Stop by the Snite Museum of Art this Friday for the “The Professor’s Pick,” sponsored by the Snite Student Programing Committee (Snite SPC) and featuring professor and Irish scholar Diarmuid Ó Giolláin.The free event will run from 1-2:00 p.m. and is one of several events the Snite SPC organizes to foster student engagement with the Snite. Rachel Heisler, the assistant curator of education and academic programs at the Snite, said she recently reformed how Snite has been run to increase its outreach to students.“We’re broadening our reach … you don’t need to know anything about art to be involved,” she said.The Snite SPC is run through the museum and is composed of 20-25 students devoted to helping connect students to the plethora of opportunities the museum has to offer, Heisler said.“We have 90-100% attendance for every meeting,” Heisler said. “The members [of Snite SPC] are creative. They think about how to use space and objects as a way to get people to engage and use them in new ways. They have a passion to connect and bring the museum beyond its role as a museum.”The Snite SPC is composed of students from diverse majors, backgrounds and years, Heisler said. They meet every Tuesday to brainstorm new ways to get students involved or improve past events.Sophomore Marie Latham, one of the two SPC coordinators for the group, has been involved in Snite SPC since her freshman year. As a coordinator, she helps lead weekly meetings and handle logistics of SPC events. In her time in SPC, Latham said she has seen how the committee has successfully increased student engagement with the museum.“The ‘Anyone Can Art: Bob Ross’ event has been our most successful event so far,” she said. “… We gave people free reign of the event and let people design their own experience.”Latham said the “DIY” art event, inspired by painter and television host Bob Ross, recently attracted approximately 300 visitors to Snite in September.Latham and the committee are in the midst of planning “Snite Fright,” the group’s signature and most popular event, she said, scheduled for Oct. 31 — Halloween night. The night’s activities will include screen printing, a Halloween-themed tour and a “mystery-themed game.”Senior Scott Somers, a member of SPC for three years, said he is also excited about the committee and its members.“It helps that the group is so diverse,” he said. “We have a lot of art majors but a wide array of others like physics, business, english and anthropology.”Before becoming an active member of the Snite SPC, Somers said he was not aware of all the opportunities Snite had to offer.“I wanted to learn more about it,” he said. “One thing led to another, and I have been involved ever since. Give the Snite a chance.”Tags: Snite Fright, Snite Museum of Art, Snite Student Programming Committee
Scores of students in their sixth day of writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) on Wednesday, April 9, have blamed government for their poor performance.The saddened students at the William V.S. Tubman High School in Monrovia were spoken for by their president, Samuel Zah of 12-3 class.They claimed this was due to government’s failure to construct and or equip laboratories around the country for use by senior high students.Surrounded by several of his colleagues — who were seen looking gloomy in expectance of poor results for the Physics portion of the exams — Samuel attributed the students’ lackluster performance to several factors he claimed hampered their ability to prepare for the exams.Some of the factors, he said, were students’ inability to comprehend (grasp) the test questions relative to practical laboratory experimentation.“Unlike other high school students, those (students) at Tubman High had no idea on several of the exam’s questions. This is because some of the books being used here are outdated. As a result, the students were left with no other alternative but to write what they could and finish the test,” Mr. Zah complained.“Despite all the difficulties we experienced from our lack of laboratory facilities, coupled with the ‘no teacher syndrome’, we Tubman High students are somewhat hopeful since we believe in the works of God, the Almighty,” he declared.onrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) Superintendent, A. Benjamin Jacobs, agreed with the students concerning the dire need for equipped laboratories and trained instructors. He added that it is the responsibility of the MOE’s authorities to provide learning institutions with the requisite environment, which includes buildings and well-equipped laboratories.“We are not prepared to write the WASSCE head-on; this is taking place while we are piloting the WASSCE with the countries that have previously been writing the exams,” he explained.He, too, was hopeful that some of the students would make a successful pass upon completion of the exams.On April 3, almost immediately after the 5,034 students began writing the WASSCE, complaints about the process of writing the test, which they claimed was characterized by difficulties, began to surface.The students’ qualms were owing to what they claimed were inadequate preparations at the various laboratories and libraries at their respective schools.For example, at the Paynesville Community High School (PCS), in the Voker Mission vicinity, the 342 students who sat the test were embittered after they observed that practical questions in Physics were incomprehensible to them due to “poor laboratory preparation.”The Physics, which is being written on the code number 512, was the only Science test administered to students across the 44 testing centers.The WASSCE began on Thursday April 3, and is being administered to 47 schools by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) office in Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties.The students complained that though the laboratory was constructed, it was done without proper materials or teaching staff to conduct the lab preparation.PCS Principal Alphonso Kanboh, agreed with the students’ complaints when he told the Daily Observer, “Our challenges are enormous in the school. Our lack of an equipped laboratory combined with irregularly attended classes by the students themselves all add to the problems.”Kanboh said the school is in need of laboratory materials for the students to do their practical exercises, or else they would be unprepared for the WASSCE.Like MCSS Supt. Jacobs, Principal Kanboh did not give up his hopes of the students passing the test. He predicted that the result may fall between 50-60 percent in favor of the student populace.The Head of the National Office (HNO) of the WAEC in Monrovia, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., who toured the various testing centers, has reportedly spoken about similar problems regarding students unpreparedness for WASSCE due to lack of laboratory specimens.He, however, urged the students to remain focused and persevere until the end of the tests.Subjects the students are writing throughout the course of the tests include English Language, which will be