The Games Village, the heart of the upcoming Commonwealth Games in the Capital, had its soft launch on Thursday with organisers claiming that the facilities and ambience at the venue make it one of the best of its kind in the world.A bird’s eye view of the Commonwealth Games Village in New Delhi on Thursday.The Village will be home to more than 7,200 athletes and delegates for the duration of the Games. Some of the participating countries have already started sending their delegates, while the athletes will start arriving from September 23.The Village, situated on the banks of the Yamuna adjacent to the Akshardham temple, has 14 blocks, 34 towers and 1,168 fully-furnished air-conditioned flats, out of which 1,100 will be used to accommodate athletes and delegates.The flats have between two and five bedrooms, with two occupants per room.The Village also has facilities such as a shopping centre, saloon, a bank and two swimming pools too.”One of the pools will be used for leisure and the other, of standard international dimensions, will be for training purposes,” Organising Committee’s additional director general Ashok Kapur said.”The Village also has VIP lounges, a post office, plaza, bar and an informal dining area,” he said.In a first, competitors in four disciplines will be able to train at the Village itself without having to go to the competition venues.”Apart from the swimmers, weightlifters, wrestlers and athletes will be able to train at the Village itself,” Dalbir Singh, mayor of the Games Village, said.advertisement”This facility had not been provided at any previous Commonwealth Games,” Singh said, adding that the paralympic competitors in powerlifting can also train there.The training area for athletes includes an eight-lane track as well as a separate throwing area.There is also seating arrangement for 1,086 people.”In this way, the athletes will save valuable time that they would otherwise have spent travelling to and from the competition venues,” Singh said.In addition, there is a state-of-the-art gymnasium for the residents.”There are machines for weight training, cardio-workouts as well as stretching,” Cyrus Appoo, gymnasium supervisor, said.Some delegates have already started assembling in the Capital with representatives from England, Wales, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand already working on registration formalities.”There are certain basic facilities we provide to all residents. If they want something extra, we will provide them a ‘rate card’ which has pre-determined charges for various facilities,” Kapur said.The soft launch started with an inter-faith prayer where leaders from various religions wished the Games success.”The soft launch is designed to give us a feel about what is required by the time all the athletes arrive. Whatever is missing can be arranged in the next few days as only nuts and bolts need to be looked into,” Kapur said.Organising Committtee chairman Suresh Kalmadi said that there will be daily entertainment programmes in the evenings.
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The NFL’s troubles with domestic violence were selected the sports story of the year Dec. 23 in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.Ninety-four ballots were submitted from U.S. editors and news directors. Voters were asked to rank the top 10 sports stories of the year, with the first-place story receiving 10 points, the second-place story nine points and so on.NFL domestic violence received 659 points and 29 first-place votes.The No. 2 sports story, Clippers owner Donald Sterling forced out by the NBA after his racist statements, had 518 points.Here are 2014’s top 10 stories:1. NFL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice knocked his now-wife unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator Feb. 15, but it wasn’t until July 24 that domestic violence cases spiraled into a crisis roiling the NFL.Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for just two games, which drew widespread derision. More than a month passed before Goodell admitted he “didn’t get it right” and announced harsher sanctions for future domestic violence offenses.But the NFL’s problems were only beginning. On Sept. 8, TMZ Sports released video from inside the elevator that showed Rice punching his then-fiancee; the Ravens responded by releasing him and Goodell suspended him indefinitely.And on Sept. 12, one of the league’s biggest stars, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, was indicted on felony child abuse charges for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. The Vikings initially planned to play him just over a week later, reversing course only after the ensuing uproar.The year ends with Rice reinstated by an arbitrator but without a team and Peterson suspended and suing the NFL. Chastened by those and other cases, the league is pushing a new personal conduct policy, but the players’ union is balking at Goodell’s role in the disciplinary process.2. CLIPPERS’ STERLING BANNED: Donald Sterling had withstood accusations of racism throughout his more than three decades as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.But when audio surfaced April 25 of Sterling spewing racist remarks, he was banned for life by new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver just four days later and forced to sell the team.3. LEBRON GOES HOME: This time, LeBron James decided to return home. Four years after spurning Cleveland to sign with the Miami Heat, the Northeast Ohio native and four-time NBA MVP announced July 11 that he was rejoining the Cavaliers to try to end the city’s half-century title drought.4. FIRSTS FOR GAY ATHLETES: Jason Collins became the first openly gay man to play in the big four North American pro sports leagues when he made his debut with the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 23.The veteran center had come out 10 months earlier, a trailblazing moment that helped inspire other athletes and sports officials to follow his lead in 2014. That included Missouri All-American Michael Sam, who went on to be drafted into the NFL, though he has yet to play in a game.5. GIANTS WIN WORLD SERIES: Madison Bumgarner pitched seven dominant innings to win Game 1 of the World Series. Then the San Francisco ace topped himself with a shutout in Game 5. He outdid himself yet again with five scoreless innings of relief in Game 7 to clinch the Giants’ third championship in five years.6. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAYS OFF: Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech on Sept. 6. Oregon was upset by Arizona on Oct. 2, and Alabama fell to Ole Miss two days later. The rest of those teams’ regular-season games still mattered because of the new College Football Playoff, which made more and more matchups meaningful deep into the fall.7. TONY STEWART: One of NASCAR’s biggest stars, Tony Stewart, was taking part in a small sprint car race in upstate New York on Aug. 9 when he struck and killed 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. A grand jury decided not to bring criminal charges against Stewart, who skipped three NASCAR races as he grieved.8. WORLD CUP: Brazil’s World Cup was a big celebration until those German goals started piling up. The expected massive protests didn’t materialize, and the construction delays caused few headaches. The major disappointment came on the field when the hosts, without injured star Neymar, were thrashed 7-1 in the semifinals by eventual champion Germany.9. SEAHAWKS WIN SUPER BOWL: Richard Sherman’s Seattle defense was way too much for Peyton Manning’s Denver offense. The Seahawks flustered and flattened the Broncos with a 43-8 victory in the Super Bowl, when the weather cooperated outdoors in New Jersey.10. SOCHI OLYMPICS: The Sochi Olympics opened amid fears of terrorist attacks and denunciations of Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” law. The games went on peacefully, with the hosts winning 33 medals — though not in hockey. But by the closing ceremony, darkness lurked nearby in the world in violence in Ukraine.___By Rachel Cohen, AP Sports Writer. Projects Editor Brooke Lansdale contributed to this report
On May 3, around 70 students of the first and second year of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) course gathered at the Anil Surendra Modi School of Commerce (ASMSOC), situated in Mumbai’s plush Vile-Parle area, though their academic year had ended three days ago, on April 30. They were,On May 3, around 70 students of the first and second year of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) course gathered at the Anil Surendra Modi School of Commerce (ASMSOC), situated in Mumbai’s plush Vile-Parle area, though their academic year had ended three days ago, on April 30. They were reappearing for their final exam because they had failed to complete the mandatory 80 per cent attendance for the year. The stringent rules of the institute, however, did not upset the students. They knew they had been introduced to instil discipline in them. “The 80 per cent attendance rule is a good thing,” says second year student Vihaan Hingorani, a football enthusiast. “We have a good balance of study and sports.”Dean Sangita Kher has a white board in front of her desk decorated with the trophies her lads have won in sports and debating competitions. “Twelve thouand,” she says, pointing towards a figure written on the board. “This year, we have received almost 12,000 applications from across the country for 600 first-year seats. It’s going to be very tough.” The students are selected through a common entrance test. With its impeccable academic record, ASMSOC, within 12 years of its founding in 2007, has become one of the most sought-after colleges teaching business at an undergraduate level in India. Not just business administration, students are also introduced to various other subjects such as environment management, socio-political and current affairs as well as finance and marketing. Data analytics is a core subject in the third year. Students are taught how to identify the right strands from the data of tens of thousands of people. Festive Spirit: Rocking to a Nikhil Chinappa show at Symbiosis, Pune (Photo: Abhijit Patil)As the board of studies consists of industry big shots such as Ashu Suyash, chief executive officer of Crisil; Vijay Chandok, managing director and CEO of ICICI Securities; Sudhir Soni, partner at Ernst and Young; and entrepreneur Abhijit Biswas, students at the institute get exposure to state-of-the-art technology, insight into the industry and the latest trends in business development. No wonder, ASMSOC alumni have launched 45 start-up companies in the past three years.advertisement Shade of Learning: Students at Christ University, Bengaluru. (Photo: Milind Shelte) ASMSOC’s emphasis on developing the analytical skills of students and encouraging them to apply concepts, tools and techniques to the wide range of situations managers face helps students get familiar with the industry. Thecombination of theory and practicals prepares the students for real-world challenges and problems. The students’ exchange programme has opened up the world to students. Likewise, students from Germany and France come to study ASMSOC courses. Anna Trabert, from the University of Bamberg in Germany, has been one such student. Her business plan for Rajasthani bangles has received wide appreciation. On a High Note: Students exiting the shopping area at the Amity University campus in Noida. (Photo: Yasir Iqbal)Studies apart, the fabulous sports facilities at the institute keep the students energised. Hingorani recalls how he used to spend most of his time at home before he joined ASMSOC. “Now, I am very active in