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first_imgThe disclosure in the national bestseller Game Change that Senate majority leader Harry Reid once remarked that then presidential candidate Barack Obama would be embraced more easily by Americans because he was “light skinned” and didn’t have a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” touched off a political firestorm on race in the United States. While the comments, for which Reid apologized profusely, were denounced as racist in many circles, there is also widespread acknowledgment that, however indelicately, Reid had lifted the lid on a painful truth endemic to American political life.  Shankar Vedantam, author of The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives, says Reid’s observation is no more “controversial than saying wealthy people have an advantage in elections.” Vedantam wrote in the New York Times, “Dozens of research studies have shown that skin tone and other racial features play powerful roles in who gets ahead and who does not. These factors regularly determine who gets hired, who gets convicted and who gets elected.”Extensive research in the United States has documented implicit and explicit bias based not just on race, but also skin tone — what anthropologists call “colorism,” described by the researchers Keith Maddox and Stephanie Gray as “the tendency to perceive or behave toward members of a racial category based on the lightness or darkness of their skin tone.”Thanks to their economic success, driven in large part by their higher educational attainment, Indian Americans — who are three times as likely to have a college degree than Whites and five times as likely to have a graduate degree — have avoided many of the burdens of their skin tone in American life. Ironically, however, few communities worldwide demonstrate as deep a prejudice for light skin as Indians. Mirror, Mirror  on the WallWho Is the Biggest Liar of Them AllStrong majority of Indians view themselves as fair and just 2% perceive themselves as dark, according to a Little India analysis of nearly 1.67 million profiles on India’s largest matrimonial site.An examination of Bharat Matrimony determined that 57% of the profiles were self-classified as fair or very fair and another 33% as wheatish or wheatish brown. MoreConsider that Emami’s skin lightening cream Fair and Lovely for women racked up $325 million in sales in India last year. L’Oreal recently rolled out Bollywood hunk John Abraham to pitch its Garnier Men’s skin whitening lotion to challenge the hegemony of the market favorite Fair and Handsome, whose pitchman Shah Rukh Khan is one of India’s hottest filmstars. Advertising spending on skin whitening products grew almost 30 percent in 2009 over last year and Unilever’s Vaseline Healthy White Body is currently the most advertised cosmetic brand on Indian television.Perhaps the most compelling evidence of the Indian obsession for fair skin comes from a Little India analysis of matrimonial ads on one of India’s largest matrimonial website,, which found (see box) that in a strong majority of profiles, users self identified themselves as fair or very fair and just 2% classified themselves as dark. Even a majority of South Indians, who are decidedly darker than North Indians, categorized themselves as fair or very fair and just 2% as dark. The study also found that the encounter with America’s predominantly white culture heightened the self identification with fair skin among Indian Americans, who categorized themselves as “very fair” in somewhat higher proportions than people in India. The U.S. civil rights movement wrought a sea change in race relations and overt expressions and acknowledgment of racial prejudice in public life are now rare. However, an accumulating corpus of research evidence demonstrates that Americans continue to harbor deep seated biases on issue of race and skin tone, cultivated by decades of conditioning and even centuries of evolution.Since 1998, researchers at Harvard University’s Project Implicit website (see box) have compiled data on the implicit biases of millions of Americans (and in more recent years other parts of the world) on a range of issues, such as age, race, skin tone, disability, gender, sexual orientation, etc. The bias is assessed on the basis of individual responses to rapid word association tests administered on the website. Asians demonstrated the highest levels of bias on race and skin tone than people of any other region in the world and Asian Americans were second only to Whites in their bias in these racially and ethnically sensitive categories. Moreover, Asians and Asian Americans reported the highest level of explicit prejudice on issues of race and skin tone — higher than even Whites — on the Harvard website.Harvard University’s Mahzarin Banaji, one of the three authors of the Implicit Association Test (IAT), who grew up in India, said that resource limitations precludes her research group from analyzing their data from India and South Asians: “In the future, we will have the resources to look at these data by various subgroups around the world. It is an interest of mine to look at this result from Indians, in part because of my experience, that in India (and a few other cultures) skin color is coded far more finely that in simple dark-light form.” Nevertheless, Banaji points out, her research has found that the implicit bias for lighter skin tone is consistent across all U.S. racial groups. There is broad agreement, although by no means unanimous, in the scholarly community that most people hold unconscious biases on matters of race or skin tone. But more significant than the fact that almost 70 percent of the millions of people who have taken the IAT demonstrate at least some preference for light skin is the real world impact of such biases. There is mounting evidence of the social, economic and political disparities that colorism engenders, often as striking as disparities based on race.A study by HarvardUniversity’s Traci Burch of nearly 67,000 convictions of first time felons in Georgia between 1995 to 2002, for instance, found that blacks on average received sentences that were 378 days longer than Whites. But Burch also found wide disparities based on the skin tones of Black defendants. The sentences of the lightest skins Blacks were three and half months longer than Whites, those of medium skinned Blacks were a year longer than Whites, while the sentences of dark skinned Blacks were a year and a half longer than Whites. Another study by Stanford psychologist Jennifer Aberhardt and her colleagues, Paul Davies, Valerie Purdie-Vaughns and Sheri Johnson, of capital cases between 1979 to 1999 from Philadelphia, Penn., found that dark skinned Black defendants in crimes involving a White victim were twice as likely to receive the death penalty than lighter skinned Blacks.Likewise, research by Jennifer Hochschild, Traci Burch and Vesla Weaver, of the government department of Harvard University, demonstrated that light skinned Latinos and African Americans had two years of additional schooling than dark skinned ones. They also found that light skinned Blacks earned almost $2,695 more than dark skinned Blacks while light skinned Latinos earned $3,163 more than dark skinned ones. Other research suggests that the wage gap is even wider — as much as $5,000. A University of Georgia study established that hiring managers preferred light skinned Black job applicants to dark-skinned ones. The researcher Mathew Harrison concluded: “Dark-skinned men with greater credentials were significantly less preferred than a light-skinned man with lower credentials. The economic gap between light-skinned and darker-skinned Blacks is similar to the gap between Whites and Blacks.”Research also offers compelling evidence for Reid’s politically sensitive remark that lighter skinned Blacks have better electoral success than dark skinned ones. A 2007 Harvard study, “The Skin Color Paradox and the American Racial Order,” on Black officials elected to statewide or national offices since 1865 found that 40% were light skinned and 20% dark skinned, against a national Black population that is 17% light skinned and 38% dark skinned. More bluntly: a light skinned Black was four times as likely to be elected than a dark skinned one in proportion to their relative representation in the U.S. population.These burdens of dark skin tone have profound implications for Asian Americans, whose higher educational attainment levels have allowed them to dodge the hurdles of race that have tripped up other U.S. minorities. And the pernicious consequences of skin tone biases entrap Asians, such as Indian Americans, not just with the dominant American White culture, but within their own subethnic group as well. Says Vedantam: “Colorism is an intraracial problem as well as an interracial problem. Racial minorities who are alert to white-black or white-brown issues often remain silent about a colorism that asks ‘how black’ or ‘how brown’ someone is within their own communities.”The 1995 Federal Glass Ceiling Commission noted: “Color-based differences are inescapable, but nobody likes to talk about them…. Though it is mostly covert, our society has developed an extremely sophisticated, and often denied, acceptability index based on gradations in skin color…. It is applied to African Americans, to American Indians, to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, and to Hispanic Americans.”Unfortunately, most research on skin tone has focused exclusively on African Americans and Hispanics, often because the sample sizes for Asians are small. It is driven also by, what Brian Nosek, a researcher at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., and another author of the IAT, views as an “obsession” of U.S. culture with race issues surrounding African