written in three different parts that include objective and essay questions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Johannesburg, Thursday 14 February 2019 – Today, Brand South Africa and the South African Consulate in Hong Kong, hosted a business breakfast, to enhance the country’s Nation Brand reputation through positioning South Africa as an attractive investment destination.Coinciding with the anniversary of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s “new dawn,” and renewal of business and investor confidence in South Africa, the business breakfast presented an opportunity to follow up on the resounding success of the inaugural SA Investment Conference that was held in October last year.The theme was ‘growing bilateral trade and investment relations between South Africa and Hong Kong’, aimed to contribute towards delivering impactful investment country messaging to the high-level business audience.Brand South Africa’s Marketing Manager, Mr Tshepiso Malele said: “Brand South Africa has been in discussions with stakeholders, to pursue an opportunity for a strategic intervention through direct engagement with Hong Kong business. With the enthusiastic support of the China General Chamber of Commerce (CGCC) in Hong Kong, the collaborative engagement enabled Brand South Africa to interact with a sizable number of Hong Kong’s prominent business people who are members of the chamber.” Speaking at the event, CGCC Chairman, Dr. Jonathan Choi, emphasised the important role South Africa plays in facilitating Sino-African relations.With its ideal location in fast-growing Asia and riding on the opportunities brought by the Mainland economy, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has developed into an international business, trade and financial hub, as well as a renowned tourist city, providing high value-added and knowledge-intensive services to the globalised world. Hong Kong also serves as the gateway to the Mainland for overseas investors as well as a platform for Mainland enterprises to go global. Though it has a modest population size of just over 7.4 million, Hong Kong boasts a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$ 341 billion and is an important financial Centre in the region.The platform was an opportunity for South Africa to enhance its stakeholder network in China, provide feedback on the SA Investment Conference and to profile South Africa as an attractive investment and trade partner of choice. Founder and CEO of Hong Kong based Acorus Capital, Ms. Maxine Barnett, who was a delegate at the South African Investment Conference, remarked, “There is a strong breeze in South Africa. There is a new wind in the sails.” Referring to the significant investment commitments that have been made thus far in response to President Ramaphosa’s drive, she added, “The private sector in South Africa is backing the country… there has never been a better time to consider South Africa.”The confidence in South Africa’s investment potential was echoed by Mr. Mike Blades, CEO of Standard Advisory Asia (which is part of the Standard Bank Group), who highlighted some of the country’s most compelling economic attributes. He commended South Africa’s competitive strengths such as the independent judiciary – an important contributor towards investor protection – as well as the government’s firm stance in rooting out corruption. “Hong Kong will be pivotal in leading investment into South Africa,” he said.South Africa’s Consul-General to Hong Kong, Mr Madoda Ntshinga said: “The growing people to people connections that is taking place between China and Africa, continues to help, build the bridge of human understanding, within the framework of solidarity. We have in the recent past seen an increase in collaboration, cultural exchanges, science and technology cooperation and innovation, as central pillars of development, within the China Africa relationship. Consequently, there is growing consensus, that development of these areas is needed in promoting greater industrialisation, beneficiation and economic development, on a large scale.”“The South African Consulate in Hong continues to work to increase the export of South African agricultural products by improving market access for South African agricultural products in Hong Kong. South African exports including products from the Agro-processing sector such as seafood, meat, wine, fresh fruit and vegetables have strong possibilities for growth.“Hong Kong is a major international financial centre and continues to leverage the combined advantages of ‘one country’’ and ‘two systems’. Bilateral trade between Hong Kong and South Africa continue to grow. We are certain that in the coming months we will continue to see more and more Hong Kong companies investing and doing business in South Africa,” concluded Mr Ntshinga.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:[email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.com
India registered their eighth consecutive ODI series victory after beating Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the third and final ODI at Visakhapatnam. (Scorecard)India Innings:That’s it and that’s a wrap. #TeamIndia do it in style and win the series 2-1 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/ftYwFqSNYQ- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201720:04 IST: A dominating performance by India to clinch the series! They have made a mockery of the run chase. Sri Lanka did strike early with the wicket of Rohit Sharma and with the ball turning and doing all sorts of things it looked like the visitors would make a match of this. But such was not the case. The attacking due of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, gave no respite to the Lankan bowlers. Right from the outset they played their shots and in no time took the game away from the visitors by stitching a 135-run stand. The latter once again threw his wicket after getting to a half century but the former took his side home and remained unbeaten on a ton. Dinesh Karthik did his part too after the wicket of Iyer, ensuring there were no further hiccups.19:54 IST: INDIA WIN BY 8 WICKETS! They do it in style. A full by on off, Karthik goes inside out over covers for a boundary. Hand shakes all around. India have made quick work of this run chase.19:52 IST: CENTURY! 31.5: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR! Century for Dhawan! His 12th. Take a bow, what an innings this has been. A thoroughly entertaining one. He has gone after the bowling right from the start and made sure he has stayed till the end. A full ball on leg stump by Asela. Dhawan brings out the sweep shot which he has played really well. He does so again, through mid-wicket for a boundary.advertisement19:50 IST: 31.3: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR! A boundary away! and India only need 7. A hit me ball by Asela. A full delivery on the pads. Dhawan flicks it down towards fine leg for a boundary.3rd ODI. 30.3: A Mathews to S Dhawan (91), 4 runs, 198/2 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201719:42 IST: 29.4: D Gunathilaka to S Dhawan, FOUR! 14 runs away now! He sweeps the ball through mid-wicket and fetches himself a boundary.19:41 IST: 29.2: D Gunathilaka to S Dhawan, SIX! He moves into the 80s. He needs 18 more for a hundred and India need 29. He comes down the track and lofts it over the long on fence for a biggie.19:36 IST: 28.1: A Mathews to S Dhawan, FOUR! He is eyeing a hundred here! A full ball on middle by Mathews. Dhawan, goes down on one knee and whips it over square leg for a boundary.3rd ODI. 26.4: NTLC Perera to S Dhawan (68), 4 runs, 168/2 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201719:25 IST: MILESTONE! 