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Ronaldo vs Messi: Scoring race heats up in Spain

first_imgView comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ronaldo is trying to keep Messi from winning the top-scorer’s “Pichichi” trophy for the second consecutive year. The Argentina forward scored 37 league goals last season, 12 more than Ronaldo.Ronaldo hasn’t won the award since 2014-15, when he had 48 goals. That was still shy of Messi’s record of 50 goals in 2011-12.Despite’s Ronaldo’s impressive run, Madrid’s chances of repeating as league champion remain slim. Madrid trails Barcelona by 15 points after 29 matches. The teams will play again in May in a league match at Camp Nou. They could also meet in the Champions League semifinals or the final.Messi scored twice against Madrid this season — in a 3-1 loss in the Spanish Super Cup final at the beginning of the season and in a 3-0 win at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in a league match late last year. Ronaldo scored against the Catalan club in that Spanish Super Cup game.Messi has scored at least a goal in his last six matches in all competitions. He has scored at least 25 league goals in nine consecutive seasons with Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT Ronaldo added another four goals in Madrid’s 6-3 win over Girona on Sunday, giving him 22 for the season. That is only three below Messi, who scored his 25th in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.“Hopefully he can catch him,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said of Ronaldo. “It’s important for him and for us, too. When he’s playing well, the team plays well. He transmits an important and positive energy to the group. He’s always in very good form come the end of the season. He’s got an eye for goal and he’ll never lose that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRonaldo has scored at least one goal in his last eight matches in all competitions. He has 21 goals in his last 11 games.“He’s unbelievably ambitious and that comes across in every training session and in everything he does on the field,” Zidane said. “If he has a penalty in training, he will take it with the maximum concentration. It’s what makes him different from the rest.” “Messi is the best player in the world and he shows it game after game,” Athletic defender Unai Nunez said after his team’s loss to Barcelona on Sunday.Ronaldo has scored at least 25 league goals in the last eight seasons. He scored four or more goals in a match with Madrid eight times.“He’s on unbelievable form at the moment,” Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez said of Ronaldo. “He helps the team with his work, goals and assists. Everyone benefits from it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sotto, Tamayo, Pagsanjan impress in NBTC first round LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cristiano Ronaldo, left, and Lionel Messi are in a heated race for this year’s scoring title. AFP PHOTOSMADRID — Regardless of who wins the Spanish league title, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be battling it out to the end.Real Madrid doesn’t have much chance of keeping Barcelona from winning the league, but Ronaldo is making a strong run to snag the scoring title from Messi with nine matches remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Darwin: Imagine a World Without Him

