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When anthems strike the wrong note at sporting events


The visitors refused to kick off their Euro 2020 qualifier on Saturday nigh

At its best, sport can promote international harmony, but that was not the case at the Stade de France where the  hosts played the Andorran anthem for the Albanian team.
The visitors refused to kick off their Euro 2020 qualifier on Saturday night. When their demand was met, they beamed, sung, celebrated and started the match, which they lost 4-1.
“It was a big thing,” said Albania’s Italian coach Edoardo Reja.
Anthems, and other national symbols such as flags, are an inescapable part of international sports.
Yet with surprising frequency, teams solemnly lined up for anthems register surprise or outrage when they find “they aren’t playing our tune.”
On Saturday, the hosts played the anthem of Andorra, the next visitor to the Stade de France, a tune unlikely to cause political offence to anyone.
Sometimes the errors are understandable. Slovenia’s anthem played after a Slovakian victory at the ice hockey world championships. Other incidents have struck a political nerve.
The often-changed Russian anthem has caused frequent problems. Russia adopted Mikhail Glinka’s ‘Patriotic Song’ in 1991. Nine year’s later, after the election of Vladimir Putin, Russia reverted to a modified version of the old Soviet anthem, retitled ‘State Anthem of the Russian Federation.’
Russian athletes have become adept at singing the latest version.
After the wrong anthem was played at the biathlon world championships in Hochfilzen, Austria, in 2017 the winning quartet took a microphone and sang the correct version. Two years earlier, Russian media, reported the women’s under 18 ice hockey did the same at their world championships in Buffalo.
Three years later, after the USA beat Russia in the quarterfinals of the under-18 men’s ice hockey world championship in Chelyabinsk in Russia, they lined up to hear an unrecognisable and curtailed version of a tune that might have been the Star Spangled Banner. They responded by singing themselves.
The 2003 Davis Cup final between Australia and Spain almost provoked a diplomatic incident.
The hosts hired a famed local jazz trumpeter, James Morrison to play the anthems. When he played the pre-civil war Himno de Riego instead of the Marcha Real, Spain’s secretary for sport, Juan Antonio Gomez Angulo, in Melbourne for the event, ordered his team to refuse to start until they had received a formal apology for “this intolerable offence”.
In 2015, Armenian media reported drily that at the youth championships for Sambo, in Serbia, the Azerbaijani winner had to listen to the Armenian national anthem. The two countries are officially at war.
When Uruguay played Mexico in Phoenix in the Copa America, their anthem was replaced with that of Chile. Television images showed star striker Luis Suarez angry on the Uruguayan bench.
Organisers blamed “human error.”
It could have been worse.
At a shooting competition in Kuwait, Kazakh winner Maria Dmitrienko listened straight-faced to “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” a parody anthem from the Sacha Baron Cohen film Borat downloaded by mistake from the internet.
Sometimes it is not enough to play the right anthem. It has to be played right.
For the London Olympics the organisers had the seemingly foolproof idea of hiring the famous London Philharmonic Orchestra to record all the anthems at the even more famous Abbey Road Studios.
The reviews were not all positive. After winning a fencing gold and hearing their anthems, the Hungarians politely requested a change.
“The rhythm and tones were off,” said Jeno Kamuti, chief of the Hungarian fencing team.

