Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Federal Representative Jon Fox

first_img February 14, 2018 Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Federal Representative Jon Fox Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag to fly at half-staff to honor former Congressman Jon Fox.Congressman Jon Fox, 70, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018. He represented Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District, consisting of part of Montgomery County, from 1995 to 1999 in the United States House of Representatives.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, until Congressman Jon Fox’s interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Robson: Van Gaal must keep Giggs

first_img There is a growing feeling within the dressing room that Giggs should be given the job full-time, but the United board want a more experienced candidate so they have turned to Van Gaal. The Holland coach is expected to be appointed this week, and Robson feels the 62-year-old must include Giggs and his former ‘Class of ’92’ graduates in his plans. “I think it would be very disappointing for those lads not to be kept on, in whatever role, as they are part of Manchester United,” Robson told MUTV. “The fans would be very disappointed if they don’t have a future in the club. “I have read that Van Gaal wants to bring in a goalkeeper coach, a fitness coach, and (Patrick) Kluivert as his assistant. “If you are talking about bringing all these people in you have to make sure that you are making the right decision and you are not allowing them too much rope. “It is up to the board to step in and say ‘you can have leeway with this, but there are definitely restrictions on this part of the club’. “That has to come from the club rather than the new coach. Sometimes I think when you go into a new club, why not give the staff a chance?” With Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti having all ruled out joining United, Van Gaal remains the only obvious choice to lead the club next season. United have always maintained the fact that Van Gaal will not be able to take over fully until after the World Cup is not a problem. Giggs has been placed in temporary charge of United following the dismissal of David Moyes, who was fired just 10 months into his six-year contract. Although Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Sunderland reminded United fans of the current squad’s faults, the interim appointment of Giggs, along with coaches Paul Scholes, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt, has raised morale at the club. Press Associationcenter_img Louis van Gaal should be forced to keep Ryan Giggs and his coaching staff at Manchester United next year, according to former captain Bryan Robson.last_img read more

Ravens Quarterback Lamar Jackson Cancels Florida Event Amid Virus Surge

first_imgGatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited in Pompano Beach due to pandemic. Instead of allowing a few people to attend the event, Jackson decided to cancel it. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has canceled his annual “Funday with LJ” event in Florida due to surging coronavirus cases in the state and strict gathering limits. – AP On Tuesday, Florida confirmed 7,347 new cases, bringing the total since March 1 to 213,794. Another 63 people died, bringing the total to 3,943. The 45 deaths per day averaged over the last week is a 50% jump since three weeks ago. Statewide, 380 patients were reported as newly admitted to hospitals, a single-day record. The event was scheduled to start a week after Florida reported a single-day record of 11,445 cases. Jackson’s third annual event was set to be held Saturday and Sunday (June 11-12) in his hometown of Pompano Beach, Florida, but a spokesperson told news outlets Tuesday that the event was canceled. Jackson shared a flyer of the event on Instagram Monday, advertising flag football and water slides. It also said adults must wear face masks and waivers must be signed for children to participate. last_img read more

Good results of BiH bodybuilding team at Balkan Championship

first_imgBodybuilding and fitness team of BiH made a good result at the Balkan Championship which was held in Plovdiv on 27 April, reports Fena.Seven BiH competitors, after passing the qualifications, entered the final rotation.The best score was achieved by Belmir Berberović, who won the fourth place in category physique, while Tomislav Damjanović was fifth in +75 kg category.Mirnes Husanović, Amar Sinanović, Adnan Gosto and Jasmin Hodžić were sixth with Leo Zovko and Mirza Muratović were seventh.The team was led by Mirsad Terzo who, together with Dino Muhić was the delegate of BiH Association of this meeting.Terzo said that the competition was very well organised and added that BiH team was also very good.Over 100 competitors participated at the competition, and they came from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia and BiH.last_img read more

‘Big Hero 6’ to be played at Wellington Regent this weekend

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 89%. Audience review: 93% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater:Coming soon:Dec. 25- Penguins of Madagascar.Follow us on Twitter. This week at the Regent Theater: “Big Hero 6.” (Movie trailer is below).When:  Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour, 33 minutesMovie Synopsis: With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion-a robot named Baymax-and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. (C) Disneylast_img read more


first_imgSOME people just know how to do Christmas – and one County Donegal hotel is hoping its superb line-up will give a seasonal tourism boost to the county. “This Christmas sees the Ballyliffin Lodge transform into Santa’s Lodge – Donegals very own Lapland,” said Breda McGonigle from the top Inishowen hotel.Guests over the next month will be greeted by Santa’s elves. And there will be an on-site Christmas show as well as Santa’s village, complete with story-telling.All washed down with hot chocolate, Christmas gifts and of course Santa, the hotel hopes the massive transformation will be a huge tourism boost for Ballyliffin and Inishowen.TOURISM BOOST HOPE AS HOTEL STAFF UNVEIL SANTA’S LODGE was last modified: November 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BALLYLIFFIN LODGE HOTELTOURISM BOOST HOPE AS HOTEL STAFF UNVEIL SANTA’S LODGElast_img read more

