Heritage Meets Modernity: The club culture of Kolkata

first_imgIf you thought that Kolkata was only about heritage with a dash of a colonial hangover, think again. Kolkatans may still like to indulge in one of the most British cultures of the city, but come a new era, the face of club culture is fast changing.  A residual feature of colonial British culture that still remains embedded in the very DNA of the city is that of the club culture. These clubs originally began as places of British refuge and entertainment for the officials who visited the city. Today, they stand as testimonies of the cultural past of the city. However, they are not just merely residues of the past. Most of these elite clubs are highly functional and as elite even today. This makes them interesting spaces where the past meets the present.  According to fashion designer Agnimitra Paul, a frequent face at the city clubs, the club culture of Kolkata is a unique feature of the city’s culture. “The people of no other city are as involved in the culture of the clubs as they are here in Kolkata,” said she.Clubs like the Tollygunge Club, the Bengal Club, the Calcutta Club, Dalhousie Institute are some such elite clubs that were set up in the British era. Even today, they remain as elite in terms of membership, with waiting lists that seem to stretch on forever. Although their events remain largely traditional and annual such as their famous Christmas lunches and so on, these clubs have adapted themselves to suit the changing times. While these events still remain annual and quite traditional, the ways in which they are celebrated now differ greatly from their colonial counterpart. With the use of DJs and events like fashion shows, annual club events have moved forward in sync with the changing times.advertisementArun Mukherji, president of the Tollygunj Club, affectionately called the “Tolly” Club, firmly believes that change is the key to the success of a club. “Tolly is a sports-centric club therefore modernisation of the sports facilities is an important factor to us. We must change with the times. In the 60s, there were dances that used to be organised here. Today, we have similar events, but they have been modernised,” said he.If a club is an area for interaction between people, it is imperative to study the changing demographics in order to understand the changing face of these clubs. These heritage clubs have been part of the city for years, thus membership has often run as a heirloom through elite Kolkata families. However, this is changing today. The members of yesteryears were what Mukherji calls “manor-born”. It is not entirely so today. Today, self-made individuals who may not come from traditionally affluent families are seeking membership at these clubs, thus diversifying the population.While these clubs themselves have been changing to keep up with the times, the city has also seen the rise of new-age commercial clubs. If the traditionally Brit clubs still have never ending waiting lists for memberships, these new clubs have happily opened their doors to the 21st century metropolitan citizen seeking the luxuries of a club life.Although these new age clubs promise to bring the luxury of the club life, they are markedly different from the traditional clubs. Spring Club, located on E.M. Bypass is one such haunt.However, Sanjeev Ghosh, General Manager at the Spring Club said, “These new clubs have come up due to the change in lifestyles of the people of this city. The old clubs are more traditional in their approach whereas new ones such as ours are free spaces for people to relax. Our events are very different from that of those clubs. They have annual, restricted events where you can bring up to three guests at a time. Over here, we have weekly parties, where you can entertain whoever you like.”This unique culture of Kolkata has its own set of takers of course. Sanjay Budhia, Managing Director of Patton Group, Eastern Region, is one such patron. “The traditional clubs like the Tolly Club and the Bengal Club are clubs which are very old and complete in their facilities. However, as they are traditional places, they are restricted to their particular zones in the city. I feel that the club culture is a rather relaxing culture that everyone should indulge in. It rejuvenates you and allows you to work better after. It is a place where I can blend work and leisure. I like to relax here with my family on weekends. But I also like to bring my international clients here to give them a taste of our unique club culture. They are never disappointed,” said he.advertisementWhile new clubs are springing up all over the city, patrons seem divided in their opinions about the two different lifestyles. There still exists a group of loyalists who still swear by their traditional clubs. However, some seem to be more open to the idea of having new clubs in town. Budhia seems to be one who is open to these new clubs. On this front he says, “The old clubs are quite excellent, but the problem with them is that they are constricted to certain parts of the city. I like the fact that there are new clubs in town. Now everyone can enjoy the club facilities throughout the city.”These new clubs are a step away from the traditional British culture of the traditional ones. While clubs like Tolly and CC&FC revel in Western festivities like Christmas and New Years’ Eve, the new clubs like Stadel and Spring Club are turning to Indian festivals. If Indian festivals are about the community coming together, and clubs are spaces of social communion, what better place to celebrate grand Indian festivals?”The Spring Club is a place with a family environment. There are family oriented events based on Indian festivals now like Bhai Dooj, Diwali, Baisakhi and so on, which is conductive for conserving our rich Indian heritage,” says industrialist Kamal Gandhi.Agnimitra Paul feels that the traditional clubs have their own place. Talking about the place of new clubs in the city, she said, “There clubs may not be as reputed or have the heritage of the older ones, but they do have top class facilities. Getting membership here is much easier and they also have events more frequently. If they keep up the quality, soon they will be at par with the old clubs.”With a blend of the old and a dash of new, the club culture in Kolkata is growing to become a rather interesting affair indeed.last_img read more

