The transformer weighed 118,607 lbs (54 tonnes) and measured 22.9 ft x 8.7 ft x 12.6 ft (7 m x 2.7 m x 3.8 m). To move the component, Northwest Crane also utilised Hydra-Slide’s Hydra-Pac synchronous hydraulic power unit, oak timber mats, jacks, and other rigging gear.Jimmy McClung, project manager at Northwest Crane, said: “The site provided very limited access for the work and was sloped significantly. As such, we had to account for the variation in height in our slide track support plans. However, as always, we had to execute each stage of the job one step at a time; our first task was to receive the transformer at the site on third-party trucking equipment.”He continued: “We had to jack it up from the trailer, install the slide track, slide it 50 ft (15.2 m) to align with the pad, jack it up to remove the slide track equipment, and jack the transformer down onto the pad.”www.hydra-slide.com www.northwestcraneservice.com
EDITORS’ PICK “I won’t guarantee a knockout,” said Roach during Pacquiao’s media workout Wednesday at Wild Card Gym here. “If it comes, it will be a bonus. No guarantee.”Roach is sure, though, that Pacquiao will become champion again. And he’s not basing it just on the senator’s impressive showing in training, but also on Pacquiao’s pronouncements.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“I want to become the first active senator to become champion,” said Pacquiao. “I want the belt.” Roach, a seven-time trainer of the year, believes Vargas will be a good counterpuncher who may eventuallyrun away from Pacquiao on fight night. BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Phelps secretly took plunge in June, marrying girlfriend Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young FILE: Manny Pacquiao works the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach inside the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California on Saturday afternoon. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORAHOLLYWOOD—He’s been burned several times predicting a Manny Pacquiao knockout victory. And Freddie Roach is no longer making predictions that a nine-year wait for a stoppage will end on Nov. 5, when Pacquiao takes on WBO champion Jessie Vargas for the welterweight belt at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise But if Vargas chooses to be aggressive, Roach said it will work in Pacquiao’s favor.“Vargas (27-1, 10 knockouts) is not a puncher,” Roach said. “But I think he will come out instantly to test Manny’s power.”Pacquiao shrugged off Vargas’ boast that he’d be the faster guy on the ring.“I will prove him wrong,” said Pacquiao.ADVERTISEMENT Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
I’ll hire the designer who is open, collaborative, and inclusive over the brilliant designer who lacks those qualities. Always. #ux— Christine Perfetti (@cperfetti) August 21, 2013 7 Proofreading Steps: What steps do you take for proofreading? This list of tips comes from one of my favorite blogs, Daily Writing Tips. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: December 5, 2014An in-depth look at the design decisions of the Google and Apple map applications, announcement of the second edition of the Responsive Web Design book, and alternatives for adding related content to your posts/pages are a few of the resources you’ll find in this week’s roundup of web design and…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: October 28, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to improve user experience with micro-interactions, find a six-point checklist for creating accessible videos, discover some spooky CSS, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility,…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: September 18, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll find out how 15 user experience (UX) professionals describe UX designs, learn about a free webinar for testing website accessibility, discover what to look for in a payment gateway, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links” Building Responsive Websites Using Twitter Bootstrap: This tutorial by Syed Fazle Rahman is the second in the series of working with Twitter Bootstrap. Note: the tutorial is based on version 2.3.2. A tutorial for the 3.0 version is expected soon. User Experience30 Essential UX Tools: This collection of paid and free user experience tools is worth bookmarking. You’ll find mind maps, flow charts, site maps, wireframes, user testing, feedback, analytics, speed tests, and more. I was glad to discover Dr. Link Check, an online link testing site currently in beta.10 Interface Typos You Don’t Even Know You’re Making: Is it “through” or “thru”? Georgina Laidlaw highlights ten of the most common typos in her SitePoint article. Yep, I’m guilty. I didn’t know “thru” wasn’t a word. If you think progressive enhancement is stifling your creativity, you’re just being lazy. It’s not difficult, it just requires some thought.