Sports academies to explore young talent in Naxal-hit Bastar

first_imgRaipur, Sep 16 (PTI) Chhattisgarhs tribal-dominated Bastar division will soon have an archery and a shooting academy to explore sports talent in the Naxal-affected region.The academies will be set up with the support of National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, a government official said here today.The decision in this regard was taken during Chief Minister Raman Singhs meeting with Union Steel Ministry Secretary Aruna Sharma, SAIL Chaiman P K Singh and other senior officials here on September 14.”The state government is gradually trying to restore peace in Bastar and the initiative of setting up sports academies sends a clear message that it is committed to explore sports talents of backward areas,” the official said.Youths from the tribal community are generally good in archery as they pick up bow and arrow, the traditional weapons, in their childhood.An archery academy will hone their skills and enable them to compete in national and international events, the official said.”It has been observed in interior parts of Bastar that weapons entice tribal youths more towards Naxalism. Hence, setting up a shooting academy in the area will be a good option for youth to fulfil their desires, thereby excelling in the game,” he said.The main aim of these academies will be to search and nurture talents from remote parts of the state, he said.The first phase of the academies is likely to start by March 2018, he said.The chief minister has also directed NMDC officials to develop a world-class athletic track in Bastar region.advertisementIt was also decided in the meeting that SAILs Bhilai Steel Plant will set up a tennis and a basketball academy at Bhilai in Durg district.Besides, an international standard swimming pool would also be constructed in Bhilai under the CSR programme of the Bhilai Steel Plant, he added. PTI TKP GK RTlast_img read more

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My Khel Ratna recommendation will inspire others: Devendra Jhajaria

first_imgThe first para-athlete to be recommended for India’s top sporting honour – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – Devendra Jhajharia on Saturday said this would “surely inspire” other para athletes to dream big.”I am really delighted to be recommended for this award and I am hopeful that the other athletes would take inspiration from this and perform their best and aim for big,” Jhajaria said here.He was speaking to reporters ahead of the ‘Kranti Daud’, organised by NGO Aapan Sare.Jhajaria thanked his mother who helped him at every juncture, including encouraging him to take up sports despite meeting with a mishap when he was just eight years old.”The country aimed for gold in Olympics and I am privileged and lucky to get two gold in the events,” the para athlete from Rajasthan said.Jhajaria said that the Maharashtra government should upgrade the facilities for all the paralympians.”They can provide better facilities for the sportsmen.Compared to other countries the facilities in India were not not up to the mark,” he rued.Jhajaria opined that youths at the school and college level should be educated on the ill effects of doping.He added that he should have got this award 12 years ago when he created the first record.President of the NGO, Balkrishna Purnekar said around 12,000 students are likely to participate in the events in eight groups and the total prize money is Rs. 2.50 lakh.last_img read more

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New TNSJA office-bearers

first_imgChennai, Nov 15 (PTI) T N Raghu of Deccan Chronicle and S Bagawati Prasad (Times of India) were elected president and secretary of Tamil Nadu Sports Journalists Association (TNJSA) at its AGM held here recently. The list of office-bearers: President: T N Raghu (Deccan Chronicle). Secretary: S Bagawati Prasad (Times of India). Joint Secretary: S Sudarsan (The Hindu). Treasurer: S Dipak Ragav (The Hindu). Vice-presidents: K Muthu (Ulaga Champion), Ashok Venugopal (The New Indian Express) and C Shyam Sundar (PTI). Executive committee members: V V Ramanan, R Narayanan, R Venkatnarayan (all from The Hindu), C Santhosh Kumar (Deccan Chronicle) and Hari Kishore Malladi (Sportstarlive). PTI SS APR APRlast_img

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Olympiacos Beats Panathinaikos, 3-1

first_imgATHENS — Late goals by Manuel da Costa and Brown Ideye helped already-crowned champion Olympiacos beat arch-rival Panathinaikos 3-1 in the Greek league on March 13.With five games left to play, Olympiakos has a 20-point lead over second-place AEK, which hosts Panthrakikos on March 14. Panathinaikos, which has played one game more, is a further five points behind.Panathinaikos took an early lead when Marcus Berg latched on to a defense-splitting pass by Sebastian Leto to score in the third minute.Esteban Cambiasso equalized in the 38th and Olympiacos went on to dominate the second half.The hosts finally took the lead in the 87th when Da Costa headed in a free kick from Costas Fortounis. Ideye scored two minutes later, winning the ball off a defender and shooting past goalkeeper Luke Steele.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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The dream catcher

