Indian players are suffering from mental fatigue, says Upton

first_imgIf a team indulges in playing relentlessly, the players start suffering from “mental fatigue” and that’s exactly what has happened with the Indian players, feels former mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton.Upton said if a player is on the conveyor belt all the time, it create situations like those experienced by the Indian cricketers during the World Cup, where they fought hard to keep their food down, while Yuvraj Singh became physically sick due to anxiety.”The current schedules ask players to be machines. We can guess the physical impact on players but what is very little understood is the mental fatigue the players experience when crossing the ropes in every single game where there is that much amount of pressure,” Upton told a cricket website from South Africa.The Indian players will go straight into an ODI series against England at home after the current tour. It will be followed by full fledged series against West Indies at home and then head Down Under for a tough battle against Australia.Some of the players like M.S. Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli will also have Champions League assignment. Upton didn’t mince words stating that World Cup had taken its toll on players.”That World Cup was a monumental process, both preparing for the tournament and enduring it for seven weeks. It was a very, very long tournament. The physical drain on the players, I don’t think even the players realise the extent to which they were absolutely stuffed.”advertisement”I spoke to Yuvraj Singh who said he was sick for nearly two weeks after the World Cup and I know there were a lot of players who were mentally down after the World Cup,” he said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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‘Virat Kohli can break Sachin Tendulkar’s records’

first_imgBatting star Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma believes the Indian Test captain is very much capable of breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s records with the way he has been batting. (Full IPL Coverage)’SUBLIME FORM’Sharma doesn’t see a weakness in Kohli’s batting, which has reached the next level with sensational performances in the World T20 and subsequent Indian Premier League. (Virat Kohli should replace MS Dhoni as India captain in ODIs, T20Is: Ravi Shastri)”He is in sublime form at the moment. I don’t remember anyone playing for India being as consistent as Kohli. Even internationally, there won’t be many who have shown the consistency Kohli has shown. With the way he is batting, he is very much capable of breaking Sachin’s records,” Sharma, who watched Kohli lead RCB in the IPL final in Bengaluru on Sunday, said on Wednesday.There has been no looking back for Kohli ever since the forgettable tour of England in 2014 when he failed to make a single half century in five Tests. He soon ironed out the flaws in his game and went to hammer four hundreds in the subsequent four-Test series in Australia.TRANSFORMATIONTalking more about Kohli’s transformation, Sharma said: “What separates him from the rest is the self belief in his ability. He backs his ability and the way he adapts to different conditions against different opposition is very good and it is a very important reason why he is successful. And he is always hungry for runs.””England tour was a bad patch and every player goes through that phase. After that, he worked very hard on his game and the result of that you saw in Australia, the World T20 and now the IPL,” he said.FITNESS FREAKadvertisementApart from his astonishing batting, Kohli is also one of the best fielders in world cricket at present. Sharma said it has happened because Kohli follows a strict diet chart and spends substantial amount of time at the gym.”He prepares very well. Hard work everyone does but he does smart work with hard work. For example, everyone goes back to their rooms after practice but he goes back and spends an hour or two in the gym. He has strict control over his diet even though he is very much a foodie. He eats only boiled and grilled stuff along with fruits. He loves to eat. It is just that he is avoiding fats and sugar,” he said.CONTROLLED AGGRESSIONKohli has also toned down his aggression with time and his coach feels it has only helped India’s batting mainstay.”Aggression has always been his strength. The only thing is that he should not be over aggressive and cross the line. He was a bit immature earlier but now he is a matured guy, and what you are seeing on the field these days is controlled aggression. He has got a very good head on his shoulders.”Sharma closely followed Kohli’s breathtaking run in IPL where he ended up being the highest run-getter besides smashing a record four centuries.”I was in regular touch with Virat. I even went to watch the final and got back only a couple of days ago. The hundred he made against Kings XI in the 15-over game is my personal favourite. It was unbelievable the way he played that night.”READY TO CAPTAIN IN ALL FORMATSSharma feels Kohli is ready to captain in all three formats but he should wait as long as MS Dhoni is around. (Sourav Ganguly raises questions on MS Dhoni’s future as India captain)”He has shown his leadership quality but I would say Dhoni is a tremendous captain. So let him continue till the time he wants to continue and Virat will take over when the times comes,” he said.last_img read more

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California Chrome Derby Favorite

