Will the real Sunil Sethi please stand up?

first_imgFashion Week has concluded just a day ago and we are at the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) office in Okhla. It’s dusk outside, and even though its president, Sunil Sethi has spent an entire week on his feet leading the roster of fashion shows, any traces of fatigue are unnoticeable.This is the man who the fashion fraternity has come to both revere and fear. Outsiders believe he has the power to make or break a label; insiders know his ability to make and shake the entire industry. In the decade since he took over as chief of FDCI in 2008, Sethi has steered the Capital’s fashion event to become a major force, with leading designers and FROW (front row) attendees elbowing for presence as a sign of ‘having arrived’.Grand finales have got grander, street fashion has become bolder, and entire movements dedicated to textiles have been spearheaded by him, with the backing of the government.And while Sethi has helped build the name and careers of many, there is little known of him outside his status as a leading force behind India’s fashion empire, and, as a Page 3 regular. FDCI President Sunil Sethi. Photo: Bandeep Singh”In my school and college days, being fashionable meant going to a local store, picking up a few meters of fabric and getting a shirt made with whatever was in style on the big screen,” he recounts fondly.”I will not lie that I was influenced by the guru kurtas of Rajesh Khanna, and the bell-bottoms worn by Amitabh Bachchan. I did my best to get hold of faded jeans – having a pair of jeans and a wrangler jacket in school at that time was a very prized asset,” shares Sethi.advertisementThe passion for being ‘with it’ doesn’t seem to have changed, as even today he can be counted in the country’s leading lists of best dressed men. His style is a distinct brand – the silver-white hair, almost halo-like, mustache and beard, fitted trousers on his lanky frame, and blazers of every design and major brand.”When I went to college in SRCC, my favourite singers were Cat Stevens and Leonard Cohen, and I remember Stevens always sporting a beard. Since then, there has hardly been a year that I haven’t sported one myself,” he reveals.Of course, anyone who knows him will quickly clarify that there is more to Sethi than just a fashion statement. Over the years, he has built a formidable reputation of promoting Indian craft and handloom, the seeds of which were planted in 1976 when he formed an export company, Merchants India.”I did not want to get into my family business of automobile spare parts, and even though I joined because of family pressure, my heart was always set on the export market of handicraft, textile and apparel. Fresh out of college, I left for Europe, Canada and America with a 20 kilo bagful of samples and got my first order for T-shirts from Canada.” Soon, he grew as a trade exporter, supplying saris and hair extension buns to Mauritius, daris to Italy and brass handicrafts to the US.Sethi had even dabbled in hosting a fashion show in the ’70s for the modish brand Avis Jeans, with ITC Maurya hotel as the sponsor. However, his real foray into fashion didn’t happen until 24 years later, when in 2000 the India Fashion Week was set up.Sethi had by then become a major buying agent, representing international designers and stores in India like Girogio Armani Casa, with his turnover having crossed Rs 100 crore. Using these networks, he became the fashion week’s biggest buying agent, and brought international names like Selfridges of UK, Coin of Italy, Habitat of Dublin, TsUM of Russia, and Golf & Co of Israel to their shores.He confesses, “I was in awe of fashion and the designers, and I felt they enjoyed a celebrity status. But I was pleasantly surprised that they welcomed me with open arms when I approached them to showcase India at Selfridges. Till date I enjoy a trust factor with them where most are open to the initiatives I suggest, be it with private sponsors or the government.”In 2008 he was invited by the FDCI Board to become its president, but it wasn’t as smooth a ride as it appears today. He recounts, “Those were challenging years in getting the industry together, starting a men’s fashion, and launching the first couture week in the country.”Of course, the business of fashion has grown leaps and bounds since then, with help from the fraternity. The relationship between the fashion industry and government has thawed, and he has worked on numerous initiatives such as Make In India, shows with the Ministry of External Affairs, and the #IWearHandloom movement that was initiated by Minister of Textiles and I&B, Smriti Irani in August 2016. More recently, he showcased Indian carpets to French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to India.advertisementNow in his 10th year as the FDCI president, Sethi is ready to take a step back from his role and share the mantle. He states, “It does seem like a long time now, and I am waiting for smarter, brighter millennials to come up and share this responsibility forward. It is a cliché that change is constant, and anyone who knows me and my pace knows that I am always out there in the thick of action. But I have accepted change because I find it is inevitable.”Even with a very young team that makes him familiar with the changing scenario, he confesses that more perspective is needed. He elaborates, “I do need help from market experts and designers to clear my mind on whether online space is the way to go or should we stick to the fashion show module; whether more attention should be paid to the couture market as that is where designers make more money, or to the business of prêt fashion where the buyers are coming.”Personally, Sethi is ready for exciting avenues on the horizon. He reveals, “I will still be holding the hand of anyone who joins FDCI, but with more time at my disposal, I want to focus on other projects.”For instance, the I&B ministry and government of Goa recently involved him as the chief design advisor for an international film festival, and the minister of textiles gave him a project to curate a museum space on craft and textile. He has also launched a luxury eyewear brand called Indie Eye.”This is where I want use my experience, with support from the government,” he shares. With a doctorate and professorship recently awarded by two universities, he is also looking to expand his contribution in the academic field by mentoring design students.Sunil Sethi has paved the path for many along his quest for design and beauty. The future of Indian craft can only get brighter under his watch, as time will prove, once again.last_img read more

