Hire a car and go on a thousand kilometre journey from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.

first_imgSouth Africa makes sense to the Indian traveller and India makes sense to him. That’s what legendary South African crickter Jonathan Neil “Jonty” Rhodes has told me once. Author of the book My Travel Escapades in South Africa, he drives home his point by citing surveys that reveal how the number of Indian tourists in his country has shot up. “Indians are increasingly putting the Rainbow Nation in their holiday itinerary,” he justifies. And why not? After all, as the brand ambassador of South Africa Tourism Board, he is doing a thorough job of telling the world how good his country is. “From the country’s magnificent wildlife, iconic beaches, adrenaline pumping adventure activities, to its world-class cities, shopping, nightlife, food and wine, my country has it all. Be it Cape Town or vibrant Johannesburg, there’s something for everybody,” he says, adding that the greatest thing is the ease of travel. “In Mumbai, if I am driving for three hours, I am still in the city. In South Africa, I can go from coast to mountains in three hours. It is a country with first world infrastructure,” says the fielding coach of Mumbai Indians. Adventure anyone? South Africa has ample. Rhodes admits that he is not a big city guy – he is from Pietermaritzburg, a laid back small town, where his parents still live. Yes, it’s the same town where Gandhi was thrown off from a train for boarding a first class compartment. So, big cities like Johannesburg do not fascinate him at all. “Rather I like Cape Town where I live for its nice and relaxed atmosphere. One of my favourite ways to enjoy my country is to stay in a luxury tent in a game reserve. The lovely Table Mountain region and the Kruger Park area are also my favourites,” he says. advertisementSouth Africa is best seen by road. But Rhodes tells you to skip the bus. “Hire a car and enjoy the great scenery at your own pace. I highly recommend the route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth that entails a drive of a thousand kilometre,” he says. Also in South Africa, unlike in Europe, people don’t mind talking loudly. “I say this because Indians come in large groups and are a chatty lot. Shout out and make noise and nobody will mind. It’s a tradition to talk aloud in South Africa. If  you speak too softly, people might think you are bad-mouthing them,” he explains. However, he warns that there is crime in some parts of South Africa. So “don’t wander into areas that your hotel concierge warns you about”. South Africa by Segway is cool too. Over the years, Rhodes has realised that it’s very important to travel with a sensitive companion. In all his travels, he has been accompanied by his wife Melanie. “I always get a new perspective when I travel with her. She is a passionate traveller with a good eye for spotting things. She makes me see things that I often fail to see,” he says. He has another word of advice: “Never be a slave to the camera. If you are going click, click, click, the moment you arrive at a place, you lose out on the essence of the place. Be aware of the surroundings first.”  When Rhodes was playing active cricket (between 1992 and 2003), he never had a chance to ‘do’ the place he visited. It was always the airport-hotel-stadium routine. But now he has the time and has been to several countries. “New Zealand is one of the countries I really loved for its beautiful landscapes and many adventure sports  –  I have done sky diving and bungee jumping there. But the one country I would really like to visit is China. I am very keen to know its people and culture.” Rhodes hopes to see you in SA As for India, he has been here a hundred times. With Melanie, he has ‘house-boated’ in Kerala and snowboarded in Gulmarg. And he has even named his daughter India. Sure he is the right person to provide some advice to first timers in India. “Well, don’t get scared by its food. Try the sweet and syrupy gulab jamuns particularly. And yes, don’t be perturbed by the fact that it has a billion people. And if you are adventurous, ride a Royal Enfield to Ladakh,” he signs off.last_img read more

2015 World Championship in Athletics: All you need to know

first_imgThe 15th World Championship in Athletics were organised in Beijing, China from August 22 to August 30, 2015 by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The event was the largest sporting event to be held in Beijing National Stadium, which is also known as the ‘Bird’s Nest’.A total of 1,933 athletes from 206 countries participated in the Championship and only, 43 nations won medals. For the first time, Kenya topped the table with seven gold medals, six silver medals and three bronze medals;  followed by Jamaica on second and the United States of America (USA) on third rank.The biggest delegation of athletes was from USA with 158 athletes, while Jamaica had 53 athletes and Kenya had 52 athletes. There were 18 athletes from India. The Indian athlete, O P Jaisha Orchatteri broke the national record in Women’s Marathon by finishing 18th in 2:37:29. Babar was the best Indian athlete in the Championship as she became the first Indian athlete to reach the final round in track events. India had many medal contenders, though no medal came home, this year.The final medal list as the 15th World Championship in Athletics concluded on August 30:1. Kenya: 16 medals (7 Gold, 6 Silver, 3 Bronze)2. Jamaica: 12 medals (7 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze)3. USA: 18 medals (6 Gold, 6 Silver, 6 Bronze)4. Great Britain: 7 medals (4 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze)5. Ethiopia: 8 medals (3 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze)6. Poland: 8 medals (3 Gold, 1 Silver, 4 Bronze)7. Canada: 8 medals (2 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze)7. Germany: 8 medals (2 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze)9. Russia: 4 medals (2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze)10. Cuba: 3 medals (2 Gold, 1 Silver)last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Dhoni-Ziva take cuteness quotient to another level, Inderjeet shell-shocked and more

first_imgDhoni’s fun activity with daughter Ziva is super cuteMS Dhoni, who is having an international break after guiding India to ODI and T20I series wins in Zimbabwe last month, has posted an adorable video on his Instagram account.Shocked Inderjeet calls it ‘conspiracy’ after failing dope testJust a couple of days after wrestler Narsingh Yadav failed dope test, now shot-putter Inderjeet Singh has tested positive for a banned substance barely 10 days before the Rio Olympics.Vladimir Putin will not attend Rio Olympics opening ceremonyRussian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.FIFA chief wants two more Africa slots in expanded World CupGianni Infantino repeated his presidential election manifesto pledge to push for the World Cup to grow by eight teams to 40 and wants Africa to get at least two extra slots from 2026.F1 supremo Ecclestone’s mother-in-law kidnapped in Brazil: ReportsThe mother-in-law of Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has been kidnapped in Sao Paulo and criminals are demanding 120 million reais ($36.5 million) in ransomlast_img read more

