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first_imgThe UK government should provide a clear direction for how to deliver a proposed nationwide pension dashboard, major pension providers and administrators have concluded.During a meeting organised by fintech firm Origo – which has developed a large-scale prototype of the dashboard – senior staff representing more than 20 organisations, showed a common desire for the government to provide guidance on terms of compulsion, inclusion of state pension data, governance and digital identity.In a statement detailing the meeting, Origo said attendees had examined an approach that would “protect pension savers and personal information” and “harness the best of industry innovation”, as requested by Guy Opperman, the minister for pensions and financial inclusion.Participants called for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to conclude and publish its feasibility study as soon as possible, to ensure that the industry had a complete understanding of how much support it would receive from government as well as the practicalities of government facilitation. They also emphasised the importance of a suitable governance structure, which should be established quickly, Origo said.Attendees also highlighted that the government had to legislate to ensure the whole industry was fully compelled to participate in providing data to the dashboard.Anthony Rafferty, managing director of Origo, said he would be updating the DWP as well as Frank Field, the chair of parliament’s work and pensions select committee, on the discussions and the perspectives on the practicalities of delivering the pensions dashboard.UK providers have expressed concern about the delivery of the dashboard since reports emerged over the summer that the DWP was considering dropping its support for the project.In July, the government made clear that it had not committed itself to a timetable for the roll-out of the pensions dashboard, despite previously expressing strong support.last_img read more

first_img First Published: 19th December, 2019 16:08 IST He reiterated his opinion that the WADA ban was politically motivated. “The WADA decision contradicts the Olympic Charter,” Putin added. WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Press Trust Of India READ |  NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars Release Top Executive After Pressure From NFLPA Written By “If WADA does not have any issues with our national Olympic committee our team must compete under its flag,” Putin said during an annual end-of-year news conference, insisting that most of Russia’s athletes were clean. “Any punishment should be individual,” he added. “If a majority of our athletes are clean how is it possible to slap sanctions against them for someone else’s actions?” center_img FOLLOW US READ | Serena Williams Gets Boxing Lessons From “Iron” Mike Tyson, Watch VideoWADA this month banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, over manipulated doping data. Russia’s anti-doping agency was set on Thursday to decide whether to launch an appeal against the WADA ban. This formal disagreement with WADA would trigger the process of appeal against the ban at the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.READ | Playoff Participants Also Contend For Team Recruiting Title President Vladimir Putin on Thursday insisted Russia’s athletes should be allowed to compete under the Russian flag, despite a four-year ban handed down by the World Anti-Doping Agency from major sporting events over systematic violations.READ | Larry Holmes Cried After Defeating The Legendary Muhammad Ali Back In 1980 Last Updated: 19th December, 2019 16:09 IST Putin Says Russia Must Compete Under Flag At Sports Events President Vladimir Putin on Thursday insisted Russia’s athletes should be allowed to compete under the Russian flag, despite a four-year ban handed down by WADA LIVE TV COMMENTlast_img read more

first_img Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — He had just finished scoring 61 points in a needed win for his Trail Blazers. But Damian Lillard wasn’t done.He puffed out his chest and shouted toward press row, “Put some (expletive) respect on my name!” Of course, the people actually present for Lillard’s performance probably didn’t need any more telling.The NBA restart has been as colorful and compelling as could have been imagined, and that’s thanks much in part to a riveting race for the Western Conference eighth-place spot against the Lakers in the postseason. By virtue of a 134-131 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, Portland now has a narrow lead on the field.With a win on Thursday, the Trail Blazers can clinch the No. 8 seed, putting them just a play-in win away from the first round. VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs are also all still clamoring for a shot: The Suns and Spurs won Tuesday as well, while the Grizzlies fell to Boston to squander their three-game cushion entering the bubble. That trio is just a half-game behind Portland, although San Antonio has a lower winning percentage and needs others to fall.Since blowing two free throws against the Clippers, Lillard has scored 112 points in his last two games. Against the Mavericks, he became just the second man — Wilt Chamberlain is the other — to score 60-plus points in at least three games during a single season.To teammate Carmelo Anthony, nothing signified the divine nature of Portland’s 5-2 run so far like the last of Lillard’s nine 3-pointers, which caromed off the rim and high above the backboard before tumbling back through the net.