Book review: Peter Murray and Ashish Shukla’s ‘Sachin Tendulkar: Masterful’

first_imgSachin Tendulkar: Masterful By Peter Murray & Ashish Shukla Rupa There are sporting biographies that are, with the help of research, legwork and the power of the intellect, able to draw back the curtain on towering personalities and let the reader into their inner spaces. Let it be said the,Sachin Tendulkar: Masterful By Peter Murray & Ashish Shukla Rupa There are sporting biographies that are, with the help of research, legwork and the power of the intellect, able to draw back the curtain on towering personalities and let the reader into their inner spaces. Let it be said the latest offering on India’s biggest sporting superstar Sachin Tendulkar is not one of those.Tendulkar is a difficult subject, his private persona at complete odds with his gigantic, explosive game. He is in his 13th year with the Indian team and will be 30 next year. He has gone from schoolboy to icon in front of all of India and found himself saddled with labels-apna Bradman, national mood elevator, hot commercial property.In a country that cannot have enough of him, Tendulkar figured out quickly how much he would allow the world to see. Like most great athletes what you see is not what you get: what you get is an aura, not an interplay of light and shade. There has been only one truly insightful book on the man: written by brother and mentor Ajit.But it too stopped with 1989, the year Sachin made his Test debut. Peter Murray, an India-born, Australia-based journalist with a background in sports writing, and Ashish Shukla, a cricket journalist who travels with the Indian team, have taken their crack at the man and his myth.MOOD ELEVATOR: Tendulkar, India’s own BradmanUnfortunately, unlike its subject, Masterful it is not. It is littered with errors, factual and typographical, that committed chroniclers would consider heresy. To pick a few nits, Tendulkar was born in 1973, not 1974, his sister’s name is Savita, not Sampada, his first first-class captain was Lalchand Rajput, not Dilip Vengsarkar, and the reasons his close-knit family is described as a “klan” (what, like Ku Klux?) remain mysterious.While Tendulkar may have the detachment of a “karmic sadhu”, his lack of “meglamania” is hardly reassuring; it’s a slippery word, elusive even in the dictionary. There are breathless accounts of his great innings, approvals for his unflagging commitment, paeans for his family values and eight pages of tributes from the greats of world cricket. But it’s like revisiting a neighbourhood church: been there, done that, sung the hosannas. If Tendulkar is the presiding deity, the “God” of Indian cricket, then where are his details?Locked up in the hero’s own head no doubt, and in the memories of the few people who really know him. That is the whole point, because Tendulkar could not survive any other way in the mad marketplace that is Indian cricket. American sportswriter Robert Lipsyte said, “The healthiest (sporting geniuses) will never let us find out what makes them tick because then we will try to take them apart to see for ourselves.”advertisementSachin Tendulkar need not worry. We still struggle to put him together, let alone bother about taking him apart.last_img read more

BJP mocks Pawar for remarks on RS berth for Sambhaji Raje

first_imgMumbai, Jul 14 (PTI) Taking a dig at Sharad Pawar over his comments on the nomination of Sambhaji Raje, a descendant of Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji, to the Rajya Sabha, a BJP journal today said the remarks of the NCP Chief on the matter reflected his fear of declining support base in Maharashtra.The BJPs swipe at Pawar in its fortnightly publication Manogat came days after Pawar took potshots at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over the Rajya Sabha nomination of Sambhaji Raje, a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji and Shahu Maharaj.The write up took on Pawar over certain comments he had made on the issue, throwing references to history and politics of Maharashtra stretching back to the Maratha rule.Pawar had said “It is a historical fact that Chharapati (the title used by Maratha rulers) had appointed Peshwas (prime minister of the Maratha empire). During the rule of Peshwas, Fadnavis (a post of minister in Peshwa period) had never appointed a Chhatrapati. But in this case (nomination of Sambhaji Raje), the Peshwas have appointed a Chhatrapati.The BJP mouthpiece said that Pawars comments were a result of his envy of people coming from Hindutva fold ruling the state while he has become “helpless” in Maharashtra politics.”Sharad Pawar had used the caste card many times before. During (Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana leader) Raju Shettys agitation for sugarcane farmers in 2012, Pawar mentioned Shettys caste and accused him of protecting his castes sugar factory owners,” the BJP publication stated.”Pawar is frustrated as his support base in South Maharashtra is considerably declining. Kolhapurs Sambhaji Raje appointment as Rajya Sabha MP disturbed Pawar a lot and he has not been able to digest his appointment. He fears that his support base will decline in the coming days,” it added.advertisementIt sought to know if Pawar had respect for the descendant of Shivaji, why did he not refer Sambhaji Rajes name for a Rajya Sabha seat during the UPA regime.Responding to the BJPs charges, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that Raje had been his party candidate for 2009 Lok Sabha election and that the leadership had at the time advised him to rethink his decision when he wanted to take up Maratha agitation.”Whatever Pawar spoke is a fact and history cannot be denied. Why should the BJP be bothered about it when somebody is reminding them of history,” he added. PTI MM NM DBSlast_img read more

