Actor Vijay, who was last seen in AR Murugadoss’s Sarkar, made some bold political statements through the film. At the audio launch of Sarkar, he stated that he will not ‘act’ as a chief minister if he becomes one.The actor is now gearing up for his 63rd film, which will be directed by Atlee. Vijay is undergoing fitness training for his role. Sources close to the team revealed that the shooting of Thalapathy 63 will begin on January 21.On January 20, the team will attend a special pooja ahead of the principal shooting. The makers are planning to wrap up the film in seven months so that they can release the movie for Diwali 2019. Earlier, it was rumoured that the shooting will begin only in March.Thalapathy 63, produced by AGS Entertainment, is said to be a story on women’s football and Vijay will be seen as a football coach. It was reported that the makers have roped in 16 debutant actors who will be seen as football players in the movie.Nayanthara, who had teamed up with Vijay in Villu, will be sharing screen space with him in Thalapathy 63. Comedy actor Vivekh will be playing an important role in the movie. The rest of the cast and crew is being finalised.The technical team includes composer AR Rahman, editor Ruben, cinematographer GK Vishnu and art director Muthuraj.ALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra is a breathtaking bride in new photos from Hindu wedding with Nick JonasALSO WATCH: 2.0 mania takes over India with Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar film releaseadvertisement
Zlatan Ibrahimović Ibrahimovic questioned after making ‘no impression at all’ on Man Utd return Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 21:09 12/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Zlatan Ibrahimović Manchester United Premier League Ex-Red Devils defender Paul Parker feels the Swedish striker is still struggling for fitness after being drafted back into the fold at Old Trafford Zlatan Ibrahimovic is struggling for fitness after making “no impression at all” following his Manchester United return, says Paul Parker.The Red Devils opted to hand the enigmatic Swedish striker another short-term contract after seeing him make a full recovery from the knee ligament damage which brought his 2016-17 campaign to a close.He was not expected to be back in action until January, but Jose Mourinho drafted the 36-year-old into his plans for a Premier League meeting with Newcastle on November 18. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ibrahimovic has made a further four appearances off the bench since then, but is still looking for his first goal and made little impact during a 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester City last time out.”Zlatan came on at the weekend against City and made no impression at all. He didn’t really jump, was beaten in the air, and was beaten to the ball,” former United defender Parker told ESPN FC .“I don’t think at the moment that Manchester United fans could say ‘great to have him back’ if he was to be left out for Lukaku.”I wonder how fit he really is. He never played any games prior to him coming back to test the knee. Training doesn’t do it.”One thing that he never did [against City] was run in behind, and everyone now is a little bit sceptical about how fit he is at the moment.”Ibrahimovic netted 28 times for United last season, as he helped them to Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League triumphs.He is, however, now among those scratching around for form at Old Trafford.Another of those to fit into that category is Luke Shaw, with the 22-year-old full-back still struggling to convince Mourinho of his worth.Parker, though, believes that a man being heavily linked with a move elsewhere during the January transfer window will come good if given a chance.The former full-back said: “He’s working hard, saying all the right things, and he wants to play for Manchester United.“I really do believe he wants to prove himself. Otherwise, he’d be shouting and screaming about the manner in which he’s been treated.”It could have been handled better by Mourinho. I believe there should have been a bit of compassion towards what he’s had to go through physically and mentally after breaking his leg in Europe [against PSV in September 2015].”He should be allowed to play his game so people can see how good he can be, in a relaxed atmosphere, rather than being always intense and worried that he’s going to be pulled out on the back of a poor performance.”Shaw has made just three appearances this season and is still looking for his first Premier League minutes of the 2017-18 campaign.
FIRST AFFILIATES JOIN TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA Queensland has created history with two of their affiliates joining Touch Football Australia under the new Unitary Model of Management. A restructure of the sport in Australia has resulted in the affiliates (local competitions) becoming direct members of the national body. The new structure, recommended by an independent report produced in June 2004, is being implemented across Australia. Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA) was the first affiliate in Australia to become part of the new body under the guidance of BMTA President Ken Willett, a member of the committee that drafted the new national constitution. Willet is delighted that BMTA is the first member, believing that in the coming weeks many other affiliates will see the benefits of joining Touch Football Australia as a direct member. “This move is a great step forward for Brisbane Metro and for the sport as a whole,” Willett said. John Fitzgerald from Berserkers Touch in Rockhampton (formerly Central Queensland University Touch) followed BMTA’s announcement by also announcing that their affiliate has signed on as a member of Touch Football Australia. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Thompson, believes that the restructure of TFA and the steps these affiliates have taken will benefit them greatly. “It is great to see that the local competitions appreciate the benefits of the new model and are signing up. The whole theme of the restructure is to reduce duplication and administration and to divert more resources to the grass roots. The players, officials and coaches in BMTA and Berserkers will be the first to benefit.” FOR MORE INFORMATION: If you would like to know more about the management restructure, the benefits for your affiliate or how to join, simply click here: INFORMATION ON AFFILIATION Or contact: Kevin Thompson Australian Touch Association Chief Executive Officer Ph: (02) 6285 2703
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Its been three days since the committee announced the official matchups for the College Football Playoff, but Kirk Herbstreit is still upset about one team being left out of the picture.While it’s hard to argue over Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame getting into the playoff, many people debated over which team should earn the last semifinal berth. Last weekend, the Georgia Bulldogs fell short to the Crimson Tide, the Ohio State Buckeyes won convincingly over Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship, and the Oklahoma Sooners defeated Texas to win the Big-12 Championship.Although Georgia has two losses on its resume, Herbstreit believes the loss to Alabama shouldn’t have kept them out of the playoff. However, the analyst thinks politics played a major role in the committee’s final decision.From 247Sports:“I’m loyal and have a passion to college football and I want to see the four best teams get their chance, because that’s what’s right and that’s what’s fair.”“Now, it’s subjective, everyone is entitled to who they think is the best. I’m not pushing for an agenda. I’m not pushing for Ohio State to make it as a fan,” Herbstreit said. “I’m pushing for what’s right and what’s right is how can you watch Georgia be No. 4 and then go out and play the No. 1-ranked team, and not only hang around with them, but control them for much of the game until Jalen Hurts decides to write a Hollywood script and come back and knock off Georgia.It’s definitely an argument being had by fans everywhere, but it’s also hard to snub Oklahoma from the playoff. After all, the Sooners avenged their early-season loss to the Longhorns.Nonetheless, the Bulldogs will have to settle for playing in the Sugar Bowl.
