Fortuna >> The Piedmont Highlanders softball team entered Saturday’s North Coast Section Division IV quarterfinal match-up heavy underdogs to the top-ranked Fortuna Huskies. By game’s end, it was the Highlanders that were moving on to the semifinals.Riding the momentum of an early unearned run and a solid pitching performance from Kyra Gardner, No. 9 Piedmont upset No. 1 Fortuna 1-0 on Saturday at Fortuna High School.“We knew coming in that it was going to be tough and if we could get one run …
When it comes to scientific respectability, materialists have no prior claim.The knee-jerk reaction of administrators at NASA’s Johnson Space Center was that “Jesus” was a bad word. When a Christian club, in existence since 2001, used the Lord’s name in an announcement on the space center’s newsletter, officials balked at a possible violation of the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, and told them they couldn’t speak the unutterable word. Only under legal pressure did they back down, the Gospel Herald reported last month. This was a victory against “religious discrimination,” the article said, but it left unsaid what kind of clientele the “Praise and Worship Club” has. Presumably some members are scientists, engineers and various other intelligent people.Once again, a psychological study reported in Science Daily presumes to portray religion as a figment of our brains. But this time, there were interesting admissions in the story, some shocking. Here’s one: “Atheists, the researchers found, are most closely aligned with psychopaths–not killers, but the vast majority of psychopaths classified as such due to their lack of empathy for others.” The point being made is that religion tends to be on the emotional/prosocial side of the brain, while science is on the analytical/logical side. The two oppose one another, psychologists from Case Western Reserve University and Babson College argue; different people suppress one or the other.Clashes between the use of faith vs. scientific evidence to explain the world around us dates back centuries and is perhaps most visible today in the arguments between evolution and creationism.Uncharacteristically, these psychologists do not try to portray the analytical brain as better than the empathic brain, in spite of their contention that religious people suppress critical thinking and are not as smart. The best brain has a balance of both empathy and analytical thought, they feel.Friedman said, “Having empathy doesn’t mean you necessarily have anti-scientific beliefs. Instead, our results suggest that if we only emphasize analytic reasoning and scientific beliefs, as the New Atheist movement suggests, then we are compromising our ability to cultivate a different type of thinking, namely social/moral insight.”Indeed, they point out, many great scientists were (and are) religious. “You can be religious and be a very good scientist,” one said, pointing to the fact that 90% of Nobel laureates professed some religious viewpoint. Not only that, suppressing empathy can yield very bad science.“Although it is simply a distortion of history to pin all conflict on religion,” [Tony] Jack said. “Non-religious political movements, such as fascism and communism, and quasi-scientific movements, such as eugenics, have also done great harm.”Nevertheless, the researchers accept the NOMA dichotomy of Stephen Jay Gould that science and religion inhabit separate spheres (non-overlapping magisteria).Stephen Jones and Carolyn Leicht make the claim on The Conversation that people opposed to evolution are not necessarily ignorant about it. They also deny the NOMA view of Gould.But another way to look at the subject is to consider why people believe what they do. When we do this, we discover that the supposed conflict between science and religion is nowhere near as clear cut as some might assume.Historically, “the ‘conflict thesis’ arose in part from the desire to create a separate professional sphere of science, independent of the clerical elites who controlled universities and schools,” they say. That was a political and social trend, not an outcome of scientific progress. These days, poll questions seem geared to create conflict, to “create creationists” by posing science and religion as opposites.Jones and Leicht seek “good debate” over issues of science religion, getting rid of stereotypes.For example, psychological research has shown that being exposed to stereotypes about Christians being “bad at science” actually causes academically able religious students to underperform. Such findings give good reason to treat this subject with greater care than we do currently.Nevertheless, they do not question evolution. The challenge they see is how to help Christians learn to accept it.We’re glad these people are moderating their positions about Christians somewhat, not assuming they are dumb or anti-science, not assuming materialist scientists are faultless, not seeing science and religion as polar opposites. But there are still two glaring flaws in their thinking. One is the failure to recognize the utter dependence of science on faith. Materialistic science is inherently contradictory. What is thought? What is consciousness? What is logic? Science needs these, but materialism cannot account for them. To get by, materialists plagiarize Christian assumptions about reality.The other flaw is subtle elitism. Psychologists like Jones and Leicht continue to imagine themselves above the fray, standing over “religious” people as if they are untouched by ideology. They have the Yoda Complex; a kinder, gentler one than Dawkins, perhaps, but a Yoda Complex nonetheless. If they really respected science, they would analyze themselves. They would doubt their objectivity about religion. Dr. Jack, Dr. Jones, Dr. Leicht, do you respect empirical evidence? How about going to a local Bible church this Easter and analyzing the historical evidence for Jesus’ resurrection? NASA admins at Johnson, how about joining praise and worship for your Creator, instead of praising Darwin? Why not?It’s sad that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab is even more godless than Johnson Space Center. Bible study groups exist but cannot advertise in the JPL newsletter. They tend to meet secretly, sharing their meetings by word of mouth. Try to share evidence on intelligent design with co-workers, and you could be fired for “pushing religion.” But got a gay group? Oh, JPL will rush to promote your meetings! Woe unto you scientists and materialists, hypocrites. (Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
A mosquito repellent patch, made using non-toxic substances, is being developed to curb diseases such as malaria. Developed by Olfactor Laboratories in the US, the company hopes to release its innovation in the first quarter of 2017.A patch has been created that will help beat malaria by repelling mosquitoes. (Image: Indiegogo)Brand South Africa reporterA sticker patch could be the next step in malaria prevention in Africa. It is being developed in California by Olfactor Laboratories. People wearing the patch became invisible to mosquitoes, said the company, and could be guarded against bites for up to 48 hours.Called the Kite Patch, it uses safe chemicals that stop mosquitoes from detecting the carbon dioxide humans breathe out, which the insects use to track people.“Our goal is to be ready to ship Kite Patch in Q1 2017,” reads the campaign page on the crowdfunding website, Indiegogo.“When you wear Kite, the product makes you practically invisible to mosquitoes,” said chief researcher Dr Michelle Brown in a video. “And we’ve been able to accomplish this using food-grade FDA approved compounds, removing the need to use toxic and dangerous chemicals that are currently found in today’s products.”Watch the video:Kite Patch from SPARKHOUSE on VimeoBrown said science was integral to fighting malaria, but there was no silver bullet. “However, we are confident that our work to make humans invisible to mosquitoes will be transformational in the broader war against mosquito-borne diseases.”Funding and field studyThe project was co-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and money was raised using the crowdfunding methods on Indiegogo.Innovative @KitePatch blocks a mosquito’s ability to sense humans. Interesting approach in fight against #malaria: http://t.co/mNMXSgrnTy— Bill Gates (@BillGates) August 26, 2013The team travelled to Uganda as part of their field survey.“We researched and tested various technologies, brought in experts and worked with development partners to make Kite Patch a possibility,” reads the Indigogo site. “Some approaches proved unscalable, some underperformed and all required a long regulatory approval processes.”However, researchers have said that at this stage, the patch is not yet as effective as other Kite mosquito repellents. “As we continue to develop it, we seek to make it a complementary product to Kite Shield [mosquito repellent spray].”Source: Biz NewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Opposition National Conference legislators on Saturday protested in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly against the alleged use of force on the agitating students in the Valley.Led by party general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, several MLAs and MLCs protested outside the assembly complex here on the first day of the special session to discuss draft GST legislation approved by the state government.The NC leaders shouted slogans against the government and blocked entry to the civil secretariat and the assembly.They carried banners reading “end the state-sponsored terrorism, killing of innocent people and use of pellet guns against the protesting students“.Later, as soon as the session began, the legislators entered the assembly and started protesting. Congress MLAs also joined them.
