100 Mahul residents detained

first_imgOver 100 Mahul residents were detained at Ambedkar Nagar by the police on Monday for protesting on a road causing traffic disruption. They were demanding rehabilitation out of Mahul, which they claim is unfit for living, given the high levels of pollution from the nearby chemical plants and petrochemical refineries, along with the issue of it being far from offices and educational institutions. Sushil Kamble, senior police inspector, Tilak Nagar, said, “We detained the residents because the protest was at a public place due to which other people faced inconvenience. We have no issues with their protest, but it has to be done in an orderly fashion.”last_img read more

Freeze frame in Kashmir

first_imgSnowmen at the Kashmir Snow Festival add to the charmI love beginnings, whether it is a book, movie or a trip. They are so full of promise, and so much more fun than endings. My trip to Kashmir also begins on a wonderful note, but this time I love the ending too. But let’s leave that for later.People back home advise me to reach the airport early to take the window seat, for what I would see would be a view to remember. I’m glad I listened to them. Just a few minutes after leaving Delhi I spot a line of white in the horizon. Confusing the Pir Panjal range with clouds I go on to read my book. But a stray glance outside, and I realise we are already over the grand snow-covered mountains. From top the snow seems absolutely clear, clean and whiter than froth. I’m not going to forget this spectacular sight for a lifetime.Snow cycling is a popular activity at the festivalThis isn’t my first visit to Kashmir, but this time I’m looking forward to spending a White Christmas in Gulmarg. Before I know it we are whizzing across the highway that would take us to our destination. At first it is strange to see that the winter has robbed the tall pines of all their clothes. The bare branches seem as if they are waiting for someone to come and dress them up and make them look appealing. This is not the kind of Kashmir I had visited a decade ago. Yet it has a stark beauty. It seems nothing can ever take away its charm. Barely ten minutes after the hill drive I catch a glimpse of the snow and soon all I can see around me are white mountains. I’m as excited as a child on seeing his favourite toy. Gulmarg makes the prettiest of all pictures with all the meadows covered with a two-feet thick blanket of snow. Getting used to the cold is a tough task, but the hot saffron-flavoured kahwa served at the Royal Park Hotel helps me warm up slightly. Dal Lake at Sringar looks even more stunning at sunsetThat night is my tryst with the bone-chilling winds of Gulmarg. I’m at the ice skating rink for the inauguration of the Kashmir Snow Festival. The line-up for the evening is, quite obviously, skating and night skiing. I watch in awe as skaters glide effortlessly on ice while I can’t even think of standing straight without wondering if I’m getting frostbite. I dig deeper into my pockets, searching for warmth. The skaters, boys of all age groups, sway to wonderful songs. The only thing that keeps me going, besides the kahwa of course, is thinking about my cosy room back at the hotel. Before heading back, however, I have one more thing to do-go and watch skiers slide down the slope. Night skiing has been introduced recently in Gulmarg-the only place in the country to do so. The sight of people skiing gracefully down white slopes under the light of a few lampposts is splendid. For a city bird like me, skiing is a challenging task in the day itself, so I could only imagine how tough it would be at night. These thrilling events make my Christmas Eve memorable. Kashmiri cuisineChristmas mornings are always special, but this one is more so. It’s my first White Christmas and I’m in one of the most stunning places in the country. The sun is out in all its glory as I make my way to Gulmarg Golf Club, the highest in the country, where the official launch of the snow festival is to take place.The day is packed with sweet surprises. As soon as I reach there I spot three snowmen. This is the first time I’m seeing one, and I rush to take pictures. No matter what age you are, a snowman will always delight you. I make my way to a group huddled around a sculpture, and when I reach there I just stop and stare in amazement. It is a snow sculpture of Santa Claus. What more can I ask for on Christmas? Hazratbal MosquePlenty, it seems. Instead of Santa’s sledge there is a snow scooter and I hop on for a ride-a ride to remember. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but I clutch onto the driver and we zoom ahead climbing the slope to reach the top. Getting up is no big deal but getting down seems like a deadly task. As we come down, gaining speed every second I scream at the thought that I may fall down. But then I calm myself and close my eyes, letting the driver do his task. As the ice cold wind kisses my cheek, I feel the speed and adrenalin rush even though I’m a pillion rider. Being ahead would have an altogether different experience. But this isn’t the most thrilling part of the festival. I watch as people play unique games like snow baseball and rugby. The snow cycling competition, with special mountain cycles, is equally enthralling.At lunch my craving of tucking into Kashmiri cuisine is fulfilled and I relish the mouth-watering gushtaba and rista. Gushtaba is pounded meat balls dipped in subtly flavoured yogurt. Rista is small lamb balls in a spicy sauce. Both the dishes are so soft that they just melt in the mouth.Nishat Bagh in Srinagar is an all-season favourite;Going on the gondola is next in line. This is the main attraction for tourists coming to Gulmarg and for obvious reasons-it is one of the highest gondola rides in the world. The gondola terrain is divided into two sections. The first one is till Kongdoor, but the second section till Apharwat peak, which opened last year, takes you to the dizzying height of 13,800 ft. Luckily it is a clear day and I can see right up to the mighty Pir Panjal range, with the imposing Nanga Parwat standing grandly in front. Getting off at Apharwat, it seems as if the world has lost all colours besides the blue of the sky and the white on the peaks. The clear, crisp, chilly air makes me shiver. But it is a sight to behold. With the sky almost within touching distance, the peaks in the backdrop and nothing but whiteness all around I truly believe that I’m in paradise. Many skiers come up till Apharwat and sashay down the slopes all the way to Gulmarg, and on my way down I spot a couple of them joyfully on their way. Snow-covered huts near KongdoorEarly mornings in Gulmarg are a sight to behold, and since it is my last morning I decide to take a walk till the local market. At 8.30a.m. the shops are just opening and the locals are busy keeping themselves warm by sipping piping hot tea and munching on bread. None of them take their hands out of the long phirans. One of them is after me to go for sledging, promising a good rate, but I escape saying I have to head back. I make my way to Prince Vaishno Dhaba yearning for my morning cuppa. While the shop owner is preparing the tea I get talking to him and he shares his tales of woe and wonder. The conversation ranges from terrorism to tourism. As I sip ginger tea I realise how much the people value their land. I’m about to pay him, but he refuses to take money for it, saying “friendship mein chai pila di madam.” I feel goosebumpy with this experience. Gondola ride in Gulmarg is a mustOn the way back to the hotel, I hear music on the road. Some Kashmiri folk singers break out in random dancing on the street and ask me to join in, but I refuse. I stand there and stare at them and then became a little envious. Envious of the fact that they stay here, and envious because they are carefree (at least they seemed to be). But shaking off these negative emotions, I bid farewell to this glorious place and head to Srinagar.After a typical day of sightseeing in Srinagar-Nishat Bagh, Jama Masjid and Hazratbal shrine-it is time for a shikara ride on Dal Lake. The sun is about to retire for the day, but does its usual play with colours before going. The shikaras and the lake look gorgeous bathed in the orange glow. To me Srinagar has never looked prettier than it does on my last evening there.They say everything ends but there are always new beginnings, and I truly believe that. My trip to Kashmir is ending, but it leaves me with a desire and determination of coming back soon to experience another fascinating season in paradise, when the mountains will turn a lush green. I’m returning home with a million memories, and the hope of a new beginning. Fact fileadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementGetting there: Most domestic carriers-JetLite, Air India, SpiceJet, Kingfisher Red, GoAir-operate daily flights from New Delhi to Srinagar. Fare: Rs. 9,000 approx. Gulmarg is two hours away by road.When to go: Throughout the year, but to experience the winter season visit between November and January. PLUS SAYSStayHeeven Resorts: Gupt Ganga Nishat, Srinagar; tel: (0194) 250 0525; www.ahadhotelsandresorts.comRoyal Park Hotel: Gulmarg; tel: (01954) 254 561; www.hotelroyalpark.netEat: Try Kashmiri dishes such as rista, gushtaba and yakhni.Shop: Saffron and kahwa tea leaves from shops at Lal Chowk in Srinagar.See: The gondola ride in Gulmarg should not be missed. In Srinagar, take a shikara ride on the Dal Lake at sunset.Swinging awayFor golfers Kashmir is nothing short of paradise. The stunning golf courses in Srinagar-Royal Spring Golf Course and Kashmir Golf Club-and Gulmarg are counted as among the best in the country. Jammu & Kashmir has been promoting golf in a big way and it is one of the most popular sports in the State. In fact the Gulmarg Golf Club, located at the height of 2,650 m, is the highest golf resort in India and draws thousands of tourists every year. So when you are in Gulmarg don’t forget to try your hands at a round of golf.Scenic KashmirSpend 4 nights/5 days at Gulmarg and Srinagar for Rs. 9,999 per person with stay & sightseeing. Visit www.makemytrip.com for more information.last_img read more

