Lamar Men’s Tennis Faces Texas A&M at NCAA Championships

first_imgBEAUMONT, Texas – The Lamar University men’s tennis punched its ticket to the 2018 NCAA Championships by defeating rival Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Southland tournament finals Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals found out Tuesday where that ticket would take them. Big Red is headed back to College Station, Texas and will face No. 5 overall seed, Texas A&M (22-5) Friday, May 11th. “Texas A&M is one of the top programs in the nation. There are no easy matches when you get to this point. We knew before the selection show began that we were going to have a tough draw. I know our guys are excited to get there. We have our work cut out for us, but will be ready to play,” added Shankles. College Station is the site of the Cardinals’ first trip to the NCAA Championships under LU head coach Scott Shankles during the 2016 season. The other two teams making up the four-team pod are Arizona State (14-10) and Baylor (20-9). The Bears enter the tournament as an at-large selection after posting a fifth-place finish in the Big 12. Baylor advanced to the conference tournament finals before bowing out to Texas. The Cardinals (10-13) made a stunning run through the SLC Championships to qualify for their third NCAA tournament appearance in as many years. The Red and White knocked off the top-two seeds to qualify for the NCAAs. The journey to the postseason is made more impressive by the fact that the Cardinals qualified for the conference tournament on the final day of the regular season.center_img The opening-round match against the Aggies will take place Friday, May 11th, at 1 p.m. The first and second round matches will be played at the Mitchell Tennis Center. The Sun Devils finished fifth in the Pacific 12 Conference during the 2018 campaign. Arizona State was eliminated from the conference tournament by rival Arizona in the opening round. “We are extremely excited to be headed back to the NCAA Championships,” said Shankles. “Our guys have fought so hard this season, and had to overcome so much. It is great to see their hard work be rewarded.last_img read more

NU, Ateneo spikers collide with Final 4 berth at stake; UP tests Arellano

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES National U hopes to cash in on its solid roster led by national player Jaja Santiago and ace playmaker Jasmine Nabor.But the Lady Eagles are going all-out to stop the Bulldogs and boost their bid for the top semis slot behind Kat Tolentino, Jhoana Maraguinot, and Bea de Leon. View comments Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Bulldogs will go for a sweep of their group side against a surging Lady Eagles (3-1) at 6:30 p.m.Focus will also be on the 1 p.m. faceoff between the Lady Maroons and the Lady Chiefs with the winner joining the unbeaten Adamson Lady Falcons (4-0) in the crossover semifinals of the event backed by Mikasa and Asics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogOusted St. Benilde and Technological Institute of the Philippines, both winless in four games, cap the rare triple-bill at 4 p.m.All matches can be viewed live via streaming on www.sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/pvl. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Juvic fires 69, grabs clubhouse lead MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody National U and Ateneo dispute the first Final Four berth in Group A, while University of the Philippines and Arellano U clash for the second semifinals seat in Group B in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Provincial teams spice up 3×3 Golden League Manila

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “We are happy with the turnout of provincial teams that will be joining the tournament as we want to develop 3×3 players in the countryside,” said tournament commissioner Allan Caidic.Aside from the provincial teams, a guest team from Tibet in Aba Prefecture, a winner of the Chengdu leg of the Sina 3×3 Golden League China, secured one of the 128 slots available in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRegistration is still open for the tournament whose preliminary matches will be held from October 26 to 27 at Dumlao Sports Center in Mandaluyong, with the playoffs and final set on October 28 at Ayala Circuit Manila.The champion team of the 3×3 Golden League Manila will take home $3,000 and will earn the right to represent the Philippines in the SINA 3×3 International Elite League from November 13-17 in Beijing. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Mourinho’s warning underlines extent of Man United’s fall Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Several teams from the provinces will be spicing up the 3×3 Golden League Manila 2018 slated from October 26 to 28.Teams from Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, and Camarines Sur are among those who confirmed their participation in the league, jointly organized by Mediapro Asia and Sina Sports.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Case to continue today

