Nigerian hip hop artists, Yung L, Olamide, Ice Prince and Phyno, may be big in their home country but are little known outside of it. Music In Africa looks to change that, providing African musicians a platform to access network with artists around the world. (Image: Chocolate City Group) • Karoo music lends weight to TV series • South African jazz greats shine at London festival • Home-grown death metal helps ease Angolans’ pain • Music van de Caab keeps Khoi and San music alive • Voodoo funk: Ambassador of Afrobeat Shamin ChibbaMuch of the popular music coming out of Europe and the US today can trace its roots back to Africa, yet music from the continent is little known. Artists rarely find recognition beyond their own countries.But with the launch of Music In Africa, an online portal serving the continent’s music industry, African music may just get the international exposure it deserves.The South African editor of Music In Africa, David Durbach, explains that the resource is an information and exchange portal for the continent’s music sector, with a focus on education and networking among industry professionals. “We are trying to empower people working in the music industry by empowering the industry itself and by creating opportunities for the musicians. We are helping them expand their markets and their audiences not just in their own country but on the continent.”The Music In Africa Foundation is an NGO recently established with the support of the Goethe-Institute and Siemens Stiftung, two German cultural organisations with a large presence on the continent. “The plan is that these two institutes can give us a push start to becoming an independent organisation,” says Durbach. Born out of a needThough launched in July this year, the project took three years to come into existence. It was established out of a need to improve communication and reliable information between the various music industries in Africa. Because of lacks in these areas, Durbach says, African artists typically have to “crack it in Europe or the US before they [could] expand their market to the rest of Africa”.Such examples are the Ghanaian Afro-pop group, Osibisa, and South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo, both of which became popular overseas before they became widely known in Africa. “There is a huge need for networking opportunities in the industry, not just between musicians but anyone working in the industry, from producers to songwriters.“People in South Africa know very little about what is going on in Zimbabwe let alone Nigeria and East Africa. Yet there is a growing amount of interest. So there is no reason why people working in the music industry should not see themselves as part of a larger pan-African industry.”Those artists who go to the US and Europe struggle to keep in touch with their fans back home, he adds. “This is another way to bridge these two international and national markets.” Open to everyoneThe networking is not only restricted to those living in Africa; rather, it is open to the African diaspora. It is not limited by genre either. “We are not trying to discriminate. We are not saying to a rock musician in Bloemfontein or to someone making African music in New York, ‘You don’t belong on this website’. [It is for everybody who is] involved in African music in any kind of way. We try to be as inclusive as possible.”And Music In Africa is also a perfect tool for those international musicians looking to expand their reach into Africa, Durbach adds. Musicians are finding it more difficult to sell records nowadays and to make a living, they have to perform live. Africa presents local and international musicians with a lot of opportunities to make money at concerts and corporate events.With the internet, musicians are able to take more control over their careers without having to rely heavily on labels. Music In Africa therefore presents to these musicians a unique online portal to promote themselves and even link with promoters and operators for free, explains Durbach. Finding artistsMusic In Africa’s intention is to promote artists from all over Africa. It employs five full-time regional editors – based in Kinshasa, Lagos, Dakar, Nairobi and Johannesburg – whose mission is to find and chronicle music from their areas. These editors also commission articles from contributors.The website includes a directory, a magazine, news articles, updated artist biographies and educational resources. Durbach says the music education portal, which was set up in collaboration the Global Music Academy, will have multimedia tutorials on how to play instruments, music production, royalty collection and copyright law in various countries.The overview texts feature static content on specific aspects of the music industry in a particular country, such as the history of hip hop in Senegal or jazz in South Africa. “They are not written in a way that is opinionated. They are objective, Wikipedia-style entries that are simply written. Whether or not English or French is [the reader’s] first language, they will understand the content.” The futureThe organisation is already widening its reach. On 21 November, it staged launch events at the Salon International de la Musique Africaine in Dakar, Senegal and in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.Next year, Durbach says, Music In Africa will host more events such as workshops and competitions. And after all the countries of sub-Saharan Africa have been covered, it will look to break into North Africa, a region it has not covered yet.“It is a massive task and we are taking it step by step,” Durbach says of the organisation’s attempts at gathering as much information on African music as there is. “The continent is blessed with a lot of musical diversity and talented musicians and it is something that needs to be offered to the world. Music is something that we share.”