International Premier Tennis League in Hyderabad, Roger Federer to play

first_imgAs the announcement for the third season of the International Premier Tennis League is made in Hyderabad this afternoon, it is interesting to note that the organisers, Mahesh Bhupathi and the Indian Franchise, the Indian Aces, have decided to do away with a second city in India in Bangalore as a result of demonetisation. Unlike the first two years, the plan was to hold two legs in India and details were being chalked out accordingly. Mahesh even visited Bangalore twice in October to finalise things including the venue and other logistics.However, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on November 8, it has impacted normal life in the country and there are apprehensions if the public will buy tickets and support the tournament that they would have done in normal circumstances. (Also read: Exclusive: Virender Sehwag lauds Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move)With cash spends at an all time low, the organisers can hardly be faulted. As a result it turned into a toss up between Hyderabad and Bangalore with Hyderabad eventually being picked as the Indian venue for season three. “It was always a plan to take the league to other Indian cities so that the tennis fan can enjoy watching the best stars in action. The first two years we went with Delhi. This year the plan was to stage it in Hyderabad and Bangalore. However, we aren’t sure if in the current climate doing two cities was pragmatic. Hence we have decided to stick to Hyderabad”, says Bhupathi.advertisementPhilippines, which is in the throes of serious political turmoil this year, will also not be staging the IPTL. “We will host it in three nations this year- Singapore, Japan and India All going well we will go back to the five city format in 2017”, he says. (Also read: Demonetisation is the greatest move in Indian political history: Virat Kohli)For fans in Hyderabad, however, it will be a bonanza between December 9-11, when the best tennis stars from across the world descend on the city. Roger Federer, arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, will be back to playing for the Aces, perhaps the last time in his career. Chances are Serena Williams will also play in India giving the fans much to cheer about. Others who are likely to play in India include Eugene Bouchard, Agnie Radwanska besides our very own Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna.It will be interesting to see if the public, in the coming weeks, does take to spending on IPTL at these times of uncertainty. What will also be of interest to see is what the organizers do regarding ticket prices? Will they lower the prices and make tickets more accessible for that seems to be the only solution under the circumstances.last_img read more

