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Gin Kings turn back Elite

first_imgWorking extra hard against an enemy that has made turns in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Friday night got the perfect reward for its effort and got ready for a bigger battle that’s just around the corner.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Earlier, Alaska pulled off a second straight win Friday night, downing GlobalPort, 101-88, as the Aces stayed in the running for a playoff berth.With the franchise-worst 14-game losing streak now behind him and needing his team to win its last three games to advance scot-free, Aces coach Alex Compton has gone on to borrow a cliché and rewrite it a bit.“When it rains, it pours and when it rained, it rained on us pretty bad,” Compton saidLaDontae Henton scored 36 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, and Calvin Abueva scored all of his 12 points in the fourth period as the Aces wriggled out of a 67-all tie after three quarters to rise to 2-6.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Bayron overtakes Lascuña Break new ground It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Winning start Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “It was important to get this win because we turn around and play San Miguel Beer,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said, minutes after rallying for a 98-81 decision of Blackwater at Mall of Asia Arena. “The final score doesn’t give justice to the difficulty of this game.”Ginebra trailed early and needed one big spurt in the fourth period to put the Elite away and extend the tournament’s longest winning streak to seven after opening up with a loss and remain at No. 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“You don’t want to play San Miguel coming off a loss, you need to have high energy coming into that game to have a chance,” Cone went on, referring to their 6:45 p.m. clash with the powerhouse Beermen on Sunday, which could ultimately mean No. 1 seeding for his Kings.Blackwater dropped to 4-5, losing for just the second time in six games since Henry Walker arrived. The Elite would need to sweep their remaining two games to advance to the quarterfinals outright. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

SA win World Masters Surfing title

first_img7 April 2008 Team South Africa continued its reign as the undisputed champions of world masters surfing by trumping the world’s best 35-years-and-older surfers to win the overall team crown at the 2008 ISA World Surfing Championships in perfect point break waves at Punta Rocas in Peru at the weekend. Led by individual gold medalists Heather Clark (Masters Women), Marc Wright (Kahunas) and Chris Knutsen (Grand Kahunas), South Africa blew away the competition to take their second consecutive team world championship. They topped the standings with 10 500 points, 1 100 ahead of Australia in second, with Brazil, on 9 041, finishing in third, and hosts Peru rounding out the top four with 8 766 points. Saturday’s final day of competition offered solid one-to-1.5-metre waves for the “Masters Olympics of Surfing”. Former World Championship Tour surfer Heather Clark got the ball rolling for the South African team by blasting her way to victory over Peru’s Rocio Larranaga, Sandra English of Australia and Brigitte Mayer of Brazil in the final of the Masters Women’s (over-35) division. South Africa’s most decorated female surfer was in a league of her own; netting 15.83 points in the final to end the event with the four highest heat tallies and the five highest single ride scores in the women’s event. “I’m absolutely ecstatic,” Clark said. “In 2003 I was in contention for the title on the World Tour, so it’s always been my dream to win a world title. I’m over the moon.” Chris Knutsen was the next winner for South Africa, mixing his trademark rail carves with a radical forehand approach to defeat Peru’s Paco Del Castillo, Australia’s Frank Hayter and Puerto Rico’s Rene Gonzalez in the Grand Kahunas (over-50) division. Knutsen was crowned Kahunas (over-45) world champion in Puerto Rico last year and followed that up with the gold medal in the Grand Kahunas this year. Durban’s Marc Wright completed the South Africa trifecta by snatching a last minute victory over fellow countrymen Nick Pike to nab gold in the Kahunas (over-45) division. Sitting in second place with a minute remaining in the 30-minute final, Wright snared a wave set and produced a series of classy frontside manoeuvres to post a heat-winning 8.33. Pike took the silver with Punta Rocas’ local Jorge Posso getting bronze and Australia’s Rod Baldwin the copper. 1988 Pipeline Masters champion Rob Page of Australia rekindled his competitive surfing career by reaching the finals of both the Grand Masters and Masters divisions. In the Grand Masters, the Wollongong charger out-pointed Peru’s Magoo De La Rosa, Brazil’s Jo Jo Olivenca and South Africa’s Andre Malherbe to capture gold. Puerto Rico’s Juan Ashton was the only Latin America title winner, netting his second successive Masters’ title. He scored a sensational 17.50 out of 20 – the highest score of the day – to defeat Ricardo Toledo of and the Australian pair of Rob Page and Jay Sharpe in the only final that did not feature a South African competitor. ISA President Fernando Aguerre awarded the surfers their medals in the event’s closing ceremony. He was ecstatic about the success of this international event stating. “I would like to thank the Peruvian people and the Peruvian Surfing Federation for welcoming us with open arms,” he said. “The 160 visitors will be leaving the country with a Peruvian warmth tattooed in our hearts; we are new ambassadors for Peru. The proverbial fountain of youth is closer than we might think: It’s the waves of the world…We don’t stop surfing because we get old, we get old because we stop surfing…So don’t stop!” The location of the 2009 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships has not yet been chosen but locations in South Africa and Brazil are in the running. Source: Surfing South Africa  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

