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first_imgLast year, on his first visit to India after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, V.S. Naipal attended a New Delhi literary festival organized by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in his honor. While listening to a discussion between two well-known Indian women writers on the affect of gender oppression on their work, and the negative influence of the English language on regional literature, Sir Vidia once again revealed that he viewed many things Indian with an extremely jaundiced eye and was not afraid of voicing his acerbic opinion.“This thing about colonialism, this thing about gender oppression, the very word oppression wearies me,” he fumed, interrupting the pair of women writers. ” If writers talk about oppression, they don’t do much writing. Fifty years have gone by. What colonialism are you talking about?”Well, his trenchant criticism notwithstanding, colonialism may have departed, but it did thrust upon Indians the legacy of the English language and, whether Sir Vidia likes it or not, it is a mine that is still yielding a rich, varied ore of fiction and non-fiction.A cursory glance at the books published in 2002 prove that writers, whose mother tongues may be Urdu, Parsi, Bengali, Hindi, Telegu or Tamil, brought out fiction and non-fiction written in a language that certainly did not belong to their forefathers. Did these vernacular languages suffer because the writers did not use their mother tongues to flesh their work? Naturally. But there is also no denying the fact that the English language is immeasurably richer for the presence of these gifted talents. Hinglish, as Indian writing in English is sometimes slangily called, has evolved into a genre of its own, and has transformed itself into a distinct offshoot from its imperial root.Not that books by Indians writing in English is something new, something that just transpired a few years ago. After all, back in 1913, the Bengali poet-writer Rabindranath Tagore did win the Nobel Prize for literature, (becoming incidentally the first non-Westerner to do so in that category) for his collection of poems Gitanjanli, translated from Bengali into English. But by the time V.S. Naipal was bestowed the same prize in 2001, the world of readers were more familiar with the names of Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, Amit Chaudhuri, and a host of others rather than Tagore. Indian writing in English had earned its place in the mainstream, along with the chai served in Starbucks, the payals and bindis on sale at the mall and the Bollywood or Bollywood-inspired movies that keep popping up at the local multi-plex.The output of Indian writers publishing in 2002 starred some well known names and some new ones, all of them tackling a range of subjects that spanned different continents, centuries and events. There were a sprinkling of new debuts, notably Stealing the Ambassador, by Sameer Parekh; there were some familiar big-name writers, including Chitra Divakaruni, who brought out her novel Vine of Desire, a sequel to her earlier novel, Sister of My Heart; Another well-known name, Salman Rushdie, published a non-fiction set of essays last year called Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002; There were some critically acclaimed books, like Canadian-Indian writer, Rohington Mistry’s novel, Family Matters.And then of course there were books whose pre-publishing hype included not just the quality of their literary content but also mentioned the stunning payments that the author had negotiated, among them being of course, Hari Kunzru, who pocketed a staggering advance of £1 million for his first book, a historical novel, The Impressionist. Kunzru’s book also went on to win the Betty Trask Prize, netting him a further earning of some £8,000.Since the goal of this article is not merely to develop a laundry list of names and books of last year’s crop of Indian writing, I shall attempt to winnow down the authors to a smaller group (highly subjective, I might add), whose works caught the eye and entertained the mind. Foremost among the fiction that was published last year was Mistry’s Family Matters. Although it failed to win its author the coveted Booker prize, this touching, richly woven story of an aging Parsi widower’s last days against the violent, shaky backdrop of Shiv Sena’s Mumbai, is full of unforgettable characters and comic poignancy. In a sense, Mistry’s book was just a continuation of his nuanced, compelling style of writing that was evident from his first published work, a collection of short fiction, Swimming Lessons and other stories from Firozsha Baag.Bharati Mukherjee, on the other hand, has had her ups and downs, and her last book, Leave It To Me, which came out in 1997, got some negative reviews. But in her 2002 novel, Desirable Daughters, Mukherjee proved once again that when it came to evoking the drama of immigrant Indian lives, especially women living in North America caught between old and new worlds, she is at the top of her game. True, Desirable Daughters, has its flaws – an obsession with the Bengali Brahmin way of life, an improbable ending and a thriller -type suspense that is glaringly uneven in parts – but ultimately, her story of three sisters soars. Mukherjee weaves her plot deftly, with humor and biting wit, moving back and forth between continents, to reveal how family secrets can erode the strongest of bonds. Indu Sundaresan’s debut novel, The Twentieth Wife, is also about an immigrant family, this time set in 17th century India. The daughter of a Persian hrefugee, Mehrunnisa (she went to become the empress Nurjahan, the famed wife of the Mughul emperor, Shahjahan), is chosen to come into Emperor Akbar’s palace as a companion to the queen and soon falls in love with his son, Salim. But the book transcends into more than a romantic, lightweight tale because Sundaresan uses her research to effectively present an entertaining, action-packed story of a young girl’s dream of marrying her prince.Sometimes a book takes you by surprise, slowly dazzling the mind with its understated prose and images. Penguin India publisher David Davidar’s first novel, House of Blue Mangoes, was one such elegant, subtle book. Set in a small town in South India, it skillfully takes the reader into the world of 19th century pre-independent India, using the prism of one man, Solomon Dorai’s, vision of preserving his family and his village’s fortunes in the face of changes that colonialism is ruthlessly ushering into his universe. Davidar’s language is quietly lush, spinning out poetic flashes of rural life but his characters are strong and true to the bone. Sudha Koul’s Tiger Ladies, A memoir of Kashmir, was one of the most eloquent, and lyrical works of Indian nonfiction to come out last year. A fierce sorrow that the home of her childhood has become one of the most dangerous regions in the world, permeates the soul of Tiger Ladies. But Koul does not indulge in finger-pointing or rhetoric. Instead she looks back nostalgically at the ordinary life of her family during the 1950’s and ’60s, infusing the book with her passion for Kashmir’s natural beauty, its unique folk stories, and peace-loving people. At a time when mismanaged politics has pitched Hindus against Muslims, Koul’s book celebrates their past amity in a way that carries more than a grain of hope for their future. Tanuja Desai Hidier’s book, Born Confused, points to a growing future of fiction by Indians: tales from the viewpoint of second generation Indians, children who have grown up with the taunting label of ABCD (America Born Confused Desi). Hidier’s heroine, a young girl from New Jersey, battles with the angst of living in two cultures, as she tries to build an identity for herself. Although it has its cliched moments, Born Confused is significant because its heroine’s preoccupation with not being Indian or American, is being played out in many different ways inside Indian-American homes. In the end, it seems safe to say that last year’s batch of books prove that Indian writers, living both in and outside their homeland, are alive and well-represented on the world literary bookshelf. Indian writing in English is a niche that is growing numerically each year, and in North America at least, Indian writers are gaining acceptance in a way that has gone far beyond the flash-in-the-pan speed of the usual latest fad.     Related Itemslast_img read more