ICC prohibits smart watches on field of play, dressing rooms

first_imgDubai, May 25 (PTI) The International Cricket Council has prohibited players and officials from using communication devices, especially smart watches, on the field of play as well as the dressing room, taking another step at curbing corruption in the sport. The ICC today confirmed that under the Player and Match Officials Area (PMOA) Regulations, smart watches are not permitted to be worn on the field and in areas designated as PMOA. “Communications devices are prohibited within the PMOA and no player is allowed to be in possession of or use a communications device which is connected to the internet whilst there,” the ICC said in a release. The governing body added, “smart watches in any way connected to a phone or WI-FI or in any way capable of receiving communications are not allowed and as such we will be reminding players that such devices must be surrendered along with their mobile devices on arrival at the ground on match days.” The move comes a day after it was revealed that Pakistan players were told to stop wearing smartwatches during the first Test at Lord’s to avoid any allegations of match-fixing. The ICC does not allow players to carry communication devices to the field and this ban extends to the dressing room as well. Officials are allowed specific devices to communicate with their colleagues while they perform their duty. It may be mentioned that India skipper Virat Kohli was captured by television cameras speaking on a walkie-talkie while sitting in the dugout during an international match against New Zealand last November. PTI AH BS AH BSBSadvertisementlast_img read more

ARLC rules for ‘no-fault’ standing down of players charged with serious offences

first_imgReuse this content Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Australia sport Since you’re here… Topics Support The Guardian Rugby league Read morecenter_img Nick Tedeschi … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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NRL For moral and reputational reasons, the NRL must act on player behaviour news Share on LinkedIn He stressed that by standing down a player – an outcome that will be determined against a benchmark of seriousness – there would be no assumption of guilt or innocence.The new rules allow players facing charges which carry a jail term of 11 years or more to be stood down. The NRL chief executive also has the discretion to stand down players facing other serious charges, including violence against women and children.St George Illawarra and New South Wales star De Belin has pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated sexual assault and on Thursday broke his silence to insist he was innocent and will “vigorously defend” the charge against him.Under the new ruling he and other players in similar situations will be allowed to train with their clubs while stood down. They will receive full pay but not be able to play in NRL or representative games until the outcome of their court cases are known.“We’re making no judgment whatsoever on any player,” Beattie said. “Issues of innocence and guilt are determined in court. We’re establishing a benchmark to protect rugby league. This is about rebuilding the reputation of rugby league.”The case of Manly’s Dylan Walker, who has pleaded not guilty to common assault following an alleged domestic violence incident, will be considered at a later date.There will be no automatic salary cap relief for clubs affected by any player being stood down, but clubs can apply for help on a case-by-case basis.Following an off-season marred by a stream of unsavoury incidents, the issue of how to deal with players facing serious criminal charges has split the rugby league community.Beattie has been vocal about the need for change and claimed the changes had been supported by 15 of the NRL’s 16 clubs chairs, while respected voices such as Australian coach Mal Meninga also feel that it would be the right thing for the game.But the policy change has been strenuously opposed by the Rugby League Players Association which says it will prejudice the players’ right to a fair trial. It opens the door for players to sue to the NRL and RLPA chief executive Ian Prendergast said on Thursday the union would back any members who exercised their legal rights.The Dragons said they would consider the changes made by the game’s decision makers but for the moment they were concerned for De Belin’s welfare.“I’m very supportive of the desire of the NRL to improve player behaviour and propagate the game of rugby league,” Dragons chief executive Brian Johnston said. “What we’re dealing with is a very polarising and complex subject regarding Jack de Belin.“Above all we’re being guided by the legal system, the NRL rules and code of conduct. And above all we’re very concerned about the welfare of Jack de Belin. That’s our priority. We’re about to head off now and give consideration to the changes the NRL are making to the rules so we can digest that.” Crime – Australia Share on Messenger Jack de Belin will miss the start of the NRL season after the Australian Rugby League Commission unanimously agreed to implement a “no-fault” standing down policy for players facing serious criminal offences.Peter Beattie, chairman of the ARLC, said on Thursday he understood the decision might not be popular but that it was made in the “best interests of the game”.“Whatever decision we made today would have been controversial,” Beattie said. “This is not about being popular, this is about doing the right thing by rugby league. This is also about sending a clear message that the game doesn’t tolerate violence.”last_img read more

Clarksons China Sees Record Iron Ore Imports

first_imgzoom At the start of 2016 the outlook for Chinese iron ore import growth appeared challenging, however, the imports went on to significantly outperform expectations during the year and break the 1 billion tonne mark along the way, according to Clarkson Research.Chinese iron ore import growth performed at a level far higher than many had expected last year. In early 2016, expectations were shaped by both a 2% drop in the country’s steel output and a five year low in Chinese iron ore import growth in 2015, as well as plans for continued cuts to steel capacity.However, Chinese seaborne iron ore imports increased by 7% to a record 1,008 mt, largely stimulated by three key factors.The first key driver of record Chinese iron ore imports in 2016 was a stabilisation in the country’s steel output, following a 2% drop to 804 mt in 2015. The country’s steel output continued to decline in the first half of 2016, given limited domestic demand. While Chinese steel mills increased steel products shipments to foreign markets by 9% y-o-y in the first half of 2016, the 57 mt shipped in the period was insufficient to support overall Chinese steel output growth.Chinese steel products exports also dropped 14% y-o-y to 51 mt in the second half of 2016, following the introduction of tariffs by several importers, but also due to firming Chinese steel demand.A further driver of Chinese iron ore import growth in 2016 was the drop in the country’s domestic iron ore output. Financial pressure on Chinese miners from depressed iron ore prices throughout much of the year contributed to a 6% y-o-y decline in the country’s domestic iron ore output, to a six year low of 1.3 bn tonnes in full year 2016, Clarksons cited NBS data.Finally, Chinese iron ore stockpiling increased sharply in 2016, partly reflecting improved expectations for steel output at Chinese mills as the year progressed. By the start of January 2017, iron ore inventories at 41 Chinese ports reached 114 mt, up 19% from the start of 2016 and the highest level in over two years.“While the sustainability of this stronger growth may be questioned, in 2016 at least, China performed above expectations and overall was the bright spot for seaborne dry bulk trade once again,” Clarkson Research said.last_img read more