Americans. Says Nosek: “That is one gap I would like to see start to close as the world is becoming flatter.” But even in the absence of research specifically targeting the impact of skin tone bias involving Indians, Vedantam says, “I have no doubt that the same phenomenon applies in India that given two Indians or two Pakistanis, skin tone does matter in all kinds of different ways — whether someone gets hired for a job, whether they are suitable for promotions, perhaps in the criminal justice systems, what kind of punishment someone gets for committing a crime.”Given the near universal consistency in the automatic preference for lighter skin in the skin tone test, the “results seem to be quite general,” says Banaji. Among Indians, Banaji says, the implicit bias is compounded by “an explicit and blatant preference for lighter skins” as well. As a result, says Vedantam, “I would expect that the same phenomenon would hold true (among Indians) that whiteness is so prized not only in matrimonial ads where people seek out fair skinned brides and bride grooms but all kind of domains professional domains, law, medical treatments, who gets access to treatment and who does not.”Indeed, the pernicious consequences of the preference for lighter skin tone could be even acuter among Indians. Nosek says he find the fact that Asians report the highest level of conscious bias for lighter skin tones “curious and I do not have an answer based on evidence” for it. “I can only offer speculation and perhaps the main speculation would be that in the category of Asians there may be more variation in skin tone than there tends to be on other sub groups and they may be culturally more valuing lighter skin tones. This is certainly true in South America and in India as well where lighter skin tone tends to be more highly valued or associated with more highly valued groups. There may be an interesting sociological or historical factors for that valuation.”The matrimonial market and the still widespread practice of dowry makes India among the few countries where a direct monetary value can be ascribed to fair skin, unlike in the United States, where it is mediated through economic or judicial disparities. Banaji recalls “being told by a friend when I was in college in India in the 1970s that she would fetch Rs 10,000 more in dowry than her sister who looked the same as her in skin color, but who was apparently a shade darker than my friend.” Banaji adds: “We have to ask why, and what it means about our values, and how we can each take actions that promote people based on the content of their character, on their abilities and contributions, rather than on pigmentation.”Sunaina Maira, associate professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis, says: “I think this issue (of pigmentation) impacts every area of life. It’s most explicitly expressed in relation to marriage, but it surfaces in family relationships, gender relationships, employment, social life, popular culture, youth culture, etc. Indians who have color prejudice express it in every arena, not just marriage, and so people are constantly ranked and evaluated according to color.  It’s also evident that Bollywood actors and actresses are increasingly not just light-skinned but also light-haired and lighter-eyed, and more Caucasian-looking in their facial features as well (cosmetic surgery is also on the increase, as are colored contact lenses).”India Today recently reported that fair-skinned prostitutes from Azerbaijan, Chechnya, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan “feeding on the Indian fascination for white skin,” have taken over the high end flesh trade in the country. Sarah, a prostitute from Tashkent, told the magazine, “Indians are so conscious of their colors and ours,” while, Pramada Menon, a Delhi-based community activist on gender issues, said: “Sex with light skinned women is aspirational” for many Indians.Maira says the Indian attitude doesn’t just stop at a preference for light skin; they discriminate against those with dark skin: “This also leads to racism against Africans and others with dark skin. There was a recent article by an African American recounting his horrendous experiences traveling in India. We fawn over white foreigners and treat dark or black foreigners terribly.”Madhulika Khandelwal, director of the Asian American Center at QueensCollege, argues that India’s cultural diversity, however, diffuses the impact of skin tone, so that it may not have quite the impact that racial categorization and institutionalization of racial categories in the United States do. Even though Indian Americans, for example, self identify themselves as fairer than people in India, that attitude likely plays out in the context of the dominant culture than within the community, where “it may take the edges off or soften the boundaries within the group.”Khandelwal said while she had found anecdotal discussions of the impact of skin tone in India and the Indian American community, she has not seen any empirical work on the subject. Nearly a dozen scholars in the area of Indian American, race and ethnic studies polled by Little India were likewise unaware of research work in this area. As the academic study of Asian Americans expands on U.S. college campuses it is a subject that likely will receive increasing scrutiny in the coming decade.Meanwhile, Vedantam says the strongest bulwark against unconscious biases is to become aware of them by taking psychological tests, such as the IAT, “If we don’t even know that they exist they will have complete sway over us, manipulating us.”Nosek adds that “awareness” in turn would lead to greater humility in recognizing that our judgments may be impaired by biases, prodding us to reevaluate our assumptions on issues. Implicit biases, as opposed to conscious biases, are most likely to influence behavior, Nosek says, when the decision is complex, ambiguous or when people are under stress or have to react quickly. “When those factors are at play we can fall back on our heuristic easy way of thinking and may not be likely to notice the potential impact of implicit bias on our judgment.”In those circumstances, Nosek suggests, people “deliberately slow down or seek a second opinion and do other things that might help to reduce the potential impact of implicit bias.” But individual efforts can only go so far, Vednatam says, arguing that we need societal and institutional responses to our implicit biases: “We can construct institutions that can essentially protect us from our own hidden brains…. At an institutional level we can make sure that we have systems that can check on us — integrity checks that can establish that the outcomes of what we are doing are fair and accurate.”Banaji cautions that pigmentation based discrimination is only a part of the larger emphasis on outward beauty. She recalls a friend in Mumbai who was told by her manager at a prestigious Mumbai hotel that she could not serve as a receptionist at their front desk because she was overweight. “What a loss to the hotel in talent, what a loss to her who aspired to that job. And a loss to the rest of us who are taught by the images we see and experience that only beautiful people can greet guests when they arrive at a hotel.”“The sadness here, I guess, is that these are not subtle biases, they are expressed overtly to deny people access to opportunity and resources.”  All the Prime Minister’s MenThe 12 men and one woman who have occupied India’s highest office of prime minister have been predominantly fair skinned. The two South Indians who served as prime minister, H.D. Deve Gowda and P.V. Narasimha Rao, were the darkest occupants of the office, but even they fell in the light to medium skin end of the skin tone spectrum. The overwhelming majority, including the three members of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty — Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi — as well as Morarji Desai, Gulzari Lal Nanda, Manmohan Singh and Inder Kumar Gujral were decidedly fair or very fair in complexion. Outgoing Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao (right) with his successor H.D. Deve Gowda, both from South India, are the darkest men to serve as India’s prime minister. Madhulika Khandelwal, director of the Asian American Center at Queens College, cautions however that skin tone in India is mediated and often diffused by other factors in a culturally diverse society. The fact that most Indian prime ministers are fair skinned, she points out, is also a function of the fact that “Northern regions have higher representation in India’s national politics. “The results would be different, she argues, had there been four prime ministers from the South and not just two, for example. “So skin tone may play a role, I am not saying it doesn’t, but it is not the only factor and it is more complex than just that,” Khandelwal says. “Skin tone is just so much more obvious than the other factors.”    Project Implicit: What’s Your Bias?Harvard University’s Project Implicit website serves as a virtual laboratory that allows visitors to confidentially assess their implicit attitudes on such issues as ethnic and racial groups, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.  