ScienceShot: Eating Moss to Survive

first_imgThe pika does not ask for much. Something green to nibble on, a hole to hide from hawks, and cool air to breathe. Especially that last one, because the chubby gopher-sized relative of rabbits overheats and dies in temperatures greater than 26°C. Thanks to global warming, the pika has disappeared from many of its natural mountain habitats in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, and those that remain tend to migrate to higher elevations. But pockets of pikas are bucking that trend by living stably in shady talus slopes, the accumulated rockfall debris at the base of mountains. The mystery is that there is very little to nibble on down there. Now, a study of the diet of these lowland pikas reveals the food that allows them to eke out a living: moss. Very few herbivores bother with moss because it is mostly rough fiber with not much more nutrition than paper. But the pikas in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge rely on it for 60% of their diet, the team reports today in the Journal of Mammalogy. To squeeze out every bit of sustenance, they poop the moss out in a form called caecal, which concentrates protein from the plant sixfold. Then they eat it and redigest it. Mystery solved.See more ScienceShots.*Correction, 17 December, 6:20 p.m.: Pikas rely on moss for 60% of their diet, not 80% of their diet, as was previously reported.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)*Correction, 18 December, 11:50 a.m.: The art has been replaced; the previous art depicted lichen, rather than moss.last_img read more

Santos livid over fellow FEU alum Pogoy’s hit to his groin

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “Kung di ako magkaanak, kasalanan pa niya. Mabuti na lang meron na akong anak. Eh paano kung gusto pa ng asawa ko?,” he said, eliciting laugh from the reporters in the post-game scrum.(If I don’t get to have another kid again, that’s on him. It’s a good thing I already have kids. But what if my wife wants another one?)He continued: “Muntik pumutok yung balls ko eh. Naka-shoot na kami at tumalon lang ako para harangin yung bola, tapos nagulat nalang ako na binigyan ako ng uppercut. Imbis na maramdaman ko yung pain sa balls ko, umakyat sa ulo talaga. Galit na galit na galit na galit ako. Bakit niya ginawa yun? FEU pa naman siya. Yun lang ang kinakasama ng loob ko kanina.”(My balls almost exploded. I just went up to block the ball, then all of a sudden, I receive an uppercut. Instead of feeling the pain in my balls, it went up to my head. I was livid. How could he do that? He’s from FEU. That’s really what bothered me the most.)Santos said that he no longer had a chance to talk to Pogoy after the game as the latter was slapped with a flagrant foul penalty two for the stunt, leading to his ejection.ADVERTISEMENT “Kung gusto niya ng ganun, di bale na sa mukha niya ako suntukin. Kaysa sa ano dahil kaligayahan natin yun eh,” he said, reflecting on the heated exchange he and the TNT rookie had early in the third period.(If he wants [to punch me], then he should just punch me in the face instead of in [my groin], that’s a source of my happiness.)FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSantos jumped to rebound Alex Cabagnot’s already-made layup, but Pogoy seemingly went for an upper-cut under his outstretched legs, hitting his man parts.Infuriated, the former MVP as he exchanged words with his fellow Far Eastern U alumnus as the game was momentarily halted at the 8:36 mark of the third quarter. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The feisty Kapampangan forward wondered that there may be a reason why Pogoy no longer reached out to him.“Wala na eh, ayaw din niya makausap. Baka na-guilty din siya,” he said. “Di ko na maalala kung ano yung pinagsasabi ko eh. Talagang ang init ng ulo ko kanina. Isang ulo yung tinamaan niya eh, alam mo yun? Lalaki pa naman tayo. Ayaw natin tinatamaan yung mga ganoon. Panlaban natin yun eh. Alam niyo yan, di ba?“(He also didn’t want to talk. Maybe he feels guilty. I can’t remember what I said. I was really angry. I’m a guy, I don’t want getting hit there.)Pogoy was mum on the situation as he exited the venue together with TNT governor Pato Gregorio.But Santos warned the neophyte to not stoop down to that level and pick a dirty fight with him.“Wag niya ako subukan dahil kilala niya ako. Di ko siya aatrasan,” he said. “Para sa aming mga Kapampangan, si Calvin (Abueva) ang pinakamapangasar. Kung gusto nila ng ganoon, okay lang. Sasabayan namin siya.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Nat’l team plans to develop intangibles in Japan trip Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netArwind Santos was still fuming over Roger Pogoy’s hit on his groin after San Miguel’s 102-88 victory over TNT in Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.The veteran forward said that he’d rather have Pogoy punch him in the face rather than low-blow him again.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

