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first_img He joined the Congress in the presence of its Madhya Pradesh unit president Kamal Nath and another senior state leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and said the state needs a leader like Nath not Chouhan.“Madhya Pradesh does not need Shivraj but Nath. We all know how Chhindwara has been developed and is identified with Kamal Nath. The state also needs to be identified with him,” Masani said. Kamal Nath represents Chhindwara in the Lok Sabha.While he lashed out at the BJP for ignoring “kaamdars” (those who toil) at the cost of “naamdars” (big names), he said he should not be projected as a family member of Chouhan but only as his relative.“My name is Sanjay Singh Masani. My family lineage and ‘gotra’ are different,” he said.Kamal Nath told reporters that all sections of society are affected by Chouhan’s misrule, and the decision of Masani to join the Congress is a reflection of people’s wish to chart a new course of development in the state, he said.The BJP has been in power in the state since 2003. Dispute between Digvijaya Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia reportedly delays Congress’ MP list Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chahuhan’s brother-in-law Sanjay Singh Masani joined the Congress Saturday, saying the state needs the party chief Kamal Nath not Chouhan as the CM.Masani is the brother of Chouhan’s wife Sadhna Singh.Also Readlast_img read more


first_imgBengaluru, Sept 14 (PTI) Before taking up cricket, the game that enticed Rahul Dravid most was hockey but the former India cricket captain soon realised that he was not fit for the sport after his school coach relegated him from centre-half to right-half position. “I used to play hockey with (former India international) Sandeep Somesh in school days. Our coach Shiv Prakash fielded me as the centre half saying we are relying on you for a stuff like that. But when I graduated for another level, Sandeep also was there. The coach then relegated me to right-half and I quickly realised I am not cut out for hockey. Luckily I had cricket to root for,” he said during the announcement of the second edition of Bengaluru Cup 2015 to be organised by Hockey Karnataka here. “Watching Sandeep and Anil Adrin play hockey made me realise that playing another sport was better option for me, but it was exciting play hockey alongside Anil and Sandeep.Thank you very much Anil and Sandeep,” Dravid said. The tournament will feature six teams from across the country in both men and womens categories. The teams battling it out at the tournament are Air India, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Army XI, Karnataka XI and ONGC in the mens category and Punjab XI, Haryana XI, Karnataka XI, Jharkhand, MP Academy and RCF in the womens section. Talking about the tournament, Dravid said such events gives a platform to young players to rub shoulders with established players. “Hockey Karnataka offers young hockey players a fantastic opportunity by giving them a chance to rub shoulders with some of the most prominent and established players in the country,” he said. Dravid asked the media to create a buzz about hockey exactly they do it for cricket and other sports. Swimmer Nisha Millet, who was also present on the occasion, said, “This initiative helps create an intrigue and buzz among the masses about the sport. The Bengaluru Cup is a platform for hockey players in India to showcase their calibre. My best wishes and support to the tournament and we look forward to the event.” Honorary joint secretary of Hockey Karnataka, Sandeep said with this tournament, they endeavour to amplify awareness and assist the development of the sport at the grassroot level. “With the help of Hockey Karnataka, we look at unearthing and honing promising talents from the state. We intend to pave a way for the growth of the game in the country and showcase the best hockey talent from across India,” he said. PTI BDN SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgBaripada (Odisha), Sep 19 (PTI) Odishas first ever football referee, centenarian Narottam Mohanty passed away here today.He was 100 years old when he breathed his last after a massive heart attack at his residence here this morning, family sources said.He is survived by two sons. Mohanty earned the distinction of becoming the first qualified football referee of Odisha in pre-independence era. Many veteran sports persons paid their last tributes to the departed soul at his residence in KMBM road. State sports minister Sudam Marndi has expressed deep condolence over the demise of the centurion.Mohanty was also considered as the oldest citizen of Baripada town. PTI COR SKN SUS CMlast_img


first_imgBrief Scores: India (324/4) beat New Zealand (234) by 90 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Bracewell (57), Kuldeep (4/45), Bhuvneshwar (2/42) (SCORECARD)New Zealand lost the second one day international against India by 90 runs at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Saturday, leaving skipper Kane Williamson frustrated.Virat Kohli and Co. registered India’s highest ever margin of victory (in terms of runs) against New Zealand in New Zealand and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.Williamson though was not happy with his team’s meek surrender to the visiting side. The manner of the loss rather than the fact itself left a bad taste in mouth for the Kiwi captain, something which he alluded after the end of the match.”Little frustrating, not so much the loss but how we are losing is the problem. Credit to India,” Williamson said at the post match presentation.India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: HighlightsAll of the top-six New Zealand batsmen got starts in pursuit of a target of 325 that was achievable on a good pitch that offered true bounce and pace. New Zealand’s inconsistent batting as they were unable to last their full complement of overs for the second successive match.”Both surfaces so far have been slower than usual but still fair surfaces. Good signs with the ball at some points though we never got control as such. 324 was a good score that could be chased down here,” Williamson said.All is not doom and gloom yet for Williamson, as he pointed out the positives from their humiliating loss.advertisement”There were some good steps forward, particularly by our bowlers to keep them down to 320-odd. Important not to get carried away by results and focus just on small steps.”Williamson was left rueing missed opportunities and felt that his team will need to pull up their socks as the series progresses to the third ODI at the same venue in just two days time.”Some of the dismissals were a result of us going too hard maybe. If we had wickets in hand, you never know but we didn’t have wickets in hand. Those are the lessons that we need to take ahead,” Williamson said.The third match is also at Bay Oval on Monday.Also Read | Fearless cricket paid off, says Virat Kohli after India destroy New ZealandAlso Read | MS Dhoni, quick as a flash, stumps Ross Taylor. Awestruck fans can’t keep calmlast_img read more


