Aparshakti takes his own decisions: Ayushmann Khurrana

first_img(Eds: Correcting name in headline)New Delhi, May 15 (PTI) Aparshakti Khurrana made a successful Bollywood debut with Aamir Khans “Dangal” last year and his actor-brother Ayushmann says he is glad that the newcomer got the movie on his own merit.Aparshakti played the nephew of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir) in the biographical sports drama. His role of Omkara was the narrator of the film and provided comic relief to the plot.His second film was this years Alia Bhatt-Varun Dhawan starrer “Badrinath Ki Dulhania” where he had a small role.When asked if he gives career advice to Aparshakti, Ayushmann told PTI, “I think he takes his own decisions. I am glad he got the films on his own merit. In Dangal, he performed very well. He was the comic relief in the film. People loved his character as he was quite adorable.”Ayushmann says after making such a promising debut in Bollywood, his brother will be cautious about the kind of films he chooses to do.”As far as films are concerned, I think he is waiting for the right characters. Dangal was a very special project and his other films will also be special,” he says. PTI JCH BKlast_img read more

Royal Enfield introduces the Himalayan Sleet with an all new Sleet Explorer Kit

first_imgIndian motorcycle manufacturer, Royal Enfield, has launched a new version of its most versatile motorcycle, Himalayan – the all-new Himalayan Sleet. The motorcycle will sport a new colourway and pattern in shades of grey, taking inspiration from the mountains. Additionally, 500 exclusive Himalayan Sleets will come pre-fitted with the Explorer Kit, an assortment of Royal Enfield Genuine Motorcycle Accessories, making it a competent, adventure-ready motorcycle.The 500 pre-fitted Himalayan Sleets + Explorer Kit will be available at an introductory price of Rs 2,12,666 (on-road Chennai) exclusively on royalenfield.com/himalayansleet.The new Himalayan Sleet + Explorer Kit motorcycle will come pre-fitted with aluminium panniers, pannier mounting rails, aluminium handlebar with a cross brace and large engine guard. Backed by a 2-year warranty, only 500 of these fully-kitted motorcycles will be exclusively available online for a limited period. Beginning January 12th till January 30th, enthusiasts can go online and register themselves, thereby expressing interest to purchase. The sale will go live on January 30th, 2018, on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis.Genuine Motorcycle Accessories that will form part of the Himalayan Sleet Explorer Kit are two 26 litres water resistant aluminium panniers, off-road style aluminium handlebar with a cross brace for added strength, handlebar end weights for additional protection, and a powder-coated finish engine guard.last_img read more

North Korea to Join Olympics in South Korea as Tensions Ease

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas took steps toward reducing their bitter animosity during rare talks Tuesday, as North Korea agreed to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, hold talks on lowering tension along their border and reopen a military hotline.The meeting, the first of its kind in about two years, was arranged after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made an abrupt push for improved ties with South Korea following a year of elevated tensions with the outside world over his expanding nuclear and missile programs. Critics say Kim may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington in a bid to weaken international pressure and sanctions on the North.“I think we took an important first step toward the development of South-North relations,” chief South Korean delegate Cho Myoung-gyon said after the talks, according to media footage from the border village of Panmunjom, the venue.Cho’s North Korean counterpart, Ri Son Gwon, read a joint statement in which the two Koreas agreed to “actively cooperate” in the Pyeongchang Olympics to “enhance the prestige of the Korean people.”He said North Korea will send a delegation of officials, athletes, cheerleaders and journalists and South Korea will provide necessary services for the delegation.“I believe that North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Games will provide us with a chance to reduce tension on the Korean Peninsula,” said Cho, whose official title is unification minister.During an earlier era of inter-Korean detente, athletes from the two Koreas paraded together at international sports events such as the Olympics and fielded a unified Korean team. The government of current South Korean President Moon Jae-in wants the two Koreas to agree to similar reconciliatory steps at the Feb. 9-25 Pyeongchang Games.North Korea is weak in winter sports and a pair of figure skaters, Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, earlier became the only North Korean athletes to qualify for the Pyeongchang Games before the North missed a confirmation deadline. The International Olympic Committee said Monday it has “kept the door open” for North Korea to take part in the games.South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, left, shakes hands with the head of the North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon after their meeting at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP)North Korea also agreed to hold military talks with South Korea aimed at reducing animosity along their tense border and to restore a military hotline communication channel, according to Cho and Ri.The restoration of the hotline was the second in about a week. All major inter-Korean communication channels had been shut down amid animosity over the North’s nuclear program in recent years.Cho said South Korea also called for talks at an early date on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula to promote peace. He said the two Koreas would continue high-level talks but didn’t say when the next meeting would take place.South Korean officials earlier said they also suggested resuming temporary reunions of families separated by war. But the joint statement didn’t mention such reunions.The countries have a long history of failing to follow through with rapprochement accords. In 2015, negotiators met for nearly 40 hours before announcing a deal to pull back from a military standoff caused by land mine blasts that maimed two South Korean soldiers. But animosities flared again several months later after the North’s fourth nuclear test.The meeting’s venue, Panmunjom, is the only place on the tense border where North and South Korean soldiers are just meters (feet) away from each other. A North Korean soldier in November defected to the South across Panmunjom amid a hail of bullets fired by his comrades. He was hit five times but survived.An agreement on the North’s Olympic participation had been widely expected before the talks began, but the Koreas appeared to remain sharply at odds over how to improve their overall ties.North Korea was expected to demand rewards in return for South Korea’s proposal of family reunions, such as a halt to South Korean propaganda broadcasts and a scaling back or halting of military drills with the U.S. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the North made such a demand.Suspension of the military drills would be unacceptable for Seoul because it would seriously undermine its alliance with its chief ally, the United States, which wants to put more pressure on North Korea. The North views the drills as a rehearsal for an invasion.U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday expressed hope for some progress from the talks and said he was open to talking with Kim himself. But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley later said the U.S. administration isn’t changing its conditions regarding talks with North Korea, saying Kim first needs to stop weapons testing for a “significant amount of time.”In his New Year’s Day address, Kim said he was willing to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Games. He urged Seoul to halt the military drills with the U.S. and said he has a “nuclear button” to launch missiles at any target in the United States. Moon welcomed Kim’s outreach and proposed the talks at Panmunjom.Trump and Kim traded bellicose rhetoric and crude insults last year, as North Korea conducted it sixth and most powerful nuclear detonation and three tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles.—HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Novak Djokovic faces uncertain future after struggling in year of pain

