Letting Go Of Superkids

first_imgMy friend’s daughter, a sixth grader, came home, at the end of her school year, with a straight A report card. “Did the FAME results come out?” her mother inquired, “Who won the first prize?”The girl looked down and mumbled the name of the winner. She had tried hard, spent many nights on her essay, but had failed to “win.”“Oh,” said, her mother, looking disappointed. Somehow, I had the feeling that the excellent report card was a bare minimum expectation. The real unasked question was, “What else do you excel at?”Many times, I’ve done the same thing — greeted my son’s attempts with regret or disappointment, simply because he didn’t “win.” But watching someone else gave me a new perspective. High expectations from parents are nothing new to me. After all, I’m Indian. I was expected to work hard in school and get good grades, period. No excuses. But that expectation seems to pale in comparison to what the current generation of Indian American kids goes through. It’s not just about academics anymore. Every child is expected to be highly talented, nothing short of a prodigy.We see Superkids all around us. And as parents, we start to worry if we’re not on this bandwagon. We relentlessly seek membership in the Superkid club, pushing our kids to achieve. If our sons and daughters are not chess champions or tennis aces, we can’t look people in the eye.Who are these Superkids, you wonder? You see them everywhere, but you may not spot them. On the surface, they look like, well, kids. Their lives however, are anything but kid-like. They work longer and harder than the average adult. They compete in Math Olympiads and take advanced piano lessons. They play soccer in the fall, and learn web design in the summer. And in between, they work hard to move up through the zillion belts in Taekwando.This is not to say that it’s all bad. You can’t contain real talent, or mask true genius. There will always be kids who were born to do calculus in the 5th grade or play the violin like a pro at 8. And they have our admiration, no doubt. But what about the rest of us?What if our children do not want to learn piano, let alone excel at it? What good can come from forcibly turning them into maestros? Will they derive any pleasure from it?What if a child’s talents lie elsewhere? What if she was meant to help animals or fly airplanes or save rainforests? This part of her will never be discovered. She will never get a chance to find out who she is, or what she loves to do.There’s my son’s friend who sometimes comes over to play table tennis in our garage. As they play, I can hear them talking and laughing about books they’ve read, people they’ve met. I can tell he’s a bright kid. But somehow, Math does not seem to be his forte. “You need to work harder,” his mom pesters him, “look at Abhay, I barely ever see him come out. He gets a perfect 600 on his Star testing!”This boy doesn’t talk back, but I can see his expression, “Yes I suck at Math.”But what if he were to change that over time to “Yes I suck (in general)?”Why do we parents do this to our kids? We love them, that’s for sure. But somehow, somewhere, we’ve managed to shut down our antennae to their signals.These children have already altered their goals in life. To them, the goal is to make others happy; it’s no longer about discovering how they can make a unique contribution to the world. What if our children were taught to enjoy their hobbies, rather than work at them, what if they are encouraged to explore their interests, rather than being handed them down? Imagine their life, if they succeed at what they choose to do because they enjoy it. This success will give them confidence, which in turn breeds more success.Every kid can be a super kid and achieve her potential, once she knows what motivates her. But as a parent, you need to give her a chance to find out.My son came home very excited one day and announced that he had to pick a planet for his science project. “Go with Venus!” I suggested.“Why?” he asked.“Because it’s so interesting. It’s about the same size as Earth, but has a very hostile environment. Sulphuric acid clouds, extreme pressure and temperatures, extreme greenhouse effect…..”“I want to do Pluto,” he said sullenly.“But we know the least about Pluto. And some scientists don’t even consider it a planet.”“That’s why I want to do it. We know very little about it. It’s the most mysterious one.”“But it may be hard to get a good grade, if you don’t have enough material …..”He began to walk away, with his head down, his shoulders drooping.I reluctantly let him choose Pluto. It wasn’t easy for me. I’m always telling him what he needs to do. He was so excited about it. He worked hard on it, needed no reminders, and when he finally presented, he did so with passion, confidence, and style. I even learnt a thing or two about Pluto.Recently I found him browsing in the library. To my surprise, he was reading a book about Venus. “Mom, isn’t it funny that Venus is the Roman Goddess of love? And it is the brightest and most beautiful object in the night sky …. and yet, this is in sharp contrast to its harsh environment?”“Yes, that’s true!” I said, delighted at his observation.He was opening up to my ideas, because I had opened up to his!It was the right thing to do — letting him choose — even if I haven’t always done it. I’m still learning.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Jhansi youth death: Conflicting accounts on encounter add doubt to police version