college life. When you see well-spoken faculty members, you learn a lot of them. I can even discuss the football World Cup with them,” he says.ASMSOC placements have been impressive, with companies such as Ernst & Young, Future First, Nomura, DE-Shaw, Tresvista and Barclays visiting the campus. The highest package received last year was Rs 14 lakh.Kher firmly believes that knowledge is the key to success. She says her students know what they want to do. “This confidence comes from knowledge,” she says. “You stand out because you know how to manage things.” Prof. Sangita Kher, Dean, ASMSOCHow is ASMSOC different from others?Unique syllabus designed by experts in the industry and academics, experienced faculty members who are leaders in the corporate worldInnovation in teaching, use of technology, field work; students have access to the Bloomberg terminal to work on live data; examiners from corporate sectorMore focus on enhancing skills; use of Excel, statistics in teachingStudents’ research papers published in various UGC approved journalsThrust on sports, cultural functions and incorporating social responsibility among the students.New initiatives in the past three yearsNew courses in business analytics, marketing analytics, investment analysis, portfolio management, wealth management, risk management and brand managementStudents were asked to study the issues of hospital waste, dumping grounds and destructing mangroves and come up with solutions. NGOs working in this field were roped in to evaluate students’ solutionsStudent exchange programme under which students of ASMSOC study in institutes in Germany and France and vice versa 240-hours compulsory internship in the corporate sectorLaunch of entrepreneurship cell; outside mentors from companies like Paytm and Zomato roped in to teach students Sneh Kewalramani, 2nd year, BBAWhat’s unique about campus life at ASMSOC?advertisementIt has the best faculty and quality education. The quality of studies, first-hand experience of corporate culture and internship with corporate houses give us a real edge over the others. There’s a good balance between study, sports, music and dance here.One change I want in collegeOur institute does not have its own playground though the administration always makes other grounds available to us.
Kolkata: Air India, Kolkata, celebrated World Environment Day with a series of initiatives throughout the Green Week observed from June 3 to 7. The programme was observed by the national carrier everywhere in the network with the theme of ‘Beat Air Pollution’ and saving every drop of fuel. Regional Director Eastern Region Caption Rohit Bhasin, GM Personnel Navneet Sidhu and senior AGM Flight Safety Caption Nandita Halder led a bunch of enthusiastic employees to launch a series of interactive events involving passengers and its own employees. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaPassengers alighting from select Air India flights were in for a pleasant surprise when a sapling with their respective names tagged on to it started doing the rounds in the baggage carousel before their checked in baggage came at the Kolkata airport. Passengers appreciated the way the airline involved them in its green mission and thanked the airline for this unique initiative. A competition to highlight the creative spark amongst employees was organised on the theme of environment awareness. A slogan competition was also held on the occasion. Employees were honoured for showcasing their ideas and creativity. An interactive discourse by eminent environmentalist Sanghamitra Mukherjee was held which was attended by enthusiastic employees.
The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) announced they will honor actress and humanitarian Drew Barrymore at the annual ASPCA Bergh Ball on April 14, 2016, at The Plaza Hotel (770 5th Avenue).At the black-tie gala – which will celebrate the ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary – Barrymore will receive the ASPCA Compassion Award. Business woman, author and TV personality Martha Stewart will present the award to Barrymore with ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker. Two-time Tony Award Winner Nathan Lane will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Grammy Award winning producer and musician Mark Ronson will provide music as the evening’s DJ.The ASPCA Compassion Award recognizes noteworthy individuals in entertainment and the arts who have made outstanding contributions to animal welfare in the United States. Leveraging their creative talents and prominence, these artists have brought attention and action to the plight of vulnerable homeless animals, helping immeasurably to protect and save their lives.“This year’s ASPCA Bergh Ball takes on special significance, occurring in the very month of our founding 150 years ago,” said Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA. “This gathering of animal welfare champions exemplifies the high level of compassion and commitment that inspired Henry Bergh to create the ASPCA in 1866 – a dedication that continues to drive our life-saving work around the country.”The Bergh Ball is a cornerstone of the ASPCA’s fundraising efforts to directly impact the lives of homeless, abused and neglected animals across the country. Sotheby’s senior auctioneer C. Hugh Hildesly will host the live auction portion of the evening, which will feature several high-end items and experiences. The live auction will be held in conjunction with an online auction with Charitybuzz, which will include such exclusive experiences as a personalized voicemail recording from Lena Dunham, a personal training session from Bob Harper, celeb trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” a shopping spree and lunch date with Designer Nicole Miller, two tickets to Marina Abramovic’s 70th birthday dinner at the Guggenheim and four tickets to