Australian Open: Roger Federer faces uphill task against Kei Nishikori

first_imgRoger Federer took a massive step forward upon his return to the weekly grind of the tennis circuit with his third round thrashing of Tomas Berdych and is enthused at the prospect of facing Kei Nishikori at the Australian Open on Sunday.Federer, seeded 17th at the season-opening grand slam after a knee injury cut short his 2016 schedule, demolished 10th seed Berdych on Friday to set up his clash with the in-form Nishikori on Rod Laver Arena.”I’m a big fan of his game. He’s got one of the best backhands out there. I love how he can crush it down the line or crosscourt,” the 17-times grand slam champion said of the Japanese fifth seed.”He’s got wonderful second serve returns. He’s fast on his legs. Strong in his mind.”I know how tough he is as the match goes along. He finds his range and his rhythm, he’s tough to stop.”The pair will walk onto court well aware that they could be facing world number one Andy Murray in the quarter-finals, with the Briton facing Mischa Zverev in the final match of the day session on the main court.Murray, who has lost the final at Melbourne Park five times, has undoubtedly been boosted by the shock defeat of six-time champion Novak Djokovic by Denis Istomin, though he thought the Serb’s defeat had no bearing on his own progress.”For me, it doesn’t change anything unless I was to potentially reach the final, because I can’t play Novak in the fourth round or in the third round,” Murray said. “(So I) don’t worry about that really.”advertisementMurray has been joined in the fourth round by Davis Cup team mate Dan Evans who will face France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the quarter-finals.”It was a goal to make the fourth round of a slam this year, Evans said. “It’s satisfying. But I’m not looking back yet.”We’ve got another match on Sunday (and) we’ll see what happens then.”Women’s champion Angelique Kerber will also seek to keep improving her game after she ironed out some wrinkles with her easy victory over Kristyna Pliskova to set up a fourth-round clash with American Coco Vandeweghe.”Coco is a tough opponent,” the German said. “I know I have to move good, being ready, bring a lot of balls back, but also being aggressive, as well, like I can play.”last_img read more

Hyundai Grand i10 facelift launched in India at Rs 4.58 lakh

first_imgHyundai India has finally launched the much-awaited Grand i10 facelift in India with the base variant to cost Rs 4.58 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) while the top end variant will come for Rs 7.32 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi). The new Hyundai Grand i10 was showcased at the Paris Motor Show in 2016 and has been highly anticipated ever since.ALSO READ: Hyundai Grand i10 facelift to launch in India on February 6Price: New Hyundai Grand i10 facelift    Variant     Prices (ex showroom, New Delhi) 1.2 Kappa petrol engine     Era        Rs 4.58 lakh  Magna        Rs 5.22 lakh  Magna AT        Rs 5.98 lakh  Sports        Rs 5.65 lakh  Sports (O)        Rs 5.96 lakh  Sports (O) AT        Rs 6.82 lakh  Asta    Rs 6.39 lakh    1.2L U2 diesel engine     Era    Rs 5.68 lakh  Magna    Rs 6.15 lakh  Sports    Rs 6.58 lakh  Sports (O)        Rs 6.89 lakh  Asta    Rs 7.32 lakhDesign:The exterior projects Bold, Sporty and Dynamic Styling while the interiors echo generous flair of Comfort, Luxury and Hi-tech appeal. The new Grand i10 comes with many design refinements and projects Hyundai’s new design identity with the Cascade Design Front Grille and Aerodynamic Profile, characterized by signature Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language which gives The New 2017 Grand i10, a curved natural flowing line.New Hyundai Grand i10In the front, the new Grand i10 features new radiator grille design, redesigned new bumper and new LED DRLs (daytime running lights) to give the front more bold and sporty look. On the rear, new Grand i10 comes with Dual Tone bumper lending a Bold & Sporty appeal, along with aesthetically incorporated reflectors. Also, in the front, Air Curtain has been added which will be Segment First. Design of Diamond Cut Alloys and wheel covers has been refreshed to boost the Sporty Quotient while the side body moulding has become sleeker, thus offering a fresh profile to the new Grand i10.advertisementNew Hyundai Grand i10ALSO READ:Hyundai working on new 1.2-litre diesel engine for Grand i10 and XcentEngine:Under the hood, the new Hyundai Grand i10 facelift will come with a 1.2L Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine producing 81BHP of peak power and 113NM of peak torque, mated to a five-speed manual transmission, while the 1.2L U2 diesel engine will come with maximum power output of 73BHP and maximum torque of 190NM, mated to five-speed manual transmission.Fuel Efficiency:The new Hyundai Grand i10 petrol engine gives a claimed fuel efficiency of 19.77 kmpl (MT) and 17.49 kmpl (AT), while the diesel engine gives a company claimed fuel efficiency of 24.95 kmpl.New Hyundai Grand i10ALSO READ:Ignis vs Jazz vs Elite i20 vs MicraFeatures:The new Grand i10 will come with two new safety technologies, Lane Departure Warning System and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) forming the Driver Assist Pack. Moreover, the all new Grand i10 will also get a new 14″ steel wheels and wheel covers, rear spoiler with integrated brake light, electric front windows and remote central locking as standard. The interior of the all new Grand i10 features a new Black cloth interior. with grey dashboard insert.Color:The upcoming Grand i10 will be available in six color options- Morning Blue, Polar White, Aqua Sparkling, Iced Coffee, Sleek Sliver and Star Dust.New Hyundai Grand i10ALSO READ: Upcoming Hyundai Grand i10 to be called Grand i10 Prime?Competition:The new Hyundai Grand i10 will compete against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Honda Brio, Mahindra KUV100 and Ford Figo in India.Watch the video here:last_img read more

‘I found the lump myself, I wasn’t shattered’