first_imgWhile the family of Jhansi resident Pushpendra Yadav have alleged that he was killed in a staged encounter, the police version has come under further scrutiny after conflicting statements issued by two district police officers.According to the statement by Jhansi SSP Om Prakash Singh on the night of the incident, the Station House Officer of Moth, Dharmendra Singh Chauhan, was returning to Jhansi from Kanpur in his private car on October 5 after a two-day leave, when he received a call from a local resident, purportedly Pushpendra Yadav. The person on the other end of the phone asked Mr. Chauhan to meet him at an intersection, the SSP said. Mr. Chauhan was “alone” and in plainclothes, the SSP said, adding that as soon as the SHO stopped his car and rolled down the window to look around, the accused fired at him.The SHO’s description of the incident, however, does not tally with the SSP’s statement. Talking to the media from his hospital bed, where he is recovering from injuries allegedly suffered during the encounter, Mr. Chauhan said he had gone out from his police station to patrol and check duty on the night of the incident. He said he was accompanied by a constable, Saurabh, and both of them were in a private car. “At the Bamrauli intersection around 9 p.m., a person waved (at us) and I stopped the car. He came close and pulled out his country pistol and fired,” said Mr. Chauhan, not mentioning any phone call.When asked whether he was returning from his leave, as stated by the SSP, the SHO said he had returned from leave the same day and gone out for patrol. The SHO claimed the accused shot and fled with his mobile phone and vehicle.Meanwhile, amid questions over the authenticity of the encounter, the police released a list of crimes attributed to Pushpendra Yadav to establish his criminal record as an alleged mining mafia member. However, all the five cases listed by the police related to inter-personal disputes, village-level offences or prohibitory action to prevent law and order disturbances. All cases pertain to 2014 and 2015.The charges against Pushpendra Yadav included enticing or taking away or detaining with criminal intent a married woman, criminal intimidation, voluntarily causing hurt and verbal threats. The police also claimed that Pushpendra Yadav’s truck was fined twice in 2018 for illegal mining. It was served a fresh challan on September 29 and seized.Pushpendra Yadav’s body was cremated by police on October 7 night after his family refused to take his body till a murder case is lodged against the police officer who shot him. The family accused the police of cold-blooded murder. His brother, Rabindra Yadav, a CISF jawan, claimed Pushpendra Yadav did not have any criminal record and never owned any weapon.Pushpendra Yadav’s wife Shivangi on October 9 alleged that her husband was killed because he had threatened to expose the local SHO for demanding bribe from him in return for promising to free his seized truck. She said her husband had already paid the police ₹1.5 lakh but they were harassing him for more. Pushpendra Yadav had threatened to make the recordingss of their bribe dealing to go “viral”, she said. “If he was at fault, you could have summoned him or taken him to jail. The police had his phone number,” she said.Ms. Shivangi Yadav further said that if her husband had shot the SHO and escaped with his car, as claimed by police, he would have been shot in the back and not in the head. “They caught hold of him and killed him,” she alleged.Akhilesh demands high-level probeSamajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, after meeting the family of the deceased, said a probe monitored by a sitting High Court judge would bring out the facts, as he questioned the police version. “This is not an encounter. The police committed a murder,” Mr. Akhilesh Yadav said.“No one believes the police story. Nobody is satisfied with the story and sequence of events narrated by the Jhansi Police administration,” he said.The SP chief also demanded that a murder case be lodged against the SHO, as demanded by the family. “You can estimate how big the conspiracy is when all officials and the government come together to save the station officer,” Mr. Akhilesh told reporters in Jhansi.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh in Parliament to invite PM Modi for his wedding: Has he managed to withdraw Rs 2.5 lakh?

first_imgIndia’s 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh, who is set to marry fiancee and Bollywood actress Hazel Keech, reached Parliament today to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other ministers for his wedding scheduled to be held on November 29-30.Yuvraj and Hazel got engaged in a low-key affair in Bali, Indonesia earlier this year. But according to reports, the star cricketer has planned a grand wedding, wherein all the who’s who from the field of Bollywood, sports and politics are expected to be in attendance. (Watch: Harbhajan Singh shows how he wants to dance at Yuvraj Singh’s wedding)Delhi: Cricketer Yuvraj Singh reached Parliament to meet PM Narendra Modi pic.twitter.com/cVj1LYXthS ANI (@ANI_news) November 24, 2016Yuvraj last played for India in the ICC World T20 held at home earlier this year.The 34-year-old has also been part of India’s title-winning campaigns in the 2007 ICC World T20, where he famously hit England’s Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over. The dashing all-rounder then played a stellar role in the 2011 World Cup, where he was adjudged the Man of the Series as India lifted the Cup for the second time.The Punjab southpaw is a champion in his own right, having fought and defeated cancer. He inspired a whole generation of youngsters by making a comeback to international cricket after a battle with the deadly disease.However, the important question is whether Yuvraj has been able to withdraw Rs 2.5 lakh from the bank for his wedding. The Government of India, in its demonetisation move, has placed a daily cap on withdrawals from ATMS and banks. Only those getting married can withdraw up to Rs. 2.5 lakh.advertisementYuvraj is soon set to join the league of married Indian cricket stars. The likes of Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and Rohit Sharma tied the knots with their respective partners pretty recently.last_img read more