first_imgSingh, Brassington charges…SOCU ordered to submit additional documentsThe court matters involving former Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh and former Chief Executive Officer of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington, will continue today before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The men are being charged for allegedly selling several plots of land on the East Coast of Demerara to National Hardware Guyana Ltd for over $598 million; Scady Business Corporation at a cost of $150 million, and to Multi-cinemas Guyana Inc at a cost of $185 million.The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) brought the charges against the two former Government officials early last month.However, the men, who both reside overseas, were not in court on Monday. Their respective lawyers instead appeared for them. Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan has set the matter for today, when the prosecution will have to prove to the court that attempts were made to serve summons on both men.SOCU Prosecutor Trenton Lake has claimed that summonses were sent to the last known addresses of both men. However, those summonses were not available to be presented to the court when requested by Magistrate Ann McLennan. As such, the Chief Magistrate has said that any other step by the court can only be taken after the “return of service” is provided.In the three charges advanced by SOCU, it was outlined that Singh, being the Chairman of NICIL, and Brassington, being its CEO, in December of 2008, by way of agreement of sale and purchase, sold to Scady Business Corporation a tract of state land (4.7 acres) being a portion of Plantation Liliendaal, situated on the East Coast of Demerara, for the sum of $150, 000,000 “knowing that the said property was valued at $340,000,000 by Rodrigues Architects & Associates, a competent valuation officer.”The other charge outlined that Singh and Brassington sold to Multicinemas Guyana Inc a plot of state land (10 acres) at Turkeyen for the sum of $185,037,000 “without first having procured a valuation of the said property from a competent valuation officer.”SOCU is contending also that Singh and Brassington, in 2009, by way of an agreement of sale and purchase, sold to the National Hardware Guyana Limited a tract of state land (103 acres), being a portion of Plantations Liliendaal and Turkeyen, for the sum of $598,659,398 (VAT exclusive) “without first having procured a valuation of the said property from a competent valuation officer.”On Wednesday last, lawyers for SOCU were given one week to file an affidavit in response to show cause why the High Court should not grant an injunction to have an interim stay on lower court proceedings on charges against the two former Government officials.Former Attorney General under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Administration, Anil Nandlall, is challenging these matters for what the defence contends are frivolous charges.Nandlall filed two High Court action seeking to (1): have an interim stay of proceedings in the Magistrates’ Courts; and (2): to have the charges against Singh and Brassington quashed.Singh and Brassington’s legal team include Senior Counsel Stanley Moore and attorneys Sase Gunraj, Ronald Burch-Smith and Mark Waldron.Since institution of the charges, a number of legal scholars have commented on the matter. Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran is of the view that the charges may be unconstitutional on the basis that Singh and Brassington are not “public officers” in accordance with the Constitution.After the charges were filed, Nandlall, on behalf of PPP MPs, took to the court to have current Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and former Public Health Minister Dr George Norton charged with the same offence. In addition, Government Ministers David Patterson, Winston Jordan and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine were also charged. However, all of those charges were discontinued by the DPP in a move which Nandall contends is unfair, as he continues to oppose the decision.last_img read more

