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Pune IPL team reaches out to its new fan base

first_imgPune: Soldiers housed in the Paraplegics Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) in Khadki, Pune, are cheering for the home team, Rising Pune Supergiant, in the IPL. But one team member is special for the soldiers. For a few years now, cricketer Rahul Tripathi has been visiting the soldiers at the centre with his mother, Saroj, bearing fruits and gifts. The Khadki institution houses soldiers forced to live in wheelchairs due to combat injuries. On Sunday, he visited the centre along with his teammates to launch the ‘Supergiants for Soldiers’ initiative, aimed at creating a support base for soldiers. The cricketers were left awestruck by a basketball-on-wheelchairs exhibition match, with the soldiers wheeling around furiously to get into position for a shot at the rim or to collect a rebound.Mr. Tripathi’s visits to the centre, close to his residence in Pune, were a result of his parents’ involvement with the institution. His father, Colonel A.K. Tripathi, says, “I am posted at the Command Centre, where each person is assigned one initiative. Helping out at the PRC was assigned to me, and my wife became involved. She fasts on certain days in the week, so I suggested gifting fruits on fasting days, and her visits became regular.”Tripathi, then a youngster working his way up the ranks in Maharashtra age group cricket, accompanied his mother whenever he was at home in Pune. He bonded with the soldiers, his visits bringing them joy and earning him their blessings.Col. Tripathi believes his son’s career took off after those trips to the PRC. “After a visit, he scored heavily in the next match. I feel those blessings were working. The donations began 2011 onwards. He kept coming here and his success in cricket continued.” The RPS batting sensation returned to the PRC as a celebrity of sorts on Sunday, clicking selfies and mingling with the combat veterans. He was happy to spend time with familiar faces. “I take away positive energy from here each time. Their courage to overcome difficulties is inspiring.” The 26-year-old’s stylish strokeplay when partnering with Ajinkya Rahane or Steve Smith, and the fact that he’s the only Maharashtra cricketer in the Pune playing squad, has made him a fan favourite at the MCA stadium. The Supergiants for Soldiers project, announced by CEO Raghu Iyer, aims at creating awareness and raising funds for the PRC through online fund-raising firm Ketto. The centre’s medical director, R.K. Mukherjee, said the facility needs wheelchairs, both manually and battery operated. He added that sport is a key aspect in the soldiers’ rehab. “There are soldiers here paralysed waist down, others with no movement in their limbs. We call them differently abled, not disabled, because at heart, they want to live life. Besides basketball, at which they excel, our soldiers take part in swimming, athletics, badminton, archery for paraplegics,” he said.last_img read more

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Thailand silences PH to advance to AVC semis

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Thailand brought down host Philippines, 25-21, 25-14, 25-20, to advance to the semifinal stage of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Thais set up a semifinals matchup against 10th-ranked Korea in the penultimate stage while the Philippines will duke it out against Chinese-Taipei in the bottom four of the classification stage.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES Read Next Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events PLAY LIST 01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending Articles01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img The Philippines labored to score against the Thais’ superb defense, converting on just 28 of its total 114 spike attempts.Thailand, on the other hand, scored on 46 of its 109 spike attempts.READ: Macandili on facing powerhouse teams in AVC: ‘This is anybody’s game’Chatchu-on Moksri and Ajcharaporn Kongyot had 17 points apiece to lead Thailand while Wilavan Apinyapong added 13.Jovelyn Gonzaga spearheaded the 79th-ranked Philippines with 11 points while Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago, who scored tournament-highs in their previous game against Vietnamn, were limited to a combined 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT TNT taps Glen Rice Jr. as new import Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite the loss, Philippine head coach Francis Vicente was pleased with the fight his team showed against the Asian powerhouse.READ: Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is a game, you win some you lose some. But it’s how you fight that’s important,” said Vicente in Filipino. “I saw that the heart was still there and the determination to not give up was there also.”“It’s just unfortunate that we lost today.”last_img read more