Bigs wins for Bengaluru, Puducherry in Hockey Nationals

first_imgImphal, Jan 8 (PTI) Bengaluru Hockey Association and Hockey Puducherry registered emphatic 15-0 and 13-1 wins respectively on the second day of the 8th Senior Mens National Championship here today.Central Secretariat, Chhattisgarh Hockey also won their matches.In the opening match of the day, Central Secretariat registered their second victory in as many days as they beat Assam Hockey 3-1 in a Pool A match.It was a closely fought first quarter of the match but Central Secretariat struck twice in the second quarter and then once again in the third to take a 3-0 lead.Assam Hockey, on the other hand, tried their best to make a comeback but were only rewarded with a consolation goal towards the end of the third quarter as captain Harvir Singh struck in the 44th minute.The match ended 3-1 in Central Secretariats favour with Dharambir Yadav (20), Thimmanna S. Puliyanda (27) and Shankar Patil (43) getting on the score sheet.In the following Pool C match, Chhattisgarh Hockey came back from a goal down to secure a 4-2 victory over Sashastra Seema Bal.In a Pool E encounter, Hockey Puducherry outclassed Goans Hockey 13-1. Hockey Puducherry scored early in the 2nd minute but their lead was cut short as Goans Hockey equalised two minutes later to make it 1-1. However, Hockey Puducherry showed their class from thereon as they scored 12 more goals to put Goans Hockeys defence through the mill in the latter three quarters of the match. Ayyaz Khan (4) scored for Goans Hockey while Hockey Puducherry scored through captain N Sellamuthu (9, 17, 44, 52, 57), R Ranjith (2, 5, 28, 29), T Arunkumar (28, 41, 53) and A Tamilarasan (33).advertisementIn another Pool E match, Bengaluru Hockey Association produced an emphatic display to defeat Hockey Bihar 15-0. HT Ramesh (5, 53, 55, 57, 59), Stalin Abhilash C. (27, 29, 39, 56), Manikanth Bejawad (12, 41, 48) and N Honnur Swamy (13, 22, 37) scored for Bengaluru Hockey Association.In the sub-junior nationals in Hojai, Assam, Hockey Rajasthan beat The Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd 2-0 in a Pool A clash.In another Pool A clash, Telangana Hockey lost 1-4 to Hockey Madhya Pradesh. In a Pool D match, Sports Authority of Gujarat ? Hockey Academy beat Hockey Gujarat 6-1. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

Macron, Trump in show of unity after row over Europe’s defence

first_imgParis, Nov 10 (AFP) US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron sought Saturday to ease tensions caused by a defence row that risked clouding World War I centenary commemorations in Paris.Trump was one of dozens of world leaders taking part in events to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.On Saturday, he and his wife Melania cancelled a trip to Belleau Wood battlefield and cemetery in northern France, citing “scheduling and logistical difficulties” caused by the rainy weather.Coming on the eve of Veteran’s Day in the United States, the decision drew criticism on social media, where many noted that the rain had not stopped Macron, Germany’s Angela Merkel or Canada’s Justin Trudeau from paying their respects to the dead.”They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen,” Nicholas Soames, a British Conservative member of parliament and grandson of Winston Churchill tweeted.Ceremonies have been held across the world this week in honour of the 18 million soldiers and civilians who perished in World War I.In one of the high points, Macron and Chancellor Merkel on Saturday unveiled a plaque to the Franco-German reconciliation in the forest clearing in northeast France where the armistice ending the conflict was signed.Macron, a centrist advocate of open borders and multilateralism, has repeatedly invoked the war in recent weeks to hammer home his message that rising nationalism is again destabilising the world.advertisementHe will host Trump, Merkel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, among others, for dinner at Orsay Museum on Sunday evening.On Sunday morning, they will be joined by President Vladimir Putin of Russia for the main ceremony at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris, which will draw in 70 world leaders.On Saturday, Macron and Trump downplayed their divisions after a tumultuous start to the weekend, which saw Trump fire off a tweet slamming Macron’s proposals for a European army just as his plane was touching down in Paris.The spat was the latest between Trump and Macron, who struck up a warm relationship initially but have clashed over a growing list of issues, including Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the 2015 Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal.”President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russia,” the US president tweeted, referring to remarks made by Macron in an interview three days earlier.”Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the US subsidizes greatly!” he added.In the interview, Macron had cited Trump’s plans to pull the US out of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty and said a joint European Union force was needed to end Europe’s reliance on US military might.”We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States,” he said, listing various threats including cyberattacks.During talks later at the Elysee Palace Macron said his call for greater European autonomy on defence was not intended as a snub towards the US and backed Trump’s calls for EU members to boost their defence spending.”We need a much better burden-sharing within NATO,” he said, patting his counterpart’s knee affectionately.Trump described himself and Macron as “very good friends” and expressed support for “a strong Europe”.The US leader has however ducked out of a peace conference Sunday in Paris, which Macron and Merkel intend to use as a platform for promoting multilateralism.The WWI commemorations come at a watershed moment for the liberal post-war order, with anti-immigration populists at the helm in the US and Brazil, sharing power in Italy, and making strong gains in Germany, where Merkel has announced her resignation in 2021 after a series of electoral setbacks.On Saturday, she visited the site of Germany’s capitulation at the end of the World War I, the first German leader to do in 78 years.The forest in Compiegne is doubly symbolic as Adolf Hitler chose the same train carriage in the same clearing to sign the surrender of the French on June 22, 1940 at the start of World War II.Macron, sporting a cornflower in his lapel — the French equivalent to Britain’s remembrance poppy — and Merkel reviewed grey-clad soldiers from the Franco-German brigade, before unveiling a plaque to Franco-German reconciliation.They also visited a replica of the carriage which was destroyed during World War II.advertisementThe visit underscored the close ties between two countries that fought three wars between 1870 and 1945 but are now seen as the lynchpins of peace in Western Europe. AFP NSANSAlast_img read more

