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Kevin Modesti: There is quit on this team

first_imgOF all the body parts to betray the Lakers lately, the ones in which Phil Jackson wanted to see the most improvement as the team came out of the All-Star break weren’t the ankles, knees or shoulders but the eyes. That was a remarkable statement the coach made after the previous game, using an outrageous four-letter epithet, singeing players’ ears with sports’ Q-word. And it might bear repeating now that the Lakers have continued their February fold by falling to the Portland Trail Blazers 112-108 at Staples Center on Wednesday night, their sixth loss in a row and 12th in 16 games, as Jackson fumed on the sideline. “I think that I saw players that had quit in their eyes tonight, and that bothered me,” Jackson said to reporters after Thursday’s loss to Cleveland. Saying a group of professional athletes looked as if they were quitting is pretty strong. I went through this paper’s computer archives and found no example of Jackson saying anything like it since he arrived here in 1999. I asked him if he’d ever, with any of his teams, been moved to use words like those before. “I don’t think I’ve ever had to,” Jackson said. When Jackson returned to the Lakers post-Shaquille O’Neal, and people wondered if the coach of nine NBA champions could put up with a less than title-caliber team, it’s a month like this that they were referring to. In a Staples Center hallway before tip-off Wednesday, he searched his memory for comparisons. “There was one group I had in Chicago (the Bulls) in ’94 that had a season that was a roller coaster – we had a two-win, two-loss, three-win, two-loss type of season – and we felt frustrated because we couldn’t gain momentum,” Jackson said. center_img But this is different. “This (Lakers) team has had momentum,” Jackson said. “And has lost it in an ungainly fashion.” There were the back-to-back overtime losses to Charlotte and San Antonio to send the Lakers stumbling into a marathon eastern trip, then the 3-5 trip, then two home losses. Everybody talked about how the Lakers had to beat Portland to save Jackson from the first six-game losing streak as an NBA coach. Overlooked was the 4-11 stretch already marked Jackson’s worst 15-game stretch. Another memory search: With the 1980-81 New Jersey Nets, he lived through a 14-game losing streak, but he was only a first-year assistant coach then. When he worries about the quit in those purple-and-gold eyes, his concern is the close losses will pile up and bury the mostly young team. This, too, is from the memory bank: Jackson played for the 1977-78 New York Knicks. “We had all these talented players,” Jackson said. “Spencer Haywood, Bob McAdoo, Lonnie Shelton. Earl Monroe was on that team. And we got in a situation where we couldn’t hold a 10-point lead and we’d lose the ballgame. It just snowballed, and effectively we lost 12 out of 15 games in situations where we had double-digit leads and lost. “When things happen like that to teams that become repetitious, they get nervous, they get a defeated attitude. We want to break through that.” How? “They need one pivotal thing,” Jackson said, “kind of a moment that brings some kind of focus to them, that is a special moment where they play for each other and with each other.” While general manager Mitch Kupchak works out the slim possibilities for a major trade before today’s deadline, and the players hope the five-day break revived their shooting legs, the coach has been stuck in the middle of his worst month in a suit and tie. “I’ve always felt that if a coach wears his anger, his disappointment, his depression from losses, on his sleeve and beats up the team because of it, or punishes the team, or mopes about it, it wears a team out,” Jackson said. “But if you keep a balanced attitude, and you’re centered, everything (will be) OK. “But I don’t want them to think it’s OK to lose. That’s not what our game is about.” heymodesti@aol.com (818) 713-3616 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Mourinho has EARNED his bad spell! Chelsea told they must back under-fire boss

first_imgDanny Murphy says Jose Mourinho deserves Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s full backing despite the club’s horror start to the campaign.Speculation over Mourinho’s future has intensified after Liverpool became the sixth team to beat the Blues in the Premier League this season.But Murphy says the Portuguese’s past achievements at Stamford Bridge – three Premier League titles, three League Cups and an FA Cup make him the most successful manager in their history – demands that he is given plenty of time to turn things around.The ex-England and Liverpool star told talkSPORT: “In football generally, someone who is really successful as a manager or a player creates enemies because people get jealous.“People want to see someone at the top knocked down. For so long Jose Mourinho has been one of the best managers in the world and has had success everywhere he has been, and this is his first real bad spell, especially in this country.“People are loving it because it makes good headlines and of course he is not the must humble fella in the world so he is easy to dislike in some respects. I personally like him and I think he has earned the right, more than anybody, to have a bad spell.“As a player if you have a couple of good years and then a bad spell, you expect the manager to stick with you because you have shown him you have quality.“Jose, for what he has done for Chelsea Football Club and the success he has brought them, eleven games into a season he has earned the right to have a bad spell.”last_img read more

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Kennel’s neighbors barking about noise