The Implicit Association Test (IAT), developed by Brian Nosek, of the University of Virginia, Mahzarin Banaji, of Harvard University, and Tony Greenwald, of the University of Washington, asks visitors to rapidly associate positive and negative concepts in the categories they are evaluating, such as light and dark skin tones and uses the relative speed of their responses to the associations to evaluate their implicit biases. More than 4.5 million visitors have taken the tests since they were established in 1998 and an estimated 15,000 tests are completed every week, making it, according to its authors, “the largest database on implicit attitudes and knowledge currently available.”The tests show that implicit biases are pervasive against the elderly, gays, women, etc. The website reports, for instance, that 70% of the testers show an implicit bias in favor of light skin and 12% for dark skin. Just 17% demonstrate little or no implicit bias. Testers are scored as having slight, moderate, strong or little to no bias. Nosek says, “We do find in our research that the stronger the bias that someone shows is associated with particular behavior. So one example in the context of race is that people who have stronger implicit preference to Whites compared to Blacks will show more tension, more speech errors, negative behavior in a conversation with an African American compared to White Americans.” Readers can take the IAT at the project implicit website at Bobby Jindal’s ‘Fair’y TaleIn the wake of the controversy over Sen Harry Reid’s comments on Pres. Barack Obama surfaced, political consultant John Aravois pointed out on his blog the ext ent to which Louisiana  Gov. Bobby Jindal’s official portrait had been whitened.  Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgLouie Sangalang, the Philippines’ first and only representative to the 2018 North Pole Marathon. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netA mixed martial artist, boxer, triathlete and marathoner, there aren’t a lot of things Louie Sangalang can’t do—and overcome having survived cancer in his 20s.And in less than two months, Sangalang will be facing his latest challenge, which is something familiar and foreign at the same time.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “There is a possibility that you might encounter polar bears. So it’s not only about the cold temperatures and sadness, there is also fear that something might chase or eat you.”Preparing for an extraordinary race requires unusual training methods and a special team, which Sangalang has.His camp is led by his coach Ige Lopez and Romi Garduce, the country’s top mountaineer most known for being the first and only Filipino to date to complete the “Seven Summits” climb in 2012.The 40-year-old Sangalang said there are three phases to his training. First puts premium on his conditioning, second is to help him familiarize with the different weather conditions before culminating with acclimatizing to the sub-zero temperatures.Being in a natural environment that would replicate or at least come close to the cold in the North Pole, Sangalang said creating a makeshift space to simulate what the actual feel would be like during the race is the next best thing.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “What we’re looking at is actually an industrial freezer then we’ll put a treadmill inside so that I can start running there and maybe simulate the wind by putting in fans so that’s what we envision that facility to be,” he said.Winning the race would be the ideal outcome for Sangalang, but up against some of the world’s best runners, the only promise he could make was to be among the finishers.“Runners don’t usually predict their race times or race finishes but what I can guarantee is that I’m gonna finish this, definitely I’m gonna finish this,” he said. “For me, it’s not important if I finish first. Ideally, I want to finish first but it’s not really an issue of who finishes first. I’m racing for the Philippines so as long as I finish it, I think I’ve done justice to FWD and the Filipino people.”Garduce exudes the same confidence as Sangalang, whom he believes has what it takes to get the job done regardless of adversities that may come.“Number one factor is mental. And I’m not worried about that because this guy is very tough,” Garduce said. “I can’t imagine myself being able to overcome what he went through as a cancer survivor so definitely, his mental strength is already there.”“For me, what he only needs to prepare for is the technical aspect which is understanding winter survival skills, but the mental aspect which is really key in completing this marathon is already with him I’m not too worried about that. He can do it.”Sangalang, who is overwhelmed with excitement over a once in a lifetime opportunity, leaves for Norway, which is about a three-hour flight from the North Pole, on March 30.“I feel excited. I feel very much honored that I was given this opportunity to run the North Pole Marathon,” he said. “I hope that I can carry the dreams of the Filipinos with me especially that I’ve never been to a cold country wherein there’s snow, so this is my first time to see snow and I’m very excited.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments MOST READ Sangalang is the only Filipino participating in the North Pole Marathon set on April 9.“I consider this not just my most challenging race but the most challening event to date in my life,” Sangalang, who also practices Muay Thai and jiujitsu, said during the media launch of FWD Life Philippines’ “Blaze a Trail in the Arctic” campaign on Tuesday. “It’s one thing to run a marathon and it’s another thing to run it in below freezing temperatures.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTemperatures are expected to hit minus 30 to 40 degrees Celsius during the race and yet, the extreme weather condition is not the only thing Sangalang needs to prepare himself for.The snowy terrain is another, which he had hoped to have simulated when he competed in a trail run along the sandy area of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte recently. 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first_imgTemper those expectations, though.“We are strong, yes, but just on paper,” Austria told the Inquirer. “With Romeo, with his kind of talent, it will further improve the capability of the team to win [championships]. But everything remains to be seen; we have to see how he can adapt to our system.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“But with his basketball intelligence, he’ll get there.”The only question remaining is: When? LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Leo Austria knows he now has the most talented local core in the PBA when San Miguel Beer took in Terrence Romeo a couple of weeks back.And with the Beermen seeking to extend their unprecedented reign in the PBA Philippine Cup to five years, Austria has also felt the pressure to succeed swelling.ADVERTISEMENT View comments San Miguel will have a one-day team building in Tagaytay on Sunday, and Christian Standhardinger is also set to join them in practice the day before, but Austria believes that he can have things in order even with the short time to prepare.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Pacquiao grunts, Mayweather counts TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

first_img davis cupIndiaIndia vs PakistanJaidip Mukerjea First Published: November 15, 2019, 8:46 PM IST Kolkata: Former Davis Cup captain Jaidip Mukerjea is unhappy with the way the All India Tennis Association handled the issue of selecting the team for India’s Asia/Oceania Group 1 match versus Pakistan to be held on November 29-30.The AITA unceremoniously removed the non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi and on Thursday named an eight-member team with veteran Leander Paes making a comeback since his history-creating doubles win during their tie against China in April 2018. Bhupathi and some senior players had refused to travel to Pakistan before the International Tennis Federation (ITF) shifted the tie out of Islamabad to a neutral venue.”I think Bhupathi was badly treated. They should have asked him to leave earlier itself, could’ve been communicated properly. It leaves a bad taste for Indian tennis,” Mukerjea said on the sidelines of the announcement of the fourth edition of Premjit Lall Invitational Tennis Tournament.”AITA has done what it thought was best. Safety and security for our players is a big issue. But what baffled me the way AITA handled stars like Paes and Bhupathi.”They could have handled this in a better way. I’ve observed that when Paes gets selected, Bhupathi is left out and vice versa. This has been happening for last 10-15 years. This is not good for Indian tennis,” the 77-year-old said.The highlight of the Rs 5.7 lakh prize money tournament from November 5-8 is former India number one Somdev Devvarman, who will be seen in action for the first time after his retirement in 2017.This year it will be played in round-robin format with four designated teams in fray, comprising two players and a captain.Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza will be here on the opening day as tournament ‘mentor’. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