Guidelines for PSBs to pick pooled assets of NBFCs likely this week

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to deal with stress in NBFC sector, guidelines will be issued soon for state-owned banks to take over pooled assets of non-banking financial companies, a finance ministry official said. “Both Department of Economic Affairs, and Financial Services are in consultation. The eligibility norms for takeover should be out this week or latest by next week,” the official said. To address the stress in the sector, Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Budget proposed that public sector banks would purchase high-rated pooled assets of financially sound NBFCs, amounting to a total of Rs 1 lakh crore during the current financial year. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepFor this, the government will provide one time six months’ partial credit guarantee to PSBs for first loss of up to 10 per cent. The official further said the banks would be allowed to pick up primarily ‘AAA’ rated assets where chances of delinquency is the lowest and big state-owned banks will be allowed to participate in this. It will help raise the balancesheet size of the participating banks and provide better-run NBFCs access to liquidity, the official said, adding most of the assets will be not of maturity over 3 years. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsBanks, which themselves are in stress, will be kept out of this, the official said. Soon after the Budget, the RBI too announced a special liquidity window which could potentially release Rs 1.3 lakh crore. The NBFC sector came under stress following series of default by group companies of IL&FS since September last year. Among others, Sitharaman had said the government will allow NBFCs to raise funds in public issues, and the requirement of creating a debenture redemption reserve (DRR), which is currently applicable for only public issues as private placements are exempt, will be done away with. As of now, the NBFCs that do public placement of debt have to maintain a DRR and in addition, a special reserve as required by the RBI has also to be maintained. In a bid to improve regulatory oversight, the government also proposed to bring housing finance companies under the RBI from the fold of National Housing Bank. Sitharaman further said that these steps are aimed at improving the condition of the NBFC sector as a whole.last_img read more

More than 40000 Somalis reported to have fled strifetorn capital last month

More than 40,000 people reportedly fled Somalia’s strife-torn capital, Mogadishu, last month and growing insecurity has restricted the mobility and access of humanitarian agencies to respond adequately to the situation in the city, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said in its latest update. A convoy carrying 2 UN staff to Mogadishu on Tuesday was attacked when gunmen set off a roadside bomb and then opened fire, wounding three police escorts but leaving the staffers unscathed. Violence in the capital has increased since the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), backed by Ethiopian forces, dislodged the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) from Mogadishu and much of the rest of the country at the end of last year. Moreover, February’s hijacking of a WFP-chartered ship on its way back to Mombassa, Kenya, after delivering 1,800 metric tons of food aid has constrained the agency’s ability to obtain shipping contracts, leading to delays in deliveries, with more than 2,400 metric tons of food aid awaiting shipment, the agency said. The MV Rozen has still not been released and its 12 crewmembers continue to be held captive. The Somali government has asked the United States for help to secure the ship’s release and has also appealed to Washington to help fight all pirates targeting commercial vessels off the country’s un-patrolled territorial waters, WFP added. The Kenya/Somalia border remains closed, although a small number of spontaneous arrivals continue to arrive and there are also reports of recent influxes of people arriving in Ethiopia’s Somali region. Despite the enormous challenges, Somalia may now have the best chance in years to find a long-term solution to the conflicts and clan rivalries that have left it without a functioning central government since 1991, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted in his latest report on the country to the Security Council early this month. The TFG must reach out to key political and social forces and engage in an inclusive dialogue, he said. “Those who renounce violence and extremism and pledge to constructively engage in achieving a sustainable political settlement in Somalia should be included in the process,” he added. “An inclusive dialogue and a genuine political process are the only ways to achieve a sustainable peace that denies dissatisfied groups a rallying point for conflict.” 22 March 2007More than 40,000 people reportedly fled Somalia’s strife-torn capital, Mogadishu, last month and growing insecurity has restricted the mobility and access of humanitarian agencies to respond adequately to the situation in the city, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said in its latest update. read more

Court stops SLFP meeting without party head

In his petition to Court, Solangaarachchi said that there were media reports stating that Yapa had convened a special Central Working Committee meeting this evening.The meeting was to take place in the backdrop of a statement made to the media yesterday by President Maithripala Sirisena with regards to the nominations given to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa from the SLFP and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to contest the August 17 Parliament election. A court order has been issued against the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) from convening a Central Working Committee meeting without the permission of the head of the party.The District Court of Colombo issued the order based on a petition filed by Sri Lanka Freedom Party member Prasanna Solangaarachchi. Solangaarachchi said that Yapa cannot convene the meeting without the permission of the party leader and accordingly the Court issued a restraining order on the meeting and will hear the case on July 29. (Colombo Gazette)Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/SOLANGAARACHCHI.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Earlier today President Sirisena had sent a letter to Yapa stating that the Central Working Committee cannot be convened without his permission. President Maithripala Sirisena is the head of the SLFP and he had opposed an attempt by the SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa to convene a special SLFP Central Working Committee meeting this evening. read more