first_imgBy Spenta Jassawala and Ananya SrivastavaAt 23, Tanay Narendra Bothara is unlike most others of his age. He loves to challenge himself and push boundaries. A student of design at Vivekanand Institute of Technology’s Padmabhushan Vasatdada Patil College of Architecture, Pune, Bothara has recently won a gold for Nippon’s Asia,By Spenta Jassawala and Ananya SrivastavaAt 23, Tanay Narendra Bothara is unlike most others of his age. He loves to challenge himself and push boundaries. A student of design at Vivekanand Institute of Technology’s Padmabhushan Vasatdada Patil College of Architecture, Pune, Bothara has recently won a gold for Nippon’s Asia Young Designer Award 2019 under the architectural category. Beating over 8,400 applicants and competing with finalists from 15 countries in the finals, his project Children Uprooted looks at transforming war-ridden spaces in Syria. The theme for this year’s award ceremony held in Singapore was Forward: Challenging Design Boundaries.The InspirationBothara is the first Indian to receive the award. Talking about what inspired Children Uprooted, he says that it stemmed from a video he saw on the plight of the children affected by the civil unrest in Syria. “The video made me think about how my skill in art and architecture could help bring a smile to a child’s face,” he says.Bothara, who received a cash prize of US $10,000, has donated the award money for the education of Syrian children. His plan for the competition was to create something that evoked emotions and memories. His goal throughout the competition was to have a good experience; the results did not matter much. So, when he won the prestigious award he was simply overwhelmed. “I am just the face of the award, but my parents are the soul of it,” he says.The PlanWhen asked what sets him apart from other applicants, he gives the entire credit to the uniqueness and universatility of his project. “The design looked at the adaptive reuse of the basements in abandoned buildings to create an underground play network. The concept can be implemented in any war zone. This element evoked a lot of interest among the judges in the finals,” says Bothara.advertisementThe ChallengesTalking about his experience while working on the project, he says, “Pushing myself beyond my comfort zone was the biggest challenge.” Giving a few words of advice to design aspirants, he tells them to be honest and take one step at a time. “Follow your true passion. Aim to give your best in everything you do. Sooner or later, you will find your true calling and that will be most rewarding.”New on the blockAICTE LAUNCHES CLEAN AND SMART CAMPUS AWARDThe All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Delhi, has recently launched the clean and smart campus award for encouraging cleanliness and promoting the use of technology in its approved institute. AICTE aims to recognise the efforts of its stakeholders, primarily students, to embrace technologies such as IoT (Internet of Things), robotics, cloud, and automation to remodel the existing campus into a smart campus. These smart campuses can help in optimising the use of energy and water consumption, effective waste management, sustainable transport and air pollution within the campus precincts.LMI PARTNERS WITH UNIVERSITIES FOR PAPERLESS DIGITAL EXAMINATIONSIn order to curb question paper leakages and candidate impersonations, Singapore-based Edtech company LittleMore Innovation (LMI) Labs has partnered with universities in south India such as Manipal University, IIIT-Bangalore and REVA University to enable end-to-end paperless examinations through their newly invented device DigiTaal. LMI with its partners has conducted 1.5 million paperless tests so far. JD INSTITUTE OF FASHION TECHNOLOGY HOSTS FASHION AWARDS 2019JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, recently organised the Fashion Awards 2019. Over 600 students of the institute showcased their projects across diverse disciplines such as fashion designing, interior designing, jewellery designing and textile designing. The exhibits, based on the theme of Switch, were inspired by concepts such as sound sensors in the garments, designs for specially-abled people, and a focus on dying crafts such as Rogan, the art of painting.YOUNG INDIA FELLOWSHIP 2019 CONVOCATION AT ASHOKA UNIVERSITYOver 290 Young India Fellows of Ashoka University, Sonipat, received their postgraduate diplomas during the convocation. The Young India Fellowship (YIF) is a multidisciplinary programme in liberal studies that aims to foster critical thinkers who are intellectually curious, self-aware and impactful through their work. The curriculum is designed to understand team-building, develop critical thinking and gain problem-solving skills by combining academic work with work experience. The courses include literature, gender studies, history, art appreciation, statistics, mathematical thinking, psychology and management. YIF scholars have received 100 per cent placement in 2019 at organisations such as McKinsey & Co, Airtel, Deloitte, Michael Page, Genpact, TCS, Zomato, Swiggy, Dr Reddy’s Labs, Lemon Tree Hotels, NIIT, BYJU’s, IndiaMart, TechnoServe among others. Students have also been placed at non-for-profit firms such as Teach for India, Pradan, IPE Global Limited, Dr Reddy’s Foundation and Sahapedia.advertisement PRATHAM BOOKS FOUNDATION AND CISCO TO PROVIDE 100 STEM-THEMED MOBILE LIBRARY KITSPratham Books Foundation in partnership with Cisco has announced it will support over 100 government schools across Gurgaon with mobile STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) libraries. Each library kit would include more than 100 books in English and Hindi providing young minds with an experiential learning platform. They also hope to encourage reading habit in children. As part of the partnership with Cisco, Pratham Books has developed 85 unique titles over a time span of three years, in nine different Indian languages. Some of the books include Math at the Mela, An Introduction to Skip Counting, Password Please, Introduction to Cybersecurity, Explaining the Importance of Passwords to keep Data Safe and Who Drives the Driverless Car?COLGATE PALMOLIVE INDIA LAUNCHES KIS MISSIONColgate-Palmolive India has launched the Keep India Smiling (KIS) mission for providing oral health education, free dental check-ups, better water accessibilty, women empowerment and livelihood programmes. Colgate in collaboration with ShikshaDaan Foundation, a non-profit organisation, and Buddy4Study, a platform for scholarships, is also offering scholarships across fields of education and sports. IIT MADRAS ORGANISES CARBON ZERO CHALLENGE CONTESTThe Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras along with Virtusa Corporation organised the second edition of carbon zero challenge, an All-India Innovation and Entrepreneurship Contest, on campus. The objective was to identify and curate practical, innovative, and indigenous solutions with a sound business case to solve energy and environmental problems in India. In total, 24 teams were selected. The shortlisted teams will receive training and mentoring in addition to financial support of up to `5 lakh over a period of six months to build their prototypes and evolve their business models.last_img
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Lemar chaos exposes Arsenal transfer shambles