first_imgShare on Twitter The elbow injury that troubled him so much that he had to rebuild his serve, then resort to minor surgery, had been chronic rather than passing, he later revealed. It is testimony to his grit that he played so often through the pain. The dilemma for him in the autumn of his career – as it is for Andy Murray returning soon from a hip operation – is how to tap into what worked for him in the first decade, to trust his core talent and skill, much as Federer continues to do at 36.Djokovic was almost an asterisk in Barcelona during the week. His three-set loss to Martin Klizan in the second round was his fifth in 10 matches since he went back on the Tour in Australia. It was not a wipeout: he played brilliantly in the second set – but he collapsed where it mattered, in the third – against an erratic if gifted opponent ranked 140 in the world. Djokovic again looked spent, keen to get away, to forget the experience and move on.He also did not appear as physically robust as he had done at his indomitable peak, in 2011 when he won 41 matches in a row. He was 10-1 against Federer and Rafael Nadal that year, and set to dominate the game for as long as he chose. He knew it wouldn’t last. He told us so. But he surely did not anticipate the tumble would be so tough. It is said one of the reasons Agassi left him was the player would not heed his advice to put on some bulk. features Novak Djokovic beaten by world No109 at Indian Wells as Edmund tumbles out Djokovic grew short-tempered with journalists who inquired about his private life – understandably so – and his game suffered along with his mind and his body. He needed to reinvent himself. But, even with Andre Agassi on board as he headed for Roland Garros, he could not get past the quarters in 2017’s second slam – nor at Wimbledon, where he quit in the second set against Tomas Berdych, despondent and injured. Where once he reached finals almost by right, now he was red-lining five matches into the quest. His body was rebelling loudly. He would not play again that season.While he smiled through the clouds, speaking more now about personal contentment, about wider social issues and responsibilities, there was no hiding his public angst. He arrived in Melbourne in January living on the vapours of hope rather than experience.Condensed into that 35-shot rally with Chung were all the elements that inspire and deflate. The difference this time – and subsequently – was that Djokovic would not prevail. His despair in that exhausted last gasp was not just because he lost a point, but that he had been bested by a younger, equally ambitious opponent. He was staring at the future. Dan Evans: ‘Cocaine is a shocking drug – it’s a life-ruiner’ Read more Sign up for The Recap, our weekly sport email. Share on Facebook Tennis Share on Pinterest Read more Share via Email … 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. Since you’re here…center_img Topics Read more Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Sportblog Novak Djokovic Share on LinkedIn There is a lot of goodwill out there for Djokovic. One British fan tweeted after the Klizan embarrassment: “Totally unwavering support, no matter what. You will always be our favourite. You have given us so much joy over the years and for a few more years I’m sure. It’s not just your play, but you, as a person. Kind, fun, honest, charitable, strong, humble, perfect.“Perfect is not a word that fits tennis (sport in general, or life, for that matter), because there are as many moments that bode ill as bring success. The quality that binds elite athletes is their willingness to overcome imperfection. As Tiger Woods says of his golf: it’s about managing the bad shots.For all that he can occasionally be hard to fathom, Djokovic is an open and engaging personality, charming and intelligent. Of the many public testimonies, a chat he had with a friend when he was seven years old in war-torn Serbia is the most enlightening. Asked by his junior inquisitor if tennis is “for you, a game or obligations?” he replies: “Tennis is for me an obligation. The goal for me in tennis is to become a champion.”Even allowing for a mangled translation and the innocence of childhood, the message was unambiguous. Winning is what matters most to Djokovic. Without it, he is not complete. But back to that fourth round. What is seared in the memory is not so much the drilled, acutely angled backhands and powerful line drives on the run by Djokovic (not to mention commensurate responses by his precocious tormentor), because he has delivered so many of those delights in the past. As he strains now against time and the degradation of his tennis, it is easy to forget that this is the player regarded by his peers as the finest defender of the modern era.A YouTube highlights reel of Djokovic’s extraordinary stamina, flexibility and determination under pressure lasts 10 minutes and 28 seconds. But the image that endures this time is of Djokovic, sweating hands on weary knees, seconds after over-cooking a stretched backhand in the first game of the third set which, had it landed legally, might have given him two break points and a glimmer of hope to eat into Chung’s two-set lead.Within the hour, the deed was done. Djokovic, who had won the title six times, had suffered his first straight-sets loss in Melbourne in 11 years. The 30-year-old, so used to victory, had to reset his goals.The previous European spring, after Monte Carlo, he had split with Marian Vajda, his coach since 2006. We were told it was mutual. Djokovic had been searching for spiritual sustenance through a life-coach called Pepe Imaz, formerly a fringe Spanish player. Seemingly content in Pepe’s world, he nevertheless continued to look bewildered on the place that had always offered him familiar comfort, the tennis court. Fading in recollections of Roger Federer’s barely believable progress to his 20th major at the start of the year is a 35-shot rally in the fourth round of the Australian Open between the bristling Hyeon Chung and the genius who had flickeringly in the past consigned the Swiss to the margins of greatness, Novak Djokovic.It was the most memorable exchange of the season’s first slam, a confection of exquisite skill by the Serb and the 21-year-old South Korean prodigy, who would then snuff out the challenge of Tennys Sandgren but could do little to resist Federer near his imperious best in the penultimate round of the fortnight. Youth had head-butted the champions, and, for the time being, had been repelled by its oldest warrior. Share on WhatsApp Novak Djokovic’s woes worsen with defeat by qualifier at Barcelona Open Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Miami 4-Star Freshman QB N’Kosi Perry Suspended For Week 1