JEEV MILKHA SINGH, 35, GolferTee TimePROVENANCE: Born on the golf greens of Chandigarh, Singh now plays in the Asian, Japanese and European tours.CLAIM TO FAME: In the late 1990s, he became the first Indian to play in the European Tour. Last year, Singh won four titles on three tours, with,JEEV MILKHA SINGH, 35, GolferTee TimePROVENANCE: Born on the golf greens of Chandigarh, Singh now plays in the Asian, Japanese and European tours.CLAIM TO FAME: In the late 1990s, he became the first Indian to play in the European Tour. Last year, Singh won four titles on three tours, with 18 top 10 finishes.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Singh became the first Indian golfer to win a title on European soil and picked up the biggest pay cheque ever earned by an Indian sportsperson when he won Volvo Masters of Europe in Valderrama, Spain, in 2006. Nearly 5,000 Spaniards cheered for him.IDOL CHATTER: American Fred Couples, Tiger Woods, his athlete-father Milkha, and mother Nirmal Kaur, a volleyball player.”Golf has a way of biting back, but it has told me that I belong.”SECOND OPINION”Jeev has shown the way-in his action and his words. He is a great mentor.”SHIV KAPUR, GOLFERABHA DAWESAR, 33, NovelistWrite MindedPROVENANCE: Having grown up in Delhi, Dawesar graduated with a degree in political philosophy from Harvard. She worked in New York in the financial services industry for over seven years before quitting to complete writing Babyji, published in 2005.CLAIM TO FAME: She’s the latest name in a literary world of young Indian writers who ride on not just huge advances but worldwide critical acclaim as well. Author of three novels, That Summer in Paris (2006), Babyji (2005), and The Three of Us (2003), she won the Lambda literary prize (a US literary award) in the lesbian fiction category, and the American Library Association’s Stonewall award, both for Babyji. Her next book is about the drama inherent in everyday things.MAKING-IT MOMENT: According to her, most markers in her life, like having her books published or winning awards, have been artistic milestones. Her making-it moment would be her excitement about her current project-writing a difficult book set in India that’s different from anything she’s done before.IDOL CHATTER: She idolises President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for his commitment to the underclass that is India’s youth.advertisement”I’m committed to writing without selfcensorship and exploring themes regardless of whether they are sticky.”SECOND OPINION”Her work questions morality, gender roles and social rank in modern India.”NEWSWEEKBHUSHAN KUMAR, 29, EntrepreneurSuper SonicPROVENANCE: Kumar had to take over the reins of Super Cassettes Industries Limited at the age of 20 after his father Gulshan Kumar was killed in 1997.CLAIM TO FAME: Kumar developed T-Series’ non-film pop division which has produced stars such as Sonu Nigam, Adnan Sami, Himesh Reshammiya, and repackaged Jagjit Singh. His role in the remix revolution may not have been socially productive but the hugely popular music video Kaanta Laga started a thriving sub-culture. Today, the company controls more than 60 per cent of the Indian music market.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When Sonu Nigam’s Deewana, the first non-film pop album became a huge hit in 1999.IDOL CHATTER: His father is his idol. “He took prompt decisions and treated producers like family members.””Humility was a quality my father possessed. I follow his philosophy.”SECOND OPINION”He strikes a tough deal, but he always ensures that a commitment made is a commitment honoured.”PRITISH NANDY, MEDIA ANALYSTSAINA NEHWAL, 16, Badminton playerCourting SuccessPROVENANCE: Born in Hissar, Haryana, Nehwal is now based in Hyderabad. This daughter of badminton players is tipped to become India’s best women’s player ever.CLAIM TO FAME: The understated Nehwal is the current national champion. She played in the Uber Cup (the sport’s premier women’s team competition) at the age of 13 and was part of the bronzemedal winning Indian team at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Winning the four-star Grand Prix Philippines Open in 2006, this was her first year in the seniors. Nehwal was the first Indian woman to win a major international badminton event.IDOL CHATTER: Admires coach P. Gopichand, badminton player Taufiq Hidayat, Roger Federer, Steffi Graf and Sachin Tendulkar for their fighting spirit and calm demeanour.”My biggest dream is to win the Olympic gold and be the world champion.”SECOND OPINION”She is one of the most impressive prospects to have arrived on the Indian badminton scene.”PRAKASH PADUKONE, FORMER BADMINTON CHAMPIONMURUGESAN THIAGARAJAN, 29, Airlines OwnerArch AviatorPROVENANCE: He comes from the family that founded Paramount Textile Mills in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.CLAIM TO FAME: India’s youngest airline MD, he created Paramount Airways, a niche airline that offers business class comfort at economy class fares, in 2005. Operating in the Southern cities with 48 flights a day, Paramount plans to go national soon.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When Paramount was selected for the Arch of Europe award this year for meeting the QC100 quality standards of being quality driven, customer focused and running an innovative business model.IDOL CHATTER: Admires his grandfather Karumuthu Thiagarajan who always stuck to what he thought was right. Mahatma Gandhi discarded his western clothes for the first time in Thiagarajan’s house.advertisement”There will be a massive surge in aviation. But the low cost fares are not sustainable.”SECOND OPINION”The full business class model is being followed by some airlines all over the world now. Paramount was ahead of time.”SANDEEP SHENOY, AVIATION ANALYSTVARUN BAHL, 30, Fashion designerMan In VoguePROVENANCE: Born in Delhi, Bahl studied at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, and the reputed London College of Fashion.CLAIM TO FAME: Won the best collection award for his maiden creations at the Milan Fashion Week in 2003. Considered one of the top Indian designers, he retails in stores like Ensemble, Carma, Evoluzione, 85 Lansdowne and Haute Pink in India.