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The permit committee decided to forward the complaints to a hearing officer, who will determine if the animal rescue group is a public nuisance. Beagles & Buddies, which houses 83 dogs, has been at 2661 Strozier Ave. in El Monte for 14 years. Martina Bernstein, attorney for Connie Kramer, owner of Beagles & Buddies, said if the city decides the rescue kennel is a public nuisance, many of the dogs may be put to death. Bernstein – who calls herself “the legal beagle” – said the city should consider the kennel’s pluses as well as drawbacks when deciding if it should be shut down. Resident Ray Silva disagreed. “I have lived here for 32 years, so many of us were here before Beagles & Buddies,” said Silva, 63. “We are not against what they do for animals. We all have dogs as pets, but we are the ones who live here and the noise has been getting worse.” Kathy Fuller was one of about 15 people at the meeting who spoke in support of Beagles & Buddies. She brought her paraplegic dog, Tinkerbell, to the meeting to show what the organization has done for needy animals. “She had a back injury but Beagles & Buddies rehabilitated her, got her a doggie cart and I adopted her,” Fuller said. “This is the humanitarian aspect of the great things they do.” nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL MONTE – Some residents say they are dog-tired of the barking that comes from a rescue kennel for beagles and other canines. “The noise is driving me crazy. I am medically retired and I need my tranquility and peace,” said David Herrera, 64, of El Monte. “Sometimes it’s so bad you want to go smack those dogs in the mouth but you can’t do that because it’s not good for the dogs. But it’s getting unbearable.” The city of El Monte held a public hearing Thursday to address complaints. City officials said residents have been calling them and the Police Department about excessive dog barking at Beagles & Buddies, a rescue shelter for beagles and other breeds. last_img read more

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Keeping Saturn Old

first_imgKeeping a planet like Saturn going for billions of years has been a problem lately, especially when evidences show that what we see today of its rings and moons could not have lasted that long.Ringside gambling:  The rings of Saturn are majestic, colorful, and young-looking.  Their ices are too clean, and the forces acting on them too pervasive, to have lasted 4.5 billion years.  The old idea that they formed along with Saturn has, therefore, fallen into disfavor.  Robin Canup came up with a “new alternative,” according to the BBC News: a body the size of giant moon Titan (larger than Mercury) floated within range of Saturn and dove in.    “Just how these icy rings came about has always been a mystery,” the BBC said.  Earlier theories envisioned an icy comet, not a minor planet, forming the rings, leading to its 90 to 95% icy composition.  To keep the rock out, Canup proposed that the impacting body’s surface ices got stripped off on the way in and became the rings, then the rocky part smacked into the planet.  Canup’s story requires a body 10 times the size of previously-supposed comets.  She even thinks there was enough material left over to form icy moons like Enceladus, Dione and Tethys.  Whether or not such an explanation is likely, Carl Murray thought it was “a clever way to explain the peculiarly icy nature of the rings.”Titan’s vanishing oceans:  An article on Science Daily was primarily devoted to allowing Akiva Bar-Nun of Tel Aviv University to say “I told you so” about Titan’s oily lakes and 6,000-foot mountains.  One of the things he had predicted in 1979, though, was that there would be enough hydrocarbons formed on the surface over its age to cover the large moon 43 meters deep.  Later estimates were around ten times that high.  Bodies of liquid the Cassini spacecraft actually found in 2005 are restricted to scattered lakes in the polar regions.    Bar-Nun agreed that the liquids accumulate from precipitation of compounds formed in the atmosphere by solar radiation.  He disagreed with astrobiologists and researchers like Sarah Horst (see 10/08/2010) who find Titan a tempting target in the search for life.  “The chemical processes on Titan are different than those on Earth because there is no water vapor in Titan’s air, leading to hydrocarbon-based lakes unlike those seen on our planet.  Because of this, the frequent claims that Titan could be a laboratory for the investigation of life’s emergence on Earth are unfounded, he says.”Enceladus: bubbly or wobbly?  The discovery in 2005 of active geysers at the south pole of little moon Enceladus “jolted many astronomers,” according to a story by Mike Wall on Space.com echoed on Live Science.  How could this “small, frozen and presumably dead moon” be “geologically active” after four and half billion years?  One “new way of thinking” that former Cassini Project Scientist Dennis Matson came up with to account for its “unique properties” is fizz.  A subsurface ocean picks up ions in the rock that bubble upward and explode out the south polar cracks.  According to his computer models, it doesn’t take much fizz to produce the effect.  Mike Wall got excited about this “Perrier ocean” model without asking too many questions, like how the ocean survived for billions of years in a moon just 500 miles across, why they erupt at the south pole, and why other moons don’t do this.  Matson admitted, “Until now, how you got so much heat out was a big, big problem.”    Some of the details of that big, big problem were stated more overtly in an article on PhysOrg, echoing a news feature from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, that took another “new way of thinking” to explain the puzzle.  No one expected little Enceladus to be “one of the most promising places in our solar system to look for extraterrestrial life” (because of its water); “Instead, it should have frozen solid billions of years ago.”  Whereas larger astrobiological targets like Mars (4,200 miles across) and Europa (2,000 miles across) “harbor hints” of subsurface water, Enceladus (500 miles across) “just doesn’t have the bulk needed for its interior to stay warm enough to maintain liquid water underground.”  Internal heating from radioactive decay is woefully inadequate: “in smaller moons like Enceladus, the cache of radioactive elements usually is not massive enough to produce significant heat for long, and the moon should have soon cooled and solidified.  So, unless another process within Enceladus somehow generated heat, any liquid formed by the melting of its interior would have frozen long ago.”    