Shops selling merchandise ‘in a spot’

first_imgWith a day to go for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, the Organising Committee is still grappling to find ‘ideal’ spots for the placement of its merchandising stalls to maximize sales.The OC officials have sought a police nod for the placement of stalls at newer spots in the Capital, according to Delhi Police officers. The reason? Given the ‘strange’ placement of merchandise stalls inside the security cordon areas leading to the Games’ venues, most people haven’t been able to reach them.And those who’ve managed to get in haven’t been able to buy as such items aren’t allowed inside the stadia. According to Games officials their initial merchandise sales target was `8 crore from across 70 stalls in the Capital but only a fraction of them actually opened.”They blame us for the stalls but the fact is that before the Games started there was a meeting of the Delhi police commissioner, sports secretary and the OC where we told them that we were not informed about the exact location of the stalls. They were told that it could become a security concern at the end but there was no response,” a police officer said.The few stalls that opened were at ‘awkward’ spots leading to low sales. More than a dozen other stores are at some distance from the Games’ venues for security reasons. Take for example the merchandise stall at the OC headquarters itself.”Only the OC officials, staff or accredited journalists and athletes have access to this area,” a senior OC official said. The Delhi police officers confirmed that the issue of opening up fresh merchandise stalls at exit points of many of the venues had been raised by the OC officials. But the chances of them getting a nod were bleak.advertisementlast_img

Give youngsters a chance in Indian tennis

first_imgThe Indian tennis campaign at the London Olympics has ended, and I am extremely disappointed with the performance of the contingent.I was quite confident that they will win a medal in the mixed doubles, but that was not to be.What I could make out after talking the players is that it was a close match and the Indians had their chances, but could not capitalise.Had Paes and Sania made it through the semi-finals, they had a good opportunity to progress and even go for the gold, because there were no good pairs left in the draw. So, it was clearly a missed opportunity.In men’s doubles, the competition was expected to be extremely tough as lot of top singles players participated. But the positive sign for Indian tennis the way Vishnu Vardhan played. He held his own in the company of Leander Paes against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra.He served exceedingly well, his returns were of the highest quality and he was not caught wanting at the net.It augurs well for Indian tennis.Time has come for the All India Tennis Association to develop our youngsters and field them in Davis Cup. Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have been there for over 20 years and they have served the country with distinction. Now the next generation of players should be given the chance to come up.Coming to women’s singles, it was indeed a masterclass by Serena Williams to beat Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 for the gold. The score-line itself speaks volumes about her domination.advertisementI had mentioned earlier that Serena will be the hot favourite and was proved right.She got another gold in the women’s doubles with sister Venus. They defended their Beijing title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic.It was amazing to see Andy Murray finally triumph at the All England Club by beating Roger Federer in straight sets. The Briton also avenged last month’s Wimbledon final defeat in style.(The writer is Fed Cup coach and a former India player)last_img read more

Flying man fails to cross English Channel on flyboard

first_imgParis: French inventor Franky Zapata, dubbed “Flying man”, on Thursday failed to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered flyboard after he missed a refuelling platform on a boat. Zapata, a former jet-skiing champion, took off from Sangatte in northern France while standing on the hoverboard powered by five turbine engines, with 42 liters of kerosene in his backpack, enough for about 10 minutes of flight. He planned to reach Dover in England in 20 minutes. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTravelling at an average speed of 140 km/h and at an altitude of between 15 to 20 metres, the 40-year-old inventor failed to land on the boat to refuel the machine to soar above the remaining distance. “It’s a huge disappointment… We practiced this manoeuver dozens of times in heavier seas, with platforms that moved more, without any problems,” Stephane Denis, a member of Zapata crew told BFMTV news channel. Due to waves the platform hit the flyboard while Zapata was landing and overbalanced him before he fell into the sea, he said. “The ships were able to recover him very quickly. Physically, he is unharmed, but he is very angry,” Denis added.last_img read more

Saskatoon billboard blasts cuts to Aboriginal organizations

first_imgAPTN National NewsA new billboard has gone up in Saskatchewan protesting against federal cut backs to Aboriginal programming.Located in the heart of down town Saskatoon, the billboard displays every Aboriginal organization across the country that has faced cut backs from the federal government since Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized in 2008.The billboard included the Native Women’’ Association, Sisters in Spirit and the Assembly of First Nations. It is part of an exhibit and was put up in conjunction with the Paved Arts Gallery opening this month in Saskatoon and runs until October.Non-Aboriginal artist Cathy Busby says if the billboard creates an open dialogue on the issue it will have been a success.last_img read more

