Tips and Advice from our Audience

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonIn today’s webinar, 20 Steps to 7 Figures, our audience was on fire! You offered up book recommendations, investment tips, advice for avoiding risk, and shared personal experience about protecting and growing investments. What a great learning opportunity for all of us!I was able to capture just some of the suggestions our participants made. Here are the book suggestions shared in today’s webinar:Millionaire Next Door – Dr. Thomas StanleyWho’s Afraid to be a Millionaire : Mastering Financial and Emotional Success– Kelvin BostonWarren Buffet Invests Like a Girl – Louann LoftonThink and Grow Rich – Napoleon HillBusiness at the Speed of Thought – Bill GatesGetting Loaded: 50 Start Now Strategies for Making  Million While You’re Still Young Enough to Enjoy It – Peter BielagusDie Broke: A Radical Four-Part Financial Plan – Stephen Pollan & Mark LevineStop Acting Rich and Start Living Like a Real Millionaire – Dr. Thomas StanleyRich Dad Poor Dad – Robert T. KiyosakiBut the investment advice shared was even more prolific! If you want to foster engagement in a chat box, just ask financial educators about investment tips. Here’s what they shared:Teach your children how to saveLine goals to work towardConsider being more aggressive while young, conservative when olderMutual fundsRoth IRAIndex FundsStart early, start smallStart now!Buy, buy, buyStart now with the TSPStar earlyPay yourself firstThe sure way to fail is to never tryDon’t invest unless you understand what you’re getting intoInvest any amount as soon as possibleBe educated, ask questionsTake advantage of Roth options, TSP expense ratio, use lifecycle funds if don’t have the time or knowledgeLifecycle funds in TSPSavings bondsRoth TSPSave and invest changeBe consistentDon’t look at it everyday!Mutual funds!Pay tax now rather than laterBe aware that even pre-tax 401(k) and 403(b) are subject to Social Security and Medicare tax withholding – but not income taxReview Roth 401(k) optionsClaim all of your exemptions and save the differenceMaintain good records and substantiate deductionsClaim the correct amount of exemptions for your family and invest the restTrack deductionsOptimize income tax withholding exemptions and save/invest the monthly differenceMaximize contributions to Roth accounts instead of kicking the tax can down the roadKeep all receipts if you pay local taxes – will usually be more than the calculated amount figured by tax softwareDon’t pull 401(k) outManage exemptions to avoid large refundsDon’t plan for the big refund – ID theftAdjust exemptions to breakeven on tax liability and invest tax savingsSee if your state has reduced taxes or no taxes for militaryTry to avoid paying for tax prepIf purchasing individual stocks, only buy if you think you can hold for 366 days or longerFor military, switch to Roth when in combat zone to enjoy tax free growth on tax exempt dollarsMilitary are only taxed on “base pay” so they are in a very favorable tax situation and may want to put extra emphasis on the Roth side, especially if deployedDon’t take IRA early, most don’t know about tax penaltyThink I missed some? Please share your own advice and recommendations in the comments section. Want to be a part of these great exchanges? Join us for 3 days of online learning June 3-5 during the Virtual Learning Event. This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on May 13, 2014.last_img read more

5 Camera Cages for the Pocket Cinema Camera

first_img1. Wooden Camera Pocket Cage All of the available Wooden Camera gear has videos on how to use it. This is helpful, as you get a sense of what the gear is designed to do before you buy it. Improve your Blackmagic Pocket Camera with a cage. In this post, we share 5 solid options to outfit your new BMPCC.So you’re considering buying a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera? You will need some support gear to get the most out of your investment. Cages are exoskeletons that will provide some protection for your camera, as well as a way to attach accessories to it.The basic cages start at $100 and the most expensive full kits with accessories top out around $1000. All the rigs below are available from the respective manufacturers websites. B & H also carries all of the models below except for ViewFactor.I suggest demoing gear if you can before you buy it or read other user’s experiences one Blackmagic Cinema forums. There isn’t  a “one size fits all” approach for gear. Here are a few of my favorite Blackmagic forums to seek out for more info:Official BlackMagic Cinematography forumBMC UserBlackmagicUser 5. Ikan Tilta ES-T13 Pocket Cinema Camera RigTilta is based in China, but it is distributed by Ikan and also available on eBay. When purchased from Ikan it has a one year warranty. The rig currently sells retail for $359.They offer a rig (2 pounds) with top handle, quick release plate, 15mm rods, Micro HDMI to HDMI adapter cable/mount and 1/4″-20 holes for mounting.Friction ArmsUse friction arms to mount various gear (monitors, lights, audio recorders, mic) to your cage. PNC sells a 7″ and 11″ Friction Arms and the more heavy duty KAMERAR ‘TOUGH’ Friction Magic Arms in 7″ and 11″.Got some Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera gear to recommend? Share your tips and fave products in the comments below! Wooden Camera is based in the USA and offers a 1 year warranty. Their cage offers a minimal, very lightweight rig (4.8 oz) with 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 holes for mounting. The basic cage (above) sells for $99.You can choose from 2 kits, as well as adding the Pocket Lock HDMI ($40) or Pocket Lock Power ($30). The Fixed Kit ($688) includes the Pocket 15mm Base, Top Cheese Handle (1/4-20 and 3/8-16 holes for mounting) A-Box (XLR Audio Adapter) and 2 (12″) 15mm rods. The Quick Kit ($988) adds a quick release plate so you can quickly go from “studio mode to handheld mode”.Wooden Camera has a solid reputation for making reliable gear for professionals.center_img 3. SHAPE Cage for Pocket Cinema CameraSHAPE  is based in Canada and offers a 1 year warranty, as well as a lifetime warranty on parts made by SHAPE.They make a basic cage ($170) and a rig with handle, baseplate and rods ($403). It has 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 holes for mounting accessories. The cage weighs 0.4 lb and the rig weighs 1.6 pounds 4. D Focus System D|CageD Focus System is based in the USA. Their cage is light (7.8oz) with 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 mounting holes, and features a HDMI cable clamp. The current price for the cage is $169.95.D Focus makes other camera gear (rods, matte box) but doesn’t offer other gear specifically for the BMPCC. 2. ViewFactor CageViewFactor is based in the USA and offers a 1 year warranty. The Contineo™ BMPC Cage is built like a tank, reasonably light (9.5oz), and probably has more 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 mounting options than you will ever need. The basic cage sells for $100.If you want to add rods, an additional kit option is the best way to go ($250). They don’t currently offer a handle for the top of the cage or rods, but they do offer a Wood Grip /Ultra Grip ($40), as well as a HDMI and Power Clamp Bracket.Additionally, you can personalize your gear with laser name etching or laser logo etching for an additional fee, $15 and $35 respectively.The ViewFactor blog offers photos and details on their recent products.last_img read more