first_imgTransfers Alexis-Lemar chaos shows how embarrassing Arsenal’s transfer window has been Chris Wheatley Last updated 2 years ago 17:56 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(16) Thomas Lemar Monaco Getty Transfers Arsenal Thomas Lemar A. Sánchez Premier League The Gunners accepted a deadline day bid for their star man on the condition they signed a replacement – proving how shambolic their planning has been COMMENT There was a moment on transfer deadline day which didn’t involve Arsenal but still emphasised the disconnect between the Gunners’ ownership and the club’s supporters. Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri gave an interview on Sky Sports News HQ where he clarified the situation with Ross Barkley which saw the England international change his mind on moving to Chelsea in the closing stages of the window.Moshiri is an Iranian-British billionaire who bought a controlling stake in the Toffees last year. His connection to Arsenal stems from the fact that he attempted to take over the north London side with his business partner Alisher Usmanov as recently as 2012. When Moshiri took the decision to inform the Everton fans of what was happening with regards to one of their key players on deadline day, he reminded Arsenal of exactly what they don’t have – an owner who genuinely cares about the club.Arsenal’s summer transfer window has been nothing short of embarrassing, especially in the final 24 hours which saw a bid made for a youngster who had to play in a crucial World Cup qualifier for his national team in the same day. Following the excellent additions of Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac it was clear that Wenger wanted one more player. Monaco livewire Thomas Lemar was the subject of three separate bids from Arsenal earlier in the summer which were all rejected by the Ligue 1 giants. Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘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 Gunners lose/draw v B’mouth 9/5 Thomas Lemar FranceThe Gunners took the stance of keeping Alexis Sanchez earlier in the summer despite knowing full well that he wanted to join Manchester City. Many applauded at the time and he may well replicate his scintillating goalscoring form of last season, but the fact that they were willing to sell him to City so late in the window to get Lemar signed up shows how poor the planning has been at Emirates Stadium this summer.Lemar would have joined Wenger’s side if they offered the right amount in July. Instead, they are left licking their wounds after only adding two players to a squad which finished in fifth place last season. It was clear reinforcements were needed across the pitch – even more so having lost two of their opening three Premier League games this season, having conceded eight goals – and the late attempts to sign the 21-year-old smacks of pure desperation when you look at the inflated figures on offer.If positives are to be taken from the final few days of the window then Wenger will be delighted at getting Lucas Perez and Joel Campbell off the wage bill. However, the decision to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool is somewhat bizarre after the Frenchman said several weeks ago that he will “100 per cent stay” at Arsenal this season, whether he signs a new contract or not. Arsenal, fortunately, have replacements in Alex Iwobi and youngster Reiss Nelson waiting in the wings.The lack of planning and struggle to meet the new Premier League Short Term Cost Control rules shows where the problems are. Arsenal haven’t mounted a credible Premier League title challenge since majority shareholder Stan Kroenke joined the board in 2008 – and that’s no coincidence. Kroenke cannot be blamed for rewarding fringe players with hefty contracts but as the most powerful man at Arsenal Football Club, he should be, like Moshiri, passing comment on matters like these – or at least giving the chief executive an opportunity to explain the club’s position.Earlier this week it was revealed that Kroenke is planning to borrow about $1 billion from an American bank to help fund the proposed Inglewood stadium for his NFL side the LA Rams. The costs could total nearly $3bn and while speculation that he could leverage borrowing against Arsenal is unfounded, it is clear that the American doesn’t have his eyes focused on matters at a club who look in disarray right now.To have an owner who takes a genuine interest in the team and its results shouldn’t be understated. Liverpool appear to have finally found an ownership who have realised that investment is needed on and off the pitch to move forward, while Tottenham have shown their transfer market nous by installing exclusivity clauses in player’s contracts to ensure that they get their man regardless of any issues or rival bids that come about.Arsenal haven’t learnt from past mistakes and go into the new season with an unhappy star player. Wenger has spoken about the need for patience in the past but further poor performances starting from next week’s home game against Bournemouth will almost certainly spark more negativity among an already frustrated fanbase.last_img read more

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The complexity of supporting El Tri on the US-Mexico border

