Barrett and Fifita in doubt for third test

first_imgBoth Barrett and Fifita suffered their concussions in last night’s 26-13 win over France in Wellington.Barrett’s incident occurred in the 12th minute of the match when he collided in mid air with France fullback Ben Fall.Fall was red carded for the incident because Barrett landed on his neck and head.Coach Steve Hansen says both Barrett and Fifita will stay in Wellington tonight and will be monitored throughout the week.Hansen said a decision will be made later in the week on whether they’ll join the group in Dunedin ahead of Saturday’s test.The squad flies out for Dunedin this afternoon.Fellow loose forward Liam Squire is also in doubt for the final test, he suffered a shoulder injury in last night’s match.Hooker Nathan Harris will also miss the third test, he’s heading home to Hamilton to await the birth of his first child.Hurricanes hooker Ricky Riccitelli and Highlanders loose forward Jackson Hemopo have been called in as cover.In better news for the All Blacks, Hansen confirmed Sonny Bill Williams should be available for the Dunedin test after successfully recovering from knee surgery.last_img read more

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STETHS coach Walcott tipped for Wolmer’s job

first_imgLong-time head coach of the St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) track and field programme Reynaldo Walcott, is the being heavily tipped to take over the reigns at the Wolmer’s Boys school following the recent coaching shuffle at the Heroes Circle – based institution. News broke last week that the entire Wolmer’s coaching staff led by Christopher Harley, who took over from David Riley in 2012 was shown the door following disappointment with the team’s showing at the recent ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships. Wolmer’s Boys finished ninth with 50 points. Walcott is the man behind STETHS’ re-emergence as a solid athletics programme over the past few season, leading the team to top 10 finishes in the girls’ section and top five finishes among the boys over past few years. He is also a member of the MVP Track Club, which is of course headed by veteran coach Stephen Francis, a past student and influential voice on the Wolmer’s athletics programme.last_img read more

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Ramsay hands Ceres fitting farewell gift

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES In his final game for the club, Ramsay delivered a hat trick that helped the Busmen overpower Global Cebu, 4-1, on Saturday night in the PFL Final at Panaad Stadium here.Ramsay assisted on Bienvenido Marañon’s opener in the fourth minute, before finishing off Ceres’ quick counterattacks that put Global to the sword.“I wanted to give absolutely everything for the team,” Ramsay said. “I wanted to do something that the people of Bacolod and my teammates will remember me.”Ramsay waxed emotional in the awarding ceremony as he also announced that he was in the process of transferring to another club overseas, marking the end of a short yet successful stint with Ceres.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson BACOLOD CITY—Iain Ramsay arrived in this city 11 months ago at a time when his club career was in the crossroads.He had become a regular for the Philippine national team, but his club career had stalled in the top-flight in Iran, where he was hardly fielded in the latter part of his stint there.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Stronger together Ramsay, a former Australian League veteran, knew he needed a fresh start.That’s why when Ceres-Negros came calling, as the Bacolod-based side rejigged its lineup in preparation for the AFC Cup and the inaugural Philippines Football League, there was little hesitation from Ramsay to join the club.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I feel very fortunate that Ceres gave me a chance,” said Ramsay. “I really started enjoying playing football again. It wasn’t an easy situation for me when I was in Iran, especially when the club I played for there change coaches.”Less than a year after joining the club, Ramsay leaves Ceres as one of its most beloved players, having starred in the Busmen’s run to the title in the AFC Cup Asean zonal championship and the maiden PFL season. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

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“This is one for the books”