30HourDay: Now There’s a Telethon 2.0

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web A group of podcasters in Portland, Oregon have teamed up with internet friends around the world to create a new type of charity fundraiser, a live streaming telethon. Called 30 Hour Day, the event begins this evening. It will use streaming media services to deliver the content, the Causes Facebook application to collect donations, and Twitter to spread the word. 30 consecutive hours of music, variety acts, podcasts and other entertainment will raise money for local charity organizations. Will it work? Portland has a deep community of geeks and connections all around the web, so perhaps this group will be able to keep people entertained around the clock.View Larger MapWell known geeky guests from outside Portland will include leading international nonprofit tech consultant Beth Kanter and author Tara Hunt. Charities benefitting from the event will include low-income computer assistance project Free Geek, the very innovative Oregon Food Bank and Toys for Tots. You can follow the event on Twitter at @30hourday. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

In managing water, Surat takes lead

first_imgIndia’s ‘Diamond City’ offers a lesson for the country’s ever-expanding cities on water management and the optimal use of water, which is rapidly becoming a scarce resource. Surat’s civic body is setting up state-of-the-art sewage treatment plants (STPs) to ensure every drop of waste water is treated and reused for purposes other than drinking.From March 2019, the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) will be supplying 115 MLD (million litres per day) treated water to industries located within the city, in order to meet the entire industrial requirement of water through treated or recycled water.The entire quantum of water will be treated from domestic sewerage water in tertiary treatment plants at the Bamroli and Dindoli areas for supplying to mainly textile factories in the Pandesara and Sachin industrial clusters housing over 400 dying and printing units.“At present, we are supplying 40 MLD treated water to industries in Pandesara in the city. This is the largest capacity of tertiary water treatment in the country. In fact, Surat was the first city in the country to start selling recycled water to industries in 2014. Now, we are expanding the capacity to take it up to 115 MLD by March 2019,” Surat Municipal Commissioner M. Thennarasan told The Hindu.Surat’s cost effective water management system is most advantageous for its contribution towards reducing the dependency on conventional resources of water, and thus optimal use of the resource.So far, the SMC has invested ₹ 280 crore in creating tertiary water treatment facilities in the city. “By March next year, the corporation will save 115 MLD fresh water by supplying recycled water to industries,” Mr. Thennasaran said, adding, “The SMC charges industrial units ₹ 23 per 1,000 litres of water.”Recycling technologyThe civic body’s efforts to create infrastructure for water management is in line with the State government’s policy of promoting the use of recycled water for non-drinking purposes, and reducing dependence on ground water.“Gujarat is a water scarce State, so we have to be innovative in managing our water resources in the most efficient manner,” Gujarat’s Chief Secretary Dr. J. N. Singh said.Mr. Thennarasan added that the civic body intends to go further and supply recycled water to industrial clusters like Hazira, outside the city. “In future, we want to cover industrial estates not located in the municipal area in our network as per the State government’s policy,” he said.Fact checkIndia is facing its worst water shortage in history, according to a new report prepared by the Niti Aayog. Nearly 600 million Indians faced high to extreme water stress and about 2,00,000 people die every year in the country because of inadequate access to safe water.last_img read more