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Foton sets up decider against F2

first_imgDown for the count, Foton on Saturday night stood up against formidable F2 Logistics and displayed the fighting heart that made it a two-time champion in the past.Foton took its quarterfinal series against the Cargo Movers to a deciding game after scoring a 27-25, 19-25, 25-22, 16-25, 15-12 win on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jaja Santiago and import Courtney Felinski came up with the hits that told in the stretch as the seventh-ranked Tornadoes set up the do-or-die match against the No. 2 Cargo Movers for Thursday.“It’s a big win for us, especially coming off an 11-game losing streak and now we still have the chance for the semifinals,” said Foton coach Aaron Velez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFoton president Rommel Sytin expressed delight in the performance of his Tornadoes, who were given up for lost after that sorry losing streak.But it won’t be easy for 2015 and 2016 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix champions as the Cargo Movers, three-time champions themselves, are expected to come back strong in the winner-take-all match. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Manila Golf Ladies lures banner field Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s just a little luck and the big fighting heart of the players,” said Sytin after the thrilling win.It was the Tornadoes’ third straight win after the tailspin, as the return of sisters Santiago and Dindin Manabat and the arrival of import Milagros Collar continued to boost their confidence.Santiago, a standout in the Japanese V-League, scored 20 points like Felinski. Collar added 16, while Maika Ortiz had 11.F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus had earlier warned of a big Foton comeback. But he is expected to make key adjustments in the sudden-death.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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India-Myanmar-Thailand Motor Rally leg 1 completed

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) The second India-Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Motor Rally?IMT 2 successfully completed its first leg from Guwahati to Bangkok on December 3, the government today said.The rally was flagged off from Guwahati on 25th November, 2017 with a total of 50 participants including five women, in 20 SUV vehicles, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.It made night halts in Kohima and Imphal before being flagged off by Tharadol Thongruang, Minister Counsellor (Commercial) of Thailand, for the border town of Moreh, the startement said.”After a hassle free and smooth facilitation at the Land Border Crossing on the Indian side of the Moreh Tamu border, the rally proceeded towards Myanmar,” it said.In Myanmar the rally passed through Kalay, Bagan, Mandalay, Yangon and Mawlamyine.The rally then crossed over to Thailand at the Mae Sot Border on December 2 and reached Bangkok on December 3, via the old capital Sukhothai, it said.The IMT-2 motor rally has been organised by Kalinga Motor Sports Club in collaboration with the team Mahindra Adventure.The Embassies of Myanmar and Thailand in India and the Indian Embassy in Myanmar and Thailand facilitated the event while the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Ministry of External Affairs and Land Customs Department, Government of India offered full support. PTI NAM MKJlast_img read more

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Juventus chief rules out Iniesta capture

first_imgTransfers ‘He will sign new Barcelona deal’ – Marotta rules out Juventus move for Iniesta Matthew Judge Last updated 2 years ago 22:10 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Andres Iniesta Barcelona Getty Transfers Juventus Barcelona Serie A UEFA Champions League Primera División The Serie A side have been linked with signing the Spaniard on a free transfer, but their CEO has since poured cold water over speculation Giuseppe Marotta has played down claims Juventus could sign Andres Iniesta, insisting the midfielder will sign a new contract with Barcelona.Iniesta, 33, has entered into the final year of his current contract at Camp Nou, leading to speculation that Juventus could land him on a free transfer when his deal expires next summer.Under 2.5 goals in Getafe v Barcelona 3/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The Spaniard revealed this month that he is in no rush to sign a new deal at Barcelona, despite club president Josep Bartomeu initially saying an agreement had been struck.However, Juve CEO Marotta has poured cold water over talk Iniesta could be heading to Turin.Speaking to La Sexta, Marotta said: “Iniesta is an amazing footballer but he is contracted with Barcelona.“He is going to sign a contract extension with them as well, he is on very good terms with the board and he is a very important footballer for his club so I don’t see Iniesta leave Barcelona in the future.“I think he will stay at Barcelona.”Iniesta featured from the start as Barcelona downed Juventus 3-0 in their Champions League group-stage opener at Camp Nou on Tuesday.A Lionel Messi double and a strike from Ivan Rakitic consigned the visitors to defeat, serving revenge after the Serie A giants beat Barca in the quarter-finals of last season’s tournament.last_img read more