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first_imgThe Indian Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to write to the Ministry of External Affairs, seeking to revoke the passport of one of the directors of Sterling Biotech Ltd, a Gujarat-based pharmaceutical company, who is absconding.The agency’s planned move is in connection with the ongoing money laundering investigation in the suspected Rs 5,000 crore bank fraud case. “In November last year, a Delhi court had issued non-bailable warrants against two directors of the Gujarat-based pharma firm,” IANS reported quoting an agency source. The source added that one of the top directors of the company has been located in a south European country, and so the agency will soon approach the MEA to revoke his passport.Since the registration of the case, some of the directors of the company have gone either underground or missing.In November last year, additional sessions judge Siddharth Sharma, who had earlier told the ED not to let “the shark run away while you (ED) are busy in catching the small fish,” issued warrants against Sterling Biotech Ltd directors Chetan Jayantilal Sandesara and Nitin Jayantilal Sandesara, PTI had reported earlier.Warrants were issued against the duo for evading the summons of the Enforcement Directorate.Meanwhile, the ED filed a supplementary chargesheet on March 9 against former Andhra Bank director Anup Prakash Garg in connection with the case, the Times of India reported. It has claimed that the Sandesaras paid over Rs 1.52 crore to Garg as quid pro quo to enable bank credit and other transactions.Garg was the director of Andhra Bank in the period when the SBL group availed credit facilities of around Rs 23,500 lakh, during 2006-2009, from the bank.Garg was arrested by the ED on Jan. 12 this year and is now in judicial custody. His properties worth Rs 1.23 crore have been attached by the agency.The company had taken loans worth more than Rs 5,000 crore from a consortium of banks led by Andhra Bank, which had turned into non-performing assets. According to the Central Bureau of Investigation’s FIR, the total pending dues of the group companies were Rs 5,383 crore as on Dec. 31, 2016.Last year, the CBI had booked Sterling Biotech Ltd’s chairman and managing director Nitin Sandesara, joint managing director Chetan Sandesara, directors Vilas D Joshi, Rajbhushan Dixit and others in the bank fraud case.After taking cognizance of the CBI’s FIR, a case of money laundering was registered by the ED, and it has arrested three people so far in the case, according to TOI.Along with Garg, Dixit was also arrested in January this year. In November last year, the agency also arrested a Delhi-based businessman Gagan Dhawan in association with the case. The court in November last year had issued open ended non-bailable warrants against the Sandesara brothers. Related ItemsCBIEnforcement DirectorateSterling Biotechlast_img read more


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first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Salem last broke the 10-point barrier back in Sept. 16 against La Salle when he had 12 points and the following four games saw Bulldog wingman average just 4.5 points a game.And Salem put up just 3.8 points a game during the Bulldogs’ three-match skid.“Coach (Jamike Jarin) texted me and told me to just relax, play my game, and ‘we’re here for you,’” said Salem. “It’s just within me and that I just had to relax.”ADVERTISEMENT The Bulldogs were in dire need of a win to finish the first half of the season on a positive note when Salem finally hit his stride.NU’s captain fired 21 points in the Bulldogs’ 77-70 win over University of the Philippines, and Salem couldn’t help but breathe a huge sigh of relief.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout View comments Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt took almost a month for Matt Salem to get his scoring groove back, and oh did he recover just when it mattered the most.National University was in a three-game skid in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament and slipped to a dangerous 2-4 record near the end of the first round. ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “It’s a learning experience for me and I’ll take these struggles I had in the first round and put it to good use,” said Salem Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Those things are something you come to.”“I might have been putting too much pressure on myself and it was affecting my game.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City UST, FEU advance to UAAP beach volleyball semifinals MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