Shanghai esports team ends 42-match Overwatch losing streak

first_imgKarl-Anthony Towns out with concussion for 1st missed game of his career SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Shanghai ditched its primarily Chinese roster after a dismal first season and replaced those players mostly with South Koreans. The league’s only female player, Kim “Geguri” Se-Yeon, is one of three players remaining from the inaugural roster.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAmong the players that helped Shanghai beat the Uprising was Noh “Gamsu” Young-Jin, who was traded from Boston to the Dragons earlier this month.“Overwatch” is a 6-on-6 first-person shooter, and the Overwatch League is the first city-based professional esport, including franchises in Asia, North America and Europe. The league plans to bring its franchises to their home cities in future seasons, but all matches are currently being played in Southern California. NEW YORK, NY – JULY 28: Philadelphia Fusion play London Spitfire during Overwatch League Grand Finals – Day 2 at Barclays Center on July 28, 2018 in New York City. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Blizzard Entertainment /AFPBURBANK, Calif. — A Shanghai esports team has finally secured a victory after losing its first 42 matches, a skid that carried into the Overwatch League’s second season.The Shanghai Dragons went 0-40 as an inaugural “Overwatch” franchise in 2018 and lost their first two matches this season before beating the Boston Uprising on Friday night. Players high-fived on stage after clinching the win, and fans at the 500-seat Blizzard Arena broke out a loud “Let’s go Dragons!” chant.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

Always ready to get his number called, Nambatac helps save Rain or Shine from elimination

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Nambatac added he can’t afford to relax once Game 7 starts especially with his fourth-quarter performance surely putting him on the Hotshots’ scouting report.“I have to study for this especially that I know I’ll be on the scouting report so I can’t relax,” said Nambatac. “I know in myself that I can help the team when I go to the floor.” ANTIPOLO CITY—Rey Nambatac isn’t Rain or Shine’s usual go to go when the team needed buckets, but with the Elasto Painters’season on the line, the hustling wingman knew he had to produce.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The sophomore guard out of Letran out delivered in the biggest ways possible, willing the Elasto Painters to a crucial 91-81 Game 6 win over Magnolia in the semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Ynares Center here.Nambatac had a stellar outing of 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from deep and 13 of those points came in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRain or Shine held on to a 77-71 lead, a respectable margin but not something that could assure a win, with 5:52 remaining in the game.Sensing his team needed a boost, Nambatac knocked down two straight three-pointers that gave the Elasto Painters a 83-71 with 3:57 to play essentially assuring his team of a Game 7. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “First of all, I was ready because since the start of the third quarter I wasn’t called to get to the game but my mindset was anytime I can come in,” said Nambatac in Filipino.“So when I did get called, I knew I had to step up which was really needed because our wings were focused on defense and our offense sorely lacked because of it. I then focused on the offensive end.”James Yap was the only wingman for Rain or Shine, apart from Nambatac, to have a productive night finishing with 16 points and seven rebounds while shooting 7-of-14 from the field.Nambatac, who averaged 7.7 points and 3.7 rebounds, shot an overall 5-of-9 from the field.Gabe Norwood had a miserable outing on then floor shooting just 3-of-13 but finished with eight points and 10 boards while rookie Javee Mocon shot 0-of-2 from the field but made two of his four free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles 6 doped Kazakh athletes fail to return Olympic medals DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