first_imgWhilst the future champions of our sport do battle on the opening day of the X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships, the present superstars of our game recall with fondness the role playing in the National 18s tournament had in their pathway to the top. Karley Banks provides this special feature on “The Graduates” players who have risen from the 18s ranks to the highest representative levels our sport has to offer.The timid 15 year-old that got the late call up when someone pulled out because of an untimely dose of chicken pox, and really only got the nod because her sister was a fair player and someone figured that that sort of talent just HAD to run in the family, sat wide eyed, butterflies doing back flips in her stomach, waiting to be issued her playing kit for the National 18 Years tournament at Coffs Harbour.The shirt with the Number thirteen (13), the one no one wants because of the bad luck connotation, landed squarely at the feet of the young tyro from the Sunshine Coast.Our young gun didn’t really care what number she was given, reasoning that ‘A’ shirt was better than ‘no’ shirt at all, and besides, if it paid for her ticket onto the field for a thrill a minute ride that would set her on a pathway towards her goals, then # 13 was A-OK with her.Fast forward 8 or so years, and fill that interim period with what seemed like an endless round of juggling study/work/life commitments with gut busting training sessions, year round playing schedules, Mum and Dad driving you to tournaments in places you can’t even pronounce (let alone know what State they’re in!) injury rehabilitations, selection highs and lows, bonding nights, and scraping and saving for registration fees, shoes, and levy payments, and you begin to get a feel for what the journey is like for a Touch player rising through the ranks in an attempt to go from Junior prodigy to Senior success story.It’s not the road for everyone and in the tough times, the “Why do I put myself through this?” question is never far from one’s thoughts.But there, center stage on Field One at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch, South Africa in January 2007, standing on the half way line and staring down at the might of the New Zealand Touch Blacks, was an all grown up Hayley Rogerson, proudly wearing a green and gold jersey with of course the number 13 emblazoned across her back… proof positive that the TFA Talent Identification system works. “Hayles” and her elder sister Peta (who is a current Australian Women’s Open World Cup representative) have risen through the ranks to be among Queensland’s and Australia’s brightest talents.  Hayley represented Sunshine Coast at her first National 18s Championships, then QSST for the next two years, and then was selected to represent Australia at the 2001 Youth World Cup in the 18 Years Mixed division.The super fit link subsequently went on to be selected in the Queensland Women’s 20s team, Australian Women’s 20s squad, the Queensland Women’s Open State of Origin Team, and eventually the TFA National Training Squad.Hayley achieved a cherished dream when she was selected in the Australian Mixed Open Team for the 2007 FIT World Cup, and views her experience at the National Youth tournaments as an integral stepping stone in her development.“When I think back to the 18s tournaments, it really doesn’t seem that long ago, time flies… I know that since then, I have been lucky enough to come through the National system and been given support and development opportunities, but it all started with those early tournaments. I am thankful to all the people who have coached, pushed, and persevered with me during my ‘internship’. Without them I would not have been able to achieve my goals. Hopefully one day I can put something back into the sport that has given me so much,” Hayley said.The National 18 Years Tournament provides a unique opportunity for all regional areas of Australia, as well as the might of the New South Wales and Queensland School systems to compete under the one umbrella in a bid to crown the best 18 Years and Under team in the nation.The event offers a mix of social and competitive experiences that have become an integral lining in the fabric of Touch Football in this Country, and more importantly a rite of passage for some of Australia’s best young players like Hayley, who have used the tournament as a springboard for their representative careers.Australia has had 16 players who have represented the nation at Youth World Cup level who have gone on to represent Australia at Open level since the inception of Youth World Cup competition in 2001.Current Australian Open superstars such as Ash Farrow, Bo De la Cruz, Anthony Ziade, Louise Winchester, Matty Tope, Rebecca Tavo, and Steve Roberts are amongst the impressive list of ‘graduates’ to make the transition from our Junior World Cup, to our Open World Cup teams.Sydney’s Matthew “Shaggy” Tope who represented NSWCHS in the National 18s Championships in 2000, and went on to be selected in the Australian 18 Years Men’s team for the 2001 YWC, has great memories of the National 18s event and is enthusiastic when quizzed on the significance of the tournament to his development as an Elite player.“The best part about playing in the National 18’s was learning about the different playing styles. I didn’t understand a lot of the philosophies on how and why players from Queensland teams played differently to New South Wales teams, let alone the Kiwi style that I had never really seen before. It helps you learn to play more of a complete game when you get exposed to players, coaches, and ideas that you’re not used to. That and the friends you make. After playing for Australia you have an understanding of what it takes to get there, so you forge some pretty good friendships with the people that you go away with, that’s something that started for me as a junior and continues to this day,” Tope said.“Topeey,” regarded as one of the hardest workers and best young thinkers on the game in the nation, credits his YWC experiences with preparing him for the next level of competition and delivering him some harsh realities on what is required to truly “make it” in the game.“Playing in the YWC in 2001, taught me a lot about how hard you have to train to prepare for these events and the sacrifices you have to make in order to do well. As a young player you take for granted your talent and sometimes tend to rely on that without going the extra mile to better yourself. At the elite level everyone is talented in their own right, so it’s the ones who put the work in that really stand out. After that tournament I wanted to be one of the players who trained hard so I could stand out. I guess it kick started any chance I had of representing at the senior level, because without putting any hard yards in, I would have never made it,” Tope said.North Queensland’s Kelly Mc Gennity is the first female player to represent Australia in the two Youth divisions (18s & 20s) at successive Youth World Cups then graduate to Open World Cup representative level. Troy Malcolm is the first male.Kelly starred for Australia at the Federation of International Touch (FIT) 18 Years Youth World Cup in New Zealand in 2001 in the 18 Years Girls, the FIT 20 Years Youth World Cup at Kawana in the 20 Years Girls in 2005, and the FIT World Cup in the Mixed Open division in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2007.Mc Gennity, who captained the QSST Open Girls team, and the North Queensland 18 Years girls team, is adamant that the National 18 Years tournament has been a key stepping stone in her rise and rise in the sport she is passionate about.The impressive playmaker was the Player of the Series in Australia’s World Cup winning 2005 20 Years Women’s team.“Playing in the Youth World Cups were great experiences, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The Youth World Cup prepares you for open level in a big way. The rivalry between Australia and New Zealand has, and always will be, so intense and the speed of the games are just phenomenal,” Kelly said.“I think the Youth World Cup helps you realise the importance of playing for your country and representing the many young players out there that strive to be in the same position. To come out on top and win is a huge bonus. It’s a great honour to play in the Youth World Cup and to be fortunate enough to go onto the next level and play in the Open competition, is just sensational. It really opens up your eyes and makes you realise why you play the sport and why you put so much time and effort into developing your skills,” Kelly added.For the Sunshine Coast’s Benny Roberts who along with teammate Ash Farrow represented Australia in the 18 Years Boys division at the 2001 YWC, then went on to represent Australia at Open level in the 2007 FIT World Cup in South Africa, playing in the National 18s tournament provided benefits on a number of fronts. “The best part of playing in the National 18’s was being able to really show the rest of Australia that the Sunny Coast had talent, and it’s not just in the traditional touch football strongholds like Sydney, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast. To be able to be selected in Aussie Youth teams exposed me to better coaching and gave me the opportunity to see how different Countries approach the game – the way New Zealand play is much different to us and it was a bit if an eye opener for sure,” Benny said.The National Youth Championships have also allowed elite Coaches to develop and progress along a career pathway with mentors such as 2007 World Cup Australian Open Assistant Coaches Peter Robinson (Men’s Open) and Karley Banks (Mixed Open) having the opportunity to be a part of coaching teams at Youth World Cup level, then Open level, after cutting their teeth in the National 18s tournament.Current Australian Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman led the Australian Women’s 20s’ Youth World Cup Team to a World title in 2001, she then assistant coached the Australian Women’s Open Team at the 2003 World Cup, before finally guiding the 2007 Australian Women’s Open Team to World Cup glory in South Africa.Australia’s most successful coach at World Cup level Peter Bell, who coached the Australian Women’s Open team to three successful World Cup campaigns between 1995-2003, is now giving the benefit of his knowledge and expertise to a new generation of up and coming players by assuming the coaching reigns of the Australian 18 Years Girls Youth World Cup campaign for 2009.Current Youth World Cup coaches Kathy O’Brien, Dean Russell, Michael Mc Donald, and National Assistant Coaches John Singh, Simon Hausler, Pete Shefford, Jacky Patrick, Danny Goodwin, Ricky Luland, Wade Jenkins, Nick Smith, and Steve Hughes have all coached in the National 18s Championships.In 2007 a new breed of players will take to the fields at the Coffs Harbour cauldron, some keen to establish themselves as the real deal, some just their to have fun and enjoy the ride, whilst others will have dreams of one day playing for Australia echoing through their heads.Keep your eye on the rookie kids wearing the unfashionable number 13 jersey, they may not be “all that” today, but as Hayley Rogerson will tell you, given the right amount of guidance, support, belief, and encouragement, dreams can come true.THE “GRADUATES” HONOUR ROLLPlayers who have represented Australia at Youth and Open World Cup LevelCLASS OF 2001Anthony Ziade (Men’s 20’s)Ash Farrow (Boys 18’s)Ben Roberts (Boys 18’s)Bo De La Cruz (Women’s 20’s)Brad Holden (Men’s 20’s)Hayley Rogerson (Mixed 18’s)Kelly McGennity (Girls 18’s)Louise Winchester (Women’s 20’s)Matt Tope (Boys 18’s)Troy Malcolm (Boys 18s) Rebecca Tavo (Mixed 18’s)Stacey Lapham (Women’s 20’s)Steve Roberts (Men’s 20’s)CLASS OF 2005Andrew Baggio (Men’s 20’s)Troy Malcolm (Men’s 20s)Claire Winchester (Women’s 20’s)Kelly McGennity (Women’s 20’s)Roxy Winder (Women’s 20’s)last_img read more