India vs England, 2nd Test, Day 2: As It Happened

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Day 2 of the second Test between India and England at Vizag. (Live Scorecard)England 1st Innings: HighlightsEngland 103/5 at stumps, trail India (455) by 352 runs. Ben Stokes 12*, Jonny Bairstow 12*, Ravichandran Ashwin 2/20.At Stumps on Day 2 #ENG are 103/5, trail #IND (455) by 352 runs #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/unR75ci7s0 BCCI (@BCCI) November 18, 2016Terrific day for India! They’re well on top in this second Test! First they managed to post 450-plus on the board, thanks to some lower order contributions and then picked up five wickets as well of England. The visitors didn’t get off to a good start as they lost Cook early when Shami bowled a peach. They kept on losing wickets but Root held one end up. Ashwin and Jayant Yadav ran through the batting line-up and then Root lost his control too, got out after his fifty. Since then, Bairstow and Stokes controlled things. They batted cautiously and avoided further damage.England are still 352 runs behind and their first task will be to avoid the follow-on. They need a big partnership here. Let’s see how they respond on a wicket which has started to turn and the odd one staying low. CLOSE Stokes & Bairstow see out the rest of the day as we end on 103-5, trailing by 352 #INDvENGCatch up: https://t.co/u1h9LWMIkX pic.twitter.com/FscrRCmdMK England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 18, 201616.18 IST: England with their top order back in the hut, now have a huge mountain to climb. ENG 93/5, trailing by 362 runs. advertisement16.09 IST: Jadeja to Stokes, huge shout for caught-behind! India take a review but, Not Out says the third umpire as the bat brushed the front pad. Eng 92/515.36 IST: Jayant to Moeen, OUT!! That’s hitting! Flighted on middle, Moeen comes forward to defend but gets hit on the pads. There is an appeal for a leg before but the umpire says no. India decide to take a review as they look confident. Yadav convinces his skipper and Kohli takes a quick review. Replays show it’s pad first. The ball tracking technology shows the impact is in line and the ball would have hit the leg stump so that’s out. Decision overturned! Jayant Yadav picks up his maiden Test wicket. Eng 80/5, trail by 375 runs 15.24 IST; Ashwin to Root, OUT!! The move to go over the wicket works! Floated outside off, Root thinks it as a chance to score, he slinks down the wicket to hit it over covers. He is too close to the ball and ends up lofting it towards Umesh Yadav at deep mid off. Ashwin gets the big wicket and he is all excited. Eng 79/4 in 31.4 ovs(AP Photo) WICKET Root goes moments after reaching 50, caught by Umesh Yadav off Ashwin. England 79-4 #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/u1h9LX4jJx England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 18, 201615.08 IST: Ashwin to Duckett, OUT!! TIMBER! Floated on middle, Duckett plays down the wrong line and is beaten all ends up. The ball goes past his outside edge and cannons into the off stump. Ashwin is all pumped up and why not. Another failure for Ben and given how he has played spin so far, could have more failures lined up unless he works on his off side game. Eng 72/3 WICKET A sharp turner from Ashwin bowls Ben Duckett to leave England 72-3 #INDvENGLive coverage: https://t.co/u1h9LX4jJx England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 18, 201614.48 IST: OUT! RUN OUT! Flatter on middle, Root clips it through mid-wicket. They cross for a single. Jayant Yadav chases it well and stops the ball and fires the throw at the striker’s end. Root wants the second but sends Hameed back late. The keeper collects the ball and despite not being in balance he manages to deflect it onto the stumps. That is out and Hameed will be disappointed big time. To get out to run out on this wicket, is criminal. It is on any wicket but this could just trigger a collapse.14.48 IST: There is an appeal for a run out which is referred upstairs. Haseeb is the man there. He looks gone! India are celebrating already.14.13 IST: England 34/1 at tea, trail India (455) by 421 runs. Root 23*, Hameed 9*, Shami 1/14 At Tea on Day 2 #ENG are 34/1, trail India (455) by 421 runs. Follow the game here – https://t.co/5a1eoAM8XG #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/jw6I900Zdv BCCI (@BCCI) November 18, 2016A good session for England! They did not allow India to score that many runs after the lunch and Rashid and Ali wrapped up the tail in a jiffy. Shami though gave the hosts the perfect start as he castled Alastair Cook early. Joe Root and Haseeb Hameed then came together to steady England as the both Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami began well and tested them through.advertisementThere is a lot of work left, with the trail a massive 421 runs, England will know they have their work cut out. India will hope their spinners come into play more with the older ball and maintain their grip on the game. Do join us in a while for the final session of play. TEA Hameed & Root take us to the break at 34-1. What we will finish Day Two on? ?? #INDvENGFollow it live: https://t.co/u1h9LX4jJx pic.twitter.com/fJy6hORqRQ England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 18, 201613.48 IST: Fast-bowlers are always told to target the top of off-stump. Mohammed Shami had other ideas as he broke the stump in half with a ripper.(AP Photo) 13.41 IST: Excellent over from Umesh, bowls a maiden. Eng 20/1 in 8 ovs, trail Ind (455) by 43513.41 IST: U Yadav to Hameed, No run. Good length ball outside off, Hameed leaves it alone. That delivery was bowled at 148KMPH. 13.37 IST: The pitch is playing tricks now as the odd ball is keeping low. Eng 20/1 in 7 ovs 13.19 IST: JOE ROOT is the new man in. There is a new stump as well. 13.17 IST: Shami to Cook, OUT!! BOWLED ‘EM! This is a peach! Good length ball on middle and off, nice movement there, Cook tries to defend it off his back foot but misses it completely. The ball goes through his defense and rattles the timber. It has in fact broken the stump. Crazy stuff! The ball hit the top of off stump and that part is broken. Cook looked clueless there. Reminds me of a delivery which Ryan Harris bowled to him during the 2013-14 Ashes series. Eng 4/1 2.3 ovs2nd Test. 2.3: WICKET! A Cook (2) is out, b Mohammed Shami, 4/1 https://t.co/5a1eoAM8XG #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) November 18, 201613.14 IST: Umesh’s first over goes for four runs. Eng 4/0 in 2 ovs, trail Ind (455) by 451 13.09 IST: Shami starts off the proceedings with the ball for India with a maiden. Eng 0/0 in 1 over 13.05 IST: Mohammed Shami has the new ball in his hands, Alastair Cook will take strike. India 455-all out vs England. Virat Kohli 167, Cheteshwar Pujara 119, Ravichandran Ashwin 58, James Anderson 3/62, Moeen 3/98.(AP Photo)Innings break! #TeamIndia 1st innings total- 455. Follow the game here – https://t.co/5a1eoAM8XG #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/9OXh5aR2qN BCCI (@BCCI) November 18, 2016England have wasted no time to dismiss the Indian tail in this session. Ashwin got out after his well-composed fifty. Stokes got his rewards when he took Ashwin’s wicket and towards the end Umesh Yadav provided some entertainment with the bat and the last pair helped India cross the 450-run mark.Earlier, it was Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 226-run stand which put India on the top. The Indian skipper got out after a terrific 167 and Pujara smashed another ton. For England, Anderson was the pick of the bowlers yesterday as he picked three wickets but today he couldn’t do much. Moeen Ali got three wickets in the first session today while Rashid got two in this one. So India will be happy with their total overall. advertisement12.55 IST: Rashid to Yadav, OUT! Umesh holes out! Floated outside off, Umesh looks to go for another big one but this against the turn. He finds Moeen Ali at deep mid-wicket. End of an entertaining cameo from Umesh. INDIA BOWLED OUT FOR 455! ALL OUT India end on 455 as Umesh Yadav picks out Moeen on the fence off Rashid #INDvENGFollow our reply: https://t.co/u1h9LX4jJx pic.twitter.com/eU8b9kzyZX England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 18, 201612.52 IST: Rashid to Shami, SIX!! TAKE THAT! Floats it outside off, Umesh gets under it and hammers it up and over the long off fence for a maximum. 