Explore the land of the long white cloud

first_imgThe country’s canopy of blue, with the cleanest of air never fails to surpriseNew Zealand Tourism and the movies have done a mighty fine job. The country has had ad campaign tag lines that tell you that it is the youngest country on Earth and that everything there is “100,The country’s canopy of blue, with the cleanest of air never fails to surpriseNew Zealand Tourism and the movies have done a mighty fine job. The country has had ad campaign tag lines that tell you that it is the youngest country on Earth and that everything there is “100 per cent Pure”. Find these campaigns on You Tube and you will hit a travel agent with your credit card at 100 paces. Then there’s Hrithik Roshan with his “Kaho Naa…” song sequences and bike riding which made New Zealand Bollywood’s 21st century Switzerland. Peter Jackson gave the West its Middle Earth and the habitat of hobbits by setting up his Lord of the Ring trilogy in the country of his birth, while New Zealand’s Southern Alps did a very good impersonation of K2 for Vertical Limit.Not to forget bungee jumping and jogging, two Kiwi inventions that went viral around the world well before the word viral left a laboratory. New Zealand is a country the size of England with a population of under five million, so they have plenty rooms at the inn.The quick trip around New Zealand ‘highlights’ would include a stop over in the City of Sails, Auckland, a visit to the hot springs near Lake Rotorua and the Maori experience in Tamaki. A short ferry ride across the two islands via Picton. A stop over in Christchurch as a hop on the journey to Queenstown and the whole Southern Alps or Lord of the Rings or Milford Sound experience. It also has a large number of hot springs, known as waiariki in MaoriA bungee jump will surely be involved in the trip. Or at least the Sky Walk around Auckland’s Sky Tower. It is 600 feet above the ground and has a platform without railings on it. They let their dumb cluck tourists go around to both enjoy the view as well catch sights of the cooks at the revolving restaurant atop the Tower putting down meat cleavers and chopping vegetables. What the Sky Tower doesn’t advertise is that the Sky Walk is one way to understand the exact meaning of the word ‘nerves.’ It is not about the stuff in the brain: it refers to the capacity of the gut to turn to water and the knees to switch to the mode called Wobble.The more beguiling parts of New Zealand come quietly, far removed from the adrenaline rush of a bunjee jump or the intoxication of a wine-tasting tour (both of which, all sources reveal, are worth the expense.) The country which also owns a romantic Maori name of Aotearoa (also pronounced Ao-tea-roa); the Land of the Long White Cloud. New Zealand needs to be tackled much like you tasted a kiwi fruit for the first time- absorbed slowly and without expectation.To absorb, first abandon thoughts of Australia.New Zealand is not even close-it is just over 25 degrees south east in longitude from its bigger neighbour. The shortest flight between the two is three hours, with a time difference of two hours. Think India and Iraq to the West or Indonesia to the East.Bungee jumping and jogging are two of the most popular adventure sportsArriving in New Zealand is more about finding yourself at the doorstep of Australia’s distant cousin. Distant, mind, not close. Getting there is understanding what it means to be at the edge of the Pacific, in the most active hub of the part of the world called Polynesia. Even in a flat world, this is its very rim. When the sun rises in the East, it rises in its eastern outpost, the New Zealand’s Chatham Islands, 800kms East in the South Pacific Ocean.An immigration line in Auckland will contain a palette of races and cultures that even the well-travelled outsider may find hard to identify. The signboard at baggage arrival-Papeete, Apia, Noumea, Rarotonga, Nuku ‘alofa, Niue-could contain the names of places that must surely be the outposts of paradise.In New Zealand, it is best to wander. Just around the corner and past the obvious, it is possible to find sometimes hidden magical, mystical tales, magical flavours. So when you are offered a choice between a muffin and a fruit on one of the domestic flights, take the fruit. It will be an apple (or pear or nectarine) you will never forget. Promise. What looks like a tiny hill in an Auckland suburb is actually a dormant volcano.The curving Maori symbol of the koru based on the unfurled frond of fern and stands for growth. In a country which prides itself on practical place names like the Doubtful Range and Eighty Eight Valley, there flows a river called the Waimakariri. There is an ice cream called Hokey Pokey and a Tall Black is a basketball player and an All White plays football, a Flat White or a Long Black though is actually Kiwi code for coffee.With a population of under five million, they have plenty rooms at the innsThat just a turn off a country road past a few random fields there will be a rugby club, where a game can be on, always stop and watch. In New Zealand, it is like going to church. Okay, not as holy, but socially sacred. The club could have produced half a dozen All Blacks, the country’s national rugby team that has made rugby union famous around the world even where the sport is not understood. They have a World Cup being held from September 9, when it is possible that every time the All Blacks play, New Zealand may stop breathing. It’s like India and cricket, smaller in scale but as fierce. It will contain mud, maybe blood and some very big men.If New Zealand feels like the edge of the earth, its southern most town, called Inverness, is the closest you can get to Antarctica without being on a scientific expedition. That wonderful description is stolen off a cricket report in the Hindu, but if you are in Inverness (which has another rude description which we shall ignore) stand on its shores (warm clothes mandatory) and take your imagination out to sea. The next shore your mind can spot will feature penguins.New Zealand’s entire landscape is as stunning as it is advertised but what sets it off, is what actually cannot be advertised. It is the country’s canopy of blue, the skies reflecting the cleanest of air (pure, fresh, remember) and it will always surprise. In day time it will contain cotton-clouds that will make every holiday photograph look as if it has been photoshopped. At night you will realise just how many stars there really are in the sky and why we are all actually living on an insignificant piece of rock. Aotearoa is far, far away but one of the country’s more famous pop songs from the 1980s contains a question that must be answered, “The tyranny of distance never stopped the cavalier, so why should it stop me?” So be a cavalier and go. When you get there, New Zealand will remind you of many things-of how the small can be significant and how afterwards, remoteness need not ever matter again.The writer is Delhi based and is Senior Editor, ESPNcricinfo.com.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Bangalore University invites applications for PG programmes

