Should Joe Thornton’s workload be cut back this year?

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Thornton wants to use the Sharks’ final game of the preseason to continue to work on his timing and improve his in-game conditioning.The 82-game regular season that follows will show what Thornton is still capable of doing after enduring major knee surgeries in back-to-back years, and where and how much he’ll be utilized.“Every day he looks better,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said of Thornton. “Being off for eight months, he worked his ass off this summer in order to compete in …last_img

SA miss out on Davis Cup World Group

first_img“It’s great to be back in the World Group. There’s a lot of time between now and February for us all to improve so that we can improve our chances of advancing further in the World Group in 2013.” 18 September 2012 Raonic then saw off debutant Nikala Scholtz 7-5, 6-4, 7-5 to leave Canada within one match of victory after the first day’s action. It was left up to Raonic, the world number 15, to secure victory for Canada. In a clash of the number ones, he emerged a convincing 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 victor. ‘New era of Canadian tennis’“I am proud to be part of this new era of Canadian tennis,” he said after his win. It was always going to be an uphill battle for captain John-Laffnie de Jager and his charges with SA number one Kevin Anderson not available for the tie and number two Rik De Voest out through injury, while Canada featured Milos Raonic, their highest ranked player ever. “It was a great team effort this week starting with the way we practiced, the way we prepared for the tie, and the way we executed and played the matches.” SAinfo reporter Final singles matchIn the final singles match, Frank Dancevic capped the weekend with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Nikala Scholtz to make the final score 4-1 in the Canadians’ favour.center_img Canada’s victory meant they qualified for the World Group in consecutive years for the first time since 1991-92. Only 16 nations are included in the Davis Cup World Group. Raonic was dominant from the first ball, getting an early break in all three sets to maintain control throughout the match. “To qualify for the World Group for two straight years shows that we can consistently perform at a high level,” said Team Canada captain Martin Laurendeau. On day one of the clash, Canada’s number two Vasek Pospisil put the hosts in the pound seats by defeating SA number one Izak van der Merwe 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the opening match. South African doubles winWith Daniel Nestor, a career Golden Slam winner in their doubles team, the Canadians were confident they could wrap up victory on day two in the doubles’ tie, but they were made to wait an extra day as Raven Klaasen and Izak van der Merwe outplayed Nestor and Pospisil 6-4, 7-6, 7-6. The Canadian Davis Cup team will remain in the Davis Cup World Group after beating South Africa 4-1 at the Uniprix Stadium in Montreal over the weekend. It was the fourth defeat in four years for South Africa in promotion playoff ties. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img