Tarakeswar tense after National Flag found lying on the ground

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress leaders from Hooghly’s Tarakeswar alleged that BJP-backed goons have dislodged the National Flag from the top of a Panchayat office and dumped it on the ground.Trinamool Congress district leaders also alleged that some goons put up a BJP flag on top of the Panchayat office. The district BJP leaders have, however, denied the allegation saying that it was a handiwork of the Trinamool Congress workers instead. The BJP leaders also said that they never dumped the Tricolour. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe incident has triggered tension in the area. It was said that Naita Malpaharpur Gram Panchayat, run by Trinamool Congress, had the National Flag on the top of the building. In order to capture the Gram Panchayat the BJP leaders are carrying out hooliganism, alleged the Trinamool Congress leaders. Some local residents spotted the National Flag lying on the ground on Sunday morning. After being informed, police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. The district police have started a detailed probe into the incident. The police officers have assured that stern action will be taken against those who will be found responsible for the incident.last_img read more

BC Greens wont support Lenz James return to legislature in wake of

first_imgVICTORIA — British Columbia’s Green party will not support the return to the legislature of the suspended clerk and sergeant-at-arms in the wake of a report by Speaker Darryl Plecas alleging spending misconduct.Andrew Weaver says the legislature’s house leaders for the NDP, Liberals and Greens will consider their options for the futures of clerk Craig James and sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz, but their return to work will not receive his support.Lenz and James were suspended and escorted out of the legislature last November amid an ongoing RCMP investigation.A 76-page report alleges spending by the two men on luxurious overseas trips, payout packages and personal purchases totalling millions of dollars.James and Lenz were not immediately available for comment Tuesday, but in a statement Monday they said they only just learned of the claims by looking at the report and time will show the allegations are completely false and untrue.The RCMP says it is aware of the release of the Plecas report and its investigation is active and ongoing. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

July UK car manufacturing continues growth trend

If you use these figures in online editorial, please reference www.smmt.co.uk/vehicle-data/ as the source. Export99,37499,9780.6%724,688701,614-3.2% Engine manufacturingJul-12Jul-13% Change YTD-12YTD-13% Change Total183,948232,54526.4%1,520,2271,552,5432.1% Home21,01728,89537.5%151,819191,64926.2% “Car manufacturing is continuing to follow the wider UK trend for more positive economic growth with a 7% rise in July, supporting a 1.9% increase in the year so far,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “We are starting to see slight signs of recovery from Europe which will support stronger production levels this year, and UK manufacturers will continue to build and develop innovative, high-quality products that appeal to a global customer base.” Export113,681138,48421.8%965,683933,802-3.3% UK car manufacturing grew 7% in July, with sites across the UK making 128,873 units.Year-to-date volumes up 1.9% to 893,263 unitsHome market demand up 37.5% in month to support new plate change in September % export82.5%77.6%82.7%78.5% Total9,0047,942-11.8%65,10056,459-13.3% Export4,6425,58420.3%38,83030,227-22.2% Click through to download the UK automotive manufacturing news release for July 2013. CV manufacturingJul-12Jul-13% Change YTD-12YTD-13% Change UK engine production rises 26.4% in JulyUK engine manufacturing rose 26.4% in July to 232,545 units.Over 1.5 million engines made in the UK so far this year, with 11.6% increase for home market supporting UK car and CV manufacturing sites Home4,3622,358-45.9%26,27026,232-0.1% CV manufacturing output falls in JulyCommercial vehicle (CV) output fell 11.8% to 7,942 units in July, although export demand strong with 20.3% increase in the month.Year-to-date levels show fall of 13.3% during the first seven months of 2013 to 56,459 units.“Commercial vehicle manufacturers continue to battle against weak demand, despite a moderate increase in exports in July,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “The outlook for commercial vehicle manufacturing for the rest of the year continues to be tough, especially following the closure of the Ford facility in Southampton at the end of July. However, there are some areas, such as  bus and coach production, where we are continuing to see growth as operators take advantage of the wide range of vehicles built in the UK.” Car manufacturing Jul-12Jul-13% Change YTD-12YTD-13% Change % export51.6%70.3%59.6%53.5% % export61.8%59.6%63.5%60.1% Total120,391128,8737.0%876,507893,2631.9% Home70,26794,06133.9%554,544618,74111.6% Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