Great expectations

first_imgAs he takes charge as the 16th chief minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal is a tad nervous. The former Union sports minister has no qualms in admitting that he is weighed down by the huge expectations people have of him. “It’s like what Sachin Tendulkar felt when he went out,As he takes charge as the 16th chief minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal is a tad nervous. The former Union sports minister has no qualms in admitting that he is weighed down by the huge expectations people have of him. “It’s like what Sachin Tendulkar felt when he went out to bat for India. He could fail, I don’t even have that option. I genuinely fear failure because it’s not a question of my political career alone. The expectations of millions of people in Assam hinge on my performance,” he told India Today in an exclusive interaction.Sonowal has reasons to be nervous. When Zubeen Garg, the iconic Assamese musician who composed and sang the campaign song, ‘Sakolore ananda Sarbananda (Sarbananda brings everyone happiness)’, met him on May 19, the day the BJP and its two allies won the Assam elections, capturing 86 seats in the 126-member Assembly, he reminded him that it was time for the BJP leader to deliver and bring a smile to the face of every citizen of Assam. “I don’t subscribe to the political ideology of any party,” says Garg, “but I have faith in Sonowal. From floods to unemployment to the illegal Bangladeshi influx, his will be a crown of thorns. I hope he does not disappoint us.”It’s not Garg alone. A poignant poem on Sonowal, penned by Pranab Kumar Barman, one of the state’s most popular poets, has gone viral. “Every time I read it, it sends a shiver down my spine. It tells me what a mammoth task I have ahead,” Sonowal said minutes before he took the road along the mighty Brahmaputra to Raj Bhavan to submit his list of ministers to the governor.advertisementThe scrutiny doesn’t end there. The sternest warning comes from All Assam Students Union advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya, his best friend since the two headed the student body in the late 1990s. “He has to take a two-pronged approach,” says Bhattacharya, “protect the political rights and cultural identity of the indigenous people of Assam and fast-track economic development and growth in the state. We will not sit quiet till there is a permanent solution to the issue of illegal immigration from Bangladesh.”This issue of illegal immigrants has, in fact, shaped Sonowal’s political career. In 2005, his PIL resulted in the scrapping of the controversial Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) (IMDT) Act by the Supreme Court. The Act, passed by Parliament in 1983, was perceived to be backed by the Congress to help alleged illegal immigrants who formed a solid votebank for the grand old party. Its repeal also led to the emergence of perfume baron Badruddin Ajmal on Assam’s political landscape. Most Bengali-speaking Muslims, often suspected to be illegal immigrants, felt let down by the Congress.As expected, Sonowal has already declared that he will seal the India-Bangladesh border within two years (BJP president Amit Shah has promised that even birds would not be able to sneak in from Bangladesh to India). Around 220 km of the 264 km Assam-Bangladesh border is already fenced. It is the 40-km-long riverine area that remains porous. A tougher task for Sonowal will be updating the National Registrar of Citizenship within the Supreme Court-stipulated deadline of December 2016. The probable exclusion of millions of names-suspected to be illegal immigrants-could lead to a politically explosive situation in a state where 34 per cent people are Muslims.Sonowal’s rhetoric on the issue of the illegal influx is aimed at restoring a sense of security among Assam’s indigenous people but he believes the litmus test will be his government’s ability to create jobs. “Millions of youth in the state are jobless. My first priority will be to start new ITIs and improve the quality of existing ones to help unemployed youth acquire skills. That will not only make them employable but will also encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship in the state,” he says. In a bid to curb corruption, the CM is also planning to set up a grievance redressal helpline for citizens.Political analysts, however, believe that Sonowal’s biggest challenge will be handling the ambitious Himanta Biswa Sarma, who joined the BJP after Rahul Gandhi snubbed his demand to remove Tarun Gogoi as chief minister. “We two are brothers since our AASU days. We will work together, not against each other. We have a spiritual connect and we have the same goals-the welfare of the people of Assam,” says Sonowal.According to Bhattacharya, it’s this spiritualism which will keep Sonowal on track. “He has a deep connect with the divine. He always thinks positive, so nothing negative can happen to him..,or by him,” he says. Assam will certainly need this positive energy.advertisementFollow the writer on Twitter @KDscribelast_img read more

