Saah Millimono’s Award-winning Novel Launches Tomorrow

first_imgOn Friday 24th April 2015, Kwani Trust will launch Liberian author Saah Millimono’s Boy Interrupted at The Market Place in Monrovia. Described by Helon Habila as ‘a searing, heartbreaking love story set in the civil war years in Liberia’, this anticipated debut novel was the 1st Runner-up in the 2013 Kwani? Manuscript Project.With schools and universities having only recently resumed classes following the Ebola crisis, this event bringing together students, writers and the broader community to celebrate the publication of this novel by a young Liberian writer very much represents a moving forward, even as Boy, Interrupted offers a brave and affecting engagement with Liberia’s past.Millimono’s Boy Interrupted is the story of Tarnue, a young boy from ‘Monrovia-poor’, whose day-to-day concerns of school, parental pressures and the rewards of ice-cream and new sneakers are irrevocably interrupted by civil war.Helon Habila, winner of the 2015 Windham Campbell Prize and author of Measuring Time, describes the novel as a love story:‘Told in a direct, idiomatic style, the story takes us from the narrator’s difficult childhood years in Monrovia to a meeting with Kou, the beautiful girl who will change his life forever. Together they will witness their country’s descent into war and near cataclysmic destruction. Their love is tested by separation, loss, heartbreak, and emerges triumphant against all odds.’While Olufemi Terry, winner of the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing, has praised Millimono’s careful handling of violence and his distinctive voice:‘Saah Millimono’s Boy, Interrupted reads in parts like a reminiscence, and also like a news dispatch from the time of Liberia’s civil war. It is neither.  The writing is unaffected, the voice strong and fluent. A compelling debut novel that handles lurid subjects—violence, exploitation, displacement—with a keen sensitivity.’The novel will be launched on Friday 24th April at 12.30p.m. at The Market Place, Carey & Nelson Streets, Monrovia hosted by Kwani Trust and the Liberia Association of Writers.  Saah Millimono will be in conversation with Hawa Jande Golakai, author of The Lazarus Effect and part of the Africa39 list.Llord Aidoo, President of the Liberia Association of Writers, commented:‘Boy Interrupted is continuing no less a highly valuable tradition in Liberian literature that began back in 1891 with Joseph J. Walters’ Guanya Pau.  It is a long tradition we are very proud of.  With a rich narrative tapestry and incisive clarity, Saah Millimono’s explorations are more than worthy of this tradition.  Saah weaves a complex story through the vision and innocence of a child’s perspective on battled and bloodied events in Liberia’s past, and in doing this provides future generations with an architecture of history.  When Saah’s entry won 2nd place in the Kwani? Manuscript Project, we at the Liberia Association of Writers (LAW) were simply blown away. LAW are very proud to be jointly hosting this launch with Kwani Trust and celebrating this important new voice in Liberian literature.’Billy Kahora, Managing Editor of Kwani Trust, said:‘Kwani Trust set up the Kwani? Manuscript Project in 2012 to produce new novel titles across the continent. After launching, Kintu, a novel by a Ugandan writer in Kampala in 2014, Kwani Trust is now proud to launch its next title in the Kwani? Manuscript Project series, Boy Interrupted, by Saah Milimono in Monrovia, Liberia.  