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LOUISVILLE, Ky. — California Chrome has the Kentucky Derby post that trainer Art Sherman wanted and a sparkling resume that has made him the horse to beat in the 140th edition at Churchill Downs.By maximizing that position to get ahead of a speedy 19-horse field, he could earn a garland of red roses May 3 and take an important first step toward ending a 36-year Triple Crown champion drought.Both are huge challenges, but the chestnut colt seems capable of getting a leg up in the sport’s marquee race. California Chrome is unbeaten as a 3-year-old and has six wins and a second in 10 starts.Starting from the fifth position as a 5-2 morning-line favorite, he aims to become the first California-bred Derby winner in 52 years and make Sherman, 77, the oldest winning trainer.The scheduled post time is 6:24 p.m. EDT with temperatures expected in the low-70s and a 10 percent chance of showers, conditions that Sherman hopes will pay off for California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza.“I like it fine,” Sherman said after the post draw. “Victor says he likes it. Says he won the Kentucky Derby from the five (on War Emblem in 2002). I’m happy and I feel no pressure.”Whether California Chrome applies or receives pressure from the quick field around him, and how much, are the big questions. While his four-race winning streak coming in proves that he has had the final word, several horses could make the opening statement.Vicar’s In Trouble isn’t expected to make it as a 20-1 longshot starting from the first post position, but his jockey is motivated by a shot at history. Rosie Napravnik aims to become the first female to win horse racing’s marquee event and comes in riding momentum from a May 2 victory by filly Untapable in the Kentucky Oaks.That win also positioned her to become the first woman to accomplish the Oaks-Derby double and the first rider to do so since Hall of Famer Calvin Borel did it in 2009. Napravnik was fifth in last year’s Derby and is confident about one of three mounts trained by Mike Maker.Maker’s other horses are General a Rod (15-1) and Harry’s Holiday (50-1), which starts alongside Vicar’s in Trouble.“We got the first half completed, so we’re moving on to the second half of the double,” Napravnik said after the 4½-length victory.Added co-owner Ken Ramsey: “Well, the 1-hole is the closest way home. … We’re going to save a little ground. He’s got tactical speed.”One early push could come from 6-1 second choice Wicked Strong, named for victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings. Trained by Jimmy Jerkens, he won the Wood Memorial with a strong finish and will go off from the far post position with Rajiv Maragh aboard.“It might be that speed is quick and they get to rolling in a clump and he can draft in behind them and it’ll work out OK,” Jerkens said. “The one positive is that he’s not in the gate very long. I’m trying to convince myself that it’s not a bad post, but I don’t know if I can.”Then again, don’t be shocked if one of Todd Pletcher’s four Derby horses make a charge. Arkansas Derby winner Danza is listed as a 10-1 shot, Intense Holiday is 12-1, while Vinceremos and We Miss Artie are 30-1 and 50-1, respectively.Tapiture is 2-2-2 in seven starts with trainer Steve Asmussen, who is under investigation by Kentucky and New York racing officials after an animal rights group allege that he and his former assistant mistreated horses in their care.Asmussen didn’t address the matter when asked after winning the Oaks with Untapable. He wants to see if Tapiture can continue his success at Churchill Downs, where the horse had a win and two thirds as a 2-year-old.“I’ve been very pleased with who he is since he came back to Churchill and I think a lot of that has to do with his experience here all last fall,” Asmussen said. “He’s a horse that spent a lot of time here, in this barn, and has had a lot of success over this racetrack.”(GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

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SOUTH DAKOTA LAWMAKERS FAIL TO OVERRIDE DAUGAARD VETOES

first_imgSouth Dakota lawmakers failed to override three vetoes by Gov. Dennis Daugaard Monday on the final day of the legislative session.One bill would have let lawmakers introduce legislation earlier before a session starts, the second a bill that would have given home-schooled students another path to get a state scholarship and the third vetoed bill was aimed to impose new requirements for college tuition assistance programs.While a majority of lawmakers voted to override each veto, none of the votes had the required two-thirds margin required for an override.last_img

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Dos Santos returns to El Tri XI

first_imgMexico Dos Santos returns to Mexico starting lineup, as Chicharito moves to bench Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 09:06 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Giovani dos Santos Mexico Dean Mouhtaropoulos Mexico WC Qualification CONCACAF Costa Rica v Mexico Costa Rica World Cup The LA Galaxy attacker and his brother both are back in the XI, while Javier Hernandez moves to the bench for El Tri. Giovani dos Santos and his brother, Jonathan, are both making their return to the starting lineup for Mexico as El Tri face Costa Rica in a World Cup qualification match Tuesday night.While Mexico already is qualified, Costa Rica needs a result to lock up its position in Russia.Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Jesus “Tecatito” Corona drop to the bench in a decision coach Juan Carlos Osorio surely took in part because his team’s place in next summer’s tournament already is secure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Little Pea 9/2 to score 2+ MondayWhile Jurgen Damm, who started Mexico’s 1-0 victory Friday over Panama, is on the bench he is unlikely to see action in Tuesday’s game after taking a knock in training.GFX Mexico vs. Costa RicaMexico starting XI: Guillermo Ochoa; Edson Alvarez, Jair Pereira, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo; Diego Reyes, Jonathan dos Santos, Andres Guardado; Giovani dos Santos, Raul Jimenez, Hirving LozanoBench: Jesus Corona, Rodolfo Cota, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, Raul Lopez, Hugo Ayala, Cesar Montes, Orbelin Pineda, Javier Aquino, Jurgen Damm, Carlos VelaCosta Rica starting XI: Keylor Navas; Cristian Gamboa, Johnny Acosta, Kendall Waston, Francisco Calvo, Bryan Oviedo; David Guzman, Celso Borges; Christian Bolanos, Bryan Ruiz; Marco Urenalast_img read more