“I probably said about 20 pleases — like, ‘please, please, please, please’ repeatedly,” Anthony said of the heart-stopping bounce. “It wasn’t meant for us to lose after that shot went in.”Then again, the Trail Blazers face a competing team of destiny: The Phoenix Suns triumphed over the Philadelphia 76ers, 130-117, with a fourth-quarter rally. Devin Booker scored 35 points, and Mikal Bridges scored 24. MORNING WRAP: Everything you need to know about Lakers-Clippers opener; How Angels blew leads and who was the Dodgers’ 13-inning hero? Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie The Suns are the only team that’s undefeated in the bubble, needing all seven wins to keep pace in the breakneck playoff race. They have one more game Thursday against Dallas, and they likely won support on Tuesday as a video of their pregame introductions, read on video by their family members, went viral.Elsewhere on the ESPN campus, frustration has been building in the same chase. At their own home game, a digital screen behind the Grizzlies read: “MEMPHIS VS. ERRRBODY.” That feeling has been a little too real for Memphis in the NBA restart.There was little minimizing it: The Boston Celtics crushed them, 122-107, playing their starters deep into the fourth quarter and burying the Grizzlies with a pair of Kemba Walker threes. Besides the bonus of getting Memphis closer to the draft lottery on a pick the Celtics own, it was a chance for Boston to get a final tune-up before the playoffs begin.For the Grizzlies, the postseason seems as far from their grasp as ever: They’ve lost six of their seven games in the restart, and they’ve lost Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justise Winslow to injury. But Ja Morant, the likely Rookie of the Year who has come to represent all the hopes and dreams of the franchise, had a way of putting their situation in perspective.“I feel like every game we’ve played as the underdog,” he said. “We were projected to be 27th this year, and we here. It’s how we’ve been attacking every game, so I feel like our next game wouldn’t be no different.”Related Articleslast_img read more

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first_img8 March 2013 At Hakskeen Pan, a dry lakebed in South Africa’s Northern Cape, a team of 317 previously unemployed people funded by the provincial government is finishing up its job of clearing rocks and stones from 10-million square metres of desert race track – by hand. When they’re done, they’ll have helped create what “the fastest man on earth”, land speed record holder Andy Green, has described as “the world’s best race track, just waiting for the world’s first 1 000 mph car to arrive”. That will be in late 2013 or early 2014, when South Africa will host the most ambitious attempt yet made on the world land speed record – a crack at a new record of 1 000 mph (1 610 km/h) which, if successful, will mark the biggest ever increase (30%) in the history of the record, and will also exceed the low altitude speed record (around 994 mph) for aircraft. The Bloodhound Project is the name of a global education initiative that has been built around the record attempt. It aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and its centrepiece is the Bloodhound SSC (Super Sonic Car), a 33 000 horsepower jet- and rocket-powered racing car. The car, currently being built in a special technical centre near Bristol in the UK, will come to South Africa towards the end of 2013 or early in 2014 for test runs, before returning about a year later for the record attempt. Behind the venture is the same British team, led by Andy Green and project director Richard Noble, that holds the current record of 763 mph (1 228 km/h), set in the Black Rock Desert in the US in 1997. Green, a British Royal Air Force fighter pilot, was the man behind the wheel then, and will be again when Bloodhound SSC fires up in the Northern Cape from late 2013.Faster than a bullet – literally What will happen then makes for some hair-raising mathematics. The Bloodhound SSC will be powered by an EJ200 jet engine from a Typhoon fighter jet, which will be coupled with a prototype hybrid rocket. Together, they will put out 100 000 KW – the equivalent of 180 Formula One cars. According to the team’s preliminary calculations, the 12.8-metre long, 6 422 kilogram (when fuelled) vehicle will “be more advanced than most spacecraft and faster than a bullet fired from a handgun. “Its 900 mm diameter wheels will spin at over 10 000 rpm, generating 50 000 radial g at the rim. The car will accelerate from 0 to 1 050 mph in 40 seconds and, at V-max (maximum velocity), the pressure of air bearing down on its carbon-fibre and titanium bodywork will exceed 12 tonnes per square metre. “At this speed, Andy Green will be covering a distance equivalent to over four football pitches every second, or 50 metres in the blink of an eye.”Ideal location for horizontal rocket launch The venue for this hi-tech venture, South Africa’s Hakskeen Pan, was chosen over 34 other locations after a satellite programme identified level strips of land around the world that could handle a vehicle weighing nearly 6.5 tonnes travelling at inhuman speeds. For a record attempt to be successful, Bloodhound will have to complete