first_imgA group of Miami players take the field for a game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – SEPTEMBER 02: Malik Rosier #12 of the Miami Hurricanes takes the field during a game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Hard Rock Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Miami’s quarterback depth has taken a hit ahead of the Hurricanes’ Week 1 game against LSU.Four-star freshman quarterback N’Kosi Perry, the Hurricanes’ backup quarterback, has reportedly been suspended for the team’s season-opening game against the Tigers.Miami is set to take on LSU in a neutral-site game in Texas on Sunday night.N’Kosi has reportedly not made the trip due to a violation of team rules.“N’Kosi Perry is not making the trip to Texas for the LSU game due to a violation of team rules,” ESPN’s David Hale tweeted.N’Kosi Perry is not making the trip to Texas for the LSU game due to a violation of team rules.— A David Hale joint (@DavidHaleESPN) September 1, 2018Perry, a 6-foot-4 quarterback, was the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the country coming out of high school.Cade Weldon will now be Miami’s backup vs. LSU.“R-Fr. Cade Weldon will be the backup to Malik Rosier in the opener. His dad is former Nole Casey Weldon, whom Mark Richt coached at Florida State,” Andrea Adelson tweeted.R-Fr. Cade Weldon will be the backup to Malik Rosier in the opener. His dad is former Nole Casey Weldon, whom Mark Richt coached at Florida State. https://t.co/QiIhMUWvLp— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) September 1, 2018Miami and LSU are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on Sunday. The game will be on ABC.last_img read more

Remembering Great Experiences with a Great Scent

first_img The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States It’s a brand new era for two friends who left the corporate world in New York City to follow a more creative path. Michael Pass, a former lawyer, and Jose Alvarez, a former banker, teamed up to create Abbott—a company designed to create fragrances that evoke memories of great travel experiences. It took 18 months and now they’re ready to show the world what they’ve come up with.“We both really loved getting out of the city and taking part in skiing, biking, surfing, and hiking,” said Pass. “We wanted to figure out a way to capture the memories of those experiences. Fragrance is such a powerful trigger of memory.”When they returned to the daily grind, they would carry memories from trips with them. “They’d linger and add to our life in the city. I’d be happier doing my daily routine,” said Alvarez. “All of a sudden I’d smell something that would remind me of that trip. There are no fragrance brands that are speaking to me or our friends the way we want to be spoken to.”He says while many brands focus on selling sex and colognes based on celebrity names, they felt there was space for something more inspired that would be reflective of life on the road, going outside and seeing the world. They decided to launch Abbott with four scents that are named for four of their favorite travel locales: The Cape has a fresh scent, Sequoya is woodsy, Mojave is spice, and Telluride is leather.Abbott has a unique way to help guys find their best scent. Customers can order a “try on kit” for five bucks—it includes a week’s supply of each of the four scents. They advise spending a day or two with each fragrance before deciding which one to buy. Full bottles are $55. There are incentives for referrals. Refer five people and receive a try on kit for free. Refer 10 and get $10 off a full bottle. Refer 50 and get a full size bottle for free. Also, if you refer the most people you could win a trip to one of the four fragrance-inspired locales.“Our try on kit is the opposite of getting sprayed in a department store and making a quick decision,” said Pass. “Scents can change over time. If you really like something in the first minute, you may not like it twenty minutes later.”Abbott sells online only at this point, and that direct to consumer marketing best suits their word-of-mouth brand. “For men, it’s a simple, easy way to shop,” said Alvarez. “Click a button and have it delivered without leaving the house. If we start putting into retail, we won’t have as much control over the experience.”Other products are in the works. Candles will appear in six to nine months followed by a line of bath and body products. We’ll be watching their success. Editors’ Recommendations 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors 8 Great and Useful Housewarming Gifts Ideas What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog?last_img read more