25.3: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, 4000 ODI runs for Shikhar Dhawan! Becomes the second fastest Indian and 6th overall to do so. Well done! Fuller ball on off, Shikhar drives it towards long off for one.19:19 IST: 24.2: T Perera to D Karthik, FOUR. Karthik’s first boundary! A fuller in length delivery on middle, Karthik walks across and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 57 runs more needed.19:18 IST: 23.6: S Pathirana to D Karthik, NOT OUT! Dhawan has made it! Pathirana tosses it up on off, Karthik tries to force it through the off side but gets it off the inner half towards mid on. He calls for a run and his partner obliges. The fielder is quick to the ball and scores a bull’s eye at the striker’s end. The players appeal and the umpire goes upstairs. Replays show Dhawan has just about made his crease. He survives.19:12 IST: WICKET! 22.4: T Perera to S Iyer. A wicket but a bit too late? Iyer once again throws his wicket away. He moves away to the leg side expecting a fuller one. Perera bowls a short ball, cramping him for room. Iyer tries to pull but is late on the shot. He mistimes it to Lakmal who takes it at mid on. No real celebrations from the Lankans. A dejected Iyer walks back to a standing ovation as it has been an enterprising innings by him. The 135-run stand is broken. India need just 67 more runs to win. India 149/2 (22.4 overs) vs Sri Lanka 21519:09 IST: 21.5: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR. Short and wide outside off, Dhawan cuts it past the point fielder to fetch himself another boundary. Back-to-back boundaries for India.19:09 IST: 21.4: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR BYES! Dhawan goes down on one knee to the full ball in an attempt to sweep. He misses, the ball turns away. Dickwella fails to collect it and the ball races to the third man fence.advertisement19:08 IST: 21.3: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, EDGED BUT DOES NOT CARRY! Asela bowls it slower on off, gets it to turn away. Dhawan tries to defend but gets an outside edge which falls short of first slip.19:05 IST: 21.1: A Gunaratne to S Iyer, WIDE! Three in a row! Once again he bowls it down the leg side. Iyer lets it be and the umpire calls it a wide.19:05 IST: 21.1: A Gunaratne to S Iyer, FIVE WIDES! He has not got it right here! Sri Lanka can’t give away such easy runs. Asela again fires it down the leg side. Dickwella fails to collect and the ball races to the fine leg fence.19:04 IST: 21.1: A Gunaratne to S Iyer, WIDE! Starts off with a wide down the leg side. Iyer misses the flick and the umpire signals a wide. He start the last ODI with a wide also.The Dhawan Domination continues. Second consecutive half century for @SDhawan25 #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/9LMSzl5sKy- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:55 IST: FIFTY! 19.3: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, SIX! The leg spinner googly picks it and sends it into the sands. That also brings up his fifty. His 24th and like his partner he too has back-to-back half centuries. Akila tosses it up on off, a leg spinner by him. Dhawan sees it early goes down on one knee and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a maximum.18:53 IST: 18.4: T Perera to S Dhawan, FOUR! CRUNCHED! Perera is just not learning! Short balls at his pace is not threatening. He bangs it short on middle, Dhawan gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.And young Shreyas Iyer gets to a well-made half century. His second in ODIs. Such an impact innings this #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/eOlSWvdh31- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 15.4: S Pathirana to S Iyer (54), 4 runs, 103/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:37 IST: FIFTY! 15.2: S Pathirana to S Iyer, 1 run. Back-to-back fifties for him. His second in ODIs and he has brought it up in quick time. A brilliant counter-attacking innings which has probably taken the game away from the Lankans. Shreyas drives the flighted ball outside off through covers to get to the milestone. India 98/1 (15.2 overs) vs Sri Lanka 21518:37 IST: 15.1: S Pathirana to S Iyer, SIX. Shreyas Iyer loves using his feet to the spinner. We saw that in the last ODI and we can see the same now. He comes down the track and launches the ball over mid-wicket for a maximum.3rd ODI. 14.3: N Pradeep to S Iyer (42), 4 runs, 90/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:31 IST: 13.5: S Pathirana to S Iyer, FOUR! Not convincing but Iyer will take it! He comes down the track, does not get to the pitch of the ball but still goes forward with the shot. He gets a thick inside edge through square leg for a boundary. India only need another 130 now.advertisement18:23 IST: NOT OUT! 11.6: S Pathirana to S IyerMissing leg indeed! Sri Lanka loose a review. It never looked out to be honest. Pathirana bowls an arm ball on middle, Iyer plays for the turn and is beaten as he tries to defend. The ball hits him on the front pad. The bowler makes a very confident appeal and the umpire shakes his head. Perera after a chat with his teammates opts to review. Replays show there is no inside edge but the ball is missing the leg pole. The on field decision stays.18:22 IST: Howzaaat! A huge appeal for an LBW by Pathirana, not given. After consulting the keeper and the bowler, Perera opts to review. Missing leg I feel.18:20 IST: 11.1: S Pathirana to S Iyer, FOUR.18:18 IST: 10.5: A Mathews to S Iyer, FOUR. The fifty-run stand between the two is up in no time and it is brought up in style. Mathews bowls a full ball on off, Iyer leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary.3rd ODI. 10.2: A Mathews to S Iyer (18), 4 runs, 60/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:13 IST: 9.4: A Dananjaya to S Iyer, FOUR.18:12 IST: 9.2: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, FOUR. A freebie and it has been put away! A short ball by Akila on middle, Dhawan rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. He is dealing in boundaries.18:10 IST: 8.6: S Lakmal to S Dhawan, FOUR. Full this time and it is caressed! Lakmal dishes out a full ball outside off. Dhawan leans into it and drives it through covers for another boundary. Second in the over. 13 runs from it.3rd ODI. 8.4: S Lakmal to S Dhawan (18), 4 runs, 41/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 5.5: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan (11), 5 runs, 26/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201717:55 IST: 5.1: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, FOUR.17:53 IST: 4.4: S Lakmal to S Iyer, That was close! Lakmal again bowls it outside off but this time closer to the off pole. Iyer covers his off stump and makes a watchful leave.17:48 IST: WICKET! 