The JPL story calls for friction between the sides of subsurface cracks to keep the interior warm.  As Enceladus wobbles in its orbit due to a tiny bit of libration (non-uniform rotation) from its slightly-out-of-round shape, it may gain the added increment of tidal stress to cause the friction – perhaps up to five times as much, according to computer models.  The hypothesis was made by trying to match the computer model with known hot spots at the south pole.  They didn’t line up without adding libration.  Libration has not been observed, but if it occurs, must be less than 2%.  Terry Hurford, author of the model, believes that’s enough: “the extra heat makes it likely that Enceladus’ ocean could be long-lived, according to Hurford.”  The L-word life was not far behind: “This is significant in the search for life, because life requires a stable environment to develop.”    Similar questions arise, however, with the wobble model as with the bubble model.  Why does this happen only at Enceladus, and not nearby Mimas or Tethys?  What makes this unique to this one moon?  Don’t other moons librate?  Are all others perfect spheres?  Have they no tidal stresses?  Invoking ad hoc conditions after the fact is generally frowned upon in science.Another article on PhysOrg shows how Cassini scientist Paul Schenk (see his interesting blog with 3-D flyovers of planets and moons) has detected Enceladus “spray paint” on Mimas, Tethys, Dione and Rhea.  The JPL article contained this amazing factoid: “Scientists estimate from the Cassini data that the south polar heating is equivalent to a continuous release of about 13 billion watts of energy.” The Space.com article added that this energy is “five times more heat per unit area than flows through Earth’s geologic hot spot, Yellowstone National Park”. Photos.  A new clear picture of the geysers was posted Oct 6 at JPL.  The PhysOrg article included two Cassini photos; the first one, taken 11/21/2009, also at JPL, shows over 30 individual jets (see large at Planetary Photojournal).A reader calculated that Enceladus could power 2.3 cities the size of Las Vegas with 13 billion watts.  After all, Las Vegas is at the “south pole” of Nevada, a state about as big across as Enceladus.  Isn’t it wonderful that this little tiny moon has been putting out this power, and this water-ice paint, for four and a half billion years?  Science says so.  You must believe.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Open Gov, The Movie: A Documentary About Gov 2.0

first_imgThe good folks at UK open government consultancy Delib have just released a short documentary about the United States’ first year since President Obama’s Open Government memorandum.The documentary was shot by Delib founder Chris Quigley over two months last year, both on location in Washington DC and via Skype.“On a visit to Washington to see our partners NAPA back in November,” writes Quigley on the Delib blog, “I thought it would be fun to interview a few of the Open Gov people I’d read about and worked with over the last 12 months… I discovered that Open Gov was bigger and more impactful that I first thought and decided to extend the ‘few interviews’ into a short film, and launch the film to mark the achievements of the Open Gov initiative on its one year anniversary.”Quigley’s interviewees ended up ranging from the White House’s head of the Open Gov initiative, Beth Noveck, to Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jolie odell Tags:#Government#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts To learn more about the interviews and process, check out Delib’s page on the film.Check out these posts from ReadWriteWeb’s Government archives. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Businesses Broke Ground on Blockchain. What Can Civic Groups Learn?

first_imgRelated Posts At best, blockchain has been a trial-and-error technology. For every successful cryptocurrency, there are a dozen cases like Civil, which had to cancel its initial coin offering after failing to gain traction on a plan to use blockchain to verify user-submitted news content. Although 84 percent of global companies are dabbling in the decentralized ledger technology, the truth is that 92 percent of blockchain projects have failed. Firms have found the technology’s promise to verify data in a decentralized way appealing, but they’ve struggled to implement it effectively. Those that get beyond blockchain’s technical hurdles have found it difficult to engage users, while others have learned the technology isn’t as secure as once thought.Still, blockchain’s business value wouldn’t be headed for the $2 trillion mark if some firms hadn’t gotten it right. As West Virginia gears up to apply the technology to a first-in-the-nation absentee voting system this November, states and voting rights groups would do well to learn from the business community’s rollercoaster experience with the technology.Better Elections or BustFrom a theoretical standpoint, it’s obvious why governments and political groups are interested in blockchain. A secure way to share and verify data online could drastically cut election security concerns while boosting turnout. But to turn blockchain into a real-world voting aid, they’ll need to:1. Make it rewarding.Although rewarding people for voting with even small gifts like food has been illegal since 1948, nobody can fault advocates for trying to improve America’s abysmal voter participation rate. Just 55 percent of eligible Americans made it to the polls in 2016, putting the U.S. in 26th place out of 32 rated OECD nations. With a proven track record of driving social actions for its brand partners, Sweet, a social marketplace and loyalty platform that currently uses internally driven blockchain technology to reward users with a digital token called “Sugar,” may be the solution. Earlier this month, Sweet announced it had joined forces with nonpartisan nonprofit Rock the Vote to get the word out about the 2018 midterm elections. Users earn Sugar for educating themselves on current events and sharing election-related content on social media, which can be spent in Sweet’s Rock the Vote Rewards Marketplace.2. Start small.Although JPMorgan Chase scaled up its blockchain-based interbank exchange this past September to include 80 global banks, it debuted the model last October with just a handful of participants. The financial giant’s goal is to reduce the time and number of middlemen involved in bank-to-bank transactions. If the larger trial proves successful, JPMorgan plans to support currencies other than the U.S. dollar and open the network to additional financial institutions.Sweden seems to be modeling that same approach in its electoral application of blockchain. This past summer, the Swedish municipality of Zug put blockchain-based voting to the test. Although Swiss media hailed the experiment a success in terms of administration and voter privacy, Zug officials noted that turnout could have been higher. With Sweden expected to become the first country to launch its own cryptocurrency, expect to see it apply blockchain to its elections on a wider scale.  