Brazils Ugly Win Didnt Change Its Prospects All That Much

Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1 in the opening match of the World Cup on Thursday — while looking about as bad as it could while winning by that scoreline. Its go-ahead goal came on a penalty kick following a dubious call by referee Yuichi Nishimura. Its third goal perhaps ought to have been stopped by Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa. And the one it conceded was an own goal by Marcelo.FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup forecasts have been updated to reflect the results of the match, as they will be at the conclusion of each game. The projections don’t account for style points — it’s the scoreline that matters — so Brazil won’t be harmed by winning ugly.A bit more about how these updates work in a moment, but one soccer-related thought first. Some of Brazil’s edge — it had an 88 percent chance of beating Croatia in our pre-match predictions — was because of home-field advantage. Some of that advantage, as Tobias Moskowitz and Jon Wertheim have found, comes because home teams are more likely to benefit from refereeing decisions. Soccer has an especially large home-field advantage, in part because the officiating plays such a large role in the sport, especially in calling penalties and issuing red cards. Would Nishimura have made that (mistaken) penalty call had the game been played in Dubrovnik, rather than Sao Paulo? We’ll never know for sure, but the odds say it’s less likely.Back to our forecasts: Technically speaking, there are two programs that our colleagues at ESPN Stats & Info run to generate our World Cup forecasts. One program is a match simulator that plays out the results of the rest of the tournament 10,000 times. The other is the Soccer Power Index algorithm itself, which informs the match simulator’s estimate of how strong each team is.We’ll be running the match simulator at the end of each game (there will usually be a lag of 20 to 30 minutes before we get the new results on the site). However, the Soccer Power Index (SPI) program, which is computationally intensive, runs only once per day, overnight after all games have concluded.I’ll explain why this distinction matters by asking you to imagine that Brazil had drawn 1-1 with Croatia, rather than pulling out the win. This would hurt Brazil in two ways: First, it would increase the odds that it would fail to advance from its group. (Granted, Brazil’s odds would still be very high.) That change would be reflected immediately in our forecasts based on the match simulator.But a draw would also have lowered SPI’s estimate of Brazil’s strength. (SPI rates recent matches heavily, and it regards Brazil very highly, so a draw might have had a fair amount of impact.) That change, however, would not be reflected until our overnight update.There are also some other, more subtle things that can go on with SPI in the overnight updates. It’s learning more about which players a team has in its starting lineup, which reflects the player-rating component of the model. It also learns more about the relative strength of the continents. A draw for Brazil, for instance, would have (very slightly) lowered SPI’s estimate of the chances for Argentina, Colombia, and so forth, as the match would represent one data point showing that South America was not quite as strong as assumed.As far as the actual scoreline goes — Brazil 3, Croatia 1 — it won’t do much to improve SPI’s view on Brazil, either, since SPI had Brazil winning against Croatia by slightly more than two goals on average.Based on the results of the match simulator, however, Brazil’s odds of advancing from Group A have risen to 99.8 percent from 99.3 percent before the match. It’s usually not worth sweating the decimal places since there can sometimes be noise introduced by the match simulator — 10,000 simulations is a lot, but not enough to entirely remove the margin of error. In this case, however, the match simulator is just pointing out the obvious: It was going to be really hard for Brazil to fail to advance, and it will be even harder now that it’s picked up three points.How much were Croatia’s advancement odds hurt? They weren’t, actually — instead, they rose slightly to 37.5 percent from 36.6 percent. Some of this probably reflects the statistical noise that I referred to earlier. However, there is one way in which the match helped Croatia: Losing to Brazil by only two goals is not such a bad result. Mexico and Cameroon, the other two teams in Group A, could lose to Brazil by larger margins. In fact, SPI has Mexico as a 2.6-goal underdog, and Cameroon as a 3.2-goal underdog. That could make a difference if the second advancement position from Group A comes down to a tiebreaker based on goal differential, as it might. And FIFA’s next tiebreaker is based on goals scored, so losing 3-1 is better than losing 2-0. I doubt the Croats will be happy with the result of Thursday’s game, however. read more