BBC robot animals to go undercover to film nature even David Attenborough

first_imgThe BBC programme will feature 34 robot animals Chimps proved curious about their new robot friend It will see 30 different robot animals sent to live among the real thing, with fully-working skeletons built bone by bone, a realistic muscle structure and an exterior created painstakingly by artists.The orangutan, the most expensive of the animatronics, saw each hair planted one by one in its body, while newly-hatched crocodiles were waterproofed in case their new mother dropped them into the river.A wild dog puppy was “taught” how to make characteristic submissive and playful gestures in order to help it be accepted by the pack, while a strategically egret and tortoise help film-makers capture an elephant family trying to protect its new baby while on the move. John Downer, producer, said the programme, which took three years to make, will help shed light on human emotion and behaviours, by showing they also exist in the animal kingdom.While is used to be frowned upon to anthropomorphise the nature world, he said, academics were now coming round to admitting the similarities.“I think that’s been the great breakthrough over the last ten years,” he said. “I think animal behaviourists knew it, but they didn’t dare say it.“You can’t spend any time with animals without realising that so much of what they do is just like us.“We’re seeing behaviour mirrored in that natural world. Now there’s no one who studies, particularly the primates but increasingly other animals. Some of the animals were a little too realistic A wild dog pup is designed to make a submissive bow, before adults accept it into the pack Chimps proved curious about their new robot friend One scene, which they claim has never been captured on camera before, will show a chimp attempting to keep a tiny genet kitten as a pet, while another sees a family of langur monkeys grieving after believing they had killed the lifeless robot animal.Tom McDonald, the BBC’s head of natural history commissioning, said the programme marked a “real change” in natural history filming, providing “genuinely mind-blowing” footage he promised would show viewers the world “in an entirely new way”.The results will be shown in a new series entitled Spy In the Wild, due to broadcast on BBC One in January.Grouped into themes, each episode will explore how animals display love, intelligence, misbehaviour and friendship across species: or, as one programme-maker described the latter, “whether the Lion King could be true”. “As scientist have been getting closer to them, they are now interpreting that behaviour through how we would express things.“To deny it is to fly in the face of what you’re seeing.“Everything always used to have to be couched in very scientific language. Those barriers have broken down, because it really stops you understanding what’s going on.”Rob Pilley, producer, said academics were now encouraging their use of animatronics in filming behaviour they had written about but never filmed, adding films were “contributing, albeit on a small level but a significant one, to science”.Spy in the Wild will be broadcast on BBC One on January 12. For decades, Sir David Attenborough and his television descendants have been creeping ever-closer to the natural world to show it off to viewers in all its glory.But the BBC will next year go one step further, as it commissions 34 hyper-realistic animatronic  spy creatures to go undercover in the animal world.A new BBC natural history show will see life-like animals from baby crocodiles to adult orangutans infiltrate the jungles, deserts and grasslands of the planet, in an attempt to assimilate into wild families.The results, programme-makers say, will prove once and for all that animals experience the same emotions and relationships to humans. The BBC programme will feature 34 robot animals One animal proved too realistic for its own good, after cameras caught a real tortoise valiantly trying to mate with its robot companion.Programme-makers admitted sending the finished creatures into their new families was “quite nerve-wracking”, with concerns about upsetting the natural order of families.In one difficult scene, a young langur monkey appears to believe she has dropped the robot baby to its death, with the family gathering round to mourn it.Robot animals were also sent to live among a penguin colony, as a chick hatching out of its own egg inside a bird’s nest and among dozens of giraffes filmed assembling in mourning for a family member which had died of old age. Some of the animals were a little too realistic The langur monkeys were later filmed grieving, after dropping the robot baby The langur monkeys were later filmed grieving, after dropping the robot baby A wild dog pup is designed to make a submissive bow, before adults accept it into the pack Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Video column The Occupy Movement Mayor Ford controversial shirts and topless Kim

first_imgTHIS WEEK, THE Unemployed Graduate discusses four international stories from around the world.The Occupy Movement’s new project, Mayor Rob Ford is back, Australian clothing chain Globalize is in trouble over a shirt and Kim has a new topless video.Uploaded by Katie VarvosKatie Varvos is a Canadian-born, Dublin-based vlogger who created the ‘The Unemployed Graduate’- a show about current news and issues.She is a recent graduate, with a BA in Journalism and MPhil in International Relations from Trinity.Each week she discusses a range of topics, asks for your opinions and gives away some pretty awesome prizes. Check out The Unemployed Graduate’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.Video column: Ireland’s young and diverse population deserves to be heard>last_img read more

