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Tate Kids, Sports injuries

Tate Tales is a website where you will find a selection of artworks to write stories about, and find stories other children have written.



Sports injuries for Kids

Sports/exercise related injuries and its solutions from Medline


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SMG: A biography of Sunil Manohar Gavaskar



Devendra Prabhudesai

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On that historic tour of the West Indies in 1971, Sunil Manohar Gavaskar and G.R. Visvanath roomed together in the second half, and SMG being the `junior’ partner had to play second fiddle, doing things such as opening the door if the bell rang at an unearthly hour. GRV would ask room service to bring coffee every morning at 7, and SMG would open the door. But GRV would sleep till 8! When SMG ran out of patience and requested his senior to order coffee at 8 a.m., since that was when he consumed it, his response was: "I like cold coffee!"

This anecdote, and many more, embellish the latest tribute to Gavaskar, in a book penned by Devendra Prabhudesai.

Titled SMG, and published by Rupa, it is comprehensive, well researched, and a fitting salute to a cricketer who earned respect for Indian cricket.

This is Devendra’s third book after The Nice Guy Who Finished First (a biography of Rahul Dravid) and Cricket World Cup (an account of 70 best World Cup matches). Devendra, Manager, Media Relations and Corporate Affairs, BCCI, started work on SMG in April 2006. "You cannot push yourself while working on a book like this. It is a happy coincidence that Gavaskar will be turning 60 later this year. There is no better time than this to remember the individual who initiated the team’s climb to the peak all those years ago."

But why Gavaskar? "He was my childhood hero, and I also had the opportunity to work with him. I felt that it would be good if a comprehensive tribute was paid to the man who made Indian cricket believe in itself, and proved that Indian cricketers could be as good, if not better, than others, consistently."

On the toughest part? "Describing Gavaskar’s best innings was as challenging as it was enjoyable. It was a conscious decision to begin the book with an account of his epic 96 against Pakistan on a Bangalore minefield in 1986-1987, his last Test innings. That knock hasn’t got even half the attention and importance that it deserves.

I have begun with that innings, and shifted to the chronological format thereafter," says Devendra, 33. "I have done my best to showcase Gavaskar in his innumerable `avatars.’ I have dwelt on all that he has done since his retirement as a cricketer in 1987 too. Life was never the same after I first read Gavaskar’s Sunny Days at the age of seven in 1983. He inspired me to not only play cricket, but also write about it. Today, my life has come a full circle!"

No wonder, Gavaskar paid the young Devendra a memorable compliment. "Devendra, there are some things you know about me which I didn’t know myself. Just goes to show how much effort you put in this compilation. Thanks very much for it shows sentiments which are truly appreciated."

The book is almost a history of Indian cricket from 1971, and it features significant happenings of the 1970s and 1980s, on and off the field. Needless to say, SMG is a must read and a worthy addition to your cricket library.

Courtesy: VIJAY LOKPALLY , The Hindu

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Stephenie Meyer


Stephenie Meyer’s life changed dramatically on June 2, 2003. The stay-at-home mother of three young sons woke up from a dream featuring seemingly real characters that she could not get out of her head.

"Though I had a million things to do, I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write—something I hadn’t done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering."

Meyer invented the plot during the day through swim lessons and potty training, and wrote it out late at night when the house was quiet. Three months later she finished her first novel, Twilight. With encouragement from her older sister (the only other person who knew she had written a book), Meyer submitted her manuscript to various literary agencies. Twilight was picked out of a slush pile at Writer’s House and eventually made its way to the publishing company Little, Brown where everyone fell immediately in love with the gripping, star-crossed lovers.


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Twilight was one of 2005’s most talked about novels and within weeks of its release the book debuted at #5 on The New York Times bestseller list. Among its many accolades, Twilight was named an "ALA Top Ten Books for Young Adults," an "Best Book of the Decade…So Far", and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.