Kevin De Bruyne returns to training at Man City

first_imgManchester City have received a welcome boost by the return of Kevin De Bruyne after a seven-week absenceThe Belgian playmaker sustained a knee injury in a training session just days after City’s opening day 2-0 win away to Arsenal in August, which ruled him out for the next three months.But, following manager Pep Guardiola’s comments that De Bruyne could return to training this week, City have now confirmed the news.The 27-year-old joined the rest of the first-team for a morning training session as City prepare for their Champions League trip to Hoffenheim on Tuesday.No timetable for De Bruyne’s return to competitive action has been released yet by City, although it’s understood that the player himself is planning on coming back for the Manchester derby on November 11.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Despite a foot injury, Sergio Aguero was also in attendance during the training session as City hope to bounce back from their Group F opening defeat to Lyon last month.Back in training! 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/ABeELZU7MA— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) October 1, 2018last_img read more

PSG superstar calls Pogba over potential Ligue 1 transfer

first_imgDue to an awful start of the season and the arising conflicts with Jose Mourinho, Manchester United star Paul Pogba seems destined to leave the Old Trafford in the next transfer market session.There are several major European clubs interested in the former Juventus man, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the Catalans named the top favorites to land the 24-year-old Frenchman.However, in the last hours, the renowned portal, Goal.com,have published a shocking story claiming Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar Junior already contacted Pogba over a potential switch to the French Ligue 1.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.According to the reports, the Brazilian forward made a phone call to the tall box-to-box midfielder trying to persuade him to join the Ligue 1 holders.The Parisians have also been listed as potential suitors, but the possible inclusion of Neymar and Mbappe, the things could accelerate drastically.Meanwhile, Pogba is not enjoying his life at Manchester United at the moment and could be tempted to accompany the most lethal football duo, as early as next January.last_img read more

DEMA announces Marine Town Hall Meetings

first_img We can eat Nassau Grouper legally, soon Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 May 2015 – Four town hall meetings coming as the Department of Maritime of Affairs begins to entertain public debate on ten contentious and critical environmental issues. The list will ask how residents feel about the ban on pelagic long line fishing… how it feels about a special licencing requirement for trap boats carrying more than 20 traps, including registration, reporting and trap placement restrictions; what are thoughts on a minimum and maximum size restriction for the Nassau Grouper; whether there should also be a minimum size for some Snappers, bonefish and whether there should be a ban on gill nets. There will be a fielding of ideas on regulations for Stone Crab, whether there should be a ban on taking Sea Cucumbers, commercial export of Sharks and Stingrays and a review of the laws governing Lionfish. The town meetings begin this Friday May 8th at the Five Cays Community Center at 7pm; South Caicos is on Monday at the DEMA office at 7pm; Tuesday May 12th for North Caicos at the Adelaide Omelar Primary and next week Friday it will be Grand Turk’s turn at Dillon Hall at 7pm. Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Recommended for you Related Items:dema, nassau grouper, town hall meetinglast_img read more

Spruce Beetle Activity Continues To Rise On Kenai

first_imgLandowners can look for the following signs of a spruce beetle attack on their spruce trees:Reddish-brown boring dust at the base of a tree and in bark cracksReddish-brown pitch masses on the tree trunk indicating an attack siteLarvae tunneling beneath the bark creating a network that inhibits the trees ability to feed itself Inspect spruce firewood for spruce beetle. Burn actively infested material before May, if possible, or process the material to prevent adult beetle emergence and potential damage to neighboring trees. In order to treat or prevent further infestations, landowners should examine their spruce trees now for signs of beetle attacks and seek information on treatment options. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Southcentral Alaska continues to be heavily impacted by a spruce beetle outbreak that has occurred over the last few years.center_img According to the Division of Forestry, warmer spring temperatures mean adult spruce beetles will soon be active again. Spruce beetles typically emerge from their host trees when spring temperatures are around 60°F, which usually occurs in early to mid-May. For information on mitigating spruce beetle, signs and symptoms of spruce beetle attacks, and upcoming public workshops, visitwww.alaskasprucebeetle.org.last_img read more