UEFA charges Celtic over Mbappe ‘attacker’

first_imgCeltic Celtic charged by UEFA after fan attempts to kick Mbappe Last updated 2 years ago 17:36 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Kylian Mbappe Celtic fan Getty Images Celtic Celtic v PSG PSG UEFA Champions League Kylian Mbappé The Glasgow side face sanctions after a supporter got past security and tried to hit the Paris Saint-Germain star on Tuesday UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic after a fan invaded the field and tried to kick Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe in Tuesday’s Champions League match.In the first half of PSG’s 5-0 victory at Celtic Park, the spectator ran on and swung a leg at the 18-year-old, but only hit fresh air.The fan was caught and escorted off the field by security, and police confirmed he had been arrested. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Celtic PSG pitch invaderCeltic themselves are in trouble, though, as European football’s governing body has charged the Glasgow side with a violation of the disciplinary regulations.Manager Brendan Rodgers condemned the pitch invader’s actions after the match.He said: “That reaction [jeers from the Celtic fans] said it all really. It’s disappointing for any ground, any club, a supporter getting on to the pitch like that.”It was bitterly disappointing and I’m sure the club will deal with that. Whoever that person was it shouldn’t be anything we see, especially on a football field.”I think the stewards dealt with it at the time and I’m sure the club will deal with it. The crowd and their reaction told you everything you needed to know.”Celtic have been at the centre of no fewer than 12 disciplinary offences in the last six years, with their most recent one coming in July when a section of the club’s support unfurled an “illicit banner” in a Champions League qualifier with Northern Ireland’s Linfield.The club will learn the extent of their sanctions after the case is dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on October 19.A fine is the most likely outcome facing Rodgers’ side, according to precedent. Last season, Arsenal had to pay up €5,000 when a supporter invaded the field during their match against Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.last_img read more

Shenhua open to Tevez extension despite struggles

first_imgCarlos Tevez Shanghai Shenhua open to Tevez extension despite struggles Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 15:24 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Tevez Shanghai Shenhua Chandan Khanna Shanghai Shenhua FA Cup The Argentine star flew home upon learning he wouldn’t dress for the Chinese FA Cup final, but the club isn’t closing the door on a possible return Shanghai Shenhua are open to signing Carlos Tevez to a contract extension, despite an apparently fractured relationship between the Argentine star and his club.Tevez has struggled with form and fitness since joining the Chinese Super League side in December for a deal worth £615,000 per week.The striker was not named to the game-day squad for either match of Shenhua’s recent triumph over Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese FA Cup final, with the 33-year-old abruptly flying home to Argentina upon learning he wouldn’t dress for Sunday’s second leg. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Although the club acknowledged that Tevez has failed to meet expectations, Shenhua aren’t ruling out a return in 2018.”We decided to buy Tevez because the AFC Champions League qualifying phase was about to begin and at that time the new rules [to curb expensive signings] did not come to light,” Shenhua deputy general manager Zhou Jun told Shanghai TV.”Tevez was playing quite well in both Boca Juniors and Juventus. And since there was an arms race going on [in the CSL], our club needed a player who has a reputation and universal appeal.”Of course, in the end, he is not living up to those expectations. But he keeps working very hard to be in contention to play.”As for whether or not to extend his contract next year, it has to be a mutual choice. His future hinges on the outcome of further negotiations between the two parties.”Tevez has scored four goals in 16 CSL matches for Shenhua.last_img read more

Narcotics dealer arrested with Phensedyl syrup bottles

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police nabbed a narcotics dealer from Hyde Road in Port area on Thursday night and seized huge quantity of contraband narcotics Phensedyl Syrup.According to Special Task Force, on Thursday, STF officials came to know from their sources that some kind of narcotics products are being transported in Kolkata hidden in a goods vehicle. Based on the information, the police went to port area under West Port police station jurisdiction Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujaand kept a strict vigil on the goods vehicles plying in the area. Meanwhile, the police came to know about a goods vehicle registration number — RJ-05-GB 1583. After waiting for almost an hour, the police saw a ten-wheeler truck bearing the same registration number. The truck was stopped near a popular warehouse in the area on Hyde Road and was searched. During the search, the police found 14,100 bottles of Phensedyl syrup, which contains Codeine Phosphate, form of contraband narcotic drug in 47 gunny bags, which was being transported in stealthily manner under other gunny bags containing edible oils, salts and other materials, from the goods carrying portion of the truck. The police are trying to locate the actual sender and receiver of the consignment by interrogating the arrested accused person. Following the seizure, the truck driver identified as Deepu Singh of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh has been arrested. Phensedyl, a material which was used to prepare few brands of cough syrup earlier, has been banned several years ago as it was being consumed as a narcotics element. However, since the past few weeks STF have managed to seize huge quantity of narcotics materials and nabbed several narcotics racketeers.last_img read more

