Why a Full Screen Still-Store is Better Than a Split Screen

first_imgUse a full screen still-store instead of a split screen to train yourself to match shots more quickly and focus on how well the shots “edit” together.One of the most useful tools in a color grading application is the still-store. This lets you store a reference image and call it up when working on another shot to see how they compare. Most still-stores default to a splt screen view so you can compare the two shots at the same time. Instead of utilizing this view to make sure the shots match exactly, try using a full screen view of the reference image.Using a full screen still store does two things:It makes you match shots perceptually, which is how the audience will be viewing the piece. They won’t get a split screen view to compare one shot to the next. They see them one at a time, and what matters is that the shots appear to match. Perception is reality in this instance. Sometimes even when two shots are perfectly matched color-wise, they still do not “edit” together well when seen one after the other. How they edit together is much more important than the actual “correctness” of the matching.It makes you faster at matching. Instead of relying on a split screen to see what the differences are, you train your eye to notice color casts, recognize target hues when you reach them, and quickly analyize a shot for what is necessary to correct it.The split screen view is a crutch most of the time; a well-trained eye is far more effective and valuable. Save the split screen for when you really need that level of detail on the tricky shots you encounter.last_img read more

Top Stories: Mathematical Monkeys, Complex Sex Switches, and the Male Libido

first_img 00:0000:0000:00 Coexisting With Lions, Monkeys Doing Math, and the Importance of the Y Chromosome Y Chromosome Is More Than a Sex SwitchThe male sex chromosome is often shrugged off as doing little more than determining the sex of a developing fetus—but it may actually impact human biology in a big way. Two studies have concluded that the Y chromosome, which shrank millions of years ago, retains the handful of genes that it does not by chance, but because they are key to our survival. The findings may also explain differences in disease susceptibility between men and women.Panel Says U.S. Not Ready for Inevitable Arctic Oil SpillSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)As eagerness to explore the Arctic’s oil and gas resources grows, the threat of a major Arctic oil spill looms ever larger—and the United States has a lot of work to do to prepare for that inevitability, says a new report from the National Research Council. The report recommends beefing up forecasting systems for ocean and ice conditions, infrastructure for supply chains for people and equipment to respond, field research on the behavior of oil in the Arctic environment, and other strategies to prepare for a significant spill in the harsh conditions of the Arctic.Implant Injects DNA Into Ear, Improves HearingMany people with profound hearing loss have been helped by devices called cochlear implants, but their hearing is still far from normal. Now, researchers have found a clever way of using these implants to deliver new genes right into the ear—a therapy that, in guinea pigs, dramatically improves hearing.Pain No Deterrent for Male LibidoIt takes a lot to deter a male from wanting sex. A new study has found that male mice keep trying to copulate even when they are in pain, whereas females engage in less sex. But when given drugs that target pleasure centers in the human brain, the females again became interested. The findings could shed light on the nature of libido across various animal species.Does the Sky Have a Faulty Filter?Just when scientists thought the ozone layer’s worst days were behind it, it turns out they may have been missing a big threat to its health. Soon-to-be-published findings suggest that a natural mechanism that filters air rising to the top of the sky may not work as well as previously thought. If subsequent studies confirm the findings, the faulty filter could also have big implications for global climate.Monkeys Can Do MathResearchers have shown that rhesus macaques can do basic arithmetic with numbers and symbols. The finding doesn’t just reveal a hidden talent—it also helps show how the values of numbers are encoded in the mammalian brain, including our own.last_img read more