3.4: A Dananjaya to R Sharma. Akila draws first blood and it is a big one of Rohit Sharma, the Indian skipper. A great comeback by the youngster after being hit for a biggie. He tosses this one up on off, it is the googly by him. The ball turns back in, also stays a touch low. Sharma tries to defend but is beaten by the low bounce and the ball hits the stumps. The experiment of starting off with a spinner has paid off. Rohit Sharma walks back cheaply and an early wicket, just what the doctor ordered for Lanka. India 14/1 (3.4 overs) vs Sri Lanka 21517:47 IST: 3.2: A Dananjaya to R Sharma, SIX! Boom boom goes Sharma! Sharma comes down the track to the flighted ball, gets to the pitch of it and goes over long on for a biggie.3rd ODI. 2.6: S Lakmal to S Dhawan (6), 4 runs, 8/0 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201717:40 IST: 1.3: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, Lovely fielding effort! Just what the Lankans need as they are not defending a big total. Dhawan this time nails the sweep shot to the ball on leg stump towards short fine leg. The fielder there, dives full stretch to his right and makes an excellent stop. He can’t prevent a single tough.17:39 IST: 1.2: A Dananjaya to R Sharma, In the air… but does not carry! Sharma trying to take the attack to Akila. He comes down the track and tries to go big. He does not connect that well and the ball goes on the bounce to the fielder at long on. The batsmen take a run.17:31 IST: Welcome back for the run chase. The Lankan players along with the umpires walk out to the middle. Followed by the two Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma who is fresh of a double ton in the last game. Suranga Lakmal will bowl with the first new ball. He has two slips in place. Can he get an early wicket? Sri Lanka will hope so.AP PhotoSri Lanka Innings:16:55 IST: A stunning comeback by the Indians have seen them head into the break as the happier side. After winning the toss and putting the opposition into bat. The Sri Lankans got off to a flier with a 124-run stand Upul Tharanga and Sadeera Samarawickrama.16:52 IST: SRI LANKA HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 215! 44.5: B Kumar to A Gunaratne, OUT! That’s it! Kumar wraps it up. He gets his first of the match. He lands it on a length outside off, Gunaratne tries to guide it down towards third man but gets an outside edge to Dhoni who pouches it.16:31 IST: WICKET! 40.1: H Pandya to S Lakmal! Lakmal is walking back now! Pandya with his second. He lands it on off, gets it to shape back in. Lakmal tries to drive but is beaten by the inswing. The ball hits him on the front pad and the Indians appeal. Pandya is celebrating even before he has started appealing. Sri Lanka 211/9 (40.1 overs) vs India39.5: WICKET! A Dananjaya (1) is out, b Kuldeep Yadav, 210/8 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201716:21 IST: WICKET! 38.4: H Pandya to S Pathirana! In the air… gone! Pandya gets his first! Pathirana wanted to go big but fails to get the timing right. A length delivery on the stumps, Sachith swings his bat but gets it off the toe-end of the bat towards mid on. Chahal there backpedals a bit and takes a safe catch. What a turnaround this is from India. Will Sri Lanka play out their quota of 50 overs? Sri Lanka 208/7 (38.4 overs) vs India3rd ODI. 35.4: Y Chahal to S Pathirana (4), 4 runs, 201/6 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201716:07 IST: WICKET! 35.1: Y Chahal to T Perera! That is plumb! The Indian spinners have turned it around completely. Chahal gets his third and the dangerous Perera is walking back. Once again, the turning ball is causing the problems for the Sri Lankan batsmen. Chahal lands it outside off and gets it to turn back sharply. The ball was also bowled a touch quicker and hence beating Thisara as he is late to defend it off the back foot. The ball sneaks through and hits the back pad. The Indian players appeal and the umpire raises his finger immediately. Perera walks up to his partner and after a chat reviews it. Replays roll in and Ultra Edge shows there is no bat involved and Hawk Eye shows umpires call which is out. Perera is given his marching orders. Sri Lanka though don’t lose a review as it is umpires call. Another one bits the dust for the Lankans and now the Indians will hope to wrap it up quickly.16:04 IST: Thisara is a goner! He has been adjudged LBW but after a chat with Asela he reviews. To be honest only an inside edge can save him there.15:57 IST: WICKET! 33.5: Y Chahal to A Mathews. TIMBER! Mathews is walking back. A huge wicket for the Indians as he has been in terrific form. This is also the first time he has been dismissed in this series and it had to a gem to get him out. Chahal bowls a flighted ball, which first drifts into the batsman, pitches on middle and then turns away sharply. Mathews lunges forward and does not play for the turn as he is undone by it. The ball hits the top of off and Yuzvendra is ecstatic. Mathews can’t believe it as his look says it all. Sri Lanka are completely losing the plot and the Indian spinners are once again weaving their magic. Sri Lanka 189/5 (33.5 overs) vs India3rd ODI. 32.3: J Bumrah to A Mathews (15), 4 runs, 186/4 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715:28 IST: WICKET! 27.5: K Yadav to N Dickwella. Sri Lanka have lost their fourth wicket. Guided straight to first slip! Two quick wickets and Kuldeep has turned it on here! The bowling change has worked for Rohit Sharma. Dickwella comes and perishes! Smart bowling! Yadav once again bowls a slower delivery outside off, Dickwella just like what he did on the previous ball tries to do it again. Gets back but this time guides it straight into the hands of Shreyas Iyer at first slip. Sri Lanka in a bit of bother now.15:27 IST: 27.4: K Yadav to N Dickwella, FOUR. Nicely done! Slower through the air, outside off, Dickwella goes back and guides it past the first slip fielder for another boundary. Pandya in the deep does well to stop but the ball still wins the race.15:26 IST: 27.2: K Yadav to N Dickwella, FOUR. Dickwella is off the mark straightaway! On middle and leg, Niroshan gets down and paddle sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary to get going.He’s got eyes like a Hawk. How good was that from @msdhoni #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/Peh8UWti5O- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715:24 IST: WICKET! 