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World’s best? Then why are Madrid fourth in La Liga?

first_imgPrimera División How are Real Madrid fourth?! How La Liga kings became Christmas turkeys Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:45 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(60) Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Getty Primera División Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona Opinion Spanish, European and world champions they may be but Real Madrid are nonetheless far off the pace set by Barcelona after a poor start to the season How is it that the best team in the world are only the fourth best team in Spain? And, worse still, how is it that Real Madrid find themselves a full 11 points behind a Barcelona side they were expected to blow away this season?Barca, reeling from the loss of Neymar, suffering uncertainty over the future of Lionel Messi and coming off yet another dissatisfactory summer transfer campaign, have nonetheless negotiated their way through the first half of the season sensationally. They are deservedly leading the chase with Messi imperious.Under new coach Ernesto Valverde, they have dropped only six points in this campaign thus far and remain undefeated. They enter the lions’ den of a Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu having pummelled Deportivo La Coruna last weekend courtesy of some vintage football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lionel Messi Jordi Alba BarcelonaMessi leads the way in the scoring charts and Luis Suarez now looks to be rediscovering his form as well. New signing Paulinho has been an outright success despite the naysayers. In all for those who thought Barca had been on the brink of institutional meltdown, that their way of life first devised under Johan Cruyff was ending, that they simply didn’t have the players to cope, this has been a six-month long defying of logic.For Real Madrid this was the season in which Zinedine Zidane was expected to exert control both in the Champions League and La Liga alike. Madrid did the first Spanish – European double in more than 60 years last season and there was no reason to believe that this squad of players couldn’t do it again.They were far too good for Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff and entered the summer break as the team to beat. It has not gone all their way though and any slip up against Barcelona will surely mean curtains for their domestic title hopes.”At the beginning of the season, Real Madrid couldn’t score goals,” former Madrid defender Francisco Pavon told Goal . “They weren’t bad at all, but there weren’t goals. Now they have improved the defensive line too. They are living a great moment ahead of the Clasico.”And Barcelona too; in the beginning, they won many games playing only so so but taking the points. That’s the main difference in the table right now.”There were few signs that Madrid would crack this season but a culmination of events have left them trailing. If Barcelona were derided for signing Paulinho, well, at least they added a first-team player in the summer.Madrid’s transfer policy recently has been to build for the future with Theo Hernandez – a left back – and Dani Cebellos – a midfielder, continuing that policy last summer. Madrid have been without a legitimate first-team signing since Toni Kroos arrived in 2014.Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2017There isn’t the same kind of intensity in the battle for places at Madrid as there might be at other, similar super clubs. Their first XI is so good that there are scarcely any players outside the club that could come in and improve them but that’s not to say that a little competition is a bad thing.But the club decided to trade their options within the squad last summer. Dependable squad men like Pepe, Danilo, James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata left in search of regular football elsewhere leaving Madrid alarmingly short on senior alternatives.A combination of injuries and suspensions have deprived Zidane of regulars Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo at one stage or another this season. Consequently, he has had to field players like Jesus Vallejo, Achraf Hakimi, Marcos Llorente and Borja Mayoral more often that he would have liked.It’s no surprise then that Madrid have dropped points in the league – against Valencia, Levante, Betis, Girona, Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao – with big players out.When Cristiano Ronaldo was celebrating Madrid’s first domestic silverware of the season against Barcelona in the Super Cup at Camp Nou it appeared the all-time top scorer was about to hit the ground running. He has just netted a stunning goal to claim the cup but a moment of madness shortly after cost him a five-game suspension at the start of the league season.Zinedine Zidane Real MadridHis push on referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea meant Madrid faced their opening fixtures without him and they suffered. He has now begun to return to form thanks to goals against Sevilla a couple of weeks ago and in the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi even if his Champions League form remained supreme.”This is the best squad since the 90s,” said Pavon. “Not only for the five titles, but especially for the two consecutive Champions Leagues. “Which is the better team, the Galacticos or this one after winning five titles in 2017? It’s different. Even the games are different. In the games nowadays there’s much more possession. In those days the individual performances were more important. Those players were incredibly talented.”Surely Cristiano and Messi are at that same level. But it’s different to compare both teams and both stages as football now is much more collective”.We are into the meat of the season and no more wobbles can be tolerated. Madrid have a game in hand on Barcelona which means by the time their total matches played are even they could well be only five points behind with it all to play for.A loss, however, and Madrid are again facing a domestic disappointment. They will start 2018 off on the wrong foot, dispirited at being unable to go one better than their record-breaking five titles this year by adding La Liga to their total for next. With additional reporting by Alberto Piñerolast_img read more