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first_imgView comments It would be the 13-time European champion’s biggest achievement yet if it can pull through again.ENGLISH REVIVALAll four of England’s representatives have advanced for the second straight season, even if two of them — Liverpool and Tottenham — left it to their final matches.They have deep squads, increasingly the best and most sought-after coaches, and a sheer force of numbers — 25 percent of the remaining field.Manchester City and Liverpool, in particular, should be among the favorites for the title.Can City manager Pep Guardiola, the outstanding coach of his generation, end what will be an eight-year personal wait to win Europe’s top prize, and for the first time away from Barcelona?Can Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp juggle contending in the Premier League with trying to reach a second straight Champions League final?MIND THE GAPThe most successful leagues in (western) Europe are becoming more successful in the Champions League.The big four leagues — England, Spain, Italy and Germany — have 12 representatives, or 75 percent of the total. Two more come from fifth-ranked Ligue 1 in France, plus there is Porto from the seventh-ranked Portuguese league. Ajax is a relative outlier from the 11th-ranked Eredivisie in Netherlands. Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski are the leading scorers.Is it a case of business as usual in this Champions League?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefMaybe not.While there seems to be an ever-widening gap between the biggest, richest clubs and the rest, there also appears to be more potential winners than ever in a last-16 lineup that sets up what could be a thrilling knockout stage. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES No eastern European team advanced. The most eastern team in Monday’s draw? Bayern Munich. Even the final is being played in Madrid, rather than Kiev last season.The Champions League seems truly a western affair. Teams not challenging for their national title, like Manchester United and Schalke, advanced with a game to spare. Russia is the sixth-ranked league by club performances in UEFA competitions yet for the third straight year its top-seeded champion — Lokomotiv Moscow — failed to advance.The round-of-16 lineup looks ever more like a Super League in waiting.PRIZE MONEY SKEWThe on-field domination of the richest teams comes in the first year of a near-40 percent hike in UEFA prize money, with more designed to go to them.UEFA and the European Club Association designed a format to distribute 1.95 billion euros ($2.22 billion) among 32 teams with a new element rewarding teams for past titles.It ensured preventing what happened two seasons ago when Leicester, a newcomer banking lucrative British television money, earned more than eventual winner Real Madrid.This season, Madrid was sure to earn 50 million euros ($57 million) from UEFA before kicking a ball.UNLUCKIEST TEAMSNapoli is due a lucky break, and Shakhtar Donetsk is long overdue a home game. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ A look at some things that stood out in group play:MADRID ON THE WANEThe most dominant team in the 27-season Champions League era might be on the wane.Real Madrid advanced as a group winner but lost home and away to CSKA Moscow and doesn’t have the same aura without Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus. The team is on its second coach of the season — a rookie in Santiago Solari — and is fourth in La Liga.Madrid’s players have won four of the last five Champions Leagues and usually come into their own in the knockout stage in terms of game management and handling the pressure. That was when they had Ronaldo to rescue them, though.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Yet, Lucien Favre’s side is better known for its attacking flair, with players like Paco Alcacer and Jadon Sancho — bought from Barcelona and Man City — particularly standing out.Dortmund has had to rebuild after selling star players such as Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and it has been done wisely and boldly.Five years after last reaching the final, Dortmund is a team to fear in the Champions League once again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ASEAN University Games: NU barges into men’s volleyball finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this Dec. 8, 2018 photo Dortmund players celebrate after scoring during the Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Saturday’s 2-1 win at Schalke was Dortmund’s first Ruhr derby win in three years. (Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)The usual pretenders topped their groups.Nearly all of the top teams advanced.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Napoli had the most points — nine — of any team failing to advance after getting drawn in a group with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.Napoli kicked off at Anfield on top of its group on Tuesday. After a 1-0 loss, Napoli had fallen to third, edged by Liverpool on a head-to-head tiebreaker of goals scored.Five seasons ago, Napoli had 12 points yet didn’t advance because Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal also had 12 and better tiebreaker statistics.With 30 minutes to play on Wednesday, Shakhtar was on course for the round of 16. Lyon tied the game and advanced instead.The game was moved to Kiev, after Shakhtar’s previous two home games were in Kharkiv, due to martial law being imposed during the latest Russian aggression affecting Ukraine.Shakhtar has also played in Lviv since last hosting a Champions League in its modern Donbass Arena in November 2013. Weeks later, Russian annexed Crimea and the Donbass region was affected by conflict between government forces and pro-Russia separatists that continues.SURPRISE TEAMThey are young. They are fearless. They have a point to prove. It would be some story if Borussia Dortmund manages to go all the way.Like Liverpool last season and Monaco the year before, the Champions League likes to throw up a surprise story and Dortmund might be the new darling of Europe this time round.Top of the German league by seven points, Dortmund also won its Champions League group and conceded a competition-low two goals in six matches.last_img read more


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first_imgReplying to a question, Maxwell conceded that nothing Replying to a question, Maxwell conceded that nothing seems to be going right for his team at the moment. “No, it doesnt,” he said. The bowlers of his team also came in for some criticism from the Australian. “If you look at the scoreboard after 12 overs, I think it was 108-109 (for Mumbai), that was ridiculous because we had done so well throughout that Powerplay and all we needed was one or two more breakthroughs. And we just kept on finding ways to let them slip. Our fielding has let us down massively in this game,” he said. To a question about his own form in earlier games, Maxwell said there was nothing wrong with his form. “There has been nothing wrong with my form, I have been hitting the ball as good as ever,” he said. Asked if KXIP was too desperate for a win after a string of losses, Maxwell said, “No one was trying to make a mistake, but it seems we were making mistakes at crucial times in games where other teams were taking good catches there, they were getting direct hits…just hasnt quite rolled our way.” Maxwell still felt that all was not lost for KXIP yet and they have the capability to turn things around and make it to the play-offs. “All we need is to get couple of wins in a row. Honestly, I think anything can happen in this game. We are going to need to do a lot of things right that we have been doing wrong so far. I think we need to be honest with each other. We havent been good enough in all three facets in a complete game yet. Weve got to do everything right from now on,” he said. “We just have to be clinical in what we do with the bat, ball and in the field. Were just lacking a bit of polish at the moment and Im sure thats going to hopefully come after this short little break before we head to Rajkot.” PTI SUN PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgChandigarh, Jun 2 (PTI) Continuing with its name changing spree, the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government has renamed the Haryana Urban Development Authority as Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran, saying its acronym HUDA sounded similar to the last name of former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will now be known as Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), cabinet minister Anil Vij told PTI here today.”The name HUDA caused confusion as its acronym sounded too similar to Hoodas name” he said, adding if the CBI raids Hooda, it used to give an impression as if HUDA has been prosecuted by the investigating agency.He said that the decision to change the name of HUDA was taken in yesterdays cabinet meeting which was chaired by Khattar, who is also the chairman of the states urban development authority.Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran is the Hindi translation of Haryana Urban Development Authority, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Krishan Kumar Bedi said.”People say Hooda will be jailed. However, only those who were aware about the case (alleged irregularities in land deals) can understand what does it mean (Hooda or HUDA),” Vij said.HUDA, a statutory body of the government, was established in 1977 under the Haryana Urban Development Authority Act, 1977.Hooda is facing a CBI probe in re-allotment of 3,360 square metre institutional plot to Associate Journal Limited (National Herald) in Panchkula, alleged irregularities in allocation of industrial plots at Panchkula and alleged scandal in land acquisition in Gurgaon.The former chief minister, however, described the cases of alleged irregularities as “vendetta” by the BJP government.advertisementOn the Haryana government decision to change names of the cities and now of HUDA, Hooda said, “The BJP government will keep changing names of villages, cities and now authorities, by this, one can think about its intentions.””I have said earlier that this governments only work is badala (vendetta), badli (transferring officials) and namkaran (changing names),” he said.Last month, the state government had decided to rename various sports stadia across Haryana named after Congress leader and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.In April last year, the government has renamed Gurgaon as Gurugram and Mewat as Nuh.A month prior to this, Mustafabad tehsil in Yamunanagar was renamed as Saraswati Nagar.In April this year, the government renamed Ballabhgarh as Balramgarh.A month before, the Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board, headed by Khattar, was renamed as Indus Valley civilisation.Last month, the Haryana government has decided to rename three villages in districts Fatehabad, Hisar and Mahendragarh.The name of Gandha in Fatehabad district has been changed to Ajit Nagar, Kinnar in Hisar district renamed as Gaibi Nagar and Chamghera in Mahendragarh district renamed as Dev Nagar.Meanwhile, hitting out at Hooda, Vij said, “Everyone knows that benefits were extended by his government to Congress president Sonia Gandhis son-in-law Robert Vadra. Congress party has been defending him from day one and terming him innocent. Vadra too has said that he has not done anything wrong, but everyone knows the facts”.The Minister said that the government formed the S N Dhingra commission because it wanted to bring to fore the “misdeeds” of the previous government. Now there is an injunction in making the report public”.The Dhingra Commission was asked to probe alleged irregularities in grant of licences by the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government for development of colonies, housing societies and commercial complexes in four Guragon villages.Hooda had petitioned the high court challenging the constitutional validity of the panel and accused the government of resorting to political vendetta.”If Hooda claims innocence in Robert Vadra case then he should withdraw the case and stay on making public the Dhingra Commission report from the high court and face the music,” Vij said in a tweet. PTI VJ SUN SMJlast_img read more


