Liverpool BLOW! Daniel Sturridge injured in friendly victory over Bayern Munich

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is hoping Daniel Sturridge’s thigh injury does not turn out to be serious.The striker was a second half substitute in Tuesday’s victory over German champions Bayern Munich in the pre-season Audi Cup tournament.READ MORE: Bayern Munich 0-3 Liverpool: Reds stars rated and slatedSturridge scored the Reds’ third goal of a 3-0 win at the Allianz Arena with an exquisite chip over Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich in the final ten minutes, but injured his thigh in the process.The frontman looked exasperated as he hobbled off the pitch and, asked how bad the problem was, Klopp told a post-match press conference: “I can’t say yet. He hurt his thigh.“He has prepared well, really well, so I hope this is just a small injury and that he can play again soon. “The goal was great and he had a chance just before that. You could see how fast he is. “It’s a shame and I hope it’s nothing serious.”Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah found the target for Liverpool in the first half of a victory which earned a match against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.The Reds start their Premier League campaign at Watford on August 12. Daniel Sturridge 1last_img read more

Boat pilot to stand trial in Pyramid Lake death

first_imgCASTAIC – A Panorama City man blamed for a fatal boating collision Memorial Day on Pyramid Lake was ordered Thursday to stand trial on a manslaughter charge. Judge Ronald S. Coen determined that sufficient evidence was presented to hold John Galvan, 47, on the charge of vessel manslaughter with alcohol after a two-day preliminary hearing. Galvan will be arraigned Nov. 16 in San Fernando Superior Court. If convicted, he faces up to four years in state prison. On May 29, Edward Gomez of Pacoima was riding an inner tube being towed behind a boat piloted by Galvan, who sheriff’s investigators said had been drinking. When Galvan swerved to avoid another boat, Gomez was thrown from the inner tube and hit the hull of the oncoming boat head-on. He was declared dead at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Deputy District Attorney Brook White called upon several witnesses, including Galvan’s nephews Cesar and Oscar, Gomez’s wife and Ted Kirchner, the owner of the boat hit by Gomez. (661) 257-5252last_img read more

Aberdeen 1-1 St Johnstone: Dons miss chance to close gap

first_imgThe visitors introduced Craig for Scott Brown at the interval, but despite flashes of attacking prowess, it continued to be the home side who looked the more likely to find the net.Indeed, both Taylor and Mark Reynolds were left scratching their heads as they both contrived to miss a teasing delivery from a McLean free-kick just after the interval.And Church was denied a second goal just after the hour, Mannus diving low to his right to block a close-range effort from the on-loan MK Dons striker.But Aberdeen were punished for their failure to extend their lead. Craig teased a needless challenge from Jack inside the area, and it was no surprise when the referee pointed to the spot.Craig himself stepped up to take, and calmly rolled the ball low to the goalkeeper’s right, as Brown went the other way, earning his side a share of the spoils. Aberdeen once again failed to take advantage of a Celtic slip-up, as they could only draw with St Johnstone following the Hoops’ draw with Hamilton last night.Welsh international Simon Church opened the scoring with a close-range finish 10 minutes before the interval, but the home side failed to turn possession into goals, and were punished when Saints substitute Liam Craig won, and then converted, a late penalty.Despite the absence of top scorer Adam Rooney, who may be out for six weeks with a calf injury, and key creative influences in right-back Shay Logan and winger Johnny Hayes, Aberdeen were swiftly on the attack, with Kenny McLean forcing Alan Mannus into a save within the first minute.But Saints hadn’t travelled north to make up the numbers, and Dons goalkeeper Scott Brown had to be quick off his line to block after Graham Cummins knocked the ball into his path. Midway through the first half, Cummins himself found space in the penalty area to head a right-wing cross goalwards, but his effort was off target when he really should have done better.However the home side had just about edged things, and opened the scoring 10 minutes before the interval.Simon Lappin knocked a teasing Ryan Jack cross away from the lurking Shinnie, giving Aberdeen a corner from which Niall McGinn’s delivery was headed goalwards by Ash Taylor. Mannus saved, but couldn’t hold the effort, and Church was on hand to side-foot home from all of a yard.Both sides were lucky to keep 11 men on the park after Dons captain Jack and St Johnstone winger Danny Swanson got involved in a melee, both benefiting from referee Steven McLean’s decision to flash only yellow cards.last_img read more

