The Germany We Can Admire

first_imgRainer Fassbinder’s classic 1979 movie The Marriage of Maria Braun is an allegorical tale about the moral complications and emotional cover-ups that surround Germany’s re-emergence as a strong state after World War II. Set between the war and 1954, the film’s heroine, Maria, thinks she has lost her husband at,Rainer Fassbinder’s classic 1979 movie The Marriage of Maria Braun is an allegorical tale about the moral complications and emotional cover-ups that surround Germany’s re-emergence as a strong state after World War II. Set between the war and 1954, the film’s heroine, Maria, thinks she has lost her husband at war, becomes the darling of a victorious American GI, kills him when the husband returns alive from the front, becomes the mistress of a wealthy industrialist as the German economy recovers, inherits his fortune in the 1950s and is set to be reunited with her first husband and about to live a life of luxury when she is suddenly killed in a gas explosion at her home. The explosion is the final scene of the film, and as the credits run one can hear football commentary for the 1954 World Cup final where West Germany won their first championship. ‘Deutshland ist Weltmeister’ screams the delirious commentator-while in the shot we see Maria Braun’s home go up in flames, her short life with all its sad secrets over, a new country reborn which can forget about the sins and complications of the past, rising again on the wings of the Wirtschaftswunder, ‘the German economic miracle’. In Germany, the World Cup is always about much more than just football.Germany first fancied themselves with a shot at the World Cup in 1938. After Adolf Hitler’s Anschluss of Austria excellent Austrian players were incorporated into a ‘Greater Germany’ team (though perhaps the greatest Austrian player of all, Matthias Sindelar, refused to take part in the Hitler-Mannschaft [football team] and went on to commit suicide in 1939). As with other areas of Nazi sports, the German football team had a strong ideological dimension, meant to prove Aryan superiority over inferior races. However, the German team had only managed fourth place in the 1934 World Cup, and were knocked out by minnows Norway in the 1936 Olympics. 1938 was meant to right all this-only for the Germans to draw 1-1 in their opening game against the Swiss in their first game, and then humiliatingly knocked out 4-2 in the replay. But the tournament had some solace for fascism: Benito Mussolini’s Italy beat Hungary 4-2 in the final to win their second World Cup on the trot (football was much more important to Mussolini than Hitler, who saw more value in boxing and individual sports).advertisementWest Germany were barred from taking part in the 1950 World Cup, and the 1954 edition was the first time the national anthem was played at an international sporting event since the War (though the stanza about ‘Deutschland Uber Alles’ was cut). In the final, the German team were expected to be defeated by the all-conquering Hungarian team lead by the greatest player of his generation, Ferenc Puskás; the Hungarians had already thrashed them in a qualifying round. But after the Hungarians streamed ahead 2-0, the Germans pulled the game back to 2-2. They had no stars like Puskás but the weather was on their side: it was raining heavily and the Germans had the advantage, thanks to a new type of boot with innovative screw-in studs designed by a little-known company called Adidas. The Germans scored again after the break, and Puskás had a late equaliser ruled out for off-side. In Germany the match became known as the ‘Miracle of Bern’, the triumphant sporting symbol of Germany’s ‘Economic Miracle’.West Germany’s next World Cup Final win came in 1974 when they again managed to get the better of the greatest player of his generation, Holland’s Johan Cruyff, with a tenacious team display. But the most important political game in the 1974 World Cup had actually come in the first round, when West Germany played East Germany in a showdown between Communism and Capitalism. The tournament was overshadowed by the Cold War: the USSR had dropped out after refusing to take part in a match against a Chile where the US-allied General Augusto Pinochet had just ousted the Soviet-sympathetic Salvador Allende in a coup d’etat; there was intense security as Germany was terrorised by the ultra left group Rote Armee Fraktion. The West Germans were clear favourites in their game: they were European Champions, with a core from the European Champions Cup-winning team of Bayern Munich, captained by Franz Beckenbauer. But the East Germans managed to frustrate their Western ‘brothers’ and won the match 1-0. Both teams had qualified for the next round by that point-but it was still a great moment for East German pride.Throughout the Cold War decades the West German team was one of the few ways Germans could confidently express their patriotism without feeling WW II awkwardness, and with Germany essentially barred from the geopolitical scene it became not so much a continuation of politics as its substitution. The West German team that evolved towards the end of the Cold War was everything Germany could never dare to be in diplomacy: Teutonic, powerful, self-confident. They peaked in 1990, in time with the West’s victory in the Cold War, with the man-machine Lothar Matthaus leading a Valkyrian team to beat Argentina: the losers again featuring the world’s greatest player, Diego Maradona, who like Cruyff and Puskás before him, could not conjure a victory against the less spectacular but more united Germans.advertisement1990 was the high water mark of West German postwar success. After the two Germanies were reunited, both the economy and the national team were expected to become superpowers: an idea that made many surrounding countries uncomfortable. Were we about to see a re-emergence of bad, bullying Germany? Instead the German economy slowly slumped, dragged down by costs of paying for the East and a burdensome welfare state. The team dwindled too: they reached the 2002 World Cup Final by luck and were easily blown away by Brazil. It was as if a reunified Germany was almost scared of being too successful and overbearing.  Slowly, since 2004, a new German team has been re-emerging. Except it’s a different type of Germany, not Aryan at all but made good with immigrants like Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Jerôme Boateng, Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose. By winning the 2014 World Cup with such a globalised team, the demons of 1938 have been put to bed (though some things never change: again a unified German team beat the world’s best player, Lionel Messi). This globalised Germany is one which the nation can back with no remnants of Nazi hang-ups, it becomes acceptable to be patriotic as the patria (homeland) becomes less German. And at the same time Germany has re-emerged as the superpower of Europe. Except it’s no longer a case of other countries wanting to hold them back: “I will probably be the first Polish foreign minister in history to say so, but here it is: I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity,†Radek Sikorski said in 2011, as he hoped for Germany to be more assertive in the Eurozone crisis, and as he no doubt hopes now that Berlin will stand up to Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Germany is reclaiming its geopolitical status, but that will mean letting go of some of the benefits of being diplomatically neutral-such as being able to do business with everyone and never thinking of the geopolitical responsibilities (the German business lobby is the most involved in Putin’s Russia, is among his greatest supporters and has been vocal in stopping Berlin from sanctioning the Kremlin). Let’s just hope German Chancellor Angela Merkel is as good at her job as its football team’s coach Joachim Löw is at his.advertisementlast_img read more