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Rutgers Commit Marques Ford Makes It Clear He Wouldn’t Re-Consider Tennessee

first_imgA general view of Rutgers football stadium.NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay defensive end Marques Ford was committed to Tennessee for six months until losing his scholarship on Jan. 21 due to a numbers crunch in the Vols’ class. Ford rebounded by committing to Rutgers two days later, and indicated after his official visit to RU this weekend that he planned to sign with the Scarlet Knights.Because Tennessee lost a commitment from four-star running back Kendall Bussey this afternoon, some Vols’ fans on Twitter broached the idea of trying to bring Ford back into the fold, but the four-star recruit dismissed any notion of that tonight.All this talk about me going back to Tennessee and im just like ..  #CHOPNation pic.twitter.com/TW7S9VZabP— 5⃣6⃣ (@Marques_Ford) February 3, 2015Even with Bussey de-committing, it’s doubtful Tennessee would have tried to move back in on Ford. If they did, he indicated he wouldn’t be interested. Somehow, I think this one works out well for all parties: UT still has a highly-rated class under Butch Jones, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood lands a talented four-star and Ford ends up in a place where he is clearly wanted.last_img read more

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‘Van Dijk is the kingpin at Liverpool’

first_imgVirgil van Dijk is “the kingpin” at Anfield, says Mark Wright, with a £75 million ($94m) centre-half “key to Liverpool’s success”.A former Reds defender is not the first to suggest that a Netherlands international has become a talismanic presence on Merseyside.Jurgen Klopp moved to put a record-breaking transfer in place during the winter window of 2018 . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The faith shown in Van Dijk has been richly rewarded, with the 27-year-old now PFA Player of the Year and a Champions League winner .He is widely regarded as the finest exponent of his chosen position in world football, with Wright among those to have talked up his obvious qualities and value to Liverpool.A man who spent seven years with the Reds between 1991 and 1998 told Sky Sports : “You can talk about his ability in possession and, yes, he can head the ball, he is quick and he can do all the other bits and pieces as well.“But you don’t come to Liverpool unless you can do those things. The biggest thing that has impressed me is what I see from him when the ball is at the other end of the pitch.”He dictates. He makes sure people fill those pockets where previously Liverpool were being hurt on the counter-attack. He makes sure others are aware.“It’s that organisation of others that has made the biggest difference because there aren’t a lot of leaders around but he can do that. Nobody is going to argue with him because Virgil is the kingpin.“I see him as the key to Liverpool’s success. He is an exceptional player and I really cannot believe it wasn’t more of a battle to get him because there is a dearth of top centre-halves around.“Look around. Name the top five in the Premier League and I think you would struggle to come up with five. Virgil stands out like a sore thumb, to be honest with you.”Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Champions League Winner 06/01/19Van Dijk has contributed significantly to Liverpool becoming European champions and serious contenders for the Premier League title.Wright believes there will be more success to come for the Reds after seeing Klopp break his trophy duck in English football.The ex-England international added: “I hope this is the start of something.“They are already feared. Teams don’t want to play against them. That is where they are now. Liverpool and Manchester City are where everyone else wants to be.“I think they need maybe two good players this summer and that would be enough. Maybe a centre-forward who could change the play if they needed to.“But who am I to say anything to Jurgen Klopp? He is the manager and he knows exactly what he is doing.“I am the same as the Liverpool supporters worldwide, I trust in him. If he doesn’t want to buy anyone then that means there aren’t the right players out there.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Try This: Baxter of California Pomade Mixer Kit

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Pomade has the power to make your hair go from blah to bold, thanks to its ability to tame flyaways, keep your hairstyle in place and make you look, well, handsome as ever. But which pomade do you choose? Do you go for one with a nice scent and a light hold, or for something stronger that’s unscented? Luckily, the folks at Baxter of California thought about the same problem, so they created the Pomade Mixer Kit, something that will solve all those issues. The Baxter of California Pomade Mixer Kit comes with four 15 ml — perfect for traveling — containers of the grooming label’s most popular hair pomades.There’s Clay Pomade, which has a firm hold and a matte finish; Hard Water Pomade, which has a firm hold and shine finish; Cream Pomade, which has a light hold and natural finish; and Hard Cream Pomade, which has a firm hold and natural finish. That way, you can stash one in your weekender bag, one in your gym bag, and one at the office. Or, if you’re into experimenting, you can bring all of them with you and mix and match until you’ve discovered the perfect pomade for your hairstyling needs.You can slick your hair back, do a side part and come it, or try out a dapper Don Draper hairdo. Want to do something funky? Spike it up and watch how it will make you the coolest guy in the room. So grab the Baxter of California Pomade Mixer kit for yourself, and get one for all your friends and family. That way, you can find your perfect pomade and graduate to a full-sized container!For more information visit baxterofcalifornia.com. Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beardlast_img read more

