Pitch report: The newly-laid track at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo has not hosted an internati

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to bat first against Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Pakistan are 277 for seven

Sri Lanka were strong with their bowling at the death and made it tough for Pakistan to get away with easy runs despite Shahid Afridi trying to get things moving. Mishah anchored the innings while Younis accelerated at will in the middle stages to leave Pakistan with a platform to build on in the third powerplay.

Rangana Herath was the pick of the bowlers with 2/46 from his 10 overs while Muttiah Muralitharan was as miserly as ever- conceding just 35 off his 10 overs for the wicket of Umar Akmal.

Kamran Akmal contributed 39 and looked set for a big score before being done in by Herath. Afridi fell to Angelo Mathews, trying to get as many as possible, with just about an over left.

This is a challenging total- match on from now. Pakistan will rely on their spinners to check a strong Lankan middle-order though the crowd would be behind their local heroes.

Will Ponting step up for Australia?

Australia, which entered the cricket World Cup under a cloud, didn’t miss a beat in the opening week. Faced with less-than-stellar opposition, the Aussies nonetheless blew away New Zealand and Zimbabwe to make it 31 straight wins in the competition.

Speaking of turmoil, Pakistan cast aside seemingly permanent off-field troubles to upset Sri Lanka in a heavyweight Asian clash, while England, seeking a maiden World Cup title, barely avoided losing to unheralded the Netherlands. England blew a lead but was ultimately relieved to tie India on Sunday in an even better thriller. Unfortunately ugly scenes preceded the affair, as Indian police battered fans queuing up for tickets.

Here are five things to keep an eye on in Week 2

45th Annual Media Art exhibit and craft fair in Media today

The 45th Annual Media Art Exhibit and Craft Fair will fill State Street in Media with unique, quality art and crafts, 9 to 4, this Sunday, June 6.

Well over 150 artists and fine craft people will come to town for what has become a welcome annual tradition. (Rain date is the following Sunday, June 13.)

Thousands of original works will be presented by exhibitors, many local and others from surrounding states. Their unique works will be featured for perusal, judging and purchase along State Street and Veterans Square in Media. (Both streets will be closed to traffic.)

Besides fine art and photography, there will be a variety of crafts including pottery, jewelry, woodcrafts, toys, wearable and decorative fiber art, Colonial crafts and more. Some of the exhibitors will demonstrate their crafts throughout the day.

State Street will be closed to traffic for the Art Show, allowing plenty of room to browse, bargain and buy, while enjoying the early summer weather in the beautiful, “Victorian” atmosphere of Media. Many of Media’s unique shops will be open, and a variety of restaurants will offer al fresco dining.

For more information, call 610-583-4432, ext. 120. The show, sponsored by First Keystone Bank, is coordinated by Town Talk Newspapers.

Abanindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet, novelist

Abanindranath Tagore, the nephew of Rabindranath Tagore, was born on 7th August 1871. He was one of the most prominent artists of the Bengal school of painting, along with being the first major supporter of swadeshi values in the Indian art. Abanindranath is also regarded as a proficient and accomplished writer. The painter tried to modernize Moghul and Rajput traditions as an answer to the growing influence of Western art under the British Raj. With this biography, we are trying to throw light on the life history of Abanindranath Tagore:

Abanindranath Tagore was born in the Jorasanko town of West Bengal. The younger bother of Gaganendranath Tagore, an eminent artist, Abanindranath was introduced to art in the 1880s, when he was studying at the Sanskrit College. In the year 1889, he married Srimati Suhasini Devi, the daughter of Bhujagendra Bhusan Chatterjee. It was around this time that he left the Sanskrit College and joined St. Xavier’s College as a special student for one and a half years.

In 1897, the Vice-Principal of ‘Calcutta Government School of Art’ started teaching the traditional European academic manner to Abanindranath Tagore. During that time, Tagore developed an interest in watercolors and also came under the influence of Mughal art. He made some beautiful paintings based on the life of Lord Krishna, reflecting a strong influence of the Mughal style. A meeting with E.B. Havell convinced Abanindranath Tagore to work with him in the process of the renewal of the style of teaching at the Calcutta School of Art.