Mohun Bagan Confers Life Membership to Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee

first_imgKolkata: City football giants Mohun Bagan on Wednesday conferred their Life Membership to Nobel Prize winner Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee after club officials met him at his residence.”Srinjoy Bose, Asst General Secretary and Debashis Dutta, Finance Secretary met Noble Laureate Abhijit V. Banerjee at his Kolkata residence at 4:00 pm and conferred him with the Life Membership of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club,” the club said in a statement. Besides conferring him with Life Membership, the club also handed him the First Day Cover of 1911 and the maroon green jersey with his name written on it. @bosesrinjoy , Hony Asst General Secretary and Mr. Debashish Dutta, Hony. Finance Secretary met Noble Laureate Shri Abhijit V. Banerjee at his Kolkata residence and conferred him with the Life Membership of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club.#JoyMohunBagan— Mohun Bagan (@Mohun_Bagan) October 23, 2019 Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Along with the life membership #AbhijitBanerjee has been given First Day Cover of 1911, Green & Maroon jersey with his name written on it and the book titled “Sona e Lekha Itihase” written by Shri Subir Mukherjee on the history of our club.#JoyMohunBagan— Mohun Bagan (@Mohun_Bagan) October 23, 2019Shri Banerjee extended his gratitude to the club for the honours. He further said that he would like to watch a match of Mohun Bagan from the stands in January, 2020 during his next visit to Kolkata. #JoyMohunBagan— Mohun Bagan (@Mohun_Bagan) October 23, 2019He was also given the book titled “Sona e Lekha Itihase” written by Subir Mukherjee on the history of the club.Banerjee said he would like to watch a Mohun Bagan game from the stands in January during his next visit to Kolkata. abhijit banerjeefootballIndiaindian football First Published: October 23, 2019, 7:58 PM ISTlast_img read more

Hong Kong Open: Sourabh Verma Enters Main Draw With 2 Wins in Qualifying

first_img b sai praneethbadmintonh.s. prannoyhong kong First Published: November 12, 2019, 1:31 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Hong Kong: Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma entered the men’s singles main draw of the Hong Kong Open after clinching straight-game wins in his two qualifying clashes here on Tuesday.Sourabh, seeded fourth in the qualifiers, first defeated Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-15 21-19 before getting the better of Lucas Claerbout of France 21-19 21-19 in the final qualifying round. The other Indians featuring in the men’s singles main event will start on Wednesday. World no.10 Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, H S Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap are those in the fray in the competition.While Srikanth has a tough opening encounter against world no.1 Kento Momota of Japan, Sourabh’s brother, Sameer will be up against Tzu Wei Wanf of Taipei.B Sai Praneeth too has a tough opening round encounter against third seed Shi Yu Qi of China, while Prannoy and Kashyap will take on China’s Huang Yu Xiang and Kenta Nishimoto of Japan.Later on Tuesday, the Indian shuttlers will open their campaign in the mixed doubles event.While the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa will be up againstThailand’s Nipitphon Phuangphuapet and Savitree Amitrapai, the combination of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy will face third seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand. last_img read more