Saah’s novel, set in the civil war years of Liberia and told through the innocent eyes of a young boy called Tarnue, follows Kwani Trust’s tradition of producing works which address issues that force us out of our comfort zones.’About the Kwani? Manuscript ProjectThe Kwani? Manuscript Project (http://manuscript.kwani.org/) was launched in April 2012 and called for the submission of unpublished novel manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the diaspora. The prize received over 280 qualifying submissions from 19 African countries.  Boy Interrupted by Saah Millimono (originally submitted as One Day I Will Write About This War) was the 1st runner up.   The winners were selected from a shortlist of seven by a high-profile panel of judges chaired by award-winning Sudanese novelist Jamal Mahjoub and including former Deputy Editor of Granta magazine Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, leading scholar of African literature Professor Simon Gikandi, Chairman of Kenyatta University’s Literature Department Dr. Mbugua wa Mungai, editor of Zimbabwe’s Weaver Press Irene Staunton and internationally renowned Nigerian writer Helon Habila.Boy, Interrupted is the second novel to publish in the Kwani? Manuscript Project series.  Winner of the prize Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Kintu which was published by Kwani Trust in June 2014 to much critical acclaim, with Makumbi recently heralded by Aaron Bady at The New Enquiry as ‘one of the most fresh and important African writers’.Kwani Trust plans to publish four novels coming out of the Kwani? Manuscript Project in 2015, with Nikhil Singh’s Taty Went West and Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay with Me following next.  Leading editor Ellah Wakatama Allfrey has been working closely with each of the writers to develop and fulfill the literary promise the prize identified in their writing.  The Trust will also be partnering with regional and global agents and publishing houses to secure high profile international co-publication opportunities for these novels.The Kwani? Manuscript Project has been made possible with the support of Ford Foundation, Lambent Foundation, Commonwealth Writers and Stichting Doen.  The project was initiated by the Prince Claus Award to Kwani Trust in 2010.About Boy, Interrupted‘We were hardly prepared for the flames that would soon engulf the country, sending Liberian refugees spilling over the borders’What happens when a young boy’s life is interrupted by war? Two young classmates, Tarnue, a boy from ‘Monrovia-poor’, and Kou, the cherished daughter of a big man in government, strike up an unlikely, yet instinctual friendship. It is 1989 in Liberia and when civil war comes, day-to-day concerns of school, parental pressure and the luxurious rewards of ice cream and new sneakers irrevocably disappear.Liberian Saah Millimono’s debut is a moving account of a boy’s life in a time of crisis.  Tarnue is at times clear-eyed and wise beyond his years, at others bewildered by the impact of national upheaval on his already challenging existence as Charles Taylor’s forces enter Liberia.  Millimono’s is a brave, honest voice. With prose that is authentic and spare, this story of one boy caught up in cataclysmic events is a powerful indictment of the trauma, and the pity, of war.The novel is published in paperback priced at Ksh 800/$10 and will be published as an ebook priced at Ksh 350/$4.  Both are available to order at:http://kwani.org/publication/kwani-series/191/boy_interrupted.htmShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa’s Constitution

