Why You Should Care About Blackmagic’s Acquisition of Eyeon Fusion

first_imgBlackmagic Design has acquired high-end compositing and effects app Eyeon Fusion, marking their entrance into yet another segment of the professional film and video market.At IBC 2014, Blackmagic Design announced that they had just (seemingly literally) acquired Eyeon Software Inc, the creators of the compositing software Fusion. Is this something you should be excited about? Given the spectacular way in which Blackmagic Design transformed DaVinci Resolve into a hugely accessible color grading application, yes you should be! DaVinci Resolve used to be hugely expensive, with a semi-clunky user interface and an unituitive workflow. Now it’s freely available, sleekly designed and constantly being improved. We can only hope that history will repeat itself with Eyeon’s Fusion.So why did Blackmagic buy Eyeon? It’s a little tricky to figure out, but time will tell. The best guess is Blackmagic’s attempting to go head-to-head with with Autodesk’s Smoke and The Foundry’s Nuke – both high-end 3D compositing applications. It’s not secret that Blackmagic has aspirations to tackle film production from beginning to end: shooting (cameras), video editing, color grading, encoding, monitoring. Fusion excels at combining motion design and composition, a current void in Blackmagic’s full production pipeline.This is what Blackmagic Design president Grant Petty had to say about it in an email he sent out during IBC:For years we have been amazed by the incredible Fusion software and what an amazing feature set it has for compositing. It has been the tool used on over 1000 major Hollywood feature films and has been used on some of the most recent blockbuster movies for some of the most complex effects scenes in these movies. It’s an incredible tool and it’s really Hollywood’s secret to doing some of these major effects shots.Now we have just completed acquiring eyeon software and for us, this is extremely exciting as, similar to DaVinci, we now have a second powerful software tool that has remarkable creative power. The guys at eyeon are also excited as now we can add better sales and support for eyeon’s software tools. So I think it’s a very good match.What is Eyeon Fusion?Eyeon Fusion, now in version 7, is a high end motion graphics and visual effects compositing tool that allows you to do things like rotoscoping, keying, and generating particle systems. If you check out the feature film credits listed on the Eyeon website, you’ll soon see that it’s a trusted and reliable part of the Hollywood visual effects industry’s tool kit. In the short video above you can get a feel for Fusion by seeing how you might go about creating a 3D lower third title in the program, using it’s node-based workflow. Hopefully the interface will get an overhaul once Blackmagic’s design team get their hands on it!Currently Eyeon Fusion runs around $2,500 US per license. Will we see Blackmagic radically slash the price and improve the app, just as they did with Resolve?Why Editors Will Want To Learn FusionIn this 30 minute interview with feature film editor Alan Edward Bell you can hear his take on why Fusion is such a compelling addition to the modern editor’s tool kit. Alan uses it to perform all sorts of visible and invisible effects such as splitting performances, speeding up slow performances, creating temp effects and much more. If you’re thinking that After Effects is an easier software to learn, then Alan would argue that the node-based architecture of Fusion, instead of the layer-based workflow of After Effects, is far more efficient way to work, especially when taking creative work from one project to another.“In a layer based universe you can get work done, there’s no doubt about it, but when you go back a month later when you have no idea what you did to achieve that stunning visual effect. when you go back to that layer you’ve got all these nested effects in all these layers. It will take you hours to figure out what you did. And if you want to recreate that on another comp, it’s very hard to just take that chunk… and pull it out and add it to something else. In a node based environment that is very easy. With nodes you can see exactly where all the information is going, and what each piece is doing.”Eyeon Fusion TutorialsThere is a wealth of learning materials available from the Eyeon website to help you start creating, including an online manual, a getting started guide and a comprehensive masterclass series of tutorials. If you want even more resources then you should also check out Jason Myres helpful post over on the Lift Gamma Gain forum.last_img read more

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Why You Should Value Prospects Loyal to Your Competitors

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now There are some prospective customers that are incredibly difficult to obtain. No matter what you try, they refuse to meet with you. They aren’t interested in hearing about your offering, even though you have done everything to convince them that you can create more value. They’re not dissatisfied, and they simply aren’t open to change. They are loyal to your competitor.As much as you may not like it, these difficult to penetrate prospects should be the focus of your nurturing efforts, even though it may take you a long time to win them.They value loyalty. Companies and people who value loyalty make excellent clients. They want to work with people who stick with them when things get tough, and they stick with their partners. They reciprocate loyalty. When you finally create the opportunity to serve them, they will be loyal to you for as long as you create value.They value relationships. There are too many people and too many companies that no longer value relationships. Much of our business culture is moving away from care and towards transactional value. But it’s easier and more fulfilling to work with people and companies that value relationships.They give their partner chances to improve. Over time, inevitably, you will run into challenges serving your clients. But loyal clients who value relationships live through these times with you. They give you a chance to improve. They allow you the time you need to figure things out and produce new results. You will need this when your dream client gives you your turn.They don’t believe a lower price is a compelling reason to change. The most loyal clients aren’t interested in saving a few bucks. They know that the savings will come at a cost. They’ll lose the loyal partner. They’ll lose the trust. They’ll lose the certainty that comes from working with a partner they know is going to perform. The last thing you want is a client who changes partners every time someone offers them a lower price.If they won’t give you a meeting, they likely won’t give anyone else a meeting. You know how you are struggling to create an opportunity with this difficult to penetrate dream client? So is everyone else. Most of them give up and go away. The majority move on to prospects who are more receptive, even if they are less valuable, and even if they can’t create as much value for these prospects. When you get your chance, you aren’t going to have to worry too much about your competitors—as long as you are on your game and creating value.If you want loyal clients, you are going to have to call on prospects who are already someone else’s loyal client.last_img read more

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Encounter starts amid protests in Shopian

first_imgA fierce gunbattle started on Saturday morning between security forces and hiding militants, amid stone pelting, in south Kashmir’s Shopian.Preliminary reports suggest that a cordon was thrown around Chillipora village on Friday night. However, the security forces halted fire till morning. Fresh firing was reported on Saturday morning as two militants are believed to be hiding there.Meanwhile, security forces were attacked by civilians with stones in a bid to help the trapped militants.Security forces used tear smoke shells to disperse hundreds of protesters away from the encounter site.last_img read more