Judging from what we have seen so far, Apple’s new iPad will be a great device for reading e-books. The iPad will obviously come with Apple’s own e-reader software – but that’s only half the story. Users will also be able to read their Kindle and B&N e-book purchases on Apple’s new device. After all, nobody is going to stop Amazon, B&N and any of the independent e-book publishers from creating their own applications. That is, of course, unless Apple decides that these apps now “duplicate” a core feature of its own apps and decides to ban all other e-reader apps from the devices.We have to admit, though, that this seems like a highly unlikely scenario. Apple surely doesn’t want to get caught up in another Google Voice-like brawl.It’s All About the AppsThe iPad has the potential to kill off the Kindle and other e-readers – though some will always prefer e-paper displays over the iPad’s backlit display. For Amazon, the discussion between proponents of e-paper displays and those who prefer the flexibility of Apple’s color touchscreen is almost irrelevant, however. After all, the Kindle software is already available on multiple platforms – including the iPhone – and while Jeff Bezos would surely like to see the Kindle become the dominant player in this market, Amazon’s core business is selling books and not selling its own hardware devices. B&N and every other player in the e-book business will surely develop their own applications as well and for almost everybody in this business but Sony, creating hardware is more of a distraction than a core competency.As far as we know, Apple plans to sell most e-books in the iBook store for around $14.99. That’s more expensive than books in the Kindle store or the B&N e-book store, but it’s still significantly lower than the price of a hardcover book. Unlike Amazon, Apple also won’t have to subsidize the prize of the books. If anything, Apple’s pricing strategy might just give Amazon an excuse to bring its prices up to a point where it doesn’t lose money on every sale.Good for Textbooks, TooWe should also note that Amazon has had absolutely no success in positioning the Kindle as a device for textbooks. The iPad, on the other hand, seems to fulfill all the requirements of most students. The device can display interactive content and thanks to its touchscreen, optional keyboard and the ability to easily annotate text, textbooks might just turn out to be one of the iPad’s killer features.Apple’s Advantages and DisadvantagesApple’s largest advantage right now is that it’s the default e-book store on the iPad. The iPhone, however, has clearly shown that downloading a free app from the app store is something users are very comfortable with, and Amazon and B&N have enough marketing power to spread the word about their apps.The iPad is obviously a far more expensive device than the Kindle or the Nook. Even the cheapest iPad will sell for almost twice the price of a standard Kindle and users will have to pay for the 3G connectivity that is free on the Kindle, Nook and some of Sony’s Readers. On the other hand, though, the iPad will offer far more functionality than today’s e-readers. We also still have to see if Apple’s claims about the iPad’s battery life will hold up. One of the big advantages of today’s e-paper e-readers is definitely their battery life.What do You Think?Will the iPad turn out to be a great device for e-books? Or do you simply prefer e-paper and you can’t imagine reading a book on the iPad’s LED screen? Or are you afraid that the iPad will be so successful that it will kill off local bookstores?See also: ReadWriteWeb’s complete coverage and analysis of the iPad on our iPad topic page. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Apple#E-Books#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They did not give up until the very end,” AMA coach Mark Herrera said. “This win will boost our confidence.”Bonleon led the Titans with 16 points, while Jaycee Ascuncion tallied 14 points, five boards, two steals and two assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn the second outing, Centro Escolar University rallied late in the fourth quarter to turn back Marinerong Pilipino, 70-57, for a 4-2 slate.Orlan Wamar Jr. led with 16 points while Rodrigue Ebondo and Uri Christian combined for 24 points for the Scorpions, who erected a 68-49 cushion after a 9-1 run. —CARLO ANOLIN, CONTRIBUTOR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cocolife holds off Generika LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Orlan Wamar. PBA IMAGESMario Bonleon nailed a clutch free throw as AMA Online Education slipped past Gamboa Coffee Mix, 67-66, to score its first win in six games in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena.Bonleon nailed one of two free throws with 8.3 seconds left after getting fouled by Gamboa’s playing coach Leo Avenido.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMighty Sports Philippines needed a late run to put away Al-Wahda Syria, 85-81, and finish the group stage undefeated in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship Wednesday (Manila time) at Shabab Al Ahli gymnasium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Justin Brownlee and Roosevelt Adams led the game-clinching 14-0 blast after Mighty Sports trailed, 76-70, with less than five minutes remainingADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wizards lose John Wall for year with ruptured left tendon Brownlee unleashed 27 points, including a 3-pointer that put Mighty Sports ahead for good, 79-76, with 2:32 to go.Roosevelt Adams was again a spark off the bench with 21 points, highlighted by four triples, and seven rebounds in 29 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRandolph Morris added 19 points, six rebounds and two blocks for the Philippine side, which climbed to 4-0.Jordan Adams, who had a brief stint with the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA, paced Al Wahda with 22 points. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments
‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too WATCH: Kawhi Leonard leads Raptors in Game 4 with 36 points Teammates realized they could become champions and now the Warriors know it all too well, even if Leonard lacks the flamboyant moves of LeBron James or injured Warriors star Kevin Durant.“You got to give him his credit. He imposed his will on the game and all the other guys followed him,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. “I’m not sure if it will ever look like those other guys, but he gets the job done.”Curry was impressed at the way Leonard seized command.“He played amazing,” Curry said. “He hit every big shot, momentum shot that in that third quarter, it gave them the lead. And then kept the separation.”Leonard’s low-key attitude has kept the Raptors calm when excitement beckons, such as being a game from the title.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue With the game poised on a knife’s edge, Leonard opened the third quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Raptors their first lead and finished with 17 points in the quarter while helping silence Golden State stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.“The key was pretty much playing defense,” Leonard said. “That second half we started to make some shots and just pretty much stayed in the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLeonard, who was the 2014 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in leading San Antonio to a title, was 11-of-22 from the floor, 5-of-9 from 3-point range, and 9-of-9 from the free throw line to secure the victory.“He’s playing great and he has lifted us a lot of times with big buckets or runs,” Nurse said. “But more than anything, once we saw him early in the year… our team’s sense of who they thought they could become went up.” Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:16Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman hold final press conference ahead of bout02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “His demeanor has taken a big part of our team,” Lowry said. “We have some guys that are fiery and feisty, but we all just stay level headed and never get too up, never get too down. Kawhi definitely brought a lot to that.”‘Two big-boy shots’Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said there was nothing the Warriors could have done to stop Leonard from taking control early in the third quarter with his 3-pointers.“There’s no defense for that. There are no schemes for that,” VanVleet said.“That’s two big-boy shots that he came out of the half with, two back-to-back threes. And that just kind of let you know how we were going to approach the third quarter and the rest of the half. It put us in good position.”When the Warriors did try to stop Leonard, it opened plays for Serge Ibaka, who came off the bench to score 20 points.“We know they would try to take Kawhi away, double him, so I just tried to play in the space.”Ibaka had 12 points in the second half to keep Golden State at bay.“He was great,” Nurse said. “Once he starts blocking a couple shots, the offense comes and the rebounding comes and even his jump shot seems to come.” OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 07: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors drives to the basket against Stephen Curry #30 and Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game Four of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPKawhi Leonard hoisted the Toronto Raptors onto his back in the third quarter of Friday’s NBA Finals game against Golden State and lifted them within one triumph of their first championship.The 27-year-old playmaker with the cool-as-ice demeanor scored 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to power the Raptors over the defending champion Warriors 105-92 for a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments
Mumbai: Private sector lender Yes Bank on Saturday said India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has downgraded its long-term issuer rating to ‘IND A+’. “India Ratings and Research has downgraded Yes Bank Ltd’s long-term issuer rating to ‘IND A+’ from ‘IND AA-,” the bank said in a BSE filing. “The outlook is negative. The agency has affirmed the bank’s short-term issuer rating at ‘IND A1+’,” it added. According to Ind-Ra, ‘IND AA’ rating signifies “high degree of safety” regarding timely servicing of financial obligations, while instruments rated ‘IND A’ have “adequate degree of safety”.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On Saturday, May 25th, 2019, the FSJ Hospital Foundation held the 20th Bluey Day Fundraiser, raising over $80,000.00 for cancer diagnostic, treatment, careand equipment.48 participants attended the Fort St. John Ambulance Station where participants collected a minimum of $500 in pledges from the community and then shave their heads wanting to show their support for cancer patients, survivors, or remember those lost to cancer.The foundation’s desire is to have a complete set of equipment here in FSJ, so patients do not have to endure the extra stress of travel and allowing patients to stay close to home where they can receive the support of their friends and family. Cory Hermans participated in this year’s Bluey Day for the first time raising $1700 and he shares his girlfriend Anne Hunter also participated in raising $3000. Herman goes on to share his grandfather and mother both died from cancer and he sees his patients fight cancer every day as he is a Pharmacist at the Fort St. John Pharmacy and Wellness Centre.“I know that all the money from Bluey Days stays local and even though most of the time there is no cure, we can do whatever it takes to make the journey as comfortable as possible,” said Hermans. “When my mom was palliating the nurses and doctors were so amazing and made all the difference in the world, if our community can raise a little money to help out and make what’s left of life a little better, then I think I can be a part of it.”New additions to the event this year included henna art as well as a beard growing competition that was held Friday night before Bluey Days at Beard’s Brewing Co.The Foundation’s first Bluey Day was held in 1998 and through the generosity ofdonors, over $1.8 million has been raised for cancer diagnostic, treatment, careand equipment.
San Francisco: In a bid to take on Amazon Alexa or Google Home, Facebook is working on a voice-based assistant for its Portal video chat service and other future projects. According to a report in CNBC on Wednesday, the social network is “unclear how exactly Facebook envisions people using the assistant”. Facebook’s AI-enabled Portal video chat service currently uses Amazon’s Alexa. “We are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Facebook last year shut down a chat-based assistant called “M” in its messaging app. According to the report, Ira Snyder, a general manager at Facebook Reality Labs, is working on the voice-assistant project. Facebook Portal and Portal+ video chat speakers come with Smart Camera and Smart Sound technology. Portal offers hands-free voice control. You can start a video call simply by saying ‘Hey Portal’ and noting who you’d like to call.
London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be sentenced Wednesday for breaching a British court order seven years ago, when he took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden. The Australian whistleblower, who was arrested on April 11 after Ecuador gave him up, could face a 12-month prison sentence when he appears at Southwark Crown Court at 10:30am (0930 GMT). Assange fled to the embassy in 2012 after a British judge ordered his extradition to face Swedish allegations of sexual assault and rape, which he strongly denied. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report He claimed the allegations were a pretext to transfer him to the United States, where he feared prosecution over release by WikiLeaks of millions of classified documents. There is no longer an active investigation in Sweden and the extradition request has lapsed. However, the 47-year-old is facing a US extradition request, which was only revealed following his dramatic arrest, when he was dragged shouting from the embassy by police. Assange appeared in court within hours of his arrest, and a judge found him guilty of breaching his bail conditions. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Any sentence handed down on Wednesday is likely to take into account the past few weeks spent in jail. The biggest concern for his lawyers is the US extradition request. An initial hearing in the case is set for this Thursday. The US indictment charges him with “conspiracy” for working with former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to crack a password stored on Department of Defence computers in March 2010. Manning passed hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, exposing US military wrongdoing in the Iraq war and diplomatic secrets about scores of countries around the world. Assange could face up to five years in jail if found guilty, although his team is fighting his extradition and the process could take years. The charge has raised serious concerns among organisations advocating free speech, including politicians such as British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. WikiLeaks is also back in the news in the United States, over its alleged role in the leak of Hillary Clinton’s emails in 2016 US presidential election. The Swedish claims against Assange date back to 2010, when he was at the centre of a global storm over WikiLeaks’ exposures. The sexual assault claim expired in 2015, but while the rape claim was dropped in 2017, the alleged victim wants the case reopened. If Stockholm makes a formal extradition request, Britain must decide whether to consider it before or after that of the United States. A group of British lawmakers have urged the Swedish case to take precedence, saying the rights of the alleged victims must not be lost in the political row.