Product Release: Panasonic 4K Varicam 35

first_imgChroma Subsampling4:4:4 Recording CodecAVC Ultra Codec or RAW View FinderOLED Frame RateUp to 240fps in 1080p, Flexible frame-rate while recording Panasonic releases the 4K Varicam 35, a serious competitor to Arri Alexa and Red Epic.Panasonic’s announcement of the new Varicam 35 is shaking up the high-end camera world. The camera, which is set to be officially unveiled at NAB in Las Vegas, is boasting awesome features including over 14 stops of dynamic range and 240 fps. The sleek, small design of the Varicam 35 also makes it easy to mount and transport.Panasonic Product Manager Steve Cooperman stated that “Building on the esteemed VariCam legacy of breathtaking image rendition and versatile off-speed effects, this next-generation modular design will deliver unprecedented flexibility to users, who can move between the worlds of sports, documentary, and other content creation with extraordinary ease and efficiencies.” Panasonic’s focus on flexibility makes it uniquely different from Arri and Red but no less a serious competitor for professional filmmakers.Photo Courtesy of FDT TimesThe following illustrates the known specs for the 4K Varicam 35. As stated above, The camera is set to official unveil at the NAB conference in LAS Vegas April 7 – 10.Panasonic Varicam 35 Known Specs Reference OutputSimultaneous 2K/HD with Proxy Recording capabilities. Dynamic Range14+ Stopscenter_img Sensor35mm MOS image sensor RecordingCardsExpress P2 Cards Video4K(4096×2160), 2k, and HD Recording Audio24 bit Linear PCM Pricing and Release DateThe price of the Varicam 35 has not been set, but it’s safe to say it will probably be too expensive for most Indie-film productions. The comparable Arri Alexa is priced at $80,000 dollars. The release date of the Varicam 35 is not set either, but rumors state that it will probably be released in the fall.The Varicam 35 is just one of the awesome cameras that Panasonic is set to debut at the NAB conference this year. More affordable camera’s such as the Lumix GH4 and the AJ-PX270 make Panasonic a serious competitor to popular camera brands such as Canon and Nikon.What do you think of the 4k Varicam 35? Is it really an awesome alternative to the Arri Alexa and Red Epic or will it fall short? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

India has Fourth Strongest Military in the World: Global Firepower List

first_imgIndian military has been placed as the fourth strongest in the world in a global index that ranks 133 countries on the basis of their global military prowess annually. India follows the United States, Russia and China (in that order), on the Global Firepower list (GFP) in 2017. The other countries that feature in the top 10 are France, United Kingdom, Japan, Turkey and Germany.Global Firepower has been analyzing military data since 2006.While Indian military has maintained its position in the top five military powers in the world since 2013, its western neighbor Pakistan broke into top 15 only last year. Pakistan is number 13 on the list.According to GFP’s assessment, India is ahead of China in terms of total armed personnel, with India’s 4,207,250 personnel against China’s 3,712,500. China, however, has more active personnel, with 2,260,000 troops compared to India’s 1,362,500. India’s reserve components (2,844,750) are higher than China’s (1,452,500).The Indian Army is equipped with 4,426 combat tanks, 6,704 armored fighting vehicles, and 7,414 towed artillery guns, as opposed to the Chinese Army’s 6,457 tanks, 4,788 armored fighting vehicles, and 6,246 towed artillery guns. Indian Air Force lags slightly behind its northern neighbor, with 2,102 aircraft as compared to China’s 2,955.While the Indian Navy’s aircraft carriers (three) outnumbers China (one), China has more submarines, destroyers , and a total naval assets when the judgement of maritime strength is made.The list ranks a country’s military prowess on 50 parameters, including military resources, natural resources, industry, geographical features and available manpower. India and China’s rankings have been attributed to the sizeable number of armed forces personnel with the respective countries. As per the report, China looks to be in a position where it can topple Russia out of its second place, with more number of aircraft and naval ships. However, Russia’s current total tanks in service far outnumber China’s.While the index didn’t count nuclear stockpiles for the ranking, it did give points for nuclear capability. The index also looked into the defense budget allocation. As per the report, China allocates over three times the amount that India has kept for its military.The only area where Pakistan fares better than India is the number of attack helicopters, self-propelled artillery and waterway coverage.Global Firepower spoke about their assessment methods in a statement: “Our formula allows smaller, though more technologically-advanced, nations to compete with larger, lesser-developed ones. Modifiers (in the form of bonuses and penalties) are added to further refine the list.”Top 10 Countries in Global Firepower Military Strength Index 2017United StatesRussiaChinaIndiaFranceUnited KingdomJapanTurkeyGermanyEgypt Related ItemsChinaDefenseUnited Stateslast_img read more

What’s The Matter With Antimatter?