two runs within the space of an hour, with the average times calculated as the new record. “The ability to control the car’s stopping, and therefore the turnaround time, is key to the success of the record attempt,” the Bloodhound website notes. Hakskeen Pan, located about 160 kilometres north of the town of Upington, fitted the bill perfectly. Over 20 kilometres long and five kilometres wide, it has a vertical variation of only 61 millimetres over the entire 20-kilometre distance of the run, making the pan’s surface ideal for a record attempt. Predictable dry weather conditions for key parts of the year added to the site’s appeal. According to the Bloodhound Project, the Northern Cape provincial government has been a crucial partner in creating the ideal run site for the record attempt. In a November update on the Bloodhound website, project member Rudi Riek noted that the government had spent close to R8-million on clearing Hakskeenpan, in the process creating employment for 317 people. The decision to clear the stones on the pan by hand was, Riek said, made for two reasons: because it would be the best way to ensure minimal impact on the surface, but also because it was the best way to uplift the community living in the vicinity of the pan.6 000 tonnes of stones and rocks Between November 2010 and November 2012, the team worked a total of 130 days, due to heat and rain delays. It is, as Riek noted, an extreme environment: “The temperatures range between minus 6 degrees and plus 45 degrees Celsius, and if it is not extremely dry, then it is extremely wet.” The job they’ve done has been monumental. The track is 20 kilometres long and, including the safety zones, 1.1 kilometres wide. “I need to give you some perspective,” Riek wrote. “20 000m x 1 100m = 22-million square metres of area cleared by 317 people in 130 days. Add to that the fact that even the smallest little stone is lodged into the clay and needs to be forcibly removed, and then imagine doing this in extreme conditions, including sub-zero temperatures in the morning, soaring temperatures in the afternoon, and on some days severe dust storms.” Their harvest? By the time of project director Richard Noble’s visit to the site to thank the workers and their families in January, the team had removed 6 000 tonnes of stones and rocks, resulting in what the Bloodhound website has claimed as “the first world record associated with the Bloodhound Project – the largest land mass cleared by hand, amounting to the equivalent of 4 000 football pitches”. Additional work undertaken by the Northern Cape government has been the removal of a large number of stone slabs, the removal of an elevated road surface stretching across the width of the track, and the completion of a new fence to secure the pan from access by animals or vehicles.‘World’s best race track’ The result has exceeded expectations. Green, in his latest “Bloodhound Diary” update for the BBC News website, wrote in February that wheel tests conducted at Hakskeen Pan in November had enabled Bloodhound performance expert Ron Ayers to come up with a figure for the hardness of the pan – an important consideration, given that each wheel of Bloodhound SSC will be supporting a load of nearly two tonnes. “The desert hardness is (and here’s a figure you will never use in a pub quiz!) about 400 cubic mm per kiloNewton,” Green wrote. “That means that the wheels only penetrate about 10mm into the surface, even under two tonnes of load. Or put another way, the 2-tonne (20 kN) load only displaces about 8 000 cubic mm of desert soil – about a fifth of the volume of a golf ball! “This is a very firm surface by anybody’s standards,” Green continued. “Now that the Northern Cape team is finishing up the clearance work, it really is the world’s best race track, just waiting for the world’s first 1 000 mph car to arrive. We’ll be there soon enough.” When they do arrive, one of the most sparsely populated areas of South Africa will receive an extraordinary amount of global attention. For the Bloodhound Project is not primarily about speed. Rather, it is an international education initiative aimed at inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians by demonstrating these subjects in the most exciting way possible. “The unique nature of the world land speed record, where the challenge comes from confronting the laws of physics rather than other teams with similar technology, means the Bloodhound Project can share all its data, designs, achievements and setbacks in the process,” the Bloodhound website states. As a result, the initiative is already being followed in 217 countries, with approximately 7-million learners from 48 countries registered to access Bloodhound information and lesson materials in class. The team has also made presentations to hundreds of thousands of people since its launch at London’s Science Museum in October 2008.Extreme science, extreme sport According to Crizelda Cjikela, Northern Cape MEC for Education, the educational and scientific aspects of the project are key to the province’s collaboration with Bloodhound. “As a government collective, we are obligated to explore all opportunities to develop the province as a hub for technological and scientific advances,” Cjikela said in July 2012, when Andy Green paid a visit to view progress on his Hakskeen Pan race track. “In recent years, this vision has been substantiated by not only being selected as the