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Bahl was the only Indian designer to be selected for a runway show at the Milan Fashion Week in 2006. He has garnered interest from global buyers like Harrods and Harvey Nichols.IDOL CHATTER: Says he is inspired by everyday drama and the eccentricity of human nature.”I want to mould the image of India’s handloom fabrics in a way that was never thought possible.”SECOND OPINION”Varun is like a breath of fresh air and stands out among the sea of mediocrity around us.”ROHIT BAL, FASHION DESIGNERKAILASH KHER, 33, SingerFolk ResonancePROVENANCE: Born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, and brought up in Delhi, he sang folks songs plucking on an ektara during festivals. His brother encouraged him to move to Mumbai. It was a bitter struggle initially-he slept at platforms and ate at railway stations. The first break was singing a jingle for Nakshatra diamonds.CLAIM TO FAME: His voice got recognition with the song, Tuta Tuta in the film Waisa Bhi Hota Hai, Part II.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Kher’s big dream was to work with A.R. Rahman. Lyricist Mehboob introduced him to Rahman in 2000. Rahman liked Kher’s rustic and folksy voice and made him sing the theme song in Mangal Pandey.IDOL CHATTER: Kher finds Sufi music most fulfiling and has formed a group, Kailasa.”Success for me is a culmination of destiny, hard work and the right time.”SECOND OPINION”Kailash Kher’s voice is the voice of the soil. It has the rusticity of our villages and vibrancy of our rich culture.”JAVED AKHTAR, LYRICISTMONA SINGH, 27, ActorReality RaniPROVENANCE: The St Mira’s, Pune, alumnus used to make frequent trips to Mumbai to audition for roles till she struck gold in the television industry.CLAIM TO FAME: Television’s Miss Congeniality bowled over audiences with her portrayal of the ugly duckling Jassi in Sony’s Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin in 2003. After a hiatus, Singh returned to win the reality dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa last year. Now she’s set to present the Indian version of another reality show Extreme Makeover.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Her biggest high came when she made her first public appearance as Jassi in Delhi.IDOL CHATTER: Singh’s father Colonel Jasbir Singh has always been her constant source of inspiration.advertisement”I love it when people ask for my autograph, but I’m realistic enough to treat it like a job. Fame is, after all, temporary.”SECOND OPINION”For someone who has four left feet, she won a dance competition. She has the spirit to excel in everything.”SANDIP SIKCAND, CHIEF CREATIVE DIRECTOR, SONY TVKARTI P. CHIDAMBARAM, 35, PoliticianSon RisePROVENANCE: Son of Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, he completed his schooling from Don Bosco, Chennai, graduated in business administration from the University of Texas, Austin, and holds a law degree from Cambridge University, England.CLAIM TO FAME: Was selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders to observe the US Presidential Elections in 2004. He has developed an innovative online mechanism in his father’s constituency, Sivaganga, by which he responds to all letters and petitions.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Has been a key campaigner in all elections since 1996. He is co-founder of Karuthu, an Internet forum for people to express and discuss views, and founder-director of Chess Management Services, a company that promotes corporate governance.IDOL CHATTER: He admires Rajiv Gandhi, N. Chandrababu Naidu and Dhirubhai Ambani.”I have not done much in all these years. My best is yet to come.”SECOND OPINION”He is a promising and intelligent young man with an aptitude for public life. He can look forward to a great future.”PETER ALPHONSE, SENIOR CONGRESS LEADERS. SREESANTH, 23, CricketerFast ForwardPROVENANCE: Born in Kothamangalam, Kerala. Now lives out of hotel rooms with the cricket team.CLAIM TO FAME: He would prefer it were his outswinger but it’s hard to ignore the patented wild celebrations that accompany every wicket and draw their inspiration from Michael Jackson and Govinda.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Figures of 5-40 vs South Africa in the Johannesburg Test in 2006 that set up India’s historic win were supplemented by a bat-waving dance of triumph after hitting the foul-mouthed Andre Nel for a six.IDOL CHATTER: As a child, Sachin Tendulkar was his idol. “I wanted to be like him and get the respect he gets.” Sreesanth even painted the letters MRF on his bat except when he got to MRF’s Pace Academy, they found a fast bowler in him and Dennis Lillee became a beacon. He is inspired by everyone who struggles to become an achiever and admires singer Yesudas.”The more you do, the more is expected of you and demanded of you.”SECOND OPINION”His whole approach towards the game is fantastic. I would like to see him control his emotions a bit.”VENKATESH PRASAD, FORMER INDIAN BOWLERKONERU HUMPY, 19, Chess playerMind PowerPROVENANCE: She wan born in Vijayawada and now lives there, but the world of women’s chess is her kingdom.CLAIM TO FAME: The youngest woman ever to achieve a men’s Grandmaster title, Asian and world junior champion, the prodigy is now gunning for a Super Grandmaster title and is 33 ELO rating points away from it.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Despite the bagful of accolades before she was 18, the world junior title, and the Padma Shri before she turns 20, nothing matches the two gold medals at the Doha Asian Games in 2006.IDOL CHATTER: Trained by her father Ashok, Humpy’s idol is Judith Polgar, the only woman player who is successful in the men’s game. “She’s my role model because that’s what I aim to do as well.” Humpy met Polgar only once, “but I was too young to speak to her.””Women players must take part in men’s events to improve their games.”SECOND OPINION”She is India’s best woman player ever. She is very determined and focussed and can handle pressure.”BHAGYASHREE THIPSAY, VETERAN CHESS PLAYERMURUGAVEL JANAKIRAMAN, 35, EntrepreneurWinning MatchesPROVENANCE: Born and brought up in Chennai, he completed his masters in computer application from Madras University before moving to Singapore and the US for a brief stint. He started BharatMatrimony in 1997 for NRIs, with 4,000 members. The response was so overwhelming that he returned to India to strengthen the base. Today, it has nine million members.CLAIM TO FAME: When BharatMatrimony entered the Limca Book of Records in 2006 for facilitating seven lakh marriages.