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ScienceShot: World’s Oldest Wine Cellar?

first_imgArchaeologists excavating a 3700-year-old Canaanite palace in northern Israel have unearthed what they say is the largest, oldest wine cellar in the Near East. The 5-by-8-meter basement storeroom held 40 large jars (examples in image), each of which could have held about 50 liters of liquid. By taking shards of pottery and boiling them in a chemical solvent, researchers extracted organic compounds from the residues left behind when the wine evaporated. Those substances included traces of tartaric acid and syringic acid—telltale substances found in wine—as well as hints of other ingredients such as honey, mint, cinnamon bark, juniper berries, and various plant resins, the team reports today in Baltimore at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Some of these ingredients added flavor, some were used as preservatives, and yet others were presumably added for their mind-altering characteristics, the researchers say. Moreover, while some of these ingredients were locally produced, others were imported. The consistency of the proportions of compounds from one jar to the next suggests that the wines—some were red, and some white—were “consciously crafted and brewed” according to a sophisticated recipe, one team member said. The volume of jars discovered thus far suggests that all the wine was destined to be consumed there in the palace. However, archaeologists have discovered two other doors leading from the basement storeroom to adjacent rooms that haven’t yet been excavated. If those rooms also contain wine jars, the researchers say, that might suggest that the palace was also a distribution point for locally produced wine. While older examples of wine have been found elsewhere—including a substantial stockpile found in an Egyptian tomb—the newly described, actively used wine cellar is certainly the oldest found thus far in this region.See more ScienceShots. *Update, 22 November, 1:08 p.m.: This story has been updated to clarify that evidence of older wines has been found, but the newly described stockpile was the largest, actively used wine cellar in the Near East.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Say My Name

first_imgI peered stealthily over the apples. Like a panther I was watching my prey. I knew even from behind that it was him. His shoulder length, chocolate brown hair, his tall slim stature, I was sure he was the one. I made way over to the melons so I could get a better glimpse. I pretended to be examining the melons, when I decided to make my move.“Excuse me, do you know what aisle the pickles are in?” Omigod, did I really just ask what aisle the pickles are in? I couldn’t have said oysters or chocolate or frozen peas? Ugh I was dying of embarrassment.  Mathias was a Johnny Depp look-a-like who worked at the local grocery store where I grew up. He was a high school legend. Every teenage female (and some males too) in a 20-mile radius had heard of the drop-dead gorgeous Mathias. So I made my mission to find him. Every Saturday morning, I would drive over to the grocery store in hopes of seeing him. I would plan my outfits with the zest that most women reserve for choosing their wedding sari. And now here he was live and in the flesh walking me to the pickle aisle.“So what’s your name?”“Reshma.”“What?” A look of bewilderment flashed across his face as he tried to sort out the pronunciation in his head. I cringed on the inside. The problem with my name is that when people didn’t understand it, they didn’t simply ask me to repeat it. They simultaneously made a face that one might make if I said I drink my own pee or kill innocent puppies.“Ray-sh-ma,” I really tried to sound it out.“Ohhhh, that’s kind of a weird name.”I cringed. I liked having an Indian name, but couldn’t it be something more palatable like Reena or Gia, or Asha? When people tried to pronounce “Reshma,” it sounded more like the sound one makes when vomiting than a name. I was only 17 at the time so I lacked the self-confidence to tell Mathias he was a complete and utter idiot for actually telling me my name was weird. Needless to say Mathias didn’t work out. Growing up in the very desi-friendly state of New Jersey, I had known the same kids from 4th grade to high school, so it wasn’t like I had to introduce myself to new people very often. The only exception came every September when I had to introduce myself to all of my teachers. Although my name is spelled “Reshma,” as all desis know, it’s pronounced “ray-shma.” The problem is no one could seem to wrap their heads around this causing them to settle for other random and bizarre pronunciations, such as “Reesh-ma” or “Rice-shma” or simply “Resh-ma.”It hit an all time low in the 11th grade. Most teachers would stumble for the first week before finally figuring out the correct pronunciation. However my AP English teacher, Mrs. Applebottom, was totally lost when it came to saying my name at all even after the first month of school. My friend Gretchen, unable to handle the constant butchering of my name actually got up and shouted, “It’s RAY-SHMA!”After that Mrs. Applebottom never screwed it up again.  Despite my name’s inherent un-pronounce-ability, it wasn’t something that really bothered me until I got older and had to fly the coop. Guys, after all, would eventually figure out how to say your name, if they really wanted to date you. And growing up I didn’t encounter a lot of new people so it didn’t matter. But entering the work force and socializing with a whole new group of people presented a new set of problems. I was 19 when I started working at a modeling agency. My job involved answering the constantly ringing phones and helping the new models acclimate to New York. This of course meant that I had to introduce myself to 10 to 20 new people a day, (including clients and models) each time going through the same back and forth explaining the pronunciation My first day at work, I went out for coffee with one of the models, John. He was new in town, and it fell to me to help him adapt to life in the city. “So what’s your name again?” John asked.“Ray-sh-ma,” I replied, bracing myself for the annoying back and forth. “Huh? How do you say it?” John asked. “Ray-shma.”“Rish-ma?”“No, Ray-shma.””Reeesh-ma?”“RAY-SHMA!”“Resh-MA?”“Sure.” I gave up. It was a pointless endeavor.I imagine if I had chosen to intern at a regular office like many of my classmates (i.e. a law firm or an investment firm), where I would encounter the same people over and over again or had gone to med school where I would likely be addressed as “Dr. Khona,” it would have been no big deal. I could have made my introductions and gotten it over with. However I chose to work in an environment where I literally had to introduce myself to someone every 37 minutes. Exhausting to say the least. But I put up with it, because I had no choice. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I was incapable of making friends or dating because of my name. Nor was it making me feel lesser than anyone else. And I was definitely not embarrassed of my Indian heritage. If anything it was often the first topic of conversation. Most people assume I am Latina and I am quick to point out that I prefer rotis over tortillas. My name was however becoming an albatross around my neck. I just didn’t feel like wasting my time explaining myself every single time I met someone new, only to have them still butcher my name.After interning at the modeling agency for the summer, I headed off to Paris to study abroad. Interestingly enough, the French never had to ask me twice how to pronounce my name and in fact had no problem whatsoever saying it, albeit with a French accent. But I knew it wouldn’t last for long. When I finished my year in Paris, I planned on backpacking across Europe by myself. As I traveled from city to city, I was going to be meeting a different set of people every few days so there didn’t seem to be much of a point in explaining the exact pronunciation of my name for 49 minutes every time I met someone new. Especially as chances were that I wouldn’t see any of them ever again. Hmmmm, I wondered. Should I try being a “Rachel”? Just for the next month while I was traveling? It kind of sounds like “Reshma.” But part of me felt like a traitor. I felt like I was abandoning my Indian heritage. Like I was telling the world I was white. Or at least Latin. And what about when I encountered other Indians? Would they be onto me? Of course, other Indians also assumed I wasn’t Indian either, but that didn’t change the uneasy feeling I had inside.After much debate, I finally decided to give it a shot. It would make life easier after all, right? So I adopted the name “Rachel” and hopped on a train bound for Munich. At my hostel the next morning I sat down next to a group of backpackers in the hopes of making some new friends.“What’s your name?” one of them asked.I took a deep breath, “Rachel,” I said, nervous they would find out I was a sham.“Cool, I’m Sarah.”That’s it. No weird faces. No asking me to pronounce my name 80 times. Nope, Sarah just followed up by asking what I was doing that day. It was a breath of fresh air and a huge weight lifted off me. For the next month, I traveled with relative ease (in regards to my name anyway), but I found myself overcompensating for my non-Indian name. I would pepper conversations with references to Indian food, my family, or traveling to India. If anyone asked me about why I didn’t have an Indian name, I was quick to point out I had to change it because “crackers couldn’t pronounce it.” Making a joke out of it, assuaged my guilt about changing it. After I graduated college, I permanently adopted the name “Rachel” in an effort to make my life easier. And easier it was. The albatross was gone from my neck. Of course everyone I am close to (including my coworkers) knows my given name is Reshma. The funny part is in the 10 years since I changed my name, I haven’t encountered anyone who has actually questioned my Indian-ness. Not even other desis. It seems the only person who was questioning it was myself. That’s when I realized there’s more to being Indian than my name. Belonging to a culture is something that goes deep into your soul; it encompasses multiple layers. It’s not something that can be turned off by something like a name. I still love dandia raas, bhangra, and cooking achari paneer. I still watch every Aishwarya interview I can and speak to my mother in Hindi (albeit broken Hindi). I still chant the Gayatri mantra every night before silencing myself in meditation. Saying I’m less Indian because of a name change, would be just as silly as saying I’m less American because my family isn’t white.Of course, life as it often does, always comes full circle. I changed my name 10 years ago to make it easier for me to work at a modeling agency. The irony of all this? My boss calls me “Reshma.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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Lessons From Indira Gandhi for Hillary Clinton