How to build a city

first_img Continue Reading Previous Hyper Reality at ESC Silicon Valley 2017Next Will China and Baidu’s Apollo accelerate autonomous transportation? Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry, IoT Image Credit: Vincent St. Thomas/ TAIPEI, TAIWAN  — An hour and a half southeast of Taoyuan Airport nests a seaside town named Yilan. Its colorful yards, tiled streets, and old bamboo houses have long attracted many a busy Taipei entrepreneur or working professional seeking a quiet and slower-paced weekend with the family. When a nearby 13-kilometer tunnel opened in 2006 and brought Yilan within day-trip distance to Taipei, a small-but-growing crowd of Taipei entrepreneurs and creatives began moving shop to Yilan permanently, as they found it to be prime real estate for a home base away from the noise and pollution of the big city without having to sever all ties with the outside world. It was not a surprise that their presence began invigorating Yilan’s economic growth and diversification shortly after.Yilan is hardly the only example of an innovation-minded community helping to upgrade a whole city. Three-thousand kilometers southwest of Yilan is Singapore, which declared independence in 1965. The wealthy world city-state was so successful in transforming itself from an isolated backwater town that — though few speak of it now — it served as an inspiration and  guide to China’s later stunning rise. Today, the Lion City continues to bustle with creative energy. Just last year, a few local entrepreneurs launched We the People, an incubator that combines the best of crowdfunding and retail by providing a physical space where innovators can present their prototype and pitch potential investors the vision and roadmap of their product. Meanwhile, about as far as one can go to the other side of the Eurasian continent, the Makers of Barcelona is a co-working design strategy consultancy firm with two quirky and attractive locations in Eixample, and since its founding in 2011, it’s been a staple of the Catalan capital’s startup scene. Then there’s the medieval Spanish city of Zaragoza, an hour by high-speed train west of Barcelona, which has been placed firmly on the innovation map when local firm Libelium burst onto the IoT scene a few years ago.But as technology disrupts the global political economy at an accelerating pace, thoughtful cities will need to identify new ways — and partners — to up their game in the competition for talent. In addition to innovation-friendly policies drafted in city halls, private sector initiatives can and often play a synergistic role. AspenCore believes that engineers and the electronics design and distribution sector as a whole have much to contribute. For example, earlier this year, the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park partnered with Arrow Electronics (owner of AspenCore) to build a high-end design lab in Sha Tin District. The open lab’s myriad of advanced equipment and free public access have lent Hong Kong a new research and development platform for high-value-add areas such as smart ports and smart manufacturing. Just as importantly, the lab also opened a new door to attract funding from China’s ambitious and well-financed One-Belt-One-Road Initiative to strengthen Hong Kong’s own economic ecosystem.As AspenCore scans the globe, we find London grappling with the uncertainty of Brexit, Eastern European capitals such as Warsaw or Budapest seeking a stronger brand and voice within Europe and on the world stage, Detroit and Saint Petersburg having recovered recently but still smarting from the last recession, and Perth and Doha in search of a more diversified economic portfolio before it becomes too late. In all of these cases, we see promising opportunities for smart policy makers to join with enterprising and civic-minded members of the local engineering, design chain, and supply chain communities to maximize the multiplier effect of what a vibrant hardware-AI-IoT ecosystem can do for their city’s competitiveness.As always, if you have any questions or comments, you can find me at, or drop a line directly with your favorite AspenCore editor. Thank you for your continued support.center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Cervoz: choosing the right flash storage for industrial applications

first_imgNAND flash memory is built up of many cells that hold bits, and those bits are either turned on or off through an electric charge. As the levels of voltage increase, error, bad block and misjudge are more likely to occur, furthermore to cause incomplete data loss. Therefore, the data retention and reliability will decrease from SLC to MLC to TLC.At present, industrial customers still willing to pay a little more cost to choose SLC and MLC products due to the stable data retention and reliability. Especially, MLC products not only have cost-effective beneficence, multiple form factor designed, available from 4GB to 2TB capacity which is suitable for various industrial applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Avalue: expandable fanless slot PC based on 6/7th gen Intel Core SoC i7/i5/i3 & CeleronNext Arrow showcases breadth of industrial IoT expertise at Hanover Fairlast_img read more


first_imgFred Hubbell has officially announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Iowa.It’s the first time the 66 year old retired Des Moines businessman has sought public office.Hubbell says he is running for Governor because he thinks politicians in Iowa have had the wrong priorities.He says he will hold ‘workshops’ around the state of Iowa this week, where he will participate in solution-oriented discussions focusing on education and jobs in Iowa.last_img

10 months agoLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: We’re ignoring Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: We’re ignoring Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy to be top of the table again after victory over Manchester United.Klopp insists he wasn’t bothered by Manchester City returning to the summit before Liverpool kicked off.He said, “We ignored it completely. I cannot say we passed [the test of winning after City won] because we didn’t think about it. I didn’t mention it one time. We are not silly, we know the table. Are you focused on it or not? I said it before, we played tonight Man United – and not against United and City. “That’s the only way I know and we really didn’t speak about it. I think that already helps. It’s not that they win and then we come together, train and say: ‘Did you see what City did?’ We are focused on our game and we will see where it leads us to. “If there is a moment in the end of the season when we’re still around them and we have to think about [them] and start hoping they drop points, maybe – I don’t know today. In the moment we respect them a lot, they respect us, and we have to win football games against all the others. Then we meet on January 3 again and then we think about City a lot.” last_img read more