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Yahoo and Canaan Partners invested $8.65 million (Rs 38 cr) in his venture in 2006.IDOL CHATTER: Idolises President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.”Mere hard work is not enough. Hard work has to be combined with good strategy to give great results.”SECOND OPINION”Murugavel is constantly innovative. He physically verifies all the information on his website.”AJIT BALAKRISHNAN, CEO, REDIFFMAIL.COMNITHYANANDAN R, 31, LawyerInstant AdvocacyPROVENANCE: From a non-lawyer Bangalore family, the National Law College of India alumnus maintains a personal goals excel sheet with entries such as “must own home at 25 years” (which he did) and “must sky dive” (which he did too). The next goal is to be among the top 20 in his profession in five years.CLAIM TO FAME: Handpicked by N.R. Narayana Murthy to set up the Infosys legal team in 1998 at the age of 23. Now heads Infosys’ legal affairs worldwide.MAKING-IT MOMENT: During the 1999 Infosys IPO and listing on the Nasdaq, he and his team laboured through several laws that were incongruent between the two countries. In 2006, they repeated that feat with Infosys’ Nasdaq 100 inclusion and a $1.6 billion sponsored secondary ADR offering-the largest international equity offering by an Indian company, planned and executed in 46 days.IDOL CHATTER: Narayana Murthy for his inflexible conviction in principles. And for not being scared.”In today’s world, education and hard work take you where you want to go.”SECOND OPINION”Nithya is one of the finest lawyers I’ve ever met. He is absolutely brilliant, dedicated, logical and decisive.”V. BALAKRISHNAN, CFO, INFOSYS TECHNOLOGIESMANU CHANDRA, 27, ChefChop TalkPROVENANCE: The head chef of Olive Beach, Bangalore, studied history at St. Stephen’s, Delhi, but preferred eateries to epics. Attended the Culinary Institute of America, New York.CLAIM TO FAME: Won the Sea Food Masters Award 2002, a national level food competition in the US.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Handpicked by celebrity chef Jason Weaver to be part of the opening crew to launch the super smart Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan in 2003.IDOL CHATTER: Michelin three-star chef Eric Ripert, as he has shown the world how to not only create stellar restaurants but also sustain them in the long run.”Chefs are no longer just bawarchis. We conceptualise cuisine that sets trends.”SECOND OPINION”Creativity and enthusiasm is the most vital recipe for any chef and Manu has that in abundance.”RITU DALMIA, CHEFBHAVANA GAWALI, 33, PoliticianWoman EmpoweredPROVENANCE: A second generation Shiv Sena MP from Washim district, Maharashtra.CLAIM TO FAME: First entered the Lok Sabha at the age of 26. Into her second term as MP, Gawali has been involved in several welfare activities in her constituency.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When she got the Rs-250 crore railway project to convert the Purna-Akola railway line from meter gauge to broad gauge to her constituency.IDOL CHATTER: Idolises Sushma Swaraj and Bal Thackeray.”The country needs youngsters with a blend of experience and energy.”SECOND OPINION”Whether the results are achieved or not, she tries to understand the issue and work for it.”VIJAY DARDA, RAJYA SABHA MPT. M. KRISHNA, 26, SingerTraditional NotesPROVENANCE: Born in Chennai. An Economics graduate, he learnt music first from his mother, Prema Rangachary, and later from Sri Seetharama Sharma and Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer.CLAIM TO FAME: Composed the first Carnatic music appreciation album Learning to Appreciate Carnatic Music, and co-founded Sumanasa Foundation to promote under-privileged musicians from rural areas.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Performing at the annual western classical music-oriented Pablo Casals Festival in France.IDOL CHATTER: Admires Sunil Gavaskar and Boris Becker.”Through music I try to create new dimensions within the framework of classicism.”SECOND OPINION”He is a one of the traditional singers who will keep the continuity alive.”N. KRISHNAN, VIOLIN MAESTROADITYA RAJ KAUL, 17, Student activistYouth RisingPROVENANCE: Born in Srinagar, he migrated with his family to Delhi after the violence against Kashmiri Pandits. His father is a book publisher and mother an editor.CLAIM TO FAME: Angered by a lower court verdict, this political science student from Delhi’s Ramjas College began an online petition in March 2006 demanding a retrial in the Priyadarshini Mattoo rape and murder case.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When accused Santosh Singh was re-tried by the Delhi High Court and sentenced to death.IDOL CHATTER: His idol is his great-grandfather Samsar Chand Kaul, a geography teacher and naturalist at Central High School, Srinagar, because he swam against the tide to encourage scientific thought among his students when subjects like nature studies were not deemed important enough.”Have strong convictions and believe in yourself. Never lose hope.”SECOND OPINION”He represents the people of today who are losing patience with governance and judiciary. They have realised that crime actually touches their lives so they are doing something about it.”ARVIND KEJRIWAL, SOCIAL ACTIVISTKIRAN DATAR, 35, EntrepreneurTalking BusinessPROVENANCE: Born in Bangalore, he went to Columbia University in the US for higher education. In 1996, he started a company called Cyber Bazaar to introduce data conferencing in India.CLAIM TO FAME: Brought the idea of audio and web conferencing to India and made it a big business.