first_imgIt’s still a long time to the elections. But if she is elected, Hillary will have crossed an important threshold for this country and for women around the world.Indians bring a rare perspective to this election season. We know what it is like to elect a woman to lead us and then be led by her. As Hillary marches toward the presidency, Americans could well benefit from our privileged hreflection. The more we see Hillary Clinton, watch her unfold herself and unfurl her strategy, the more we are forced to think of our own Hillary – Indira Gandhi.There are, on the face of it, major differences between the two women.Hillary Clinton is engaged in a very different selection process. She is going through a grueling and open primary while Indira Gandhi was thrust into power through the back door. There were no primaries to run, only back room politics.Hillary does not have a certainty in her hold on the office as Indira Gandhi did. Hillary is in a culture where she can be called by her first name in public discourse, while Indira was always Mrs. Indira Gandhi. They are products of two different contexts, cultures, values, histories and heritages. At the moment Hillary is not elected to the office, while Indira Gandhi has sealed her place in history.For a woman who is steadfastly ambitious and widely known to be brilliant, it is unlikely that Hillary has not studied other women who led their nations. Hillary’s and Indira’s lives have much in common. Perhaps the most revealing traits common to them are overcoming the impressions of  others and breaking out with stubborn and steady moves of their own.For beginners, we often hear in the idiom of politics that Hillary invokes either total admiration or complete hatred. We can begin there because Indira Gandhi lives with that impression to this day.Both of them defy the feminine, strategic image that we have of women. Even in their leadership roles they don’t quite follow the “woman’s logic” in their thinking or decision making process. There is a feminist dream that if women ruled the world, or more precisely if mothers did, they would change the course of policies, from war to mediation, from fight to conversation, etc. Indira showed this was a myth and in a man’s world, there is no place for soft-hearted, context-oriented meditators. It turned out that the men preceding her, including her father, were softies. It was Indira who launched the campaign of East Pakistan/Bangladesh and it was Indira who supervised the nuclear program.These weren’t faint attempts to keep up with a man’s world; they were deliberately cold blooded moves with an incredibly strong backbone and a long strategic vision. Indira was consistent throughout, did not waver and held her own. All the while, she was ridiculed by those who thought they knew better. She was installed to run a “kitchen cabinet,” but when she entered the room, her guns were blazing.Hillary Clinton’s position on the Iraq war and specifically her own vote that legitimized it, have become the central topic of discussion about her candidacy during the past few weeks. Despite pleas, she has not apologized for her vote and it seems unlikely that she will. In fact, she has said, it would be worth risking votes on that count than apologize for a vote, which at the time, she believed in. Justifiably, the anti-war sentiment is high and strong in the country, particularly among Democrats, but Hillary is unwilling to budge. This hard-nosed insistence is not an indication of a closed mind (which the current occupant of the White House is credited with), but a strategic position that will yield dividends over time.That particular relish in upsetting expectations and then “taking the bull by the horn” approach characterized not just Indira Gandhi, but also former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. It’s an example of how women leaders have not quite turned up either as the patronizing caricatures that men painted or the markedly different thinkers and policy makers that feminists assumed they would. Instead, they have this rock solid and incredibly stubborn determination to get what they want, stay focused on what is at hand, use muscle when necessary and rule without flinching.There is lot to watch in Hillary as the campaign unfolds. With swarms of consultants around her, blessings from the Democratic Leadership Council (a relatively right of center wing), she is poised to follow the foot-steps of both Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher.Unlike Indira, Hillary groomed herself to become the leader of the country. Indira was a chaperon for her father, estranged from her husband when he was alive and quite dis-interested in politics. There is every evidence that Hillary has been waiting for this moment. And, she has learned plenty from her husband, the great master of political maneuvers, and from her years of politics from Arkansas to Washington, D.C. But as she gets closer to the moment and closer to her purpose, she is very much like Indira. In each deliberate move, from health care to the Iraq war, Hillary has steadily carved a space for herself by going against the currents of opinion in her party.Fit to the style of politics here, she maintains a consistent position and slowly cuts down people she takes for granted, while building alliances with those closer to her own position. This style is similar to her husband’s when he campaigned, but even more akin to the strategy Indira used in her break from Congress. The Indira-wing of the party, then certainly more to the right than left, was shaped by the same moves. There was precious little of this building of alliances for her, but she was markedly focused in attacking those who opposed her and taking for granted those who offered support.The much vaunted “machine” that we hear about in the Hillary camp, has a familiar resonance. Their attacks, as witnessed recently at the start of the campaign, are strong, swift and merciless. Bill Clinton’s war machine pales in comparison. If right wingers fear that electing Hillary is surrendering on security issues and turning soft on defense or domestic issues, they have a thing coming to them. Hillary might turn the men around her into sissies in the mode that her presumed role model in India did.Both women emerged from substantial personal life traumas. In Indira’s case, it was her failed marriage, alive for theatrical reasons while her husband’s body was warm, but relegated to the background as she tended to herself and to her father. Katherine Frank’s wonderful biography on Indira Gandhi