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first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. All that glitters is not gold An FPGA’s high computational power, low-power consumption, and flexibility come at a price — difficulty to program. They can be reprogrammed to fit any task but be generic enough to accommodate various undertakings. DL is evolving rapidly, and the same FPGA will fit new requirements without needing the next-generation silicon (which is typical with ASICs), thereby reducing the cost of ownership. They range from large to small devices. They can be used in data centers or in an internet of things (IoT) node. The only difference is the number of blocks they contain. They use less power than CPUs or GPUs — usually five to 10 times less average power for the same NN computation. Their recurring cost in data centers is lower. They are not limited to certain types of data. They can handle non-standard low precision more suitable to deliver higher throughput for DL. Continue Reading Previous WITTENSTEIN extend services for whole of Amazon FreeRTOSNext Infineon: Blockchain Security 2Go starter kit protects digital transactions I recently attended the 2018 Xilinx Development Forum (XDF) in Silicon Valley. While at this forum, I was introduced to a company called Mipsology , a startup in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) that claims to have solved the AI-related problems associated with field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Mipsology was founded with a grand vision to accelerate the computation of any neural network (NN) with the highest performance achievable on FPGAs without the constraints inherent in their deployment.Mipsology demonstrated the ability to execute more than 20,000 images per second, running on the newly announced Alveo boards from Xilinx, and processing a collection of NNs, including ResNet50, InceptionV3, VGG19, among others. Introducing neural networks and deep learning Loosely modeled on the web of neurons in the human brain, a neural network is at the foundation of deep learning (DL), a complex mathematical system that can learn tasks on its own. By looking at many examples or associations, a NN can learn connections and relationships faster than a traditional recognition program. The process of configuring a NN to perform a specific task based on learning millions of samples of the same type is called training .For example, an NN might listen to many vocal samples and use DL to learn to “recognize” the sounds of specific words. This NN could then sift through a list of new vocal samples, and correctly identify samples containing words it has learned, using a technique called inference .Despite its complexity, DL is based on performing simple operations — mostly additions and multiplications — in the billions or trillions. The computational demand to perform such operations is daunting. More specifically, the computing needs to execute DL inferences are greater than those for DL training. Whereas DL training must be performed only one time, an NN, once trained, must perform inference again and again for each new sample it receives. Four choices to accelerate deep learning inference Over time, the engineering community resorted to four different computing devices to process NNs. In increasing order of processing power and power consumption, and in decreasing order of flexibility/adaptability, these devices encompass: central processing units (CPUs), graphics processing units (GPUs), FPGAs, and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). The table below summarizes the main differences among the four computing devices. Comparison of CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, and ASICs for DL computing (Source: Lauro Rizzatti) CPUs are based on the Von Neuman architecture. While flexible (the reason for their existence), CPUs are affected by long latency because of memory accesses consuming several clock cycles to execute a simple task. When applied to tasks that benefit from the lowest latencies such as NN computation and, specifically, DL training and inference, they are the poorest choice.GPUs provide high computation throughput at the cost of decreased flexibility. Furthermore, GPUs consume significant power that demands cooling, making them less than ideal for deployment in data centers.While custom ASICs may seem to be an ideal solution, they have their own set of issues. Developing an ASIC takes years. DL and NN are evolving rapidly with ongoing breakthroughs, making last year’s technology irrelevant. Plus, to compete with a CPU or a GPU, an ASIC would need to use a large silicon area using the thinnest process node technology. This makes the upfront investment expensive, without any guarantee of long-term relevancy. All considered, ASICs are effective for specific tasks.FPGA devices have emerged as the best possible choice for inference. They are fast, flexible, power efficient, and offer a good solution for data processing in data centers, especially in the fast-moving world of DL, at the edge of the network and under the desk of AI scientists.The largest FPGAs available today include millions of simple Boolean operators, thousands of memories and DSPs, and several CPU ARM cores. All these resources work in parallel — each clock tick triggers up to millions of simultaneous operations — resulting in trillions of operations performed at each second. The processing required by DL maps quite well onto FPGA resources.FPGAs have other advantages over CPUs and GPUs used for DL, including the following:last_img read more


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first_imgFormula One world champion Lewis Hamilton made the most of a more powerful new Mercedes engine to lap fastest in free practice for France’s first grand prix in a decade on Friday.While the Briton led both sessions on a sizzling day at Le Castellet, traffic gridlock on the roads leading to the southern Paul Ricard circuit meant many fans missed much of the action with rows of empty seats in the grandstands.There was also drama on track, with Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson crashing his Sauber in the first session and clambering out with the car on fire.A wheel then came off Sergio Perez’s Force India car at speed on the Mistral straight in the late afternoon.Hamilton, a point behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel after seven races, complained about his car’s handling over the radio in the first session but still put in a best time of one minute 32.231 seconds.The four times champion’s best time in the second was 1:32.539, with Mercedes finally giving him the updated engine after delaying its introduction in Canada two weekends ago due to a technical issue.The latter time was a considerable 0.704 faster than Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo, the best of the rest.”This place is beautiful, it’s really stunning down here,” Hamilton said of a circuit that last hosted a grand prix in 1990 and represents a new challenge for a man who has won everywhere else on the calendar.”The new engine feels clean and fresh, but we won’t really know its full potential until tomorrow when everyone gets to turn their engines up,” he added.advertisementFIERY CRASHHamilton’s Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas, also with a new Mercedes engine in his car, was second fastest in the initial stint but seventh in the second after his car developed a water leak.The 90-minute opening session was red-flagged with a minute remaining when Ericsson lost control at the Beausset corner, spun and hit the barriers hard, with the Sauber car then catching fire.The Swede worryingly remained in the car before marshals arrived with an extinguisher and he clambered out from underneath the halo head-protection system.Video images later showed extensive scorching to the rear of the car and the Swede was unable to take part in second practice due to the damage.Ricciardo, winner of two races this season and still mulling his future options, was third fastest for Red Bull in the first session in 1:32.527.”We were relatively fast today, in the long runs we looked a bit up and down so definitely a bit of work to do tonight, but not a bad Friday,” commented the Australian.Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fourth on the timesheets in both sessions, with Vettel also fifth in both.”The long-runs felt pretty OK, quite consistent,” said Vettel. “The wind was quite an issue at the beginning of the session, but then it calmed down and it all started to come together. In the end I was reasonably happy with today’s run.”Williams and McLaren, two of the sport’s most successful teams who are going through difficult times, continued to struggle.Spain’s double world champion Fernando Alonso, winner at the Le Mans 24 Hours with Toyota last weekend, was only 16th in the first session but improved to eighth in the second.last_img read more