Instagram is deleting Windows Phone submissions through Instance

first_imgWhat do you do when a third party developer makes an app to offer users access on a platform your service isn’t currently supporting? If you’re Instagram, the obvious answer is to block any submissions from that app.Despite seeing consistent growth and a dedicated base of users, there is currently no official Instagram support for Windows Phone. Like any good developer who sees a service gap that needs to be filled, Daniel Gary wrote his own Windows Phone app to support the photo sharing based social network.Instance is a beautiful app, highlighting the best of Windows Phone UI and Instagram features in a single app that has gained quite a bit of attention since it was released. Unfortunately, Instance users may notice today that any submissions they have made through this Windows Phone app have been deleted, with no obvious way to retrieve the photos.If you try to upload a photo to Instagram through Instance, you’ll see the photo hit your account just long enough to see it mysteriously disappear. Instance is an unofficial app, and Gary admits to performing some trickery to make the app work as well as it does, but the end result is the same no matter what he does.Instance users are effectively blocked from submitting photos to Instagram, and the only way this could be fixed is if an agreement is reached between Gary and Instagram to allow the app to support Windows Phone users.It is worth pointing out that Instance was not a free app. There’s an ad supported variant and a paid version that removed the ads. While Gary deserves every penny for the work he put into Instance, it is easy to see how Instagram would take issue with a third party making money in such a way from the Instagram service.Whether or not Instance is allowed to function moving forward is entirely up to Instagram, unless of course Daniel Gary finds another way around the problem.last_img read more

Day 1 Leo Varadkar says hes going to be the man to

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3444042 Share200 Tweet Email Jun 15th 2017, 12:01 AM 15,891 Views Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 12:01 AM 38 Comments Day 1: Leo Varadkar says he’s going to be the man to unite the country – but other TDs aren’t so sure Many opposition TDs said they found Varadkar to be a decent man, even if they fundamentally disagreed with his politics. Short URL By Christina Finn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I think he is a decent man. I wish him well. I do not know him well though he and I once attended the same pilates class.IT WAS ONE of the most unexpected lines to ever be uttered in the Dáil chamber during the election of a Taoiseach.The chamber, the public gallery, the press gallery and Leo Varadkar’s family – who were seated in the ‘distinguished guests’ area – erupted in the laughter when Gerry Adams brought up his fitness class with the Fine Gael leader.Varadkar later thanked him for “revealing our little secret”, adding that they had in fact attended the same pilates class on a number of occasions.The image of the new Taoiseach and the Sinn Féin leader on their mats, stretching in the Oireachtas gym, may be a difficult one to shake off.But, perhaps it could be taken as a sign of  things to come under Leo’s tenure? A Taoiseach who puts an end to Civil War politics, digs about the past …. who is willing to work (anything) out, even with longtime rivals.That seemed to be a message that Varadkar wanted to convey anyway.“While we will clash in this Dáil, I want to offer a genuine willingness to work together on matters… That applies to all parties,” he said.The opposition was far from convinced, however.The words “right-wing” and “Thatcherite” were bandied about – as voices from the far side of the chamber speculated he would be a Taoiseach who would divide rather than unite.Ireland’s youngest TaoiseachAt 38, Leo Varadkar is the youngest Taoiseach to date. His predecessor, Enda Kenny, told the Dáil he was the man to lead a new generation.Not everyone was convinced.“Maybe the Taoiseach-to-be should get to know Sinn Féin,” Adams offered.“Leo Varadkar also has the opportunity to do the right thing… That means turning away from the politics of austerity and cuts in favour of investment in our people and the rebuilding of vital public services.Leo Varadkar could be a Taoiseach who sees the level of homelessness and the state of our health services, including mental health services, and says, ‘No more, not on my watch’.Laughter all roundThere was plenty of humour and playful swipes from the opposition throughout the two-hour session that saw Varadkar elevated to the most senior job in Irish politics.Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin got in a dig at Fine Gael’s Noel Rock – suggesting that perhaps Varadkar had started off on the right foot, by not having Rock nominate him. (Rock nominated Enda Kenny on four occasions last year, but later became one of the strongest voices to call for him to step down).Taking aim at another Fine Gael backbencher,  Martin said he happened to agree with Kate O’Connell’s controversial assessment of Varadkar’s supporters as ‘choirboys’ lining up to back the new boss.The Dublin TD’s comments, you may remember, landed her in hot water during the leadership contest.To laughter, Martin said he shared her view of his rival party.Fianna Fáil – in line with the deal they agreed last year to prop up the Fine Gael-led Government – abstained from yesterday’s vote.A new TaoiseachDuring the speeches, Enda Kenny was constantly whispering in Varadkar’s ear – perhaps passing on some last minute advice.“Good luck to the last fella,” Mick Wallace chimed in from across the chamber – before the votes were cast and the result came in: 57 votes in favour, 50 votes against – Leo Varadkar was to be the new Taoiseach.Rounds of applause ensued, as the chamber rose to its feet. Handshakes all round from his Cabinet (or those that hoped they would be in his Cabinet) and a notable friendly handshake from the man he defeated to take the top job – Simon Coveney.In the blink of an eye there was a quick seat swap. Varadkar took the helm, as Kenny stepped aside. Leo Varadkar’s partner Matthew Barrett at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin to see him receive his seal of office as Taoiseach from President Michael D Higgins. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesBut what will Varadkar be like in office?Standing in the Dáil, with his beaming parents looking down upon him, Varadkar said the Government he would lead would neither be left or right, but one of the “new European centre”.He added:While others in the House might be obsessed with the political debates of the 1980s, I can assure them that I am not nor will my Government be – we will be focused on the solutions of the 21st Century and the future.Varadkar said he would seek to build a “republic of opportunity” where “every citizen gets a fair go and has the opportunity to succeed”.A right-wing Taoiseach? Many opposition TDs said they found Varadkar to be a decent man, even if they fundamentally disagreed with his politics.“He won’t be anything other than the most right-wing Taoiseach this State has ever seen,” said Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly, while Solidarity-PBP Ruth Coppinger said Varadkar was a ”hardliner for capitalism” and a representative for the “rich and the elite”.Adams was another to say he is “too right wing”. No amount of “pilates, frappuccinos, skinny lattes, avocado mash and jogging” would change that, he insisted.Coppinger urged Varadkar to reach deep down for his “socialist vein”, while the Green Party’s Eamon Ryan urged him to be more like his father, Ashok Varadkar, who recently admitted in an interview with The Irish Independent that he was a socialist at heart. Varadkar’s father looked particularly amused at this contribution.Before Varadkar left the  chamber, an orderly queue formed to shake his hand.Then, it was then out to the Plinth. Flanked by his party colleagues, the new Taoiseach emerged out into the sun, to a loud applause. Source: RollingNews.ieBefore getting into his car to speed off to see President Michael D Higgins, he stopped to shake the hands of a few tourists who just happened upon the fanfare during their visit to the National Library.After picking up his seal of office at the Áras, it was back to Government Buildings to dole out the good and bad news – who would be in Cabinet, and who would miss the cut?Journalists waited by the stairs to see who they could spot heading down the ministerial corridor. Some – like veteran Michael Ring, who appeared certain he was heading for promotion – could not hide their excitement. Others – like Mary Mitchell O’Connor, who was demoted from Jobs and Enterprise – received less welcome news. Source: RollingNews.ieWith the Cabinet reshuffled, Varadkar listed all the tasks that he wanted them to meet head on.How the new leader and his dream team will perform? Only time will tell.But Richard Boyd Barrett hit the nail on the head when he said that after all the drama of leadership contest and election, it’s time for the Government to get down to business.What people want is hope, not hype. They want policies, not pantomime.Now that the theatre is over, Varadkar has come out on top. But, this is where the hard work begins.New ministers in Finance, Justice, Housing: This is Leo Varadkar’s Cabinet>As it happened: Leo Varadkar elected Taoiseach>last_img read more