first_imgShare via Email Mexico World Cup 2018 Texas World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players “We have a really interesting mix. We support the US as American Outlaws but we get a little bit of backlash from the Mexico fans because of our heritage, our culture,” said Cantu. “We try and make it a very, I guess, harmony-based environment where we can all thrive, US fans and Mexico fans, and live together in peace.”Laredo is 95% Hispanic – the highest percentage of any large metropolitan area in the US. More than a quarter of residents are foreign-born. It is equidistant from the major Texas city of San Antonio, which has a solid second-tier football team, and Monterrey, home to two of Mexico’s biggest clubs.Facing the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo across the Rio Grande river, Laredo is a place of bridges and barriers. America’s biggest inland port thrums with trains and trucks but is a hub for a vast governmental apparatus of surveillance and separation. Crossing between countries is harder than it used to be. In football, though, Mexico come to you.This time four years ago, the US’s World Cup publicity campaign was built around the slogan: “One Nation. One Team.” Yet, as well as working with the US Soccer Federation, Major League Soccer’s marketing arm, Soccer United Marketing, has long promoted Mexico’s American friendlies. They must be busy. Of the 220 Mexico fixtures from 2007 to the final tune-up against Denmark on 9 June, just over half took place in the US. Of those, 101 were friendlies, two-thirds of them in the US. Over that timespan, El Tri have appeared in 22 different US metropolitan areas. They have played 25 times in Texas and 27 times in California: combined, that is more games in two US states than in the whole of Mexico (46). Topics Clad in an American national team jersey on the eve of the first US-less World Cup since 1986, Karla Cantu pondered who to follow this summer. So did other members of the Laredo chapter of the American Outlaws supporters’ group. They decided to allocate temporary loyalty via lottery. “We can’t come to a consensus. We’re going to do a draw,” she said.Broadcasters have a commercial incentive to urge bereft Americans to watch Mexico in Russia and the demographic, cultural and geographic ties are obvious. But when “who do you support?” is a proxy for “who are you?”, the debate can be especially personal and complex – especially on a frontier that has become a playing field for nationalistic political games.With sport’s inevitable twining of politics and patriotism, the World Cup can feel like the planet’s most divisive festival of unity even without the influence of a president who views everything as a rivalry match with only two possible outcomes: win or lose. It’s not an attitude shared by many who live at the border. Mexico: North America’s team features World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Twittercenter_img World Cup USA Share on LinkedIn It makes sense: big stadiums, high ticket prices and a large and ravenous fanbase. There are an estimated 36 million Hispanic people of Mexican origin in the US.Edith Ortiz, the Laredo Heat Soccer Club’s marketing manager, was born in Mexico City and has lived in the US for six years. The 33-year-old watched El Tri in San Antonio and Dallas. “It’s like if you were in Mexico,” she said. “In Mexico, soccer is everything for everybody.”Growing the club scene in Laredo is more of a struggle. When the city found $20m for a sports arena a couple of years ago it built a baseball stadium. The Heat’s fourth-level amateurs play at a basic venue on the campus of Texas A&M International University.On one searingly hot evening last month a few hundred fans perched on metal benches or lounged in the VIP section – a three-deep row of folding chairs along the sideline. Heat matches are a glimpse of an idealised American multicultural future; a youthful, hopeful, happy space that blends many nations into one, even as it splits one nation into many.A 20ft-high inflatable Budweiser can loomed ludicrously behind one of the corner flags. The Mexico star, Javier “Chicharito” Hernández – in the guise of a life-size advertisement – stood beneath the bleachers: arms folded, face fierce, assuring you that El Tri mean business in Russia and advocating that you drink the Mexican football federation’s official beer.The public address system faded out the otherwise incessant Spanish-language pop music and players lined up in the centre circle for the Star-Spangled Banner as everyone directed their gaze to the American flag behind one of the goals. Laredo, with players from 12 different countries in their squad, then thumped another Texas border club, FC Brownsville, 4-1.The Heat’s owner, Shashi Vaswani, was born in India and lived in Hong Kong and Toronto before his family moved to Laredo in 1980. “[I] thought close to Mexico soccer’s got to be prevalent everywhere. Lo and behold there was no high school soccer, no club soccer, zero,” he said. Vaswani, a 52-year-old hotelier and entrepreneur, wonders if the government’s anti-immigrant machinations will simply cement the region’s fidelity to Mexico. Longer term, though, he sees a generational shift. “I think it’s a 70-30 split here and it used to be 90-10, or 95-5, for Mexico,” he said. “The youth we’re right now trying to develop, there’s a 50-50 split. Fifty would say ‘look I’ll play for USA no doubt’, maybe 25 would say ‘I’ll think about it’ and 25 would say ‘I’ll probably play for Mexico’, but I think that’s going to evolve even more … Ten years from now I think you’ll see again a very different Laredo.”As the Heat look to boost their English-language outreach, the US’s failure to reach Russia is a missed opportunity, Ortiz said. “We have been trying to grow the fanbase for the US since we’re on this side and this is kind of setting us back because now people just go for Mexico and that’s their first team; even if they’re US fans, some of them will go for Mexico. Other fans who haven’t decided, they will go for Mexico.”Family tradition also matters, she added. “If they’re little they’ll root for Mexico because they don’t know [anything else]. The older ones will go for both. My daughter roots for both. I’m Mexican but my daughter was born here so she goes for both. And she has been taught to go for both countries.”Rodrigo Marina, the Heat’s 24-year-old play-by-play commentator, was born in Mexico City and moved to Laredo when he was five. “When they play each other it’s hard, I’m a little torn, I’m a little divided. I love to root for Mexico and I love to cheer for the USA,” he said.“I have a lot of friends who were born here, although they do have a heavy Hispanic background they do cheer for the USA; and I have friends that were born in Mexico, migrated to the USA and they just support Mexico to the fullest,” he said. “If they could unite, at least for 30 days, that would be great.” Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Maersk Drilling Takes Early Delivery of World’s …