first_img(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new book tries to imagine how different the world would be, had Darwin as an individual not lived to promote his particular views on evolution.With a title reminiscent of Dinesh D’Souza’s recent book and movie, America: Imagine the World Without Her, Peter Bowler just published a book on a different counterfactual note: Darwin Deleted: Imagining a World Without Darwin.  Ana Marie R. Almeida reviewed the book in Nature under the headline, “Darwin Who?”Bowler feels that the world would be quite different had Darwin not lived, even though many evolutionary beliefs were already popular in Europe and America.  He doesn’t buy the “in the air” thesis, Almeida relates; Darwin was a special guy with a unique combination of interests and abilities. Had he not lived, other evolutionary ideas would have become dominant, but Darwin made evolution much more confrontational than other thinkers.As Bowler writes, it is unquestionable that “Darwin presented his contemporaries with the harshest possible version of nature.” That contributed to his becoming the figurehead of what was perceived as an attack on traditional values. Bowler’s analysis makes it clear that without Darwin’s revolutionary in-put [sic], evolutionism would have developed in a less confrontational manner. Darwin-like ideas would not otherwise have gained currency for another 30 or 40 years, by which time the general idea of evolution would not have posed a threat to most religious thinkers. Thus, Bowler argues, the antagonism between evolutionism and religion might well be a “product of particular historical events rather than an inevitable conflict of irreconcilable positions.”We’ll never know, of course, how things might have turned out.  Historians might well question how accommodating conservative theologians would have been with any “Darwin-like” ideas, no matter who presented them, or how gently.  But what of “Social Darwinism”?  Here, Bowler lets Darwin off the hook a bit, according to Almeida.In addition, Bowler’s mental experiment leads us to realize that many of the alleged consequences of what has been called social Darwinism would likely have taken place in a world without Darwin. In fact, “most of the effects … labeled as ‘social Darwinism’ could have emerged in a world that had no inkling of the theory of natural selection” and “some of those effects … might well have been even more strident in the absence of the Darwinian theory.” Far from being a consequence of Darwinism, the idea of progress and the allied theories of directed evolution were grounded in wider social and cultural forces.Almeida does not necessarily agree with all of Bowler’s counterfactual world, but appreciates its ability to question assumptions.  “Through his scenario in which the Origin never appeared, Bowler improves our ability to think about the assumptions underlying contemporary debates.”On a related note, Nature interviewed science historian John van Whye, who has put online Darwin’s personal library aboard the HMS Beagle, allowing viewers to survey the books that influenced Darwin during that critical turning point in his thinking.Bowler (who made some revealing comments about Darwin in CMI’s 2009 film The Voyage that Shook the World) may be partly right about non-Darwinian evolutionary ideas floating around.  He’s correct that the “idea of progress” was in the air, given the visible advances of the industrial revolution.  But after the embarrassment of Robert Chambers’ fact-free evolutionary speculations in Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (1844), industry leaders and politicians might have shied away from linking “progress” with “evolution.”  Some theologians could just as well have continued justifying the pursuit of progress with Biblical references (e.g., Psalm 111:2, Daniel 12:4), as previous great scientists had done.  Shuddering at Chambers’ empirical flaws, Darwin was keen to ground his theory in at least the appearance of observational support.  That’s why he included so many personal observations of nature in his Origin of Species, whether or not they actually supported his views.  Evolutionary theories might have fizzled without Darwin’s impressive detailed descriptions of plants, bugs, and animals.It must also be remembered that Darwin attempted to formulate an evolutionary theory that was rankly materialistic at heart, devoid of any divine involvement or concept of design.  The “directed evolution” ideas that followed, though not reliant on natural selection, might have taken on a theistic flavor, considering that Lamarckism had not gained the influence of Darwinism, and there were leading 19th century scientists of renown (Lord Kelvin, Adam Sedgwick, Robert Owen, James Clerk Maxwell and others) who were well placed to trounce any atheistic propositions put forth by also-rans lacking the Darwin propaganda machine.  This is not to say that non-Darwinian evolutionary views would have been more religious (certainly not Biblical), but they might not have been as materialistic as Darwin’s.Consequently, social movements without “Social Darwinism” might have been far less ruthless.  It was the seeming escape into atheism offered by materialistic Darwinism that put the real cruelty into 20th century violence.  How could eugenics, war, and genocide be rationalized on a theistic basis?  Even if politicians and ethicists had leaned toward ideas of racial purity anyway, it’s hard to imagine anyone advocating such atrocities as genocide or positive eugenics with background beliefs in a wise, providential, loving God, whether or not they agreed with the Genesis chronology (which Lyell had already made unpopular earlier, in the 1830s). We say this with full knowledge that atrocities have been committed in the name of Christianity (Islam is another story; read the news).  Historian Rodney Stark, though, has shown that even bad episodes like the Crusades and the Inquisition were not in the same ballpark of merciless cruelty that followed Darwin.  Read about the Cambodian genocide, for example.We see in real history, instead, that the movers and shakers of the 20th century justified their ruthless violence with reference to “survival of the fittest” and the “law of the jungle” Darwin championed.  We mustn’t oversimplify, because there were other influential Victorian thinkers, notably Herbert Spencer and Thomas Malthus, who presented views that rationalized some of the pillars of Social Darwinism (e.g., the priority of fitness, the necessity of suffering and extinction for the majority, and urgency of preserving scarce resources for the few).  After 1859, though, some of these thinkers were not enthusiastic about Darwin’s proposed mechanism of natural selection.  But they loved his materialism!—especially Ernst Haeckl and some influential Germans.  Darwin’s promotion of fitness as “nature’s law” of how things should be launched “Darwin’s Century” of unspeakable atrocities.So we disagree with Bowler that Social Darwinism would have been just as bad or worse without Darwin.  The veneer of scientific credibility Darwin presented offered scientific justification for the pursuit of fitness, removing all concern for mercy, justice, or love.  Indeed, it was the rapacious who came to be celebrated, and the weak criticized as a drain on evolutionary progress.  The worst offenders did not cite Malthus, Spencer, or Lamarck.  Their champion was Darwin.last_img read more