All Aboard the ‘Cannabus’: Our Favorite Brewery-Style Cannabis Tours in Colorado

first_img If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Colorado will forever be the poster child for the U.S. marijuana legalization movement. While the drug has long been a part of the state’s laid-back culture, it’s never felt so ingrained into mainstream society. Now, inspired by the craft beer movement, some savvy providers are offering brewery-style tours complete with tasting lounge visits, grow room tours, and “souvenir” gift shopping. Here are a few of our favorites.My 420 ToursMy 420 Tours is a one-stop tour shop that’s been pioneering Colorado’s cannabis tourism industry since 2013. Their most basic tours include stepping aboard a purpose-built, 420-friendly “cannabus” and visiting the state’s premier growing operations and cannabis outlets. The site also connects travelers with hands-on experiences like infused cooking classes, infused massages, sushi- and joint-rolling classes, and “Budz and Sudz” craft beer and weed combo tours. Travelers looking for even more can book a full-fledged, all-inclusive vacation with a 420-friendly hotel and complimentary in-room smoking/vaping machines.Seed & Smith Premium Crafted Cannabis TourFor a boutique experience, Denver-based Seed & Smith’s guided tour invites visitors to explore a working “seed to sale” cannabis cultivation operation with a focus on small-batch production. The free tour takes guests through the entire process, from growing to extracting to refining the raw materials into a finished product. This is an in-depth, educational, museum-style tour that explores the unique genetic differences between cannabis strains; how specific harvesting and trimming techniques can affect color, taste, and smell; and the ins and outs of fresh terpenes (the essential oils of the cannabis plant). The company already has a Napa-style tasting room in the works.Colorado Cannabis ToursColorado Cannabis Tours has been around since just after the state legalized marijuana. Their Original Colorado Cannabis Tour is still their most popular and it’s easy to see why. For  $89, tour-goers receive transportation in a purpose-built, 420-friendly party bus or limo. Over the course of four hours, the bus visits a 40,000-square-foot grow facility, up to three dispensaries, a glass blowing demo, and a stop for lunch. Free marijuana samples are also provided, which the company encourages guests to swap and trade as they like. For around $550 per couple, the company will organize a private tour that includes most of the above, plus additional excursions, like a tour of Red Rocks Amphitheater, a city tour, a foothills hike, and a stop at an arcade bar.Feature image courtesy of My 420 Tours/Facebook. Editors’ Recommendations 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Menlast_img read more

Stena Impero Docks in Dubai after 2Month Detention in Iran

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Stena Bulk The released tanker Stena Impero safely docked in Dubai in the afternoon hours of September 28, the ship’s owner confirmed.Erik Hanell, President and CEO of Stena Bulk, said that the company met with all the crew. He added that the seafarers “are in good spirits and looking forward to a well-deserved extended leave ashore.”“The sole concern and focus of Stena Bulk & Northern Marine Management throughout this worrying period has been for the safety of the crew and their timely release. Our support for them and their families will continue for as long as is required,” Hanell noted.“Considering the circumstances of the past 10 weeks, the vessel is in good condition, which is testament to the professionalism of the Master and his crew who attended to their duties throughout.”Hanell further noted that the families of crew members have been informed and the company is making arrangements for the repatriation of the sixteen seafarers “at the earliest possible opportunity.”The 46,575 cbm ship was detained near the Strait of Hormuz for alleged marine violations on July 19. After being held in the port of Bandar Abbas for over two months, Stena Impero left Iranian waters last week.Iran’s Ports & Maritime Organization said that, although the ship ban was lifted, the process of investigating violations and announcing the final results of the legal proceeds is ongoing.Stena Bulk informed that the 2018-built tanker, with a new crew on board, will have a period of time in Dubai, where checks will be made before it re-enters service.last_img read more

