Kunshan (China), Jul 14 (PTI) The Badminton World Federation (BWF) today said it plans to explore “exciting and innovative” prospects to transform badminton into an beach sport and also bring the sport in the e-gaming platform. The decision was made at the world-governing body council meeting here, which is now engaging with various stakeholders to propel badminton in these directions. The world-governing body has decided to collaborate with some of the first beach tournaments in which badminton will be tested and played later this year such as the Asian Beach Games and Russias National Beach Games. “The feedback from such events will certainly help as we look to develop this genre of badminton. There are legions of athletes and fans who are into outdoor sport, some beach sport particularly. Its an area thats very attractive commercially,” said BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer. “There are a lot of technical aspects we have to get right, especially with the shuttle. We have to look at these things first but we are committed to taking badminton outdoors. “The internet and social media have challenged our imagination with regards to sport and the e-gaming evolution is constantly re-writing the possibilities of what can be done with and through sport,” he said, citing plans for an e-gaming version of the next months Olympics. PTI ATK ATK
Mumbai, Aug 18 (PTI) Vineet Kumar Singh, whose latest film “Gold” released recently, says he is open to the idea of taking up roles in both small independent features and mainstream commercial cinema.The 38-year-old actor, who earned critical praise for “Mukkabaaz” earlier this year, believes that as long as a person is doing good work, it does not matter whether he is acting in independent films or big-budget commercial projects.”When you do a big film it reaches more people it helps you as an actor. After ‘Gold’ released people are watching ‘Mukkabaaz’. When more people see you, you become more popular.”The benefit as an actor is that, then you do a commercial film and you can also continue to be part of that and do small films as well,” Vineet, who has also acted in critically acclaimed films like “Gangs of Wasseypur” and “Ugly”, told PTI.Vineet says his aim has always been to do good films and play strong roles.”I am not here for survival and settlement. I would have become doctor and opened a clinic. I am just hungry for good work. I want to do challenging work, be it small film as a protagonist or doing big film that has an important role.”The actor has once again earned critical praise, this time for his portrayal of the character Imtiaz Shah in Akshay Kumar-starrer “Gold”.The film is based on true events about independent India’s first Olympic gold medal in hockey.”I want to be honest between action and cut, convey what the character wants to say. I acted depending on the brief of the director Reema Kagti, she has worked very hard on the film and getting the background correct. It motivates me that people like my work.”advertisementIt was Anurag Kashyap’s sports drama film “Mukkabaaz” that got him into the limelight and Vineet says he has got over 100 scripts ever since the film released.”I truly believe your good work is remembered. I am getting offers across all genres from a comedy to satire to thriller to dark and sports films. I have noticed that there is a rise in offers especially of different kind.”He will be next seen in “Aadhaar”, which will begin shoot from January next year. PTI KKP JUR RBRB
Game of ThronesHBO Official YoutubeMaisie Williams has set tongues wagging after her character Arya Stark made love to her friend Gendry. The intimate scene was Maisie’s first sex scene on the show.And her real-life BFF and on-screen sister Sansa aka Sophie Turner had some thoughts on the scene. The actress made an extremely racy comment about her friend’s on-screen encounter in a funny Instagram clip.She said: ‘In honour of Easter, I guess Game Of Thrones wanted the storyline to have a little Easter bunny hop, hop, hopping into that p****y. And that’s the tea.’ The actress may have been high on Easter wine as she made the comment. The actress was clad in a fluffy dressing robe and the X-Men: Dark Phoenix actress downed a glass of red wine after she made the announcement.The actress always uses the phrase ‘and that’s the tea’ in her Instagram stories, shared with her 10.3m followers on social media.Maisie, who is 22 years old, initially thought her nude sex scene in Sunday’s episode was a ‘prank’ as she reflected on the latest installment of Game Of Thrones. Maisie Williams and Sophie TurnerGetty ImagesShe told Entertainment Weekly: ‘At first, I thought it was a prank. I was like “Yo, good one”, and [the showrunners] were like “No, we haven’t done that this year.” Oh f***!’The Doctor Who star explained showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have played similar jokes on the cast in the past – and she was shocked to learn this wasn’t the case.Maisie Williams added that when she got through the read through she realized that they were actually going to do this and that she needed to go to the gym. The third episode of the final season of Game of Thrones will air on April 28. You can check out the video here: Sophie Turner bringing the tea ☕️ pic.twitter.com/ragG7oKh7S— Daenerys Targaryen (@Daenerys) April 22, 2019