27.1: K Yadav to U Tharanga! Stumped! Yadav comes and strikes immediately! But credit to one man, MS Dhoni! He is just too good behind the stumps, isn’t he? Another timely wicket as Tharanga was looking really dangerous. Kuldeep tosses it up outside off, Upul looks to drive it but the ball turns away and he gets beaten. Dhoni behind the stumps collects the ball and waits for a bit and then takes the bails off. He appeals and the umpire refers it upstairs. Replays show Tharanga hasn’t dragged his back leg behind. It’s firmly on the crease and the Giant Screen flashes OUT!15:22 IST: And an appeal straightaway. Dhoni removes the bails and appeals for a stumping. It has been taken upstairs. He isn’t that confident though. Has Tharanga dragged his leg behind the line? Let’s wait and find out.15.16 IST: 25.2: Pandya to Mathews, FOUR!3rd ODI. 25.3: H Pandya to A Mathews (5), 4 runs, 151/2 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715.14 IST: 24.5: Chahal to Tharanga, SIX! 3rd ODI. 24.5: Y Chahal to WU Tharanga (86), 6 runs, 145/2 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715.08 IST: Angelo Mathews walks out to the middle. He is fresh of a ton in the last game. Can he replicate his from here?15.05 IST: 22.3: Chahal to Sadeera, OUT! Chahal provides the breakthrough and the crowd erupts. A much-needed one for the Indians. A false shot again by Sadeera, he has been riding his luck throughout his innings but this time he runs out of it. Yuzvendra tosses it up outside off, gets it to turn away. Samarawickrama comes down the track but does not quite get to the pitch of the ball. He still tries to go inside out but only manages to slice it to the man at sweeper covers. Dhawan there positions himslef under it and takes it. He also performs his trademark celebration by turning towards the crowd. Sadeera walks back after getting a start. The 121-run stand comes to an end. Can India now build on this?22.3: WICKET! S Samarawickrama (42) is out, c Shikhar Dhawan b Yuzvendra Chahal, 136/2- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:57 IST: 20.6: Y Chahal to U Tharanga, FOUR.3rd ODI. 20.6: Y Chahal to WU Tharanga (79), 4 runs, 129/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:52 IST: DROPPED! 19.2: K Yadav to S Samarawickrama. A touch one but should have been taken at this level. Yadav gives it air on middle. Seeing the flight, Sadeera comes down the track and tries to flick it over mid-wicket. He does not get the elevation desired. The ball goes towards Dinesh Karthik who jumps high and tries to take it but can’t. He then recovers and tries to take it on the second attempt but fails to get to it.3rd ODI. 18.6: Y Chahal to WU Tharanga (73), 4 runs, 117/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:50 IST: 18.3: Y Chahal to U Tharanga, SIX! That has gone up and over the fence! What a shot! Chahal gives it air on middle, Tharanga lofts it over the bowler’s head for a maximum.14:42 IST: Drinks are on the field. This is some start for Sri Lanka. They have come out with a lot of intent and it has worked so far for them. Tharanga has already notched up his fifty while Samarawickrama has done justice to his selection. The Indians need to break this stand and it will be interesting to see if the spinners can put a lid on the scoring rate now.3rd ODI. 15.1: K Yadav to S Samarawickrama (24), 4 runs, 93/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:31 IST: 13.5: K Yadav to S Samarawickrama, No run. Another appeal and this one is very close! India don’t review again and have they missed a chance? Kuldeep once again bowls it on off, but a touch fuller this time. He gets it to turn into the batsman who tries to flick but misses. Sadeera is struck on the front pad and the Indians appeal. The umpire shakes his head. Rohit after having a word with Dhoni opts not to review. But the Indians should have there, Haw Eye later shows three reds and yes India have missed a chance.14:28 IST: 13.2: K Yadav to U Tharanga, Cracking delivery! Kuldeep bowls a googly which completely foxes Upul. He fails to read it and tries to defend it leaving a gap between bat and pad. The ball sneaks through and goes extremely close to the off pole.14:26 IST: 12.5: B Kumar to S Samarawickrama, OUCH! That has hit him flush on his helmet! Kumar once again bangs it short on middle, Samarawickrama comes down the track and tries to pull. But is late on the shot this time and is hit on the helmet. The ball rolls towards square leg and the batsmen take a leg bye. The good thing here is the batsman is fine.3rd ODI. 12.4: B Kumar to S Samarawickrama (14), 4 runs, 80/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:20 IST: FIFTY! 11.1: K Yadav to U Tharanga, 1 run. Tharanga’s 36th in ODIs. It has been a very exciting one here. Kuldeep dishes out a fuller ball on off, Upul drives it towards long off for a run. He has to make it big if Sri Lanka are to get to a decent total here. Sri Lanka 73/1 (11.1 overs) vs India14:19 IST: Time for spin! Kuldeep Yadav is into the attack.3rd ODI. 10.5: H Pandya to S Samarawickrama (10), 4 runs, 72/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:10 IST: 8.5: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR. 5 in a row! Upul Tharanga is in the mood now! This is the best of the lot! Once again keeps it full, slower in pace. UT stands tall and hits it off the meat over mid off for another boundary. Runs coming at a quick pace for the Lankans.14:10 IST: 8.4: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR. Edgyyyy! Pandya doesn’t know what to do now! Slower this time, just outside off, Tharanga looks to drive again but gets another edge towards Dhoni. The ball dies down in front of the keeper who in spite a dive to his left couldn’t stop it. The races away towards the fence again. 16 already from the over!14:09 IST: 8.3: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR! Up and past the man at mid off! Fuller in length and outside off, Tharanga decided to go after it. Chips it aerially past the diving mid off fielder for the third boundary of the over.14:08 IST: 8.2: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR! And again! Not off the middle but had enough the clear mid on! Fuller and angling in, Upul chips it over mid on. The fielder there was interested but the ball sails over him and goes to the fence for back-to-back boundaries.14:08 IST: 8.1: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR! Edged and away! Pandya from around the wicket, hurls a length delivery outside off, Tharanga looks to go hard at it. Gets a thick outside edge throuh the vacant slip cordon for a boundary to start the over.3rd ODI. 6.2: H Pandya to WU Tharanga (28), 4 runs, 45/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:56 IST: 5.3: J Bumrah to U Tharanga, FOUR. They are dealing in boundaries here! Poor line again! Bumrah again sprays it on the pads, Tharanga gets across and tickles it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Back-to-back for Lanka.13:55 IST: 5.2: J Bumrah to U Tharanga, FOUR. Sprays on the pads, too easy for Tharanga, he loves it there. He flicks it over square leg to fetch himself another boundary.3rd ODI. 4.5: B Kumar to WU Tharanga (12), 4 runs, 29/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:53 IST: 4.5: B Kumar to U Tharanga, FOUR. Crunched! 