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When Cyber Bazaar was bought out by the largest global player, WebEx, for $4 million (Rs 17 cr), in 2003. He’s now the MD of WebEx India.IDOL CHATTER: His bureaucrat father Anant B. Datar.”We are part of the value chain that has heightened productivity.”SECOND OPINION”The company has the largest market share in business conferencing and continues to grow.”ALOK SHENDE, VP, ICT PRACTICE, FROST & SULLIVANCYRUS SAHUKAR, 26, ComedianFunny GuyPROVENANCE: Born in Delhi, Sahukar has been dabbling in radio and theatre since the age of 15. He moved to Mumbai after he won the MTV VJ Hunt in 1999.CLAIM TO FAME: Emerging from the shadow of the “other” Cyrus, Cyrus Broacha, in 2006, he claimed his spot as funny man with the hilarious spoof show Rendezvous With Semi Girebaal and his Navjot Singh Sidhu-inspired programme Piddhu the Great.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Sahukar teamed up with Broacha for Ek Do Teen, which kick-started his career in 2003.IDOL CHATTER: No one in particular. Sahukar says he derives inspiration from people and situations.”People’s minds are opening up and everyone has started laughing at themselves.”SECOND OPINION”Sahukar is a shy guy who is not conscious of his good looks, which makes him devastatingly effective.”PRAHLAD KAKKAR, AD GURUSANJEEV SHANKAR, 27, ASHWANI SHANKAR, 24, Shehnai playersFine TuningPROVENANCE: Born in Delhi, the PhD student in music (Sanjeev) and post-graduate in political science (Ashwani) have a musical lineage-their father and grandfather are both shehnai players.CLAIM TO FAME: A concert on August 21, 2006, the day Ustad Bismillah Khan died, at Delhi’s Vishnu Digambar Jayanti, signalled they had arrived.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Sanjeev was learning sitar and Ashwani, guitar from their father, Pandit Daya Shankar, until Pandit Ravi Shankar suggested they choose shehnai.IDOL CHATTER: Father, grandfather and sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar.”With riyaz, determination, patience and conviction, we are sure to reach the skies.”SECOND OPINION”Both the brothers have music in their blood, so their presentation is imaginative and creative.”PANDIT MADHUP MUDGAL, VOCALISTABHINAV BINDRA, 24, ShooterOn the MarkPROVENANCE: Born in Dehra Dun, Bindra lives in Chandigarh, but often trains in Germany.CLAIM TO FAME: A two-time Olympian and world junior record holder, the 10m air rifle shooter got his breakthrough in 2006 when he finished on top of his event at the Zagreb World Championships. It was India’s first gold medal at a world shooting championship.MAKING-IT MOMENT: The moment he started believing in him, he knew he would beat all odds.IDOL CHATTER: He has no role models, but recognises his parents as the “great force” in his career. “When I was down, they believed in me.””I take life day by day to keep my sanity. I try to live in the moment.”SECOND OPINION”He is a great example of how a world-class sportsman should be.”MANSHER SINGH, VETERAN SHOOTERANKUR BHATIA, 34, EntrepreneurCyber FlierPROVENANCE: From Delhi. After returning from King’s College, London, as a software engineer, he joined the family business and grew it ten-fold to $50 million in 10 years. Today it’s into everything that has anything to do with aviation other than flying planes and catering.CLAIM TO FAME: He was the first to bring to India automated airline reservation in 1994 and e-ticketing in 2004.MAKING-IT MOMENT: In 1992, as a second year student he bagged a contract to debug IT systems for the automated reservations firm Amadeus, whom he later convinced to set up full-fledged India business.IDOL CHATTER: Does not idolise anyone.”What I do always has to be bigger than life because that’s all that sells.”SECOND OPINION”He has an extremely technological bent of mind, which at the same time, is a very creative one.”ZHAO QUANZHEN, COUNTRY MANAGER, AIR CHINASHILADITYA SENGUPTA, 35, ScientistSplit-second ThinkerPROVENANCE: He’s assistant professor of medicine at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, the world’s biggest med-engineering partnership.CLAIM TO FAME: Won a $4.1 million award given by the US Department of Defence for breast cancer research in 2006. As a student at AIIMS he developed an anti-inflammatory gel, now sold in India as Nimulid.MAKING-IT MOMENT: The sight of vendors in trains selling balloons with smaller balloons inside became a eureka moment for him. “I reduced that to the nanoscale, with each balloon loaded with different drugs that are needed at different stages of cancer chemotherapy.”IDOL CHATTER: His teachers at AIIMS.”I love the excitement of thinking novel concepts that would change people’s lives drastically.”SECOND OPINION”One night I shouted at him because he wanted to go home. He worked till four in the morning and came to me with, ‘I’ve done it’. We learnt from him, as he learnt from us.”DR Y.K. GUPTA, HEAD OF PHARMACOLOGY, AIIMS, DELHIVIBHA GALHOTRA 28, ArtistArt at First SitePROVENANCE: Born in Kaithal, Haryana, but now lives in Delhi.CLAIM TO FAME: An acute sense for minimalist aesthetic and a gift for being able to conceive site-specific works.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When she was invited by Gut Gasteil, an organisation that promotes art-in-landscape in Austria in 2002.IDOL CHATTER: William Kentridge, South African artist-animator-filmmaker. “I was highly impressed by the vocabulary of his work. Technique was secondary compared to the emotion evoked by his work. I also draw inspiration from Subodh Gupta’s work.””I want to do large environmental works in public spaces.”SECOND OPINION”With a capacity for generating new ideas, Vibha has excellent potential for growth. I prefer her sculptures to her painting or site-specific multimedia works.”RENU MODI, DIRECTOR, GALLERY ESPACEVISHAL TALREJA, 28, Social activistDream CatalystPROVENANCE: He quit his job as an investment banker in Mumbai to pursue his dream of working for society.CLAIM TO FAME: Co-founder director of Dream a Dream, an organisation that works with children who are socially and economically challenged. Some of the children were born to prostitutes and are also HIV positive.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When a project started by a group of friends turned into an enterprise working with over 600 children and a network of more than 500 volunteers including some from the corporate sector like Wipro, Infosys, Microsoft, IBM, Sonata Software, GE and Dell.IDOL CHATTER: Brinda Jacob was his inspiration. “Soon people will choose social service as their career,” he says.”We wanted to break stereotypes about underprivileged children and the NGO sector.”SECOND OPINION”He has brought a professionalism into the social sector. He runs it like a corporate office, yet with a human touch.”BRINDA JACOB, FOUNDER AND ADVISER OF DREAM A DREAM