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Pickford the penalty hero as England take third place

first_imgJosip Drmic saw his spot-kick saved by Jordan Pickford as England beat Switzerland 6-5 on penalties to claim third place in the Nations League after a goalless draw in Guimaraes.In the first 90 minutes, England were twice denied by goalkeeper Yann Sommer making fingertip saves to push the ball onto the woodwork, while Callum Wilson had a late strike ruled out following a VAR check.Sommer again came to Switzerland’s rescue during the 30 additional minutes but despite a steady stream of excellent Trent Alexander-Arnold crosses England could not find the breakthrough. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Gareth Southgate’s side broke their penalty malaise at last year’s World Cup and, after 11 converted kicks, including one from Pickford, the Everton keeper dived to his right to keep out Drmic’s poor effort and finally settle the prolonged play-off clash.England almost opened the scoring in the second minute, but Harry Kane’s clever chip bounced back off the crossbar after goalkeeper Sommer got a touch to the ball.Kane freed Raheem Sterling for a one-on-one chance but his tame finish was blocked by Sommer, the forward then failing to convert a right-wing cross from Alexander-Arnold.Another pinpoint Alexander-Arnold delivery created an even better opportunity for Dele Alli in the 35th minute but his header flew over the crossbar.Alli connects with a brilliant Alexander-Arnold cross but heads it over the top… #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/yyUf309m3F — UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 9, 2019 Sommer made a great save to prevent Fabian Schar scoring an own goal after the interval, turning a deflection off the defender onto the post, then at the other end Pickford was called into action to push away Granit Xhaka’s firm drive.Substitute Wilson seemed to have won it late on for England, but the strike was disallowed after a VAR check for his foul on Manuel Akanji in the build-up.A brilliant double save by Sommer maintained the deadlock in extra time, with the woodwork saving Switzerland again when Sterling beat the goalkeeper with a 20-yard free-kick.Sommer could do nothing about England’s penalties, though, with Pickford netting himself before making the decisive save from Drmic in the shoot-out.GET INSix perfect penalties to seal third spot at the #NationsLeague for the #ThreeLions. Well done, lads! pic.twitter.com/SEPNdCtXnB— England (@England) June 9, 2019What does it mean? England experiment with flexibility Southgate used a fairly irrelevant game to try a new tactical system, which saw England alternate from a traditional back four to more of a central three, with Eric Dier dropping into defence from the base of midfield.Switzerland’s lack of goal threat is no secret – last year’s 5-2 defeat of Belgium remains a curious outlier – but a solid defence should see them reach Euro 2020 relatively easily.Sharp Sommer stars for Swiss That Switzerland stayed in the game owed much to their goalkeeper, who twice made vital interventions to turn the ball onto the woodwork. On the back of a solid season for Borussia Monchengladbach, Sommer stood out for his composure and reactions in key moments.Tired Sterling wasteful for Three Lions England could and perhaps should have been out of sight at half-time, but Sterling failed to make the most of two clear chances. The Manchester City winger looked like a long season had caught up with him with fatigue seemingly playing a part in an under-par display, a heavy touch in the box during the second half summing up his frustrating efforts.Key Opta Facts- England finished third in a major international tournament for the first time since Euro 1968.- Switzerland have won just one of their past 23 matches against England in all competitions (W1 D6 L16).- England scored six penalties in a single shoot-out at a competitive international tournament for the first time in their history.- Jordan Pickford became the first goalkeeper to take (and score) a penalty for England in a competitive penalty shoot-out.- Trent Alexander-Arnold created seven goalscoring chances versus Switzerland; the last player to create more for England in a match was James Milner versus San Marino in October 2014 (9).What’s next? Both teams will enjoy a deserved rest before the 2019-20 season. In September, England’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign sees them host Bulgaria and Kosovo, while Switzerland play the Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar. read morelast_img read more

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Damayanti Sen back in Kolkata Police as Addl CP

first_imgKolkata: In a major reshuffle of five IPS officers, Inspector General (IG), Administration, Damayanti Sen has been posted as the Additional Commissioner of Police (CP) III in Kolkata Police.On Monday, an order was published where Additional Director General (ADG), CIF, Siddh Nath Gupta has been directed to supervise all the issues arising out of matters related to the international borders of Bengal with Nepal and Bhutan, along with state borders with Assam in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Cooch Behar, Alipurduar police districts and Siliguri Police Commissionerate. Gupta will report to Director General of Police (DG) Virendra regarding the same. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaApart from this, Supratim Sarkar has been made the Additional CP IV. Earlier, he was holding the post of Additional CP III. Ashok Kumar Prasad, who was the Additional CP IV, has been made IG, Darjeeling. Also Amit P Javalgi, who was posted as Deputy Commissioner (DC), Headquarters (HQs) in Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, has been asked to continue in his previous posting as Special Superintendent (SS) in Intelligence Branch (IB). Lastly, Sunil Kumar Yadav, who was the DC HQs in Howrah Police Commissionerate, has been made the Superintendent of Police in Special Task Force, West Bengal. MPOSTlast_img read more