Several Chinese projects still under review

The Prime Minister also said that Sri Lanka’s foreign policy will be discussed with Parliament in order to reach the best possible policy framework. “We will discuss all our foreign and internal policies when the President convenes parliament on September 1. All matters will be discussed with the parry leaders and we will debate on what should be the basic policy framework,” he said.Asked how he intends on balancing ties with India and China, the Prime Minister said that Sri Lanka will work with both countries based on its foreign policy. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Chinese projects launched by the previous regime are being reviewed but some projects have already been cleared.The Prime Minister was responding to a question raised by a foreign journalist while having a chat after the Prime Minister met the media briefly last week after winning the Parliamentary election. “We are reviewing it and we have already started some of them. We will decide on the other projects as well. The process is on,” he said. read more

UK automotive sector benefits from regional growth fund

Bentley, Calsonic Kansei, Lotus, Universal Engineering and Zytec are just some of the vehicle manufacturers and automotive  supply chain companies that have been confirmed in a list of over 100 companies from across the UK that will receive government support in the second round of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) allocation.The £950m second wave of funding, follows the initial round of announcements made in April this year. Organisations are awarded funding based on the potential for job creation and local community-based sustainable economic growth.“Confirmation that these automotive companies will benefit from government’s Regional Growth Fund signifies further confidence from government in the sector’s ability to sustain economic growth through investment in careers and skills,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Industry will work collaboratively with government to maximise the investments made, building expertise and strengthening competitiveness, whilst raising awareness of the increasing job opportunities available.”Of the 201,000 jobs created or protected, around 37,000 will be directly created jobs, and more than 164,000 will be in the supply chain. Government investment will support nearly £6 billion of private investment secured by the successful projects.Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said, “I am delighted to be able to announce this boost to business, which will jump start growth and create jobs that last in the places that really need it.“This targeted support for businesses across the country allows them to expand and create jobs. It unlocks private sector investment – with at least £5 put in for every £1 of public money.”The RGF is a £1.4bn fund which is designed to encourage enterprise, growth and jobs in the private sector and support areas and communities that are dependent on the public sector. Follow this link for more information about the Regional Growth Fund to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Shop owner remanded over alleged narco trafficking

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAlleged possession of 9 grams of cannabis lands musician in CourtMay 23, 2018In “Court”Man who tells court he uses cannabis as medicine granted bail  August 5, 2019In “Court”4 years jail for female found guilty of cocaine possessionSeptember 23, 2015In “Crime” A shop owner of Lot ‘E’ Hardina Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, was on Friday hauled before the courts after she was allegedly busted with a quantity of cannabis in her possession.Roslyn Barclay appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where she was required to plea to the charge.The accused denied the charge, which alleged that on November 15, 2018 at her Lot ‘E’ Hardina Street, Werk-en-rust home; she had in her possession 650 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to the facts presented by Police Prosecutor Richard Harris, a search was conducted at the defendant’s home and shop when a black plastic bag containing the drugs was unearthed from a heap of wood within the yard. The defendant was later arrested and charged.Magistrate Daly ordered that Barclay be ramanded to prison. The case will continue on December 14. read more

Kenny raises Good Friday Agreement concerns with May over DUP deal

first_img Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 1:18 PM Share Tweet Email Kenny raises Good Friday Agreement concerns with May over DUP deal The Government Press Office said Kenny had spoken to the British leader by phone this morning. 53 Comments Image: By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18,236 Views Image: Short URL OUTGOING TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny has spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May, outlining his concerns over her impending deal with the DUP.In a statement released this afternoon, the Government Press Office said Kenny had spoken to the British leader by phone this morning.“They discussed the outcome of the UK general election and the Prime Minister outlined the proposed supply and confidence arrangement between her party and the DUP. The Taoiseach indicated his concern that nothing should happen to put the Good Friday Agreement at risk and the challenge that this agreement will bring.“He also noted the absence of any nationalist voice in Westminster following the election.”Kenny said that both he and May were of the belief that an executive in the North should be formed as soon as possible. It is now nearly three months since the Northern election and exploratory discussions between parties are set to take place tomorrow.The statement added that Kenny suggested May should meet Kenny’s successor Leo Varadkar.“On Brexit, they noted that negotiations were scheduled to begin, as previously planned, later this month, with the Taoiseach reiterating Irish concerns.“The Taoiseach stated that there should be an early meeting between the Prime Minister and his successor Leo Varadkar and wished her well in the challenges that now lie ahead.”A spokesperson for 10 Downing Street said:“The Prime Minister explained that she is working towards a confidence and supply deal with the DUP which would provide stability and certainty for the UK going forward.“They confirmed their joint commitment to restoring a Northern Ireland Executive as soon as possible and agreed that both countries would continue to engage closely to bring about political stability in Northern Ireland. The Prime Minister reiterated that the Government’s approach and objectives in the forthcoming talks to re-establish the Northern Ireland Executive remained unchanged.“The two leaders spoke about their willingness to continue close cooperation as the UK embarks on leaving the European Union, with no return to a hard border.”Read: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil neck and neck in latest poll Jun 11th 2017, 1:18 PM last_img read more