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ICS: Shipping Not to Be Treated as OECD Economy

first_imgzoom The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has commented on the suggestion of a carbon charge for shipping made by the International Transport Forum, a think-tank affiliated to the OECD, saying that it questions why international shipping should accept a carbon price of USD 25 per tonne of CO2, as proposed by the ITF.This would be almost three times higher than the carbon price paid by shore based industries in developed nations, ICS says. About 70% of the world merchant fleet is registered in UNFCCC ‘non-Annex I’ developing countries, and maritime trade is of vital benefit to rich and emerging economies alike.ICS emphasises that shipping is committed to reducing CO2 and has a responsibility to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations ‘2 degree’ climate change goal. But the UNFCCC recognises that developed and developing nations should accept differing commitments, and shipping is no different, especially in view of its vital role in the movement of about 90% of global trade.While China and India, for example, have already made positive CO2 reduction commitments to COP 21, these will not deliver absolute CO2 reductions for several years, according to ICS. Some richer nations, however, consistent with the UNFCCC CBDR principle, have made more ambitious commitments. Shipping meanwhile has already reduced its total CO2 emissions by more than 10% (2007- 2012) and CO2 per tonne-mile by around 20% between 2005  and 2015, and it is therefore on course for carbon neutral growth, ICS says.“While shipping may currently have CO2 emissions comparable to a major OECD economy, it is inappropriate for the ITF to propose that the industry should be treated like an OECD economy” said ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe.ICS also says that the ITF is incorrect to state that a proposal by the Marshall Islands to discuss the development of a CO2 reduction target for shipping ‘was not acted upon within the IMO.’The issue was placed on the agenda of the next IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee, and will be debated fully by IMO in April 2016, taking account of the outcome of the UN Climate Conference in Paris, according to ICS.Finally, the ITF paper says that ICS has recently declared a preference for a fuel levy. In actual fact, ICS came to this position before the current IMO discussions on Market Based Measures were paused in 2013.The position of ICS remains that if IMO Member States should decide to adopt a shipping MBM, the industry’s clear preference is for a fuel levy, rather than an emissions trading scheme or other complex alternatives that would distort global shipping markets.However, if a levy was developed by IMO, ICS believes that any money collected should be proportionate to international shipping’s share of the world’s total CO2 emissions and not the USD 26 billion a year suggested by the ITF.last_img read more

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NEATs Northern Cohort seed and garden supply exchange

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – NEAT’s Northern Co-hort proudly presents the 1st Annual Northern Seed and Garden Supply Exchange.The Co-hort shares this will be a day of community building being held Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the NEAT Offices, 10003 95th Ave, Fort St John, above the NEAT Finds Thrift Store.Pack up your seeds and garden supply’s for the first of many exchanges. There will be workshops offered on mason bees, pruning and permaculture. As well as the opportunity to meet local ecological farms, gain access to local meats, canning, plant starts and weekly veggie box information. 12:30 pm – Pruning Principals with Sonya Runacres1:30 pm – Permaculture with Katy PeckTo pre-register to ensure space at our workshops; CLICK HERETo view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE This is a family event and kids can paint and plant their own flower pot to take home.You can also sign up for a community garden bed, play with composting worms and veggie themed block prints.There will also be door prizes to win.Entry fee into the exchange is $5 which also gets you a 25% discount at NEAT Finds Thrift Store.The Professional Workshops are $10 each or $25 for all 3 (pre-register to ensure your spot)11:30 am – Mason Bees with Emony Nichollslast_img read more

