The Annual Pasadena & Foothill AIA Design Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Pasadena-area winners and outstanding area projects were announced at the Annual Pasadena & Foothill AIA Design Awards at a gala held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Thursday evening, Sept. 24. Sponsored by the Pasadena & Foothill AIA, and attended by leading architects, design firms and architecture students, the annual awards celebrate design excellence and innovation as well as provided a forum for architects to be recognized by their peers for their effort, talent and professional dedication.Following a juried panel review of submissions, winners were announced in the following categories:• Citation Award for Unbuilt: Alek Zarifian, SmithGroupJJR for the USC Mark & Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute (Keck Medical Campus, LA)Preserving an original concrete structure that could have easily been demolished, the architects incorporated technology, energy and beauty to create a place where science and art intersect.• Merit Award for Institutional/Educational: Glenn Carels, FAIA, LPA, Inc., for Cal Poly Pomona Student Recreation Center (Pomona)Students raised funds for this new recreational center. Architects designed an exercise facility that features daylight, open spaces and pockets of social interaction.• Merit Award for Single Family Residence: Michael Burch AIA, Michael Burch Architects, for French RanchHonoring the iconic Spanish Renaissance architectural style, this compound of buildings is highlighted by intricate tilework, classic wooden beams and airy rooms.• Honor Award for Renovation: Douglas Joyce, III, Onyx Architects, Inc., for Ganahl Lumber Retail Store (Pasadena)This commercial property presents a refreshing alternative to big box warehouse structures, gracefully designed with light, transparency and simplicity.• Honor Award for Renovation: Carey McCleod, AIA, AC Martin, for Los Angeles County Hall of Justice (Downtown Los Angeles)A derelict 1925 Beaux Arts building empty for since the 1994 earthquake receives new life with modern spaces that reference the old.• Student Citation: Julio Rodriguez, student at Cal Poly Pomona for 21st Century High SchoolRodriguez conceptualized an urban high school structure that encapsulated the idea of community in a densely populated area which the jurors described as “clarity of idea and beauty.”• Student Citation: Shweta Joshi, student at Woodbury University for Creating a Fragile Forest of LightJoshi imagined a school building that incorporated living spaces in a highly-stylized yet delicate environment. “The energy and talent this project represents is very positive,” remarked the jurors.The jury panel consisted of: Mark Cavagnero, FAIA (Mark Cavagnero Associates); Richard Holbrook (International Furniture Designer); Coulter Winn, AIA (Walt Disney Imagineering); Kate Diamond, FAIA (HDR Pasadena); and Armando Gonzalez, FAIA (Gonzales/Goodale Architects Pasadena).“These awards aim to raise public consciousness and foster a wider appreciation for excellence in design by highlighting the significant role of the architect in the community, says John Luttrell, AIA who was part of the Awards Committee. “Each year, our entries represent some of the most notable work done by architects in the Southern California area.”List of winners and images of their projects can be found at:http://aia-awards.com/AIAPF/gallery/displayAll.php Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Things You’ve Always Wanted To Know About RihannaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Design The Annual Pasadena & Foothill AIA Design Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium From STAFF REPORTS | Photography by DennisHill.com Published on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | 3:16 pm 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a commentcenter_img Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

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Want to grow Africa’s economy? Include women

