India’s Rare Tea Picked Under a Full Moon

first_imgSet 2,200m high on the steep slopes of the Indian Himalayas and surrounded by the ice-capped peaks of Khangchendzonga, the world’s third-highest mountain, the hills surrounding Darjeeling are – quite literally – breath-taking. Wild elephants and tigers roam the valley ridges and Buddhist monasteries cling to the slopes, but it’s Darjeeling’s vast blanket of emerald-green tea plantations that has led its cash crop to be called the ‘Champagne of teas’ and propelled it to international fame.Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img read more

London Olympics: Team Britain wins gold in men’s team sprint cycling

first_imgBritain won gold at the velodrome in world record time on Thursday, beating France in the men’s team sprint final. Britain’s Chris Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won in a time of 42.600 seconds, knocking 0.147 seconds off the world record they had set earlier in the day, and beating France’s Gregory Bauge, Michael d’Almeida and Kevin Sireau by 0.413 seconds.With the win, Hoy picked up his fifth Olympic gold and sixth overall, and secured a place in history for winning medals at four consecutive Olympics.Germany’s team of Rene Enders, Robert Forstemann and Maximilian Levy won the bronze medal, edging out Australia’s Matthew Clatezer, Shane Perkins and Scott Sunderland.The Germans won the bronze medal match in a time of 43.209 seconds, with the Australians 0.146 seconds behind.The women’s team sprint earlier saw controversy when Germany took the gold after their Chinese opponents’ winning performance in the final was disallowed for an illegal changeover.The same fault had previously seen the British team disqualified, allowing the Germans to take the hosts’ place in the final. Australia took bronze, beating Ukraine.last_img read more

Tokyo unveil new logo for 2020 Olympics after plagiarism row

first_imgA ring of interconnected indigo blue rectangular shapes is the new symbol of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Opting for simplicity and harmony, organizers unveiled the new official logo on Monday, seven months after an initial design was scrapped over allegations of plagiarism.The winning logo, by Japanese designer Asao Tokolo, is entitled Harmonized Checkered Emblem. It features three varieties of indigo blue rectangular shapes to represent different countries, cultures and ways of thinking.”My mind has gone blank as I just found out my design won,” Tokolo said. “I put a lot of time and effort into this design as though it was my own child.”Organizers said the checkered design in the traditional Japanese color of indigo blue expresses a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan.The previous logo by Kenjiro Sano was scrapped last year over allegations of plagiarism because of its similarity to the logo of a theater in Belgium.A special selection committee was subsequently established to choose the new logo. The committee selected the winning design from four finalists that were shortlisted from 14,599 entries submitted in a contest open to the public.The logo has a corresponding design for the Paralympics.Japanese baseball great Sadaharu Oh, who was a member of the selection committee, announced the winning design. The unveiling ceremony was attended by Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori, International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates and Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe.”The new Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 emblem symbolizes important elements of the Tokyo 2020 Games vision and the underlying concepts of achieving personal best, unity in diversity and connecting to tomorrow,” Coates said. “I congratulate the Tokyo 2020 team for the inclusive process that led to this selection.”advertisementlast_img read more