points out that Indira felt alienated from family life and was reluctant to show any emotion in public. She maintained just token warmth toward her sons while they basked in the limelight of their grandfather. The loss of her own father, the personal disappointments in finding a peaceful and serene life for herself, one she imagined in her high-minded schooling in Europe, were considered fairly alienating shocks for young Indira. Through all that, she was still standing and when the time came, she showed how she had handled it with true grit and steely nerves.For Hillary, the transplantation from Illinois and then from the nation’s capital, where she was involved in Pres. Nixon’s impeachment, could have marked a retreat. But she stayed in bland Arkansas with an ambitious husband to cultivate even bigger ambitions. When his tawdry scandal unfolded, she kept a steely cool and emerged a survivor from the trauma. Both women turned their personal experiences into political capital and kept marching.Both also spent most of their adult lives in the public eye, with varying degrees of attachment to it. But their personal lives, the details and feelings within, remained secret.  Very little of Hillary’s autobiography Living History is personal. Her husband’s autobiography is a stylized and tactical personal confession. Hillary is keen to talk without talking. Her choice of “my husband” and “Bill” is calculated. She invokes her personal life only when absolutely necessary.This reminds us of Indira. Her own husband rarely made an appearance in her public thoughts. Her children or their spouses or children were present only as props. Indira rarely invoked her father, except in deep reverence, particularly when it was politically expedient. And, for the most part, her son Sanjay’s shenanigans or Rajiv’s hobbies remained behind the curtain, to be brought out when it was necessary, even then with a sense of detachment of a close observer, not that of a head of the family. Perhaps there is strength in all of this. That motherly kernel we believe women leaders have becomes a political tactic and not exhibits for the larger domain.Indira’s temper was legendary. The old fogies in the old Congress had never experienced anything like it. Before they could even utter another ha-ji, they would be cut down to size and shown the door. It was mostly the voice, from everything we know, but it had a potent power. There was more fear about Indira around her than devotion and admiration. She ruled with an iron fist. Soon, everyone realized that and she surrounded herself with men of far less intelligence and backbone.It was one of the tragic failures of her leadership. Her temper and temperament did not allow men or women of talent to survive around her and the entire entourage was mediocre. Hillary’s temper is equally legendary and if rumors are true, it involves more than words. We used to feel for Bill when he appeared with this or that bruise and rumors grew that telephones were flying.With ample bursts of temper to match, there is no evidence as yet that Hillary will surround herself with lack luster, incompetent and unthreatening men. But the temper is indicative of something else. There is in both women, an indomitable self-confidence. It is not bombastic nor overtly repulsive. Unlike Margaret Thatcher, there is a sense of warmth about Hillary and Indira. Underneath, there is fountain of energy and determination. Indira was able to transform that into charisma and Hillary has turned it on with magic appeal to vie to become the first woman president of this country.Hillary visited India, both as First Lady and then as a U.S. senator. From press accounts and her own book, it is clear that she realized how this was an opportunity to show her political acumen and cultural sensitivity. We see how she marks the territory for Musharaff and holds him accountable for the war on terror. There is, in equal measure, a guarded optimism about India and strong pleas for peace and restraint. Once she leaves the political theater, it is utter sappiness about poverty and global distribution of resources. All this with great regard for the Indian people and culture.Two different personas, one reserved for the world of politics and policy and the other for either the heart or the PR machine (or both).Indira’s own visits to the U. S. were equally double edged. She would not budge about signing the nuclear disarmament treaty. She would never compromise on India’s strength. But then she would appear in public forums or on TV shows to argue that the U. S. should do a lot more for the people of India and, for that matter, the rest of the world. It is the same two-sided approach she followed as prime minister. There were humiliating deals with the U. S. on grain and food and vocal and determined moves on socialistic and nationalizing policies within the country.Both Hillary and Indira realize political expediency in their roles as leaders.Kathleen Hall Jamieson speaks of the “double bind” for women in leadership. The problem for women is this: how do they reconcile their role as women and still become leaders in a world that is openly hostile to them. How indeed could they be feminist by becoming leaders in a historically distinguished mode and yet remain women, remain honest to their own achievements as women? For Indira, it was not a prohibitive bind. Despite being perceived as a soft, “kitchen-cabinet” pretty woman, she turned out to be strong willed, authoritarian, even despotic. She combined the two with great skill and made a place for herself. She did this in a culture that is ambivalent toward women, but by all means patriarchal.Hillary’s problems are similar. Perhaps at no other time in its history could this country use a woman president. With the increasing radicalization of most of the world, not just Muslims, pervasive doubt about U.S. intentions and a national identity crisis in a rapidly changing world, one would hope that a woman could bring about substantial change in tone and practice. But Hillary is in a political process that is brutal and not kind to those who are intelligent or visionaries. The only blessing is that if and when she gets there, she will be battle tested.There is evidence that the country is curious to hand its reins over to a woman, if not now, then soon. She can ride that sentiment. But for that, she needs to learn her lessons. If she has not learned them already from her predecessors like Indira, it is time for her to do so now.Check out this Hillary-Indira Morph movie Related Itemslast_img read more