African Travel, Inc. Voted Top Safari Outfitter by Travel + Leisure

first_imgBOCA RATON, Fla., July 10, 2019 – African Travel, Inc. is honored to have been named No. 1 in “Top 10 Safari Outfitters” for Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2019. “For 24 years, our readers have been voting in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. This annual franchise is a global collection of the top hotels, islands, cities, cruise lines, airlines, and more,” says Jacqueline Gifford, editor in chief, Travel + Leisure. “Brands and properties from all over the world—from Peru to Japan, India to Italy, and right here at home in the United States—are recognized by our audience because they deliver on exceptional experiences, rooted in a sense of place. I congratulate all of this year’s winners, who have worked so hard to be among the world’s best.” Safari outfitters are rated on their staff and guides, itineraries and destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and overall value. “On behalf of our entire team at African Travel, Inc., we’re honored to have been chosen as the top safari outfitter by T+L’s readers,” said Sherwin Banda, president of African Travel, Inc. “Africa is personal to us, it’s in our DNA.  Whatever their dream of Africa may be, we are dedicated to designing the ultimate experience for our guests.  This award reflects that promise.” Like the stripes on a zebra, no two human fingerprints are the same.  That’s why for more than 40 years, African Travel, Inc.’s goal has been to match the right Africa client with the right Africa destination.  To focus on creating unforgettable and magical journeys to suit personal travel styles and interests through immersive cultural encounters across the continent.  From the classic safari destinations of East and Southern Africa, to the long, dune-fringed beaches and turquoise waters of Madagascar, Mauritius and Mozambique, to the ancient civilizations of Egypt. The celebration of this award coincides with the luxury tour operator’s 10-year anniversary with the TreadRight Foundation and the shared goal to #MakeTravelMatter.   As an active partner and supporter of TreadRight, a not-for-profit that works to ensure the environment and communities visited remain vibrant for generations to come, African Travel’s mission is clear—to have a positive impact on the people, the planet, and wildlife.   Sustainable tourism uplifts local communities and supports wildlife conservation in Africa.  The company is committed to reinvesting in Africa to ensure the continent remains vibrant for future generations.  A member of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), African Travel upholds many local projects, including: Built on the foundations of forgiveness and reconciliation, The Amy Foundation, is a nonprofit organization offering programs to develop and empower youth ages 5 to 25 in the Cape Town area.  Their mission is to provide a safe environment in challenged and vulnerable communities where they can help develop emotionally well-rounded children and youth who will make positive life choices.  African Travel guests can spend the afternoon with the children in their after-school music program during The Amy Foundation Tour. African Travel offers the opportunity to contribute directly to sustainable development in Kenya through an unforgettable experience with ME to WE: Supporting Local Communities.  This impactful and culturally immersive trip in the Northern Maasai Mara visits a community partnered with WE Charity, a TreadRight-supported organization, where guests connect with local families and help build a school for the community. The rhino boma at Shamwari Private Game Reserve is used as a haven to rehabilitate injured or orphaned rhino until they are strong enough to be released back into the wild.   In 2017, the African Travel, Inc. team traveled to Shamwari to help build a boma. When guests book Majestic South Africa, the company will donate $50 per couple, in their name, to go towards building a new rhino boma at the reserve.In celebration of Nelson Mandela Day on July 18, African Travel has partnered with Sexy Socks, a charitable company whose mission is to provide every child in South Africa’s township schools with a pair of socks.  Sherwin Banda, a native of South Africa, will be in Cape Town to celebrate the day with his family.  “African Travel will donate over 2,000 pairs of socks on Mandela Day and we will deliver them to schools in the Capricorn region of Vrygrond,” said Banda.  “Giving back is at the core of who we are,” he added. These socks are eco-friendly, made with unique bamboo fibers and crafted by the local women in Cape Town. For every pair of Sexy Socks purchased by African Travel, Inc., a pair of socks is donated to a child in need.  About African Travel, Inc. – “We Know Africa” For more than 40 years, African Travel, Inc. has helped travelers discover the magic of the wild.  “We Know Africa” because we create extraordinary and unforgettable five-star experiences for each guest’s individual needs.  From relaxing in spectacular luxury to touching an ancient culture, your African dream awaits you.  Our knowledgeable and dedicated experts, who have lived and traveled extensively throughout the continent, will open your eyes to a new and exciting world. Placing local offices in Africa and our headquarters in the U.S. has earned us an enviable position of influence that will leave you knowing Africa like we do.  We’re committed to making travel matter by supporting the environment and the local communities we visit through our partnership with The TreadRight Foundation.  As a proud member of The Travel Corporation (TTC), a family-owned company with more than 100 years of expertise in luxury travel, we ensure exceptional service every step of the journey.  For more information and inspiration, visit www.AfricanTravelInc.com. About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported some 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwidelast_img read more

