The BCCI has so far not announced a tournament to replace Champions League T20 in September-October. It says that it is working on “three-four” options, in consultation with other countries, and that an announcement could be made after the ICC annual conference, to be held from June 21-26.A senior BCCI official also said that the broadcaster rights would most probably remain with ESPN-STAR Sports, which has complained to the Board that the Champions League T20 should be discontinued as it had been suffering losses.While ESPN-STAR Sports complains of the losses, BCCI – and the Australian and the South African cricket boards that constitute the CLT20 governing council – have made profit in every edition of the tournament since its launch in 2008.Interestingly, Lalit Modi, former chairman of the IPL and Champions League T20 governing councils, told India Today TV this week that there is no exit clause in the 10-year contract signed between the BCCI and erstwhile ESPN-STAR Sports.The BCCI official said that the Board is discussing a few options. “Different views are there. We will utilise the slot,” the official told MAIL TODAY. “You will get something [to hear] after BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur returns from the ICC annual conference in the West Indies.”ESPN-STAR Sports signed a 10-year contract that lasts till 2017. “Another known fact is that there is hardly any viewership for Champions League T20,” argued the BCCI official in favour of the broadcaster.The official agreed that all three boards- BCCI, Australia and South Africa- have made profits from the CLT20. Last year, the profit was Rs 59.27 crore.advertisement”Yes, but when you conclude a contract, you see the benefit of both parties. In this case we are seeing that the broadcaster is losing revenue and we [BCCI] too are not getting too much advantage from a cricketing point of view,” he said. “The enthusiasm [from fans] that we see in the IPL is not seen during the CLT20. So what’s the fun in continuing?”The administrator, however, said the BCCI is determined to keep the slot that the ICC had made on its Future Tours Programme. “We’d like to utilise the slot. If this slot goes unutilised, there are a number of countries that are ready to grab it. So, why should we let this slot go? We are thinking how people’s interest is maintained in the [new] tournament and revenue is also made.”
Vadodara, Nov 15 (PTI) Congress leader and actor Raj Babbar will campaign for the party in the upcoming civic body polls in Gujarat.Voting for six municipal corporations in Gujarat – Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar – will be held on November 22.”Babbar will campaign for the party in Vadodara and Surat on November 18 (Wednesday),” Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) chief Bharatsingh Solanki told PTI.Babbar is a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttarakhand.”He will address a poll meeting in Vadodara in the morning and then leave for Surat. Details of his programmes are being worked out. I will be with him during the campaigning,” Solanki said.At present, Congress is yet to release its manifesto for these polls. PTI COR NRB HU
Rio Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya lived up to the expectations to win the mens title, while Ethiopian Worknesh Degefa captured the women’s title in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon held here on Sunday. (Latest Sports stories)Kipchoge clocked 59.44 minutes, while Yigrem Demelash of Ethiopia finished second with a timing of 59.48 minutes. Kenya’s Augustine Choge was third after finishing the race in 1.00.01 hour.In the women’s race, Degefa clocked an hour, seven minutes and 42 seconds to finish 10 seconds ahead of second-placed compatriot Ababel Yeshaneh.Kenyan Helah Kiprop claimed the third spot with a timing of an hour, eight minutes and 11 seconds.LAKSJMANAN, MONIKA BEST INDIANSG. Lakshmanan and Monika Athare emerged winners among the Indian men and women competitors respectively.Lakshmanan finished the race in one hour, four minutes and 37 seconds — one second ahead of second-placed Md. Yunus.Man Singh clocked one hour, four minutes and 40 seconds as the men’s race witnessed a closely-contested fight.Meanwhile, Monika timed one hour, 15 minutes and 34 seconds to be declared champion, while emerging runner Sanjeevani Jadhav was just a second late to be second.Swati Gadhave was a distant third with a timing of one hour, 17 minutes and 43 seconds.She conceded that she was low on confidence coming to the competition as her training was not perfect.
