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first_img September 24, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 British journalist detained in Aceh province News IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Organisation News Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years to go further November 19, 2020 Find out more IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Newscenter_img August 21, 2020 Find out more News August 12, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the abusive detention of British journalist Lesley McCulloch. She has been in police detention at the Banda Aceh police headquarters on the Island of Sumatra since 11 September, accused of fraudulent use of a tourist visa. Banda Aceh is the capital of the province, which is prey to separatist fighting by GAM (Free Aceh Movement) rebels. “It is intolerable that no foreign observer whatsoever has been authorised to report on the situation in Aceh,” stated Robert Ménard, Secretary-General of the organisation, adding that “legal artifice cannot mask the authorities’ real intentions which  are to silence any discordant voices”.The British researcher, who lives in Australia and until recently taught at the University of Tasmania, has also worked for the Australian radio and television company ABC and the newspaper Green Left Weekly. She is also well known for her frequent contributions to Asian magazines on the question of the independence of Aceh. Ms McCulloch has been visiting the province for a number of a years in order to carry out research and to write about the conflict which has lasted for 26 years. She has reported in detail on the Indonesian military’s abuses of human rights and has brought to light the economic and financial interests underlying the conflict. She was arrested on 11 September by a group of soldiers, together with an American nurse, Joy Lee Sadler, and their local interpreter, Fitra Bin Amin, as they were leaving a village in the south of the province. Ms McCulloch’s luggage was searched, and her laptop and camera closely examined, in an attempt to find evidence linking her with the rebel groups. The police claim that she had in fact visited a GAM base. Later her house in Aceh was also searched. She has been detained since then, is not allowed to make telephone calls or give interviews, and since 14 September the police have been closely monitoring her meetings with her lawyer. She is also apparently being deprived of sleep and sexually harassed. No decision about her case has yet been taken. She is accused of violating Articles 40 and 52 of the immigration law because she took advantage of her tourist visa to carry out activities in relation to the GAM. She risks a prison sentence of up to five years and/or a fine of nearly 25 million rupiahs. Ms McCulloch had to wait for six days before being granted the legal status of suspect. This is in total violation of the Indonesian penal code, which demands that a status be attributed within 24 hours following the arrest.No foreign presence is tolerated in the province of Aceh, and the authorities are exasperated by what they consider as unjustified support by journalists, human rights groups and intellectuals for the separatist movement in Aceh. Already in March 2002, the Indonesian government refused to renew the press visa of the Jakarta correspondent of the Australian daily papers The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, Lindsay Murdoch. Follow the news on Indonesia RSF_en On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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first_imgA Donegal County Archives Touring Exhibition is now available for viewing at the Donegal Public Service Centre, Drumlonagher, Donegal town.The exhibition runs from 1 April 2014 to 30 May 2014.The exhibition celebrates 250 years of Donegal’s unique history and the relevance of local history for people living today. The exhibition showcases Donegal County Archives’ many and varied archival collections.Nine panels are on display which are based around the following themes- Homesteads; Donegal Wains; Fun and Games; Days of Toil; Faith and Worship; Landlords and Tenants; Conflict; Local Democracy; Journeys in Time.The panels contain a brief history of the themes and are accompanied by images scanned from the County Archives’ many collections. Images include photographs, posters, leaflets, extracts from letters, registers, minute books and other items.Included in the exhibition are some of the photographs kindly loaned to the County Archives for the purpose of the exhibition. For further information, please contact Niamh at 074 91 72 490 or [email protected] OF DONEGAL LIFE DOWN THROUGH THE YEARS WORTH A VISIT was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal lifeexhibitionlast_img read more