Thousands of Calgarians join international Womens March

first_imgYoung and old joined the millions attending rallies around the world. “As a young girl of a minority it was so inspiring to me and so I started to write some slam poetry last year and so this is something that I thought would be great,” said Nathoo. “I think over the last couple years we’ve just seen so much hatred in the world and I love that today there’s so many people coming together for one common cause and just coming together for humanity.” Thousands marched through the downtown core Saturday in support of women. Asha Nathoo, 14, performed at Saturday’s event, which made it’s way from Stephen Avenue to City Hall. After attending the event last year, she was inspired. One year later, rallies are marching on, fighting for change and equality. Women’s March Calgary spokesperson Anila Lee Yuen is a feminist, a Muslim and a woman of colour. She says it’s important for everyone to come out, show their support and be a catalyst for change. “We realized that although we may have certain privileges that other countries may not have, there’s still not gender parity,” said Lee Yuen. “I think it’s very important for us to continue to march every year until all the disparity amongst men versus women is gone.” The demonstrations started last year, on the day of United States President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The Woman’s March has started in downtown Calgary @660news. pic.twitter.com/ABgllVCYiA— Kass Patterson (@kassonair) January 20, 2018last_img read more

Antonio Guterres to Arrive in Marrakech for UN Migration Pact

Rabat – Guterres “will be traveling to Marrakech, Morocco over the weekend where he will attend the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on 10 and 11 December,” announced UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a Friday briefing.Dujarric said that 135 countries have informed the UN they will be  attending the Marrakech conference, suggesting their commitment to the UN Global Pact to regulate international migrations.“We also expect more of them to register on the first day of the conference,” the UN spokesperson added. In July, 192 UN member states, except the US, approved the global migration pact, which aims “to better manage  international migration, address its challenges, and strengthen migrants’ rights while contributing to sustainable development.”Although a number of countries have withdrew from the pact, UN Special Representative for International Migration Louise Arbour has expressed confidence in the future of an international pact on migration.  Read also: Despite Tensions, UN Envoy ‘Very Confident’ About UN Migration PactArbour, who arrived in Marrakech earlier this week to attend the 11th Global Forum on Migration and Development, will chair the Marrakech intergovernmental conference.The US, Italy, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Israel, Latvia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Switzerland, are the countries whose governments have so far declined to join the UN pact. However, the UN hopes that some of the reluctant countries, still in the consideration phase, may be convinced to later join the pact.The pact is not legally binding after its formal adoption.“This is about helping countries manage migration. This is about reaffirming the rights of countries to obviously control their own borders. It seems to defy logic to see how you can manage migration without having a global conversation,”  Dujarric said Friday.Guterres will officially launch the Migration Network at the Marrakech conference.On December 10, the UN secretary general will also participate in a high-level event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights along with several former High Commissioners for Human Rights. ,The intergovernmental conference in Marrakech for the adoption of the UN migration compact represents a platform for cooperation and a positive change in the way that migration policies and challenges are approached. read more

Womens basketball Kelsey Mitchell returning for senior season

OSU junior guard Kelsey Mitchell dribbles past senior guard Christen Inman of Northwestern. OSU won, 99-68 in the third round of the Big Ten tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 3. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorOn Wednesday night Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell announced she will return for her senior season with the Buckeyes. Mitchell is the all-time leader in three-point made field goals and is just 265 points away from leading the Buckeyes in all-time points scored.Mitchell released a statement giving her reasons to return, citing her studies and getting the Buckeyes to the Final Four.“Getting a degree from The Ohio State University was one of my top goals when coming to college and I look forward to completing my degree next spring. My teammates and I also have a number of goals we have yet to accomplish on the court. One of those goals is to play in the Final Four and we have a tremendous opportunity to do that next year here in Columbus. I’m excited to get back in the gym with my teammates and continue to work to get better,” she said.Earlier this week she was named an Associated Press All-American, her third time earning the title in her three seasons of play. Mitchell was also named this year’s Big Ten Player of the Year for the second time. read more

