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Palace tea party possible

first_imgThe Oscar ceremony began at 12:30 a.m. Monday in England and was broadcast only on a pay-TV movie channel – making it difficult for most Britons to see it live. But news of Mirren’s win was inescapable Monday, dominating newspaper front pages and television newscasts. “I’m sure that the queen will be pleased,” the palace spokeswoman said. – Associated Press Ludacris’ father passes away Helen Mirren, who won the best actress Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” may be invited to tea, Buckingham Palace said Monday. The film’s director, Stephen Frears, has already suggested that he, Mirren and screenwriter Peter Morgan would visit the queen at the palace next month. “It is speculation, but we are looking at a number of options,” a palace spokeswoman said Monday. Mirren won the Oscar on Sunday night in Los Angeles for playing the monarch in “The Queen,” which retells the aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a car crash 10 years ago. Ludacris has thanked his fans for their support and asked for privacy to grieve following the death of his ailing father. Wayne Brian Bridges, 52, died Sunday in an Atlanta hospital after a long illness, said Barry Florence, a publicist for the rapper. At the Grammys earlier this month, Ludacris, 29, dedicated his award for best rap album for “Release Therapy” to his father, saying his dad was in critical condition and fighting for his life. “Mr. Wayne Bridges, I love you to death,” he said at the televised Los Angeles ceremony. Ludacris, whose real name is Chris Bridges, also won a Grammy at this year’s awards for best rap song for “Money Maker.” – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The story of local author’s pursuit 30 years in the making

first_imgMcNaughton is already writing the second part of the series which will take place on earth, and working on the final part – slated for the Overseers’ world.“[I’ve] also written the beginning of another trilogy and that one is going to be going through the self-publishing process as well, so it’s going to be available probably in six months.”You can purchase a copy of Before the Dawn through friesenpress.com, Google Play,  Amazon Kindle, and Kobo.Keep your ears and eyes open for a booking signing tour as well, which McNaughton says will be announced sometime after December 15, with stops already scheduled for the North Peace Cultural Centre’s Art Gallery and Headspace in Fort St. John.Advertisement Author of the book, entitled Before the Dawn, and Fort St. John resident Janet McNaughton explains the story behind a premise set in a fantasy world called Terrain, “populated with mythical creatures and human-like Terrainians,”“It’s a fantasy about a boy who is transported from this world to another, and through that world he gains much more confidence,” McNaughton explains of an introverted fictional boy who becomes a leader through a variety of transformational experiences. “…He ends up fighting for the Terrainians against a menace that they have, called the Overseers.”As earlier mentioned, the book was originally shelved for years; however McNaughton speaks of a little voice that became a driving force – the voice of a child nephew to be exact.- Advertisement -“I had no idea that my sister still had a copy of the book, and [her son] was kind of a catalyst to get me to do it because she told me that he had read it over and over again, and said that he absolutely loved it.”In a fantasy world filled with magical powers, McNaughton says there are hints of real world experiences.“I do use just common and everyday reactions and normal things that teenagers would – normal angst – normal problems that they would have.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Antelope Valley Weekend

first_imgAuburn Court will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. All seats $14. Call (661) 723-5950. “Robin Hood” will be performed at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $12 adults and $5 ages 17 and younger. Call (661) 723-5950. Like Father, Like Son will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Black Box at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. All seats $14. Call (661) 723-5950. Quartz Hill High School students will perform the Halloween comedy “The Creature Creeps” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 27, 28 and 29 in the 200 quad cafeteria at the campus, 6040 W. Ave. L, Lancaster. Tickets: $4, or $3 for Quartz Hill High students with Associated Student Body cards. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Samuel Beckett Gets The Blues” will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 28, 29 and Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12; and 2 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Black Box Theatre at Antelope Valley College, 3041 W. Ave. K. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 seniors and military; and $5 students and AVC employees. Call (661) 722-6300, Ext. 6728. “Pride and Prejudice” will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $15 adults and $10 ages 17 and younger. Call (661) 723-5950. Tony Molina and Friends performs salsa music and Latin ballads, 7-10:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Desert Inn, 44219 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 942-8401. Ranger-led nature hikes will be held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. last_img read more