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first_imgChelsea midfielder Raul Meireles is an £8m target for Napoli, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has made enquiries to Meireles’ agents and is keen to try and make the move happen.The Mirror also say that QPR wanted to fine Joey Barton three months’ rather than six weeks’ wages for his violent outburst against Manchester City on the final day of last season.The PFA are said to have stepped in to stop him being fined close to £1m by the club.Manager Mark Hughes is determined to get Barton out of Loftus Road, the Daily Mail report, and is likely to make him train with the reserves until the player leaves.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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first_imgDown 2-0 … Susanville >> The College of the Redwoods softball team got a seventh-inning home run from Shannon Palmer en route to a doubleheader sweep over Lassen College on Friday in Susanville.Down 2-1 in the seventh inning of game one, CR tied the game and then took the lead when Palmer went yard to give CR a 3-2 lead. Courntey Christensen retired Lassen in the ninth to pick up the win and secure the game one victory.Redwoods’ Shyann Ubedei went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.last_img

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first_img“Surprise” or “puzzling” are the most common words in news reports about bodies in the solar system.  Here are recent examples that discuss the origin of planets.See Part I: Inner PlanetsSee Part II: Outer PlanetsLucky breaks:  In a Perspective piece in Science Magazine, “Forming Terrestrial Planets,” John Chambers describes the mess between competing theories of the rocky planets.  He only treats two theories, both secular, to explain why Mars is puny compared to Earth (1/10 Earth’s mass).  One theory involves motions in and out by Jupiter (the “Grand Tack” model) that results in a depletion of accretionary resources at the distance of Mars (3 AU).  A recent competing theory by Izodoro posits that gas was depleted in that region as it migrated toward the sun.  Both models require Mars to form near the sun and get pushed into the depleted zone.  As Chambers admits, whatever happened, it’s all a matter of luck:Some caveats are in order. Like all current theories for planet formation, the models described here are incomplete. In particular, we lack a clear understanding of how and where planetesimals formed in the solar nebula, which obviously has a bearing on subsequent events. The final stage of growth is also notoriously chaotic—a tiny change in initial conditions can completely change the final outcome. So, luck played a big role in shaping the solar system. Conventional planet-formation simulations generate respectable Mars analogs in a few percent of cases without requiring any special measures. This leaves the slim possibility that Mars represents a bizarre statistical outlier, and its small size contains no deeper truths about our solar system.In other words, the situation is like Sidney Harris’s famous cartoon, in which a student, describing a process on the blackboard, inserts “Then a miracle occurs.”  His teacher demands he be a little more explicit on that point.  An “incomplete” theory is little more than a suggestion if a lack of “clear understanding” about a major point—the origin of planetesimals—remains.  Also, explanations that rely on sheer dumb luck are not explanations at all, strictly speaking, in science, even if the theorist (John Chambers) is an esteemed scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science.  (See the “Stuff Happens Law” in the Darwin Dictionary.)Late stage evolution:  Eric Ford (Penn State), in a review article for PNAS, starts after “the miracle occurs” and tries to make sense of the rest of the post-planetesimal story.  His article is mostly a promissory note: “astronomers can look forward to a much better understanding of planet formation in the coming decade,” he says.  Whether anyone will be able to hold him accountable to that remains to be seen.  Meanwhile, he describes the hubbub created by the discovery of “hot Jupiters” (gas giants orbiting very close to the star).  The median orbital period for these anomalous bodies has increased to a year, but their location still presents problems to theorists:The large masses of hot Jupiters imply a substantial gaseous component and therefore rapid formation, before the protoplanetary disk is dispersed. In situ formation of the rocky cores of hot Jupiters is problematic due to the high temperature and low surface density of the disk so close to their host star. Therefore, theorists explain hot Jupiters starting with the formation of a rocky core at larger separations from the host star, followed by accretion of a gaseous envelope and migration to their current location. The mechanism for migration is less clear.By “less clear,” he means that both competing “broad classes of models” suffer seemingly falsifying problems.  It’s unlikely a rocky core would just wander in through the disk on its own; how would it stop?  “It is unclear how the planets would avoid migrating all of the way into the host star or why the migration would be halted to leave planets with orbital periods of ∼2–5 days” like some hot Jupiters seen closer to their stars than Mercury is to our sun.  On the other hand, if the gas giant formed with initial high eccentricity (perhaps due to gravitational encounters with neighbors) and then tidal interactions circularized the orbit close to the star, the notion relies on sheer dumb luck.  Ford remains optimistic about what no astronomer has witnessed: “In practice, planetary systems that form two giant planets may well form additional massive planets, leading to a series of planet–planet scattering events and substantially increasing the probability for one to achieve a pericenter of just a few stellar radii.”  