UN World Food Programme appoints first woman Deputy Executive Director

Announcing the appointment at the agency’s headquarters in Rome, WFP Executive Director James Morris said Sheila Sisulu, currently South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States, would be a strong addition to the WFP team in the fight against world hunger.”Her passion and insight on issues related to young people will be a great asset as WFP continues to target its work on the world’s most vulnerable, especially women and children,” said Mr. Morris.Ms. Sisulu was a former Consul General in New York and has had a distinguished career in education and youth development, serving as a special adviser to the South African Minister of Education. She has also held various senior positions at the South African Council of Churches and the country’s Committee on Higher Education. read more

Vive Tauron Kielce celebrate 13th Polish title

Vive Tauron Kielce Vive Tauron Kielce won Polish Championship for 13th time! The best Polish team saved a lot of energy for the VELUX EHF Final 4 in Cologne, by beating Orlen Wisla Plock 3:0 at final series of the domestic Play-Off. Talant Dujshebaev guys finished job in their first away match in Orlen Arena – 27:25, and now can change the focus on the last weekend of the season at “Lanxess Arena” on Rhein.Orlen Wisła Płock – Vive Tauron Kielce 25:27 (8:10)Orlen Wisła: Wichary, Corrales – Kwiatkowski, Daszek 1, Racotea, Wiśniewski 3, Pusica 3, Ghionea 2, Rocha 4/1, Montoro 2, Tarabochia 4, De Toledo 2, Żytnikow 4.Vive Tauron: Szmal – Jurecki 5, Tkaczyk, Reichmann 2/1, Chrapkowski 2, Kus, Aguinagalde 3, Bielecki 1/1, Jachlewski 1, Strlek 2, Lijewski 9, Paczkowski, Zorman 1, Cupić 1.PHOTO: VTK ← Previous Story FA Goppingen win EHF Cup for the third time! Next Story → Decision about Hungarian champions on May 21 in Szeged read more

Analysis Irelands defensive errors an area of concern

first_imgAgain,the touch-line is Ireland’s friend here and they are in a decent position. However, Kearney bites in and that suddenly puts Ireland in trouble. Again, whether or not O’Driscoll has communicated with the wing is the key to knowing what went wrong. Either way, the mistake gives Otto a half-gap to run into.O’Driscoll is once again trying to cover in behind the man who has planted his heels and committed to a tackle. Unfortunately, the centre misses his tackle as he sprints across to take out Otto, and the diving Kearney also misses him. The whole incident is compounded when Reddan, the ‘sweeper’ also fails to make the tackle.All fours of these defensive mistakes are easily fixable, that is the really positive thing for Ireland. There was probably a lack of communication at times between the players, which is understandable given that this was their first match for Ireland this season.However, similar mistakes will be punished by Australia with tries and Schmidt cannot afford his side to offer such easy line-breaks for a second game in a row. There is plenty of work for Ireland to do this week but the players themselves will be focused on fixing the problems.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Ewan McKenzie: the man who could have been Ireland coach However, once play has run on, Peter O’Mahony gets drawn to the ball carrier and sits back on his heels, as does D’Arcy. That means that when Samoan lock Lemalu passes behind the decoy runner, both defenders are flat footed.Also, you can see in the shot below that O’Driscoll is attempting to run in behind O’Mahony and D’Arcy to cover the gap. Ideally, the centre would have told the players outside him to drift onto other attackers, while he tracked Lemalu.It’s hard to point a finger of blame at any one individual in these situations, particularly as we cannot hear what kind of communication is being made between the players. O’Driscoll may have been screaming at O’Mahony to drift in defence, or he may have said nothing. Either way, Leiua was able to get outside D’Arcy as you can see below.The fourth and final example is quite similar to the one above, with Ireland once again in a situation they could have defended. You can see in the screenshot below that it’s a 4-on-3 attacking chance for Samoa, with O’Driscoll, Dave Kearney and D’Arcy in defence, while Eoin Reddan sweeps in behind. In a situation like this, deep inside the opposition half, it’s generally a smart idea not to rush up too hard in defence. That’s mainly because your back three will be lying deep waiting for a kick, leaving an overlap for the team in possession.Instead, drifting across the pitch and even sometimes moving slightly backwards in order to shepard the attacking team towards the touchline is a better call. O’Driscoll shot up too quickly on this occasion, taking no one out of the game. Inside him, D’Arcy (circled) needed to do more to prevent himself from being blocked by the decoy runner.The next example came in the 15th minute from a Samoa counter-attack, which in turn had stemmed from a poor kick by Rob Kearney. The sloppiness of Ireland’s kicking game was a disappointment and directly led to this line-break.As you can see above, Ireland are in a two-on-two situation defensively. Unfortunately for Chris Henry, George Pisi was in possession and the Samoan centre used his wonderful footwork to dart outside the flanker. In the screen grab below you can see that Fergus McFadden ‘bites in’ to make the tackle, but he goes too high and gets fended off, allowing Pisi to break the line.Just two phases later, there was another clean line-break for the Samoans and Ireland had Kearney to thank for making a try-saving tackle on the powerful Alapati Leiua. Much like the previous two examples, Ireland were in a decent defensive position but a combination of errors cost them.As you can see in the pic below, Ireland have good numbers in defence. At worst, it’s a 5-on-4 scenario with O’Driscoll pushing across. Again, the touchline should be Ireland’s friend in this example.center_img MUCH HAS BEEN made of the fact that Ireland have lots of improving to do this week ahead of the clash with Australia on Saturday.One area where Ireland let themselves down against Samoa was in defence. Schmidt will have been unhappy with his side conceding four clean line-breaks and missing close to 20 tackles. However, Ireland kept the Samoan tryless, so there was clearly plenty of good work in defence too.There were outstanding defensive displays from the likes of Rory Best, Peter O’Mahony and Chris Henry in the tight, but overall Schmidt will be looking for a far better effort against Australia. As we’ll see in the examples below, the times Ireland did get cut open could have been avoided.The Kiwi works under the philosophy of constantly improving and always demanding accuracy, so he will have done video work with his team this morning, concentrating on these errors.Ireland’s line was broken for the first time after just 13 minutes. From a scrum on the left-hand side, Samoa ran a simple screen play with a pass behind a decoy runner. Ireland were opened up due to a combination of Brian O’Driscoll shooting out of the line too early and Gordon D’Arcy allowing himself to be blocked.last_img read more