first_imgModern science has shown that matter and the material world is just one side of a coin. If our world is made of normal matter, it is equally logical to think of a world composed of antimatter.Matter and energy are manifestation of the same underlying entity. In particle physics, every particle has a corresponding antiparticle. Particles — like electrons, protons and neutrons — make up ordinary matter, while their antiparticles — such as positrons (anti electrons), antiprotons and antineutrons — make up antimatter. Sequential logic allows us to imagine the existence of anti-entities, such as antiplanets or antihumans. However, the existence of antimatter is ruled out at least in this universe, because matter won over antimatter in the battle of existence that occurred 13.7 billion years ago in the Big Bang. The after-effect of that battle is the Cosmic Microwave Background (CBM) radiation, which is the first energy (light) formed in the universe as a result of the mutual annihilation of matter and antimatter.  Giant Twisters in the Lagoon NebulaThe physicist Stephen W Hawking noted in A Brief History of Time: “We now know that every particle has an antiparticle, with which it can annihilate. There could be whole antiworlds and antipeople made out of antiparticles. However, if you meet your antiself, don’t shake hands! You would both vanish in a great flash of light.”This physical reality has expressions in mythology, religion and folklore as the epic battle between good and evil. In Hindu literature, the Devas govern the regions of heaven and are opposed by the demonic Asuras. In the cosmic struggle between the forces of order and chaos, Devas support humans who inhabit the earth. The conflict between Devas and Asuras is described in the myth of the churning of the “ocean of milk” (Palazhi) for treasures, including Amritha, which provides strength (energy) and immortality. This battle between matter and antimatter is an ongoing event, although science has not yet confirmed the subsistence of such conflicts beyond the early universe.Standard cosmological theory suggests that the universe began with equal amounts of matter and antimatter, like the twins of Big Bang. However, in the early universe this super symmetry was broken for unknown reasons, leading to the dominance of matter in this universe. It is one of the unsolved mysteries in science, known as the Baryon asymmetry problem in physics. Assuming that there were equal amounts of matter and antimatter in the early universe, their mutual destruction would have caused the complete absence of any matter. The whole universe would have been filled with energy (light) created in that process. BESS-Polar designed to search for antimatter shortly beforeits launch on Dec 13, 2004 from Antarctica One possible solution to this puzzle is that there are two universes, one with matter dominance (our universe), and the other with antimatter dominance, without any interaction between them. This explanation remains highly implausible in the scientific research of the last decades and none of the existing theories are capable of providing an explanation of the matter supremacy in our universe. The Large Hadron Collider at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), could possibly shed some light into the broken symmetry in the early universe. CERN is striving to create antimatter in its Antiproton Decelerator, popularly known as antimatter factory, which plays a crucial role in the production and analysis of antiparticles and thus antimatter.The Rig Veda, the ancient Hindu text, dwells on fundamental particles and forces of nature as it describes the creation of the universe from the remains of a gigantic primeval Cosmic Man. Creation happened gradually; the universe in its primitive form primarily spread homogeneously throughout the universe. The complete equilibrium and homogeneity, when broken, arose an inhomogeneous state of the primordial fluid.“Which of these two came earlier, which came later?How did they come to birth? Who, O Seers, can discern it?They contain within them all that has a name,while days and nights revolve as on a wheel.” The Bullet Cluster has been used to search for the presence of antimatter leftover from the very early Universe. The power of matter-energy transition was vividly on display in the detonation of the nuclear bomb in the New Mexico desert in 1945. On seeing the fireball and mushroom cloud, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan project, who had a deep interest in religion, Hinduism in particular, recalled a passage from the Bhagavad-Gita: “I am become death the destroyer of worlds. If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one.”The matter-antimatter annihilation produces pure energy even more efficiently than nuclear fission or fusion. According to Einstein’s equation, E=mc2, the mutual annihilation of 1 kg each of matter and antimatter could produce energy equivalent to that of the most powerful nuclear bomb ever tested, which in turn uses hundreds of kilograms of nuclear material. This remarkable energy formation from nearly negligible amounts of matter is appealing to scientists and fiction writers alike, such in the 2009 movie Angels & Demons based on Dan Brown’s novel by the same name. “The fact that Angels & Demons is a best-selling novel and now a Hollywood movie gives us the opportunity to show how exciting the reality of antimatter research is,” says CERN Research Director Sergio Bertolucci.Even though the existence of antimatter is well established, the biggest particle accelerators in the world have been able to create only a handful of anti particles. CERN and the U.S. government’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), located in Batavia near Chicago, Illinois, have produced anti particles, including antihydrogen atoms, but not in any measurable quantities. The first antihydrogen atom was created at CERN in 1995. As of now, antimatter particles are considered to be the most expensive particles to produce, at an estimated cost of $62.5 trillion a gram. Given the cost of production and lack of storing techniques, these particles remain illusive, at least in the near future. But scientists are hopeful that in the coming years they will find ways to generate antimatter in larger quantities and develop advanced techniques to store this mysterious matter.  An artist’s concept of an antimatter engine.Elusive as it remains, antimatter animates immense excitement in the scientific community. NASA is actively pursuing it as a possible source of future rocket fuel. Scientists envision an unlimited supply of energy from a small amount of material to propel rockets to planets and stars. The brain scanning procedure known as PET (Positron Emission Tomography) exploits the electron-positron annihilation to reveal the workings of the brain. The positron created by the radioactive decay process is used to annihilate an electron in the atom of the brain, rendering an image of the brain on the screen. Researchers are optimistic about the use of antiproton in tumor irradiation in the future.Hydrogen atoms, being the most simple in structure (one proton and one electron), its antimatter antihydrogen (one anti proton and a positron) is the easiest antimatter to synthesize. The ATHENA (AnTiHydrogEN Apparatus) at CERN was an international collaboration to produce antihydrogen atoms at low temperature for experimental purposes. ATHENA has produced tens of thousands of anti hydrogen atoms. However, it was practically impossible to capture the antihydrogen atoms because of the high temperatures associated with them. The high energy antihydrogen atoms hit the wall of the experimental apparatus and annihilated with atoms of normal matter. The analysis of antihydrogen atoms would reveal the difference between matter and antimatter beyond theoretical assumptions and possibly validate the theories of the absence of antimatter in our universe. Though the ATHENA experiment came to an end in 2004, another ATRAP (Anti Hydrogen Trap) collaboration is still in operation. Its goal is to create antihydrogen at a lower temperature that can be trapped long enough to compare with ordinary hydrogen.  Cygnus Loop Supernova Blast WaveIf and when they succeed, it will be a tribute to the invocation by Paul Dirac, a pioneering quantum physicists, who predicted the possibility of anti particles for the first time in 1928: “Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Writers from Pakistan, Sri Lanka Find Publishing Haven in India

first_imgIndian publishing houses are fast becoming the preferred choice of writers from the neighboring countries, with an increasing number of manuscripts from Pakistan and Sri Lanka doing well in India.Yet, it is a tale of many contrasts. Many of the manuscripts were originally rejected in their home countries while they attracted curious attention from Indian publishers. The editors at these publishing houses say that being more open to experimentation with content, the journey of authors from countries like Pakistan and Sri Lanka becomes much easier.“I found Indian editors much more understanding and supportive of the kind of narrative I wanted to write than those in the West. I think the fact that both Indians and Pakistanis live in nuanced societies struggling with modernity helps in debunking the exotic east or terrorist-Muslim kind of stereotypes that seem to form the expectations of Western publishers,” Sabyn Javeri told IANS in an email conversation from Pakistan.Javeri’s first book Nobody Killed Her has just been published in India by HarperCollins. It’s a thriller based on political assassination of a leader, underlying the violent history in the subcontinent.She says Indian publishers stick to their commitment and seldom flip-flop on a decision regarding a manuscript. Her book, she claims, was first acquired by a major international publisher but was later dropped. She expressed her happiness over the fact that “editors in India did not stop backing it” till it took its final shape — a full-fledged book.She said in a booming industry, Indian publishers are at a juncture where they can afford to experiment with content, genre and writers, even as book sales were on the decline in the rest of the world.Javeri’s book received critical acclaim in India. But she is just one of the many authors from Pakistan whose manuscripts have found a home in India. Haroon Khalid, whose first book A White Trail: A Journey Into the Heart of Pakistan’s Religious Minorities (Westland) too first found acceptance in India, has published two more books in this country.“If I was publishing in Pakistan, there certainly would be some parts publishers would not publish. Publishers here (in Pakistan) can be a little more particular about what can be written and what not,” said Khalid in email answers.“They (the publishing houses in Pakistan) are choosy and tend to avoid controversial stuff. There are certain topics that writers and publishers now know they can never talk about, given the events in the past few years,” Khalid responded to a question.His second book In Search of Shiva: A Study of Folk Religious Practices (Rupa) was released in 2015 and his latest book Walking with Nanak has again been published by Westland.The small number of publishers in Pakistan, Khalid noted, is a strong reason behind Indian publishing houses attracting more and more Pakistani authors.Javeri also said that the publishing houses in Pakistan often ask authors to sign a legal undertaking that there is nothing defamatory or blasphemous or anti-national before being allowed to publish.“I think the whole idea of censoring is restrictive to art,” Javeri maintained.But what is the real driving force behind this immense interest in authors from the subcontinent to Indian publishers?One possible reason is that the similar culture and traditions make it easier for a Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Sri Lankan author to connect with his or her readers in India.“The reviews and feedback I have got from India suggest that there is not much difference between what an Indian and a Sri Lankan audience likes. The lives, culture, class divides and respect for elders are all similar. They have had no issue in connecting,” says Sri Lanka-based author Chhimi Tenduf-La.Chhimi’s first book The Amazing Racist was published by Hachette India in 2015. His latest book Loyal Stalkers, published by Pan MacMillan, was released this year. “I felt that an Indian audience may understand my stories, set in Sri Lanka, without me having to hold their hands,” Chhimi said. He said he didn’t submit or contact any publisher based in Sri Lanka as he “preferred to get rejected by publishers not from his country.”There are other reasons for seeking publishing abroad. “We don’t offer advances to authors as we can’t afford them. Our books are mostly found in local bookshops as well as in countries like Australia, Singapore and the UK,” said Sam Perera, precedent partner, of the Sri Lanka-based publishing house Perera-Hussein.The Indian book market is also much larger than any of those in the neighbouring countries. A shared history often helps to attract the interest of readers. “There is a similar cultural sensibility and a mutual understanding of the cultural subtext that runs through our two countries,” Javeri said.That’s true for other countries in the region too. Related ItemsHaroon Khalid author PakistanIndian publishersIndian publishing housesLittle IndiaSabyn Javeri author PakistanSouth Asian authorsSri Lanka author Chhimi Tenduf-Lalast_img read more