first_imgThe application procedure for admission to post graduate programmes in Arts, Science, Commerce and Law at the Bangalore University and its affiliated colleges for the session 2012-13 has commenced.The last date for submitting completed application forms is August 8, 2012.For information on eligibility criteria, visit: http://www.bangaloreuniversity.ac.in/The application forms can be downloaded from its official website – www.bangaloreuniversity.ac.in/. Alternatively, it can also be obtained in person.last_img

Lopetegui rues Real Madrid injuries

first_imgJulen Lopetegui made a point of highlighting injuries to key players after his strong start as Real Madrid coach ended with three winless matches in succession.After being hired as Zinedine Zidane’s successor, Lopetegui presided over a solid start to the season, dropping just two points in his first six matches across LaLiga and the Champions League.But Madrid were beaten 3-0 by Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on September 26, which was followed by a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid and Tuesday’s shock 1-0 defeat away to CSKA Moscow. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The pressure on Lopetegui has started to increase, but he is adamant it is only a blip, pointing to his lengthy injury list after Dani Carvajal – who he expects to miss a few weeks with a calf problem – was added on Thursday.”We’ve had a few setbacks and injuries,” Lopetegui told reporters on Friday. “Marcelo and Carvajal, who might be out for a few weeks, of course, Isco too.”And [Gareth] Bale, for example, picked up a strain [against Atletico]. These are things you see regularly with so many matches. Carvajal medical report.https://t.co/v4KXCPqLjm— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 4, 2018″Now we must overcome setbacks. It’s easier to make decisions with a full squad.”Lopetegui does expect Bale to return against Deportivo Alaves on Saturday, however.”He’s a key player, an important player. Luckily, he’s trained well,” the coach added. “He felt a twinge and it was good for him to stop, it didn’t get worse. That’s why he came off against Atletico and now he’s ready again.”The former Spain boss was asked if he felt the criticism levelled at Madrid had been unfair or exaggerated, but he appeared to be calm about the situation.”Well, this is Real Madrid, it’s part of being the coach of this club,” he said. “The players are working hard; the attitude is very good.”There are always setbacks, you just have to overcome them. Over a season you have highs and lows – 10 days ago it was all perfect. Time to train! Today’s session at #RMCity is underway! #RMTV pic.twitter.com/Vpw3EAIKUg— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 5, 2018″It depends if you see the glass half full or half empty. I think in LaLiga at the moment we are tied at the top, and in the Champions League we had the performance against Roma [a 3-0 win], then we deserved the points against CSKA Moscow – hit the woodwork three times, we just couldn’t take the chances.”We’re not here to analyse what people think. We’re here to see what happens day in day out.”We focus on the game. We know what the club’s objectives are and we’re still on course, but we want to improve and I’m sure we will.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli was always open to ideas, which made him such a good captain: Daniel Vettori