Patna school girl falls prey to ‘false love’, raped by seniors

first_imgShe was a pretty girl studying in Class IX. The sight of Prashant Jha, a ‘cute’ senior in Class XI of the same Patna school, would set her heart aflutter. His mobile was an object of envy, and when he asked her out, she would be happy to skip classes,She was a pretty girl studying in Class IX. The sight of Prashant Jha, a ‘cute’ senior in Class XI of the same Patna school, would set her heart aflutter. His mobile was an object of envy, and when he asked her out, she would be happy to skip classes for long drives riding pillion.Protest in Patna organised by various women’s groups.Two years since she first saw him in 2010, their relationship blossomed. Priya was sure she and Prashant (all names changed) were made for each other. With marriage in mind, she paid no attention to the many rumours of Prashant’s affairs.Prashant had other ideas. In June 2012, when his parents decided to send him to Delhi for higher studies, he planned to dump her. But not before satisfying his friends’ requests, of ‘sharing’ his girlfriend with them. On June 14, he asked Priya to his friend Sushant’s home in Rambha Apartments in Rajvanshinagar, Patna.There, as the 17-year-old fought and pleaded, Prashant laughed away as he invited his friends Rahul Lamba and Rahul alias Ranvijay to strip her naked. They took turns to rape her and filmed the act on a cellphone. Priya says she knew the other rapists-both school seniors-whose sexual innuendos she had ignored in the past as they were Prashant’s buddies.The boys shot a 43-minute graphic video, which was uploaded from a cyber caf in late June. Arman, 15, Prashant’s junior, was the first to get the link. He promptly demanded sexual favours from Priya. A week later, Lamba summoned Priya to a cyber caf, showed her the clip, and promised to destroy it if she visited the apartment once again. He told her “Sushant bhaiya” would inform her parents and the police if she did not turn up. Inevitably, when she did visit the flat, Lamba and 26-year-old Sushant raped her again. Emboldened, they called her over once again a few days later. That is when she finally mustered the courage to refuse them.Click here to EnlargeTwo months on, Priya wakes up in dread in the middle of the night. Hers is a nightmare built on an even more horrifying reality; her family thinks she has brought them dishonour. A traumatised Priya has cut herself off from the world. She has deleted her Facebook account and switched off her cellphone. Her friends have been told not to meet the “disgraced girl”. “I can’t come out of it. I trusted him so much,” says Priya in a broken voice.The tables were turned when an FIR was finally registered on July 24 after the Bihar Women’s Commission (BWC) tracked Priya down and forwarded her statement to the DGP. “Her family was reticent about filing a case. She is still very vulnerable. We want the government and society to support her,” says Kahkashan Parveen, chairperson, BWC.The Patna police have arrested Arman, Prashant, Ranvijay, Lamba, Sushant and his 27-year-old domestic help Dinesh. Prashant and Arman are now lodged at a juvenile home, the rest in Beur Jail.The video is so horrific that it would probably shock even a nation with a sordid track record of 69 rapes a day. The National Crime Records Bureau says 25,125 rapes were recorded in 2011. Priya is the victim of a disturbing new trend of teen rapes. In 2011, teenagers committed 1,149 rapes and 1,231 teens were arrested in connection with them. Rape accounts for a majority of teen crimes. Worse still, of the hundreds of rapists who prey on teens, more than a third are themselves juveniles.With teens exposed to more conflicting information and explicit images of sex than ever before, from movies to the Internet, inappropriate sexual behaviour is probably only to be expected, what with no proper counselling, education or the like in place.”It’s never too soon. We can’t wait for teens to ask questions on sex to discuss the subject with them. The growing obsession among teens is surely a parenting issue,” says Dr Hetukar Jha, noted Patna-based sociologist. On a social network, Lamba cites “bed games” as his favourite sport, and describes himself as someone who likes drinking, partying and the company of girls. Prashant’s mother acknowledges her son’s criminal tendencies. In fact, she had wanted to send her son to Delhi in the hope that the relocation would mend his ways.”Sex offenders are very good at manipulating and deceiving others,” says a policeman. Already, all the rapists have offered to marry Priya, in the hope that this would secure them their freedom. Besides, Prashant, whose school leaving certificate mentions his date of birth as March 26, 1994, has managed to fool the police and secure a stay in a juvenile home instead of jail.”As read more

Merging borders

first_imgHoping to foster a more open and interactive culture of electronic music performance, the Border Movement Lounge is a Goethe-Institut funded platform that showcases established and upcoming artists and producers from across South Asia. The lounge is an informal event happening at Hauz Khas Social on 29 October. Each edition of Border Movement Lounge focuses on a different area of the region, partnering acts with local talent and this year’s edition will focus on Bangladesh. This year’s lineup include the Space/Ghost from Bangladesh and Big City Harmonics and When Pandas Attack from India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Border Movement is a platform that aims to encourage interaction between the electronic music scenes of South Asia and Germany. A common initiative of the Goethe-Instituts in South Asia and a project realised in an alliance with regional partners Wild City.  Performing on Wednesday, Space/Ghost is a Dhaka based solo electronic project. Although a classically trained pianist, French electronica moves him the most. Big City Harmonics is the solo project of Rohan Hastak – a former guitarist turned live electronica act. When Pandas Attack is a Delhi-based graphic designer Ankur Chauhan’s solo project. It started about 3 years ago, with a desire to put down thoughts quickly, a form of creative note keeping. Messing around with recording guitar parts for a while, he progressed to making full tracks without any actual instruments. This experiment gained momentum once he connected electronic music with an organic soundscape.WHERE : Hauz Khas SocialWHEN:  29 Octoberlast_img