first_imgAfrica is rising and women will play a major part in its growth, say delegates at the International Women’s Forum South Africa conference. They called for women to be included in the continent’s mainstream economy. (Image: Brand South Africa)• International Women’s Forum South Africa+27 11 325 [email protected]• South African women on Forbes Africa tech list• Women taking SA forward• Foster builds a network of support• Towards gender equality• Women’s rights to advance Shamin ChibbaFive of the world’s estimated 20 female central bank governors come from southern African countries – Botswana, Lesotho, Seychelles, Madagascar and South Africa. This was according to Gill Marcus, governor of the South African Reserve Bank and a guest speaker at the International Women’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA) conference held in Johannesburg from 18 to 19 June.With “Africa Rising” as its theme, the conference brought together more than 200 women from business, government and civil society to examine women’s role in the continent’s economy and find ways to include them in the mainstream.The high number of African women in top central bank jobs, Marcus said, was in contrast to the first world, where only one woman heads a state bank. And Janet Yellen’s appointment as chairperson of the American Federal Reserve in February this year caused controversy in the US. “Leading newspapers in the United States discussed, quite seriously, what it would be like to have a ‘pink dollar’,” Marcus said.The only other leading woman in global economics, she said, is France’s Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund.But Marcus added that while this is an achievement for equality in southern Africa, it is how those five women make a difference in everyone’s lives that counts. Women essential to developmentLinah Mohohlo, governor of the Bank of Botswana, said including women in the mainstream economy so they can earn their own money is essential to African development.With 16 years at the helm of Botswana’s bank, Mohohlo is one of the world’s longest-serving reserve bank governors. She said women’s exclusion from the economy is not just a developing world problem but one also found in advanced nations. “Developed countries are experiencing joblessness, which brings concerns over social inequality.”Excluding women from economic activity was a waste of productive resources, she said. One way to include women is to narrow the gap between rich and poor. And technology, she said, was the one thing that could close that divide. “It was not long ago that we were concerned about the digital divide. Now technology is building bridges between those at the top and those at the bottom.” Southern African women are leading the charge in the continent’s economy, with five female central bank governors coming from the region, including governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Gill Marcus. (Image: Shamin Chibba) Africa is risingAs an emerging market economy, Marcus said, Africa is set to soar in the next three years. Before the financial crisis set off in 2008, emerging markets accounted for 25% of the world’s GDP and 17% of global public debt. She said that by 2017 emerging markets will contribute 40% of the world’s GDP and 16% of its debt. “Emerging markets contribute far more to growth in global GDP, whereas advanced economies add to global public debt. Emerging markets have helped sustain the global economy, yet when things get better they are dismissed by advanced economies, who basically say, ‘You are on your own.’”Marcus added that in South Africa, citizens are too critical of economic conditions. Public discourse was more focused on what was wrong in the country and not on its achievements, she said. Instead, we must reflect inward to see where the real problem lies. “South Africa has done phenomenally well in 20 years. So we need to tackle ourselves and see what is wrong with our attitude.” Infrastructure and womenThe impact of infrastructure development on women’s wellbeing was also discussed. Poor energy supply throughout Africa, for example, was a major cause of women’s health problems, Mohohlo said. The smoke from using firewood for energy, particularly indoors, caused illness and sometimes death. She said investment in appropriate energies would reduce the use of firewood and so improve the health of women.Water supply was also discussed as a serious health issue that impeded the development of African women. Pregs Govender, deputy chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, said that when it comes to water, African governments’ macroeconomic policies have done a disservice to marginalised people, particularly women and the poor.Govender said macroeconomic policies – which tackle the broader trends in an economy –were initially designed to reduce inequality and maintain economic balance in society. But they stopped being effective when they were no longer used for the benefit of the people.Human Rights Commission research on water use in South Africa found that these policies, instead, served corporates and ignored poor communities. Corporates pay less per kilolitre for water than households do. More worrying is business is generally the biggest polluter of water, but does not take responsibility for cleaning it up. “Our greatest thief of water is the corporate sector,” said Govender. “They waste water the most. Yet the image of water wastage is of a dripping tap in a poor community.”She added that women in Senegal spend more time sourcing and collecting water than on any other activity.last_img read more

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On-Site Storage Is the Great Equalizer