Black, white – or South African?

first_imgWith four broad racial groupings, 11 official languages and a huge gap between rich and poor, South Africa has one of the most diverse populations in the world. Yet new research shows that the majority of the country’s people see themselves as “South Africans”, not as members of a specific racial or ethnic group.South Africa is one of the most diverse countries in the world. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThere’s much variety in the people of South Africa – one of the most diverse countries in the world – with four broad racial groupings (including three minorities), 11 official languages, a huge gap between rich and poor, and growing communities of migrants and immigrants.Yet since the end of apartheid there has been a growing sense of nationhood in this race-conscious country, with most of all these different people seeing themselves as primarily South African – not as members of a specific racial or ethnic group.This is according to A Nation in the Making: A Discussion Document on Macro Social Trends in South Africa, a major new report released this week by the Presidency’s Policy Coordination and Advisory Services.According to a 2004 FutureFact study cited in the report, a whopping 71% of South Africans of all races define their primary identity – that is, the group to which they belong “first and foremost” – as African or South African.FutureFact’s data across the years reveals a strong move away from ethnicity towards nationhood. In 2000, 44% of South Africans defined themselves according to their race, ethnic group or language. By September 2001 this had declined to only 22%, with 12% race and 10% ethnicity. The most recent survey puts the figure at 18% – a mere 4% in terms of race alone.According to the 2004 survey, more than half the population (53%) see themselves as primarily South African. A further 18% of the country’s people – of all races – identify with the continent as a whole, describing themselves as “African”.“Overall, the data points to increasing levels of social cohesion, in terms of unity, coherence, functionality and pride among South Africans,” the report says.“However, this is drawn back by the legacy of inequality, intense migratory trends, crime related to social conditions and vestiges of racism.”Beyond crude racial classificationBlack South Africans’ sense of identity varies most, reflecting a diversity that belies crude racial classification. Making up 79% of the country’s population, 44% of black people define themselves as South African, the lowest proportion among all groups. Twenty-three percent see themselves as African, 18% identify with an ethnic or linguistic group – down from 23% in 1999 – and only 3% classify themselves according to race.With 82% defining themselves as “South African”, whites identify with the country the most, followed by coloureds and Indians. Five percent of whites consider themselves to be Africans, while 4% identify themselves according to race and 2% according to language or ethnicity.The vast majority (78%) of coloured South Africans also identify with the country, with a further 12% defining themselves racially, 1% in terms of language or ethnicity, and 4% as African. While most Indians and Asians also identify strongly with South Africa (70%), and 4% with Africa, this group has the highest ratio (18%) of those with a racial self-definition, and the lowest (0%) for language or ethnicity.The data also shows that, since the end of apartheid, economic status has dramatically taken hold of South Africans’ sense of self. In 1994, the year of the first democratic elections, only 3% of the country’s people used class or occupational descriptions as their primary self-definition. In 2000 this had risen to 14%, reaching a remarkable 37% by the time of the 2004 survey – a 12-fold increase in 10 years.Race relationsA Nation in the Making also points to promising improvements in race relations. It cites a recently released study conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council in 2003, which finds that 57% of South Africans believe race relations have improved since the end of apartheid, while 29% think they have remained the same and only 14% believe they have deteriorated.This is a huge gain on a 1999 study, which found that only 42.1% of South Africans believed race relations had improved, while 32.8% said they had stayed the same and 14.9% saw a deterioration.In the 2003 survey, coloureds (61%), followed by Africans (59%), Indians (58%) and whites (42%) reported improved race relations.The report says those who see an improvement in the relationship between races understand it to be a result of, in this order, the church, sporting events, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Constitution, affirmative action and employment equity legislation.“These choices may have been influenced by high-profile events during specific periods,” the report says, “but they do point to important policy implications about partnerships, sport as a unifier and the church as the place for truth, penance and forgiveness in creating a sense of closure.”Download A Nation in the Making in PDF format from the South African Government website.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Netflix Positioned To Lead The Next Wave Of Cloud Adoption