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first_imgMS Dhoni became the fourth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid to score 10,000 ODI runs in the 2nd ODI against England at Lord’s on Saturday.He needed 33 to get to the milestone before the first ODI of the three-match series between England and India.The former India captain made 37 runs in India’s 86-run loss against the hosts but still had a reason to smile after entering an exclusive club of batsmen at the Mecca of cricket.2nd ODI: Root, Plunkett script England’s crushing win over India at Lord’sOverall, Dhoni became only the 12th player in ODI history to reach the 10000-run club. Besdies the four Indian stalwarts, the elite list includesTillekaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), Ricky Ponting (Australia), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Brian Lara (West Indies) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan).Milestone Alert : @msdhoni breaches the 10,000 runs mark in ODIs.He is the 4th Indian to achieve the feat.#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/vDsWgUZoXQBCCI (@BCCI) July 14, 2018Tendulkar was the first to reach the 10000-run mark and remains the fastest to get there. After debuting on December 18, 1989, the Master Blaster created history when he scored his 10000th run in his 259th innings against Australia in Indore on March 31, 2001. His long-time India teammate and friend Ganguly was the next to get there off 263 innings – on August 3, 2005. Jayasuriya, who debuted in 1989, reached the 10000-run mark six days after Ganguly, taking 328 innings.What an achievement, what a player. @msdhoni becomes the 12th player to score 10,000 runs in ODIs. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/3yJ3KtaffkadvertisementICC (@ICC) July 14, 2018India vs England 2nd ODI: HighlightsDhoni is the fourth quickest to the landmark in terms of innings – after Tendulkar, Ganguly, Ponting (266) and Kallis (272). The Ranchi superstar made his debut against Bangladesh on December 23, 2004 but was runout for a duck.However, Dhoni soon started dominating cricket headlines with his destructive batting – in only his fifth ODI, he smashed a 123-ball 148 against Pakistan on April 5, 2005 to announce his arrival in the world stage. Thereafter, he established himself as a hard-hitting batsman, who could float anywhere in the line-up. MS Dhoni is the fourth quickest to reach the landmark in terms of innings and the second quickest in terms of balls faced (Reuters Photo)Later in 2005, he blasted 183 not out off 145 balls against Sri Lanka as India blazed down a steep target in Jaipur. After being appointed captain in 2007, Dhoni dropped himself down the order and went on to become world cricket’s most consistent finsher.He only has 10 ODI hundreds and it took him more than four years to score one after his ninth ton against Pakistan in December 2012. But who knows? Dhoni might have had a few more hundreds to his name had he not demoted himself.After Virat Kohli took over as India’s limited-overs captain, he had intended to get Dhoni to bat higher up but that has not always been possible because of team combinations. Ironically, Kohli is in line to become the fifth Indian to reach 10000 ODI runs and could well become the fastest to get there.last_img read more


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first_imgAfghanistan captain Asghar Afghan said that his team is here to play good cricket and not just compete and he is hoping that Afghanistan will put up a solid show in the tournament.The Afghan-led Afghanistan side will begin the tournament on September 17 against Sri Lanka and Afghan feels that they are well prepared to take on Angelo Mathews’s depleted Lankan side.”We are not here just to play but to perform. Our players have got enough experience playing big international matches. They have performed well in leading cricket leagues so we are hopeful of doing well in this tournament as well.””Sri Lanka is an experienced side. We have had some good matches against them, be it in World Cup, T20 format or one-day matches. We are confident that we can perform well against them,” Aghan told ANI.Eyes on the prize.The 6 captains pose with the trophy ahead of the #AsiaCup2018 opening game on Saturday! pic.twitter.com/81AG8IQSLzAsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) September 14, 2018Reflecting on the much anticipated India-Pakistan clash, the right-hand batsman said that the match is going to be the best match of the tournament as the cricketing tussle between these two nations is of another level.”India-Pakistan clash will be the best match of the tournament as whenever these two nations go against each other, people from around the world show interest, Moreover, the cricketing tussle between India and Pakistan is of another level.Both the teams have got good combination as well. While India are coming after competing in tough England conditions, Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistani side is also doing very well,” he added.advertisementAfter their clash with Sri Lanika, Afghanistan will clash with Bangladesh on September 20.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more


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first_imgACROBATICS has always been a sport that has fascinated spectators and evoke admiration. It is not only an activity which demonstrates incredible gymnastic feats, but is also a highly demanding discipline which requires skill, years of training, and precise balance and handeye-coordination.The Formosa Circus Art (FOCA) group from Taiwan more than meets all these exact requirements.They specialise in combining the contemporary modern circus arts of Taiwan with acrobatics, theatre arts, and more traditional forms. They are well-known in Taiwan and across the globe.Their current project is the show, The Heart of Asia. This show does not just comprise spectacular gymnastic accomplishments on stage, but the exploration and experimentation of a variety of performance arts.The show combines elements of Taiwanese acrobatics, music and dance with Western forms of expression. Allison Chao, assistant representative at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India, elaborates, They have already performed this show in France and Edinburgh.Chao goes on to add We are holding this show as an attempt to strengthen cultural relations between Taiwan and India. We think audiences in Delhi will really enjoy The Heart of Asia since it is a mixture of both what is modern and traditional and what is from the East and the West.(The performance will be staged at 6:30 pm on July 6 at Kamani Auditorium, Delhi)last_img read more