first_imgThe need for on-site storage technologyAs companies such as Tesla/SolarCity and Mercedes produce more affordable batteries for electric vehicles, energy storage technology is spilling into the housing sector. Grid connection is essential for zero-energy buildings, which need to bank excess production from sunny times to use at night and on cloudy days. The disconnect between when energy is produced by solar panels and when it is needed to meet peak demand remains a problem. On-site battery storage offers a solution.While utility-scale, grid-based storage is coming online in California and Hawaii, battery products can now be installed behind home electric meters and intelligently integrated with the grid. Tesla’s new Powerwall 2 includes a built-in inverter that converts the direct current from panels into alternating current for household use and exports power to the grid when energy is most in demand. Thinking big, every one of California’s “million solar roofs” could easily contribute to the overall energy mix making the energy grid more efficient. Will a Merged Tesla-SolarCity Put a Solar-Powered Battery in Every Home?Tesla Will Sell Home BatteriesVermont Utility Is the First to Offer Tesla BatteryA First in New England: Utility-Scale Battery StorageBatteries for Off-Grid Homes Are Solar-Plus-Battery Systems Coming to a Neighborhood Near You? We are now in a world where decentralized electricity production, such as rooftop solar, is more viable than ever for the public and more threatening than ever to utilities. The public is more willing to adopt in-home renewables thanks to reliable technology, solid performance, declining costs, and the growing availability of loans.Utilities are threatened by uncertainty about how to integrate thousands of new decentralized energy sources into the existing network. And ratepayers without rooftop solar are fearful that their rates will rise. On-site energy storage is one new technology that promises to address all sides of this dilemma. The challenge of net-energy meetingMost utilities have reluctantly agreed to “net energy metering” arrangements when negotiating rate cases with state regulators. Net metering means that utilities accept energy from decentralized sources, although contract terms vary widely around the U.S. The phenomenal growth of these systems shows huge promise for addressing climate change, pollution, and national energy security.When there were few decentralized producers, mostly rooftop photovoltaic arrays, there wasn’t much of a problem for the grid. Unfortunately, electric utilities are largely dealing with an electricity grid that doesn’t look much different from the days when George Westinghouse and Nicola Tesla installed the first large-scale powerhouse at Niagara Falls. The grid is in desperate need of a 21st century upgrade in order to better meet peak demand and integrate decentralized energy production. Time-of-use pricingThere is a third possible scenario that would benefit a solar/storage setup most of all and it involves time-of-use pricing. Although uncommon, this rate structure changes prices to reflect the actual cost of utility power. The most expensive energy coincides with the highest demand for electricity, which usually occurs in late afternoon or early evening. Retail customers would save money if they used batteries to carry them through the high-priced peak. This would be true even if the batteries were charged with grid power rather than solar. Benefits for owners and utilitiesUtilities benefit from on-site storage in two ways. First, they don’t have to supply as much power to the home during peak hours. Second, with smart integration and a fair net-metering agreement, utilities could pull stored energy into the grid to meet a short-term need. Later, when demand subsides, batteries could be recharged with grid power or the customer could be paid a fair price for the amount of energy he or she supplied.On-site storage is good for solar panel owners, because it allows power shifting from daytime production peaks to evening consumption peaks. Few zero-energy homes use as much energy at midday as they produce. But when evening arrives, families begin to use lights, appliances, and energy-sucking devices like game consoles. On-site storage allows them to use banked energy to offset evening use when demand and utility production costs are higher.Whether specific customers benefit from on-site storage depends on how they are credited for power returned to the utility under their net metering agreements. One factor is the timing of credit expiration. Some agreements generously set an annual expiration, usually each spring. This allows credits to accumulate over the sunny months to be used during the cloudy winter months. These customers don’t have much to gain from on-site storage other than as an emergency back-up, because they gain full value for the excess energy they return to the grid.In other agreements, credits may expire each month. During sunny months that could mean leaving hundreds of kWhs on the table. For these customers, batteries allow the excess energy from each day to be used that same night. This reduces the amount that would be lost each month, and saves the customer money.Under some net-metering contracts there is a difference in the customers’ buy price and their sell price. These customers receive a lower price when selling excess power than it costs them to buy power from their utility. The sell rate is often based on the utility’s wholesale power costs, which can be anywhere from 20% to 50% of the retail price. Solar owners may generate excess power during the day and sell it at the wholesale rate, but buy power later the same day at the full retail price.Batteries store excess power on-site, so customers use it themselves. This replaces power that they would have purchased from the utility at the higher retail price. In essence, on-site storage allows owners under these types of net metering contracts to capture the full retail value of the energy they produce.center_img On-site storage allows solar owners to store excess energy for later use, even during a power outage. Residential-scale batteries hold between 5 and 20 kWh of electricity. This is in the same range as the 15 to 20 kWh used per day by a typical newly constructed American home. Batteries currently available will help a typical zero-energy home even out the peaks and valleys of daily energy fluctuation. A win-win-win solutionThe grid will still be needed to address the bigger seasonal fluctuations from sunny seasons to cloudy ones. However, on-site storage can be valuable to consumers and utilities as it balances daily supply and demand variations. In the future, successful grid integration will require each zero-energy building to capture excess production on site for later use and make that stored energy available to the grid as needed.Properly done, it will make the grid more efficient and keep energy prices lower for everyone. On-site energy storage will be a benefit for homeowners with solar collectors, for electric utilities, and for ratepayers without solar. It’s the kind of win-win-win solution the world needs to make the shift to mainstream zero-energy living. RELATED ARTICLES Bruce Sullivan is a building science consultant. This post originally appeared at Zero Energy Project.last_img read more