Inishowen motorists being let down by Driving License Service – claim

first_imgSenator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has again raised the need for an office of the National Driving Licence Service (NDLS) to be located in the Inishowen peninsula with the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross.Responding on behalf of the Minister, the Road Safety Authority have repeated their unwillingness to do so.Senator Mac Lochlainn has now written to the CEO of the Road Safety Authority (RSA), Moyagh Murdock outlining his concerns and proposing that the RSA examine the possibility of availing of space at the either of the Donegal County Council offices in Carndonagh or Buncrana so that many Inishowen motorists do not have to travel as far as 80km to the NDLS office in Letterkenny. Senator Mac Lochlainn said he is mindful that the RSA are responsible for the National Car Testing Service (NCT) system as well as the National Driving Licence Service.There are four NCT centres across Donegal in Carndonagh, Letterkenny, Derrybeg and Donegal Town reflecting the geography of the county, yet the RSA only have provided two NDLS offices, one in Donegal Town and one in Letterkenny.The Donegal Senator said “This means that all motorists living in North Inishowen are more than the recommended 50km distance from the nearest NDLS office in Letterkenny. Some Inishowen motorists live 80km away from the Letterkenny office. The failure of the Minister for Transport to provide the necessary resources to the Road Safety Authority has resulted in this failure to ensure fairness to all motorists”.“I am very disappointed at the latest response from the Minister and the RSA to my representations, supported by my colleagues, Cllrs Albert Doherty and Jack Murray. I have now written back to the RSA CEO, Moyagh Murdock requesting that they examine the possibility of availing of space at the either of the Donegal County Council offices in Carndonagh or Buncrana for a NDLS office”. Inishowen motorists being let down by Driving License Service – claim was last modified: February 8th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Three men appear in court charged with series of burglaries

first_imgThree men have appeared in court in Letterkenny charged with burglary.The men appeared at Wednesday’s sitting of Falcarragh District Court sittingin Letterkenny. The three had been arrested under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act earlierin the week by gardaí investigating a series of burglaries in the town.They were detained and charged before appearing in front of Judge Paul Kelly.A Garda spokesman said the three men were remanded on bail to appear at Letterkenny District Court on March 27th.Three men appear in court charged with series of burglaries was last modified: March 16th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Why Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel? + Video

first_imgShare This!You may be reading this title thinking, “Didn’t Angela already film a video about this?“.Guilty…but let me explain! Old video had pregnant Angela filming in front of a black curtain.New video has green screen effects and updated photos! Hooray for technology!Am I rambling? I’m rambling. Anyway, here’s the video.Enjoy!Have you stayed at a Walt Disney World resort hotel? What’d you think? Let me know in the comments!last_img

Intel Capital invests $5m in SA’s Altech

first_imgSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Altech said the convertible loan has a term of 3 years and will bear interest at a fixed rate calculated with reference to the 3-year LIBOR USD swap rate plus 3% per annum. According to a statement by Altech, the investment will form part of an ongoing strategic business relationship that will explore various areas of collaboration in the telecommunications, multimedia and information technology sectors across Africa and other applicable emerging markets. Altech CEO Craig Venter told TechCentral this week that the investment was evidence of new market opportunities that are emerging as large-scale broadband communications infrastructure becomes available in South Africa, West Africa and East Africa. Shareholders will be asked to vote on the transaction at a general meeting scheduled for 20 July, while the transaction is expected to be finalised on or before 1 August. “The board of Altech is of the opinion that the proposed transaction will benefit shareholders and, accordingly, recommended that shareholders vote in favour of the resolution,” the company said in a statement this week. “As demand for more services grows, we will see more investment in communications infrastructure and the resultant services that follow on top of that infrastructure, be it mobile, broadband or data,” he said. Intel capital also has the option to convert the loan into ordinary Altech shares at any time between the first and third anniversaries of the date from which the transaction is effective. 24 June 2011 Intel Capital, the investment division of global semiconductor giant Intel, is to invest a convertible loan of US$5-million in South Africa’s Allied Technologies (Altech), in a deal that will see the two companies working to accelerate the adoption of broadband services in Africa. Convertable loanlast_img read more