Gareth Southgate lookalike reveals confused World Cup fans are congratulating him in

The England rugby, football and cricket fan, whose nickname has long been “Southgate” in the Barmy Army of cricket followers, met his namesake in person at an ITV World Cup after party in Johannesburg in 2010.“Our eyes met across the crowded room, it sounds like a love story,” Mr Rowe chuckled. “I walked over and everyone got their phones out.”“He just seemed a lovely, sweet guy, very approachable and open,” he continued. “We’ve both laughed about it, I got a photo with him then and in 2014. He’s a brother from another mother.”Mr Rowe is also a devoted amateur football player who once broke his leg in a pilots-versus-baggage-handlers match in Birmingham, and even missed a few penalty shots during a pickup game last week, he laughed. In previous years, many of those who spotted Mr Rowe’s resemblance were quick to badger him about the infamous penalty kick that Mr Southgate failed to put in during England’s shootout defeat to Germany at Euro 1996: “How could you miss it, you should have blasted it!”Now that the long-serving player and coach has attained a salvation that in Mr Rowe’s view is well overdue, the warm words and attention lavished on his doppelganger have “gone to a new level”.“I was at Royal Ascot two weeks ago, and I must have had 20 selfies there,” he said.As Mr Rowe walked along the sun-baked Volga River embankment on Sunday, a pair of Three Lions supporters came up to ask for a photo. Southgate and England players celebrate their quarter-final winCredit:Lu Jinbo/Xinhua/Barcroft Gareth Southgate celebrates Saturday's victory with a gesture that Mr Rowe was quick to adopt  Scandal: Gareth Southgate spotted sneaking out for a beer in Samara after he put his players to bed before the big match tomorrow pic.twitter.com/w3F890TorB— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) July 6, 2018 While they claimed to have only been joking when they referred to him as Mr Southgate, some of the Russians taking selfies with him outside a pub on Friday night really thought he was the England manager, and the staff invited him inside for free drinks.“I had some Colombian fans come up to me on Friday night in town, “Oh you knocked us out, but good job,’” he said.He claimed to have even briefly fooled a few members of the England squad at the hotel before the match on Saturday. England’s advancement to its first World Cup semi-final in 28 years has won redemption for both the team and its manager, who returned to the field to sing with ecstatic fans after the 2-0 victory over Sweden. “As the bus went past I was waving and saying, ‘Hey, you forgot me’ and some of the players started wetting themselves,” he said. “They pointed and laughed, so they saw me.” Mr Rowe relaxes between selfies with fans on the Volga riverbank on Sunday Southgate and England players celebrate their quarter-final win Many of those in Samara during the England-Sweden match this weekend appeared to catch a glimpse of Gareth Southgate drinking beers at the Shannon Irish pub, posing for pictures on the main street and going for a swim in the Volga River.If they had looked a little closer, however, they would have noticed that this Southgate had dental braces, and his mates were calling him Neil. Just as the coach has won fans’ adoration at the World Cup, so has his lookalike, British Airways pilot and long-time England football supporter Neil Rowe, 43.The superfan, from Surrey, was first told that he looks like Southgate while watching him play for Crystal Palace with friends in 1994.But after the England team began winning World Cup matches, he was inspired to come to Russia at the last-minute with the same Marks and Spencer blue wool waistcoat and striped tie that have become the manager’s trademark.The physical likeness, which was previously a lightning rod for disgruntled comments about Mr Southgate’s missed penalty at Euro 1996, now draws smiles and congratulations.“I felt a bit disenfranchised, then once the party’s on you gotta go, and Gareth’s engendered this new positive spirit and vibe,” Mr Lowe told The Telegraph. “It makes me look like a bit of a glory hunter but I think I’ve suffered enough pain and defeats in the past.” Gareth Southgate celebrates Saturday’s victory with a gesture that Mr Rowe was quick to adopt Credit:Owen Humphreys/PA Mr Rowe relaxes between selfies with fans on the Volga riverbank on SundayCredit:Julian Simmonds He said he has been approached with offers of work by lookalike agencies, but for now plans to stick to flying Boeing 777s.His group of friends are trying to get into Wednesday’s semifinal match against Croatia. Needless to say, he plans to go in costume and lead refrains of a new fan song, set to the tune of Atomic Kitten’s Whole Again: “Southgate you’re the one, you still turn me on, football’s coming home again.” Besides finding a ticket, he’ll be looking for a dry cleaner’s to freshen up the iconic waistcoat.“That’s a couple days I’ve worn it in a row,” he said, “and when they scored the second goal yesterday it was a bit of a beer shower.” read more