450 up for India! That’s a superb shot.12.51 IST: Umesh smacks Moeen for two consecutive boundaries as Ind reach 448/9 in 129 ovs 12.47 IST: Rashid to Jayant, OUT!! RASHID STRIKES! Floated outside off, Jayant goes for the slog sweep but gets a top edge. He himself screams in disgust. The leading edge goes towards point where Anderson takes the catch. End of a fine knock from Jayant. India reach 440/9 12.30 IST: Stokes to Ashwin, OUT!! ASHWIN DEPARTS! Outside off, on a length, Ashwin throws his bat at it from his body and gets an outside edge. Ashwin looks back to see it carried, it had. The keeper did not even appeal, Stokes raises his hand and watches the umpire give it out. But job done by Ashwin. Ind reach 427/8WICKET! Ashwin goes for 58, nicking behind off Stokes. India 427-8 #INDvENG #twotogo ???Live coverage ?? https://t.co/u1h9LX4jJx pic.twitter.com/8Yk8oJTOBV England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 18, 201612.17 IST: M Ali to Ashwin, FOUR! FIFTY! Shorter outside off, Ashwin cuts it through the backward point region for a boundary. He brings up his 8th Test fifty with that too. Ind 420/7 FIFTY! @ashwinravi99 brings up his 8th Test half century @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/uJsUAL6D9v BCCI (@BCCI) November 18, 201611.33 IST: India 415/7 at lunch. Virat Kohli 167, Ravichandran Ashwin 47*, Jayant Yadav 26*, Moeen Ali 3/77. At Lunch on Day 2 #TeamIndia are 415/7 (Ashwin 47*, J Yadav 26*). Follow the game here – https://t.co/5a1eoAM8XG pic.twitter.com/2RH9N8MygR BCCI (@BCCI) November 18, 2016Another dominating session for India! They have scored 98 runs in the session and despite the wickets for England. the hosts remain on top, the toss could very well be the most crucial moment won by India. England bowled tight lines to not let India run away with the game. Virat Kohli did not add much to his overnight score and departed to Ali, who struck twice in the same over to dismiss Jadeja for a duck.Ashwin though has held one end up with a fine batting display. He has shared a 50-run stand with Jayant Yadav to take India past 400. LUNCH Mo’s 3 wickets hand England a boost as India reach 415-7 #INDvENGCatch up on the action: https://t.co/u1h9LX4jJx pic.twitter.com/O24WVGUasO England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 18, 201611.21 IST: India reach 400 for the loss of 7 wickets in the 116th over11.18 IST: M Ali to Ashwin, FOUR!! Partnership moves on to 35 from 62 balls. Ind 398/710.58 IST: Unsuccessful review from England, Jayant Yadav survives. Ind 376/7 10.57 IST: Rashid to Jayant, huge shout for leg-before! England have taken a review. Ind 376/7 10.38 IST: WICKET! Moeen Ali is on fire. He gets his second wicket in three deliveries. Jadeja departs without disturbing the scoreboard. Nicely tossed up around middle, Jadeja plays for the turn, tries to defend but misses the line. He gets hit on the pads and there’s a confident appeal for a leg before yet again. Dharmasena raises his finger rather quickly this time and Moeen gets his third scalp in no time. Jadeja has a chat with Ashwin and decide not to take a review. Well, replays show the ball would have missed the leg stump and Jadeja would have survived, had he taken a review. India 363/7 in 104.4 overs 10.36 IST: WICKET! Moeen Ali strikes again and this time he traps Wriddhiman Saha. Flighted ball outside off, turns in sharply after landing, Saha goes onto his back foot to play but misses and gets hit on the pads. There a big appeal for a leg before but umpire Dharmasena is unmoved. England stop appealing and start chasing the ball, the batsmen look for a run too but suddenly Dharmasena now raises his finger after taking a long look. Saha can’t believe it and he takes a review. Replays show it would have hit the stumps so he has to go. India 363/6 in 104.2 overs 10.31 IST: Drinks Break! India have scored 46 runs in the first hour of play and lost the wicket of Kohli (167).10.18 IST: Moeen Ali to Kohli, OUT!! What a superb reflex catch! Bowls it outside off, Kohli looks to drive it through covers but it is not to the pitch of the ball and gets an edge that flies quickly towards Ben Stokes at fist slip going to his right. That was well held by Stokes. End of a superb innings from Kohli and he walks back for 167. Moeen won’t mind it at all, it got a bigger scalp thanks to the drop. Ind 351/5 in 100/3 ovs  WICKET! Kohli goes for a superb 167, caught by Stokes at slip off Moeen Ali. India 351-5 #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/u1h9LWMIkX pic.twitter.com/xS2tv1XKVs England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 18, 201610.18 IST: Ali to Ashwin, Dropped! Floated outside off, Ashwin almost guides it into the hands of Ben Stokes at first slip. Stokes goes to his right at first but then spots the ball going to his left. The ball lobs towards leg gully and that is a chance gone down. A single taken. 10.14 IST: 350 comes up for India in the 100th over. 10.12 IST: Kohli (167*), Ashwin (16*) have played out first half-hour without any hiccups. Ind 349/4 9.57 IST: Broad to Kohli, FOUR!! Intent from Kohli! Bowls it outside off on a fuller length, Kohli covers the line and the slight away swing to open the face of the bat at the last moment to get it through cover-point for a boundary.2nd Test. 95.1: S Broad to V Kohli (162), 4 runs, 338/4 https://t.co/5a1eoAM8XG #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) November 18, 20169.45 IST:  Anderson to Kohli, FOUR!! Hard luck, Stokes! Fuller outside off, Kohli goes for the drive through covers. Ben Stokes at covers misfields and allows the ball to go through him. That was bowled with a scrambled seam. Stokes actually got a bad bounce and spin which led to the fumble. Ind 331/4 in 93 ovs 2nd Test. 92.6: J Anderson to V Kohli (156), 4 runs, 331/4 https://t.co/5a1eoAM8XG #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) November 18, 20169.40 IST: Ashwin negotiates the second over from Broad without much difficulty. Ind 324/4 in 92 ovs9.35 IST: Six runs conceded by Anderson in the first over, Ind 323/4 in 91 ovs9.32 IST: Anderson to Ashwin, FOUR! Lovely shot! Hurls it outside off, Ashwin leans into it and creams it through extra cover for a superb boundary. Nice start for him. 2nd Test. 90.3: J Anderson to R Ashwin (5), 4 runs, 322/4 https://t.co/5a1eoAM8XG #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) November 18, 20169.31 IST: James Anderson will start off the proceedings for England. Virat Kohli on strike. Having won the toss, India made the most of the good batting conditions to notch up a good score on board. Virat Kohli has led the charge for the hosts with an unbeaten 151 and will be itching to ensure they post a massive total. He got able support from Cheteshwar Pujara as they shared a 226-run stand. India lost both Pujara and Rahane in the final session and they will hope that the lower order can hang around with the skipper.England on the other hand, will be relatively pleased with their effort. They came into the game high on confidence but their execution yesterday was far from ideal. They dropped Kohli on 56 and it could very well be a match defining moment. Anderson has picked up three on a wicket which has assisted the spinners and that should disappoint England. They will hope to restrict India as much possible since batting is only going to get tougher from here on. It’s Day Two of #INDvENG in Vizag. Get a ? on the go and follow the action live: https://t.co/u1h9LWMIkX pic.twitter.com/cv0q5EmqVf England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 18, 2016At Stumps on Day 1 of the 2nd Test #TeamIndia are 317/4 (Virat 151*, Ashwin 1*) #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/CcrgFLeF1d BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 2016Day 1 Highlights:Captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara made centuries and shared a stand of 226 to put India on course for a big first-innings total against England on the first day of the second Test on Thursday.Kohli was unbeaten on 151 and Ravichandran Ashwin on one as India reached 317 for four at the close after winning the toss in the first ever test match in the port city of Visakhapatnam.On a surface expected to assist the spinners from early on, Kohli had no hesitation in batting but his plans suffered an early jolt. Fit-again opener Lokesh Rahul lasted just five deliveries as fast bowler Stuart Broad dismissed him in his first over.Rahul fell for a duck, hanging his bat away from his body to edge Broad to Ben Stokes at the third slip.His opening partner Murali Vijay looked in good touch, hitting four crisply driven boundaries in his 20 before he fell to James Anderson.ANDERSON STRIKESEngland’s highest test wicket-taker bowled cross seam to extract steep bounce and hit Vijay on his glove for Stokes to complete a simple catch.The wicket marked a successful return for Anderson, who had not played since August with a shoulder injury and replaced fast bowler Chris Woakes in the side.The hosts were struggling on 22-2 when Kohli and Pujara came together.The right-handed pair had few problems in negotiating the English bowlers and their only moments of concerns in the first session were a couple of run-out opportunities.England did not manage to separate the pair before tea, which was taken few minutes earlier after a stray dog ran on to the field and held up play.Pujara survived a England review for leg before against Moeen Ali and brought up his 10th test hundred with his second six off leg-spinner Adil Rashid.Playing his 50th test, Kohli, who was dropped on 56 at fine leg by Rashid off Stokes, pushed Anderson through the covers to register his 14th hundred.Cook tried everything to separate the duo, including asking his bowlers to operate with eight fielders on one side to stem the flow of runs and frustrate the batsmen.Anderson returned to finally break the partnership when Pujara was out on 119 after getting a thick edge to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.Kohli then added 68 for the fourth wicket with Ajinkya Rahane before the latter was out for 23 to give Anderson his third scalp. 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Sachin Tendulkar a cricketing hero for this Pakistani batsman