NCAA: Letran gets back on winning track after dispatching Arellano

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Letran got back to its winning groove after brushing off Arellano University, 97-84, in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The Knights snapped their two-game skid and won their third game in five games, improving to a 10-6 record and maintaining their hold of the third spots.Bonbon Batiller led Letran with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting while Larry Muyang and Jeo Ambohot had 15 points apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Letran flexed its muscle underneath the rim, outrebounding Arellano 39-23 including 18 offensive rebounds that led to  17-second chance points.The Knights pulled away in the third quarter, taking an 80-66 lead on the back of a 34-17 scoring run. Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Justin Araña had 19 points and three blocks for the Chiefs, who dropped to 4-11.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Yanson pushes for U13 national football tournament as he bids for PFF presidency LATEST STORIES MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

SPORT-SHOOT-NRAI 3 LAST

first_imgOther recommendations which the committee suggested were Other recommendations which the committee suggested were that the NRAI needs to start grooming former shooters with a long term vision. The panel said the NRAI will have to start taking ownership of national camps and its athletes, and everything cannot be outsourced to SAI. It also recommended that the NRAI should have a robust working relationship with the Services and should also use the world class facilities of the AMU in Mhow and consider the possibility of holding skill development camps there away from any distractions. The Bindra-led panel also recommended that the Karni Singh Shooting Range in Tughlakabad here should be made the home base of Indian shooting. The report also said that the Government of Indias Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) has shortcomings, which needs to be addressed collectively. “The interaction of NRAI with SAI, SAIs/GOIs funding under TOPS to shooting athlete, in specific the issue of unproven personal coaches and the effect of a resulting ineffective homogeneous national team. Then to make recommendations, if any, in how NRAI should take this matter up with SAI/GOI in a cordial and meaningful manner with a view to streamline any issues flagged therein. “It is now widely accepted that the Government of Indias Target Olympic Podium Scheme, TOPS, had shortcomings. However the sport of shooting was always a priority for Sports Ministry and the Sports Authority of India and no shooter suffered as a result of any bureaucratic delay,” it said. “Any delay which occurred did so because of the inability of the shooter to present relevant training plans on time rather than the disbursement of funds. Training funds were sanctioned for all shooters who put forth their plans and in that regard TOPS was rather partial to Indian shooting based on past results,” it said. PTI SSC PDS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Live Streaming India vs England 3rd Test Day 3: When and where to watch IND v ENG Test match?

first_imgWhat time is the Test match between England and India?Day 3 of the third Test between India and England will start at 3.30pm IST.Where can I watch the England vs India Test match live?You can watch the Test match live on the following TV channels – Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD from 2.30pm IST.Live Streaming will be available on SonyLiv app and website – sonyliv.comWhen is the England vs India Test match?The third Test between India and England will be played from August 18-22.Where will the England vs India Test match be played?The third Test between India and England will be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.Where can I check the online live updates of the England vs India Test match?You can get all the latest updates, reactions, news of the Test match at www.indiatoday.in/sportsWhat are the team squads for England vs India Test match?India’s playing XI: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.England’s playing XI: Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Oliver Pope, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes.Hardik Pandya took his maiden five-wicket haul as India moved in a commanding position in the third Test at Trent Bridge.India were 124/2 at stumps with Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli on unbeaten 33 and 8 respectively. India now lead by 292 runs after they bowled out England on 161 in the first innings. Kohli’s side is 0-2 in the five-match series.advertisementKL Rahul (36) and Shikhar Dhawan (44) were the only two Indian wickets to fall in the second innings. While Rahul was bowled out by Ben Stokes, Dhawan fell to leg-spinner Adil Rashid.India began the day on 307/6 but lost their final four wickets for 22 runs in 40 minutes as Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad bowled superbly to lay down the template for an astonishing afternoon.In reply, England were bowled out for 161 after they lost all 10 wickets in the second session, conceding a first innings deficit of 168.Pandya took a career-best five for 28 in six overs to transform the game after England had lunched in the comfortable position of 46 without loss.last_img read more

WATCH: Cinematic Highlights of OSU’s win over Kansas

first_imgOne of the best ways to recap a win for the Pokes is to listen to Dave Hunziker narrate the highlights. As always, the cinematic highlights of the game over the weekend are entertaining and fun from Orange Power Studios. Give it a watch in the video above. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

10 months agoArsenal watching Keylor Navas situation at Real Madrid

first_imgArsenal watching Keylor Navas situation at Real Madridby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are watching Keylor Navas’ situation at Real Madrid.Arsenal are considering a move for want-away Navas.Fichajes says the Gunners want long-term competition for Bernd Leno.Petr Cech is reaching the twilight of his career, and Navas is keen to leave the Spanish capital after struggling for game time.An end of season move is the most likely option being discussed. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