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Wayanad is no cakewalk

first_imgCongress President Rahul Gandhi filed nomination papers to contest from the Wayanad constituency which on Thursday, turned into a ‘human sea’ with thousands lining up streets and crowding squares to catch a glimpse of Rahul accompanied by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Up north, in Amethi, BJP candidate Smriti Irani, looked like she was in breakheart pass, the limelight going south to bypass Wayanad, tri-junction Kerala-Karnataka-Tamil Nadu. As Gandhi family’s pocket borough Amethi loses some of its privileged sheen, Wayanad is where all eyes are set. People from not only Wayanad and the rest of Kerala but also denizens of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka thronged Rahul-Priyanka Road Show’s route, prefixed and affixed to Rahul’s bandwagon. Also Read – A special kind of bondBut does Rahul Gandhi know wild animals stalk the constituency? They come out of forest lairs and descend from mountain fastness to disturb humans bent to tasks in cleared forestland, once free-range for elephants and big cats. Rahul should know pioneer land-buyers, mostly Christian migrants from central Kerala, crowded wild animals into shrinking jungles and forced adivasis to make a hasty retreat early last century. Does Rahul Gandhi know ‘his’ constituency; if so, how well? Rahul is the sort of politician who surrounds himself with armchair experts. Mostly young, they campaign on Twitter, and voters of Wayanad are woeful twitter-warriors. But they know their pepper and their coffee beans, plantain and banana. Can he tell the difference? He’ll have to. Also Read – Insider threat managementThere is this reporter who writes, “In Wayanad, Rahul will be greeted not just by the ecstatic mob of Congressmen alone, but a motley crowd of grim-faced farmers and Adivasis as well.” Astounding reportage. How does this guy know beforehand it will be an “ecstatic mob” of Congressmen or a “motley crowd of grim-faced farmers and adivasis”? That said, it’s fact “farmers and adivasis” are the two big chunks of voters in Wayanad. They make up 40 per cent of Wayanad’s voters. The Wayanad farmer is affected by climate change, is victim of public and private moneylenders; is hit by the free-fall of farm-produce prices and dogged and dragged by wild animals, alpha-predators. The Wayanad adivasi is in no better shape. If anything, worse off. They fall squarely in Rahul’s ‘NYAY’ bracket. After the initial years of hard back-breaking work, the second and third generations of Wayanad-farmers lived well-off lives. Pepper, coffee and cardamom made them rich. They lived life king-sized. Then land got “raped” and the environment degraded. Prices of commercial crops crashed. Moneylenders took charge. Today, the farmers, nearly 21 per cent of Wayanad, are living on borrowed money and borrowed time. Will Rahul Gandhi be able to improve their lot if he doesn’t become Prime Minister? Last August’s floods left farmers devastated and depressed. Loan burdens, drought-like conditions, results of diminishing forests and ill-conceived tourism initiatives, left holes in the hilly terrain, green cover gone. Rahul Gandhi has his work cut out. He can start by giving a good read to the Madhav Gadgil report. Wayanad needs to strike a balance between human and wildlife. Road and rail connectivity ought to improve and environmental concerns should not be overlooked. Medical care for people should go hand in hand with education. Food security for the tribal and other poor should be guaranteed. Successive UDF governments did not do much for Wayanad, where’s the guarantee Rahul Gandhi will? Congress is a strong entity in the state. Even if he doesn’t become Prime Minister, he still can make a difference in the lives of the people of Wayanad. According to reports, Rahul is not that unfamiliar with Wayanad. He’s been in and out of the constituency before. The problem is that Rahul has a less than sterling record in Amethi. And Smriti Irani is hollering this “fact” from Amethi. Also, it wouldn’t be a cakewalk. The LDF and the BJP-BDJS combine, both, have Rahul Gandhi in their crosshairs. The state Congress unit has its task cut out. It cannot let Rahul Gandhi, Congress President no less, lose. Religious groups have a considerable say and sway in Kerala politics. Even atheist-communists like Pinarayi Vijayan and Prakash Karat understand which religious denominations ought to be courted, which should not be. Rahul Gandhi cannot wear the ‘Janeou’ over his kurta in Wayanad; that much is fait accompli. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Ohio State womens gymnastics honors survivors of sex abuse