first_imgPakistani batsman Sahibzada Farhan, who impressed all with his tremendous performance in the recently concluded Pakistan Cup for his team Balochistan, has admitted that legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is his cricketing hero.21-year-old Farhan, who was drafted as a late replacement by Balochistan for Azhar Ali, came into the limelight as the third-highest scorer in the Pakistan Cup, country’s premier List A tournament.In five innings, Farhan amassed 331 runs at an average of 66.20, scoring four fifties and an all-important century in the final.The 21-year-old helped pile on a formidable opening partnership with Fakhar that set the foundation for Balochistan to go on a late onslaught and reach a big total.Speaking in an interview with PakPassion.com, Farhan said Tendulkar is in different class altogether and is a legend.”The player I have watched and admired has always been Ahmed Shehzad but if you ask me about who I like amongst the non-Pakistanis then the answer is simply Sachin Tendulkar as he is in a different class altogether and is a legend. Sachin is my cricketing hero and he is a legendary cricketer,” he said.The 21-year-old is also now hoping to be selected for one of the teams in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to showcase his talents and skills.”To be honest, I am still a little dizzy with my success from the Pakistan One Day Cup but beyond that, I have some ideas of playing for a department in the next season, although my loyalty has always been with Peshawar,” he said.advertisement”And of course, I am interested in playing in the Pakistan Super League. I have been told that given my recent performances, there is a high likelihood of my selection for one of the teams in the PSL,” he added.The right-handed batsman further maintained that if he keeps performing well, it would definitely draw the attention of the selectors and he would get selected in the PSL.”But all I know is that it is my job to continue performing and it’s the job of the selectors to reward my hard work, God Willing,” he said.”I really hope I get a chance to play in the PSL and show my skills in that tournament,” he added.Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board ( PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan had also heaped praise on Farhan, saying the selection committee is focused on inducting young players like him into the national side and want them to take the team forward in the future.”We want young blood to play for Pakistan and will base our selections on that. Sahibzada Farhan performed really well in the Pakistan Cup and certainly has a great future,” he had said at the final of the Pakistan Cup in Rawalpindi.”Young players are the future of Pakistan and we would want to give them the opportunity to step forward and don national colours,” he added.last_img read more