Perhaps it was a combination plate, he imagines: maybe migration brought the gas giant to about 1 AU where scattering could be more efficient.  This is qualitative guesswork.  Migration was not even in the cards for planetary theory till the discovery of hot Jupiters forced the idea.Needless to say, stars with hot Jupiters are unlikely to have Earth-like worlds.  “While the future hot Jupiter is circularizing, it cleans out the inner solar system by scattering any rocky planets in the inner planetary system into the star or the outer regions of the planetary system.”  Thank goodness our solar system did not meet this fate.  When Ford is not talking about actual observed planets, he is using a lot of escape words like perhaps, maybe, and could, (see perhapsimaybecouldness index) or is pushing the explanation into the future.  Theorists of the future, though, will have their work cut out for them.  Jupiter is hard enough to explain, but “Unfortunately, characterizing the architectures of outer planetary systems is likely to prove significantly more difficult than planets with orbital periods of a few years or less.”  Same for inner rocky planets, many of which the Kepler spacecraft found are “short-period, tightly-packed inner planetary systems” (STIPS).  Maybe they should work on the accretion problem (the “bouncing barrier discussed in Part II) before tackling migration.  Ford didn’t even get into that; he just assumed that planets accreted (somehow).Eliminate the negative, accentuate the positive:  Meanwhile, news sources routinely put a positive spin on planet formation.  Assuming planets must have formed by natural causes somehow (since they exist), astrobiologists are ready to look for them in the wild west.  For instance, contrary to earlier speculations, Science Daily holds out hope for “tilt-a-worlds” (planets with high obliquity) being habitable (see 1/12/12).    “Don’t forget F-type stars” (hot white stars more massive than the sun) as possible planetary homes, PhysOrg wrote; one astronomer says they “are not hopeless” in spite of their heat and radiation.Hope springs eternal in astrobiology.  Since it’s a science without a subject, that’s all they have.  There’s no -biology in astrobiology, and the astro- part faces serious challenges when it comes to explaining planet formation.Here at Creation-Evolution Headlines, we are very proud of the space program’s achievements in planetary exploration, including the discoveries of exoplanets.  We would never disparage the highly gifted and intelligent astronomers who have brought us all these incredible observations.  Nevertheless, when it comes to explaining the origin of what they observe, are we getting anything better than the ideas of witch doctors?  Look at the astrobiologists’ appeals to magic and miracles.  Look at the forward passes to future astronomers.  Look at their beliefs in spite of the evidence.  At least witch doctors dress up as shamans, not pretending to be scientists.  Which is the more deceptive? 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first_imgThe former financier turned chef will be accompanying the Brand South Africa team to Davos for the annual World Economic Forum meeting. Host of the popular Africa on a Plate TV series, Lentswe will be introducing guests at a Brand South Africa hosted dinner in Davos to the flavours of Mzansi.Chef, former banker, MC and a man who believes in giving back, Lenstwe Bhengu believes that following your dreams is the only way to fulfilment. He left the security of his high powered career in finance to study the culinary arts. As he told BONA magazine, “The thought of walking away from a comfortable job to start something new was scary and exciting at the same time. However, I knew that I had ignored my dream for a long time. So, in 2011, I quit my job and enrolled into a culinary school.”He trained at the prestigious The Culinary Academy in the Cape Winelands before working in prominent kitchens like the Savoy Cabbage, The Roundhouse, Saucisse Deli. Despite the long hours and demanding environment Bhengu knew he had made the right choice.He has been cooking since he was eight, following his mother around the kitchen. One of his prize possesions is a blank recipe book he received from her. “My mom told me to go and fill it up with all the nice things I wanted to make for my family. I still have it. told me to go and fill it up with all the nice things I wanted to make for my family. I still have it.”“I spoke to my dad and he said to me if you can’t tick yes to all the boxes in your life, that’s what you should change and that’s when I embarked on this journey,” on making the change from finace to food. (Image: Lenstwe Bhengu)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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first_imgmike melanson Before you go freaking out, Facebook’s new facial recognition feature isn’t there quite yet – your latest photobomb won’t result in the victims sending you angry Facebook messages as the service identifies your snarling mug in the background. For now, facial recognition simply means recognizing that a face is present and leaving it at that. The feature, just added last night, hopes to make the tagging process quicker and simpler, as part of a larger effort on Facebook’s part to improve the entire photo uploading, browsing and tagging