QPR fans on Twitter react to report Sherwood could take over

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR fans on Twitter have given a mixed reaction to a report suggesting that Tim Sherwood is being lined up to replace Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as manager.The Sun claimed on Thursday that ex-Tottenham and Aston Villa boss Sherwood – who was poised for the Rangers job after Harry Redknapp’s departure in February 2015 – is under consideration again.Many QPR fans felt it would be a step backwards, with some hoping Hasselbaink will be given until the end of the season.#qpr let’s please give jimmy this season – if it’s still inconsistent then let’s look elsewhere- sherwood would be a step back imho— Monners (@monners1969) November 3, 2016Would be incredibly disappointed if we hired Tactics Tim. Leave JFH till the end of the season, and if no improvement axe him— Hazzard by Nature (@A_Hazzard82) November 3, 2016I’m not supporting QPR if we get Tim Sherwood.— C (@CRWorthing) November 2, 2016Appointing sherwood will not improve the gates or the mood,it will be another lazy appointment from the clowns at the football club#QPR— Big willy osbourne (@reecetop10) November 3, 2016Sherwood has been on the verge of getting the QPR for ages. Not a new rumour. Did they not see what he did at Villa?! Useless— Chris Hermitage (@ChrisHermitage) November 3, 2016Rumors of Sherwood now. Do the club a favour and do one Les! #QPR #SpursBTeam @tonyfernandes— Charlie Houston (@charliehouston) November 3, 2016Some fans are keen to give Sherwood, who worked with QPR director of football Les Ferdinand at Spur, a [email protected] he’s gotta more about him than JFH. Knowledge wise— Tucks (@andytucker123) November 3, 2016I like Tim Sherwood . There I said it. #QPR— Ross Weaver (@WeavQPR) November 3, 2016IMO I actually think Tim Sherwood is a decent manager.If the club was going to sack JFH, I would go for Sherwood.#QPR— Marvelous Marv (@Marvelousmarv5) November 3, 2016Can see Tim Sherwood coming to QPR, he’s worked with Les Ferdinand before. Just makes sense #QPR— Sam (@CheryMaestro) November 2, 2016   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

WWDC 2014: Apple By The Numbers

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#Statistics#Tim Cook#WWDC 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts It’s a year of milestones for Apple. This January marked the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh computer. Monday marked the first day of Apple’s 25th Worldwide Developers Conference.See also: Apple Celebrates 30 Years Of The Mac ComputerCEO Tim Cook kicked off the conference with a couple more impressive statistics from Apple, and peppered them throughout his keynote. Here’s our latest look at Apple by the numbers, courtesy of Cook:There are now 9 million registered developers on the Apple platform. What’s more, there are 50% more registered developers in 2014 then there were in 2013.The youngest Apple developer attending WWDC is 13 years old. Apple sold 80 million Macbooks last year. That means, Cook observed, that while the computer industry as a whole declined by 5%, Macs grew by 12%.Since OS Mavericks launched in October 2013, user adoption has risen to 51%. Cook used this moment to add a subtle dig in Microsoft’s direction; Windows 8, launched in October 2012, only has 14% adoption now. Of course, it’s worth pointing out that while Mavericks is free, Windows 8 is far from cheap.Apple has sold more than 800 million iDevices in its lifetime. That includes 100 million iPod Touches, 200 million iPads, and more than 500 million iPhones. The company is still accumulating new users. 130 million customers who bought an Apple device in the last twelve months were buying their first ever Apple product.iOS 7 had an 89% adoption rate for iPhone users, compared to 9% for Android’s KitKat. iOS7 also had a 97% satisfaction rate, according to Cook.98% of Fortune 500 companies use iOS, senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi said on stage at WWDC.There are 1.2 million apps available on the App Store, 300 million App Store visitors every week, and 75 billion apps downloaded, Cook said.Just 49% of people used a passcode before Touch ID. Now, on the iPhone 5s, 83% of people use Touch ID or a passcode.   The lastest version of Xcode, Apple’s suite of software development tools, was downloaded 14 million times.Screenshot via WWDC lauren orsinilast_img read more