first_img“People were making vacation plans for the next year and I wouldn’t even buy flight tickets for the next week,” says Gautami Tadimalla, 48, without losing her calm for a moment.”It took me time to accept the permanence of life and plan for the future,” she adds. Poise in the,”People were making vacation plans for the next year and I wouldn’t even buy flight tickets for the next week,” says Gautami Tadimalla, 48, without losing her calm for a moment.”It took me time to accept the permanence of life and plan for the future,” she adds. Poise in the time of grit is perhaps the most defining character she has been associated with, in the industry and outside. A breast cancer survivor, Gautami was diagnosed with the disease at 35. Now, 13 years later, she is back in the industry with renewed rigour, a new attitude to life and a more refined process to her craft.SCREEN BEGINNINGSIn a liberal family of doctors from Bengaluru, a radiation oncologist father and a radiologist mother, Gautami grew up with no dreams of being on the silver screen. Becoming a doctor was a natural career plan and deviated only when her father suggested taking up engineering instead. “It was a time when the medical field was in a state of flux and knowing my temperament, my father suggested I try something else,” she says. Fate had other plans and her first offer came while she was in Hyderabad for admission counselling, through a relative. “It was a film on the life of St Paul and Vijayachander thought I would be perfect for a small cameo role,” she says. However, the process was set in motion and before she knew it, 16-year-old Tadimalla had the industry calling for her.The pictures and footage was being seen in the labs during post-production and word had spread about the arrival of a new actor. People began asking and soon, offers began pouring in. After much deliberation, she decided to give the big bad world of Kollywood a shot and only because she liked the production house’s approach.advertisement”They told my mother that I could be on the first flight back home if I felt the slightest discomfort,” she says. The film was Guru Sishyan, 1988, and one that she is still remembered for even decades later. It was during her second film, Enga Ooru Kavalkaran, 1988, that she knew she had chosen a career path that was cut out for her.”There was something about the camera that lit me up. The places and the situations felt right,” she says. She was soon on set 18 to 20 hours a day, working double shifts and taking in hungrily, everything tinsel town had to offer. “Now that I think about it, acting is a very solitary job, where an actor takes full responsibility for the work they do. It is perhaps one of the reasons it appealed to me,” she says.A NEW WAVEAt the peak of her career, with several box office hits in her kitty and screen time with stars such as Rajinikanth to her credit, she took the next defining step in her career-experimental Malayalam films. “It was like the beginning of a new wave. The films there were what one would call multiplex cinema today and my interest was sparked. I did several interesting films such as His Highness Abdullah, Sukrutham, and Vidyarambham,” she says.It was a change in perception and craft and an awareness that crept into her work in commercial cinema too. “I started looking at commercial cinema differently. I would think about how I can make the characters look more relatable,” she says. Her characters looked real and spoke to the audience, something her fans still remember her for.THE PAUSE”I found the lump myself, so I wasn’t shattered or anything,” she says talking about the beginning of the trauma that was to span the next few years of her life. Her approach to the cancer was much like that to her career-practical and calm. “I had already had a few traumatic years by the time I got diagnosed. And I took the same approach, telling myself, this is the situation now, what next?” she says.The treatment, a lumpectomy surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiation lasted six months. Subbulakshmi, her daughter was only five at the time, and with her at every step. “I didn’t want her to feel that Amma is here today and won’t be there tomorrow. I didn’t want my hair falling out suddenly, so I cut it off gradually. By the time chemotherapy started, I was bald,” she says. She has spoken of her battle with the disease many times over, yet the perfunctory tone gives away for a moment. She believes people who are diagnosed often don’t have their priorities in place. “Surgery usually has a logical conclusion, but chemotherapy is different. It is alright to be scared of chemotherapy, petrified even. But, your hair falling off cannot be the primary concern. I know it is a metaphor for death but it will grow back. I want to tell them, they will be fine,” she says.advertisementChemotherapy did bring fear with it and the experiences of other people that she had heard were often shocking, ranging from vomiting fits to weakness and more. “It is then that I had to stop myself and say, so what if I vomit. I will do so and get done with the treatment.” Never once does she dismiss the need of a positive attitude through it all, emphasising it is often half the battle won. “But to be ignorant and say there is nothing wrong with me is irresponsible. There is a lot of effort from people including yourself to save your life. After all, you are sick and your immune system is compromised. It is important to follow the doctor’s instructions and diets,” she says.THE JOURNEY AND MOTHERHOODThe recuperation took a few years, but Tadimalla was already bouncing back, taking in her stride every realisation the cancer had brought. “It is unfortunate that it had to happen this way. But it put my life back on track. One of the things it did was to make me realise what kind of mother I want to be to my daughter,” she says talking about their bond. A single mother right from the beginning, she took to motherhood with a sense of discovery, both for herself and her daughter. “It was the first time I was seeing what being out there in the world as a woman feels like. With my own upbringing, I was never made conscious of the fact that I was a woman,” she says. “I’ve let my daughter discover things about herself and I now understand why she thinks the way she does about everything including feminism,” she adds.RETURN TO CINEMA”As cliched as it may sound, I’ve never been too bothered about money,” she says while talking about the process of selecting a film. While the character she essays is of primary importance, a strong screenplay and the director are important too. If it fits the bill, she takes up the project regardless of the budget it comes with. While the process remains quite the same, her approach to a role has become mature, she admits.”I’ve always been an instinctive actor, but now it is blended with a certain deliberate preparation too. Most of this is about being in the right mind space,” she says talking about the initial days of her return where she was marred by restlessness and preoccupation at not being able to disconnect from other parts of her life. Her stint as a technician and costume designer had also brought about a change in perception which needed to be re-examined. “As a technician, my perception of the film was panoramic. I had to start telescoping it down as an actor,” she says.advertisementActing remains on the cards as she juggles shoot schedules but Tadimalla is looking to announce her foray into production soon. “We will be looking at feature films and digital content too,” she says.LOOKING BACKThere is excitement in her voice as she speaks of cinema and it isn’t hard to tell the medium continues to charm her as it did when she first stepped into it as a college girl. “I still remember my mother used to say when I sat in a corner at home. ‘Bring in a few lights and then watch the sheer joy on her face,'” she says as she gleams.Survival Of The Strongest1 Don’t panic: It is important to not go into a downward spiral, something a lot of people do. If you have caught it early, breast cancer is the most treatable type of cancer.2 Find a good doctor: It is very important that you trust your oncologist. There is also no harm in going to several doctors for consulation before you find the doctor you trust.3 Follow instructions: It is essential to follow the doctor’s instructions and diet. Not taking precautions can mean you are not giving yourself the practical chances you need to survive.4 Commit to the treatment, all the way: Chemotherapy is usually a three-week cycle and your immunity levels take a hit. Even a common cold can become a complication.5 Be practical: Be aware that it can happen to anyone and you need not have done anything wrong. It could be a dormant gene that caused it.6 Be positive: It is the greatest weapon you can have.At A GlanceTwo of Tadimalla’s favourite filmsNee Pathi Naan Pathi, Tamil (1991)One of my favourite films where I play a character called Niveda. She is an illegitimate daughter of a respectable man in the society. Though the parents have had an enduring relationship, she is fiercely supportive of her mother. When Niveda falls in love, a crisis unfolds. The journey of how she finds herself and walks away with courage and peace was deeply interesting.Sukrutham, Malayalam (1994)Based on a novel by author MT Vasudevan Nair, the film is the story of a writer played by Mammootty who gets diagnosed with cancer. He goes into a spiral and wants to find someone for his wife while he is still alive. When he goes into a hospice, his wife turns to another man out of heartbreak and anger. There, he goes on to reminisce their time together. However, at the end of it, she is a different woman. It was one of those characters I took some time to snap out of.Photographer Sumanth KumarStylist Shruti Charan KodikalMake-up A IbrahimHair S Vijaya RaghavanLocation courtesy Intercontinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort”You Need To Fight For Your Life”Reva Kumar, 55Breast cancer survivor Founder, Sapphire Sourcing, Garment export company DelhiIt was in 2012 during her regular mammogram when Reva Kumar was diagnosed with breast cancer. A lesion was detected and she was asked to undergo the FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology) test, which turned out to be positive. “The first reaction was of denial and that cancer could not hit me. After the test reports came in, for a moment, I did feel it was the end. But then immediately, I knew I had to fight it,” says Kumar who is a fashion designer, and runs her garment export business catering to fashion houses in the US and UK.Putting up a brave front Being a fighter that Kumar is, she refused to let cancer pull her down and her business. The cancer was infiltrating duct carcinoma (NOS) grade 2, score 7, and her treatment started at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, Delhi, with a lumpectomy where the lump was surgically removed. What followed was six cycles of chemotherapy at an interval of three weeks. After 21 days of her last chemotherapy, she had to undergo 25 radiation sessions and six