Smith the difference against an England that needs changes

Australia look like a team that is well set

Having missed their chance at Headingley, Australia made sure they retained the Ashes with their 185 run victory over England at Old Trafford on Sunday and no-one could question they deserved it.
One final test remains, at The Oval starting on Thursday, and while England might be able to summon up a way to win and level the series, like the heroic win in Leeds two weeks ago, that would merely paper over the cracks.
Australia look like a team that is well set, with perhaps a couple of upgrades, to become a powerful force in the long-form of the game for several years.
England on the other hand are at a cross-roads, needing to solve a series of problem areas and find the talent that can ensure that the next series – in Australia in 2021 – is one they can win.
Australia have certainly sorted two of the key roles needed for a successful test side.
“We’ve got the best fast bowler in the world and the best test batsman in the world,” said Australia coach and former opening batsman Justin Langer.
This test proved that the ICC rankings, which have Steve Smith as the top test batsman and Pat Cummins the leading bowler in the format, do not lie.
Smith scored 211 in the first innings, batting at times in chilly, blustering winds with frequent rain interruptions, and then 82 while his team mates struggled second time out.
The Australia number four has simply never failed in this series – incredibly, 82 was his lowest score.
In his five innings he has scored 671 runs at an average of 134.2 with three centuries and two half-centuries.
Those numbers are remarkable enough but when you take in the context that he was returning after a 12 month ban from the game and then missed the Headingley test after being struck on the head by England paceman Jofra Archer, they are astonishing.
There are more spectacular big-hitters and perhaps more elegant stroke-makers but Smith has the age-old test cricket asset of being able to quietly accumulate runs in long sessions against both pace and spin.
“I thought Virat Kohli was the best batsman I’ve ever seen because of the way he plays in all forms, but Steve Smith… that’s another level,” said Langer.
“He’s a great problem solver. His hunger for the game, I’ve never seen anything like it,” he added.
Cummins showed with his seven wickets in this test that he is a top quality pace bowler and he is benefiting from being part of a well-balanced attack.
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood both performed well at Old Trafford while Nathan Lyon asked questions with his spin.
In contrast, England’s bowling attack, sorely missed the contribution of their all-time wicket-taker James Anderson, who has been injured since the first test.
But the real problem remains their upper order batting where they have yet to find a stable opening partnership in a team that seems top-heavy with attacking middle-order batsmen.
Questions will inevitably be asked about whether Joe Root, whose batting quality is beyond dispute, is the right man for the captaincy role.
Certainly the way England seemed to let the match drift at times in the first two days suggested the need for a more assertive approach but it would be unfair to put the entire blame for that on their captain.
What is undoubtedly needed is for England, who had put so much emphasis on and preparation for the home World Cup that they won in July, to refocus on the test game.
As much as it might be denied, it has surely been tough for players to switch formats so quickly and the workload has been heavy for paceman Archer.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes there needs to be a major review of the state of the team after the Oval test.
“I think it’s time to have an assessment of the test team, work out the direction it wants to go, under what leadership and coaching, the style of cricket they want to produce, and I’m sure over the winter months we’ll see a different look to the test team,” he said.


UAE releases list of public holidays in 2020

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For this year, there will be three more public holidays.

Dubai’s Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department has issued the Islamic calendar for the year 1441. The calendar marks the days that will be observed as public holidays in the emirate. There are three more holidays for the 2019.

The upcoming holidays this year are:

Prophet’s Birthday (Al Mouled Al Nabawy): Rabeaa Al Awal 12

Commemoration Day: November 30

National Day: December 2-3 

2020 Holidays

– New Year: January 1

– Ramadan – April 24

– Eid Al Fitr – May 23 (Ramadan 29 – Shawwal 3)

– Arafat Day  July 30 (Zul Hijjah 9)

– Eid Al Adha – July 31 (Zul Hijjah 10-12)

– Hijri New Year – (Muharram 1)

– Birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) (Al Mouled Al Nabawy) – Rabeaa Al Awal 12

– Commemoration Day – November 30

– National Day – December 2-3


Mettur dam

The issues from has been increased from 65000c/s to 70000c/s w.e.f 4.30 p.m today(09.09.19) ,water released through Dam Power House ,Tunnel Power House and Ellis saddle surplus.( 16vents.)

Chennai finally gets the epic makeover it deserved, and it looks wonderful!

Chennai finally gets the epic makeover it deserved, and it looks wonderful!


We marveled at the Street Art festivals in Mumbai and Delhi, where local as well as international artists combined their forces to redefine the cities’ walls forever. While we were in absolute awe of the art, we were left a little disheartened to think that nothing like this would happen in our own city of Chennai. And on January 20th, our prayers were answered.