Composer par excellence Vasant Desai

first_imgAfter serving Doordarshan (DD) for little more than four decades, I produced over a hundred documentaries on the Armed Forces, literature and Bollywood. I must confess that DD helped me immensely in knowing the film industry. It was a practice to telecast classic films of great masters from the north, south and also Bengal in periodic intervals. V Shantaram’s classics fascinated me from an early age. To name a few: Shakuntla, Doctor Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani, Dahej and Do Ankhein Barah Haath. The highlight of these films was the music composed by Vasant Desai. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalVasant was born to Krishna Desai and Muktabai on June 9, 1912, in Sonawade village in the Sindhudurg district of coastal Maharashtra. When he was eight, he lost his father. He was brought up by his mother, who was the daughter of the famous kirtankar Baba Bhaskar Parulekar. She helped Vasant’s musical sensibilities with her bhajans. Seeing his deep interest in music, his mother sent him to his great-grand-uncle, Raghunath Desai, to pursue his studies. But he dropped out after the fourth standard from school. Vasant was interested in singing and acting, and hence, he joined a local folk theatre group. This helped him later in his career. Vasant started doing small roles in Marathi stage plays. But he didn’t leave the practice of singing. Later, Vasant shifted to Kolhapur, where he received good training in classical singing. Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceKolhapur was one of the leading cultural centers of Maharashtra in those days. Several artists were pursuing their career while staying there. One of his cousins, Ghanshyam Desai, had seen Vasant’s interest in music and acting. He introduced him to V Shantaram in 1929. At that time, Prabhat Film Company was about to start. They were recruiting young talented actors. Vasant had a great fascination with stunt films and he used to enjoy films of Master Vitthal and E Billimoria. Seeing his interest in films, Shantaram sent him to the acting department of Prabhat Film Company. As an apprentice, he appeared in a small role in the silent movie, Khooni Khanjar (1930). Vasant Desai divided time between his duel interests in singing and acting. He sang and acted in early films of Prabhat: Maya Machchhindra (1932), Amrit Manthan (1934), Dharmatma (1935) in Hindi, and Sant Dnyaneshwar (1940), Sant Tukaram (1936), Kunkoo (1937), Mazha Mulga (1938), Maanoos (1939)and Shejaree (1941) in Marathi. It is interesting to recall the sudden transition of Vasant Desai from acting to singing in his own words, “Once I was called by my mentor V Santaram. He said that he had decided to cast me in his next film Maanoos against Santa Apte. I even cleared the camera test. I was happy that this film will launch my career as a hero, but this remained short-lived. After two days, he called me again and asked me to be ready for a shock. He told me that because of some internal pressure, he had to change the actors. I lost my position to Shahu Modak and Shanta Apte to Shanta Hublikar. That night, I decided I will quit film acting and devote myself entirely to music.” He kept on acting in Marathi stage plays and also continued his career as a singer. His kajari in Amrit Manthan, Barsan lagi became a countrywide hit. Similarly, his songs in Amar Jyoti and Wahaan earned him fat royalty from a gramophone company. Vasant Desai started regular training in classical music under Ustad Alam Khan and Ustad Iyanat Khan from Dagar Brothers. He learned Dhrupad Dhamar from the Dagars. Besides singing for All India Radio, he also participated in various prestigious conferences across the country. In 1940, Shantaram moved to Bombay and got involved in government assignments, relating to the war efforts. After Shantaram left, Prabhat Film Company got disintegrated and Vasant Desai moved to Bombay in 1943, in search of work and started composing music independently. In 1936, Vasant gave independent music in Vinayak’s Chhaya but he didn’t get credit for this, as he was under a contract with Prabhat. In Bombay, he joined Wadia brothers (Homi and J B H) and worked on two films for them: Aankh ki Shram and Mauj. In 1942, Shantaram bought Wadia studios and launched his banner, Rajkamal Kala Mandir. In 1943, he announced his maiden film Shakuntla based on Kalidas’s Sanskrit drama starring Jayshree and Chandra Mohan. He invited Vasant Desai to take charge of its music. Desai made great compositions i.e., Kamal hi mere samne, Jeevan ki naav na dole (Jayshree), Chand sa nanha aaya (Jayshree/Zohra/Chorus) and Chali chali ashram se Shakuntla in his own voice. The film was a grand success and ran for 104 weeks in Swastik Cinema. V Shantaram had a long association with Vasant Desai since Prabhat’s days. They worked together in eleven Hindi films and one Marathi film (1943 to 1966). In Parbat Pe Apna Dera (1944), Desai used echo effect in his music: Preshaan hu ki kyun meri (Amirbai Karnatki), Sapno me aane wale (Khan Mastana) and Jo dard banke (Zohrabai). Doctor Kotnis Ki Amar Khani (1946) was Shantaram’s landmark classic. It was based on KA Abbas’ English story and on the life of Doctor Dwarkanath Kotnis who was sent to China on a special medical mission. Vasant Desai, for the first time, adopted the Chinese musical expression and made a composition based on the Chinese war song, Chilai, in a song Chal aa ghulami nahi (Jayshree). In the 1950s, Vasant Desai gave music in Shantaram’s Dahej: a film on anti-dowry. It had melodious numbers – Ambua ki dari se (Jayshree), Choodi dhere pahna and Ae kale badal bol (Shamshad). His other musical hit was Sohrab Modi’s super hit emotional drama, Sheesh Mahal (1950). Desai created Shamshad’s foot-tapping numbers: Husn walon ki galiyon se, Taqdeer banana wale ne (Puspa Hans) and Jise dhoondhti rahti hai (Rafi/Geeta) were chartbusters. Vasant Desai signed two films for SM Yousuf: Hyderabad Ki Nazneen (1942) and Anand Bhawan (1953). The same year, in Jhansi Ki Rani, Desai gave outstanding music but unfortunately, the film flopped at the box office. Next year, Desai gave commendable music in Toofaan Aur Diya (1956). The Shantaram-Desai combo gave another super hit classic in Do Aankhe Barah Haath (1957). Desai scored Bhairavi-based prayer, Ae malik tere bande hum and a razing hit, Saiyan jhoothon ka bada sartaz nikla (Lata). The film won National Awards and a silver bear at the Berlin Film Festival. In this film, differences cropped up between Shantaram and Desai and they didn’t work for a decade. Vani Jairam was Desai’s find and sang her cult number in the film Guddi (1971). Vasant Desai won the Sur Sringar Sansad Award for Bol re papihara. It also had a prayer number – Hamko man ki sakti dena (Vani Jairam/Chorus). He also gave music in Ghrahan, Achanak (1973), Rani Aur Lalpari (1975). Vasant Desai had a 33-year-long career in films. He did 54 Hindi films, 20 in Marathi, one each in Bangla and Gujarati, and four in English. He gave 14 Marathi musical stage plays as well as four dance ballets. He gave music in 12 documentaries and recorded 108 independent songs. The Government ofIndia honoured him with the Padma Shree in 1967. Vasant Desai was active till he breathed his last, when met with an accident in his building liftand died on December 22, 1975. He was only 63.last_img read more