boosters of radiation. “I have a strong belief that God gives you only what you can handle. It was my family, my husband and son, who inspired me to get up each day and fight with all my might. They gave me hope when I felt embattled and so physically weak,” says Kumar, who was declared cancer-free after about nine months of treatment, and is now on hormonal therapy since 2013. She on her part tried to keep her life as normal as she could throughout the treatment. She kept herself involved with the business, went to work, and gave herself no time to think about the disease.A new lease of life Being a workaholic who always felt that if she would not concentrate on the work and finish tasks on hand, things wouldn’t happen, Kumar now refuses to stress about tomorrow. “I have become more positive after facing the C, and I am living thoroughly this second lease of life,” she says. Kumar now also volunteers with an NGO that helps cancer patients bounce back and counsels their families as well.By Shelly AnandStay Inspired1 Never give up. Attitude is everything, and your frame of mind will frame your world.2 You simply have two choices- sit, cry and moan, or be strong and positive3 Keep yourself busy and motivated all the time4 Don’t shy away from meeting people. Losing hair is only a temporary phase.5 If good times didn’t last, bad times will also not continue”Cancer Is A Rebirth”Nidhi Agarwal, 51Breast cancer survivor Founder, Bliss Foundation, NGO for support and counselling of cancer patients, DelhiJust when her husband had developed multiple system atrophy, Nidhi Agarwal detected a lump in her left breast during a casual self-examination in October 2014. Tests diagnosed it as stage 1, grade 2 malignant tumour.”My first reaction was why me,” says Agarwal. But the Delhi-based cosmetologist swiftly brushed aside fear and underwent a surgery within four days of the test results and followed it up with six cycles of chemotherapy. These took a toll on her health. “I had skin discolouration and lost my hair. But I decided to face it and come out of it for the sake of my family,” she says. Her zest for life made her wear make-up everyday and step out feeling good. “I lived my life to the fullest. I shaved off my hair which was thinning because of chemotherapy and acted in a play. I realised that I had a new chance to live my life,” she says.During her treatment, she met doctors and a support group from Max Super Speciality Hospital, Patparganj, Delhi, where other cancer patients met and shared their problems. “It was here that I found my inspiration to help thousands of cancer survivors because what you need the most is support from family and friends,” she says. In November 2015, she was declared free of the deadly disease and Agarwal decided to set up Bliss, a breast foundation trust along with her son.”I decided that women need beauty therapy to live confidently. We helped them dress up, procure wigs and bras. We also started theatre therapy whereby women could act in skits and keep themselves busy and engrossed,” she says. While the trust is still in its nascent stages with limited funds, Agarwal recently organised a fund raiser that can help Bliss offer financial assistance for treatment.By Aditi PaiFace it1 Stay positive. It helps tackle the turmoil that comes with the disease.2 You have got a new lease of life so live it to the fullest. Pursue your hobbies.3 Be confident, dress well and feel good. It works on your mental make-up.”Accept Whatever Life Throws At You”Dr Ritu Biyani, 58Breast cancer survivor Dental surgeon and Founder, Highways Beyond Cancer, PuneAs a dental surgeon in the Indian Army Dental Corps, Dr (Capt) Ritu Biyani’s first posting was in Sikkim, the state where the mountaineering bug bit her. Inspired by the mountains, she did courses in basic and advance mountaineering, undertook two expeditions and went on to become the first woman paratrooper from the Indian Army Dental Corps. “The probation period was at par with men and there were no concessions. The training was to test physical and mental endurance so as to be prepared for any operational para drops in war, if required,” says Biyani. The rigorous training and her penchant for sports probably prepared her to face the emotional upheaval of being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. “These activities inculcated tremendous physical and mental endurance both before and after cancer, subtly expanding and enriching my life hugely. My desire to achieve something was greater than the fear of failure,” she says.Biyani was 40 when she was detected with breast cancer-infiltrating ductal carcinoma. A visit to the doctor for check-up revealed a lump in her breast but was misdiagnosed as benign. Three months later, she developed another symptom and the biopsy test diagnosed it as cancer. It was undoubtedly a turbulent time. Her then eight-year-old daughter was worried that her mother would die of the disease. “Indeed this was an adventure but with a difference. I accepted the diagnosis without wasting time in denial or self-pity,” she says.In 2006, after she was cleared of the disease, Biyani and her daughter Tista Joseph, now 14, pioneered an initiative, Project Highways, which combined adventure sports with cancer awareness and motivational campaigns across India. “Don’t fear but be alert,” she says. Over the past 11 years, Biyani has driven alone over two lakh kilometres across 26 states and four union territories, conducted more than a thousand cancer awareness workshops with groups ranging from tribals to technocrats and reached out to more than three lakh people in urban and rural areas, sharing her experiences, assisting other patients in dealing with cancer and raising financial aid for needy cancer patients.By Aditi PaiReduce Your Risk1 Look for unusual changes in your breasts and armpits2 If you notice anything abnormal, don’t delay or avoid visiting your doctor for a check-up3 Early detection can improve your chances of survival and can help preserve the breast”Cancer Made Me The Woman I Am Today”Kanchan Daniel, 27Picture courtesy FB@KDANDTHEBGut cancer survivor, Lead singer, Kanchan Daniel and the Beards, MumbaiKanchan Daniel grew up listening to Boney M, The Mamas & the Papas and Janis Joplin, her biggest inspiration. “Nobody in my family is a musician but music is an integral part of our lives,” says Daniel.Vocalist of the blues rock band Kanchan Daniel and the Beards, she plays three instruments-keyboard, blues harp and didgeridoo and has a degree in clinical psychology. Tying her many talents together, is her approach to life, which is equal parts fierce and fearless, rational and inspiring. Ten years ago, she was diagnosed with stage-three cancer of the gut with no chance of survival. But she beat those odds with eight surgeries, three rounds of chemotherapy, good cheer and sheer strength.How and when were you diagnosed with cancer?I was learning to drive when I started getting an intense pain that would should shoot down my thigh. At first, we thought it was because of driving, however, I would also get a recurring fever. But none of these was a sign that would lead us to think it was cancer. One day, the fever was too intense and I had to be rushed to our family doctor, who suggested I get a sonography. It was revealed that I was carrying a tumour so big that it didn’t even fit in the screen of the sonogram. The same day we consulted another doctor and the next day, I was scheduled for surgery. My cancer had progressed to stage 3, we were unsure that I’d even make it out alive from the surgery. You fought the disease with humour and strength.Tell us about your approach?I did not jump into self-pity and go down the ‘why me?’ route. I didn’t even cry because my only aim at that point was to kick cancer out of my system because it had messed with the wrong girl. Apart from my own mental determination to battle and beat the illness, it has been the unstinting support of my entire family, my doctors, my faith in God, and the positive atmosphere that my family kept around me, which helped me sail through.By Asmita BakshiWords Of Wisdom1 You have been assigned this mountain to show others that it can be moved2 Never be ashamed of your scars. It means that you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.3 Let your faith be bigger than your fear. This too shall pass.4 Always remember that you are not alone5 Cancer is so limited. It cannot corrode faith, it cannot silence courage or bring you down. Keep fighting.”Your Mind Is Your Final Frontier”Ananda Shankar Jayant, 56Breast cancer survivor Classical dancer, choreographer, bureaucrat, HyderabadPicture courtesy: Harsha VadlamaniOf the belief that dance is not only her spiritual journey, but also her greatest communication tool, and a weapon to deal with whatever life throws at her, Ananda Shankar Jayant, a trained Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi dancer, refused to bow down to cancer. An officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service, 1987 batch, Jayant was about to travel overseas for a conference in 2008 when she discovered a lump in the left breast. After undergoing a mammogram, she left for the confe-rence and when she returned after two weeks, her husband broke the news to her about the lump being malignant. “Initially, it did upset me but only for a brief spell. I decided not to allow something as transient as an illness to take over me and my mind,” she says.Dancing away the blues Diagnosed with stage 2 grade 3 carcinoma of the breast, she underwent lumpectomy followed by chemotherapy, radiation and endocrine therapy for two years. But, she danced through it all. “Dance has always been my core strength. By bringing laser sharp focus to it, I shifted my mind from the clamour, clutter and melodrama that cancer comes with. I would go and get my chemotherapy, take three days rest that my body needed, and then, I would be back in the studio dancing and teaching,” she says. In remission now, she goes for regular check-ups and takes oral tablets for maintenance.Tapping into her inner strength It wasn’t easy but Jayant told herself that fear and tears are options she doesn’t have, and within three weeks of the surgery, she presented a five-day Sangeet Natak Akademi National Dance Festival. Throughout her treatment, she took inspiration from the shloka-Jaya Jaya He Mahishasura Mardini (Durga, the fearless one), learnt at her mother’s knee when she was four. “I owned that image, and made her every attribute my very own. Durga rode a lion. She was Simhanandini. My lion was my inner strength, my inner resilience, that all of us have,” she says. A TED speaker on her cancer journey, her story is the power of choice, of conquering cancer with her passion for dance.By Shelly AnandRising Up, Powefully1 Cancer is a mind game. Make the choice to deal with it and overcome it.2 Focus on something other than cancer; on what you love to do, what animates and inspires you3 Shift your mind and spirit away from the needy and attention seeking cancer4 It is only one page of the life. Don’t allow it to impact the rest of your life.last_img read more