first_imgThe rig, which will be named at a ceremony in Norway in October 2014, is a XL Enhanced (XLE) harsh environment jackup rig. It has been customised for operations in the North Sea and has been chartered by Det norske oljeselskap ASA (Det norske) for deployment in the Ivar Aasen project in Norway for five years.Mr Chow Yew Yuen, CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), said, “This is the largest rig in the world and we are proud to have delivered it seven days ahead of schedule. It is a result of the close partnership we have developed with Maersk Drilling. We are grateful to have been chosen time and again to assist in the expansion of Maersk Drilling’s premium fleet. Just five months ago, we delivered Maersk Intrepid, the first such rig to Maersk Drilling and we look forward to completing the third rig on time or early, on budget, and safely as well.”Collaborations between Keppel and Maersk Drilling span the design, engineering, repair and construction of a variety of rigs and ships. The companies have partnered on 12 newbuilding rig projects to-date, including the three XLE rigs.Mr Claus V. Hemmingsen CEO of Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board in the Maersk Group, said, “The XLE-2 is part of our series of ultra-harsh environment rigs for the North Sea and enables us to further solidify our strong position in the Norwegian jackup market. These ultra-high specification rigs are preferred by our customers for the safety and efficiency gains they offer.“This early delivery is the reason Keppel FELS, with their strong track record and technological capabilities, was chosen to build three of the XLE rigs. Our combined expertise and common safety, quality and performance standards has enabled us to deliver winning solutions to international oil companies and the industry.”The XLE rig has a leg length of 206.8m (678ft) and is designed for year round operations in the North Sea, in water depths up to 150m (492ft).Press Release, August 7, 2014 zoom jackup rig XLE-2Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has delivered the jackup rig XLE-2 to Maersk Drilling, a wholly owned subsidiary of A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S, on budget and seven days ahead of schedule.last_img read more

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Lindblad to Order New Polar Expedition Cruise Ship

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license US-based cruise company Lindblad Expeditions Holdings has revealed its plans to place an order for a new polar expedition ship.The vessel, which is scheduled to be delivered in 2021, will be the fourth polar vessel in the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet.It will join the company’s National Geographic Explorer and the National Geographic Orion, currently in operation, and the National Geographic Endurance, which is scheduled for delivery in early 2020.“We are extremely excited to announce the further expansion of our expedition fleet. This is the next step of our long-term growth strategy to capitalize on the expanding demand for high quality adventure travel,” Sven-Olof Lindblad, President and Chief Executive Officer, said.The newbuilding would represent the next phase of Lindblad’s fleet expansion following the launch of the National Geographic Quest in July 2017, the addition of the National Geographic Venture in December 2018 and the delivery of the National Geographic Endurance.last_img read more

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Winnipeg backs call for murdered missing inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg’s council added its voice Wednesday to the call for a national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women.The vote comes after what some have called a turning point this summer in Winnipeg. The murder of 15 year-old Tina Fontaine, whose body was found in the Red River, touched a nerve right across the country.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img

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6 police killed as Tunisia waits for govt to quit

first_imgTUNIS- Six Tunisian police were killed in clashes with gunmen Wednesday, as the country waited for the government’s expected resignation and the launch of talks on ending months of political deadlock.Fighting erupted in the central Sidi Bouzid region, when members of the National Guard raided a house where the militants were holed up, a police source told AFP.In the ensuing firefight, six police were killed, a medical source and the official TAP news agency said, while two gunmen also died, according to state television. In the meantime, a keenly awaited speech in which Islamist premier Ali Larayedh was expected to announce his government’s intention to step down under the terms of a deal with the opposition was heavily delayed.And the hard-won national dialogue between Larayedh’s ruling Ennahda party and the opposition, which was the centrepiece of the plan for ending the crisis, had yet to begin by early evening, as anti-government protesters massed in the capital.“We hope that Larayedh will have enough courage to announce the resignation of his government within three weeks to save the country,” Hamma Hammami, a leader of the opposition Popular Front party, told AFP.Parliament speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar said on Tuesday evening that he expected Larayedh to announce his commitment to resign, paving the way for the launch of the dialogue with the opposition.“In principle, the government will announce its commitment to respecting the roadmap and its resignation within a few weeks,” Ben Jaafar said in a televised interview.Some 60 opposition MPs who have been boycotting parliament since the the July murder of opposition MP Mohamed Brahmi said they had received assurances the dialogue would begin with a “clear commitment” by Larayedh to quit.The prime minister has previously said he would step down only after a new constitution has been adopted, in line with the roadmap drawn up by mediators and agreed to earlier this month by his party.Mediators hope the long-awaited dialogue will mark a crucial step in the country’s democratic transition and avert the kind of turmoil that has rocked Egypt since a military coup ousted elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.Some 10,000 opposition protesters gathered on the capital’s Habib Bourguiba Avenue on Wednesday, waving Tunisian flags and shouting slogans such as: “Government of traitors, resign!”Mourning strikeThe deadly fighting in Sidi Bouzid highlighted opposition complaints of inadequate action by the Islamist-led government to rein in jihadist groups, who are blamed for the murder of Brahmi and another opposition MP in February.The powerful UGTT trade union confederation has called a strike in the central region on Thursday to mourn the slain members of the security forces.Last week, two policemen were killed in the Beja region west of the capital, and while the authorities said nine “terrorists” were killed in an operation to catch those responsible, the deadly violence has fuelled anti-government sentiment within the security forces.Dozens of police trade union activists drove Larayedh and President Moncef Marzouki away from a memorial service last Friday for the policemen killed in Beja.The defence ministry has admitted it lacks the resources to combat militant groups and has struggled to contain them.Wednesday’s planned dialogue comes exactly two years after Ennahda emerged as much the largest party in an election for a National Constituent Assembly, following the 2011 overthrow of veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.The Islamist group was heavily repressed under the Ben Ali regime.  But since its triumph at the polls, the party has been weakened by accusations that it has not done enough to fix Tunisia’s ailing economy and improve living standards.After three months of political uncertainty and a false start to the national dialogue on October 5, the Tunisian press has grown increasingly critical of the ruling elite and sceptical of efforts to end the crisis.“A national dialogue starts on the day of a symbolic anniversary. But it has been compromised by the prevalence of suspicion, deceitful language and ambiguity,” Le Temps said in an editorial on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Morocco Absent from Paris Conference on ISIS