Billy Joel’s sold out concert at Madison Square Garden. Generous support for the 2016 ASPCA Bergh Ball is provided by Chopard.The theme of this year’s event is “Round of A-Paws for 150 Years.” Design Chair Robin Bell will design the décor for the event alongside Hatch Creative and B Floral. The Event Chairs for this year’s Bergh Ball include Catherine Adler, Jennifer Bandier, Dorothy and Martin Bandier, Laura Zambelli Barket, Robin Bell, Arriana and Dixon Boardman, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Mindy and Tom Fortin, Fredrik G. Gradin, Linda and Benjamin V. Lambert, Sharon Handler Loeb and Ambassador John L. Loeb, Tracy Maitland, Margo and James. L. Nederlander, Jeff Pfeifle, Mary and Martin Puris, Jill Rappaport, Chuck and Ellen Scarborough, Nancy Silverman, Phil and Lucy Suarez, Laura and Frederick Tanne, Kim White and Kurt Wolfgruber. Associate Chairs include Paul Arnhold and Wes Gordon, Lake Bell, Georgina Bloomberg, Kelly Connor and Robert Aronov, Gillian Hearst Sidmonds, Amanda K. Ruisi, Allie Rizzo, Scott Sartiano, Christian Siriano and Brad Walsh and Jessie Schuster.For 150 years, the ASPCA has made groundbreaking strides protecting the lives of vulnerable and victimized animals across the country. Through adoptions, animal health services, community outreach, field investigations, and legislative work, the ASPCA has helped countless animals live safer, healthier and happier lives.Drew Barrymore starred in E.T. at the age of six and has gone on to win critical acclaim and the hearts of fans for years in such movies as The Wedding Singer, Ever After, Charlie’s Angels and Grey Gardens, just to name a few. She is the co-founder of Flower Films, Flower Beauty, Flower Eyewear and Barrymore Wines. This fall, she became a New York Times bestselling author with her book, WILDFLOWER.For more information about the 2016 Bergh Ball, click here.
Geneva – Morocco on Thursday drew the attention of the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child on the plight of children in Tindouf camps, southwestern Algeria.During the examination of the third and fourth periodic reports of Morocco before the committee on the rights of the child, the Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development, Bassima Hakkaoui called on Algeria, the host country of the camps, to shoulder its responsibility under international instruments of human rights.The world is shocked everyday by the situation of innocent children in conflict areas, facing recruitment, embargo and deportation, the minister underlined. In Morocco, the military service is non-compulsory for adults and “in no case does include children,” said Hakkaoui, calling on “all people of conscience to carry out a common action to end the various tragedies caused by the involvement of children in armed conflicts.”For the minister, Morocco is committed to continue its interaction with the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child and all UN mechanisms, motivated by a strong desire to serve the cause of human Rights and discuss various related issues.
by News Staff Posted Jan 24, 2014 6:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Canadian dollar starts the day just above 90 cents U.S., senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. business report|Canadian dollar Business report with Mike Eppel, Jan. 24, 2014
Former FBI director Robert Mueller has been hired by the NFL to investigate the NFL about the Ray Rice domestic violence case. And if that seems like a conflict of interest, it only adds to the drama of this continuously evolving story.Mueller, who was the director of the FBI for 12 years, will have access to all NFL records, said commissioner Roger Goodell, whose reign over the nation’s top sport can be described as tenuous. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that police in Atlantic City sent to the league footage inside a casino showing Rice knock unconscious his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, and had a message from someone in the NFL office to prove it.Goodell and the league vehemently denies that anyone there saw the footage before Monday, when TMZ released a version of the events that initially led to Rice’s two-game suspension. The releasing of the tape prompted the Baltimore Ravens, who said they had not seen the video either, to fire Rice and the NFL to dismiss the disgraceful two-game ban and offer an indefinite suspension.Now in comes Mueller, a highly respected official, but one hired by the NFL to investigate the NFL, making cynics wonder if the fix is in. For sure, Goodell’s tenure as commissioner of the league rests in the balance.Mueller, based in Washington, D.C., is a partner in the law firm of WilmerHale, which helped negotiate the NFL’s Sunday Ticket package with DirecTV. The firm also has represented Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, and several former members of the firm have taken positions with NFL teams.Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women, issued a statement late Wednesday, calling Mueller’s appointment “just window dressing.”“The NFL does not just have a Ray Rice problem, they have a violence against women problem,” the statement read. “NOW continues to ask for Roger Goodell to resign, and for his successor to appoint an independent investigator with full authority to gather factual data about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking within the entire NFL community — not just regarding the Ray Rice incident — and to recommend real and lasting reforms.”A league executive, speaking early Wednesday before the AP report was released, didn’t believe the Rice controversy would cost Goodell his job — unless the video was viewed before Monday.“No,” the executive told ESPN.com, “but if Goodell and the league saw the video beforehand, he is not commissioner in March for the league meetings.”