The highly-anticipated sequel, New Moon, was released in September 2006, and spent more than 25 weeks at the #1 position on The New York Times bestseller list.

In 2007, Eclipse literally landed around the world and fans made the Twilight Saga a worldwide phenomenon! With midnight parties and vampire-themed proms the enthusiasm for the series continued to grow.

On May 6, 2008, Little, Brown and Company released The Host, Meyer’s highly-anticipated novel for adults which debuted at #1 on The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. The Host still remains a staple on the bestseller lists more than a year after its debut.

On August 2, 2008, the final book in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn was released at 12:01 midnight. Stephenie made another appearance on "Good Morning America" and was featured in many national media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, People Magazine and Variety. Stephenie headlined the Breaking Dawn Concert Series with Justin Furstenfeld (lead singer of Blue October) to celebrate the release in four major markets across the US. Breaking Dawn sold 1.3 million copies in its first 24 hours.

The Twilight movie, directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, was released on November 21, 2008. Twilight debuted at #1 at the box office with $70 million, making it the highest grossing opening weekend for a female director.

Stephenie lives in Arizona with her husband and three sons.

Here is a list of interviews with Stephenie Meyer, and links to the text, audio, or video.

Bio courtesy:

Author website


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Yugratna’s speech to UN


Summit on Climate Change

22 September 2009

Speech of Yugratna Srivastava

Respected UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki – moon,
Honourable Dignitaries and August Assembly.
I am 13 years young Yugratna from organisation Tarumitra,
meaning Friends of Trees, which is an NGO of 1600 high
schools and involved in promoting environmental awareness.
I feel privileged to represent children and youth, 3 billion of the
world’s population in this Summit on Climate Change.
I am so much concerned about climate change because I don’t
want our future generations to question us just as I am
questioning the need of more concrete action on climate change

The Himalayas are melting, polar bears are dying, 2 of every 5
people don’t have access to clean drinking water, earth’s
temperature is increasing, we are losing the untapped
information and potential of plant species , Pacific’s water level
has risen,
Is this what we are going to hand over to our future generations?
We received a clean and healthy planet from our ancestors and
we are gifting a damaged one to our successors? Is their any
justice in this?
Honourable Excellencies, we need to call for an action now. We
have to protect the earth not just for us but for our future

If not here then where, if not now then when and if not us then
Please listen to our voices. The future needs strong vision and
One month ago, we had a TUNZA International Children and
Youth Conference in Korea. The 800 participants and several
thousands online developed a statement requesting you as
leaders to:
1. Agree on a more fair, just and action oriented post-Kyoto
agreement adopted and implemented by all countries
Not just formulate policies but also enforce them by
translating them into actions.
1. Please stop the people who are making Mother Earth Cry.
2. Why cut the oxygen generating forests to create CO2
generating industries?
3. Include carbon and ecological footprint information in
4. Adapt to a green economy and sustainable production.
5. Develop a multi-national climate facility to monitor
climate response strategies.
The high tech. society and currency deposits in bank are of no
use if we don’t have a compatible biosphere.
In the awareness, it is not just about solving an environmental
problem….but it is exclusively about changing the mindset and
attitude of people!

Educate students about the climate change by making
environmental education mandatory at all the levels of learning.
To get a sustainable Earth, we don’t need to stop the
developments. The need is quest and expansion of affordable
eco-friendly technologies available to common man like Energy
Efficient Campuses, Bio-fuels and Renewable energy sources.
I just want to ask all the world leaders two questions:-
1. Do environmental problems recognize any geographical or
political boundaries and age groups? My answer is certainly no.
This is why; we have the UN to talk each other about these
issues. I request you to please include the voices of children and
youth in all your decisions.
2. If national security and peace, and economic growth are
priorities, than why not climate change?
I know that you all are great leaders but overall we all are
humans. We all have a kind heart. I am sure that UN
negotiations at Copenhagen this year will end with
recommendations for good of humanity…and they have to.
Whatever has happened in the past is over. We just have present
and future in our hands. Let’s act in the present to secure our

We have one Mother Earth: Care it and Share it.
Respected leaders, when you all make policies, please think of a
child suffering in greenhouse heat and think of the species
craving to survive.