Review: ERA’s Simple-to-Use Audio Repair Plug-ins

first_imgAudio repair tools are always in demand. The ERA 4 Bundle audio repair plug-ins claim to be simple and fast. So, let’s put them to the test.More often than not, it seems like it’s impossible to fix bad audio in post. However, more and more audio repair tools are coming to the market, especially geared toward filmmakers.Accusonus has created a set of audio repair tools called the ERA Bundle. Accusonus describes the tools as “a collection of single knob, audio cleaning plug-ins, that are incredibly fast and easy to use.”The audio tools come in two collections: the ERA 4 Bundle Standard priced at $149 and the ERA 4 Bundle Pro priced at $499.How the ERA Audio Plug-ins WorkThe ERA plug-ins work with software you’re probably already using as a filmmaker. This includes non-linear editors like: Premiere Pro, Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Avid, and more. They also work with digital audio workstations like: Audition, Pro Tools, and Audacity.I decided to test out the ERA plug-ins with Premiere Pro. After you download and install the ERA plug-ins, to enable them in Premiere Pro, navigate to the Audio section under Preferences. From there, simply select Audio Plug-in Manager and select Scan for Plug-ins. Then, you can apply them like any other audio effects available in Premiere Pro.Simplicity of the ToolsThe appeal of the ERA plug-ins is that they’re simple, single knob audio tools with professional results. This can be helpful for filmmakers (or tutorial makers) that frequently require clean audio, but may not be versed in the fine settings of a dedicated audio program. Each plugin interface has a clean look with basic features. The ERA 4 Bundle Pro has two additional plug-ins, allowing users to dive deeper into the audio settings, if needed.Let’s take a look at each of the ERA 4 plug-ins.Noise RemoverThe ERA Noise Remover is definitely one of the highlight tools. I tested it on some voiceover, with an air-conditioner roaring in background.It was very simple to use — just drag and drop — then I cranked the main processing dial up to sixty-two percent. I was quite satisfied with the final audio result. Typically, in order to do noise removal like this, it’d require round-tripping the audio into Adobe Audition, then back to Premiere Pro. There’s no doubt that the ERA Noise Remover provided faster results.On some occasions, I’d encounter a bit of a digitized sound on the voiceover when using the ERA Noise Remover. This would disappear if I increased the processing to around 60-70 percent. That seemed to be the ideal processing range for the audio I tested.Reverb RemoverIt can be difficult to identify reverb on location because our ears easily habituate and filter out the excess sound — only to later discover the produced reverb during the editing process. The ERA Reverb Remover works well at rounding off that excess sound.All I did here was drag and drop the Reverb Remover to my audio clip, and then turn the processing up to fifty-seven percent. I felt that the end audio result was definitely usable, despite the extreme reverb conditions.De-EsserThe ERA De-Esser helps smooth out audio problems caused by excessive sibilant consonants. Usually from words that contain “s,” “z,” “ch,” “j,” and “sh.”I got the best results with De-Esser when I set the processing mode to Broad and checked on the Intense processing. In some cases, the De-Esser will add a more rounded sound quality to all of your audio. Be mindful of that because the goal is to target the problematic areas, not round-off the entire voiceover.Plosive RemoverThe Plosive Remover plug-in works in a similar fashion to the De-Esser. However, the Plosive Remover targets words that have a “pop” sound, and might result in the speaker’s breath impacting the microphone. (This often occurs if you aren’t using a pop filter or wind shield with your microphone.) This results in an unwanted “thump” sound that can be distracting.I felt that the Plosive Remover plug-in did its job. It’d be ideal for use on podcasts and tutorial narration videos.Voice LevelerThe ERA Voice Leveler was the only plug-in I probably wouldn’t ever find myself using. I could see it being useful for journalists recording interview audio on-location. But, as a filmmaker, the automatic gain adjustments sounded too synthetic for my liking. However, I try not to use any automatic voice leveling effects, so I’m probably not the target audience for this particular plug-in. De-ClipperThe ERA De-Clipper plug-in has to be heard to be believed. For me, this is by far the most valuable plug-in. It can repair clipped audio that’d otherwise be unusable.(Warning: the audio is louder on this sample.)De-Clipper effectively rounds off the clipped portions of the audio, as if the clipping never occurred. This plug-in could be a lifesaver in an interview situation if you discovered clipped audio after the fact.De-Esser ProThe De-Esser Pro plug-in is only available in the ERA 4 Bundle Pro. It expands on the De-Esser plug-in, with more options and some useful presets.In addition to the main Processing dial, you also have a slider for Focus and Shaping. I got great results when I softened the Shaping settings. Compared to the standard De-Esser, I preferred the additional options offered by the De-Esser Pro plug-in.ERA-DThe ERA-D plug-in is also only available with the ERA 4 Bundle Pro. The ERA-D plug-in combines the noise remover and the reverb remover into one effective solution. It also includes quite a few more settings to customize, as well as presets.The level of customization is greatly increased with the ERA-D plug-in, which makes it appealing to audiophiles who prefer the ability to fine-tune their mix.ConclusionAfter using the plug-ins with Premiere Pro, I’d highly recommend both the ERA 4 Bundle Standard and the ERA 4 Bundle Pro. The simplicity of the plug-ins, and the amount of time you save during edits, is well worth it. The stand out plug-ins (for me) were the Noise Remover, the Reverb Remover, and the De-Clipper. Any one of these could salvage a problematic audio situation.I’d recommend the ERA 4 Bundle Standard to indie filmmakers and YouTubers looking for a cost-effective solution. The standard bundle has all of the core audio repair tools you’ll need. And, if you work for a studio that can easily afford a professional package, pick up the ERA 4 Bundle Pro.Looking for more audio editing tips? Check these out.The Complete Video Editor’s Guide to Working with MusicCreative Ways You Can Use Music Loops in Your VideosWAV vs. MP3: Why You Need Hi-Res Audio for Your VideoDownload, Prep, and Import Song Stems to Your Favorite NLEHow Video Editors Can Increase Production Value Using Song Stemslast_img read more