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first_imgVirat Kohli is the greatest-ever ODI batsman, says Michael ClarkeFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke said one has to respect Virat Kohli’s passion for the game and that the India captain’s commitment is unquestionable.advertisement Press Trust of India MelbourneJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 14:32 IST Virat Kohli has already scored 39 ODI hundreds and is on course to break a few of Sachin Tendulkar’s records (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMichael Clarke heaped praise on Virat Kohli, saying the India captain’s passion for the sport is peerlessClarke also said MS Dhoni will be effective wherever he bats for India in ODIsMS Dhoni won his first Man of the Series award in 8 years as India beat Australia 2-1 in ODIsThat Virat Kohli is destined to be among the pantheons of all-time greats is an oft-repeated assertion but for former Australia captain Michael Clarke, the India skipper is already the “greatest ODI batsman to have ever played the game”.Kohli, the world’s no.1 Test, and ODI batsman, led India through a historic tour of Australia, during which the team won the Test and ODI rubbers and drew the T20 International series.Kohli’s India was the first team ever not to lose any series Down Under and along the way, he continued to add to his rapidly-rising count of international hundreds.”To me, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman to have ever played one-day cricket. I have no doubts after seeing what he has achieved for India,” Clarke, himself a former World Cup-winning captain, told PTI in an interview.Kohli has already scored 10,385 runs in 219 ODIs with an astounding average of 59 plus, including 39 hundreds.An unabashed Kohli fan, Clarke said that the 30-year-old Indian’s passion is unmatchable.”You have to respect Virat’s passion to win games for his country. Yes, he has aggression but no one can question his commitment, how much he has achieved. He is the greatest in ODIs,” Clarke said.MS Dhoni knows how to react to any given situation: ClarkeWhile Kohli’s craft continues to evoke awe, his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s current form has the cricketing world divided.Dhoni’s style of batsmanship in ODIs, no longer as aggressive as it used to be, has been a matter of concern but for Clarke, the 37-year-old former India captain should be left alone to play his game.advertisement”MS knows how to react to any given situation. He has played 300 plus ODIs so he knows how to go about his job,” Clarke said.But would Dhoni have been as effective as he was in the third ODI against Australia if the target would have been 330 instead of 230?”I think he would have played differently. It was 230 and he had a particular strategy and it would have been different if the target would have been bigger,” he said.”Look at his approach in the second game in Adelaide and the third game in Melbourne. It was different,” Clarke said.Asked what should be Dhoni’s batting position in the World Cup, Clarke said, “Any position 4, 5 or 6. He is good enough to bat at any position and I believe Virat will use him accordingly.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya will definitely be part of India’s World Cup squad: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Glenn Maxwell should lead Australia at World Cup 2019, says Mitchell JohnsonAlso Read | 2019 World Cup: India looking at Rishabh Pant as backup top-order batsmanAlso Read | Pujara hundreds, Pant banter and Dhoni 2.0: Recapping India’s historic Australia tourAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Michael ClarkeFollow MS DhoniFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India cricket teamFollow 2019 Cricket World Cuplast_img read more


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Rabat – Squalli died Monday morning from an incurable disease, Moroccan media reported.Born in Fez in 1932, Squalli wrote the national anthem in 1969 under the reign of King Hassan II. Before 1969, the anthem was used only in melody.The idea of writing lyrics to the national anthem came after the Moroccan national football team qualified to participate in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico for the first time. There are two stories behind the writing of the anthem’s lyrics. One story says that King Hassan II launched a competition to compose the anthem’s lyrics, and Squalli’s lyrics gained royal and popular approval.َAnother version says that King Hassan II ordered Squalli to write the lyrics for the melody.Leo Morgan, a French captain and chief of music during the French occupation of Morocco, had composed the national anthem’s melody. The Frenchman wrote the anthem’s music during the reign of Sultan Moulay Youssef.The melody of the national anthem was in use without lyrics before Morocco’s independence in 1956. Squalli also wrote numerous books, especially children’s books.Squalli received a BA degree in literature from Al-Quaraouiyine University in 1951 and later became a professor there.Squalli joined the Royal Cabinet in 1956, where he was appointed as an advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then he became an associate professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in Rabat in 1964. The Moroccan author had worked as an inspector general at the Ministry of Education since 1971.Sakali had also been a member of the Union of Moroccan Writers since 1967.Throughout his career, Squalli achieved various awards for his literary works, including the Morocco Grand Prize in 1982 and the international prize of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia  for children’s literature in 1992. read more


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The wholesale price of a kilogram of sugar has been reduced from Rs. 99 to Rs. 96 with effect from today, Sugar importers said.


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The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, accompanied by wife Maithree Wickremesinghe, also took part in the ‘Shata Chandika Yaga’ as part of the ongoing three-day ritual, temple officials said.He was scheduled to visit the temple in August, but the plan was cancelled at the last minute owing to bad weather. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today offered prayers at the famous Kollur Mookambika Temple in the Udupi district in India, the Press Trust of India reported.Wickremesinghe was accorded a traditional welcome at the entrance of the temple.


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first_imgBy: Kebba SeckaFollowing Foroyaa’s publication on January 24th about a leaking soak-away at the Bakoteh market, the Director of Services at the Kanifing Municipal Council Lamin Sanyang told this reporter in a telephone interview, that both Kanifing and Bakoteh Housing Estate including the Bakoteh market, are not directly under the management of KMC.The director indicated that the infrastructure and environmental sanitation of the market at the two Estates, are under the care and responsibility of the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC). “Two days ago, we cleared the waste that was dumped at the Bakoteh market. As a council, we feel that the two markets are under our domain but according to the terms and conditions between SSHFC and KMC, we are not responsible for the two markets. We even do not collect duties from the vendors,” he explained. The director also claimed that two days ago, they cleared the waste around the Kanifing Estate, even though it was not their duty.When asked about his concern regarding the Bakoteh resident’s claim that they have registered complaints to the KMC without success, Sanyang said this was not to his knowledge. He added that anything they are doing within the two Estates is to complement the responsibility of SSHFC. He concluded by emphasizing that, to unload the leaking soak-way of Bakoteh market is to contact the SSHFC to do it; that it is their responsibility. Foroyaa will get in touch with the SSHFC regarding the issue.last_img read more