In Argentina’s final match of the World Cup, Lionel Messi — on whom Argentine hopes have rested for over a decade — only touched the ball at a rate of once every two minutes. One of those touches was a great opportunity to win the game near the end of regulation, which he failed to even put on goal. Despite this, and despite a decrease in goals and assists as the tournament progressed (four goals in his first three games, an assist in his fourth, and nary a goal or assist since), he won the World Cup’s Golden Ball award (essentially the tournament MVP). That prompted Diego Maradona, Messi’s Argentine forefather and foil, to say, “It’s not right when someone wins something that he shouldn’t have won just because of some marketing plan.” The sharply worded op-eds, so plentiful on Sunday and Monday, are dying down — for now — but even Messi’s fans may start to wonder what was going on, and whether Messi was playing like his usual self.Before Sunday’s World Cup Final, Messi’s father, Jorge, told the media that his son was struggling with exhaustion.1Note that Messi vomited during the final, but apparently this is a normal thing for him. This dovetails nicely with another story I’d been reading about for weeks, about how Messi’s “work rate,” or the amount he has been running on the pitch per minute, has been abnormally low during this World Cup. Here’s a quote from an ESPN article that touches on both subjects:The pressure of being captain and carrying the hopes of his country appears to have taken its toll on him as he found it difficult to make an impact. “He is exhausted,” Messi’s father Jorge said, according to the Daily Telegraph. “He feels as if his legs weigh 100 kilos each.”According to FIFA statistics, however, Messi is only ranked the 30th most hard-working player at the World Cup on the basis of distance covered. He has run a total of 32 miles in the six games he has featured in, having played for 573 minutes. By contrast, the Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder has covered 43 miles in 585 minutes and tops the list. Messi is also second-from-bottom on the list of players who have played in all six games of the tournament so far.These mileage stats are common these days (and seemingly flash every time someone is subbed in/out of a game), though they’re not always easy to find or interpret. Fortunately, for the World Cup, FIFA has a page devoted to players’ “distance covered” stats. I’ve compiled those stats, broken down by offense and defense, and sorted by position, like so:Indeed, over the course of the World Cup, Messi had the lowest work rate among non-goalkeepers when his team is on defense and the second-lowest among forwards when his team is on offense (among players with 150 minutes on offense/defense combined).2There’s also a surprising amount of neutral time in soccer (up to a third of all match time is neither “in possession” nor “not in possession”). I haven’t included that in this chart.After an article by Ken Early in Slate first turned me on to Messi’s stillness, I couldn’t stop noticing it. When Messi’s not “on the ball,” he’ll often appear to be leisurely strolling through the area he’s in, particularly when the other team is on offense and he has little to do except sit back and wait to see if the ball comes his way. It can seem downright bizarre and contrary to everything a soccer coach teaches about “hustling.”Could it be that Messi’s inaction had something to do with his “100 kilo” legs? If so, it’d imply that Messi was so tired he was unable to “hustle” as much as normal, taking short breaks on the field when he got the chance to recuperate. This might also help explain his performance “decline” through the tournament.But I don’t think it’s as simple as that. On the FIFA site, individual game summaries have “tracking” stats as well. Here are Messi’s, broken down by offense and defense:For nearly every game, when Messi runs more on offense, he runs more on defense, and the same is true for when he runs less. To me, that suggests that the variation is probably more systematic and dependent on the matchups Argentina faced. But that large gap in the final game offers an interesting wrinkle. That’s when the difference between offensive work rate and defensive work rate was largest. This is at least consistent with a theory that he was tired for the last game (I assume that would be more likely to be reflected during his defense). But with the defensive work rate as a baseline, it could also indicate that he was running around extra hard on offense trying to make something happen (which he had failed to do for the last couple of games). Or it could just be random variance.Overall, though, the data doesn’t suggest that Messi wore down as the tournament progressed. If this work-rate phenomenon were a result of his being tired, we might expect to see the highest work rates in games following the longest layoffs, and/or for his work rate to decline as the grueling tournament wears on. But that’s not what the data shows.3I did find it interesting that all of his peak work rates came in games with the longest scheduled rest following them (first and third games of group stage, and last game of the tournament). That would be consistent with a premeditated strategy to conserve energy for later games, though it’s too tenuous to draw conclusions.So aside from a blip in the last game, there’s not much evidence that Messi had a general exhaustion problem, but there is evidence that he had a much lower work rate than other players. What to make of that? There are some negative interpretations possible: Messi might not have been fit enough to endure a whole tournament, or he might not have been trying hard enough. But these would only makes sense if low work rates typically indicated a lack of fitness or effort.And that we can test for.I don’t have the data necessary to do a complete study of work rates and how they may or may not predict and/or impact quality of play. But for a rough outline, we can at least take a look at FIFA’s data for this World Cup to see whether working harder tends to correspond with playing better. Is there any relationship between a player’s work rate and their offensive production?The following chart compares a players work rate with their offensive production per minute (using goals plus .1*chances created, a lower variance alternative to goals plus assists):4Includes all the distance a player covered during all the minutes he played (whether on offense, defense or neutral).This chart may support the argument that Messi didn’t deserve his Golden Ball, but I’ll stay out of that debate. He certainly didn’t play poorly, as he had the fifth-best per-minute production, despite having the lowest work rate (and it’s not limited to offense, as I’ve noted elsewhere; most aspects of his game were as good or better than normal through most of the tournament).Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, Mario Goetze had a great tournament (obviously) and the highest work rate. In the middle, we have James Rodriguez, who managed an insane amount of success to go with his moderate effort.The important thing is that there’s not really any relationship between a player’s work rate and their production, either for forwards or for midfielders. In fact, the trend lines for both groups (covering 119 qualifying players in this tournament) are slightly declining — though not enough to read anything into it.5Moreover, if there’s an obvious source of team-quality bias, we might expect it to go in the other direction. We would expect players for better teams to have more production (more opportunities to dish, and more chances for teammates to dish to you, etc.), and because better teams tend to hold on to the ball more often and for longer periods, and forwards and midfielders are typically more active on offense, we would also expect those players to have a slightly higher meters run per minute.So has Messi been as good as he has despite being “lazy,” or perhaps because of it? When Messi was taking the tournament by storm, at least Ken Early was willing to give Messi the benefit of the doubt:Surely it must mean something that the best player in the fastest-ever era of football hardly ever runs at all.I don’t have distance-run data for Messi outside of the World Cup, but a little Googling reveals that Messi’s on-field leisure has come up before.June 2010: A New York Times article praising Michael Bradley cited the amount of ground he covered relative to Messi.May 2011: A Bleacher Report article cited Messi’s distance covered stats at UEFA6I’ve seen a lot of reference to these stats, but all the links are broken and I’ve been unable to find them on the UEFA site. as proof that he “doesn’t play hard every minute.”August 2012: A comparison between Messi and teammate Dani Alves showed how Messi spends roughly twice as much time in an “inactive” state.February 2013: An analysis of Messi’s (lack of) running from a Barca perspective tries to make sense of the phenomenon.April 2014: An article on ESPN FC criticized Messi’s Champions League play, based largely on the distance he ran.People have cited and/or complained about the amount Messi runs since at least 2010, and it has come up every year since. Note that Messi has been pretty good in that period.When you see a bunch of super-unusual things about one player, rather than trying to explain them all separately, it’s a good idea to try figure out how they might be related. If Messi’s low work rate was a “feature” rather than a “bug,” it could help him be the dominant player that he is. Here’s a very speculative version of what that argument would look like:A lot of soccer players run around a lot when there’s not much they can do to improve their situation. They may even continue running after they’re in the ideal location. Or even if they’re making slight improvements, they may be burning energy that would have more value being spent on runs that are higher leverage. Further, not moving unnecessarily may make it easier to keep track of what’s going on in the play, which may help the player anticipate what’s coming next.OK, that may sound fanciful, but it’s the sort of crazy idea that Messi should make us consider (feel free to propose alternatives!). And it wouldn’t be the only unconventional thing about Messi’s play that probably contributes to his advantage (e.g. his aversion to crossing passes, which until recently were considered an important part of offensive soccer strategy).This may be key to what makes him as good as he is, or it might not. The bizarre spectacle of Lionel Messi strolling along lazily shouldn’t be used either to hang him or to excuse him. Let’s not let a negative outcome against an all-time-great opponent cloud the mystery.CORRECTION (July 16, 10:16 a.m.): An earlier version of this article mischaracterized James Rodriguez’s success in the tournament as moderate. That is incorrect. It was insane.
OSU junior pitcher Tanner Tully (16) during OSU’s 12-1 win over Hofstra on March 18 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterStudents and faculty might be just getting back in the swing of things after being relieved of their responsibilities from March 11 to Monday for spring break, but many Ohio State athletics teams did not enjoy that same luxury.Things were business as usual for these squads, with some even using the time off from classes to pick up the pace of schedule.While details about how the OSU wrestling and women’s basketball teams fared in their NCAA tournament action over the weekend can be found elsewhere in the section, here is a rundown of how six other Buckeye units fared.BaseballOSU baseball played seven games over a nine-game stretch, starting with a four-game series in Las Vegas against University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Buckeyes split those four games, including a win in the final one before getting on the plane back to Columbus for their first home series.That series came against Hofstra, a team that came into the weekend just 5-11. That number became even worse, as OSU took care of business against the Pride with a three-game sweep.OSU allowed just four runs over the three games. The Friday home opener was marked by a 12-run offensive explosion, but things cooled down from there. The Buckeyes needed a late rally in Game 2 to grab a 4-2 win, while senior lefty John Havird tossed seven strong innings in the final game to lift the home team to a 2-1 victory and sweep.Now 11-6-1 on the year, eight of OSU’s next nine games are set to come at its home field at Bill Davis Stadium.Men’s basketballThe NCAA tournament might have been devoid of scarlet and gray this year, but that does not mean OSU didn’t have any postseason action after its quarterfinal exit from the Big Ten tournament.OSU players during a game against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament on March 10 in Indianapolis. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorCoach Thad Matta and the Buckeyes accepted a bid into the National Invitational Tournament, where they were a No. 3 seed.Their first draw came at the Schottenstein Center against Mid-American Conference runner-up Akron. In a tight game that featured 10 ties and 23 lead changes, it was fitting that regulation ended with the teams tied at 62.The overtime period was all OSU, however, as the Buckeyes outscored the Zips 10-1 in the final five minutes to take a 72-63 win and earn a second-round meeting with Florida.The matchup against the Gators proved to be a sloppy contest, with OSU shooting just 39 percent. Junior forward Marc Loving and freshman guard JaQuan Lyle combined for 39 of OSU’s 66 points, but it was not enough to top the Gators, who won 74-66, ending OSU’s tumultuous season.Men’s ice hockeyIt was Big Ten tournament time in St. Paul, Minnesota, over spring break, and the OSU men’s hockey team had as much momentum as anyone, coming in unbeaten in seven straight contests.That momentum certainly carried over to the Buckeyes’ first-round matchup with Michigan State. A third-period goal by OSU sophomore forward Matthew Weis knotted the game up at 3, which it remained until overtime.In that extra session, it was freshman forward Mason Jobst collecting a rebound and firing it into the net to keep OSU’s season alive for at least one more night.But it did prove to just be one more night, as the Buckeyes were unable to hold onto a 1-0 third-period lead over top-seeded Minnesota. The Golden Gophers came alive in the final period, getting four pucks past OSU junior goalie Christian Frey. The Buckeyes tacked on a goal late, but it was not nearly enough to avoid the 4-2 season-ending defeat to the eventual Big Ten runner-ups.OSU junior midfielder Johnny Pearson (30) during a game on March 19 in Denver. Credit: Courtesy of OSUMen’s lacrosse After a promising 5-1 start, the then-No. 20 men’s lacrosse team faced a big test over spring break, as it had three ranked opponents on the schedule. The Buckeyes, who could have asserted themselves nationally with a strong showing, instead stumbled, losing all three of those games. They opened with an 8-5 loss on the road to then-No. 14 Hofstra before coming back to Columbus, where OSU fell to then-No. 10 Towson in overtime on March 15, 10-9. At that point, the most difficult matchup still awaited the Buckeyes. OSU headed west to take on the defending national champions and top-ranked Denver. The Scarlet and Gray trailed by just one goal early on in the second half, but the Pioneers pulled away to win 15-6. OSU, however, is set to get another chance to right the ship against a premier opponent on Saturday. The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 2 Notre Dame at 1 p.m. inside Ohio Stadium. Softball The softball team had a successful trip to Southern California, winning four of the five games it played in San Diego, headlined by a win over then-No. 24 Fresno State. The 9-6 victory was OSU’s second over a top 25 team this season. Fueled by a quick start, OSU (14-7) took down San Diego State 4-3 on Wednesday before playing four