Less than 100 of over 700 QC students attended school on Monday

first_imgSchool bomb/shooting threats…as School of the Nations heightens securityBy Rupadai SeenarineFearful for their children’s lives, many parents on Monday refrained from sending their children to Queen’s College and to the Bishops’ High School on Monday after threats of shooting and bombing were made against the school on Friday last.Guyana Times understands that both schools saw a reduced attendance on Monday.A Police officer stands outside of the School of the Nations security checkpointStudents who were present throughout the day at Queen’s College indicated that of an average 700 population at the school, less than 100 students turned up for classes.The position not to send their children to school was taken by parents even though security was beefed up at the schools.At Queen’s College, additional security was provided by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) at both entrances, the head teacher’s quarters, in front of the school and in the vicinity of the drive-thru. Both gates remained closed during the instructional period and the gates were manned by security guards who checked persons as they entered.When this publication contacted the administration of Queen’s College about the poor attendance, the teachers were adamant that the attendance was normal. However, this is a far cry from what the several students at the school told this publication. The school’s administration confirmed that increased security measures were requested and implemented over the weekend.Public Relations Officer of the Education Ministry Ephraim Haley stated that a visit was made to the schools and while there were Police officers at the gates, he did not inquire about the decrease in population and further disclosed that no reports were made in that regard.Vehicles waiting for security checks before entering Queen’s College compoundSchool of NationsMeanwhile, over at School of Nations, a new security hut was constructed. There, students were scanned and bags are to be searched for any illegal items upon entry.Last Friday, Queens College and the Bishops’ High School were on lockdown after social media accounts created on Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram, which were reportedly sending threats to Nations, gave a bomb scare to Queens College while threatening to shoot the Bishops’ High School.Parents were not allowed to enter the premises but forced to wait outside until classes were dismissed. As customary, they would utilise the Thomas Road entrance to collect their kids. This was blocked, and vehicles were not allowed to enter.At the Bishops’ High School, there was a similar scenario as students waited inside the premises until their parents arrived.Meanwhile, at Nations, parents met with security officials and the school’s administration for another meeting on security measures that were implemented ever since it’s Director, Dr Brian O’Toole was shot at his home on Sunday evening.The Professional Guard Services was engaged to provide baton services at the institution and it was disclosed that a lockdown situation was more likely to be adopted.On Monday, officers carried out basic security searches on students before they entered the compound.last_img read more