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Its essential that Canadians act now on climate change federal report

first_imgClimate change is already having a big impact — and Canadian governments urgently need to collect and publish data showing how safe their citizens are from floods, fires and other hazards, a federal advisory panel says.In a report Tuesday, the panel says basic information such as the percentage of poor Canadians who are living in high-risk areas, or the readiness of infrastructure for the change in temperatures and rainfall, are inconsistent or simply not kept.Panelists say 54 key indicators should be put in place by governments.“It’s essential that Canadians act now to adapt and build their resilience to climate change,” the panel’s report says.“Climate change impacts occurring across the country pose significant risks to Canadians’ health, safety and well being.”Louise Comeau, a University of New Brunswick research associate in the faculty of environmental management, says the data will allow auditors general and other assessors to monitor how well prepared Canada is, particularly in areas where poorer and Indigenous Canadians face growing risk.“The only way for the national government to do its job is for every province to commit to tracking these indicators,” said Comeau, a member of the advisory panel.“That might sound boring, but … it ends up being an evaluation of whether the governments are making their citizens and communities safer in the face of known climate change risk and emerging climate change risk.”“This is exactly the kind of detail that auditor generals use.”The study, titled “Measuring Progress on Adaptation and Climate Resilience,” devotes a portion of its attention to more vulnerable northern, remote and coastal regions.Among the points the experts want tracked are the percentage of people — including Indigenous people — whose access to the land, including traditional foods and ways of life, is impacted by altering coast lines and rising precipitation.The panel of experts is also calling for measurements of how well the country is situated to bounce back from climate disasters.It suggests governments start keeping data on whether communities have rebuilding bylaws that take climate change into account after a disaster hits, a process referred to as “build-back better.”Another recommendation says cities and provinces should start publishing whether building codes and standards in their area have been updated to reflect climate risks.The panel chaired by Blair Feltmate of the University of Waterloo included 22 representatives from academia, the private sector, governments and Indigenous Peoples chosen to submit the report to federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.“It’s putting a focus on a measurement system where we can start to calculate or document the negative impacts associated with climate change and extreme weather events that goes beyond cavalier or anecdotal evidence,” said Feltmate in an interview.The study is among the Liberal initiatives stemming from the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which in December 2016 set out a national plan to reduce carbon emissions and “build resilience” for the effects of climate change.The report also includes a chapter giving Ottawa advice on how to set up a national monitoring program to track the country’s readiness, and calls on the federal government to build on the experts’ advice.The panel cites federal data on changes already underway.Average temperatures in Canada have increased by 1.5 C between 1950 and 2010, with higher rises in the north, average precipitation has been rising, and “both heavy precipitation and extreme precipitation events are projected to become more frequent.”There has also been accelerated melting of glaciers in both western Canada and the Arctic, as well as Arctic sea ice, says the report.The study suggests more forest fires and increasing flooding are on the horizon, with the 90,000 person evacuation of Fort McMurray, Alta., in 2016 cited as a recent example.“A suite of … indicators is required to reflect the complexities and uncertainties inherent in climate change impacts and adaptation,” it says.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitterlast_img read more

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Budweiser And Chris Stapleton Deliver Up to 1 Million in Scholarships to

first_imgLast month, Budweiser kicked off the summer by proudly inscribing “America” on the front of its cans and bottles. Now, to celebrate one of the most patriotic weekends of the year, the brand is bringing country superstar Chris Stapleton to the most populated military post in the country and will be donating up to $1 million in educational support to the spouses and children of fallen and disabled service members.This year’s Fourth of July celebration at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg will culminate in a show-stopping performance from Chris Stapleton, CMA’s 2015 New Artist of the Year, in front of 40,000 service members, their families and members of the Fort Bragg community. Budweiser and Chris Stapleton will present a donation to Folds of Honor, the amount of which will be determined by America itself. Budweiser’s donation will come from a portion of the total nationwide sales of America cans and bottles in the week leading up to Fourth of July (6/27-7/4) — up to $1 million total.“As a beer brewed by Americans since 1876, Budweiser recognizes and celebrates those who have fought for the liberties and freedom of this great nation,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president, Budweiser. “We’re continually inspired by the work that our partners at Folds of Honor do every day in providing scholarships to the families of fallen heroes, and we’re looking forward to toasting to those who deserve it most: America’s service members and their families.”In addition to Chris Stapleton, Fort Bragg’s Fourth of July celebration will include performances from Cheap Trick, Natalie Stovall and The Drive. The day before, on July 3, Fort Bragg will host the first-ever Major League Baseball game to be played on a military base. The Miami Marlins will go head-to-head with the Atlanta Braves, bringing one of America’s favorite pastimes to the service members of Fort Bragg just in time for Independence Day.last_img read more

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CANADIAN MUSICIAN FALLS TO DEATH FROM PLANE WHILE WINGWALKING FOR VIDEO SHOOT