Megan Rapinoe enjoys whirlwind, focuses on football pay fight

first_imgRapinoe and her teammates were feted with a ticker-tape parade in New York after their World Cup victory. She shared the same float with U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro, basking in the chants of “USA” and “Equal Pay.” The U.S. women’s team sued the federation in March for gender and pay discrimination.At the post-parade celebration at City Hall, Cordeiro said, “We believe at U.S. Soccer that all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay.” However, so far the two sides haven’t reached an agreement, with a May 5 trial date set in federal court in Los Angeles.Rapinoe says there’s a “major discrepancy” in pay for accomplishing the same success on the field compared to the U.S. men’s team. The 34-year-old said she can’t understand why female athletes must fight their soccer federation so hard for pay and benefits.“I guess other than just not believing that we deserve it or not willing to pay,” she said. “I think it’s really counterintuitive, you have two really amazing products in both the men’s and women’s teams that are both very successful by a lot of different metrics. It’s a huge growing business. Soccer in general is growing exponentially in the country, so why not be able to leverage your best assets instead of fighting them all the time?”U.S. Soccer has maintained that compensation for each team is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements and the pay structures are different as a result. The federation has also said the men generate more revenue than the women.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s very surreal to say the least,” Rapinoe said. “Downtime? When I sleep, that’s my only rest time. It’s mostly good stuff, so hard to complain.”Julie Foudy, a World Cup champion with the U.S. in 1991 and ’99, calls Rapinoe the “golden girl.” She won the FIFA Golden Boot and the Golden Ball for most goals and best player, respectively, after the U.S. beat the Netherlands 2-0 in July at the World Cup in France.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceNow she’s the winner of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year award, presented at the 40th annual event hosted by Billie Jean King on Wednesday night.“They’re such a force in women’s sports and beyond,” Rapinoe said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ However, that argument has been debated by the women’s legal representatives, given the women’s two consecutive World Cup titles and the revenue generated from both victory tours.The U.S. capped its latest victory tour with a 1-1 tie against South Korea before a crowd of 33,027 at Soldier Field on Oct. 6. Rapinoe lofted a perfect pass on a corner kick to Carli Lloyd, whose header tied the match.Rapinoe said it’s 50-50 on a settlement before the trial date.“I think it would probably be in everyone’s best interests not to drag this thing out or drag it through court, but that’s really up to them,” she said. “We deserve what is fair and right under the law.”Rapinoe received the FIFA player of the year award in Milan last month but didn’t get a chance to talk with FIFA President Gianni Infantino about another pay gap — the U.S. women’s team received $4 million for winning the World Cup while the French men’s team received $38 million in 2018.Infantino has said FIFA’s total prize money for the participating women’s teams will double from $30 million to $60 million at the 2023 World Cup. The men’s teams received $400 million in total prize money in 2018.King knows something about a pay fight. She threatened a boycott of the 1973 U.S. Open, reaching an agreement with a company to pay the difference before tennis leaders offered equal pay to the winners.“They’d be heroes if they did it,” King said of the U.S. Soccer leadership. “It’s the right thing to do, right side of history.”On Sunday, Rapinoe will be aiming for another title when her club team, Reign FC, faces defending champion North Carolina in a National Women’s Soccer League semifinal. The final is Oct. 27.The next match for the U.S. team is an exhibition against Sweden on Nov. 7 in Columbus, Ohio. New U.S. general manager Kate Markgraf, a former national player, wants to hire a replacement for Ellis by then. Rapinoe’s Reign coach Vlatko Andonovski is among the candidates. Wizards sign Beal to 2-year, $72 million extension DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201301:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, photo, soccer star Megan Rapinoe talks to reporters on the red carpet of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 40th annual Salute to Women in Sports in New York. Rapinoe, who was honored at the gala, won Sportswoman of the Year in the team category. She led the U.S. women’s soccer team to victory at the World Cup in France and earned the FIFA Player of the Year award. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Megan Rapinoe is enjoying the whirlwind of a two-time World Cup winner.She picked up the FIFA Player of the Year award in Milan rocking a deeper shade of lavender hair, sent off retiring U.S. coach Jill Ellis with an undefeated victory tour and kept up the fight for pay equity against the U.S. Soccer Federation.ADVERTISEMENT Rapinoe believes women’s sports are “in a different place” since Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers and Foudy fought similar pay issues 20 years ago.The WNBA players’ union and the WNBA, where Rapinoe’s partner Sue Bird is a star for the Seattle Storm, are negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement to improve wages. The U.S. women’s hockey team threatened a boycott of the 2017 World Championships to leverage better salaries and benefits.“This is the age-old tale,” Rapinoe said. “The powerful have always kept a lot of the benefits of that power for themselves. With women in particular, you have the Me Too movement, Times Up. A lot of sports leagues — yeah, people are sick of it. I think women in general just feel really empowered in this moment.” MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Realme X and Realme 3i on sale today on Flipkart, Realme Online Store at 12pm: Price, specs and offers