My Tsunami Journey

first_imgI remember hallucinating about tremors in Ahmedabad long after the Gujarat earthquake had ravaged the state leaving death and destruction in its wake. Having personally felt the anxiety of a near death situation, I wondered why the Tsunami tragedy didn’t chill my spine or bring tears to my eyes. Then a sad realization dawned on me – the electronic age has so numbed us to the tragedies that strike today, that I too have become a casualty. We watch death and devastation on TV over a sumptuous dinner. We read about the anguish and pain of innocent people in the papers while sipping our morning coffee. Our movies create such horrific special effects while portraying human anguish and suffering on celluloid, that the evening news seems almost insipid in comparison. Sensational journalism and entertainment flood our psyche. We have begun to comfortably coexist with the deep horror of human suffering without missing a beat. We sigh, mourn a bit, feel helpless and move on.I began to wonder: what has happened to us? Is our compassion and empathy only for great people like Gandhi and Mandela? Their experiences, the pain they felt and saw brought out the best in them. Why do we shy away from similar experiences that could channel the pain we see around us into making us more sensitive as human beings.All these thoughts were making me very uncomfortable. Was I self absorbed and apathetic because the Tsunami did not directly affect me, instead of thinking of what it did to millions of people who were indeed affected by it? I rationalized my turmoil by telling myself it could be because my mind was preoccupied with other work. On Dec 26, 2004, I was traveling with 45 children and about 20 adults from India and Pakistan as part of “Beyond Boundaries,” a peace initiative. However important and ignored this much needed initiative may be, does it absolve me of the need to “do something for those devastated by the Tsunami”?Questions multiplied within as others posed their own to me. “So what are you doing for the Tsunami?” “How come you are not going to the affected areas?” “How much have you donated?” “Do you know anyone who has been affected?” “Are you going to celebrate the New Year?” etc, etcWell, I don’t really celebrate the New Year. Thankfully I don’t know anybody personally who has been affected. Should I go to the affected area to just uphold the tag of being a social activist that has been thrust upon me?In all honesty, apart from struggling with questions and trying to connect people with funds, I had done nothing at all. Yes, my conscience had begun to bother me.Then an invitation to go to Sri Lanka by a journalist friend and Red Cross staff member was extended to me. I asked myself, what help would I be, that too for just a week? Will I be reduced to being a mouthpiece for the Red Cross? Will I end up being a disaster tourist? When I shared these apprehensions with Bandula, he assured me that I would go there as an independent empathizer, to boost the morale of those who had been working tirelessly to bring order to the chaos.I wanted to believe that I had the capability and the empathy to make the impact they believed I would. As I shared my desire to go to Sri Lanka, with others, I was confronted with the questioning roadblocks of geographic and sectarian myopia, in spite of the fact that this was a disaster that knew no boundaries. Why Sri Lanka? Why not our own country, our own people?Well, what does define my own? I wondered: Are those in Nicobar, Kuddaloor more my own? I don’t speak the language of any of the three, and of all these places, I have only been to Sri Lanka! Strangely, in the United States, in a room full of white people, why does a brown person from Sri Lanka or Pakistan seem like my own, and why sitting at home in Delhi do I have to be apologetic about going to Sri Lanka? The rebel in me rose as I responded, “Why not Sri Lanka”?Why not beyond boundaries!So I went and soon here I was in Galle, in southern Sri Lanka, where more than 4,000 people had died and innumerable others left homeless. Having seen all those TV reports I thought I was prepared for what I would see.But what confronted me was eerie, ghostly and yet very real. I could not switch off the TV. I couldn’t walk away from it all. I was there exactly a month after the tragedy. All bodies had been cleared so that our weak hearts wouldn’t fail us. But the ruined coastline, (stretching more than a kilometer inwards), told its somber, heartrending story. People sat around with haunted, empty unseeing eyes, some tried to pick up the broken blocks of cement, where once stood a house.If only they could pick up the pieces of their lives as easily…Sitting in a café by the seemingly calm and comforting sea, it is difficult to fathom the wrath it spewed. The sea that was once a source of livelihood, its cool breeze serenading the days of summer, a playground for young and old … had so effortlessly turned into a harbinger of death and destruction.I met a child who screams with fear every time she sees water flowing, even in a drain. Many children wake up from the nightmare of the sea choking them and casting away their loved ones.The adults try to be brave and tell us (and themselves), that it surely cannot happen again. But, do they truly believe that? Or is it their way of dealing with fear? I wonder how an island living, breathing, depending on the sea continues as if life is normal again?I thought to myself, it’s not going to be easy for them to befriend the sea again. But this was my logical and conditioned mind assuming that the response to such a tragedy can only be that of anger or a sense of betrayal.But conversations revealed little animosity, and even no fear. The people explained it as an abused sea expressing her anguish. They had understood and they ought to apologize to the sea in all humility.Was this Buddhism speaking or the native wisdom of the islanders, I wondered!When we say we can empathize, I think we over-estimate our sensitivity, understanding and capacity to feel. I don’t think I can ever claim to know what it is to sit in the midst of rubble, with everything destroyed and still have a hope that this too shall pass.I learnt that tragedies are not only about sadness and grief but also about hope and camaraderie. Even as the devastation was overwhelming, so was the undying spirit of the people who had been engaged in relief work round the clock. I saw a wide range of volunteers, from young Sri Lankan students to white bearded American specialists. Their work could entail anything: from clearing cement blocks, pitching tents, distributing relief items to helping little children draw and color and also help out with the much needed psycho-social counseling to make those broken people whole again.The Indian Navy and the Army, trained to fire the canon and navigate big ships like the Taragiri, were seen with brooms and shovels cleaning up the debris. Their years of disciplined alacrity, stood them in good stead in conducting systematic distribution of relief items, reconstruction of broken bridges, running medical camps by their doctors and erecting hundreds of tents.These men from the forces who lead fairly solitary lives on the sea were deeply moved by the gestures of gratitude by the locals. They would often bring them tea and sweetmeats, precious and generous offerings in these troubled times. Wonder why nobody asked the Indian Navy why it was helping a neighbor and not its own people, like I had been!The cynic in me looked at the Red Cross symbols all over with some skepticism. But, then I realized that anything that restores faith in human goodness can only be reassuring and positive. I saw young local volunteers from the Sri Lanka Red Cross distributing cans, kitchen utensils, milk powder, soap, match boxes, sanitary napkins, mosquito coils – basic amenities that we so take for granted.I also saw the warehouse where relief material was coming from Red Cross branches around the world. It had maps, charts, data and a planner on its cloth walls and a couple of laptops on foldable tables. Some people counted the packets and pottered around to make sure it was all going to the right places, while others sat on their small collapsible chairs creaking under their American sizes, to plan the relief operations on their laptops.The next day we went to Heggaduwa. Here Kushil Gunasekara, who started community work 5 and a half years ago and later secured the support of Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralidharan, had succeeded in developing an with help from the local community.The people there told us unbelievable stories of the tragedy and the miraculous escapes from death some of them had experienced. Strangely their community center was the only building that had withstood the power of monstrous waves. I often felt reluctant to ask questions that would bring back the nightmarish memories. So we exchanged warm smiles and looks that said it all.On my way back to Colombo, my eyes were still hrefusing to come to terms withthe calamity as we drove past miles and miles of destruction. Long after you and I will stop thinking about it all, the work will have to carry on. How long would canned fish and milk powder sustain these lost souls? How much longer can they live in those tents? Is there cost effectiveness to the relief operation, or are we all responding arbitrarily to put our conscience at ease? How does one deal with a trauma that has been a life altering experience? Can a tragedy of this magnitude be handled by just relief camps and good intentions?With some questions answered and some still looming before us, we moved on. I was told that nobody in Sri Lanka celebrated the New Year. Not even one fire cracker lit the sky.The last day in the capital, I visit Sarvodaya a widespread grass root organization, launched by Dr. Ariyaratne. It incorporates the Gandhian approach to life and social work. The winner of the Magasasay award and a nominee for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, he is a simple and unassuming man. I looked on in awe as he gave me a tour of his headquarters, which was just one of the many centers from which the relief operation was being carried out.There was much to celebrate about the human response to this tragedy. To be sure, there was the down side too: mismanagement, corruption, looting and even rape have been reported in the devastated areas. I realize that while tragedies bring out the best in us, they also bring out the worst. But to walk the road with faith, optimism and hope is what will take us further, not cynicism and apathy. So I want to capture that positivism, that hope as much as I can.I returned to my own country, older by a whole week and full of emotions I didn’t know I would feel so deeply. I am in a strange position of neither being a relief worker nor a journalist.The only way I can bring a less selfish dimension to the trip would be if I can share some of my thoughts and experiences with you. No words can ever express what I felt, but while we cannot control tidal waves, if we try, we can work towards eliminating the hatred, the violence and the inhumanity we inflict upon each other.If we try we can restore peace and solidarity on this wounded planet. May be then it won’t take a tragedy like the Tsunami, to bring out our humanity and a helping spirit. May be then, we will reach out in a way that would transcend our narrow nationalistic boundaries.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Dark Shadows