Took risk of coming back to Chelsea, says David Luiz

first_imgBrazil centre-back David Luiz, who left Paris Saint-Germain and returned to Chelsea for around 35 million pounds ($39.2 million), says he has taken a risk of coming back to the country which is not happy with him.Despite winning several trophies like the Champions League, the Europa League, fans and critics still criticised him to which the 30-year-old volatile Brazilian said he wanted to taste something new and that was the reason he took this risk.”If you want me to be honest, be honest with me. Of course, you know. I was winning everything in Paris. I was there for two years and won all the titles in France. I had a great life, great credibility with the club…I had everything,” Luiz, who returned to Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain last August, was quoted as saying by the Guardian on Thursday.”But then I took a risk to come back to the one country that was not that happy with me. Where they always criticised me a lot even after winning the Champions League, the Europa League or where I’d played all the games.””That’s why it was a risk. And I love the risk. If you don’t take risks in your life – in your professional life but also in everyday life – you never feel anything new, so I [chose to] taste something new. I don’t like to stay always with the easy life but I’m happy now because I took the right decision,” he added.The Chelsea defender also said that to prove himself he took pay cut when he returned in the summer.advertisement”If you want to know about the money, I cut my salary to come back here. But it’s OK, God has given me a lot, so I’m happy with this. Did I come back different? Always the same question…I think I try to improve as a person, as a brother, as a son, as a friend every day,” he said.The Brazilian footballer praised his current coach Antonio Conte saying the former Italian footballer is a great person and is passionate about the game”The day I arrived back here I spoke with Conte — a great person, a great character who is passionate and loves his football — and he tried to explain his philosophy to play football,” he said.last_img read more

Army chief approves MS Dhoni’s request to train with paramilitary regiment

first_imgArmy Chief General Bipin Rawat has approved MS Dhoni’s request to train with a territorial army battalion of the parachute regiment for 2 months after the India cricketer approached the Indian Amry with his request.MS Dhoni, an honorary Lieutenant Colonel, would get to train with the Parachute regiment battalion. Part of the training is also expected to take place in the Kashmir valley but Dhoni would not be part of any operation.Dhoni, who was awarded the honorary rank of a Lieutenant Colonel in 2011, belongs to the Territorial Army’s 106 Infantry Battalion. It is one of the two battalions that the Army has for the parachute regiment.Notably, MS Dhoni had trained with the elite Para regiment of the force in Agra in 2015. The World Cup-winning former India captain also completed parachute jumps after the course 4 years ago.Dhoni reportedly informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India that he would be unavailable for selection for 2 months. The India wicketkeeper-batsman has taken a sabattical after the team’s World Cup 2019 exit with a semi-final defeat to New Zealand in Manchester.Notably, Dhoni made this commitment even before the start of Cricket World Cup 2019.Dhoni was not considered for selection for India’s tour of West Indies, starting August 3. The senior selection commitee led by MSK Prasad met in Mumbai on Sunday to pick the ODI, T20I and the Test squads.MSK Prasad confirmed that MS Dhoni was not available for the limited-overs series while adding that the selection committee is looking at giving more opportunities to Rishabh Pant across all three formats.advertisement”He [MS Dhoni] is unavailable for this series. He has expressed his unavailability. Having said that, we had certain road maps till the World Cup. Subsequently, post the World Cup, we have laid down few more plans. We thought of giving as many opportunities to Rishabh Pant to see he is groomed. That’s our plan right now,” MSK Prasad told the press in Mumbai.The selection committee chairman added: “We did discuss with him [Dhoni’s future].”Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like MS Dhoni… he knows when to retire. But as far as the future roadmap is considered, that is in the hands of the selectors.”(With inputs from Manjeet Singh Negi)Also Read | Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK PrasadAlso Read | How Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are key to solving India’s middle-order puzzleAlso See:last_img read more



Werner plans move to ‘big club’

first_imgTransfers RB Leipzig striker Werner plans future move to ‘big club’ 00:00 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Timo Werner Bongarts Transfers RB Leipzig RB Leipzig v Borussia M’gladbach RB Leipzig v Monaco Monaco UEFA Champions League Bundesliga After being linked with a move to Real Madrid and Liverpool, the Germany attacker says that he wants to make a step up eventually Timo Werner is open to leaving RB Leipzig due to his desire to play for a “big club”, although he is in no rush to push for a move from the Bundesliga side.Werner is reportedly a target for Real Madrid following the sale of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea, while Liverpool were linked with the Germany striker last season.The 21-year-old scored 21 Bundesliga goals to fire Leipzig into the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history, with a home game against Monaco on Wednesday their debut in the competition. 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 Although Werner is already considering his next move, he is also thinking about signing a renewal of his Leipzig contract, which is set to expire in 2020.”So far, I have travelled very well with Leipzig,” Werner told Bild. “That is why I do not think about what will happen in one, two, three years.Timo Werner RB Leipzig“Of course I want to play at a big club. But we have not yet come to terms with the development in Leipzig. Perhaps RB will be a big club too – I’m quite sure.”In Spain, there are a maximum of three clubs with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. In England, there are a bit more: Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City. Bayern Munich is also a big club, but for me it is not a topic that I am concerned with.”Of course, I look at the offer [of a new contract]. If I do not extend now, that does not mean that I switch [clubs] in the summer. On the other hand, it is often not the case that players stay for five years if the contract is still five years. Football is so fast, you never know where you are tomorrow.”But I feel extremely comfortable at RB and would like to play here for a while. Also for the super Leipzig fans, to give them back something for their support from the past.”3 Punkte #RBL #Bundesliga #HereToCreate pic.twitter.com/miceBSq9ej— Timo Werner (@timowerner) September 9, 2017Werner, however, would not rule out the possibility of moving on from Leipzig at the end of the season, with his side fourth in the Bundesliga after three matches of the new campaign.”You can never promise something,” the forward added. “But as I said: I like it in Leipzig very much.”And I am not one who has to go [to another club], where I may earn much more, if I can stay with a club where I develop better and know what I have.”last_img read more

13 days agoPuyol confident Valdes will bounce back from Barcelona sacking

first_imgPuyol confident Valdes will bounce back from Barcelona sackingby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCarles Puyol is confident Victor Valdes will bounce back from his sacking by Barcelona.Valdes, Puyol’s former teammate, was relieved of his duties as Juvenil A coach following disagreements with the club, yet Puyol did not shed much light on the decision.”Victor as a coach still does not have much experience,” former Barca captain Puyol explained.”Last season he did very well. In the world of football, he has a lot of knowledge to teach children.”I don’t know the reasons for his departure, and I’m not inside the club, but I’m sure he’ll be a great coach [in the future] and will help develop some great footballers.”Youth football is not easy, you have to focus on the training of the players and not so much on the results.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Athletes To Run Half Marathon For Right To Play

first_imgOlympic rower Mark Hunter joins fellow athlete Kate Dennison to run the Royal Park Half Marathon for Right To Play, an international charity that uses sport and play to educate and empower children in disadvantaged communities.Mark Hunter in TanzaniaCredit/Copyright: Right To Play UKBoth Hunter and Dennison have been Athlete Ambassadors for Right To Play for a number of years and decided to run the 13.1 miles around London this October to show their support for the charity.Hunter – who won gold at the Beijing Olympic Games in the lightweight double sculls with partner Zac Purchase, and then won silver at London 2012 again with partner Purchase – recently visited the charity’s programmes in Tanzania.Hunter said; “After my trip to Tanzania I saw how Right To Play changes children’s lives and gives them a chance through sport and play. Join me in running the Royal Park Half Marathon for Right To Play and help make a difference!” Dennison was GB’s number one pole-vaulter for a number of years competing in the commonwealth games in 2006, the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and winning a bronze medal at the commonwealth games in 2010.Dennison said; “I travelled the world competing as a professional athlete and I know how much of an impact sport and play can have on young lives. I’m proud to be an Athlete Ambassador for Right To Play and help them educate and empower children in disadvantaged communities around the world through sport and play.”Anyone interested in joining these athletes running the Royal Park Half Marathon for Right To Play can find out more here.last_img read more