first_imgTalking about the match, Dhoni was pleased with his Talking about the match, Dhoni was pleased with his bowlers performance, especially leg-spinner Amit Mishra. “I felt bowlers executed plan very well. 150 was a good score to achieve. Im not saying we would have definitely won, but a good batting effort would have seen us through. If you compare the two games, youd wonder if we were playing on the same wicket. “We did take a bit of risk with Mishra coming in replacing Binny because we were one batsman short. We realise on a wicket like this, we needed an extra bowler and a leg-spinner can give you wickets. It paid off well. Mishra bowled exceedingly well, he was able to put pressure and he was well supported by Ashwin. Its fantastic effort by both of them.” Winning captain Carlos Brathwaite said even as they did not post a bog total, they were confident of winning. “It (wicket) was a tad slower. Their bowlers bowled well. Kudos to them. Indian bowlers executed their plans really well. We tried our best, but didnt get the score we wanted. But we always had full confidence in defending our total,” the strapping West Indian said. “For me as a young leader to know and lead the players is an exciting experience. We want to remain champions and entertain the West Indies crowd.” Asked about cricket in US, Brathwaite said,”Most definitely we would love to come here back again. Fantastic field, fantastic wicket. We had discussion if we can come here again.” PTI AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Vidarbha’s X-factor, Aditya Sarwate

first_imgAn unfamiliar name in the echelons of Indian cricket, 29-year-old all-rounder Aditya Sarwate starred both with the bat and the ball in the Ranji Trophy final to show he is a big match player.The left-arm spinner took eleven wickets in the marquee clash and made a valuable contribution of 49 runs in the second innings to setup 204-run target against Saurashtra.Sarwate fondly remembers the time he had during the match.”The match was like a dream come true. Every player dreams to win a final for his team, it was the same with me. I will cherish it for the rest of my life,” he told Mail Today from Nagpur.The match had many glittering moments but his battle with in-form Cheteshwar Pujara was the highlight of the match.Getting Pujara out in both the innings and allowing him to score a solitary run in the entire game, Sarwate made a mockery out of the Test specialist. The spinner, however, said the luck was on his side during the match.”We wanted to get him (Pujara) out early as we knew once he gets set at the crease he will take the game away from us. I feel I just got lucky to get him out early in both the innings as I had no special plan in mind against him,” remembered Sarwate.Beginning his club cricket career at the age of 18, Ranji Trophy selection came late for Sarwate. Despite consistent performance at the club level, the first-class cricketer made his Ranji debut back in 2015 at the age of 25.advertisementFour years later, it’s hard to believe the ‘batting all-rounder’ (as he likes to call himself) is the third-highest wicket-taker of the recently-concluded season with 55 wickets in 11 games.Sarwate credits Vidarbha coach Chandrakant Pandit, who always kept him on his toe to deliver his best, for the fairytale turnaround. “Chandrakant sir has a very disciplined and straight-forward approach towards coaching. Either you perform or perish. I believe it is the right approach as it pushed us to performance at best of our capabilities,” said Sarwate.The off-spinner carried his form into the Irani Trophy as well by taking three wickets on the first innings of Irani Trophy, which included prized scalps of Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari. And late on Day three, picked the wicket of Mayank Agarwal.Sarwate (18 runs) also played a crucial role with the bat as he stitched a 58-run stand with centurion Akshay Karnewar after half of the side went back to pavillion after adding just 168 runs to the board in reply to Rest of India’s 330.last_img read more

Ronaldo Jr. outshines superstar dad

first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo Jr. outshines Real Madrid superstar dad with stunning strike Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 06:43 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal World Cup Friendlies The art of goalscoring certainly appears to be in the Portuguese’s genes, with his son showcasing his talent after an international friendly Forget about Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo might have a talented new rival for world football fame: his own son.The Real Madrid great’s eldest child Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., nicknamed Cristianinho, looks to have inherited the family knack for scoring stunners judging by his brilliant top-corner effort in a post-match kickabout on Thursday.He received some of the biggest cheers of the night from the Estadio da Luz crowd, who earlier saw World Cup-bound Portugal ease to a 3-0 friendly win over Algeria. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo senior went scoreless in his 150th international appearance, so the emergence of a new challenger – family or otherwise – might come as handy motivation on the eve of the World Cup.Ronaldo has taken great pride in the efforts of his son during his football career to date, with the youngster having seemingly picked up the skills required very quickly.His father regularly posts videos of stunning efforts on social media, with this the latest in a long line of strikes his dad would be proud of.All of the Ronaldo traits are there – the accuracy to find the top corner and a look as the ball hits the back of the net which suggests there was never going to be any other outcome.O apito final não quer dizer que acabe o espectáculo. Cristiano Ronaldo e Cristianinho: tal pai, tal filho.#ConquistaOSonhoThe final whistle doesn’t mean the show is over. Cristiano and his son, it’s clear the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! #ConquerYourDream— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) June 7, 2018Ronaldo will be hoping that he can produce similar at the World Cup finals this summer, with Euro 2016 winners Portugal set to open their campaign against Spain on June 15.last_img read more