American coal mine rescue teams competition

first_imgLeading experts from America’s coal mining community put their skills to the test at the 2015 National Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Preshift Competition held September 14-17 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Kentucky. The 2015 competition featured 65 teams with some 600 people participating in competitions to test the effectiveness of their team training regimes and to ensure their readiness in the event they are called upon to aid in the rescue of their colleagues.The competition is sponsored by the National Mining Association (NMA) and judged by the US Department of Labour’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. The four-day competition included team and individual competitions. Started in 1910 by the US Bureau of Mines, it is the largest national competition of its kind.“Until a day when serious mining accidents are problems of the past, we will be meeting like this—honouring your selfless dedication that has been on impressive display this week,” NMA President and CEO Hal Quinn told the audience at the award ceremony. He recognised competition winners at the ceremony that officially concluded the mining rescue competition. Also taking part in the ceremony was Joe Main, Assistant Secretary of Labour for Mine Safety And Health.Along with the competition, exhibits of equipment essential to mining safety were on display during the event. One highlight was the exhibit for NMA’s CORESafety® program, a systems approach to mine safety that was launched in 2011. More than two-thirds of NMA member companies have now signed on as active participants.Below is a list of the winners of the 2015 Coal Mine Rescue Competition:Mine Rescue Competition First Place – Alpha Natural Resources, Southern West Virginia TeamSecond Place – Arch Coal, Lone Mountain Processing, Lone Mountain TeamThird Place – Arch Coal, Beckley Complex, Beckley Gold TeamMine Rescue Day OneDrummond Company, Shoal Creek Red TeamMine Rescue Day TwoAlpha Natural Resources, Southern West Virginia TeamCombination (Mine Rescue and First Aid) First Place – Mine Rescue Services, Southeast KY TeamSecond Place – Walter Energy, JWR Blue Creek TeamThird Place – Arch Coal, Sentinel Complex Mine Rescue TeamFirst Aid First Place – Cliffs Natural Resources – Oak Grove Resources LLC, Oak Grove Blue TeamSecond Place – Walter Energy, JWR Team #4Third Place – Walter Energy, JWR Blue Creek TeamBench – BG4First Place – Tony Lloyd, Revelation Energy, LLCSecond Place – Duke Rich, Blue Mountain Energy, Deserado Black TeamThird Place – Gary Valusek, Jr, Alpha Natural Resources, Cumberland RD TeamBench 240R Awards First Place – Taber Tichenor, KY Coal Academy, MCC TeamSecond Place – Barry Rowe, Arch Coal, Viper Red TeamThird Place – Matt Garner, White Count Coal, Pattiki Mine Rescue TeamPreshiftFirst Place – Jeff Clark, Alliance Coal Co. – Warrior Coal LLC, Cardinal TeamSecond Place – Jason Grasha, Alpha Natural Resources, Cumberland JC TeamThird Place – Mike Moore, Excel Mining LLC, Excel Mine Rescue Teamlast_img read more

Is Yahoo really buying Hulu

first_imgPopular online video site Hulu is rumored to be on the market for possible acquisition, but the question on everyone’s mind is who will buy the company? The buzz is that Yahoo! is front of the queue to take them under its wing. According to the LA Times, Yahoo! “recently approached Hulu to discuss a possible acquisition.” However, the LA Times’ source is  just someone who knows the approach happened, so take that with a grain of salt.TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington may not agree with the Hulu-Yahoo! acquisition rumors after he received an “unsolicited message from a source close to Yahoo!” that said the rumor was far from being true. The source confirmed that Hulu is looking for a buyer and that the company is having Morgan Stanley represent them.AdChoices广告It’s difficult to tell at the moment where this is heading and whether anyone really is interested in buying the company. Apparently Hulu doesn’t even seem to be doing the normal things a company does when it’s readying itself to sell, such as “retaining an investment bank to field offers.”Hulu is currently renewing its content deals with it owners, which include Disney, Comcast’s NBCUniversal, and News Corp. The company had planned to raise between $200-$300 million last year for an initial public offering that would have put the company at a $2 billion valuation. However, that idea was dropped in order to concentrate on its subscription models instead.The service Hulu offer  started out as a free online streaming site for people to watch their favorite TV shows before launching the Hulu Plus paid service in November of 2010. Plus costs about $8 a month and includes access to content that normal Hulu users don’t have, such as the Criterion Collection movies. The company is doing well, and Hulu’s Chief Executive Jason Kilar said back in April that it’s on track to nearly double its revenue to $500 million this year as it takes its paid subscription number to more than 1 million users.It sounds like a good time to buy the company, so whoever the interested party is better scoop Hulu up fast.Read more at the LA Times and TechCrunchlast_img read more

