Posts Tagged ‘India’

David Cameron: Britain faces crisis of confidence

David Cameron has warned that Britain is facing a crisis of confidence with a “general feeling” that the “best days” of the country are now behind us.


The Prime Minister has admitted that there is now a “sense” that rich and powerful Britons have been “serving themselves” and urges people to work more closely together to build a better society.

In an interview with this week’s Big Issue magazine in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, Mr Cameron says that he “passionately believes” that Britain can be a country that “believes in itself”.

Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, admitted yesterday that ministers had been scared to face up to powerful people. (more…)

UK robot football post-match analysis



Edinferno, the Scottish team in the 2011 robot footbal World Cup, might not have won any matches but they can still claim that the tournament was a success. Ian Douglas met their manager

Subramanian Ramamoorthy is back in his office at Edinburgh University’s Institute of Action, Perception and Behaviour after competing in RoboCup 2011, the robot football world cup in Istanbul. Despite not actually winning any matches he’s cheerful and keen to talk about the benefits of the tournament beyond adding to Scotland’s long list of heroic sporting defeats.

‘We competed in two leagues: the standard platform [small robots, all of which are built from identical hardware but programmed by the individual teams] which is the flagship league, and the simulation league [an entirely virtual competition consisting of artificial intelligences battling directly within a computer]. There’s an initial pool divided into groups of four, an elimination round, then quarter finals, semi finals and so on. We lost all of our matches in the standard league, I think the scores were 1-nil, 3-nil and 1-nil.’ (more…)

England Twenty20 captaincy could ensure Stuart Broad bounces back

imageStuart Broad will this week go from the playground bully to school prefect when he becomes England’s Twenty20 captain.

England describe Broad as the “enforcer”, a reflection of his personality as well as his bowling according to coach David Saker, but for next Saturday’s Twenty20 against Sri Lanka in Bristol he will have to show there is more to his game than an ability to intimidate. (more…)

Devendra Bishoo grabs four wickets as West Indies beat Pakistan


• Lendl Simmons scores 65 off 44 balls
• Leg-spinner strikes for seven-run victory
The leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed four wickets as the new-look West Indies beat Pakistan by seven runs in a Twenty20 international in St Lucia.The Guyanese bowler ran through the Pakistan middle order as they fell short in their chase of West Indies’ total of 150 for seven.

West Indies picked a youthful team for the one-off game and the upcoming ODI series, having dropped the experienced batsmen Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. One of the young faces, the opening batsman Lendl Simmons, got West Indies off to a great start with a lively 65 off 44 balls and the left-hander Darren Bravo struck 42 off 33 as the Caribbean side brought up their 100 in the 13th over.

But, as so often, Darren Sammy’s side failed to build on their good foundation and ended up falling short of a strong total, with only two other players making double figures.

Pakistan lost both openers, Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez, early but Umar Akmal’s 41 from 60 balls put them in with a chance.

Bishoo, who caught the eye of the West Indies selectors with performances in regional Twenty20 cricket, then showed his value with some astute bowling. (more…)

Tim Hetherington obituary

imageThe photographer and film-maker Tim Hetherington, who has been killed at the age of 40 while covering the escalating violence in Misrata, Libya, was a leading light of his profession. The canon of work he bequeaths defines a generation of reportage.

His eye and ability for capturing on film some of the most disturbing events of the past decade was as relentless as it was unsurpassed. With a great sense of self-deprecation and humanity, Hetherington was driven repeatedly to explore the ragged, violent margins of society to bring back portraits of people profoundly affected by conflict. (more…)