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement On Monday, McMurray’s management team released a statement on his death. It said he’d been training for the stunt for months.McMurray planned to walk on the wing of a small Cessna plane while rapping for the video. During the shoot, he walked too far out on the wing and sent the aircraft into a downward spiral.The artist fell and didn’t have time to pull his parachute. He died on impact.The pilot was able to right the plane and no one else was hurt.Athlete turned stunt-musicianMcMurray, who was born in Calgary but lived in Los Angeles, made his rise in freeskiing. He switched from professional sports to music after a slough of injuries — including a broken back — more than a decade ago.His management team said his love for extreme stunts has remained a pillar in his music career.“His passion for making music videos and performing stunts were combined, and Jon pushed music in a new direction that was unchartered territory,” the statement read.His lifelong friend, fellow freeskier Rory Bushfield, posted a tribute to McMurray on Instagram on Sunday night.“He was living his ultimate dream, free and full,” wrote Bushfield, 35.McMurray’s management team said he was an “incredibly passionate person.”“He truly had a heart of gold. Jon would want to be remembered as a beacon of light.”McMurray leaves behind his wife, parents and brother.The RCMP, B.C. Coroners Service and Transportation Safety Board are investigating his death.With files from CBC and Brady Strachan LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement A professional rap artist and athlete has died after an airplane stunt for a music video went wrong above the B.C. Interior.Jon James McMurray, 33, was being filmed wing-walking when he fell and died on Saturday.His body was found in a field in the community of Westwold, northwest of Vernon, just before 7 p.m. PT.last_img read more

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Spanish Catholic Group Advises People to Avoid Mixed Beaches This Summer

Rabat – A Catholic group in Spain has advised people not to go to mixed beaches during the summer to avoid what they described as “sins of the flesh”.The group from the northern Spanish region of Asturias has caused controversy in Spain by calling for beaches to be segregated by sex, according to the Spanish website The Local.“Catholics, preserve your decency in summer, too: Don’t go to mixed beaches!” reads a poster uploaded by the group to its Facebook page. The poster was accompanied by a list of recommendations on how beachgoers should behave during the holiday season in Spain. The group warned Spaniards against visiting swimming pools, “where the reduction in space and the mass of people brings danger even closer,” the same source added.The group also included a dress code for people who consider visiting the beach during the summer. According to the Catholic group, men are advised to wear a simple bathing suit while women should wear a swimsuit that covers their body and a little skirt for when out of the water.“The nudity of the bodies and the prevailing hedonism can weaken the devout soul,” said the group which was formed in 2014. The group is comprised of 29 members.The group, which calls for “Catholic resistance” against the “current modernist Church”, said that it would be better for people not to go to beaches if they fail to find one which is segregated by sex.A similar call was made in Spain’s southern neighbor, Morocco, when a group of young men in the southern city of Agadir urged tourists not to wear bikinis during the holy month of Ramadan. read more

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Moroccos Public Debt Represents 64 of GDP

Rabat – Morocco’s public debt reaches up to 64 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).According to the Moroccan Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohammed Boussaid, this debt is “below the red line set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a debt ratio of 70 percent of GDP for emerging countries.”“To continue the downward trend of debt, the government has introduced new provisions in the new organic law, providing for a more rigorous legal framework of debt, through the introduction of the golden rule, which provides for limiting debt to finance capital expenditures and the settlement of the debt principal,” Boussaid said at the question time of the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The Moroccan official underlined that the government aims to pursue structural reforms to improve the business climate, support production sectors, diversify the national economy, invest in human resources and promote balance between domestic and external resources, taking into account national and international contexts.“This policy will reduce the public debt as of 2017 to reach 60 pc of GDP by 2020,” he said.With MAP read more

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Morocco Condemns Netanyahus Annexation Speech Reiterates Support for Palestine

Rabat – Morocco has “firmly” condemned Israeli Prime Minister’s recent comments about annexing the Jordan Valley and other territories in the West Bank, joining a growing chorus of critical voices that have warned against setting a dangerous precedent in the Israel-Palestine conflict.In a statement published yesterday by MAP, Morocco’s official news outlet, the Moroccan government said it was deeply concerned by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence on extending Isreali sovereignty to the Jordan Valley.Echoing the unanimous decision of the Arab League, Morocco said the comments from the Isreali Prime Minister constituted “a dangerous escalation” in a conflict that has lasted for far too long. For Morocco, annexation by Israel of the territories would further tensions, “torpedo” international law, and dampen any hopes of resolution for the lingering conflict.Like many in the international community, Morocco supports a two-state solution where the territories in question would be under Palestinian sovereignty.In response to Netanyahu’s annexation rhetoric, Morocco reaffirmed its commitment to safeguarding the dignity” and “inalienable rights” of the Palestinian people, arguing that the Israelis premier’s declaration was in large measure an ultimate act of hostility towards Palestinian’s rights.Morocco’s “firm” response comes after an equally muscular speech by Prime Minister Netanyahu, full of Israeli nationalism.In an electoral speech last Tuesday, Netanyahu exhorted Israelis to give him “a clear mandate” to annex most of the West Bank.“If I receive from you, citizens of Israel, a clear mandate to do so… today I announce my intention to apply, with the formation of the next government, Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea,” he said.He promised, however, that the move would be completed in “maximum coordination” with Washington.Netanyahu’s domestic critics have interpreted the “dramatic announcement” as an “election trick.” They have maintained the comments are an empty promise aiming at securing the support—and votes—he needs for winning next week’s elections.Outside of Isreali electoral calculations, however, the declaration has been deemed serious; it has consequently been met with equally serious condemnations.“He is not only destroying the two-state solution, he is destroying all chances of peace,” Hanan Ashrawi, a senior official with the Palestinian Liberation Organization, told AFP.She described the move as “unquestionably reprehensible” and added: “This announcement is a declaration of war against the Palestinian people’s rights as well as the very foundations of the international rule-based order.” read more