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first_imgEverton Football Club (FC) has received accreditation from the Workplace Wellbeing Charter in recognition of its commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of its 480 permanent employees.Everton FC (pictured) achieved this in June 2018.The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a voluntary accreditation standard managed by independent charity Health@Work Consultancy Services. It involves a self-assessment process as well as an on-site visit, where auditors conduct interviews and assess the organisation against eight topic areas. These include mental health, physical activity, absence management, health and safety and leadership.The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is available for all public, private and voluntary sector organisations in the UK. To date, more than 1,000 are now accredited to the Workplace Wellbeing Charter.Kim Healey, people director at Everton FC, said: “This Workplace Wellbeing Charter award is very important to us. It’s a sign of our continued commitment to the environment we provide to everyone working at Everton. To achieve this award, auditors have spoken to Club staff at all levels who, in their own words, were able to get across how they are supported in their roles and how the Club cares about their mental and physical wellbeing.”last_img read more


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first_imgStill, Dolan says his company likes to avoid “overactive markets.” “Right now there’s a lot of play with workflow management and document management at law firms,” he added. “I won’t touch that, we like the dark corners.”Mobile is viewed much the same way online was a few years ago: a huge opportunity but no one really knows what to do with it yet. “Most content businesses now have some sort of digital business. I think soon they will all also be building mobile,” said Quadrangle’s Ezersky. “Right now, the only ones making money from mobile are the carriers. Until a couple big players figure this out and start butting heads, it won’t happen. We’re already at a place where venture capitalists who invested in mobile a few years ago are disappointed.”Multiples Continue to Soar for OnlineEBITDA multiples are starting to see significant disparity. According to DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips, b-to-b EBITDA multiples averaged 11.5x in 2007, compared to 12x to 13x EBITDA for consumer publishing deals. “Those multiples will continue to carry over into 2008 with high quality companies, while third tier companies will continue to struggle,” says Phillips.Meanwhile, DeSilva + Phillips said EBITDA for digital content companies averaged between 7x and 15x EBITDA, while ad networks averaged 10x to 18x EBITDA, and social networks averaged 9x to 16x EBITDA.Deal CultureDespite the bad press for private equity, some speakers said private equity ownership seems to be more forgiving than the public market these days. “VNU couldn’t operate in the public market—now they’re still the same size and because the CEO isn’t making quarterly reports, he can make tough decisions,” says Strauss Zelnick, partner at ZelnickMedia.Dolan advised publishers to keep their operators out of M&A and focused on the business. “Our analogy is, growing organically is farming culture and M&A is hunter-killer culture,” he said, prompting moderator Charles Engros Jr., managing partner at Morgan, Lewis and Brockius, to quip, “That’s a good analogy because sometimes what you’re hunting kills you.” Strategic operators and private equity investors are looking for opportunities in the development of a “fourth leg of the stool,” speakers said today at the annual DeSilva + Phillips Dealmakers Summit. Attractive media companies are going to look very different going forward. “We’re glum about newspapers, and cautious about TV and magazines,” said Peter Ezersky, managing principal at Quadrangle Group LLC.While only a few members of the audience thought the market is in recession right now, the majority said things would get worse before they get better. That has prompted even longtime players in the magazine market to change what they’re looking for. “A lot of our portfolio is made up of advertising-based services but in 2007 we didn’t buy a single ad-supported business,” said Peggy Koenig, managing partner at private equity firm ABRY Partners, which owns consumer enthusiast publisher F&W and b-to-b publisher Cygnus. “A lot of old media has been disrupted. We see much more opportunity now with information services.”Dolan Media, which recently performed a $196 million IPO, has developed a series of services that president and CEO Jim Dolan says are economy neutral or even counter-cyclical, such as a mortgage foreclosure service and continuing legal education.“It’s an easy step from giving them information to giving them services to help them,” Dolan says. “It’s an avenue of growth we hadn’t thought of before 2005. What we’re doing with services is what many publishers are trying to do with online, and that’s build communities. This isn’t an abandonment of anything, doesn’t take away from other services.”last_img read more