first_imgIn this edition, Australian Men’s 35’s captain, William Chan, speaks about how his team is progressing, and how it feels to be named captain of the side.  With less than two weeks to go and two training camps under our belt the team is pretty excited. At the first camp I was honoured to be named the captain and feel privileged to be leading a team that has a mix of state and international veterans (Lenny Ryan is competing in his fifth World Cup) and some very capable debutants. Fortunately for me my job is going to be made easier with Scott “Soggy” Danswan named as vice captain.   We knew after the first training camp that we had some areas to focus on. We played against some strong opposition in the Men’s 30’s, Men’s 40’s and Senior Mixed. All games we played were tough and they will be hard to beat in their respective divisions.One of the highlights during this campaign has undoubtedly been the success of our fundraising night. Our coach Budgie (Emmanuel Buhagiar), assistant coach Ross Pugliese and manager Condor (Noel Donohue) had worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this all happen. The highlight of the night was MC Darren Senter interviewing league legends Peter Kelly and Bobby Cooper. It was topped off however by a private helicopter flight with one of our players, ‘sky pilot’ Matt Stanton, being auctioned off for the highest bid of the night. The 180 strong crowd were vocal and definitely enjoyed themselves and it was a credit to the whole team to get them there.Everything started to come together last weekend at the final training camp. After a mixed performance against the Men’s 30’s we put it all together with a good win against the Men’s 40’s and then had a solid hit out against ourselves to give the refs a run.That evening we all attended the TFA official function at the SCG where all teams were presented with their jerseys. You could tell that the enormity of representing your country was starting to hit home as the players received their gear, including myself! A major part of this night was to recognise the people who have excelled in Touch and have contributed a great deal to the sport. All those recognised deserved their standing ovations. However, one such recognition led to a huge surprise for one of our own and that was the naming of Lenny Ryan as one of the flag bearers along with Traddy and Louise Winchester. We just hoped that we would see Lenny at training the next day after he went out to celebrate.Next day Lenny did show although 15 minutes late and we had our last trial and another good performance against the Men’s 40’s. We finished the day with a fitness session that really brought us closer together.We have no excuses, a good preparation, a good game plan and a good sheriff.Can’t wait!Be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is calling for nominations for suitably qualified referees to be considered for attending the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League including 2013 Elite Eight Series from Wednesday, 13 March to Saturday, 16 March at BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour New South Wales. The event will comprise of Open and Senior tournaments concurrently over the four days, including the second Elite Eight series which was introduced in 2011. This will create an exciting atmosphere with the best players, referees and referee coaches from across the country in all age divisions and potential international teams also.For more information, please click on the attached document. Related Files2013_x-blades_ntl_referee_nomination_information-pdfRelated LinksNTL Referee Informationlast_img read more