Alex Hales promises to root for England despite World Cup snubAlex Hales, who was dropped from the England World Cup squad, following a failed drugs test said England deserve to win the 2019 World Cupadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service LondonMay 23, 2019UPDATED: May 23, 2019 13:37 IST Alex Hales looks to make a comeback for England on next year’s T20 Series after he dropping out from the World Cup (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAlex Hales is looking to comeback at 2020 T20 World Cup after being dropped from 2019 World Cup squadAlex Hales was snubbed from the national side after failing a drugs testHales, however, said he will be rooting for England at the 2019 World CupAlex Hales, who was dropped from the England World Cup squad, is eyeing a comeback to the national side for the next year’s T20 World Cup to be held in October on the back of some good performances in T20 leagues across the globe.”I hope the door is not closed, that’s one of my aims, that T20 World Cup,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Hales as saying on Wednesday while he was attending the Caribbean Premier League draft here.”I’m going to go through the process, hopefully score some runs in these tournaments and see how we go. I want to enjoy my cricket,” he added.Hales was named in England’s preliminary 15-man squad only to be axed last week after a newspaper report revealed the 30-year-old was serving a 21-day ban for a second positive drugs test.The England opener, however, he remains firmly behind his team who are bidding to win their first World Cup trophy.”I will (be watching),” he said. “I am still a fan and I wish the boys the best. What we’ve done over the last few years is unbelievable, the guys deserve to win it, and I will be sat there watching and cheering.”He also said that apart from England, India are the favourites to lift the coveted trophy. “Apart from England, I’d say India (are favourites to win), but the way all teams are playing at the moment, you never know. It’s a really open tournament. I’m really looking forward to watching it.”advertisementThe 31-year-old, who has been picked by Barbados Tridents for this year’s competition, said he was looking forward for the opportunity to play.”It’s good responsibility and good for learning as an overseas player – there’s probably a bit more pressure on you to perform. That’s something I enjoy. I’ve played a lot of cricket for England now. That side of the game, the pressure, is something I really enjoy and have learned to adapt and get used to,” he said.”I just want to get back playing what I love most and that’s cricket so this is such a good opportunity to go and play at a ground where I’ve got some fond memories – the Kensington Oval – and go and play in such a big tournament in some different conditions. I’m really looking forward to getting back out there,” he added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni should be India’s No. 5, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | FIFA confirms 32 teams will participate in World Cup Qatar 2022Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Alex HalesFollow England
Follow @NeilMDavidson on TwitterNeil Davidson, The Canadian Press Hockey Hall of Famer Red Kelly packed several careers into his lifetime — sometimes at the same time.But hockey was always at the heart of the things for the smooth-skating Kelly.Kelly won eight Stanley Cups during a stellar 20-season playing career, moonlighting as a member of Parliament as he won NHL championships with Toronto in the mid-60s after starring in Detroit. He then took up coaching, making headlines in 1976 for “Pyramid Power” with the Maple Leafs.Kelly, who died Thursday in Toronto at the age of 91, was both an elite defenceman and centre. “Red was a devoted husband and caring father and grandfather and was tremendously proud of his many hockey accomplishments,” the Kelly family said in a statement. “He was very moved by decades of love and support from Red Wings fans and was humbled to have his jersey retired earlier this year.“We are comforted in knowing that he impacted so many people both at and away from the rink and know that his life will be celebrated.”NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Kelly’s career was “so storied and distinguished that it may never be duplicated.”“Red was the ultimate hockey renaissance man who seemingly could do it all,” Bettman added.The flying redhead spent nearly 13 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings as a defenceman before a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs gave birth to the second half of his career as a centre for the next eight years.Born Leonard Patrick Kelly on July 9, 1927, he grew up on the family farm in Simcoe, Ont.His father wasted little time putting him on skates, and hours spent on outdoor rinks paid off years later for the mobile Kelly. He left home at 16 for St. Michael’s College, a Toronto hockey hotbed that his father had attended.Red Kelly was cut by three teams at St. Mike’s but got a second chance after impressing one of the teachers in a game. He made the midget team as a third-liner and never looked back.He somehow escaped the notice of the Maple Leafs, the team he grew up supporting with one ear glued to the radio and Foster Hewitt. But Detroit, thanks to scout Carson (Shovel Shot) Cooper, scooped up the mobile defenceman straight out of St. Mike’s.After helping St. Mike’s beat Moose Jaw to win the Memorial Cup, he made his Wings debut at 20. Told he would be the fifth defenceman, Kelly didn’t expect much playing time. But Doug McCaig broke his leg that Christmas, opening the door for the rookie.When McCaig recovered, he was dealt to Chicago. Partnered with Bill Quackenbush, Kelly finished the 1947-48 season with six goals, 14 assists and 13 penalty minutes in 60 games. And Kelly soon earned a reputation for his ability to handle the puck, particularly with his skates when his stick wasn’t available, and accurate passing.Once Kelly secured the puck, he would take off toward the other end of the ice.“He was the forerunner of the rushing defenceman,” fellow Red Wing Ted Lindsay told the “Legends of Hockey” biography of Kelly. “He and Doug Harvey.”As a rookie, he was handed a sweater bearing No. 20. The starters wore low numbers and next season he was told to wear No. 4.Summers on the farm kept Kelly in shape. That was good news for the Wings and coach Tommy Ivan, who knew what he had on the blue line and made the most of him.“Whenever he wanted me to go, I went,” Kelly said.While Kelly enjoyed great success on the ice, failure came first. Detroit was beaten 4-0 by Toronto in the Stanley Cup final his first two seasons. Kelly and the Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955. In ’56 they lost to Montreal, the first of five straight Canadiens titles.While a welterweight boxing champion at St. Mike’s, Kelly managed to keep his temper in check. St. Mike’s coach Joe Primeau taught him he couldn’t win games in the penalty box.Kelly took home the Lady Byng Trophy in 1951, 1953 and 1954 as the league’s most gentlemanly player. In 1954 he was named the first winner of the James Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman.Despite the Wings’ success during his tenure, Kelly had lived on a series of one-year contracts. The relationship between the star defenceman and autocratic Wings crumbled and he was told he had been traded to the New York Rangers in February 1960.Rather than accept the enforced trade, the eight-time all-star retired.