first_imgVirat Kohli is exceptionally open to ideas and relies on his intuition as captain, feels Daniel Vettori.Vettori, the bespectacled spin great and former New Zealand captain, has worked with Kohli for six seasons as player and coach at Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).India and RCB skipper Kohli failed to take the IPL franchise to the playoffs once again this time as the team finished rock-bottom in the ten-team points table.”When I used to speak to him or any other coaches (used to) speak to him, there’s always a conversation around what you think is best, where can this work,” Vettori was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo’s Talking T20 podcast.”It wouldn’t always be a numbers-driven conversation, it would be around some intuition and understanding of the game. I think, ultimately, when you sold a compelling story to Virat, he was always on board, open to listening and that made him such a good captain,” Vettori said.”For me, I think there’s such a strong correlation between thorough planning and the use of data to performance. I think it’s so important because I think cricket, in general, is quite immature in terms of its exposure to this and…the sport I like is baseball, and I think they use it as strongly as anyone.”The thing they have in their favour is huge sample sizes, and the thing that I always battled with (as a coach) was ‘here’s a plan’ and then go back to how many times it worked. ‘Oh, it worked four times.’ And four times doesn’t seem like a lot to base things on. I think that’s what [the challenge is.] When you’re presenting to the captain or the owner or the rest of the coaches, you want to be overwhelming with it.advertisement”And I know that with baseball, and a lot of the sites that I follow, they want 500 instances of that to happen before they can sort of guarantee a prediction that they can rely on. And when you’re dealing with David Warner facing Yuzvendra Chahal, [say], 33 times over the course of his career, and then you make a prediction from that, I think that’s the thing they have, but that’s only gonna grow.”So, while we’re in these infant stages, I think it’s hard for people to get their heads around [analytics]. But the people who are gonna buy into this first, get their heads around it, they’ll get the jump-start on everyone,” the 40-year old left-arm spinner explained.Vettori was part of both RCB sides which finished runners-up in 2011 (as captain) and 2016 (as coach), apart from a run to the playoffs in 2015.There has been talk surrounding Kohli’s leadership in the aftermath of RCB’s dismal showing this season. The 30-year-old, regarded as the best batsman of his generation, will lead India in the upcoming World Cup next month in England and Wales.Also Read | Indian dressing room like a living room, everyone relaxed: Virat Kohli to India TodayAlso Read | Delighted to have Vijay Shankar in India’s World Cup team: Virat Kohli to India Todaylast_img read more

Guardiola: I was no Fernandinho

first_imgVideos Fernandinho is much better than I was, Guardiola claims Ryan Benson 08:20 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) fernandinho-cropped Getty Images Videos Manchester City Guardiola Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The former Barcelona midfielder believes he would have been able to get in the City XI if he was still playing due to the Brazilian’s presence Pep Guardiola thinks he would not have stood a chance of getting into his Manchester City team because Fernandinho is “much, much better” than he was.Milestones and landmarks have tumbled for City this season, with their most recent being an English record for the number of consecutive league wins, which they have now set at 15 and counting.Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva have arguably gained the most plaudits for their respective efforts, while Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus have also starred. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho has been an ever-present in the side and, although he has not enjoyed quite the same amount of attention, he has been an integral part of the team’s impressive form.Fernandinho has been so important and effective that former Barcelona and Spain star Guardiola thinks he would have struggled to get into the City team ahead of the Brazilian when he was in the prime of his playing career. When asked by a reporter at Friday’s news conference if he would have forced his way into the XI, Guardiola said: “No way. No way. Fernandinho is much, much better.”Up next for City is the visit of Tottenham on Saturday, with Guardiola’s men looking to win a 16th consecutive Premier League game.The coach praised Spurs – and specifically his counterpart Mauricio Pochettino – for having such a strong reliance on young English talent, highlighting their importance to the country at international level.”They have really good young players,” Guardiola said. “I think the basis for the England national team is from Tottenham. “Most of the players grew up there, so I think English football can be pleased with what this manager has done with these players, helping the national team to be better.”last_img read more