Economic crisis good for the environment

first_imgThe economic crisis has had at least one positive side effect for Thessaloniki as the quality of air in the northern port city has improved vastly thanks largely to fewer people using their cars and homeowners turning on their oil-fired boilers for shorter periods. According to statistics made public by the Thessaloniki Municipality’s environmental department, the number of airborne particles decreased by 16 per cent last year. All monitoring stations reported pollution levels that were within the limits prescribed by the European Union, according to the municipality’s chief environmental officer, Maximos Petrakakis. The improvement in air quality has been mainly attributed to fewer residents using their cars – traffic is estimated to have dropped by 25 per cent – and a reduction in the use of heating oil. “Declining demand also led to a reduction in industrial output and the closure of some businesses,” said Petrakakis. “The recession has led to a reduction in emissions from the three key sources: transportation, heating and industry.” Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

John Boyega is a Giant Nerd And Thats Why We Love Him

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Michael B. Jordan isn’t the only weeb on the block. John Boyega, star of Attack the Block, Pacific Rim: Uprising, and the new Star Wars trilogy, has an impressive nerd pedigree of his own. Promoting an appearance at Awesome Con this week, Boyega regaled press with his love of sci-fi, Godzilla, video games, and all things anime.Though he admitted he wasn’t a huge fan of conventions before stardom—the long lines were off-putting—Boyega did cop to being a bit of a magpie. In addition to a lightsaber collection, he also has a stash of anime figures. “Bloody hell. I have Dragon Ball Z figures; I have Naruto figures. One Punch Man. I’m a nerd—I just do it right. Oh yeah, [I’m a] big time nerd.”Asked what his go-to cosplay would be, Boyega barely hesitated with his answer. “I’d probably be Sasuke from Naruto. I’d love to do that cosplay.”That excitement extends to his film roles too. From fighting off the First Order to fending off an inner-city alien invasion to wrestling with kaiju in jaegers, Boyega said he’s always been drawn to sci-fi as a genre. “I just thought if I wanted to be in a film, I’ve always wanted to enjoy and be part of it in a very unique way,” he said. “I’ve wanted to play characters that are important to the story and at the forefront. Obviously, not just specific to Star Wars or Pacific Rim. I just wanted to be involved in sci-fi.”For Pacific Rim, Boyega’s interest started with the first film. “Fundamentally, I was one of the fans who was questioning whether a sequel was going to happen, and whether Guillermo del Toro would take the helm. When I heard Legendary had plans for it in the future, I was excited like everybody else.” But for all the monsters that Boyega tussles with in the film, he did express an itch to take on the ultimate grandaddy of kaiju: Godzilla.“I think it’d be cool to see a spectacle like that. I would definitely choose Godzilla for sure. I’d wanna know how they’d take him down because it’s so big. What kind of new advanced weapons could take something like that down.”As for all the fame that comes with Star Wars, Boyega says he’s most excited at being a playable character in Star Wars Battlefront II. “It’s kind of mad because I’ve always followed the Star Wars video games. But I didn’t think I would be a playable character. It’s strange! They really get my face and my movement…That for me is one of the perks of the job. There’s something about killing myself in the game that’s always going to be a bit creepy but…you know.” He was understandably more tight-lipped on the as yet untitled Star Wars Episode IX, which starts filming in July. “They’ve officially given us a note to start training soon. I think Episode IX, regardless of where the story goes—and I haven’t read it yet!—but I think it’s gonna be all-out war. I know I’m gonna have to work out and train for that.”Boyega will be appearing at Awesome Con this Saturday and Sunday, where you can see him in the flesh. And he’s not afraid of diving deep with fans about the deeper Star Wars universe. “I love getting into discussions with fans when I meet them. That element to me, that’s what really makes it a dream. I grew up on the Force Unleashed video games. I read the Expanded Universe comic books. I done all of that. To be able to discuss that with fans and tell them how it feels as a genuine fan is a cool thing.”last_img read more