“I started to work the next day with a tool company,” he recalled in a 2003 interview with Kevin Shea. “But hockey was my whole life. I loved hockey ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper.”His hockey retirement proved to be short-lived. The Maple Leafs talked him into joining them days later, and he agreed to a trade that sent defenceman Marc Reaume to Detroit.Leafs coach Punch Imlach asked Kelly to move from defence to centre, knowing that the road to the Stanley Cup lay through the Montreal Canadiens and Jean Beliveau. Kelly accepted the challenge and flourished, developing a rapport with Frank Mahovlich. Toronto lost to Montreal in the Cup final in his first season as a Leaf. And the Wings knocked Toronto out of the playoffs the next year. But the Leafs lifted the Cup in 1962, their first title since 1951Toronto would go on to win the Stanley Cup in 1963, ’64 and ’67, the team’s last championship.Amazingly from 1962 to ’65, he doubled as an MP — commuting to Ottawa. Lester Pearson had asked him to run and, after the trade from Detroit, Kelly thought he should think of his future.“I told Mr. Pearson I did not think it was possible to combine the two. He agreed!” Kelly told the Canadian Parliamentary Review in a 1989 interview.“But Lester Pearson had a great ability to bring people together and the more we talked the more I liked and admired him,” he added. “I decided I would do whatever I could to help him become prime minister.”He was elected as the Liberal MP for the Toronto riding of York-West in 1962 and again in ’63 when the Liberals defeated John Diefenbaker (Kelly beat Alan Eagleson, whose later fall from grace after heading up the NHL Players’ Association was well-documented, during the ’63 election).The double duty took its toll.During the ’64 Cup final win, Kelly had his knee frozen before the final game and passed out in the shower afterwards. He had to be in Ottawa the next day.Still he had no regrets.“That was a tremendous experience,” he said. “I enjoyed those years. But it was tough doing both things. I thought I had one foot in the grave.”So he opted not to run again.Kelly — who won a fourth Lady Byng in 1961 — retired a winner after his veteran Leafs team beat the Montreal Canadiens to claim the 1967 Stanley Cup. Toronto wanted him back, offering a four-year contract, but Kelly thought the time was right to move on.He finished with 281 goals and 542 assists in 1,316 regular-season games, to go along with 33 goals and 59 assists in 164 playoff games.He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969, with the mandatory waiting period waived.Kelly went into coaching after his retirement, first with the expansion Los Angeles Kings in 1967 and then in 1969 as Pittsburgh’s second-ever coach. After being fired by the Penguins midway through the 1972-73 season, he got a job offer from Leafs owner Harold Ballard, who was in prison at the time on charges of fraud, theft and tax evasion.Kelly spent three years behind the Toronto bench, leading the team to the second round of the playoffs three straight times.He made headlines in 1976 when he unveiled “Pyramid Power” during a take-no-prisoners second-round encounter with the Broad Street Bullies.The Flyers had Kate Smith and her rousing rendition of “Gold Bless America.” Kelly countered with pyramids under the bench, after wife Andra had read of their supposed power — and a small pyramid under the pillow had helped daughter Casey beat a string of headaches.After losing the first two games, the Leafs and Pyramid Power won Games 3, 4 and 6. Looking to deflect attention from his players and boasting owner Ballard, Kelly went pubic with Pyramid Power prior to Game 6.Imbued with something special, captain Darryl Sittler scored five goals and added an assist in an 8-5 Toronto win. But the Flyers ultimately prevailed 7-3 in Game 7 and Kelly’s coaching career was over.His career record behind the bench was 278-330-134 in 742 regular-season games.Kelly ran an international aircraft maintenance company and several other business after his Hall of Fame hockey career.His No. 4 jersey was honoured by the Leafs in 2006. In October 2017, the team added statues of Kelly, Mahovlich, Charlie Conacher and Wendel Clark to Legends Row outside the Air Canada Centre.“I never dreamed about anything like this in all my life,” a 90-year-old Kelly said at the time. “I dreamed about hockey, the greatest game in the world. I dreamed about Stanley Cups and playing in the NHL.”In 1997, the Hockey News had Kelly at No. 22 in its Top 100 Players of All Time.On Oct. 13, 2016, the Maple Leafs retired Kelly’s No. 4, along with the numbers of 15 other players that were once honoured with banners hanging in Air Canada Centre, alongside the two previously retired numbers of Ace Bailey and Bill Barilko.The honour was shared with Hap Day, who wore No. 4 from 1924 to 1937.“For those of us who were lucky enough to have known or encountered Red, we will all miss his sharp mind and keen intellect,” said Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. “He was a gentle man but a fierce competitor.”On Feb. 1, 2019, the Red Wings retired their No. 4 in honour of the 91-year-old Kelly.“I want to thank the fans who backed us and supported us in those years. Even if we lost, they still supported us,” Kelly told the fans at Little Caesars Arena before the Wings’ game against Toronto.
Inside Impact: East Africa, the virtual reality film that allows people anywhere to join President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton on their trip to see first-hand how lives are changed as a result of Clinton Global Initiative Commitments to Action, has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award.On Thursday, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy award nominations recognizing Inside Impact: East Africa as one of five nominees in for Best Interactive Media: Original Program.The first in a virtual reality film series by Matter Unlimited featuring stories of positive social impact from around the globe, Inside Impact: East Africa is executive produced by Rob Holzer and Matter Unlimited, produced and directed by Felix & Paul Studios, in association with m ss ng p eces.The film premiered at the 2015 CGI Annual Meeting, themed “The Future of Impact” and was announced by President Clinton. “The ability of technology like this to bring people together from around the world has the potential to encourage everyone, no matter where they are, to be more engaged in global issues and how to solve them. I enjoyed being able to bring the viewer with me to see the important work CGI members are doing on the ground in Africa. I hope everyone who watches the film will feel compelled to make a positive difference in their own way,” said President Clinton, Founder, Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States.“We’re incredibly honored and humbled by this recognition from the National Academy of Arts & Sciences,” said Rob Holzer, CEO and founder of Matter Unlimited. “Our goal with this film, and the full Inside Impact series, is to increase empathy and drive action to better the condition of our ever-changing interconnected world.”“In virtual reality, viewers can feel personally connected to the film,” said Paul Raphaël, co-founder of Felix & Paul Studios. “Instead of watching President Clinton in Tanzania, they feel like they are traveling with him and can see firsthand how these people are benefitting from CGI’s initiatives to help impact the health and welfare of citizens all over the world.”To learn more about Inside Impact: East Africa, click here.
Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsIt’s a quiet snow day in Stellat’en First Nation and the sound of drumming and singing can be heard throughout the community.The rhythm, and voices, are coming from an event at the nation’s year old health and wellness centre.“I wanted this so bad for our people of Stellat’en,” says Cynthia Munger, community health representative for the nation.She says the benefits agreement her chief signed with TransCanada to build a natural gas pipeline through approximately 30 kilometres of their territory is a good thing.“We as First Nations people have struggled for a long time and I want our future to be bigger and brighter,” she said. I am very proud of this building. I believe Stellat’en is very proud of this building and every time we meet here it’s always joy and I want that to continue happening.”Stellat’en First Nation is a remote community in northern B.C. with 600 members. Only half live on the reserve.“My objectives are simple and that’s why I am here for seven years,” says Archie Patrick the elected chief. “Just had my third election as chief and I got 90 per cent support from my membership so they like what I am doing.“And basically what I am doing is saying that I want to see shelter for everyone. I’d like to see a job for everyone and I want to see our children go to our schools.”(Eileen Louis and Chief Archie Patrick at the Stellat’en First Nation Health Centre. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Patrick says he didn’t take signing the pipeline deal with the company lightly. He spent five years in consultations.He says the money from the pipeline will be used wisely.“We will invest it, we will try to start economic development in the territory, probably provide services and there is the whole question of tourism which we haven’t explored at all,” he says.The New Coastal GasLink pipeline will be the second pipeline to run through the Stellat’en lands.The community’s experience with the first pipeline helped give the ok for the second.“There is a pipeline through our territory just over the mountain here, it was put in 30 years ago. It is overgrown, nothing has ever happened to it and likely that is going to happen,” says Patrick.“It will be disruption for a year or so, but after that it is going to be back to normal basically.”Although Patrick is looking forward to pipeline construction – he says he isn’t happy with how the Wet’suwet’en people who are against the project were treated and removed from their territory.“They indeed were responsible for the territory are responsible for the territory,” he says.“It was destroyed because of colonialism so these people are bringing it back up so I applaud them for firstname.lastname@example.org@Laurie_Hamelin
Paying homage to ghazal legends, ‘Andaaz-e-Bayaan’ – a concert by composer-singer Shakeel Ahmed will be held at Amaltas Auditorium, India Habitat Centre. The performance will take the audience on a beautiful journey of ghazals where musical legacy of greats like Begum Akhtar, Mehdi Hassan, and Jagjit Singh, will be celebrated in a most scintillating setting. The concert will also feature some of Shakeel Ahmed’s original hits.Towards the middle of the last century, the Ghazal seemed to be sinking into oblivion. Its revival and popularity today is an outcome of the brilliance and talent of a number of individuals. Of these, a few attained legendary status. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainDuring the event, audience will see a performance which emphasises the creativity in each generation and the absolute joy that a live program of Ghazals can be when the singer is a master of the art of Ghazal Gaayaki. Narrative and commentary by Laxmi Shankar Bajpai and Rajesh Badal in conversation with Dr Mridula Tandon will provide brilliant insights into the lives and times of these legendary singers, their struggles and their triumphs Shakeel Ahmed is a new rising star in the ancient tradition of Ghazal Gaayaki. He is an artist who has given performances countrywide and abroad and has carved a niche for himself in the world of music. In an era where fusion and new age music dominate the current Indian music scenario, Shakeel Ahmed is a rare performer who continues to excel and please the connoisseur with his impeccably rendered traditional puritan raga based ‘gayaki’.
It could either indicate the success of efforts to reduce incidental by-catch through improved techniques to avoid hauling in unwanted species in the first place, or it could mask greater consumption of what was previously regarded as “trash fish” and a decline in the stocks of conventional fish. The jury, apparently, is still out. “Is the decline in discard levels good news or bad news? Perhaps a bit of both,” FAO’s Fisheries Department said in a statement reporting that an analysis of global data for the last decade shows that on average 7.3 million tons of fish are being thrown back to sea unused each year – a decrease of about 12 million tons from earlier years. A number of factors underline the shift. “In some fisheries, countries have implemented measures that aim at reducing incidental by-catch. These include initiatives that improve fishing selectivity to limit catches to only desired species as well as the increased use of by-catch excluder devices or anti-discard regulations,” FAO said. The agency also noted that fish that in the past would have been thrown away as “trash fish” are today increasingly being kept on-board and used. “What is difficult is to know just how much of the approximately 12 million tons no longer being discarded is due to greater selectivity, versus how much of it comes from the fact that processing has improved and a larger proportion of catches are being effectively used,” it added. “Or do we simply now have much better data on selectivity and discards than before?” With fewer fish being wasted and being used instead, one could expect the overall level of fish landings to have increased – but this hasn’t happened. In general, global fish landings have been stable in recent years, FAO figures show. “The fact that we are seeing less waste is good news. But is this good news about discards masking some bad news too?” it asked. “Has increased use of previously discarded fish masked a decline in captures of conventional stocks? And how do natural fluctuations in fish abundance due to climatic conditions and natural lifecycles of fish populations play in? There are still a great many unknowns,” it added. As the lead global agency collecting and studying world fisheries statistics, FAO will continue to analyse capture production to seek the answers. “But improved national monitoring of catches and more detailed reporting of catch composition and fish utilization is needed to get an accurate picture of the situation,” it said.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Nov 24, 2014 10:28 am MDT In wake of Taylor Swift’s Spotify pullout, music industry debates value of streaming services NASHVILLE, Tenn. – From board rooms in Japan to songwriter’s rooms in Nashville, a debate is brewing in music industry circles about the financial and creative value of streaming music, even as its popularity and impact skyrocket.Streaming music, predicted by many analysts to become the primary digital means for fans to consume music, has such influence now that Billboard will start tallying streaming numbers into the formula for its Billboard 200 chart. But even as consumers wrap their arms around the technology, many in the music industry question whether streaming music revenues will match up.At a recent investor meeting in Tokyo, Sony Music Chief Financial Officer Kevin Kelleher said a lot of conversation had been happening about streaming services in light of pop star Taylor Swift’s recent decision to pull her catalogue off Spotify.