Jordan Jefferson, the former LSU quarterback whose career was interrupted over a bar fight, reported to a Louisiana jail on Tuesday after a judge revoked his bond in a 2011 simple battery case. This follows Jefferson’s arrest last week with three other ex-Tigers on possession of marijuana.Jefferson’s simple battery charge stems from an August 11 preseason bar fight, when he was accused by authorities of beating a man near the LSU campus. He was indicted by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury in September 2011 and has pleaded innocent.On Tuesday, Jefferson reported to the jail of East Baton Rouge Parish.“I have one way of doing things. I try to be fair,” the judge said, according to The Advocate newspaper. “I have a problem with someone who’s out on bond being re-arrested. . . I have a real problem with what’s going on.”He had been free for more than a year on a $5,000 bond.Moore ordered Jefferson to undergo a substance-abuse evaluation. Jefferson was expected to appear before Moore again on Wednesday.Jefferson, 22, had been playing in the Canadian Football League as a quarterback but his lawyer says he is not playing there now.Moore also ordered that Jefferson be arraigned Dec. 12 in the case involving his arrest with the other ex-players.Lance Unglesby, Jefferson’s lawyer, said Jefferson is innocent of any charge prosecutors might issue against his client in the drug case.The attorney added: “Jordan is a humble, fine young man and looks forward to putting all this behind him.”Jefferson was arrested last week along with former LSU players Tyrann Mathieu, Derrick Bryant and Karnell Hatcher. They were taken into custody at Mathieu’s apartment after police said they found marijuana. They were booked into jail, but Jefferson has not been charged by prosecutors in that case.Mathieu, a one-time Heisman Trophy finalist, has no criminal record. He played cornerback until he was dismissed from the team in August after reportedly failing a drug test.
7Roy HibbertDEN220.127.116.11.3 LEAST DEFENSIVE PLAYERAndrew Wiggins, Minnesota TimberwolvesThanks to a draft-day trade, Tom Thibodeau is reunited with defensive stopper Jimmy Butler, and not a moment too soon. Butler will be joining forces with the single most catastrophic defender in the league: Andrew Wiggins.Using the NBA’s player-tracking data to look at shots defended and how those shots turned out,1These values are based on shot location, defender location and other variables. The “expected” value is based on what a shooter would make against an average defender given shot distance and the time on the shot clock, and the net value displayed is the difference between that expectation and the result that the defender allowed. we can see who’s making a positive impact, who’s making a negative impact, and who’s making the most impact. WORST LINEUPLos Angeles Lakers’ youth On the one hand, it’s frustrating that the Lakers have to sell off their best young players in order to get out from under contracts that were bad news from the moment they were signed. On the other hand, hoo boy, those young players really, really didn’t play well when they were all on the court together.D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance, Jr. played 108 minutes across 20 games this season — not a huge sample, but not quite nothing, either. By pure net rating, they were the second worst lineup in the league (-28.3 points per 100 possessions), trailing an especially grim configuration of Sacramento Kings. But it’s not so much the margin that was demoralizing about the group as it was the humiliating way in which it was run up.Out of 103 non-free-throw scoring plays against this Lakers’ lineup, 24 were dunks. (For comparison’s sake, the league-average team would figure to allow 10.3 dunks for every 103 buckets.) Not mere layups, not simple wide-open shots — dunks! A quarter of all points from the floor scored on the Lakers’ Team Of The Future were on dunks, as though the goal of the defense was to corral the opposing team into the most efficient route possible on the way to the rim. MOST OVER-AMBITIOUS DUNKERMarquese Chriss, Phoenix SunsThe missed dunk is one of the more universal plays in basketball. In a split-second, it has a neat little narrative arc: the audacity to leap in defiance of gravity and the instant comeuppance. Some players experience this more than others. Marquese Chriss experiences it more than anyone.Chriss missed 26 dunks this season, four more than second-place DeAndre Jordan … on 146 fewer attempts. Chriss’s 79.8 shooting percentage on dunks is the worst mark Basketball Reference has on record for any player who tried at least 100 dunks in a season.Not all missed dunks are of equal difficulty, of course. Dwyane Wade getting stuffed by the bottom of the rim in a playoff game is not the same as Chriss blowing in-traffic NBA Jam dunks. But there’s a certain charm to Chriss’s misses, like he knows they aren’t “all worth two points” and he’s determined to collect the difference, even at the cost of the two points. Tonight at New York’s Pier 36, the NBA will host its first annual awards show, heaping praise on the best and most outstanding players of the season. We are here today to do the opposite. MOST OVER-AMBITIOUS SHOOTERMarcus Smart, Boston CelticsAt a certain point, you just have to admire the confidence.Marcus Smart was not the worst 3-point shooter in the league this season. But he was the worst 3-point shooter who routinely took a lot of threes. Smart took 4.2 3-pointers per game in 2016-17 and made 28.3 percent of them. Only two players in the 3-point era have taken four or more 3-pointers per game and shot a worse percentage than Smart did this season: Mookie Blaylock in 1997-98 and Latrell Sprewell in 1994-95. And it’s not like Smart was launching nothing but bad shots, either — 3.1 of his 3s per game came on spot-ups, which are usually high-quality looks. But Smart shot 31.2 percent on those.Smart contributes in other ways — mainly through being Point Guard Ben Wallace — and his shooting percentage did, briefly, see an uptick in the playoffs. That’s enough to make him useful, at least on a team that gets stomped by the Cavs. 1Jakob PoeltlTOR18.104.22.1684.8 10Willie ReedMIA22.214.171.1249.1 9Omer AsikNOP126.96.36.1998.5 PLAYERTEAMMIN. PER GAMEPTS. PER GAMEOFFENSIVE REBOUNDSTOUCHES PER 36 MIN. 3Salah MejriDAL188.8.131.527.0 Possession by possession, there are a few defenders who are as bad as Wiggins. When Wiggins contests a shot, opponents have a 56.1 effective field goal percentage; when they are unguarded, they have a 56.4 eFG percentage. Fundamentally, getting a shot up against Andrew Wiggins is the same as getting an open shot.Wiggins’s deficiencies are too many to list quickly, but at root the issue seems to be basic effort. He barely jumps to contest shots, doesn’t run hard to close out, and gets lost watching the ball.But the truly destructive part of Wiggins’s defense is how much of it there was. In the way that defenders like Draymond Green or an in-his-prime Tony Allen seem to be in all places at all times, challenging seemingly every shot on the floor, Wiggins is omnipresent in his awfulness. He defended the 10th most shots in the league, by far the most by a below-average defender. Most teams do their best to hide their weak defenders, but opponents seek Wiggins out like no other defender in the league. Unsurprisingly, the list of players who don’t see much of the ball fit a profile: big men who are on the floor for defense and rebounding, not scoring. Strictly speaking, Jakob Poeltl and Lucas Nogueira see the least of the ball on a per possession basis, which is probably to be expected on a team with DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. But a little ways down the list is another name, and a bigger number: Tristan Thompson played 30 minutes per game for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was passed the ball just 14.6 times per game and 17.5 times per 36 minutes.Thompson isn’t as offensively bereft as many of the other players on the list this season or in seasons past. He has good instincts in pick-and-roll and finds space off the ball (or at least, puts himself in positions where LeBron James can find him). But he also has by far the smallest offensive role on the team. Kevin Love, who has seen his role reduced drastically from his superstar days in Minnesota, got 37.8 touches per 36 minutes. James got 66.8; Irving got 67.2; even Iman Shumpert, who cannot dribble, pass or shoot, got 30.1. Richard Jefferson, who was drafted when Thompson was 10 years old, got 26.8.Like Marcus Smart, Thompson has other skills that are important to the Cavaliers. They trust him with important responsibilities. Just not with the basketball. 2Lucas NogueiraTOR19.04.41.416.7 4Noah VonlehPOR184.108.40.2067.5 Source: nba.com LEAST OFFENSIVE PLAYERTristan Thompson, Cleveland CavaliersThe player to whom no one passes the basketball is a typically a well-earned title, and one held by the inimitable Bismack Biyombo for the last few years. This season, however, Biyombo’s offensive role has, erm, flourished. He averaged a robust six points per game for the Orlando Magic after posting the highest usage rate of his career, at 13.2. But with Bismack abdicating the throne, who is the least passed-to man in the league?Finding players to whom no one passes is easy thanks to the NBA’s player tracking data. Take the number of “front court touches” (that is, the number of times a player touches the ball on the offensive end of the floor) and subtract the number of offensive rebounds he collected, and you’ve got something close to the number of times he was passed the ball. 8Miles PlumleeCHA10.82.50.818.3 5Tristan ThompsonCLE30.08.13.717.5 6Ed DavisPOR220.127.116.11.0 WORST SINGLE GAMEJamal Crawford, Los Angeles ClippersIn a lot of ways, 36-year-old Jamal Crawford is miraculous. In his 17th season, Crawford played 26.3 minutes per game and averaged 12.3 points on 52.6 percent true shooting, just a hair under his career mark. But on the nights he doesn’t have it, he really doesn’t have it.On January 8, Crawford played the single worst game of the season by any NBA player. In a home win against the Miami Heat, Crawford put in 31 minutes and went 1-for-12 on 2-point shots (0-for-4 from three) while collecting one rebound, one assist and two turnovers. He came out of the game with a break-even plus-minus, though any success the Clippers had was mainly due to a great game from Chris Paul (19 points, 18 assists, 1 turnover) and Heat players Dion Waiters, Rodney McGruder, Wayne Ellington and Willie Reed going a combined 7-for-32. The players no one passed toNBA players with the fewest touches per 36 minutes, 2016-17 WORST USE OF TIMEOUTSLos Angeles ClippersFor the most part, teams know that defenses play better coming out of timeouts than offenses. There’s no cross-matching to worry about, and no early-shot-clock semi-transition rush job to stamp out. Every time an offense called a timeout in 2016-17, the ensuing play was worth about 3.5 points per 100 plays for the defense compared to typical halfcourt offense. So the offense generally needs to cram enough value into that time to make it an even proposition — advancing the ball late in the game, or subbing in shooters, or trying to take the air out of a run. For some teams that’s possible. For a team that digs as deep a hole as the Clippers, good luck.The Clippers got 10 points worse per 100 plays every time they called a timeout. This is confusing, because the Clippers had one of the best halfcourt offenses in the league, ranking fourth at 98.6 points per 100 plays. But after timeouts, that rate shrunk to 88.7. It’s not just a matter of inferior bench players coming in after the timeout, either: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, both excellent halfcourt players, fall off significantly after timeouts. Paul’s typical halfcourt offense is good for 101.2 points per 100 plays; he falls to 87.7 after timeouts. Griffin’s falls from 96.6 to 84.7.After timeout stats tend to be noisy, and in 2015-16 the Clippers were one of the better teams in the league in those scenarios. But in 2016-17, no team lost more steam during breaks than the Clips.