Lowe prepared to give his all for Ireland but conflicted by stupid

first_img“Then I look at it from a perspective of potentially representing Ireland which is… Like, I’d do my absolute best if I was given the opportunity. And I understand that to a lot of loyalists it’s a weird prospect. To me, it’s a weird prospect.“We sat in a pub in Greece watching the Cricket World Cup”, Lowe added with a nod toward fellow guest Scott Fardy, “and I’m still supporting New Zealand but I’m like, ‘Am I allowed support New Zealand?’ Ireland weren’t there, so…Like I said, it’s very confusing but if the opportunity does come to represent Ireland — it’s still a long way away — but if I was given the opportunity, I’d do it full-heartedly. I wouldn’t leave people wondering if I was giving it my all. It’d be 100% for Ireland.The full Rugby World Cup preview show with Lowe and Scott Fardy is available in podcast form for The42 members. To become a member, sign up here.Murray Kinsella, Gavan Casey and Bernard Jackman make the case for Ireland winning… and tanking at the Rugby World Cup, as we gear up for Wales again:  Lowe explained that his only contact with soon-to-be Ireland head coach Farrell came at the end of last season when Farrell drove up alongside him on a rainy day in Dublin and offered him a lift to a local “watering hole”, but claimed no phone numbers were exchanged.He also shed further light on his move from New Zealand to Dublin, and how having agonisingly missed out on an All Blacks cap, he decided that it was time to park his lifelong dream in search of opportunity.“Literally, at the time when this [Leinster] contract came through, I was in a place called Taranaki which is midway down the North Island — beautiful part of the country,” said the 27-year-old. “And I was at a team-building exercise and I had Brad Weber next to me. We were on this coal track — you could do this thing where you could hop in a coal mine, in a cart, and there’s pedals and you’d pedal your way down.“I was literally on that, and I got this email from my agent. And I was like, ‘An offer’s come through’, and I showed Brad and he was like, ‘Holy heck!’ Because Brad Weber is a very good friend of mine but he was in the exact same position where he was on the fringe [of All Black contention], and we were supposed to make our debut together against Samoa. Obviously, I couldn’t because I had to get surgery, but he made his debut then.“I would have been in the exact same boat as him where I was given the opportunity, I would have been capped once and then I would have been battling hard every single year, trying to perform the best that I can just so I could hopefully sit on the bench for a couple of caps, you know?When you put it into perspective like that, like… I would have been happy. Obviously, it was a dream for me to play for the All Blacks, you know, being a kid from New Zealand. But then you get to a stage in your life where you’ve got to sometimes park dreams and think of opportunity. I got to a stage in my career where I was down to play a Test match [for the All Blacks] against Samoa in Samoa but I had to get shoulder surgery. So instead of me going, George Moala went over and he made his Test debut. So when I think about it like that, like if I hadn’t hurt my shoulder… It was pretty bad, I rehabbed it for six weeks and got back and was able to play, but I even met with the All Blacks coaches and they were like, ‘We don’t want to play you in your Test debut when you’re not at a hundred per cent. And you don’t want to do that either.’“So it’s like these fine margins that managed to get me here (to Ireland). Like, yeah, I would love to play international rugby, don’t get me wrong. And it would be such a privilege — such an honour — to represent Ireland. That would be awesome. Obviously, we’ve still got a long way to see if that’s going to happen.But it’s a weird rule, eh? Like, three years? It’s [moving] up to five which is probably more reasonable in a way. But it’s weird that I could be Irish, isn’t it? Like, it is weird. Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 7:57 PM Sep 5th 2019, 5:07 PM 86 Comments Lowe in action for the Chiefs in 2016. Source: Ross Setford“And this opportunity came in the weirdest of places. I was dripping sweat in this coal cart, pedalling away and my phone starts going mental. And I’m sitting there with Brad Weber in the same boat as me, and he’s going, ‘Man, I wish I got offered this.’“It’s so weird how it all came about. Short URL JAMES LOWE HAS revealed shoulder surgery put paid to his dream of representing the All Blacks in 2015, but says he wouldn’t ‘leave people wondering’ as to his commitment should he earn international selection by Andy Farrell’s Ireland upon his eligibility in 2020.The Leinster wing described rugby’s three-year residency rule as “stupid” and admitted he still finds the idea of his lining out in Irish green to be “a weird prospect”, but assured fans at The42′s Rugby World Cup preview event on Thursday night that he would give 100% for his adopted country if or when the call-up arises.From The42’s Rugby World Cup live preview event last night…James Lowe on the prospects of him playing for Ireland.To listen to the show in full, join The42 Membership. For more details on how to join, see https://t.co/gmmE7i3ndx pic.twitter.com/uCNjAq89OS— The42.ie (@The42_ie) September 5, 2019 “If I look at it, it’s a stupid rule, isn’t it? Like… I could dig myself a big hole here, obviously,” Lowe began to laughs at Liberty Hall Theatre.center_img Lowe prepared to give his all for Ireland but conflicted by ‘stupid’ and ‘weird’ residency rule The Leinster wing also revealed how close he was to making his All Blacks debut in 2015. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud 53,908 Views https://the42.ie/4796720 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gavan Casey Share1 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

