville, VA, Greenbank, WV, and Socorro, New Mexico, as well as 10 Very Long Baseline Array sites across the United States. During the shutdown, no new observations were made at these facilities, jeopardizing on­going projects, especially research requiring continuous data. Approximately 500 hours of observing time was lost at Green Bank Observatory; almost half of which was high frequency observing time that is seasonal and cannot be resched­uled. Over 600 hours of observing time were lost at the Very Large Array and Very Long Baseline Array.” Prevented the enrollment of patients in NIH Clinical Center studies. Alt­hough the hospital remained open for patients already enrolled in studies, NIH could not enroll new patients into current studies or start new studies during the shutdown, except for patients with life-threatening or urgent medical problems. During the shutdown, NIH admitted 25 patients, who had a life threatening or ur­gent medical problem, but seven clinical protocols that were scheduled to begin during the period of the shutdown were delayed. “Prevented access to state of the art instruments at NIST [the National Institutes of Standards and Technology] that researchers from the private sector and academia rely on. For example, access was denied to the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), impacting researchers from academia and industry who had scheduled experiments months in advance. Ap­proximately 70 experiments scheduled at the NCNR months in advance could not be performed. The financial loss due to lost beamtime was approximately $2 mil­lion.” Disrupted operations at the nation’s nuclear weapons laboratories. “Restoring normal operations at the National Nuclear Security Admin­istration can take more than a week and labs and plants are likely to have lost at least three weeks of mission work, or about 6 percent of the year’s productivity, due to the shutdown.”last_img read more

