The Dark And Comical Side Of Americans’ Fascination With Indian Spiritualism

first_imgA bookish, bespectacled man in his forties with a fedora on his head walked onto a neon-lit stage decorated with fluorescent tapestries of Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu, Lakshmi and Kali and started rapping. The staccato rhythm of the lyrics was punctuated by his propulsive body language: “Ganesh is so fresh chillin on his throne / surrounded by incense fruit and gold / With a heap of sweets piled in his bowl / he guards the gate and protects the threshold / When your blessed by Ganesh than you can travel / on a sacred journey to an inner temple / He paves the path that leads to the soul / & he’s known for removing all obstacles / Now some may think it’s illogical / a myth or it’s just philosophical / But Ganesh makes everything possible / because elephant power’s unstoppable.”Read it at Scroll Related Itemslast_img read more

Filipino-German stars in Gilas PH tuneup

first_img“I thought NLEX outworked us in the first half,” Reyes said after the game at Meralco Gym. “But we spoke to the players (at halftime) and there was a big turnaround.”Gilas, which is bidding to win the Jones Cup with just one import for the first time since 2012, leaves for Taiwan on July 13 and will play nine games in as many days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIts final outing will be against Iran for what could be the championship match.The Philippines, represented by Mighty Sports last year, swept the Jones Cup with a roster that featured a load of former PBA imports led by Al Thornton. Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netThe newly formed Gilas Pilipinas squad that will play in the Jones Cup Invitational in Chinese Taipei struggled big time in its first game playing together, with Filipino-German rookie Christian Standhardinger bailing the team out.Standhardinger scored five points in the last 23 seconds that keyed a 113-112 win over NLEX on Wednesday night.Understandably so, coach Chot Reyes was displeased.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Nationals trailed the Road Warriors by as many as 25 points in the first half, with Aaron Fuller shooting 26 points to lead the team. The Road Warriors underwent a massive buildup in the middle of the Commissioner’s Cup to boost their bid this season.Kiefer Ravena and import Mike Myers had 13 points each to pace Gilas.Aside from the Jones Cup, Gilas will also be defending the gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games scheduled in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August, before the team is beefed up, hopefully, by PBA veterans for the Fiba Asia Championship in Beirut, Lebanon.Jio Jalalon and Matthew Wright, Cadets who played with PBA veterans in the Gilas team that bamboozled the Southeast Asia Basketball Association field in Manila two months ago, will be leading this batch of Nationals in Taipei.Mac Belo, the former Far Eastern U standout picked first overall by Blackwater in the last PBA Draft, will be coming off a long injury layoff.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img Djokovic advances to 3rd round at Wimbledon  MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Konglast_img read more

Sony mixes personal info with music, launches Sports Walkman’s G-Sensor

first_imgSports Walkman G- Sensor by SonySony’s Sports Walkman’s G-Sensor technology mixes personal information like your age, weight and height to display distance and calorie info. Plays MP3, ATRAC, WMA1 and AAC2 formats. The ‘Music Pace’ senses the user’s pace and activates a preset music playlist, adapting the music to a,Sports Walkman G- Sensor by SonySony’s Sports Walkman’s G-Sensor technology mixes personal information like your age, weight and height to display distance and calorie info. Plays MP3, ATRAC, WMA1 and AAC2 formats.The ‘Music Pace’ senses the user’s pace and activates a preset music playlist, adapting the music to a slow or a fast tempo. It even sets targets by steps, distance or amount of calories to be burnt and the music stops when the goal is reached.The Jog-Dial allows easy scrolling through play modes, sound settings, equaliser, etc. A trim 9.7 cm x 1.5 cm and weighing only 25.5 gram, it provides three hours of playback from only three minutes of charge time. Available in black silver and black in 1 and 2 GB formats.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup: Ronaldo scores in Portugal’s 2-1 win over Ghana