first_imgRealme X and Realme 3i will be on sale yet again at 12pm today on Flipkart and Realme.com. The two phones fall in two very distinctive price segments in India. The Realme X is a premium mid-range smartphone that touts features like a pop-up selfie camera, notchless AMOLED display, 48MP dual cameras and a Snapdragon 710 chipset. The Realme 3i is a budget phone that offers an attractive diamond-cut design along with a Dewdrop display and Helio P60 chipset.You will be able to purchase the Realme X and Realme 3i starting 12pm today i.e August 2 on Flipkart and Reamle’s Online Store. Realme X’s price in India starts at Rs 16,999 for the base model that offers 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The 8GB + 128GB variant costs Rs 19,999.On Flipkart, Realme X will be available with No Cost EMI options, Rs 6,550 buyback guarantee on exchanging the phone within 12 months, Flipkart Complete Mobile Protection for Rs 399 and bank offers like 10 per cent off with Axis Bank Buzz Credit Card, 5 per cent cashback on Flipkart Axis Bank Credit Card and 5 per cent cashback on HDFC Bank Debit Card. On Realme.com, the phone will be available with Jio benefits worth Rs 7,000, Mobikwik and Paytm First offers as well.Realme 3i, on the other hand, is a low cost phone with a starting price of Rs 7,999 for the 3GB + 32GB variant going up to Rs 9,999 for the 4GB + 64GB storage option. The smartphone will be available in Diamond Red, Diamond Blue and Diamond Black colours. It will also be available similar bank offers on Flipkart as the Realme X. On Realme’s online store, the customer can avail Jio benefits worth Rs 5,500 and an offer on Mobikwik.advertisementRealme X specificationsRealme X sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED notchless display. The phone features a pop-up camera system that houses the selfie camera. It gets a 3D curved glasstic panel on the back that comes in Polar White and gradient Space Blue colours. The Realme X also offers an in-display fingerprint sensor. It is powered by 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It comes with dual SIM support but lacks a microSD card slot. The smartphone houses a 3,765mAh battery and supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging. It ships with ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie.The Realme X also features a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 f/1.7 main camera on the back that is paired with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie camera offers a 16-megapixel sensor. The main camera also supports Nightscape and Chroma Boost modes. In our review of the Realme X, we found the phone to offer a rich set of features that make it one of the best options under Rs 20,000.Realme 3i specificationsRealme 3i sports a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) Dewdrop display and a diamond-cut design. It comes in some attractive colours with the Diamond Red offering a gradient finish. The smartphone is powered by a Helio P60 chipset paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone supports dual SIM cards and a dedicated slot for microSD card. The smartphone offers a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup on the back and a 13MP front-facing camera. The main camera supports PDAF, Nightscape, Chroma Boost and Portrait mode. The Realme 3i packs a 4,230mAh battery and ships with Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6.ALSO READ | Realme X review: Offers everything you need under Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 quick review: A new pop-up camera phone for the masseslast_img read more

10 months agoCruyff: Great players will choose Man City over Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cruyff: Great players will choose Man City over Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Jordi Cruyff believes the world’s top players would now prefer to join Manchester City.Cruyff, 44, joined United from Barca — the club built in his father Johan’s image — in 1996 when they were the dominant force in England.He said, “Like other players at the time, I did not need to think twice about whether I would join United or City. Just like Barca, United were irresistible in those years.“With everything that is happening and developments at City, it is no longer an automatic choice for players to choose United, and that is an even bigger concern.“United was not just a beautiful football club, it also followed up the football I was used to.“Home or away, United had a playing style, youth players and a winning mentality which was clear to everyone in the club.“If Barcelona have one bad year, they would still not finish any lower than 3rd in La Liga. That should be the case at Man United, but sadly it is not.” last_img read more

Media Urged to Report Government Statistics Responsibly

first_img Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says media practitioners, particularly those involved in delivering news and current affairs content, have a key role to play in how official government statistics are communicated to the public. Story Highlights He acknowledged that in an increasingly “fluid and fast-paced” news culture, there is pressure on and competition among media houses to creatively report on current developments, which could lead to miscommunication, particularly on economic data. “At some point, we are going to have to transition to [such] an environment [and] I think competition is going to take us there, because news media will emerge [that] actually take these things seriously and have serious dialogue around [them],” he added. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says media practitioners, particularly those involved in delivering news and current affairs content, have a key role to play in how official government statistics are communicated to the public.Speaking at a recent Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) media sensitisation seminar at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew, Dr. Clarke said that as the Administration pursues Jamaica’s development as a market economy, data and official statistics will become increasingly pivotal to the planning process.“Those who are best able to interpret and best use them will have an advantage… and media practitioners… have a crucial role to play in, first of all, understanding these  official statistics, and communicating them to the public,” the Minister said.He acknowledged that in an increasingly “fluid and fast-paced” news culture, there is pressure on and competition among media houses to creatively report on current developments, which could lead to miscommunication, particularly on economic data.“The adjectives and adverbs… that we use around issues such as inflation [at times] become misplaced. So verbs like ‘jumped’ and ‘plunged’… those kinds of sensational words that we use, sometimes, do not add to the public good,” he contended.The Minister suggested that official data should, ideally, “just be reported in a neutral way”.“If you look at the international financial news channels… when [journalists] are discussing matters like inflation, the gross domestic product and unemployment [they are] having a rational discussion around the numbers,” he pointed out.“At some point, we are going to have to transition to [such] an environment [and] I think competition is going to take us there, because news media will emerge [that] actually take these things seriously and have serious dialogue around [them],” he added.The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘Statistics and the Media – Why Understanding Official Data Matters’, was aimed at assisting media practitioners to understand, interpret and present official data accurately.It focused on the gross domestic product (GDP) and consumer price index.last_img read more