New school year to start with shortage of teachers

first_imgThe school year will officially begin on Thursday with state primary and secondary schools short of up to 12,000 teachers.The Education Ministry said on Wednesday a total of 127,033 teachers had started work on September 1 and that another 4,900 substitute teachers had been taken on to fill the gaps. It said a further 10,000 replacement educators would be hired before the end of the month and that 1,000 more would be on standby.“We estimate that despite the effects of the economic crisis… the shortages will amount to no more than 1 percent of teaching staff,” the Education Ministry stated.Teaching unions said that there is currently a shortage of 12,000 teachers.The primary school teachers’ federation (DOE) said another 9,000 educators are needed, while the secondary school teachers’ federation (OLME) estimated that high schools need 3,000 more teachers.Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

FDA Approves Sleep Apnea Implant Treatment

first_imgStay on target The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment option for patients with moderate to severe central sleep apnea—and it won’t leave you with unsightly CPAP mask marks.The Remedē System is an implantable device that stimulates a nerve in the chest responsible for sending signals to the diaphragm to stimulate breathing.A common disorder that causes pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while snoozing, sleep apnea leaves patients tired, and can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and heart failure.Aside from various lifestyle changes (weight loss, quitting smoking) or surgery, the prevailing treatment is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, which requires a mask be worn on the mouth and nose.But perhaps even worse than sleep apnea itself are the lines and creases covering the wearer’s face the next morning.The Remedē System implant stimulates breathing in sleep apnea patients (via FDA)Enter Remedē System: The battery-powered pulse generator sits under the skin in the upper chest, connected to thin wires threaded through veins near the phrenic nerve. Small electrical stimulus—programmed using an external controller—make the diaphragm muscle contract, causing the user to take a breath.Two modes allow the patient (or, more likely, the physician) to set the system to generate pulses at a fixed rate (asynchronous therapy) or only when it detects a pause in breathing (synchronous therapy).“This implantable device offers patients another treatment option for central sleep apnea,” according to Tina Kiang, acting director of the Division of Anesthesiology, General Hospital, Respiratory, Infection Control, and Dental Devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.In a six-month clinical trial of 141 adult patients, more than half of people with the Remedē System reported at least 50 percent reduction in frequency and severity of apnea episodes, versus 11 percent in a control group (sans an active implant).There is no word on the new treatment’s availability or pricing (for reference, CPAP machines range from $200 to upwards of $2,000). It is also unclear whether the implant is be a one-time procedure, or needs to be replaced every so often.The FDA did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. New AI Tool Can Help Doctors Detect Brain AneurysmsFDA Approves First New Major Depression Drug in Decades last_img read more