first_img– ExxonMobil on board with the Guyana Amazon WarriorsThe Guyana Amazon Warriors team were received to their home turf with much pomp and splendour on Friday morning as primary sponsor ExxonMobil took on the job of welcoming the team that have begun arriving.Officially on board! ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Henson displays his Guyana Amazon Warriors T-shirtExxonMobil is no stranger to the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), owing to the fact that the oil and gas giant has collaborated with the home franchise before. Nevertheless, the company is on board once again, taking up the position of primary sponsor.At the event hosted in the lobby of the Guyana Marriott, ExxonMobil Country Manager for Guyana, Rod Henson began his remarks with a clear expression of joy at being the primary sponsor for such a power-packed team.“ExxonMobil is very happy to sponsor and partner with the Guyana Amazon Warriors for CPL 2018; this is our second year actually supporting the team. Last year was fantastic and we look forward to greater things this year,” he stated.The Country Manager went on to disclose that ExxonMobil jumped at the sponsorship opportunity not solely based on the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ excellent track record on the field, but also for their habit of community service and interaction.Guyanese Devendra Bishoo having a chat with ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Henson“One of the reasons that ExxonMobil was very happy to partner with the Amazon Warriors is that they have a longstanding excellent tradition of corporate citizenship. You guys have done over the years many, many things in terms of mentoring young men and women and motivation speaking and visiting schools, and that’s fantastic,” he said.Noting that he is anticipating the team’s first game day, which is Thursday, August 9, Henson spoke about the CPL’s tradition of coupling a jubilant party atmosphere with cricket.“There’s going to be music, food and excitement and we have a really solid team; I’ve already been talking to the team about our chances and I think it’s going to be a fantastic year,” Henson stated.Aside from the oil and gas company, the American Chamber of Commerce has also thrown its support behind the home team. Joking about doing his homework on the promising team, Chamber President Zulfikar Ali noted that the Guyana Amazon Warriors are well put together and as such, he has placed his confidence in the team.The Guyana Amazon Warriors team pose with ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Henson, Public and Government Affairs Manager Deedra Moe, Community Relations Manager Nicholas Yearwood and GAW Operations Manager Omar Khan at the Guyana Marriott on Friday during the media mixer (Carl Croker photo)“I’m an avid cricket fan and I love this team we have here. It’s a very exciting team. I’ve done a lot of homework on you guys and I know you’ll lift the title this year,” Ali said.In expressing his gratitude to the corporate sponsors, Guyana Amazon Warriors Operations Manager Omar Khan highlighted the importance of having support outside of the franchise owners. Khan explored all the aspects that cricket has taken on over the years, noting that the support was needed and greatly appreciated.“A lot of us feel like cricket is just going out on the field and play, but the cricketing world has transformed. As an industry, we need to set up systems where we could sustain our level of participation and being ambassadors of our country. In order for us to do that, we need corporate sponsors to come on board,” the Operations Manager disclosed.He then went on to highlight ExxonMobil’s contributions to the team, noting that they were entirely grateful. “Last year, we started our relationship with ExxonMobil, and we’re very happy that they’ve come on board; they’ve supported us fully and they’ve been a great help to us, the Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise.”From a more technical standpoint, newly-appointed Coach of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Johan Botha is of the opinion that the home team have what it takes to bring the title home for the first time. Botha noted that the team would be focused on making it through to the play-offs first.Newly-appointed Coach Johan Botha interacting with the media“I think with tournaments like this you need to get into the play-offs first of all, so we need to get into the top four, that’s our first and main goal. Then from there, you’re two or three wins away from winning the tournament and in those high-pressure games, you just have to hope couple of things go your way and hope your senior players stand up.”The Guyana Amazon Warriors are five days away from opening their Hero CPL 2018 campaign against last year’s runners-up, the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at the Providence National Stadium. They will later play the St Lucia Stars on August 11 and the Barbados Tridents on August 12. After touring the Caribbean and Florida, the team will return to the Providence Stadium to face off with the Jamaica Tallawahs on September 8 and the Trinbago Knight Riders on September 9.last_img read more

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Weather Network calls for ideal winter weather on Christmas Day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Weather Network says residents of the Peace Region are in for ideal Christmas weather: the snow will be sticking around, but there aren’t any extreme weather systems of snow or wind expected to pass over our region — making it ideal for travelling.“It looks like we’re going to be seeing a white Christmas as temperatures are going to remain fairly cold over the next few days,” says Meteorologist Dayna Vettesse.“It’s going to be a chilly day, but looks like we don’t have much in the way of weather, so if you’re doing any driving around or traveling, looks like the weather should be okay.”- Advertisement -Should there be any wind, Vetesse says, windchill values that are going to be hovering -20 to -30 degrees.Heading into the New Year, temperatures are expected to get slightly warmer. Vettesse says Western Canada will start seeing the El Nino climate come back with those higher temperatures as we head into 2016.last_img read more