Could shrinking NSF’s beloved Indicators be a boon to researchers?

first_imgScientists always want access to more data. But what if offering less were the way to achieve that goal?The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pondering that seemingly paradoxical approach as part of rethinking Science and Engineering Indicators—the agency’s massive biennial statistical bible covering everything from spending on research and education to regional development, trade, and public attitudes toward science.First issued in 1972, Indicators is a product of a mandate from Congress to compile “a report on indicators of the state of science and engineering in the United States.” The tome has become an important source book for policymakers who set the nation’s scientific priorities and for a community of researchers, educators, lobbyists, journalists, and others who use the data.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(*) The size of the biennial Indicators report has grown 10-fold since its debut in 1972. National Science Foundation But those who produce and use Indicators have begun to wonder whether the current version may be more than Congress needs—or can possibly digest. For evidence, they point to the fact that what began as a slim, 145-page report has ballooned into a 1500-page behemoth (see graphic).Last week NSF sponsored a 2-day workshop, attended by some 70 people familiar with Indicators, on ways to improve its scope, content, accessibility, and timeliness. Meeting around the corner from NSF headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, workshop participants acknowledged that they have helped feed the beast by asking NSF to include an ever-expanding universe of metrics. And although NSF officials didn’t ask for a consensus on any changes, they did get plenty of suggestions.One idea was that everyone could gain if the report goes on a diet. Several participants argued that a svelter Indicators would let the staff of NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), which compiles the report, spend more time being a clearinghouse and service center for the research community. As one participant proclaimed, “Let NCSES be NCSES.” A slimmer Indicators would also fit better with how people interact with data, explained Vinton Cerf, chief Internet evangelist at Google and a member of the National Science Board, NSF’s oversight body and the official publisher of Indicators. “We can’t anticipate everybody’s needs,” Cerf said. “So we need a platform to give people better access to the underlying data, as well as ways to combine it with data they already have, to run their own analyses.”Cerf suggested that NSF fund a small research program—“maybe $5 million a year, or even less,” he guessed—aimed at designing that platform. Andrew Reamer, a research professor at the Institute of Public Policy at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., thought NSF’s ultimate goal should be “to help others produce their own Indicators.”The 2016 edition that debuted in January is digital-only, a change some view as a first step down that path. But it was clear from the workshop that plenty of obstacles remain.Some researchers thought that freeing NCSES from the tyranny of a print production schedule should improve the report’s timeliness—some of the time series end 3 to 4 years before the date of publication—and possibly even lead to continual updates. But as NCSES staff noted, in many cases newer data simply don’t exist. Some workshop participants also recoiled at the thought of a rolling report. “Indicators is supposed to be a snapshot of the world at a particular point in time,” said Chris Hill, professor emeritus of public policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.Despite its heft, Indicators remains far from comprehensive. Workshop participants had no trouble listing topics that the current report ignores, including the important contributions of philanthropy and venture capital in fueling scientific discovery and innovation and the impact of educational technology on student learning. The report is also silent on factors that impede scientific progress, such as the growing burden on universities to comply with federal regulations governing the conduct of research.And then there are nonpublic sources of data that could shed light on the scientific enterprise but remain off-limits to researchers because of privacy or proprietary concerns. “Even if you query NSF and get an answer, you don’t really know what else is out there,” one participant noted in summing up the problem.Of course, the world isn’t standing still as NSF tinkers with Indicators. Participants noted that tight budgets already may be forcing some federal agencies to cut back on surveys and other forms of collecting data that wind up in the report. And if NSF truly wants to reduce the size of the report, what will be scrapped? “How do we say no, and to whom?” asked one worried NCSES staffer, hinting at the possible political repercussions of excluding something that legislators deem important.Fortunately for NSF, the report’s solid reputation and the absence of any outside pressure gives it the luxury to proceed with any changes at its own pace. But change is coming, hints Kelvin Droegemeier, retiring vice chair of the board and head of its Indicators committee. “The board is very interested in seeing if the congressional intent can be met while freeing up resources to strengthen Indicators,” he told participants before they headed out the door. “What we do next will be informed by what happened here.”last_img read more