ESPN’s Major Conference Champion Predictions After Week 2

first_imgThe College GameDay crew on set in New York City.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler are seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)With the first two weeks of the college football season in the books, ESPN has released predictions for each major conference. These projections are subject to change once conference play comes around.ESPN’s Football Power Index serves as a measure of each team’s strength based on their performances and upcoming schedule.It’s still early in the season, but each conference has a clear favorite through the first two weeks.Although it won’t exactly surprise many people, the two best teams in the country are favored to win their respective conference. Clemson is projected to get through the ACC with ease, meanwhile Alabama is favored to get through a crowded SEC that features programs, such as Georgia and LSU. Oklahoma is expected to win the Big 12 this year under Jalen Hurts. It’ll have to fend off Texas if it wants to win another conference title.The other conference winners are a little bit more bold. ESPN has Wisconsin winning the Big Ten and Oregon coming out of the Pac-12.ESPN’s FPI released percentages for how likely these programs are to win their conference. Here are those percentages:Clemson – 90.0 percentOklahoma – 60.6 percentOregon – 52.4 percentAlabama – 48.7 percentWisconsin – 30.0 percentIt’ll be interesting to see how these projections change as the season goes on.Do you agree with these conference champion predictions?last_img read more

ARC Commissions $200 Million Fabric Mesh Machine

first_img Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, has welcomed ARC Manufacturing Limited’s investment in a new $200-million state-of-the-art fabric mesh machine, which has been installed at the entity’s Bell Road complex in Kingston.The facility, which was commissioned into service on Tuesday (November 21), produces fabric mesh sheets and rolls that are used as reinforcement materials in construction.It will enable the company, which is one of Jamaica’s well-established manufacturers and distributors of building materials, to better serve its clients locally as well as in the United States.Mr. Samuda, who briefly toured ARC’s complex on Tuesday (November 21), said he was impressed with the operations, which reflected innovation and the use of technology.“In manufacturing, unless you innovate, you are not going to achieve the levels of profit that really should attend your business. Additionally, the application of appropriate technology (and) the use of new techniques in the development of the products that we market (are steps) in the right direction,” he contended.Mr. Samuda assured the management and staff of ARC that “you have my 100 per cent support for the efforts that you have been making”.ARC’s Managing Director, Norman Horne, who conducted the tour, said the new plant is capable of producing five times the combined quantity of fabric mesh material manufactured by the two existing machines being utilised.He said this will enable ARC to increase its shipment of materials for clients in the United States from two to 10.Additionally, he said the facility is projected to cut energy cost by six per cent, and provide employment for eight additional persons.“I believe that the benefits of this development to Jamaica are numerous, as the local stock of high-quality material (will be) increased, while simultaneously (boosting) export revenue and the prestige of brand Jamaica,” Mr. Horne added.Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) President, Diane Edwards, said the facility represents a “huge step” by ARC to boost its operations.“This $200-million investment demonstrates clearly that manufacturing in Jamaica is viable and competitive, and that we can successfully export quality building products to the region,” she said.The JAMPRO President said the incorporation of technology in the production line was also welcome, pointing out that “this is really taking Jamaica into the 21st century”.She added that ARC is “leading the way in manufacturing in Jamaica with commitment to excellence”.For his part, Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association President, Metry Seaga, said ARC’s “impressive” investment underscores the importance of the manufacturing sector in creating developmental opportunities, providing employment, contributing to the overall growth agenda “and taking quality Jamaican-made products to the world”.“What this shows is that opportunities are available and are being pursued by those who are willing to make sacrifices to adjust to the changing market dynamics and embrace innovation. This is the only way we can propel our country into becoming a place where we can truly live, work, raise families and build enterprises,” he added. ARC’s Managing Director, Norman Horne, who conducted the tour, said the new plant is capable of producing five times the combined quantity of fabric mesh material manufactured by the two existing machines being utilised. Mr. Samuda, who briefly toured ARC’s complex on Tuesday (November 21), said he was impressed with the operations, which reflected innovation and the use of technology. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, has welcomed ARC Manufacturing Limited’s investment in a new $200-million state-of-the-art fabric mesh machine, which has been installed at the entity’s Bell Road complex in Kingston. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Cargill Hires Another Diana Shipping Capesize