Call From the Hills

first_imgIndia, which is lined with majestic mountains from the Himalayan Ranges in the north to Western Ghats in the south, had done little to promote the mystic beauty of its many unknown hill stations. But the regions are experiencing a new lease of life with a growing cultural, literary, music and film festival scene.Imagine yourself surrounded by verdant pastures amidst pine-clad hills at a world-heritage site. The paddy fields near you rustle gently against the balmy breeze, while you sway to the rhythmic sound of music. No, this not a scene lifted from a fantasy novel. This is the poetic experience at the Ziro Music Festival, held annually in Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh.Ziro FestivalSince 2012, Ziro, a picturesque hill station 1,500 meters above sea level in Northeast India, has been playing host to some of the most promising artists from around the world at its annual music festival. The plateau with its pristine forests, rivulets and pisciculture trade has long been amongst the best-kept secrets of the Indian mountains.India, which is lined with majestic mountains from the Himalayan Ranges in the north to Western Ghats in the south, had done little to promote the mystic beauty of its many unknown hill regions. But the regions are experiencing a new lease of life with a growing cultural, literary, music and film festival scene.Some of these festivals are promoted as platforms for neglected local artists. Many others, modeled along the lines of festivals and events in the West, strive to attract foreign tourists by promoting them as events in exotic locales in the cooler climes of the country.Festivals often serve to shine a spotlight on obscure regions. The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, is revered around the world despite the fact that it is held in a relatively small, non-glamorous town far removed from Hollywood. The Rio Carnival, where more than 2 million people from around the world, gather on the streets of Rio de Janeiro every year, has been singularly responsible in putting the city on the global party map.The success of the Jaipur Literature Festival, launched in 2006, which today is the world’s largest free literary festival, has given a major boost to festivals catering to art aficionados, bibliophiles and music lovers all over India. Growing awareness about various festivals around the world has prompted broader Indian interests in these eventsSrishti Jha who has been a regular attendee at many Indian festivals says: “While everything in India becomes a ‘trend,’ and sometimes the visitors don’t care about what makes a film, literature or an art festival, but what is also true is that there is a community of artists and cinema lovers who care about such initiatives. What one needs to realize is that festivals are not just touristy escapes that one can flaunt on social media, but are much larger than that. However, ultimately, it is the level of hard work in curating that separates the good from the mediocre.”Today an estimated 50 festivals, both big and small, are held in various mountainous regions of India. These festivals range from ones promoting regional crafts to those drawing some of the biggest filmmakers and artists from the West to India.Some of these festivals in remote and conflict areas also introduce their alternate side in popular parlance. For instance, earlier this year, 85 films from 29 countries were screened at the three-day long Kargil International Film Festival. Meraj Sidiqui, director of the festival, said: “It is only to change the image of Kargil as a war zone to the world and show the world the beautiful culture, tradition and ethnicity of the district.”Promoting LocalDharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) is a yearly event organized in the small, but cosmopolitan city of Dharamshala, nestled amongst the hills of Dhauladhar Himalayan mountain range. Conceptualized in 2012, the curated festival showcases some of the most sought after fiction, documentary and short-films.Ritu Sarin, co-founder of DIFF, says: “There are today a lot of festivals happening in India in deserts, in beaches and in the hills. And while I cannot comment on the locations for other festivals, but in our case we chose Dharamshala because we have been living here for 21 years. It was our natural instinct to give back to the place we belonged to. For us it is an outreach activity. The local community is our big focus.”Refreshingly, unlike other big-ticket festivals in which tickets are booked far in advance, cinema lovers simply queue up at the Tibetan Village School located near the forests in McLeodganj.More than anything else, festival organizers say that unusual destinations help bring their stories out to the world. In November, the second edition of Kashmir World Film Festival was held at which 30 films were screened over five days. Filmmaker Govind Nihlani said: “The agenda of this festival is to walk, talk and make films on Kashmir.”Fashion consultant and writer Srishti Jha says: “The mediums of art need to explore spaces that cast a different perception on viewers mind.The experiential factor plays a significant role in seeing any performance of art. Besides, such initiatives give the local communities an access to good alternate cinema.”Western AppealOrganizers of these festivals in offbeat Indian cities point to the infrastructural challenges in small, inaccessible towns. Both domestic and foreign tourists find the sites appealing, but managing their travel is fraught with great difficulties, says Arijit Purkayastha, CEO of Koyeli Travels, which organize travel packages to many northeastern festivals, such as the Hornbill Festival in Kohima, Nagaland; Silk & Dye Fesival, Kaziranga, Assam; and Sangai Festival, Imphal Manipur.Silk & Dye Festival, KazirangaPurkayastha says, “While there is no harm in attracting both international and domestic visitors, but surely the infrastructure in such harsh terrains is not conducive to smoothly host a world festival.”He says: “Such festivals are a great opportunity for a place to showcase what it offers, but even during the famous Hornbill Festival, which has gained international recognition, there is utter chaos in Kohima. We always tell our international tourists to come with an adventurous mindset. We inform them that infrastructure in this part of the world may not be smooth and it will be lot different from let’s say a trip to Taj Mahal. But despite this people want to come.”Indeed, says Lubna Shaheen, consultant, Ziro Music Festival, “There have been so many reputed bands from the U.S., UK and other countries that have been coming to perform during these festivals in India. I am sure they too must be feeling it is equally worthwhile to come to us.” While the festivals have been growing organically and some, such as the Ziro festival, have grown from 300 guests in its inaugural year to 6,000 guests last year, organizers say the potential is far larger with corporate support.Shaheen says: “Every time we approach the big corporates we get familiar excuses such as it is too far, there is no distribution network and the works. Until that changes we will have challenges.”Ritu Sarin of DIFF concurs, “When we started there was no theater or cinema in Dharamshala and there have been a range of problems ranging from infrastructure to finances. A lack of corporate support remains a problem that we all face.”Ziro Festival. Photo: Lubna Shaheen Organizers hope to change that by giving domestic audiences exposure to the untapped potential of many local destinations. For far too long, major Indian filmmakers have opted for picturesque Western destinations, such as the Swiss Alps, over locally available sites. At the recent Kargil International Film Festival, the organizers expressed the hope that these untapped locations catch the eye of Bollywood and Hollywood filmmakers. Shaheen says: “I would say that there is an acute need of showing the beauty of our hills. The northeast especially has been left unexplored. While Assam has still seen some wildlife tourism, because of Kaziranga National Park and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh has been working on it, there is still a need to promote tourism in other parts.” The festivals serve to open windows to the little-known facets of these regions. Says Purkayastha, “Thanks to the festivals so many other local things, such as Naga chilly or the fact that there is a short spring blossom season in Meghalaya, too have gained international recognition.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