King-size road victory for L.A.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week For the Kings, it went better than they could have scripted. On the back end of games on consecutive nights, they blitzed a team that looks to be their toughest competition in the Pacific Division and, with 12 points, have matched the franchise’s best eight-game start since the 1990-91 squad had 13. Thursday’s victory, coupled with a 5-4 win over Colorado the night before, allowed the Kings to match the most goals they had scored in consecutive games since 8-2 and 6-3 victories in November 1997. “It was scoring by committee, which was what we needed,” center Craig Conroy said. “We just didn’t want the same thing that happened (in the season opener) to happen again.” The Kings did just about everything well. Conroy continued his recent strong play with one goal and two assists, Pavol Demitra scored his fifth goal in eight games and, with another solid game, LaBarbera showed that he could possibly be the long-term answer in goal for the Kings. The Kings actually trailed in the game, 1-0, after Mike Modano scored 2:12 into the first period, but Lubomir Visnovsky answered 16 seconds later and the rout was on. Visnovsky also had two assists. How else to describe a game in which Luc Robitaille was credited with a goal 90 seconds after he put the puck in the net, or rather, through the net, and a game in which George Parros recorded an old-fashioned “Gordie Howe hat trick” – with a goal, an assist and a fight – than with the word bizarre? “The season is so long, but that was definitely a good win to get,” goalie Jason LaBarbera said. “Getting back-to-back road wins against two good teams is gratifying,” coach Andy Murray said. “People will talk about our offense, but I thought the key for us was the way we played defense.” Not to be overshadowed was the play of LaBarbera, who made 26 saves and improved his record to 4-0. LaBarbera made the biggest save of the game with the Kings nursing a two-goal lead when he stopped Jere Lehtinen on a 2-on-1 chance with 67 seconds remaining in the first period. “I’m gradually feeling more comfortable and confident out there,” LaBarbera said. “It’s pretty exciting, but I just want to keep building and getting better.” First-period goals by Demitra and Alexander Frolov pushed the lead to 3-1 after one period, but Murray, no doubt mindful of the season-opening collapse, called a timeout 6:45 into the second period, which came complete with a hand-waving tirade after a stretch of play that displeased him. The Kings answered with two goals in the next eight minutes to secure the game, but the oddest moment came late in the second period, when a video review showed that a shot by Robitaille had gone through the netting in the corner of the goal. Robitaille was given the goal, which gave the Kings a 6-1 lead. “I thought I had shot it through the net, and when I talked to the linesman, he said he thought so, too,” Robitaille said. “When they took a long time to review it, I knew it was a goal.” Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 rich.hammond@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img DALLAS – This time, there would be no Texas-sized, 10-gallon letdown. Two weeks after they left the state in shame, having blown a four-goal lead, the Kings finished the job Thursday in a bizarre 7-2 victory over the Dallas Stars in front of 16,624 at American Airlines Center. last_img read more

First winter storm lashes north, will head south

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The first in what is expected to be a series of drenching winter storms has prompted flood warnings and swelled Northern California rivers to their highest levels in seven years. Warnings went into effect across the northern half of the state after the first storm swept through Tuesday and Wednesday. Steady downpours and rising rivers led to an evacuation, scattered power outages, and flooded roads and parks. Water district officials in Sacramento closed a flood gate on the American River as a precaution. “It’s been several years since we’ve had this widespread of flooding, and we’re not done,” said Rob Hartman of the National Weather Service’s California-Nevada River Forecast Center in Sacramento. The last significant flooding in Northern California was during the El Nio year of 1998 and a year earlier, when three people died after levees collapsed north of Sacramento. The danger is lower this time because there was relatively little snow in the Sierra Nevada to be melted by the warm rains. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake More storms are forecast to begin Friday and remain through the New Year’s weekend. The next system is expected to spread farther south and bring the potential of mudslides, debris flows and flash floods in recently burned areas of Southern California by Saturday, Hartman said. Hillsides already were giving way in some parts of Northern California, as the steady rain soaked ground that was saturated. In Modesto, a mudslide led to a pileup that killed a motorist Monday. In Mendocino County, four homes near Fort Bragg were evacuated after a landslide Tuesday night. Rivers were cresting from the Napa County wine country to the far northern coast, including the Russian, Navarro, Scott, Klamath and Eel rivers. They are expected to rise to flood stage periodically through the weekend without causing severe damage. “We’re getting an early start on the rain and snow season, which is good as long as we don’t get flooding,” said Don Strickland, a spokesman for the state Department of Water Resources. The main concern is warm rains melting the early season snowpack in the Sierra, sending flood waters cascading out of the range and overwhelming the Central Valley’s intricate system of dams, weirs and levees. Housing developments have boomed in Central Valley floodplains in recent years, raising the stakes for water managers who try to empty downstream reservoirs before they overflow with runoff. Federal and state water managers were releasing torrents of water at the Oroville and Folsom dams, but both reservoirs had plenty of capacity to handle additional runoff. “We’re in good shape,” said Jeff McCracken, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. “The system’s working everywhere it should. This is a wet storm, but there’s not a lot of snow to melt like there was in ’96-’97.” The northern Sierra had 226 percent of its normal precipitation for this time of year. Most has fallen as rain, although a weekend cold front is expected to bring snow. Wet, heavy snow at the highest elevations prompted an avalanche warning Tuesday and Wednesday on Mount Shasta, north of the Sierra in the Cascade Range. The Sacramento River is expected to rise to 27 feet by the weekend, four feet below its flood level. That is still high enough to concern water managers, who plan to open a massive weir north of downtown and divert river water to a vast wetlands. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Moody’s ratings upgrade for Eskom