In a move that none of us predicted, Goethe-Institut Chennai and Max Mueller Bhavan in collaboration with Chennai City Connect gave this city the gift of art. This city, which was previously subjected to being graced only with propaganda-oriented political art woke up to a revolution on a cool, unassuming Tuesday morning: a street art revolution.

Conquer the Concrete as it is meant to be known, is Chennai’s first ever street art movement that saw artists from Germany, Spain and USA collaborate with our very own Indian street artists and cinema hoarding painters to transform the streets of Madras into artistic masterpieces.



Spread over a fortnight, the festival finally ended on February 7th, but the art will hopefully live on forever, reminding us with every glance of the revolution that has finally begun.

On behalf of the city, we thank curator Georg Zolchow, Goethe-Institut Chennai, Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai City Connect and the collaborating artists: Anpu (Delhi), Amitabh Kumar (Bangalore), Artlab (Chennai), Axel Void (Miami), Base 23 (Berlin), Look (Berlin), M.P. Dakshna (Chennai), Okuda (Madrid), Paintbox (Chennai), SatOne (Munich), Shilo Shiv Suleman (Bangalore), J.P. Krishna (Chennai).

News : yasar arafath.N

Here’s the comparison of Chennai groundwater levels between!!

Here’s the comparison of Chennai groundwater levels between #July and #August of 2019.

This shows groundwater levels are increasing gradually in areas across Chennai city, and if we collectively start taking efforts to save rainwater, we can see a constant rise in the levels and revive our water table in the process.

Chennai Metro Water has several shallow monitoring wells spread across the city that is divided into zones. The collected groundwater level data denotes the average water level of the particular zone.




Hong Kong leader says China backs her ‘all the way’

Lam was repeatedly questioned on why it took her so long to withdraw the bill.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Thursday that China “understands, respects and supports” her government’s move to formally withdraw an extradition bill, part of measures she hoped would help the city “move forward” from months of unrest.

In a press conference, Lam was repeatedly questioned on why it took her so long to withdraw the bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China despite increasingly violent protests, but she skirted the questions.

“It is not exactly correct to describe this as a change of mind,” she said.

She added that this full withdrawal of the bill was a decision made by her government with Beijing’s backing.

“Throughout the whole process, the Central People’s Government took the position that they understood why we have to do it. They respect my view, and they support me all the way,” said Lam, dressed in white and looking less tense than a televised appearance the day before.

She withdrew the bill, which has plunged the Chinese-ruled territory into its worst political crisis in decades, on Wednesday.

She also announced other measures including opening a platform for dialogue with society to try to address other deep-rooted economic, social and political problems that she said were contributing to the current impasse.

“We must find ways to address the discontent in society and look for solutions,” she said.

The withdrawal was one of the pro-democracy protesters’ five demands, although many demonstrators and lawmakers said the move was too little, too late.

The four other demands are: retraction of the word “riot” to describe rallies, release of all demonstrators, an independent inquiry into perceived police brutality and the right for Hong Kong people to choose their own leaders.

The official China Daily said on Thursday that the withdrawal of the bill was an olive branch that leaves demonstrators with no excuse to continue violence.

The announcement came after Reuters reports on Friday and Monday revealed that Beijing had thwarted Lam’s earlier proposals to withdraw the bill and that she had said privately that she would resign if she could, according to an audio recording obtained by Reuters.

Lam leaves for China’s Guangxi province on Thursday afternoon.

Skirmishes broke out in some districts including Po Lam late on Wednesday after Lam’s announcement, which came after a weekend of some of the most violent protests the city has seen in the past three months.

Police said a suspected petrol bomb was hurled at a luxury property in Kowloon district in the early hours of Thursday and the suspects fled on a motorbike. Local newspaper Apple Daily said the house belonged to Jimmy Lai, the newspaper’s owner, who was in the property at the time. Pro-democracy publishing tycoon Lai is an outspoken critic of Beijing.

The bill was seen as the latest example of what many residents see as ever-tighter control by Beijing, despite the promise of autonomy.

