MS Dhoni might have recently been booed at Lord’s, several experts might be concerned about his form with the bat in limited-overs cricket and his striking abilities might well be on the wane but the World Cup winning captain remains as popular as ever in India.In a recent survey conducted by YouGov, which undertakes various polls and surveys in their online community of over 4 million people, Dhoni was the top-ranked sportsperson with an admiration score of 7.70 per cent.Overall, Dhoni was second in the list topped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who got an admiration score of 11.90 per cent. Former US President Barrack Obama, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Ratan Tata, Virat Kohli and Akshay Kumar make up the top 10 of the most admired men in India.READ – Kohli receives Barmy Army’s International Cricketer of the Year awardsDhoni, Tendulkar (6.80 per cent) and Kohli (4.10 per cent) are the only three sports stars in the top-10. Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 and stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in 2017. His form with the bat has since taken a dip but he continues to be a cult figure in Indian cricket circles. The Ranchi-born superstar is still an ace wicketkeeper and his handling of India’s young bowling attack, especially the spinners, has made life much easier for Kohli in the shorter formats.READ – Kohli’s mission is to make India the best: Sourav GangulyEarier in the year, Dhoni retured as Chennai Super Kings captain and led the team to their third IPL triumph. Besides, he was in outstanding form, scoring 455 runs off 16 matches at a strike rate of 150.66.advertisementInterestingly, Tendulkar, almost five years after retiring from international cricket, continues to be more popular than Kohli, the world’s best batsman across formats.READ – Virat Kohli’s men look for happy hunting groundsKohli is in the form of his life. In South Africa this year, he smashed 871 runs across formats including a record-shattering 558 from six ODIs.With a fan base of 23.2 million followers on Instagram, brands have to shell out USD 120,000 for each of Kohli’s sponsored posts which is more than what the world’s highest-paid sportsperson, Floyd Mayweather, gets through his posts on the social media website.READ – Kohli above Floyd Mayweather, Stephen Curry on Instagram rich listMeanwhile, badminton star PV Sindhu, with an admiration score of (6.90 per cent) is ranked third in the list for most popular women in India.Kiran Bedi tops the list followed by singer Lata Mangeshkar at second.Deepika Padukone ranks fourth below Sindhu followed by Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, Sushma Swaraj, Aishwarya Rai. Priyanka Chopra, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama.
By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaWith the fall harvest set to begin, Georgia muscadine growers arewarily eyeing Tropical Storm Katrina, hoping the tropical seasonwill be kinder to them this year than last.”We had three storms last year, and they cost us about half ofour crop,” said Charles Cowart, owner of Still Pond Vineyardsnear Arlington, Ga. “We don’t need any more of that.”Cowart said he had planned to begin harvesting his 160 acres ofmuscadine grapes this week. “But they’re just not ripening,” hesaid. “We’ve put it off now until the first of next week.”As Katrina began threatening south Florida, the Georgia muscadinecrop was looking good. “We’ve got a better-than-average crop,”Cowart said. “The sugars are low, but we’ve got some prettyfruit, large fruit.”No problemThe low sugar content isn’t a problem, he said. “If everybodyelse had high sugars and we were the only ones around with lowsugars, it might be a problem,” he said. “But in a high-moistureseason, everybody’s got low sugars. That’s just a given.”The rainy summer, he said, will just “make the sugar man happy.”Some sugar has to be added to any muscadine juice being fermentedinto wine. The lower the sugar content, the greater the need foradded sugar.The summer’s abundant rainfall has created a more seriouspotential problem, though: a high risk for tropical storm damage.The crop just can’t handle a lot of rain right now.”It would split a lot of grapes,” Cowart said. “There’s just somuch water they can hold, and they can’t go beyond that. Thegrapes are ripening now, and if we get a lot of rain now they’lltake up more water than they can hold.”Wind damageHigh winds could hurt the crop, too, said Paul Wigley, theUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension coordinator inCalhoun County.”High winds can put a bunch of grapes on the ground,” Wigleysaid. “And once the grapes hit the ground, you can’t use them injuices or wines.”Cowart, who makes juice and wine products with all of hismuscadine crop, said Tropical Storm Frances hit his farm with 50to 60 mile-per-hour winds in early September last year and shookoff a lot of his grapes.”The grapes aren’t as ripe now as they were with Frances,” hesaid. The heavier the grapes, the more susceptible they are tobeing blown off their vines by high winds.Georgia has about 1,200 commercial acres of muscadines. The cropbegins ripening in August in south Georgia. The harvest movesnorthward through the upper piedmont area, where it ends in earlyOctober.Many Georgia gardeners grow muscadines as a backyard fruit. UGAExtension experts figure the state has probably twice as manybackyard muscadines as commercial acres. Your county UGAExtension agent can tell you how to grow them.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
TOKYO – At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition.The effort with “4K” technology is carefully removing scratches and discoloration from the films and also unearthing hidden information on the reel-to-reel.Experts say the chemical reactions used to make old movies stored far greater detail than was visible with the limited projection technology of the era, as well as with subsequent digital updates.If all the hidden information of a reel-to-reel is ever brought out, quality would approximate 8K, they say.Only one minute from the original film and from each of the sequels has been turned into 4K so far but the results are stunning enough.Faded, blurry, yellowing footage of the radiation-breathing creature that emerged from the Pacific after atomic-bomb testing turns sharp, clear and vivid. It almost looks like state-of-the-art animation.It’s better than the original, said Toshifumi Shimizu of Tokyo Laboratory Co., the studio that undertook the painstaking effort.“You can feel the impact of the bodies banging into each other under the suits,” he said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press.He said many scenes are more real and emotionally moving than what is achieved by today’s computer-graphics manipulation, widespread in Hollywood blockbusters.The details of the cityscape models, the bumpy skin of Godzilla and the metallic shine of the robots are revealed as they once were.The craftsmen at the lab made a point to keep visible the wires from which the flying monsters hung. The goal was to stay true to the intention of the original.In turning Godzilla films into 4K, each frame of the reel-to-reel is scanned by a special machine. Each frame is then examined for blotches and other damage that has crept in over the last 60 years. Any problems with a frame are fixed on a computer, one by one, by a film-processing specialist.Shoko Ideriha, one of the specialists, said the team pieced together the best segments, working with the only three copies left of the 1954 Godzilla. She compared fixing film to being a doctor treating a patient.The big catch is that 4K, also known as ultra-high definition, or Ultra HD, can’t be seen in most homes or theatres yet.For one, you would need a 4K TV, which is not cheap. Sony’s 85-inch model sells for $25,000, although prices are gradually coming down overall.More crucial still, 4K broadcasting is virtually non-existent. In Japan, it’s available only in limited test programming.But believers swear that it will become the standard of the not-so-distant future. Other movie classics, such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Gone With the Wind,” have turned 4K.What 4K promises for movie classics is astounding, said Takashi Sawa, of Nihon Eiga Satellite Broadcasting Corp., which aired all 28 Toho Godzilla classics for the 60th anniversary of Godzilla’s birth, which fell this year and marked the debut of Gareth Edwards’ Hollywood Godzilla.Nihon Eiga also aired a special program on the 4K Godzilla project on its cable network, which broadcasts to 7.5 million households in Japan.Restoring movie classics into 4K might do wonders for the chicken-and-egg dilemma for new technology, which generally won’t take off until there is content people want to watch.“TV drama shows shot in digital cannot be restored as 4K,” he said. “But Godzilla can become 4K.”___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyama AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2014 3:41 am MDT Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD splendor, but wires aren’t erased to stay true to original