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Oracle Plays Catch-Up With New ‘In-Memory’ Database Technology

first_imgRelated Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair brian proffitt Tags:#in-memory computing#Oracle#relational databases Oracle CEO Larry Ellison talked up the release of Oracle’s new in-memory database technology Sunday night in his opening keynote of Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, but was oddly non-confrontational when it came to trash-talking the biggest potential competitor in this space, SAP.In-memory databases—such as SAP’s rival HANA database appliance—use memory instead of disks for data storage. That means that they perform very well in high-volume environments where response time is critical, since access times and database requests are typically much faster.See also: SAP’s HANA Deployment Leapfrogs Oracle, IBM And MicrosoftThe in-memory option for Oracle’s 12C database was one of the highlights of Ellison’s keynote. The CEO promised it would deliver a hundredfold improvement in analytic query speed and double throughput speeds for transaction processing. Ellison characterized this as “ungodly” performance.Ellison claimed the feature can simultaneously handle transaction data as a row-store database while storing analytic queries as a column-store database. This dual-format setup supposedly offers speed advantages above and beyond the normal boost you would expect by keeping data in a system’s memory rather than accessing it from a disk drive.To bolster Ellison’s point, a demo of the in-memory system queried seven billion rows of data in a single second, as opposed to five million rows per second in a disk-based database system.Not only is in-memory an option for 12C databases, but it is also the heart of Oracle’s new Big Memory Machines, the SPARC M6-32 and Oracle Supercluster M6-32. According to a press statement from Oracle, “SPARC M6-32 servers with up to 32 terabytes of memory and up to 384 processor cores can run entire applications and databases in-memory to deliver unprecedented performance. Oracle SuperCluster M6-32… integrates SPARC M6-32 servers with Exadata Storage Servers optimized for Oracle Database performance.”Oracle Plays In-Memory Catch-UpOracle needs to make a big splash in this space, since SAP’s HANA in-memory system has already garnered a lot of attention in the enterprise space of late, and IBM and Microsoft are working on their own in-memory solutions right now, too.That may have been why Ellison was more subdued than usual. He didn’t call out SAP HANA explicitly, presumably because doing so would give attention to a database appliance that has been giving Oracle a run for its money. Some additional Exadata sales wouldn’t hurt, either, because it is not at all clear the product line is benefiting from all the product placement in the Marvel blockbusters.center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

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Glowing Results: Grading Skin Tones in DaVinci Resolve

first_imgWe’re going to use DaVinci Resolve to get balanced, glowing skin tones in just a few easy steps — without affecting your other edits.First, you need to isolate the skin with a selection so you can work with it without affecting the rest of the image. Then, you can even out the skin, unifying the tone so it’s a universal color, without making the person look like they’re wearing too much foundation. Next, decrease the mid-tone density so that small imperfections disappear. Finally, add a layer mixer node so that the skin color you’ve just worked on is protected from other grades you might make. Let’s look at them in turn. Make a MaskIn a new node, select the qualifying tool, and drag it across the most even and representative part of the face. You’ll need to use the + brush to increase it, as well as the + feather tool. I’ve also found that increasing the clean white helps a lot.Unify ToneOnce you have the skin isolated, increase the contrast and look for yellow, red, or green areas that don’t fit with the overall skin tone. In the Curves menu, select Hue vs. Hue, then select those colors using the curve up or down to shift the problem colors back to the central color.Once you’ve done this, you can change the overall color with offset, or temperature/hue to get the look you want.Color Contrast.Pairing ImperfectionsIn the color tab, there’s a slider marked MD for Midtone Density. Turning this down gets rid of contrast in the skin, effectively hiding imperfections. You can also turn it up for a grittier, more weathered look. You may want to also increase sharpness so the face retains a natural look, rather than looking defocused.SeparateThe last step is to add another node, then hit Option+L to turn this into a layer mixer node. Dragging the blue alpha arrow of the skin mask to the input on the lower of the two mixed nodes means that your skin grade will “pass around” anything done in the latter nodes. This lets you cool down the background — or desaturate it — without also affecting the skin.Interested in the songs we used to make this video?“Sky and City” by Remember The Future“Opulence” by Julian Bell“Murmurs” by Biba Dupont“Tape” by Simba Music“Chilling Groove” by Ulas PakkanWant more on working with DaVinci Resolve? Check these out.Working with Different Frame Rates in the Same File in ResolveEverything You Need to Know About Chroma Key and Green Screen FootageNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — Text EffectsHarnessing The Power of Facial Refinement in DaVinci ResolveLearn How to Fix a Variable ND Filter Vignette in DaVinci Resolvelast_img read more