A more traditional BBC weather forecastCredit:BBC/Universal News And Sport (Europe) James Werner, a meteorology Phd student at Exeter University, wrote: “So the @bbcweather app is using data from the Met Office, and BBC Weather online is using data from Meteogroup and showing a very different forecast.“Obviously there is going to be some sort of transition period, but mixing these is just misleading for the general public?”On Wednesday another Twitter user wrote: “Yesterday it said cloudy but looking out of the window there was torrential rain & gale force winds.”The BBC said users would benefit from several improved functions, including: New 14-day forecast New graphics, with such as ‘chance of rain’ and ‘feels like’ temperature readings Thousands of new locations “to make sure you can find the weather for where you are and wherever you want to go” New interactive map, helping to show the bigger picture of weather ahead in your area. Mr Burnett added: “People sometimes say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” so I want to emphasise this is not change for change’s sake.“We carried out extensive user testing and prototyping to find out what worked and what didn’t so we could pinpoint improvements in design and user experience.” One wrote on Mr Burnett’s blog last week: “This new website is terrible – not a patch on the old one. The information for my area today is ‘drizzle and breezy’ far too brief – no mention of any sun, yet what can I see outside? Sun!”Berenice Tallett, from Maidstone, wrote: “Why am I now only shown weather for the whole of the U.K. and not just Kent and why is it not in English but some incomprehensible gibberish?“The old system was fine – why in this day and age are things changed just for the sake of it?”Another user, called Seffrid, said: “The whole thing is just a muddle compared to the previous straightforward version, and yes it is a classic case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”!“Focus groups and surveys are never representative of most users, as the comments here demonstrate yet again.”Twitter users were similarly unimpressed.Anne-Louise Quinton, 51, from Leeds, wrote on the social media site: “Don’t like the new BBC weather app. Not very accurate anyway and now edging its bets by always showing a possibility of rain and too much going on. Faff over clarity.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. There have even been complaints that the BBC weather app gives a different forecast to the website version. But users say that so far the new service has proved a big disappointment. When the BBC unveiled its new weather website and app users were promised a vastly improved service, with more accurate forecasts and exciting interactive features.The corporation promised more personalised forecasts, with thousands of new locations and bright new graphics to make it easier for users to decide whether to leave their coat at home or take their umbrella with them.But weather watchers have pointed out that the outlook is far from sunny with the new website.In fact, they say, it appears to suggest its raining every day, wherever they happen to live.And as if that was not enough, many of them say they find the redesign incomprehensible, leaving them somewhat under a cloud.The changes are part of BBC Weather’s switch to a new weather services supplier, MeteoGroup.Introducing the changes in a BBC blog, Michael Burnett, Executive Product Manager, BBC Future Media, said: “Over the next few weeks, exciting new updates will be coming to the BBC’s weather service. Millions of users of the BBC Weather website and applications on iOS, Android and Kindle will start to see a number of improvements.“This is just the beginning. There will be more improvements over the next few months and new features which aim to enhance your user experience.” He added: “Like most new digital products these days, we will be phasing the roll-out of the enhanced services to make sure they keep running to the highest standard.”The BBC pointed out that both its weather website and app are used by large numbers of users and it is normal to see some complaints and comments when updates to such a widely used service are made.“We’re confident we’ve launched an improved BBC Weather website with useful new features and we’ve already received lots of positive feedback on the new BBC Weather app – as with any change, we know it will take some users time to get accustomed to the updates,” said a spokesman. So the @bbcweather app is using data from the Met Office, and bbc weather online is using data from Meteogroup and showing a very different forecast. Obviously there is going to be some sort of transition period, but mixing these is just misleading for the general public?— James Warner (@MetmanJames) January 31, 2018