— Aaron Gustafson (@AaronGustafson) August 22, 2013 17 Periodicals For Usability Research: Where do you find peer-reviewed research? Thanks to Jeff Sauro for compiling this excellent list of user experience research journals and periodicals.AccessibilityAccessibility Through Video Captions: Alistair Campbell of Nomensa explains how YouTube can automatically caption your videos. As Campbell points out, sometimes the captioning results aren’t what you expect. It’s up to you to edit the captions, and thankfully, YouTube makes it easy to do. Inequality and the Internet: Why Some Remain Offline: In her letter to The New York Times, disability rights lawyer Lainey Feingold points out their oversight in their recent article Most of U.S. Is Wired, but Millions Aren’t Plugged In for not discussing the digital divide between people with disabilities and those people who are not (yet) disabled. Using the ARIA Form Landmark: In this tutorial, Ted Drake explains the use of the ARIA form landmark. Though not currently supported by all browsers and screenreaders, Drake recommends including role=“form” as you add new code.Is Blu-Ray as Accessible as DVD?: Media Access Australia reports that the home entertainment industry hasn’t used the additional space available on Blu-Ray to increase accessibility. Rather the space has been used to add outtakes, story enhancements and interviews.WordPressWP in Higher Ed Hangout: My former higher education colleagues Curtiss Grymala and Chris Wiegman launch their monthly chat about WordPress in higher education this week. Join the discussion on Fridays at 2PM EDT.How to Embed Audio and Video Players in WordPress: With the 3.6 version, you can now easily embed audio and video players in your posts and pages. Steven Gliebe walks you through the steps and shares what file types are supported. Gliebe also shows you how to embed with a URL, shortcode or from another site. This week’s roundup brings you news about the implementation of srcset in Webkit, a tutorial on how to use the HTML5 API for form validation, a collection of paid and free user experience tools, and more. If you’re new to my blog, I publish a post sharing some of my favorite CSS, HTML, accessibility, user experience and WordPress resources I’ve read in the past week. I’d love to hear how you use the resources in your projects. To my regular followers, I’ve changed the schedule to publish the weekly roundup on Fridays.Favorite TweetI have this problem. There are too many interesting things to do.— Dana Chisnell (@danachis) August 20, 2013CSS and HTMLTridiv: an amazing web-based CSS 3D editor: Julian Garnier created an amazing 3D editor that has caught a lot of people’s attention. Free and only available on Webkit, Tridiv creates complex animations and objects. Whoa, check out the animated spaceship demo on CodePen. Using the HTML5 Constraint API for Form Validation: Sandeep Panda gives an overview of how to use the HTML5 constraint API to validate form entries in this SitePoint post. HTML5 Tools From Adobe: If you haven’t been able to keep up with Adobe’s new development tools, this summary highlights the features in Edge Code, Typekit, Edge Inspect, Edge Reflow, PhoneGap Build.Responsive DesignWebKit Has Implemented srcset, And It’s A Good Thing: With srcset available in WebKit, developers can now specify a list of sources for an image attribute, which is shown based on the pixel density of the user’s display. What I found interesting is that srcset offers suggestions to the browser, that can be overridden by a user preference. Take time to read the discussion in the comments.Responsive Interview with Val Head: In this interview by Responsive Web Weekly, Val Head shares her background, current projects, and her favorite responsive web design implementation from 2013. I met Val at Rustbelt Refresh earlier this year, amazing designer.Aim to design systems, not pages and you’ll be much happier with the whole process. Get Involved with Online WordPress Communities: Are you looking to join an online WordPress community? Austin Gunter of WP Engine shares four active communities where you can share your work, ask questions, give answers to others, and learn more about WordPress.How to Create Category Templates in WordPress: Category templates can be helpful when you want a unique look and feel, or different features shown for a specific category.What I Found InterestingEight Evernote Upgrades You Should Know About: Did you know you can merge Evernote notes? Or that you can link to another note?My process for being where my feet are: Loved reading this post from my friend Leslie Jensen-Inman who shares how she stays grounded, moves forward, and maintains balance.Creativity happens when we make room for it to happen, when our spaces aren’t cluttered.