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Manganti game-winner lifts Adamson past UP

first_imgThe Falcons tied Far Eastern U at third place with a 4-2 record while the Maroons dropped to 3-3.UP had one second to either go for the win or shoot for the tie, but Manganti was again on the right spot to tap Jun Manzo’s pass away in the final inbounds play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren breathed a huge sigh of relief after his team struggled to create distance from UP the entire game.“I guess we were lucky to win the game, the whole game we were struggling, we had a bad start, a flat start, and we made a lot of mental mistakes,” said Pumaren as the Falcons ended the first quarter behind UP, 25-19. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brazil is in; Argentina still fighting for a World Cup spot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “We were going through the motions and I guess is a good test on our part that in the crucial moments of the game we can survive a game like this.”Jerrick Ahanmisi had game-high 21 points, 17 alone in the second quarter, on 8-of-11 shooting while Sarr added six points and 16 rebounds.Paul Desiderio and Manzo had 19 points apiece to lead the Fighting Maroons while Javi Gomez De Liaño missed out on a double-double as he finished with eight points and 14 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSean Manganti’s clutch tip-in lifted Adamson over University of the Philippines, 73-71, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.With the scores tied at 71, Jerrick Ahanmisi and Papi Sarr misfired on their game-winner attempts but Manganti was there to grab the offensive board and score the putback with a second left on the clock.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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CM Ajit Jogi finally manages to wrest Chhattisgarh Olympic Association president post

first_imgMATCH WON: Ajit Jogi gets his coveted postMost Indian politicians, for some reason or the other, want to head a sports body. Prominent among them are Suresh Kalmadi, V.K. Malhotra, Laloo Prasad Yadav and V.C. Shukla. Add to that list Ajit Jogi.After a long power struggle between his and Shukla’s,MATCH WON: Ajit Jogi gets his coveted postMost Indian politicians, for some reason or the other, want to head a sports body. Prominent among them are Suresh Kalmadi, V.K. Malhotra, Laloo Prasad Yadav and V.C. Shukla. Add to that list Ajit Jogi.After a long power struggle between his and Shukla’s group, the Chhattisgarh chief minister has finally managed to wrest the post of president of the Chhattisgarh Olympic Association (COA). This also makes him a voting member of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).Some time last year Jogi decided he wanted to represent the new state in the IOA. Most sports bodies in the state were either in their nascent stages or not yet formed. Shukla, a former president of the IOA, meanwhile installed his protege, former Raipur mayor Balbir Juneja.The battle between Jogi and Shukla began over the chief minister’s chair. It stretched to the COA. With the first strike Shukla kept Jogi at bay and his friend Kalmadi, president of the IOA, helped matters along by not recognising Jogi’s Olympics body formed with the backing of 17 state sports associations.The matter went to court with both parties petitioning the Delhi High Court and the stalemate continued. Till Jogi’s only son, Amit, entered the fray on his father’s behalf.Using his surprisingly persuasive skills Jogi Jr managed to do what his father had been unable to do in six months – he got his father the coveted post.The primary objective achieved, it would not be long before Jogi starts gunning for Kalmadi’s job. And if Kalmadi knows better then he should be wary of the son and not the father.advertisementlast_img read more

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Giani Zail Singh sworn in as seventh President of India