What NRIs Need to Know About Aadhaar and PAN Linking

first_imgThe changes in the Finance Act 2017 that came into effect from July 1, created an atmosphere of confusion regarding linking of Aadhaar and PAN card among NRIs. As per the Finance Act of 2017, quoting Aadhaar was compulsory for filing returns and for applying or retaining PAN card. The NRIs have found it difficult to get the Aadhar cards made and a few media reports suggest that they are not eligible for the Cards as yet.Aadhaar is a 12 digit number issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) while PAN is ten digit alphanumeric number given by the income tax department. With the linking, the government is trying to create a universal identity that can serve as both identity and address proof anywhere in India. With this, the government is also trying to negate the problem of people having multiple PAN cards and filing tax returns with those.Here is a lowdown on whether NRIs need to link their PAN and their Aadhaar card– and whether it is required to file income tax.When do NRIs need to file Income tax returns?You need to file income tax returns when the income exceeds the exemption limit of Rs 250000 during a financial year, and if you have a short term or long term capital gain on sale of investments and assets in India. You also need to file income tax returns when you want to claim any refund and want to carry forward any losses in India.How can NRIs apply for PAN card?You can apply for PAN through an online application on the National Securities Depository Limited or UTITSL portal.  UTITSL is finance service provider in India. The application fee payment can be done through credit/debit card, demand draft or net banking. For credit/debit/netbanking transactions, you would need PIN (Personal identification Number) from your respective banks.  Once the application is accepted, you would need to send the supporting documents through courier/post to NSDL/UTITSL. After the documents are received, the application is processed. If you need to make changes on existing data, it can be done through the same portal.Do NRIs need a PAN card?You would need a PAN card only if you have taxable income in India. Any income earned or accrued in India during a financial year is taxable. If you do not have a PAN card, according to the new rule of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), you cannot do share trading by depository or broker, or invest in mutual funds. You require your PAN for transactions in India- such as opening an Non Resident Ordinary bank account, to purchase property in India, vehicle deals, investment in bank FDs.Do NRIs need an Aadhaar card?As per Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act 2016, only a resident who has been staying in India for about 182 days or more is eligible for Aadhaar. Which, by default, exempts you from PAN and Aadhaar linking process.In a notification on May 11, 2017, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) clarified the categories of individuals who are exempted from compulsorily linking their PAN with Aadhaar.According to CBDT, Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act is not applicable to the following individuals: Those categorized as Non-resident Indians as per the Income Tax Laws, Not a citizen of India, of age 80 years or more at any time during the tax year and residents of the states of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and KashmirCan NRIs apply for Aadhaar Card?You need to have been a resident of India for 182 days or more to apply for Aadhaar. It cannot be issued from outside India.What do you do if you are an NRI with an Aadhaar card?You can follow the general procedure for linking the two. The process is as below:Log in to the e-Filing portal of the Income Tax DepartmentOn logging, a pop up window will appear prompting you to link your PAN card with Aadhaar card.Details such as name, date of birth and gender will already be mentioned as per the details submitted at the time of registration on the e-Filing portal.Verify the details on screen with the ones mentioned on your Aadhaar card.If the details match, enter your Aadhaar card number and click on the “link now” button.A pop-up message will inform you that your Aadhaar card has been successfully linked to your PAN card. Related ItemsAadhaar cardAadhar Cards for NRIDo NRIs need Aadhar Cards.Identity documentsIdentity Proofs IndiaIncome tax filingIndiaLittle IndiaNRIPAN cardPAN- Aadhaar card linkinglast_img read more

Indian American Physician Couple Pledge $50 Million to Florida College

first_imgA Tampa physician couple has made one of the largest gifts to a U.S. educational institution by an Indian American.Cardiologist Kiran C Patel and his wife, Pediatrician Pallavi Patel, have donated $50 million to Nova Southeastern University (NSU) to expand its programs in osteopathic medicine and health care sciences.NSU President Dr. George Hanbury said: “This is the largest philanthropic commitment in NSU’s history and a gift that is the seventh largest ever given to any university in the state of Florida.”NSU has renamed two of its colleges as the Dr Kiran C Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Dr Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences in recognition of the gift.Speaking at an NSU event unveiling the gift, Patel said: “We firmly believe that the best gift anybody can give to anyone is the gift of education. Once you educate a person, you transform his life, family’s life, and the society and the country.”The $50 million gift is the fourth largest by an Indian American to a U.S. educational institution. Earlier this month, Rajen A Kilachand, chairman and president of the Dubai based Dodsal Group, a mining, construction, manufacturing, and trading conglomerate, gifted $115 million to his alma mater Boston University to create the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering. In 2015, Chandrika Tandon and Ranjan Tandon, who made their fortune in the financial sector, gifted $100 million to New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering, which was renamed the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Venture Capital Fund Manager Kavitark Shriram and his wife Vidjealatchoumy Shriram gifted $57 million to Stanford University in 2014 to construct the Shriram Center for Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering.Artist rendering of a planned Nova Southeastern University Campus in Clearwater. Photo: Nova Southeastern University.The Patels plan to invest an additional $150 million to develop a 325,000-square foot medical education complex in Tampa, which will house NSU’s Tampa Bay Regional Campus starting in Fall 2019. The complex is planned at the 27-acre site of the former Clearwater Christian College, which the Patel Family Foundation purchased last year for $10.2 million. NSU has entered into a 20-year agreement to rent the complex for its Tampa campus. Its osteopathic medicine college will add 150 students starting 2019 on the Tampa campus, which combined with the 230 students currently enrolled on its main campus on Davie, outside Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will make it the largest osteopathic medicine college in the state.Patel, who was born in Zambia and received his medical training at Gujarat University, where he met his future wife Pallavi, is also developing a college in the Vadodara area in Gujarat. He envisages collaborations and student and faculty exchanges between the India college and NSU.Patel made his fortune when he sold an HMO, WellCare Health Plans, for a reported $200 million in 2002. He currently controls America’s 1st Choice Holdings of Florida Inc., the largest privately-owned health plan in the United States with revenues of $1.5 billion. He also owns several hotels, including the $175 million Wyndham Grand Resort on Clearwater Beach.NSU, a private nonprofit university, enrolls 23,000 students on its eight regional campuses in Florida, Puerto Rico and online.The Patels are renowned for their philanthropy in the Tampa region. Most recently, in March 2017, they donated $5 million to The Florida Hospital Carrollwood. Earlier, they gifted $12 million to the University of South Florida to establish the Patel College of Global Sustainability and $5 million to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center for the Pallavi Patel Performing Arts Conservatory.Five Largest Gifts by Indian Americans to Education & Health$115 million in 2013 by Rajen A Kilachand, chairman of Duba-based Dodsal Group, a mining, construction, manufacturing, and trading conglomerate, to Boston University for the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering.$100 million in 2015 by Financial Advisors Chandrika Tandon and Ranjan Tandon to New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering.$57 million in 2014 by Venture Capitalist Kavitark Shriram and his wife Vidjealatchoumy Shriram to Stanford University for the Shriram Center for Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering.$50 million in 2017 by Cardiologist Kiran C Patel and Pediatrician Pallavi Patel to Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.$30 million in 2007 by Monte Ahuja of Transtar Industries to University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2007.$20 million each in 2001 by Raj Vattikuti, founder of Covansys Corp., to Henry Ford Hospital and William Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.$20 million in 2002 by Sycamore cofounder Gururaj Deshpande and his wife Jaishree Deshpande to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston.See also 15 Largest Gifts by Indian PhilanthropistsArtist rendering of a planned Nova Southeastern University Campus in Clearwater. The Patel’s have committed $150 million to develop a 325,000 square foot medical education complex that will house NSU’s Tampa Bay Regional Campus. Photo: Nova Southeastern University.This article was updated on Oct 4 with information on the gift by Rajen A Kilachand to Boston University. Related Itemslast_img read more