1 point away, Serena Williams stunned by Karolina Pliskova at Australian Open

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments “I was almost in the locker room,” Pliskova told the Rod Laver Arena crowd, “but now I’m standing here as the winner.”In the semifinals, Pliskova will face No. 4-seeded Naomi Osaka, who advanced by beating No. 6 Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-1 earlier Wednesday. The other women’s semifinal will be two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova against unseeded American Danielle Collins.In the men’s quarterfinals Wednesday, 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic met No. 28 Lucas Pouille, before 14-time major champion Novak Djokovic was scheduled to face 2014 U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori at night.Williams’ surprising departure scuttled what would have been a much-anticipated rematch against Osaka, who beat her in the chaotic U.S. Open final last September.This defeat is the earliest in Australia for Williams since way back in 2014, when she exited with a fourth-round loss to Ana Ivanovic. Since then? She won the tournament in 2015, lost in the final in 2016, and won again in 2017 while pregnant, before missing last year’s edition a few months after the birth of her daughter.ADVERTISEMENT As for chasing Margaret Court’s all-time mark of 24 Slam trophies in singles, Williams said: “It hasn’t happened yet, but I feel like it’s going to happen.”The match against Pliskova was played under a stifling sun, with the temperature around 80 degrees (25 Celsius). Williams — coming off an intense three-set victory over No. 1 Simona Halep in the fourth round — often stepped into the patches of shade behind each baseline.She did not start well, not well at all. Her mistakes were mounting and deficit was growing.In the first set alone, Williams made more than twice as many unforced errors as her opponent, 11-5, a pattern that would continue throughout. By the end, the margin was 37-15.Looking increasingly frustrated, Williams would yell at herself after mistakes or gesture as if to say, “That’s NOT how I should be hitting the ball!” Add it all up, and Pliskova led by a set and a break at 3-2 in the second.Only then did Williams get going. From there, she immediately earned her first break point of the match and converted it to get to 3-all, beginning a run in which she claimed nine of 11 games.“You don’t really feel,” Pliskova said, “like you’re going to win this match.”Serving for the victory at 5-1, 40-30, Williams was called for a foot fault — reminiscent of an infamous such ruling at the U.S. Open a decade ago. During the ensuing point Wednesday, Williams twisted her left ankle and dumped a forehand into the net.She grabbed at her foot afterward, then double-faulted and would go on to cede that game.Not a big deal, right? She still had a sizable lead. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations And so it was that a startling reversal and result would follow Wednesday at Melbourne, with Williams dropping the last six games of a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 loss to No. 7 seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.“I can’t say that I choked on those match points,” Williams said. “She literally played her best tennis ever on those shots.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 37-year-old American didn’t call for a trainer during the match and later wouldn’t blame the ankle for the way everything changed down the stretch, saying afterward that it “seems to be fine.”But instead of Williams moving closer to an eighth championship at the Australian Open and record-tying 24th Grand Slam title overall, it is Pliskova who will continue the pursuit of her first major trophy. Except that three more match points would follow while Pliskova served, and she saved each one.“There’s nothing I did wrong on those match points. I didn’t do anything wrong. I stayed aggressive,” Williams said. “She just literally hit the lines on some of them.”Williams would again serve for the match at 5-3 — and again get broken. The owner of the most feared and respected serve in women’s tennis was broken for a third time in a row at 5-all, and Pliskova was on her way.“She got a little bit shaky in the end,” Pliskova said. “So I took my chances. And I won.”Osaka will carry a 12-match Grand Slam winning streak into the semifinals.The 21-year-old from Japan moved closer to a second consecutive major championship by parlaying her aggressive and powerful style into a 31-11 edge in winners against Svitolina.“For me, right now, I just try to keep looking forward. So I’m not really satisfied. Like, I am happy that I’m here, but at the same time, I want to keep going,” said Osaka, who never had been past the fourth round at the Australian Open. “There is more matches to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next United States’ Serena Williams grabs at her ankle during her quarterfinal loss to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)MELBOURNE, Australia — Four times, Serena Williams was only one point — a single point — from closing out a victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals.On the first such chance, at 5-1, 40-30 in the third set, she turned her left ankle awkwardly. The owner of the best serve in the sport would lose every point she served the rest of the way.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Mavericks’ Luka Doncic fined $10,000 for kicking ball into stands MOST READlast_img read more