games in the San Diego State Tournament. The Buckeyes dropped their opener against Long Beach State 5-3 after surrendering three runs to the 49ers in the bottom of the sixth inning. OSU bounced back, however, defeating San Jose State 8-3 on Friday.The crown jewel of the trip was the Buckeyes’ victory over Fresno State. OSU rallied to tie the game in the fifth inning before sealing the deal in the sixth with three more runs. OSU finished the trip off on the right note Sunday afternoon against Cal Poly. After falling behind 2-0, the Buckeyes rattled off seven unanswered runs en route to victory. In the most recent polls, OSU was unranked but it received a few votes. But following their showing in Southern California, the Buckeyes now might break into the top 25. Women’s lacrosseOf all the teams mentioned, it is hard to argue that any is playing better than the OSU women’s lacrosse team. The No. 17 Buckeyes finished off a perfect five-game homestand with three victories over the week and a half of spring break.OSU freshman attacker Avery Murphy (27) during a game against Cincinnati on March 11 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe three wins were marked by stellar defense, as OSU gave up just 17 goals in the three games.Senior midfielder Cian Dabrowski was the standout during the stretch for the Scarlet and Gray, scoring eight goals over the three contests. Senior goalie Katie Frederick came up big defensively, stopping 17 shots overall.The wins were by scores of 11-5 over Cincinnati, 10-8 over Virginia Tech and 10-4 over Canisius.Now with a three-game road trip ahead of it, OSU will look to keep its home success going elsewhere.
Thorgan Hazard was a key figure in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin as he managed to score a brace and helped his team to come from behind after trailing 1-0.The Belgian knows that his side are in the crucial part of the season and they need every single point to gain a better spot in the Bundesliga table as they are still fighting to secure the European football for the season to come.The former Chelsea player spoke about this win as he said, according to borussia.de:Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We weren’t at our best today and it wasn’t easy to turn the game around. After trailing 1-0, we scored but it wasn’t given and we kept going. We scored twice and won.”“If I’m honest, playing like we did and winning is far better than playing well and losing. At this stage of the season, it’s crucial. It means a lot for our confidence. I hope we can push on.”“I was happy once more yesterday. I hope I keep smiling but football is a team sport. Scoring goals is great but you have to win the game. When both happen, it’s even better.”
Everton’s Leighton Baines believes that new team-mate Bernard’s intelligence can win them matchesThe Brazil international joined Everton on a free transfer last summer after his contract at Shakhtar Donetsk expired in June.Bernard has since featured in 18 of Everton’s 21 Premier League games this season and scored his first goal for the club in their 2-1 FA Cup win over Lincoln City on Saturday.But the 26-year-old’s most eye-catching asset at Goodison Park is his creativity and vision in the midfield with Bernard matching Gylfi Sigurdsson as Everton’s leading assists provider with three.“Bernard is definitely someone who can win us matches,” said Baines on the club website.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He is a guy who can link things together.“It is a very difficult thing in football sometimes to get space between the lines and link the midfield to the forwards but he does it with ease because he is such an intelligent footballer.“I am sure coming to England is not easy given the places where he has played his football before but he has settled really well and shows his unbelievable quality on a daily basis.”The Toffees will take on Bournemouth this Sunday in the Premier League.
Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, February 8, 2017 – Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica’s hosting of the six largest ships in the world is proof that the island is poised to become the region’s number one cruise destination.Mr. Bartlett, who recently returned from a five-day trip to Nassau, Bahamas, where he attended an important meeting of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Council of Tourism Ministers and Commissioners, said having the world’s largest cruise vessels simultaneously calling on a single destination is a rarity and something of which Jamaicans should be proud.“This speaks of the unwavering support the cruise lines have for Jamaica and our tourism product,” he told JIS News. “We have to remember that we are in a very competitive region where these ships can go anywhere. There is nothing in the rule book that says they have to come to Jamaica. The fact that we have these large and expensive mega liners calling at our ports should tell us that we have come a long way and should continue to build on our tourism offerings,” he noted further.Currently, the Port of Falmouth is hosting the three largest cruise ships in the world – Harmony of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas, which are all Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) vessels. Ocho Rios is hosting the Norwegian Epic, the Norwegian Pearl and the Carnival Vista. A fourth ship in the RCCL’s Oasis luxury fleet, which is under construction and set to replace Harmony of the Seas as the biggest ship in the world, could be added to Jamaica’s itinerary in November 2018.Mr. Bartlett pointed out that the Falmouth Port, which is easily the largest in the region, has the capacity to accommodate all the Oasis class vessels. “Popular destinations like the Cayman Islands, where at best the ships would have to be tendered, can make no such claim. The onus is now on us to create the kind of environment where we can fully capitalize on having these large vessels calling on our ports,” he pointed out.The Tourism Minister said the beautification work being carried out in Falmouth is very important, adding that “we have to ensure that the people of Falmouth also benefit from what is happening in the town. We also have to ensure that when the visitors get off the ships their expectations of a day in Jamaica are fully realized,” he added. “We want to see them walking the streets and interacting freely. It is very important that we make their stay as enjoyable as possible where they can become future stopover visitors,” he said.The work in Falmouth, being carried out by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), includes cleaning, landscaping, planting of flowers, social and community outreach, and the enforcement of public-order statutes. Minister Bartlett noted the recent meeting with cruise line owners in Miami, led by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was “a turning point” for the island’s cruise sector.“That was the meeting where Mickey Arison, the owner of Carnival Cruises, the biggest cruise line in the world, made the point that it was the first time he could recall having a Jamaican Prime Minister attending one of their meetings and also the importance of having discussions at that level,” Mr. Bartlett explained. “I personally left that meeting knowing that the onus is now on us to deliver and not to disappoint,” he added. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT
The first return hajj flight of this year has arrived in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, reports news agency UNB.General manager of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Shakil Meraj said that the national flag carrier with some 420 hajj pilgrims arrived in the airport safely around 8:30pm on Wednesday.He also said Biman Bangladesh Airlines will conduct a total of 169 flights till 5 October to carry the pilgrims to the country back.Earlier, the national flag carrier carried some 54,873 hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia through 187 flights.