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EUNAN HOPING HE WON’T BE HIT WITH A SUCKER PUNCH DURING WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT!

first_imgNobody can accuse Eunan Devenney of not punching above his weight.The Twins Towns man today began an attempt to break the world record for hitting a punchbag for the longest ever time.Eunan, 42, will hit the 100Ib leather bag for a staggering 36 hours in a bid to raise funds for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children. Eunan, a member of the Twin Towns Boxing Club from Ballybofey, estimates that he will have to throw at least 100,000 punches to beta the old record.He has been in training since last June and knows it’s going to be a huge challenge.“I’m up early at 6am each morning and training hard. I haven’t being doing as much work on the bag because that will come.“I am getting the mind right now so I can take it from a mental perspective as well which is a huge challenge. “I’ll be ready and I know I can do it,” he said.Eunan hopes to take the World Record of 36 hours and 3 minutes from Californian Ron Sarchian.The Donegal man has already punched a bag for 24 hours a few years ago but is well aware of the toll the effort will take on his body.“The time I punched the bag for 24 hours was pretty gruelling and took a lot out of me. In fact, I couldn’t open my left hand fully for nearly a year after it,” he admits.But having had first-hand experience of a relative getting treatment at Our Lady’s Hospital, modest Eunan admits his bravery is nothing compared to many sick children. “Punching a bag for 36 hours is nothing when you take a walk through some of the wards at this hospital.“The fact that I am thankfully fit enough to try and do this is thanks enough,” he said.Everyone is welcome to call in and say hello to Eunan and give him any encouragement in his amazing fete.Ends EUNAN HOPING HE WON’T BE HIT WITH A SUCKER PUNCH DURING WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT! was last modified: May 26th, 2011 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:boxing recordEunan Devenneylast_img read more

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Genome of Diatom Reveals Unanticipated Complexity