Mahatma Gandhi said “Earth has enough to satisfy everyone’s
need but no one’s greed"
A bird can fly in air, a fish can swim in water, a leopard can run
far faster, But we the humans have been supernaturally gifted
with mind….a capability to think, change and reform ….so
come on let us all use these abilities to save our birthplace….
our home…. our mother earth!
Thank You



What she says about the event

It was really a great experience to attend the summit. Three billion of world’s population was counting on me. It was not only me but it was United Nations Environment Programme which I was representing. Overall, it was a wonderful experience to speak in front of more than 100 world leaders.
I was basically appealing to the world leaders to include the voices of children and youth in all their decisions before they finally act. I also asked them to agree on a more, fair, just and action-oriented post-Kyoto agreement adopted and implemented by all countries. They have to seal the deal in Copenhagen.
I asked them two questions:

  • If national security, peace and economic growth are priorities for them, then why not climate change?
  • Do environmental problems recognize any political or geographical boundaries and age groups?

I interacted with our Secretary General Mr.Ban-Ki-moon. He congratulated me and my efforts as well. Amongst noble laureates, I interacted with three excellencies:-

  • Honorable Ms.Wangari Maathai
  • Honoralbe Mr.Al Gore
  • Honorable Mr.R.K. Pachauri

Amongst the various Heads of State I met Head of State of Sweden, Japan, Costa Rica, Gambia, Denmark and Nepal.
I owe my success to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for giving me such a wonderful opportunity. UNEP helped me a lot with my speech as well as provided a lot of support and encouragement too.
I have been working as an active member of Tarumitra since 2006. Since then, I have been involved in promoting environmental awareness at grass root level as well as speaking at national and international conferences at the Global level.
In the coming time, I will be interacting with youth and children all across the country to encourage them to come up with several ideas for environment conservation. As well I am going to start Plant-for-the-Planet to plant 1 million trees in India.


Know more about Yugratna

Yugratna is a 13+ years old girl from India. She represents Asia and the Pacific region
in TUNZA- Junior-Board.
She is studying in grade 9 at St.Fidelis College, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).
Yugratna also holds the rank of District child speaker champion.

She is prodigiously interested in taking steps to prevent environmental problems. One
steps in this direction was TUNZA’s International conference held last year in
Norway in which she got elected in Junior Board. She is the first Indian child to ever
get elected in the Junior Board.
The aims of her organisation of which she is a member is “Tarumitra” are:
• To spread ecological sensitivity.
• To equip its members with skills in handling local environmental problems.
• To organise campaigns for the preservation of bio-diversity.
• To promote spirituality and a world view that is earth friendly.
The main activities in which Yugratna is involved are:-
• To resist the felling of trees and forests and maintaining bio-diversity.,
• Promoting to built roadside gardens,
• Generating environmental awareness among parents during school functions
• Participating in Environmental related quizzes.
• Working at a global level to encourage POLITICIANS.
In their school, they collected funds for Bihar flood victims.
Funds for Cancer patients were also raised.
She has delivered speeches in and outside India and is on a constant crusade to create
a sustainable environment.
She uses media as an effective way for spreading environmental awareness.
She has represented Tarumitra at many conferences which includes “Caritas
International”, Tunza Conferences etc.
She launched a slogan in Nairobi which says “DEPOSIT GREEN GOLD TO
At the Tunza Internetional Children Conference held last month in Korea, she gave a
rousing speech with ended with a call “If not now, then when?…..If not us then who?”