DHX Media completes strategic review signs deal for Peanuts in China and

HALIFAX — DHX Media Ltd. says it has signed an agency agreement for Peanuts in China and Asia with CAA Global Brand Management Group LLP, a division of Global Brands Group, as it completed its strategic review.The children’s entertainment company has also suspended its quarterly dividend, a move it says will free up $10 million a year to invest in its WildBrain business and pay down debt.Under the strategic review, DHX says it assessed a wide range of options to improve shareholder value.Little Baby Bum — one of the world’s biggest YouTube channels — just got sold in a deal estimated to be worth over $7 millionDHX Media stock plunges 33% to six-year low after preview of Q4 financial reportDHX sells Peanuts stake to Sony for $237M to cut debt, boost business in AsiaThe five-year agreement with CAA-GBG will see the firm work to increase Peanuts’ presence in Asia by extending the brand’s reach across multiple licensing categories.DHX says China and Asia are under-monetized territories for Peanuts and hold the potential for significant growth.The completion of the strategic review came as DHX reported a loss attributable to shareholders of $14.1 million or 10 cents per share on $434.4 million in revenue for the financial year ended June 30. That compared with a loss of $3.6 million or three cents per share on $298.7 million in revenue for the previous year. read more

Canadians less satisfied with their banks this year survey finds

TORONTO – Canadian bank customers surveyed in an annual poll are less satisfied with their financial institutions than they were a year ago, at least partly due to the rising fees they’re being charged.The survey from J.D. Power and Associates, released Thursday, found that the percentage of customers who say they will “definitely” reuse their bank in the future, declined by four percentage points since a year ago.And the number of respondents who said they would “definitely” recommend their bank dropped five percentage points from last year.At least part of the rising discontent was tied to a greater number of customers who have been slapped with higher fees, with 27 per cent of respondents saying their charges went up this year, compared with 17 per cent in 2011.“Not only are customers frustrated with changes to their fee structure, but many are also confused by the changes, leading to the lower satisfaction,” said Lubo Li, senior director of financial services at J.D. Power.“Banks may try to offset the dissatisfaction with these changes by proactively communicating with their customers and ensuring that they fully understand what the changes are and why they are occurring.”Many of the respondents also said they had a lower overall opinion of the reliability and financial stability of their banks.Satisfaction with online banking slid eight percentage points over last year, mostly due to problems navigating websites, and a lack of some services.The weaker impression of online services comes even as more Canadians log on to manage their finances. The survey said online banking has increased to 86 per cent, up six percentage points, and surpassing branch usage. At the same time, twice as many people used their mobile phones for banking compared to last year, rising to eight per cent.On the upside, customers said they were largely happy with financial advisers at the banks, though this is the first time the survey asked respondents about them.The highest ranked of the big five Canadian banks was TD Bank (TSX:TD), which has consistently led the results since the survey was launched seven years ago. ING Direct Canada ranked the highest of the midsize banks.The annual J.D. Power survey polled 12,000 Canadians who use either banks or credit unions. Included were the big five Canadian banks — Royal Bank (TSX:RY), Scotiabank (TSX:BNS), CIBC (TSX:CM), Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) and TD Bank (TSX:TD) — as well as what it called midsize banks. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2012 3:37 pm MDT Canadians less satisfied with their banks this year, survey finds AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Former NFL player Donte Stallworth to cover national security for Huff Post

by The Associated Press Posted Sep 4, 2014 4:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Former NFL player Donte Stallworth to cover national security for Huff Post NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Huffington Post has made an unusual choice for a new correspondent covering national security — former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth.The website announced Thursday that the 10-year NFL player will join its Washington bureau this month as a fellow.Ryan Grim, the site’s Washington bureau chief, said Stallworth has a quick mind, insatiable curiosity and a passion for politics.Amanda Terkel, managing editor for politics, said anyone who has followed Stallworth’s Twitter feed knows he has a real interest and opinions on the topic.Stallworth had a 10-year career in the NFL, ending after an injury-shortened season with the New England Patriots two years ago. read more

Playoff LeBron Is Amazing But That Hasnt Been Enough

Shaquille O’Neal21 PLAYERWON TITLELOST TITLE Michael Jordan62 Dave Cowens10 LeBron James26 The Cleveland Cavaliers’ season could come to an end Monday night, and with it the latest chance for the city to end its half-century championship drought. A pair of NBA Finals losses is not the legacy LeBron James was hoping to leave when he returned home two summers ago.As usual, it isn’t because of a lack of statistical performance on James’s part. In these finals, he’s averaging 24.8 points, 11 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game, which would mark only the second time since 19841The first year for which Basketball-Reference.com has complete game-level data. that a player has averaged at least 20, 10 and 8 in the finals. (The only other time? That would be when James did it last year.)In terms of average Game Score in the series, nobody else on the Cavaliers — or the Golden State Warriors — is close to James’s 20.2 per-game mark. And in the playoffs as a whole, James leads the NBA in value over replacement player (VORP), Win Shares and John Hollinger’s Player Efficiency Rating-based value metric Estimated Wins Added.Yet it’s not enough, as it seldom has been for LeBron. If he hangs on to his lead this year, James will have been the playoff leader by consensus of these three statistics eight times over his career, tying Michael Jordan for the most since ’74. But he’ll have won a championship in just two of those playoff campaigns; Jordan, by contrast, went six for eight. Elvin Hayes10 IN YEARS LEADING THE POSTSEASON, NUMBER OF TIMES … LeBron’s losses are out of place among playoff stars Tim Duncan20 Clyde Drexler10 “Lost Title” includes losses at any stage of the postseason.Source: Basketball-reference.com Magic Johnson30 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar12 Larry Bird30 How uncommon is it for a player to lead the NBA playoffs numerically and still not lead his team to a championship? Since 1974, the consensus best statistical player of the postseason also won the title about 70 percent of the time. James, on the other hand, has won a ring on only a quarter of the occasions he’s been the playoffs’ best individual performer. If he, like his peers, had 70 percent odds each time, there’d be only a 1 percent chance he’d go two for eight.On the one hand, this is kerosene-soaked kindling for fans who decry James as a choker with a disappointing postseason record. (For what it’s worth, a loss to Golden State would put him about 0.6 titles below expectation, after accounting for the strength of his finals opponents.) On the other hand, it’s tough to criticize LeBron too harshly for some of his off-the-charts statistical performances in losing efforts over the years, particularly given the supporting casts he’s been saddled with at times.But on the — um, third hand? — James’s teammates also have a history of undershooting expectations in ways that go beyond even their performances in the finals. As part of my research into Kobe Bryant’s career, I looked for the effect a player had on his teammates, in terms of whether they met their preseason projections while suiting up with the player in question. And among the top 100 players since 1974 by VORP, only seven2Elton Brand, Alvin Robertson, Charles Barkley, Josh Smith, Hersey Hawkins, Tracy McGrady and Andrei Kirilenko. were associated with bigger, more persistent shortfalls by teammates than James. Mystifying as it may be for a player known for his vision and playmaking skills, LeBron might simply be a difficult player to slot in next to and play your best alongside.All of this makes James’s legacy one of the most complicated to assess of any player in NBA history. And unless he and the Cavs can capitalize on Draymond Green’s Game 5 suspension — then conjure up miracles in games 6 and 7 as well — the stark juxtaposition between James’s own numbers and his teams’ record in the finals will continue to dog LeBron into the summer and beyond.Check out our NBA Finals predictions. read more