first_imgBoth Portugal and Ghana have now been eliminated from the FIFA World Cup 2014 Cristiano Ronaldo’s first goal of the World Cup earned Portugal a 2-1 win over Ghana but couldn’t prevent his team being eliminated from the tournament along with the Africans on Thursday.Portugal finished level on four points with second-place United States in Group G but with an inferior goal difference. Germany topped the group after beating the US 1-0 in Recife.Ronaldo slammed home the winner at Estadio Nacional with his left foot in the 80th minute to break his drought in Brazil and give Portugal its first win. He barely celebrated, though, with the goal coming too late to help Portugal qualify at the expense of the Americans.”We created many opportunities but we could not finish them,” Ronaldo said. “We knew we had to score three goals and were depending on the result of the Germany game and we couldn’t do that.”We deserved more, but that’s football. We are leaving with our heads held high.”Ghana captain Asamaoh Gyan’s 57th-minute header canceled out an own goal scored by teammate John Boye in the 31st.It was a bittersweet ending to the World Cup for Ronaldo, who has been nursing a left leg injury and seen the likes of Brazil star Neymar and Argentina captain Lionel Messi upstage him with four goals apiece.The world player of the year earned the man-of-the-match award after a display that could easily have yielded three or four goals. Ronaldo struck the bar in the first half and had two great chances in injury time, but glanced a close-range finish over the bar and then shot straight at Fatawu Dauda when one on one with the goalkeeper.advertisementIt was too little, too late from Ronaldo, who was downbeat as he trudged off the pitch after the final whistle.The result brought to an end a typically eventful few weeks in Brazil for the Ghanaians, who were part of thrilling games against the United States and Germany before their campaign ended in turmoil on and off the pitch.Their players took to the field in the Brazilian capital amid a dispute with the country’s football federation over alleged unpaid World Cup bonuses. Adding to the chaos, two of the team’s star players – Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng – were booted out of the squad hours before Thursday’s kickoff for disciplinary reasons.”I don’t think it had an impact on the game,” said Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah, who confirmed that his players received their appearance-fee payments before kickoff as requested.”We had our chances but couldn’t take them.”It was perhaps no surprise that Ghana delivered its most subdued display of the tournament, ensuring the team finished bottom of the group and resulting in Ronaldo getting time and space to enjoy his most lively performance in Brazil.He could have had a hat trick by the time he finally found the net.An over-hit cross in the fifth minute flew over Dauda and slammed against the bar before the Real Madrid superstar squandered a gilt-edged chance, heading straight at the keeper from six yards (meters) out.After having two stinging shots saved, he was bailed out by Boye, who sliced Miguel Veloso’s cross into the top corner of his own net to give the Portuguese a halftime lead they just about deserved.Gyan could hardly miss with a header after Kwadwo Asamaoh’s delicious cross with the outside of his left foot, making it 1-1. With Germany having just taken the lead in Recife, Ghana was only a goal away from progressing at that stage.However, Ronaldo had the final say, making no mistake from eight yards (meters) out after Dauda had parried the ball high into the air.last_img read more

PH U14 girls team qualifies for ITF World Juniors Championships

first_imgF2 Logistics turns back Foton, bags PSL Grand Prix semis berth They beat Sri Lanka in the opening round before defeating Indonesia to make the quarterfinals. Last Wednesday, the Philippines also bested New Zealand.The Philippines, coached by former nations player Czarina Mae Arevalo, last made it to the Worlds in 1993.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Powered by sensational 14-year-old Alex Eala, the Philippines qualified for the first the time in 26 years to the ITF World Junior Championships for girls 14-under after beating Hong Kong, 2-0, Thursday in Kuala Lumpur.The Filipinas, also composed of Alexa Joy Milliam and Jen Prulla, will compete in the 16-nation Worlds in August in Czech Republic.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View commentslast_img read more