Ohio State senior Alexis Mattern wears a teal ribbon during a meet on Jan. 27 to support survivors of sexual abuse. Ohio State joined several programs across the nation in the sign of support. Credit: Courtesy of Walt Middleton | Big Ten ConferenceThe revelations from the trials and sentencings of disgraced USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor Larry Nassar have tainted the reputation of the sport’s governing body, but that doesn’t compare to the emotional and physical harm done to the nearly 300 girls and women whom Nassar abused, and USA Gymnastics’ failure to alert authorities.The recovery from exposed systemic issues for USA Gymnastics and, more importantly, the survivors, won’t happen in the interim, but Ohio State has decided it will be a part of that healing process and the dialogue that comes with it.The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team began wearing teal ribbons during its competitions on Jan. 27 as a symbolic gesture of solidarity with the survivors of sex abuse around the world.Today we wore teal ribbons in support of the victims of sexual abuse. #WeSupportYou #TimesUp pic.twitter.com/dU20mSlHVN— Ohio State WGYM (@OhioStateWGYM) January 28, 2018“The team really just wanted to be supportive in any way that we could to all of the survivors and really make a statement that we stand with everyone that is a victim of any type of abuse,” senior Alexis Mattern said. “And that was something that was close to our hearts. That we just wanted to make sure we were putting our foot out there to be cohesive and to show our support.”Mattern said it was a collective team decision to wear the ribbons, after seeing multiple other programs do the same. Michigan, Utah, Georgia, UCLA, Illinois and several other programs have worn the ribbons in the wake of the Michigan State and Nassar scandal. Mattern added that showing some sort of support for the victims is “a choice each program is OK to make.”University of Utah, where Ohio State head coach Meredith Paulicivic used to coach, is among many NCAA women’s gymnastics programs that have set up additional support resources for their athletes to create a channel for their athletes to discuss any difficult conversations.Paulicivic declined to discuss specific ways Ohio State has made resources available to the athletes on her team, but reiterated that she has established an open-door policy for her team to talk with all members of the coaching staff, academic counselors and sports psychologists at any moment.Ohio State plans to wear the ribbons for the remainder of the season. read more

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Joey Bosa signs with San Diego Chargers

OSU junior defensive end Joey Bosa (97) runs with the football after intercepting a pass in a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAfter the long drawn out saga of contract negotiations between former OSU standout Joey Bosa and the San Diego Chargers, the team announced they have signed the third overall pick from this year’s NFL draft.Bosa, a unanimous first-team All-American from 2014, registered 13.5 sacks that year. He was considered an instrumental part of the national championship run of the Buckeyes.“We look forward to having Joey join us and getting him prepared as quickly as possible for the 2016 season,” Tom Telesco, general manager of the Chargers, said after the announcement.The details of the contract have yet to be released. The contract is for four years.Bosa drew scrutiny from the team and fans after refusing for months to sign the contract offer from the Chargers. His agent said both sides had disagreements over the language of the contract.With this signing, all first round picks from this year’s draft have been signed. read more

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Driver charged with causing death of security guard 65

A driver attached to Digicel was on Tuesday slapped with a charge of causing the death of 65-year-old, Muneshwar Narine by driving dangerously on the Danzie Public Road, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Saturday last.Dead: Muneshwar Narine36-year-old, Gavin Sandy of Number 53 Village, Corentyne appeared at the Mahaica Magistrate’s Court and denied the allegation.It is being alleged that on December 1, 2018, he drove motor pickup PNN 8778 dangerously thereby causing Narine’s death.He was granted bail in the sum of $300,000 and will make his second court appearance on December 8, 2018.INews had reported that Narine of Lot 15 Supply Village, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara (ECD), a security guard, was killed at about 14:00h when the above mentioned pickup collided with him.Police investigations revealed that the pickup was proceeding east along the northern carriage way and according to the driver, Narine who was on a bicycle suddenly swerved into his path thus causing the collision.The man was immediately rushed to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital where was pronounced dead on arrival.Sandy reportedly passed a breathalyzer test before being taken into custody. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2 killed in separate accidentsDecember 2, 2018In “Crime”Ogle accident: Driver faces two causing death charges as second youth succumbsDecember 11, 2018In “Court”Pickup driver in custody after New Hope fatal accidentAugust 8, 2019In “Crime” read more