first_imgBritish film and theater director Peter Brooks directed a play on The Mahabharata in 1985 (later filmed for TV) that generated widespread criticisms from Indian audiences. Brooks had assembled his actors from several continents, from Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Far East. The five Pandavas in the play looked very diverse, including a Black actor in the role of Bhima. Indian audiences were rattled to see Bhima and Bhishma as dark skinned Africans. Defenders of the play argued, as did some Indians with a better awareness of themselves, that Indians do indeed come in a variety of colors, skin tones and body shapes. Those outside India know little of this diversity and most Indians are like frogs that never venture outside their pond, but imagine the world anyway. Indians live in a starkly conflict-ridden world of race, color and perception. Their mythologies and narratives of identity tell them that they are descendants of blue-skinned gods, while their older traditions praise the “luminous” qualities of dark skin. Their contemporary world, however, burdened with the weight of recent history, claims the superiority of lighter skin. No doubt, gender plays a larger role in this skin color bias, as darkness in women is particularly undesirable from the perspective of social codes. We may still covet the “dark, tall and handsome” man, but “pretty, fair ladies” are all the rage for our liaisons, permanent or otherwise. The culture that emerges out of this color-divide is complex, intriguing and often contradictory. Nevertheless, that ought to be a fertile ground for reading it. Consider that most celebratory of all rituals of Indian life, marriage. When one does not fall in love, an arranged marriage is the preferred option. And when “deals” are made in such marital arrangements, the color of the skin becomes vital in negotiations. The price tag for dowry, for example, is often determined by the color of the woman’s skin. We ought to realize that Indians must be the only people to have figured out a complex system of economic exchange that quantifies the tone of the skin. If the color of the skin of the bride-to-be falls in the darker tone range, or in most cases, is anything less than “acceptable” level of fair, her parents have to shell out more money and goodies to seal the deal. This fine gradation of skin tones that raises and lowers the price of a woman in the “marriage marketplace” is demeaning of course, but it is an ingenuous system of evaluating the value of fair vs. darker skin. The concept of the beauty of women is graded with very clear demarcations. The models in advertisements predominantly have fairer skins, with the Northern Indian concept of beauty overwhelming the “deep South.” This is much the complaint that African Americans have about magazines like Ebony and U.S. advertising culture. The models that pass for the “desirable” conceptions of beauty in commercial culture have not accommodated the wide range of appearances among Blacks. The shape of their bodies, skin tones and hair all dictate that the look-alikes of White Western women are the commanding standard of what is considered beautiful. Take a look at Miss World/Universe/India contests over the years and Northern, fairer women enjoy a commanding lead. On marital web sites such as Shaadi.com and Bharatmatrimony.com the categories for “skin tones” bow to the conventions of dominant skin tones that have held sway in lifelong decisions on marriage. Darker women are immersed in a culture that does not acknowledge them and in real life the obstacles against them are intimidating. The culture of the North is a fairer culture. This is for a whole set of complex reasons, including that fact that most who arrived in India from the North, the Mughals, the Aryans, etc. were fairer looking. The photographic culture, which later developed into cinema and spread with Bollywood, has been dominated by the North. Most films we see and narratives we watch are about Northern culture. It is their rituals, their symbolism, their language, their kinship and clan systems that are pronounced in wildly popular Bollywood films. Most prominent actors who have achieved stardom have come from the North and represent the Northern culture, enforced through the professed superiority of their skin tones. This is not to say that the culture of the South or the “deep South” is absent from Bollywood. But this is about hegemonic relations; the North dominates and passes for the mainstream. This is much like how Western culture and its concept of beauty dominate over “colored” people’s cultures around the World. The rest of the world, when it does come into play, plays the part of the exotic; what is unfamiliar in this case, becomes acceptable only as strange, out-of-this-world and exotic. Anthropology recognizes this widespread problem as “colorism.” There is no running away from it; except to transgress it in our own spheres, to deny the dominance of the codes where we can. It is a pernicious disease, only accentuated to deeper dimensions of cruelty on human dignity. Power thrives on the divides that skin tones offer. Commercial culture offers diversified products to appeal across the skin-divides. We haven’t quite figured out how to combat its power, but it is a shame to succumb to it.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Wizards announce contract extension for John Wall