Evening News Break – April 29th 2016

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppEvening News Break, April 29th, 2019Listen Now **Tomorrow morning you can support a cook out to aid in the ‪#‎medical‬‪#‎expenses‬ of Roshara Williams at ‪#‎CIBC‬ FirstCaribbean, Leeward Highway branch.**New insurer in the country shared what research exposed are factors for the ‪#‎Caribbean‬ people not securing insurance for their properties.**‪#‎Security‬ ‪#‎companies‬ have little to no ‪#‎legislation‬ to support their own, personal security. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

OK Names New EditorinChief

first_imgCaperton’s promotion “makes a lot of sense because she was handling a lot of the editor-in-chief responsibilities” since Toepfer’s departure, said the source.OK!’s ad pages increased 23 percent in 2008, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. Ad sales in January were up 30 percent over the same month last year, the publisher said last month. Following the high profile departure of former Alpha Media executive Kent Brownridge as general manager, and the subsequent ouster of Susan Toepfer as its editor-in-chief, OK! magazine has promoted executive editor Katie Caperton to the top editor post, a knowledgeable source told FOLIO:.An OK! spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.Caperton, who joined the celebrity title in 2005 as editorial manager, will report to Sarah Ivens, who stepped down as editor-in-chief in October. Ivens, who moved to Kentucky but had been serving as interim editor-in-chief since Toepfer left last month, will remain with the magazine as editorial director, according to the source.last_img read more

Unsafe E Coli Levels Found In Houston Floodwaters Homes

first_img Share Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.An aerial view of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston on Aug. 31. Once homes flood, bacteria can multiply faster than in flooded areas outdoors.Water in some flooded Houston homes is contaminated with bacteria, lead and other toxins, according to a New York Times report. The paper organized testing in two Houston neighborhoods with experts from Baylor Medical College and Rice University, along with the Houston health department.One home was found to have 135 times the level of E. coli bacteria that is considered safe.The contaminants ended up in homes after sewage treatment plants in Houston saw more water than they could handle during Hurricane Harvey.Houston’s storm drainage and water treatment systems are supposed to be independent of one another, but an unprecedented amount of rainfall brought storm water into treatment plants.“When we get very heavy rainfall and flooding, there is infiltration [of storm water] that occurs in these sewer lines,” Lauren Stadler, an assistant professor of of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University who took part in the Times‘ research, tells Houston Public Media. “That can basically overload our treatment plants.”Because those treatment plants were overloaded, engineers had to rush incoming water through, skipping a step in the treatment process. The plants then emptied the partially treated water into Houston’s bayous. Those bayous flooded, letting contaminated water into people’s homes.Once homes flood, Stadler says, they become good environments for bacteria to multiply. The warmth and stagnant water provided by a flooded structure, when combined with the nutrients from sewage, mean that bacteria can multiply faster inside homes than in flooded areas outdoors.Stadler urges people not to make direct contact with floodwaters, if possible. She notes that while draining water will take most contaminants along with it, residents of flooded homes should have their houses disinfected after waters recede.last_img read more

Apple Amazon Execs Take Content Search to TIFF

first_imgApple, however, is a wholly new potential player, with Van Amburg or Erlicht entering the fray in Toronto on behalf of the company for the first time. They joined Apple last year, ending long tenures as presidents of Sony Pictures Television. Apple has since aggressively pursued high-profile series projects, such as a comedic drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon and a revival of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories.” The company has, however, been less aggressive on the film front thus far, and has yet to reveal plants for the platform on which it will mount all the content it is developing.Netflix has long been a player at festivals such as TIFF, establishing the precedent of direct-to-consumer services shaking up the traditional festival marketplace. Hulu as well is a regular presence at TIFF, where this year it will be represented by two film-acquisition execs and documentaries head Belisa Balaban. Popular on Variety Apple is going shopping in Canada.Variety has learned that at least one of the digital giant’s top entertainment-programming executives, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, will head to the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Execs for the streaming giant will arrive with checkbooks in hand as they look to make potential acquisitions that could fill out the content pipeline for the company’s still-under-wraps entertainment service.Apple leaders won’t be the only deep-pocketed digital executives in Toronto. Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, who joined the company earlier this year, will make her first trip to the festival as a potential buyer. Salke is expected to arrive in Toronto today.Amazon has in recent years been a presence at festivals. Under previous entertainment head Roy Price, the company was an aggressive buyer at Sundance and SXSW last year. But with Amazon Studios in transition earlier this year following Price’s ouster in the wake of sexual-harassment allegations and amid a lengthy search for a replacement, the company was not active at either festival this year. Salke, a television veteran who previously served as NBC entertainment president, is a new presence on the film side, where she is a looking for a new top deputy to replace departed Amazon film chief Jason Ropell. ““I think you’ll be seeing expansion over there,” Salke told Variety in June of her film plans. “I think we might not necessarily be making a ton more movies, but I think the way we make movies might evolve a little bit.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Policy Statements on the Effects of Media Overlook Scientific Complexity