Pranav Pandya refused to accept nomination to Rajya Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi, May 6 (PTI) Pranav Pandya, head of All World Gayatri Pariwar, who was on Wednesday nominated to Rajya Sabha by the Modi government, today spurned the honour saying atmosphere in the Upper House was not conducive for him.”I dont think the atmosphere in Rajya Sabha is conducive for me. It will never be,” he told PTI over phone, giving reasons for his refusal to accept the nomination.Pandya, an MD in Medicine, was nominated to the Rajya Sabha on May 4 by President Pranab Mukherjee following a recommendation of the government.”I have watched the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha in last two days. The way they were abusing each other, I dont think I will be able to change them. Rather I will devote my time outside Rajya Sabha where I can impact on the life of millions of people for their betterment,” he said.65-year-old Pandya, the seventh person to be nominated by the Modi government, has informed the Secretary General of Rajya Sabha as well as the Home Ministry about his decision through e-mail, Pandyas close aide Suraj Prasad Shukla said.However, when contacted, a senior Home Ministry official said they were yet to receive any communication from Pandya regarding his refusal to accept the honour.The day he was nominated to Rajya Sabha, Pandya tweeted “Thanks to all who sent their congratulations for my nomination to rajyasabha. I will try to inculcate yugnirman sutras among our MPs”.Mumbai-born Pandya is Director and head of the All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP).advertisementAWGP is claimed to be a modern adoption of the age-old wisdom of Vedic Rishis who practiced and propagated the philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam with its headquarters in Haridwar.On April 22, the government had nominated Subramanian Swamy, Narendra Jadhav, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Suresh Gopi, Swapan Dasgupta and Mary Kom as the new Rajya Sabha members.The President recommends the names of the nominated members ? drawn from fields such as literature, science, sports, art and social service ? on the advice of the government. PTI ACB VSC AARlast_img read more

Portugal name Olympic squad without Euro 2016 champions

first_imgPortugal have omitted from their Olympic football squad each of the six pre-listed players who took part in the national team’s European Championship triumph.The players left out were Renato Sanchez, Raphael Guerreiro, Andre Gomes, Joao Mario, William Carvalho and Rafa Silva, reports Xinhua.The squad was named on Thursday, just four days after Portugal defeated hosts France on penalties to clinch their first ever major title.YOUNGSTERS GET A CHANCERui Jorge’s 17-man list includes seven players who took part in Portugal’s Euro under-21 campaign last year, in which they finished runners up.Among them are Manchester United’s Bruno Varela and Liverpool’s Tiago Ilori.The three over-23 players are Porto’s Sergio Oliveira, CD Nacional’s Salvador Agra and Sporting Lisbon’s Andre Martins.Portugal will play their first match of the Rio Games against Argentina at Rio’s Engenhao stadium on August 4.PORTUGAL SQUAD:Goalkeepers: Bruno Varela (Vitoria FC), Joel Pereira (Manchester United FC).Defenders: Edgar Ie (Villarreal CF), Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting), Tiago Ilori (Liverpool FC), Tobias Figueiredo (CD Nacional).Midfielders: Andre Martins (Sporting), Bruno Fernandes (Udinese Calcio), Fabio Sturgeon (Belenenses), Francisco Ramos (GD Chaves), Sergio Oliveira (FC Porto), Tiago Silva (CD Feirense), Tomas Podstawski (FC Porto).Forwards: Carlos Mane (Sporting), Goncalo Paciencia (FC Porto), Nuno Santos (Vitoria FC), Salvador Agra (CD Nacional).last_img read more