Get Started Shutdown puts brakes on small business activity

first_imgThe federal government shutdown appears to have lasted one business day, long enough to give many small companies a taste of how much a longer disruption could affect them.The Small Business Administration largely shut down except for its disaster relief operations. That means small business loans weren’t processed, nor were requests by companies to be certified to participate in federal contracting programs like the 8(a) and HUBZone programs.While visitors to www.sba.gov were able to use the website, a notice warned, “the information on this website may not be up to date, the transactions submitted via the website may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries” until funding is restored. Phone calls to the SBA’s New York offices during regular business hours Monday went unanswered.Business owners could still apply for loans — the process begins with a bank application. Banks were taking applications, which during an extended shutdown would go into a queue, creating a backlog for when SBA employees return to work. In past shutdowns, the backlog meant delays in loan approvals.When the government shuts down, small businesses hoping to be paid for work they’ve done for the government must wait until agency employees get back to the office. Not only does lack of funding mean federal workers aren’t being paid, it also means contract payments cannot be disbursed.Many companies with contracts with the government had to stop working Monday because they received “stop work” orders from agencies. The government won’t pay for non-essential work done during a shutdown and/or work whose funding depends on the bill that stalled in Congress. The law firm Fisher Phillips, in a posting on its website Friday, said companies that did not receive such an order should keep on working.Federal websites that advertise contracting opportunities were available Monday, but owners hoping to contact employees about specific opportunities, or to check on the progress of a contract or bid, were likely to have their emails or phone calls go unanswered.Also unreachable: the government’s online system for employers to verify the eligibility of individuals to work in the U.S. A notice on the system’s website, www.uscis.gov/e-verify , said employers couldn’t able to access their accounts during the shutdown.And any government office or agency that performs non-essential or non-emergency services was likely to be unavailable. Agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or National Labor Relations Board were unlikely to work on any cases. And Department of Labor divisions like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were unlikely to be carrying out investigations except in situations where employees are at risk, according to Fisher Phillips._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenberglast_img read more

UN appeals for almost 40 million to assist flood victims in Nicaragua

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said $22.8 million is needed to provide emergency life-saving relief for an estimated 162,000 people affected by the hurricane, while an extra $16.3 million is required for early recovery programmes over the next six months.Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said he hoped international donors would respond generously to the appeal.“As the longer-term economic impact is also bound to be grave, their assistance will prove crucial in the recovery effort that follows,” said Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.The world body is drawing from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to kick-start the appeal, which is focused on helping the people of Nicaragua’s North Autonomous Region on the Atlantic Coast, the region hit hardest by Felix.Almost 8,000 houses, 6,000 latrines and 5,000 wells were damaged or completely destroyed as the winds of the category-five hurricane, which made landfall on 4 September, reached 270 kilometres per hour. So far the death toll is 67, with another 110 people recorded as missing.OCHA said the appeal calls for help with food aid, nutrition, shelter, health, water and sanitation, education, telecommunications, security, logistics and protection. Medicines and emergency health kits are seen as priorities, as well as ensuring water quality and maintaining disease control. For the next three months, UN agencies expect to carry out general food distribution within the affected communities in the North Autonomous Region on the Atlantic Coast, which is a predominantly poor and relatively inaccessible region, and at the evacuation centres. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is also likely to help affected communities and households rebuild their infrastructure.This is the 11th “flash appeal” to be issued by OCHA this year, which eclipses the previous record of 10 set in 2005. Aside from last month’s appeal to help earthquake survivors in Peru, the appeals have followed climate-related disasters, such as hurricanes, drought and floods. 14 September 2007United Nations humanitarian agencies today appealed for more than $39 million to help Nicaraguans deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Felix, which left a deadly trail of destruction when it struck the Central American country earlier this month. read more

Brock University reopening Wednesday

All Brock University campuses have re-opened Wednesday, Feb. 13 after being closed due to a winter storm across southern Ontario.Classes and activities at the St. Catharines and Hamilton campuses are resuming as scheduled.Some roadways remain slick and heavy winds are still causing some issues, so those coming to Brock are encouraged to be cautious and allow extra time for their commute.

How blasting worms into space could help slow down the ageing process

A tiny transparent worm could be the key to finding out how to stop the frailty and ill health which often comes with old age.British scientists are sending tens of thousands of worms into space in a government backed project to see if two drugs can prevent or slow down muscle wasting brought on by microgravity.In space, the 1mm long c-elegans worms have nothing to push against to maintain their muscle mass and so quickly start losing strength, mirroring the effect experienced by elderly people back on Earth or those with conditions like muscular dystrophy.But researchers at Nottingham University are hoping that by either boosting the cell batteries – known as mitochondria – or improving their uptake of calcium, they can slow down the process or even prevent it entirely.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The microscopic worms share many of the essential biological characteristics as humans and are affected by biological changes in space, including alterations to muscle and the ability to use energy.Dr Bethan Phillips, Assistant Professor, Clinical, Metabolic & Molecular Physiology, said: “We know that microgravity accelerates the effects of muscle disuse similar to when elderly people are bedbound or are recovering from an injury.“Skeletal muscle is linked to many systems in the body, such as the immune system, so the health implications are not just loss of movement they are far more widespread.“The worms have similar muscle to human skeletal muscle so we can see if these pharmaceuticals have a beneficial effect which could eventually lead to new treatments both for astronauts and the elderly.”Not only do the experiments offer hope for older people on Earth, but they will be vital to the success of future colonies on the Moon or Mars. Astronauts can lose up to 40 per cent of muscle mass on a lengthy mission, and 1.5 per cent of their bone mass for each month spent in space. Tim Peake was missing nearly 10 per cent of his bone volume by the time he touched down from his trip aboard the ISS.The experiment is one of several being funded by the UK Space Agency which has provided nearly £3 million ahead of the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday.Tackling ageing is one of the government’s ‘grand challenges’ and it wants to add five extra healthy years of life by 2035.A team from Liverpool will also be sending tubes of human muscles grown from stem cells to the ISS to see if ‘heat shock’ proteins could stop the inevitable decline of muscles.In the cells of older people muscles fail to get stronger even when they exercise, which researchers think could be because of inflammation in the body. The ‘heat shock’ proteins may help to dampen down the impact, researchers believe.Professor Malcolm Jackson, from the University of Liverpool, said: “Ageing is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century and so the opportunity to use microgravity to help understand the mechanisms underlying age-related muscle loss is really exciting.“There is some evidence that inflammation is behind the problems with ageing muscle and if we can find a way to stop that inflammatory response it could be beneficial.“Sending cells into microgravity allows us to look at muscle ageing response in isolation without the other effects of ageing complicating the pictures.”The University of Strathclyde will also receive almost £1.3 million to investigate how shaking a liquid in microgravity induces solid particles to accumulate and form highly ordered aggregates, instead of causing the floating particles to simply disperse.Science Minister Sam Gyimah said: “This research will help those with muscle conditions to live longer, healthier, happier lives, and is a great example of our modern Industrial Strategy in action – transforming life on earth through out-of-this-world research.”Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, added: “For 20 years the International Space Station has provided a unique laboratory for astronauts to carry out cutting-edge research.“As we celebrate all that has been achieved over the last two decades this new funding puts UK academics at the forefront of future pioneering scientific research, allowing us to gain knowledge that will improve life on Earth.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Several wholesale vendors arrested by Constabulary officers for plying trade