first_img“Let’s play 20 questions.”:“OK, I’m game.  Animal, vegetable or mineral?”“Yes.”“I give up.”The answer is: a diatom.  Some of the most abundant one-celled organisms in the sea, and essential for regulating the global carbon cycle, diatoms seem to be part animal, vegetable and mineral.  Scientists aren’t sure how to classify them.  They do photosynthesis like plants, but have some animal-like genes, and they build crystal houses of exquisite beauty out of silica (see 07/21/2004 headline).  Now, for the first time, the genome of one species of diatom was sequenced.  It was reported Oct. 1 in the journal Science.1  The glass house of this organism, Thalassiosira pseudonana, looks like a pill box with a lid (for picture, see the news story on EurekAlert).    The evolutionary story of the origin of diatoms is that once upon a time, a heterotrophic (other-feeding) microbe engulfed a red alga.  The two became one, and lived happily ever after in an arrangement called endosymbiosis.  The researchers did indeed find homologous genes to red algae and protozoa, but were not prepared for the complexity of the gene library of something so small.  This diatom has 24 pairs of chromosomes and 11,242 protein-coding genes in its 34 million base-pair genome.  The team was surprised to find genes for the urea cycle, a nitrogen-processing system commonly found in animals that eat meat, in a plant-like photosynthetic organism: “Identification of enzymes necessary for a complete urea cycle was unanticipated, because this pathway has not previously been described in a eukaryotic photoautotroph”.  This nitrogen cycle was not just an idle subroutine, either: “The urea cycle appears to be fully integrated into diatom metabolism in ways not previously suspected,” they said.  Also, who would have thought a little transparent sea creature would be an expert in fat metabolism?We identified novel genes for silicic acid transport and formation of silica-based cell walls, high-affinity iron uptake, biosynthetic enzymes for several types of polyunsaturated fatty acids, use of a range of nitrogenous compounds, and a complete urea cycle, all attributes that allow diatoms to prosper in aquatic environments.Apparently even diatoms can store fat for the winter in a manner “unusual among eukaryotes.”  Another unique feature of many diatoms is their ability to manufacture little hairs of chitin that protrude from their glass shells, so that they don’t sink so easily.  This enables them to stay near the sunlit surface on which they depend.    Although the research team believes their discovery of alga-like genes supports the notion of a primordial endosymbiosis for the origin of diatoms, their paper exhibited two unsolved problems with the idea.  First, in a Venn diagram of homologous genes, the report showed 1853 genes not found in animals, green or red algae (3738 common to all three), and 2550 genes not found among cyanobacteria, green or red algae (922 common to all three).  “About half the genes in the diatom cannot be assigned functions on the basis of similarity to genes in other organisms, in part because diatoms have distinctive features that cannot be understood by appeal to model systems.”  That’s a lot of functionality for an organism to develop de novo, even if some of the knowledge was gained through a merger.    Second, the team is baffled over how the alga genes made it past the barriers into the genome.  “Establishment of a stable secondary endosymbiosis required evolution of a protein import system to allow cytoplasmically synthesized proteins to traverse the two additional membranes that surround the plastid,” they note.  They can understand the first crossing of the endoplasmic reticulum, “but the mechanism of transit across the next three membranes remains unclear.”    Scientists are eagerly striving to understand the exquisite glass-blowing capability of these creatures.  Their shells are beautifully designed, yet so small that 70 could fit across the width of a human hair.  “Diatoms can manipulate silica in ways that nanotechnologists can only dream about,” said one researcher.  For information on the importance of diatoms to the global ecology and climate, see the summary on EurekAlert, where oceanographer Virginia Armbrust (U of Washington) said, “These organisms are incredibly important in the global carbon cycle.”  The report elaborates, “Together, the single-celled organisms generate as much as 40 percent of the 50 billion to 55 billion tons of organic carbon produced each year in the sea and in the process use carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.  And they are an important food source for many other marine organisms.”1Armbrust et al., “The Genome of the Diatom Thalassiosira Pseudonana: Ecology, Evolution, and Metabolism,” Science, Vol 306, Issue 5693, 79-86, 1 October 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1101156].Thank God for little things.  If it is phenomenally, inconceivably improbable for a cell to develop one usable protein by chance (see online book), how are we supposed to believe that after the hypothetical merger in some dim chapter of the evolutionary past, the new diatom evolved a “protein import system” to get the new genes past three more membranes?  Organisms don’t normally tolerate foreign proteins; they destroy them.  This explanation has all the flaws of the typical Darwinian just-so story.  It is a mere tentative suggestion, generalizing the broad-brush picture but ignoring the nasty details.  Who could possibly believe that diatoms just invented, in salty water, glass-sculpturing expertise that “nanotechnologists can only dream about,” to say nothing of evolving half its genes that are unique?  Such wishful thinking should be laughed out of court.    Their endosymbiont tall tale doesn’t help Darwinism anyway, because it pushes even farther back in time the “evolutionarily ancient divergence of Plantae (red algae, green algae, and plants), Opisthokonta (animals/fungi), and the unknown secondary host that gave rise to the heterokont (diatom) lineage.”  Imagine their surprise at this admission: “ Interestingly, 806 diatom proteins align with mouse proteins but not with green plant or red alga proteins.”  So how to save the Darwin story now?  It gets even more convoluted: “The most straightforward interpretation is that these ‘animal-like’ genes were derived from the heterotrophic secondary host, although scenarios involving gene loss in the plant/red algal lineage cannot be ruled out.”  But the former would mean that these genes underwent no evolution from near the beginning of life all the way to the origin of mammals like mice, and the latter explanation would be devolution, not evolution.  Any story that violates Occam’s razor this badly should be rejected.  Both cases mean high levels of complexity already existed from the beginning.  The only explanation that fits the evidence is that diatoms are marvels of intelligent design, doing their part to maintain the 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SA app wins BlackBerry App of the Year