Queens again

first_imgThe Lady Eagles celebrate their third crown in six years. —SHERWIN VARDELEONThe UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball crown was Ateneo’s destiny—and, as University of Santo Tomas found out, there was no changing that.The Lady Eagles, dominant at the start and steel-nerved at the finish, turned back the Tigresses, 25-17, 25-22, 25-22, in Game 3 of their championship series and soared to their old perch Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo thus bagged their third title in six years after they won their last one in 2015 while also spoiling the Tigresses’ bid to win their first in nine years.And for Sisi Rondina, the UST senior who wanted to leave in the din of a championship celebration, it was destiny.“This [championship] was really Ateneo’s destiny,” said Rondina in Filipino. “We just tried to stop it.”But the Tigresses couldn’t.Ateneo pounced on an erratic UST in the first set and took the best that the Tigresses could offer in the next two, using their vaunted defense anchored on lanky stars Maddie Madayag, Kat Tolentino and Bea de Leon to log 14 kill-blocks and blunt their foes’ 37-27 edge in spikes.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ateneo looked to cruise in the third, taking a 19-15 lead on Madayag’s emphatic block on UST’s Eya Laure but the Golden Tigresses managed to storm back and tie it at 21-all on a Rondina kill.Madayag shattered the last tie with back-to-back points to put Ateneo at championship point. Jules Samonte then finished things off with an off-the-block kill.Tolentino finished with 15 points to lead Ateneo’s offense while Madayag had 10 points.Rondina had 18 points to lead the Tigresses while Laure had 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next My dream marathon: Running in the most famous of all road races Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “It’s because of our faith and courage,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “It’s really written, the Lord has plans, no matter the challenges, whatever it is, He will really give it to you.”It’s also about talent, about Ateneo’s seniors showing up and establishing right in the first set that no bunch of young upstarts led by a fiery graduating veteran was going to take away their moment of glory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s not how you start, it’s how you end,” added Almadro, whose wards lost their first game of the season to La Salle, the opening match of the Final Four to FEU and the start of the championship series to the Tigresses.But the Lady Eagles were not to be denied. View commentslast_img read more