first_imgBoston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas (left) defends against Washington Wizards’ John Wall (2) during the first quarter of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game, Sunday, April, 30, 2017, in Boston. (Photo by MICHAEL DWYER / AP)WASHINGTON — John Wall signed his $170 million, four-year contract extension that owner Ted Leonsis said provides the Washington Wizards with long-term stability.Team President Ernie Grunfeld announced the completion of the deal Wednesday. Wall said in a video posted on Twitter that he had agreed to the extension that begins in 2019-20 and includes a player option for 2023-24.ADVERTISEMENT Djokovic hopes to imitate take-a-break Federer FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wall, a four-time Eastern Conference All-Star, is the third player this summer to get a designated player “supermax” extension, joining Houston’s James Harden and Golden State’s Stephen Curry.“John is an exceptional talent and a cornerstone for our team,” Leonsis said. “It’s John’s unique blend of skill and leadership that makes us a championship-caliber team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Wizards now have their big three locked up. Earlier this offseason they matched a $106.5 million, four-year offer sheet forward Otto Porter Jr. signed with the Brooklyn Nets and last summer signed guard Bradley Beal to a $128 million, five-year contract that goes through 2020-21.Porter was temporarily Washington’s highest-paid player, but that honor now belongs to Wall, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft out of Kentucky who set career highs with 23.1 points, 10.7 assists and 2.0 steals last season. Wall has averaged 18.8 points over seven NBA seasons. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Returning to the only team I’ve known in my professional career was an easy decision for me,” Wall said. “I understand my role as the leader of this franchise and I will continue to work hard to improve my game and make our team better. … I’m excited to bring them and this city continued success and a team they can be proud of.”The Wizards have made the playoffs three of the last four years. Wall averaged 27.2 points a game as Washington got to Game 7 of the second round this spring before losing to Boston.“He has constantly worked to improve and expand his game and has developed into an all-NBA player who has elevated our franchise,” Grunfeld said. “We are thrilled that he will continue to lead us through the prime years of his career and look forward to watching as he solidifies his place among the greatest players in our team’s history.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Andy Murray undergoes hip surgery, but x-ray shows a little bit too much

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss British tennis star Andy Murray is hoping to make a successful comeback in the sport after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery in London. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Murray, perhaps, is also hoping he had given a careful look at the photo of his x-ray first before sharing it to his 1.6 million followers on Instagram.The 31-year-old Murray posted two photos on his Instagram account, showing him in a hospital following surgery and the other an x-ray of his hip.His keen-eyed followers noticed something else in the second photo.On a serious note, Murray, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a three-time Grand Slam winner, had earlier intended to walk away from tennis due to nagging hip issues.But Murray may just had a change of heart following his first-round exit in the recently-concluded Australian Open after saying that he could play again if his operation is successful. Mark GiongcoADVERTISEMENTcenter_img PBA: Mike DiGregorio’s hot hand helps Blackwater to first win US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

ISL 2019-20 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch NorthEast United FC vs FC Goa Football Match Today

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. The Indian Super League 2019-20 match 13 will see NorthEast United FC take on FC Goa on November 1, Friday. NorthEast United FC will eye to register their second successive victory on their home ground when they host FC Goa. The ISL 2019-20 NorthEast United FC vs FC Goa will be played at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati. Meanwhile, FC Goa who will be playing their first away game will look to leave a mark as they step into the dugout. The Indian Super League 2019-20 NorthEast United FC vs FC Goa will commence at 7:30 pm.Speaking to the media ahead of the match, NorthEast United’s head coach Robert Jarni said that his side should play smart football on the turf. “We have played against strong teams before and faced very good and fast players. There is always a plan. We must be mentally strong, give 100 percent concentration for 90 minutes and be very smart on the pitch. You have a plan for every game, not only for Goa. But we will not reveal the plan here. You will have to wait until the match to see it on the pitch,” he said. On the other hand, Goa head coach, Sergio Lobera spoke about the advantage of having Indian players in the team. “I think it’s very important for us (to have Indian players of a good level in the team). I am very happy with my Indian players. This is the third season I’m working with some Indian players. We only signed two new Indian players. I think they are not only the future but also the present. I think the level of the Indian players is very good,” he told the media.Indian Super League 2019-20 NorthEast United FC Probable line-up against FC Goa: Subhasish Roy (GK), Provat Lakra, Kai Heerings, Rakesh Pradhan, Reagan Singh, Jose Leudo, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Redeem Tlang, Panagiotis Triadis, Martin Chaves, Asamoah GyanIndian Super League 2019-20 FC Goa Probable line-up against NorthEast United FC: Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Carlos Pena, Seriton Fernandes, Mourtada Fall, Mandar Rao Dessai, Lenny Rodrigues, Ahmed Jahouh, Brandon Fernandes, Seiminlen Doungel, Ferran Corominas, Manvir SinghThis year total of 10 teams are participating in the tournament. The teams are Odisha FC, Kerala Blasters FC, Bengaluru FC, ATK, NorthEast United FC, Hyderabad FC, Mumbai City FC, Chennaiyin FC, FC Goa, Jamshedpur FC.What time will Indian Super League 2019-20 NorthEast United FC vs FC Goa match start?The ISL 2019-20 NorthEast United FC vs FC Goa match is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. The NorthEast United FC vs FC Goa fixture will be at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.Where to watch Indian Super League 2019-20 NorthEast United FC vs FC Goa match on TV?The NorthEast United FC vs FC Goa can be viewed on the television on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD.Where to watch Indian Super League 2019-20 NorthEast United FC vs FC Goa match on live streaming?The live streaming of NorthEast United FC vs FC Goa, Indian Super league 2019-20 will be available on Hotstar and Jio TV. atkbengaluru fcchennaiyin fcfc goa First Published: November 1, 2019, 3:12 PM ISTlast_img read more