DNV GL to Class Largest Ethane Carriers Yet

first_imgzoom Hartmann Schiffahrts Gmbh & Co. KG, Jaccar Holdings, HB Hunte Engineering and DNV GL, signed a letter of intent for the classification of five ECO STAR 85k very large ethane carriers. Mr Jean Labescat from Jaccar Holdings, Mr Ulrich Adami, Technical Director of Hartmann Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG, Mr Frerk Brand, Managing Director of HB Hunte Engineering, and Mr Torsten Schramm, DNV GL Maritime’s COO for Division Germany, Middle East & Asia, signed the agreement at the SMM trade fair.“It’s a great honour to be given the opportunity to act as the classification society for this new series of ECO STAR 85K vessels. These vessels will be the largest ethane carriers yet constructed, but it is not only the size, but the technical innovations present in this design that will make these ships a real breakthrough for the industry. Such highly specialised vessels require a very strong technical partnership and we are looking forward to working together with Jaccar, Hartmann and HB Hunte to bring this project to a successful conclusion,” said Torsten Schramm.The five ECO STAR 85K ethane-fuelled VLEC-carriers will have a capacity of 85,000cbm each. The cargo tanks of these five new vessels include another world first – the use of the innovative Star-Tri-Lobe tanks.These consist of three cylinders combined into one. Due to better utilization of the space in the cargo holds, this results in higher efficiency and allows an increase in cargo capacity of nearly 30% over similarly sized vessels with conventional tanks, reducing shipping costs through greater economies of scale. Press Release, September 12, 2014last_img read more