process.According to Facebook, more than 100 million photos are uploaded daily – a statistic that looks to rival that of YouTube’s 24 hours of video uploaded every minute. In addition to the sheer volume, there is barely a person on the social network that hasn’t been part of the photo uploading process, with 99% of the more than 400 million users having uploaded at least one photo. What Facebook’s new product manager for photos Sam Odio is trying to point out here in his blog post is that uploading photos is massively popular and in need of some streamlining, likely to the benefit of Facebook’s servers. Odio was the founder of Divvyshot, the company behind the facial recognition technology that was acquired by Facebook two months ago. For now, facial recognition will identifiy that a face is present in an uploaded photo, asking the user “Whose face is this?” According to Facebook, the feature is in limited testing, so you may not see it yet, but this and more will be coming for all soon. “Stay tuned,” Odio writes, “for future posts about other work on browsing, uploading and tagging.”We’re hoping this does help to clearly tag photos, rather than ending up with names popping up between two people when you mouse over their rubbing elbows.While others, such as Endgadget’s Tim Stevens, lament that the facial recognition won’t go as far as saying who’s face the software is seeing, we have to say we’re glad Facebook hasn’t taken this leap. And surely, when they do, we’ll see a privacy setting for whether or not we want our face to be identified on any and every photo uploaded to its service, right? Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

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first_imgA tax-free income streamFor the purpose of this exploration, we used a 30-year time horizon, because that is the duration of most mortgages in the U.S. today. We compared the return our customers will realize by having no energy bills, to the returns they could receive from a variety of common investment vehicles. To make this a fair comparison, we assumed that you would draw from the initial investment each month to pay your current energy bills.You would be required to pay income tax on the income from your investments. There is no tax on your energy savings! We were so surprised by what we found, that we ran additional calculations, using actual energy savings from other homes we have built, and savings from some high-performance energy remodels we have completed over the last few years. What we found is that the energy savings in all cases provided a higher rate of return, with a higher level of security, than any other secure type of investment. Plan for energy inflationOver the last few months I have done a lot of research on energy costs, and have uncovered a lot of useful information. I have compiled that information into a series of spreadsheets that examine every aspect of the relationship between investments in your future energy consumption and other types of investments. I have also consulted with several investment advisers, including one top money manager at one of the nation’s leading investment firms.One of the first things I found is that the U.S. Dept. of Commerce has been keeping track, since 1974, of the price that consumers pay for energy. Energy is a separate component of the Consumer Price Index. As we all know, gas prices have gone up, then come back down, then gone up again; lots of volatility, and not much predictability, but over time the result has been an upward spiral.Electricity rates, on the other hand, seem much more stable. Yet they have risen at almost exactly the same rate over time as gas prices. When these prices are averaged with other energy prices, such as natural gas, heating oil, and propane, the average annual increase has been 6.33%. Have you taken the time to have a hard discussion with your investment adviser about how you should adjust your investment portfolio as you get closer to retirement age? If you have, he or she probably told you that the closer you are to retirement age, the more secure your investments need to be.You will need to draw regular payments to support your lifestyle. Some investment vehicles, such as stocks, typically have too much volatility to be depended upon as a source that can be regularly drawn upon by retirees. A balanced portfolio usually includes some combination of bonds, stocks, real estate, and cash. The percentage invested in bonds and cash will increase as you approach retirement age. During your retirement years, you will deplete your stock holdings in the years when stocks are doing well and draw from your less volatile investments, like bonds and cash, during more troublesome periods. Drastically reducing energy demand can be an important hedgeWhat is required is either an energy upgrade investment in your existing home, or to sell your existing home and purchase one that is truly energy-efficient. I am not just referring to today’s code-minimum home. While today’s homes are indeed much more energy-efficient than homes of just a few years ago, they still are using energy at a rate that could bankrupt you a just few years down the line. A better choice is to upgrade your existing home or buy a below-net-zero-energy home. Does such a thing exist? Yes, it does; my company and others are now building homes that produce enough