“The key question is: Are the free, ad-supported services taking away from how quickly and to what extent we can grow these paid services?” Kelleher said, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.A Spotify representative declined to comment to The Associated Press, but company CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek has addressed some critics on its website. He notes that the company has paid out $2 billion since it started in 2008.Swift’s actions touched a nerve in Nashville, a microcosm of the vast shifts in the musical economy. Country artists Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore followed in Swift’s lead to remove or limit music that’s available for free to Spotify’s 50 million users.Swift and Aldean have cited concerns about whether the service fairly compensates all the stakeholders who help make the music, a message that resonates among many Nashville artists.“If I was in the position of Taylor, I would have done the same thing,” up-and-coming country singer Chase Rice said. “You want people to buy your music.”Rice also sees potential with streaming music. He’s built a fan base with his energetic live shows and his presence on Spotify, where he has more than 13 million streams so far.“But for young artists like myself, Spotify is great because you can sell albums, but the most important thing is getting the music out there,” Rice said recently. “However that happens. And Spotify allows that.”“All of the sudden the shift feels very seismic,” said David Macias, founder of Thirty Tigers, a Nashville-based marketing, distribution and management company that works with Rice. “How do you reconcile getting 70 cents a download wholesale to six-tenths of a cent streaming? It doesn’t intuitively feel correct.”Macias said musicians should mistrust the structures that pay them but notes that several artists he works with have made six figures off Spotify.“I think when artists are saying they aren’t getting paid, it’s because of the label relationship they are in, not because Spotify is not paying,” Macias said. “Somebody is getting paid.”Songwriters and publishers, who represent a large voice in country music, are unhappy with the “freemium” model, in which ads support the free part of the streaming service while trying to entice fans to sign up for subscription-based premium services, said Mike Steinberg, senior vice-president for licensing for Broadcast Music, Inc., the performing rights organization that collects license fees on behalf of songwriters and publishers.Spotify says 12.5 million of its users pay $120 per year for its premium service.“The ad revenue supporting the free-to-listener part of the Spotify model provides insufficient compensation to artists and labels for their creative work,” Steinberg said. “And, since songwriters and publishers are getting only a small fraction of that, you can imagine the frustration and dissatisfaction we are hearing from them.”Rodney Clawson, who has written No. 1 country songs for artists such as Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw, called the revenue he gets from music streaming so small, “it’s an absolute joke.”“I personally think that streaming services are an amazing technology and have an exciting future — if they can figure out a way to properly compensate the people that are providing them with the product they are selling,” Clawson said. “If they can’t, they need to go out of business.”Paul Roper, president of Nashville-based Dualtone Music Group, said his act The Lumineers receives 1 million streams a week, which remains consistent even as album sales ebb and flow. He also gets valuable consumer data and exposure for his new artists such as Shakey Graves, who is benefiting from partnering with Spotify on playlists.“We are in a unique moment in time where access model/streaming is starting to scale, but we haven’t hit the full revenue potential of the model yet,” Roper said in an email. “Once we hit subscriber numbers of 50 million, the debate will be nonexistent.”But Roper said Spotify has to be aggressive to keep those top name acts from abandoning the service too soon.“Spotify is in a tough spot for what Taylor’s precedent means for how other superstars will interact with the service,” Roper said. “They are under a lot of pressure to increase premium subscribers and grow the per-play rate quickly. We are still in the infancy of this market and the general public is uninformed on how it works.”__Online:Spotify: www.spotify.com__Follow Kristin Hall on Twitter at http://twitter.com/kmhall
UN-Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka addreses opening session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe “However, we chose to prioritize the work that has not led to irreversible and deep rooted change,” she said, pointing out that while constitutions may have been amended and new legislature enacted, implementation has been lacking. “We must better address multi-sectoral problems affecting women including wars, the financial and environment crises. We must better serve disabled and marginalized women who are targeted for their sexual orientation,” she emphasized. Change must take place in the power dynamics between men and women. This is what we need to do now. For the next 15 years, the new development agenda must ensure full coherence and data informed linkages between women’s social and economic empowerment. “We must achieve substantial change within the first five years and equality before 2030. We need urgent action and renewed and much stronger political commitment,” she said, adding men as CEOs, world leaders, fathers and husbands must empower the women in their lives. Men and boys are vital in ending unequal pay, saying no to marrying children, and fighting global epidemic of violence against women. It’s important to promote “positive masculinity,” she said. In inspiring change, quotas can support help in the private sector and can be an important stepping stone to ‘planet 50-50.’ Civil society deserves more funds to carry out its instrumental role. Moreover, the world must confront the growing extremism that is against women’s empowerment and gender equality, she urged, calling it a “new danger.” We must also make elected representatives more accountable to women. “We are the first generation for whom ending poverty and realizing gender equality are within reach but we need to courage,” she said, urging today’s participants to step it up and demonstrate bold action at this gathering in order to see the implementation of Beijing+20 commitments because in 2030 there must be a world of gender equality. Speaking next, ECOSOC’s Vice-President, Oh Joon, called the Commission an “indispensable” member of the Council’s system, saying that the Commission has contributed to the Council’s work to advance the post-2015 development agenda by integrating different dimensions of gender equality. In 2015, ECOSOC will focus on supporting the transition to the new development framework. Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe” href=”/en/sites/news.un.org.en/files/legacy-news-images/photos/large/2015/March/625092-csw-01.jpg”> Participants at the opening session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe “We believe that the CSW will greatly contribute to the transition by aligning its focus to this year’s ECOSOC theme and providing substantive input from the perspective of gender equality and empowerment of women,” he said. The ECOSOC system working as a unifying platform will be key to setting a transformative and universal post-2015 agenda, and to strengthening linkages. “I believe that our common efforts will help mobilizing the whole UN system to mainstream gender issues in the deliberations of a new development agenda and beyond,” Mr. Oh said. Taking to the floor next, Pascale Boistard, speaking in her country’s capacity as President of the Security Council, highlighted the role of the 15-member today in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. She recalled how 15 years ago the Council adopted a resolution on women in conflict in hopes of moving forward gender equality, women’s role in dispute resolution and raising awareness of sexual violence as a tactic of war. The development of the women peace security agenda has made specific advancements, she said. For example, last year, the UN designated the first woman general commander at its mission in Cyrus, known as UNFICYP, which is now the first operation in the world led by a female-duo. “What does this signify on the ground and how does it affect the lives of women who are involved in peacekeeping missions?” she asked. Measuring the real impact on the ground of these decisions is a major undertaking but data remains insufficient. There are millions that are excluded from decision-making and conflict resolution processes. Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe” href=”/en/sites/news.un.org.en/files/legacy-news-images/photos/large/2015/March/625091-csw-02.jpg”> Participants at the opening session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe The Council, among other UN bodies, must intensify the common goal to advance women. Challenges remain enormous, she said, pointing out that only 17 per cent of all heads of peacekeeping missions are women. UNDP head Helen Clark took to the podium saying that in the last 20 years, UNDP has sought to translate the Beijing Platform for Action into concrete improvements in the lives of women and girls. “We have engaged with governments, women’s organisations, and civil society in general to address the needs of women and girls, and to promote women’s leadership and participation in all areas of development.” But much more needs to be done to realize the vision of the Beijing Platform for Action, she urged, calling 2015 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure that gender is embedded in major global agendas. “Gender equality and women’s empowerment will be crucial to achieving the post-2015 sustainable development agenda and its goals and targets,” Miss Clark said, adding that the worldwide UN survey, MYWorld, has had a huge response from women voting on their priorities for the future. This 59th Commission on the Status of Women will reflect on achievements in gender equality and women’s empowerment since 1995, and on the unfinished business which requires a redoubling of effort globally. “Our goals must surely be to see that women have full access to sexual and reproductive health services and to all other health services, are full and equal partners in decision-making, and are able to make their own choices about their lives, enjoy equal access to education, and can live in peace in their homes and communities. Let us work for equally shared responsibilities in our homes too,” she said. Among his activities today on the margins of the Commission’s opening session, the Secretary-General met with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia. He commended President Johnson Sirleaf for her leadership in efforts to defeat Ebola and welcomed the progress made so far. He underscored the need to remain vigilant and pledged the UN’s support for Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery and development. He also stressed the importance of drawing lessons from the Ebola response to manage future global health crises.Mr. Ban and President Johnson Sirleaf discussed the draw down of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and agreed that it should be carried out in close cooperation with the Government of Liberia. They also discussed the post-2015 development agenda and the need for high-level, global participation at the International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa later this year. “Women continue to suffer disproportionately from the economic crisis, from the impacts of climate change, from the displacement caused by conflict, persecution and so much else,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at Headquarters in New York this morning. For the next two weeks, UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities will deliberate the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This year’s session is particularly significant as it marks the 20th anniversary of that meeting which gave birth to the action plan that has become widely known as the blueprint for women’s empowerment, and focuses on 12 critical areas of concern, from women and the environment to ending violence against women. “We must build on the Beijing foundation and complete our work,” said the UN chief, who was joined by high-level speakers including President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, Executive Director of UN-Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Vice-President of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Oh Joon, as well the Administrator of UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark. Delivering a statement in her country’s capacity as this months’ Security Council President was Ms. Pascale Boistard, France’s Secretary of State for Women’s Rights. Speaking on behalf of civil society was Lydia Alpízar, Executive-Director of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development and the Representative of the Voice of Libyan Women and member of UN-Women Global Civil Society Advisory Committee. The keynote speech was delivered by Patricia Licuanan, Chair of the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines. A Political Declaration marking the twentieth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women was also unanimously adopted at this opening session. “Since the Beijing Conference, more girls have attained more access to more education than ever before. Maternal mortality has been almost halved. More women are leading businesses, governments and global organizations,” Mr. Ban said, urging that more can and must be done. “Our goal must be 50:50 by 2030,” the Secretary-General said, urging Governments to work closely with women’s groups and organizations, and calling on all men to believe in and work for the empowerment of women. Taking to the podium next, the President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa also called on men and boys to get increasingly involved to help break down gender stereotypes and discriminatory social norms. General Assembly President Sam Kutesa addreses opening session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe” href=”/en/sites/news.un.org.en/files/legacy-news-images/photos/large/2015/March/625062-csw-04.jpg”> General Assembly President Sam Kutesa addreses opening session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe “We must use the opportunity before us to advance these important discussions, follow-through on our decisions, and take the bold actions necessary to address the remaining issues that inhibit women and girls from realizing their complete potential, and being full and equal contributors to our future development aspirations,” Mr. Kutesa urged. Many challenges remain, he emphasized, including persistent violence against women and girls, high levels of maternal mortality, discriminatory laws and customs, the unequal distribution of resources, lack of access to affordable credit by women-owned businesses, as well as access to the political spheres. If the world is to embark on a truly transformative and inclusive future development framework, it is essential that everyone gets engaged in the process. He recalled last Friday’s High-level Thematic Debate on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda, during which Member States, civil society and business leaders delivered inspiring messages encouraging the acceleration of the implementation of Beijing and the realization of the gender-specific goals of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It’s important to “feel heartened” by the progress made in girls’ enrolment in primary and secondary education, increased participation of women in labour markets, access to reproductive health-care, and increased participation in political life. But in shaping the Post-2015 development agenda, the world must reflect the gaps as well to take concrete measures to integrate gender perspectives in future goals. UN-Women chief, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, recalled how 20 years ago, as a part of a cohort of international instruments and declarations, countries pledged to achieve gender equality by 2005.