Director-choreographer Farah Khan will be back on the small screen with Star Plus’ new reality show Lip Sing Battle. The show will premiere on September 16.Here are five things that we know about the new reality show.The show is an Indian adaptation of the successful international show – Lip Sync Battle. It will bring together popular Bollywood, TV and sports celebrities.Farah Khan is not just the presenter of Lip Sing Battle but is also creatively involved in the making of the show. Apart from music, the show promises to bring in a lot of crazy fun for the viewers.Every episode will feature two celebrities, who will compete with each other by lip-syncing to songs. They will have to impress the audience by their madness quotient and their ability to lip-sync a popular number.Comedian Ali Asgar will bring comic relief to the show with his funny antics. Ali will be seen in several avatars, sporting different get ups and mimicking popular celebs.Lip Sing Battle has a great line-up of celebrities. Guests who will be seen on this reality show are Karan Johar, Farhan Akhtar, Nakuul Mehta, Surbhi Chandna, Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra.Also read: Karan Johar, Parineeti Chopra and Preity Zinta shoot for Farah Khan’s Lip Sing Battle; see pics
Tirupati, Mar 11 (PTI) Four pilgrims from Kerala, including a woman, were killed and six of their relatives injured today after their vehicle rammed a speeding bus at Madhavan Thopu, about 85 km from here, police said. The mishap occurred when the driver of the pilgrims sports utility vehicle (SUV) rammed the private bus coming from the opposite direction while trying to overtake a truck, police said. The pilgrims from Kumbala in Keralas Kasaragod district were on their way to Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala here. All the injured have been admitted to hospital and their condition is stable, police said. PTI CORR RC RBS
A demolition project is underway on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer.Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons says an agriculture building is being torn down to make way for a long-planned outdoor plaza.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CLAY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..hundred years ;14This year will mark the 100th year for the event in Spencer that’s billed as “the world’s greatest county fair.”The 2017 Clay County Fair is scheduled for September 9-17, but there’s currently no timeline for completion of the new plaza:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CLAY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………for the fair. :09More than 325,000 people attended the Clay County Fair during its nine-day run last year – down slightly from the record 330,000 visitors in 2015.Radio Iowa
Manchester United FA takes no action over Manchester derby tunnel row Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:11 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Manchester United Manchester City Premier League After clashes between players in the wake of the Manchester derby, the FA has confirmed no “formal action” will be taken against the clubs No formal action will be taken by the Football Association (FA) over an incident in the tunnel following Manchester City’s Premier League win at Manchester United.Players and staff from both sides reportedly clashed after City’s 2-1 derby victory at Old Trafford earlier this month.Referee Michael Oliver did not witness the incident and did not file a report, leaving the FA to investigate the skirmish, which allegedly began when United manager Jose Mourinho approached the City dressing room to complain about music being played loudly. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Following a review of the evidence provided by the clubs and independent eyewitnesses, the FA will be taking no formal action,” an FA statement released on Thursday said.Both clubs had been asked for their observations and were granted additional time to respond to the governing body. FA statement on tunnel incident after Sunday 10 December’s Manchester derby: Following a review of the evidence provided by the clubs and independent eyewitnesses The FA will be taking no formal action.— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) December 21, 2017 Separately, Mourinho was asked to explain comments he made to the media in the build-up to the derby, when the Portuguese appeared to accuse City of gamesmanship, saying: “A little bit of wind and they fall.”Following the December 10 derby – which City won thanks to goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi to move 11 points clear of United in the Premier League table – Mourinho explained his part in the incident.”The only thing I can say is it was just a question of diversity; diversity in behaviours, diversity in education,” Mourinho, who was reportedly splashed with milk during the fracas, told reporters when asked about the alleged flashpoint. “Nothing more than that. That’s all I’m going to say.”In response to Mourinho’s complaint, City coach Pep Guardiola insisted his players had not set out to rile their neighbours following the victory.”Our intention was not that [to upset United]. Our intention was to celebrate inside the locker room our happiness, because we were happy,” he said.”If people can’t understand that then I am sorry. We were so happy, we won a derby and wanted to celebrate in the locker room.”If in that we offend Man United – not just one player, not Jose, not the players – Man United, I apologise.”