Nike Kyrie 5 UFO Brings Conspiracy Theories to Sneakers

first_img Kyrie Irving is a basketball player currently signed to the Boston Celtics. Perhaps you have heard of him. Perhaps you are familiar with him due to his general basketball prowess that has led him to multiple NBA Finals appearances (and a win with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016). Or maybe you know him as the star of the way-better-than-it-has-any-right-to-be 2018 film Uncle Drew. Maybe you know him for the steaming hot mess of drama that seems to follow him from team to team.However, it’s most likely that you know Kyrie Irving as that basketball player who can’t seem to stop saying weird stuff.Photo Credit: NikeWhile his index of bizarre statements includes but is not limited to talking about the Illuminati and the moon landing, Irving is perhaps most famous for his once claiming that he believed the earth to be flat. And look, to be fair, he walked back on that eventually but that’s a Pandora’s Box of a claim for any public figure to make. Credit where it’s due, though: Irving has made his penchant for conspiracy theories integral to his brand as a whole, from poking fun at it in a Nike commercial he directed to incorporating it into the colorways for his newest signature sneaker, the Kyrie 5.Since its debut we’ve seen the Kyrie 5 take on colorways that draw influence from everything from Egyptian lore, the Illuminati, and outer space. It’s already a pretty zany shoe, so taking this sort of design angle has only served to make it all the more memorable. That tradition will be continuing this weekend with the Nike Kyrie 5 UFO.Photo Credit: NikeDropping rather appropriately on 4/20, the UFO is another vibrantly colorful sneaker in Irving’s arsenal. It features a deep blue upper that clearly emulates the night sky. This is doubled down on the heel with a starry print that carries over onto the shoe’s signature “flytrap” mechanic, which is finished off with a fun little cartoon of a UFO made out of a basketball. Irving’s now-essential Illuminati logo finishes off the heel while the bottom features the all-seeing eye (as have all of the Kyrie 5s so far). The sole being comprised of a trippy tie-dye-esque print accents the upper’s blues perfectly. All in all, it’s a can’t-miss sneaker in a line of already stellar standouts.Photo Credit: NikeIt’s hard to find a way to stand out as a Nike Basketball athlete. There are a lot of shoes in the lineup and finding a way to differentiate yours from the rest can be a struggle at times. Irving has had more success than anyone over the last few years with this, though. Yeah, he’s a weirdo who clearly goes on a few too many Reddit deep dives. But he doesn’t hide from that and instead wears that flag proudly, even going so far as to brand his shoes with imagery from weird conspiracy theories. And that makes the Kyrie 5 stand out every time it’s on the court. Plus, if we’re being real here, a sneaker that draws inspiration from UFO conspiracies is kind of the perfect April 20 release.The Kyrie 5 UFO will be available on the Nike SNKRS app on April 20 at 10 a.m. EST.More on Geek.com:Best Shoes of 2019 (So Far) for Sneaker GeeksAdidas Basketball Celebrates ‘Avengers’ With ‘Heroes Among Us’ CollaborationThe New Nike Air Max 720 Is a Wearable Xenomorph Best Sneakers of Summer 2019Nike Adds Self-Lacing Adapt Tech to Huarache Shoe Stay on targetlast_img read more

Columbia River fishing report 9/15

first_imgWashington and Oregon on Wednesday tweaked the lower Columbia salmon-fishing rules, agreeing to allow retention of hatchery chinook today through Sept. 22 downstream of Warrior Rock.Biologist John North of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the eight-day extension is expected to kill about 800 chinook.The daily limit will be two fish, but only one hatchery chinook and one hatchery steelhead.That is projected to bring the total sport harvest to 21,200 chinook at Buoy 10 and 27,695 between Tongue Point and Bonneville Dam.Last weekend, during the hatchery-chinook-only period downstream of Warrior Rock, only 17 percent of the adult chinook were fin-clipped and could be retained.State, federal and tribal biologists on Monday downgraded the fall chinook run to 860,300, about a 10 percent decrease from the original forecast of 960,200, said Jeff Whisler, chairman of the Columbia River Technical Advisory Committee.Retention of wild fall chinook continues to be allowed daily in the Columbia River upstream of Warrior Rock, which is at the downstream end of Sauvie Island near St. Helens, Ore. Two adult chinook are allowed.The coho forecast for upstream of Bonneville Dam has been downgraded from the original 47,000 to 35,000. The Group A steelhead run to Bonneville Dam has been downgraded from the original 230,400 to 123,400, said North.last_img read more

Stam tips Pochettino for Manchester United job

first_imgJaap Stam believes that Tottenham manager Maurizio Pochettino is the right choice for United as they seek a permanent manager to replace Jose Mourinho.Pochettino has been widely named as Mourinho’s replacement by pundits and former United players like Gary Neville, and now Jaap Stam.“He is the best choice,” Stam told Sky Sports News.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s got a lot of experience working in the UK with Southampton and Tottenham. He’s good in building a team, plays attractive football, playing out from the back to score goals and win games. I would say that’s my choice.“I think they can [get him]. There’s been a discussion at Spurs about not spending money on players, I think he is the type of manager who wants to invest every year and improve – at United he gets to do that.“They’ve got the money to do that. For him, that would be the ultimate step.”last_img read more