first_imgThe authors ofthis research serve as members of the New Media, Public Education and PublicPolicy Committee of the Society for Media Psychology and Technology (Division46 of the American Psychological Association). Most of the statements did not provide detailed information aboutwho produced the statement or how they were selected. They also did notindicate how the data that informed the statements were selected. Using Google Scholar and targeted web searches, the team ofresearchers identified media effects policy statements produced by professionaladvocacy organizations that represent scholars or clinicians in relevant fields(e.g., American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association).These searches produced 24 public statements, with the earliest issued in theearly 1990s. The statements covered impacts resulting from media violence,screen time, sexual content, and more “general” effects. “Since these are ‘policy statements,’ presumably they are stakingout policy positions the organizations would like to see policymakers moveon. But policymakers may need to be cautious not to mistake these policypositions for a fair summary of current research,” Ferguson says. “The othergroup of concern is parents, since many parents may become needlessly worriedabout media effects when policy statements proclaim the evidence to bestronger, more consistent, or more applicable to real life behaviors than itactually is.”  The research team found that the majority of statements, 19 out of24, showed citation bias, citing evidence that supported a specific conclusionwithout mentioning existing evidence that did not support the conclusion.Similarly, 22 out of 24 statements were characterized by false consistency,implying that the evidence on media effects was more consistent than it was inactuality. And only one statement made any reference to the existence of diverseviewpoints among scholars in that area. Ferguson and his coauthors are all researchers with expertise in some aspect of media effects, although they don’t always draw the same conclusions about the impact of different forms of media. They consider ongoing discussion and debate to be an important part of the scientific process, but they noticed that many organizations’ policy statements about media effects didn’t acknowledge that any such debate was taking place. In general, the researchers found a noticeable increase in thefrequency of media effects statements in the last 30 years. Most of the 24policy statements came from organization-based committees and were produced byscholars who had interest and expertise in the field. The team concluded that 15 out of the 24 statementsovergeneralized results, applying media effects findings to contexts far beyondthe scope of the original research. And 19 out of 24 statements madeexaggerated claims about media effects, suggesting public health or othersocietal impacts without noting the small or trivial size of the effects foundin many research studies. The research team broke into subgroups to evaluate each type ofstatement, using a standardized rubric focused on specific characteristics:citation bias, false consistency, lack of clarity of transparency,overgeneralization, exaggeration, insulation, and noncredible sources.center_img “We were curious to know how often this was happening and, if thiswas happening a lot, point out directions that could lead to more accuratestatements in the future,” says Ferguson. All data and materials have beenmade publicly available via the Open Science Framework. This articlehas received badges for OpenData and Open Materials. As different forms of media infuse everyday life, several organizations and associations have issued public statements about the various effects of media exposure. However, a scholarly review suggests that many of these statements do not accurately reflect the available scientific evidence, offering overly simplified or one-sided accounts of the scientific research. The findings are published in Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Ferguson and colleagues suggest that these findings have importantimplications for both policymakers and parents. Acknowledge disconfirmatory dataFocus on the magnitude of effectsAcknowledge limitations of research methodsSolicit balanced viewsAvoid secondary sourcesDistinguish scientific statements from advocacy statementsRelease fewer statementsBe mindful of unintended harmsPrioritize and encourage open science practices “Although there certainly are some pretty good media policystatements out there, many of the policy statements were not very accurate andwhere there were inaccuracies, these tended to lean in the direction ofconclusions that were generally scarier than could be defended by the actualdata,” says psychology researcher Christopher J. Ferguson of Stetson University,who coauthored the paper with fellow media researchers. “There’s noassumption of bad faith, of course, but it seems many professionalorganizations are struggling to develop policy statements that effectivelycommunicate the complicated, messy and nuanced nature of many media effectsfields.” Based on their findings, the research team devised a checklist forbest practices that, if followed, would substantively improve the accuracy andquality of such policy statements:last_img read more