3. Don’t assume it’s secure.Because blockchain uses a decentralized network of nodes to confirm data with one another, the model was supposed to be incredibly difficult for hackers to manipulate. So when a hacker cracked a smart contract used by the ethereum blockchain in mid-2016, owners of Ether, the token associated with Ethereum, woke up to quite the shock: $55 million in virtual currency had been stolen from the system, never to be recouped. Such attacks have made security experts skeptical of blockchain-based voting initiatives. To prevent vote manipulation and data breaches, West Virginia will use a three-tier security system for its blockchain voting app. Users will first submit a photo of their government-issued identification before being asked to record a video of their face. They’ll then be able to cast a ballot, which will be scrubbed of personal data and documented on an indelible public ledger. 4. Dream big. If the business community has done one thing well with blockchain, it’s thinking up creative use cases. Walmart and IBM have announced plans to use it to track foods from suppliers to shelves, Sony hopes to use it to protect creative content in a digital rights management scheme, and Brooklyn Microgrid is implementing it for sustainable energy transactions. Nonprofit civic advocates aren’t short on ideas, either. One of the boldest is from Democracy.Earth, which wants to create a blockchain-based social network where users can spend “vote tokens” to indicate their preference on any number of private and public issues. A homeowner’s association might use the platform to vote on maintenance standards, while local governments could crowdsource and vote on ideas for municipal ordinances. Unfortunately, though, the startup has yet to figure out how the minted tokens could act as currency without giving disproportionate voting power to wealthier users. Blockchain isn’t the magic bullet some in the business community first thought it would be, but it’s hardly just hype, either. Private companies have learned where it works and where it doesn’t through trial and error, just like states and election advocates will. In the midterm elections and beyond, they’ll need to start small, prioritize security, and get users accustomed to the technology before their vote depends on it. The stakes to get it right are great, but so are the opportunities to build a better democracy. Tags:#Blockchain#Cryptocurrency#data security#election Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T…last_img read more

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Sibal attacks BJP over ‘spurt in street violence’

first_imgSenior Congress leader Kapil Sibal blamed the ruling BJP for the alleged “spurt in street violence across the country” and claimed that these incidents would stop once a coalition government came to power at the Centre.He was speaking at a panel discussion, Conflicts in Democracy, organised by the All India Professional Congress in Nagpur. Terming the polarisation on religious lines a threat, Mr. Sibal said, “The source of conflict today is the fragmentation of ideologies. The country continues to witness a culture of domination by the Brahmin community. It’s a culture of exploitation. There has to be a distinction between the state and (ruling) party. This distinction has vanished under the present dispensation. If the BJP comes to power again, the street violence will continue but if a coalition government comes to power, it will stop.”Calling the CAG observations in the 2G spectrum case a “mathematical fantasy”, he said that even the court and the media refused to believe the facts. Mr. Sibal said, “After the [Supreme Court] judgment, the spectrum was auctioned. The result is that the sector stands destroyed. Many players have run away. Now there is a monopoly [of a select few]. The industry is in the debt of ₹5,75,000 crore and even connectivity remains poor. You have to understand that the services are for the people and not for the government. But we lost our government because of this [2G issue].”last_img read more

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Clocking the hot gas gushing from the Milky Way’s core

first_imgMany galaxies are shooting material out of their cores, and in 2010 astronomers were surprised to discover that our galaxy was one of them, giving us a front-row seat on the phenomenon. They used the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope to detect two huge lobes of gamma ray–emitting gas that extend far above and below the Milky Way’s center. Now, other astronomers have clocked the speed of this outflow in work that may eventually resolve the key question raised by its discovery: What caused it? A black hole or a burst of star birth?The so-called Fermi bubbles tower more than 30,000 light-years above and below the plane of the galaxy. Two chief theories exist to explain them. Perhaps material plunged toward the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way’s center and, swirling around it, generated strong magnetic fields that launched huge jets of gas, which produced the Fermi bubbles. Or perhaps the galactic downtown sparkled with hordes of new stars—a “starburst”—whose strong winds and supernova explosions cast material away. Now, astronomer Andrew Fox of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, and his colleagues have used the Hubble Space Telescope to measure how the expelled gas is moving. “For the first time, we’re really nailing down what the outflow speed is,” he says. The astronomers observed a far more distant source, a quasar in the constellation Serpens named PDS 456 that lies more than 2 billion light-years behind the northern Fermi bubble. As the quasar’s light zips through the Fermi bubble, carbon and silicon atoms in the gas absorb certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light. The Doppler shifts of these atoms indicate that some gas is racing toward us and some away—exactly the pattern we should see if material is spewing out of the galactic center. As the astronomers will report in an upcoming issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the speed of the outflow is 900 to 1000 kilometers per second.