Detective Branch of police produces Shahidul Alam, who was picked up by plainclothes men earlier, before a Dhaka court Monday. Photo: Shuvra Kanti DasA Dhaka court on Sunday sent internationally-renowned photographer Shahidul Alam to jail before completion of his seven-day remand, in a case filed under the ICT Act, reports UNB.Investigation officer of the case, Arman Ali, inspector of Detective Branch (DB), produced Shahidul before the court and asked to keep Shahidul in jail until the investigation of the case ends.Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court judge Fahad Bin Amin passed the order.Earlier on 6 August, Shahidul Alam was placed on a seven-day remand for interrogation.Meanwhile, the High Court on 7 August, asked the authorities concerned to send Shahidul Alam to BSMMU for his treatment and also asked the relevant authorities to form a medical board to examine his health and submit a report on his health condition on 9 August (Thursday).In compliance with the order, the BSMMU authorities placed a report before it on 9 August (Thursday).Later on 9 August, High Court asked the authorities concerned to examine as per section 2 (6) of the Torture and Custodial Death Prevention Act, 2013 whether Shahidul Alam, was tortured physically and mentally.Detectives detained Shahidul Alam from his Dhanmondi residence on the night of 5 August, for interrogation over his Facebook posts on the student protests demanding road safety.Later, police filed a case against him with Ramna police station.
Fire. A Prothom Alo IllustrationA fire broke out at a kitchen market near the DNCC Market in Gulshan- 1 of Dhaka early Saturday.Twenty units of the fire service and civil defence were working to douse the blaze that broke out around 5:30am, fire service officials said.A team of Navy also joined the effort to douse the blaze.However, no causalities have been reported so far.Fire service officials said 11 of their units started working to control the fire.The fire erupted from a hotel inside the market, said fire service deputy director Debashis Bardhan around 6:45am.Earlier on 3 January 2017, another fire broke out at the market at the crack of dawn. Many shops were gutted in the fire. The market was then opened in a makeshift basis.Local people alleged, the market authorities did not take enough measures to curb such accidents after the 2017fire.Witnesses, however, said the fire service men reached spot within two minutes of today’s fire.In another fire in the city’s Banani area on Thursday, at least 25 people were killed and over 70 others injured.
Photo via Twitter @news_liveworldAsher Abid Khan, 23, of Spring, Texas.A Houston-area man pleaded guilty Monday to providing material support to the Islamic State group under a plea agreement reached with federal prosecutors.Under terms of the agreement, Asher Abid Khan, 23, of Spring, Texas, must fully cooperate with any further federal investigation of his case. In return, prosecutors will drop five other counts of the indictment against him, including three conspiracy counts.Khan could get up to 15 years in prison, but prosecutors agreed not to oppose leniency in sentencing if he’s true to his agreement. If he had gone to trial and been convicted of all charges, Khan could have been sentenced to life in a federal prison.Prosecutors initially alleged Khan used social media to join and support IS, but his attorney has said he used social media to persuade another Texas man not to join the IS.The indictment alleged that Khan, a U.S. citizen, traveled from Australia to Turkey in February 2014 as part of a plan to join the Islamic State in Syria. But once he got to Turkey, Khan had a change of heart and returned to his home in suburban Houston.He was supposed to rendezvous in Turkey with Sixto Garcia, of McAllen, Texas, who authorities said went on to join the group and was killed in fighting later that year.According to court documents, investigators allege that in one message on Facebook, Khan asked, “I’d like to join.”Khan’s attorney, Thomas Berg, has contended that his client went online to try to persuade Garcia to not join the Islamic State.The case was seen as a reflection of a growing use of social media by authorities to prosecute U.S. citizens suspected of trying to aid terrorists.“We aggressively investigate and prosecute persons who provide material support to terrorist organizations,” said Abe Martinez, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas. Martinez said Khan provided IS “a battlefield soldier to further the terrorist organization’s violent agenda.”Asher Abid Khan, 23, of Spring, TX pleaded guilty today to providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization. #FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated https://t.co/B5lZV1Qwwh #HouNews— FBI Houston (@FBIHouston) December 4, 2017 Share
Kolkata: For the convenience of passengers, Eastern Railway will run 10 pairs of AC weekly superfast summer special trains between Sealdah and Kamakhya stations via Dankuni. 02261 Sealdah-Kamakhya AC weekly superfast summer special will leave Sealdah station on every Friday between May 4 and June 29 at 23.55 hrs to reach Kamakhya at 18.35 hrs on the next day, while 02262 Kamakhya-Sealdah AC weekly superfast summer special will leave Kamakhya station on every Saturday between May 5 and June 30 at 23.05 hrs to reach Sealdah at 17.45 hrs on the next day. The trains will have only air-conditioned accommodation.