Hazard Fulfills “Dream” of Wearing Madrid’s All White (Videos)

first_imgMADRID — Eden Hazard donned Real Madrid’s all-white kit for the first time Thursday as the Belgium forward was presented to tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium following his club record transfer from Chelsea.“It was my dream since I was very young to play for Real Madrid, and now I am here and I only want to enjoy the moment,” Hazard said after passing a medical exam and signing a five-year contract with club president Florentino Pérez. “I can’t wait to start playing with Real Madrid in this shirt and win many titles.”After changing his gray suit and tie for Madrid’s shirt and shorts, Hazard kicked several balls to spectators packing the stands.Madrid announced last week that it had acquired the 28-year-old playmaker from Chelsea for a reported fee of around 100 million euros ($113 million) plus add-ons, making him the club’s most expensive signing ever.Hazard will be tasked with becoming the leader of the 13-time European Cup winner since the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer. Without Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane’s side failed to compete for any major title.Madrid hopes that Hazard can provide the missing link between midfielder Luka Modric and striker Karim Benzema to produce the goals that dried up following the exit of Ronaldo.Hazard helped Chelsea win the Premier League and Europa League twice, the FA Cup and the English League Cup. At last year’s World Cup he led Belgium to a third-place finish.Pérez, who had not made a major signing in several years, has spent big in recent weeks to revamp his squad.Besides Hazard, the club has spent at least another 100 million euros on forward Luka Jovic and left back Ferland Mendy. It also plans to incorporate defender Eder Militao and forward Rodrygo, signed during the last two seasons.But Hazard is the key piece to Zidane’s plans to return Madrid to the top.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Qualcomm Intel Samsung invest in USbased chipmaker

first_imgSan Francisco: After cutting ties with Huawei because of US government’s ban on the Chinese tech giant, Qualcomm, Intel and Samsung have invested money in a US-based chip-maker SiFive that produces computer chips based on the RISC-V instruction set architecture. According to The Information, the chip-design company has raised $65.4 million as part of its latest funding round, Android Authority reported on Saturday. To create RISC-V-based chip designs, SiFive teams up with other tech companies and churns out new designs in one to three months, promising to deliver sample chips “within weeks”. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app RISC-V is an open-source hardware instruction set architecture, based on established reduced instruction set computer principles, generally used in Internet of Things (IoT) devices, micro-controllers, network tech and even smart wearables. Usually, gadgets such as smart speakers, smart watches, and smartphones use processors based on Intel’s x86 and Arm’s instruction sets. SiFive chips based on Arm chips typically take roughly a year. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in San Francisco, SiFive is being seen as an emerging competitor to UK-based chip-maker ARM Holdings. After ARM Holdings cut trade ties with Huawei earlier in June, it is possible that in the future, Huawei could also have to turn to the RISC-V architectured chips to power its next bunch of handsets, the report added.last_img read more

Sammy Hagar Announces Acoustic4ACure Concert

first_imgOn Thursday, May 15, an all-star line-up of musicians will unite for the 1st annual “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” concert benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.Acoustic 4 A CureAmong the stars set to perform are Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield (Metallica), Pat Monahan (Train), Joe Satriani, Nancy Wilson (Heart) and many more.“Acoustic-4-A-Cure” was created by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician and Bay Area resident Sammy Hagar, an on-going supporter of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital through his Hagar Family Foundation.“I’ve seen first hand the great work they’re doing and how vital community support is,” Hagar said. “I ran the idea of a benefit concert by James (Hetfield) and we quickly had an amazing lineup of artists on board, then Live Nation stepped up with The Fillmore and now we’ve got an epic event – the first of many hopefully – so we can help keep their research and programs funded and on the path to a cure.”“This is sure to be an unforgettable evening, and we’re so very grateful to the Hagar Family Foundation for their incredible support of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital,” said Jean Nakamura, MD, Associate Professor Radiation Oncologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. “UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is recognized as one of the leading children’s hospitals in the world, largely due to the ongoing support of our community.”The event takes place on May 15 at The Fillmore. More info can be found here. Tickets go on sale on March 21.last_img read more