The Cleveland Indians have had a rough start to the 2010 season with a 10-14 record, and many fans are ready to see if some of the top prospects from the Class AAA Columbus Clippers can make a difference.The player that many are eager to see in an Indians uniform is Columbus Clippers catcher Carlos Santana.In 2008, Santana was acquired along with pitcher Jon Meloan in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers for Casey Blake.Santana, a switch-hitter, has proven to be valuable on offense and defense for the Clippers, and is considered the top prospect in the Indians’ organization.Offensively, Santana has started off the 2010 season with a .324 batting average, five home runs, and 22 RBIs.“I think he has a really great bat,” Clippers infielder Brian Bixler said. “He’s a great player. He has a plan when he’s at the plate and you can see that.”Santana leads the team in walks, home runs, RBIs and on-base percentage, and was the International League Player of the Week in his first week with the Clippers.“Right now, I’m happy to be thought of as a top prospect,” Santana said. “I’m continuing to put in the hard work especially on the defensive end.”Last year, Santana played for the Class AA Akron Aeros, for which he hit .290 with 23 home runs and 97 RBIs.Santana was named the MVP of the Eastern League in 2009, becoming only the third Aero to earn the award along with Jordan Brown and Victor Martinez.This was his second-straight league MVP award as he earned MVP of the California League in 2008.While he spent the final six weeks of the 2008 season with the Class A Kinston Indians in the Carolina League, he finished second in the California League with a .323 batting average. He also had 96 RBIs, 69 walks and a .431 on-base percentage.The Indians hope that Santana can step in and produce as they try to replace departed catchers Victor Martinez and Kelly Shoppach.Martinez was traded last July for pitching prospects Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price. Martinez, who played for the Indians for eight seasons, consistently hit for power and a strong batting average.Shoppach was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after the 2009 season for pitchers Saul Rivera and Mitch Talbot. Shoppach showed some promise for the Indians, batting .261 with 21 home runs in 2008.The Indians have featured two catchers this season, Lou Marson and Mike Redmond.Marson has received the majority of the playing time and has a .224 batting average, with no home runs or RBIs in 16 games played.Redmond has a .233 batting average with two RBIs and no home runs in nine games.While Santana has only played catcher for three years, he has proven to have the talent and arm strength to contribute from the position. He previously had played third base and outfield.“It’s a great feeling as a pitcher to have somebody back there with a really good arm, and knowing that you have somebody behind the plate that will give you a good chance of throwing a runner out if you make a bad pitch,” Clippers relief pitcher Jess Todd said.In spring training with the Indians, Santana batted .250 in eight games, but was sent to the Clippers for the start of the season to improve his defense.“I think I’m having a good season,” Santana said. “I’m just working with the pitchers and trying to improve at game-calling. After playing with the Indians in spring training, I feel comfortable with their pitchers. I know what kind of arms they have and some of their pitches so I would be comfortable with them.”There has been no word of a possible call-up to the Indians at this point in the season, even given the struggles of Marson and Redmond. For now, Clippers fans have an opportunity to watch one of baseball’s top prospects in a minor league uniform.“He’s here until further notice,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said.
OSU coaches (from left) Dave Dickerson, Jeff Boals, Thad Matta and Greg Paulus look on during a game against Penn State Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-70, in overtime. The coaches wore tennis shoes to show support for Coaches v. Cancer.Credit: Lantern file photoThe non-conference schedule for the Ohio State men’s basketball 2014-15 season was announced by coach Thad Matta Monday.The Buckeyes’ season will be its first in the three-year, newly-launched CBS Sports Classic, which pits OSU against North Carolina Dec. 20 at Chicago’s United Center. The round-robin style tournament will also see Duke match up against UCLA this season, while OSU is scheduled to play Kentucky in 2015 and UCLA in 2016.OSU’s regular season is set to begin Nov. 14 against University of Massachusetts Lowell at the Schottenstein Center.After playing Marquette on Nov. 18 at home for their second game of the season, the Buckeyes are slated to travel to Louisville on Dec. 2 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Buckeyes currently hold a 6-6 record in the tournament, and the face-off will be OSU’s 13th game of all-time in the challenge.The team is set to play North Carolina A&T on Dec. 17 in Nationwide Arena in Columbus, satisfying an NCAA requirement “to play a regular-season game at the site where 2015 NCAA Tournament Second and Third Round games will be played,” according to a press release.Games against Sacred Heart on Nov. 23, Campbell on Nov. 26, James Madison on Nov. 28 and Colgate Dec. 6 are part of the 2014 Buckeye Classic.The Big Ten Conference schedule is set to be released at a later date, according to an OSU press release.2014-15 Ohio State Men’s Basketball Non-Conference ScheduleNov. 9 — Walsh (exhibition)Nov. 14 — UMass-LowellNov. 18 — MarquetteNov. 23 — Sacred HeartNov. 26 — CampbellNov. 28 — James MadisonDec. 2 — at LouisvilleDec. 6 — ColgateDec. 10 — High PointDec. 13 — Morehead StateDec. 17 — North Carolina A&T at Nationwide ArenaDec. 20 — North Carolina at United Center, ChicagoDec. 22 — Miami (Ohio)Dec. 27 — Wright State
Aston Villa are now in very big trouble after they played their “Get Out Of Jail Free” card and saw it backfire in their Championship play-off final defeat, says the club’s former finance director Mark AnsellThe Lions were in desperate need of a return to the Premier League for next season with club owner Dr Tony Xia reportedly having no other option than to sell Villa now.Currently, Villa are working alongside the HM Revenue & Customs in order to resolve an unpaid tax bill.“You have to question the management of the club,” Ansell told BBC.“The Revenue would have looked at the playoffs as a ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ card. When they didn’t win that promotion, they would then have been questioning whether or not they could get their money.Cowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“They’ve [Villa] gone to the casino, they’ve rolled the dice and it hasn’t worked.”Following their 1-0 defeat to the 10-man Fulham in last month’s Championship play-off final, Captain John Terry left the club after the owners admitted that they would be unable to pay for his wages next season.On Tuesday, the board then suspended chief executive Keith Wyness – although it is understood that this is not in regards to the unpaid tax bill.In Villa’s first season in the Championship and under Xia’s ownership, they reported a £14.5m loss in the 2016-17 season.Their failure to beat Fulham and win promotion back to the Premier League last month cost them an estimated £160m.