Buddhi Hogi Teri Maa

first_imgSridevi, Madhuri, Raveena, Karishma … don’t these names (to all those wedded to the silver screen of the 1980s and 1990s) sound like music to the ears, evoke images of beauty, glamor, sex appeal and talent? Sridevi, the sensational South Indian, who transitioned from Jumpin’ Jack Jeetu’s “thunder thighs” leading lady to a stylish A-lister, entrancing one-n’-all with her star-turns in comedy, drama and romance. Madhuri Dixit, the dhak-dhak dhamaka with looks to wake the dead! Her ek-do-teen remains iconic, a Bollywood template of jhatka dance! Karishma Kapoor, legendary showman Raj Kapoor’s blue-eyed grand daughter who, in her early years, displayed fine comic timing while pairing up in those popular Govinda starrers. With time, she graduated to more serious material and displayed fine maturity to connect with each role, heart ‘n soul! Finally, there is the Mast-Mast babe, Raveena Tandon, whose number in Mohra with Akshay Kumar is still remembered with awe. Although most of her films had a very large glamour quotient, she was capable of meaningful stuff too.Interestingly, all these heroines were essentially glam n’ glitz stars, but when required, could wipe off the war-paint and deliver solid art-house performances. Sridevi in Sadma; Madhuri in Mrityudand; Karishma in Zubeida and Fiza; Raveena in Satta and Shool … are brilliant examples of their talents when called upon to display them.However, fact is — that was then; this is now. Can they — in their bid to return — manage to stop the clock, revive their charisma of yester-years and reclaim, at least, a little of those magical days of wine ‘n roses? Or is it being un-realistic, over-ambitious and totally ignoring the writing on the wall, screaming: Go Back!Let’s do a checkout ….Sridevi ruled the eighties, romancing every big hero of the day, to the sound of thundering success. Her last release was Judaai in 1997, a good 14 years ago. Presently, the 47-year-old is said to have signed a film with a first-time female director Gauri Shinde entitled English Vinglish, where she plays the role of a simple woman married into an ultra-modern angrez family. She decides to learn English to fit in.Madhuri attempted a comeback a couple of years ago with Yashraj’s Aaja Nach Le, but it proved a dismal failure and she fled back home to the U.S., into the secure and non-judgmental bosom of the ever-loving Nene parivaar. She wasn’t looking too good, either. Heaven knows what she’s done (Botox?) but she’s looking like a million bucks now and the huge response she got in every episode of the recent Reality Show Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa, testifies that she can still be hot. She’s been offered Hema’s role in a re-make of Satte Pe Satta and a leading role in the sequel of Ishqiya, entitled Dedh Ishqiya. Will she actually do it?The plot thickens, guys! National Award winner Karishma Kapoor’s last release was a dud named Mera Jeevan Saathi in 2006. Marriage and two kids later, the blue-eyed Kapoor beti returns with a rather odd and unusual offering — a 3D erotic horror-thriller directed by Vikram Bhatt, which will see her reprise five different roles! Hot n’ heavy into her martial arts training, Dangerous Ishq is all set to roll by September in Rajasthan. Raveena Tandon returns in the much-hyped Big B starrer, Bbuddha Hoga Tera Baap. Her last starrer was the eminently forgettable film called Sandwich (2006). Having featured as a judge in some reality shows, the yummy mommy of two is said to have unleashed a cool “item number” in her comeback venture. Will it work for the once mast mast phataka?The jury is still out, but opinions fly thick and fast. London-based NRI Mala Tandon believes it’s wonderful. The 35-year old housewife, who regularly makes the annual pilgrimage home to Mumbai to catch up on pao-bhaji, battata-wada, Bollywood and buddies, gushes: “It’s such great news yaar! I grew up adoring Sri and Madhuri and copying their mannerisms and dances. None of the newbie’s can touch them for talent or glamor. These new heroines are theek-thaak but kuchh khaas nahin. Woh baat nahin jo unme tha…. Really looking forward to their comeback movies.”Kolkata-based banker Dipak Sen agrees: “I am a great movie-junkie with democratic taste. I see Bollywood, Hollywood, World Cinema, the works! However, most of the recent, so-called B-town mega-hit films and heroines leave me cold. The media has gone to town about Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka Sharma, hailing them as the new flavors of the day. God, what’s the world coming to? Give me the amazing Sri of a zillion expressions or the incandescence beauty of Madhuri, any day! Despite working in the crass, gross, hard-core mainstream commercial cinema, they constantly stood out with standout performances. Be it Chandni, Chaalbaaz, Mr. India, Judai, Dil, Dil To Pagal Hai, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun or Devdas … they delivered, big time. It will be exciting to see how these divas now take their gifts forward in their second innings.”Dubai-based marketing executive Vipul Desai is over the moon. He was always crazy about both Karishma and Raveena (Lolo and Ravs, to him) and lamented their screen demise. “Remember the deadly Mast-Mast and earth-shaking rain-dance of Rav’s with Akshay, boss? And Lolo’s dhamakedar Le-gaye-Le-gaye dance number in Dil To Pagal Hai? Even today, they are in great shape and are bound to give the new heroines a solid run for money, dekhna?”But not everyone shares their excitement. Take 18-year-old Delhite Ankur Khanna: “Have these Aunties finally lost it! Sridevi is 47 for chrissake — 47, okay! — and she wants to come back? And the others are no spring chickens either, okay? All are married, have kids … problem kya hai inke yaar? They’ve done time, made a name, money, fan base and voluntarily split. Khatam. A new, now gang is rocking. Where the hell can these females fit in this frame? Haven’t they heard of the term — quit gracefully? Don’t they remember what happened to the once-gorgeous Mumtaz when she attempted a come-back movie, Aandhiyan? It was a shocking, embarrassing disaster sending her racing back to the pavilion, where she has mercifully stayed. Nearer the time Aunty Dixit’s Aaja Nachle too had to be peeled off the ceiling. They are asking for trouble, man!”Academic Malini Rangaswamy, 32, agrees, but tones down the temperature while attempting a perspective: “There is no denying the aura, name, fame and star-appeal these heroines once enjoyed, but it’s important to context it. In a here today-gone today world, where nano seconds make a difference, can these have-beens hope to revive the magic that they once created? The world has changed. It’s more shiny, fast-paced, in-your-face, irreverent. No one makes the kind of films that showcased their respective talents … and I wonder, frankly, how many in today’s audiences are dying to see them back. Its not about their talents disappearing, but about whether they fit the demand-supply quotient of a movie audience that is young, impatient, constantly looking for instant gratification, promiscuous entertainment and novelty-hungry hooked to a Munni, Sheila and Jalebi universe … scary, right? Sure, miracles can — and do — happen. Let’s wait and see.”So, what gives? Like in life, reasons, arguments, rationale are frequently flung out of the window at the moment of truth. The future is not ours to see. The fact that these ladies have been courted, wooed and coaxed to come out of their self-imposed banvaas and attempt a U-turn, speaks of both their talent and the film-maker’s confidence in leveraging them successfully to the new-age audience. Sure, in this new yummy-mommy avatar, it can’t be the same item-bomb stuff, but by the looks, enthusiasm and energy that these four are exuding, anyone daring to call them buddhi could well be slammed with “oye, buddhi hogi teri Maa!”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian-Origin Woman Harleen Grewal Dies In Burning Car After Driver Flees