An artist’s impression of the new hospital, to be built on the grounds of the Wits School of Education near the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. (Image: Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital) • Lebogang Mashigo Account Manager Meropa Communications +27 11 506 7300 [email protected] • Mandela’s love of children • Madiba’s legacy is forever • Mandela posters show world’s respect • Nelson Mandela – a timeline • Putting children’s rights firstMelissa Jane CookMadiba was praised for his vision and legacy, which would live on through the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. The project took a step closer to fruition when the earthmovers got to work today.Dignitaries, ministers, distinguished guests and schoolchildren attended a sod turning event held at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Parktown, Johannesburg, on a bright, sunny Thursday, 20 March. This ground-breaking gathering was held in a glamorous white marquee. It was complete with a fun photo booth with colourful accessories and a mindful space where people could choose a picture and write a message of grateful thanks or a tribute to Madiba and attach it to strands of chain. The marquee was overflowing and the atmosphere electric.Sibongile Mkhabela, the chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust, opened the event, saying she was incredibly honoured to be speaking on this hallowed ground. “In 2009, Madiba sat here, at this space, and blessed and dedicated it to the children of South Africa, and to health care.” Acknowledging everyone present who had contributed in the most generous of ways, she said she would never forget Madiba saying: “As long as there are good men and women in the world, the work will carry on.”Indeed, the work did carry on and the mandate of the trustees, to raise a billion rand, had almost been realised – the trust has raised R570-million towards building the hospital. It will continue its work until the target is met. “After years of fundraising under difficult economic conditions, we are proud to announce we can break ground and start building a hospital.”Mkhabela is the head cheerleader of the initiative, and said: “Having followed our beloved Madiba’s mandate of improving the care of our children, we are proud of reaching this milestone and look forward to building this hospital.” The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust officially celebrated the start of the Nelson Mandela Children’s hospital at a sod-turning ceremony, with dignitaries, ministers and children. (Image: Melissa Jane Cook)The hospitalIt would be a world-class, highly advanced, specialised children’s hospital that would shape the lives of the children in Africa and shape the future of a greater Africa, she said. It would work on a referral basis across all its centres of excellence, which would include pulmonology, cardiology, neurosciences, craniofacial surgery, nephrology and general paediatric surgery.In addition to giving patients access to world-class health care, the hospital would serve as a training and research facility, which would ensure a much wider reach into the region.Professor Adam Habib, the vice-chancellor and principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, said that Wits “will ensure that we have various academic and clinical synergies for the operation of the hospital and for the training and education of high-level clinical paediatric skills in the southern African region”. “The location of the hospital, on Wits land, as well as in close proximity to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, allows for paediatric academic teaching access from the Wits Medical School, maximising operational efficiencies and staffing models.”A promise has been made that the facility will never turn away a child because of an inability to pay; rather, it will give them nurturing care. This was the last wish of Madiba and all present at the sod-turning were assured that his legacy would live on through the hospital. There are only four children’s hospitals in Africa – by comparison, there are 20 in Germany alone, 23 in Canada, and 157 in the United States. The Mandela hospital will lead the way and have the best researchers and top academics, and will be at the cutting edge of children’s health research globally.Future leadersMandela was a champion of children’s rights and always believed they were the future; as such, they should be nurtured. In a powerful display of gratitude, youngsters took to the stage and honoured Madiba and his vision.Michai’h, once a cute two-year-old photographed sitting on Mandela’s knee, is today an ambassador for the children’s hospital and part of the “For kids, by kids” campaign. She stood on stage and said proudly: “We can do this; we can keep his legacy going.” She then threw her fist in the air and shouted their slogan: “Let’s do this.” This campaign is aimed at youth in schools to get them to live Madiba’s legacy by raising awareness and funds for the hospital.Sam Harding, a high school student, was involved in an advertisement that called for beds and highlighted that the hospital would soon become a