MNC executive his wife found dead friend main suspect

first_imgGururgam: A man and his wife, both in their early thirties, were found dead with stab wounds in their rented room in Dundahera Gurugram. The two have been identified as Vikram (32) and Jyoti (35). The injuries caused to the two was so lethal that Vikram died on the spot whereas his wife Jyoti succumbed to the injuries during the treatment.Belonging to Kanpur, the two had been working as senior executives in a multinational company in the city. The incident occurred at around 4:00 am on Thursday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the law enforcement officials, Vikram had six wounds while Jyoti had four. The Gurugram police was first informed about the incident at around 4:30 am on their control room number. The complainant was Jyoti’s brother Sarvesh who had also come to Gurugram for better job opportunities and was residing just a few quarters away from where the couple lived. Initially, it seemed to be the case of two attacking each other with knives due to a domestic fight between the two. The narrative however dramatically twisted after police questioned Vikram’s friend Abhinav with whom he had stayed the previous night and who had then accompanied him to his room in Dundahera. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIt is alleged that Vikram who was planning to migrate to Dubai had borrowed money from Abhinav and the two had an argument over returning the amount following which he stabbed Vikram. He then stabbed Jyoti after she tried to resist Abhinav when he was attacking her husband. The Gurugram police is questioning Abhinav over the matter but as of now they have not made any arrests in the case. The couple has a six-year-old child. It is unclear whether or not the child was at home at the time of the incident. “We have registered the case under Section-302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code and are trying to explore all the angles in the case before taking definitive action. It was initially thought that it was an act of two stabbing each other due to an internal fight. The family members of the deceased however alleged that this is a murder that was orchestrated by Vikram’s friend,” said a senior police official from Gurugram police. Vikram has two brothers and three sisters. The third sister was expected to get married this November. Shocked by the entire incident, the neighbours of the deceased couple said that the two had been residing in Gurugram for last five years and there were no incidents of bitterness between the husband and the wife. They also highlighted that he was extremely religious and that he and his office team were planning for a religious trip in the coming days.last_img read more

BC Hydro will be conducting geotechnical investigations

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Starting next week, BC Hydro will be conducting geotechnical investigations in various places throughout Hudson’s Hope.The purpose is to install and commission groundwater monitoring wells. By drilling small test holes at groundwater sample sites in different locations. According to BC Hydro, crews will be at each site for approximately two to three days.Investigations, tests and installations of groundwater monitoring wells will continue until the end of October. What to expect;There will be increased noise and vibration from drilling and hydro-vac trucks. Noise levels will be similar to construction noise.Traffic control personnel and signage will be in place.Work is expected to occur from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm from Monday to Saturday and 10:00 am – 7:00 pm on Sunday.No interruption in utility services will result from this work.last_img read more

Search for 1st Web page by physicists is as elusive as mysteries

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Search for 1st Web page by physicists is as elusive as mysteries of the universe by Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2013 4:30 am MDT For the European physicists who created the World Wide Web, preserving its history is as elusive as unlocking the mysteries of how the universe began.The scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, are searching for the first Web page. It was at CERN that Tim Berners-Lee invented the Web in 1990 as an unsanctioned project, using a NeXT computer that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs designed in the late 80s during his 12-year exile from the company.Dan Noyes oversees CERN’s website and has taken on the project to uncover the world’s first Web page. He says that no matter how much data they sort through, researchers may never make a clear-cut discovery of the original web page because of the nature of how data is shared.“The concept of the earliest Web page is kind of strange,” Noyes said. “It’s not like a book. A book exists through time. Data gets overwritten and looped around. To some extent, it is futile.”In April, CERN restored a 1992 copy of the first-ever website that Berners-Lee created to arrange CERN-related information. It was the earliest copy CERN could find at the time, and Noyes promised then to keep looking.After National Public Radio did a story on the search, a professor at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill came forward with a 1991 version. Paul Jones met Berners-Lee during the British scientist’s visit to the U.S. for a conference in 1991, just a year after Berners-Lee invented the Web. Jones said Berners-Lee shared the page with the professor, who has transferred it from server to server through the years. A version remains on the Internet today at an archive Jones runs, ibiblio.The page Jones received from Berners-Lee is locked in Jones’ NeXT computer, behind a password that has long been forgotten. Forensic computer specialists are trying to extract the information to check time stamps and preserve the original coding used to generate the page.The Web page preserved by Jones is both familiar and quaint. There are no flashy graphics or video clips. Instead, it is a page of text on a white background with 19 hyperlinks. Some of the links, such as ones leading to information about CERN, have been updated and still work. On the other hand, a link to the phone numbers for CERN staffers is dead.Noyes said he’ll keep searching for earlier versions of the page. Noyes said his project still has to sort through plenty of old disks and other data submitted following NPR’s story. He suspects there will be a couple of pages to pop up that were created months before the version Jones has.The Internet itself dates back to 1969, when computer scientists gathered in a lab at the University of California, Los Angeles to exchange data between two bulky computers. In the early days, the Internet had email, message boards known as Usenet and online communities such as The WELL.Berners-Lee was looking for ways to control computers remotely at CERN. His innovation was to combine the Internet with another concept that dates to the 1960s: hypertext, which is a way of presenting information nonsequentially. Although he never got the project formally approved, his boss suggested he quietly tinker with it anyway. Berners-Lee began writing the software for the Web in October 1990, got his browser working by mid-November and added editing features in December. He made the program available at CERN by Christmas.These days, many people see the Internet and the Web as one and the same, even though the Web is just one of the many functions of the Internet. Personal email tends to be conducted over Web-based systems such as Yahoo and Google’s Gmail. Web-based message boards have replaced the need for Usenet. Friendster, Myspace and later Facebook emerged as go-to places on the Web for hanging out. People now use the Web to find dates, watch television shows, catch up on the news, pay bills and play games. Many more services are still being invented.In less than a quarter century, the Web has turned into an easy way to retrieve data on just about any topic from just about any computer in the world with just the click of a link. It has become the equivalent of millions of libraries at the fingertips of anyone with a Web browser and a network connection. The resources have made it far more difficult for authoritarian regimes to keep information from their citizens.Berners-Lee’s office was a few corridors down from Noyes at CERN’s headquarters in Geneva. Nearby is a plaque honouring him for his innovation. Noyes recently brought his 14-year-old son and showed it to him.“For him, it was a concept that doesn’t make any sense,” Noyes said. “It’s no fault of his own, but he can’t imagine the world without the Web.”Attempts to reach Berners-Lee through CERN were unsuccessful.That’s part of why Noyes believes it is important to round up the World Wide Web’s history. He said it represents the best of how science and free governments can make the world a better place. And the quest for the first Web page reminds him of CERN’s main goal — seeking answers about the universe using tools such as the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider, where high-energy beams of protons are sent crashing into each other at incredible speeds.“We’re looking at the origins of the universe. Origins are intrinsically exciting,” Noyes said.Jones takes pride in his small part in Internet history, too. He understands the pull of trying to find the first Web page even if it doesn’t make much sense. After all, even the simplest page created by a blogging novice today is richer and has more depth than those Web pages more than two decades ago. He likens it to why millions of people go to Europe to see original paintings of The Scream or the Mona Lisa when they can see replicas with almost no effort at all.“No matter how perfectly you can reproduce something, like The Scream or the Mona Lisa, we have a fetish for the original,” Jones said. “The more you see the derivative, the more you want to see the original.”___Online:First website project: on Web’s origins: Jeffrey Collins on Twitter at read more