Nick Kyrgios pulls out of Rio Games, blasts Olympic Committee

first_imgAustralia’s number one tennis player Nick Kyrgios has blamed “unfair and unjust treatment” at the hands of his country’s Olympic Committee for his decision not take part in the Rio Summer Games. (Latest Tennis stories)The world number 19 on Friday joined Bernard Tomic in withdrawing his name from consideration, a month after Australia’s chef de mission Kitty Chiller said the pair were among a number of athletes whose behaviour was being monitored.Tomic, ranked 22nd in the world, ruled himself out in mid-May because of his “extremely busy” playing schedule but Kyrgios laid the blame squarely at the door of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).”It is with a heavy heart that I have had to make a decision not to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” Kyrgios said in a statement on Friday.”Representing Australia at the Olympic Games has been a dream of mine since I was a kid … Unfortunately, while I have expressed every intention of trying to win a medal for my country in Rio, it’s very clear to me that the Australian Olympic Committee has other plans.”UNFAIR AND UNJUSTKyrgios said the AOC’s treatment of him over the last month had been “unfair and unjust” and they had made it “crystal clear” their opposition to his being part of the team.Tennis Australia will nominate the players to take part in the Aug. 5-21 Games but they must then be ratified by Chiller and the AOC.”While I have received assurances from Tennis Australia that I will be nominated for the Olympic team, the AOC has chosen to publicly and privately disparage me,” Kyrgios’s statement continued.advertisement”The AOC’s unwarranted attacks on me demonstrate the organization’s inability to understand the circumstances surrounding highly competitive sports.”DIVISIVE FIGUREKyrgios said he did not want the row with the AOC to distract the Australian team from their preparations for Rio and hoped to represent Australia at a future Olympics.The 21-year-old has become a divisive figure in Australia, particularly after a string of unsavoury incidents over the last 12 months.He was given a suspended ban by the ATP last year for an off-colour comment directed at Stan Wawrinka and was booed by his home crowd at the Australian Open in January after a running battle with a chair umpire.He had been praised by Tennis Australia for improvements in his behaviour this year, however, but his robust response to Chiller’s warning was seen by many media commentators as confirmation of his petulance.Chiller has made athlete behaviour one of her main priorities for Rio after Australia’s disappointing 2012 Olympics was accompanied by a crisis of team culture in the swimming squad, which a later report said had become a “toxic” environment.”At this point, Nick Kyrgios, or any other tennis athlete, has not been nominated for selection on the Australian Olympic Team,” Chiller said in a short statement on Friday.”In regard to selection every athlete in contention is treated equally and fairly. We have no further comment on this issue.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli in the middle of a dream run: Muttiah Muralitharan

first_imgThese days, Virat Kohli’s name comes up in the middle of social conversations in every household. People just cannot stop talking about him. Call it charisma or a special talent, the 27-year-old Delhi dasher has managed to be the talk of the cricket world for over two years.PURPLE PATCH Kohli has been in simply outstanding form on the pitch. Be it for India or his IPL side, Royal Challengers Bangalore, he consistently broke records and set a very high bar for himself and the others desperate to become like him.Kohli played some brilliant knocks and almost took India to their second World Twenty20, before they were knocked out in the semi-finals by the eventual champions, West Indies. (Also read: Self-belief, aggression key to Virat Kohli’s success: Rohit Sharma) DREAM IPL However, the run machine did not stop there. Once the ninth edition of the IPL started, Kohli resumed his good form and started smashing bowlers left, right and centre. He scored his first T20 hundred against the Gujarat Lions. Although RCB lost a fair few of their first few games, Kohli was a consistent performer with the bat for the Bangalore franchise. Kohli, thanks to his record-breaking 973 runs, almost single handedly lifted his team to the finals. Although RCB lost to the Sunrisers in the title clash, Kohli’s four hundreds and seven fifties ensured him a place in history. (Also read: Every batsman should learn from Virat Kohli, says Suresh Raina) Kohli’s recent mind-numbing performances have earned him high praise from the high priests of sports. From Harry Kane to Aaron Finch to Sourav Ganguly to Ian Chappell, they keep talking of Kohli’s sensational run of form.  Among, Kohli’s recent list of admirers, is legendary Sri Lankan off-spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan, who bamboozled the best batsmen in the world during his days. (Virat Kohli should replace MS Dhoni as India captain in ODIs, T20Is: Ravi Shastri)advertisement’NOBODY CAN STOP HIM’ Murali, who is currently attending the ‘Vision 2020’ programme organised by Cricket Association Bengal (CAB) to train young players, was all praise for the best batsman in the world. (Also Read: ‘Virat Kohli is more aggressive than Sachin Tendulkar’)” Kohli is in the middle of a dream form, but he has been performing like this for the last two years – not only in the IPL but also international cricket. He is making runs for India and also for his (IPL) franchise. Nobody can stop him at the moment. Hope he continues that way.” (Also Read: Virat Kohli rated more marketable than Lionel Messi)Kohli has been rested for India’s limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe but he will soon be seen in action when India travel to West Indies for a four-Test series in July. The aggressive middle order batsman took over as captain of the Test team after MS Dhoni retired in December 2014 and has since led India to successive series wins over Sri Lanka and South Africa.last_img read more