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World conference dedicated to water technology and innovation returns to Chicago determined

first_imgWith over 1.1 billion people lacking access to water, with urban infrastructure crumbling, and with climate change increasing pressure on our most precious of resources, The Water Innovations Alliance, an industry association promoting accelerated development and adoption of water technologies and methodologies, today announced that it will be holding its 2nd annual Water Innovations Alliance Conference at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, from September 27 – 29, 2010. The real theme of this event is change. Governments, corporations and citizens need to change how they view water, how they use it, and how they manage it afterwards.This vital summit is being held to discuss and assess the urgent problems that face our environment and economies due to our growing water crisis, and to explore cutting-edge technologies and innovations that may solve them. The event will bring together a who’s-who of water industry leaders, technology innovators, researchers, the hottest water start-ups, NGOs, and policy makers. Further, the Water Innovations Alliance Conference is being designed to improve awareness and collaboration between large companies, engineering firms, universities, utilities, start-ups, NGOs and governments by educating attendees on new water technologies, innovations and prospects. Whether the developments are in materials, IT, engineering, financing or public policy, the conference will shine a spotlight on all advancements and provide best practices across the spectrum of the water field.“The real theme of our event is change. Governments, corporations and citizens need to change how they view water, how they use it, and how they manage it afterwards,” said F. Mark Modzelewski, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Water Innovations Alliance. “The water sector has changed little from the time of Caesar’s rule. We have gotten a bit better at engineering and chemistry, but essentially we are running water through troughs, forcing it through holes, and poisoning other poisons that are in it. As such, we are convening leaders in the field at the Water Innovations Alliance Conference to address change and to explore solutions, both near and long term.”While all topics and areas of water – including filtration, desalination, water footprinting, infrastructure, and finance – will be covered at the summit, this year’s event is putting a special focus on two key areas of the water sector:• The Water-Energy Nexus• Creating a Smarter Water Grid• Specific event details, including conference session topics, keynote speakers, and panelists, will be announced on an ongoing basis.“The Water Innovations Conference is the only event specifically focused on cutting-edge technology and innovating for the water sector. It is also the only event that gathers leaders from water regardless of their subsector or discipline, so they can discuss best practices, unique ideas, advance research projects, collaborate and cross-pollinate their efforts,” said Vincent Caprio, COO and event director, Water Innovations Alliance. “It’s reflective of the tremendous growth we have had in the past year at the Water Innovations Alliance, with a host of new members, committees, and projects, along with the establishment of our Water Innovations Foundation.”For a complete event information, including the conference schedule and registration details, please visit www.waterinnovations.org/event.phplast_img read more

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Hogan Communication of water restrictions could have been handled better

first_imgMINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT Phil Hogan said today that communication about water restrictions in Dublin could have been handled better.Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One earlier, Hogan said “rather than putting it on the airwaves by press release yesterday morning, I think we could have handled it better”.“It is important to communicate with people and all of the various updates and requests for information are not available.”He said that the issue at the Ballymore Eustace plant is one that “engineers haven’t seen or experienced before” and that international expertise has been brought in to assist them.Though he said “everything possible” is being done, he could not guarantee that the nightly restrictions will be lifted by next Monday.Tonight, water across the four Dublin local authority areas will be shut off from 8pm to 7am tomorrow morning and Dublin City Council has said this will continue until at least Monday evening as its engineers work to find a solution.Read: Council: water will take time to come back – and may look cloudy>Read: Water restrictions cause outrage in the greater Dublin area >Read: ‘Ireland is like a third world country when it comes to water supply’ >last_img read more

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Bill Clinton sought extra information on Bin Laden back in the 1990s