Unique Unforgettable Nadeem Shravan

first_imgNadeem Akhtar Saifi was born on 6th August 1954 in Bombay (Now Mumbai) in an affluent family. His childhood was spent near Mahim Dargah in Rosy Building. Nadeem had keen interest in music since his childhood. He was fond of music of Naushad, S.D.Burman and Shankar Jaikishan. He had a chance to listen to Jaikishan performing live in Jaikishan’s favorite restaurant Gaylord. He was overwhelmed by the performance and made up his mind to become a music composer. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalNadeem could play a lot of instruments like drums, bongo and congo with perfection. His family moved to Central Bombay where his father had a business in construction. During his school days, he along with his friends made his own band and started playing at public functions. Shravan Kumar Rathore was born on 13th November 1954 in Sirohi Rajasthan. His father Chaturbhuj Rathore was a well known classical vocalist. He started giving training to his sons Shravan, Roop Kumar Rathore and Vinod Rathore. Shravan also started playing sitar, harmonium and tabla. Chaturbhuj migrated to Bombay and became head of a music organisation where he used to train young talent. Kalyanji Veerji Shah of Kalyanji Anandji fame was also his student. Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceNadeem and Shravan’s first meeting was accidental. One of Shravan’s friend invited him to a college function where he was going to sing. When Shravan entered the hall he saw Nadeem on the stage playing drums. During the interval they were introduced by their mutual friend Harish Boppya. He told them, “That you both want to become music composer. Why don’t you join hands and give music together”. Thus a new music duo emerged on the Bollywood scene. They started giving music as Nadeem Shravan. In 1973 a friend of Chaturbhuj, Bachchu Bhai, planned to produce a Bhojpuri film Dangal. Mohammad Rafi sang the only song for Nadeem Shravan in this Bhojpuri film. “Phoot gai li kismatiya bhaile gai dulhaniya”. The film was released in 1977. Same year they got a Hindi film Bebasi. The 70’s and 80’s belonged to Shankar Jaikishan, Kalyanji Anandji and Laxmikant Pyarelal. Nadeem Shravan started getting films but were not taken seriously. They struggled a lot for more than one and a half decade. Their music was noticed in films Ilaaka, Hisaab Khoon Ka, Lalkar and Baap Numbari Beta Dus Numbari. They got their major break with Aashiqui. In fact Aashiqui was an album which Gulshan Kumar had planned to bring out with struggling artists Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Podwal and young lyricist Sameer who wrote lyrics for several films for Nadeem Shravan. The duo recorded six numbers. By the time Aashiqui album was to be released, Mahesh Bhatt listened to the track and liked it so much that he told Gulshan Kumar that let’s make a film and used these songs. Mahesh Bhatt wrote the story and directed Aashiqui with new comers Anu Aggarwal, Rahul Roy and Deepak Tijori. Aashiqui created a history and became a musical hit of 1990. All the six numbers were chart busters. Nadeem Shravan got their first Film Fare Trophy for Aashiqui. Nadeem Shravan hit the jackpot with Aashiqui. They were flooded with the offers from producers to give music for their films. The duo took a wise decision that instead of doing more number of films they should concentrate on quality music. They created another record by rejecting 250 films. They ruled the roost for the next seven years. In these years they gave several hits. Nadeem Shravan’s icons were S.D.Burman, Shankar Jaikishan and Madan Mohan. Nadeem had grip over western instruments and Shravan was trained in classical music. Aashiqui will be remembered for one thing more that it brought back the melody. They kept this in their mind and composed some of their great melodies in Saajan, Sadak, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi, Raja Hindustani and Deewana to mention a few. Nadeem Shravan got a setback in August 1997. Gulshan Kumar was murdered that year. It was said that D Company had plotted to eliminate the Cassette King. Nadeem was also suspected for this crime, even though he was not in the country at that time. It was a big blow to their career. They were out of business for some time. Nadeem fought a long legal battle in London and was finally acquitted. Nadeem had taken a British Citizenship. He kept on giving music with Shravan while composing tunes in London. Nadeem Shravan came back with great fan fare with the film Dhadkan (2000) starring Shilpa Shetty, Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Kadar Khan. Dhadkan created history and once again like Aashiqui all the songs became chartbusters. They kept on giving music together till 2005 when they decided to part. It’s an irony that their last film together was Dosti. Nadeem started his own business of perfume in Dubai. Shravan’s son is giving music in films in these days. In 2016, Nadeem started giving music in films and made a debut as a singer. Nadeem Shravan had a late success. They struggled very hard for fifteen odd years. In the next 15 years, they gave music in 75 films and had 50 hits to their career. The 1990’s were Nadeem Shravan’s era. In 1997 Pardes came with a freshness of their music. Its prominent numbers were Ye dil deewana (Sonu Nigam/Shankar Mahadevan/Ehsaan Noorani), I love my India (Kavita Krishnamurthi/Hariharan/Aditya Narayan/Shankar Mahadevan) and Do dil mil rahe hain (Kumar Sanu). Dhadkan in 2000 was the block buster and musical hit of that year. They made two versions of Tum dil ki dhadkan mein rahte ho (Abhijeet /Alka Yagnik) and a sad version was in the voice of Kumar Sanu. Dil ne ye kha hai dil se (Udit Narayan/Alka Yagnik/Kumar Sanu) and another version by Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam, and Na na karte pyar (Alka/Udit Narayan). Highlight of Dhadkan was Dulhe ka sehra sung by famous Qawwal Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan of Pakistan. Long distance became a big hindrance. Nadeem in London and Shravan in Bombay, producers were difficult to pope up. Finally they broke the partnership in 2005 but carried their credit till 2009. Nadeem started giving music in 2016 independently. His latest films were Ishq Forever and Ek Haseena Thi. Nadeem also sang Ek haseena thi in his own voice. Nadeem Shravan worked with all the big banners and directors from Subhash Ghai, Mahesh Bhatt, Vikram Bhatt, David Dhawan to Raj Kumar Santoshi. Nadeem Shravan were winner of Film Fare Awards four times. They won the awards consecutively for Aashiqui (1991), Saajan (1992) and Deewana (1993). They also won the accolade for Raja Hindustani. Twice they won the Star Screen Awards and once Zee Cine Award for their contribution to the music industry.last_img read more

Bank fraud ED raids premises of Deccan Chronicle promoters

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED conducted simultaneous raids on premises of Deccan Chronicle promoters, T Venkattram Reddy and T Venkatravi Reddy in Banjara Hills, Secunderabad, and Delhi, in connection with a PMLA case based on an old CBI probe, where the agency had filed a chargesheet and arrested the former.Officials here said two luxury cars, Rs 5 lakh in demonetised currency, and several incriminating documents were recovered from the search operation. They added that probe officials also seized digital evidence during the raid, all of which would help the investigators to establish the money trail in the alleged money-laundering process. The Enforcement Directorate’s case is based on a bank fraud case registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation, where Deccan Chronicle had allegedly defrauded a consortium of banks off thousands of crores. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The CBI had filed a charge-sheet in the case earlier and also arrested Venkattraman in the case in 2015. The ED had filed a money-laundering case after taking cognizance of the CBI charge-sheet in the case. The charge-sheet dealt with an alleged bank fraud of over Rs 2,000 crore, based on complaints from Canara Bank, Corporation Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Central Bank of India, Andhra Bank, and IDBI Bank. The Reddys, along with other promoters of Deccan Chronicle had allegedly fabricated advertising revenue and painted a false rosy picture of the company’s financial health to get the loans and then diverted the loans for personal use and investment in other concerns. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAccording to the ED, some of the diverted loan amounts was used to invest in Deccan Chargers, an IPL cricket team, that was later suspended on charges of match-fixing. The diverted funds were also allegedly invested in one Odyssey India Limited. Another part of the funds was diverted to one Flyington Freighters Limited, which allegedly diverted around Rs 227.58 crore to purchase 12 cargo planes from Airbus. ED has said that further investigation in the case is underway.last_img read more