first_imgThe new President, Giani Zail Singh, reads out his address in the Durbar HallIf the weather was any indication, Giani Zail Singh’s five-year tenure as the seventh President of India promises to be a stormy one. The day of his swearing-in, Sunday, July 25, opened with a heavy downpour that,The new President, Giani Zail Singh, reads out his address in the Durbar HallIf the weather was any indication, Giani Zail Singh’s five-year tenure as the seventh President of India promises to be a stormy one. The day of his swearing-in, Sunday, July 25, opened with a heavy downpour that continued till just before the official ceremony.The normally-immaculate forecourt of the Durbar Hall in Rashtrapati Bhavan, where the swearing-in was to take place, was a sea of red slush churned up by tyre tracks and hoofprints. But for all that, the Presidential mansion looked suitably imposing with the President’s bodyguard in white uniforms with scarlet sashes, lined up in an arrowhead formation on the steps of the Durbar Hall.Inside was minor bedlam as MPs jostled each other for the best seats in the house while Zail Singh’s invitees, many obviously straight from the village, were hopping over the seats like it was a movie hall. Only 300 MPs could be accommodated in the comparatively cramped confines of the Durbar Hall and those present sported a privileged air. But even they were clearly outdone by Zail Singh’s invitees and family members basking in reflected glory and wearing an air of festive gaiety. In comparison, the elegant diplomats were a subdued lot.The setting for the ceremony was in keeping with the pomp and pageantry of the office – the huge central chandelier towering over the crowds and dominating the octagonal-shaped Durbar Hall. But the centrepiece of the solemn drama about to unfold were the two, gilt-edged red velvet chairs meant for the outgoing President, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, and his successor, Giani Zail Singh.advertisementNeelam Sanjiva Reddy congratulates Giani Zail SinghThe chairs were placed on a rostrum in front of a stone statue of the Buddha. Above the statue, a red velvet canopy stretched up to the vaulted ceiling. Behind the chairs, stood five Presidential aides in full ceremonial dress, while turbaned guards lined the walls on both sides. The solemnity was enhanced considerably by the forceful and outspoken speech that Reddy had delivered the day before in which he had spoken critically of the need to have a strong Opposition in the country, an obvious if oblique warning to the ruling party.Nervous Zail Singh: The ceremony itself was conducted with split-second timing. Exactly at 11.25 a.m., Mrs Gandhi bustled into the Hall accompanied by Rajiv Gandh and her ever-present aide, the safari-suited R.K. Dhawan, Rajiv, however, preferred to sit at the rear of the Hall with his fellow MPs. At 11.30, precisely, to a flourish of trumpets, Reddy and the President-elect arrived and were escorted up the redcarpeted centre aisle by two Presidential aides-decamp. The procession was led by Speaker Balram Jakhar and Vice-President Hidayatullah followed by Giani Zail Singh in a white achkan with the Nehru-like red rose in the buttonhole. Behind him trailed Reddy, looking for lorn in the final moments of his Presidency. In contrast to Giani’s spotless white, Reddy sported a muddy brown achkan.Giani Zail Singh inspects the guard of honour after his swearing-inWhether it was the occasion or the thought of what lay ahead, Zail Singh looked decidedly nervous. Once the strains of the national anthem had faded away, he sat ramrod-straight in his seat, his hands stiff in his lap while Reddy preferred his familiar pose, slouched down in the high-backed Presidential chair, his hands resting on the armrests.Zail Singh’s nervousness was, however, more evident in the oath-taking ceremony which he made in unaccustomed and Punjabi-flavoured English. He stumbled twice over the oath and on one occasion, Chief Justice Y.V. Chandrachud had to repeat himself before Zail moved hesitantly along. With the oath-taking over, Giani switched places with Reddy on the rostrum with an air of obvious relief, while outside, the traditional 21 guns boomed out a muffled salute.Colourless Speech: There was an air of hushed expectancy as the newly-appointed President stepped up to the rostrum to deliver his Presidential address. A lot of effort had evidently gone into its composing and it had been sent to the Cabinet for the requisite approval at 11 p.m. the previous night.Reddy and wife wave farewellEnclosed in a blue folder and written in Gurmukhi, the address was delivered in Hindi, a language Zail was far more comfortable with. Even so, it was hesitantly delivered. The speech struck a jarring note when he proclaimed that “the nation has gained momentum, particularly in the preceding two and a half years” – the period since Mrs Gandhi returned to power. It was a sentence that was clearly out of context and only served to reduce the solemnity of the last obligatory sentence, that he would discharge his duties without “fear or favour”.By midday, the ceremony was over and the invitees trooped outside to await Zail Singh’s ceremonial arrival in the forecourt in the first of his Presidential perks – the gleaming carriage drawn by six carefully-groomed and plumed horses.advertisementA smiling Mrs Gandhi was forced to hitch up her pink and white printed sari and step daintily through the slush to get to the saluting base where she and Hidayatullah would greet the new President. Looking tiny and bird-like compared to the towering figures of the Presidential aides, she awaited the carriage which drew up in a flurry of shouted commands.The President steps into his official Mercedes with his new residence in the backgroundThe new President, for the first time in his life, preceded Mrs Gandhi to the saluting base where he stood in solitary but uncomfortable splendour before marching off to inspect the guard of honour. A few limp salutes later, it was all over and Zail Singh climbed into the second of his Presidential perks – a gleaming, open-roofed Mercedes, to be driven to the study of Rashtrapati Bhavan, his new home for the next five years. But as he left, there was no mistaking the wistful look on his bearded face, not so much for what lay ahead, but what he was leaving behind.last_img read more