first_imgUS PRESIDENT BILL Clinton asked advisers for more information on Osama bin Laden in 1998 after flagging a newspaper story, according to records from the Clinton White House that were released today.The records also detail consideration of military action in Haiti in 1994 and preparations for Supreme Court nomination hearings.The National Archives released about 1,000 pages of previously restricted documents from Clinton’s two terms, part of about 20,000 pages of Clinton records that have been disseminated since February. The papers, which are stored at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, have received interest as former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton considers another presidential bid.The latest batch also covers the Supreme Court nominations of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, the appellate court nomination of future Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, security planning for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 2000 presidential campaign of Al Gore, the then vice president.Here are some of the key details from the documents:Bin LadenIn one file referencing bin Laden, Clinton urgently asked his top national security aide whether the CIA overstated the involvement of the terrorist leader in the August 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. In his April 1999 scrawled note, Clinton referred to a New York Times story from that month that suggested US intelligence officials had gathered no first-hand evidence of bin Laden’s involvement.“If this article is right, the CIA sure overstated its case to me — what are the facts?” Clinton asked national security adviser Samuel “Sandy” Berger. Clinton’s note prompted a flurry of replies from Berger, counterterrorism coordinator Richard Clarke and aide Daniel Benjamin, but those responses were withheld, apparently for national security concerns.Government prosecutors later indicted bin Laden among a group of al-Qaeda leaders and operatives for their involvement in the simultaneous bombings, which killed 213 people in Nairobi and 85 in Dar es Salaam. Six terror associates were convicted and are serving life terms in US prisons.Bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, was still under indictment when he was killed by US forces in Pakistan in May 2011.Haiti In 1994, Clinton’s team weighed taking action in Haiti to restore democracy and to remove military leaders who staged a coup. Congress opposed any intervention and Clinton’s aides debated how to act without lawmakers.“The operation is likely to involve low intensity and short conflict. Given the consent of President (Jean-Bertrand) Artistide and the limited capability of the Armed Forces of Haiti, such action does not intrude upon the power of Congress to declare war,” national security aide Tony Lake wrote to White House counsel Lloyd Cutler.In another memo, Lake, Cutler and Pat Griffin urged Clinton to take action without congressional approval. They said that simply informing Congress immediately before military strikes was sufficient.Clinton deployed armed forces in September 1994. As some US military members were in the air en route to the island, Haitian military leaders agreed to step down and they left the country in October. Aristide resumed power.1996 Summer OlympicsA June 1996 memo from top aides to Clinton and Gore detailed White House efforts to oversee security in Atlanta for the Summer Olympics Games — as well as to lay plans for Clinton administration efforts to tap into the heavily televised events’ successes.Saying the federal government had a “considerable” stake in the events, the aides wrote that the Olympics “will be a daily focus at the White House.” In a nod to the growing importance of instant media and communication responses, the aides devised daily meetings of communications aides to respond to good-news developments. “The key is to be able to be spontaneous in celebrating successes at the gates by planning for such ‘spontaneity,’” wrote White House chief of staff Mack McLarty and Gore aide Ron Klain.The 1996 games proved to be a mixed success. A record 197 nations participated, but there were complaints about crowding and commercialism. A bomb set off in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park caused two deaths and 111 injuries. Eric Rudolph, an anti-abortion activist, pleaded guilty in 2005 to the bombing and is serving a life prison term.Read: Al-Qaeda saw Canary Wharf as a target after 9/11, US trial hears >Read: The CIA ‘misled’ the public over harshness of torture regime >last_img read more

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Final Fantasy XV Gets Character Swapping a Year After its Release

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Cool Gifts for ‘Final Fantasy’ LoversGEEK PICK: Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition HD center_img After nearly ten years of development, Final Fantasy XV was finally released last year. However, that didn’t mean the game was completed. During the past year, FFXV has received a number of updates and add-ons. These include performance updates and of course, numerous amounts of DLC. You’d think that’d be enough, but the word “final” in Final Fantasy has never meant much.Square-Enix announced Final Fantasy XV will let players swap between each of the game’s protagonists. Before, users could only ever play as Noctis. Now, they’ll get to play as Ignis, Gladio, and of course, Prompto. Instead of merely playing as Noctis, each character has their own unique fighting style. Their combat mechanics are lifted from each of their respective DLC.The ability to swap characters will come as part of the Episode Ignis DLC dropping on December 13. During the latest Active Time Report live stream for FFXV, we were given some details about this DLC (via Siliconera). Players can expect a length of around one to two hours. After finishing the DLC, an alternate route opens up. This route leads to a challenging boss battle. Players will also face off against Noctis after finishing the DLC, though it is unclear if the FFXV hero is the aforementioned boss. Episode Ignis is supposedly the most story-heavy out of all the previously released DLC.It should come as no surprise that Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata stated that the game will receive even more DLC in 2018. Considering how long it took FFXV to come out, this is a tad ridiculous. But I suppose folks are still enjoying the game enough to continue purchasing content for it. 2018 will also see the release of Final Fantasy XV on PC. Those who waited for this edition will no doubt be treated to the game and all of its DLC.last_img read more