Bournemouth forward Mikael Ndjoli extends Kilmarnock loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth forward Mikael Ndjoli is staying in Scotland.Ndjoli has extended his loan spell with Kilmarnock until the end of the season.The 21-year-old made an immediate impact at Rugby Park, scoring a superb long-range strike on his debut against St Johnstone.He’s become an important member of Steve Clarke’s squad, netting four goals in 21 appearances. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Pep Guardiola accepts Nicolas Otamendi is not happy at Manchester City because of a lack of game-time.Otamendi is competing for selection with City captain Vincent Kompany, England defender John Stones and previous club-record signing Aymeric Laporte at centre-back.The Argentina international has only started eight Premier League matches this term, having to take a place on the bench for a further 13 matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Otamendi is in line to feature when City travel to Burton Albion for the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday, the Premier League champions holding a 9-0 lead from the first meeting.And Guardiola concedes it is becoming more challenging to keep players such as Otamendi satisfied despite City still competing for four competitions this season.”He’s not happy – I don’t have an answer,” Guardiola told reporters at a news conference.”When he plays he’s happy, when he doesn’t he’s not happy. I don’t know what I can do. When he doesn’t play he’s not happy.”He could play every week, he can play and I know he’s there. He can help us in the build up, I’ve got three central defenders and Vinny [Kompany] as well. He played [against] Southampton and was excellent, sometimes I have to decide one or the other.”John came back well after the World Cup, he wants to play a lot of games. Nico – I know we can count on him, an incredible professional and always he’s ready. I can understand it.” Asked if players such as Otamendi being unsettled could result in them leaving the club, Guardiola suggested it is a problem director of football Txiki Begiristain may have to handle.”It depends on the players, I don’t want sad players here,” he added. “If you are not happy you knock on Txiki’s door.”At the end of the season they have to reflect. If they don’t play and are not happy they have to move. I know they are able to do it and I don’t have any complaints about that.”You see the schedule, the games everyone plays. Except the last game, [Fabian] Delph three games suspended, the others play, there’s not one guy with more than two or three games with not playing.”There is not one who is not playing games and it didn’t happen. Selection is the hardest part, I am honest, in my job, you look at what happens, some need extra games for the confidence, it’s many reasons, not just being naive selection.”
zoom Chemicals transportation company Navig8 Chemical Tankers has entered into a second sale and leaseback deal with subsidiaries of Japan-based SBI Holdings Inc (SBI) for two 25,000 dwt stainless steel chemical tankers being built by Japanese Fukuoka Shipbuilding. BNP Paribas and Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank are providing debt financing to SBI in connection with the transaction, the company said.Under the agreements, the vessels will be purchased by SBI from the company on their respective deliveries from Fukuoka.Navig8 Chemical Tankers added that it has secured ten and half year bareboat charters for the tankers, commencing at the time of their deliveries.The company has purchase options to re-acquire the vessels during the charter period, with the first such option exercisable on or around the fifth anniversary of each delivery.As disclosed, the net proceeds from the transaction to the company will be USD 74 million.In connection with the above arrangements, BNPP and CA-CIB will also provide debt financing of up to USD 22,940,000 to reimburse the company in respect of pre-delivery instalments already paid to Fukuoka for the newbuildings. The chemical tanker owner added that the pre-delivery financing will be repaid upon the delivery of the vessels.The company signed the first sale and leaseback deal with SBI’s subsidiaries in September, 2016 for two 25,000 DWT chemical tankers being built by Kitanihon Shipbuilding, under the same terms.The company entered into 11-year bareboat charters for the vessels, commencing at the time of their deliveries. The net proceeds from the transaction are expected to reach USD 74 million.Listed on the Norwegian OTC market, Navig8 Chemical Tankers was established in 2013 as a joint venture between the Navig8 Group and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management L.P. It has taken delivery of 30 chemical carriers to date and anticipates delivery of its full 32-vessel fleet by mid-2017.
Here’s your chance to have lunch with Project Runway’s Tim Gunn.A new online charity auction is giving you and a friend the chance to enjoy an intimate lunch with American fashion guru Tim Gunn. Bring your fashion, style, and design questions for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Get a unique chance to learn his secrets to finding your perfect cruelty-free wardrobe and making a design career work!The auction benefits PETA, and can be accessed via CharityBuzz.com. But hurry, the auction ends on December 19.
Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of an elderly woman after she allegedly fell from the roof of a two-storied house at Bansdroni on Wednesday morning.According to sources, Aparna Dey (69) of Chinsurah in Hooghly had came to her sister’s home at Bramhapur in Bansdroni on Monday. Dey was a retired schoolteacher by profession and used to live alone at Chinsurah. She reportedly came to her sister’s place for some treatment. On Wednesday morning, around 8:15 am, her sister and other residents felt something heavy fell on the house premises. When they ran to see what had happened, they saw Dey lying in a pool of blood. Immediately, she was rushed to M R Bangur Hospital where doctors declared Dey brought dead. After Dey was declared dead, Bansdroni police station was informed. Later, the police recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy examination. Following that sleuths went to the house where the incident happened. After having a close look on the roof and the place where Dey was found lying, sleuths suspect that she somehow fell from the roof. Sources informed that since a few days Dey was suffering from mental stress due to her ailments. After preliminary investigation, sleuths were sure that Dey fell from the roof. But it is not sure whether she jumped off from the roof to commit suicide or she had fell accidentally. Primarily, an Unnatural Death (UD) case has been registered. The police are waiting for an autopsy report to identify the exact cause of death.
Rabat – Omnidior has unveiled its strategy for 2020. The real estate subsidiary of Omnipar plans 3 billion Dirhams of investments in five years to build 8,000 residential units (60 per cent average housing, 27 per cent economic housing and 15 per cent high standard housing).The group has projects in the city of Beni Mellal and Fez. “Our goal is to ensure the quality of our units, and of course prices will not be the same. In Beni Mellal, initial prices of apartments will stand at 600,000 Dirhams. InCasablanca, they will be available for 900,000 Dirhams,” said Leila Berrada, General Director of the real estate group Omnidior. With a land reserve of 300 hectares, the group offers its customers three different types of residential units: socioeconomic housing in Bab El Khir (Fez), prestigious and luxury housing and average housing.“Today, our brand is moving towards the launching of innovative projects. We want to give the average housing the importance it deserves and offer a product that meets the needs of the middle class,” the group’s general director added.
“We have about 46 per cent of what we asked for and we are continuing to appeal with a great deal of urgency to the donor community to recognize the seriousness of the situation, to recognize that we can stop it turning into a disaster, but only if we act quickly,” John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told UN Radio in an interview yesterday.Humanitarian agencies in April requested $190.7 million to enable them respond to the crisis in Niger, where almost half of the country’s 7.1 million people face the risk of starvation.Last year’s poor rains have led to a 30 per cent decline in cereal production in Niger compared with 2008, while forage production is some 62 per cent below requirements. Food prices remain high, despite a decline from their peaks in 2008.Mr. Holmes said there was also a growing recognition that the world needs to focus attention on the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity in regions such as the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, which are prone to recurring drought.“It is better to invest now and quickly, as I say, in agriculture and I think there is a consensus in the international community,” Mr. Holmes said.He said that, given adequate resources, both UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are better prepared to respond to the crisis in Niger than they were in 2005 when the country experienced another serious food crisis.“I think we have actual capacity on the ground, both the UN agencies and from NGOs, we have a network of nutritional centres, nutritional and supplemental feeding centres which were set up in 2005.“What we need to do is to step up that capacity even further and make sure, as I said, it is resourced because people have no food or where there’s food, they need money to buy it,” said Mr. Holmes, who visited Niger in April.He said the emergency in Niger had been exacerbated by the widespread of loss of fodder and deaths of livestock in a society whose livelihood largely depends on livestock.“I have been to the nutritional centres, I have seen the malnourished babies, which is always a dreadful sight to see. You see young children of two or three who look as if they are only a few months old. That is an awful sight for any human being to see,” he added. 23 June 2010The United Nations humanitarian chief has urged donors to urgently respond to the appeal for funds to assist millions of people in Niger who are suffering from acute food shortages caused by prolonged drought and crop failure in West Africa’s arid Sahel region.