Heres how to see Black Panther for free during Black History Month

first_img Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read the Rylo camera preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $520 at HP 4 See It Ready to go back to Wakanda? Marvel’s billion-dollar blockbuster Black Panther came out in 2018, but now that it’s up for the Academy Award for best picture, it might be time to watch it again.The film will be rereleased in theaters for one week at 250 participating AMC theaters, Marvel Studios said Monday, and it’s free. Interested moviegoers had better book now. A waiting list will be started once showings fill up. Screenings start Feb. 1.  TV and Movies TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Chris Monroe/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See It Angela Lang/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $299 at Amazon Share your voice $999 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tags The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Comments Turo Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Boost Mobile See It $6 at Tidal Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Turo Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 32 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.center_img $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review Oscar Best-Picture Nominee #BlackPanther returns to the big screen beginning February 1st. Fans of all ages can see the movie for free in honor of Black History Month at participating @AMCTheatres. Visit https://t.co/x8YctqnXPt for more info. pic.twitter.com/NtxHaZoHLS— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) January 28, 2019 See at Amazon Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read Google Home Hub review Sprint Rylo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express The Cheapskate $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express The free showings are in honor of February’s designation as Black History Month. The Academy Awards will be handed out Feb. 24. $60 at Best Buy Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tags See it $999 Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $59 at eBay Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Share your voice 7 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple iPhone XS $999 Black Panther Marvel,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $210 at Best Buy Comments DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Amazonlast_img read more

Peggy Cooper Cafritz Patron of Washington Arts and Education Dies at 70

first_imgWashingtonians are mourning the loss of Peggy Cooper Cafritz, a prominent philanthropist, art collector, activist, and arts education figure who helped found the famed high school, Duke Ellington School of the Arts.Cafritz, 70, died Feb. 18 at a local hospital. The Washington Post reported that she died after suffering complications from pneumonia.Peggy Cooper Cafritz, activist, educator, art collector, and founder of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, died Feb. 18.In 1974, Cafritz helped found the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the only performing arts high school in the city that focuses on professional arts training and academic enrichment. The school serves as an incubator for college and careers in the arts and attracts students from all over the city who are gifted in the arts. Notable graduates include comedian Dave Chappelle and opera singer Denyce Graves.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser called Cafritz one of the city’s most inspiring and generous visionaries and activists. “Her belief in our young people and her dogged determination to break down barriers was matched by the extraordinary persistence and leadership needed to bring her vision to life,” Bowser said in a written statement. “Because of Peggy, we have the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. And because of Peggy, thousands of students have had, and will continue to have, the opportunity to grow and develop in an educational environment that supports their unique talents and aspirations. Her legacy will be felt by generations to come.”Cafritz took a hands-on approach at the school and gave her personal cell phone number to students, said Jalen Coleman, an Ellington graduate now attending Julliard.He remembers Cafritz as a mentor and a friend. When his family fell on hard times, Cafritz gave him money to pay hospital bills, buy supplies and other necessities, Coleman said.  Another time, he was battling the flu and Cafritz invited him to her house because his mother was out of town.“She made sure I was fed, had medicine and rested for three days until I recovered,” Coleman recalled. “That’s who she was. Sometimes she would have multiple kids over at a time to help our individual situations. She loved to help.”Cafritz was born Pearl Alice Cooper on April 7, 1947 in Mobile, Ala. to a prominent Catholic family, and later changed her name to Peggy, according to USA Today. She attended George Washington University, earning an undergraduate degree in political science and later, a law degree.She got acquainted with the Washington arts and education scene while attending law school and co-created a summer arts workshop for low-income children in 1968. That program eventually became Duke Ellington School of the Arts, which D.C. Public Schools accepted in 1974, giving local students a path to pursue an education and career in the arts.Cafritz remained active in D.C.’s education circles. She took various positions at the school and served on the Ellington Fund, the school’s fundraising arm. From 1972 to 1976, she was on the executive committee of the D.C. Board of Higher Education that implemented a merger between the Federal City College and Washington Teachers College, which formed the University of the District of Columbia. She became president of the D.C. Board of Education in 2000 and stepped down after a rocky [WHY WERE THEY ROCKY?] six years.Cafritz’s mansion resembled a museum, thanks to her massive collection of African and African-American art, one of the largest private collections of such work. A 2009 fire destroyed more than 300 pieces of her collection, including pieces by Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, according to the Washington Post.Her public service continued as chairwoman of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities from 1979 to 1987. In 1993, President Bill Clinton tapped her to serve as vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Her social circle included Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Quincy Jones, Vernon Jordan, and Alma Powell, wife of retired Gen. Colin Powell, according to the Post.Cafritz embarked on a career in broadcast, working as a programming executive for Post-Newsweek and a documentary producer for WTOP-TV from 1974 to 1977, winning an Emmy and Peabody Awards for her pieces. She won another Emmy as an arts reviewer for WETA-TV.She is survived by her children Zach Cafritz and Cooper Cafritz of Washington, and Arcelie Reyes of Newark, Vt.; a sister, Dominique Cooper of Silver Spring, Md.; two brothers, A.J. Cooper of Fairhope, Ala., and Jerome G. Cooper, former assistant secretary of the Air Force and ambassador to Jamaica, of Mobile; and three grandchildren.last_img read more