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Tiger Woods still a major threat, say Mark Calcavecchia and Lee Janzen

first_imgThe show that Tiger Woods put on last week in his latest comeback from injury was enough to convince a pair of major winners that he may still be able to triumph in golf’s blue riband events.Woods swung freely and with no sign of back pain at the Hero World Challenge, finishing tied for ninth in the 18-man exhibition which featured eight of the world’s top 10 golfers.Mark Calcavecchia saw enough to know it would be foolish to write off the former world number one.”His name is Tiger Woods after all. You don’t just forget that he has won 14 majors and 79 (PGA Tour) tournaments,” the former British Open winner told a conference call to promote the Diamond Resorts Invitational.”I watched most of last week and I was very impressed with a lot of things. He’s going at it full speed, he’s certainly not holding back trying to protect what we all thought was still going to be a tender back.”Following spinal fusion surgery and a lengthy layoff, Woods arrived at the Bahamas event ranked 1,199th but after posting a 31 on his opening nine holes, his odds to win the U.S. Masters in April dropped to 15-1, according to one Las Vegas bookmaker.In August, he had opened at 100-1 odds to win the year’s first major.Calcavecchia said Woods, who remains four majors behind Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18, would be well served to play in more events than usual to get into a groove.While Woods drove the ball as well as he had in a decade, he was rusty when it came to chipping, but that was no concern for twice U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen.advertisement”Tiger Woods has a variable that is unmeasurable that you can never count him out,” said Janzen.”He always has in his pocket somewhere the ability to do something dramatic and to pull off the right shot at the right time.”His putting looked really good. But if he regains that touch with chipping I would be surprised if he wasn’t in contention in a major.”Woods will turn 42 on December 30 and the competition he faces from the game’s younger players is deeper than in his prime.But just as Nicklaus came out of nowhere to win the 1986 Masters at the age of 46, Janzen felt the same could be in store for Woods.”That is the biggest question, can he win a major now because he is playing against a bunch of Tiger clones, basically,” he said.”All these young guys are playing like he used to play and it isn’t just one of them.”So he has to beat the younger version of himself now and there’s a handful of them, at least.”But just like Jack Nicklaus, when they tried to write him off he showed everybody that he wasn’t done yet.”last_img read more

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Infinix Zero 5, Zero 5 Pro with dual rear cameras, FHD display launched in India

first_imgTranssion Holdings-owned Infinix made its debut in India nearly three months ago with a couple of budget smartphones. Now, the company has launched its first mid-range handset in the country with the Zero 5 and Zero 5 Pro. Both are essentially the same and only vary in storage. They highlight a premium metal finish, dual rear cameras and a big front-facing camera, among other things. The Zero 5 is priced at Rs 17,999 while the Zero 5 Pro will retail at Rs 19,999. The smartphones will go on sale on Flipkart starting November 22 at 12pm and will be available in Champagne Gold, Sandstone Black and Bordeaux Red for the former, and in Bronze Gold Black colour for the Pro variant.The Infinix Zero 5 is a pretty big phone that goes big under-the-hood as well. It sports a 5.98-inch FHD 1080p display and has a metal unibody build. It is powered by a MediaTek P25 MT6757 professor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Zero 5 Pro has a higher storage of 128GB. In terms of design, the smartphone borrows elements from Huawei’s P9 with a black band on the rear where the cameras and LED light are placed. The fingerprint sensor can be seen just below the band.Also Read: Infinix Zero 5 quick review: Big on screen, big on battery, big on dual camerasOne of the biggest highlights of the Infinix Zero 5 is its cameras. The dual cameras on the back comprise of a 12-megapixel wide angle lens and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens. The rear camera system lets you capture depth-of-field or bokeh shots and they also support pro mode and 2x optical zoom. The front-facing camera rocks a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and support for beauty mode and portrait mode.advertisementThe dual-SIM Infinix Zero 5 runs on the company’s own XOS 3.0 Hummingbird based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Infinix’s latest in-house OS comes with some improved privacy features and pre-loaded apps like Freezer that lets you offload some apps without having to delete them. There is a dedicated microSD card slot on the left that lets you expand storage for up to 128GB.The Zero 5 is fitted with a 4350mAh battery that comes with a fast charge support and can be charged via the USB Type-C port on the bottom. Connectivity options on board include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, 4G VoLTE, 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS + GLONASS among others. The handset measures 166.38×82.38×7.95mm and weighs around 197 grams.”The Zero series at large, has been our flagship product globally by virtue of its innovative features and validates our R&D prowess. It has witnessed brilliant performance in key global markets such as middle east, Africa, south east Asia and currently contributes approx. 20% value to our product portfolio. India continues to be a significant market for us and now with the launch of our flagship, Zero5 smartphone coupled with our foray into noise cancellation headphones segment would be a vital step in our growth story in India. It will surely help us in becoming a preferred smartphone brand by offering a fuller, better and more integrated experience to our customers, besides ensuring value for money,” Benjamin Jiang, Global Head, Infinix said.last_img read more