first_imgSouth Africa’s Constitutional Court, which upholds the Constitution, at night. As the supreme law of the country, the Constitution binds all organs of the state – legislative, executive and judicial – at all levels of government.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library)South Africa’s Constitution, admired and respected around the world for its pioneering approach to human rights, is the symbol of a remarkable negotiated transition – one that turned a country ravaged by apartheid and oppression into one that celebrates democracy and freedom.The interim Constitution, which came into effect in 1994, not only set the stage for South Africa’s first democratic elections, but was – as the document itself explained – “a historic bridge between the past of a deeply divided society characterised by strife, conflict, untold suffering and injustice, and a future founded on the recognition of human rights, democracy and peaceful co-existence and development opportunities for all South Africans, irrespective of colour, race, class, belief or sex”.Background to the ConstitutionThe interim Constitution was negotiated between representatives of organisations involved in the liberation struggle, political parties and other groups. After the first democratic elections on 27 April 1994, the elected representatives, meeting as a body called the Constitutional Assembly, drafted a new Constitution. In 1996, after two years of public consultation and much debate, the final Constitution was at last adopted.See the Constitutional Court’s website for more about the history of the Constitution.Constitutional supremacySection 2 of Chapter 1 – which is entitled “Supremacy of Constitution” – states: “This Constitution is the supreme law of the Republic; law or conduct inconsistent with it is invalid, and the obligations imposed by it must be fulfilled.”Although South Africa did have a constitution before the interim Constitution of 1994 and the final Constitution of 1996, the “tri-cameral” constitution (which established three separate houses of parliament for whites, coloureds and Indians) was not supreme. Instead, a system of parliamentary sovereignty prevailed – which meant the legislature could pass any laws it liked, as long as the correct procedure was followed.Nowadays, however, the Constitution is superior to Parliament and is the yardstick by which all laws and acts of state are judged. It applies to all organs of government – including Parliament, the Presidency, the police force, the army and the public service. This means any law that violates the Constitution, or any conduct that conflicts with it, can now be challenged and struck down by the courts – most notably the Constitutional Court, which is the highest court in the land when it comes to constitutional matters.Constitutional entrenchmentThe Constitution itself is protected, which means it is harder for the legislature to change it than is the case with ordinary legislation.Section 74(2) states that bills amending the Constitution require a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly as well as a supporting vote of six of the nine provinces represented in the National Council of Provinces.However, a bill amending Section 1 of the Constitution, which sets out the founding values, requires a 75 percent majority.Constitutional rightsHuman rights occupy pride of place in the Constitution. The preamble refers to fundamental rights and the first section of Chapter 1 (Founding Provisions) says South Africa is founded on: “Human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms”.Chapter 2 contains South Africa’s Bill of Rights. It is this part of the Constitution that has attracted the greatest interest – and has had the greatest impact on South Africans – in the past few years.The first words of the chapter introduce the Bill of Rights as a “cornerstone of democracy” that “enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom”.Among the rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights are the right to life, equality, human dignity, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of association, political rights and the right to peaceful assembly and demonstration. These are the usual “first generation” rights that are guaranteed in most democratic countries.However, a distinctive feature of our right to