How much per gram Provinces feds to start debating price tag on

first_imgOTTAWA – Governments from across the country will meet next month to debate a key question about Canada’s eventual recreational-marijuana market — how much should users pay for their pot?Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Monday that cannabis taxation will be on the agenda when he meets with his provincial and territorial counterparts.Morneau said the Trudeau government has begun designing a taxation regime — but he insisted the top concerns for Ottawa remain getting weed out of the hands of young Canadians and dealers on the street.“Taxation will follow those principles, so we will be thinking about how we can ensure that the taxation doesn’t generate a black market,” Morneau said.“We will constantly be looking at how we can ensure that we get criminals out of the market and protect youth in the market. That’s our goal.”He’s been adamant that maximizing federal revenues will not be the priority when it comes to pot and he’s suggested the feds favour keeping prices competitive in order to wipe out illegal activity.A recent C.D. Howe Institute report found 90 per cent of the black market would disappear if pot cost $9 per gram, projecting $675 million a year in federal and provincial revenues if governments only applied existing sales taxes.Last fall, the parliamentary budget officer projected 2018 sales tax revenue for Ottawa and the provinces combined to be as low as $356 million and as high as $959 million.Provinces and territories have been busy since the Trudeau government tabled legislation last month to legalize and regulate recreational pot use. Ottawa’s goal is to make it happen by July 2018.Quebec Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois said in an interview last week that the province is looking at its taxation options, but that it needs more information from Ottawa.“We’ve got to see what the federal (government is) going to do,” said Charlebois, who added the cost of legal pot must be competitive with street prices.Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said in a statement earlier this month that she has asked Ottawa for more information on the tax regimes for recreational pot because the federal legislation did not include details.“The end goal must be to limit the black market as much as possible and taxation cannot drive the price of the product too high if we are to achieve this goal,” Ganley said.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

UN High Commissioner for human rights to visit Morocco next month

first_imgRabat – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, will pay an official visit to Morocco next May, Morocco’s ambassador and permanent representative at the UN office in Geneva, Omar Hilale, announced this Tuesday. The announcement was made by the diplomat during MAP’s forum themed “Morocco’s commitment for human rights”.last_img

Pakistan tells Sri Lanka it wants stability in South Asia

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka, which have deepened with the passage of time.The Sri Lankan Prime Minister expressed the desire to increase cooperation with Pakistan in the fields of defense and trade. He called for taking steps to increase bilateral trade. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told Sri Lanka his country backs stability in South Asia, Radio Pakistan reported.Talking to his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe in Davos, the Pakistan Prime Minister said that Pakistan strongly wants peace and cooperation in South Asia. He said SAARC should be a viable forum for regional cooperation.The Prime Minister said Pakistan wants to resolve all longstanding disputes, including Kashmir issue, with India through comprehensive dialogue. He said Indian occupied forces are committing atrocities on the people of Kashmir. He said India is increasing tension along the Line of Control to divert world attention from Kashmir issue. He said the people of Kashmir should be given their birth right to self-determination as promised with them in UN resolutions. Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan gives immense importance to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and is determined to achieve all the objectives in light of its charter. The Prime Minister said that security and stability are vital for eradication of poverty and development of the area. He said Pakistan wants friendly relations with all the regional countries. He said Islamabad wishes people of the regional countries should reap fruit of regional cooperation. read more