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s European action

first_imgShare via Email Since you’re here… 1) A fitting finish for Wasps’ hard-luck storyIt is clear the force is not with a side when they become news, intentionally or not, for the “unfair”. Wasps did not appreciate their five-day turnaround for a date at Ulster. This would have been less newsworthy had they not been labouring under a horrible injury list, which was promptly extended by three more during the first half. Ulster’s subsequent 19-9 win felt as if it had been coming all week. All of which places great moment on their home encounter with Harlequins next weekend. Quins have already won in Coventry this season and they are going to have to again after a 34-27 home defeat by the debutants La Rochelle, who strode on to the European stage as if they already have designs on claiming it.Match reports: Ulster 19-9 Wasps; Harlequins 27-34 La Rochelle2) Saracens single-handedly savaging Saints’ seasonIf the impression has formed that Northampton are having a bad season, it is because of Saracens. The Saints were actually top of the Premiership a couple of weeks ago but every time they come up against this lot they do not know where to turn. This was a second 50-point defeat in two months and this time at a fast-emptying Franklin’s Gardens. If the impression has formed, meanwhile, that the Ospreys are having a bad season, that is because they are. Clermont have not been good this season but they had enough to see off the Ospreys, the latter’s Lions back in harness. A losing bonus point at home is not what players of that calibre should have to settle for. Next up for the Welshmen? Saracens at Saracens.3) Glasgow and Montpellier floored by brutal grouping Even by the standards of the new format, which means the moniker “of death” might be applied to most groups, Pool Three is a particularly cold slab in the mortuary. Already it looks as if it is going to die up to expectations. Leinster will be grateful to open with a bonus-point win but, when Aaron Cruden joins Ruan Pienaar at half-back, Montpellier are going to take some beating. With a bit more nous they might have taken a draw. Meanwhile Exeter hammered Glasgow into submission on a grim night in Devon, for the latter’s first defeat of the season. If Wasps think their scheduling is cruel, Glasgow played in Bloemfontein last weekend. There is a long way to go, then, for the Warriors and this pool.Match reports: Exeter 24-15 Glasgow; Leinster 24-17 Montpellier Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Ollie Atkins of Exeter Chiefs receives the ball in the lineout against Glasgow Warriors Photograph: PPAUK/Rex/Shutterstock Champions Cup 4) Racing’s fast start need not put stops on LeicesterRacing have hardly set the Top 14 alight this season but they decided to play like the Harlem Globetrotters for their home win over Leicester, which probably means they are not that bothered about Europe this season. Leicester will be quite happy with the bonus point, a trinket they were clearly intent on securing as they opted to kick for goal while trailing by seven rather than go for a possible draw. They will be satisfied but not as much as Munster with the draw they managed in their French assignment. Castres are at their most dangerous when they still have a chance – which is to say, in the early stages. Munster did well to stay with them but they can bank on a bonus-point win from the return in round six.Match report: Racing 22-18 Leicester5) Scarlets’ heroic failure a victory for rousing rugby Might so often prevails in rugby, alas, but what an advertisement for bravery – of body, wit and skill – are these Scarlets. In the lair of yet another impossibly powerful French team in Toulon few teams would have survived an early deficit of 18-0, let alone come back to score 20 unanswered points in such fine style. It was not quite enough for the win but the manner in which they held on to a losing bonus point and then, outrageously, considered snatching more, was another epic in itself. They are a live contender in this tournament but they must now negotiate the latest five-day turnaround for their home match against Bath, who laboured to victory over Treviso. Reuse this content features Facebook Rugby union Share on Facebook European Challenge Cupcenter_img Support The Guardian Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Topics Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 6) Russian upset offers glimpse of brighter futureNo doubt about the talking point in the Challenge Cup: Stade Français losing against Krasny Yar, who not only downed the Parisians but did so with a bonus point. Then again, no one favouring flowery pink shirts is likely to fare well in Siberia, champions or not. Clearly home advantage counts for rather more than normal in these circumstances, but let’s hope the Russians, making their European debut and captained by the former Northampton full-back Vasily Artemyev, can build on this. It might be expecting too much for them to threaten the latter stages, but their success – and that of teams like them – is ardently needed if European rugby is to develop beyond a future concertinaed around the clubs of England and France. Share on Messenger Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s action Share on Pinterest Bath’s Aled Brew goes on the attack against Treviso. Photograph: Khachfe/JMP/Rex/Shutterstock Twitter Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

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18 days agoEx-Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano no fan of VAR

first_imgEx-Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano no fan of VARby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano admits he’s no fan of VAR.Valdano insists the technology hasn’t brought justice to the game.”I still distrust VAR, I don’t like it, they deceive you when they say that it has brought more justice,” Valdano explained in an interview with El Transistor.”We don’t have a clue what kind of justice they are talking about.”There are days when a penalty is interpreted one way and, in another way on the next day, being offside by millimetres leaves me uneasy, all those things are scientific, but it actually leaves you with a greater feeling of suspicion.”The Argentine is certainly not in favour of how VAR is being used at this moment, but he believes that a much more scaled-back version of technology in football is acceptable.”I am very positive with technology, but football is the opposite, it’s so primitive and that’s where the success of it is.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Update: CSL’s Atlantic Erie Breaks Free

zoom Self-discharging bulk carrier Atlantic Erie, owned by Canada Steamship Lines (CSL), that ran aground on Sunday afternoon, January 11th off Quebec has broken free, Community Radio Fund of Canada (CFIM) reported.The 38,960 DWT bulker, loaded with salt, was en route to Magdalen Islands from Saint Jean Port when it grounded, according to Marine Traffic data.In order to refloat the vessel, some 5,200 tons of the load had to be discharged and replaced by sewater.Four tugs have been dispatched to the scene.The refloating operation started at around 3pm local time during a high tide, according to Claude Dumais, CSL’s Vice President of Operations.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said on Monday it was deploying a team of investigators to the area to investigate the grounding.No injuries or pollution have been reported.There are 23 people on board the vessel.Atlantic Erie has been anchored for inspection before it heads to Quebec, the CFIM informed.World Maritime News Staff; Image: CSL read more