His Style
Abanindranath Tagore believed in the traditional Indian techniques of painting. His philosophy existed in rejecting the materialistic art of the west and coming back to the Indian traditional art forms. He was very much influenced by the Mughal School of painting as well as Whistler’s Aestheticism. In his later works, Abanindranath started integrating Chinese and Japanese calligraphic traditions into his style. The intention behind this move was to construct an amalgamation of the modern pan-Asian artistic tradition and the common aspects of Eastern spiritual and artistic culture.

Amrita Shergill is known for some exquisite pre-colonial paintings

Amrita Shergill, one of the most famous painters of India, was born on 30th January 1913 in Budapest city of Hungary. Her father, Umrao Singh Shergill Majithia was a Sikh aristocrat, who was a scholar in Sanskrit. Her mother was a Hungarian singer, Marie Antoinette Gottesmann. Amrita Shergil was the eldest of the two daughters born to her parents, her younger sister being Indira Sundaram, now the mother of the modern artist Vivan Sundaram. The beauty and depth of Amrita Sher Gil’s paintings has led to her being popularly called as ‘India’s Frida Kahlo’.

As Amrita Shergill’s biography and life history unfolds, we get to know that the painter spent her early childhood in the Dunaharasti village of Hungary. In the year 1921, her family shifted from Hungary to the beautiful hill station of Shimla. It was during her stay in Shimla that Amrita developed an interest in the art of painting and she started receiving tuitions from an Italian sculptor living there. When the painter moved back to Italy in 1924, Amrita and her mother also followed him. After reaching Italy, she joined Santa Anunciata, a Roman Catholic institution.

In Santa Anunciata, Amrita Shergil received exposure to the works of the Italian artists, which furthered her interest in painting. She also received formal training in painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, under Lucien Simon. During that time, she was greatly influenced by the European painters, like Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin. Her paintings reflect a strong influence of the Western modes of painting, especially the ones practiced in the Bohemian circles of Paris in the early 1930s.

Amrita Sher Gil returned to India in the year 1934 and from then onwards, began her never-ending journey in the field of the traditions of Indian art. In the country, she was influenced by the Mughal miniatures schools as well as the Ajanta paintings. Her journey of the southern parts of the Indian subcontinent resulted in her painting the famous South-Indian trilogy paintings.

Amrita married her Hungarian first cousin, Dr. Victor Egan, in 1938. Thereafter, she moved with her husband to her paternal family’s home in Gorakhpur city of Uttar Pradesh. Later, the couple shifted to Lahore city of, the then, undivided India. Amrita Shergil left this world in the year 1941.

Her Works & Achievements
Amrita Shergill was one of the most impressive as well as the most gifted Indian artists belonging to the pre-colonial era. She was also the youngest as well as the only Asian artist to be elected as an Associate of the Grand Salon in Paris. The paintings of Amrita Shergil show a significant influence of the Western modes of painting. Her works also reflect her deep passion and sense for colors. Her deep understanding of the Indian subjects also comes across through her paintings.

The works of Amrita Shergill have been declared as National Art Treasures by the Government of India. Most of her paintings adorn the ‘National Gallery of Modern Art’ in New Delhi. There is also a road named after the painter in Lutyen’s Delhi, known as the Amrita Shergill Marg.

Travelling With A Computer

Anyone who’s had to go on a work trip knows the difficulty of trying to stay connected and productive can be challenging. Here are a few tips to help you protect a laptop or notebook while you’re going from coast to coast.alt

Most people who buy their own laptop or notebook computer will show some care when moving it about, and they should, since their hard earned money is at risk. What about those who are more lucky? Sure: most companies will purchase computer equipment on behalf of their employees, but when you’re 1,000 miles and three days from coming back into the office for a replacement, you may have to rethink your confidence.
Laptop cases come in three categories:

1- The lowest is given to a briefcase or backpack that is not made to carry a laptop, but happens to fit the laptop inside anyways. Needless to say, since the container wasn’t meant for that purpose, you may get lucky, but you may also open up your briefcase to see scratches or dings in the investment you were trying to protect. With a slim enough notebook, you can fit it inside virtually any briefcase – even the Italian slimlines.