preferred site for the Bloodhound attempt, but also by winning the bid to host the Square Kilometre Array,” Cjikela said. “With the recent announcement that the province’s first university will be established in Kimberley, we are firmly on track to provide our youth with the opportunity to build an incredibly bright future.” Besides the educational benefits, the land speed record will also create massive media exposure internationally, allowing the province to showcase the unique diversity of its tourism offerings. Since repositioning itself as a premier destination for adventure and extreme sports, the Northern Cape has already attracted niche markets such as skateboarding, waterskiing and even motor racing. Meanwhile, Dave Rowley from the Bloodhound education team, based full-time in South Africa with the Northern Cape Department of Education, has been developing links with schools, colleges and universities across the country. South African partners support this programme include Scifest Africa, Sci-Bono, the City of Cape Town, the Sci-Enza science centre, and the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineering. An ambassador programme has also been launched, with 15 engineers, scientists and speed enthusiasts recruited to help promote and deliver the Bloodhound education programme to schools across South Africa. Green himself has no doubt about the project’s potential reach. Speaking at the project’s launch in 2008, he said: “I’ve met graduate engineers who are adamant that our previous record was what inspired their career choice as youngsters: that sort of thing makes all the effort worthwhile. “Bloodhound SSC will be so much faster and, we hope, will fire up every school kid about the science and technology. We’re going to invite everyone to follow our adventure in this, the most exciting and extreme form of motorsport – the world land speed record. Both as a mathematician, and as a Royal Air Force fighter pilot, I can’t think of anything better.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgA second successive honor for Ronaldo was expected after a season in which the Portuguese eclipsed his award counterparts in the trophy stakes.As well as Spanish league and Spanish Super Cup success, Ronaldo scored twice in the Champions League final against Juventus to win European soccer’s elite competition for the third time in four seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRonaldo’s coach at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, was crowned coach of the year.FIFA has shifted its award ceremony from its usual January slot to October so players are judged across a season — based on the typical European schedule — rather than the calendar year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Metta World Peace joins Lakers’ G League team as assistant coach Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The women’s award honored the Netherlands’ success at the European Championship in August. Lieke Martens, who scored in the final win over Denmark, won the player’s award and Sarina Wiegman collected the coaching accolade.The Puskas Award for best goal went to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for a scorpion-style kick. The Puskas Award-winning goal from an overhead back-heeled strike came on New Year’s Day in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League. MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Portuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Cristiano Ronaldo has caught up with Lionel Messi to become a five-time winner of FIFA’s best player award.The Real Madrid forward was crowned player of the year on Monday at the FIFA Best ceremony at the London Palladium theater attended by runner-up Messi and third-placed Neymar.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

first_imgFrom the moment she landed in a chartered Air-India jet at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on the sunny afternoon of July 27, Mrs Gandhi exuded optimism and openness, a warmth that easily cut across protocol and security barriers to create a deeply personal impression during her first state,From the moment she landed in a chartered Air-India jet at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on the sunny afternoon of July 27, Mrs Gandhi exuded optimism and openness, a warmth that easily cut across protocol and security barriers to create a deeply personal impression during her first state visit to the US in 10 years.Received in New York by an assortment of dignitaries, including Ambassador Selwa Roosevelt, chief of protocol for the US Government, the Indian Ambassador K.R. Narayanan and the US Ambassador to India, Harry G. Barnes. Mrs Gandhi’s indication of informality was instantly evident as she stepped off the plane. Cordially patting a reporter’s hand in the press enclosure, minutes after she stepped on American soil, she enthused: “I’m delighted to be here, to see President Reagan again and to see some of the American people. I hope.”As her black Cadillac, flying both the American and Indian flags, whisked her off to her suite in the restrained elegance of the Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan’s fashionable Upper Eastside, Mrs Gandhi had ample time to savour the pleasures of New York – spending four days in the city out of her eight-day American tour.Exclusive Lunch: Almost her first public appearance in the city was an unscheduled, shopping