Premier League: Harry Kane’s 200th goal in vain as Southampton stun Tottenham Hotspur

first_imgEngland captain Harry Kane scored the 200th goal of his career but his milestone was eclipsed as Tottenham Hotspur squandered a lead in a game they were dominating before suffering a 2-1 Premier League defeat at Southampton on Saturday.On a day when Jamie Vardy scored his 100th goal for Leicester City in their 3-1 home win over Fulham, Kane enjoyed his own landmark moment at St Mary’s – his 200th in all matches for clubs and country – to put Spurs ahead.Yet it was to prove an unhappy return to his old St Mary’s stamping ground for Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino who, serving the first of a two-match touchline ban, saw his side capitulate to two late goals in five minutes from Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse.Ward-Prowse’s stunning free kick winner left Spurs third on 61 points, still 10 behind leaders Manchester City, who were hosting Watford later on Saturday, and nine behind Liverpool, who entertain Burnley on Sunday.The win also dented Spurs’ hopes in an ever-tighter top-four battle for Champions League places as they remain just three points ahead of their nearest pursuers Manchester United, who play at fifth-placed Arsenal on Sunday.Southampton’s late turnaround, though, earned them crucial points in the fight to avoid relegation, just as Cardiff City were able to celebrate an equally important 2-0 win over West Ham United thanks to goals from Junior Hoilett and Victor Camarasa.Crystal Palace 1-2 BrightonThe Seagulls completed a first #PL double over their rivals on Saturday #CRYBHA pic.twitter.com/u2O8XFlgzuadvertisementPremier League (@premierleague) March 9, 2019Fellow strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion also had reason to cheer as a dazzling individual goal from Anthony Knockaert sealed their 2-1 win at fierce rivals Crystal Palace.Cardiff 2-0 West HamThe Bluebirds earned a first-ever #PL win against West Ham and are just two points from safety#CARWHU pic.twitter.com/2ZtA4t1LdtPremier League (@premierleague) March 9, 2019Cardiff’s win was not enough to take the 18th-placed side out of the bottom three but they are just two points behind Burnley and Southampton (30 points) while Brighton joined Palace on 33.Newcastle 3-2 EvertonThe Magpies became only the 2nd team to overhaul a 2-0 deficit against Everton at home – matching the achievement of Spurs in September 2000#NEWEVE pic.twitter.com/dIkxDb60RTPremier League (@premierleague) March 9, 2019Newcastle United pushed clear of the struggling pack into 13th place with an astonishing comeback from two down at halftime to beat Everton 3-2, with a goal from Salomon Rondon and a late double from Ayoze Perez, that earned them a fifth straight league win at St James’ Park.Leicester 3-1 FulhamJamie Vardy netted his 100th goal in all competitions for the Foxes as Brendan Rodgers won his 1st home match in charge#LEIFUL pic.twitter.com/ybx5G43CnWPremier League (@premierleague) March 9, 2019There seems, however, no hope now for Fulham, under their caretaker manager Scott Parker, after their defeat at Leicester, whose own new boss Brendan Rodgers was grateful for Vardy’s late double.The brace ensured the England striker became the first player to achieve a three-figure tally of goals for the Foxes since Gary Lineker.Fulham are in 19th place on 17 points with their plight only topped by Huddersfield Town’s after the Terriers remained three points further adrift following their 2-0 home defeat by Bournemouth.Read More | Raheem Sterling hat-trick sends Manchester City four clear of Liverpoollast_img read more