UN Mali applauds Moroccos support to quest religious tolerance

New York – Mali applauded on Monday at the United Nations Morocco’s support to the quest of “a religious culture of tolerance and peace.”Mali applauds “Morocco’s singular approach to the reconciliation issue and its support to Mali’s quest for a religious culture of tolerance and peace,” said Malian Minister of Culture N’Diaye Ramatoulaye Diallo, in a speech before the UN member-states, during the UN General Assembly high-level debate on culture and sustainable development in the post 2015 agenda.Morocco is represented in this high-level meeting by culture minister, Mohamed Amine Sbihi. Cote d’Ivoire’s minister of culture and Francophony, Maurice Kouakou Bandaman, stressed that his country started promoting its cinema industry by consolidating its cooperation with Morocco. read more

CAN 2015 will Take Place as Already Scheduled

Rabat- The African Cup of Nations (CAN) will take place, as scheduled, from January 17 to February 8, according to Amadou Diakite, a member of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football.Amadou Diakite declared, in a media statement, that the African Union found a substitute country that will organize the tournament instead of Morocco, without naming the country.The African Union expected Morocco to change its decision, after its request to postpone the date of the tournament to June 2015 or January 2016 due to fears of the spread of the Ebola virus. However, the Moroccan Ministry of Sports has sent a written response to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Saturday, confirming that that Morocco will not change its position regarding the request to postpone the 30th edition of the African Cup of Nations.Edited by Timothy Filla © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Alaska governor removes French as oil gas commission chair

JUNEAU, Alaska — Gov. Mike Dunleavy has fired the chair of a state commission tasked with overseeing oil and gas drilling in Alaska, saying Hollis French was neglectful in his duties.The Republican governor issued an order Tuesday removing French from the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, effective immediately. French, a Democratic former state senator, can appeal.A message seeking comment was left for French Wednesday.Dunleavy said he based his decision on the findings of a hearing officer who found that “chronic absenteeism” by French negatively affected office morale and caused others to handle work for French.Hearing officer Timothy Petumenos also found that no commission work was considerably delayed or affected by French’s absences and that other commissioners and staff did not seriously confront French to allow him to address the issue.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press read more

Stocks in Toronto edge down while US stock markets up loonie slips

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged lower in late-morning trading, hurt by losses in the key energy and financial sectors.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 4.72 points at 16,439.14.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 55.35 points at 25,918.03. The S&P 500 index was up 4.88 points at 2,881.20, while the Nasdaq composite was up 6.68 points at 7,904.73.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.29 cents US compared with an average of 74.41 cents US on Thursday.The July crude contract was up 57 cents at US$63.63 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was up 1.4 cents at US$2.65 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was down US$9.30 at US$1,276.90 an ounce and the July copper contract was down 0.95 of a cent at US$2.74 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Monday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9930Brazil real 0.3954China renminbi 0.1887Euro 1.4929Hong Kong dollar 0.159551India rupee 0.01953Indonesia rupiah 0.0000940Japan yen 0.01143Malaysia ringgit 0.2925Mexico peso 0.07017N.Z. dollar 0.9051Norway krone 0.1608Peruvian new sol 0.3857Russia rouble 0.02134Saudi riyal 0.3328Singapore dollar 0.9218South Africa rand 0.09569South Korean won 0.001116Sweden krona 0.1567Switzerland franc 1.3069Taiwanese dollar 0.04147Thailand baht 0.03760Turkey lira 0.3623U.K. pound 1.6135U.S. dollar 1.2482Vietnam dong 0.000055 read more