reality. Wanting to help – he believes that children can make a difference – he donated part of his pocket money to the hospital.Watch the Pushing for Beds 60-second ad:Abundant generosity“It always seems impossible, until it is done,” Mandela once famously said. People have given generously to this dream of his, some even taking it a step further. In April 2013, Matt Silver-Vallance attached himself to 200 helium balloons and went on a Balloon Run, drifting across the Cape Town sky from Robben Island to Table Bay. He said we were a living a part of history and this hospital would be a living monument to Madiba.The list of donors and sponsors is long, yet Mkhabela pointed out that it was not only about money; companies had donated in any way they could. Italtile donated all the sanitary and brass ware; Liberty donated people and office space; Absa created a banking platform for individuals to deposit donations; Barloworld donated diggers and a car – among many others who gave time, money and needed items.PartnershipsHabib, who said it was Mandela’s event and so addressed the audience as “comrades”, went on a trip down memory lane. He spoke about a young Mandela walking through the university grounds in the 1940s. “This is a place where Mandela learned so much. However, the university treated him wrongly, by saying he could never be a lawyer because of the colour of his skin.“This event symbolically is saying sorry for any wrong doings, and to make amends, the university is donating the land that the hospital will be built on. We are making amends for 70 years ago.”The partnership would be three-pronged between the university, the government and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “The collective ills in our society can’t be addressed by any of us, but they can be overcome with collective good,” said Habib. “This hospital is for the services of the population of southern Africa and speaks to the great patriot that Madiba was.”Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi added: “This is a historic day, a historic moment in history. We need to focus on the needs of the children currently and in the future. Today marks the first day Madiba’s dream comes true. We need to protect and nurture our children as he would have done.” He reiterated the government’s support for the legacy project by committing to the operating expenses of the hospital, which would be budgeted through the normal budgeting process of the Department of Health.The crowds gathered outside among schoolchildren to witness the first spade being struck in the ground and the soil upheaved. Behind the spot, a large green field was waiting, waiting to turn into something glorious, something life-changing. “This is an exciting time for the project, and we encourage global citizens to continue to be part of the living memorial to Madiba’s legacy. Together, we can build this hospital and secure Africa’s hopes of a better future,” said Mkhabela.Five diggers were ready for their performance, and small children clapped and jumped excitedly. A song about a legacy boomed in the background, as the earthmovers, branded with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital logo, danced across the field, moving in crazy ways and riding up the slope towards the crowd, scooping into the earth and excavating rich, moist soil – opening a space for Madiba’s dream to become reality.The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is expected to open in March 2016.
16 May 2014 A consortium led by British company Globeleq officially launched two solar power plants, representing a combined investment of R3-billion, in the Northern Cape this week. The De Aar and Droogfontein solar photovoltaic plants, each comprising over 165 000 photovoltaic (PV) panels spread over 100-hectare sites near De Aar and Kimberley, will together contribute 100 megawatts (MW) of clean energy to South Africa’s national grid. Both were built under the government’s renewable energy programme for independent power producers, which aims to add 3 725 MW of wind, solar photovoltaic and concentrating solar power to South Africa’s energy mix. Globeleq is the majority shareholder in the consortium that built and will run the plants, the others being Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power, Thebe Investment Corporation, South African engineering firms Enzani Technologies and Usizo Engineering, and local community trusts. Speaking at Droogfontein launch on Thursday, Deputy Science and Technology Minister Michael Masutha said the country’s shift towards renewable energy sources would help both to improve energy security and access, and to solve other socio-economic challenges the country was facing. “The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is focusing on setting up the necessary systems to support the sustainable solar energy industry,” Masutha said. “This is done through supporting research, development and innovation in the energy sector, informing and influencing energy policy decisions, and supporting human capital development.” The department has set up a number of research initiatives, including the Renewable Energy Hub and Spokes