first_imgThe first partnership to come out of the province’s new housing strategy will help revitalize Truro and encourage more young families to put down roots in the community. The province is working with the Town of Truro on the first Neighbourhood Improvement Program to revitalize the Alice Street area in the east end, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, June 17. “Every Nova Scotian deserves to have a safe and affordable place to live, in a community where they can build a good life,” said Premier Dexter. “We know that a community is not just a collection of streets and buildings, it’s a place that Nova Scotians call home. That’s why this housing strategy is so much more than just building houses and housing units. “This is about building communities and creating homes for families to raise their children, for young people to get started on the rest of their life, and for seniors to feel safe and secure in their golden years.” Truro residents identified the Alice Street Neighbourhood Improvement Program as a priority during the housing strategy consultation last November. “We have already seen the benefits to families when people with different income levels are indistinguishable from one another,” said MLA Lenore Zann, speaking on behalf of Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “In fact, Truro’s King Street, with its new apartment complex, art gallery and other improvements, is a wonderful success story. It provides a great foundation that can be expanded further east to an area that has seen little development over the years. “Both the new revitalization program and the Alice Street residential development will help attract more young families and help our east-end community create a more beautiful, family-friendly and safer environment for all to enjoy.” The heart of the revitalization project is developing the former Alice Street School site. The province will also redevelop another property it owns on Alice Street, and will offer new and existing programs to residents to improve curb appeal. Gloria Upham is a retired teacher who lives in the neighbourhood and used to walk along Alice Street to her job at the elementary school. “I’d love to see the area revitalized,” Ms. Upham said. “I really believe that this effort will inspire all of us to take pride in our homes and enhance the neighbourhood.” The town council unanimously approved the development June 11. Along with a new playground, the new residence will bring 28 apartments to the area. “Alice Street School was the centre of the community where kids went to school, neighbours met neighbours and events were staged over many years in Truro’s east end,” said Truro Mayor Bill Mills. “It was the meeting place where many successes were realized and students were recognized for their accomplishments and everybody knew each other and cared for each other. Now we have come full circle in this new development, caring for the needs of our families.” “I feel strongly about offering new housing options in this neighbourhood,” said developer Ron Meech of Meech Holdings. “These efforts, along with the municipal and provincial efforts, will bring about the changes the community has asked for.” Under the Neighbourhood Improvement Program, residents can get funding to support revitalization efforts such as landscaping, exterior painting and some exterior repairs. For more information on the province’s housing strategy, go to http://www.gov.ns.ca/coms/hs/Housing_Strategy.pdf .last_img read more


first_imgLondon: “Peaking nicely” and history firmly behind them, five-time champions Australia are the team to beat in the World Cup, says New Zealand pacer Trent Boult. In a repeat of 2015 final between the trans-Tasman rivals, pace spearhead Boult’s historic hat-trick went in vain as Mitchell Starc’s (5/26) brilliant five-for guided the defending champions to a convincing 86-run win at the Lord’s here on Saturday. With his swinging full-pitched deliveries, Boult sent back the well-settled Usman Khawaja (88 off 129 balls), Starc and Jason Behrendorff, while giving away just two runs in the last over to become the first Kiwi to grab a hat-trick in the World Cup. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together But his efforts proved futile as New Zealand were shot out for 157. By virtue of the win, Australia, who are already through to the semifinals, have consolidated their position at the top with 14 points from eight games. “Australia turn up for World Cups. They have a good record in them and they’re peaking nicely. They produced the complete performance and they were too good for us,” said Boult, who returned with figures of 4 for 51. “There are some quality sides here but it’s all about timing in my opinion and Australia are performing well, there’s only a couple of weeks left and they’re the ones to beat.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Boult was effusive in his praise for pace counterpart Starc, the tournament’s best bowler so far. Boult was joint leading wicket-taker in the 2015 tournament with 22 wickets, alongside Starc. But this time Starc overshadowed him and is leading the wicket-takers list with 24 scalps ahead of second-placed Lockie Ferguson of New Zealand, with 17. “He’s (Starc) six foot seven, bowls 157kph and swings it both ways! He’s a classy bowler. He was used very nicely with short spells to be aggressive. He’s had a stellar campaign so far,” the Kiwi left-arm pacer said. Boult, however, said it was special to grab a hat-trick at the ‘Home of Cricket’, his second in ODI cricket. “It would have been nice if it was in the first over but any bowler dreams of getting three wickets in a row. To do it at the ‘Home of Cricket’ in front of a good crowd against Australia was pretty cool,” he said. “It’s a pretty simple game plan. I wanted to disturb the woodwork and it was nice to see the stumps light up. It was a bit of entertainment for the crowd.” He said New Zealand let Australia off the hook on Saturday. “To have them 90 for five and let them get over 200 was frustrating. If we had kept them under 200, then it’s a whole different ball game,” he said. New Zealand have now suffered two successive defeats, against Pakistan and Australia, and face England in their final group match on Wednesday, a match that could yet decide who makes the final four. “We need to win the last one. It will be a big one for England and they will be hungry it’s certainly not panic stations. The bowling plans work well against any side so there won’t be much reinvention,” Boult signed off.last_img read more