2- The middle grade is given to normal, generic laptop bags and cases. They typically are the most expensive option, give a fair amount of protection to the laptop, and usually offer enough pockets and storage areas to carry your paperwork, folders, and even a book and wireless mouse while your at it. For convenience, they are right at hand and ready to be used, but for protection, that same availability means they are more likely to get knocked about or even stolen. Any laptop vendor will have it’s own branded selection – you can often haggle with them at the time of purchase to bring the price from a hundred dollars or more down to $50 or less.

3- The highest grade for protection is given to laptop sleeves. These are highly protective, padded laptop cases meant to snuggle the laptop tightly and then get packed themselves inside your luggage. As a result, they hide the laptop away and keep it far safer on your trip, but by staying so far away when you may need it, can be inconvenient. Typically, it has to be mentioned that sleeves usually have few pockets, if any, and some don’t even have a handle for easy carrying – of course, this means that they pack away in far less space.

Over all, although there are a few laptop sleeves that do have pockets, handles and shoulder straps, you may want to stick with a standard laptop bag. They don’t have the same protection as a proper sleeve, but the wide range of selections mean you can probably find a good compromise between protection and convenience. In case has some of the slimmest sleeves, and Brenthaven offers some of the best protection – both start right around $50, even with handles and pockets.

Airlines must rethink business travel: researcher

MONTREAL – The airline and aerospace industries have to come to grips with a demographic shift among passengers that will reduce the demand for business travel, says an airline researcher.alt

Henry Harteveldt of U.S.-based Forrester Research says the aging of western travellers and the growing use of global communication will dramatically alter the airline business. While business travel won’t entirely disappear, legacy carriers like Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) may have to rethink their heavy reliance on passengers willing to pay a premium for travelling business and first class, he said.

“The airlines really have to figure out who is their core customer and they haven’t been very good at this,” the airline veteran said in an interview from San Francisco.

Harteveldt will present his findings to an Ontario aviation conference that gets under way Friday in Windsor, Ont.

The On the Wings Innovation conference will gather about 120 aerospace experts from more than 40 organizations, including manufacturers such as Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B), Boeing and Airbus maker EADS, as well as Ontario aerospace and advanced technology companies.

Rod Jones, executive director of the Ontario Aerospace Council, said the inaugural three-day event is designed to showcase the province’s technological expertise.

“What we’re trying to do… is just to start the thinking juices going. We’re less about solutions than we are about prompting some and provoking some thinking that’s beyond the norm,” he said in an interview.

Harteveldt’s research is an example of that thinking, Jones added.

The researcher said he expects the aging population will force leisure travel to become a growing driver for the industry. The percentage of the population 60 years and older is expected to double to 22 per cent by 2050.

These passengers demand better lighting, improved onboard communications and signage, along with better positioning of washrooms. Growing obesity also means the need for wider seats and aircraft entries.

The increasing use of new technology, video conferencing and corporate restrictions on premium travel could alter the destinations serviced by airlines and the size of the premium cabins.

Already, several European carriers have eliminated first class on some routes. Others have to be realistic about the size of the premium cabin market, he added.

“Airlines tend not to read the tea leaves very clearly. They misjudge growth and cycles and they end up looking way too short term,” Harteveldt said.

But Air Canada, which has seen a slight resurgence in its premium-class revenues, says many global carriers are adding new premium products or are playing catch-up with its lie-flat seats.

“Our own experience is that people like and need to travel for business and, as the world economy continues to globalize, we expect this will not change,” said spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick.

Analyst Richard Aboulafia of Teal Group said focusing on premium traffic has always been the right strategy for airlines as they seek to grow profits in a competitive market.