Programme hosted at Stellenbosch University, the University of Pretoria, Fort Hare University, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The department is also supporting a solar energy resource-mapping initiative by the South African Weather Service, and is finalising a solar energy technology roadmap in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs and the International Energy Agency. “It is foreseen that the DST’s funding and support to renewable energy research and technology development, as well as to human capacity development, will ultimately also benefit initiatives such as the Droogfontein Solar Photovoltaic Plant, providing technical expertise and competence to address the needs of such plants, as well as arriving at new solutions, products and processes to address future solar photovoltaic plants,” Masutha said. Also speaking at Thursday’s launch, Droogfontein Solar Power GM Mark Pickering said education and training “are vital if we are to unlock the potential of this new industry and best utilise South Africa’s abundant solar resources. To this end, Droogfontein Solar Power will be devoting the bulk of its social economic development budget to support education”. SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.za
Martijn van Osch did an experiment with digg, in which he submitted a story about a company that made a girl undress in the shopping window of its store in Copenhagen. richard macmanus Tags:#New Media#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts In his post he linked to a short movie available of the girl undressing and the people gathering to get a glimpse of her. He thought it would be perfect for digg. Says Martijn:“Entertainment and sex in one message. Great! The technology-element is the fact that the girl is only a projection on a see-through screen. Sex, check. Entertainment, check. Technology, check.”The story, entitled Girl undresses in 3D, got well over 800 diggs and apparently Martijn got around 11,000 visits to his site as a result. Despite this page views bounty, Martijn thinks the results of his experiment show worrying signs for the future of media:“The fact that ‘Girl undresses in 3D’ can become the number one top story on a website which is referred to as an example of future media models, scares me.”My opinion? Well this really speaks more about digg’s current target audience than the actual digg system. But in fairness you only need to look at the raging success of new Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag, to see that even us older geeks are prone to getting giddy on sensationalism. Of course the same thing happens in ‘old media’ – e.g. tabloids and indeed most mainstream news publications serve up a steady fare of sensationalism. It sells and that’s the ugly truth. In the new media world, it’s just as true. Not just for digg, but the blogosphere – as Russell Beattie summed up nicely a couple of weeks ago:
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market rick turoczy 1 When people gather, conversations are bound to happen. And while people may be gathering and chatting in Web-based IM interfaces like GTalk, Facebook Chat, and MySpace Chat, that user base is relatively insignificant compared to the untold millions of others who live and breathe in online communities outside those walled gardens. Meebo, the leading “IM in the browser” play, realizes this. And with Community IM, they’re hoping to capitalize on it, by incorporating XMPP/Jabber IM into any Web-based community. If early numbers are any indication, they’re going to be wildly successful.Meebo Community IM was announced in July of this year with a select group of partners that included PopSugar, Tagged, Pixo, Addicting Games, The Insider (CBS), DanceJam, Flixter, MyYearbook and SparkArt. Today, Meebo announced that they’ve added at least 11 more partners to that network, which is still under development.So how many users could that long-tail of communities garner for Meebo? Based on comScore Media Metrix, Meebo estimates the potential size of the partner network to have an unduplicated global reach of 72.9 million with more than 26 million of those users in the US.Slated to launch this fall, the movie site Flixster will be the first out of the gates on the platform.And that’s just the beginning. With the types of communities Meebo is targeting, there’s a great deal more room to grow once the service is launched to the public:“If you have an online community with over 20K daily users, Meebo can add IM to your website. Users will be able to chat with other community members as well as buddies outside your network, directly from your site.”Perhaps even more impressive is Meebo’s foresight to build its solution on an open foundation. Running on a XMPP/Jabber backbone, Meebo Community IM will be able to connect directly with other popular IM networks. AIM, MSN, Google Talk, and Yahoo! will all be available options. What’s more, XMPP will enable them to federate relationships across the various partners, so that a user from one community will be able to communicate with users on another community.Needless to say, the combination of the extensible technology and the sheer volume of online communities that could choose to adopt this solution translate into a great deal of potential for Meebo.It’s no wonder Meebo’s valuation sits north of $200 million.All in all, Meebo is projecting huge numbers, already. And the estimates of the potential could get astronomical. But, it’s also evident that a yet-to-be-launched solution can be met with any amount of skepticism. So where does that put us? Rest assured, this isn’t the first time Meebo has been saddled with “it can’t be done.” After more than three years of proving their detractors wrong, we remain convinced that Meebo is going to succeed. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Messaging Services#web
Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jon mitchell Tags:#Google#web Google Drive launched today, but the iOS version of the app was unexpectedly not ready. Google says it’s almost there, but it won’t launch for “a few weeks.” But Google provided ReadWriteWeb with a bunch of full-size screenshots of the app, so we could know what to expect.Click the images to enlarge Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
The Rani And The SanyasinDouble Trouble “Inspired by the adage that the biggest enemy of a woman is another woman, the BJP is fielding two to contain the growth of a single Sonia Gandhi.”- A.U.S. Lal Berhampur, Orissa Twin Towers Hats off to Vasundhara Raje and Uma Bharati, the BJP’s,The Rani And The SanyasinDouble Trouble”Inspired by the adage that the biggest enemy of a woman is another woman, the BJP is fielding two to contain the growth of a single Sonia Gandhi.”- A.U.S. Lal Berhampur, OrissaTwin TowersHats off to Vasundhara Raje and Uma Bharati, the BJP’s women of grit and gumption (“Storming the Citadels”, August 11). By shouldering the responsibility of the BJP’s rise and the fall of the Congress in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the two have proved that the socalled “weaker sex” is dominating India’s patriarchal politics. Their strategic endeavour to win has given a new meaning to the status of women in general and their capabilities in particular. The Rani, with her mass appeal, and the Sanyasin, with her natural oratorial skill, are bound to bloom.- Priyanka H. Virani, on e-mailYour cover story focused on the persona of Raje and Bharati in the runup to the elections. But more than their personalities, it is the BJP’s policy at the Centre and its poll agenda which will determine their fate.- Siddhartha Raj guha, JabalpurCould the rani emulate some of the pragmatism and pluckiness of the Sanyasin, and the latter the poise and the mellowness of the former?- Wing-commander (Retd) S.C. Kapoor, NoidaYour cover line, “The Rani and the Sanyasin”, was apt and significant. In Indian culture, as also in many others, royalty and the clergy have always colluded to jointly rule over the masses by claiming that divinity has bestowed the right upon them and that they are doing their duty by serving the people. The poor people think it is true. – Group-Captain S.N. Sharma, on e-mailI accept that there IS no harm in pushing either the cause of the BJP or of the two ladies you have chosen to put on the cover but it was unfortunately a messy job with a fictional tone of narration. Do you expect readers to believe that the “Hanuman and cake” story was the handiwork of the Congress and that Bharati has no egg on her face? Or that Digvijay Singh should be blamed if Bharati’s brother deserts her? If she cannot keep her family behind her, there is nothing wrong in Digvijay “exploiting” the situation. At least it is better than playing politics in the name of Lord Ram. No one expects journalists to upset the cosy equations that prevail in the political elite but at least ask the obvious questions.- Anil Sharma, on e-mailHomosexuality Is Not Perversion”People have to realise that homosexuality is not perversion but merely a variant of sexuality that is mostly decided genetically.”- Dr S. Kapoor, PuneNew GoalWe always rue the fact that Indian sports ails from lack of expertise, coaching facilities, spirited sportspersons and good stadia, but Rajiv Mishra’s sad tale reveals that perhaps the single biggest factor is our lackadaisical attitude (“Hit and Run”, August 11). The onus now lies on the Sports Authority of India, the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and other affiliated bodies to help Mishra stage a comeback. Let us not lose another star.- Poonam Guha, KalyanMishra’s story shows, yet again, the apathy of bureaucrats towards our players, cricketers excluded. As president of IHF, K.P.S. Gill has done more damage than good. His attitude towards hockey players is akin to that of a civil servant’s towards the common man – disregard and disdain. Isn’t it a paradox that one player commands a fee of over Rs 100 crore by way of endorsements alone and is still granted customs exemption for his super luxury car, while another is reduced to a life of desolation and despair?- A. Kumar, on e-mail”Until we learn to respect the undying spirit of our Rajiv Mishras, we will not be able to produce more Sachin Tendulkars.”