21 days agoChelsea manager Lampard announces Jorginho as vice-captain

first_imgChelsea manager Lampard announces Jorginho as vice-captainby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has announced Jorginho is the club’s vice-captain.Last season Gary Cahill was selected as club captain whenever he was on the pitch by Maurizio Sarri, with Cesar Azpilicueta named as vice-captain – but the Spaniard has now become the club captain.Speaking ahead of the game against Southampton on Sunday, Lampard said: “Yes, Jorginho is vice-captain as it stands. [Azpilicueta] is the captain and that was clear at the start of the season and I think his professionalism and career here speaks for itself. “Jorginho, I keep talking about him, is a character and a driver. It is very evident to see on the pitch. That’s the situation as it stands.” While the 27-year-old is not fluent in English, he has been boosting his language skills in a bid to improve his standing as a leader. Lampard says he believes Jorginho is “a character and a driver” on and off the pitch.”It is obviously important, we always try here to push that along as soon as players come in because communication is key on and off the pitch,” Lampard said. “He crosses the borders as it is easy when you come in sometimes to stay within groups of nationalities. Jorginho doesn’t. He is a driver on and off the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Delhi govt asks DMs to review court tribunal cases on fortnightly basis

first_imgNew Delhi: To streamline processing of court and tribunal cases, the Delhi government’s revenue department has issued guidelines, asking all district magistrates to review cases on a fortnightly basis and send a report.The department warned of disciplinary action against erring officers for any lapse in compliance of guidelines.The additional district magistrates will be the reviewing officer and an officer not below the rank of the tehsildar will be the nodal officer-legal-cum-parivi officer for all cases involving revenue districts, according to the the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe nodal officer-legal will maintain the complete record of all court and tribunal cases in electronic module with fortnightly printout of same to be kept on record.”The district magistrates shall also review the court/tribunal cases on a fortnightly basis and send a report to the Legal Branch HQ (headquarters) in the prescribed format…,” the guidelines stated.The district magistrates may also bring to the notice of divisional commissioner (headquarters-II) the matters for escalating to appropriate level if any lapse on the part of government counsel is observed.last_img read more

Violinist Andrew Forde brings Glenn Gould to contemporary audience

first_img Facebook Violinist Andrew Forde and his band the Ghost Tapes will be performing a re-interpretation of Glenn Gould’s work as part of Black History Month in Toronto Feb. 9. (CBC) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Forde is calling his piece Ideas of North as an ode to the late musician, but also to represent the pluralism of voices which wouldn’t have been heard 50 years ago. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Toronto-based violinist Andrew Forde has performed with Justin Bieber, Sting, Pitbull and Mary J. Blige, but there’s another star he’s connecting with: Glenn Gould.Forde has remixed the iconic Canadian pianist to explore the country’s rich identity in Ideas of North and will perform it live Feb. 9th in Toronto as part of Black History Month.The title is a play on Gould’s landmark documentary, The Idea of North, which first aired on CBC Radio in 1967. Gould layered speaking voices on top of each other to create a unique sonic landscape in his program about the Canadian North.last_img read more

Energy regulator orders Hydro One to cut administrative budget by 30 million

TORONTO — Ontario’s electricity customers shouldn’t foot the bill for “unreasonably high” compensation for Hydro One’s senior staff, the province’s energy regulator said as it ordered the company to cut its administrative budget by $30 million over two years.In a recent ruling, the Ontario Energy Board rejected a Hydro One request to increase its administrative costs and spend more on capital projects. The OEB decision comes as part of a review of a 2016 rate hike request from Hydro One which, if approved, would see rates jump by 0.5 per cent in 2017 and 4.8 per cent in 2018. The regulator will set the rates later this fall.Hydro One said in a statement that it will review the OEB orders and “determine appropriate next steps”.Natalie Poole-Moffatt, the company’s vice-president of corporate affairs, defended the utility’s management team.“Hydro One recruited a leadership team with the necessary experience to deliver on the promises we made to our customers: improve customer service and increase productivity while maintaining reliability,” she said in a statement.In 2015, the government announced it would sell 60 per cent of Hydro One to raise billions it would put towards infrastructure projects.In the decision, the OEB said hydro customers gain little from the jump in executive salaries that were largely generated by the IPO. The total corporate management costs for Hydro One in 2014 of about $5.5 million are set to increase to $22.1 million in 2018, the regulator said.“The OEB shares the concerns of … (those) who question whether Hydro One has adequately demonstrated that the significant increases in compensation costs associated with the parent company’s transformation will produce outcomes that utility customers value,” the OEB decision said.It also expressed concern that Hydro One has stopped making progress toward bringing executive compensation levels down to the market median and those efforts have “now reversed.” The regulator also said the company’s total compensation amounts are likely understated because not all items of Hydro One compensation were included in its rate hike request.“After considering all of the evidence related to the amounts for compensation that Hydro One seeks to recover from transmission services ratepayers, the OEB finds that compensation amounts in the total (administrative budget) for 2017 and 2018 of $412.7 million and $409.3 million are unreasonably high by an amount of approximately $15 million in each year,” the decision said.The OEB also rejected a proposal to give all of the tax savings generated by the 2015 IPO of the partially privatized company to shareholders. The regulator instead mandated shareholders receive 71 per cent of the savings while ratepayers receive the remaining 29 per cent.That would drop Hydro One’s shareholders portion of tax savings from $81.9 million to $58.1 in 2017 and from $89.6 million to $63.6 million in 2018.The OEB also ordered Hydro One to reduce its budget for capital expenditures by $126.1 million in 2017 and $122.2 million in 2018.A spokesman for Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault said Tuesday that the government’s plan to cut hydro bills by 25 per cent will not be impacted by any rate application approved by the OEB. Colin Nekolaichuk said the OEB rate application process has resulted in $278 million in reduced administrative and capital costs.“This is yet another example of the OEB’s strong record of denying hydro companies all that they ask for, and reviewing rate applications with the consumer in mind first,” he said in a statement.But NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns said the OEB didn’t go far enough to limit executive compensation or give ratepayers a bigger piece of future tax savings.“Legally, they could have assigned 100 per cent of (the tax savings) to customers,” Tabuns said. “There are billions of dollars that are now going to shareholders that could have kept bills down.”Progressive Conservative energy critic Todd Smith said the OEB decision shows that Hydro One’s executive compensation is out of line with other jurisdictions. Smith noted that the OEB report also provides an increasingly rare look into the financial status of Hydro One, which was removed from the purview of several legislative watchdogs after the IPO.“It takes an OEB report to actually see now what executive compensation has grown to at Hydro One,” he said. “No longer are the executives and the total cost to ratepayers known because only the top five executives are required … to declare what their compensation is.” read more

UNICEF staffer released after being abducted in southern Somalia

A staff member of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was released today after being abducted by armed men in the Lower Juba region of southern Somalia on Wednesday.UNICEF said that Robert McCarthy, aged 47, had been released unharmed into the custody of UN security staff and members of the Somali Transitional Federal Government.“We are very relieved that Mr. McCarthy has been released unharmed and thank the Transitional Federal Government for demonstrating leadership in this critical time,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, who was in Kenya and greeted Mr. McCarthy’s wife and two of their children.Armed men abducted Mr. McCarthy on 1 March on the outskirts of Afmadow, which is 110 kilometres northwest of Kismayo in the Lower Juba region of this strife-torn Horn of Africa country.UNICEF has around 200 staff working for its Somalia operation and of these, about 75 are based at the agency’s Somalia Support Centre, in Nairobi, Kenya and the rest inside Somalia. About 30 international staff work for UNICEF Somalia.UNICEF has been operating in Somalia since 1972 and, following the collapse of the Government in 1991, it has continued to render services to children and women, working with local administrations where they exist, Somali communities, local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other UN agencies to help deliver services. read more