The North Face Turned Recyclables From National Parks Into Clothing

first_img Like most folks who wear its clothing or use its outdoor gear, The North Face is a big fan of our national parks. This week, the company announced a new way it’s helping to keep our parks clean and beautiful.The North Face will be donating a portion of the sales from a new clothing line to The National Parks Foundation. Funds contributed by TNF have been earmarked for sustainability projects including water bottle refilling stations and bear-proof recycle bins.That’s not the only way the company is helping out, however. It all started with the raw materials. The new clothes are actually made from plastic bottles that were collected from three of America’s most-loved parks.More than 160,000 pounds of plastic was collected from Grand Tetons, Great Smoky Mountains, and Yosemite National Parks. It’s easy enough to see where all those bottles came from. Those three parks see a total of around 20 million visitors each year.The North Face has Bottle Source shirts for the whole family up for sale — including the excellent “John Muir is My Homeboy” tee that pays homage to the father of the National Park system. You can find them on its website and in U.S. stores. There’s also a limited edition tote that you can use to carry around your park necessities in a sustainable way.Its new Bottle Source range isn’t the only way The North Face supports sustainability efforts. The company also uses recycled polyester insulation in some of its core products like the Denali jacket. The same fill adds warmth to TNF’s Re-source hoodies and its signature packable blanket.The North Face has also started using Climate Beneficial wool. What’s Climate Beneficial wool, you ask? It’s wool sheared from sheep that graze on a carbon farm. The farms utilize “inexpensive organic management practices” to offset the greenhouse gasses produced by the flock. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. This Fabric Automatically Cools or Heats Depending on ConditionsNike Announces Paul George 3 ‘NASA’ Sneaker and Clothing Line center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic returning to NXT Videos following the 221

first_img Kurt Angle WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Cesaro Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Twitter Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Videos Articles Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic returning to NXTAs noted in previous spoiler reports, the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will be returning to NXT this year and was officially announced by William Regal last night.It was also announced that in addition to winning the trophy, the winning tag team will earn a shot at the NXT Tag Team Championships at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans.You can check out the clip below courtesy of WWE.#WWENXT GM @RealKingRegal has announced the return of The #DustyClassic… and a huge opportunity awaits the winning team! pic.twitter.com/sDpktiwXMv— WWE (@WWE) February 22, 2018Videos following the 2/21 NXTWWE posted the following videos after last night’s NXT. Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Seth Rollins Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

Dino Zoff reveals the secret of Donnarummas rise

first_imgLegendary Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff believes he understands the secret to Gianluigi Donnarumma’s improved form for Milan this season.The AC Milan shot-stopper appears to have overcome the off-field problems that affected him last season as he has gone on to establish himself as Italy’s No 1.“His secret? It’s simple, he became a man,” Zoff, regarded by many as the Azzurri’s greatest-ever shot-stopper after Gianluigi Buffon, told Football Italia via Corriere della Sera.“He’s more aware now, he’s an adult and he’s learning to manage the stages of his life, which are also phases during a match.Zoff also spoke of the resilience of the keeper suggesting he’s not overwhelmed by mistakes.His saves were evident and crucial in Milan’s last clash against AS Roma which helped the team salvage a 1-1 draw in a cagey encounter.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….DONNARUMMA WITH THE AMAZING DOUBLE SAVE! [via: @TVACM] pic.twitter.com/wilekEDyGL— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) February 3, 2019“He doesn’t fall to pieces after making a mistake anymore. The other night he missed a cross, so much so that moments later he made a superlative save.”The Rossoneri are currently ranked the fourth best defence in the Serie A which is partly due to the effort of the teenage goalkeeper.Gattuso’s men are in the race for a Champions League spot and have a chance of clinching a silverware in the Coppa Italia.last_img read more

Digital Security Act to criminilise legitimate media freedoms European diplomats

first_imgDigital security act.Prothom Alo IllustrationEuropean diplomats stationed in Dhaka on Thursday said the just-enacted Digital Security Act will “unduly restrict the freedom of expression and the freedom of the media”.This law, they added, will “undermine judicial procedural guarantees” as enshrined in the constitution of Bangladesh.The heads of mission of the European Union (EU) member states, the EU Delegation and the heads of mission of Norway and Switzerland iterated their concerns around several provisions of the law that were being widely opposed by the stakeholders.”In its current form the Act could be used to suppress and criminalise the legitimate exercise of these freedoms,” they observed in their joint statement, after parliament passed the law on 19 September.Different stakeholders including the Editors’ Council have already expressed apprehensions that this law might be used to limit the freedom of expressions and the media.The diplomats called upon the government of Bangladesh to continue consultations on this law and pursue the commitments taken during the Universal Periodic Review in last May.The government, including the law minister, had then assured stakeholders that consultations would be made on whether to retain a number of provisions in the law before its passage.Now the European diplomats asked the government to continue consultation to make the law compatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the constitution of Bangladesh.Those who issued the joint statement are Rensje Teerink, ambassador of EU Delegation, Mario Palma, ambassador of Italy, D Álvaro de Salas Giménez de Azcárate, ambassador of Spain, Charlotta Schlyter, ambassador of Sweden, Marie-Annick Bourdin, ambassador of France, Peter Fahrenholtz of German embassy, Harry Verweij, ambassador-designate at the Netherlands embassy, Winnie Estrup Petersen, ambassador-designate at Danish embassy, Kanbar Hossein-Bor, acting high commissioner of the British high commission, Sidsel Bleken, ambassador of Norway and René Holenstein, ambassador of Switzerland embassy.last_img read more