Weekend Biomimetics Showcase

first_imgThe focus in biology these days is on design. Here’s evidence from a quick rundown of recent natural designs scientists want to imitate.Bones and tendons with their “remarkable strength” are inspiring an interdisciplinary team to understand their “Microstructure and micromechanics” and the way they interface, says Phys.org. Appreciation leads to understanding; understanding leads to invention.“These results allow us, for the first time, to understand the biochemical processes in the contact zone between bones and tendons, which give our locomotor system its extreme strength,” summarizes Bausch.Possible applications will arise in material research, as well as in medicine: Engineers will be able to produce innovative connections between hard and soft materials. And orthopaedic doctors will use the results in tumour surgery to attach tendons to implants.New Scientist also writes about this: “Special steel inspired by bone is more resistant to cracking.” The inspiration is there at Kyushu University and elsewhere, but the problem with implementation is scaling up what they have learned. “The insights into biological strategies to build crack-resistant materials… is an outstanding source of inspiration for the design of advanced materials, including steels,” says Admir Masic at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Wood and bone are also inspiring a variety of 3-D nanostructures for numerous applications. Phys.org talks about work at Washington State to construct 3-D lattices and trusses at the nanometer scale to “mimic the intricate architecture of natural materials like wood and bone.” Pictures of examples are included in the article.Insects continue to inspire robotics engineers. After detailed study of fruit flies, Science Daily says that engineers at EPFL and UNIL found that the insect’s gait, the “tripod gait,” works best on six-legged robots when they have adhesive pads like the flies do. Without the pads, they could actually improve on the robot’s gait by adopting a different gait, the bipod gait. Their robots, however, can’t climb walls like insects can. And the insects will adopt a bipod gait under certain conditions.“There is a natural dialogue between robotics and biology: Many robot designers are inspired by nature and biologists can use robots to better understand the behavior of animal species. We believe that our work represents an important contribution to the study of animal and robotic locomotion.”Brown rot fungi are teaching engineers about efficient ways to produce biofuels, reports Phys.org. Employing a two-step process, these fungi “possess a unique ability to attack the cellulose fraction of wood while avoiding the surrounding lignin.” Meanwhile, researchers at Sandia National Labs are coaxing algae to produce biofuels, says Science Daily.Tooth enamel reveals ways to make tougher composite materials. Nature talks about enamel’s durability: it is both hard and resistant to cracks. A new “report a tooth-enamel-inspired composite material” has been developed with “an unprecedented combination of stiffness, vibrational damping and low density.” The reporters, unfortunately, claim that the natural material “evolved in response to environmental pressures,” as if pressure is a designer. The full paper is also in Nature.Yeast factories are being programmed to produce jet fuel. Science Daily says that researchers at Chalmers Institute of Technology have tweaked the fatty-acid synthase enzyme, which normally constructs long-chain fatty acids, into producing medium-chain fatty acids and methyl ketones, “chemicals that are components in currently used transportation fuels.” Now to mass produce it using these “yeast cell factories.” They found it’s easier to tweak an existing machine than start from scratch.Beetle bodies inspire anti-fogging materials. Scientists at Brookhaven National Lab explain their motivation to imitate the tiny hairs on beetle exoskeletons because of how they repel water effectively. “Some insect bodies have evolved the abilities to repel water and oil, adhere to different surfaces, and eliminate light reflections,” Science Daily says. “Scientists have been studying the physical mechanisms underlying these remarkable properties found in nature and mimicking them to design materials for use in everyday life.” Resulting materials could “prevent fog condensation on surfaces in humid environments, including for power generation and transportation applications.”Mussel glue is powering ideas for adhesives that need to work in wet environments, such as medical devices or industry. Nature Communications describes how mussels construct their adhesive pad, which “exhibits exceptional wet adhesion, abrasion resistance, toughness and self-healing capacity–properties that arise from an intricate hierarchical organization formed in minutes from a fluid secretion of over 10 different protein precursors.” The scientists want to translate what they learn about mussel “design principles into synthetic materials.” See also Phys.org‘s report on shellfish-inspired underwater glues being made at Purdue University.Mimicking evolution to treat cancer? This conundrum is presented in Medical Xpress. What they mean by “evolution” is really artificial selection, a form of intelligent design. They start with an already-complex enzyme, introduce random mutations into it, and select the ones that show selective activity against tumor cells.Wasp flight principles are creating crash-resistant drones. The popular quadcopter drones tend get destroyed when they crash because they are rigid. Wasp wings, by contrast, fold up nicely with flexible joints. Nature describes a test drone at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. “Over the course of 50 collisions, the 50-gram prototype sustained damage only twice.”Cell signaling is promoting research into “synthetic receptors” that can talk to each other chemically, like cells can. See report in Science Daily about “world-first” progress on this at the University of Bristol.Cellulose packaging would be biodegradable, reducing plastic waste, while keeping food fresh at the same time. Even the Lithuanians are getting into this biomimetics business, reports Science Daily.Chromosomes in yeast store information in a complex but compact way. In an introductory article to a special issue on synthetic chromosomes, Science Magazine says that the “Synthetic Yeast Genome Project” is “building on nature’s design.”Bacterial flagella have been a subject of intense research in Japan for years now. Phys.org says that scientists at Osaka University are “Using nature to build nanomachines” modeled after the rotary motor. This mlecular machine helped inspire the intelligent design movement when Michael Behe described them in his book, Darwin’s Black Box in 1996.Robber flies have mastered aerial dogfighting. An open-access paper in Current Biology describes their “Novel Interception Strategy” that uses “Extreme Visual Acuity” to lock onto a target and catch it reliably. Engineers might imitate their “constant bearing angle strategy” to develop “bioinspired guidance systems in miniature, aerial and autonomous vehicles, where maximum performance with minimum size is highly desirable.” See Live Science‘s report on the “Jaw-Dropping Vision [that] Helps Tiny Flies Snag Prey in Under a Second.”Are you inspired yet? Look at the diversity of these examples. Almost every kind of life form, from microbe to elephant, has some amazing property that inspires scientists to learn and imitate it. Biomimetics is one of the best things that has happened to biology in decades. So long, Charlie; we’re focused on intelligent design now! (Visited 93 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cab Cam – Yoder Grain Farms, Logan County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As Josh Yoder runs his John Deere 4630 to plant corn on this Logan County ground, he hopes that 2015 yields will work out like 2014 did and that markets look a lot better than they do now when harvest time arrives. Ty Higgins from the Ohio Ag Net joined Yoder for a Cab Cam.last_img