Exploring panIndian cuisine

first_imgOver the ages master chefs have rustled up numerous culinary delights. At present we have access to loads of variety to treat ourselves with. Speaking of variety, our own nation is home to numerous cuisines and outstanding dishes of which very few of us have an experience.The Suryaa’s Sr Executive Sous Chef Pankaj Kumar Jha has taken a step ahead to replenish the charm of Indian cuisine and remind gourmets in the national Capital about the various options they have in traditional dishes.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen one thinks of kebabs, the only idea that strikes one, is usually the image of meat kebabs, but here at The Suryaa, there are some delicious vegetarian kebabs that fitness freaks and vegetarians can happily dig into. As you bite onto the Doora Sheekh kebab, a lamb preparation, you can taste the multiple flavours exploding in your mouth giving a party to your taste buds. This is a special kebab which is prepared on a wooden stick wrapped up with a long silk thread. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveApart from some lip smacking chicken kebabs like Gulnari Murgh Tikka and Rane-e-Murgh there is a fish kebab, a mushroom kebab and a baby potato kebab called Tinka Aloo  that will straight away win your heart. Moving on to the main course, if you have never had Hyderabadi Haleem, definitely try your luck here as the light flavours will sooth your tongue. Biryani lovers may find solace in the spices of life enjoying it with some gravy dish like Sabz ka Mela, Jodhpuri Aloo or Patiala Shahi Murgh. For vegetarians they have the most tasty Dal Makhani, Paneer Hushnara and Vegetable Chilman Pulao. As per the chef, the team has incorporated pan Indian dishes in their menu every night which will enable guests to explore the taste of India.Something that you should never forget to try before stepping out, is the classic ice cream they serve. It is not the flavour that will make you go ‘Wow!’ But it is the way they prepare it. Cold stone ice cream Teppanyaki is traditionally a Japanese form of cuisine. Following this style, a trained chef smears ice creams of your choice of flavours on a cold stone and mixes it with caramel, chocolate sauce, nuts and much more. Then the smeared mixture is allowed to set on the stone for a couple of minutes and scraped up into rolls of delicious ice creams.The cafe at Suryaa offers new items on the menu everyday for dinner, hence when you visit the place you may be greeted with some other surprises. But what remains constant is the multifarious option they have for starters, salads and definitely desserts! With a huge area dedicated to pastries you can indulge in your sweet journey with deadly cakes, tarts, ice creams and truffles.last_img read more

ART FOR KERALA CERAMICS

first_imgArtist and sculptor Vipul Kumar brought two works all the way from Jaipur for the NGMA Art for ‘Kerala floods sale’. A distinguished installation artist, who does ceramics with Buddhist elements in dictates of design has donated a brilliant work called Chorten Vessel.”In this series, organic forms referencing Himalayan landscapes interact with the architectural “chorten” forms. Conceptually the work is about time and timelessness – the lines on the landscape forms allude to the layering of time, a reference to finite or chronological time. The chorten itself is a reliquary, but also a signifier of ancient wisdom – a finger pointing towards the timeless, self-perpetuating nature of existence,” says Kacker. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe small pot of Jyotsna Bhatt from my collection goes back to nearly 20 years. I picked it up for Rs 300 from the Art Heritage summer sale which I would visit every year. As a gallery, Art Heritage stands on its own stead. It has always supported ceramics and recently had the historic exhibition of G.Reghu. Jyotsna Bhatt is a Gandhian, a mentor and a ceramic artist of great merit. This small pot with stripes is a quaint creation.Another wonderful work has been donated by the brilliant Leena Batra an artist who used to work at Garhi many years ago. Leena has donated a beautiful vase for dry flower arrangements. A small cute plate with a pair of hands has been donated by artist/architect and mentor Manjari Sharma. Manjari excels at stoneware is known for her quixotic creations. This work belongs to her show at Lalit Kala Akademi. Textures and tones combine to give Manjari’s work a certain edge in terms of creative zest. Manjari believes that doing anything with clay is about explorations and experiments. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile Jyotsna Bhatt is a precision and perfection ceramic artist, Vineet is an artist who weaves deep meditation and research elements into his work. Vineet’s Chorten Vessel at once invites the contemplation of the human gaze. Vipul Kumar’s porcelain work has a rough-hewn and indigenous signature but his generosity of spirit is what is charming. The beauty about this sale is that Adwaita Gadanayak NGMA Director General has breathed life and graciousness into the exercise and inspired so many artists to donate. It is his pragmatism too that has held the whole show in good stead.The show at NGMA ends today. All proceeds go to Chief Minister’s fund in Kerala.last_img read more