Rabat- Morocco will not take part in a conference scheduled to be held in Paris on Monday to devise a strategy to destroy the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS).The conference, which is being convened by French President, Francois Hollande, will be attended by 30 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, and Jordan.The conference comes four days after the Jeddah meeting attended by the six Gulf countries, as well as Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey in addition to the United States. Like other countries of the Maghreb, Morocco was not invited to participate in the Jeddah meeting. Following the meeting, the participating countries issued a communique in which they pledged to undertake the necessary “actions to combat terrorism, including stopping the flow of foreign fighters through neighboring countries, countering the financing of ISIS and other terrorist groups and repudiating jihadist ideology.”In addition, they agreed to “join in the many aspects of the coordinated military campaign against ISIS, as appropriate.”The Paris meeting will be followed by a Security Council meeting scheduled to be held on September 25 on the sidelines of the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly. President Barack Obama will preside over the Security Council meeting as the head of the delegation from the member-state that holds the rotating presidency for September 2014, the United States.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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Liberia capital weapons free for Tuesday inauguration – UN mission

The statement, released in Monrovia yesterday, said UNMIL Force Commander Lt. Gen. Daniel I. Opande made the remarks in a meeting on Saturday to discuss security arrangements for tomorrow’s inauguration of a National Transitional Government of Liberia.The statement said General Opande, “expressed gratitude to the Government of Liberia and to the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) for their cooperation in making Monrovia, Bushrod Island and Paynesville a weapons-free zone. He appealed to the parties to continue to cooperate in this endeavour and to ensure that displaced persons camps were also free of weapons.” Bushrod is considered part of Monrovia and Paynesville is a suburb. According to UNMIL, “The parties to the conflict agreed that there had been no significant violations of the ceasefire” since last Monday’s meeting of the joint monitoring committee made up of government officials and representatives of rebel groups. “General Opande informed the parties that UNMIL forces would continue to search for weapons in the areas identified,” the statement said. “Weapons collected are being held under lock and key in containers provided by UNMIL.” In New York, a UN spokesman said that Jacques Paul Klein, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General led a military parade through Monrovia and neighbouring suburbs to mark the eve of the inauguration. The march included peacekeepers from Bangladesh, Ghana and Nigeria.The spokesman also said that Charles Gyude Bryant, the chairman-elect of the National Transitional Government, was expected to arrive later today from Ghana. read more

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No change to interest rate Bank of Canada

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Bank of Canada has kept its overnight lending rate at one per cent, where it has been since September 2010.The central bank maintains tightening bias for future rate decisions and says the Canadian economy performed better than expected in the first quarter.MORE TO COME No change to interest rate: Bank of Canada by News Staff Posted May 29, 2013 8:08 am MDT

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UN report 55 million displaced by war in first half of 2014

Main destination countries for new asylum-seekers Who is hosting the world’s refugees? Refugee population under UNHCR’s mandate Where do the world’s refugees come from? The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in its new Mid-Year Trends 2014 Report showcases that of the 5.5 million who were newly displaced, 1.4 million fled across international borders becoming refugees, while the rest were displaced within their own countries also known as IDPs or internally displaced persons.That said, the new data brings the number of people being helped by UNHCR to 46.3 million as of mid-2014 – some 3.4 million more than at the end of 2013 and a new record high.“In 2014, we have seen the number of people under our care grow to unprecedented levels. As long as the international community continues to fail to find political solutions to existing conflicts and to prevent new ones from starting, we will continue to have to deal with the dramatic humanitarian consequences,” António Guterres, head of UNHCR, said in a statement. “The economic, social and human cost of caring for refugees and the internally displaced is being borne mostly by poor communities, those who are least able to afford it.” Mr. Guterres explained that enhanced international solidarity is a must to avoid the risk of more and more vulnerable people being left without proper support. IDPs protected/assisted by UNHCR Among the report’s main findings are that Syrians, for the first time, have become the largest refugee population under UNHCR’s mandate, overtaking Afghans, who had held that position for more than three decades. As of June 2014, the three million Syrian refugees now account for 23 per cent of all refugees being helped by UNHCR worldwide. Despite dropping to second place, the 2.7 million Afghan refugees worldwide remain the largest protracted refugee population under UNHCR care. Following that, the leading countries of origin of refugees are Somalia (1.1 million), Sudan (670,000), South Sudan (509,000), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (493,000), Myanmar (480,000) and Iraq (426,000).Pakistan, which hosts 1.6 million Afghan refugees, remains the biggest host country in absolute terms. Other countries with large refugee populations are Lebanon (1.1 million), Iran (982,000), Turkey (824,000), Jordan (737,000), Ethiopia (588,000), Kenya (537,000) and Chad (455,000).Relative to the sizes of their populations, Lebanon and Jordan host the largest number of refugees, while relative to the sizes of their economies the burdens carried by Ethiopia and Pakistan are greatest.Another major finding in the report is the shift in the regional distribution of refugee populations from Asia and the Pacific and now as a result of the crisis in Syria, the Middle East and North Africa.UNHCR’s Mid-Year Trends 2014 report is based on data from governments and the organization’s worldwide offices. It does not show total forced displacement globally. Those figures are presented in June each year in UNHCR’s annual Global Trends Report, which as of end 2013 showed that 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide. read more

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Ohio States LaQuinton Ross hearing Thad Matta seeing the court