first_imgEskom said the rating amendment would help it meet its commitment to providing South Africa with much-needed generation capacity, while maintaining the financial sustainability of the company. Ratings agency Moody’s has lifted the outlook on Eskom’s senior unsecured bonds from negative to stable, citing the power utility’s continued shift towards cost-reflective tariffs and the strong support it enjoys from its shareholder, the South African government. 23 December 2010 Firstly, he said, the company had posted improved financial results for the six months ended in September 2010. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “The timing of the review by Moody’s is fitting given the progress made towards resolving the concerns raised by all rating agencies,” Eskom Finance Director Paul O’Flaherty said in a statement this month. “Secondly, the SA government has demonstrated its strong financial support by approving an increase in its guarantee limit from R176-billion to R350-billion and proposing an equity injection of R20-billion, which is still subject to [the] government’s internal approvals.”last_img read more

Video Tutorial: An Inside Look at Adobe Premiere Pro 2019

first_imgMotion Graphics UpgradePremiere’s Essential Graphics panel has been revamped with several new features. After Effects users will finally be able to create .mogrt* files with customizable fonts. You will not only be able to change the font but also modify the style and size of your text within Premiere. In addition to font modifications, you will also be able to group parameters and apply responsive design to animations.Another interesting feature is the all-new data-driven infographic workflow. Easily work with spreadsheet data in motion graphics templates via a simple drag-and-drop. You will be able to edit the data directly in the Essential Graphics panel. Any updates you make to the source spreadsheet file will immediately update in Premiere Pro. This is especially useful when working with a large number of graphic elements for something like weather graphics, or statistics for a sporting event, etc.*The .mogrt must be set up in After Effects to enable this feature in Premiere ProAudio Cleanup ToolsThe Essential Sound panel is still a relatively new addition to Premiere Pro, and in this upcoming release, Adobe has added a few extra touches. An updated Reduce Noise slider bar gives users more control over getting rid of unwanted sound. There’s also an entirely new Reduce Reverb slider that, you know, reduces the reverb. Selective Color GradingIn addition to new audio tools, Premiere has updated the Lumetri Color panel. The new Lumetri curves definitely win the award for the most interesting new feature. Five new curves tools give you precise control over the hue, saturation, and luminance values of your image. Perform selective color grading with Hue vs. Saturation, Hue vs. Hue, Hue vs. Luma, Luma vs. Saturation, and Saturation vs. Saturation. While Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 won’t be available until later this year, let’s take a sneak peek at what Premiere Pro will have to offer.It’s that time of year again—Adobe has announced all of the latest features for the upcoming version of their Creative Cloud suite of programs. Premiere Pro updates include an enhanced Essential Graphics panel, new options for cleaning up audio, selective color grading tools, and an all-new workflow for VR180. Let’s take a closer look. Virtual Reality 180Last but not least, you will have new support for VR 180. This will include optimized ingest, editorial, and effects for monoscopic and stereoscopic content. You can output finished videos in the Google VR180 format for YouTube or other platforms. Cover image via Adobe.Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Create an Action Promo With After EffectsHow to Create a Scribble Animation in After EffectsEverything to Know About Layer Styles in After EffectsMake Your Titles And Graphics Pop with This Advanced Glow EffectCreate a Responsive Infographic in After Effectslast_img read more