Arsenals Ainsley MaitlandNiles out for up to 2 months

first_imgArsenal have announced that Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be out of action for the next six to eight weeks with a fractured legThe 20-year-old sustained the injury during the 2-0 home defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City in the club’s opening game of the new season.Maitland-Niles was deputising for both Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal in the left-back position during the game.“Ainsley has sustained a small fracture to his left fibula and will be out for six to eight weeks,” read a statement.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Full-back Carl Jenkinson will also be out for two months after spraining his right ankle.Meanwhile, Kolasinac is expected to report back for training in October.Captain Laurent Koscielny, who suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury in April’s Europa League semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid, still has another two left before he can return to training.But on the bright side, both Monreal and Danny Welbeck are expected to feature in Arsenal’s away trip to London rivals Chelsea on Saturday.last_img read more

Actor Punit Lalwani The Reel and Real Life Star

first_imgA person without talent can not win all the races of life. Yes, luck is essential to achieve big in life, but without skill and right effort, don’t expect to make big.Talent concerns the abilities, skills and expertise that determine what a person can do. The effort involves the degree to which the person deploys their capabilities.Punit Lalwani what will you call him, an Actor? Content creator? Voice over Artist? MC ? or all-rounder. Punit is a hugely talented guy who is blessed with so many things, and he is making count by applying all his skills in various fields.Punit has been part of TV serials as a lead actor in Khwabon ke darmiyan which was shown in the middle east on Zee TV. He always loves to act from his childhood, and he has continued it with and now became a famous actor. His many gigs on Insta and YouTube are quite renowned. He has shown his versatility in his acting, which is loved by everyone.He is also a fabulous voice quality; he has worked as a voice-over artist in radio channel in City 1016. Punit is also a legendary MC; he has hosted many local and international weddings, corporate events and other functions.Punit is also Co-founder of content production channel called Viral Panti 101. He also loves to dance and mind you he is no lesser than professional dancers. Punit is also a mind-blowing dancer he has won many prestigious awards in the past in UAE.Punit is an extremely talented guy; what makes people Ga Ga for him is his perfection. He does things with perfection and versatility is his USP. He is a talent who is going to make pretty big shortly with his multi-talent.Here’s wishing multi-talented Punit Lalwani all the best for all his new ventures. We hope he makes it even more significant in his life with his work.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Protester dies during curfew in Kashmir

first_imgIn this picture taken on 6 August 2019 security personnel stand guard on a street in Srinagar. Photo: AFPA protester died after being chased by police during a curfew in Kashmir’s main city, left in turmoil by an Indian government move to tighten control over the restive region, a police official said Wednesday.The death was confirmed by police after the government passed a presidential decree on Monday stripping the Muslim majority state of its longstanding semi-autonomous privileges.Despite a paralysing curfew, imposed to head off unrest, sporadic protests have been reported by residents in the main city Srinagar.A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that in one incident a youth being chased by police “jumped into the Jhelum river and died.”The incident happened in Srinagar’s old town which has become a hotbed of anti-India protests during the three decade-long insurgency in Kashmir that has left tens of thousands dead.A source told AFP that at least six people have been admitted to hospital in Srinagar with gunshot wounds and other injuries from protests.Indian police insist that Kashmir, which is also claimed by Pakistan, has been mainly peaceful since the curfew was imposed at midnight Sunday.last_img read more