Yugratna believes that to solve any environmental problem 3 things are required:-
• Awareness…….of environmental problem
• Attitude…….. to be environment-friendly
• Determination………to create a sustainable environment
• Support………of the Politicians
But she considers that the support of the politicians is one of the most important
aspects required.
Last month, she also agreed to join Plant-For-The-Planet to plant one million trees in

“There is an inevitable need in the society to create awareness about climate change
and the policies and actions required to tackle it. In fact, a tremendous result can be
achieved by changing choices and attitudes.”
“There are no political or geographical boundaries for
Environmental Problems. Blaming anyone for any Environmental
Problem is of no use…..”


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Heroes of the Environment 2009

Time selected Green Heroes for 2009

From saving wild mountain rivers in China to measuring the Arctic’s icy expanse, from protecting the lush forests of Africa to conducting a feisty online debate, our green heroes are informed by this simple notion: We can all make a difference

As they searched for glimmers of hope in the wreckage of the world economy earlier this year, politicians, economists and commentators used one phrase so repeatedly it became something of a mantra for our times: In crisis, opportunity. Nowhere does that maxim apply more than to the problem of climate change. The financial crisis only crippled a global system; climate change is hurting the globe itself.

This December, world leaders will gather in Copenhagen to discuss new goals to reduce the greenhouse-gas emissions that fuel global warming. With a new President in the White House, there is a chance the U.S. will finally inspire progress on climate change — and not just frustration. But nothing’s certain, and the real leap forward won’t happen until China and India both sign on to the idea that the economic growth they need and want will be worthless if their citizens are constantly fighting off natural disasters or don’t have enough water to drink or to irrigate their crops.

It’s easy to think that all the hard decisions are in the hands of our leaders alone. Not true. As the men and women in the following pages prove, we can all make a difference. Pen Hadow, leader of a daring survey across the Arctic to measure the thickness of sea ice, puts it this way: "Turning off a standby light once won’t make a difference. Do it for the rest of your life and that amounts to something. And if everybody’s doing something, then we’re moving in the right direction." We hope our environmental heroes provide both inspiration and action. Like financial pundits, most of them embrace the idea that a crisis also presents opportunity. They are heroes because they set out to discover what that opportunity might be.

Leaders & Visionaries

  1. Mohamed Nasheed
  2. Cameron Diaz
  3. Mike H. Pandey
  4. Prince Mostapha Zaher
  5. Marcio Santilli
  6. Yann Arthus-Bertrand
  7. Erick Solheim
  8. Steven Chu, Carol Browner, Ken Salazar and Lisa Jackson


  1. Joe Romm
  2. Marc Ona
  3. Marco Arana
  4. Syeda Rizwana Hasan
  5. Yuyun Ismawati
  6. Zhao Zhong
  7. Nnimmo Bassey

Scientists & Innovators

  1. Takashi Yabe
  2. Residents of Vauban
  3. Valerie Casey
  4. David Keith
  5. Bindeshwar Pathak
  6. Olga Speranskaya
  7. Pen Hadow, Martin Hartley and Ann Daniels
  8. Nathan Lorenz and Tim Bauer

Moguls & Entrepreneurs

  1. Sheri Liao
  2. Thomas Harttung
  3. Dorjee Sun
  4. Asim Buksh
  5. Kin Lui, Raymond Ho and Casson Trenor
  6. Yumi Someya
  7. Bill Weihl


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Mike H. Pandey

‘Plant a tree. If each of us 6 billion inhabitants of this planet planted a tree, the green balance would tip favorably once again.’ — Mike H. Pandey

Al Gore wasn’t the first person to use a movie to help save the world. In India, efforts to protect everything from whale sharks to elephants, vultures to medicinal plants owe a debt to prolific wildlife-documentary maker Mike H. Pandey. Now 60, Pandey has waged a three-decade war to defend India’s wildlife and environment, rousing the apathetic and spurring governments, communities and individuals to act. His weapon of choice: film. By showing that the elephants who trample through villages are not "rogue" animals who should be shot, his 1994 film The Last Migration helped slow the decline in India’s elephant numbers. Migration, which aired on India’s state TV, revealed the complex fight for land and food between humans and animals, and showed elephants as victims of man’s greed for resources. The film and its sequel Vanishing Giants (2004), triggered a national debate and led the government to ban the more brutal traditional methods of elephant capture, which often result in the animal’s death.