Mass nesting of olive ridleys begins in Odisha

first_imgStarting the mass nesting this year, more than 3,100 female olive ridley turtles came out of the sea to the sandy beach of the Rushikulya rookery coast in Ganjam district of Odisha on Tuesday night. The Rushikulya coast is considered to be a major nesting site in the world and lakhs of olive ridleys come here every year to lay eggs. “Congregation of mother turtles in sea near the rookery is quite high this year. We anticipate that in comparison to 2017 more number of turtles will nest this year,” said Berhampur divisional forest officer Ashis Behera. In 2017, over 3,85,000 turtles had reached the Rushikulya rookery coast to lay eggs. The mass nesting process is expected to continue for around a week. The Forest Department has erected temporary fences on a stretch of 4.5 km to prevent predators from damaging the nests and the eggs in them.To monitor the endangered marine reptiles, the department has established five control rooms near the Rushikulya rookery. A data interpretation centre has also been started.last_img read more

Full speech of President Ram Nath Kovind: New India should be tolerant and sensitive

first_imgPresident Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation for the first time today. He gave his speech a day before August 15, which India celebrates as Independence Day. Here’s what he said:………………………………………………..Dear Fellow Citizens engaged in the task of nation building,My greetings to you as we complete 70 years of our Independence.Our country will be celebrating its 71st Independence Day tomorrow. On the eve of this anniversary I extend my good wishes to all of you.On August 15, 1947, we became a free nation. Sovereignty and the responsibility for our destiny moved from the British crown to the people of India. Some have called this process a “transfer of power”.It was much more than that. It was the culmination of a dream for our country – a dream seen by our forefathers and freedom fighters. We were free to imagine and build our nation anew.It is crucial to understand that this dream for a free India was rooted in our ordinary villages, in the well-being of our poor and underprivileged, and in the all-round development of our country.For this we owe so much to the countless freedom fighters who made great sacrifices to bring us here.Chennamma, the Rani of Kittur. Lakshmibai of Jhansi. Matangini Hazra, the heroine and martyr of the Quit India Movement. There are so many examples.Matangini Hazra was an elderly woman, into her 70s. She was shot by the colonial police in Tamluk, in Bengal, while leading a peaceful protest march. She died with “Vande Mataram” on her lips and with the hope of a free India in her heart.advertisementFreedom fighters like Sardar Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan, Birsa Munda and thousands of others gave their lives for us. We can never forget them.From the earliest days of our freedom struggle, we were blessed with a galaxy of revolutionary leaders who guided our country.They spoke of not just political freedom. Mahatma Gandhi emphasised the moral character of India and of Indian society. The principles that Gandhiji spoke about are relevant even today.Gandhiji was not alone in this nationwide struggle for freedom and reform. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose exhorted our people, saying: “Give me blood and I will give you freedom”. At his word, millions of Indians joined the freedom movement under his leadership and gave their all.Nehruji emphasised that India’s age-old heritage and traditions – so dear to us – could co-exist with technology and a quest to modernise our society.Sardar Patel instilled in us the importance of national unity and integrity. And of a disciplined national character.Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar urged upon us the virtues of constitutional governance, of the rule of law – and of the vital need for education.I have given only a few examples of illustrious leaders. I could give you many more. The generation that brought us to freedom was diverse. They were men and women who represented all parts of our country and a variety of political and social thought.We need to draw inspiration from such brave freedom fighters, many of whom sacrificed even their lives for the country. We need to invoke the same spirit today in the task of nation building.The stress on the moral basis of policy and action, belief in unity and discipline, faith in a synthesis of heritage and science, and promotion of the rule of law and of education – all of it was located in a partnership between citizen and government.That is how our nation has been built – by a partnership between citizen and government, between individual and society, between a family and the wider community.Fellow citizens,A tradition I remember from my childhood was that when there was a wedding in any one family, the entire village shared the responsibility and contributed. Regardless of the caste or community, the bride became the daughter of not just a single family but of the entire village.Neighbours and others living in the village looked after guests, and took charge of different arrangements. Contributions came from many families. One family would send food-grains for the wedding, another would send vegetables, a third would arrive with some other item.There was a sense of caring and of sharing, and of interdependence. If you helped your neighbours in their times of need, they instinctively helped you in turn.Today, in big cities we may not even know our neighbours. Whether in cities or villages, it is important to renew that sense of caring and sharing. This will make us a gentler and happier society and help us understand each other with greater empathy.advertisementFellow citizens,This spirit of empathy and of social service and volunteerism is very much alive in India. There are so many people and organisations that work quietly and diligently for the poor and the disadvantaged.They could be running schools for street children, caring for stray animals and birds, and providing water to hard-to-reach tribal communities in remote areas. Or cleaning rivers and public places. They are nation builders in action, and we need to draw inspiration from them.We should also work with unity and purpose to ensure that the benefits of government policies reach all sections of society. For this, the partnership between citizens and government remains essential:The government has started the Swachchh Bharat campaign – but it is for each of us to ensure a Swachchh BharatThe government is building toilets or helping build toilets – but it is for each of us to use those toilets and make India open-defecation freeThe government is enabling communication infrastructure – but it is for each of us to use the Internet for the right purposes: to bridge knowledge gaps, create opportunities, and enhance educational and information accessThe government is promoting the idea of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao – but it is for each of us to ensure that our daughters are not