Hunched over the table at the front of the media room inside the Schottenstein Center Tuesday evening, LaQuinton Ross glanced at the box score resting beside the scarlet and gray microphone in front of him. The soft-spoken, often-reserved sophomore forward proceeded to whisper his thoughts about the statistics from the game Ohio State had just played to a pair of his teammates. “I didn’t get that many opportunities,” Ross muttered to Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft, who were sitting to his left, waiting to answer questions from the press. Most nights, Ross would likely have been talking about his playing time, or lack thereof. But that’s not what the lanky swingman was discussing with the Buckeyes’ junior leaders after OSU’s 58-49 defeat of Wisconsin. He was pointing out his four shot attempts. While Ross’ ability to make plays was limited, to an extent, by the Badgers’ defense, his playing time wasn’t. After receiving inconsistent minutes for most of the season, and having a relatively short leash from coach Thad Matta when he did enter a game, Ross was on the court Tuesday for numerous long stretches. The 20 minutes he played against Wisconsin tie a personal best in a Big Ten game this season. More so, Ross was on the floor for a 10-plus minute stretch in the first half – another career high – and received critical minutes in the waning moments of the close contest. Ross didn’t light up the box score, but he responded to an increase in playing time with one of his most efficient games of the season. Of the four shots he took, three sunk through the net. He made two 3-pointers – the most he’s made in a conference game this season – while adding two rebounds, an assist and a steal. “Tonight coach gave me the minutes so I had to step up,” Ross said. Nearly all of Ross’ plays came at significant junctures. His first 3-pointer gave OSU a two-point lead. His scooping layup at the eight-minute mark in the first half broke an 11-11 tie. His second three was part of a 15-0 run by OSU in the second half that all but won the Buckeyes the game. No. 11 OSU has been in search of a secondary offensive option to Thomas all season long. The Buckeyes (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten) probably still don’t have a concrete solution to that problem, but Ross proved he could be a possible answer against Wisconsin. “Him coming off the bench, hitting big shots, it’s another piece to the puzzle,” said Thomas, who led OSU with 25 points Tuesday. “It helps the team a lot by him coming in and producing the way he (did).” Ross wasn’t just a key factor on the offensive end, though. Matta has said Ross can be a defensive liability, which has kept him on the bench in other games. That wasn’t the case against Wisconsin. Late in the second half, Ross was guarding Ryan Evans. The Badger redshirt senior drove to the basket and had a look for a layup that would’ve cut OSU’s lead to two points. But Ross recovered, slapped the ball out of Evans’ hands and off the Wisconsin forward’s leg, forcing a turnover. Craft, a bulldog-type defender known in the college basketball world for his ability to get steals, was the first to congratulate Ross on the play. He sprinted over to Ross and slapped hands with the sophomore forward while yelling out, “That a boy!” “(I know) it’s not just about scoring. You have to do stuff on the other end. That’s what this team is known for,” Ross said. So, what’s the reason for an increase in key minutes, and performance, from the once highly coveted recruit from Mississippi? Ross and his coach agree Ross is hearing what his coach is preaching. “I think the biggest (area I’ve grown in) is listening,” said Ross, who was ineligible for the first month and a half of last season due to academics and only played 31 total minutes in Big Ten games in 2012. “Beginning of the year last year I was a little rebellious against stuff. I wasn’t playing so I was like, ‘You can’t tell me nothing.’” Ross said he has grown since last year and is continuing to evolve as a player on and off the court this season. “I see it was hurting me. Now, I’m taking it all in this year and doing what I have to do for my teammates,” Ross said. At 6-2 in the conference, OSU is very much in the race for a fourth-straight Big Ten regular season title. After facing Nebraska Saturday, the Buckeyes are set to travel to No. 1 Michigan Tuesday before facing No. 3 Indiana at home Feb. 10. That two-game stretch could determine whether the Buckeyes stay alive in the Big Ten hunt. Will Ross continue to receive big minutes in big-time moments? Matta said he doesn’t see why not. “It helps (his confidence) from the standpoint of being in there in critical junctions of the game. As he said, I don’t think I could have said it better than he said it, he’s listening (now),” Matta said. OSU is set to take on Nebraska (11-11, 2-7 Big Ten) Saturday at 7 p.m. read more

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The Suns Courtney Williams Is Playing An OldSchool Midrange Game — And

Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller has an offensive philosophy built around making his players take the most efficient shot — typically chances around the rim or threes. The Sun, who face the Los Angeles Sparks in a best-of-five playoff semifinal matchup starting Tuesday, finished this season with the third-most efficient offense in the league after finishing atop the WNBA in 2018.Even so, Miller realized that it was a mistake to try to turn his energy ball of a combo guard, Courtney Williams, into a model of the efficiency revolution that has altered the league’s offensive topography. “When we first got her, we tried to have her drive it more,” Miller said. “But she’s so good at getting those, what we call tough twos, we have just let her be what she’s going to be.”In that way, Williams’s journey in Connecticut echoed the lessons she taught her college coach, Jose Fernandez of South Florida. “We told her, ‘Hey, get to the free-throw line more. You need to drive it more,’ Fernandez recalled. “But then, it was like … she just got where she got.”That’s the deceptive simplicity of Williams’s game. She lets it fly from the dreaded midrange more than anyone in the WNBA — a combined 249 attempts from 10 to 19 feet, including a league-high 145 from 15 to 19 feet out. Williams also led the league in attempts from 15 to 19 feet in 2018 and finished second in 2017 to Indiana Fever forward Candice Dupree.“I just do what I do,” Williams said. “I do what got me here. I feel like that midrange makes me stand out from other players.”The other team with a double-bye in the playoffs, the Washington Mystics, is led by Elena Delle Donne and her three- and rim-heavy 50-40-90 season. So it may seem quixotic that the Sun are trusting a 5-foot-8 volume shooter from a spot on the floor considered inefficient. But to this point, both her methods and her path are anything but haphazard.There’s an obvious WNBA comparison for what Williams is doing, and it’s one that she’s consciously tried to emulate: all-time great Cappie Pondexter.“Cappie is my favorite player because I see so much of myself in her,” Williams said. “Being our size, pull-ups, being a scorer, being able to score at all levels anywhere on the floor, tattoos, don’t really care what nobody got to say about us. That’s how we look.”The numbers reflect a close parallel between the two. Pondexter finished second in attempts from 15 to 19 feet in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and led the WNBA in 2013. Her teammates see Pondexter in Williams, too.“They’re really difficult to guard because they can score in all types of ways,” Sun point guard Jasmine Thomas said. “And they’re athletic. I think that’s the similarity that I see, that explosiveness, that confidence. I feel like most of us, we’ve got confidence, we didn’t get here by not being confident — but, it’s just like that swagger. Even if you miss four, five shots in a row, you know you got to make this sixth one.”All the long twos, incidentally, haven’t kept Connecticut from getting a disproportionate amount of its points from beyond the arc — 27.7 percent of them, good for third-best in the league in 2019, up slightly from last season’s 26.0 percent, which was fourth in the league. Instead, Thomas sees the Connecticut attack as improved by Williams’s ability to rise and fire from a spot that defenses might ignore.“There are shots to take that are hard shots to make consistently,” Thomas said. “And that is her game. If we can’t get layups, or if our three-ball isn’t falling down, we know that we can count on her to really take over a game and string together some shots. Even when you think she can’t get a shot off, she rises up over anybody and can shoot it.”That’s another aspect to her game that isn’t accidental. While her jump-shot form can seem like a cross between natural athleticism and an almost supernatural motion, it really comes from hundreds of hours in the South Florida gym, getting off shot attempts with then-assistant coach Wil Bateast.“He really just molded me,” Williams said. “He told me, ‘You just need to be great at one thing because when you get to that professional level, people are great at what they do. You need to be great at what you do.’”So the drills would commence, with Bateast — who Williams said is “6-5, maybe 6-6” — with a hand in her face. She had to make 10 in a row, or she had to run sprints, halfcourt and back, and start over.“Coming from the baseline and coming from halfcourt, coming from the sidelines,” Williams said. “Just anywhere on the court. You need to be able to get the shot off, it don’t matter where the defender is at. No matter how big, how tall, how small, how fast — you need to be able to get your shot off.”Williams continues to evolve as a player. This season, she posted an assist rate of 23.2 percent, the best of her career, along with a steal rate of 2.4 percent, good enough for 16th among 60 qualified WNBA guards. And she’s anything but a one-dimensional scorer, either, hitting 56.5 percent of her shots inside of 5 feet, more efficient than bigs like Crystal Langhorne of the Seattle Storm and Reshanda Gray of the New York Liberty. She’s also continued to improve her 3-point shooting, hitting 45.7 percent from beyond the arc this year.“There is still room for growth,” Miller said of Williams. “There are a lot of areas where she can continue to take that next step. And if she does that, she’s already one of the elite players in the league, [but] she truly has the potential to be a first-team All-WNBA-caliber player.”But Miller doesn’t intend to change that trajectory. He’s learned, just as Fernandez did before him and just as defenders all over the league have since: When she rises, Courtney Williams is going to do what she does. read more

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WCh 2019 PlayOff Iceland and Sweden grab tickets

← Previous Story Macedonians force Pascual to leave Romanian bench! Next Story → GERMANY 2024: Modern infrastructure, huge capacity and very beneficial for handball in Europe Two places more stayed undecided in the battle for the IHF Men’s World Championship 2019 in Germany and Denmark.Here are the results of EUROpean Play-Off:Switzerland – Norway 33:30 (first match – 26:32)Romania – Macedonia 26:25 (24:32)Hungary – Slovenia 22:26 (29:24)Sweden – Netherlands 26:20 (24:25)Austria – Belarus 31:26 (28:28)Iceland – Lithuania 34:30 (27:27)Thursday20.00 Montenegro – Croatia (19:32)22.00. Portugal – Serbia (21:28) WCh 2019 Play-Off handball

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GreekAustralian petition for Macedonia goes online

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A petition started by a group of Greek-Australians, calling for Australia to maintain the use of the term Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, goes online.The campaign began with the form, printed in Neos Kosmos, among other outlets, which people were urged to fill out and return to the Pammacedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria.Now the same petition is already online, featured on the Parliament of Australia website. Filed under petition number EN0525, and addressed to the Hon. Speaker of the House of Representatives and Members of the House of Representatives, the petition statement reads as follows:Petition ReasonThe Citizens of Australia request that the House of Representatives of Australia retains the recognised name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as per the United Nations Agreement.Petition Request We request the House of Representatives respects the negotiations undertaken between Greece and FYROM and refrains from considering any action on this matter until negotiations are completed and formal agreements reached.Anyone wishing to add their signatures to this cause, should go to this page.last_img read more

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