spree at a reputed department store, followed by an exclusive lunch for 55 hosted by the Metropolitan Museum (the Met). Chatting amiably to celebrities who included Zubin Mehta, conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Diana Vreeland, high priestess of fashion, the city’s culture commissioner Henry Geldzahler, as well as the heads of The Asia Society and the Indo-US Sub-commission, the occasion marked the official sanction of the Met’s 1985 exhibition entitled ‘India!’advertisementMrs Gandhi being welcomed at the White House: Right foot forwardThe Met, which will present the major exhibition of Indian art from 1300-1900 with the cooperation of the Indian Government, has already been working on the project for over a year. Says art historian Stuart Carey Welch, consultant to the Met in charge of assembling the best of the 300 Indian art objects that will be shown under one roof: “Our thought is to do a grand exhibition, choosing things from every tradition within the enormous continuum that characterises Indian culture borrowed from public and private collections in India, the US. Great Britain and Europe.”Rushing straight from the Metropolitan Museum lunch, she appeared relaxed in one of her flowered silk saris, as she dropped in for a 20-minute closed-door discussion with United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar at his 38th floor office in the United Nations building. The talk, vaguely described as a “general review of international problems in many parts of the world” by a spokesman, was followed by her presenting the UN with a 900-year-old stone representation of the Hindu god, Surya, a manifestation, she claimed, of “India’s commitment to the United Nations”.Fabulous Banquet: Later that afternoon, she flew off to Washington in the rain to official meetings with President Reagan and Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Surrounded by the rich panoply and perfection of a Presidential welcome, the high point of Mrs Gandhi’s social success in the US came in the fabulous White House banquet hosted for her by the Reagans on July 29. Washington’s society columnists called the evening the “most elaborate entertainment to date in the Reagan White House” – dinner and dancing for 116 people with unique finale: a special concert by Indian conductor Zubin Mehta conducting 60 musicians of the New York Philharmonic in the Rose Garden.Received by the President and the First Lady on the north side of the White House – other guests arriyed on the south side – the Indian prime minister, in a textured raspberry silk sari looked simplicity itself in comparison to Nancy Reagan, who as a special gesture wore a sari-inspired, peach-coloured one-shoulder dress trimmed in silver and designed by her favourite designer Adolfo.As the President and prime minister slowly descended the White House’s Grand Staircase to the trumpets sounding ‘Ruffles and Flourishes’, they followed a colour guard to the East Room where the guests had assembled to be introduced in a receiving line. Among them were two former American ambassadors to India. Ellsworth Bunker and John Sherman Cooper; former ambassador to Italy Clare Booth Luce; S. Dillon Ripley, head of the Smithsonian Institution, the novelist John Updike as well as a distinguished team of academics and intellectuals.Long Preparation: In an interview with The New York Times, Nancy Reagan admitted that she had been involved in preparing the evening since April, when the Indian prime minister accepted the American visit. In fact, she had approached conductor Zubin Mehta for the concert through their common friend Frank Sinatra. Said she: “I try very hard to mix people up, to have guests from the business world, the arts, sports, education and old friends, because I think that’s what makes an evening fun and interesting for everyone.”advertisementTypical of the manner in which Mrs Gandhi can captivate a foreign audience, as much by her political barbs as by sudden personal revelations, were the words in which she described herself after receiving the U Thant Award in New York. She suddenly let the mask slip as she discussed her public and private persona saying…Mrs Gandhi at a presentation ceremony at the UNProfessor Buultjens also said that much has been written about me. I differ. Many, many words have been written but they” re been written about some person whom I don’t recognise at all. I don’t know who she is or where these people hare met her because she certainly isn’t anywhere within me. I am somebody quite different and whether that person will be discovered or not, I don’t know and frankly, I don’t really care. What is important is that that person is there, audit is that person who exists, and who has nothing to do with being in power or out, haring a victory or a defeat. The person that is in the core of each one of us welcomes any experience and tries to use that experience for an inner strength, to build up the inner resources, to build up the inner calm, which 1 think, is the message of most religions. Even the menu obtained her final approval. Bathed in candlelight, the guests sat at tables in the State Dining Room to go through a four-course dinner that included seafood neptune, lamb in golden pastry, salad and French cheese and a frozen black cheery bombe accompanied by a choice of Caiifornian wines. After dinner the guests attended the musical concert following which the Indian prime minister