A man looks at a screen displaying news of markets update inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, June 20, 2016.Reuters fileIndian markets ended the week on a strong note on Friday, tracking gains in Asian stocks on easing concerns over higher rates and inflation.Investors bought shares of recent underperformers such as pharma and financials after a tumultous last week.The Sensex ended higher 322 points, or 0.95 percent, at 34,142 and the Nifty gained 108 points, or 1.04 percent, at 10,491. The Indian rupee strengthened against the U.S. dollar on the back of gains in local equity markets.The partially convertible rupee closed at 64.73 on Friday, up 0.50 percent from its previous close of 63.05.So far this year, the rupee weakened 1.3 percent, while foreign investors have bought $895.80 million and $1.68 billion in equity and debt markets, respectively.The stock markets remain close on March 2 on account of Holi.Here’s what to watch in the coming days.Powell’s testimonyMarkets may well get a jolt of additional information on the outlook for U.S. interest rates over the coming week as newly appointed Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell presents his first semi-annual testimony starting on Tuesday to both the houses of the U.S. Congress.His comments could shed some light on the ongoing debate over the pace of rate hikes this year and beyond.Powell will deliver the pre-released semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to CongressIndeed, markets will be keenly watching Powell’s performance from a confidence standpoint given he is a seasoned veteran but not an economist who is following in Yellen’s footsteps, according to a note by Scotia Bank.Italy votesSo far markets have largely ignored the Italian election but things are likely to change next week.Italians go to the polls on March 4 and the result is expected to be officially announced on Monday.The main parties to watch are Forza Italia, headed by Silvio Berlusconi, former prime minister; Democratic Party, headed by Matteo Renzi, also a former prime minister who quit the post in 2016; and 5 Star Movement with Luigi Di Maio as its leader.Opinion polls in the months leading up to the election have pointed to a hung parliament where no one party will gain a majority to govern alone.However, polls have shown that although Berlusconi’s center-right is seen as the strongest coalition, M5S is the most popular single party.Italy is the euro zone’s third largest economy and the vote could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s fragile economy, mirred with bad debts and soaring unemployment.Auto sales dataAuto stocks will be in focus as the auto companies will start announcing monthly sales numbers for February 2018 starting from Thursday.Economic dataManufacturing: Markit Economics will unveil the results of a monthly survey on the performance of India’s manufacturing sector for February on Wednesday.Q3 GDP: The government will announce data on third quarter gross domestic product on Wednesday. GDP growth had recovered to 6.3 percent in the third quarter from 5.7 percent recorded in the first quarter.U.S. home sales, GDP: In U.S., the data on new home sales measuring the number of newly constructed homes with a committed sale during January will be announced on Monday. Fourth quarter GDP data and pending home sales data for January will be unveiled on Wednesday.
Close-up map locating the area where a ferry capsized in the Philippines. AFPRescue teams in the Philippines resumed their search for survivors Friday after a ferry carrying more than 250 passengers capsized, with at least five confirmed dead.The accident occurred in rough waters off the main island of Luzon Thursday as the Mercraft 3 keeled over en route to a remote island.The 206-tonne vessel had been given the green light to sail as Tropical Storm Tembin gathered pace over the southern Philippines nearly a thousand kilometres away, as there were no storm alerts in the local area, the coastguard said.But a survivor told local radio that the ferry was forced to stop at sea due to large waves and strong winds, before it started taking in water from the bow and tipped over.Filipino ferries, which seasonally brave rough seas in the Pacific typhoon belt, are notorious for overloading.Some 252 people have so far been pulled to safety, with the death toll up to five.The coastguard had earlier said only 251 passengers and crew were on board, but confirmed the vessel had a 286-person capacity.Officials gave no explanation for the discrepancy but acknowledged the boat had carried more than the 251 people listed on its manifest.Rescuers are yet to determine how many are still missing, Efren Ritual, a rescue official in the town of Infanta, said.“The search will continue because there are still people here looking for their missing relatives,” he told AFP by telephone.Local fishing boats and the Philippine navy were assisting in the search, according to the coastguard office in Manila.The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands, is plagued by poor sea transport, with its badly regulated boats and ships prone to overcrowding and accidents.The latest incident occurred 30 years after another Philippine ferry, the Dona Paz, collided with an oil tanker in a pre-Christmas accident south of Manila that claimed more than 4,000 lives in the world’s worst peacetime disaster at sea.