Beaches Resort Recruits Over One Hundred Summer Interns

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 13, 2017 – Providenciales – Over 100 enthusiastic students have been selected to join  the  Beaches Turks and Caicos Resorts Villages and Spa  summer intern program which is a part of the company’s work study program aimed at providing students with work experience in the hospitality industry.The new interns were selected following a rigorous recruitment exercise and have since been placed in various departments within the company working in Public Relations, Cost Control, Environmental Health Services and Concierge just to name a few.The initiative is part of the company’s long standing commitment to assisting in the growth and development of the youth of the Turks and Caicos Islands providing practical experience to those who wish to venture into hospitality and related fields.Interns range from high school graduates to college students and include first time interns and returnees.Deleria Simms, assistant human Resources manager for Beaches TCI said the program has been very successful over the years. “We recruited a total of 106 interns.  Our goal is to introduce the students to the hospitality industry with the hope of developing a labor pool from which we can pull on in the future and we focus on developing skills as well as actual learning as opposed to just providing them with a summer job. Even our application process is designed to assess their interview writing skills and to develop their interviewing skills.” Simms said the interns were informed on best practices, hospitality standards and conduct during their training.Guerta Toussaint who is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management at Broward College in Florida said she was excited to be returning home to gain experience in her field of study. “I am looking to gain experience in the field. I did want to spend the summer doing something constructive that would give me field experience. I’m excited to be able to foster experience in supply chain management. I’m excited to learn more about my field by actually doing it.”Tajh Missick a second year Computer Studies student at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College was also elated about the program, stating; “I don’t really think of it as a job, I look at it as a learning experience because you learn a lot by interacting with the guest and the employees.”The Internship program is facilitated in part by the Human Resources Department and the Training Department of the Resort. Successful applicants have the option of returning during holidays to intern with the company and are given special consideration for full time employment in the future. Monique Graham- Training Manager at BTC remarked, “Internship is always good because what it does is it helps team members understand what the working world is like so they are better able to transition from high school into the real job and it also helps them to have some savings to help their parents for back to school. For persons who have a greater career expectation, it gives them a true exposure of what the hospitality industry is like so they know if this is what they want to do for the future or this is not what they want to do.”Press Release: Sandals Resort Related Items:last_img read more

Weather Eye Coolness helps firefighters warm weekend to come

first_imgLooking at satellite photos Wednesday afternoon, I saw an impressive-looking weather system lurking off the Washington and Oregon coast. Impressive for mid-August, that is. Light rain was falling along the coast at 5 p.m., but there were just clouds inland. Most of the moisture was expected to dissipate as it moved across the Coast Range, but some scattered showers or heavy drizzle was possible in the western valleys.I mentioned we could get a good downpour in Tuesday’s column, so I am still hoping we get a little rain, at least. Rain might settle the dust for a day or two, and it would make the roadways extremely slippery.Cooler weather has helped the firefighters in Southern Oregon so much that many of the firefighters have moved operations to Alaska. Yes, Alaska. Crews there are still battling wildfires, which is a little unusual this late in the summer.In our area, we have enjoyed a very nice summer without the extensive heat waves that sometimes occur. In August 2012, we had six days of 95 degrees or more. This summer, we’ve had only one: In June 30, it got up to 96 degrees. Every month so far this year — except January — the average mean temperature has been above average.Looking ahead, look for a lot of clouds Thursday and Friday, then improving weather during the weekend, with high temperatures back in the 80s. Just consider it a continuation of our up-down weather this summer.last_img read more