Klopp furious at ref & reporters after derby draw

first_imgLiverpool ‘I only want to speak to people who understand football’ – Klopp furious after derby draw Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 01:15 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JurgenKlopp - cropped Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Jürgen Klopp Liverpool v Everton Everton Wayne Rooney scored a late equaliser from the spot for Everton, a decision that left the Reds boss in a prickly mood when interviewed after the game Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was left fuming with referee Craig Pawson after a late penalty helped Everton secure an unlikely 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sunday.The Reds had dominated the Merseyside derby from the outset and took a deserved lead three minutes before the break through Mohamed Salah’s 13th Premier League goal of the season.Liverpool squandered a number of good opportunities in the second period and were made to pay for their profligacy when Wayne Rooney lashed home from the spot after Dejan Lovren bundled Dominic Calvert-Lewin over in the area. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Klopp was in a combative mood after the match, taking aim at the referee and what he considered to be a negative and overly aggressive approach from Sam Allardyce’s side.”Lovren doesn’t make a challenge,” he fired at Sky Sports when it was suggested that the penalty decision was correct. “Calvert-Lewin makes a step. The hand is on the back. If you think it is a penalty say so. Does my opinion change anything?”I only want to speak to people with a little bit of understanding about football. I am sorry, I am wrong and you are right. Obviously I am not in the mood to answer questions.”Our performance was good. I saw only one team playing. I can’t believe the situation with all the challenges. We were clean and didn’t make any fouls.”There is always one nasty one – [Gylfi] Sigurdsson made that. A clear red card. You see the picture of the penalty. Calvert-Lewin is smart but it is nothing. But it is a penalty and one team can celebrate and we can’t.”I don’t understand why the ref is doing that [giving the penalty]. I didn’t use one swear word. Only one team is trying over 95 minutes to win it. The other team are not in our box and didn’t have a shot on target bar the penalty.”Klopp had earlier made the surprise decision to name Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino on the substitutes’ bench and then took Salah off with more than 20 minutes remaining.The bullish German added: “That is my job. I make decisions that I think are right. It is your job to say afterwards if it is right.”We lived more or less in their box. We could have scored earlier. I have to live with that.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Dance as a way of life