first_imgAmazon may well be the most important infrastructure company in the industry today, given its dominant role in public cloud infrastructure. But the company making that infrastructure sing, regularly releasing code that enables companies to optimize their cloud applications, is Netflix. While Netflix isn’t a software vendor, it’s quickly establishing itself as one of the industry’s most important software companies.Why Not Google?Given the industry’s shift to cloud infrastructures and Big Data-driven applications, the first place to look for an industry mover and shaker is Google. But Google, while a significant contributor to open source, has been relatively reticent to share its innovations. MapReduce, which became part of Hadoop in Yahoo’s hands after Google outlined the internal project in a research paper, was more the exception than the rule (albeit an industry-changing exception).Credit: NetflixIn contradistinction to Google, much of Netflix’s influence on the industry has less to do with the quality of its software, which has been generally been good (though not everyone agrees), than it does with its willingness to share liberally. Netflix’s GitHub page is filled with an array of interesting open-source projects. The company also regularly speaks at industry events and stages its own. The Netflix tech blog is also highly informative, explaining how it leverages Hadoop, among other things.In each case, Netflix has its own self-interest at heart, as well it should. Netflix’s cloud architect, Adrian Cockroft, makes this clear in a presentation detailing Netflix’s open source strategy. The company is looking for the best and brightest developers, and knows that the best developers generally want to be involved in open source. By contributing its own code and publicizing it through events, Netflix ensures itself a steady stream of recruits.More Than A Recruiting ToolBut Netflix’s open-source work is more than a recruiting tool. It’s also a way to share its code and improve it through others’ contributions, be they in the form of code or simply feedback. Granted, most people working on Netflix’s code won’t have the same level of expertise with running on AWS at Netflix scale or workloads, and most aren’t going to need something like Netflix’s OpenConnect content delivery network appliances, but different perspectives informed by varying levels of experience can greatly help any open-source project. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Matt Asay Tags:#AWS#cloud#Netflix#Open Source Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Regardless, many of Netflix’s projects have wide applicability, even if you’re not streaming movies at massive scale:The Simian Army – My favorite of Netflix’s growing suite of tools, the Simian Army is a suite of tools for keeping your cloud operating at maximum efficiency. Chaos Monkey, the first member, is a resiliency tool that helps ensure that your applications can tolerate random instance failures (basically, it randomly kills your servers, forcing you to build resiliency into your infrastructure);Ice – Provides a birds-eye view of a company’s cloud landscape from a usage and cost perspective;Genie – A Hadoop platform-as-a-service tool that provides REST-ful APIs to run Hadoop, Hive and Pig jobs, and to manage multiple Hadoop resources and perform job submissions across them. Netflix has detailed its Genie work on its tech blog.These are just a few of the many Netflix open-source projects designed to help others operate on AWS at maximum productivity. In each case, Netflix shares not only code but also commentary that describes why the company is releasing the code, and how to get the most from it.Leading The Sharing EconomyFor these reasons, Netflix is positioning itself to play a major role as the world moves to the cloud. Netflix is on the cutting edge of cloud, and given its willingness to share its experiences and code with others, it more than other companies will be the one leading mainstream adopters to the cloud.But more than providing a beacon to would-be cloud adopters, Netflix is driving the entire cloud market forward, as Red Hat’s Krishnan Subramanian posits:Netflix sees open source as “a strategic weapon,” in addition to being the new default for software development. The company is establishing a path for others to follow. I suspect many will follow.last_img read more