The Orville Takes a Break from TNG for some Black Mirror

first_img How Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’The Orville Brings a Much Better Trailer to SDCC From a rocky start to the season, The Orville has turned into one of the biggest surprises of the year. Sure, it’s copying of Star Trek: The Next Generation is almost a little too blatant, but it’s been an exceptionally good copy. Its earnestness and enthusiasm for classic, optimistic sci-fi make it easy to forgive the simplistic storytelling and pop culture references. TNG is a really good show, and The Orville is really good at making TNG. The problem for this episode is that it’s not nearly as good at making Black Mirror.The show begins with the Orville arriving above a planet identical to 21st century Earth. The explanation for how that’s possible is hasty and unsatisfying, but the original Star Trek reached a little far for some of their anachronistic space societies too. As offenses go, this one is forgivable. It’s made worse by the fact that this episode really doesn’t have anything new, or at all really, to say about 21st century Earth. This planet is a “pure democracy.” There are no written laws or systems of government. Everyone wears badges with an upvote button and a downvote button. When someone does something nice or you just want to give them a compliment, you upvote them. When someone slights you, you downvote them. Carrying too many downvotes results in being treated like less of a person. People can also vote on their smartphones if they see a video or photo of you doing something. If the act gets enough downvotes, it’s a crime and the accused must go on an apology tour. If the apology tour fails and a person reaches 10 Million downvotes, they’re effectively lobotomized.Penny Johnson Jerald, Adrianne Palicki, Halston Sage, J Lee (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)Whatever point The Orville is trying to make, it muddles it beyond recognition. All at once, it’s about conflating fact vs. opinion, how the court of public opinion can ruin innocent peoples’ lives, and how social media encourages us to instantly judge people based on a single photo. It makes none of those points very well, and doesn’t have anything to say about them other than it’s all bad. What makes Black Mirror work is that it’s bleak, unrelenting and makes a specific point. None of those are The Orville’s strong suit, so watching it attempt a Black Mirror-style episode turns into a frustrating mess.What makes things worse is that the show continues to have no idea how to handle John LaMarr. It’s like they created this character and completely forgot to give him a personality. This is the first episode where LaMarr is front and center, and we don’t know anything more about him than we did before. It’s nice to see him be something other than someone for Malloy to banter with, but this plot would have made worked just as well had any other character been in his place. Hell, it might have been better if Bortus or Kelly committed the “crime” instead, because at least we know something about their lives. The show went five episodes without giving us any sense of who LaMarr is. As a consequence, it’s impossible to get emotionally invested in his fate the way the show clearly wants us to. For the last two episodes, this show has shown huge strides in the right direction. Now more than ever, it desperately needs to devote some time to its characters. Eventually, it won’t matter how good an episode’s premise is if we don’t know anything about these people.Guest star Giorgia Whigham and Seth MacFarlane (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)I wish I had more to talk about here, but this episode wasn’t even bad in an interesting way. I’d even hesitate to call it outright bad. It held my attention for an hour. It did the bare minimum to keep things mildly interesting. In the end, it was just bland as bland can be. It began trying to say so many things, it ended up saying nothing. It gave an underused character some much-needed time in the spotlight and did nothing with him. Even the jokes felt like half-efforts at best. I will say one thing for this episode. The part where they take a girl from the planet up into their ship to figure out how to save LaMarr was alright. Introducing the uninitiated to the infinite wonders of space is always a feel-good moment. This and the ending where the one strength that The Orville has over Black Mirror shined through. The Orville can never be as brutally truthful as Black Mirror. But it has an optimism that by design isn’t part of Black Mirror’s vocabulary. The idea that if you can change one person’s habits, it can be the start of something good. For an aggressively mediocre episode of The Orville, it stuck the landing OK.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Right on the classical beats

first_imgThe dance troupe presented Krishnaarjuneeyam through Mohiniattam. It depicts the life and times of Lord Krishna and his favourite disciple Arjuna.Prasad is a rare blend of an academician and a performing artiste. She excels in four different classical styles viz Mohiniyattam, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Kathakali. She happens to be the foremost representative of Mohiniyattam in Dance Festivals in India and abroad. The five-day festival organised by the Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Govt of Delhi, Sahitya Kala Parishad and Seher opened on 8 October with a power-packed Bharatnatyam performance by Spanda Dance Company led by noted danseuse Leela Samson. She explored the new aspects of Bharatnatyam through her group presentation. On the second day, 9 October, visitors  witnessed Kolkata-based Anjika Centre for Manipuri Dance presenting Anantasakti. Choreographed by the group’s founder Priti Patel, it presents the cosmic play of the cycle of life and death. The ritualistic dances of Lai Haraoba showcased creation while Thang Ta dance form showcased the annihilation of evil. The third part, enacted through Rasleela, showed the act of preservation that maintains order and also makes us realise the power of supreme force that makes everything happen around us.last_img read more