first_imgDouble Academy Award winning Hilary Swank has travelled to Ethiopia to learn more about the importance of education and the opportunities that it brings in some of the more disadvantaged communities in the world.Hilary Swank Visits Ethiopia With UNICEFPartnering with UNICEF and Montblanc, Hilary shares a commitment to give every child the opportunity to learn how to read and write, making a crucial contribution to breaking the poverty cycle, one step at a time.Video: Montblanc ‘Signature for Good’ 2013 – Hilary SwankVisiting a countryside beyond the Ethiopian capital, Hilary Swank and Lutz Bethge, Montblanc CEO witnessed the success of the Child-to-Child (CTC) pre-primary education in providing preschool-aged children with early learning at the Dima Guranda Primary School in the Sebeta District, Oromia Region.Through the hard work of young facilitators, usually older students, CTC has become a winning model to prevent children from dropping out of primary school.While at Mekdella Primary School, Hilary Swank was particularly moved by the “Gender Club”, a school supported activity programme promoting gender equality in education giving girls and boys practical knowledge to overcome inequalities and violence, as well as achieving a better understanding of health, hygiene and environmental issues.Empowered with better knowledge provided by teachers; these self-confident young women and men have a fighting chance of improving their situation.In Ethiopia alone, support from Montblanc has contributed to the establishment of 2,400 and rehabilitation of 800 Alternative Basic Education Centres reaching 846,000 children including many orphans and pastoralists. Providing children with quality basic education will in turn give them significantly better chances in life.For every piece in the “Signature for Good” Collection sold between 1 March 2013 and 31 March 2014, Montblanc will donate part of its proceeds to raise at least $1.5 million dollars to UNICEFʼs education programmes, focusing on the most vulnerable children, through the Schools for Africa and Asia initiatives, and programmes in Latin America.For more information please visit www.signatureforgood.montblanc.com.last_img read more


first_imgMia Farrow, renowned actress, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has just completed her fourth visit to the Central African Republic where she saw the impact of extreme violence and met people with stories of inspiring courage.Video: In the Central African Republic with Mia Farrow“In 2007, I made the first of what would now be four visits to the Central African Republic. I must have left a part of my heart here,” Farrow said, speaking from Bangui. “The courage and resilience of defenceless people facing shocking and unacceptable levels of violence is unforgettable and profoundly inspiring.”In the town of Boda, more than four hours’ drive from the capital, Farrow met with internally displaced Muslim families trapped in an enclave surrounded by armed groups hostile to them, who spoke of living in constant fear of attacks. At the only school still functioning in town, some 400 children were crammed into three classrooms. Parents were volunteering to teach after most of the school’s teachers fled for their lives.In Bangui, Farrow spoke to a health worker who, for security reasons, was no longer able to get to her job at the main hospital and was instead volunteering to treat women and children in a health centre in her community.More than 2.3 million children are suffering the consequences of the crisis rocking the country. Children have been directly targeted. On average, at least one child has been maimed or killed in clashes every day in the past six months. Malnutrition rates are high and the number of children associated with armed groups could be as high as 10,000, according to the Ministry of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration. One in three children who were enrolled in the last school year did not go back to school this year.“We need the support of the international community to help provide security so that schools can be rebuilt and children can safely return to them,” Farrow said.During a meeting with Central African Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza, Farrow stressed the importance of security, education and the urgent need for access to basic services so that families can rebuild their lives and children can hope for a brighter future.Across the country, UNICEF has provided over 43,000 students with school supplies and set up temporary learning spaces for 24,000 children since the beginning of the year. UNICEF is also improving health services, including by distributing insecticide-treated mosquito nets, providing safe drinking water, offering HIV counselling to pregnant women and vaccinating children against polio and measles. Since January, more than 10,000 children under the age of five received treatment for severe malnutrition.After over two years of violence, growing needs and limited funding, more support is urgently needed to save children’s lives.last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The Governor in Council, on the advice of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, with support of Cabinet, referred back for reconsideration and hearing the Broadcasting Decisions CRTC 2017-143 to 2017-147 (renewing licenses for television services of major French-language ownership groups) and CRTC 2017-148 to 2017-151 (renewing licenses for television services of major English-language ownership groups) of May 15, 2017.“Canadian broadcasters and creators are at the centre of the broadcasting system, and at a time when our competitive advantage rests on creativity, they must be positioned to succeed.The Government of Canada recognizes the significant investments Canadian broadcasters make in Canadian content. At the same time, the entire industry is in transition and the next few years will be critical to establishing the conditions for Canadians to be able to compete with the best in the world. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook During this period of transition across the industry, original Canadian content and a dynamic creative sector are vital to the sector’s competitiveness, and its contribution to the Canadian economy.We are asking the CRTC to reconsider these decisions in order to ensure that we achieve the right balance of investment in content and in the ability to compete.In referring back these decisions, the Government wishes to affirm its support for great Canadian dramas, comedies, animation, films, documentaries — and other programs of national interest — that reflect our country and its diversity. It also recognizes the importance of original French-language content and support for the creators of music programming, short films and short-form documentaries.As we look to the future of Canadian content, we must be bold. That’s why, this fall, I will present a vision that supports our cultural industries through this transformation and will bring us in line with the changing digital environment.” Twitterlast_img read more