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The velocity measurement is “a great step forward,” says Douglas Finkbeiner of Harvard University, one of the astronomers who discovered the Fermi bubbles. According to Dmitry Malyshev, an astronomer at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, “this is pioneering work” in the study of the Fermi bubbles.The speed reveals when the Fermi outflow started: 2.5 million to 4.0 million years ago. Astronomers recently gauged the age of the Fermi bubbles less directly, by arguing that whatever produced them also irradiated a long strand of gas shed by two nearby galaxies. The glow of this gas, called the Magellanic Stream, implies that the flare-up occurred 1 million to 3 million years ago. But using that argument to deduce the Fermi bubbles’ age is more circumstantial, Finkbeiner says, whereas the new estimate comes from dividing the distance by the speed to get the time, something so simple a high school physics student can do it. “We see that as a good thing,” Fox says.Unfortunately, neither the speed nor the age establishes how the Fermi bubbles formed—whether from black hole activity or from a starburst. But Fox’s team has already used Hubble to observe more than 20 additional quasars that lie behind other parts of the Fermi bubbles. When analyzed, this data should yield velocities throughout the bubbles, which may finally unveil their origin.last_img read more

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Fashion Tango

first_imgThere were no knockout turbans, no saffron yogi robes and no six-armed goddesses on the runway this season in New York. And yet… and yet… India was very much there, like the stanza of a half remembered song, a dream that you forget on waking as it recedes into the subconscious.Yes, India was there and yet not there, the tinkle of a silver anklet heard in the distance.For years major international designers from Valentino to Armani have incorporated Indian influences in their work and for years fashion forecasters have predicted that India is the flavor of the month, a passing fad. And Indian influences have come and they’ve gone, and last season they were back again in the bohemian look, the kurtis and long skirts. We’ve all seen the Indian fashion influences percolating in mainstream America. Walk down the streets and you see the Indian inspired tunics and kurtis in the windows of major stores, the Indian juthis are sold on the sidewalks in the Village in New York and are even finding space in national ad campaigns. Pashminas first hit the major stores and trickled down to street fashion with knock-offs popping up all over the place for $5.99. Dangling chandelier earrings based on Indian jhumkis have also caught on with fashion mavens. Yes, fashion may be symbolized by the couturiers in Milan, Paris and London, but it eventually trickles down to the street-smart fashionista on the streets and the subway who teams a kurti or a Pashmina with her jeans.“I think there’s been an overdose and now the emphasis is on the very European, very vintage,” says a New York fashion insider who co-ordinates the embroidery for American designers and did not want her name used. “Embellishment is still very strong, but it’s toned down, very sophisticated.”Yet there’s so much more than meets the eye. The Indian connection has so infiltrated the fashion world that it’s become part of the atmosphere, part of the style language without being distinctly Indian.Take the recent Olympus Fashion Week in the shining white-tented city, which arose in Bryant Park, almost a Camelot of the Style Kingdom. India peeked out in different ways. One of the showstoppers during Fashion Week is always Bill Blass, an iconic American name that has dressed the elite and crème de la crème over the years with his timeless tailored look, the latest being First Lady Barbara Bush. For years there have been shadings of India in the evening wear of Bill Blass. Michael Vollbracht, the designer who’s continuing the legacy of Bill Blass, says the embroideries were all made in India and were a major focus of the collection. He is planning a trip to India soon for fresh inspiration.And intriguingly enough, the Indian fashion inspiration is just the tip of the iceberg. Bill Blass, which has expanded over the years to casual and men’s apparel, home furnishings, jeans and accessories, has Indian connections which go way beyond inspiration into the very manufacture and creation of the finished products of this $700 million company. The connections go all the way to the top since Bill Blass is jointly owned by Michael Groveman, CEO, and Haresh Tharani, who is chairman of Bill Blass. The company is part of Tharanco Group, which also owns The Resource Club and other companies.Asked if it was a challenge to maintain the spirit of Bill Blass, Tharani said, “No challenge at all. Michael Vollbracht and his staff stay true to the House of Blass.” Bill Blass is an international venture and turns to both India and China for creating the line. Tharani says, “Both countries are excellent as fabrics and trims are available in both countries, and the production is done there as well. Now with quotas largely lifted it’s certainly a boon to both countries. While some intricate fabrics are beaded in India, the garments are sewn in New York.” So the fashion world is sometimes fueled by