An Ode to Nataraja

first_imgKnown globally for their rare excellence and perfection of technique, Raja and Radha Reddy complete 50 years in the art of Kuchipudi this year. The duo is solely responsible to help bring the Indian classical dance form of Kuchipudi to the cultural map of the world. “I m very proud and happy, this is the happiness that we get after completing 50 years in the divine art of Kuchipudi. It’s not only me, but Radha, Kaushalya and my 2 daughters are very proud of the moment,” says Raja Reddy. Trained by eminent Kuchipudi dancers, Sri Vedantam Prahlada Sarma and Sri PVG Krishna, for Raja Reddy, the love for kuchipudi came at an early age and Radha followed his path after their wedding. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey became the first Indian dancers to perform at the International Dance Festival of Avignon in France and Salzburg (Austria) and the Festivals of India in the USA, UK and Bangladesh. In Japan, the Reddys were two of the twenty –two star dancers from across the world invited to perform at The All-star Ballet Gala Festival.For the last 20 years, ‘Natya Tarangini performing arts,’ established by Raja Radha Reddy has been organizing its annual “Parampara Series – The National festival of Music and Dance” to promote the Indian dance and music. As Padma Shree and Padma Bhushana Raja Radha Reddy complete their 50 years of service to the field of Indian classical dance form – Kuchipudi; they attribute their success to Lord Shiva on the occasion of Mahashivaratri on February 24. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRaja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy are organising an ode to Nataraja – an all night concert series at the Natya Tarangini Performing Arts Centre, which had been formed forty years ago by the Reddys in order to train innumerable Indian classical dance lovers around the world.Mahashivaratri is the most important festival for the devotees of Lord Shiva. The festival has been accorded a lot of significance in Hindu mythology. It says that if a devotee sincerely worships Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivratri then that person is absolved of all sins and attains moksha. Known as “Black Shiva” all over the world, Raja Reddy said, “During my childhood, we used to sing and dance for the whole night in the praise of Lord Shiva and we want to maintain our country’s tradition in the national Capital as well and this is the reason of our celebration on the occasion of Mahashivaratri.” The Mahashivratri concert will be presenting gems of classical dance and music such as Raja Radha Reddy, Ashwini Bhide, Rajendra Gangani, Aditi Sharma, Vagesh, Yamini and Bhavana Reddy and many talented youth from the field of dance and music as they perform Shiv Aradhana at the NatyaTarangini building premises in Saket at 8:30 pm. The featured artists will be dedicating their performances to Lord Shiva by showing different aspects of his existence in the form of various episodes of Lord Shiva’s leelas such as NeelKantha showing how he consumed poison to save people during samudra manthan; or the story of a boy whose life was protected by Shiva.last_img

Senior citizen found dead inside flat at Ballygunge

first_imgKolkata: An elderly person identified as Suvrajit Roy (70) was found dead inside his own flat at Ballygunge Place on Wednesday night. Locals informed police regarding the same as he had not been seen since Wednesday morning.Sources informed that on Wednesday night, Gariahat police station received information from the residents of 78, Ballygunge Place that one of the residents of their apartment was not responding despite repeated knocks on the door. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseUpon receiving the information, police reached the apartment and went to the flat located on the third floor. Police personnel also knocked on the door multiple times but found no response. Later, sleuths broke the door open and found Roy lying on the floor unconscious. He was immediately rushed to SSKM Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, the body was sent for autopsy examination. Locals informed that Roy was a bachelor and used to live alone in the flat. He had also been suffering from heart disease for a long time. No marks of injury could be found on his body during preliminary investigation. It is suspected that he died due to a massive cardiac arrest on Tuesday night. Though no foulplay is suspected, sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report as the cause of death can only be determined then. If any foulplay is noticed in the report, an FIR will be initiated and the matter will be investigated as a criminal case.last_img