Workforce development program launches in Ohio to promote careers in food and agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Food production and agriculture is Ohio’s largest industry and essential to our economy, contributing $124 billion annually in economic value and employing 1 out of every 8 Ohioans. Today’s farms and food companies are challenged by unprecedented barriers to finding a stable, reliable workforce. To address this issue, a broad group of Ohio’s leading agriculture organizations have collaborated behind a new initiative — Futures Grow Here.“The focus of Futures Grow Here is to demonstrate the opportunities that are available for young adults in food production and agriculture,” said Jim Chakeres, executive vice president of the Ohio Poultry Association, a supporting organization of Futures Grow Here. “The initiative reframes the narrative around these jobs, creates excitement for them, and engages a broader and more diverse group of job seekers.”Futures Grow Here is a collaborative initiative among Ohio food production and farming companies to educate students, young professionals and their families about their growing and innovative businesses and career opportunities that may not have been previously considered. The jobs are vast and well-paying, the employment outlook is highly favorable in these thriving industries, and employers are well-positioned to offer training, growth and advancement with both stability and opportunity.While some positions in food production and farming require four-year or advanced degrees, there are numerous opportunities for those with technical or skilled backgrounds, and those with expertise in the trades. Futures Grow Here also is engaging Ohio’s career centers and technical programs to raise the profile of these positions among the state’s high school students.Futures Grow Here recently launched a website in which potential job seekers can:• Explore innovative and rewarding job opportunities in areas, including technology and computers, logistics, construction, electrician, plumbing, mechanics, welding, equipment operator, and animal management • Read case studies on individuals who have been successful in their positions • Learn about what the future of the industry looks like, and • Get connected to other resources and organizations with job opportunities. According to the 2019 Food and Agriculture Industries Economic Impact Study, more than one-fifth of the nation’s economy and one-fourth of all jobs are linked to the food and agriculture sectors. Further, a focus group and research conducted by Futures Grow Here found that young adults consistently prioritize the ability to learn and contribute to the betterment of society and the environment when looking for career opportunities.Today’s food production and agriculture companies actively seek ways to become more efficient and environmentally conscious and are involved in their local communities. According to a recent Forbes article, food production companies are using advanced technologies to increase productivity, improve food safety and ensure affordability for all families.“By 2050, more than 9 billion people will need 70% more food, which will need to be produced using fewer resources,” said Bryan Humphreys, Ohio Pork Council executive vice president, another supporter of the Futures Grow Here initiative. “As a top producer of many agricultural goods, like pork, eggs, soybeans and wheat, Ohio is a major contributor to the foods that are exported to families all over the world. That is why it’s essential that our food production and farming companies have a steady, skilled workforce to ensure long-term stability of the industry and economy.”For more information about Futures Grow Here, visit www.FuturesGrowHere.com. Additionally, Futures Grow Here can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

What’s In a Name? Is a Hip Startup Name Important?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Debates over the importance of naming your startup have resurfaced recently with news of a stealthy startup called Hipster. The company is in private alpha, and while details are scarce as to what Hipster is, folks seem to have plenty to say about the startup’s name. Mashable’s Brenna Ehrlich asks “Should you name your startup after a meme?” And Techcrunch’s Alexis Tsotsis asks the question “Is naming your startup ‘Hipster’ genius or terrible?” No matter which camp you’re in – “genius” or “terrible” – the Hipster name seems to have generated a fair amount of buzz for the company, which hopes to present at Jason Calacanis’s LAUNCH conference next month.But pre-launch buzz for (capital L) Hipster and fodder for rants about (lower-case L) hipsters aside, does this company’s name confirm or challenge conventional wisdom about naming your startup?That wisdom – nicely illustrated in this post at OnStartups – says you should pick a name that’s memorable, that’s easy-to-read, spell and pronounce, and that’s got an available .com. (Hipster is certainly memorable for a certain population, but it’s worth noting that the domain name in question here is Usehipster.com.)But Jason Cohen, founder of Smart Bear Software, has written some additional advice, some that may run counter to some of the conventional wisdom. (Does that make it “hipster”? I’m not sure.) Cohen suggests that entrepreneurs don’t need to use available domain names as the way to brainstorm and select a company. Rather, he argues, consider naming your company but then choosing a different domain name. He writes, “you should use your domain name for something other than restating your name. Instead of GoGumdrop.com, why not BestPartyEver.com or CandyForParties.com. Isn’t getting into the first position in a Google search for “party candy” worth it? Those domains still say what you do, so it’s still informative and sensible whether you’re telling someone over the phone or displaying in advertisement.”With the increasing usage of URL shorteners, Cohen contends, having a domain name match your company name is less important. Furthermore, it’s less important what your company is called than what you do. After all, a name – good, bad or hipster, may not be what makes or breaks of your company.What do you think? Is the name of your startup that big a deal? And should you free yourself from the constraints of available .coms when choosing one? audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#tips last_img read more