first_imgThey say dance is the hidden language of the soul. Groomed in classical Tanjore dance, Sohini Roychowdhury combines the best of two worlds — a classical conservative training and a modern innovative outlook. Expressional dance being her forte, she gives greater importance to the aesthetics of dance and the clear interpretation of mythology. She shares her journey with Millennium Post, where she talks about her recent innovative forays into the realm of self-choreographed thematic dance dramas, which she performs with her troupe Sohinimoksha. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How did classical dance happen to you?Born to sitar maestro Pandit Subroto Roychowdhury, breathing in notes of Ahir Bahirav, Jhinjhoti, Desh, Behag and Rageshri, dawn to dusk; classical music was, by default, an ingrained way of life. Bharatanatyam happened to me, like falling in love for the first time — it cannot be rationalised or explained easily, but can only be felt in the veins and stirs up a deep passion. When I saw Yamini Krishnamurthy on stage for the first time in my life, she created a fairy-tale that I wanted to be a part of. When she held the Krishna posture, I could almost hear the notes of the flute and that was the only language I wanted to speak. I was hooked for life. I started formal training from the tender age of seven, under Guru Thankamani Kutty, and later, under Guru Kalamandalam Venkitt, as far as mastering the structured form goes. Subsequent innovations and embellishments have been learnt and self-taught from Life. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWho has been your idol, and who ignited your passion for Dance?Yamini Krishnamurthy is my inspiration. She was past her prime when I first saw her dance but I was in love with the magic and poetry of her movement. I saw Birju Maharaj when well past his prime and overweight, but his ‘abhinaya’ left me spellbound. I saw this shy lovesick Radha on stage and forgot everything else. Last but not the least, Michael Jackson and his mesmerising stage presence with his special ability to leave an audience spellbound. How challenging is it to promote classical dance in a foreign land?Rather challenging, I would say, as one is constantly dealing with cultural racism, complete ignorance tinted liberally with snobbery, superficial Bollywood driven India Exotica and the rather fatal India ‘Idiotica’. Thankfully, we have managed to combat these monsters, to a very large extent, and also my student and audience base are international, which is not restricted to the expat Indian communities and that is primarily due to the fact that I have taken the time and made the effort, to transform the oldest form of Indian classical dance form with or without fusion, that is universally appealing. By integrating it in myriad ways with local rhythms and tunes, dances and movements, by extending its boundaries beyond the inherent rigidity of the craft, meshing it with Tchaikovsky, with Flamenco, splitting the core into an universal amalgamation of cultures and civilizations, whilst retaining the essence of the ancient form — Connecting Civilizations. That has been, and still continues to be, my mantra to rise beyond this challenge.How have international audiences warmed up to you?The response is emotional and overwhelming at all times. There is, amongst my Madrid audience, a girl of five, who always insists that her parents bring her to every performance of Sohinimoksha, and calls me ‘Maya’, the character played by me in one of our dance operas — ‘Maya’s Dream’. Yet another fan, a wheelchair bound 80-year old Spanish lady is a regular at all our Madrid shows, and is left teary-eyed at the end of each performance. There are, of course the usual inquisitive, wide-eyed first timers, whose closeted image of an archetypal elephants-peacocks-palaces-Bollywood India is at once shattered, re-built and expanded into new and magical horizons, and some who flock backstage to indulge in a quick chat with me and the other dancers, and of course for selfies. A Bulgarian film-maker, Denica Veselinova, travelled with me and my troupe to Kerala during our Prabasi Bharatiya Divas show, specifically to make a documentary on the trip and the performance —Bailando India.What is your opinion about pursuing dance as a profession in India? Do you think it should be promoted in schools, too?Like anywhere else in the world, deciding to be an artist, needs a lot of faith and passion but one needs to be a braveheart. You may be rejected 100 times, but each time you fall, you rise up with more conviction than ever. In India, deciding to be a professional classical dancer is certainly very difficult, far more than deciding to be a doctor, a CA or a banker. In those professions, there are certain inherent livelihood guarantees that come with the degree or the education however such is not the case in taking up dance as a career as there’s no certainty or guarantee of a secured livelihood, or future on the whole. Yet audience’s appreciation and the magic displayed on stage, often surpasses lifelong financial security. Moreover, it is the passion that carries the best of us through. As far as promotion in schools are concerned, dance and music must be essential parts of any school curriculum,  especially in a country like ours, which has such a rich tradition in both. To  promote sensitivity, kindness and creativity — essential skills are needed for a harmonious existence.Any advice or tips to upcoming artists?Work hard, have faith, focus and fire – the holy trinity and stick to your passion, come what may. There’s magic, that will last and bring happiness to all around you, ever after. Art is the expression of love and harmony, there is nothing beyond.Some memorable moments and achievements in her career Forming my troupe Sohinimoksha World Dance and Communications – 2006 Dancing for the premier of the multi-Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire at the request of its director, Danny Boyle – Feb 2009.For my troupe, Sohinimoksha, comprising of dancers from all over the Occidental world, to be invited to perform in front of the President of India at the Prabasi Bharatiya Divas in Kochi, Kerala, homeland to a million ace native Bharatanatyam dancers– January 2013. Winning the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Award at the House of Lords, British Parliament, London – October 2013. Also when the Ambassador of India to Spain, Sunil Lal, walked into my Madrid studio andgreatly appreciated our Moksha style. This was the magic wand of faith for all my students, and for me, that led us through ever after, even when faced with the worst professional hurdles and detractors – October 2011.First Indian dancer to be invited to perform at Madrid´s famous street festival Nocheen Blanco, before a record audience of more than 5000 – our ‘foreign’ classical dance form luring audiences away from the Rock bands – Sept 2010.Presenting my choreographed dance opera Durga for the UAE´s ruling Al Makhtoum Family in Dubai at the Inner Voyage concert.Performance at the Press Conference to announce the first ever El Clasico Legends exhibition football match between Real Madrid and Barcelona in India – The Ritz, Madrid, June 2014.Winning the Priyadarshini Award for Outstanding Women Entrepreneur – by the Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs – May 2015last_img read more