Canon EOS C700: The New Flagship Canon Cinema Camera

first_imgThe new Canon Cinema EOS C700 was built for every type of video production, but you’ll need quite the production budget to get your hands on one.All images via Canon The Canon EOS C700 (not to be confused with the Canon C700 printer) takes over as the new top-of-the-line video production camera in the Cinema EOS line. That said, it comes with a top-of-the-line price tag — body only starting at $28,000. With this camera, Canon aims to compete with the likes of the Panasonic Varicam LT and the Sony F55. This is certainly one of the most modular cameras Canon has ever put out in the Cinema EOS line. The Canon C700 comes with either an EF or PL mount. The EF model has a Super 35mm CMOS Sensor. The PL model of the C700 will come with either Super 35mm CMOS sensor or a Global Shutter. In fact, the C700 PL can be sent in to Canon to swap the Super 35mm CMOS sensor for one with global shutter. The ability to turn a C700 PL into a C700 GS PL hints at potential major updates in the future.The EOS C700 has both internal 4K ProRes and XF-AVC recording. Canon collaborated directly with Codex to create an optional 4K Codex CDX-3150 recorder that can record uncompressed RAW up to 120fps.The C700 also has an all new EVF with a full 1080p OLED display. There is also a new remote control unit that can be attached to the Assistant Camera side or held at a distance.The Canon EOS C700 starts at $28,000 for the EF Super 35mm CMOS body. Perhaps the best part of this announcement, the Canon C500 4K got a price drop of $3,000. Take a look at this promo and some Canon EOS C700 footage in this video from Canon.B&H got their hands on the new Cinema EOS C700 camera. Here’s their glimpse at the new features.Canon EOS C700 Specs:Super 35mm CMOS Sensor (Global Shutter Option Available)EF and PL Mounts (B4 Mount with Adapter)Up to 15 Stops of Dynamic RangeDual Pixel CMOS AFInternal 4K up to 60 fps, 2K/HD up to 240 fpsRaw Recording up to 120fps with Additional Codex RecorderXF-AVC and ProRes Recording to CFast 2.0Proxy Recording to SD CardsSelectable Gamma and Log CurvesCanon Log, Canon Log 2, and Canon Log 3The Canon EOS C700 ships in November 2016.Are you looking to get your hands on the C700? Share your hopes and dreams in the comments below.last_img read more

CBI books Army officer in extra-judicial killings case

first_imgAn Army officer has been booked by the CBI in a case related to the alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur which are being probed by the agency on the orders of the Supreme Court.This is the first such case in the 29 FIRs registered by the CBI. Major Vijay Singh Balhara, then attached with Assam Rifles, and seven other uniformed personnel have been named as accused in the case pertaining to the killing of a 12-year-old boy, Azad Khan, on March 4, 2009.This case was termed a fake encounter by a Supreme Court-appointed commission led by retired judge Santosh Hegde.Azad, a student of Class VII in Phoubakchao High School with no criminal antecedents, was allegedly picked up from his home before being killed, the commission noted.An FIR was registered nearly two months before the alleged encounter under sections of attempt to murder, Arms Act and other stringent charges. “According to the security forces’ evidence, the deceased was suspected to be a member of the People’s United Liberation Front,” the commission said, adding that PULF was not a banned organisation, according to the Manipur government.Parents witness to murderAzad’s family had alleged that about 30 security personnel came to their house, dragged the boy to a nearby field and beat him up severely. The parents, relatives and friends of Azad were locked in a room by the security forces but they saw through the window when he was shot by one of the commandos and a pistol was thrown near his body, the commission report stated. The police, meanwhile, had claimed that they got inputs of terrorists’ movement in Azad’s village. When they reached there, two persons fired at them from the bamboo groves. An encounter ensued after which the body of the boy was found and a 9-mm pistol was recovered, the police said.After hearing the deposition of Major Balhara, who led the operation, the commission noted that there was “serious contradiction” in his statement with that of the other witnesses. Relying on autopsy reports, witnesses’ statements and statements of police and Assam Rifles, the Hegde Commission submitted its report calling it a case of extra-judicial killing. In July last year, the Supreme Court had handed over 41 cases of fake encounters to the CBI in which 86 people were killed by security forces.last_img read more