“We’ve heard predictions about the end of business travel for decades now,” he said from New York. “If you really believed that then you wouldn’t have incredible growth numbers in the private aviation arena.”

Business aviation grew 17.2 per cent annually between 2003 and 2008 despite the technological revolution, he said.

Other factors are more important to the airline industry than changing demographics, Aboulafia said. They include competition from high-speed rail, increased regulation for carbon emissions, shareholder demand for profits and operating in mature economies.

But Harteveldt said as passengers move increasingly into retirement or semi-retirement, some popular routes may no longer remain profitable or need such frequent service.

And reduced business travel will undercut the demand for super jumbo aircraft and force airlines to favour single-aisle aircraft holding less than 200 or 250 people, he said.

“The airlines have allowed the planes to get too big and they end up chasing markets and they end up charging too little for their product.”

Harteveldt said larger airplanes primarily make sense to service destinations where airport slots are controlled by government, or for countries like China, whose domestic market is expected to grow by more than eight per cent annually for several years.

Cranberry juice fights urinary infection

The research illuminates the basic mechanics of E. coli infections, possibly leading to new antibiotic drugs and infection-resistant materials for invasive medical devices.

Urinary infections are caused when virulent E. coli adhere to cells.

The previous study by Terri Camesano, professor of chemical engineering at WPI, had shown that cranberry juice reduces its ability to attach to urinary tract cells.

The new study explains exactly how this happens.

“This is not a clinical study—it’s a mechanical study that shows us the direct forces that can lead to infection,” said Camesano.

The study revealed that more the amount of juice one drinks, the more the attachment force of the virulent E. coli weakened.

The urine flow cannot generate enough force without the juice to break this attachment to the human cells.

The article is published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.

Ring out the old and ring in the new with Adam’s

15th December 2010, Mumbai: Parties & celebrations are the mood of the season and Adam’s latest collection is just what you need to make the right impression! Adam’s – the brand that has been dressing up young men for decades, is all set to roll out their latest collection of trendy & ubercool dressing for the metro-sexual man.

The collection features a trendy & smart collection of shirts, T-shirts, casual trousers & pants to trendy denims, for young men in the age group of 16 to 22 yrs of age. The colors are a vibrant mix of bright & pastels to reflect a laidback yet celebratory mood of the season. The price range for the collection for T-shirts start from Rs 395 to Rs 895, the shirts are priced between Rs 895 to Rs 995 & the Denims range from Rs 1195 to Rs 1495

The collection is available at all at the following:

  1. Lokhandwala
  2. Oshiwara ( Mega Mall)
  3. Ghatkopar ( R – city)
  4. Mulund ( Nirmal Lifestyle & R Mall)
  5. Thane ( Korum Mall)
  6. Vashi ( Centerzone)
  7. Borivali ( Gulmohar Road)

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More effective new anti-clotting drug

A new oral anti-clotting drug, rivaroxaban (Xarelto), is an effective, convenient and safer treatment for patients coping with deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT, sometimes called “economy flight syndrome” as it is associated with immobilization during long flights, can migrate to the lungs and form life-threatening pulmonary embolisms.

Physicians prescribe well-known anti-coagulant medications, such as oral warfarin (Coumadin) and/or heparin injections to treat the condition.

According to two new studies published in New England Journal of Medicine, oral rivaroxaban is superior to enoxaparin and vitamin K agonist for treating the potentially life-threatening clots, most typically formed in the lower leg or thigh.

Patients with symptomatic deep-vein thrombosis have a recurrence rate of 2.1% while receiving rivaroxaban for a 12-month period compared to 3% when taking enoxaparin and a vitamin K antagonist for the same duration, the study found.

“Rivaroxiban is at least as effective as the older drug warfarin and seems safer. It is also far easier to use since it does not require blood testing to adjust the dose,” said Harry R Büller from the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam.

“This new treatment regimen of oral rivaroxaban can potentially make blood-clot therapy easier than the current standard treatment for both the patient and the physician with a single drug and simple fixed-dose approach,” he added.