left. But champagne and dancing followed in the flower-filled Grand Foyer, glittering with crystal chandeliers and mirrors.The end of her Washington visit was marked by the usual exchange of gifts between the two families: President Reagan received a Kashmiri carpet showing a hunting scene and Nancy Reagan a gold silk sari. The Reagans gave Mrs Gandhi a silver shell box reproduced from colonial Williamsburg, Audubon prints of American birds with Reagan’s personal signature, Audubon-designed serving spoons in a satin case and a silver frame with Reagan’s picture personally signed and embossed with the Presidential seal. Rajiv Gandhi received a crystal bowl by Cartier on a wooden stand with the President’s seal. Sonia, his wife, was presented a rainbow-rose Boehm lapel pin and her children, Rahul and Priyanka, a pen each with inscriptions by the President and the First Lady respectively.Close Encounters: Returning to New York on July 31, Mrs Gandhi amazed New Yorkers by immersing herself in a series of gruelling meetings with Americans and Indians residing in America from all walks of life. Starting with an encounter with a string of office-bearers of the numerous associations of Indians settled in the US and ending with a tea party to meet leading American women, Mrs Gandhi spent an exhaustive two days in the city, taking time off for two theatre shows.advertisementTypically, her style varied from group to group. Sternly admonishing the Indian groups, she snapped at them in school-marm fashion: “It is indeed unfortunate that wherever Indians are, instead of forming one strong Indian organisation, you have hundreds of separate groups.” Even sharper was her claim that “the Indian community abroad is not standing up for India. We have nothing to be ashmed of. You only have to see our statistics and see how impressively we have progressed”.Later in the afternoon, she turned her attention to a group of scientists of Indian origin who had flown into NewYork from all over the US to express their desire to aid development of science and technology in India. The meeting, which was closed to the press, was held under the stewardship of Dr M.S. Swaminathan (formerly of the Planning Commission, and now director-general of the Rice Research Institute in Manila).Discussions at this meeting revolved round the creation of an Indo-US joint panel on science and technology transfers and, specifically, the setting up of a demonstration-cum-training project housed in a “Technology City” for which the Indian Government will provide 2,000 acres of land, water, electricity and other facilities. The city will be set up with PL-480 funds to be released for development and additional support will be sought from the American private sector. Already, Westing-house Corporation has agreed to aid the project.Her meeting with Indian scientists was followed by another closed-door meeting with Indian businessmen, whom Mrs Gandhi personally encouraged to correspond with her secretariat in New Delhi about their particular problems. She discussed possibilities of increasing exports to America in the way of electronics and software goods, and responded very favourably to the group’s offer to raise equity funds in dollars for Maruti.Dashing off in the evening to catch up with a Broadway show Agnes of God starring Tony, award-winning actress Amanda Plummer, Mrs Gandhi maintained an unflappable calm when a crisis erupted mid-performance. In the show’s last 15 minutes, sudden groans in the audience led to speculation that an assassination attempt on the prime minister had been foiled, but it turned out that a member of the audience had suffered a heart attack and had had to be carried out. The play resumed after the actress took a few minutes to regain her composure but Mrs Gandhi sat through completely unruffled by the incident, later going backstage to greet a thrilled cast.Next morning, which was a Sunday, she donned a crimson salwar-kameez to visit a gurudwara in an Indian-dominated section of Queens and returned to a quiet private lunch with a family friend, Dorothy Cousins. Changing into an elegant silk lungi, she spend the afternoon once again at the theatre, this time to catch a matinee show of the popular and rather bawdy play about 18th century composer Mozart called Amadeus.Award: Her last day in New York began early, with a small ceremony at her hotel where she prestigious U Thant Award for cultural understanding between the East and West. Named after the third general of the United Nations, was presented by Sri Lankan economist Professor Ralph Buultjens, on behalf of the Award Committee. He explained that it was being presented to Mrs Gandhi in her personal capacity, not as prime of India, its earlier recipients being distinguished world leaders like Professor Arnold Toynbee, Dr S. Radhakrishnan, Adlai Stevenson and Lester Pearson.Her next engagement was of an altogether different kind. Calling on the city’s colourful Mayor, Ed Koch, she was forced to apply her evasive diplomatic skills. When Koch politely enquired of her whether there were any Jews in India and whether Israel had an embassy in New Delhi, Mrs Gandhi, exercising crucial tact, replied: “No, but they have a consul who is not there right now. The individual may be different, but there is a consulate.” Koch presented her with an expensive Steuben glass apple – “symbolic of our city which is popularly known as the Big Apple” – to which she