10 runs from the last 3 balls. Shorter in length around middle, Tharanga gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.3rd ODI. 4.3: B Kumar to WU Tharanga (6), 4 runs, 23/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 3.5: J Bumrah to S Samarawickrama (4), 4 runs, 19/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:46 IST: WICKET! 3.4: J Bumrah to D Gunathilaka, OUT c Rohit Sharma b Jasprit Bumrah. Sri Lanka have lost their first wicket. Sri Lanka 15/1 (3.4 overs) vs India13:43 IST: 2.6: B Kumar to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Gunathilaka has opted for the attacking approach! He comes down the track to the ball which is not that short. He pulls it through square leg and fetches himslef a boundary. He might have been given the license from the dressing room to go after the bowlers.3rd ODI. 0.3: B Kumar to D Gunathilaka (4), 4 runs, 4/0 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:29 IST: Bright sunshine welcomes us here in Visakhapatnam. The Indian team are in a huddle near the boundary ropes and now they walk to the middle. Upul Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka will open the batting the batting for Sri Lanka. They will hope to provide their team with a good star. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the bowling for India. He has two slips in place.13:24 IST: Both the teams along with the umpires walk out for their respective national anthems. The away side will sing their first, followed by the Indians.13:06 IST: TEAMS!Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Sachith Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan PradeepIndia: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal13:01 IST: TOSS! India have won the toss and they will bowl first.12:45 IST: Pitch report! Sunil Gavaskar and Russel Arnold feel this is a very good batting pitch. Further add it is nice and hard. Reckon the bowlers can get a little bounce and lift as there is a little grass in the middle. Opine the cracks won’t make a difference as it is a one-dayer. Win the toss and bowl first as dew might come into play later on say the two.And we are gearing up for the series finale #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/kwjQuvcn9V- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 2017India will be eyeing their seventh straight ODI series victory when they take on Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vishakhapatnam on Sunday.One day to go for the final @paytm #INDvSL ODI and #TeamIndia made sure they are fully prepared. pic.twitter.com/BQPHNSZ6X9- BCCI (@BCCI) December 16, 2017Captaining the Indian cricket team for the first time, Rohit Sharma will aim to continue the momentum from the second match at Mohali in order to win his maiden series as captain.India lost the first ODI in Dharamsala by a massive seven wickets, where the Indian batting line-up went through a dramatic collapse. However, led by captain Rohit, who created history by becoming the first batsman to score a third double ton in ODIs, India roared back to form in Mohali and levelled the series with a 141-run victory.Ahead of South Africa tour, India will look to keep up their dominant form at home that has seen them win every series since the defeat to South Africa in October 2015.On the contrary, if Sri Lanka pull off a win on Sunday, it will be their first bilateral ODI series win in India.If India’s past record at this venue is anything to go by, they have an excellent chance to keep their winning run going.The hosts have lost only one of the seven matches they have played at this ground and a generally unimpressive Sri Lanka will have to be at the top their game to get past the Indians here.
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The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is advising young professionals to start planning early for homeownership. The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is advising young professionals to start planning early for homeownership.Speaking to JIS News recently, Assistant Environmental Planner at the entity, Zanetta Scott, said that having adequate funds for a house deposit continues to be a major deterrent to becoming a homeowner.As such, the entity is encouraging young people to explore financial products that will enable them to invest and save wisely for homeownership.“We often hear young professionals being encouraged to save for their pension, but, to add to that, we are also encouraging young persons to start saving for that house deposit once they start working,” she said.Senior Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Richard Jones, for his part, is advising young people who are able to purchase a home to act promptly as real estate appreciates quickly.He said that a single young professional earning between $150,000 and $200,000 per month should be able to afford a $6-million to $7-million home.“Buy now, buy as early as you can to avoid facing inflationary pressures; don’t wait if you can help it. Once you can afford something now, buy it, because a starter house isn’t necessarily the house you will retire in,” he said.He noted that being a young homeowner offers benefits such as lower mortgage rates with longer payment plans and more predictable housing costs.Mr. Jones told JIS News that come 2019, the HAJ will be developing three new housing schemes that will be attractive for young professionals. Speaking to JIS News recently, Assistant Environmental Planner at the entity, Zanetta Scott, said that having adequate funds for a house deposit continues to be a major deterrent to becoming a homeowner. Story Highlights
APTN National NewsThe saga continues at Manitoba’s Southern Chiefs organization.APTN first told you about allegations of misspending and sexual harassment within the organization last month.SCO represents 33 First Nations in Manitoba.Now more leak documents reveal additional irregularities within the organization.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has this story.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The hot and sunny weather saw a number of temperature records broken across Northeast B.C. on Wednesday.Fort St. John broke the all-time high temperature record for May 23rd that has stood for over 50 years. Yesterday’s high of 27.9 degrees broke the previous high temperature of 25.6 degrees, which was set in 1961.Dawson Creek and Chetwynd also narrowly set new high temperature records that were previously set in 2015. The high of 29.3 degrees recorded at the Dawson Creek Airport beat the previous daytime high of 29.1 degrees, while Chetwynd’s high of 28.0 degrees was 0.2 degrees higher than the previous record. Grande Prairie also broke a high temperature record Wednesday, beating the previous daytime high of 29.4 degrees that had stood for 60 years. Yesterday’s high in the Swan City was 29.6 degrees. Things also heated up on the other side of the Rockies Wedesday, as Mackenzie’s daytime high of 27.4 degrees was three whole degrees higher than the previous record, which was also set in 2015.