The former British colony was handed back to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” administration which gave the city of more than 7 million people more freedoms than mainland cities, such as an independent judiciary.

China denies meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs and accuses Western countries of fuelling the protests.

Images of some of the fiercest clashes have been beamed live on television screens across the world, sending jitters across the international business community and leading to a large drop in tourism.

The Hong Kong government took out a full-page advert in the Australian Financial Review on Thursday saying it is “determined to achieve a peaceful, rational and reasonable resolution” and is resolutely committed to “one country, two systems”.

It ends the advert by saying: “We will no doubt bounce back. We always do.”

More than 1,100 people have been arrested since the violence escalated in June and Hong Kong is facing its first recession in a decade.

China has strongly denounced the violence and warned it could use force to restore order

THE DISH A curry doughnut, the perfect martini and mofongo: three more things Marina O’Loughlin ate

snack happy
At David Chang’s Bar Wayō, we also have this stout and pleasingly stodgy curry doughnut, a crusted savoury beignet filled with a squelch of fiery tomato and mushroom. Real drinking food, a fine foil for their evolved tiki cocktails, another NYC fetish.

Nat’s entertainment
My love affair with classic bars, and classic martinis, continues: this one in the “storied” (as our US chums like to say) King Cole Bar in Midtown’s St Regis hotel. The perfect silver bullet.

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உடை மாற்ற அறைக்குள் சென்ற இளம் பெண்!

உடை மாற்ற அறைக்குள் சென்ற இளம் பெண்! கதவை தட்டி பெண் ஊழியர் கூறிய அதிர்ச்சி செய்தி.

டெல்லியில் உள்ள துணி கடை ஒன்றுக்கு துணி எடுக்க சென்றுள்ளார் பிரபல பெண் பத்திரிகையாளர் ஒருவர். அவர் துணி எடுத்துவிட்டு துணி மற்றும் அறை எங்குள்ளது என அங்கிருக்கும் பெண் ஊழியர் ஒருவரிடம் கேட்டுள்ளார். அவர் அருகில் இருக்கும் ஒரு அறையை காட்டி அங்கு சென்று மாற்றிக்கொள்ளுமாறு கூறியுள்ளார்.

இதனை அடுத்து அந்த அறைக்கு சென்று அந்த பெண் பத்திரிகையாளர் துணி மாற்றிக்கொண்டிருக்கும் போது பெண் ஊழியர் கதவை தட்டி இங்கே துணி மாற்ற வேண்டாம் என கூறியுள்ளார். பெண் பத்திரிகையாளர் ஏன் இங்கே துணி மாற்ற கூடாது என கேட்க இங்கே கேமிரா இருப்பதாக கூறியுள்ளார்.

இதனால் அதிர்ச்சி அடைந்த அந்த பெண் பத்திரிகையாளர் இங்கு கேமிரா உள்ளது என்ற ஏன் என்னை இந்த அறையில் துணி மாற்ற கூறினீர்கள் என அந்த பெண் ஊழியரிடமும், கடை உரிமையாளரிடமும் கேட்டு சண்டை போட்டுள்ளார். ஆனால், அதற்கு யாரும் சரியான பதில் கூறவில்லை.

இதனால் தான் போலீசில் புகார் கொடுக்க போவதாக அந்த பெண் பத்திரிகையாளர் கூறியதை அடுத்து கடையின் உரிமையாளர் தனது மகனை அழைத்து அந்த வீடியோவை டெலிட் செய்யுமாறு கூறியுள்ளார். இதனை அடுத்து அந்த பெண் பத்திரிகையாளர் காவல் துறையில் புகார் கொடுத்துள்ளார்.

இது குறித்து வழக்கு பதிவு செய்துள்ள போலீசார் விசாரணை நடத்திவருகின்றனர். தலைநகர் டெல்லியில் துணி கடை ஒன்றில் இப்படி நடந்த சம்பவம் அனைவரையும் அதிர்ச்சி அடையவைத்துள்ளது.


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