first_img16 May 2013 South African application (app) PriceCheck was named International App of the Year at BlackBerry Live, BlackBerry’s annual international partner conference, in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday night. The app, an extension of South African comparison shopping website www.pricecheck.co.za beat 100 000 BlackBerry 10 applications from around the world after making the BlackBerry Achievement Awards shortlist and then being voted for by the international public. “What is most gratifying is that users chose an app that makes a difference to their lives,” Andre de Wet, general manager of PriceCheck, said in a statement on Thursday. “Not a social or chat app, but one that helps them make better buying decisions. “The fact that a South African app won demonstrates what I have always believed – Africa is leading the way in terms of useful, elegant and technically sophisticated mobile application development.” De Wet said that nearly two years of research, development and subsequent fine-tuning had gone into the app, which “takes the best of the BlackBerry handset and the PriceCheck platform and presents an intuitive, functional and incredibly useful app to the user”. According to PriceCheck, the South African website generates monthly traffic of over 1-million unique shoppers searching for products on their web and mobile sites, with over 30% of this being mobile traffic. The website, owned by South African media group Naspers, recently reported rapid growth in the use of app, with weekend traffic in April surpassed that of the Christmas shopping period in December. De Wet attributes its growing success as a mobile price comparison tool to its ability to seamlessly integrate the shopping and buying experience. The app provides on-the-spot guidance with making a purchasing decision, driving highly qualified traffic directly to product pages through an advanced search and categorisation system. “Mobile shopping is not mobile buying,” De Wet said. “Our app is designed to help people shop, make decisions and get the best price. We have everything from daily updated pricing on 30-million items to expert reviews on 130 000 big-ticket items like cameras and television. “Our users are looking at products while in store and confirming that the product and price is right.” PriceCheck launched in Nigeria this month, and according to De Wet will be expanding into Kenya and Ghana by the end of the year. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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An Entire Town Aims For Net-Zero

first_imgIn Lancaster, California, net-zero energy is taking on a whole new meaning. The city of 150,000, about an hour north of Los Angeles, will require most new homes to include photovoltaic panels as it tries to becomes the first city to produce more solar electricity than the city consumes on a daily basis.According to an account in The New York Times, Lancaster will need to add another 126 megawatts of capacity to the 39 MW it already has, and the 50 MW now under construction, to meet the goal.Lancaster’s mayor, a lawyer named R. Rex Parris, has been instrumental in pushing the city toward a solar future. The pro-business Republican has teamed up with manufacturers and installers, including the Chinese firm BYD and developer KB Home, and says his own house has the biggest residential solar array in town.One of Lancaster’s largest PV projects was for its school system. After rejecting one proposal as too expensive, the city created its own municipal utility, bought more than 32,000 solar panels, and installed 7.5 MW of PV on 25 schools. New homes must include PV systemsAccording to a post at GreenTechMedia, the zoning changes approved by the Lancaster City Council require solar panels with a capacity of between 1 kW and 1.5 kW on houses built on lots of 7,000 sq. ft. or more. Rural homes on lots of up to 100,000 sq. ft. must have a system rated at 1.5 kW. Developers of subdivisions will be permitted to build larger, common systems.Among other requirements, a builder’s model home has to include the type of solar system that will be offered, the post said.Parris apparently has his sights set on more than just solar. He also would like to see the city require all new homes be built to LEED standards, and that all new houses have gray-water systems.According to GreenTechMedia, the mayor said, “The salvation of this planet, if it is not already too late, will be from the bottom up, and there is no reason Lancaster can’t be the example for the world.”last_img read more

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Kaun Badnaam Hui Meri Jaan, Kiske Liye?!