Nitish will lead unless BJP brings in different captain: Ram Vilas Paswan

first_imgWith a proxy battle underway between the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) and its NDA partner, the BJP, in Bihar, the alliance’s third main constituent in the State, the Lok Janshakti Party, asserted that the JD (U) leader would continue as the ‘Captain’ of the alliance till the BJP officially throws its hat into the ring.Speaking to The Hindu, Union Consumer Affairs Minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan said “Nitish Kumar is our Captain and he will continue unless if the BJP decides to bring in a different Captain.”The debate was triggered by BJP legislator Sanjay Paswan’s comment that Mr. Kumar should step down and hand over the reins to the BJP. To this, Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Modi, in a tweet, said “Nitish Kumar is the captain of NDA in Bihar and will remain its captain in next assembly elections in 2020 also… when captain is hitting 4 & 6 defeating rivals by the innings, where is the question of any change?” The BJP legislator’s remarks came almost a week after the JD(U) began putting up posters with the slogan “Kyun karein vichar, jab hai hi Nitish Kumar (Why rethink, when we have Nitish Kumar)”.“Till now the BJP has not officially thrown its name in the ring for the CM’s post, then what’s the point of debate,” Mr. Paswan added.When asked about growing disappointment in the State with the government led by Mr. Kumar, Mr. Paswan asserted that the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be able to offset this. “Even if there are a few minus points of Nitish government, one can say the percentage is fairly low. And more importantly there are no minus points with the Narendra Modi government,” Mr. Paswan said.He asserted that an outcome similar to that of the 2015 Assembly polls, when Mr. Kumar joined hands with Lalu Prasad Yadav helping the mahagatbandhan to a clean sweep, would not repeat itself. Contending that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comments raising questions on caste based reservation ahead of the 2015 elections had been the major factor that led to the mahagatbandhan’s victory, Mr. Paswan said the upcoming Assembly elections — scheduled to be held by November 2020 — would be different in many ways. “For one, our oppponents can’t continue to milk votes by creating doubts about Narendra Modi’s commitment towards caste based reservation. Mr. Modi has proved his credentials very clearly in last six years, We will win at least 225 seats this time,” Mr. Paswan added.The Bihar Assembly has 243 members.last_img read more

Mandira Bedi wants to look feminine

first_imgAfter sporting a short pixy hairstyle for long, cricket commentator and television host Mandira Bedi says that she now wants to look like a girl again and is growing her tresses back.”I have experimented a lot with my look. Now I am planning to grow my hair again. Since my hairs grow sideways, it will take a few months to take proper shape. But I promise that I am headed there,” Bedi said.Once called the ‘first lady of Indian cricket’, her noodle strap blouses and colourful saris hogged more spotlight than even the most professional cricket commentators, as she debuted as a commentator during the 2003 World Cup matches.However, for the past couple of years, she has seen her once soaring popularity dip after being replaced by new faces on the hosting circuit.On what prompted her to change the in-vogue pixie look, Bedi said she wanted to look feminine.”It is because I want to look like a girl again. I want to have a feminine look. My husband also teases me by saying that I have become his younger brother,” said Bedi who walked the ramp during the Kolkata leg of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour.last_img read more