Frommhold Royce Johnson might be the future of Ohio State field hockey

At the end of this season, the Ohio State women’s field hockey team will lose four players, including its top three scorers, but the future seems to still be bright. Three women are playing in their first year at OSU — sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold, freshman midfielder Emma Royce and freshman forward Peanut Johnson. — two of whom lead the team in minutes on the field. Growing up and playing field hockey in Berlin, Frommhold received multiple awards. She was named the best defensive back in 2006 and 2007 at the German indoor championships and the best player at the championships in 2006, 2008 and 2010. She is also a member of the U-21 Germany National Team . As a freshman, Frommhold played in Germany and then transferred to OSU. She said her biggest transition to playing here was combining school and her sport. “We don’t have a college league, we only play in club. The practice between the classes is different than Germany to here,” Frommhold said. Since the first game of the 2012 season, Frommhold has stepped into a starting role. She has started all 17 games, is fourth on the team in goals with six and has tallied four assists. She also has the second most playing time on the team with 1,197 minutes. Frommhold described one lesson she learned from this season so far. “Prepare to have a lot of practice, not only two times per week,” Frommhold said. “Everyday be prepared to practice.” Hailing from Kingston upon Thames, U.K., Royce has played in all 17 games this season and following the season opener has been part of the starting lineup. She has scored two goals and leads the team in playing time with 1,203 minutes. The mental toughness required by players is the biggest lesson Royce said she would take from her first season of college play. “People underestimate how much work and effort and strength you need,” Royce said. “I’m certainly going to prepare myself mentally for not just playing good teams but playing great teams.” Coach Anne Wilkinson said the biggest adjustment for the two international players would be the frequency OSU plays games. “There’s no time to let down … in international (leagues) they don’t, maybe, play three games a week. They’re not used to that grind here … going day in and day out,” Wilkinson said. When it came to Johnson, a Dayton native, Wilkinson said what she learned was “the physicality of the game.” The season opener was the only game Johnson has not played. Since then, she has started six games, come off the bench to play in ten other games and has scored five goals and three assists. Johnson also described the lessons she’s learned from her freshman season. “How much work you put forth as a whole team, like you have to have a common goal and make sure you are on the same page when you are going into the season and each game, and I think that will carry into next year as well,” Johnson said. read more

Athens bourse to stay closed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “It’s certain that it will not open on Monday, maybe on Tuesday,” a spokesperson for the Athens Stock Exchange told Reuters on condition of anonymity.Another person with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed that Greek authorities aimed to reopen the bourse on Tuesday.The stock market has been closed since June 29 when Athens shut its stricken banks and imposed capital controls to stem a run on deposits that threatened to collapse the tottering Greek financial system. The shutdown has put at risk the bourse’s place in global securities indices.Banks reopened last Monday and Greece submitted a plan to the European Central Bank last week for an opinion before a decision was made by the Greek finance ministry which would allow the stock market to resume trading as early as Monday.The Athens Stock Exchange official said Greece needed more time to finalize the details which would allow the market to reopen based on ECB’s opinion.Source: Reuters, Kathimerinilast_img read more