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes a three-pointer in the second half of the game against Penn State on Jan. 25 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 17 Ohio State men’s basketball team could not get out of its own way against Illinois. Whether it was foul trouble or turnovers, the Buckeyes did all they could to keep the Fighting Illini in the game. Even with a 19-0 run to close out the first half, Ohio State could not pull away from Illinois and found itself trailing for 16:23 of the game. However, Ohio State (20-5, 11-1 Big Ten) made a late push to retake the lead and come away with the 75-67 win against Illinois (12-12, 2-9 Big Ten), narrowly avoiding what would have been its biggest upset loss of the season.“To respond like we did being down was really important for us and we knew it was going to be a game of some runs and a game of imperfection,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “Having a resilient approach was really important and the guys did that. They deserve a lot of credit.”Trailing 63-60 with 4:31 remaining in the game, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop drilled a 3 to tie both the game and his career high in points at 32. With 3:39 left in the game, freshman center Kaleb Wesson made a layup to give Ohio State the 65-63 lead. Ohio State finished the game on a 15-4 run to create separation from Illinois in the end.The Buckeyes were carried once again by Bates-Diop, who set a new career high with 35 points. His 13 rebounds, which also led the game, gave him his 10th double-double of the season.With 8:50 left in the second half, Illinois redshirt senior guard Mark Alstork was fouled on a made layup to tie the game at 52. He made the and-1 to give the Illini the 53-52 lead. He stole the ball on the Buckeyes’ next possession and passed it to freshman guard Mark Smith, who took a foul and made his two free throws to put Illinois up three.Ohio State got off to an abysmal start against the Illini, falling into an early 28-13 hole. The Buckeyes quickly regained traction however, fighting back to a 34-30 lead with a 19-0 run over 9:50 to close out the first half. During that stretch, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop scored 11 points. Ohio State held Illinois scoreless during the final 10:11 of the half.Starting in place of the suspended redshirt senior guard Kam Williams, sophomore forward Andre Wesson started the scoring off for Ohio State with a resounding one-handed dunk for the first basket of the game.Just under four minutes into the game, however, Illinois went on a 17-2 run to pull ahead to a commanding 28-13 advantage. Ohio State battled back, continuing to show this season that even when it allows big runs, it has what it takes to come back from those deficits.“I’m not the most confident guy at that point,” Holtmann said. “When you’ve watched Illinois there has been runs that they do a great job making on teams and then the way they play, it can lead to runs on both ends. I just didn’t think we had enough life to us defensively, but give Illinois credit. But having said that, we do have a pretty poised, confident group.”The Buckeyes did what they needed to do to win. Though they never were able to create much separation from themselves and their opponents, they never gave up and pushed ahead to the eight-point lead late when it needed to ensure it avoided the same devastating loss to Penn State.Ohio State turned the ball over 15 times and was called for 18 fouls during the game, compared to 11 and 23, respectively, by Illinois. The Fighting Illini converted those Buckeye turnovers into 16 points, whereas Ohio State managed 10 points off the Illinois turnovers.Ohio State outrebounded Illinois 45-22 and held a 38-16 advantage in paint points. Ohio State also made 26-of-33 free throws in the win.Up NextOhio State hits the road for its biggest matchup of the year, traveling to West Lafayette, Indiana, to face No. 3 Purdue at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in a clash between the top two teams in the Big Ten.
New Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui may not even be a month into the job yet, but defender Dani Carvajal is convinced that he will prove to be a great successThe 51-year-old was announced as Zinedine Zidane’s successor last month in a rather controversial twist that saw Lopetegui immediately removed from his post as the Spain head coach with just two days remaining till the start of the World Cup.But Lopetegui has now put the sad end to his time in charge of the national side behind him and he has now officially begun his duties at Real.The former goalkeeper previously played for Los Blancos during his playing career and won La Liga in the 1989/90 season but he has never managed to deliver silverware at club level in his managerial career for Rayo Vallecano, RM Castilla B and FC Porto.But Carvajal, who played under Lopetegui with Spain’s Under-19s, Under-21s and the senior team, is certain that his compatriot is the right man to take Real to even further heights this season after winning three successive Champions League titles under his predecessor Zidane.“I have always enjoyed Lopetegui,” Carvajal told El Gráfico, via AS.“I share his ideas of football and he is a coach who gets the most out of each player. He is going to do us well and I am already anxious to put myself at his orders. The bar is now very high but we have to have patience.”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.⚽? ¡De vuelta con el equipo! ?? @DaniCarvajal92 ?? @NavasKeylor#RMTour pic.twitter.com/2y51g1ybBP— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) July 29, 2018“We all get along well,” he added.“I think that is key for success. It’s practically a family and that makes everything easier on the pitch. The pressure at Real Madrid is always there and you learn to live with that. We enter [training] every day and share [the pitch] with the best in the world – it’s amazing. I think the good atmosphere has been fundamental for things to go well.”Real will face Manchester United on Tuesday night in the first preseason match of their US tour.