equality is that it includes a prohibition against unfair discrimination based on sexual orientation – making South Africa the first nation in the world to insert such a clause.Our Bill of Rights also contains socioeconomic rights, or “second generation” rights. They place a duty on the government to work to provide education, health services, water and housing.The last group of rights in the Bill of Rights – the “third generation” rights – often attract praise for our Constitution. They include the right to having the environment protected, the right of access to information and the right to just administrative action.Another special feature of our Bill of Rights – and one it shares with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – is the limitations clause, which allows competing and conflicting rights to be balanced. Section 36 of the Constitution (headed “Limitation of rights”), lays down a test that any limitation must meet. The two central concepts are reasonableness and proportionality: any restriction on a right must be reasonable and must be proportional in that the impact or extent of the restriction must match the importance of the aim served by the limitation of the right.The rights conferred by the Constitution have been the basis of a number of groundbreaking cases. For examples of South Africa’s recent human-rights jurisprudence, see the Constitutional Court website’s discussion of rights for women, children, workers and gays and lesbians. Institutions to support democracyA significant feature of our Constitution is that it sets up several independent bodies to support and safeguard democracy. These are often referred to as the “Chapter 9 institutions”, because they have their origins in that part of the Constitution. These are:The Auditor-GeneralThe Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic CommunitiesThe Commission on Gender EqualityThe Human Rights CommissionThe Independent Electoral Commission The Public ProtectorStructure and other contentsOther than a preamble at the beginning and seven schedules at the end, the Constitution is arranged into 14 chapters, namely:Chapter 1: Founding Provisions (sections 1-6)Chapter 2: Bill of Rights (sections 7-39)Chapter 3: Cooperative Government (sections 40-41)Chapter 4: Parliament (sections 42-82)Chapter 5: The President and National Executive (sections 83-102)Chapter 6: Provinces (sections 103-150)Chapter 7: Local Government (sections 151-164)Chapter 8: Courts and Administration of Justice (sections 165-180)Chapter 9: State Institutions Supporting Constitutional Democracy (sections 181-194)Chapter 10: Public Administration (sections 195-197)Chapter 11: Security Services (sections 198-210)Chapter 12: Traditional Leaders (sections 211-212)Chapter 13: Finance (sections 213-230A)Chapter 14: General Provisions (sections 231-243)Chapters 3 to 7 detail the country’s democratic system of government, one characteristic of which is the stress on interaction between the national, provincial and local levels through the mechanism of cooperative governance.Other important characteristics are those generally considered essential to democracy, such as the specification of the manner in which representatives are elected, limitations on terms of office, and the majorities required to pass legislation.The Constitution goes on to deal with the courts and administration of justice, public administration, security services (defence, police and intelligence), the role of traditional leaders and finance.The final chapter covers general provisions, including international agreements and international law. Among other things, the final chapter requires that all constitutional obligations “be performed diligently and without delay”.Coming late to democracy, South Africa was able to draw on the collective wisdom of the democratic countries of the world in creating its Constitution. Having come along a route of struggle and pain, the country took the process deeply to heart – and takes great pride in the result. Useful linksThe Constitutional CourtSouth African Government OnlineGovernment Communication and Information SystemThe Auditor-GeneralThe Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic CommunitiesThe Commission on Gender Equality The Human Rights CommissionThe Independent Electoral CommissionThe Public Protectorlast_img read more