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first_img https://twitter.com/rosaliavt/status/1048931982607110145 https://twitter.com/rosaliavt/status/1058332438680735747 NO ME LO CREO El Mal Querer is out. Estoy tan feliz 😭🤪😆Decirme lo q habéis sentido en la primera escucha ♥️🎆 Os leo____________Let me know your feelings when you listen to it. I read your comments pic.twitter.com/BGx3Nv7iiw— R O S A L Í A (@rosaliavt) November 2, 2018 Twitter Nominated for five Latin GRAMMYs, meet the artist who is getting noticed for her striking blend of new and old, flamenco and electro-pop, and tells the world: “Not now or ever will I put flamenco aside”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2018 – 6:14 pm Meet Rosalía. The young Spanish singer is getting noticed globally for her modern take on her country’s tradition of flamenco music, rife with passion and infused with her electronic-infused and pop-ready flair. Her unique sound is something the world is showing its ready for and feels almost as if it should belong in a new genre shaped by her alone. Email How Rosalía Is Reinventing What It Means To Be A Global Pop Star Facebook The momentum the rising star has built in just a year in both Spanish and English language markets is quite impressive. She has been garnering a diverse, growing group of music fans, including other musicians. She worked with the likes of Pharrell Williams and J Balvin; “Brillo” is featured on Balvin’s hugely popular Latin GRAMMY-nominated album Vibras.Other musicians such as James Blake and Dua Lipa have noticed her as well and are on her growing list of fans—Lipa shouted her out when we asked her who she wanted to collaborate with a few weeks back. Rosalía told Pitchfork how “working with Pharrell was a dream….Collaborations like that are where you come up with sounds that maybe you wouldn’t have found otherwise.” The future looks bright for the young, innovative singer—keep reading to get a taste of her sound and style.”Malamente”Rosalía released “Malamente” as the lead single from El Mal Querer, and the music world has paid attention; the music video has 29.8 million views on YouTube to date. It is a great introduction to Rosalía and her sound, with flamenco-inspired clapping, or palmas, over a catchy, electronic beat and a mix of both haunting vocals and spoken word; her singing and clapping is interspersed at several points with an echoing repeat of words “mira,” or look—indeed the world is.She recently addressed the personal and cultural significance of the video’s visuals themes, like the motorcycle “bullfight”— a controversial subject in Spain, as bullfighting was banned in Catalonia in 2010 and later overturned by the Spanish government in 2016 for reasons of “cultural heritage.” Her aim was for the video to reflect traditional and modern elements of her Spanish culture, as she does in her music by having Nico Mendez, the director of both videos (“Malamente” and “Pienso en tu Mirá”), “visually translating this musical idea, which is about tradition but also about experimentation, with the current sound of electronic music. So on one hand it has this classic side, and on the other this current and transgressive vision.” she explained to Billboard. “I told him I wanted to do a video that had to do with Spanish iconography, with all of the images that make up our culture.””Pienso en tu Mirá”This song also features a steady dose of palmas, which play a part in much of her music. The video features more artist references to her Spanish heritage, semi-trucks, which were a regular feature of the industrial suburb she grew up in, a bull mounted on the wall, a miniature singing flamenco girl in the style of a Lladró, cermamic figurines made (and popular) in Spain. In her videos we get a taste of the star’s edgy, hip fashion sense, which is at times very street-style inspired and at others almost VIP-entrance-to-the-club ready. The young star is an artist and experimenter in all senses of both words.”[For this new album] I felt that I wanted to experiment with electronic music, to develop an idea that I´d had since I was 17. The idea of flamenco and sampling. Because electronic music forms part of my background. I wanted to develop a project that had the voice at the forefront, a lot of harmonies, very rhythmic, nothing like Los Ángeles,” she said.”Catalina””Catalina” is the one single she released from Los Ángeles and gives you a taste of her sound on that album, with a somewhat more traditional take on flamenco, without electronic sounds. She describes her experimentation on the album as focused mainly on playing with the way the guitar is used, with both the sharp chords of the guitar and her piercing vocals shining through on this song, offering a sample of a slightly more “pure” flamenco version of Rosalía’s music.”That folklore is part of who I am, and that’s the key: I don’t want to lose my roots. I think that’s what gives you your identity,” Rosalía said. “Rather than trying to adhere to some kind of global pop standard, it’s much more interesting to look to my roots and to the popular music of where I’m from. Not now or ever will I put flamenco aside.”19th Latin GRAMMY Awards: 19 Things You Didn’t KnowRead more Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star how-rosalia-reinventing-what-it-means-be-global-pop-star The 25-year-old is from Sant Esteve Sesrovires, a suburb of Barcelona in the Catalonia region in Spain. She began studying music since age 13, the same age she first fell in love with traditional Spanish flamenco music. She learned flamenco formally at the Taller de Músics in Barcelona, which only accepts one student a year, and received a degree from the Catalunya College of Music, where she developed the concept for her latest album as her graduate thesis.Music clearly runs through Rosalía’s veins, and her desire to perfect her art and make it her own is admirable. Reflecting on the first time she heard flamenco, “It was like getting pierced by an arrow—it was the purest thing I had ever heard,” feeling called to the sound and later realizing, as she told Pitchfork, “I have the power to communicate something, and I’d like to develop that. This is what I want to do with my life.”She co-produced both of her albums and released her debut, Los Ángeles, on Feb. 10, 2017, when the buzz began, even resulting in a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2017 Latin GRAMMY Awards. On May 29 she released the lead single “Malamente” for her sophomore album El Mal Querer, which just dropped on Nov. 2, and the excitement around Rosalía has only continued to build, in Spain and far beyond.This year she is in the running for five Latin GRAMMYs, the second-most nominated artist behind reggaeton king J Balvin, even though nominations went out before her second album was released, with just its lead single eligible for consideration. Pointing to the record’s wide appeal, “Malamente” is up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Urban Fusion/Performance, Best Alternative Song and Best Short Form Music Video. News i’m downnnnnnnn 💖💖💖 @DUALIPA https://t.co/vCxhfnpuEJ— R O S A L Í A (@rosaliavt) October 7, 2018last_img read more


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first_imgThe Galena checkpoint hosts dog teams on Thursday. (Photo: Ben Matheson, KNOM)At this point in the Iditarod, just about every top team has declared their mandatory 24-rest, and is either recuperating, or else charging back onto the trail. The rest gives both dogs and mushers a chance to catch their breath and rebuild some strength. And it’s one of the main indicators of a musher’s strategy, finally giving shape to the accelerating race in the days ahead.All over the dog lot on a frozen slough in Galena, mushers attend to dogs, their headlamps wobbling in the dark like blue lighting bugs. They’re joined by an upbeat Allen Moore, who’s just pulling off the Yukon River:“Bib number?”“36.”“Alright, how many dogs?”“16.”“All 16, still, alright. What’s your plan, for staying or going?”“Oh, I’m staying.”“You stayin’ for a while?”“Why not?”Moore scanned a clipboard to see who’s come in when, joking a little with the race official checking him in.“You know, I’m thinkin’ long term,” Moore said. “This is a great place, why not?”“I agree,” the official said.For Moore, the choice to stop here is motivated mostly by considerations for the dogs on his team.“Yeah, it’s just a good checkpoint, it’s about 350 miles into the race, I got a couple young dogs that — they don’t know what’s going on, so I just want to get ‘em through it,” Moore said.Moore was aiming to take his big break here or else one more checkpoint up, in Huslia. With that decision made, he lets go of the break and slides down a small hill to park on the slough.For other mushers, this is exactly where they aimed to be. Pete Kaiser was set on getting his dogs to Galena for a 24, and didn’t even pack enough food to get to Huslia if he’d changed his mind.“That’s kind of the idea, they’re still doing fine, but you’ve utilized most of their energy to here, but not all of it,” Kaiser said. “And I think they’re gonna bounce back nice from this rest and keep moving forward.”Kaiser hasn’t yet taken the eight-hour rest that’s required along the Yukon River. He said he’s waiting to see how his dogs do on the trail in the next few legs. At this point in the race, rest becomes a strategic calculation, both for the energy involved and the potential plans it discloses to other competitors. As mushers think through the next three or four moves they’ll make, many are surveying leaderboards and the GPS tracker to assess who’s resting up, and who’s pushing ahead.Not everyone’s in Galena because they want to be. Aliy Zirkle’s dogs started showing signs of illness Tuesday, and in spite of her original plan to make it to Huslia, she declared her 24 here instead.“My dogs aren’t extremely healthy right now, they all have this bug, and a few of ‘em have a fever,” Zirkle said.Zirkle’s hoping the break, combined with the eight hours she already took not too long before, will still put her dogs in a good position for the nearly 600 miles to go.Others, like Robert Redington, picked Galena because they found issues with other checkpoints.“I was gonna do it in Ruby, but I had a bad parking spot, so I came here,” Redington said. “I’m glad I did.”In the days ahead, mushers will leap frog up and down the leader board as the standings shape up.last_img read more