SPORT-WILLIAMSON 2 LAST

first_imgWilliamson, who made an impressive Test debut at Williamson, who made an impressive Test debut at Ahmedabad in 2010 against India, said it was important to use the inputs of those players who have played in the IPL. “A lot of guys have played a lot of cricket here. Its important to tap into their experience. It will certainly help our cause. A lot of them have played alongside a lot many international cricketers.” He said that while spin bowling will be an important part of the tournament, seam bowling would not be left behind. “Yeah, especially when you come to India you assume that the ball will spin on some of these surfaces. We have got some young, exciting spinners and they will be looking forward to bowl. Spin is likely to play a part, but I have no doubt that seam will also play a big part and we have world-class seamers in our line-up. They are all fit,” said Williamson. Heaping praise on Martin Guptill, Williamson said: “Martins been absolutely smashing for quite a while and thats huge for our side. He has scored huge amount of runs so quickly and he has won a lot of games for us. We are certainly hoping that he continues that and keep playing with that freedom.” On the issue of corruption in the game, he played safe. “Education around those issues is there. You go to at least one seminar every year and everyones well educated. As far as our side is concerned, we are just excited to come here to play in a great tournament like this T20 World Cup.” PTI NRB SSR CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

A Maternity Ward During the Ebola Outbreak: My Experience As an Ebola Fighter

first_imgPosted on July 1, 2015June 12, 2017By: Rudy Lukamba, Medical Field Coordinator, Women for Africa FoundationClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week Dr. Lukamba is taking part in Safe Mothers and Newborns in CaixaForum Barcelona, a workshop supported by the MHTF, ISGlobal and Aga Khan University.There are so many ways to become famous; unfortunately West Africa will mark humanbeing history by being the area on Earth which experienced the worst Ebola outbreak. Ebola disease was known since 1976, but in this part of the world, no one was having an idea about it in November 2013 when the first cases started in Guinea Conakry. The weakness of the health system, the poor communication, the lack of coordination and resources contributed to the quick and large spread of the disease all over the subregion. Ebola created fear and panic in the societies of all countries affected; a lot of health facilities closed because health workers- who paid a huge tribute during this outbreak became afraid to treat any patients with Ebola-like symptoms. So the virus was killing one person directly and several others indirectly—mainly women—because all complications during pregnancy present similarly to Ebola (e.g. infection, eclampsia, bleeding, etc).Our intervention as Ebola fighters was less to treat patients affected by the virus than to avoid that those who were not Ebola infected died due to lack of proper care. The challenge was to provide maternal health care in the context of the Ebola outbreak. What follows is an account of our experience at the Maternity of Saint Joseph Catholic hospital in Monrovia, Liberia from November 2014 to June 2015. Our main method of work was to adjust the Infection Prevention Control (IPC) protocols to our reality of referral maternity which has to deal with all obstetrical emergencies. The main rule of IPC is the NO TOUCH POLICY. So our main concern was to find the way to attend to a pregnant woman without touching her. We developed innovative protocol to make it possible.All the patients, including all maternity patients, were going through hand washing with chlorine solution 0,05% and control of body temperature at the gate of the hospital. Then everybody passed by the triage to separate suspected cases (patient with fever and 2 to 3 others Ebola symptoms such as bleeding, body pain, vomiting, convulsion) from clean cases (patients having only pregnancy-related problems). Suspected cases were sent to the holding center (a building separated from the main hospital building) which was considered a red zone: an area where the wear of advanced personal protective equipment was mandatory. Quick assessment to evaluate the condition of the patient and blood specimen was taken for major endemic diseases (e.g. malaria, typhoid) and for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). An initial treatment was started waiting for the EVD result. When the EVD test was negative the patient was then cleared and sent to the maternity for further management. A delivery room was set in the holding building to attend to pregnant in advanced labor that couldn’t wait for the result to come.Patients without any symptom were sent to antenatal care, which was a new screening, comparing information from the patient’s history with those from the triage. Women were then scanned with an ultrasound which allowed a good clinical assessment without touching the patient.  Patients in labor were sent to the maternity, which was divided in three areas: red zone (labor and delivery room, because health professional were dealing with a lot of body fluid), yellow zone (postpartum, because the secretion was small) and green zone (nursing station). Over a 6 month period we screened 4,000 pregnant women, realized 700 deliveries, and performed 250 C-sections. And most important, avoiding the death of so many women who were wrongly suspected of Ebola. However the fight against Ebola is still going on.This post has been lightly edited from its original posting on the ISGlobal Blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Scott Frost Provides The Latest On QB Adrian Martinez

first_imgAdrian Martinez throws a pass for Nebraska.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers throws a first half pass while playing the Michigan Wolverines on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Huskers have a major road test this weekend as they take on the undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers. That task may become a lot harder if quarterback Adrian Martinez isn’t ready to go with his knee injury.As of Thursday, it would appear that Martinez’s status is still very much in the air.Speaking to the media, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost revealed that Martinez will make the trip to Minneapolis. But beyond that, he wouldn’t comment on whether Martine would start.In fact, four of Nebraska’s available quarterbacks – Martinez, sophomore Noah Vedral, freshman Luke McCaffrey, and junior Andrew Bunch – are set to make the trip. Frost said Martinez will make the trip along with Vedral, McCaffrey and Andrew Bunch. Wouldn’t read much into that, though, in terms of Martinez’s status.— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) October 10, 2019Martinez injured his knee in Nebraska’s Week 6 win over Northwestern. Vedral finished the game as Martinez went to the lockersFrost has maintained that the injury isn’t serious, but his silence on Martinez’s status is quite interesting.Martinez is currently completing 60.3-percent of his passes at 8.5 yards per attempt. But he is on pace for fewer touchdowns and more interceptions than he had as a freshman last year.Beating a 5-0 Minnesota team that is already favored in the game will only become harder if the starting quarterback doesn’t get enough reps before.The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. EST and will air on FS1.last_img read more

Redknapp gave Spurs the ‘hairdryer treatment’ after infamous Christmas party

first_imgFormer Tottenham man Jamie O’Hara revealed that then-manager Harry Redknapp went “absolutely mental” after an infamous Spurs Christmas party in 2009.Robbie Keane whisked some Spurs players away to Dublin for a knees-up despite knowing Redknapp would not have permitted it.In fact, the former Portsmouth and West Ham manager called a team meeting the day after the party had happened, forbidding the team from having one. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “I was at Tottenham and we’d organised a Christmas party,” O’Hara, still in the game as player-coach at Billericay Town of the Isthmian League, told TalkSport.“Harry Redknapp hated them and he was really against them.“Robbie Keane had organised this big event in Dublin, and we all went there. Before Harry even knew what was going on we’d had the Christmas party and we were back training on the Monday.“Harry pulled us into a team meeting in the afternoon and said ‘boys I’m just letting you know I don’t want any of you organising a Christmas party this year’, not knowing we’d already had one!”Those involved were soon caught, prompting Redknapp’s rage.The players were spotted out on the town by a photographer and pictures of them partying were in the tabloid press soon after, prompting Redknapp to give O’Hara, Keane and the other men involved the “hairdryer treatment”.“On the Tuesday, the Sun ran the story of us all out in nightclubs in Dublin – literally everyone’s on the back of it.“Harry Redknapp goes absolutely mental. He gave us the hairdryer treatment and let me tell you none of us played that weekend!”After the revelations Redknapp made his anger at the players known in the press, though he acknowledged that things could have been worse.“It will be dealt with I can tell you that,” the then 62-year-old said.“I wouldn’t like to say what I’m going to do but it will be dealt with and then we will move on.“They’ve not been fighting or anything like that. You could go back over some of the other parties that other clubs have had over the years and tell a million stories.“I haven’t had any negative reports about what went on but they didn’t ask my permission so they have to take the consequences, which they will do.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Ramos equals Spain record with 167th appearance