Indian style and silhouettes, sometimes by Indian colors, but increasingly by Indian manufacturers who, with China, are the fashion outposts.The Bryant Park show had another showstopper. Models walking down the runway in gorgeous outfits – tailored cocktail suits, dresses and cashmere separates. The gowns were a paean to opulence with beads so delicate that they had to be attached with a surgical needle! What was really Indian here? The designer, Naeem Khan.Khan, who’s a recent entrant to Bryant Park shows, counts the Princess Aga Khan, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Tinsley Mortimer amongst his high society fans. He has created a multimillion business in the past two years and his clothes are sold in stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus as well as 40 other specialty stores in the United States. The designer is new and vibrant, yet as old as antique zardozi. His roots go back to the wonderful S.U. Zariwala embroidery empire owned by his grandfather and father in India, and he grew up surrounded by lush craftsmanship and fabrics. That still forms the basis of his collection, and having worked with the fashion icon Roy Halston for three years, he learned the fashion business from the inside. For the past 14 years he did sophisticated collections under different labels until he was ready to put his own name to his collection.And again at Bryant Park, another Indian story unfolded. That of Ashish Soni, the young designer from India, the first to show at this prestigious spot, although Indian American designer Anand Jon debuted there earlier. Of course, the fashion world extends far beyond Bryant Park but this is the heartbeat, the nucleus where the international fashion world converges, where the world’s press, buyers and fashion mavens congregate. So it’s noteworthy that almost like layering, these different aspects of Indian style, crafts and manufacturing were visible at Bryant Park.We asked a seasoned fashion aficionado to walk us through the maze of American fashion to see what role India was playing, both in the creative and business aspect of the multibillion-dollar fashion industry.Salman Khokhar is chief executive officer and president of Koka Consulting, which helps international manufacturers partner with designers to create new brands. Earlier, he was the voce president of global strategy at Calvin Klein, managing a $1.5 billion wholesale distribution network. Later he played the same role at Donna Karan, heading up global strategy for both DKNY and DK Collection. “There’s a huge sense that everyone feels South Asia is taking over, Indian influence is taking over, and the reality is: not even one percent! It’s like get off that cloud, not at all!” he says.But he adds that the good news is that it’s a clean slate and the right person – or the right group of people – can come in and if they execute this well, they will own it.“Right now the only people who own it are designers like Ralph Lauren, Badgley Mischka and Oscar de la Renta,” he says. ” Ralph Lauren consistently uses Indian influences, beading and embroideries in his collection. He’s been able to raise the level to such sophistication that he can almost own that look, without it being Indian, which is honestly, a huge accomplishment for him to take such a unique ethnic look and make it his own. His embrace of the Nehru collar has been so strong over the years, that now in his designs, it’s regarded simply as the Ralph Lauren look.” Indeed, that’s what the best designers are able to do: take something and make it their own. They repeatedly use embroidery and patterns that are Indian, but mix them with fabrics that are Italian and styling that is very European or American. Says Khokhar: “By mixing them in a way that is very natural, no one area overwhelms the look.”Aria Das is a New York City fashion stylist who has worked with major stores like Bergdof Goodman, and has done personal style consultations with celebrities and society princesses. She observes, “This season some of the editors said, ‘Oh, we don’t want to see even one bead or sequin!’ In the last season, in spring-summer, they were beaded out. You saw beading everywhere. But my take on it is beading is here to stay, sequins are here to stay, just like the jeans or tunic. It’s not going to go anywhere.” The beading just seems to have moved its location. Last summer all the designers had so much beading around the neck that you didn’t have to wear a necklace. This season instead of having it on the collar or around the neckline, they’ve got it around the bust. Says Das: “Most of the American designers have done beading, but very subtly, very differently. So the Indian influence is there, but it doesn’t look particularly Indian. ”She points out that the 2006 Spring and Summer collections show tunics with a twist, caught at the waist and with just a little beading, while Anna Sui has some interesting crocheted jackets from India. The truth is practically every major designer has some influence that can be traced to India.“Designers from Oscar de la Renta to Roberto Cavalli go to India for their couture line, to get the beading and embroideries done in India. But most of them just get the embroideries done there on piece goods – collars, waistbands – and then send them on to Italy or the United States for the stitching. Indians are very good with embroidery but they still haven’t come to that stage where they are adroit at cutting, the way Europeans are,” says Das. Indeed, the American fashion market is one mountain every Indian designer wants to climb – simply because it’s there! There are many designers in India, but not many have what it takes to crack this tough market. Ashish Soni has been one of the success stories from India.Says Khokhar, who is part of CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) and presented Soni with a group of emerging designers: “It was a very strong initiative by CFDA to allow younger designers to have an equal showcase during the Fashion Week, which is otherwise a very expensive undertaking.” Soni says of his arrival at Bryant Park: “It wasn’t an easy task and since it’s quite an expensive venture, a lot of time was spent on raising sponsorship money to make it