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Ravichandran Ashwin emulates Waqar Younis, Malcolm Marshall with 22nd Test five-wicket haul

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin left the Rajkot Test failure behind him to bounce back in style and grab another five-wicket haul in Test cricket on Saturday.Ashwin was on fire as he picked up five for 67 — his sixth fiver-wicket haul in 2016 — in the ongoing Vizag Test that helped India bundle England out for 255 in their first innings. This after India had scored 455 in their first innings.Interestingly, Ashwin will be on a hat-trick when England come out to bat again in their second innings. Despite having a 200-run advantage, India decided not to enforce a follow-on. (Scorecard)Ashwin bagged his 22 five-wicket haul to equal all-time greats Waqar Younis (Pakistan), and West Indians Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh.Only three Indians Anil Kumble (35), Harbhajan Singh (25) and Kapil Dev (23) have more five-wicket hauls than Ashwin.Former India captain and commentator with official broadcasters Sunil Gavaskar was all praise for Ashwin.”Must give credit to Ashwin with the way he bowled. Fully deserving of those five wickets on a pitch that did not assist spinners much,” Gavaskar said on-air.50 WICKETS IN 2016Milestone-man Ashwin also became the second bowler after Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath to breach the 50-wicket barrier in 2016. Last year, the Tamil Nadu off-spinner finished with 62 wickets.Only one other Indian bowler has taken 50 wickets in two consecutive years — Harbhajan did so in 2001 and 2002.50 wickets in a calendar year on most occasions (Indians) Instances Bowler Year 3 Anil Kumble 1999, 2004 & 2006 3 Harbhajan Singh 2001, 2002 & 2008 2 Kapil Dev 1979 & 1983 2 R Ashwin 2015 & 2016 1 Vinoo Mankad 1952 1 Bhagwat Chandrasekhar 1976 1 Zaheer Khan 2002(Stats courtesy Rajneesh Gupta)advertisementlast_img read more

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Queensland find their pot of gold in mixed open

first_imgQUEENSLAND 9 (Emma Haines 2, Tim Glazebrook 2, Adam Pryde 2, Sebastian Rey, Michael Baartz, Jayden Benbow touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Daniel Stone 3, Patricia Michaelopoulos 2, Luke Tonegato, Cameron Nicholls, Simon Lang touchdowns). Drop-off. FT:8-8; HT:3-3. QLD won division 2-1.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksSOO mixed open 3 By BEN HARRISQueensland took out the mixed open division in pulsating fashion with a 9-8 drop-off win in the deciding third game of the State of Origin series against New South Wales.As a rainbow filled the sky above Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland were celebrating their pot of gold victory having fought back from 8-6 down with five minutes to go.Victorious coach Charlie Borg and his team could not contain their excitement when Adam Pryde scored the match-winner.“It is outstanding. We trained really hard in preparation but it has been an outstanding preparation,” Borg said.“They are such a great side New South Wales, they are well-drilled, well-coached and the series was tight and it was basically one try in it at the end, so it is an incredible achievement.”New South Wales opened the scoring inside 30 seconds when Daniel Stone scored the first of his three touchdowns.As thunder roared around the ground and the rain closed in, both teams were not showing the attacking flare that dominated the second game when there were 15 touchdowns scored in the opening half.Pryde scored Queensland’s first to level the scores, and both teams went back and forth until half-time.The home side levelled the scores at 3-3 right on the siren for the break.Queensland hit the lead for the first time through Emma Haines but New South Wales soon scored a hat-trick of touchdowns to hit the front 6-4.New South Wales maintained their two-touchdown margin and looked set on claiming another division title.But Jayden Benbow scored for Queensland and it was followed by Haines’ second touchdown right on full-time to level the scores.Both sides had cracks in the drop-off but it was the maroons who found space and Pryde slipped through to score for his most important touchdown of his career.last_img read more

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