Humanitarian community must move quickly to halt cholera spread in Malawi –

With Malawi’s Ministry of Health having confirmed the cases – the first in the last three years – there are serious concerns that a rapid spread of infection could lead to a larger outbreak that already over-burdened health services may not be able to contain.“As humanitarian actors in Malawi, we need to move quickly to stop any further spread of this disease,” said UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Malawi, Mahimbo Mdoe. “These displaced populations are extremely vulnerable, particularly those with low-immunity, such as malnourished children. UNICEF is working to support the Government with mobile health services, as well as safe water, sanitation and hygiene services, which are critical factors in preventing the spread of cholera.”Cholera poses a serious public health problem to populations in crowded environments, especially those with inadequate water and sanitation resources. The disease is endemic in Malawi, though the country’s last major outbreak was in 2009, when well over 1,000 people were infected, but concerns have been raised by reports of more than 3,400 cholera deaths, and 37 deaths, in Mozambique – which borders Malawi – in the past two months.Both countries have been heavily affected by flooding in recent months. In Malawi alone, 230,000 people are still displaced as the rains continue. A total of 172 people are still missing.Those infected with cholera can initially show minimal or no symptoms, but can still be contagious. Patients experience diarrhoea, vomiting and, in the advanced stages of the disease, severe dehydration. The disease can kill within hours if not properly treated and is especially dangerous for young children.UNICEF is working with partners, including Malawi’s Government and the World Health Organization (WHO) to monitor the situation daily and the agency’s Chief of Health in Malawi, Kyaw Aung, says every effort has been made to prepare for a major outbreak.“UNICEF has dispatched protective equipment, 30 cholera beds, 15 isolation tents, medicines, IV fluids and 1,450 bottles of chlorine in health facilities,” said Mr Aung. “In addition, UNICEF has partnered with various government and non-governmental bodies, including MSF, GOAL Malawi and Red Cross, to implement health care services, health education on cholera, as well as hygiene promotion within the camps.” read more

Commentary NHL playoffs bring out best in sports

If you are a sports fan, there is no better time of the year than late April and the month of May. The NHL and NBA playoffs are in full swing, and no one is tired of baseball yet. Although the NBA playoffs are exciting in their own way and the Indians’ start is promising, the NHL postseason does not get the credit it deserves. At one point in the first round of the playoffs, there was an overtime hockey game on nine straight nights, including two consecutive game-seven overtimes. That’s not to say the NBA playoffs haven’t had their own drama. The No. 8-seeded Memphis Grizzlies upset the No. 1-seeded San Antonio Spurs, an upset rarely seen in the NBA but much more commonplace in the NHL. And there is always the opportunity to root against the Miami Heat. But I am much more intrigued by the NHL playoffs. I may be biased as a former hockey player and a fan of the Detroit Red Wings, but any sports fan should have an interest in one of the world’s toughest sports. In last year’s NHL playoffs, fans watched as each of the eight teams made it out of the first round with a different seed. Although there were only two upsets in the first round this year, the NHL has produced some of the best hockey ever seen in the playoffs. It is time to give hockey the respect it deserves. It is arguably the most beautiful sport in the world, and the Stanley Cup playoffs should be celebrated for the intensity, effort and sacrifice the players put into every game. Viewers can marvel at Shea Weber’s playoff beard, a young Tampa Bay Lightning team competing with the heavily favored Washington Capitals and the bitter rivalry between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers. The Lightning have a 3-0 series lead against the Capitals, and the Bruins lead the Flyers, 2-0. It is almost unprecedented in sports that the iconic athletes would diminish their icon status, but that is exactly what we see in hockey. Hockey players put their team first and sacrifice their bodies no matter their status on their team. After LeBron James’ and the Heat’s preseason championship celebration, the values in the sport of hockey are something every sport can — and should — duplicate. read more