Real Madrid injuries mean nothing – Bosz

first_imgBorussia Dortmund Real Madrid injuries will make no difference, says Bosz Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 02:18 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) peter bosz - cropped Getty Images Borussia Dortmund UEFA Champions League Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Real Madrid The likes of Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Mateo Kovacic will be out against Dortmund, but the Germans’ coach is not taking anything for granted Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Bosz does not expect Real Madrid to be any weaker in Tuesday’s Champions League clash despite their injury concerns.Midfielder Toni Kroos is back for the trip to Signal Iduna Park but Marcelo, Karim Benzema, Mateo Kovacic and Theo Hernandez are all sidelined.Dortmund 9/5 to beat Madrid Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Madrid have endured a shaky start to their LaLiga title defence, winning only three of their opening six matches, while their quest to win a third Champions League in a row started with a less-than-convincing 3-0 win over APOEL.Dortmund lost to Tottenham on matchday one but have won five of their six Bundesliga matches this season and boast a formidable record against Madrid, having not lost any of the last six meetings in Germany.That record, combined with Zidane’s injury worries, has prompted some to make BVB favourites but Bosz is expecting a stern test.”I don’t think Madrid are not good enough because of their injuries,” he told a news conference. “They have enough good players. They won’t be any worse.”I like to watch Real Madrid. I like technical players. Since Zidane’s been there, they’ve had this kind of player and I like this way of playing football.”Dortmund & Real Madrid meet again.Who will come out on top this time?  #UCL pic.twitter.com/urv3jgujRY— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 25, 2017Midfielder Mario Gotze likewise anticipates a difficult match but says Dortmund’s high-intensity football under Bosz has him brimming with confidence.”They’ve always been great matches against Real Madrid. We know about their situation. It’ll be a good game,” he said.”We’re looking forward to a tough game and we have a lot of respect for them. We’re in very good form and we’ll have a lot of self-belief.”The team is particularly good at pressing. I’ve never experienced it like this. You can see from our results in the Bundesliga that this is a very good idea, which I can identify with. I like having the ball, so it’s good for a midfielder.”Bosz, however, has warned his side to be smart in the way they approach the match against the 12-time champions of Europe.”It’s possible to play an aggressive pressing game against Real Madrid. But we have to do it in a good way,” he added.last_img read more

Former Ohio State QB Matt Baldwin Denied Immediate Eligibility At TCU

first_imgA general view of Ohio State's stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)A former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback has been denied immediate eligibility at his new program.Former top recruit Matt Baldwin took his talents to TCU this offseason.After his transfer, Baldwin applied for a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately for the Horned Frogs. However, TCU fans received tough news when it was revealed Baldwin will not be eligible for the upcoming season.According to a report from the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Baldwin will have to look forward to the 2020 season. From the report:The NCAA has denied TCU quarterback Matthew Baldwin’s waiver for immediate eligibility, according to sources.TCU is expected to file an appeal on the decision on behalf of the Ohio State transfer this week.Baldwin completed 20 of 36 passes for 246 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions during Ohio State’s spring game. After failing to crack the starting rotation, Baldwin took his talents to the Big 12.It’s a tough pill to swallow for the former top recruit. However, Baldwin underwent surgery earlier this summer and is expected to miss camp before the 2019 season kicks off.TCU has a solid quarterback room without Baldwin, who could face an uphill battle to start for the Horned Frogs.Stay tuned for the latest.last_img read more

Smit Lamnalco Takes Delivery of Second Tug of Damen STu …

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Smit Lamnalco has taken delivery of, and will soon deploy, the ‘SL Kiwi’. It’s their second tug of the Damen STu 2208 type. The 39.4 tonne bollard pull tug will join the sister ship ‘SL Kittiwake’, delivered late 2012, to support Single Point Mooring operations.Built at Damen’s facilities in Gorinchem (the Netherlands), the ‘SL Kiwi’ left Rotterdam on board a Heavy Lift vessel by Christmas 2013. From Smit Lamnalco’s perspective the short lead time was important.“Although short lead times naturally are one key element in our standard design USP, the vessel does have a number of client-specific features, such as an open stern with removable bulwark top plate and Smit Lamnalco corporate colours. In addition, various options from our ‘catalogue of OEM extras’, such as a deck crane and fuel oil separator unit, were selected too”, Jan de Vente project manager for tug newbuilds at the Damen Shipyards Gorinchem head office says.Like its sister ship, the ‘SL Kiwi’ will to a large extent be deployed in marine services to the oil and gas terminal industry, including diving support. Hence the various extras. The Stu 2208 type vessels were dominantly designed for towage and harbour mooring assistance.In keeping with Damen Shipyards’ design and type notation house style, Stu 2208 simply and efficiently means: Standard Tug, 22 metres long, 8 metres wide. Since ‘standard’ does not stand for ‘standstill’ – as with any of Damen’s Standard Design series – there is continuous improvement of standards based on heavy duty technologies and principles. “This is an extra asset when the tugs are deployed for offshore support which includes long or even semi-permanent in-field presence.” Print  Close Smit Lamnalco, February 13, 2014last_img read more

Missing over 20 years Calgary man reunited with PEI graduation ring

first_imgThe Canadian Press A Calgary man has been reunited with his college ring that he lost more than 20 years ago.Wayne Stewart was contacted earlier this week by a representative from Holland College in Prince Edward Island who said someone had found Stewart’s ring.He believes he lost it in Vernon, B.C., in 1997 when he was on a golfing trip and he never thought he would see it again.The 1981 graduation ring ended up in the hands of Joyce Bialobzyski, who lived in Vernon at the time.Her son Murray came across the ring in Yorkton, Sask., in August while going through his mother’s items after she died.He contacted the college and is mailing the ring to Stewart free of charge.last_img read more