responded with a gift of a rosewood box inlaid with an ivory Taj Mahal.Canny Replies: At a huge luncheon in her honour held at the Waldorf-Astoria, hosted by the Foreign Policy Association in cooperation with The Asia Society, the Far Eastern American Council of Commerce and Industry and the Indian Chamber of Commerce of America. Mrs Gandhi summed up the state of the Indian nation flooring the 1,500 guests – who had paid $40 (Rs 360) per ticket – with her canny fielding of questions. Former ambassador to India Robert Goheen, who read out the questions written down by members of the audience, asked: “What do you think is a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem?” With great elan, Mrs Gandhi retorted: “Problem? What problem? We don’t see a problem there at all.”Informal Tea: Her last scheduled meeting in New York, before she took off for a day’s halt each in Los Angeles and Honolulu, was an informal tea, called at her own request to meet leading American women. Hosted by the Indian ambassador’s wife. Mrs Narayanan, the 30 women were placed at small tables for five each with an empty chair at each table for Mrs Gandhi to join the groups at random.Among the women were the doyenne of modern dance Martha Graham, Eleanor Smeal, president of the National Organisation of Women, Ellen Futter. president of Barnard College. Ruth Heineman of the League of Women Voters, novelist Bette Bau Lord and editors Joan Freseman (of The Asia Magazine) and Charlotte Curtis (of the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times.)Reporters were neither invited nor allowed at the meeting, described as a “private event”, where Mrs Gandhi moved from table to table receiving information, though the exchange of views inevitably turned to the status of women in India. Said Joan Freseman of her impressions of Mrs Gandhi at the meeting: “She’s refined and chiselled-looking and, when she speaks, she’s very convincing. Unless you know differently, you want to believe her.”That was typical of the impression Mrs Gandhi left behind on America’s east Coast where she spent most of her visit. Her directness of approach, combined with her obvious warmth and candour, took most Americans by surprise-they may know otherwise but for the extent of her visit they wanted to believe her.last_img read more

first_imgJay Rodriguez and Harvey Barnes scored as West Brom saw off struggling Ipswich Town 2-1 at Portman Road.Rodriguez opened the scoring after 26 minutes and Barnes capped a swift break 13 minutes from full-time.Kayden Jackson pulled one back for Paul Lambert’s men with five minutes to go but it could not prevent the Baggies moving up to second in the Championship – ahead of the remaining weekend fixtures – while Ipswich remain five points adrift at the bottom. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The visitors had already wasted an excellent chance to open the scoring, Ahmed Hegazi volleying wastefully wide after 23 minutes, before Rodriguez struck.Matt Phillips’ deep cross eluded those in the box but found Kieran Gibbs and he headed back across goal for Rodriguez to tap in.Barnes hit the post either side of two further chances for Rodriguez before West Brom finally got the second goal their pressure deserved, although it demonstrated perfectly why Ipswich are facing a fight to stay up.The hosts’ Teddy Bishop completely fluffed a corner, allowing Phillips to break. The former QPR winger picked out Barnes and he fired inside Bartosz Bialkowski’s left-hand post.Jackson set up an interesting finish, capitalising on a slip up from Tosin Adarabioyo, and Ipswich could have snatched an unlikely point deep into stoppage time when Jack Lankester’s free-kick clipped the outside of the post.FULL-TIME | Town 1 @WBA 2Blues beaten at Portman Road. pic.twitter.com/VKwn6ODz23— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) November 23, 2018last_img read more

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: I’ll enjoy my first Premier League Christmas – if we winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is sure he’ll enjoy his first Premier League Christmas – if they win their games.Having worked in Spain, Russia and France, Emery is more used to spending time with his family over the festive period. Instead, he was with his squad on Christmas Day finalising plans for this evening’s visit to Brighton.The Spaniard said: “Usually the holidays come around perfectly for us every time, but I am still going to enjoy it working.”I think it’s very important for the supporters (to see teams play over Christmas). “Playing against Brighton is perfect, Liverpool (Saturday) is perfect and playing on January 1 against Fulham is perfect. We are going to enjoy it… but only if we win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgMan Utd, Real Madrid target Eder Militao favours England optionby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto defender Eder Militao is keen on a move to England.Militao is a target for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez this month.However, UOL Esporte says Militao favours a move to England.The Porto defender has been linked with Real Madrid in recent weeks with Militao looking set to depart at the end of the campaign.Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United are all credited with interest from England in the 20-year-old, who has a release clause of £45m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more