The Dragons are coming back to Calgary

by News Staff Posted Mar 12, 2015 7:14 am MDT If you’ve got the next big business plan or invention, this weekend may be for you.CBC’s Dragons’ Den is holding open auditions for its 10th season.Associate Producer Priscilla Sreedharan said when it comes to that initial presentation pitchers need to bring their enthusiasm.“There will be two producers at auditions and that’s all you have to get past in order to see the dragons,” she said. “All that passion is really important to making a great presentation, because if you’re not enthusiastic about your pitch, how are you going to get the dragons enthusiastic about your business?”Sreedharan added one of the biggest mistakes people make is not having something visual for their pitch.Auditions this weekend are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Faculty of Arts building at Mount Royal University on Saturday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Dragons are coming back to Calgary read more

New partnership brings additional mental health resources to Brock

Brock University is taking action to address the rapidly growing demand for student mental health services.The need for mental health counselling traditionally spikes after the University’s February Reading Week, when schoolwork tends to intensify in preparation for end of term. Through new funding from the Niagara Community Foundation’s David S. Howes Fund, counsellors from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) will soon be available on campus to assist students with their academic, personal and professional mental health concerns during this busy time.Operating in addition to the existing mental health options in Student Health Services, Personal Counselling Services and the 24-hour Good 2 Talk hotline, the new service will be offered Monday to Thursday in the James A. Gibson Library from Feb. 25 until April 18, with drop-in sessions running from 4 to 7 p.m.Sarah Pennisi, Director of Brock’s Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, said the additional services in the Library serve two purposes.“Having the CMHA counsellors on site will offer more hours of service during peak demand times and make mental health services highly visible in a central location,” she said. “By making the services visible, we are hoping to increase the likelihood of students seeking help when they need it.”The partnership with the University will provide more comprehensive counselling services to students both on campus and in the community, said Tara McKendrick, Executive Director of CMHA Niagara.“Working with Brock has been an excellent opportunity to ensure that mental health supports are timely and accessible to maximize options for student support,” she said. “During these times, it can be extremely helpful to speak with a professional who can help explore tools and options for increased support. CMHA Niagara being on campus also provides an opportunity for students to become aware of resources available off campus if needed.”The central location of the available services was key in the decision to locate counsellors within the Library’s Matheson Learning Commons, said University Librarian Mark Robertson.“It’s a very visible space that will help students to easily discover the available counselling options,” he said. “We are about supporting learning, and we see the connection between curricular learning and determinants like mental health that can positively affect it.”For Pennisi, the new service further demonstrates the University’s commitment to its students through internal and external partnerships.“Brock is known for being a caring community, and we show our caring and commitment to student success by responding to their needs,” she said. “We recognize there are stakeholders, such as the CMHA and the Library, who bring skills and resources that help us to continue to demonstrate our commitment to student success and well-being.”To learn more about the many mental health resources available at Brock, visit brockmentalhealth.ca or brocku.ca/swac read more

Why having a cold nose means you may be working too hard

first_imgDr Alastair Ritchie of the Bioengineering… The next time you suspect you are overdoing things mentally, a quick check of your nose temperature could prove illuminating. Scientists have discovered that a cold hooter is a sign of thinking too hard.center_img In a new study, in which researchers used thermal imaging cameras on the faces of 14 volunteers while they carried out mental tasks, they found that the nose temperature of those feeling overwhelmed dropped by around one degree centigrade. The scientists say it as a sign that the brain is overworking, and has ordered that blood should be diverted to help neurons. Extremities, like the nose, suffer first because it take more energy to pump blood to them.last_img

Column Alzheimers has taken over Dads life

first_imgTo mark World Alzheimer’s Week 2013, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has launched a new Public Awareness Campaign which aims to inform people on how they can reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia in later life. Research has shown that keeping your brain, body and heart as healthy and active as possible are seen as important steps which could lessen the chance of being diagnosed with dementia in the future. For more information on how you can look after yourself now and take positive steps in order to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, log onto www.alzheimer.ie or call the National Helpline on 1800 341 341, the Helpline is open Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm. MY NAME IS Denise, I am 50 years of age and the eldest of seven children; I have six younger brothers, three adult sons, and I became a grandmother last November. I am involved in Early Childhood Care and Education. My dad has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is 74 years of age. This is my experience of my dad’s journey living with Alzheimer’s.When I began noticing some changes in Dad it was not just about his memory – reasoning and logic became a problem, too. Dad would get confused with simple everyday tasks, he would also get confused with directions to places he knew, appointments were forgotten, and he could not recall stories the family had told him. People said, ‘Oh sure doesn’t everyone experience problems with their memory’, but this was different. Although friends meant well, this gave Dad a reason to dismiss the diagnosis when it came.Dad forgot things we told him and when we would remind him that we told him, he found it very difficult to accept he had forgotten. It was always someone else’s fault or else he was adamant he hadn’t been told. This would lead to arguments and we have since realised that this is a typical reaction, it’s everyone else who is wrong, not Dad! This was his way of dealing with the changes he was experiencing.Doing things that made no senseDad would do things that made no sense, one day I found him one day putting the used tea bags into the recycle bin. When I asked him why he was doing that, he said it was to give the bin ‘a bit of weight’. He also went to zip up his jacket one day and couldn’t find the small piece to insert the zipper in to. He blamed Mam for ruining his jacket in the wash until we showed him that the piece was at the top of the zip instead of the bottom. There have been a few more incidents and these still surprise me about Dad. It is sometimes difficult to follow his reasoning for things.We decided to try get Dad to see a GP but he had hardly ever been to the GP in his life so this wasn’t easy. My brother eventually got Dad to the GP and the Universal Alzheimer’s Test was carried out. After a number of weeks the results showed that Dad did indeed have early signs of Alzheimer’s. He didn’t take this well. He claimed the tests were ridiculous; the questions were not suited to him, why wasn’t he asked easier questions, questions he would have known the answers to!It took him a long time to accept the diagnosis and this was the worst time for us as a family. We now had a direction to take Dad in, yet he absolutely refused to believe he needed to go there. He thought we were trying to put him into a nursing home; following a particularly upsetting argument I had with him, I had to hold him by the shoulders and promise him we were in fact trying to do the opposite –keep him at home with us. Only then did we finally begin to get somewhere with him.Without support, I don’t know how we would copeAlthough Dad was not happy, I was pleased with the diagnosis as now we could get him the supports he needed. Little did I know how much support we would need as a family. It was difficult as one of us would call to Dad and find him in great form, thus making liars of the other siblings. Now we realise he has good days and not so good days.Mam has been amazing but it is difficult to keep it all balanced. Supporting Mam while keeping an eye on Dad has been another unexpected challenge. His mood swings are upsetting for her and she needs a lot of support when it happens, very understandably. It also upsets her when she sees how his condition is taking its toll on us. I suppose the Mother Hen is always on duty.I sometimes feel torn. Alzheimer’s has taken over Dad’s life, he seems to talk about little else. His Alzheimer’s Social Club is very important to him and the days he goes there is a welcome break for Mam. Watching my grandson making cognitive connections while Dad struggles to maintain his cognitive function is quite a dichotomy. I see my grandsons’ memory and reasoning expand and develop and I am so proud of him. He can remember the names for objects and recalls them rapidly… then I see Dad, who also knows the names for everything, and yet he cannot recall them.During Dad’s illness we have received great support of The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland and Dr Michelle Kelly in Trinity Research Unit as well as Professor Swannick and Roisin in Sheaf House. Without these supports I do not know how we would have coped as a family.16th – 21st September marks World Alzheimer Week. To mark this The Alzheimer Society of Ireland are holding a free Information Evening in the Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2 on Thursday 19th September at 7pm. All are welcome. For more information call Grace on 01 207 3818. last_img read more