Born to Indian parents in Kenya, Pandey’s love affair with nature started early. "I grew up right next to the Nairobi National Park, where elephants would raid my mother’s kitchen garden and lions’ calls would wake us at night," he says. After studying filmmaking in the U.S. and Britain, he settled in Delhi, founding Riverbank Studios in 1973 to make educational and environmental documentaries. This was a time when the word conservation was unknown in India, and Pandey and his colleagues toiled for years unheralded. Success finally came when The Last Migration screened at the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol, England — the biggest wildlife and environmental film festival in the world — and won a prestigious Panda award. More films and awards followed. Pandey’s most enduring success, though, is the weekly half-hour series Earth Matters, which has run on state television for 11 years, and has helped spur the emergence of grassroots conservation groups around India. "My effort has been to show what each of us can do," says Pandey. "The earth matters to all of us. Don’t just drive to work, look around you, see the birds and trees, and if there’s something going wrong, set it right." Earth Matters pushes that message into Indian homes every week. In such a fast-changing society, television is a powerful medium. "The key is education, and this is what my films aim to provide."


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Quiz Time


1. Among the WWW community, what has September 22 been observed as since 2006?

2. According to the nursery rhyme ‘Hey diddle diddle…’, which herbivore jumped over the moon?

3. Name the famous German light cruiser that has become famous for its attack on Madras (now Chennai) on this date in 1914?

4. Which is the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust after Oxygen?

5. Name the landlocked nation in Africa, with Bamako as the Capital, celebrating its Independence Day today.

6. What is the common term used for a bowl-shaped circular depression caused by the destruction of the peak of a volcano?

7. After which Italian savant is the number of particles in one mole of a substance named?

8. Apart from snakes and insects, which large animal kills more people in Africa than any other?

9. In Maharashtra, the first day of Chaitra is called the ____ ____?

10. What is one doing if a potato is being ‘pared’?

11. In which South American country would one use the currency ‘Nuevo Sol’?


1. OneWebDay
2. The cow
3. SMS Emden
4. Silicon
5. Mali
6. Caldera
7. Amedeo Avogadro
8. The Hippo
9. ‘Gudi Padwa’
10. Cutting off the skin with a knife or sharp tool
11. Peru
12. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
13. Himachal Pradesh
14. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
15. Sodium hypochlorite. Household bleach is usually a three to six per cent solution of sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) in water.

Courtesy: V V Ramanan, The Hindu

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Cyber Quiz


1. Name the high-throughput wireless LAN standard that was finally approved by IEEE on September 11.

2. What was nicknamed ‘Cocktail’?

3. How did a site called ‘’ make the news recently?

4. The non-profit, open-source foundation created by Microsoft with a contribution of $1 million is called…?

5. What is Motorola’s first Google Android device called?

6. Which Japanese giant has launched a new household LED light bulb that it says lasts 40 times longer than incandescent bulbs?

7. Which company has developed a high-quality raw video format initiative called CinemaDNG, where DNG stands for Digital Negative?

8. The cute four-year-old being used by Microsoft to promote its new products is called…?

9. Name the company that has tied up with Yahoo! to give the cyber-giant’s e-mail users the ability to attach up to 100MB of files to each e-mail with an ‘Attach Large Files’ application.

10. September 9, 2009 marked the 10th anniversary of which one-time popular game console made by Sega?


1. 802.11n.

2. Apple’s iTunes LP, a format for interactive album artwork.

3. It was a rogue ad that hit the NY Times web site ‘warning’ readers that their computer may be infected with a virus and redirects them to a site of its making.