discriminated against and get the best educationThe government can frame laws and strengthen law enforcement – but it is for each of us to be a law-abiding citizen. And to build a law-abiding societyThe government is pushing transparency and eliminating corruption in public recruitment and procurement – but it is for each of us to answer to our inner conscience in everyday lifeThe government is implementing GST to eliminate multiple taxes and simplify transactions – but it is for each of us to make this an essential part of our everyday transactions and business cultureI am happy that the transition to the GST system has been smooth. It should be a matter of pride for all of us that the taxes we pay are used for nation building – to help the poor and the marginalised, to build rural and urban infrastructure, and to strengthen our border defences.Fellow citizens,In the year 2022, our country will complete 75 years of Independence. It is our national resolve to attain certain desired milestones for a New India by then.When we speak of a New India, what do we mean? There are some obvious parameters – like a house for every family, power on demand, better roads and telecom, a modern railway network, rapid and sustained growth.And yet there is more. New India must include that integral humanist component that is in our DNA, and which has defined our country and our civilisation. New India must be a society rushing towards the future, but also a compassionate society.A compassionate society where the traditionally disadvantaged, whether SCs, STs or OBCs, are part of our national developmental processA compassionate society where populations in our frontier areas and states, who may sometimes feel a sense of alienation, are embraced as our brothers and sistersA compassionate society where the deprived child, the aged and the ailing senior citizen, and the poor and the under-privileged are always in our thought – not an afterthought. And where we take special care to ensure that our divyang brothers and sisters get equal opportunities in all walks of lifeA compassionate and egalitarian society that does not discriminate on gender or religious backgroundA compassionate society that enriches our human capital and equips our young people by promoting accessible, affordable and world-class educational institutions. And where quality health-care and nutrition are not a challengeIt is only with all this that we will build the New India we can cherish – where every Indian is equipped to fulfill his or her potential and do so in a manner that leaves each one of us content and happy. And helps each of us contribute to society and our country.advertisementI am confident that a strong partnership between citizens and the government will allow us to meet the goals of New India.Your immense patience and understanding in the days following demonetisation – and your whole-hearted support in the battle against corruption and black money – reflected a responsible and enlightened society.Demonetisation has boosted our efforts to build an honest society. We must sustain this spirit and this momentum.Fellow citizens,There is also need to adopt technology. We must use technology to empower our people and achieve the goal of poverty elimination in a single generation. Poverty and New India are simply not compatible.Today, the world is looking at India with admiration. Our country is seen as a responsible global citizen, a growing economy, and a solution provider to various international challenges – such as climate change, disasters, conflicts, humanitarian crises, radicalism and terrorism.The Tokyo Olympics of 2020 offer another opportunity for us to raise our standing in the world’s eyes. Over the coming three years, we should absorb ourselves in this national mission. Government agencies, sports bodies and business enterprises need to join hands to identify and support our talented sportspersons and provide them world-class training facilities – so that they can be even more successful in Tokyo.As citizens and children of India – whether we live at home or abroad – we must ask ourselves how we can add to our country’s pride.Fellow citizens,It is natural for us to think of our families, but we must also think of society. We must heed the call for that extra degree of selflessness, that extra something beyond just duty. A mother who nurtures and brings up her child is not just doing a duty. She is displaying a unique selflessness.Our soldiers who guard our borders, on a hot day in the desert or high up on a cold mountain, are not just doing their duty. They are displaying an extra degree of selflessnessOur police and paramilitary forces that brave death to combat terrorism or crime and keep us safe are not just doing their duty. They are displaying an extra degree of selflessnessOur farmers who labour under extremely tough conditions to grow food to feed fellow Indians whom they have never met, and who live in the other corner of the country, are not just doing a job. They are displaying an extra degree of selflessness After natural disasters, so many motivated people, civil society groups and public agencies work day-and-night in rescue and relief operations. They display an extra degree of selflessnessCan each of us not imbibe this spirit of selflessness?We can and we have.On an appeal from the Prime Minister, more than one crore families voluntarily gave up their LPG fuel subsidy – so that a gas cylinder could reach the kitchen of a poorer family of fellow Indians. And so that members of that family, particularly women, were saved from smoke from chulhas that damaged their eyes and lungs.I salute those families that gave up their subsidy. No law or government order made them do what they did. Their response came from within.We should draw inspiration from these families. Each of us must find a way to give back to society. Each of us must choose one thing we can do to help another, less-fortunate Indian.The single most critical factor for building our nation is to equip our coming generation. We need to ensure that not one child is left behind. As such I would urge you, as fellow nation builders, to help educate less-privileged children in our society. Help teach a child other than your own. Enrol and pay the school fees or buy the books of at least one child other than your own. Just one!Our India is at the door of great achievements. In a few years, we will become a fully literate society. We must set the bar higher, and aim to become a fully educated society.We are all stake-holders in this mission. If we achieve it, our country will change before our eyes. And we will become agents of this defining change.Two thousand five hundred years ago Gautam Buddha said, “Appa dheepa bhava…Be a lamp unto yourself…” If we follow his teachings, acting together, with the passion of our freedom movement, we can collectively be the 125 crore lamps that light up the path to a New India.Once more, I wish all of you the very best on the eve of our 71st Independence Day.Jai Hind.Vande Mataram.WATCH: First address of President Ram Nath Kovind: Full speechlast_img read more