first_imgSergio Ramos has joined former club and international team-mate Iker Casillas as Spain’s all-time record appearance maker.The centre-back made his 167th appearance for Spain on Sunday, pulling level with the side’s legendary goalkeeper as he earned a start against the Faroe Islands in a Euro 2020 qualifying match. Manager Robert Moreno made nine changes from the 2-1 win over Romania, with Ramos and forward Rodrigo Moreno the only survivors from Thursday’s game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Ramos first appeared for Spain on March 26 2005, in a 3-0 friendly win over China at the tender age of 18 years and 361 days old, the youngest of any Spain player in over half a century.  He would go on to help Spain to one of the most dominant runs in the history of international football between 2008 and 2012.  The defender was a key member of the side as La Roja rolled to titles in the 2008 Euros, the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 Euros, playing as both a right-back and centre-back.  Ramos celebrated his 100th cap with Spain back in 2013, making his third World Cup roster a year later, though Spain’s dominance came to an end with the side bounced out at the group stage in Brazil.  With David de Gea taking over for Casillas in net for Euro 2016, Ramos was handed the armband and captained his side to a second-place finish in the group stage, though they were beaten by Italy in the round of 16.  Iker Casillas Sergio Ramos Real MadridHaving scored 21 times for Spain, Ramos is nearing a record for the most international goals every scored by a defender, and he is also closing in on Gianluigi Buffon’s European caps record, with just nine more needed to catch the Italian legend. Ramos was congratulated before the game by international team-mate and Barcelona adversary Sergio Busquets, who said it was an honour to have the defender as captain.Spain look favourites to earn a place at the Euro 2020, having earned five wins in five qualifying matches coming into Sunday’s contest, putting them five points in front of second-placed Sweden in Group F. While Faroe Islands are not expected to offer much of a contest to Spain, the side’s October qualifiers should prove much tougher, with Norway and Sweden in opposition as Spain look to make sure of their place in the finals.last_img read more

‘Messi is a freak but Ronaldo the most complete player’

first_imgVirat Kohli is a superstar in his own right, with the India captain an iconic figure in the world of cricket, and he has had his say on the Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo debate.A man who would likely figure in any discussions regarding the finest batsmen of all time has been charged with the task of picking the greatest between two eternal rivals from a different sport.Kohli is a big fan of football, with inspiration taken from those who set the same standards as he does and seek to always raise the bar of individual excellence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Messi and Ronaldo certainly fall into that category having shared 10 Ballons d’Or and countless records between them.Choosing a favourite is a thankless task, with both boasting serious claims to the greatest of all time tag, but Kohli says Portuguese power trumps Argentine flair for him.He told The Times of India: “Tough question. But I would say Cristiano is the most complete player that I have seen.“Whether it’s the left foot, right foot, speed or dribbling skills, he’s amazing. I have not seen a better goalscorer.“He revolutionised the sport and everyone followed him. His place is special, but if I had to take only one in my team who will give energy and intensity, it’s Cristiano.”Virat KohliWhile placing himself in Team Ronaldo, Kohli concedes that Barcelona forward Messi is a special talent and one that sits only fractionally behind a Juventus frontman in his eyes.Kohli added: “It’s a personal preference. Messi is a freak, absolute natural talent, and his ability is second to none.“For me, what stands out is the ability or the will to put in the effort in every single minute of the game.“Ronaldo’s drive separates him from everyone else. Playing at the top level, everyone has talent, but I don’t think anyone has the will that he has.”Messi edged his latest battle with Ronaldo, as he landed the FIFA Best award for 2019, but both will soon be back chasing down another Golden Ball along with domestic and European crowns with their respective clubs.last_img read more

World’s best Lewandowski & Gnabry annihilate Spurs

first_imgWatch out Europe. This is a Bayern Munich team with attacking class seeping from every pore. They humiliated Tottenham on the night, delivering a performance that – over the course of the season – will be unequalled.With Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski in tandem they have the firepower to demolish any side on the continent, something the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona would do well to note.From a stuttering start, Niko Kovac is now presiding over a killing machine, one that looks like scoring every time it comes forward. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career This is a Bayern Munich side replenished, reinvigorated, restocked and ready to ruin.Kovac, despite winning the Bundesliga in his first season in charge, bore the brunt of the criticism as Bayern slipped out of Europe against Liverpool in the last 16 stage. That was seen as unacceptable, but the club are back stronger for it.There is a menacing zip about the way they play. They have – predictably – stormed their way to the top of the German league but the real litmus test will be back on the continental stage.A matchday one demolition job of Red Star Belgrade preceded this visit to London. And it was in this game where Bayern demonstrated their awesome power.You will never see a team score seven better goals in the same game. Joshua Kimmich and Gnabry – two Germany internationals – were exemplary in taking their chances when they came.Kimmich’s three-touch equaliser from the edge of the box was made to look easy when it was anything but. Gnabry – once of this parish with Arsenal – provided Bayern with the breathing space they would ultimately need to get over the line.Serge Gnabry Bayern Munich 2019-20His first goal featured speed and control the likes of which is unavailable to most players in the world. The finish wasn’t bad either.His second owed plenty to the lightning-quick reflexes of World Cup winner Corentin Tolisso in robbing the ball off Harry Winks. Gnabry’s second was scored with his left foot, exemplifying his dexterity.The third – from a pass of the highest quality from Thiago – killed Spurs stone dead. It showed that not only is he a ball carrier, but also capable of darting in behind and over the top.The fourth, an elegant coup de grace.He was man of the match here thanks to his four-goal haul and is growing into a genuine world-class talent.But there has to be a special mention for Lewandowski, the man who gave Bayern the lead for the first time on the night and who hit the sixth.With Cristiano Ronaldo not his usual explosive self, Edinson Cavani injured more often than not, there is a real argument to be made that Lewandowski is now peerless in the No.9 position.His goals here were his 13th and 14th of the season – in only his 10th match. He has already scored 10 times in only six league games.There is much more to him than just goals, however, and his all-round game is something which Harry Kane at the other end would do well to study. The England captain can rattle in all the penalties he likes but he doesn’t come close to influencing – or orchestrating – a front line like Lewandowski can.Watch again the flick he puts over the head of Jan Vertonghen in the run-up to his goal right on the stroke of half time. Watch again how he senses a chance might come his way and how he ensures he will be in place to benefit.He takes the ball off the toe of a team-mate and, without looking, plonks the ball in Hugo Lloris’s bottom corner. World class.Tottenham Bayern Munich Lewandowski Champions League 10012019Lewandowski has been vocal about Bayern’s need to grow in ambition and outlook while clubs like Paris Saint-Germain are throwing around wads of money for players like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.He must have been satisfied to see players the calibre of Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard walk through the gates of Saebener Strasse this summer and Gnabry a couple of years before.So convinced of Bayern’s plans was he, in fact, that he signed a new contract until 2023 back in August. That could well prove to be Bayern’s most important signing of the season as they chase success again on three fronts.This was a significant challenge to overcome. Spurs were good on the night until their late capitulation; probably their best performance of the season. Their attacking combinations – among Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Tanguy Ndombele were working.They had the best of the first-half chances with Son scoring one and unfortunate not to add more. They initially tore into Bayern’s short game from the back until, gradually, the Germans wrested control.But once they got in charge they looked secure. A few more of these performances and they could be back to their familiar old selves. With Gnabry and Lewandowski leading the way, rule nothing out.last_img read more