Kolkata: A mellowed Mamata Banerjee put the ball on the agitating junior doctors’ court after they refused her offer of a meeting on Saturday, holding out three key assurances and requesting them to rejoin work. She said all their security demands would be met, no action would be taken against them for the now five-day-old strike, and they would be free to contact her, the governor, chief secretary or the police commissioner for a resolution through talks. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Immediately after Mamata’s news conference at Nabanna, the state secretariat, the junior doctors said the strike would continue as the chief minister had not agreed to their demand to meet them at NRS Medical College and Hospital. Late on Saturday night, the junior doctors rebutted several assertions made by Mamata at the media conference but said a general body meeting would decide if talks can be held at any other venue. At the media conference, Mamata adopted a tone that was in sharp contrast to the belligerence she had displayed at SSKM Hospital on Thursday, which had escalated the confrontation. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state On Saturday, Mamata concluded her opening remarks at Nabanna with an impassioned plea: “Please restore normalcy. Start the service for the people: my humble submission to them. I’m not going to take any stringent action (against the agitators), though we have everything with us. Let good sense prevail.” Redeploying the people skills that had once stood her in good stead, Mamata said: “They are young, they made a mistake, let them be, I forgive them.” After issuing the invitation on Friday evening, Mamata had waited for the junior doctors to turn up, but as they couldn’t decide immediately whether to accept the invite, another meeting had been set for Saturday at 5pm. On Saturday afternoon, the junior doctors issued a statement Mamata addressed the news conference amid a sense of dejection in the administration following the junior doctors’ refusal to turn up for the meeting, and amid a perception that her stridency was preventing a resolution. By then, the Union home ministry had sent an advisory to the Bengal government “urgently” seeking a report on the cease-work by doctors — a move described as unusual by officials in Delhi. At the outset, Mamata sought to address the perception that the government had done nothing to resolve the crisis. She pressed chief secretary Malay De to describe the steps the administration had taken since Monday night’s mob attack on junior doctors at NRS following a patient’s death. Mamata then took the microphone. “We have taken all possible action. I sent a minister, officers and the police commissioner to talk to them (the agitators),” she said. “The police arrested five of the accused immediately, and stringent charges have been brought against them. The police commissioner has enhanced security at all the medical colleges and hospitals.” She added: “I waited five hours yesterday and three hours today to talk to the junior doctors.” Over the next half-hour, Mamata tried to give her side of the story and hammer home the fact that poor patients across the state continued to suffer -– a factor that can turn public opinion against attempts to prolong the strike. Rarely before have emergency services been affected in state-run medical colleges and hospitals for five days on the trot, with no certain end in sight. Several senior doctors who had provided moral support to the agitation when it started told this newspaper on Saturday that some of the junior doctors had begun making “illogical and unreasonable demands”. A government source said: “Had Mamata tried sending this message two days ago, there would not have been many takers. But today, people know how the patients are suffering because of the strike.” Some junior doctors have accused Mamata of arrogance for her failure to visit them or Paribaha Mukherjee, an intern severely injured in Monday’s attack, and cited her belligerence during the visit to SSKM Hospital on Thursday. Mamata tried to rebut the charges at the news conference. “When I entered (SSKM), the agitating doctors sitting there created an obstruction…. While I was walking, I was pushed. They were shouting and filthy comments were passed,” she said. “Despite that, I told the police not to arrest anybody. They are young, they had made a mistake, let them be, I forgive them. Had this taken place elsewhere, a lot of action would have been initiated.” Never losing her composure, unlike at SSKM, Mamata was at pains to underscore that she was pursuing a reasonable approach devoid of vindictiveness or rancour. Mamata repeatedly — and in detail — contrasted her government’s approach with that of others elsewhere in the country to doctors’ strikes. She said her government could have taken stringent action, such as enforcing the Essential Services Maintenance Act (Esma), blocking the registration of the agitating doctors, extending their period of internship or filing FIRs against them. “Such stern steps have been taken by 9 to 10 states in the past few years. But we did not do it,” she said. Sources said that although Bengal had desisted from adopting Esma owing to the erstwhile Left Front government’s opposition to the act, the state government could have implemented its provisions through an ordinance. By explaining what she could have done, sources said, the chief minister had attempted to underline her government’s apparent lenience and put pressure on the agitators to call off their strike. She tried to highlight her eagerness for a solution by suggesting the junior doctors could meet other authorities if they were averse to talk to her. “They had two main demands. First, a heightening of their security; second, action against the accused. Both have been done. Still, if they think I’m not capable enough, they can hold meetings with the governor, chief secretary or the police commissioner. If they have additional demands, those will also be taken care of,” she said. The option of talks with the governor, sources said, was a significant conciliatory gesture on Mamata’s part since she has had testy ties with Keshari Nath Tripathi and had as recently as Thursday accused him of exceeding his brief at the behest of BJP leaders in Delhi and Calcutta. Sources close to Mamata hoped that her news conference would help undo the damage her belligerence had caused on Thursday when she gave the agitators four hours to join duty or face action, and called some of them “outsiders”. Neither the heath department nor the police have initiated any action, though, a point Mamata took care to highlight. “She had looked overly belligerent till yesterday. But she has deployed her tried-and-tested outreach skills, and this has helped her turn the tables on the agitating doctors,” a Nabanna official said.(With inputs from Telegraph India)