energy not only to supply themselves, but also to power your electric car. How much does such a house cost, you ask?That depends on how big or how fancy a home you would like. We are currently building a very simple, 1,915-square-foot house in Seattle, Washington, that looks just like many of the other homes in its neighborhood. The difference is that this house will power itself and the owner’s car for about 8,000 to 9,000 miles per year, using a 10-kW solar electric array on the roof.The total cost of this house is right around $250,000 (including the solar panels, but not including the land). That is actually just about at the median price for an existing home in that neighborhood. You could say that the net cost of going to way below net-zero, in this case, is zero. That would not really be true. Trade your granite countertops for a better envelope and solar panelsTo get to net-zero and below requires a complicated set of calculations and trade-offs that are very climate-specific. In rough numbers, the solar energy systems for this house cost about $50,000, other envelope upgrades cost about $10,000, and the heating, ventilating and hot water system will cost about $7,000 more than what most new homes would spend. In addition, the owners are willing to forgo a few amenities that most new homes in the neighborhood have, such as granite countertops.A more accurate estimate would be that it costs about $75,000 more for the below-net-zero-energy house than it would cost for a similar home of standard construction in the same neighborhood. This represents a 40% increase in costs over that of standard construction, if you added back in the amenities that other homes would have. In a more expensive home, that percentage would be much smaller, perhaps as little as 15%.So, what do you get for your $75,000 investment? Better than traditional ‘stable’ investment optionsIf you invested in money-market funds or Certificates of Deposit, your energy bills would have eaten up the entire investment within the first ten years. Investments in the bond market would have fared much better, not running out until just over twenty years into the investment period. Investments in the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the S&P 500 Index, with all dividends reinvested, would have netted you a larger return, but with way too much volatility to be worth the risk.For example, if you had started your investment period about ten or twelve years ago, you would be almost out of money by now, and we have no way to predict that the next ten years would be any better than the last ten, even though the last thirty-five years have been very good. The energy investment, by comparison, will save our customer over $350,000 over the next 30 years!What this means is that any other investment could end up leaving you having to make some terrible choices in your future, like whether to pay your energy bills, your grocery bills, or your medical bills.While past performance of any investment cannot predict the performance of future returns, it is clear that having a zero energy bill will always effectively net you a return, and that return will become even more significant over time.center_img Ted L. Clifton is a designer, a builder, and the founder of Zero-Energy Plans in Coupeville, Washington. The energy retrofit optionOne final note on energy improvements to your existing home: If you have a great house, in a good, central location, nice yard, everything you want, but just too many energy bills, what should you do? This is where a high-performance energy remodel comes in.We have done high-performance energy remodels that have reduced the over-all energy consumption of existing homes by up to 66% and the heating and cooling energy use by over 83%. These results were before adding any alternative energy production like solar hot water or photovolatic panels. Because the previous energy use of the existing house was way above the national average, the savings experienced by the owners was even greater than those experienced by the purchasers of our new homes.Every home is different, so it is impossible to predict exactly how much it will cost to achieve what result in an existing home. A qualified Home Energy Rater should be able to help you with these calculations.My conclusion is that investing in the energy efficiency of your home today could well be the wisest investment you could make to assure a worry-free future. Energy prices increase faster than Social Security payoutsBy comparison, the Consumer Price Index, used by the government to calculate increases to your Social Security check, has only risen at an annual rate of just under 1.54% during that same period. It is clear just from looking at these two numbers that if you are trying to use your Social Security check to pay for your energy use, you will be falling behind by about 4.8% per year. The average American living in a 2,000-square-foot house is currently paying home energy bills of around $214 per month. In addition to the home energy costs, the average American is also spending a similar amount on gasoline for transportation. At the current rate of energy price inflation (over the last 38 years), this number will double in about twelve years. Yet your Social Security check would only increase by about 18% over the same time period. It is obvious, then, that you will need some other source of funds from which to purchase energy some other portion of your investment portfolio.On the surface, the solution might seem simple: If you could use the equity in your home to buy your next 30 years worth of energy at today’s prices, you could lock in a rate of around 5% interest on the loan, and receive a return of 6.33% over time. This would allow you to earn a return of 1.33% per year on the bank’s money. The opportunities are actually much better than that, but the mechanism for doing so is much more complicated. To start with, you just don’t have room in your back yard to store that much gasoline, and surely the neighbors would complain about the smell! Value of Energy Investment over time.xlsxlast_img read more