Ohio State featured in Big Tenheavy top 5 of coaches preseason poll

Ohio State men’s basketball has company from fellow Big Ten teams near the top of the 2012-13 USA Today preseason Coaches’ Poll. Like other lofty preseason rankings for the team, Buckeyes players likely won’t feel burdened by the expectations. Coming off a 31-8 season and a trip to the Final Four in New Orleans, OSU will begin the upcoming campaign as the No. 4-ranked team in America, according to the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The poll, released Wednesday, features four other Big Ten teams. Indiana was voted the top-ranked team in America to start the season. The Hoosiers posted a 27-9 record last year and advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Michigan rounds out the Big Ten’s presence in the top five spots of the poll at No. 5. The Wolverines’ preseason ranking is the highest they have received in 19 years. Michigan State and Wisconsin – ranked No. 14 and No. 21, respectively – are the only other Big Ten teams to crack the top 25 in the coaches’ poll. The Spartans are the reigning Big Ten Tournament champions, but bowed out of the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 round with a loss to eventual national semifinalist Louisville. Wisconsin advanced to the Elite 8 in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Badgers’ season ended with a loss to Syracuse, which the Buckeyes defeated to advance to the Final Four. OSU has also received No. 3 and No. 8 preseason rankings from The Sporting News and Athlon, respectively. During their Oct. 11 media day, several members of the Buckeye squad said they don’t put much stock in preseason rankings. OSU sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross said the team is only focused on internal matters. “The people that are doing those rankings, they’re just looking from the outside,” Ross said. “They have no idea what teams have been doing to get better.” Buckeyes sophomore forward Sam Thompson agreed, adding that the team’s only expectation is to compete for the Big Ten championship, and then the national championships. “That’s what we were recruited here to do and that’s still our goal,” Thompson said. The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin the 2012-13 season on Nov. 9 against Marquette in the Carrier Classic, which will take place on the deck of the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

La cigarette au cinéma inciterait les adolescents à fumer

first_imgLa cigarette au cinéma inciterait les adolescents à fumerSelon une récente étude britannique, les adolescents qui voient des personnages fumer à l’écran au cinéma seraient plus enclins à fumer eux-même. Une conclusion qui a relancé le débat dans le pays : faut-il interdire aux moins de 18 ans les films où les acteurs fument ?  Si la cigarette au cinéma a déjà fait l’objet de nombreuses plaintes notamment de la part d’associations anti-tabac, le débat est désormais relancé au Royaume-Uni. En effet, une récente étude conduite par des chercheurs de l’université de Bristol a démontré que plus les adolescents voient des personnages fumer dans les films, plus ceux-ci sont enclins à essayer eux-mêmes, la cigarette.À lire aussiPourrions-nous redonner vie aux dinosaures comme dans Jurassic Park ?Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les scientifiques ont interrogé plus de 5.000 jeunes de 15 ans sur une cinquantaine de films parmi 360 films à succès sortis entre 2001 et 2005, dont Spider Man, Bridget Jones ou encore Matrix, explique l’AFP. Ils se sont ainsi aperçus que les ados qui avaient visionné le plus de films montrant des fumeurs avaient 73% de chances en plus d’avoir déjà fumé et 50% de plus d’être fumeurs eux-même. Un résultat qui n’a pas changé lorsque les chercheurs ont pondéré les données en prenant en compte d’autres facteurs de risque reconnus tels qu’un parent ou des amis fumeurs. Selon les chiffres publiés dans la revue Thorax, les adolescents les plus exposés à des films montrant des fumeurs avaient toujours 32% plus de chance d’essayer la cigarette eux-même.Interdire les films “fumeurs” au moins de 18 ans “Plus de la moitié des films qui sortent en salles au Royaume Uni dans lesquels les acteurs fument sont autorisés pour les jeunes de 15 ans ou moins”, note Andrea Waylen qui a dirigé l’étude. Suite à la publication des chercheurs, le centre d’étude britannique sur le contrôle du tabac a donc appelé le bureau de classification des films à revoir ses préconisations pour l’âge des films, rapporte l’AFP. Actuellement, pour être classé “pour tous”, un film ne doit présenter aucune scène montrant “des comportements dangereux susceptibles d’être copiés par les jeunes enfants”. Or, ceci inclut l’usage de drogues et de violence, mais pas la cigarette. Toutefois, le bureau de classification du cinéma (BBFC) a estimé que ses recommandations étaient “proportionnées” et prenaient en compte à la fois le risque posé et la volonté du public, précisant que “le public n’est pas favorable à un classement automatique portant à 18 ans l’âge recommandé pour un film comportant une scène où quelqu’un fume”.Le 21 septembre 2011 à 18:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more