Remember the song Sun and Moon? The lyrics went a bit like, “…I’m sorry baby you were the sun and moon to me, I’ll never get over you, you’ll never get over me…” – yes. Those guys. That’s exactly how I heard some friends discuss Above & Beyond. Let’s get a little in deep: these guys have released three studio albums, two remix albums, one side-project album. Their own two labels – Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, and are among the most respected imprints in the global dance music scene and have released some 23 Above & Beyond albums and compilations in the last 12 years. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There have been dozens (and dozens) of singles and mix albums and offshoot projects, all snapped up by a devoted worldwide fan base that has happily, passionately followed this London-based electronic trio since their formation in 2000. Phew. We spoke to Tony McGuinness about their next album and much more. Read on…How did Above and Beyond come together? What started it all?We came together to do a remix for Warner Brothers – Chakra Home. We were all doing other things at the time but the remix was very successful and pretty soon Above & Beyond became the main thing for all three of us. The name came from a guy in the States called Jono Grant who was a motivational trainer – “Above & Beyond” was his tag line. Our own Jono had found his web site and printed the front page out and stuck it on his bedroom wall. When we’d finished the mix we needed a name and it just jumped out at us. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix How easy (or difficult) was it for Above and Beyond to make a mark in the music scene?It’s hard to know what things we’ve done have had the biggest impact since we’ve never stopped making music and touring, but we’ve had some amazing opportunities and, thus far at least, have risen to the challenge of doing something great when we’ve had the chance. Our first remix was of a club classic that, even though we were unknown, became the lead remix on the package and went to number one in the club chart. Our remix for Madonna was on spec, but she loved it so much she made the video to our mix instead of the Radio edit. We got the chance to do an Essential Mix for Radio 1 in 2004 and the mix won Essential Mix of the year. And our first album, Tri-State, got great reviews across the board. So we’ve had some great bits of luck to get some great breaks but we’ve made sure we do a great job when we do. In addition, what we do, which is act like a band and write songs about our real life, sets us apart from almost all our peers, who usually draft in external singer/songwriters. That doesn’t really result in any consistency or connection.Who and what influences you and your music? Who are your favourite musicians?We each have quite different tastes in music outside of what we make together and sign to the label, which keeps our music very diverse and, hopefully, rich in context. Personally I love singer songwriters like Damien Rice, unique singers like Goldfrapp, FKA Twigs and Kate Bush, bands like Kings of Convenience, Blonde Redhead, Royksopp and War on Drugs and electronic producers from Joris Voorn to Seven Lions. Paavo is especially keen on soundtracks, Jono loves a lot of 80s pop like the Pet Shop Boys.Tell us about your favourite tracks? If you could pick one track from your repertoire to go down in history (over the others) which one would that be?Hmm, it always used to be Tranquility Base Razorfish, but I’d probably pick Thing Called Love or Sun & Moon as they seem to have a life of their own, even now. But the new album is just out and there are lots of great tracks on there just bedding in, so let’s see how it feels a year from now. How has Above and Beyond witnessed the change in the music scene from the time you started to now?We started just as trance music was losing its pop credibility and moving underground, so we’ve always eschewed pop music, per se. But recently a lot of pop EDM has created an explosion in public interest in the scene and whilst we haven’t been deflected by that and remain outside it in many ways, it has provided a lot of oxygen to the scene and we’ve certainly benefitted from that. If you could change one thing about the music industry right now – what would that be?The idea that musicians should not get paid fairly for the work they do is ridiculous and the slow but severe eroding in revenues for recorded music is hurting everyone without the means to support themselves in other ways, like DJing. That sucks.If you could change one thing about the world with your music – what would that be?The internet promised a more connected world and in the music business it delivers that emphatically. But politi cally it seems to be dividing us, extreme views which would have dwindled in a locally connected society gain weight in an interconnected world in a way nobody foresaw. Now anyone with a crazy way of seeing things can find people who share those views in another country, which in turn gives validity to the extreme views. The world is more and more divided by issues of ‘race’ and religion and bigotry is rife. As touring DJs we see things differently. We travel to countries that have supposedly different world views and find that people, on the whole, are all the same. We’ve done shows in the same weekend to countries who remain violently opposed and found the same reaction to our music, the same hopes and fears, dreams and aspirations in the people. It’s one planet, we’re one human race and the sooner we realise that the better things will get. What’s next for Above and Beyond?We’re touring the world in support of our new album We Are All We Need, including our biggest ever US tour – six weeks of high intensity touring to over 100,000 people. Then we have a sold out UK tour to look forward to in April. Tell us about the top five songs on your playlist right now. Our new single is called All Over The World and it’s about a broken father/son relationship, illustrated perfectly by the video which is based on Catch Me If You Can. The next single from the album will be Peace of Mind. There’s an extraordinary new single from Andrew Bayer and Asbjorn, a new Danish singer we’ve hooked him up with. It’s called Superhuman and it’s fabulous. Our recent remix Salva Mea is going off in our sets, we’re super proud of that one. All That Matters by Kolsch feat Troels Abramsen is a particular favourite, it’s a beautiful song and the production.
Kolkata: Representatives from various political parties on Monday met senior officials of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in the state raising various issues related to the process of conducting the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.Senior Trinamool Congress leaders including Partha Chatterjee and Subrata Bakshi brought to the notice of the Chief Electoral Officer a number of concerns. They have demanded that the ECI must inform them about the total number of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) which will be used during the seven-phase elections in the state. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe TMC leaders also wanted to know from the ECI officials as to in what type of media publications the candidates should publish their affidavits. It was not clearly mentioned in the ECI notification if a candidate has to publish his/her affidavit in national or regional newspapers. It was said that the candidates must publish the affidavits containing criminal antecedents, assets, liabilities, dependents, educational qualifications of candidates and the like in both print and electronic media. In the notification, it has been made mandatory that the candidates must publish their details in the media. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChatterjee told reporters: “In some instances, there is a gap of 14 to 20 days and polling is being held in just two constituencies. Why has this happened? We have raised the issue with the EC officials.” In pursuance of a judgment of the Supreme Court, the ECI has made it mandatory for all candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections to file an affidavit along with the nomination paper and the candidates are required to fill up all the columns. If any column in the affidavit is left blank, the Returning Officer will issue a notice to the candidate to submit a fresh one, duly filling up all columns. After meeting the election officials at the CEO office, Partha Chatterjee said that the polls will be conducted in seven phases. There are some religious rituals of a particular community in May as a result of which voters belonging to that community may face problems. He also added that his party has nothing to worry about as people in the state have witnessed the development works carried out by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her set of ministers. The number of total days allotted for the campaign by the candidates contesting the elections in various phases is different from one phase to another, Chatterjee pointed out. All the Opposition parties in the state — Congress, BJP and CPI-M leaders who met the ECI officials stated that the hoardings and posters carrying the photographs of TMC leaders at various places have not been removed yet. They also urged the ECI officials to ensure that all voters can safely reach their polling stations without any fear. The ECI officials assured them that all their demands would be looked into.