Nipah scare in state after patient suffers from unknown fever for days

first_imgKolkata: There is a scare of Nipah virus amongst some people in the state, particularly after the incident of a middle-aged contact labourer suffering from an unknown fever for days in a city hospital, was reported.Whether he is a potential victim of Nipah virus, it is yet to be confirmed by the Beliaghata ID Hospital authorities, where he is admitted with fever and other symptoms common with that of Nipah. The hospital authorities have been waiting for the report, which is yet to arrive from the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsFruit bats are among the carriers of the virus that is named after Kampung Sungai Nipah, a Malaysian village that first witnessed an outbreak in 1998. In case of a Nipah virus attack, the mortality is rate is much higher than other diseases. The tests are done only at the National Institute of Virology. The city doctors have advised against consuming half-eaten fruits, after it was found that the first patient in Kerala, may have eaten mangoes that had residues of fruit bat saliva. The doctors have advised people to be cautious while having cut fruits. Dr Himadri Mukherjee said: “Infected humans can develop encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. The symptoms, typically starting about 5 to 14 days after the infection, include high fever, headache, drowsiness and disorientation that can advance to coma and death. Some patients also have respiratory distress.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”It is a deadly disease with high mortality rate. Summer is the season of fruit and this virus spreads from bat eaten fruits. So be cautious,” Dr Mukherjee added. Safiqul Haq, a resident Rejinagar in Murshidabad, returned from Bangalore two days ago, after suffering from fever for past twenty days. He went to Bangalore as a contractual labourer where he caught fever. After his return, he was taken to a hospital in Beldanga and later shifted to Murshidabad Medical College. After seeing the symptoms, the patient was referred to Beliaghata ID Hospital. He has been kept in an isolated ward of the hospital.According to the city doctors, fever, headache, vomiting, pain in body, convulsion are the symptoms of the disease. The patients can also faint if they are affected with the virus. The mortality rate is over 70 percent. Bengal has been put on alert after re-emergence of the virus in India. It may be mentioned that the recent outbreak of Nipah claimed 10 lives in Kerala and has caused a health scare all across. In 2001, as many as 45 people died of Nipah virus in the state. Initially, it was thought to be an unknown fever but NIV later detected the cause of the incident as Nipah virus. A second outbreak was reported in 2007 in Nadia, where 5 people died due to the virus. The virus also spread to our neighbouring country Bangladesh in 2011 and some North Bengal districts were also affected during that period.This deadly and contagious virus is spread to humans from animals and is carried by fruit bats and pigs. This virus is fatal to humans and mammals. There is also a confusion among the people over eating of fruits. Many have raised questions on how they can identify the fruits that are not pricked by bats.last_img read more

Oakwood Asia Pacific establishes presence in Malaysia

first_imgSigning the Agreement are Elsie Chua, Chairman of the Board of Plenitude Berhad  and Dean Schreiber, Managing Director of Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd.Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd, which manages an award-winning portfolio of the finest serviced apartments in the world for business and leisure travellers, confirmed a partnership with Plenitude Berhad today to open the first Oakwood-branded property in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the second half of 2016.Located in the Malaysian capital’s historic Ampang district, Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur aims to provide spacious living, comfort and security for both business and leisure travelers.“We are proud to establish our footprint in Malaysia with the opening of the first Oakwood-branded property in Kuala Lumpur,” said Dean Schreiber, managing director of Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd.“Kuala Lumpur is an important destination for us, especially with the Malaysian capital emerging as one of Southeast Asia’s most alluring metropoles. We have seen a rising demand for a dual hotel and residence property in the city and know that Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur will be an environment in which guests will feel right at home.“As more travelers appreciate the benefits of the Oakwood accommodation offering, we  will continue to grow our portfolio to meet these demands around the globe.”Elsie Chua, chairman of the board of Plenitude Berhad added, “We are excited to partner with Oakwood. They have a proven track record of more than 50 years in providing spacious residences to discerning travelers in key locations, complete with modern amenities and backed by informed, responsive service professionals which we think is suited to our building and its location.“We picked the Oakwood Residence brand for its promise of elegance, comfort and convenience, supported by personalised service that cares for your every guest and resident. Plenitude has invested RM50 million for the renovation and upgrading of Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur and the refreshed development will meet the varied needs of leisure and business travellers alike, seamlessly.”Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur will boast of 252 units, offering residents a calm oasis in the heart of the business district with a swimming pool, a children’s wading pool, gym and restaurant.These facilities are typical of the Oakwood Residence brand, which combines the spacious comfort of a private home with the services of hotel-like meeting rooms and a grand ballroom ideal for large group events.Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur will provide guests with a comfortable home environment that enables them to set their own schedules and enjoy day-to-day activities. Services and facilities also include a 24-hour concierge and front desk services, business services and highspeed Internet connection.Conveniently located along the bustling Jalan Ampang in the heart of the business district, the development counts many international embassies as its neighbours and is a short walk to attractions like the National Art Gallery and renowned restaurants.It is also a stone’s throw away from some of the Malaysian capital’s top attractions and shopping malls such as Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur City Center, as well as an international school.Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur is the company’s 28th Oakwood-branded property across 16 cities in Asia. Oakwood Asia PacificSource = Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd.last_img read more