131997T. Dilfer25382263322/122733 112006A. Smith22448293517/18776 TRANSLATED PASSINGAPPROX. VALUE —2015T. Bridgewater23405275711/1222— 51971D. Shaw24417276816/22119 202006J. Losman25434309820/15146 32008J. Flacco23430292615/151177 11978D. Whitehurst23403274113/131011 41973A. Manning24407277015/122568 The names on Bridgewater’s comp sheet illustrate the myriad directions in which a young quarterback’s career can drift, even after two solid NFL seasons. Troy Aikman and John Elway became Hall of Famers, and Tom Brady will join them in Canton someday. Joe Flacco, Archie Manning and Neil Lomax all flashed greatness at various times in their careers but didn’t maintain that level of play throughout. Trent Dilfer and Alex Smith salvaged the lost promise of their youth to become semi-successful journeymen, and Tim Couch and J.P. Losman were outright busts. The book on Cam Newton’s career is far from written.For a quarterback-rich franchise such as the Colts or Packers, the above list probably wouldn’t inspire a lot of enthusiasm about Bridgewater. For the Vikings, though, it represents a huge change from their recent fortunes. One way we can measure that is by looking at the Approximate Value (AV) that Bridgewater’s comps produced over the remainders of their careers. After weighting by their similarity to Bridgewater and making a slight adjustment for the fact that Bridgewater had more career AV through the season of comparison than his comps did,2How much a player outperforms his comps’ rest-of-career AV depends on the amount by which he outperformed them through the season of comparison. If a player has the same career AV as his comps did at the same age, he’ll be expected to have roughly the same AV going forward, as well. But if he had 50 percent more AV at the same age, we’d expect him to outproduce his comps by about 20 percent going forward; 50 percent less, and we’d expect him to produce about 13 percent less AV in the future., Bridgewater’s comps were good for about 46 AV in their remaining careers. Ever since the last premerger starting QB retired in 1981, the average NFL starter has consistently hovered around 40 points of future expected AV, so Bridgewater’s potential was better than the norm going into this season. And that was a big deal for the Vikings, who hadn’t featured a QB with such potential since Daunte Culpepper posted a brilliant season in 2004 (before falling apart the next season). Sources: Football Outsiders, Pro-Football-Reference.com 82000S. King23422278519/14162 162001T. Brady24410287419/1212211 21990T. Aikman24429275511/199113 92001T. Couch24451307318/212012 RANKYEARQUARTERBACKAGEATTYDSTD/INTTHRU YEARAFTER YEAR 102013R. Griffin23417282914/14285 172004B. Leftwich24447290514/111818 182013C. Newton24433298420/155132 71982N. Lomax2337525359/91567 Whatever momentum the Minnesota Vikings were riding after last year’s surprise division title has vanished with Tuesday’s devastating injury to starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s knee. Although he was fortunate the damage wasn’t even worse, the ACL injury will cause Bridgewater to miss the entire 2016 season.It’s not that Bridgewater was great last season; he was below average in passing-efficiency metrics such as adjusted net yards per attempt and Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average. But he was decent, and more important, still young. Bridgewater turned 23 last November, and that combination of youth and competence typically sets a quarterback up for at least a solid career, with room to develop into something greater. Long-term potential is something the Vikings have sorely lacked from their passers in recent years.One way of measuring a young quarterback’s promise is to find historical passers who produced similar statistics at the same age, and track how those players’ careers ended up panning out. To that end, I gathered seasonal data on every player to throw a pass in the NFL or AFL during the Super Bowl era (since 1966), and translated it to a common standard: a 16-game season with the NFL’s typical passing environment since offensive rules were liberalized in 1978.1Without this step, the NFL’s increased focus on passing would make cross-era comparisons impossible. I then plugged those numbers into Football Outsiders’ similarity score formula for quarterbacks, returning a list of the 20 most similar QBs for any given passer’s season.For Bridgewater, that list looked like this last season: 121995T. Dilfer2338726144/19753 192014T. Bridgewater22373256512/15913 61972D. Shaw25386260519/17182 Most similar passing seasons to Teddy Bridgewater’s 2015 season 152008T. Edwards25376265812/12135 141984J. Elway24385262517/1314189 Aside from the brief blip of Christian Ponder in 2012 — who gleaned 43 expected future AV out of an eclectic comp list that included Kordell Stewart (maybe the algorithm matched them because neither knew how to throw a football?) and Troy Aikman, plus Dilfer and Dave Brown — Culpepper was the last Viking passer with above-average potential before Bridgewater came along. And those three joined Randall Cunningham (right after his amazing 1998 resurgence) and Brad Johnson (from his first year at the team’s helm, in 1996) to create the only moments a Minnesota QB flashed superior potential in the last 28 years. The division-rival Packers have had a starter crack 40 AV of potential in a league-best 19 of the 23 seasons since the NFL’s free-agency era began in 1993; Minnesota’s topped average less than half as often.And with Shaun Hill now leading the Vikings’ depth chart, that trend is unlikely to improve. (Hill’s rest-of-career projection after last season: 1.9 AV.) Bridgewater hadn’t yet joined the elite ranks of NFL signal-callers, but he offered Minnesota the next-best thing: real potential. It was a rarity for the franchise, and a promise that will now have to remain on hold for another season.
Facebook : la suppression d’un compte bientôt possible en un clicÉtats-Unis – Facebook serait sur le point de proposer une option permettant de supprimer définitivement un compte en un clic. Actuellement, cette action demande quatorze jours.Facebook veut simplifier les manipulations à effectuer pour supprimer définitivement un compte. Une option permettra ainsi bientôt d’annuler le compte d’un utilisateur, en éliminant toutes les photos et vidéos qui s’y rapportent d’un seul clic. Pour le moment, cette opération demande quatorze jours de délai après que l’utilisateur a donné les raisons de son départ. Si une réponse à la sollicitation d’un ami est affirmative, le compte est réactivé. Pour le moment, ce nouvel outil est en phase de test et le réseau social n’a pas donné plus d’informations sur sa mise en place.Le 28 juillet 2010 à 13:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 25, 2017 – Nassau – CLICO Policyholders began receiving their long overdue payments yesterday. The payments come less than three weeks before Bahamians go to the polls to vote for its new government and a few months after the government was slammed for reneaging on its original plan to reimburse policy holders and staff of collapsed CLICO.The Christie Administration had promised payments in January and in a statement issued, assures that qualified policyholders would receive tranches of payments in April, July and November this year. Payment’s come from a $45 million bond, with monies expected to compensate former Executive Flexible Premium Annuity (EFPA) and surrendered pension policies.Payments of $5000, per policy holder will account for 70 percent or One Thousand, Five hundred and ninety-five (1,595) claims from surrendered policyholders. The remaining 30 percent of policyholders will receive bonds carrying 4.25 percent interest rate which will distribute the owed balance over a four year period.It had previously been told to bigger policy holders that they would receive double that $5,0000 amount up front. Still the payouts from the Perry Christie administration is said to be much welcomed, and comes when the government is said to be facing fiscal limitations.#MagneticMediaNews#CLICOpayingout#CLICOpolicyholdersgettingpaid Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#CLICOpayingout, #CLICOpolicyholdersgettingpaid, #magneticmedianews
NEW YORK — Every day, throngs of riders stand on the edge of danger in the nation’s busiest subway system, waiting on platforms with nothing between them and the tracks.Dozens of subway and light rail systems around the world have safety barriers with sliding doors on their platforms, but the idea hasn’t gotten traction in New York. Yet transit officials are giving it a new look after two people were pushed and a third fell to their deaths on the tracks since early December.Safety doors would be expensive and difficult additions to the sprawling, 108-year-old subway system, but some people are urging the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to try it. A company has proposed to install the barriers for free in exchange for advertising revenue.Being shoved or bumped onto the tracks is “my biggest worry about New York,” said Ed David, a cinematographer who last spring launched an online petition to install the devices after reading about a college student who was hurled onto the tracks and killed by a train amid a fight at a Brooklyn subway station.“I know that people like the roughness” of New York subways, said David, “but it’s a horrible way to die, and it can be prevented.”