Andrew Davies: ‘I’m rescuing it from that awful musical’. I WAS looking forward to watching this. MORON. What a tremendous way to lose half your audience. It’s only been seen by 70 million people. @lesmisofficial can’t be that “awful”. 🇫🇷x https://t.co/ih0ZiRy5Gs— Dean Chisnall (@DChisnall) December 23, 2018 Another Eponone, Eva Noblezada, who performed the West End role in 2016, tweeted: “Well, I had a GREAT A– time doing this FUN A– musical and can speak for the millions who think it’s amazing.“Lol. Merry Christmas Grinch.“And I’m still gonna watch it cause it looks fierce.”Scores of fans have also vowed to boycott the show after the stars of the musical spoke of their anger. It remains to be seen whether the BBC’s production will change their minds.Davies’ adaptation contains little to no music and is based on the 1,231 page book, which many viewers will not have read.The series stars The Affair actor Dominic West as prisoner Jean Valjean while David Oyelowo plays police inspector Javert, who is pursuing him. It is arguably the jewel in the crown of the BBC’s Christmas and New Year television offering, with thousands of people across the country excited to see the glamorous, high-budget adaptation of Les Miserables as it premieres tonight.However, one group of people who are not impressed by the series are those who acted in the musical productions of the tale in the West End after the screenwriter made disparaging comments about the musical.Andrew Davies wrote in The Telegraph last week that his adaptation, based on the book, “will rescue Victor Hugo’s novel from the clutches of that awful musical with its doggerel lyrics.”This proclamation received a frosty reception from those who had acted in the musical, which brought the work to mainstream attention.Dean Chisnall, who currently plays Jean Valjean at Queen’s Theatre in London, said the screenwriter was a “moron”, tweeting: “Andrew Davies: ‘I’m rescuing it from that awful musical’. I WAS looking forward to watching this. MORON.“What a tremendous way to lose half your audience. It’s only been seen by 70 million people. @lesmisofficial can’t be that ‘awful’.”Nancy Sullivan, who played Eponine in the same theatre from 2008-2010 agreed, writing: “Without the success of @lesmisofficial musical very unlikely the opportunity would’ve arisen to write the tv version.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Olivia Colman as Madame ThenardierCredit:Robert Viglasky West has also said that he hopes the production brings viewers back to the source material rather than reminding them of the musical.He said: “It’s been a real inspiration and total joy to bring this masterpiece to dramatic life, and if our portrayal brings people back to the book then that is a great thing.”Andrew Davies is a master of condensing and distillation. He has distilled a massive book into six hours of television. He’s been at it a long time. “He’s so experienced. Whenever I’ve opened a book and thought, ‘oh this is a bit I particularly like’, it’s in his script. In that way, it’s very exciting because I don’t remember the last time when a book was dealt with in such detail.”The show also stars Olivia Colman, Ellie Bamber, Josh O’Connor and Adeel Akhtar.
A six-year-old boy lost his life on Thursday night after he was struck and killed on the Ogle Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) while being towed by his sister on a cycle.The accident occurred at around 18:30h in the vicinity of the Ogle Gas Station while the deceased, 6-year-old Sunil Sooknandan was being towed on a bicycle by his 17-year-old sister, Denesha Sooknandan.INews was informed that motorcar, PKK 4834, which was being driven by 56-year-old, Cheryl Noel was proceeding west along the northern drive lane on the southern carriageway of the Ogle Public Road, reportedly at a normal speed.However, the elder Sooknandan reportedly rode across the road from north to south in front of the car when she and her brother were struck.The two victims were quickly picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where the lad succumbed to his injuries.His sister is presently a patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a critical condition.An investigation is in progress. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSecond victim in Ogle accident succumbsDecember 9, 2018In “Crime”11-year-old killed by car allegedly speedingDecember 8, 2016In “latest news”Two reportedly killed in Corentyne accident; Driver flees the sceneJune 11, 2014In “Crime”
WASHOUGAL — Kira is an 8-year-old pit bull who exudes happiness to meet a new person or go for a walk along the Columbia River dike near her temporary home at the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.On Christmas Day, she was also the only dog in the 12-kennel shelter.“What she wants is a human and a nice comfy bed,” said Hilda Neithardt, a volunteer who helps care for dogs, including Kira, on Sunday mornings, including Christmas. She and another shelter volunteer, Amanda Prince, told Kira’s story while a third volunteer, Lorraine Steele, took her for a long walk.Kira once had a home, but ended up in the shelter three years ago. She was adopted, but was returned to the shelter this fall when her family was expecting a human baby and could no longer care for Kira, too.Most dogs that come to the Washougal shelter are quickly adopted. Kira is hard to place, because she needs to be the only dog in the household and is middle-aged. But with her friendly demeanor toward humans, she’s easy to love, the shelter volunteers say.“She’s a wonderful girl,” Neithardt said.Though she needs a home, Kira’s Christmas was far from gloomy. She started with a walk just after sunrise while Prince and Neithardt cleaned her cage, prepared her breakfast and arranged a large overstuffed bed complete with a fresh blanket still warm from the clothes dryer.