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UN chief encourages philanthropists to invest more in education

“The world needs you to do even more: more giving, more advocacy, more sharing best practices and more teamwork, including with the United Nations,” the Secretary-General said in a speech delivered on his behalf by his Chef de Cabinet, Vijay Nambiar, to a special event in New York to strengthen partnership between the United Nations and the philanthropic community.The event, “Partnering with the philanthropic community to promote education for all,” organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), brought together four hundred philanthropists, corporate and civil society leaders to UN Headquarters to share best practices and lessons to boost global private funding for the education of boys and girls.In his remarks to the event, the Secretary-General paid tribute to the role played by philanthropic investments in spearheading innovation and providing the impetus for wider reforms.“They are leveraging technology and providing new models of community involvement; they are bringing added value to your companies and society alike,” the Secretary-General said, while also thanking the philanthropic community for its wide-ranging engagement.He outlined three ways in which more could be done: first, by making multi-year commitments to investments in education that address the root of the education deficit; second, by joining existing multi-partner efforts; and thirdly, by solving critical bottlenecks such as in teacher preparation, the monitoring of school and student performance and finding alternatives for scarce school supplies such as textbooks.Mr. Ban noted that the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has said that achieving the Education for All goals will require a global investment of $16 billion. Launched in 1990, the Education for All movement is a global commitment to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults, through six key education goals which aim to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015.The Secretary-General also noted that nearly two million teachers will be needed by 2015 to achieve the global goal of universal primary education. “All of this requires greater investment. That is where the philanthropic community can play such a critical role,” he said.Mr. Ban acknowledged the austerity characterizing current economic conditions but pointed out that education is a long-term investment that will help countries to recover and spur economic growth.“Let us support proven efforts, take these to scale and find innovative ways to help those hardest to reach,” the Secretary-General said in his remarks, adding “those 67 million children waiting for a chance for education and opportunity should not have to wait any longer.”In his remarks to the event, the President of ECOSOC, Lazarous Kapambwe, encouraged philanthropists to continue supporting the less fortunate and also explore other ways of improving the quality of education. “Philanthropy should continue to do what it does best – helping the marginalized and vulnerable catch up, while not shying away from risk either,” he said.Addressing the event, UNESCO’s Executive Director, Irina Bokova, praised the role the philanthropic community played in increasing learning opportunities and stimulating innovation. “We need to strengthen this dialogue and work together with governments and communities to accelerate progress and enable all children, youth and adults to enjoy access to quality education,” Ms. Bokova said.Of the grants announced at the event today, the Dublin-based Cathal Ryan Trust contributed $14 million to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to build schools in Sri Lanka for 6,000 children and rehabilitate health-care facilities for 25,000 children under the age of five, 5,000 pregnant women and 5,000 lactating women.Symantec’s contribution of $900,000 – in addition to $100,000 given last year to the non-governmental organization, Room to Read – will enable more than 20,000 boys and girls in India gain access to quality education programmes.Western Union Foundation’s $500,000 contribution to the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will enable migrants from the Philippines and Morocco living and working abroad to contribute to sustainable local development, including education, in their home countries. The contribution is part of a $1.1 million grant from the Western Union Foundation to support UN efforts to advance the Millennium Development Goals.Last November, telecommunications giant Nokia contributed between $5 million and $10 million to UNESCO to promote the use of mobile technologies in education projects worldwide. 28 February 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded the role philanthropists play in facilitating access to education and encouraged them to commit more resources to improve quality and ensure that even the most marginalized children have opportunities to acquire education. read more

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Homelessness serious threat to refugees in Poland Bulgaria and Slovakia – UN