first_imgThe Indian Premier League is lot more than just a cricketing event. Over the years it has become synonymous with money, fame, glamour and entertainment. It is the amalgamation of all these factors which has been a major reason behind the success of the multi-billion brand.The IPL, which was based on the idea to milk the country’s enormous cricketing talent and to take the game to the nooks and corners of India, became a successful money-spewing dragon which has grown many folds since its inception in 2008. Be it the glamour attached to it or the various national and international stars plying their trade together, the IPL soon took over the imagination of the people and became a household name in India.In its ten years of existence, the league has not only entertained the cricket lovers around the country but has also touched the lives of the non-followers of the game in a great way by dishing out the entertainment factor.Just like the previous years, the Indian Premier League season 10 was a spectacle. Right from the high-flying sixes, glorious boundaries and the star-studded stands, it lived up to the expectations of its huge fan base.OPENING CEREMONIESThe organisers of the IPL introduced a unique trend to mark the tenth year of the league. Unlike the usual opening ceremony before the first match of every edition, this time there were eight different ceremonies held at all the eight venues. The ceremonies witnessed special performances from Bollywood stars, highlighting the culture of different host cities. The first opening ceremony saw Amy Jackson performing at Hyderabad, while Riteish Deshmukh and Tiger Shroff graced the ceremonies in Pune and Rajkot, respectively. Shraddha Kapoor and Monali Thakur performed in Kolkata’s first match at the Eden Gardens, Yami Gautam and Raftaar lit up grand opening ceremony in Delhi. It was Kriti Sanon who performed in Bangalore, while Disha Patani rocked Indore. Meanwhile, Malaika Arora Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput stole the show at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadum.advertisementActor @ShraddhaKapoor LIVE at #IPL #KKRvKXIP @KKRiders IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 13, 2017THE WAGs BRIGADEThe IPL is a heady cocktail of cricket and glamour and while the players showcase their expertise on the field, their wives and girlfriends (WAGs) too can be seen cheering for their loved ones from the stands, adding to the glamour quotient. This year we saw Mumbai Indians spinner Harbhajan Singh’s wife Geeta Basra and their daughter making their presence felt in most part of the tournament. Basra was a constant companion as Harbhajan travelled with the team to different cities. She cheered for every move that her husband made on the field and was also there when Harbhajan reached the milestone of 100 IPL wickets. Besides Basra, another Bollywood actor Hazel Keech, who got married to star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh last year, was present in most of the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s fixtures, supporting Yuvi from the sidelines.Photo Credit: BCCI Photo Credit: BCCI Another star family which made its presence felt was Sunrisers Hyderabad’s captain David Warner’s wife and daughter. Warner, who is Australia’s vice-captain, shared pictures of his wife, Candice and elder daughter Ivy Mae throughout the tournament. Warner also stated that he loved his family to be around when was on the field. Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s wife Sakshi too was in attendance in most of the Rising Supergiant matches, cheering for her husband. Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, who missed the initial three matches in the IPL due to a shoulder injury, was seen spending some quality time with his girlfriend and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma during the non-match days.SACHIN TENDULKAR’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONSEven four years after his retirement, batting icon Sachin Tendulkar is continued to be worshiped in India. His mammoth fan-following was evident when an entire stadium stood up on its feet and sang “Happy Birthday” to wish the Master Blaster on his 44th birthday. Tendulkar turned a year older on April 24 and coincidentally Mumbai Indians were playing on the same day at the Wankhede Stadium, the home ground of Tendulkar. The Mumbai franchise celebrated their icon’s birthday at the Wankhede stadium during their match against Rising Pune Supergiant. Tendulkar, who was present at the dugout, told commentator Matthew Hayden: “This is really special. I thought we will cut the cake quietly. Never thought the whole stadium would be singing while I cut the cake.”advertisementPhoto Credit: BCCI PREITY ZINTA – THE CONSTANT FOR KINGS XI PUNJABBollywood actor Preity Zinta has, over the years, been a constant supporter and a source of motivation for her team, the Kings XI Punjab. She has always been with the team through thick and thin and it would not be wrong to call her the 12th man of KXIP. This year too, Preity was at the stands rooting out for KXIP in every game, be it home or away. She is always among the players and her facial expressions during a match change with the fortunes of her team. Preity also never misses a chance to get the crowd behind her team. All these make Preity Zinta stand out among the owners of the IPL teams.Photo Credit: BCCI SHAH RUKH KHAN SENDS EDEN CROWD INTO FRENZYThe Badshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan waved and showered flying kisses to fans from the stands during his team Kolkata Knight Riders’ last home game at the Eden Gardens. Nearly halfway through the game, Shah Rukh – clad in a white kurta -made an appearance on the giant screen with actors Sonu Sood, Sanjay Kapoor and son AbRam. The DJ played popular numbers of his film “Fan” with the title track acting as an indication that the superstar was in the house.Photo Credit: BCCI WATCH:last_img read more

first_imgCaptain Paul Pogba netted a brace while Anthony Martial scored once to give Manchester United a resounding 3-0 win over Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday.Swiss debutants Young Boys of Bern looked clueless as Pogba bossed midfield on the artificial pitch and fired United ahead in the 35th minute with a goal of the highest quality. He drilled a left-foot shot into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area after side-stepping his marker.The France World Cup winner made it 2-0 with a contentious 44th-minute penalty, harshly awarded by German referee Deniz Aytekin after Luke Shaw’s cross struck Kevin Mbabu’s arm as the defender tried to avoid contact.A darting run by Pogba midway through the second half released Anthony Martial and the forward scored with a clinical finish from eight metres after his compatriot’s good work left him with time and space to find the back of the net.Let’s hear from the #MUFC man of the moment, @PaulPogba… United (@ManUtd) September 19, 2018Roared on by a vocal home crowd, Young Boys charged at United in the opening 30 minutes, forcing two saves by David De Gea as the Spain goalkeeper kept out long-range efforts from Mohamed Ali Camara and Christian Fassnacht.Up and running in the @ChampionsLeague Thanks to all the travelling fans #mufc #ucl Smalling (@ChrisSmalling) September 19, 2018United’s defence looked vulnerable on either flank to the home team’s breakaways, although 19-year-old Portuguese right back Diogo Dalot showed pace going forward on his debut for the Premier League side.advertisementGreat win and thank you so much for your support you are the best Martial (@AnthonyMartial) September 19, 2018After Marcus Rashford clipped the outside of the post with a flicked shot in the 22nd minute, United’s nerves were settled when Pogba broke the deadlock out of nothing thanks to a piece of sublime individual skill.Very well boys, first 3 points in UCL ! #MUFC Rodrigues (@Fred08oficial) September 19, 2018Young Boys’ hopes of a comeback evaporated after Pogba confidently converted the penalty and Martial, enjoying a rare start up front, made no mistake at the near post as United maintained cruise control in the second half.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid star Bale suffers groin strain Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 02:20 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Gareth Bale - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Gareth Bale Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid Primera División The Wales international has suffered a groin injury that could mean a further month out of action for the Spanish and European champions. Gareth Bale is facing up to a month on the sidelines after Real Madrid confirmed another injury setback for the Wales international.Bale has been restricted to nine appearances in all competitions for Madrid this season and last featured at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League at the end of September – limping out of the action during the closing stages after opening the scoring in a 3-1 win.Real Madrid 11/2 to win UCL 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 On that occasion, the 28-year-old suffered a calf injury that ruled him out of Wales’ decisive World Cup qualification defeat to the Republic of Ireland last month.Bale, who had his 2016-17 campaign disrupted by calf and ankle problems, was back in training with Zinedine Zidane’s squad ahead of next weekend’s derby at Atletico Madrid but a club statement confirmed he has strained an adductor muscle in his left leg.A statement released by Madrid read: “Our player Gareth Bale, who felt some discomfort in his left leg at the end of Thursday’s training session, today underwent various tests carried out by the Real Madrid Sanitas medical team. “He has been diagnosed with a strain to the middle third of the adductor longus muscle in his left leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed.”Madrid did not put a date on Bale’s return, simply stating his progress would be monitored, but reports in Spain suggest the former Tottenham star is facing between three and four weeks on the sidelines.Along with the trip to Atleti’s Wanda Metropolitano on November 18, Bale will sit out Madrid’s next Champions League match against APOEL and may also miss the conclusion of their Group H campaign when Dortmund visit the Santiago Bernabeu on December 6.A trip to Athletic Bilbao and a home match against Sevilla in LaLiga come either side of the latter contest before Madrid begin their Club World Cup campaign in Abu Dhabi on December 13.Zidane’s men host Barcelona, who are eight points better off at the summit of Spain’s top flight, in the first Clasico of the season on December 23.last_img read more