Hadoop: What It Is And How It Works

first_imgSteps to Building a Successful and Scalable Sal… brian proffitt Crucial Online Reputation Management Insights i… How to Manage Remote Sales Teams Related Posts center_img You can’t have a conversation about Big Data for very long without running into the elephant in the room: Hadoop. This open source software platform managed by the Apache Software Foundation has proven to be very helpful in storing and managing vast amounts of data cheaply and efficiently.But what exactly is Hadoop, and what makes it so special? Basically, it’s a way of storing enormous data sets across distributed clusters of servers and then running “distributed” analysis applications in each cluster.It’s designed to be robust, in that your Big Data applications will continue to run even when individual servers — or clusters — fail. And it’s also designed to be efficient, because it doesn’t require your applications to shuttle huge volumes of data across your network.Here’s how Apache formally describes it:The Apache Hadoop software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models. It is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, each offering local computation and storage. Rather than rely on hardware to deliver high-availability, the library itself is designed to detect and handle failures at the application layer, so delivering a highly available service on top of a cluster of computers, each of which may be prone to failures.Look deeper, though, and there’s even more magic at work. Hadoop is almost completely modular, which means that you can swap out almost any of its components for a different software tool. That makes the architecture incredibly flexible, as well as robust and efficient.Hadoop Distributed Filesystem (HDFS)If you remember nothing else about Hadoop, keep this in mind: It has two main parts – a data processing framework and a distributed filesystem for data storage. There’s more to it than that, of course, but those two components really make things go.The distributed filesystem is that far-flung array of storage clusters noted above – i.e., the Hadoop component that holds the actual data. By default, Hadoop uses the cleverly named Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), although it can use other file systems as well.HDFS is like the bucket of the Hadoop system: You dump in your data and it sits there all nice and cozy until you want to do something with it, whether that’s running an analysis on it within Hadoop or capturing and exporting a set of data to another tool and performing the analysis there.Data Processing Framework & MapReduceThe data processing framework is the tool used to work with the data itself. By default, this is the Java-based system known as MapReduce. You hear more about MapReduce than the HDFS side of Hadoop for two reasons:It’s the tool that actually gets data processed.It tends to drive people slightly crazy when they work with it.In a “normal” relational database, data is found and analyzed using queries, based on the industry-standard Structured Query Language (SQL). Non-relational databases use queries, too; they’re just not constrained to use only SQL, but can use other query languages to pull information out of data stores. Hence, the term NoSQL.But Hadoop is not really a database: It stores data and you can pull data out of it, but there are no queries involved – SQL or otherwise. Hadoop is more of a data warehousing system – so it needs a system like MapReduce to actually process the data.MapReduce runs as a series of jobs, with each job essentially a separate Java application that goes out into the data and starts pulling out information as needed. Using MapReduce instead of a query gives data seekers a lot of power and flexibility, but also adds a lot of complexity.There are tools to make this easier: Hadoop includes Hive, another Apache application that helps convert query language into MapReduce jobs, for instance. But MapReduce’s complexity and its limitation to one-job-at-a-time batch processing tends to result in Hadoop getting used more often as a data warehousing than as a data analysis tool.(See also Hadoop Adoption Accelerates, But Not For Data Analytics.)Scattered Across The ClusterThere is another element of Hadoop that makes it unique: All of the functions described act as distributed systems, not the more typical centralized systems seen in traditional databases.In a database that uses multiple machines, the work tends to be divided out: all of the data sits on one or more machines, and all of the data processing software is housed on another server (or set of servers).On a Hadoop cluster, the data within HDFS and the MapReduce system are housed on every machine in the cluster. This has two benefits: it adds redundancy to the system in case one machine in the cluster goes down, and it brings the data processing software into the same machines where data is stored, which speeds information retrieval. Like we said: Robust and efficient.When a request for information comes in, MapReduce uses two components, a JobTracker that sits on the Hadoop master node, and TaskTrackers that sit out on each node within the Hadoop network.The process is fairly linear: The Map part is accomplished by the JobTracker dividing computing jobs up into defined pieces and shifting those jobs out to the TaskTrackers on the machines out on the cluster where the needed data is stored. Once the job is run, the correct subset of data is Reduced back to the central node of the Hadoop cluster, combined with all the other datasets found on all of the cluster’s machines.HDFS is distributed in a similar fashion. A single NameNode tracks where data is housed in the cluster of servers, known as DataNodes. Data is stored in data blocks on the DataNodes. HDFS replicates those data blocks, usually 128MB in size, and distributes them so they are replicated within multiple nodes across the cluster.This distribution style gives Hadoop another big advantage: Since data and processing live on the same servers in the cluster, every time you add a new machine to the cluster, your system gains the space of the hard drive and the power of the new processor.Kit Your HadoopAs mentioned earlier, users of Hadoop don’t have to stick with just HDFS or MapReduce. For its Elastic Compute Cloud solutions, Amazon Web Services has adapted its own S3 filesystem for Hadoop. DataStax’ Brisk is a Hadoop distribution that replaces HDFS with Apache Cassandra’s CassandraFS.To get around MapReduce’s first-in-first-out limitations, the Cascading framework gives developers an easier tool in which to run jobs and more flexibility to schedule jobs.Hadoop is not always a complete, out-of-the-box solution for every Big Data task. MapReduce, as noted, is enough of a pressure point that many Hadoop users prefer to use the framework only for its capability to store lots of data fast and cheap.But Hadoop is still the best, most widely used system for managing large amounts of data quickly when you don’t have the time or the money to store it in a relational database. That’s why Hadoop is likely to remain the elephant in the Big Data room for some time to come.(See also ReadWrite’s Hadoop coverage.) Tags:#Big Data#Explainer#Hadoop How Do You Determine Which Partners Will Fuel Y…last_img read more