Where is my home?, a collection of three studies on housing issues and homelessness among refugees and asylum-seekers in the three countries, is part of a regional initiative by UNHCR in central Europe and is based on research conducted in 2012.The study found that up to 10 per cent of people receiving international protection in Poland are “living in extreme homelessness” – without a roof over their head. Between 30 and 40 per cent are categorized as “living in housing exclusion” – sheltered, but without permanent accommodation. Only 20 per cent of Poland’s asylum-seekers and refugees are living in “secure and adequate” housing conditions.“The refugee housing crisis in Poland is caused by shortcomings in the integration process and policies that limit the ability of asylum-seekers to find jobs,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the agency, told reporters in Geneva. The report recommends that refugees in Poland be given greater financial assistance during integration, that they be assisted in finding their first home, and that the State increase the availability of temporary accommodation for refugees who are in the process of integrating, also known as “bridge housing.”In Bulgaria, researchers identified homelessness as a threat at every stage of the asylum process, Mr. Edwards noted. “In addition to discovering homelessness among newly arrived asylum-seekers, researchers found at least one example of a fully integrated refugee who was destitute and living on the street.”A major cause of homelessness in Bulgaria is due to the policy of prolonged detention, says the report. In order to be released, many asylum-seekers falsely declare that they have accommodation elsewhere, but are unaware that these declarations make them ineligible for further State protection.The report on Bulgaria called the country’s refugee integration measures “insufficient in their scope and duration.” Among its 20 recommendations, the report suggests that Bulgarian municipalities become partners in refugee integration to increase the availability of housing and that the country reform its integration process.Researchers in Slovakia found that the country’s official integration centre, a 10-flat complex situated in the city of Zvolen, was empty at the time of the study and had not been occupied by asylum-seekers since 2011. Similarly, nine low-rent apartments in Bratislava earmarked for refugee accommodation were unavailable for occupancy at the time of the study.In 2011, 491 foreigners applied for asylum in Slovakia. Only 12 asylum applications were granted and 91 people were given subsidiary protection. Seven refugees achieved Slovak citizenship. This record improved in 2012, according to the Slovak Ministry of Interior, with 32 foreigners given asylum out of 732 applications, and subsidiary protection granted to 104 people. No refugees were granted citizenship in 2012.The studies were conducted as part of UNHCR’s mandate to promote refugee integration in host countries, and to monitor integration issues such as housing, employment, education and public attitudes towards foreigners and asylum-seekers. Similar research is under way in Romania, Slovenia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. read more

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Harris Harrell help Clippers hold off Kings 133121

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Tobias Harris scored 28 points, Montrezl Harrell added 24 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Sacramento Kings 133-121 on Thursday night.Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 17 points, and Avery Bradley and Danilo Gallinari had 16 apiece as the Clippers won their ninth in 10 games. Los Angeles extended its streak in Sacramento to 12 games.Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 26 for Sacramento. Marvin Bagley III added 18 points and 10 rebounds.Kings coach Dave Joerger faced questions before the game about problems between he and the team’s front office after The Athletic reported that Joerger asked assistant general manager Brandon Williams to leave the team’s shootaround earlier Thursday.It comes less than two weeks after a report by Yahoo Sports suggesting that Joerger was in trouble with management over his handling of the team’s younger players, specifically Bagley, the second overall pick who has come off the bench in all 21 games this season.“My job is to make sure that we are as prepared as we can be for the task in front of us and to try to limit as much distractions as possible,” Joerger said. “I think the sunshine on this team, this group of players, and our city has been as high as it’s been since I’ve been in the NBA. I’m just trying to keep the distractions to a minimum with our group. I love the game. I know that this is just part sometimes that comes with it.”The Kings held together pretty well against Los Angeles before Harris and Harrell helped the Clippers pull away in the fourth quarter.After Bogdanovic’s layup cut the Clippers’ lead to 112-108, Harris and Harrell combined for 11 consecutive points including a pair of three-point plays by Harrell.The teams exchanged 42-point quarters in the first half.Los Angeles led by 18 in the first quarter but Sacramento went on three big runs in the second quarter and closed within 71-68 at halftime.TIP-INSClippers: Los Angeles hasn’t lost in Sacramento since March 19, 2013. . Martin Gortat had nine points in 18 minutes after getting into early foul trouble. Gortat picked up his third foul with five minutes left in the first half. . Los Angeles shot 68 per cent (17 of 25) in the first quarter.Kings: Bagley left the game in the fourth quarter with back tightness. . The 42 points scored by Los Angeles matches the most allowed in a single quarter by Sacramento this season.UP NEXTClippers: Play at Dallas on Sunday.Kings: Host Indiana on Saturday.__More AP NBA:https://apnews.com/tag/NBAandhttps://twitter.com/AP_SportsMichael Wagaman, The Associated Press read more

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Free health treatment for British tourists in Europe and EU criminals to

first_imgBritish tourists will be guaranteed free health cover when they are on holiday in the EU, David Davis has disclosed, as the Government prepared to publish its detailed Brexit negotiating position on migrants’ rights. The Brexit Secretary will ask the EU to continue with the current European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme, and said that if Brussels refuses, the Government will foot the £155 million a year bill. He said EU citizens will have to undergo criminal record…center_img Mr Davis gave fresh details of what will be in a 15-page document sent to the EU on Monday setting out Britain’s position on migrant rights, which will form the basis for tough head-to-head negotiations over the coming weeks.last_img

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Season is over for Roberto Garcia Parrondo

BM Atletico MadridGarcia ParrondoRoberto Garcia ParondoSpain handball BM Atletico Madrid and Spanish NT will have to reach their goals without experienced right wing, Roberto Garcia Parrondo (32). Left handed player, who is playing on right wing position will be out of the court for about 12 weeks, which mean that current season is over for him. Madrid’s player was on MRI which confirmed that undergoes extensive partial rupture of the left rectus femoris muscle in its distal third. ← Previous Story Bring Cup 2012 in Norway Next Story → Now officialy: Ivan Čupić three years in Vive Targi Kielce

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