Middle East peace effort lacks progress on political front – UN reports

The report, issued by the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO), notes that “despite a number of international efforts over the past six months to advance the two-state solution, last year has been characterized by a continued lack of progress on the political front.” In contrast to recommendations outlined in the July 2016 report by the Middle East Quartet, there has been “a surge in Israeli settlement-related activity and a continued high rate of demolitions in Palestinian and Bedouin communities” as well as “continuing acts of violence against civilians, signs of a deepening political rift between Gaza and the West Bank, and continued military build-up and firing of rockets by extremist groups in Gaza.”This environment threatens the erosion of the achievements of the Palestinian state building effort, according to the report. “The institutions of Palestinian governance remain vulnerable to political instability and require affirmative steps to protect and advance state-building efforts,” the authors wrote.The report also notes a “deepening political rift” between Gaza and the West Bank. Tensions between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are aggravating a “difficult situation in the Gaza Strip” with an intra-Palestinian disagreement over issues such as electricity access and payment of salaries.Analysing the impact of the Hamas take-over ten years ago and the ensuing Israeli closures and conflicts, the report notes that “Gaza is facing a downward spiral of de-development, while the people in Gaza are caught in a cycle of humanitarian need and perpetual aid dependency.”The report covers the period from 15 September 2016 to 15 April 2017.It will be presented to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) at its bi-annual meeting in Brussels on 4 May. The Committee, chaired by Norway and co-sponsored by the European Union and the United States, serves as the principal policy-level coordination mechanism for development assistance to the Occupied Palestinian Territory. read more

Motor industry celebrates ten years of sustainable development

The UK motor industry is home to some of the cleanest and most efficient automotive production plants in Europe, according to the sector’s tenth annual sustainability report launched today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Over the last decade, UK automotive manufacturing facilities have cut: CO2 emissions per vehicle by 40.9%water use per vehicle by 45.3% – 40% better than the European averagewaste to landfill per vehicle by 70.5%energy use per vehicle by 24.2% – 12% lower than the European averageLooking at the environmental and economic progress of the UK motor industry over the last decade, the report shows that from 1999 to 2008, the sector increased its turnover by 19% to £52.5 billion with an export industry valued at £26.6 billion – 10.6% of Britain’s total. Over 1.5 million cars and commercial vehicles are produced in the UK each year as well as three million engines, contributing £10 billion added value to the UK economy. The tenth annual sustainability report collates data from car and commercial vehicle manufacturing sites across the UK, representing more than 98% of UK automotive manufacturing operations. It can be downloaded from the home page of the SMMT website at www.smmt.co.uk.   As production has improved, UK manufacturing plants have reduced total energy per vehicle and have been at the forefront of renewable energy use. These efforts mean that the UK uses 12% less energy than the European average and through the use of wind turbines alone, 11,500 tonnes of CO2 are saved each year. “I am proud of the achievements industry has made during the last decade and the way it has responded to the unprecedented challenges of the recession. Manufacturing will play an important part in the economic recovery and the transition to low carbon vehicles offers new and exciting opportunities for the UK motor industry,” commented Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. Everitt continued, “The transition to a low-carbon economy through investment and demonstration of ultra-low-carbon technologies is crucial to our future. The New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team’s vision aims to ensure the UK motor industry remains a global force playing a significant role in the development of exciting, low-carbon transport solutions. We fully support this vision and believe now is the time to take action.” ‘Towards Sustainability – The Automotive Sector Strategy’ was first published in March 2000, using 1999 data. The automotive sector was the first to introduce such an approach which committed industry to balance economic progress with environmental care and social responsibility. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) In the last year, the recession has proved difficult but the motor industry adapted quickly to sustain valuable industrial capability. The UK motor industry remains strong and resilient, and the post-recession future offers many opportunities for manufacturing in the UK. read more