‘Arjuna Award has been reduced to a farce thanks to political lobbying and corruption’

first_imgPlaying a dirty game”With the mud slinging and public washing of dirty linen by sportspersons and politicians, the Arjuna Awards ought to be renamed the ‘Duryodhan Awards’.”-Jinu Mathew, on e-mailThe Broken RunYour cover story has exposed the darker and gloomier side of the state of Indian sports (“Prize and Prejudice”,,Playing a dirty game”With the mud slinging and public washing of dirty linen by sportspersons and politicians, the Arjuna Awards ought to be renamed the ‘Duryodhan Awards’.”-Jinu Mathew, on e-mailThe Broken RunYour cover story has exposed the darker and gloomier side of the state of Indian sports (“Prize and Prejudice”, September 3). The Arjuna Award, once the pride and dream of Indian sportspersons, has now been reduced to a farce thanks to political lobbying and corruption. What is equally disheartening is the plight of past Arjuna winners who are forced to sell their trophies for survival.-Rohit Bhandiye, PanajiIt is a shame that in our country recognition doesn’t come on its own for the deserving – it depends on one’s ability to pull the right strings.-K. Balaramakrishnan, ChennaiMilkha Singh’s decision to decline the Arjuna Award is not justified. It is, after all, a national honour. But I’d also like to add that the complaints aired by him and a few others cannot be ignored. If the country’s best prize for sportspersons is awarded to people unworthy of it, upcoming sportspersons cannot be motivated to perform well in the international arena. I suggest that a rule be made that any person whose name is being considered for the award should have at least one international medal to his name. Secondly, the number of Arjuna Awards given per year should be reduced. Only then can its value be restored.-Lokesh Thakur, ShimlaArjuna was a warrior and even the Arjuna Award emblem depicts him taking aim with his bow and arrow. I, therefore, find it disgraceful that this award is not associated with soldiers but with sportspersons.-Lt-Col (Retd) R. Nandkeolyar, LucknowadvertisementSleeping with the EnemyThe custom of sharing brides among the Gurjjars in Rajasthan is nothing but prostitution in the garb of marriage (“Family Bride, September 3). I am convinced that the women hardly have any choice in this matter though your report seems to suggest that they are quite happy as they are freed from doing household chores. It is preposterous and utterly shameful.-Jayati Mandal, on e-mailThe story of the gurjjars’ dearth of females calls for an introspection into our demographic guidelines and the rules by which we dilineate our population parameters. It brings to mind the vulnerability of another ethnic group which is on the brink of extinction – the Great Andamanese.-J. Mathew, on e-mailThe story offers a lesson to all those who believe in a patriarchal society: indulge in female infanticide and foeticide and pay the price.-Aruna Saxena, PuneNot GuiltyI find it distressing that you are trying to denounce the means adopted by Tehelka (“The Truth Uncovered”, September 3). Your report smacks of double standards because the means to unearth misdoings at the top echelons cannot always be above board but that does not mean we try to stop the pursuit of truth. Besides, such unconventional means are adopted by many media houses for exposes. Moreover, it diverts attention from the main issue: corruption in high places. Why is there an urgency to launch criminal proceedings against the Tehelka team when there’s a greater urgency to book the bribe-takers?-Dr R.N. Trivedi, KanpurIn a Different ContextYour article on George Fernandes and his reinduction into the government is regrettable (“Doghouse Woes”, September 10). In describing his exclusion from the Government Fernandes has been quoted as saying that “it is a grave injustice to me” when his actual statement was that a question pertaining to his inclusion in the Cabinet was an injustice. Besides, the NDA has made no complaint about the slow progress of the Justice Venkatswami Commission. It is unfair to say that the SP is “griping” about delays in proceedings of the Commission.-Dr Shambhu Shrivastwa, General Secretary, Samata PartyStatus QuoYour story on the “commendable work” being done by the Gujarat Government came as a shock (“Turning a Calamity into an Opportunity”, September 3). It seems your reporter did not visit Gujarat, let alone Kutch, and even if he did, he probably spoke only to those in power and not the hapless victims of the quake. The victims are still running from pillar to post for succour and aid. The government has failed miserably in providing that most fundamental necessity: a shelter.