TORONTO — The Ontario government is warning energy companies it is not ready to allow the controversial practice called fracking to extract natural gas or oil.Premier Dalton McGuinty says no private companies have approached the province to talk about fracking or hydraulic fracturing, which uses chemically-treated water under extreme pressure in drill holes to fracture shale and release gas or oil.McGuinty says he’s heard concerns the practice can pollute water supplies, and would want to see scientific evidence fracking is safe “before giving it a thumbs up or a thumbs down.”NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she’s concerned about negative environmental impacts from fracking, especially on drinking water.Opponents of fracking, including the Council of Canadians, say companies including Mooncor Oil and Gas and Dundee Energy are buying up land in southern Ontario that could be used for fracking.Mooncor says only that it has not announced any plans to frack in Ontario.Quebec has a moratorium on fracking and all oil and gas exploration activities under the Saint Lawrence River, but other provinces, including Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Alberta, allow fracking.The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission said a spate of small earthquakes in the province’s remote northeastern corner were caused by fracking in the Horn River Basin, a gas-rich shale formation that’s attracted some of the industry’s biggest players read more


The restrictions imposed on access to Viber will be lifted from midnight tonight, the Government information department said.The Government also said that restrictions imposed on other social media networks in Sri Lanka will be lifted soon. The restrictions were imposed after it was found that social media was used to spread hate among the communities in Kandy recently.Communal clashes broke out in Kandy last week with several Muslim owned property being attacked. (Colombo Gazette)


The NBA draft lottery on Tuesday night pitted the repeated good luck of Cleveland against the long-standing bad luck of New York — and somehow, New Orleans won. The Pelicans landed the No. 1 overall pick despite having just a 6 percent chance to do so, and they’re widely expected to use it on Duke star Zion Williamson. “It’s just an incredible blessing for our organization,” Pelicans general manager David Griffin told reporters.Of course, any team would be likely to make the same pick. The one-and-done college basketball megastar could have become a new centerpiece for a Cavaliers franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs without LeBron James since 1998; he could have brought a change in luck to the Knicks, who haven’t had a No. 1 pick since Patrick Ewing in 1985; or he could have bolstered a Bulls frontcourt that already features Wendell Carter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen.But in the first year of the new lottery format, the Pelicans got lucky. The explosion of Williamson in the past six months and the messy, dramatic saga of Anthony Davis are now intertwined. Davis requested a trade from New Orleans in January, and that storyline dominated the rest of the Pelicans’ season. New Orleans declined to trade its superstar in February, and its ultimate response still isn’t clear, but now Griffin has lots of possibilities.So the No. 1 question from Tuesday night: Does the allure of playing with Williamson make Davis think twice about leaving New Orleans? Williamson became a spectacle during his one college season, leading all of Division I men’s college basketball in both effective field-goal percentage (.708) and player efficiency rating (40.8), according to Sports-Reference.com. At 6-foot-7 and 285 pounds, he has the athleticism to throw down windmill dunks, while drawing a charge from him has been compared to getting hit by a Jeep.If Davis stays, the Pelicans can win with a core of Davis, Williamson and Jrue Holiday. On offense, the Williamson-Davis tandem would be a matchup nightmare. They would thrive on pick and rolls, or they would attract the defense to the paint and kick the ball out to shooters on the perimeter. Adding the best athlete in the draft class would also boost New Orleans’s transition offense, which ranked second-to-last in the league in points per possession during the regular season.On defense, that trio is even more formidable. Davis on the inside ranked fifth in block rate and 13th in defensive rebound rate, even in a season marred by a finger injury and the trade drama. Holiday is an All-Defensive first-team honoree who can guard the 1, 2 and 3 positions. Adding Williamson would give New Orleans another flexible piece on defense. It’s unclear what kinds of players he will be asked to guard in his career, but he’s versatile. Duke’s defense was underrated last season — the program’s best since 2010 in adjusted defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com.Davis did warm up for the Pelicans’ season finale in April wearing a shirt that read, “That’s All Folks!” If he still ends up departing, New Orleans has more work to do, but the options look much better than they did Monday. Any trade involving Davis would command a more promising return, and it might include players more likely to stay and excel during the early stages of Williamson’s career. (Davis can become a free agent after next season.) The Pelicans could snag a young player like Jayson Tatum from Boston or Ben Simmons from the Sixers. And then there’s the lingering Lakers option, which can now include that juicy No. 4 pick that Los Angeles picked up Tuesday night.The new lottery format, with less favorable odds for the top contenders, altered a number of franchises. The Cavaliers and the Knicks — who along with Phoenix had a 14 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick — ended up with the fifth and third picks, respectively. If New York doesn’t use the pick as trade bait, it will be guaranteed a chance to select one of the draft’s other, slightly less-hyped prospects in Williamson’s Blue Devil teammate RJ Barrett or Murray State point guard Ja Morant.But as expected, it all comes back to Williamson. Asked what he would bring to whichever team drafts him, Williamson said on ESPN on Tuesday night, “Whatever that team needs me to do, I’m going to be able to do it.” That is a common refrain from pro hopefuls, who are coached by agents to say it. But with a once-in-a-generation talent like Williamson, it just might be true.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more