Almost thirty wholesale vendors were on Thursday afternoon arrested by City Constabulary officers and placed on station bail for allegedly attempting to ply their trade in the vicinity of Robb and Alexander Streets, Bourda, Georgetown.Some of the vendors making their way to the City Constabulary outpostAt the scene today, the family members of the arrested merchants, who are also vendors, stood in their numbers and told media operatives that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is stifling their means of earning honest income.“The Revenue [Officer] come collect the money. I already done pay to sell in the car. The constable them come now and seh no selling…A whole gang of them gone in inside. Wa you gon do with the load? We done pay to sell,” one of the merchants identified as “Natasha” told INews.This online publication understands that the vendors were given permission from the M&CC to ply their trades along Robb Street, Bourda, for three hours, per day, with the cut off point for them at the location being 15:00hrs.As such, they are ordered to pay between $1,000 to $1,500 daily.“The three hour vary from when you come. That’s what City Hall tell we but the [Constabulary Officer] now come with different rules,” another irate vendor explained.According to him, today, they were told that the three hours commenced from 07:00hrs- meaning their selling period would conclude at 10:00hrs.One the vehicles belonging to the vendors laden with perishable goodsHowever, the wholesale vendors complained that the logic behind the time set is severely flawed and hinders them from achieving their maximum sales, and leading to significant losses of vegetation.“I come from till a Berbice and is eschallotte and celery we bringing down. The eschallote and celery can’t reach here fuh 7 o’clock. The only way it can reach is if we bring it a night before and we can’t do that because it gon spoil. Is perishable items we does sell,” a merchant explained.Another vendor who identified herself as a single mother, was almost in tears as she explained that she is running out of options to provide a daily bread for her family.“My kids going to school. I buy and sell load [vegetables]. I take greens from the farmers. You does bring the load and you does have to sell it [because] when you go home, farmers look forward for their money,” she said.They recalled that Government had urged them to plant more and to invest in farming, however, according to the vendors, the advice is of no use if they’re being hindered constantly from selling their goods.Meanwhile, at the Bourda Police Outpost, a large group of vendors were seen seated on the benches inside.Moreover, the female constables were heard screaming and shouting at the relatives of the vendors who had been apprehended, ordering them to leave the Outpost.Also witnessing this was City Councillor, Bishram Kuppen who expressed his belief that the vendor’s arrests seemed to be ethnically motivated.“When we came here, apparently there were about 20 vendors that were arrested. They are all of one ethnic background. They’re all [East] Indian vendors. Now I’m wondering why there are only these [East] Indian people that are being arrested…The people are just trying to make a living here and I don’t understand why they’re hassling them…Some of these people cannot afford to pay bail and they’re crying inside there,” he said.He also criticised the City Constabulary Officers for what he described as inappropriate behaviour.One the vehicles belonging to the vendorsWhen INews made contact with Town Clerk, Royston King, regarding the issue, the City Hall official said that he had not received an official report on the matter. However, he said that in prior instances, the M&CC had being experiencing some problems with the wholesale vendors who were attempting to extend their activities beyond the three hour limit.“In so doing, they were influencing in a very negative way, the flow of business in our [nearby] markets. In particular, the Bourda Green area,” he explained.King further noted that he has had several meetings with the vendors “and we had tried to persuade them to abide by the time given to them by the Clerk of Markets so that all of the vendors who are involved in making a living would be given an opportunity to do so.”As such, he posited that action had to be taken to bring some order. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Rescind reckless decision and allow vendors to make a decent livelihood’ – Opposition Leader urges M&CCSeptember 7, 2016In “latest news”Evicted Robb Street vendors mulls legal action against M&CCSeptember 8, 2016In “Business”PPP slams M&CC over plan to remove Stabroek canopy vendorsOctober 13, 2016In “latest news” read more

PYBAR awarded underground contract for Red Rivers Far West zinc mine

first_imgRed River Resources has confirmed PYBAR has been chosen to carry out contract mining at its Far West underground zinc mine, part of its Thalanga operations in Queensland, Australia, for a term of at least seven years.This is PYBAR’s third contract with Red River – it is already carrying out surface development work at Far West and undertaking underground mining operations at the West 45 underground mine (both at Thalanga).Development activities at Far West kicked off in May, with the company saying today (July 6) that the first Far West decline cut had been completed (see photo). This should lead to first ore from Far West in early 2019.Far West has a current JORC reserve of 1.5 Mt at 12% zinc equivalent and a minimum mine life of five years. It is the down-dip extension of the Thalanga West mineralisation, and is classified as volcanogenic-massive-sulphide-style of mineralisation where copper, zinc, lead and silver mineralisation is found associated with sulphide minerals. It is located some 500m from the Thalanga mill and 1km from the West 45 mine.last_img read more