first_imgWTF Nike football: Great adverts, current player roster & latest boots Ryan Kelly 23:42 2/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo Getty/Goal WTF Premier League Primera División Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Some of the greatest footballers of all time have worked closely with the sportswear giant, producing ads and promoting clothing Over the past two decades and more, sportswear giant Nike has shown tremendous creativity in showing off their brand and products in football.By marrying the appeal of the greatest footballers in the world with high-level production, the corporation has become synonymous with a certain style of football.Speed, skill and success are the message in their advertising, but they also have fun with it, setting their vision of the game in an upbeat light. 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 Goal takes a closer look at some of Nike’s football adverts, the star players they are associated with and some of their latest products.Nike football adsIn the 1990s, Nike brought out a number of memorable advertisements featuring footballers, fantastic concepts and catchy soundtracks.The 1996 ‘Match in Hell’, in which a slew of the game’s then-current stars took on the Devil and his demonic football team, kicked things off in the brand’s unique series.The likes of Luis Figo, Paolo Maldini and Ronaldo form a team expected to save the beautiful game in a match that culminates with Eric Cantona’s nonchalant utterance of “au revoir” as he blastes a flaming ball through the Devil to rescue the day.Around the time of the 1998 World Cup another Nike advert captured the imagination of football fans as the Brazil national team kill boredom in an airport by playing an impromptu game filled with tricks and flicks. Fittingly, it was amplified by Sergio Mendes’ 1960s song ‘Mas que Nada’, which has become synonymous with ‘Samba football’. And in the 2000s, they really set themselves apart from competitors with a series of brilliantly produced efforts. In the early part of the decade, Louis van Gaal led a crack team of skilled footballers to a high-security complex to retrieve a special ball that was said to be “rounder”. A few years later, long after his retirement, Cantona returned as the man overseeing a high-stakes underground tournament featuring three-man teams, including the likes of Thierry Henry, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldinho. A remixed version of the Elvis Presley song ‘A little less conversation’ was the soundtrack and the concept was revisited a number of years later in a winner-takes-all bout.Skilful footballers performing freestyle tricks figured a lot in the ads and the idea of Joga Bonito (meaning ‘Beautiful Game’ in Portuguese) was explored in a series of ads featuring the Brazil national team, recalling the 1998 effort. The Portugal national team, with the likes of Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, even became involved.Director Guy Ritchie was involved in a famous Nike football ad depicting the meteoric ascent of a non-league player to the very summit of the game. The short film is shot entirely from the viewpoint of the footballer as he climbs the ladder to success, fame and glory.Some films have incorporated Nike athletes from other sports and NBA star Kobe Bryant featured in an ad that focuses on the narrow margins between success and failure, showing the different fates that await stars should they score a winning goal, for example. In it, Wayne Rooney becomes a hero for England, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s path – foreshadowing reality – brings a gigantic statue and a feature-length movie.Fast, fierce, fearless. It’s in their DNA. A select few have it. The rest have to deal with it. Fast by nature. #BornMercurial @Cristiano @neymarjr @KMbappe @marcoasensio10Get notified:— Nike Football (@nikefootball) February 7, 2018Generally speaking, the Nike ads air ahead of major tournaments or events, but they have also produced slick films to promote their latest releases, such as football boots. While they are not always as elaborate, funny or fantastic, they still possess that star quality and show their products in an alluring light.Nike football rosterWayne Rooney Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Nike Risk EverythingAs one of the biggest sports brands in the world, it is not surprising that Nike is associated with some of the best footballers on the planet.Chief among them is five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who has long been the face of the football strand of the corporation, but the Real Madrid superstar is supported by a supremely talented cast too.Other current Nike football ambassadors and sponsees include Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane. The likes of Luka Modric, Christian Pulisic and Robert Lewandowski also feature among the illustrious billing.You can see some of the top footballers who are currently on their roster in the table below. Player Country Club Gonzalo Higuain Argentina Juventus Mauro Icardi Argentina Inter Kevin De Bruyne Belgium Man City Eden Hazard Belgium Chelsea Philippe Coutinho Brazil Barcelona Neymar Brazil PSG Alexis Sanchez Chile Man Utd Arturo Vidal Chile Bayern Munich Harry Kane England Tottenham Raheem Sterling England Man City Alexandre Lacazette France Arsenal Kylian Mbappe France PSG Jerome Boateng Germany Bayern Munich Mario Gotze Germany Borussia Dortmund Leonardo Bonucci Italy AC Milan Lorenzo Insigne Italy Napoli Robert Lewandowski Poland Bayern Munich Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid Andres Iniesta Spain Barcelona Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid Christian Pulisic United States Borussia Dortmund Notable former Nike footballersAs already mentioned, Nike has a long history of sponsoring and working closely with the world’s best players.Manchester United legend Eric Cantona figured prominently in ad campaigns during the 1990s and 2000s along with Brazilian stars such as Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.Italy hero Francesco Totti and the unmistakabale Edgar Davids were also heavily involved in promotions.Below you can see some of the biggest names Nike has worked with in the past. Player Country Ronaldo Brazil Ronaldinho Brazil Roberto Carlos Brazil Romario Brazil Paul Scholes England Ian Wright England Eric Cantona France Thierry Henry France Fabio Cannavaro Italy Paolo Maldini Italy Francesco Totti Italy Hidetoshi Nakata Japan Edgar Davids Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands Luis Figo Portugal Latest Nike football bootsNike Mercurial Vapor 360 2018Nike’s sponsorship of the world’s best footballers is an ideal vehicle through which they can show off their latest equipment and football boots in particular.For example, back in 1998, Ronaldo’s status as the best player in the world was capitalised on as Nike launched a new boot design – the R9s – in time for that year’s World Cup.Since then, players have naturally been central to the promotion of new footwear and in February the latest designs were launched at a party featuring a cluster of their roster.The Mercurial range is arguably the most well known of Nike’s football boots and the latest offerings are the Mercurial Superfly 360 and the Mercurial Vapor 360, which became available to buy on Valentine’s Day.On the official Nike website, the Superfly 360 are priced at £229.95 ($275) and the Vapor 360 is slightly cheaper £209.95 ($250).Some of the other recent offerings include the Hypervenom, the Magista and the Tiempo ranges. 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first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho: Alisson best goalkeeper in Englandby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabinho says Liverpool teammate Alisson is the Premier League’s best goalkeeper.The Brazilian’s gaffe allowed Jesse Lingard to equalise during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over the Red Devils on Sunday.But Fabinho has stuck by his compatriot.”When we entered the locker room, we even talked, but I did not even focus on that,” he added. “[Alisson] came to comment, but I said “no, bro, let it go”.”These plays will always happen. And what are we going to talk about Alisson? He was very important in our qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League, days before.”Without a doubt, he is the best goalkeeper of the English League. There is a lot of confidence.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgHouston: When Cardinal Daniel DiNardo first met Laura Pontikes in his wood-paneled conference room in December 2016, the leader of the US Catholic Church’s response to its sex abuse scandal said all the right things. He praised her for coming forward to report that his deputy in the Galveston-Houston archdiocese had manipulated her into a sexual relationship and declared her a “victim” of the priest, Pontikes said. Emails and other documents obtained by The Associated Press show the relationship had gone on for years even as the priest heard her confessions, counseled her husband on their marriage and pressed the couple for hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’She said the archdiocese assured her that the priest, Monsignor Frank Rossi, would never be a pastor or counsel women again. Months after that meeting, though, she found out DiNardo had allowed Rossi to take a new job as pastor of a parish two hours away in east Texas. When her husband confronted DiNardo, he said, the cardinal warned that the archdiocese would respond aggressively to any legal challenge and that the fallout would hurt their family and business. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaOn Tuesday, three years after the meeting with DiNardo and after written inquiries by the AP last week, the church temporarily removed Rossi, announcing in a statement from his new bishop that he was being placed on administrative leave. Laura Pontikes, a 55-year-old construction executive in Texas, had been at a low point in her life when she sought spiritual counseling from Rossi, the longtime No. 2 official in the Galveston-Houston archdiocese DiNardo heads. Instead, she said, Rossi preyed on her emotional vulnerability to draw her into a physical relationship that he called blessed by God. “He took a woman that went into a church truly looking for God, and he took me for himself,” she said. Rossi’s sexual relationship with Pontikes is now the subject of a previously undisclosed criminal investigation in Houston. Yet it is DiNardo’s handling of the case that poses far-reaching questions for the church in the #MeToo era, when powerful men and institutions are being called to account over sex abuse. As the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, DiNardo will lead a meeting next week in Baltimore to address the church’s credibility crisis over its failure to fully reckon with sexual abuse, 17 years after it committed to cleaning house. DiNardo is expected to present his brother bishops with new proposals to hold one another accountable for sexual misconduct or negligence in handling abuse cases. But Pontikes’ case lays bare that even leaders in the Catholic hierarchy who have vowed to do right by victims continue to fail them. Pontikes said DiNardo has been negligent by keeping in ministry a priest who, in the words of her therapist to prosecutors, “seduced, betrayed and ultimately sexually victimized” her. The June 11-14 meeting in Baltimore is part of the church’s effort to confront sexual abuse worldwide. In a little more than a year, Pope Francis admitted he made “grave errors” in Chile’s worst case of cover-up, an Australian cardinal was convicted of abuse and a French cardinal was convicted of failing to report a pedophile. In the US, a Pennsylvania grand jury blasted church leaders for following “a playbook for concealing the truth,” and attorneys general in at least 15 states are investigating sex abuse by Catholic clergy and its cover-up. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged an inappropriate physical relationship between Rossi and Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual and didn’t include sexual intercourse. In a statement to AP, it said Rossi was immediately placed on leave and went for counseling after Pontikes reported him. Rossi returned to active ministry, without restrictions, based on recommendations from an out-of-state “renewal” program for clergy he completed, the statement said. After the AP story ran, the archdiocese said a number of comments the Pontikeses attributed to DiNardo were “an absolute fabrication” but didn’t say which ones. It said that DiNardo had acted “swiftly and justly” in the case, and that Laura Pontikes had during an Aug. 1, 2017 meeting demanded 10 million. Pontikes acknowledged she suggested an unspecified amount of money in a spontaneous outburst. But she had been clear from the start that she wasn’t interested in a financial payoff a position articulated in April 2016 emails to the archdiocese and repeated as recently as this April in a letter to the Vatican. The Pontikeses and their lawyer told AP the details of mediation, including any financial negotiations, were confidential. Pontikes filed a police report in August. Under Texas criminal law, a member of the clergy can be charged with sexual assault of an adult if the priest exploited an emotional dependency in a spiritual relationship. Rossi’s attorney, Dan Cogdell, said Rossi is cooperating with the investigation and has met with police. He declined further comment. Pontikes’ allegations against DiNardo add to questions about how he has dealt with abuse in the past.last_img read more

first_imgStarting Sunday, Canadians will begin to see which third-party groups will be spending money to sway their votes in the upcoming federal election.As of June 30, groups that aren’t political parties but want a say in the fall campaign will need to register with Elections Canada if they spend more than $500 on political activities, and file interim disclosure forms once they raise or spend more than $10,000.Groups such as Engage Canada and Shaping Canada’s Future stole the spotlight earlier this month with duelling ads during the NBA Finals (Engage Canada attacked the Conservatives; Shaping Canada’s Future went after Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau), while groups such as Canada Proud will likely be spending big in the coming months.But more than half the more than $6 million directly spent on electioneering by third parties in the 2015 election was shelled out by the top 10 organizations, most of which are unions.Those tallies are just for the 78-day election period in 2015. Now, new rules on advertising disclosure will show how much groups are spending in the months before the campaign officially begins.Bill C-76, the election-reform law passed by Parliament in December, sets limits for third parties of just over $1 million in the “pre-writ period,” and about $500,000 in the election period. In any given electoral district though, those limits are $10,000 and $5,000.At least one union group will be trying to reach that limit, and has already spent on ads prior to the start of the pre-election period.“We’re all in,” said Jerry Dias, national president of Unifor, the country’s largest private-sector union.“We’re entitled to spend $511,000 in the writ period — we’re going to spend $511,000” he added. “There is no question, we will be very aggressive.”An outspoken critic of conservative politicians both federally and provincially, Dias said his focus will be on supporting Liberal or NDP candidates and incumbents in winnable ridings.Dias said Unifor will put more emphasis than ever on social-media spending. Digital advertising on platforms like Facebook and Twitter has, he said, greater reach than traditional means.But for some of 2015’s top spenders, the mood is more cautious.“We will be registering for the pre-writ period, and the post-writ period,” said Riccardo Filippone, director of communications at the Public Service Alliance of Canada, but said his union’s final amount of advertising spending isn’t certain.Filippone said the overall priority will be reminding members of the union, which is the biggest representing federal employees, why PSAC thinks they should oppose Conservative candidates.The exact tone of the messaging hadn’t yet been worked out, Filippone added, “but it won’t be gentle.”The United Steelworkers Union, which was the top direct spender in the last election with over $430,000 worth of advertising activities, has not yet committed itself to any spending.“One has to think about whether or not spending money on ad buys in media in July and August is money well spent,” said Mark Rowlinson, assistant to the union’s national director. The union’s elected leadership needs to approve a plan, he said, and that hasn’t happened yet.If the decision is made to run ads over the summer and into the writ period, he added, the spending needs to be carefully targeted so as not to exceed the prescribed limits, while still providing value.The limits on spending in any given electoral district were particularly notable, Rowlinson said, because it made buying ads in urban centres difficult.Daniel Bernhard, executive director of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, an advocate for public broadcasting, said his organization will also wait to make major decisions.“We will be running some print ads, probably next week, to get the ball rolling,” he said. “And then we’ll see what happens in the summer and fall.”But, he added, the group is already out and active in 22 swing ridings.Bernhard also argued any conversation about third-party advertising in Canada needs to acknowledge the roles of platforms like Facebook and Twitter in allowing for “nefarious activity” and enabling groups to skirt limits or act anonymously, he said.He likened the dynamic to the relationship between the tax system in Canada and the offshore tax industry.Facebook has rolled out an ad library to meet the transparency requirements of Bill C-76, so people can see where political advertisements come from and how they’re targeted. Twitter is temporarily banning political ads on its platform in Canada as it builds its own tracking tool.But those actions weren’t enough for Bernhard.“All this talk of limits is almost a sideshow,” he said. “The people who are already reporting and complying with the limits are the least of our problems.”——Here are the top 10 third party spenders from 2015, and what they spent money on:10. Canadian Union of Postal Workers — $208,572.46The postal-workers’ union spent big in dozens of ridings across the country in 2015, with most of those dollars going to election merchandise like buttons and signs. Also, almost $7,000 went to wrapping an RV in a “Save Canada Post” ad during the writ period.9. Canadian Media Guild — $237,032.61The union representing workers at many of Canada’s major news agencies (including The Canadian Press) used its cash to produce lawn signs and buy ads in The Globe and Mail and on Facebook in a campaign to support the CBC.8. British Columbia Nurses’ Union — $256,871.81The nurses’ union launched a series of online media ads and newspaper advertising late in the campaign.7. Unifor — $299,901.77The bulk of direct spending from Canada’s largest private-sector union was in the form of newspaper and radio ads in major cities, particularly in Ontario. Notably, the group ran ads in Punjabi.6. Canadian Labour Congress — $306,518.02The national labour group did spent on newspaper ads, but differs from most of the other top spenders because of the proportion of its expenses that went to on-the-ground canvassing, as well as its emphasis on non-English language media.5. Friends of Canadian Broadcasting — $332,687.11The group advocates for a more vibrant public broadcaster, and did so last election through a series of TV ads and print advertisements in The Globe and Mail, as well as classic campaign materials like lawn signs and stickers.4. Public Service Alliance of Canada — $390,236.50The biggest union representing federal workers, PSAC ran a series of anti-Harper ads in 2015, with a focus on buses and bus shelters, as well as more standard online newspaper and print advertising.3. Canadians United for Change — $425,462.08Funded by Canadian units of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Canadians United for Change ran big national anti-Harper ad campaigns. 2. Let’s Build Canada — $428,974.88The coalition of construction unions spent enormous sums on print and online newspaper advertising, mostly in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg, along with posters in those areas. Notably, many of those ad dollars went to posts on The Weather Network’s website.1. United Steelworkers – $431,639.74The avowedly pro-NDP union spent most of its money in 2015 on radio, print and online ads in some of its key bases of support — London, Hamilton and Sudbury, as well as cities in south-central B.C.Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