first_imgLate last week, Metacritic — the popular review aggregate site for games, movies, music and more — began to rank game developers with a number. It was a move that sparked a lot of controversy. Essentially, the way Metacritic’s developer review algorithm worked was by averaging the scores of all the games that developer had worked on. That was problematic enough: it’s one thing to say that a game sucks based upon its numerical score and quite another thing to say that a developer sucks, or is bad at his job, based upon the review scores given to games he has worked on. There are tons and tons of talented game developers toiling away at companies making shit games, because they aren’t the decision makers. It’s got to be demoralizing enough to have worked on poorly reviewed games, let alone be told you suck an equal amount as the average of all the games you have worked on put together.The other problem, though, was in what those numbers might have been used for. Game publishers already use Metacritic averages to determine whether or not to pay out bonuses to game developer companies… is the next step to deny a hard working person a raise based upon his Metacritic developer average?It was just a bad idea all around. Luckily, Metacritic’s caved and removed the ranking. It may just be a temporary move, though, as Metacritic Games head Marc Doyle is saying that they’re pulling the developer ranking feature primarily because their database of developer credits isn’t yet good enough to provide accurate ratings.. not that rating human beings numerically is a bad idea to begin with. Read more at Metacritic [via Rock Paper Shotgun]last_img read more


first_imgL’ancêtre des ours polaires était une ourse bruneUne étude publiée hier révèle que l’ensemble des ours polaires descend d’une ourse brune irlandaise qui vivait il y a 20.000 à 50.000 ans. Cet animal aujourd’hui menacé est donc issu d’une hybridation naturelle.Si des recherches mettaient déjà en évidence le fait que l’ours polaire moderne (Ursus maritimus) avait hérité d’une partie du patrimoine génétique de l’ours brun, ce n’est qu’avec l’étude publiée dans la revue Current Biology que la preuve d’un croisement entre les deux espèces a été apportée. L’équipe dirigée par Beth Shapiro de l’Université américaine de Pennsylvanie a étudié les échantillons d’ADN mitochondrial sur 242 ours bruns et ours polaires, vivant ou fossilisés au cours des 120.000 dernières années. L’analyse de leur lignage génétique a permis de découvrir que le génome maternel des ours blancs s’était comme “figé”, pour acquérir sa forme actuelle, pendant ou juste avant le pic de la dernière période glaciaire, c’est-à-dire il y a entre 20.000 et 50.000 ans. La localisation est même relativement précise puisqu’elle est située sur la Côte atlantique du nord de l’Irlande.Une “grand-mère” irlandaise commune à tous les ours polaires a donc été trouvée même si, selon le Pr Shapiro, il s’agissait d’un individu différent des ours bruns actuels. En effet, la population d’ours bruns qui partageait son ADN maternel avec les ours polaires s’est éteinte depuis déjà environ 9.000 ans, indique Sciences et Avenir. La génétique est toutefois formelle : les deux espèces étaient en contact bien avant cette disparition et auraient même cohabité pendant une centaine de milliers d’années.Un “grand-père” inconnu À lire aussiL’attaque spectaculaire d’un ours polaire affamé sur un phoqueIl est en revanche beaucoup plus complexe de retrouver la trace de l’ancêtre mâle des ours polaires. La partie paternelle du génome de ces ours, l’ADN nucléaire, remonte bien au-delà de la période glaciaire et “provient probablement d’un ancêtre commun avec les ours bruns il y a à peu près 500 000 ans”, estime Beth Shapiro. “C’est précisément cette différence de génome – l’ancêtre très récent du côté maternel et celui beaucoup plus ancien et différent du côté paternel- qui nous permet d’induire que tous les ours polaires vivants descendent d’une ourse brune” relativement récente, a expliqué la biologiste à l’AFP.Par ailleurs, l’hybridation des ours a certainement été influencée par les fluctuations climatiques au cours des 500.000 dernières années. Les deux espèces d’ours vivaient dans des milieux voisins dont les limites se sont certainement déplacées et superposées à plusieurs reprises lors des épisodes de réchauffement ou de refroidissement climatique, en particulier dans les zones côtières. “Aujourd’hui on assiste à un changement similaire dans le climat arctique, avec la fonte des glaces et le recul de la banquise [ … ] Et une fois de plus, ce changement offre aux ours polaires et bruns l’occasion de partager leur habitat et donc de se croiser” dans tous les sens du terme, explique Beth Shapiro.Des espèces à protéger C’est ainsi que plusieurs hybrides adultes, comme des “pizzlys” issus du croisement entre un ours polaire et un ours brun grizzly, ont été recensés ces dernières années. Malheureusement, ces croisements pourraient favoriser l’extinction des ours polaires dont l’habitat est déjà menacé par le réchauffement. Pourtant, ces animaux doivent aussi être pris en compte dans les efforts pour la conservation des espèces car ils peuvent jouer un rôle non négligeable dans leur survie, estime la spécialiste.Le 8 juillet 2011 à 13:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