BW LPG Orders Four Gas Carriers from DSME

first_imgzoom BW LPG Limited has entered into ship building contracts for four Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) newbuildings with Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).The delivered cost of these vessels, including interest and other costs, is likely to be approximately USD 290 million, the company said in a stock exchange filing.The vessels were previously reserved by DSME’s existing client, however; as explained by Andrew Hoare, CCO of BW LPG, “BW’s relationship with DSME has afforded this opportunity to us when it became available.”The vessels are to be delivered in the third and fourth quarters of 2016.“Whilst the exceptionally high rates of today are not likely to last forever, there are many years of anticipated growth in export volumes in this market, which elicits our desire to enhance our fleet and its capability. These contracts now provide us an opportunity to grow or renew our VLGC fleet in the coming years, without adding further to the new building fleet on order,“  Nicholas Gleeson,CEO of BW LPG, said.The quartet will be financed from free cash and the revolving credit facility, BW LPG explained.last_img read more

Marrakech to host 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Nov 1921

Rabat – The 5th Edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit Morocco will be held as scheduled in Marrakech on November 19-21, 2014, said Monday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.Several preparatory meetings were held to ensure the success of this important international event organized under the theme “Harnessing the Power of Technology for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” the ministry added in a statement.Held for the first time in an Arab-African country, the selection of Morocco as host country reflects the active role Morocco plays in the overall economic development of the African continent, and the Kingdom’s leadership in supporting entrepreneurship and the integration of youth and women into the economy. The event will bring together over 3000 entrepreneurs, along with heads of State, high level government officials, global entrepreneurs, small-medium enterprises (SME’s), corporate leaders, and young entrepreneurs from around the globe.Launched in 2009 by U.S. President Barack Obama, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit is a government-supported forum aimed at creating bridges between entrepreneurs, banks, venture capitalists, investors and others in the United States and Muslim communities around the world. read more

Three new appointments in Social Sciences

It’s the summer of change in the Faculty of Social Sciences with the appointment of three new administrators. And now, with the school year just two weeks away, they’re ready to make their marks.Ingrid MakusIngrid Makus took charge as acting dean in place of Tom Dunk who is on research leave, Nick Baxter-Moore was named associate dean for undergraduate studies and Diane Dupont became associate dean for graduate studies and research.Makus, who was associate dean for graduate studies and research for the past three years before becoming acting dean, has her Hons. Bachelor of Arts from Winnipeg in addition to a master’s and a doctorate from the University of Toronto.Her research interests include examining current debates over identity politics and rights discourse. Her most recent work discussed Simone de Beauvoir ‘s contribution to the ethics of political responsibility.As acting dean, Makus’s goals this year include continuing to foster excellence in teaching, research and service in the Faculty of Social Sciences.“I want to move forward the development of several new programs in the Faculty and help the Brock team put on a successful Congress,” she said. “I want to showcase the Faculty’s high-calibre researchers, scholars, students and policy-makers.When Makus isn’t dedicating her time to academic pursuits, she likes to play tennis, swim, play the violin and hang out with her two daughters, Kira and Megan.Her passion? “I love shoes!”Baxter-Moore has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manchester, a ?MSc from the London School of Economics and a?PhD from Carleton University. His research interests include?popular culture and identity; class, nation and popular music; local popular culture and politics; and popular culture.He stepped on the Brock campus in 1985.“I came to Brock on a three-year limited term position and have been here ever since – first in Political Science (1985-2003), and since 2003 in Communications, Popular Culture and Film.”As associate dean for undergraduate studies, Baxter-Moore’s principal goal is to use his office to support teaching and learning in the Faculty of Social Sciences.“I can’t, or won’t, be more specific about how I’ll do that,” he said, “until I have spent more time talking – and, more importantly, listening – to people on the front lines.”That would include academic advisers, chairs and directors, and other faculty members and staff directly involved in counselling students, curriculum development, and devising innovative methods of program delivery in the various Social Sciences departments and centres.“We have to find ways at least to maintain – better yet improve on – our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, and to insist on the continuing importance of the Social Sciences in the current climate of restraint and retrenchment.”Baxter-Moore’s downtime activities are as eclectic as his academic interests and include soccer, listening to and playing pop music, reading detective novels, English country dancing and being a historical re-enactor.Diane DupontDupont, a Brock professor for 20 years, has a PhD in Economics from the University of British Columbia (1988).She is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence, 2006-2009, and the Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award for 2012.As associate dean for graduate studies and research, Dupont has three aims.“I want to work with graduate program directors to build on past successes in graduate studies in our faculty,” she said.“Secondly, I’m looking forward to working with colleagues to support research by FOSS faculty. And finally, I am eager to help Ingrid and Nick represent FOSS faculty and interests within the Brock community.”Dupont enjoys a gourmet-dining group, gardening, camping and investing when she’s not researching environmental economics, non-market valuation and fisheries economics. read more