Former Newcastle forward Louis Saha hopes Solskjaer can be a positive influence on French international Paul Pogba.🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥@ManUtd #mufc pic.twitter.com/vEb5ErlNPG— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) December 22, 2018Given Solskjaer’s selfless nature as a player and a coach, Saha confirms such humility will aid communication with Pogba.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Ole has a lot of humility and it can help in their communication,” Saha said as quoted in FourFourTwo“He will put his ego aside as ‘boss’ and he’ll tell himself that today the team goes first.“It is what Ole does. He’s always done it. He made great sacrifices for his team-mates. He’s made the difference for his team-mates and his coach. That’s Ole. He will give that [to the team].“That’s a message he’ll give gradually to all the players. They need to get their confidence back. They almost need some paternal communication.“A misplaced pride in a great club constantly under the scrutiny of everyone. Whatever will happen, there they’ll talk about it because it’s one of the most followed clubs in the world. “
Engaging audiences on different platforms was a key theme throughout the day. While many publishers have established social media platforms, it remains an area that brands want to improve upon. Snapchat Discover and Facebook Live were a favorite topic, as they’re new platforms many companies have yet to crack open. But at this year’s min day summit in New York on Tuesday, several panelists noted that print is still an important platform and will likely remain relevant for at least the next ten years. Digital and print are often framed in opposition, but by seeing the two platforms as complementary, one can conceive of print’s continuing success. The definition of a successful print magazine just might have to change. Panelists Larry Burstein, publisher at New York Media, Christian Baesler, president of Bauer Xcel Media, and Scott Burton, executive editor of ESPN The Magazine, specifically explored this concept. Each panelist took a different approach towards print and digital. NEW YORK—Over the past decade or so, it has become relatively common to hear the phrase “print is dead.” In this environment, context and engagement matter more than ever. “If you create a better experience in these mobile environments, you’re more likely to succeed in the long term,” he said. This means erasing loading time—if it takes longer than ten seconds, half your audience is gone. Google’s AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) thereby aims to create a faster environment for consumers to engage with content. “The next $50 billion will come from a better mobile experience,” announced Craig DiNatali, Google’s director of News Media Partnerships and the keynote speaker. Media is increasingly being consumed in different verticals, as behavior and consumption has changed drastically. Almost 80% of people access news on mobile devices today. The rest of the min day Summit saw more than 25 leaders from magazine media, advertising agencies, and tech companies discuss specific challenges, strategies, and opportunities in the industry. Speakers examined a wide range of topics, from exploring the possibilities of virtual reality to understanding Hispanic marketing. In contrast, Bauer advocates for separate operations entirely. “Editorially, we found the tools you need as an editor to succeed in print versus digital are very different,” Baesler explained. A lively group of industry professionals gathered at the Yale Club to hear the speakers, which included Kate Brady, director of media strategy and innovation at PepsiCo, Cathy Glosser, SVP licensing for Condé Nast, Mike Suggett, VP, executive producer, original programming at Ten/MindOverEye, and Michael Brownstein, VP and CRO of Meredith Corp. Burstein emphasized that New York Media focuses heavily on “reaching the audience in any way they want to be reached,” by integrating departments. ESPN the Magazine also uses an assimilated approach to take advantage of ESPN’s enormous reach. This allows for strategizing across all channels, resulting in wide coverage that engages audiences beyond the Magazine’s reach. Despite the different approaches, all three panelists maintained that print would be successful in the future, provided one understands the different context within which print exists today. Burstein and Burton agreed print magazines need to identify themselves as a place where people can access great stories. Certain content areas are better suited for digital because of the quick publishing time. But magazines offer a different reading experience, one that is finite and tangible. National Geographic’s vice president of social media, Rajiv Mody, discussed why brands should improve their social strategy, using the brand’s impressive use of Snapchat Discover as an example. Mody said that Discover should be as customized and engaging as possible for the audience. But such customization should not be relegated only to social media. It is also increasingly important in advertising. Digital may have initially been seen as a way to increase ad revenue and access, but brands have seen ad blockers, viewability problems, and other roadblocks appear. So customization is more important than ever, and clients reflect this. There is an increasing trend of clients partnering with brands to create custom content. But, as Shenan Reed, president, digital of MEC Global said, “We don’t spend enough time talking about the terrible creative that could be massively improved to help performance.”