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first_imgAdvised His Excellency the Governor to approve an Immigration and Labour Protocol between TCIG and the Desarollos Hotelco TCI Ltd in relation to the development of a luxury branded hotel at Grace Bay on Providenciales; Received a report from the Hon. Minister of Finance, regarding the management of government accounts.Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course. Header: File photo Received a presentation by the Hon. Attorney General on a bill to amend the Firearms Ordinance which would be finalised for referral to the House of Assembly; Received a presentation by the Hon. Minister for Tourism, Environment, Culture, Heritage and Gaming on a proposed draft Gaming Control Bill. Cabinet sought clarification on certain aspects of the draft Bill and agreed that that draft Bill should be put out to public consultation following which it would be returned to Cabinet for further consideration; Approved the Alternative Education Policy paper as the official document to govern alternative education for students in TCI who are deemed “at risk” or who have behavioural difficulties subject to the provision of resources to implement the policy; Welcomed the news from the Hon. Minister of Finance, that banking services would resume on South Caicos once certain matters were addressed; Rejected a submission by Charisma University to use the Accreditation Commission for Colleges on Medicine (ACCM) to conduct the accreditation of the Charisma School of Medicine in TCI and endorsed the established procedure to be followed for licensing and accreditation of medical schools in TCI; Noted the recommendations of the Procurement Board to award a contract in line with the Public Procurement Ordinance 2012 as follows – TR17/10 Police vehicles; TR17/13 K9 vehicle for the police; TR17/20 Electronic teaching aids and software; TR17/27 Fencing project, South Dock, Providenciales; Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Approved a proposal for a peppercorn lease agreement for ROM Group, Higgs Plaza, to provide free temporary accommodation for three months for the Bottle Creek Clinic on North Caicos whose original property was severely damaged following Hurricane Irma;center_img Noted the financial performance of the TCI Government for the period October – December 2017 as reported by the Accountant General in the 3rdQuarter Financial Report 2017/18 submitted in accordance with Section 36 of the Public Finance Management Ordinance 2012; Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 3, 2018 – Providenciales – His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday, 31 January 2018, at the Hon. Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales.  All Ministers were present.At this meeting Cabinet:Received a presentation on the review of the statutory bodies by Mr Stephen Turnbull. Cabinet agreed to consider and review the recommendations in Mr Turnbull’s consolidated report at its next meeting; Noted additional international awards that have been granted to students who were initially denied scholarships due to insufficient funding being available but who are now eligible for awards following additional funds being identified; Approved amending the Community College Ordinance to enable the granting of Bachelor Degrees by the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College; Received an up-date by the Hon. Minister of Health, Agriculture, Sport and Human Services on progress to recruit a Chief Executive Officer and a Chief Financial Officer of the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB). Cabinet discussed the continuing problems at the NHIB and called for a paper in advance of the next meeting of Cabinet setting out options to address the management of the NHIB; Advised His Excellency the Governor to grant a licence, subject to certain conditions being met, to Digicel (Turks and Caicos) Limited to install underground telecommunications fibre optic network cables along sections of road reserves in Providenciales and Grand Turk to enable the company to repair and improve its telecommunications infrastructure in TCI following damage caused by September’s hurricanes; Her Excellency the Deputy Governor informed Cabinet of the process and deadlines for ITTs and tenders to be submitted by departments.  She further up-dated Cabinet on recent public service appointments and the latest job recruitments that are underway. The Deputy Governor also raised the critical situation of public service buildings which were badly damaged during the September hurricanes and which remain unsuitable for continued public service operations. The Deputy Governor undertook to circulate to Cabinet a list of government departments affected and that had been displaced as a result of the hurricanes; Received an information paper from the Hon. Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade updating Cabinet on progress on the Vision 2040 Document and the Medium Term Development Strategy project; Related Items:last_img read more


first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County health officials Tuesday announced the confirmation of a dozen new cases of influenza among asylum seekers who have been flown to San Diego from Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.The county’s Health and Human Services Agency has identified a total of 47 people with flu symptoms and “influenza-like illness” since the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began transporting asylum seekers to San Diego on May 19. To date, nearly 300 people at a migrant shelter in Bankers Hill operated by Jewish Family Service of San Diego have received a health screening.The number of new cases is the largest since Friday, when health officials confirmed 13 new flu cases at the shelter. The county confirmed two cases on Saturday, one on Sunday and three on Monday.In addition, 15 asylum seekers who have tested positive for the flu have been quarantined in hotel rooms as the county tries to stave off more cases. Only one person at the shelter has been hospitalized with flu symptoms since the county began tracking the outbreak on Thursday.DHS officials and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the plan to begin flying detained asylum seekers from Texas to San Diego on May 17. Federal immigration authorities are operating 10 jets between San Diego and Texas, with roughly 130 people aboard each flight. DHS officials said they aim to charter three flights a week to San Diego International Airport, from which the asylum seekers will be moved to local CBP processing stations like Brown Field.The transportation is necessary, according to federal immigration authorities, because CBP facilities are largely overwhelmed with new detainees, many of them families and children requesting asylum. CBP agents have detained an average of 4,500 migrants at the border each day this year.The agency is currently holding about 8,000 people at its detention facility in McAllen, Texas, two times the agency’s maximum capacity in the area. CBP agents temporarily closed processing operations at the facility last week among a flu outbreak of its own, which has resulted in the death of a 16- year-old Guatemalan boy. Roughly three dozen immigrants and asylum seekers at the facility are currently quarantined, the Washington Post reported.San Diego County health officials define a flu outbreak as one person being diagnosed with the virus and a second person contracting and developing the disease within 72 hours. The county said it plans to continue monitoring the situation and providing updates on new flu cases at the shelter. San Diego County confirms a dozen new flu cases at San Diego migrant shelter Posted: May 28, 2019 May 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more