Scary start: Cavs dealing with numerous early-season issues

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in New York. The Nets won 112-107. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James dressed up as Pennywise, the devilishly demented clown from the movie “It” for his annual Halloween party.The makeup made him unrecognizable. He was menacing, frightening.ADVERTISEMENT After a night of connecting in costume, the Cavs, who host Indiana on Wednesday, didn’t hide their problems during their pre-practice discussion that coach Tyronn Lue described as a “long talk.”“Off the court we’ve got great chemistry, great bond,” Lue said. “On the court we just gotta be better. Like, talking, communicating, enjoying the game together. Having fun. Right now guys are not having fun.”There isn’t much to smile about.Following losses to Orlando, Brooklyn, New Orleans and New York in the past 10 days, the Cavs are ranked near the bottom of the NBA in defense and are giving up nearly 14 3-pointers per game. They’re coming off losses by a combined 41 points in their past two games, prompting Lue to say that James, who missed much of the preseason with an ankle injury, and others need to get in better shape.READ: Pelicans too much for LeBron’s Cavaliers ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Lately, James and his Cavaliers teammates haven’t scared anyone on the floor.With four losses in their past five games, defensive issues, injuries and new players still trying to figure things out, the Cavs had a lengthy meeting on Tuesday before they practiced. It was a chance to clear the air and perhaps reset a season for a team that hasn’t come close to playing up to its potential.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Amid skid, Cavaliers dress up for Halloween; LeBron is Pennywise “The slow start that we’ve had prompted us to just all get on the same page and kind of figure out what we need to do,” center Kevin Love said. “I feel like we can get in better shape, that’s going to help us on the defensive end. Communication, energy and just getting the new guys adjusted. So time will tell how it’s going to play out, but we have a lot of really good positive energy from today, so, it was a great practice.” “I think it was good for us,” Love said. “I think it definitely lightened the mood and it was definitely a get-to-know-you moment with a lot of guys. We all get along, have fun, but I think in some odd way it will definitely help us.”At this point, it can’t hurt the Cavs. LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cleveland’s transition defense has been brutal, and Lue said some of that may be due to conditioning. He pushed the Cavs hard at both ends during Tuesday’s workout and noticed a change.“Watching us today, damn,” Lue said. “It’s a big difference. I’m screaming play with pace, and move the ball, move bodies, we got to get in better shape to do that.”James sprained his left ankle during Cleveland’s second practice in training camp and only played in one exhibition. Although he hasn’t shown any major decline in his game, the 32-year-old is not having the impact Lue needs James to have on the defensive end.It’s hard to ask him for more, but Lue has no choice.“Missing the whole training camp and getting hurt the second day of practice really set him back as far as being able to fly around and push the pace offensively and defensively fly around,” Lue said. “He’s trying to work himself back in shape, but the games are coming so fast and it’s hard to really do that. The best way to do that is by him playing more minutes and getting in game shape and we just got to go from there.”Lue knew this would take time. With Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Jeff Green and Jae Crowder among the new players on Cleveland’s roster this season, there were bound to be growing pains. Lue just didn’t expect them to hurt this much.However, Lue has confidence the group is beginning to gel.“They’ve been in winning situations,” he said. “We’re just trying to figure it out. Today’s start of film and practice, I think guys are getting a clear understanding of what they need to do.”As the Cavs work out the kinks, they were able to relax at James’ party, which has become a social media must-see-event.Love shaved off his beard and endured a long makeup session to dress up as WWE wrestler Sting. Kyle Korver was the Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka, and Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Union, went as pop lip-synching sensations Milli Vanilli. Ball, Lakers romp past Pistons Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READlast_img read more

Sultan is taking Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma to the wrestling capital of Europe

first_imgSalman Khan and Anushka Sharma have a special date with Budapest. The actors are heading to the Hungarian capital to shoot for the final portion of Sultan.WATCH: Salman and Anushka in the first song from Sultan, Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai ALSO READ: If not for Salman Khan, Randeep Hooda wouldn’t have done SultanThe stars will be leaving for Budapest on Thursday (June 2), and will be in the Eastern European city till June 6 to complete the shooting of the much-awaited film.According to a statement, Budapest was chosen for its relevance to the film’s plot. The city is also known as the wrestling capital of Europe.In the Ali Abbas Zafar film, Salman plays the title character – a wrestler, who goes on to win the gold medal for India in wrestling. But due to certain reasons, he leaves wrestling and returns to the sport after some time, when age and an unfit body are hurdles in front of him. He is then coached in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) by Randeep Hooda’s character and reaches the big stage.Anushka plays Salman’s love interest in the film. Her character is also that of a wrestler. Once done with Budapest, Sharma will return to Punjab immediately to complete shooting for her home production Phillauri.A few days ago, Anushka was in Patiala to shoot for Phillauri. A tweet from the PK actor read: Grateful for the response to the trailer @SultanTheMovie. Back to Patiala for #Phillauri. Work mode always on ????? pic.twitter.com/BvRfLg3t72advertisement Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) May 25, 2016Salman and Anushka’s Sultan is slated for an Eid release this year.last_img read more