first_imgHarleen Grewal, a 25-year-old woman of Indian origin was left to die in a blazing car following a crash by her driver in the United States. The 23-year-old driver, Saeed Ahmad, crashed the vehicle into a concrete barrier on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on Oct. 13. While the woman was engulfed in flames, the driver hailed a cab and went to the Maimondas Medical Center.Ahmad was being treated for burns on his arms and legs, according to the New York Daily.Firefighters found a badly burned body in the passenger seat early on Oct. 13 morning. She was declared dead on spot. The police found Ahmad at the hospital and charged him with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding. According to the police, Ahmad was not legally drunk when his blood was tested at the hospital even though he admitted to having a few drinks before the crash.Ahmad’s arraignment at the Brooklyn Criminal Court stated that he was driving in and out of traffic on the expressway before his car hit the barrier around 4 a.m. Waheed, Ahmad’s brother, however, claimed that his brother’s arms were burnt because he tried to get Harleen out of the car. He added: “He couldn’t [save her].. It was too late for her.”Grewal, a resident of Astoria, Queens, worked for a catering company. According to her family, it was normal for her to work late hours. She usually took the train home, or had her family pick her up, or her colleagues drop her off.Karan Singh Dhillon, Grewal’s grieving boyfriend, said to New York Daily that she was someone who would do anything for people. Related ItemsHarleen GrewalIndian car crash Queens expresswayIndian woman burns QueensLittle IndiaSaeed Ahmad car crash Queenslast_img read more

Rajasthan govt. wants canal project fast-tracked

first_imgThe proposed Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) has come to the centre stage of demands raised by the State after the formation of the new government at the Centre, with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot reminding Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the promises made in his election rallies for declaring it a national project.The previous BJP government in the State had also lobbied for the Centre’s approval for the ambitious project with an estimated budget of ₹40,000 crore as a major initiative for interlinking of rivers. The project proposes to transfer excess waters from the Chambal river basin to 13 districts facing water scarcity.In-principle approval The Central Water Commission has already given in-principle approval to the project’s feasibility report, while the Union Ministry of Water Resources had reportedly finalised a Cabinet note on it last year. Besides supplying drinking water in 13 districts, the mega project will also provide water for rrigation to an additional 2 lakh hectares. At the 5th Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog held in New Delhi on Saturday, Mr. Gehlot said that national project status to ERCP would facilitate solution to the water scarcity issue in eastern and south-eastern districts of the State, at least till 2051. It will also supply water to the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and take care of the flood and drought situation in the area. The project, linking Parvati, Kalisindh and Chambal rivers, is expected to benefit 40% of the State’s population with the supply of drinking and irrigation water, as the quality of water is a big issue here.The ERCP will ensure availability of water in Jhalawar, Baran, Kota, Bundi, Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Tonk, Jaipur, Dausa, Karauli, Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur districts and create an additional command area of 2 lakh hectares for irrigation. It will also facilitate restoration of dependable yield of the existing 26 major and medium irrigation projects en route — reduced to 30% — to their original status.Mr. Gehlot also raised the issues of rainwater harvesting and drought management at the NITI Aayog meeting and asked the Centre to release the first instalment of ₹370 crore to the State for the current year under the National Drinking Water Project as well as a review of the Centre-State sharing ratio for the Integrated Watershed Management Project.last_img read more