Bouteflika Transferred to Switzerland for Medical Tests

Rabat – Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been transferred on Sunday, April 24, to Switzerland for medical tests.Without providing more details, a statement from the president’s office says the president has been transferred to Switzerland on Sunday for a private visit and “periodic medical tests.”Bouteflika, 79, suffered a stroke in 2013 that has impeded his mobility and speech. The accident occurred after he had undergone two days of medical tests at a cardiology unit in France. Since then, the Algerian president rarely makes televised appearances and is most of the times seen in a wheelchair.The hospitalization of the Algerian president comes just days after the controversy caused by a photo made public by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on his Twitter account on April 10.In the photo, the Prime Minister looks with a smile on his face, the Algerian President appears sad, looking lost with his mouth uncontrollably open.Bouteflika took office in 1999 and has been re-elected three times. His election for a third term was made possible after the Algerian government amended the constitution to allow the siting President to run for more presidential terms. read more

UK Ambassador Posts Angry Tweet Over Delays Lost Luggage on Royal

Rabat – After his flight departed over an hour late, Ambassador Thomas Reilly said he arrived in Casablanca only to wait another hour for his luggage to show up. Reilly took to Twitter on Wednesday, June 26th, to voice his frustrations with Royal Air Maroc (RAM). The incident was not the first time RAM has come under fire on social media in recent months. “It is not surprising if people are irritated,” Reilly said. Reilly explained that he eventually got his luggage, 70 minutes after his flight had landed. “It seems pilot left ‘plane & turned it off so they couldn’t unload the bags,” he said.Other exasperated customers chimed in on Reilly’s twitter feed to complain about the airline’s bad service. Read Also: Royal Air Maroc Inaugurates Casablanca-Boston Non-Stop Flight“I don’t know what’s happened with this company,” Twitter user Nabil Safir said. “It’s time for Morocco to think about building other ones.” Earlier this year a distinguished pair of Reilly’s countrymates were also victims of the airline’s allegedly careless attitude toward luggage.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex brought along an entourage of photographers to document their trip when they visited Morocco in February . Prince Harry and Meghan’s plans were compromised when the luggage of several of their official photographers went missing.The airline denied responsibility for the incident, instead pointing the finger at bad weather.The lost luggage blues escalated when baggage handlers at Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca went on strike in April. Over the last few months, baggage handlers that work for RAM subcontractor General Private Interim (GPI) have gone on a series of strikes, resulting in ongoing disruption and chaos at Morocco’s busiest airport.Angered about RAM’s lack of accountability for misplaced luggage , customers turned to Twitter to vent their frustrations. “We just spent 30 minutes on the phone,” one user tweeted, “and were basically yelled at for asking for information.”RAM has repeatedly denied responsibility for missing luggage during the strikes, blaming the subcontractor instead of inclement weather. read more

Morocco Calls For Respect For Freedom Of Maritime Navigation in Strait

Rabat – “Morocco is closely following recent developments in the area and calls for the respect of the freedom of maritime navigation in the Strait of Hormuz and of international law,” said Bourita during a joint press briefing with Guinea’s Foreign Minister, Mamadi Toure. This is Toure’s first visit to Morocco since his appointment.Bourita stated that “the area is under significant pressure and experiences several tensions.”“We believe that the sense of responsibility must prevail and that freedom of movement and maritime navigation must be respected,” he reiterated. Bourita specified that “Morocco, like all countries, is concerned about the escalating tensions in the Strait of Hormuz in recent weeks.”He further explained that the Kingdom’s concern comes as the country has special relations with the Gulf region.The minister also mentioned that “Morocco has repeatedly condemned acts which threaten the stability and security of this region and has affirmed its solidarity with the Arab Gulf countries, whenever their security and the tranquility of their citizens have been threatened.”During the month of July, the Strait of Hormuz witnessed escalating tensions and provocative moves.On July 11, The United Kingdom‘s government claimed that five Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels had unsuccessfully attempted to hinder the passage of a British oil tanker through the Strait.The UK government issued a statement, on July 10, saying that the Iranian ships withdrew after receiving “verbal warnings” from a British warship accompanying the tanker.On July 18, the United States announced that a US Navy ship took “defensive action” and “destroyed” an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, after the drone threatened the vessel. However, Iran dismissed the claim.On July 19, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards abseiled from helicopters and seized a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. The seizure came in response to the British capture of an Iranian tanker two weeks earlier.Britain called on Iran to release the British-flagged tanker and its crew, describing the seizure of the Stena Impero oil tanker as illegal. read more