ABC of Media

first_imgAs a number of media companies go online, support for their operations is going online as well. WWW.medi-aibc.com has been set up to help the media industry find the right resources at the right time. It will list people, resources and data that can help, especially in areas related to,As a number of media companies go online, support for their operations is going online as well. WWW.medi-aibc.com has been set up to help the media industry find the right resources at the right time. It will list people, resources and data that can help, especially in areas related to advertising, television and journalism.Since the task is huge, mediaibc.com has chosen to design the engine and leave content generation to visitors. So now the technology is there, but the content is missing. In due course people will hopefully post details about themselves and the site will become content rich.Is this a fair expectation? Will the media business go online quickly enough to populate the database of mediaibc.com? It’s anyone’s guess, but it’s an encouraging start.Trend SetterZee Television CEO Vijay Jindal has started his own site at www.vijay-jindal.com  – the home page of which says, “Either there are opportunities . . . or greater opportunities!” Perhaps not the best insight a CEO can offer, but there’s a cute picture of him which sort of makes up. His 16 years with The Times of India Group along with his work at Zee have been carefully recorded.There’s an entire book by him – well, it seems like a ready-to-publish book – on an approach to business, a lecture (in video) on the Digital Age and a page you can use to send him e-mail. A must visit site for other CEOs. In the months to come, CEOs will want to create their own sites and Jindal may have well set a trend with his.Desi TV GuideadvertisementTry www.theindiaguide.com  (now with a new, more powerful database) if you’d like to have your week’s viewing e-mailed to you. The site, designed and maintained by Hemant Sharma’s Trisoft Design, is spiffy and the content fairly reliable.The site encourages you to trash your monthly cable guide and ignore your daily news paper. Because, as Sharma says,”Looking at TV listings in news papers is arduous and people don’t know what they are looking for.”So your query can be as specific as, “Show me all Comedy Movies and Travel Shows being aired on Friday evening in English” and indiaguide.com will produce an instant answer. The site is being billed as India’s first television portal-in due course it may perhaps justify the tag with a link to a page selling television sets.Steaming AwayEver visited www.chaitime.com? It’s a site steaming away with campus stuff, discussion boards, bolly-wood gossip, literature, music, sport. But its truly spectacular section is on astrology. Astrology for the career, Vedic astrology, Astrogems, match making, just about every way of looking up the future is available.But the best is Nadi readings: predictions made by sages about each individual on earth, preserved on a palm leaf. These predictions are made available at chaitime.com via a mouseclick (select the astrology link and follow it till you reach Nadi Readings). You may not believe a word of it all, but I had great fun and strongly recommend it.last_img read more

Chito Victolero: Hotshots’ timing, conditioning still off

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chito Victolero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia experienced one rough welcome in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup afterlosing to Alaska, 103-80, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Hotshots had a later start in the conference compared to the other teams in the league since they were still playing in the Philippine Cup finals against San Miguel until May 15.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t want to take my key players out because I wanted them to get their rhythm, and if you noticed that even though we were down by 20 points they were still out there playing,” said Victolero.What made matters worse for Victolero was Fields had to play through a sprained ankle.Fields’ injury limited him to 12 points and six rebounds while going 4-of-11 on his field goal attempts.“John had a problem in his ankle, two days before our game he sprained it,” said Victolero. “I’ll talk to John on Friday to look at the situation of his ankle, I don’t know what he’ll feel about it but I have to talk to him.”ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Depleted NorthPort whips debuting San Miguel Beer Despite that, Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero said his still had a shorter preparation time than the rest of the other teams.“We only had less than two weeks of preparation for this conference but it’s not an excuse,” said Victolero in Filipino. “It’s not an excuse but we really didn’t have any rhythm, we don’t have the timing and we’re still not in game shape.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThat’s Victolero opted to keep his main players on the floor in hopes of helping them get a better feel of each other even though the game had already gone beyond reach early.Import John Fields logged more than 30 minutes of play while Justin Melton, Paul Lee, Ian Sangalang, Jio Jalalon, Mark Barroca, and Rome dela Rosa all played more than 20 minutes. MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more