Culture Share your voice CNET Book Club Tim Maughan (right) and Scott Stein (left) at the podcast studio. CNET Cast your mind forward, five, 10, 30 years. What will the future of the ultra-connected smart city be like? Glad you asked, because Infinite Detail is as good an exploration of the promises and fears of the next decade as you’re likely to read.Tim Maughan, a journalist for Vice/Motherboard, New Scientist and the BBC, joins us on the podcast to discuss his novel Infinite Detail. We talk about what scares him about smart cities, the possibilities and pitfalls of augmented reality, and a lot more.Subscribe: CNET RSS | iTunes | FeedBurner | Google Play | TuneIn | Stitcher See Infinite Detail on AmazonInfinite Detail. Tim Maughan/FSG Set in both a creepily frictionless New York City of the deep-surveillance near-future and a rebellious anti-surveillance community in Bristol, UK called The Croft, Infinite Detail also jumps back and forth in time. Half of the book takes place in a near future fully immersed in AR smartglasses and information-collecting infrastructures. The other half lives in an even farther-off future where the internet as we know it, and much of the global infrastructure, has collapsed.I won’t spoil anything else in between, but the politically-charged book follows the spirit of Cory Doctorow’s 2017 novel, Walkaway, and in some ways, Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel: It’s both pre- and post-apocalyptic, and yet also oddly optimistic. I swear. About CNET Book Club The Book Club is hosted by a pair of self-proclaimed book experts: Dan Ackerman (author of the nonfiction video game history book The Tetris Effect), and Scott Stein, a playwright and screenwriter. We’ll be announcing our next Book Club selection soon, so send us your suggestions and keep an eye out for updates on Twitter at @danackerman and @jetscott. Previous episodes Borne by Jeff VanderMeerWalkaway by Cory DoctorowArtemis by Andy WeirDown the River Unto the Sea by Walter MosleyTen Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron LanierCNET Book Club: Holiday 2018 gift guide specialTeam Human by Douglas RushkoffGiraffes on Horseback Salad by Josh Frank, Manuela Pertega, and Tim Heidecker Subscribe to CNET Book Club: CNET RSS | iTunes | FeedBurner | Google Play | TuneIn | Stitcher 0 Tags Post a comment
Tata Motors shareholders, late on Thursday evening, voted to remove industrialist Nusli Wadia as independent director of the Tata Motors board. About 71.20 percent of the Tata Motors shareholders voted in favour of Wadia’s exit as director, ANI tweeted.The ouster from Tata Motors board comes a day after 90 percent of shareholders of Tata Steel voted to remove Wadia as independent director.Tata Sons had called for the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to vote out independent director Nusli Wadia from the board of Tata Group companies on the grounds that he (Wadia) was acting in concert with ousted Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry. By voting Wadia out, the shareholders of Tata Motors also have shown strong support to Tata Sons interim chairman Ratan Tata.The latest development comes in the background of the legal tussle currently going on between Ratan Tata and Cyrus Mistry. Incidentally, Nusli Wadia had been accused of “acting in concert” with the ousted chairman. On December 16, Wadia filed a defamation lawsuit against Tata Sons and is seeking a compensation of Rs 3,000 crore in damages.Following the news, the Tata Motors stock was trading at Rs 466.35, at around 9:23 a.m. on Friday, down 0.70 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange. #FLASH 71.20% of the Tata Motors shareholders vote in favour of removal of Nusli Wadia as director.— ANI (@ANI_news) December 23, 2016
A Korean music festival, incorporating a mix of dance, ballad, electronic, rock, hip-hop and R&B among other styles of pop music is scheduled to be held in the city soon.Organised by the Korean Cultural Centre, part of the Korean Embassy the K-POP festival, which is currently in its third edition is set to be held on 30 August here according to organisers.Apart from the national capital, Mumbai, Chennai and Dimapur are the other cities, which will play host to the festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival is currently seeking applications for participation from aspiring singers and dancers who can send in videos of their performances to organisers.‘K-POP fever has amplified in India and we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the people last year’, says Kim Kum Pyoung, Director, Korean Cultural Centre.He further adds, ‘It’s the ultimate platform to showcase the talent and personality of very gifted performer chosen from all corners of India!’ Meanwhile, winning teams at the upcoming festival would be awarded an all expenses paid trip to South Korea sponsored by the Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) and Korea Tourist Organization (KTO).They will also get an opportunity to perform in the K-POP World Festival in Changwon, organisers said.
Fedora has always been shipping Mono 4.8, the open source development platform for building cross-platform applications, with each Fedora release. Even after shipping Mono 5.0 in May 2017, the company still continued with Mono 4.8. But it seems the idea will be changing now with the release of Fedora 31. With Fedora 31, the team at Fedora is finally planning to switch to Mono 5.20 which is expected to release later this year. An effort was made in the past few months by the Fedora team to build Mono from source. The build was also done for Debian using msc instead of csc and the reference assemblies were rebuilt from source. In case of Mono, it requires itself to build. The Mono version 4.8 which is included in Fedora currently, is too old to build version 5.20. Currently, the team has been using monolite and a little version of mono compiler, .NET 4.7.1 reference assemblies for first build time. The sources for the required patch files are maintained on Github. The transition from Mono 4 to Mono 5 was on halt because of the changes required in their compiler stack and its dependency upon some binary references. These binaries are available as a source but treated as pre-compiled binaries for simplification and speed. The Fedora developers are now working towards getting Mono 5 into Fedora 31. This will also let the cross-platform applications that are relying upon Microsoft’s .NET framework 4.7 and later to now work. Mono 4.8 is also not compatible for PowerPC 64-bit but it is expected that Mono 5 will be. To know more about this news, check out the change proposal. Read Next Fedora 29 released with Modularity, Silverblue, and more Swift is now available on Fedora 28 Fedora 29 beta brings Modularity, GNOME 3.30 support and other changes
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