Cultural night for Odyssey Festival

first_imgTake a journey to the heart of Greece, through the Odyssey Festival’s Cultural Night. Enjoy a performance of the comical theatre piece The Penniless, written by local playwright Katina Flambouri, featuring a colourful cast including the Greek Orthodox Community’s Greek Language Students and Olympic dancers and the Meraki musical ensemble. Cutural Night will take place on Saturday 15 October, at Olympic Hall, 288 Franklin St, Adelaide from 6.30 pm till late. The event is free. For more information contact gocsa@gocsa.org.au or visit odysseyfestival.com.au for a full program of events. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

first_imgWASHINGTON — A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than one month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and Trump came close to retaliating with a military strike.In remarks at the White House, Trump blamed Iran for a “provocative and hostile” action and said the U.S. responded in self-defense. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, told reporters as he arrived for a meeting at the United Nations that “we have no information about losing a drone today.”Trump said the Navy’s USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, took defensive action after the Iranian aircraft closed to within 1,000 yards of the ship and ignored multiple calls to stand down.“The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, facilities and interests and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce,” Trump said.The Pentagon said the incident happened at 10 a.m. local time Thursday in international waters while the Boxer was transiting the waterway to enter the Persian Gulf. The Boxer is among several U.S. Navy ships in the area, including the USS Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier that has been operating in the nearby North Arabian Sea for weeks.last_img read more

TCI Will Host National Money Laundering Workshop in June

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 19, 2017 – Providenciales – At the 13th meeting of the Cabinet held on Wednesday, 17 May 2017, His Excellency, Governor Dr. John Freeman announced that he is to approve funding from the National Forfeiture Fund to host the final workshop in TCI.The final workshop is facilitated by the World Bank and will conclude the TCI National Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment (National Risk Assessment) project. The workshop is scheduled for June 28-30.#magneticmedianews#moneylaunderingworkshop Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #moneylaunderingworkshop Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Caribou Lake Fire Containment Increases To 85 Percent

first_imgThe Caribou Lake Fire is being managed as a full suppression fire with a goal of 100 percent containment estimated by September 4. Smoke may be visible from within the interior of the fire perimeter until there significant and repeated rain or snow. Sarah Saarloos with the Incident Command Team:“Were that containment is remains at the edge of where those cabins are. We are feeling very confident that those cabins in and around the lake are not threatened.”  Crews secured existing control lines and mop up to reduce potential for flare-ups and spotting, while working to secure the northern edge of the fire in the Boxcar Hills. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On the evening of August 30, containment of the Caribou Lake Fire increased to 85 percent. The fire is being managed with a full suppression strategy with a goal of 100 percent containment by September 4.center_img Helicopters and firefighters will be using a portion of the gravel pit parking area on Basargin Road as a helispot in support of the Caribou Lake Fire. Fire officials are asking people to avoid parking in the area near the helispot for the safety of the firefighters and public. Crews will continue to hold and improve control lines until it is 100 percent contained. Firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the fire until it is out.last_img read more

Black Lightning Deals With What Happens When You Become a Superhero

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War’Black Lightning’ Season 2, Episode 15 Recap: With Great Power Stay on targetcenter_img Black Lightning has spent the last few episodes building Anissa up to become the superhero, Thunder. In most episodes, it’s done a fine job balancing that story with Jefferson’s return to vigilantism. While it didn’t quite succeed in juggling all its different plot threads last week, it focused down on the most important storylines for this week’s episode and came out better for it. Anissa is like every other CW hero. She realizes she has powers, and enthusiastically sets out to help people. But Black Lightning isn’t like every other CW superhero show. It doesn’t let you stop a villain of the week and reset the status quo for the next one. There are consequences to superhero work, and Black Lightning is all about diving into what those are.Anissa knows her dad is Black Lightning, which she finds hilarious considering all the Martin Luther King Jr., quotes about nonviolence. Her mother is amazed to find her healing completely already and implores her not to become a hero like her father. I think we all know that’s not happening. This opening set of scenes is so well-directed, it reminds you why this show is such a breath of fresh air on the CW. A powerful ballad underscores the whole thing. We switch from Anissa arguing about becoming a hero to Jefferson chewing out Gambi for hiding Tobias’ presence in Freeland from him. Gambi says he was just trying to protect Jefferson from becoming a murderer. No matter why he did it, Jefferson doesn’t trust his mentor anymore.Charlbi Dean Kriek as Syonide (Photo: Mark Hill/The CW)In their civilian lives, Jefferson and Lynn make a police report about the men who attacked Lynn’s lab. Given the trouble Jefferson’s daughters have had, and now his ex-wife, Inspector Henderson thinks The 100 might be targeting Jefferson. Now, we know that theory isn’t quite right. Lynn’s study of Green Light caught the attention of her lab assistant, who’s in Lady Eve’s pockets. And so are some of the cops at the police station, but I guess we already figured that. Lady Eve gets her hands on the police sketch of Lynn’s attackers and sends some people to clean it up. Then, she gives Gambi a call to give him a heads up. It turns out they are working together. On what exactly, we don’t quite know. All that’s for sure is that Gambi isn’t thrilled with how much noise Tobias is making. Eve gives him permission to take out Tobias’ right-hand man, Joey Toledo, hoping that would be enough to bring him in line. Gambi does what he wouldn’t allow Black Lightning to do. He straight up murders Joe, placing a tiny box full of ground-up albino bones on his chest. A message to Tobias. Yeah, Gambi isn’t the good and trustworthy mentor we thought he was when this series began.At the Pierce household, we may have to wait at least a little bit for the father-daughter superhero team-up. As eager as Anissa is to get in on the action, Jefferson doesn’t want her following in his footsteps. He warns her how dangerous it all is, especially if she loses her head as she did during last week’s fight. Now, thanks to her lack of subtlety with her grandfather’s research, she may have put more people in danger. She sends her to clean up the mess, sans costume this time.Jill Scott as Lady Eve and James Remar as Gambi (Photo: Annette Brown/The CW)Also, now that there are two superheroes in the house, Jefferson reveals himself to be such a bad liar it’s a wonder he’s been able to keep his secret identity secret for so long. Jennifer immediately realizes that something is off between them, and they make awkward excuses as to why they’re acting so weird. Anissa handwaves something about a brain scan, and Jennifer decides to let the conversation drop. It’s clear she doesn’t believe them, though. That confrontation is going to happen eventually.In the Pierce family’s scenes, this episode is all about them learning the harder truths about each other and superhero work. Anissa visits the newspaper to warn the editor she left her grandfather’s research with. He was killed a few days ago in a hit-and-run. For the first time, she has to deal with the ugly consequences of her attempts at heroism. She also learns that it was this exact kind of superhero work that broke her parents up. As her mom tells her, being a superhero means everyone gets a happy ending except you. On the parents’ side, Lynn and Jessica have to come to terms with the fact that none of that matters. No matter how much Anissa gets hurt, she’s stubborn. She’s going to become a superhero no matter what happens to her. Lynn asks Jefferson to make sure she does it safely.Despite Gambi’s double-dealing, he is still at least somewhat committed to the Pierce family. At Lynn’s request, he makes Anissa a suit that will keep her safe, and ensure she remains mostly bulletproof even when her power fails. It’s a sweet moment that would feel a lot less conflicted if Gambi wasn’t a traitor. Not that that’s going to last much longer. Finding the box of ground albino bones on Joe Toledo’s body got Tobias angry. He wants to kill Lady Eve, but says an organization called The Shadow Board would kill him if he did. His sister says she has an idea of how to get around that. It’s bad news for Black Lightning.Jill Scott as Lady Eve (Photo: Annette Brown/The CW)Though this all culminates in a big, cool-looking dual superhero-fight/villain shootout, Black Lightning doesn’t let us enjoy the action without consequence. This episode is about the collateral damage of being a superhero. It tells the story well, attacking it from multiple angles. Literally in this last big action scene. Black Lightning figures out that Tobias is opening a new club and attacks it head-on. He gets one good shot in at Tobias’ chest, but the non-aging gangster is ferried away to safety. The same can’t be said about his sister. In just one of the many shocking deaths of the night, Black Lightning accidentally deflects a bullet into her. This is a show that deals head-on with the real cost of vigilantism. That’s why it continues to be such a refreshingly new type of show for the CW’s superhero set.Intercut with Black Lightning’s storming (sorry) of the club is an attack on Lady Eve. She’s ambushed as she’s walking out of her funeral home by a bunch of dudes wielding electric weapons. Now we’re starting to see what Tobias’ sister’s plan was. It’s a thrilling shootout scene, especially when it switches between Lady Even and Black Lighting. Eve can take out most of her assassins, but one final attacker, hiding in a coffin, gets the best of her. She takes a blast of electricity to the face, and Black Lightning takes the blame. We all know a city doesn’t like a superhero for long, but this is a really rough way for our hero to fall from grace. Worse yet, it means no more Jill Scott. Her death certainly raises the stakes for the season, but she was so deliciously sadistic, charming and pragmatic as Lady Eve, I wanted her to take over as the show’s main villain at some point. Oh well. Krondon’s Tobias Whale is still terrifying. Especially since he looks the same killing Jefferson’s father 30 years ago as he does now. The series keeps showing us that scene, and it doesn’t get any less chilling.Cress Williams as Black Lightning (Photo: Mark Hill/The CW)So we’ll have to wait until next week for the father-daughter superhero team-up, but that’s OK. This episode drove Jefferson’s point home to Anissa. Vigilantism may look cool, but even when you do help people overall, others get hurt. There’s going to be damage. People are going to die if you make a mistake, just like what happened over and over again in this episode. That’s why it’s so important to Jefferson that Anissa become a better hero than he ever was. Black Lightning is far from the first superhero show to attempt these moments, but it is one of the rare few that puts in the legwork to earn them.It even finds time to leave us with one hell of a cliffhanger. Not only do we get to look forward to a father-daughter superhero team-up, but a major villain is returning next week too. The episode ends with Lala being resurrected in a hotel room. LaWanda is there too for a second. Then, she disappears and reappears as a tattoo on Lala’s body. Who know’s what’s going on with all that, but it’s certainly one way to make sure I’m glued to the couch for next week.last_img read more