Tennessee JUCO Commit Jonathan Kongbo Tells Alabama, “We’re Coming For (You)”

first_imgA high end zone view of Neyland Stadium(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It seems fairly obvious that Tennessee JUCO signee Jonathan Kongbo has Oct. 15 circled on his calendar. That’s the day the Volunteers host the reigning national champions, Alabama, at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. Kongbo, one of the top defensive recruits in the country, previously posted a video of himself working out with a “Bama We Coming” sign in the background. Now, in an interview with Rocky Top Insider, Kongbo all but guaranteed a victory against the Crimson Tide. His response comes after being asked about the Tennessee-themed trash talk from Florida’s Jalen Tabor. On the trash talk from Florida’s Jalen Tabor:“Well I mean, I just kind of laughed at it because I know we’re going to beat Florida. I know we’re going to beat Alabama. We’re going to beat all those teams. So I’ll say right now, we’re going to beat every team we play next year. I just really laughed at it, especially the comments that Jalen made. It was funny. We’ll see what Jalen Hurd does to him though.”On his final message:“I mean, kind of the main thing is, if you want to be the best you got to beat the best. And we know Alabama won the national championship this year and the message that I’m sending to them is that ain’t no one around here scared of that. We’re coming for them. It’s football so once the pads are on, you’ve got to figure out how to win so we’ll see.”Alabama-Tennessee should be pretty, pretty fun this year.[RTI]last_img read more

Study funds that Vermont is top state for inbound moves

first_imgST. LOUIS — Vermont’s population is among the smallest in the U.S., but a study from United Van Lines indicate people are moving to the New England state.The suburban St. Louis-based moving company on Wednesday released its 42nd annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns.Vermont has the second-smallest population among states, exceeding only Wyoming. Yet Vermont saw the highest percentage of inbound moves in 2018.Four Western states filled out the top 5: Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona.New Jersey had highest percentage of outbound moves, followed by Illinois, Connecticut, New York and Kansas.The study showed that Americans continue to move west and south. The Mountain West and South regions saw high percentages of inbound moves. The Northeast and Midwest had high percentages of outbound moves.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Mushtaq Ali Trophy Ktaka Maha set up title clash Mumbai bow out

first_imgIndore: Maharashtra and Karnataka set up the title clash in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy after posting win in their last respective Super League matches Tuesday, while Mumbai bowed out of the premier domestic T20 tournament despite trouncing Uttar Pradesh. Mumbai defeated Uttar Pradesh by 46 runs in their last Super League Group B game, but that was not enough for them to find a place in the finals. From Group B, it was Karnataka, who made it to the summit clash after defeating Vidarbha by six wickets. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWith this win, Karnataka remained unbeaten in the Super League stage and topped the table with 16 points. From the Super League Group A, Maharashtra stormed into the finals after winning all their four games. They topped the table with 16 points. The final of the domestic T20 championship will be played at the Holkar Stadium here on March 14. With the two finalists decided now, the Gujarat versus Bengal final Group A Super League match has been reduced to a ‘dead rubber’. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenAs per the format this time, the final is to be played between the two teams who top their respective group in terms of points at the Super League stage. Karnataka restricted Vidarbha to a modest 138/7 with pacer R Vinay Kumar (2-27) leading from the front. Later, skipper Manish Pandey struck a fluent unbeaten 49 to guide his side home. Pandey hammered three fours and two sixes in his 35-ball knock. Opener Rohan Kadam (39) and Karun Nair (24) also chipped in with valueable knocks. On the other hand, Maharashtra dished out a clinical show to beat Railways by 21 runs. Maharashtra, coached by Surendra Bhave, posted a competitive 177/5 with wicketkeeper Nikhil Naik scoring an unbeaten 95. Naushad Shaikh also played his part to perfection with a gritty 59. Maharashtra bowlers, led by left-arm medium pacer Samad Fallah (3-37), then shot out Railways for 156 to maintain their unbeaten run in the Super League stage. Earlier in the day, put into bat, Mumbai posted a massive 183/7 with Siddhesh Lad top scoring with 62 off just 44 balls. After losing opener Jay Bista (0) on the first ball, Lad and Eknath Kerkar (46 off 36 balls) stitched a 96-run stand for the second wicket to lay the foundation for a big total. Then skipper Shreyas Iyer (43 off 27 balls) played his usual attacking game and when he departed Mumbai had crossed the 175-run mark. For UP, who were out of the reckoning for a berth in the finals before the match, captain Ankit Rajpoot (3-47) was the pick of the bowlers.last_img read more