Since entering the App Store in May, publisher Conde Nast is reporting 242,000 digital downloads of its eight titles available for purchase, including Allure, Glamour, Golf Digest, GQ, Self, The New Yorker, Wired and Vanity Fair.This number includes digital subscriptions, single copy purchases and print subscribers who chose to add digital additions to their packages. This last group consists of 136,000 subscribers.In the month of June, 75,000 digital subscriptions were delivered, and 31,000 single copies were purchased. This includes the seven monthly titles, and the June 27th issue of The New Yorker.Monica Ray, executive vice president of consumer marketing with Conde Nast says, “The digital counts are increasing every day, and while this represents a small portion of our subscription circulation, we find it incredibly promising, especially given the short time we have been marketing subscriptions.” Conde Nast will be including digital circulation numbers through June in its first half reports with the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC). Digital numbers could not be compared to print subs by individual brand at press time, as the ABC has not yet posted either its digital or print circulation numbers for January to June 2011.On June 21, Conde announced its intentions to standardize the measurement of audience metrics in the digital market. Partnering with Adobe, the publisher will measure factors typical to print magazines (such as time of engagement), along with digital-specific activity such as users’ ‘finger engagement’. Conde Nast will be sharing the newly discovered info in forums such as the IDD and the MPA in order to level the digital playing field in the magazine industry.Scott McDonald, SVP of research and insights with the publisher and chairman of the Print and Digital Forum, says, “It’s those kinds of [situations] that you begin building consensus, where people can argue about it in the fresh air and sunlight of open forum.”
Kamareddy: A major fire broke out in a house at Vittalwadi Thanda on Wednesday and burned down everything in the house. According to sources, the house of Pawar Papa in Vittalwadi Thanda, Pedda Kodapgal mandal, Kamareddy district accidentally caught fire, while the residents of the house were working on their farms.Pawar’s family members lamented that agricultural inputs, utensil and other valuables worth Rs five lakhs turned to ashes.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Magic Leap is taking some cues from one of the latest trends in virtual reality: The maker of the Magic Leap One headset is looking to use location-based entertainment to get consumers familiar with its technology, and ultimately prepare them to buy its headsets once a mass-market version is available to the general public.“We think that market, those location-based experiences, is huge,” said Magic Leap chief content officer Rio Caraeff in an interview with Variety on the sidelines of the company’s first L.E.A.P. developer conference in Los Angeles this week.The company used L.E.A.P. to demonstrate a first example of location-based entertainment powered by its Magic Leap One headset. Santa Fe, N.M.-based arts collective Meow Wolf showed off its Navigator, a giant robot vehicle that attendees could interact with via a combination of touch screen displays and superimposed AR imagery of distant galaxies. A promotional video for Meow Wolf’s Navigator, which the arts collective built in partnership with Magnopus.The seven-minute demo of the Navigator was just a first taste for Meow Wolf’s plans to incorporate AR into future attractions. In the company’s upcoming Denver outpost, attendees will be able to freely roam the space wearing Magic Leap’s headsets, and interact with multiple art pieces, including the Navigator showed off this week. The arts group, whose funders include “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin, currently plans to open this AR-powered exhibition by 2020.But while the Navigator came together in a matter of weeks, Magic Leap has been toying with the idea of location-based AR for much longer. In 2016, the company cooperated with Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB on an internal project known as the Hoth experiment. This involved turning a warehouse next to Magic Leap’s corporate office into a replica of the ice planet Hoth, complete with AT-AT walkers breaking through the ceiling and life-sized Snowspeeders whizzing through the air.“We did it with controlling the light, controlling the wind, controlling the sound, controlling the temperature, and it made it feel more real,” said Caraeff. “Because of the sense of scale, it was not something you could ever do in your living room. It was something that was much larger than you, and kind of epic in its volumetric scale.”The Hoff experiment has been part of ILMxLAB’s four-year partnership with Magic Leap, which ultimately resulted in the announcement of “Star Wars: Project Porg” this week. While that experience is much smaller in scale, and designed for in-home use, Magic Leap hasn’t given up on large-scale experiences either.“We think that’s gonna be how a lot of people try the stuff for the first time,” said Caraeff, adding that the company is actively working with partners on other location-based AR experiences. Ultimately, this could lead to consumers familiarizing themselves with Magic Leap, which could eventually result in purchase decisions, he argued.That idea is not new. Prompted by disappointing headset sales, VR companies have been increasingly focused on location-based entertainment as a gateway to mass-market adoption. This includes Facebook’s Oculus subsidiary, which has quietly been working on building a portfolio of location-based VR experiences to popularize its own VR headsets. Popular on Variety
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite This morning shortly after 10am a major pipe feeding Observation Hill burst. The pipe burst was in Mason Road.The pipe was left exposed by a housing contractor who according to officials failed to rehabilitate the area after exposing the pipe.The pipe which has been exposed to the elements for over a year collapsed sending a 10 metre long section of the pipe plummeting down an embankmentWater could be seen gushing down the hillside like a waterfall.People may experience water shortages longer than normal today as repair work to the pipe is expected to take several hours with full water services only expected to be restored tomorrow. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter why not join us there?