possible. It came about as an invitation from Fern Mallis, executive director of 7th on Sixth who comes every year to India for Fashion Week. She has been seeing my work for the last six years and this time felt I was ready to make the leap.” He says he got press and has managed to sell to stores worldwide, some small yet prestigious. Would he consider changing the style to suit the American market? Says Soni, ” I don’t like to change my signature depending on where I show it. But fabrics, yes, I believe the American market prefers more luxurious fabrics whereas the Europeans love more organic and natural looking fabrics.”Did he think that India and Indian Americans will play a significant part or is India another taste of the month? “I think it will be somewhere between both these scenarios. We are making a dent slowly on the international front so are no longer just a seasonal flavor. However, we still have a long way to go before we are considered mainstream in the U.S. fashion market.”Nonetheless, a whole breed of Indian designers, young, savvy, at home in any part of the globe, are increasingly testing the waters in foreign markets. Many of them are already in stores in London, Singapore and Dubai, but New York is the market to conquer. More and more, they are moving in fashion circuits, showcasing their collections in Singapore Fashion Week and Fashion Week of the Americas in Miami as well as the Coterie shows in New York. The noted names from India include Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, Ranna Gill and Payal Singhal. Some of them are selling to individuals and some others have been able to market their label through stores. Gill, who graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, interned with Rohit Khosla in India and Donna Karan and Polo Ralph Lauren in New York. She returned to India where she started her own collection that sells internationally and also has her own showrooms in India. She has now got a foot back into New York where she participated in Fall/Winter 2005 Fashion Fair.Indian designers have made New York and London an extension of Bombay or Delhi, and are here frequently, holding fashion shows for the South Asian market, and trunk shows, which are often attended by the mainstream. Recently thumbing through the Daily News, one found a Payal Singhal sample sale on the fashion pages. Singhal graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York and has been a stylist for MTV India. At 22 she launched her signature line and also has a store in Mumbai, and retail outlets in Hong Kong, Dubai, London, New York and Miami. Singhal now lives in India and New York.Of course, the designers of Indian origin who were born and brought up in the United States start out with an advantage as they are already familiar the culture. An example is Romain Kapadia, a noted designer of men’s clothing. Says Khokhar: “He’s someone who understands the space he’s competing in. He’s selling to Bloomingdale’s so he needs to compete with not Tarun or JJ, but with Gucci and Dior. So his production is in Italy and his fabrics are all Italian.” Kapadia, who was born and raised in Texas, graduated from the business and fashion design program at the University of Texas and launched his own luxury line of men’s clothing in 2002. His collection is in several stores, and he won Gen Arts Fresh Faces 2003 and Fashion Group Rising Star Award 2003.Then there’s Shalini Kumar who grew up in India, but came to America as a student. She has been selling to luxury stores and boutiques like Bergdorf Goodman, Linda Dresner, and Wilkes Bashford. Again, there’s nothing overtly Indian in her collection, which is made in New York. She says, “The Indian sensibility doesn’t directly display itself in any of my collections. The influence is much more subtle and is more obvious in my choice of color or perhaps the drape of fabric or the composition of the collection itself. I use old couture fabrics primarily from France, Italy and England. I love the antique silk brocades from India and have used them frequently in my collections.”Once again, it’s bits and pieces of India that American designers incorporate in their collections. The designers actually steer away from anything that runs the risk of being labelled a trend or fad, and tend to use aspects of Indian influences very carefully, so they can continue to use it, season after season. Says Khokhar: “If a designer came up with a very Indian-influenced line, he wouldn’t be able to do it again.”That is why you see the occasional touch, the accessory rather than the whole wedding party, the band and baraat too! Subtlety is the name of the game.Indeed, there’s a global borrowing – east borrows from west borrows from east. “The difficulty is that designers don’t really give credit to any one influence,” says Khokhar. ” There are elaborate lines by young designers who may have a Capri pants that is closer to a churidar. And that’s it. The rest of it could be very oriental or north European. So it’s so merged that you can’t really say it’s an Indian influence although the echoes are in there.”Mathew Williamson is a British designer who could be a role model to Indian designers, because he’s doing what they could be doing. He has his line manufactured in India and dresses celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Trudy Styler and Helena Christensen – on both sides of the Atlantic. His clothes have tremendous Indian influences, and he visits India several times a year for his productions. Earlier one might have been excited by the sight of American designers of South Asian origin, but now there are so many that it’s all one big fashion fest.Anand Jon has capitalized on Indian craftsmanship, but given it his own spin, creating designs which society and party princesses love, and he is savvy enough to understand that marketing is part of the designing process. His latest is AJ Jeans, which he is selling to stores on both coasts. The back and forth between Bombay, Delhi, Paris, London and Dubai is exhilarating as designers turn the globe into their fashion runway. Alpana Bawa, a New Yorker, has understood Americans’ love of color and married it to India’s heritage of festive colors. Her clothes, and