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16 hours ago
'Miniatures, traditional character makeups used once more in movies'

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) Lord of the Rings and Avatar associated physical/special effects wizard Gareth McGhie said the move towards computer graphics and full digital shots has been the biggest challenge facing the physical effects industry but there seems to be a turnaround now. The biggest challenge facing physical effects industry has been the move towards CG, Full Digital shots. This ...

17 hours ago
Sao Paulo's Cueva faces fine for late return from Peru duty

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 20 (IANS) Peru international midfielder Christian Cueva could be fined by his football club Sao Paulo for failing to report back on time after the country qualified for its first World Cup in 36 years. Cueva returned to Brazil on Friday evening, two days after Peru completed a 2-0 aggregate victory over New Zealand in their intercontinental playoff in Lima, reports Xi...

6 days ago
Chapecoense end Santos' title hopes in Brazil Serie A

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 14 (IANS) Chapecoense ended Santos' title hopes with a 2-0 home victory in their Brazilian Serie A clash. Wellington Paulista opened the scoring in the 14th minute on Monday before Arthur doubled the margin just after the hour mark, reports Efe The result at Arena Conda left Santos fourth in the 20-team standings, 12 points behind leaders Corinthians with four...

6 days ago
Peru must break down NZ defence, says forward Farfan

Lima, Nov 14 (IANS) Peru forward Jefferson Farfan said his team will try every way possible to break down New Zealand's defence when they meet in the decisive leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff here on Wednesday. The Blanquirroja and the All Whites played out a goalless draw in the first leg in Wellington on Saturday and Farfan said the clash at Estadio Nacional in Lima would be j...

6 days ago
UNGA rallies around ICJ judge Bhandari, defying UNSC

United Nations, Nov 14 (IANS) The General Assembly rallied around world court Judge Dalveer Bhandari on Monday in his bid for re-election, defying the Security Council where permanent members and their allies put up a fight to protect one of their own, Britain's Christopher Greenwood. Bhandari steadily increased his votes from 110 to 121 in the Assembly during five rounds of voting, whil...

7 days ago
Security Council, General Assembly deadlocked on world court judge election

United Nations, Nov 14 (IANS) The Security Council and the General Assembly were locked in a standoff on Monday in the voting to elect a judge for the world court, leaving Judge Dalveer Bhandari's reelection unresolved. Bhandari consistently got a majority in the Assembly, while Britain's Christopher Greenwood led in the Council in five rounds when both chambers decided to adjourn and pu...

7 days ago
The quirkiness of being English -- a spirited investigation

Title: English: A Story of Marmite, Queuing and Weather; Author: Ben Fogle; Publisher: William Collins: Pages: 337; Price: Rs 599 What do we make of the English? Inhabitants of a small island who went on to amass a large global empire, yes. Yet, they apologise to you even if you trod on their toes and champion the underdog. People who hate to draw attention but turn out at some events in...

9 days ago
Peru play goalless draw against New Zealand in World Cup playoff

Wellington, Nov 11 (IANS) Peru played out a sluggish, goalless draw on Saturday in the first leg of its playoff against New Zealand for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The South American team's overall superiority on the field was evident, but it lacked the finishing skills to win the match, held at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, reports Efe. Lima will host the return leg on ...

9 days ago
Peru plays out goalless draw against New Zealand

Wellington, Nov 11 (IANS) Peru played out a goalless draw against New Zealand here on Saturday in the first leg of the play-off for World Cup Russia 2018. Despite being better on the field, Peru were unable to deliver the knockout punch against New Zealand, reports Efe. The second leg will be played on Wednesday in Lima in which the pressure will be on the South Americans, who a...

14 days ago
Ambris replaces Kyle Hope in Windies Test squad for NZ tour

Antigua, Nov 6 (IANS) Cricket West Indies on Monday included rookie batsman Sunil Ambris in place of Kyle Hope in the Test squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand, starting November 25. Ambris was the only change in the Jason Holder-led squad that beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in the Test series in Bulawayo earlier this month. Hope was left out following a lean run since his debut in June...