Toshiba vise les 1000 milliards de yens grâce au nucléaire

first_imgToshiba vise les 1.000 milliards de yens grâce au nucléaireCe n’est plus tant le nucléaire que le renforcement de la sûreté des sites qui fait les affaires des grosses sociétés industrielles. Ainsi, le conglomérat japonais Toshiba vise un chiffre d’affaires de 1.000 milliards de yens (près de 10 milliards d’euros) en 2017-2018 dans ce secteur.Le groupe japonais Toshiba espérait tirer, avant l’accident de Fukushima en mars 2011, environ 1.000 milliards de yens (près de 10 milliards d’euros) de l’activité nucléaire pour l’année 2015-2016. Après la catastrophe du tsunami, le groupe a toutefois dû revoir ses objectifs mais ne s’est pas découragé pour autant, au contraire. Il a même parfaitement su s’adapter. “Nous voulons contribuer au renforcement de la sûreté des installations nucléaires au Japon et à l’étranger”, a ainsi expliqué le PDG de Toshiba, Norio Sasaki, lors d’une conférence de presse.Le groupe est déjà fortement impliqué dans le traitement du complexe Fukushima Daiichi puisque c’est lui qui avait fourni les équipements du site. Il s’occupe notamment de la décontamination des dizaines de milliers de tonnes d’eau qui ont servi au refroidissement des réacteurs et piscines de désactivation du combustible. De plus, rien qu’en s’attelant au démantèlement de cette usine, il y a du travail pour environ 40 ans.Mais Toshiba souhaite profiter de ce contexte pour sécuriser d’autres centrales non seulement au Japon, où les 50 réacteurs sont à l’arrêt, mais aussi à l’étranger. Le tout sans cesser : d’une part d’honorer les commandes de réacteurs qui lui sont faites dans le monde (via la société américaine de conception d’équipements nucléaires Westinghouse, qu’elle détient), d’autre part de développer des modèles réduits baptisés 4S (très sûrs, petits et simples de l’anglais “super safe, small et simple”).Des batteries de véhicules électriques et des appareils plus écologiquesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Toutefois, Toshiba ne s’arrête pas là et ambitionne de profiter des besoins croissants en énergies renouvelables (hydraulique, éolienne, solaire, géothermique, piles à combustible), aussi bien au Japon que dans les pays émergents. La société estime que les revenus tirés de cette activité pourraient atteindre 350 milliards de yens (près de 3,5 milliards d’euros) dès 2015-2016.Enfin, le groupe espère être en pôle position : pour construire des infrastructures de distribution électrique de nouvelle génération (“smart grid”), grâce notamment à des systèmes de contrôle de consommation et de mesure en temps réel (compteurs intelligents) ; pour obtenir des marchés dans la mise au point de batteries pour véhicules électriques mais aussi pour être leader dans la conception d’appareils électroniques et électroménagers dotés de vertus écologiques.Au final, Toshiba table sur une augmentation annuelle de 12 % de son chiffre d’affaires dans l’activité des infrastructures (incluant les divisions énergétiques) pour atteindre 3.240 milliards de yens (32 milliards d’euros) en 2014-2015. Le secteur des composants électroniques devrait atteindre 2.060 milliards de yens en 2014-2015, autant que celui des appareils électroniques (dont les PC et TV). Toutes branches confondues, Toshiba escompte un chiffre d’affaires de 7.800 milliards de yens (près de 78 milliards d’euros) en 2014-2015, contre 6.400 milliards attendus pour cette année.Le 21 mai 2012 à 20:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Puel admits Saturday will be a difficult day

first_imgThe Leicester City manager knows that the first game at King Power Stadium without owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha will be a tough testSaturday will be the first time Leicester City plays at home since owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and five others perished on a helicopter crash.And for the Foxes’ manager Claude Puel, the match against Burnley will be a difficult one.“We tried to work a little on Wednesday – it was a light training session after the journey,” he told Sky Sports.“It’s not easy to prepare this game but I think the togetherness between ourselves is a good feeling.”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…“It gives us good energy, fantastic strength and I think it will compensate with our spirit and positive attitude and all the support from our fans,” he added.“I think we need to find the right balance between the emotion and our concentration and focus.”“It’s the most important to manage our emotion around the next game and to have the possibility to give a good response,” he concluded.“We need to find this right balance. Of course, we did not have a lot of training sessions but this journey was important for us.”last_img read more

Embassies targeted as antifilm protests spread

first_imgCAIRO (AP) — Angry protests over an anti-Islam film spread across the Muslim world Friday, with demonstrators scaling the walls of U.S. embassies in Tunisia and Sudan and torching part of a German embassy. Amid the turmoil, Islamic militants waving black banners and shouting “God is great” stormed an international peacekeepers base in Egypt’s Sinai and battled troops, wounding four Colombians.Egypt’s new Islamist president went on national TV and appealed to Muslims to not attack embassies, denouncing the violence earlier this week in Libya that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. Mohammed Morsi’s first public move to restrain protesters after days of near silence appeared aimed at repairing strains with the United States over this week’s violence.Throughout the region, security forces struggled to rein in protesters. Police in Cairo prevented stone-throwing demonstrators from nearing the U.S. Embassy, firing tear gas and deploying armored vehicles in a fourth day of clashes in the Egyptian capital. At least three protesters were killed around the region.The day of protests, which spread to around 20 countries, started small and mostly peacefully in countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The most violent demonstrations took place in the Middle East. In many places, only a few hundred took to the streets, mostly ultraconservative Islamists — but the mood was often furious. The demonstrators came out after weekly Friday Muslim prayers, where many clerics in their mosque sermons urged congregations to defend their faith, denouncing the obscure movie produced in the United States that denigrated the Prophet Muhammad. It was a dramatic expansion of protests that began earlier this week and saw assaults on the U.S. embassies in Egypt and Yemen and the storming of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.last_img read more