Finding fault with the way the Sirisena government has been handling the issue of resettlement, the NGO says “it is difficult to ascertain how many of the promised lands have actually been released for full resettlement, and how many households have successfully been resettled. What is clear is that the promises made by the government to date are far below the total necessary lands required to adequately resettle all the current IDPs.” The institute has also cited a new military camp in Sampur, where the Navy released the entire 237 acres to owners concerned, terming it a “major security concern for the locals who have faced harassment and abuse at the hands of the Sri Lankan Army over the years”.However, Navy spokesperson Akram Alavi said camps of the Army, Navy or Air Force are there in many cities and towns and the southern parts of Sri Lanka are no exception. Emphasising that no problem exists between the camps and residents in the neighbourhood, he said the Navy has been undertaking many CSR-type activities. “In Sampur, a school has been fully renovated,” Capt. Alavi said. However, an official at the Resettlement Ministry says the number of families in the camps in Tellipalai of the Jaffna district and Poonthottam, Vavuniya, has come down to 1,068 with 3,700 persons. One and a half years after Maithripala Sirisena became Sri Lankan President, thousands continue to live in camps of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) or with relatives, waiting to return home, says a California-based policy think tank, according to The Hindu newspaper.In its 16-page report, the Oakland Institute has stated that as of November 2015, about 11,500 families (38,500 people) were identified as IDPs. Most of them are living with their friends and relatives. In 32 camps, there were 1,158 families (4,238 persons). The NGO pointed out that “the challenges of resettlement when little to no infrastructure remains, lands are not ready for cultivation, and land titles are not clear given communities fled under heavy shelling without papers, represents a huge problem”. Expressing shock over the present attitude of international community towards Sri Lanka, the organisation urged leaders to impress upon Colombo to form “an independent and international” investigation into alleged war crimes , return land to its rightful owners and allow the displaced to rebuild their lives and livelihoods. (Colombo Gazette)
Brock University Faculty of Applied Health Sciences student Cameron Sandison makes a presentation during the Health Quality Symposium. As he trains for a career in health care, nothing will prepare Saumik Biswas like applied experience. The third-year Medical Sciences student at Brock University is getting that chance thanks to the Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program (I-EQUIP).“I think it’s an awesome experience, simply because at the University there’s a lot of bookwork, theory work,” he said before making a presentation at the Health Quality Symposium at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake. “When you’re doing a program like this, you get to apply those theories in real-life scenarios.”In its second year, I-Equip is an innovative and collaborative quality improvement program for medical students, undergraduate health science students and health professionals. It’s grown to 14 projects from six, with room for more.“We’re still growing, and there have been some growing pains… but there’s a lot of inspirational students and innovative students who see the potential and want to be involved,” said Madelyn Law, assistant professor of Brock’s Department of Health Sciences and the co-director of I-Equip with Dr. Matthew Greenway of McMaster University. “Having applied experience and being able to actually affect some level of change is much more impactful for education and learning.”Students from Brock’s Health Sciences program and McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine (Niagara campus) work with the Niagara Health System, Hotel Dieu Shaver and Tabor Manor on these quality improvement projects.“I think the health system has been able to see the benefit to which the students would be able to bring to these projects,” Law said. ” but there’s also an external push for health care organizations to improve from Health Quality Ontario and the community in general. They have to create quality improvement plans and they have to operationalize these, so this has kind of been that way in Niagara that we’re trying to help.”Biswas and Kimberly Fernandez are part of a group working with Tabor Manor, a long-term care facility, to create an annual assessment form that is short, simple and relevant to multidisciplinary care (doctors, nurses, chaplains, dieticians).“We hope the creation of this form will allow for better communication between the disciplines and, at the end of the day, result in better care for a given individual at Tabor Manor,” said Fernandez, a second-year DeGroote student studying at Niagara.There are 55 people in the program. With the right resources, Law said, I-Equip could handle 20 projects a year spread across multiple health organization partners in Niagara.“This whole I-Equip program is geared towards tackling those gaps in the system, which are so important, and I’m sure every medical student and patient in the health-care system sees,” Fernandez said. “Sometimes these changes are very difficult to tackle without a program like this, and it’s a great way to make a difference for a profession I’m invested in.”