Shrinking screen

first_imgIn Sunset Boulevard which has a quote for almost every aspect of movie making, Norma Desmond says I am big. It’s the pictures that got small. It couldn’t be truer of Hindi cinema. The audience has an enormous appetite for great cinema, it’s just the filmmakers who have become timid,In Sunset Boulevard which has a quote for almost every aspect of movie making, Norma Desmond says I am big. It’s the pictures that got small. It couldn’t be truer of Hindi cinema. The audience has an enormous appetite for great cinema, it’s just the filmmakers who have become timid and insular. Perhaps because of the all too vocal interest groups who seem to emerge every time a political issue is touched upon or because films have become marketing products rather than works of art or because filmmakers are now part of the very establishment they are meant to knock down, Hindi movies have left their social conscience outside the darkened cinema hall.Kaveree Bamzai @2003 Just look at some of the films released the year India Today was born. The best of them dealt with the million mutinies of India. In Yash Chopra’s Deewar, the trade union leader father says in a rousing speech, Humein gum nahin ki aapke drawing room ke guldaan phoolon se saje kyun hai, humein gum hai ki humare atte ke canister khali kyun hain. In Shyam Benegal’s Nishant, the schoolmaster whose wife has been abducted by the local zamindar says to the village he is trying to rouse: Beizzat hokar jeena bhi koi jeena hai? In the powerful Aandhi, Arti Devi wins the election and leaves her husband and child behind-her husband tells her tum bahut lamba raasta tey kar gayi ho, main bahut peechhey reh gaya hoon. And in Chupke Chupke, when the phone dies out on Asrani, he doesn’t curse at it, make a sexist or homophobic joke directed at the person at the other end, as he would in a modern comedy, but says “lagta hai isko MISA lagana padega,” a clever comment on the Emergency.Just consider the vast swathes of professions that have been swept off the screen: the labour leader, the village schoolmaster, the unapologetically ambitious woman politician who hasn’t seen her husband and daughter in ten years, and the genteel college professors who venerate Rabindranath Tagore and quote Shakespeare. Hindi cinema at its best captured India with a wide lens. Now it is the soft focus lens for the aging hero and the studio fans for the desi Beyonces.advertisementThe smugness of successWhat happened? Like Bollywood, we became smug. We became the centre of our own private universe. The poet of Pyaasa wandering the streets of Calcutta became the sometime busker of Jab Tak Hai Jaan prancing around London. 2015 may have been the year when Indian cinema discovered the epic in Baahubali: The Beginning but Bollywood is shrinking, turn away from public sphere to the private or even the privatised life of the upper classes who have moved into a claustrophobic indoor world in India while enjoying public space overseas (remember Queen’s liberation happens in Paris and Amsterdam), open country in Corsica (Tamasha) or even the sea (Dil Dhadakne Do). Yet, as scholar Rachel Dwyer points out, the lower classes, as represented by the alien outsider of PK or the Hanuman bhakt of Bajrangi Bhaijaan can move around India on trains, buses, trucks, jeeps, rickshaws and motorbikes. Perhaps it is the fear of this mob-the cliched ‘teeming masses of India’-that keeps the wealthy in their homes and cars.The vanishing of professions and absence of city streets is matched by the obliteration of the village, once the scene of great dramas like Ganga Jamuna. Now democracy ends when the last mall in Gurgaon ends in NH10. Beyond it is a lawless land of honour killings and angry murders. The small town is the place everyone wants to escape, whether it is the good-hearted con artists of Bunty aur Babli or the pornographer of Shanghai. The city is temptation, but it is also a transit camp to a better life.A better life that may well be abroad. The NRI has been transformed from the villain of Purab aur Paschim to the hero of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge-even if the latter failed repeatedly and stole a six-pack from a fellow Indian’s corner store. The rise of youth culture has meant, notes sociologist Sanjay Srivastava, that the national ideal has moved from savings to consumerism. Nationalism has become a consumable, a slogan to be shouted, whether in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s NRI rallies, at cricket matches or uttered wrapped in a flag in Roja in Kashmir Valley. War is no longer a crisis forced on the country by a wicked enemy, as in Haqeeqat, 1964, but a personal playfield for a privileged young man to discover himself as in Lakshya, 40 years later.advertisement The rise of the romantic hero, as opposed to the Angry Young Man of the 1970s and 1980s may well be the root cause. As film scholar Nasreen Munni Kabir says, romance is the main goal, which may have something to do with the emergence of the three Khans at almost the same time as romantic heroes in a post-liberalised India. All three managed to be harbingers of a new youth culture which made it easy to straddle the traditions of their parents and the modernity of their peers. So in Maine Pyar Kiya, Salman Khan could demand a wife who would shell peas with as much felicity as she could do the following-badon ki izzat, humumar se apnapan and chhoton se pyaar. All the while Salman could sport the ostensible symbols of westernisation-a bomber jacket and posters of Michael Jackson, Rambo and Bruce Springsteen on his walls. In Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, the village, Dhanakpur, would be where Aamir Khan would encounter old enmities of caste, And in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Shah Rukh Khan could marry the senorita of his dreams by merely appropriating the conventional symbols of