Iceland out to add Messi’s scalp to frustrated Ronaldo’s

first_imgArgentina Messi the next star in Iceland’s sights after shutting out ‘pissed off’ Ronaldo Harry West 07:12 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) CristianoRonaldo - Cropped Getty Images Argentina World Cup Argentina v Iceland Portugal Iceland Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi The Portugal captain was left fuming after failing to beat the islanders two years ago, and they are hoping for a similar outcome against Argentina Johann Gudmundsson hopes Iceland can keep a lid on Lionel Messi in their World Cup opener, after provoking the ire of Cristiano Ronaldo at Euro 2016.In their maiden appearance at a major international tournament two years ago, Iceland earned a 1-1 draw from a clash with Ronaldo’s eventual champions, drawing a frustrated response from the Real Madrid superstar.Ronaldo criticised his opponents’ defensive tactics and dismissed their approach as one of a team with a “small mentality”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Now preparing for their first World Cup, Iceland face Argentina and Messi, Ronaldo’s long-time rival in the quest to be recognised as the greatest player on the planet.Gudmundsson and his team-mates take on Jorge Sampaoli’s men in their Group D opener on Saturday, and the Burnley winger is calling on memories of Ronaldo’s tantrum as inspiration ahead of a meeting with Messi.”He was obviously p***** off because they couldn’t score a second against us,” Gudmundsson said. “It was our first game in a major tournament and they couldn’t beat Iceland so it was not nice for them. He’s a winner so he got a bit angry.”It will be tough to play against him [Messi] but as long as he is frustrated and can’t score, we’re happy. Let’s just go out there and try to beat them and make him even more angry [than Ronaldo was].”When the draw was made I said I wanted Brazil or Argentina and we got one of them. In the first game in the Euros we played Ronaldo and now it’s Messi. We kept Ronaldo quite quiet so hopefully will do the same with Messi.”We know we’re probably going to be defending a lot of the time and Messi can turn it on but we just have to see where it takes us.”Attacking wise they’re one of best in tournament but they have a few in defence who are maybe not at the highest level like their attackers so hopefully we use that to our advantage. days until we play  at the @FIFAWorldCup We had some fun during our official @FIFAWorldCup photoshoot!#fyririsland pic.twitter.com/wzqia52aiH— Knattspyrnusambandið (@footballiceland) June 13, 2018″This is going to be bigger than the Euros but I think we will know more what’s going to happen now that we didn’t know in France. I think that will help us a bit.”After facing Argentina, Iceland move on to clashes against Nigeria and Croatia.last_img read more