Disrupted globular cluster found in the constellation of Draco

first_img A ‘ghost from the past’ recalls the infancy of the Milky Way A co-moving clump of stars was found in the constellation of Draco at a distance of approximately 8,500 light years away by a team of astronomers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is assumed that the newly detected stellar group is a disrupted globular cluster, according to the researchers. They described their discovery in a paper published online on Dec. 16 on the arXiv pre-print server. © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further NGC 6362, an example of a globular cluster. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Citation: Disrupted globular cluster found in the constellation of Draco (2015, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-disrupted-globular-cluster-constellation-draco.html More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1512.05090.pdf Using the data from the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fibre Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) at the Xinglong Station observatory in China, the scientists were able to derive important information about the cluster such as its distance, age, mass, luminosity, velocity and orbit. They used about 2.5 million stellar spectra available in the second data release of the LAMOST spectroscopic survey, searching through the spectroscopic dataset and looking for metallicity-velocity clumping inconsistent with the field.John Jason Vickers, who is the lead author of the study along with the co-authors, estimates that this cluster, named Lamost 1, has a total mass of about 25,000 solar masses and has luminosity approximately 15,000 times greater than our sun. The researchers are 90 percent sure that the stellar group is about 11 million years old.When studying Lamost 1’s characteristics, the scientists have also found that it could be a part of a larger structure.”The large physical size and the fact that the tangential velocity dispersion is so much higher than the radial velocity dispersion imply that this could be part of a tidal stream, although some tangential velocity dispersion is certainly an effect of proper motion uncertainty at this distance,” the paper reads.By knowing the velocity and position of the Lamost 1, the researches can tell that this clump is near a point in the orbit at which it is furthest from the center of its galaxy.However, there are doubts over whether Lamost 1 is really a disrupted globular cluster. The high metallicity indicates that there is possibility that the studied group is a large dwarf galaxy progenitor. On the other hand, the lack of a strong physical overdensity speaks against this hypothesis.”The stream’s progenitor could be either a dwarf galaxy or a star cluster. The high metallicity of our stream implies that if the progenitor were a dwarf galaxy, it should be relatively massive, on par with that of the Sagittarius Dwarf. Since we do not see any prominent physical streams in the photometric data, we look to another possible explanation,” the astronomers noted in the paper.The elliptical orbit and advanced age of the clump supports the globular cluster origin theory. It was more likely a spherical collection of stars orbiting a galactic core once. “We postulate that this object is a star cluster being observed near the apocenter of its eccentric orbit. It manifests as a signature distinct from the background in velocity and metallicity space,” the scientists wrote.They conclude that the object of interest is likely to be a nearby, intermediate-age globular cluster which is being disrupted by the galactic potential. According to them, the spectroscopic technique provided by the LAMOST telescope could help uncover numerous known objects and structures, as well as more puzzling, unknown features like Lamost 1.last_img read more