Cian Healy, no doubt, will start and I’d imagine O’Brien will too.Rob Kearney will travel but, after that, you wouldn’t be betting your house on any other Irish players.Rory Best was the front-runner for hooker after the first two games but fell away. It is going to be very tough for Jamie Heaslip. The next few weeks will be a nervy time.As for Declan Kidney, he has his meeting with the IRFU on Wednesday. There should be no panic or scandal but he should be told that his time is up.I have said it before that Joe Schmidt should be the next coach but, failing that, the IRFU should but the position out there and see what CVs land. It is still a high profile job in world rugby.After that, it is up to the IRFU whether they want a fesh start or will ask Kidney to go on further with the North America tour and give the new guy time to settle.*Shane Byrne’s publication, Club Rugby Magazine is available monthly in the Irish Independent. Follow the magazine, and all the latest rugby news, on Twitter @ClubRugby1Ireland top contenders to snap up Reds coach Ewen McKenzie — Australian reports If the referee, Wayne Barnes, was being consistent, he should have yellow carded one of the Italians because a definite try-scoring chance was denied.The sum total of everything we put together did not work.The Italians had a better setpiece – lineout and scrum – they rucked better than us and were more creative. They thoroughly deserved their win.Sean O’Brien consistently tried hard and Ian Madigan, when he came on, was superb. He attacked the Italian line and really offered Ireland something in attack.The one positive to take from this championship is that we have blooded a lot of players.Madigan showed a lot of promise, Craig Gilroy now has a championship under his belt, Iain Henderson looks a decent prospect and we’ll wait for Simon Zebo to come back. There is some real talent in the pool.Lions selections and Kidney’s futureIn terms of the Lions Tour, Brian O’Driscoll has come out of the Six Nations very well. His case for the captaincy has grown, especially after the Wales win over England [and captain Chris Robshaw] at the weekend.Heaslip and O’Driscoll in a frank exchange of views. (Niall Carson/PA Wire) THE INJURIES THAT dogged Ireland throughout the Six Nations continued into the Italy game where we lost three bloody important players.Forwards playing in the backline and medical staff onand off the pitch every two minutes – it was incredible.Most of the injuries incurred in the campaign where ones picked up from impact. No many players were pulling up or tweaking muscles. The fact remains, however, that we can’t use injuries as an excuse.It’s a compliment to the bravery of the guys that remained on the pitch. They battled on and could have won the game but let it slip in the last 10 minutes.It was the management and structure of their game that let them down. Bravery doesn’t win you championships.Credit where credit is dueIreland were really pressing when Sergio Parisse was in the sin-bin. They had the Italians going backwards near their tryline and deliberately slowed the ball down.
While HP sorts out the bizarre supposed death and simultaneous skyrocketing popularity of the deeply-discounted TouchPad, RIM continues working away patiently at delivering a steady stream of updates to make the BlackBerry PlayBook a more compelling tablet for consumers. To do that, RIM is going to be delivering some of the confusingly missing bits of BlackBerry software — BBM and a full-featured native email client, two staples that have made the platform so attractive to consumers and enterprise users.Based on screenshots that have leaked of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2, those updates will be arriving in the next major update to the OS. As you can see in the screenshot, the BBM, Messages, Contacts, and Calendar icons are no longer just the BlackBerry Bridge-style icons you see in the bottom right of the image above. There are also full-color, standard app icons which are a pretty good indication that native versions of the core BlackBerry productivity apps and a tablet-friendly BBM are on the way. You can also make out the AndroidPlayer icon on the far left, though it’s certainly possible that the same folks who managed to install this leaked version of the OS installed the leaked version of the AndroidPlayer app that appeared recently on RIM’s servers.Still, it looks like there will be plenty to get excited about in PlayBook OS 2 — so if you’re a PlayBook owner make sure you keep your eyes peeled for an update notification on your tablet. No telling when it might arrive, but it’s definitely on the way.More at Max PDA and CrackBerry
If you think the above video is some sort of trippy adaptation of Van Gogh’s classic “Starry Night,” you wouldn’t be the first. Created by NASA’s ECCO2 project, which seeks to estimate the circulation and conditions of the world’s oceans, the animation consists of a portrayal of the surface currents that happened around the globe between June of 2005 and December 2007. Called “Perpetual Ocean,” it displays the beauty of our planet in way that we don’t usually get to see.ECCO2 is actually a computational model that NASA researchers are using to allow studies to be done on carbon and heat transfer from small bodies of water, such as rivers, that feed into the ocean. While the simulation is actually able to present data of water flows happening at all depths, only the surface currents are represented in this piece.What’s interesting about this video is that it was a last minute “throw-away” piece that was done by a two-man animation team for the SIGGRAPH 2011 computer animation festival. Unfortunately, the piece was not accepted since it was so last minute, which is probably a good thing as it was bound to win an award of some sort. Not bad for a last minute effort.In total, five different people worked on the project: Greg Shirah and Horace Mitchell as the animators, Victoria Weeks as the video editor and then Hong Zhang and Dimitis Menemenlis serving as science advisers. The team worked together to first identify the current patterns, then supported Shirah and Mitchell as they added the white animations piece to represent the different movements of the water on the planet. Their work definitely payed off as the final product shows the beauty of science at work.Read more at the Perpetual Ocean NASA page.