UN rights chief urges probe into army gun seizure operations in Uganda

6 June 2010United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay today urged Ugandan authorities to investigate violations of human rights during army operations to disarm residents of the remote north-eastern region of Karamoja, saying the exercise was often violent and had led to loss of life. Ms. Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for “fair, transparent and impartial” investigation into three incidents earlier this year she said were particularly violent and had led to the deaths of many civilians including of women, children and elderly people.“All officers in positions of command during the execution of these three incidents should be removed immediately from Karamoja,” Ms. Pillay said, at the end of her four-day visit to Uganda where she attended the review conference of the International Criminal Court (ICC).Ms. Pillay told a news conference in Kampala that she was aware that the Ugandan Government’s aim in Karamoja was to disarm trouble-makers and to stop the wholesale theft of cattle, an intention she said was as “responsible and laudable” as the desire to develop the region.“However, I believe that the overall approach both to development and to disarmament has been flawed and to some extent counter-productive,” Ms. Pillay said.She said community leaders in Karamoja, most of whom are eager to see an end to the cattle-rustling and a successful disarmament programme, have been largely excluded from the disarmament process, and they and their communities have grown increasingly disillusioned by heavy-handed efforts to force them to shift from their traditional cattle-raising to farming.Karamoja is a largely barren region and prone to drought and not suited to agriculture, she said.“Imposed development that involves a radical break with tradition almost always fails, and I urge the Government to rethink its approach to the much-needed development of Karamoja,” Ms. Pillay said.“Even more damaging has been the general approach to disarmament, which has involved soldiers rounding up – and sometimes mistreating – large groups of people indiscriminately, leading to a climate of fear, rather than one of cooperation,” she said.The particularly violent incidents she singled out include one in early January which involved at least one helicopter gunship as well as ground forces. The raid left at least 13 people confirmed dead, including six children and youths, two women and two elderly people.A second attack on a village on 22 January, also involving troops and a helicopter, led to at least six more deaths, Ms. Pillay said, while a third incident on 24 April, resulted in 10 confirmed deaths, including five children and youths and two elderly men, with up to 25 more believed dead.“I welcome the fact that a commission of inquiry was set up to investigate the April attack (though not, as far as we are aware, the ones in January). However, it would be preferable for a commission to be independent of the UPDF [Ugandan military] to ensure a fair, transparent and impartial process,” she said.Ms. Pillay thanked the Government of Uganda for facilitating the work of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country.She described Uganda as a pioneer in the recent history of international justice, having been the first country in the world to refer a situation to the ICC.“It is my fervent wish that the three surviving LRA [Lord’s Resistance Army] leaders for whom ICC arrest warrants have been issued will very soon be captured and prosecuted,” she said.“The nature and quantity of the atrocities committed by the LRA in northern Uganda have caused a trauma that will take years to heal, and I am concerned that the very difficult processes of reconciliation, rehabilitation and reintegration are not fully under way.“The good news is that three-quarters of the Ugandans displaced during the long and dreadful conflict with the LRA have gone home. However, some 240,000 remain in camps. The important National Reconciliation Bill, which includes elements dealing with reparations as well as legal provisions on victims’ rights, has not yet been tabled in Parliament, and I urge those in a position to do so to expedite its passage, as the people in the north need every bit of help they can get,” Ms. Pillay said.She deplored the fact that an entire generation of young people had been denied an opportunity to acquire education or vocational training during the two decades when the LRA was active in northern Uganda.“Single mothers, many of whose partners were killed by the LRA or who bore children as a result of rape, are deprived of access to land and property rights because they do not have a male relative. This is impractical and inhumane, and I urge the authorities to abolish this discriminatory practice without delay,” Ms. Pillay added.She called for a massive effort to inject new life and opportunities into the ravaged north, and to give those reclaimed from the LRA a real chance to rebuild their lives. read more

UN agency opens up access to largest database of hunger statistics

The world’s largest and most comprehensive database on food, agriculture and hunger is now open to the public, free of charge, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.Previously, it was possible to download a limited amount of information from FAOSTAT, but access to large amounts of data required a paid annual subscription.The database contains over one million data points covering more than 200 countries and territories.Hafez Ghanem, FAO’s Assistant Director General for Economic and Social Development, characterized the information as “an important tool to alleviate poverty, promote sustainable development and eliminate hunger,” voicing hope that economists, planners and policy-makers in the developing world can put the data to good use.Today’s announcement is part of an ongoing FAO effort to provide easier and more direct access to its vast information trove.“FAOSTAT is a powerful tool that can be used not just to see where hunger occurs, but to drill down and better understand why hunger occurs – and what might be done to combat it,” said Pietro Gennari, the agency’s Statistics Division Director.“It’s especially designed to support monitoring, analysis and informed, evidence-based policy-making specifically related to rural and agricultural development and hunger reduction, the only tool of its kind,” he added.The information can help arm developing countries with the intelligence needed to better compete in the global market, while it can be utilized by donor countries to identify specific sectors to target their aid. 9 July 2010The world’s largest and most comprehensive database on food, agriculture and hunger is now open to the public, free of charge, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. read more

Asian parliamentarians urge national funding for disaster risk reduction – UN

30 November 2010Parliamentarians from 10 Asian countries have urged governments in the region to allocate at least one per cent of their national budgets to projects designed to strengthen disaster risk reduction, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) said today. Parliamentarians from 10 Asian countries have urged governments in the region to allocate at least one per cent of their national budgets to projects designed to strengthen disaster risk reduction, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) said today. The call came as delegates from across the world gathered in Cancún, Mexico, for the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). State parties to the Convention will work to ensure that disaster risk reduction is integrated into the final text of an agreement. “We need to elevate national and global aspirations in addressing disaster risk from mere ‘reduction’ towards ‘elimination’, and to promote disaster prevention with ‘zero tolerance’ to disaster losses as a mindset and approach for international, national, and local development action,” the members of parliament said in their Manila Call for Action on Sunday. The appeal was signed by parliamentarians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Philippines, and Thailand. Meeting in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, the members of parliament pledged to be “agents of change” and agreed “to transcend political boundaries in advancing disaster risk reduction and in fostering synergies with climate change adaptation for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).” The MDGs are eight anti-poverty goals world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015. The parliamentarians, who were attending a consultative meeting under the theme of “Disaster Risk Reduction: An Instrument for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” agreed to strengthen their knowledge and capacity in disaster risk reduction through closer collaboration with the UNISDR. The document also recommended that governments use UNISDR’s Advocacy Kit for Parliamentarians on Disaster Risk Reduction as an instrument for achieving the MDGs. Cancun read more