Creating magic with classics

first_imgCelebrating Indian classic cinema, a five-month long film festival titled Best of Indian Cinemas is being organised in the Capital that will screen movies every alternate Saturday. The festival, in association with Doordarshan will kick off on 25 October at National Museum Auditorium. Eleven movies in different languages which are Indian classics will feature in the event. The opening day of the festival will screen the English movie For Real. Directed by Sona Jain, the movie throws light on the point of view of a six-year-old girl caught in a family discord. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’English movie Stumble (directed by Prakash Belawadi) will be screened on 8 November. The film won the Indian National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English in 2003. Nishad, a Malayali movie directed by Shaji N Karun will be shown on 22 November. The movie plot is on the tensed atmosphere of 1971 when the war broke out between India and Pakistan.Marathi movie, Maala Aai Vhhaychy, directed by Samruoddhi Porey and Bengali movie Elar Char Adhyay directed by Bappaditya Bandopadhyay will be screened on 13 and 27 December respectively. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTamil movie Kanchivaram by Priya Darshan; Marathi movie Deool, directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni will be screened on 10 and 24 January respectively. English movie Mr & Mrs Iyer, directed by Aparna Sen; Hindi movie Khargosh directed by by Parseh Kamdar will feature in the month of February on 14 and 28.The last month of the festival will screen the English movie The Last Lear directed by Rituparno Ghosh and Bengali movie Herbert directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay on 14 and 28 March  respectively.When: 25 October – 28 March Where: National Museum, Janpathlast_img read more

Vetiver grass plantation achieves stellar success

first_imgKolkata: The plantation of Vetiver grass to prevent soil erosion, an initiative taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has achieved great success with Nadia district administration planting the grass along the banks of six rivers, covering an area of 210 km in 2017-18. Banerjee has named the project Sabujayan. In 2018-19, steps have been taken to plant Vetiver along the river bank, covering another 120 km. The grass will be planted along river banks, covering a total area of 743 km in Nadia. The six rivers that flow through the district are Ichamati, Churni, Mathabhanga, Jalangi, Bhagirathi and Padma. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTaking cue from the success of Sabujayan in Nadia, several other districts have started planting Vetiver to prevent soil erosion along river banks. These districts are East Midnapore, East Burdwan, Hooghly, Cooch Behar, Murshidabad, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar.Vetiver grass is primarily available in Tamil Nadu. To curtail the cost of bringing Vetiver saplings from there, 76 nurseries have been set up in Nadia. Experts from Tamil Nadu and US had visited the nurseries and expressed their satisfaction over their functioning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe district administration in Nadia has set up six handicraft centres, two each in Nakashipara, Tehatta and Ranaghat, where several items for room decoration, curtains etc. are being manufactured from Vetiver. The room decoration items in particular, are in high demand. Vetiver grass is now being planted along the banks of waterbodies to stop soil erosion. It is also used to purify water. It also helps stop erosion of soil along roads. The farmers are given training about how they should be planted and maintained. “The plantation of the grass to prevent soil erosion, both along river banks and roads, has been highly effective. Also, home decoration items made from Vetiver have helped the artisans to earn money,” said a senior official.last_img read more