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Left parties slam govt over deepening economic crisis

first_imgNew Delhi: Left leaders on Friday slammed the BJP government at the Centre over the “deepening economic crisis” in the country and accused it of offering concessions to corporates and neglecting the plight of farmers. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said only Left parties can challenge the “rightist disorientation” and a “definite fascist trend” in the country. “Modi government in the past months has provided a relief of over Rs 2.25 lakh crore to the rich in the country but has shied away from helping the farmers who are forced to commit suicide due to farming sector distress,” Yechury said at a convention. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe convention was attended by leaders of CPI(M), CPI, All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) and Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) to discuss the “economic crisis” in the country and their nationwide protest against the government policies from October 10-16. “The situation is very bad and lives of people are on the verge of destruction. The unemployment is at its highest level in last 50 years, industries and businesses are ruined and suffering from job losses, agriculture sector is the worst hit with farmers forced to commit suicide,” Yechury claimed. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadYechury asked the government to invest in rural sector to raise the local demand to boost the economy instead of offering concessions to corporates and speculative investments through share markets. Communist Party of India(CPI) general secretary D Raja stressed the need to save the working class people and deprived sections of the society in view of the “deepening economic crisis”. He slammed the government claiming the economy is “in shambles”.last_img read more

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Powerful typhoon causes minor injuries damage in S Korea

first_imgSeoul: A powerful typhoon battered southern South Korea, injuring 26 people and knocking out power to about 27,790 houses, officials said Monday. Typhoon Tapah earlier lashed parts of Japan’s southern islands with heavy rains and winds that caused flooding and some minor injuries. South Korea’s interior ministry said Monday the typhoon also caused strong winds and heavy rainfall in southern South Korean cities and towns on Sunday and Monday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report The storm did not make landfall on the peninsula as it moved northeast and weakened Monday. The ministry said one person was hurt seriously and the 25 others had minor injuries. Some South Korean media had reported three deaths, but the ministry said none of those deaths was caused by the typhoon. It flooded streets, damaged houses, and led to about 250 flight cancellations in 11 airports in South Korea, according to the ministry report. South Korean weather officials said the typhoon likely caused light rain in eastern coastal towns in North Korea but won’t likely cause damage there. Typhoon Tapah hit the southern Japanese island of Okinawa on Friday and Saturday and left 18 people with minor injuries. The storm disrupted air and train travel in the region during what is a three-day holiday weekend.last_img read more

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Kumaraswamy predicts political drama after byelections in Karnataka

first_imgBengaluru: As political parties in Karnataka prepare for by-polls to 15 assemblyconstituencies, JD(S) leader and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday predicted that new “political drama” may unfold in the state after October 24 by-election results. He also said party candidates would be fielded in all the constituencies. “… Party has decided to go it alone in this bypolls. By September 30 nominations have to be filed. In another twodays we will complete the process of selection of candidates, local party workers will be fielded,” Kumaraswamysaid. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, he said the party’s target is to win maximum number of seats and efforts are on to strengthen the organisation and win confidence of the people. “This election is acid test for all political parties, also for the government. Let’s see what all new political drama will unfold after October 24 results,” he added. JD(S) that had run a coalition government andcontested Lok Sabha polls in alliance with Congress, but hasdecided to go it alone in this by-polls. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad By-elections to constituencies represented by 15 out of 17 disqualified former Congress-JD(S) legislators will be held on October 21 and results will be declared on October 24. Among 15 constituencies that will go for polls, 12 were represented by Congress and 3 by JD(S). Kumaraswamy, his father and JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda, also Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah have repeatedly predicted midterm polls in the state, and the fall of B S Yediyurappa lead BJP government. Winning most seats in this by-elections is crucial for BJP to stay in power. The ruling party has a 105 MLAs (including one independent) in the assembly whose current strength is 208 (after 17 disqualification). While the Congress’ strength is 66, JD(S) has 34 MLAsin the Assembly that also consists of one BSP member, anominated member and the Speaker. The actual strength of the assembly is 225 and the half way mark is 113. BJP will need to win at least six seatsin the bypolls for 15 constituencies that will go for polls,to remain in majority in the assembly, which will still have two vacant seats (Maski and R R Nagar). Absence and resignation of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAsduring the trust vote had led to the collapse of the H D Kumaraswamy headed coalition government in July, and helped BJP to come to power. After examining the petition moved by leadership of both parties, the then assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar had disqualified 17 Congress and JD(S) MLAs and one independent under the anti-defection law, which they have challenged in the Supreme Court.last_img read more

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Big incident by terrorist of neighbouring country on Indias coastline cannot be

first_imgKollam: A big incident carried out by terrorists from a neighbouring country on India’s coastline cannot be ruled out but the government is committed to coastal and maritime security, Defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday. Speaking at the 66th birthday celebrations of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi in Kollam at Kerala, Singh said India will not let anyone who bothered them “rest in peace” while referring to the air-force strike in Balakot in response to the Pulwama attack. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “We cannot rule out that our neighbouring country’s terrorist can carry out a big incident on our coastline which extends from Kutch to Kerala. As a Defence minister I would like to assure that our country’s maritime security is absolutely strong and solidified. “We are completely committed to coastal and maritime security,” he said. Singh said that when he was Home minister, the Pulwama incident had taken place and no one in the country will be able to forget the sacrifice of the soldiers who died in the incident. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “You know that after some days of Pulwama incident, our air force conducted airstrike at Balakot in Pakistan. We do not bother anyone, but if anyone bothers us, we will not let them rest in peace. “The country that does not remember the sacrifice of its soldiers, it is not respected anywhere in the world,” he said. He also said asked not to forget that the soldiers who sacrifice their lives for the country also have their parents. “We should stand with them and honour the sacrifice made by the martyr of their family,” he said.last_img read more

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India U18 claim maiden SAFF title