deference preferred by her father-whether he actually believed in them was never clear. Yet they were all heroes.Which is the point scriptwriter Anjum Rajabali makes: films over the last 25 years have begun to cater to the easy hypocrisy of the middle classes, fuelling their double standard. Heroism and patriotism have been defined by the post-liberalisation middle class, catering to a certain shallow, hypocritical and depoliticised notion. Audiences have lapped it up. And why not? It makes them feel virtuous.It’s not to say that Hindi cinema does not have some favourable exceptions, The Auteur of Aram Nagar, Mumbai, Anurag Kashyap, has made movies ambitious in scope and scale-that tell the story of Mumbai’s land-grab in Bombay Velvet and equally the rise of the coal mafia in Gangs of Wasseypur 1-2. Vishal Bhardwaj uses Shakespearean tragedy to tell many of India’s teeming troubles, from the devastation in Kashmir in Haider to the criminalisation of Mumbai’s underclass in Kaminey. Dibakar Banerjee’s ears are cocked for even the slightest murmur of urban angst, whether it is the rebellions of young love in Sex, Love aur Dhokha or the outrage of a people displaced by glitzy malls in Shanghai. And Rajkumar Hirani is on a one-man mission to spread worthy values with films such as Munnabhai MBBS and 3 Idiots.The key may well be that the stakes for Hindi cinema are now much too high to take on the powerful. I remember the rueful note in Shah Rukh Khan’s voice on the phone to me in Berlin where I was gazing at his life-size cutouts from My Name is Khan at the iconic film festival. Shah Rukh had remarked that no Pakistan cricketers had been picked for IPL-provocation enough for Shiv Sena to ask for his imminent departure to Pakistan and instant boycott of his film. I recall asking Amitabh Bachchan about Bal Thackeray, in 2002, when I had gone to Mauritius to inter-view him on his 60th birthday, and he said: “As a citizen, I have the right to have an opinion which I can keep to myself. I have my own thoughts on politics but I don’t want to publicise them.” Over the 40 years India Today has covered him, he has moved from being Rajiv Gandhi’s mate to Amar Singh’s elder brother to Narendra Modi’s friend, but he’s been all too careful about courting controversy (except briefly when I asked him about V.P. Singh, who he believes maligned him and his family. Have you met him since then, I asked, “No, I haven’t met him, and I have no desire to”. These are our superstars, all too human, all too vulnerable. We want them to stand up for our rights, when all they probably want to do is read a good book or practise the piano, like Aamir Khan, who, I imagine, will never again allow us to eaves-drop on a conversation with his wife. Or play with his dogs like Salman Khan, drink his black coffee, extra strong, and hold forth on himself. “Some people think I’m a total jerk. And some people love me to death,” he once told me in an interview where he confessed he sometimes he wakes up weeping, his pillow wet, dreaming of his days at The Scindia School, Gwalior. We decide to make them our national spokes-people, our collective conscience, and our eternal echo chambers. We want them to be our superheroes, slay our demons, conquer our worst fears and yet when they show us, on or offscreen. who we really are-often shallow, self-obsessed, in internal dialogue with our-selves, the stars of our selfie world-we cringe.advertisementHey, if we shrunk our lives, is it a surprise that our movies followed? EXCERPTOctober 21, 2002A legend turns 60Let’s hit it. As he steps out of his $5,000-a-day suite at the discreetly expensive Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius, Amitabh Bachchan is ready for his close-up. “Chup (be quiet),” he says to a frog croaking in the pool nearby as he primes himself for the camera.He pats his coloured hair, examines himself in the mirror and puts drops in his tired eyes. “Make me look 22 again,” he says as he offers to change into a violently coloured Versace shirt. Offer not taken, he sulks, rejecting one photograph in a red shirt with pockets big enough to fit in Africa. “I look like a Mumbai taxi driver,” he says scornfully to the photographer. That’s until she shows him a black and white polaroid. “Mind-blowing,” he exclaims. At 60, that pretty much describes the phenomenon that’s Amitabh Bachchan. Like the boy in the bubble, he has built a force field around him. Even if he’s changing his shirt for a shoot in the middle of a hotel lobby or eating a quiet dinner by himself in a noisy restaurant at Port Louis’ Domaine Les Pailles, no one dares to cross the invisible barrier. Not even metaphorically. Ask friend of 29 years Ramesh Sippy, who directed him so memorably in Sholay and Shakti. “Getting too close to him was not possible. He would laugh, joke and party sometimes, but he never gave too much of himself. He has a very sparing nature,” says Sippy.Yet, when imperative, Bachchan can switch on the charm, waving the fly from your face, posing with your child or even discussing the finer points of his favourite sport, table tennis. In his 33-year career, Bachchan has traversed emotions and generations. Even when he was supposedly weighed under his angry young man albatross, he played intense lovers and loveable madcaps. Now as he ages, Generation Next is ready to write roles for him. Whether it’s Aditya Chopra, whom he remembers as a two-year-old in a Superman costume at his son’s birthday party, or Farhan Akhtar, whose father Javed co-wrote his iconic roles, he’s responded in the fashion he knows best. Read the script, learn your lines, report to the sets on time. Work if needed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contribute to the script whenever possible. Just don’t mess with his shoes, even if they are white-he brings his own to the Kaveree BamzaiKaveree Bamzai is Editor-at-Large, India Today Grouplast_img read more