YouTube le statut dhébergeur confirmé en Europe

first_imgYouTube : le statut d’hébergeur confirmé en Europe ?Espagne – La justice espagnole a confirmé le statut d’hébergeur de YouTube et non celui de diffuseur. Google en est le premier bénéficiaire.Google est ravi de la sentence rendue hier par la justice espagnole. En conflit avec la chaîne Telecinco, YouTube a finalement été reconnu comme hébergeur de vidéos et non diffuseur. L’Association des service Internet communautaires (Asic) s’est elle aussi montrée satisfaite : “C’est une ‘jurisprudence européenne’. Elle permettra de stimuler l’essor du Web communautaire en Europe.” L’Association espère que les justices française et italienne se rangeront du même côté que l’Espagne mais des désaccords persistent avec quelques ayants droit.Le 24 septembre 2010 à 10:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

ISIS enlarges footprint in Kashmir

first_imgKashmir is concerned about the rise of indigenous militancy following the beliefs of Islamic State.IANSAs door 1 with Pakistan proxies supported by local hawks Hurriyat closes, door 2 with Islamic Caliphate written on it opens in what is a brutal cage match which has more or less eviscerated the lives of the Kashmiris in the Valley.Door 2 is only slightly ajar, but it is being kicked open by the powerful imagery of the Pulwama bombing by a local youth Adil Ahmad Dar. Dar has emerged as the latest poster child in the long line of local militants and ideologues beginning with Afzal Guru, Burhan Wani and then Zakir Musa. All young militants born out of the ‘azadi’ generation, birthed by the social media redefinition of freedom. Political Islam morphing itself into a puritanical strain of religious Islam.The Indian deep state is concerned about the rise of indigenous militancy following the beliefs of IS, something that was stamped out by J&K super cop and former IGP S.M. Sahai, Kashmir Range, in the past.As communities worldwide close themselves and become more insular, shutting the door to the interloper who is seen as an Islamist jihadi, the clash of civilisations is now a grim reality. It could be Islam versus Christianity or Islam versus Hinduism or even pure Islam versus impure Islam playing out in different parts of the world.What this shut down and battening down of hatches does is that people within those walls become impervious to Intel. Access gets more difficult as walls emerge from within the closed user group. The world then is divided between the believers and the non-believers. Kashmir, the epicentre of Pakistan’s Bleed India to Death stratagem, remains a hot button as far as Indian intelligence and security mainframe is concerned.Fear stalks one and all after the Sri Lanka bombings. The Islamist fundamentalist has TAKFIR ingrained in his psyche which asks him to target the apostate. So, there are three degrees of separation in TAKFIR, for it targets allegedly ‘impure’ Muslims too. Ergo, the targets could be Ahmediyas, Shias and Sufis which is how the sequencing around the world has been.The Hefazat-e-Islam in Bangladesh, for instance, targeted Ahmediyas to draw attention to itself. The Shapla Square protests or Motijheel massacre in May 2013 also called Operation Shapla or Operation Flash Out were part of this process. Hefazat-e-Islam, an Islamist pressure group, organised a mass demonstration in Dhaka’s financial district demanding the enactment of the blasphemy law to stop Islamophobic content in media. As a deterrent, the government used the Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard to quell the protesters. This resulted in protests across the country in which estimates are of any number between 20 and 61 people died.In Kashmir Valley, Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani in his first video in August 2015 vowed to establish the Caliphate, urging the youth to take up arms in south Kashmir. The six-minute video was a seminal moment for it was circulated via mobile messenger and other social media networks. The video showed Wani in an orchard with an assault rifle and a copy of the Holy Koran with two militants standing guard by his side. The emergence of this terror neophyte stunned the security apparatus for it went beyond the pale of merely espousing anti-India rhetoric to a broader pan Islamist agenda of establishing the Caliphate in the Valley.This was followed by his deputy Zakir Musa openly distancing himself from the Hurriyat and challenging them. The underpinning of Ansar Ghazwa e Hind was visible for the first time. In May 2017, Musa called for chopping off the heads of those standing in the way of Sharia roll out in Kashmir. He also parted ways with Hizbul and spoke of action against those propounding a secular state, read Hurriyat.Husain Haqqani has explained this phenomenon succinctly in ‘Prophecy and Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent’ — Radical Islamists invoke the Hadith (the oral traditions attributed to the Prophet Muhammad) to prophesize a great battle in India between true believers and unbelievers before the