“The Secretary-General urged [Mr.] Karzai to respect the constitutional process, and he was pleased to hear that the President will fully respect the constitutional order,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York.Earlier today the UN-backed Election Complaints Commission (ECC) submitted its findings to the Independent Election Commission (IEC), which will now determine whether or not Mr. Karzai received more than 50 per cent of the votes, which would end the need for a run-off. The ECC was tasked with auditing suspicious ballot boxes and other complaints related to the 20 August presidential elections. Based on its findings, the Commission ordered the IEC – which organized the polls – to invalidate 210 polling stations around the country where the panel found clear and convincing evidence of fraud.The IEC is expected to announce the final certified results within the next few days.“It is for the Independent Electoral Commission to take the orders of the Election Complaints Commission and apply them to the preliminary results and draw a new tally and announce final certified results; that has not happened yet,” Ms. Montas noted.As to the possibility of a second round of voting, she said that no one underestimates the challenges faced in conducting a second round. However, she emphasized that the need for a second round cannot be dictated by the difficulties faced. “A credible government is needed,” said Ms. Montas. “If a second round is called for, we need to scrupulously abide by the law.” 19 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Afghan President Hamid Karzai today discussed the latest developments concerning the recent elections, as the United Nations-backed panel investigating claims of fraud submitted its findings to the country’s top electoral authority. read more

Vegas Liberace exhibit offers trove of glittery memorabilia, including rhinestone piano LAS VEGAS, Nev. – For years, Las Vegas tourists have had no place to pay their respects to one of the glitzy town’s founding fathers.The once wildly popular Liberace museum closed in 2010 after years of declining patronage, and the famously flamboyant entertainer’s shimmering artifacts have since languished in storage.This week, a Strip casino is bringing some of Liberace’s most decadent possessions back into the public eye.Visitors to the six-week exhibition at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas will be able to gaze upon Liberace’s glittering piano, trademark European candelabras and so-called Rhinestone Roadster, an old-time car decked out in faux gemstones.Also on display are the custom-made cowboy boots, sequined jumpsuits and jewel-and-ermine capes that powered Liberace’s catchphrase, “My clothes may look funny, but they’re making me the money.”The flashy pianist became the best-paid entertainer on the planet during his heyday from the 1950s to the 1970s. He was the forerunner to gender-bender entertainers like Elton John, David Bowie, and Madonna, though he never openly addressed his sexual orientation, and his fans never seemed to catch on to his private gay life.After his death in the 1980s, Liberace’s star faded faster than other Las Vegas fixtures like Frank Sinatra and Elvis. But this year has been good to his legacy.In August, a British businessman bought Liberace’s Las Vegas mansion for $500,000 and said he would work relentlessly to restore it to its former glory.In May, Michael Douglas played the entertainer in the HBO biopic “Behind the Candelabra.”The Cosmopolitan casino tends to attract a younger crowd, and the exhibit will be hard to miss, with artifacts scattered around the casino.The installation is titled “Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful,” and like its subject, it will keep late hours. It will be open through Jan. 2. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 26, 2013 2:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

OSU cheerleaders lead OSU football players out of the field at Ohio Stadium prior to the annual Spring Game on April 18. Team Gray defeated Team Scarlet, 17-14. Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographer With an unprecedented crowd on hand, the 2015 Ohio State football team got its first taste of live action.In front of an announced national Spring Game record crowd of 99,391, the Buckeyes held their annual intrasquad Spring Game at Ohio Stadium. The matchup — played between the Scarlet and Gray teams — was a back-and-forth affair, with Gray holding on for a 17-14 win.“Unbelievable,” senior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt said about the record crowd. “Obviously, we were expecting a really big crowd, but 100,000 is just, wow, Buckeye nation’s unbelievable, and having that many at the Spring Game is unbelievable.”Each of the two starting quarterbacks — redshirt-junior Cardale Jones of the Gray team and redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier of the Scarlet side — labored through the first half, which saw Gray hold a 10-7 lead.Jones went into the break completing 15 of 33 passes for 224 yards. Of those, 108 were pulled in by redshirt-senior wide receiver Corey Smith, who also scored Scarlet’s only first-half touchdown on a 58-yard reception.Collier, on the other hand, could not find any rhythm until the end of the half, when he found redshirt-freshman wide receiver Terry McLaurin for a 35-yard score with no time left on the clock.Collier, a product of Leesburg, Ga., ended the half just 7-of-19 for 81 yards. He was also responsible for four first-half turnovers, including a trio of interceptions and a lost fumble.Scarlet made a comeback in the third quarter, scoring its second unanswered touchdown to take a 14-10 lead after three periods.Collier led a 14-play, 55-yard drive that ended with a three-yard pass to redshirt-freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell as the quarter expired.However, Jones, last season’s national championship-winning quarterback, engineered a 55-yard, 50-second drive to put Gray back in front.Gray got the ball after a Scarlet turnover on downs, and needed just two passes to Smith — the latter of which was a 37-yard touchdown — to put his side up three.Smith finished the game with six receptions for 174 yards and each of Gray’s two touchdowns.Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said he believes Smith has the potential to play at that level on a regular basis, but he has work to do.“Consistency is his issue. He has some talent, and he shows it. Today he showed his talent. His deal, to be someone we talk about consistently, is to be consistent,” Warinner said. “When he does show up and looks locked in, he’s really good.”Collier had one final opportunity to go back in front, but a 25-yard pass to the end zone intended for redshirt-senior wide receiver Jeff Greene missed the mark as time expired, sealing the Gray victory.OSU coach Urban Meyer said while he sees several individual players who have taken steps forward since last season, the team still has a long way to go.“We did not improve as a team,” Meyer said. “That was not a good team out there.“That’s going to be interesting to watch for the Buckeyes this summer and how they handle themselves, how they behave, how they train and how they come together as a team, because that team has got to be better by the time (strength and conditioning) coach (Mickey Marotti) hands me the team like he does every summer.”Jones attempted 42 passes on the afternoon, completing 19 of them for 304 yards. He also threw two interceptions in the contest.Jones said the in-game experience did not feel like much, but he got a lot out of making his first-ever start at Ohio Stadium.“I felt like another practice, because that’s what we did almost every day in practice, as far as spring ball,” Jones said. “So, I mean, I think it was pretty much the atmosphere (that was the most important experience).”The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the 2015 regular season on the road against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. read more