Desperate Search For Harvey Missing Funerals Begin For Dead

first_imgHCSOImage of white van that the Harris County Sheriff’s Office found with two bodies belonging to a reported missing family in the wake of Harvey, in Green Bayous area. Aug. 30th, 2017.It’s been four days since volunteer rescuers Ben Vizueth and Gustavo Rodriguez went missing in Harvey’s murky floodwaters when their boat hit submerged power lines and everyone was pitched overboard. The bodies of two other men on the boat at the time — Vizueth’s brother, 45-year-old Yahir Rubio-Vizuet, and 33-year-old Jorge Perez — were found dead floating in the water soon after. Two journalists for the British newspaper The Daily Mail were aboard and survived. Vizneuth’s wife, Perla Jaquez, trudged through a wooded area filled with downed trees and debris Thursday with other volunteers looking for the missing men. “There’s still a lot of faith and a lot of hope that we can recover them,” she said in a Facebook Live video. A week after Harvey came ashore as a Category 3 hurricane, leaving a trail of devastation on the Texas Gulf Coast, the search for the missing has become more desperate and funerals have begun. Authorities say 39 people are confirmed dead so far from Harvey and 19 are still believed to be missing. But more bodies are likely to be found. A gathering of friends and family was planned Friday for Benito Juarez Cavazos, 42, who was found dead in a parking lot after floodwaters receded Tuesday. His death was being listed by police as a drowning or accident. When news of Cavazos’s death spread through the small, tightknit and mostly Mexican neighborhood of Port Houston, dozens of people congregated for an impromptu memorial service, said childhood friend Rene Velez.  The group of friends and family reminisced about Cavazos’ constant jokes and the time 15 years ago when Cavazos was sent flying off a horse that stopped short after galloping at full speed.”We were all laughing about that,” Velez said. But the mood turned somber as the realization of his death sank in. “One by one, everybody just broke down,” he said. “Everybody’s devastated.” “The thing I admired about him was that he was always smiling, always happy,” Velez said. “It was like nothing got to him.” The funeral of 82-year-old Ola Mae Winfrey-Crooks, was scheduled for Saturday. She drowned when her car was swept off a farm-to-market road at the San Jacinto River near her home north of Houston. Authorities say it appears Crooks was trying to cross the bridge and the swift water carried her vehicle off the road and into the flood waters. A memorial also was being held Saturday for 58-year-old Ruben Jordan, a former football and track coach at Clear Creek High School who disappeared while driving during the storm. Al and JoDell Pasek want to scatter the ashes of their son, 25-year-old Andrew Pasek, at Mount Rushmore, where they had long planned to take a family trip. Andrew was on a mission to check on his beloved big sister’s cat when he stepped on the wire, then fell into a lamppost attached to the live wire. Pasek’s friend moved closer to help, but Pasek warned him away. “He said, ‘Don’t touch me. I’m dying,’” said JoDell Pasek. Sharelast_img read more

March Comes In Like a Lion anime premieres October 8 announces live

first_imgWe love slice of life stories, and this fall we are getting one of the best of them all adapted into anime and a live action movie.March Comes in Like a Lion (Sangatsu no Lion in Japanese) is a deeply intricate and emotional tale of a high school boy named Rei Kiriyama, who is an accomplished competitive shogi player (alos known as Japanese chess or the Generals’ Game).Although Rei is a shogi phenom, he lives an isolated life, having been shunned by his adoptive family, and unable to make friends at school.He meets the Kawamoto family (and their many, many house cats), who become his support group and open his eyes to the strength of having friends. Besides taking a serious look at the world of competitive shogi, the manga offers readers a beautiful glimpse at the struggles of a young man trying to figure out who he is and what is important to him.Directing the anime is Akiyuki Shimbo, who also helmed Puella Magi Madoka Magika and Bakemonogatari. The theme song will be performed by anime opening fan favorite, Bump of Chicken.It was also announced that two live action films for March Comes In Like a Lion will premiere in 2017 in Japan, with actor Ryunosuke Kamiki (Bakuman, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno) as the lead role of Rei Kiriyama. The film is being directed by Keishi Otomo, who also directed all three of the acclaimed Rurouni Kenshin live action movies.March Comes In Like a Lion is written by Chika Umino, famous for creating Honey and Clover, which has been adapted into an anime series as well as a live action film, and won numerous manga awards since its start. March Comes In Like a Lion has also won several awards, including the esteemed Grand Prize of the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.We are super excited for the series to debut, and the live action films. It’s sure to be an emotional roller coaster of youthful feels. Hop on, kids.last_img read more