New Zealand paceman Tim Southee ruled out of third South Africa Test

first_imgNew Zealand’s hopes of saving the series against South Africa suffered a massive blow on Thursday when paceman Tim Southee was ruled out of the third and final Test against South Africa by a hamstring injury.The 28-year-old pace spearhead suffered a grade one tear of his left hamstring during the second Test defeat in Wellington, New Zealand Cricket said.”He felt discomfort following the second Test in Wellington and as a precautionary measure was sent for a scan,” read a statement.”While only a minor tear, he will not be fit for the upcoming match beginning Saturday.”Kane Williamson’s side are still sweating on the fitness of left arm seamer Trent Boult, who missed the eight-wicket loss at the Basin Reserve with pain in his hip/groin area.Wicketkeeper BJ Watling told reporters on Wednesday that Boult was still not 100 percent and would be monitored by medical staff ahead of the match at Seddon Park in Hamilton, which starts on Saturday.Southee will not be replaced in the squad with Neil Wagner and Matt Henry the remaining two pace options. All-rounders Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme can also bowl brisk medium pace.The hosts could still go into the match with two spinners.DE KOCK DOUBTFUL FOR PROTEASSouth Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is a doubt for this week’s third and final Test against New Zealand after he suffered a finger injury during the eight-wicket victory over the hosts last week.De Kock, whose belligerent knock of 91 in a 160-run partnership with Temba Bavuma swung the second Test at the Basin Reserve, was sent to hospital for scans on the injury to his right index finger.advertisementThe scans did not show a fracture, team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee told reporters in Hamilton, but the injury could rule him out of the IPL Twenty20 tournament to ensure he is fit for the one-day Champions Trophy and tour of England that follows.”There is every likelihood he will miss the IPL because he will need at least four to six weeks recovery,” Moosajee said.”The risk is that if he doesn’t have that four to six weeks rest, and he further aggravates it, it could jeopardise his participation in the Champions Trophy.”With that in mind and with the England tour after that, it’s important we give him the allocated time to recover for the injury.”The 24-year-old missed training on Wednesday and Thursday and Moosajee said a decision on whether he played in the third Test would not be made until Friday.Uncapped Heinrich Klaasen could take the gloves for the match at Seddon Park, which starts on Saturday.South Africa lead 1-0 after their victory in Wellington and the rain forecast for the first four days of the Hamilton Test could hamper New Zealand’s hopes of saving the series.last_img read more