first_imgNautilus Minerals has contracted Canyon Offshore, a member of the Helix Group and a leading service provider to the offshore oil and gas and telecommunications industries, to provide the vessel, remote operated vehicle (ROV), and drilling equipment for a major exploration, evaluation drilling and environmental base line study programme, commencing in March 2007, over its Solwara Projects in Papua New Guinea. The programme, which will involve between 160 and 210 days on the water, will commence with environmental baseline studies at the company’s Solwara 1 Prospect then move to geophysical target generation throughout the Bismarck and Solomon Seas where the Company will target further mineralized systems. Following this work, drilling is planned to commence on the Solwara 1 prospect in early June 2007 to generate information for mine planning purposes. This drilling will utilise two ROV drill units currently being built by Perry Slingsby Systems Inc (one of the world’s leading providers of ROVs) under contract to Canyon Offshore. David Heydon, President of Nautilus: “We are very excited about the extensive work programme that we have planned for this year which will significantly advance Nautilus towards our goal of being the first company to produce copper, zinc and gold from seafloor massive sulphide deposits. This work programme is aimed at completing the drilling and environmental studies required, subject to Papua New Guinea Government approval, to develop the Solwara 1 Prospect. We will also focus on the discovery of further mineralized systems within our extensive ground holdings in both the Bismarck and Solomon Seas.”  Nautilus is the first company to commercially explore the ocean floor for high grade gold-copper-zinc-silver seafloor massive sulphide deposits and looks like becoming a world leader in underwater mineral exploration. The Company’s main focus for 2007 is the Solwara 1 Project, located in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea in the western Pacific Ocean. www.nautilusminerals.comlast_img read more

first_imgThe redesigned 2011 BMW 5 Series gives you most of the goodness of the 2010 BMW 7 Series that was our Digial Drive Car of the Year at the end of 2009, along much of the interior room of the 7 Series, and virtually all of the technology goodies that dazzled us a year ago, so we’re picking them both. With the 2010 redesign of the 5 Series, they look a lot alike, too. (As the Germans say, same sausage,different lengths.) Go for the 5 Series and you can use the $20,000 base price difference to make a sizeable dent in BMW’s technology-options list that supplements your driving skills, entertains you and the passengers, improves BMW’s already impressive handling, and keeps you in touch with the outside world. AdChoices广告Want even better handling? The dynamic handling package lets you adjust the ride (comfort, normal, sport, or auto-adjust) and engine response from a rocker switch on the console. Active roll stabilization counteracts body lean; it’s almost like an airplane banking in turns. Active steering translates a small turn of the wheel into a bigger turn of the front wheels at low speeds for ease in rounding corners or for the times when you deign to park the Bimmer yourself. Snowbelt residents can get an all-wheel-drive edition. Want electronic servants that share the workload? The driver assistance package includes lane departure warning, blind spot detection, and a semi-automatic parking assistant that finds suitable parallel parking spaces then backs and steers the car into place (you control the throttle and brake). Adaptive cruise control maintains a safe distance from the car ahead and, unlike cheaper (than BMW’s $2,400) ACC systems, this works all the way down to 0 mph and then back up to speed. The ConnectedDrive system reads aloud your smartphone e-mails and text messages while driving; when stopped you can see them on the LCD display. The all-wheel-drive version includes Integrated Chassis Management, a less complex version of the Dynamic Performance Control torque vectoring system of the BMW X6 sporty SUV / hatchback; they help maintain control cornering on slick roads. Want to supplement your own two eyes? You can get see-in-the-dark night vision, a rear view camera, front and rear parking sonar, and side and top view cameras. To put all that information in front of you, there’s a 10-inch transflective LCD display high up in the center stack and an optional head-up display. With such a large main LCD, BMW offers a split screen mode for the navigation system (with real time traffic) and for other information (trip computer or music info). Critics who harp on BMW’s iDrive controller (better now, not perfect) sometimes lose sight of how good the user interface is once you’re on the far side of the learning curve. The 7 Series offers all that and a choice of more legroom or lots more legroom in the stretch model, all at a price, starting at $70,000. For the 535i, BMW’s model with the same turbocharged six-cylinder engine as on the base 7 Series, it starts around $50,000, but the price tag can reach $83,700 if you order all the technology. Expensive as they are, BMW has high residual value on its side, so lease payments are less than with some competing cars. A very well equipped 5 Series will lease on the high side of $1,000 a month. 2010 Digital Drive Top Cars Chevrolet Volt – Car of the Year Audi A8BMW 5 Series & BMW 7 SeriesBuick LaCrosseFord EdgeHonda OdysseyHyundai ElantraHyundai SonataNissan LeafVolkswagen GolfDigital Drive 2010 Honorable MentionDigital Drive Technology of the Year: MyFord Touchlast_img read more

first_imgBank shares in Greece took a deep plunge last Wednesday diving by 8.78 per cent, amid investor fears over lenders’ needs and bad credit.Even though Greece exited capital controls the country’s banking sector lost 42 per cent of its value within just three months reflecting what analysts say is “Greece’s vulnerability to internal and external pressures”.The consensus during the the Athens Stock Exchange (ATHEX) for banking shares meeting, which included Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, Minister of State Alekos Flambouraris and Deputy Prime Minister Yiannis Dragasakis, was that the pressures on bank stocks are not a reflection of their fundamental health and more a result of speculation.They insisted that banks are on firmer ground, citing the successful outcome of the stress tests in May, their high capital adequacy ratios, their success in surpassing targets to reduce nonperforming loans (NPLs) in the first half of 2018, an increase in bank deposits and the significant reduction of their dependence on emergency liquidity assistance (ELA).Speaking to Kathimerini, senior banking executives said the decline was unexpected and described the market’s reaction as “without logic”.Meanwhile, former finance minister and Bank of Greece (BoG) Governor Yannis Stournaras avoided addressing last week’s ‘Black Wednesday’ at the stock exchange meeting until now, attracting much negative criticism.Assessing that the recent crash of the banking index he agreed that it occurred likely due to the global hike in interest rates, rather than Greek lenders’ financial predicament.He was indirectly referring to turbulence in international money markets from developments in Italy and especially interest rates affecting neighboring countries’ bond yields. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 NASA’s Curiosity rover just took an epic selfie on Mars, and it’s ready to explore other areas of the Red Planet.On Monday, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) post shared Curiosity’s picture. The image, which was captured on Mars’ Vera Rubin Ridge on Jan. 15, is the last selfie the rover took in this area. The twisted ridge has been Curiosity’s home for over a year, where it provided scientists with new samples of Mars’ surface. Thank you, next@MarsCuriosity snapped another selfie and is roving to a new location on #Mars after drilling on Vera Rubin Ridge for over a year:— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) January 28, 2019On Dec. 15, Curiosity drilled its 19th sample at a space on the Vera Rubin Ridge dubbed Rock Hall. A month later, the rover used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera, which is located on the end of its automated arm, to take 57 photos that were put together into the cool selfie.NASA’s JPL pointed out that the “Rock Hall’ drill hole is located on the lower left of the rover, and that the area was dusty due to a regional dust storm on Mars.Curiosity, which has explored the ridge since fall 2017, is ready for its next move: The rover is now traveling into the “clay bearing unit,” a space that’s located in a trough slightly south of the Vera Rubin Ridge. When it gets there, it will check out the unit’s clay minerals, which might provide key details on Mars’ ancient lakes.More on the People Who Plan to Colonize Mars in 2032Elon Musk Tweet Hints AI Could Be the First ‘Resident’ of MarsMars’ Mile-Deep Ice Crater Is an Extraterrestrial Winter Wonderlandcenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgSaturday afternoon around 3:30 the skies got dark as a brief, heavy rain shower moved through Salmon Creek. I was watching the rain on my deck and torrents running off rooftops. I bet even the frogs ran for cover on that one, but at least it washed the spiders out of the downspout.Then the sun came out. And so it goes with April, the month of sometimes intense shower activity. The main cold front Saturday morning brought little in the way of rain, generally a tenth of an inch or less here in the city and suburbs. It was those April showers that doubled or tripled that amount.But that was Saturday. Today, Easter Sunday promises sunshine and warm afternoon temperatures for the family gatherings. I wish I could take all the credit for the break in the weather pattern today.Looking ahead for the week, we see more April showers and cooler afternoons. The nights will not be as cold as Friday and Saturday, when they were in the 30s. I didn’t experience any frost, but I had a couple of reports in the far outlying areas of scattered frost on the rooftops Friday morning. My coldest here in Salmon Creek was 34 degrees Friday, plenty enough to see my breath out the door.Happy Easter!Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at read more