This is what Ubuntu Touchs core apps look like so far

first_imgThough Canonical released its Ubuntu Touch preview over one month ago, not all of us have either been brave enough, or had the proper combination of devices and software to give it a test run. For those that fall into this category, but still want to give Ubuntu Touch a look-see, some previews of the core apps have trickled out into the wild.The core apps are what you’d expect a mobile device’s core apps to be: A calculator, a weather app, a clock, a file manager, Twitter and Facebook clients, an email app, and so on. Interestingly, and because it’s Linux, a Terminal app is being developed as a core app as well. So now you can simultaneously be frustrated with having to pop into the Terminal on your phone, but also feel like a cool hacker since you’re dumping dense text commands into a terminal.You won’t really be blown away by the artistic direction of the core apps at the moment, but they’re getting the job done. They don’t look bad; they just look a little plain, but unfortunately not plain in the sense that a pleasing minimalistic aesthetic style would be “plain.” The apps do look very Ubuntu, but they could benefit from Ubuntu’s greatest strength: the wonderful, iconic aubergine color.Granted, the apps are currently in a development stage, and have until October (if Canonical’s aim of having Ubuntu Touch devices available to consumers by then comes to fruition) to spruce up the look. Again, though, they don’t look bad — you just wouldn’t sneak a second glance if they walked by you on the street.Aside from the core apps, some third party developers are working on apps of their own as well. An alternative weather app makes an appearance, as does Google Reader and microblogging client Gwibber, as well as some staple mobile games like Sudoku and Chess.Check out the progress on the core apps here, and if you’re messing around with Ubuntu Touch, you can grab daily builds of the core apps here.last_img read more

Is the issue with me being white Row breaks out over BBC

first_img Friday 1 Mar 2019, 10:09 AM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4518800 Image: Instagram/SJDooley 92,333 Views Share118 Tweet Email1 Mar 1st 2019, 10:09 AM “The world does not need any more white saviours,” he said in a tweet, referring to a term used for western people who attempt to ‘fix’ the problems of struggling nations without understanding their history, needs, or the state of affairs in the region.Those accused of being white saviours are seen to put their personal development at the centre of their efforts, rather than a genuine effort to help.Commenters also tagged the Instagram page NoWhiteSaviors in Dooley’s posts, whose profile reads: “We never said ‘no white people’. We just know you shouldn’t be the hero of the story.”But Dooley defended the work of Comic Relief and asked Lammy whether the controversy had come about because of the colour of her skin.“David, is the issue with me being white?” she said. “Because if that’s the case, you could always go over there and try raise awareness?” Source: Twitter/@StaceyDooleyIn response, Lammy said that while his comment wasn’t personal and that he recognised the work of Comic Relief, he felt that it was a problematic way to create awareness.“My problem with British celebrities being flown out by Comic Relief to make these films is that it sends a distorted image of Africa which perpetuates an old idea from the colonial era,” he said.It isn’t the first time that Comic Relief has attracted controversy for its celebrity endorsements.In 2017, a video featuring Ed Sheeran was given a “Rusty Radiator” award, which are given for fundraising campaigns which focus on stereotypes “considered offensive”.The head of the charity, Liz Warner, appeared to accept the award, telling The Guardian that the video “rightly challenged” organisations like Comic Relief to be responsible, fresh and relevant when conveying their issues.center_img By Stephen McDermott Image: Instagram/SJDooley ‘Is the issue with me being white?’: Row breaks out over BBC presenter’s social media posts from Africa A Labour MP has accused Comic Relief of sending a “distorted image” of Africa. 67 Comments A ROW HAS broken out in the United Kingdom after a politician accused a BBC documentary-maker of sending a “distorted image” of Africa in her social media posts.Labour MP David Lammy’s comments came after journalist Stacey Dooley attracted criticism for her Instagram posts in Uganda, where she posed with local children whom she met while filming a Comic Relief documentary.One post showed Doooley holding a toddler, with a caption claiming she was “obsessed” with the child.Commenters argued that the 31 year-old was using children as “props”, that her posts came across as “self-righteous” and that they deflected praise from local workers and NGOs in developing countries.The outlook was echoed by Lammy yesterday, when he called for the promotion of more African voices and a debate on how to create awareness about issues affecting the continent. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Un système découtes téléphoniques se fait plus accessible

first_imgUn système d’écoutes téléphoniques se fait plus accessibleÉtats-Unis – Les systèmes d’écoutes téléphoniques, généralement très coûteux, pourraient bientôt ne plus être réservés aux grandes institutions étatiques. En effet, un informaticien a expliqué avoir mis au point un système de ce type pour un coût maximal de 1.500 dollars (environ 1.140 euros).Chris Paget est un informaticien spécialisé dans les mécanismes de sécurité informatique explique l’AFP. Ce week-end, lors d’une conférence sur la sécurité informatique, il a présenté un tout nouveau dispositif d’écoutes téléphoniques, et cela pour 1.500 dollars soit 1.147 euros. L’homme a ainsi demandé à l’assistance d’éteindre leurs téléphones avant d’expliquer : “Je peux intercepter des conversations sur téléphones portables avec un système ,ne coûtant pas plus de 1.500 dollars, composé de matériel radio et d’un ordinateur portable. Votre combiné pense que je suis l’antenne-relais de votre téléphone, et je parviens à contrôler vos appels. Ces opérations coûtaient jusque-là des millions de dollars, il est désormais possible de le faire pour beaucoup moins cher”.Plus osé, l’homme continue en expliquant : “Je peux cibler des personnes spécifiques que je veux espionner et je peux sélectionner les types de téléphones qui se connectent”. Chris Paget assure pour autant ne pas vouloir mettre son système dans les mains de personnes malveillantes. Et l’Agence France Presse d’expliquer que cette invention fonctionne avec le réseau GSM et que M. Paget a été contacté par la Commission fédérale américaine des communications avant sa présentation, commission qui a fait part de ses craintes vis-à-vis de ce système.  Le 2 août 2010 à 15:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more