India’s Political Outsiders: From Protest to Politics to Power

first_imgCan a single-issue protest party come to power? The answer, as shown in An Insignificant Man, a new documentary by first-time filmmakers Vinay Shukla and Khushboo Ranka, is a resounding yes.But can a protest party become something more once in power? The answer to that, as shown by everything that happened since they stopped filming, is a bit more complicated.An Insignificant Man, released by Vice in the United States this week, is a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the rise of anti-corruption party Aam Aadmi Party, or AAP, and its leader, Arvind Kejriwal. They were “nobodies on this political circuit,” Ranka said, yet managed to dethrone the powerful Congress Party in Delhi in 2013. That they were nobodies at the time filming began was fortuitous: Shukla and Ranka were allowed to be flies on the wall everywhere from war room meetings to rallies to TV filmings, amassing almost 400 hours of footage.The documentary’s title is a nod to Kejriwal’s outsider status: He was a joint commissioner in the income tax department in New Delhi before he became involved in the rough and tumble of party politics.“The idea of insignificance is used in contemporary politics very often by people across the spectrum,” Shukla said. “People who call themselves outsiders to the system. Bernie Sanders. Donald Trump.” These politicians, Shukla said, claim they will become significant by virtue of who and what they represent.In a sense, Kejriwal has become very significant indeed: He is the chief minister of Delhi, a territory of roughly 25 million people. The problem he’s discovered since 2013 is turning that regional, single-issue focus into a truly national political movement.Kejriwal and the AAP have several big challenges. Saddled with the responsibilities of actually governing – Kejriwal is busier battling toxic smog than trying to make the AAP a national power to be reckoned with – the party simply has its hands full.Right now, “getting Delhi right” is the AAP’s “primary obsession,” said Milan Vaishnav of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which means that they can’t also work to grow into a true national movement. “The AAP remains an upstart party,” he said.It’s also very much still a one-man show. Shades of this can be seen in the documentary – for example, when, against the wishes of his volunteers, he insists on picking candidates himself. In 2015, two years after the heady days featured in the documentary, Kejriwal consolidated power for himself and purged leading intellectuals from the ranks, noted Vaishnav.“With each passing year, the AAP more closely resembles a ‘normal’ political party in India,” he said. ‘Normal’ in the Indian context means iron control at the top. “Like other parties, it has shown little appetite for internal dissent, despite its rhetoric to the contrary,” Vaishnav said.And that consolidation of power has worked to limit the party’s national chances, says Rick Rossow of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.“Kejriwal has a very difficult time sharing powers with others,” he said. “How do you run Delhi and expand the party?”There’s one other headwind for the AAP, which swept into office with an anti-corruption message that resonated precisely because the Congress Party was in power and notable corruption scandals were everywhere. But nobody’s hung any major corruption scandals on Prime Minister Narendra Modi or his inner circle, Rossow said.That “takes a bit of steam away” from a party built to focus on that one issue, he said. That could change if Modi loses and Congress comes back into power – but Modi’s BJP held on to power in the key state of Gujarat this week, suggesting to some a comfortable hold over the national body politic, and an even rockier road ahead for a not-so-insignificant man.© 2017 Foreign Policy  Related Itemslast_img read more