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has agreed a time charter contract with Geneva-based Cargill International for one of its Capesize vessels.Under the deal, the company’s 174,261 dwt bulker Semirio would be hired at a gross charter rate of USD 16,000 per day.The charter period, scheduled to start on July 1 when the 2007-built Capesize completes its current employment, was agreed from fifteen to eighteen months.Diana Shipping said that the latest deal is expected to generate around USD 7.2 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.Semirio is currently earning USD 20,050 per day under an earlier charter contract with Hong Kong’s Pacific Bulk Cape Co, that stretches from September 2018.last_img read more

New Bluenose II Approach Established

first_img Talks between the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture andHeritage and the Bluenose II Preservation Trust Society haveresulted in important and positive steps toward resolvingdifficult intellectual property issues surrounding Bluenose II. The province and the Trust have agreed to begin immediately toestablish a new organization accountable to the people of NovaScotia. The new organization will include representation from theprovince and will oversee responsibilities for the ship. A transition team, to be named early in the new year, willestablish criteria for the operation and management of BluenoseII, including discussions around the use of its name and image.The Trust will transfer all of its assets to the neworganization, which will be financially accountable to the peopleof Nova Scotia. “There is no question that the province and Trust share a solidcommitment to Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, Bluenose II, andwe have always agreed that she deserves the very best ofmanagement and preservation,” stated Tourism, Culture andHeritage Minister Rodney MacDonald. “Importantly, we have come to an agreement that will bring a co-operative approach to the management of the Bluenose II name andimage, and all matters that concern her — one that everyoneinvolved in these discussions welcomes,” the minister added. “The new organization will be accountable to the people of NovaScotia and will file annual reports with the House of Assembly,including fully audited financial statements,” stated SenatorWilfred Moore, who will continue as volunteer chair of the neworganization’s board. The Trust has agreed to abandon its lawsuit in the Supreme Courtof Nova Scotia and together with the province will undertakesteps to terminate proceedings in the Federal Court. There isclear agreement there will be no further attempts to enforcerights around the name and image of the ship without permission. -30- TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–New Bluenose II ApproachEstablishedlast_img read more

India Bahrain call on global community to reject terrorism

first_imgManama: In a veiled attack on Pakistan, India and Bahrain on Sunday called on the international community to reject the use of terrorism against other countries as both sides agreed to further enhance cooperation in the field of security and counter-terrorism.During his two-day visit to Bahrain, the first by an Indian prime minister, that concluded on Sunday, Modi held bilateral meetings with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and prince and Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The two sides exchanged views on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest during the meetings, according to a joint statement. “Both sides called on all states to reject the use of terrorism against other countries; dismantle terrorism infrastructures where they happen to exist and to cut off any kind of support and financing to the terrorists perpetrating terrorism from all territories against other states; and bring perpetrators of acts of terrorism to justice,” the statement said without referring to any country. India has been pressing Pakistan to end its state policy of backing cross-border terrorism and its support to terror groups on its soil. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIndia and Bahrain also discussed ways and means to further promote cooperation in cyber security, including prevention of use of cyber space for terrorism, radicalisation and for disturbing social harmony. The two sides agreed to further enhance cooperation in the field of security, counter-terrorism and the exchange of intelligence and information, it said. The leaders also noted the “need for concerted action by the international community against terrorism” and “underlined the importance of comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and their organisations by the UN”. They also said that regional connectivity projects should be based on international law, including respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, in an apparent reference to China’s push for its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). During the meetings, the two sides also noted the increasing trend of bilateral trade and existing potential for two-way investments and reaffirmed their desire to provide favourable environments for trade and investments. The two countries agreed to focus on enhancing cooperation in energy, covering the areas of joint exploration and training of human resources. The two leaders agreed to enhance cooperation to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf region, vital for the security and safety of sea lanes. The two sides underlined the importance of enhancing high-level political exchanges, defence and higher education cooperation, trade and economic relations and people-to-people linkages.last_img read more