Obesity speeds up puberty onset in boys

first_imgBoys with obesity, or excess belly fat, enter puberty at an earlier age than average, scientists have found. Researchers from the University of Chile conducted the study on 527 Chilean boys ages four to seven years. They found that both total body obesity and central obesity, or excess belly fat, were associated with greater odds of starting puberty before age nine. “With the increase in childhood obesity worldwide, there has been an advance in the age at which puberty begins in girls,” said Maria Veronica Mericq, the lead investigator of the study. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”However, in boys the evidence has been controversial,” said Mericq. Some studies have found that obesity delayed puberty, whereas another study showed that only overweight but not obesity induced earlier puberty in boys. Early puberty — called precocious puberty — is linked to possible problems including stunted growth and emotional-social problems, researchers said. The team found that the prevalence of total obesity increased with age, from 22 per cent of boys ages 6 to 7 years to 28.6 per cent at 11.4 years, the average age at onset of puberty for this group. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardCentral obesity also increased in that timeframe, from 11.8 per cent to 17.4 per cent. Precocious puberty reportedly occurred in 45 boys, or nine per cent. Total obesity and central obesity from ages four to seven raised the odds of early puberty compared with having a healthy weight. For instance, among boys age five or six, those with obesity had nearly 2.7 times the odds of starting puberty early, and those with central obesity had almost 6.4 higher odds of puberty before age nine, Mericq said. She explained that central obesity more closely relates to fat mass, because a higher BMI may reflect increased muscle, especially in athletes. “Early puberty might increase the risk of behaviour problems and in boys could be related to a higher incidence of testicular cancer in adulthood,” Mericq said.last_img read more

IGNCA welcomes Indian New Year with musical evening

first_imgIndira Gandhi National Center for the Arts welcomed ‘Nav Samvatsar 2076’ with power packed performance by Pandit Gajadhar Pathak, Hindustani classical singing by Vidushi Rita Dev, violin playing by Viduasi Apuapriya Devtale and Haryanavi Ragini singing by famous folklorist Palaram.The program started with Saraswati Veena Vadan and Shankha Nada by Pandit Gajadhar Pathak, who along with his team from Mathura enthralled the audience. After this, Dr Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA lighted the lamp and gave best wishes for the Indian New Year ‘Nav Samvatasar 2076’. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHe said that ‘Indian New Year’ is a day to celebrate as it is believed that four Vedas were composed on the same day. He further explained that it is important to for us to introduce younger generation to our culture and beliefs, and make them aware of Indian heritage and traditions. “As a part of this effort, IGNCA is organising ‘Welcome Nav Samvatsar’. Let’s start by celebrating our traditional New Year, and gradually our younger generation will understand its importance and will participate in it,” he added Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAfter this, Vidushi Rita Dev presented the Bhakti Geet in the Hindustani classical style. She started her performance with ‘Mero Man Ram Ram Rate ….’ in Raga Aheer Bhairava. She was accompanied by Vinay Mishra on harmonium, Uma Prasanna on flute, Gautam Majumdar on tabla and Ustad Ahsan Ali on Sarangi. Later, Vidushi Apurapia Devtale caught all the attention for her remarkable performance. She presented the Raga Mukhari, Madhya laya, Druta Teen Taala on the violin. At the end of the program, Paley Ram presented the popular Folk Music Ragini along with his team.last_img read more