-B.G. Varghese, AhmedabadThis was an advertisement feature and not an INDIA TODAY report. – EditorRank InefficiencyI am not surprised at the poor performance and bad results of the tourism minister (“Ministries of Inaction”, August 27). While foreigners find the food here to be cheap, entrance fees to monuments are very high. It is my third visit to India and I appreciate the kindness of the people but I must say that visiting India is quite a financial burden for a family man as far as monuments are concerned.-Nicolas Geiger, FranceYour analysis of the ministry of Tourism portrays a sad picture for a remarkable country. After spending a month here on holiday, I am still surprised by the government legislation that makes the tourist’s life unpleasant, difficult and expensive. The US$20 Taj Mahal entrance fee is outrageous but would not be so bad if one could guarantee that it would be spent on maintenance of the building or the surrounding area. Instead, I suspect that it will form part of a government official’s holiday fund to a foreign country which has realised that such blatant discrimination is detrimental to its tourism industry.-Alex Marshall, on e-mailadvertisementGoing by the grading system you have adopted for the ministers, the petroleum and natural gas minister should be the topper. After all, nobody outside the Government is interested in attributes like “understanding of issues” or “commitment to reforms”. It is the “achievements” that count.-B. Rita, on e-mailI was dismayed to see that Laloo Yadav is the most preferred chief minister of Bihar (“Missing a Leader”, August 20). What about the fodder scam, caste carnages, and non-existence of tourism and industrialisation? Srikrishna Sinha, the man responsible for putting modern Bihar on the map of India, has been forgotten. And it was only after 1961 that Bihar and Biharis became the butt of jokes.-Suresh Shankar, PatnaCaste and CharacterIn the editorial on violence in Kashmir, you mention that “part of the problem is India’s national character” (“Passive Resistance”, August 20). It is this “character” perhaps that made an English magazine state after a thorough exploration that except for two, no Hindu temples were attacked in Kashmir. Again, it must be this “character” that tries to rationalise every action of the terrorists and opine that anyone who reacts in provocation is the scum of the earth.-Ashok Chowgule, president, VHP, Maharashtra PradeshCurriculum of the BabusIn her column, Tavleen Singh tries to deflect the blame from our disastrous present Government (“Missing the Point”, September 3). She tries to pin the blame on the Congress by saying that in the 40 years that it ruled us we had an education system that was designed to turn India into a nation of clerks. Is she not aware that our country produces the highest number of competent engineers, as also a large number of other professionals? And what about herself? Was she educated abroad or does she think she hasn’t risen above the level of a clerk considering that she was a product of the same system she talks of so contemptuously?-C. Sunita Reddy, HyderabadI couldn’t agree more with Tavleen Singh. Both A.B. Vajpayee and Sonia Gandhi need to understand that what we teach is more important than how we teach it. The most important point of quality of education is sidelined by both the BJP and the Congress: where is our education system headed? As an instrument of change and development, the education system in India must be depoliticised and modernised.-Aashish Opal, ChandigarhadvertisementOptical DelusionPlease desist from publishing irrelevant comments of B.S. Bedi (“Captain Cowboy”, August 13). He seems to be suffering from a delusion of grandeur. Though a great spinner of the 1970s, he was recently spitting venom while discussing the lack of character of current Indian cricketers. Not only a foot, he put both his legs in his mouth. It is beyond any doubt that Sourav Ganguly has some “pet” cricketers. But what is the harm in backing competent cricketers? At least he is not promoting provincialism and aiding incompetent ones as done by his predecessors.-Mahasweta Mitra, Jayant, Madhya Pradeshlast_img read more