3 jumbos 1 calf mowed down by train in Jhargram

first_imgKolkata: Two full grown elephants and a calf were killed when a speeding train knocked them down in Jhargram district on early Tuesday morning.According to local administration, the elephants were crossing the railway track near Gidhni railway station at around 1.30 am when hit by Gyaneswari Express. Gidhni railway station is situated at a distance of around 180 km from Kolkata.A senior Forest department official said a herd of 11 elephants were seen roaming around the forest areas of Jhargram for the past few days. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe three elephants, which were killed, are suspected to be a part of the herd recently spotted.Following the incident, senior Forest department officials and police officers reached the spot to monitor the situation.The carcasses were removed from the railway track. The senior Forest department officials said it was not an isolated incident. The carcasses were later cremated at a nearby forest later in the day. According to a forest official, there must be some mechanism to avoid the death of elephants in this manner. Without a proper mechanism, these incidents cannot not be averted.The incident has led to the disruption of trains.According to railway sources, train services were partially affected for around two hours at the Kharagpur-Tatanagar section of the South Eastern Railway (SER).Three local trains — Jhargram-Medinipur, Kharagpur-Dhanbad and Kharagpur-Purulia — were cancelled this morning, an official said.last_img read more

9 Tools That Can Help Grow Your App Business

first_img 4 min read August 6, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Make stuff people want. This is how Paul Graham or Y-Combinator defines growth hacking.Brian Halligan of Hubspot elaborates — to be successful and grow your business and revenues, you must match the way you market your products with the way your prospects learn about and shop for your products.Growth hacking, the much talked-about term, is grossly misunderstood and misrepresented by many. Growth hacking can be touted as a subset of marketing that focuses purely on achieving growth.Related: 12 (Mostly Free) Web Tools for EntrepreneursGrowth alone doesn’t come through marketing, but by learning from your mistakes, testing on what works (A/B testing for example), product iteration, intuitive product design and studying and analyzing conversion metrics.Let’s look at some such tools that will help you as an app entrepreneur to build a better app.1. Intercom (30-day free trial, plans start at $49 a month). If your app requires users to sign up, Intercom is a fantastic product that tells you which of your users are using your product in real time, along with their activity. It also allows you to reach out to your power users or others based on filters, through in-app messaging and email. It’s a great tool to engage and retain customers.2. Taplytics (Free trial available. Plans start at $32 a month). This is an A/B testing tool, but for mobile apps. Taplytics allows you to test different experiences and quickly push out fixes based on your findings. Fixes can range from visual bugs and typos to colors for call-to-actions.3. Mailchimp (Free up to 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers/month). One of the most popular email marketing tools out there, it allows you to send targeted emails based on segmented lists. You can also set up automated emailers for new signups.4. Foster.fm (14-day free trial. Plans start at $19.99 a month). One of the challenges in social-media marketing is finding relevant content to share with your followers. Foster.fm helps you to discover that content and lets you share live or schedule updates for up to a week.Related: 5 Content-Management Tools Marketers Can Use (No Technical Skills Required)5. Pop.co (14-day free trial. Plans start at $5 a month). Instantly launch a web presence or a micro-site for your mobile app. Pop.co offers a domain name, an email address (supported by Google Apps), a starter page where you can connect your social-media accounts, capture emails and customize the template.6. Crittercism (Free for up to 30,000 monthly active users). This tool gives real-time, actionable crash reports for your mobile app. By knowing where users are facing an issue in your app, you can make sure you retain and engage them to deliver a great user experience.7. Helpshift (30-day free trial. Plans start at $20 at month). The only way to build a loyal following for your app is to offer outstanding customer service. A happy customer will not only stay with you but also brings in many more through word of mouth. Helpshift helps you integrate a customer-service module into your app so you can resolve problems as they happen. App users are typically not forgiving and instantly delete the app or never go back to it if unsatisfied.8. Mention (14-day free trial. Plans start at about $29 a month). If people are talking about your app on social media or blogs, you’ve got to know what’s being said to be able to interact with and engage them.9. SensorTower (14-day free trial. Plans start at $79 a month). Use SensorTower for complete app store optimization (ASO). It lets you discover the most valuable keywords, which can impact organic downloads for your app. You can track daily ranking of your keywords as well as that of your competitors. Essentially, a complete app-intelligence platform for ASO.Which tools do you recommend? Tell us in the comments section below.Related: 5 Tools For Entrepreneurs to Grow Their Online Presence in No Time Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more