Interview What does the future hold for energy and lighting

first_img Explore further Increased productivity, not less energy use, results from more efficient lighting Faiman: I don’t make predictions. Generally, they all need to grow. In fact, their respective growth rates will depend upon the whim of politicians, followed by VCs.Phys.org: Do you think one of these alternative energy technologies will eventually become dominant to the same extent that oil, coal, and gas are now? Why or why not?Faiman: Probably, ONLY if the oil, coal, gas industry lets it happen, or if some powerful and independent government (e.g., that of China) makes it happen.Phys.org: Do you think we will ever become independent of oil, coal, and/or gas? Why or why not?Faiman: Technically we could. But whether we will depends on a host of political considerations.Phys.org: Twenty years from now, will most of our cars still be fueled by gasoline? If you think “yes,” what about in 50 years? What will be the most difficult part in making this transition?Faiman: I prefer to focus on what could happen: (1) Electric cars are an exciting potential for the near term, which, as has been amply demonstrated, is a practical possibility; (2) For the longer term, we need to develop liquid hydrogen as an alternative for hydrocarbon fuels. To this end, there are two fundamental scientific problems that must be solved: a physics problem (how to prevent the tiny hydrogen molecules from percolating out through the walls of their containment tank), and a chemistry problem (how to reduce the extreme flammability of this element).Phys.org: If you don’t mind really speculating, what do you think the world will look like 100 years from now, or more? Your thoughts may be influenced by your field of expertise, or may be more generally influenced by your life overall.Narendran: Lighting playing a much greater role in our daily life, completely changing the way we implement lighting within our built environments and how we light our spaces with LEDs and OLEDs, and people realizing their value. Faiman: One hundred years ago, there were two World Wars ahead of us. If we can prevent one more during the next 100 years, Dayenu!From my field of expertise: it would be nice if our great grandchildren would find it hard to believe that electricity was once generated by burning stuff that they dug out of the ground. From another part of my life: It would also be nice if the music and reputation of Giacomo Meyerbeer could be restored to where Berlioz, Bizet and Saint Saens placed them, viz, on a par with “Beethoven, Leonardo and Raphael” (Bizet), and not in the pit in which Wagner, Schumann and Mendelssohn [“That jew banker who happens to write music” (Wagner)] successfully buried them during the 20th century. (Phys.org)—As 2012 comes to a close, scientists and engineers are looking forward to molding the future, starting with the work they do in their own labs. Phys.org has interviewed a few of today’s leading researchers in the areas of energy and lighting, and asked them what they’re most excited about in their fields in the years to come. Dr. David Faiman, Director of Israel’s National Solar Energy Center and Chairman of the Department of Solar Energy & Environmental Physics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, specializes in the large-scale provision of electric power from solar energy.Professor Nadarajah Narendran, Director of Research at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, specializes in optics, optoelectronics, and lighting. His main area of research is solid-state lighting.Phys.org: To reflect on the past, in your opinion, what has been the most exciting part of your field over the past 10-15 years or so – especially if this is something that most people would not have predicted to be exciting 10-15 years ago?Narendran: Semiconductor light sources displacing traditional incandescent and gas discharge light sources in lighting applications.Faiman: First, that concentrator photovoltaics is capable of being cost-competitive with fossil fuel, in sunny parts of the world. Second, that solar and wind power could be as “cheap” as hospitals, schools and roads, if they were all paid for with our taxes.Phys.org: What do you predict will be one or some of the most exciting discoveries or advances in your field in the next 10-15 years? Narendran: Solid-state light sources catering to the dynamic lighting needs of people with very little energy use.Faiman: I don’t make predictions. But the most important area for research is electrical storage – in order to enable the intermittent output from solar and wind generators to be readily available for the needs of the electricity grid.Phys.org: Where do you see personal electronics going in the next 10-20 years? What kinds of devices might we have, and how will we interact with them?Narendran: Personal electronics (like smart phones) interacting and controlling appliances within and remote from the space one occupies.Phys.org: Which alternative energy generation technology (such as solar, concentrated solar, wind, geothermal, etc.) do you think will grow the most in the next 10 or 20 years? Why?center_img Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. Citation: Interview: What does the future hold for energy and lighting? (2012, December 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-future-energy.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. 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