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian football team lifted the SAFF U-18 Championship for the first time when they defeated Bangladesh 2-1 in the title clash here on Sunday. India surged ahead as early as the 2nd minute when Vikram Partap Singh sped past his marker and banged it in. The match-winner came in injury time when the nippy Ravi Bahadur Rana scored off a screamer from about 30 yards. Yeasin Arafat reduced the margin for Bangladesh in the 40th minute. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I had maintained that it will take a moment of brilliance to end this SAFF Championship, and it was fitting that Ravi finished if off with a wonderful strike,” head coach Floyd Pinto stated moments after the final whistle. “We were not just the best footballing team in the tournament, but also the most effective team. I am really happy for the boys. They earned it,” he added. “The sacrifices, and the commitment of the boys was exemplary.” India’s Ninthoinganba Meetei was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.last_img read more

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Security cannot be bought Iran Foreign Min tells Saudis

first_imgTehran: Iran’s foreign minister has urged arch-rival Saudi Arabia to accept that “security cannot be bought”, saying an end to the war in Yemen would quell regional tensions. In an interview with Tehran’s official IRNA news agency on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the Saudi leadership of stirring up strife. “They think that, in the same way that they have so far bought everything with money and have managed to buy weapons, friendship and support, they can buy security with money as well,” he said, urging Riyadh to “put aside this illusion”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportSaudi Arabia and Iran are locked in a decades-long struggle for regional dominance and back opposing sides in a bitter war that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine. Those tensions have spiked in recent months, particularly since a devastating attack on Saudi oil installations earlier this month. Iran has denied responsibility and the Huthi rebels it backs in Yemen said they were behind the attack, which knocked out half of the OPEC kingpin’s oil production. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsBut Riyadh’s ally Washington and European powers have blamed the drone and cruise missile strike on Tehran. Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen’s war in 2015 to prop up the government after the Huthi insurgents ousted it from the capital Sanaa the previous year. Iran denies that it arms the Huthis but has consistently slammed Riyadh’s involvement. Zarif told IRNA that Riyadh was stirring tensions in order to “open (the way) for foreigners to enter the region”. The US has several major military bases in the Gulf and has threatened strikes in retaliation for attacks it has blamed on the Islamic republic. Zarif said the solution “is absolutely clear and that is an end to the Yemen war”. “Tension in the region will end and it will stop Saudi Arabia’s prestige being further damaged,” he said. Tens of thousands of people, most of them civilians, have been killed since Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in March 2015. The fighting has displaced millions and left more than two-thirds of the population in need of aid.last_img read more

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New Google Internet protocol under antitrust probe Report

first_imgSan Francisco: Google is under an anti-trust probe over a new Internet Protocol that could give the tech giant an unfair competitive advantage, the media reported. The US House Judiciary Committee is investigating Google’s plans to implement DNS-over-HTTPS in Chrome, a new standard that aims to improve internet privacy and security by encryption, reports the Wall Street Journal. Google plans to begin testing the new protocol — that aims to stop hackers’ ability to target websites — with users of its Chrome browser next month. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “House investigators are worried this would give the Internet giant an unfair advantage by denying access to users’ data,” the report added. The House has sent a letter to Google, asking if it would use data handled via new Internet protocol for commercial purposes. “Google has no plans to centralize or change people’s DNS providers to Google by default. Any claim that we are trying to become the centralized encrypted DNS provider is inaccurate,” a company spokesperson was quoted as saying. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Last month, Attorneys General for 50 US states announced a probe into Google’s anti-trust practices, focusing on whether the tech giant is overly dominant in the online advertising market and in internet searches. “This is a company that dominates all aspects of advertising on the internet, as they dominate the buyer, seller and auction side,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was quoted as saying. The European Union’s anti-trust regulators in March fined Google 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for abusing its dominance in the online search market by blocking rivals. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites, the European Commission (EC) said in a statement. The US Department of Justice in June said it was preparing to open a case against Google for potential anti-trust violations, thus, putting scrutiny on the tech giant amid a growing chorus of criticism about the power of Big Tech.last_img read more

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Singapore Singapores new law to combat fake new

first_imgSingapore: Singapore’s new law to combat “fake news” came into effect Wednesday despite criticism from tech giants and activists, who labelled the tough rules a “chilling” attempt to stifle dissent. The law gives government ministers powers to order social media sites to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false, and in extreme cases get them taken down. Facebook, Twitter and Google — who have their Asian headquarters in Singapore — were given temporary exemptions from a handful of provisions in the act to give them time to adapt. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportIf an action is judged to be malicious and damaging to Singapore’s interests, companies could be hit with fines of up to Simgaporean dollar 1 million (USD 720,000), while individuals could face jail terms of up to 10 years. Authorities in the tightly controlled country — long criticised for restricting civil liberties — insist the measures are necessary to stop the circulation of falsehoods that could sow divisions in society and erode trust in institutions. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsBut the laws have sparked outrage from rights groups, who fear they could stifle online discussion, tech companies and media organisations. Activists fear the legislation could also be used to crack down on dissent in the run-up to a general election in Singapore, expected within months, and there are concerns it could erode academic freedoms. Journalist and activist Kirsten Han, who is the editor-in-chief of independent media outlet New Naratif, said the legislation was “extremely worrying”. “It’s such a broad law that it’s hard to predict how it’s going to be applied. What’s of immediate concern is the chilling effect and the further entrenchment of self-censorship,” she told AFP. After the law was passed in May, Google said it was concerned the legislation will “hurt innovation and the growth of the digital information ecosystem”. Critics are especially concerned it will be up to authorities alone to judge what is “fake news”, but the government insists any decision can be challenged in the courts. It will cost just Singaporean dollar 200 to file an appeal and there will be no court fees for the first three days of hearings, an apparent response to complaints that most people don’t have the means to take on the government. S. Iswaran, minister for communications and information, insisted the law was “not so much about controlling free speech”. “We share the common objective of wanting to allow people to engage on social media platforms… in order to have that contest of ideas,” he said, in an interview with CNBC. The law could be a concern for international media, many of which have sizeable operations in the city-state.last_img read more

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