Boil water notice lifted for most of Fort Lauderdale amid water main

first_imgResidents with further questions may call the 24-Hour Customer Service Call Center at 954-828-8000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – City officials have lifted a boil water notice that had been issued in Fort Lauderdale in the wake of a massive water main break, with the exception of several neighborhoods.Officials made the announcement late Sunday afternoon, four days after a subcontractor crew working on electrical lines for FPL struck a 42-inch water main near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.However, officials indicated that the boil water notice remains in effect for the following streets in the Harbor Beach, Harbour Inlet, Harbour Isles and Breakwater Surf Homes neighborhoods:All of South Ocean Drive from Southeast 20th Street North to the cul-de-sac.Southeast Seabreeze Boulevard from 1235 to the Mercedes River Bridge.Mayan Drive.Grace Drive.Marion Drive.Barbara Drive from Southeast 25th Avenue to South Ocean Drive.Anchor Drive west of South Ocean Drive.Southeast 26th Avenue from Anchor Drive to Inlet Drive.Southeast 26th Terrace south of Anchor Drive.2717 Harbor Beach Parkway.Officials also stressed that lifting the boil water notice only applies to Fort Lauderdale residents. They advised those who live in Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Tamarac, Davie and Port Everglades to consult with their officials.Crews are set to start permanent repairs to the ruptured pipe sometime this week.Officials said they do not expect any water service interruptions during these repairs.Hundreds of thousands of people lost water as a result of the rupture. last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday Feb 11 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioObama budget slows pace of buying F35s.Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington D.C.President Obama’s 2017 Air Force budget would slow the pace of buying F-35s. That is the new fighter jet slated for Eielson Air Force Base. But top Air Force officials still speak highly of the plan to station them at the Fairbanks base.Scientists find prevalence of algal toxins in the ArcticEmily Schwing, KUCB – UnalaskaFor the first time, scientists have documented the prevalence of two biotoxins in Alaska’s marine mammal population above the Arctic Circle. That’s according to a new study out today in the Journal Harmful Algae. It’s not clear if algal toxins have always existed in the Arctic, because scientists never looked before now.Gara: Cuts shouldn’t fall too heavily on working class and low-income AlaskansAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe focus of most Alaska lawmakers in the first three weeks of the legislative session has been on cutting the state’s budget.  But Anchorage Democratic Representative Les Gara wants to make sure that these cuts don’t fall too heavily on working-class and low-income people.ConocoPhillips plows ahead with developing the NPR-ARachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageFor 40 years, Alaska’s North Slope oil production has taken place on a stretch of state land sandwiched between two major federal reserves: to the east is the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. To the west, the much larger National Petroleum Reserve Alaska — which, despite its name, never produced any oil, until this fall. ConocoPhillips hopes to change that in a big way. Despite oil prices hovering around $30 a barrel, the company is plowing ahead with efforts to develop the NPR-A.Agreement expected soon between state and Ma-Su Borough on railroad right of wayEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageAn agreement  between the state and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is soon to be finalized regarding state land the borough wants for a railroad right of way.  The Borough had purchased several agricultural parcels from the state in the Point MacKenzie area for a right of way for the rail spur between Port MacKenzie and Houston.Edgecumbe to ANSEP: ‘It’s 70 years of tradition here’Emily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaThe past three weeks have been turbulent at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, has proposed turning the 70-year-old boarding school into an accelerated high school, with an emphasis on science and engineering. It all began when ANSEP founder Herb Schroeder presented his idea to lawmakers in January, as a draft piece of legislation. Since then, the University of Alaska has clarified that they haven’t endorsed the proposal.Sass first of Yukon Quest mushers to arrive in DawsonMolly Rettig, KUAC – FairbanksThe top Yukon Quest teams are in Dawson City, Yukon, settled in for a mandatory 36 hour layover at the race’s halfway point. Brent Sass was first into Dawson yesterday. He’s eligible to leave around midnight. Sass will be followed out by Allen Moore, who trailed him into Dawson by two hours, and Hugh Neff, who is another 30 minutes back in third place. Dawson provides Quest teams a much-needed break.last_img read more