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first_imgAt first glance, Somdev Devvarman seems to be an average guy. He loves his Tshirts, denim and flipflops. He also has his share of girl problems-finding one being the biggest. But the similarity ends there, as he has been found to be dangerous- calculative, dogged, blinkered and merciless. His weapon of choice: The Babolat Pure Drive. His latest victims: Australia’s Greg Jones at the CWG and Uzbek’s Denis Istomin at the 2010 Asian Games, feats that lead to his automatic entry to the Chennai and Australian Open. Hop on as we unravel this tennis steed like no one has ever done before.On successSomdev DevvarmanThere isn’t any specific formula for success. Take for example, my performance last year. People have been asking me if I did anything differently to win the CWG and Asian Games Gold. My answer is No. It’s not so much what I’ve done differently; it’s just that all the hard work I’ve put in over the years is finally coming together. This definitely feels good but there is still a long way to go. The idea is to continue training and pushing yourself to the limit to get better.On failureEveryone wants to be successful, but only a few realise that failure is as important. You have to be very lucky to hit the big time at the very beginning of your career. So an occasional rock bottom is necessary, because it is what makes success alluring, as we tend to strive even harder once we are down. Having said that, it’s best to take each day as it comes and keep working towards your goals.advertisementOn fame and moneyIt might sound clichd, but I have never been motivated by money and fame. My motivation to play tennis has been my love for the game and nothing else. Tennis is my profession and the money that comes in is definitely appreciated. But it’s not the driving factor. I also firmly believe that things like fame are very temporary.On balancingWith so much of travelling, my personal life can get quite tricky. But it’s a life I’ve chosen. Dating, and hanging out have taken a backseat for the moment and I’m OK with it. Right now, my career is more important than anything else. It’s all about setting your priorities right. One needs to do what is important and necessary at a particular time.On Indian TennisThe facilities in India are getting better, but there is still room for improvement. Moreover, I don’t think any talent can reach the top by staying in one place for a long time. You need exposure to other training techniques and styles. So it’s important to travel, to play tournaments and to interact with other players. It gives you perspective and it plays a very important role in your growth as a player as well as a person.On six-pack absThe six-pack phenomenon seems to be catching up in India. But for me, sporting a six-pack is not the ultimate sign of fitness. Fitness is more than just having a goodlooking physique. It means being free from illnesses, having the stamina to play longer under harsh conditions and being able to do that day in and day out, week after week for the whole year. But if sporting a six pack is your thing, go for it. Any kind of motivation that helps you lead a fit life is great.On technologyTechnology and development have made it easier for us to travel, keep in touch. Thanks to our growing economy, it is now easy for us to go abroad for studies or work, thereby making it possible for us to have friends across the globe and also observe other cultures. However, just because we are thinking global doesn’t mean we are in conflict with our value system. Respecting our elders, treating people right, making an honest living are an integral part of our value system and can be kept intact no matter where we are.On Indian foodI love Indian food and I eat it at every chance I get! Don’t believe anyone who says that Indian food is unhealthy. It’s a myth. There is obviously something right with it-just look at our wrestlers for proof. Every country has its share of healthy and not-so-healthy foods. The trick is to find the nutritious ones. On having a role modelI look up to tennis greats like Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Raphael Nadal and many more. The way they conduct themselves on and off the court are such great examples to follow. I’ve interacted with Andy Roddick very closely, and it’s a real eye-opener to train with a guy who’s been in the top 10 for so many years. It is important to have a role model, as it helps you to get a direction of what you want to make of yourself or where you want to be..advertisementlast_img read more

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