end-times.These references in the Hadith to the Ghazwa-e-Hind (Battle of India) infuse South Asia with importance as a battleground in the efforts to create an Islamic Caliphate resembling the social order that existed at the time of the Prophet Muhammad and the Rightly Guided Caliphs (632-661 AD)…Just as the prophecies of Khurasan became popular during the wars in Afghanistan, the Ghazwa-e-Hind divinations became a staple of the Islamist discourse after the launch of jihad in Indian-controlled parts of Kashmir in 1989.Throughout the 1990s, Pakistani official media also encouraged discussion of the Ghazwa-e-Hind Hadith to motivate jihadists. In fact, every major Pakistan-based jihadi group that launched terrorist attacks across the border claimed that their operations were part of the Battle for India promised by the Prophet. For these Pakistani groups, supported by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, the target of jihad should be the modern state of India and its “occupation” of Kashmir.For example, Lashkar-e-Taiba has often spoken of Ghazwa-e-Hind as a means of liberating Kashmir from Indian control. The group’s founder, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, has declared repeatedly that “[i]f freedom is not given to the Kashmiris, then we will occupy the whole of India including Kashmir. We will launch Ghazwa-e-Hind. Our homework is complete to get Kashmir.” Pakistani propagandist Zaid Hamid has also repeatedly invoked Ghazwa-e-Hind as a battle against Hindu India led from Muslim Pakistan. According to Hamid, “Allah has destined the people of Pakistan” with victory and “Allah is the aid and helper of Pakistan.”Several Islamic scholars, especially from India, have questioned the veracity of the Ghazwa-e-Hind Hadith and reject its repeated contemporary citation as “Pakistani terrorists’ anti-India propaganda.”According to Maulana Waris Mazhari of the Darul Uloom Deoband seminary in Uttar Pradesh, India, the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir was not jihad; the dream of establishing “Muslim hegemony throughout the entire world” was fanciful. “The term ghalba-e Islam, the establishment of the supremacy of Islam, used in the context of the Quran and the sayings of the Prophet (Hadith), refers not to any political project of Muslim domination,” Mazhari wrote, “but, rather, to the establishment of the superiority of Islam’s ideological and spiritual message.”The evolution from Kashmiri nationalism to Islamic Caliphate has been a calibrated move. Exterminating the non-believer or the impure Muslim was the strategy. The defining moment is the assassination of Maulana Shaukat Ahmed in 2011.Maulana Shaukat Ahmed, the soft-spoken 55-year-old chief of the Jamiat-e-Ahli-Hadees (JAH), became yet another victim of terrorist violence in strife-torn Kashmir Valley. The Maulana had been heading the JAH since 2004 when he was first elected President of the organisation, followed by three more tenures in this responsible position. His last election came in 2010. The Jamiat-e-Ahli-Hadees grew under his leadership and had about 15 lakh followers and more than 800 mosques spread across the valley.The cleric was a man of conviction who did not hesitate in speaking his mind. His organisation advocated a puritanical concept of Islam which is at variance with the more moderate Sufi Islam that is predominant in the valley. The ritualistic practitioner of Islam began to think in terms of a loose mirror image of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kashmir.The most recent unsettling news came earlier this month — On May 10 the Amaq news agency of ISIS claimed that the group has established the ‘Wilayah of Hind’. Amaq, however, did not elaborate on the geographical limits of the so-called province. Interestingly, the proclamation coincided with the elimination of Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi, a suspected operative of ISIS in India, by the security forces in an encounter in Shopian in south Kashmir on the same day. Uddipan Mukherjee, PhD, Joint Director, Government of India, Ministry of Defence at Ordnance Factory Board writing for IDSA explained the new phenomenon — It is interesting to note that, in the context of the ISIS’s recent proclamation on Kashmir, analysts were also of the opinion that global jihadist groups have failed to exploit the Kashmir conflict, unlike conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.The fundamental reason, as put forward by Mohammed Sinan Siyech, in a paper in Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses published in May 2018 was that the Kashmir issue is primarily a territorial and political dispute as opposed to a purely religious/Islamist conflict. Furthermore, cross-border terrorist groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad are in opposition to the concept of a pan-global Islamic Caliphate. Consequently, ISIS has failed to establish its footprints in the Kashmir Valley.However, recent events are worrisome for the Indian defence establishment.last_img read more