Barcelona vs Inter: Messi returns to the lineup

first_imgBarcelona will host Inter at Camp Nou in the second Champions League Group F game on Wednesday, with both sides eager to secure their first win in the competition.The Liga champions were held to a 0-0 stalemate at Borussia Dortmund while Inter settled for a 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague.The Champions League game comes at a crucial time for Ernesto Valverde amid Barcelona’s tough start to the domestic season, sitting in fourth place in La Liga, two points adrift of leaders Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Inter, though, have maintained a perfect start to their Serie A campaign under Antonio Conte, winning six out of six matches. Game Barcelona vs Inter Date Wednesday, October 2 Time 8pm BST / 3pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream TNT USA / UniMas fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on BT Sport ESPN and can be streamed via BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport ESPN BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Neto Defenders Pique, Lenglet, Semedo, Wague, Firpo, Todibo Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur, Roberto, De Jong, Vidal, Alena, Dembele Forwards Griezmann, Perez, Messi, Suarez Both Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele returned to training with the squad on Tuesday, and Messi has returned to the lineup with Dembele on the bench. Ansu Fati, Junior Firpo, Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba will miss the match against the Italian side.Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Roberto; Busquets, De Jong, Arthur; Griezmann, Suarez, Messi Position Inter squad Goalkeepers Handanovic, Padelli Defenders Godin, De Vrij, Ranocchia, Asamoah, Dimarco, D’Ambrosio, Biraghi, Skriniar, Bastoni Midfielders Gagliardini, Vecino, Sensi, Lazaro, Valero, Barella, Brozovic, Candreva Forwards Sanchez, Martinez, Politano, Esposito Conte confirmed that Romelu Lukaku will not play a part in the game due to an ongoing muscle injury and did not travel with the team to Spain.Alexis Sanchez gets the nod to lead the line in Lukaku’s absence, after he scored against Sampdoria in Serie A. He was sent off in the game, but his suspension will not affect his European participation.Inter starting XI: Handanovic; De Vrij, Godin, Skriniar; Candreva, Barella, Brozovic, Sensi, Asamoah; Martinez, SanchezBetting & Match Odds Barcelona are priced to win at  3/10 bet365. A draw is available at 16/5 while an Inter victory is priced at  9/2.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Group F is regarded as this year’s UCL Group of Death, with Barcelona, Inter, Slavia Prague and Borussia Dortmund all providing fierce competition.With all four teams sitting on one point each, Group F is still wide open and everything will be left to play for when Barcelona and Inter meet. Both will be eager to register a win as whoever claims victory will top the group for the time being, and though Conte’s side have impressed domestically, taking points off of Barcelona at Camp Nou will prove to be an exceedingly difficult task.Barcelona have won 29 of their last 32 home UCL games, and you would have to go back to May 2013 for their last defeat at Camp Nou.As is the case in European football, however – and especially the Champions League – surprises are always in store.Valverde still remains under great pressure in his managerial post, despite Barcelona claiming victory in their last two matches. They are already playing catch-up in La Liga after seven games, trailing behind rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Antonio Conte, InterA win over Inter and a draw between Dortmund and Slavia Prague in the other Group F game would send the Catalans to the top of their group.The Spanish side, however, will potentially have to deal with the absences of Messi and Dembele, while Antoine Griezmann will be expected to step up to the plate. The French international still has yet to make a tangible impact on the side since his arrival from Atletico Madrid in the summer.Messi has struggled to gain full fitness since the start of the Liga season, suffering a calf strain in August that kept him out for a month, before enduring a hamstring issue against Villarreal in September.The Argentine star played a part in training, though Valverde still remained on the fence about whether or not he would play a part on Wednesday.”We will see if he (Messi) receives it (the all-clear to play),” Valverde told reporters on Tuesday.”First we have training. What I reiterate is that we will not run any risk and we have to wait for training. “On Monday Dembele did the first part of the training, so now we see if he can do more on Tuesday.”Leo did half the training on Monday, we’ll see if he can finish [Tuesday’s session]. I don’t know if we can count on them in the end.”Conte, on the other hand, will rue the absence of Lukaku, who has enjoyed a bright start to the Serie A season, scoring three goals in his first six domestic appearances to catapult Inter to the top of Italy’s top flight. “Lukaku isn’t here, he had a slight muscular issue in the quadricep that he has been carrying for 10 days,” Conte said.“He was continuing to feel the problem and the tests were negative, but we preferred in any case not to risk him. We have to rely on how the player feels in these cases.”last_img read more

Master the High Seas with These 3 Hardcore Sailing Schools

first_imgIt’s one thing to cruise along Miami Beach. It’s another matter to captain your own vessel confidently across open ocean.Small ship cruising is all the rage right now, but if you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime boating experience with intense, hands-on training, you need a proper sailing school. Here are three of our favorites around the world.Blue Water Sailing School (Eastern United States)Americans seeking a crash course in sailing will likely find Blue Water Sailing School among the most convenient. The outfit operates live-aboard vessels in several locations in the Caribbean (The Virgin Islands and the Bahamas) and eastern United States (Fort Lauderdale and Newport). As an American Sailing Association certified school, they offer classes for every level of sailor. Newbies can start out with Bareboat Skipper or specialize with Bareboat Catamaran Skipper, while advanced courses teach coastal and celestial navigation. While some classroom learning is required, most instruction is performed in real-world situations, like sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida across the Gulf Stream, to Bimini, Bahamas, then back again.Price: Seven-day courses out of Fort Lauderdale start around $2,300 (USD). Includes instruction, boat/running expenses, all onboard meals, board, taxes, and fees.Solaris Mediterranean Sailing School (Western Mediterranean)Off the coast of the Balearic island of Majorca, Solaris Mediterranean Sailing School offers hands-on classes in one of the most beautiful settings in Europe. The Start Yachting Course is a two-day crash course to literally get your feet wet and discover what it takes to be a sailor. But, the school’s Competent Crew, Day Skipper, and Coastal Skipper courses are what most students come for. These in-depth, five-day courses offer live-aboard instruction with real-world and practical application of the skills necessary to become an RYA-certified sailor. Nights are spent in harbor in some of Spain’s most picturesque island towns where students are welcome to disembark and explore.Price: Five-day courses start at €660 (approximately $700 USD as of April 2017), depending on the number of students. Includes breakfast, lunch, board, and instruction.Pacific Sailing School (Sydney, Australia)For would-be sailors who don’t have the time or inclination to commit to a live-aboard situation, Pacific Sailing School offers excellent alternatives. Getting started with their P0 Competent Crew course involves eight three-hour practical lessons on your own schedule. They offer more nuanced building blocks for budding sailors than the other schools on this list, from Sail Offshore to Harbour Racing to Ocean Racing. With substantial dedication, students have the potential to pilot their own sailboats across open ocean in a few short months.Price: P0 Competent Crew starts around $1,500 AUD (approximately $1,150 USD, including course costs and required Australian Sailing registration). Includes eight sailing sessions, unlimited practice sessions for three months, two twilight races, and a waterproof course kit. Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins last_img read more