now her home design line, celebrates color and style. She has had her own store on Grand Street and also sells to specialty boutiques across the country. The fabrics and colors are Indian, but the sensibility is American.Alia Khan grew up in the United States and has always celebrated her South Asian roots with clothes that are luxurious and chic, but emphasizes the cut, the colors and crafts of the sub-continent. She has a catalog line, does fashion shows and has also dressed celebrities like Phylicia Rashad.The U.S. market has also expanded because of the huge South Asian community too, which is hankering for an integrated sportswear wardrobe with desi influences. People don’t wear cookie cutter outfits and if you’re young and South Asian you want to incorporate that into your wardrobe, perhaps Gap pants worn with a halter top designed by a young Indian designer. There is a void in the market for such casual wear.There are certainly many young designers born and brought up here who’d like to take a shot at it. Kanika Saluja worked for her brother’s fashion label, Rishta, in New York City, sketching designs on her own. The result was her own collection of novelty T-shirts and the birth of her own collection Nikka. The collection includes coats, dresses, caftans and accessories, and is contemporary yet with Indian touches. Nikka is represented by Showroom Seven and sells to Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Lord and Taylor, Henri Bendels, and Nordstrom’s. East and West are becoming a real blend for emerging designer Swati Argade, who grew up in New York and sells to about half a dozen stores in Soho and Brooklyn. Her last collection is called Bengali Girl and features handwoven Bengali silks and linens, and Indian touches like ebony buttons. The collection was woven near Shantiniketan, but the silhouettes are very modern, very American. It is something you can slip on and hop into a yellow cab or take the subway.“One of the things about Indian fashion which is a real blessing is just the diversity of styles and traditions that come out of India. The choice of fabric and embroidery is just endless, not to mention cuts and silhouettes,” says Argade. ” I think that’s the most amazing thing about being an Indian designer. And being an Indian American designer is great as well, because you’ve lived here all your life and that combination of endless embroidery options and endless textile traditions.”Argade conceptualizes in New York, but does the production in India, traveling and sourcing fabrics and working in collaboration with the Fashion College in Poona.Says Argade, “To be honest, I think I’m still breaking into the mainstream. I think we are lucky in America, because we have access to so many different cultures, particularly living in New York we get a feel for so many different aesthetics.”Young Indian- American entrepreneurs are also taking ownership of the India-inspired look for the millions of South Asian consumers and the mainstream. Salima and Karima Popatia are two sisters in New York who have opened Indomix, a store in Soho, which showcases Indian designers to the mainstream.As the sisters explain on the Indomix site: “Saks, Bloomies and even Barney’s were of no avail. The racks full with dresses embellished in intricate eastern detail, the latest trend, yet none exude the essence of our entangled cultures. We bring our dualistic personalities in the form of an intermingled style of design.”Karima and Salima grew up in New York, graduated from New York University and have been intrigued by designers in India. They sell only Indian designers and 75 percent of their clients are mainstream Americans. The best selling items are pintuck shirts, dresses and tunics which range from $75 to 550.Says Salima: “The Indian trend has been huge in the past couple of years and continues to be big with the whole Bohemian look, but we are not trying to promote the Indian look, we are trying to create an awareness for Indian designers on an international platform. We are more about fabric, texture, style, fit than an actual trend.”Ask Harish Tharani of Bill Blass about the possibility of Indian designers breaking into the mainstream market, and he says: “Of course they will. I presently see the India-based designers really showing styles that are updated styles of Indian origin, and I have seen some fusion where east meets the west as well. They are certainly a talented group showing India’s rich heritage in fabrics, embellishments and color. Once they migrate from that and the styling becomes more global, the opportunity is certainly there.”Most Indians were delighted to see their common, daily wear kurti and pants ensconced in the temples of high fashion such as Saks and Neiman Marcus, albeit with a hefty price tag.“Prices are generated by the label and not by the style,” observes Khokhar. “It’s made at a very high quality level and there’s a designer name attached to it so it’s really directional: if the designer decides that the kurti is a valid style and he wants to take it to the market and thinks the customer is ready for it, he’ll do it and Neiman Marcus will put it in their store. So it’s almost like establishing credibility. So if the designer says the kurti is it, Neiman Marcus says the kurti is it, the customer is going to just follow and say, ‘Yup, the kurti is it!’”Rather than isolated trends, Khokhar says he would like to see the Indian influence as part of a larger story. And that seems to be happening. Walk in the festive chaos of Times Square with its glittering neon signs, colorful crowds and rushing taxis, and look around. Stop and try to spot the Indian thing in this frenetic scene. You’ll probably not get it in a million years – but it’s the huge billboard with a man and a woman in sexy Plugg Jeans.The brand, which is sold at Macy’s, is owned by an Indian American company Andrew Sports Club, which manufactures its jeans in China! Talk about the globe being a village!“At the end of the day it’s not just about ideas, it’s really about execution,” says Khokhar. “We all know that clothing and fashion from that region – fabrics, colors, embroidery, the workmanship – is spectacular. 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