Where You Live Affects Your Happiness And Health But How Exactly

first_img Share Amanda Hall / robertharding/Getty Images/Robert Harding World ImageryCyclist by Lake Michigan shore, Gold Coast district, Chicago. Biking to work is associated with higher levels of well-being.Every year, Gallup ranks U.S. cities for well-being, based on how residents feel about living in their communities, and their health, finances, social ties and sense of purpose. Perhaps unsurprisingly, places like Naples, Fla., and Boulder, Col., tend to top the list, while Southern and Midwestern towns including Canton, Ohio, and Fort Smith, Ark., often come in last. But what hard data underpin the differences between these communities?A study published Wednesday takes a step toward teasing out which attributes might contribute to well-being in communities around the country.A Yale-led team of researchers has identified 12 community factors independently related to well-being. The factors included some obvious ones, such as higher levels of education and income, as well as some surprises, including a higher percentage of black residents, a higher percentage of bicycle commuters, and better access to preventive care, such as mammograms. The results appear in the journal PLOS ONE.Well-being has been associated with longer life expectancy and better health outcomes. Previous studies have also shown that where someone lives can improve or diminish well-being.For this study, the researchers compared two types of data: well-being data, gleaned from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, based on surveying more than 300,000 Americans; and community attributes that researchers suspected would influence well-being drawn from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings, as well as other sources. This data included county-level information on high school graduation rates, percent of children in poverty, and the number of preventable hospital stays, among other things.Using a statistical model, researchers whittled down more than 75 community attributes to determine which stood out.Many of the potential factors are highly correlated with one another — for example, lower median income is correlated with lower education and less access to healthy food. Researchers wanted to figure out which characteristics measurably affected well-being independent of those other factors.To the researchers’ surprise, they discovered that just 12 factors related to demographics, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment explained over 90 percent of the variation in well-being across the country.“That’s higher than I would have expected,” says Brita Roy, assistant professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and lead author of the study.In what Roy called an unexpected but notable result, her team found that communities with higher percentages of black residents reported higher levels of well-being.“Having something that shows greater diversity is actually better for all of us I think is a really important finding,” Roy says.Research by Carol Graham at the Brookings Institution and others has shown high levels of optimism within the black community, which could account for the correlation in the paper.But percentage of black residents is not the same as an overall measure of diversity, says Anita Chandra, director of RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment. A better measure of diversity is diversity exposure, which calculates how one ethnic or racial group is situated and exposed to all the other groups in a community.Another unexpected finding was the connection between well-being and the percentage of residents commuting by bicycle. People living in places where they could commute to work by bike reported feelings of satisfaction and fulfillment.This could be because places with bike-friendly infrastructure might also support other types of policies that improve living in that area. Or it could be that commuting by bike improves physical health, which in turn improves a sense of well-being; a study in Heart this week showed walking or cycling to work cut the risk of dying from heart disease or stroke by 30 percent.The researchers hope their findings could lead to future research and even policy applications.“We are starting to move in the direction of trying to understand at the community level how we can actually work to improve well being for all members of the community,” says Roy.The study had limitations. It was cross-sectional, meaning researchers used one snapshot in time to see what was linked together, rather than using data over time. “We can’t prove causality at this point,” Roy says. “We don’t know if we improve these twelve factors, will we actually lead to improved well-being. But it certainly provides us with a first step in understanding what perhaps we should test.”The study also didn’t include psychosocial data, such as levels of trust in community, trust in government and social cohesion. Those data weren’t available.Chandra says this study serves as a call for collecting more and better information to help us grasp the full picture of what impacts wellness. “We collect a lot of data, but we still have these gaps in our understanding of community and individual well-being,” Chandra says.She says in addition to surveys that measure an individual’s sense of well-being, like the Gallup-Sharecare index, researchers need to gather information on larger scale community and civic well-being to bring everything together.“That’s really where policy makers and practitioners can make decisions about resource allocation and where to put time and investment and policies in place,” she says.Nevertheless, she says this study is another important piece of the puzzle in understanding what drives overall health.“There are things that communities can do that make it more possible for people to feel more positive about their community,” she says. “And some of these things are very much in our control.”Dana Bate is a health and science reporter living in Philadelphia. You can follow her on Twitter: @danabate.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Amazon Go app is now available ahead of cashierless store opening

first_imgAt Amazon’s new grocery store of the future you need an app just to get into the store.Amazon Go is opening its first physical location for the grocery-shopping public in Seattle on Monday. But before any shoppers can start stuffing bags full of groceries and simply walk out the door, they’ll have to download an app.The Amazon Go shopping app is available through the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon’s own Appstore, and people are already peeking at what it does. Already many reviews have come in about the app, including this beta user who’s all in: “The app is pretty basic. The overall experience is pretty magical. I find myself wishing that every store had the same Just Walk Out technology. Unfortunately, downloading this app does not enable you to skip the checkout line at your local grocer (they will call that shoplifting).”Anyone can download the app, but it’s only useful for Seattle shoppers once the grab-and-go shop opens Monday morning. For those who plan on heading down, the app gives you access into the store (you won’t make it past the entry point without it) and then sends you a receipt of all the items you walked out with. (A New York Times reporter attempted to shoplift but didn’t get past the all-seeing eyes of Amazon.)The app serves as a cashier of sorts since there’ll be no humans scanning your groceries. But it’s not all computers and cameras in the store. The same shoplifting NYT reporter said attendants are scattered throughout the store to help with any problems or questions, and a human will be checking IDs for alcohol purposes.So apps and robots haven’t replaced us quite yet. But as one reviewer succinctly wrote, “Welcome to the future.” A new type of store is opening in Seattle with Amazon Go’s app-enabled technology.Image: amazonBy Sasha Lekach2018-01-22 01:11:19 UTClast_img read more

Its time to grab your Ladysmith Gazette newspaper as its already hit

first_imgIt’s that time of the week again when the Ladysmith Gazette newspaper hits the streets.Read our heart-warming front-page story about a child who was lost in the mountains for 2 days. The child was rescued by the K9 Unit. We have an exclusive interview with the mother.We also have plenty of hard news stories on page 2 and 3.Not forgetting that we have many community stories, a page of school news and three pages of sport.If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages!Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online.You can purchase your copy on the streets and at various shops around town; the newspaper is not hard to find!The cost of the Ladysmith Gazette is ONLY R5.30. Worth it, right?So don’t snooze, grab your copy NOW! Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more