first_imgOk guys, make way for the latest foot-tapping, mind-blowing and passion-pumping anthem from B-town “Munni Badnaam Hui” from the new monster hit Dabangg. While everyone and their toothless uncle salivates on Malaika Arora Khan’s seductive (gasp! pant!) number, Bollywood trackers remind the new-age, turned-on mobs that neither item numbers nor item girls are exactly new to the B-wood construct of wooing and wowing fans. From the early “Mera Naam Chin-Chin-Choo” to “Oh Babu, Oh Lala” to “Babuji Dheere Chalna” to “Ye Hai Reshmi Zulfon Ke” to the comparatively recent “Mehbooba-Mehbooba,” “Chamma Chamma,” “Chhaiya Chhaiya,” “Beedi Jalaile,” “Namak Ishq Ka,” “Kajra Re,” “UP Bihar Lootni,” “Choli ke Peeche,” etc. both the item girl and their raunchy toss-outs have, over time, made a special niche for themselves in the popular imagination. But to begin at the beginning, how and why did this phenomenon come about?Once upon a time movies had three distinctly separate tracks: The hero-heroine, the comedian, and the villain-vamp. It was the job of the vamp, to try and seduce the hell out of the righteous hero. In earlier times, the dances and songs were more suggestive and provocative than in-your-face. Helen was the celebrated Queen of this zone and her sizzling numbers — who can forget her deadly number in Inteqaam — even today, sends shivers of delight to her zillion fans. Others in that luscious list included buxom Bindu (My Name is Shabbo), Padma Khanna, whose tantalizing turn sent an insanely excited Prem Nath to the planet Venus in Johnny Mera Naam and Laxmi Chhaya (Maar diya jaye yaa chhodh diya jaye) in Mera Gaon Mera Desh. All these item phatakas were requisitioned with a single point agenda — to fast-track the “hot” aspect of the movie, making it the unique selling proposition to audiences who otherwise wouldn’t be interested, as also attract repeat value for bolly-junkies. Says Film Critic Kishore Kapoor Chatterjee: “Refined, cultured and intellectual a person can well be, but after all he is a man and an item number targeting his basic instinct is normally considered a safe bet to strike a winner. Sex appeal is a great leveler and prince or pauper, captain of industry or chaprasi — an item babe sizzling on screen is likely to evoke the very same reaction for both.”In recent times, Kajra Re and Beedi Jalaile are red-hot examples of audiences across the board, enraptured and in an advanced state of emotional and physical frenzy, turning the numbers to chart-busters and zooming Ash and Bips to another level in “the object of desire” charts …Now, coming to the latest Munni explosion, it has truly taken the country by storm, but it has an interesting background and history. Director Abhinav Kashyap says that the deadly jhatka number is sourced from the popular, sexy, raunchy, Bhojpuri hit, “Launda Badnaam Hui, Naseeban Tere Liye”: “I have vivid childhood memories of this song from UP, where I grew up. What the guys did was to improvise, zing it up, re-phrase it to capture the full-bodied spirit of the song and unleash it with the gay abandon that it demanded.” And boy, did Malaika give it oooomph! However, Munni is not the first item to be “inspired” by folk. Bollywood — world champions at lifting — have been doing it for years. Remember the Mohammad Rafi-R.D. Burman number “Yamma Yamma” in Shaan? It was adapted from a Persian folk song entitled “Mastom Mastom.” Even the sweet, cutesy, virginal “Didi Tera Devar Deewana” in the mega hit Hum Aapke Hain Kaun was inspired by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s “Saare Nabian.” “Nimbooda” in the movie Taal was a direct tribute to a Rajasthani folk song while “Aahun Aahun” from last year’s Love, Aaj Kal was a salute to Madan Maddi’s Punjabi folk tune “Kadi Te Has Bol Ve.” This infamous list also includes such big hits like “Shava Shava,” “Aashiq Banaya Aap Ne,” “Ae Ganpat” and “Gainda Phool.”Explains an amused veteran Bollywood tracker. “Why are you surprised? Haven’t these guys always lifted shamelessly from Hollywood and world cinema and passed it off as their own? Now that game is over because those guys have woken up and got legal! The first legalized adaptation — Stepmom to We Are Family — is there for all to see and compare.“In the music scene, apart from western tracks, these guys have been lifting from folk for ages. What they do is rev-it-up, sex-it-up, techno-it-up and market it, aggressively. Whenever it’s choreographed intelligently and unleashed by a glamorous, desirable and sexy star (Shilpa, Ash Bips, Malaika), it invariably hits target. Nothing succeeds like success, remember, so if Munni is making all her insane fans dance to her folksy tune with “Main Zandu Balm Hui, Darling Tere Liye” who cares about originality, purity, inspiration, stealing, lifting, adaptation — whatever? And what’s a little badnaami, for such a mind-blowing, chart busting number!” Related Itemslast_img read more

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