15 days ago
Peru call up Reyna for World Cup play-off

Lima, Nov 5 (IANS) Peru coach Ricardo Gareca has called up Vancouver Whitecaps forward Yordy Reyna for the team's World Cup qualifying play-off against New Zealand, the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) has announced. The 24-year-old, capped six times for the Blanquirroja, replaces striker Paolo Guerrero who has been provisionally banned after a positive doping test, reports Xinhua news...

16 days ago
Peru striker Guerrero banned after failing doping test

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 4 (IANS) Peru striker Paolo Guerrero has been provisionally suspended for 30 days after a failed doping test, ruling him out of his country's FIFA World Cup qualifying playoff against New Zealand. The 33-year-old, who plays his club football for Brazil's Flamengo, tested positive to an unspecified stimulant after Peru's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Argentina in Bu...

20 days ago
Karambir Singh takes charge of Eastern Naval Command

Visakhapatnam, Oct 31 (IANS) Vice Admiral Karambir Singh took over as the Eastern Naval Command chief on Tuesday, succeeding Vice Admiral H.C.S. Bisht. Vice Admiral Singh took charge at a Ceremonial Parade held at the Naval Base here, inspected the Ceremonial Guard and reviewed platoons of naval personnel drawn from various ships and establishments of the ENC. Vice Admiral Bisht ...

20 days ago
New Zealand mulls creating climate change refugee visas

Wellington, Oct 31 (IANS) New Zealands new government is considering creating a visa category to help relocate Pacific people displaced by climate change, the media reported on Tuesday. The new category would make official the Green party's pre-election policy which promised 100 visas for those affected by climate change, reports the Guardian. As part of the new Labour-led coalit...

25 days ago
Jacinda Ardern sworn in as New Zealand PM

Wellington, Oct 26 (IANS) Jacinda Ardern was officially sworn in on Thursday as the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand promising to tackle climate change, eradicate child poverty and improve the lives of the countrys most vulnerable people. Ardern, 37, received a round of applause from her cabinet, friends and family who had gathered at government house for the event, reports the Guardia...

1 month ago
Guerrero available for World Cup playoff, says Peru coach

Lima (Peru), Oct 21 (IANS) Striker Paolo Guerrero will be available for Peru's football World Cup intercontinental playoff against New Zealand despite concerns about his fitness, according to national team coach Ricardo Gareca. The former Bayern Munich player limped off the pitch with an apparent hamstring injury while playing for Flamengo in their 4-1 victory over Bahia in Brazil's Seri...

1 month ago
New Zealand PM-elect announces 28-member Cabinet

Wellington, Oct 20 (IANS) New Zealand's Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern announced on Friday that her Cabinet will comprise of 28 members, including three who will sit out, and pledged to fight against climate change, poverty and gender inequality. Ardern, the 37-year-old Labour Party leader who will be the youngest female head of government in the world, said she would seek to implem...

1 month ago
Labour Party head to be next New Zealand PM

Wellington, Oct 19 (IANS) Political parties in New Zealand have agreed on a centre-left coalition government to be led by Labour Party head Jacinda Adern, making her the country's third female Prime Minister. The small New Zealand First Party became the kingmaker after September's indecisive election results and now has decided to side with the Labour Party to form the coalition governme...

1 month ago
Indian gene bank brings cheer to wheat breeders globally

Bengaluru, Oct 10 (IANS) In what is claimed to be the first global mega study, Indian agricultural scientists screened about 20,000 accessions of wheat germplasm conserved in the country's gene bank to identify genes that can confer resistance against all types of fungal diseases affecting cereal grain grown worldwide. Ours was an unprecedented initiative, Kailash Bansal, former director...

3 months ago
Indian man serious after assault in New Zealand

Wellington, Aug 16 (IANS) An Indian man was seriously assaulted in New Zealand and police are seeking the public's help to identify the man. The incident happened in Takanini, South Auckland on Tuesday. The man was left severely beaten on the footpath at approximately 10.20 p.m. on Great South Road, Takanini, police was quoted as saying by the Indian Weekender community portal. P...

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