- Praveen Singh Rathore, AhmedabadPenny PinchThough inflation is down, the value of money continues to be low (“Flying High”, August 11). Considering the price hike, it would be right to say that where earlier people used to carry money in pockets and bring bags of products, now they carry money in bags and get pocketfuls of products.- Mahesh Kumar, on e-mailClass ActBesides originality, Johny Walker’s comedy had a touch of class, something sorely missing in contemporary cinema (“Obituary”, August 11). May his soul rest in peace.- Navneet Dhawan, DelhiClean and ClearAt a time when honesty in politics is a rarity, Naveen Patnaik’s efforts come as a breath of fresh air (“Cleaning the Stables”, August 11). It is heartening to note that the Orissa chief minister is learning to strike a balance between his pampered past and his pragmatic present.- S. Srinivasan, on e-mailIrrespective of what Patnaik may like everyone to believe about the performance of his Government, the truth is that he has failed to deliver. A clean image is certainly an asset but it needs to be matched with solid performance. Despite his rhetoric of striking at the corrupt, the high and mighty in his Government have not been touched even though some have been charged with corruption. It is time Patnaik cleaned up his stables and not just spoke about it.- B.P. Mohanty, Balasore, OrissaFlesh and BloodAre you against liberalisation (“Unhealthy Teens”, August 4)? At least that is what your story on Indian teenagers suggested. Agreed, junk food might lead to obesity but teens in other countries too partake of them. The difference is that unlike foreigners, Indians do not encourage outdoor sports and daily fitness regimens. The stress is solely on academics. Instead of blaming the system, parents should first change their attitude.- Vinod V., MumbaiOur body is the baggage we carry on the journey of life. The heavier the baggage, the shorter and less comfortable the trip.- K. Sree Ganesh, CoimbatoreIf the health of the future citizens of India is of any concern to the Government, it should immediately ban the sale of soft drinks and fast foods in schools across the country.- Amita Collins, on e-mailIf parents regulate their child’s work schedule, involve them in religious and cultural activities and feed them sensibly, most of the health problems will not arise at all.- M. Nagesh Babu, Chittoor, Andhra PradeshMore or LessIt appears as though the definition of fashion has changed (“Romp on the Ramp”, August 4). The pictures of the Lakme India Fashion Week in your story reveal more of the models’ anatomy than the clothes they wear. If the vital statistics of the model are more important, it hardly matters what she wears in the name of fashion since that becomes secondary anyway.- Dr Rajiv Chopra, DehradunAll for OneThe implementation of a uniform civil code will be the most secular act to carry out in our country (“Law of the Land”, August 4). The debate on whether or not it should be implemented at all can be taken as the litmus to differentiate between the real seculars and the pseudo-secularists who indulge in vote-bank politics. If they are not ready to accept the uniform civil code but still want to be projected as secularists, they should also have the courage to give up the Criminal Procedure Code and accept the Almighty’s law of crime, punishment and retribution.- Aditya Deekonda, HyderabadLife’s LessonsIn spite of the commercialisation of education today, the effort of college students to fund, teach and inspire underprivileged youngsters deserves to be appreciated (“Class Apart”, July 28). The students have proved that one needs to possess two things in today’s world: an open mind that understands the harsh realities of our less fortunate brethren, and a generous heart to commit ourselves to the uplift of our society.- Arun D’Souza, ChennaiMagical PresenceI was shocked to see the picture of Meena Om in a story on the occult (“Charmed Circle”, July 28). She practises alternate healing which deals with healing through the chakras. She has neither practised nor preached any form of black magic. Her belief is in the abundance of nature based on principles of love and selfintrospection. Om has repeatedly warned against tampering with the laws of nature, black magic being one of them.- Simmi D. Sakhuja, MumbaiReading Between The Lines”Those returning home seem to have realised that East or West, India is the best.”- Preeti Rajdeep Singh Chandigarh”The motive of doing good for the country sounds false; they are driven back only by self-interest.”- Ambika Bakshi on e-mail India TodayOn The WebTalk BackDo fashion shows get more media attention than they deserve?Absolutely. In any case, each designer has his or her own interpretation of what is hot and what is not. Surely any of us can do that as well.- Atul KumaNo. Fashion is an industry and if other sectors like telecom and ITES can hog attention, why not fashion shows?- Rohini ChaturvediNot at all. The media coverage (pun unintended) gives lesser mortals who cannot attend the shows vicarious pleasure.- ApoorvaYes. The way the Lakme India Fashion Week was splashed all over, fashion is anathema to me.- Chithra Ramadoraiadvertisementadvertisementadvertisement