4. CodePlex Foundation.

5. Motorola Cliq.

6. Panasonic.

7. Adobe.

8. Kylie.


10. Dreamcast.

Courtesy: V V Ramanan, Business Line

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Heart disease at 30? Blame lifestyle


(World Heart Day: September 27)

If you binge on junk food, smoke and don’t exercise, you are at risk of developing heart diseases in your thirties. According to doctors, about 46.9 million Indians between 20 and 69 will suffer from heart diseases by 2010 and half of them will be youngsters.

‘We have completely westernised our lifestyle. Fast food has become the staple diet for majority of youngsters. They take soft drinks in place of water and spend hours sitting in front of computers. Our sedentary lifestyle has made us more susceptible to cardiovascular diseases,’ N.K. Pandey, cardiologist and chairman of Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, told IANS Saturday, the eve of World Heart Day.

According to Pandey, when it comes to heart diseases, thirties is the new forties or fifties.

‘We live under so much of stress that we can get susceptible to heart diseases at a very young age. Most of the time people start smoking to beat the stress,’ said Pandey.

According to a survey by National commission on Macroeconomics and Health, over 3.5 million Indians, 50 percent of them from productive age groups, will die of heart diseases by 2015.

‘Intake of food rich in fats and carbohydrates, smoking, stress and lack of exercise are some of the factors leading to cardiovascular diseases,’ said Anil Saxena, cardiologist with Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre here.

The hospital receives heart patient as young as 25 to 30 though earlier cardiac diseases were seen in people above fifties, says Saxena.

Amar Singhal, head of cardiology at Sree Balaji Action Medical Institute, said: ‘It is not that people are unaware about causes of cardiovascular diseases but still they are not proactive in following a healthy lifestyle. It is high time we start taking care of ourselves.’

Explaining that some simple dietary and lifestyle changes could do wonders, Singhal said: ‘Make walking part of life. Not necessarily a morning walk but take a stroll every two hours in your office.

‘Follow a diet chart and most importantly stick to it. Fix a time for having meals and your diet should be assortment of all vitamins, proteins and necessary minerals,’ he said.

T.S. Kler, executive director, Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, has a mantra for a healthy heart — pack lunch for office and don’t eat outside; stroll after every meal; take the stairs, not the lift.

Courtesy:-Indo-Asian New Service

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Quiz Time



1. What was the nationality of the famous composer Franz Joseph Haydn?

2. In Greek myth, who forged Zeus’s thunderbolt?

3. Name the Academy Award-winning director of “Platoon” and “Born on the Fourth of July”, both of which centred on the Vietnam War.

4. For which five-line form of comic verse is Edward Lear most remembered?

Photo : AP

Haydn : What was his nationality?

5. Abebe Bikila was the first athlete to win which event back-to-back at the Olympics?

6. How many dozen horns would four triceratops have between them?

7. If one had Hypoglycaemia, he or she would have abnormally low concentration of what in the blood?

8. Of what is Roquefort a type?

9. According to the Bible, on what day did God create man?

WALL-E : Six nominations.

10. What fruity surname did Hercule Poirot’s secretary have?

11. Which famous American pilot was called ‘The Lone Eagle’?

12. Apart from WALL-E, which other animated film has received six Academy Award nominations?

13. Name Donald Duck’s sister and mother of Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

14. Which of the vowels has the least number of tiles in Scrabble?

15. Which common foodstuff has the adjective ‘butyric’?


1. He was Austrian
2. The Cyclopes
3. Oliver Stone
4. Limerick
5. The marathon
6. One. Each has three horns
7. Sugar
8. Cheese
9. Sixth
10. Lemon
11. Charles Lindbergh
12. Beauty and the Beast
13. Dumbella Duck
14. U
15. Butter.

Courtesy: V V Ramanan, The Hindu

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