Adams accuses European leaders of trying to create EU army

first_imgWe should look at the work of the Defence Forces in Chad, Somalia and Mali where the men and women of the Defence Forces have been engaged in activities completely consistent with our neutrality, as well as its safeguards in the Lisbon treaty. It is about protecting and promoting vulnerable communities which need support to protect their human rights. In other cases, it is about the country’s security interests.“Anything we have done to date and will do in the future recognises and will recognise the clear parameters laid down in the Constitution and the Lisbon treaty,” he stressed. “There should be no doubt or ambiguity in this regard.”Read: Extra Banking Union meeting needed after ministers fail to reach agreement>Column: What happens to Ireland if the UK exits the EU?> SINN FÉIN LEADER Gerry Adams has accused European Union leaders of trying to further militarise the European Union with the aim of eventually creating an “EU army”, allied to NATO.Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Adams said the function of such an army appears to be protecting the interests of former European colonial powers in their former colonies.He was responding to a report to the Dáil from the European Council which covered the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), economic and social policy and a number of other issues.“Did you at any stage stand up for the ideal of Irish neutrality, a concept supported and valued by the vast majority of citizens in this State?” Adams asked the Taoiseach.“Unless seriously challenged, a continuation of the plans discussed at the EU summit we will see increased spending on weapons by EU states, including this state.“At the time of one the biggest economic recessions that Europe has ever witnessed, the main idea contained in these Council Conclusions is to increase spending on weapons and military technology. Where is the sense in such a policy?”Responding to these comments, Paschal Donohoe, Minister of State for the Taoiseach’s department, said the council recognises the safeguards for Ireland’s neutrality set out in the Lisbon Treaty.“If I look at the understandable concerns raised by members as to what the Common Security and Defence Policy could look like in the future, I point to what it has done in the past and now, as well as Irish participation in it,” he said.last_img read more

Dublin councillors reject proposals allowing for log cabins in gardens

first_img Share72 Tweet Email6 Dublin councillors reject proposals allowing for log cabins in gardens Independent councillor John Lyons had proposed amending the city’s development plan to allow for their construction. 61,267 Views Monday 4 Mar 2019, 10:55 PM By Cónal Thomas 72 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4523891 Councillor John Lyons Source: Sasko LazarovRollingNews.ieDUBLIN CITY COUNCILLORS have rejected proposals to allow for ‘log cabins’ in the gardens of family homes in an effort to ease the housing crisis. Independent councillor John Lyons proposed amending the city’s development plan, in particular its “Ancillary Family Accommodation” section which states that this type of accommodation must have access to the main house and not be separate. Lyons, however, has argued in favour of allowing for free-standing structures to ease the pressure on those renting, those who’ve lost their homes and those saving for a deposit to buy a home. Following a report from Head of Planning Richard Shakespeare, however, councillors this evening voted against Lyons’ proposal. Relaxing current planning regulations to allow for ‘log cabins’ “will result in the provision of small substandard dwellings,” the report notes. “There are genuine concerns that a major relaxation or variation of the policy or standards to facilitate the construction of free-standing structures in rear gardens will result in the provision of dwellings with poor residential amenities and detract from the amenities of adjoining residential properties,” it said. Crucial to the matter, the report notes, is the “issue of access which could have safety implications for future residents in the event of a fire”.  According to the report, there have 175 complaints directly relating to structures erected in back gardens over the last three to four years. Independent councillor Mannix Flynn, however, argued in favour of allowing ‘log cabins’ in back gardens at this evening’s meeting while Labour councillor Alison Gilliland cautioned against such a move, saying there was a risk of creating “shanty towns” in Dublin should ‘log cabins’ be allowed. Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe said that Lyons’ solution to the housing crisis was a “slippery slope” and that it could result in sub-standard homes. In the end, councillors voted against the proposal 36 to 11.  Mar 4th 2019, 10:56 PM last_img read more

Vancouver delays plan to limit chickens

first_imgIf you own more than five cats, chickens or rabbits — breathe easy. At least for now.Vancouver city councilors delayed a decision on Monday to limit the number of cats, chickens or rabbits on residential properties. The city currently has no limit but does restrict dog ownership — no more than three dogs older than 5 months is allowed.The city’s goal is to discourage animal hoarding, but councilors were concerned with the lack of detail for enforcing the ordinance. It originally planned to establish enforcement in future meetings.Councilor Jack Burkman called the ordinance “piece-mealing,” and wants to establish the enforcement before enacting the ordinance.“If we pass this, we’re going to enact an ordinance that has an impact, and then in a few months, we’re going to go, ‘Just kidding! Here’s another one,’ ” Burkman said.Ariel Young testified at the meeting. She criticized the ordinance, arguing that the five-chicken limit was an arbitrary number.“When I heard about the limits, I felt like they weren’t appropriately flexible,” Young said.Young said she thinks people who own more than five chickens should be considered as individual cases rather than fall under a blanket that limits the number of all three types of animals.The retired cardiac nurse also expressed concern with part of the ordinance that grandfathers in people who owned more than the limit at the time the ordinance began. That rule was not entirely clear in the ordinance, Young said.last_img read more

BusinessWeek IDG Lead ASBPE Web Site Award Finalists

first_imgThe American Society of Business Publication Editors has announced its finalists for the 2009 Digital Azbee competition.The four finalists include BusinessWeek, IDG’s CIO and InfoWorld, and CBS Interactive’s TechRepublic. The Digital Azbees total 28 categories, with the 15 new digital categories added this year, including Best Use of Social Media Reporting Techniques, and Microsite/Special Section.Finalists for the Digital Azbee category called Multi-Platform General Excellence include Meister Media Worldwide’s Today’s Garden Center and Greenhouse Grower, as well as Realtor Magazine. Digital Azbee winners will be announced during an award luncheon November 6 at the San Francisco Hyatt.center_img Finalists for all the categories can be found here.last_img read more