Gujarat SAI campus to get centre for para athletes, says Kiren Rijiju

first_imgThe Sports Authority of India campus in Gandhinagar will get a global standard high performance training centre for para athletes with focus on athletics, power-lifting, badminton and swimming, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday. Facilities for regular athletes will also be improved by way of infrastructure and training facilities, Mr. Rijiju told reporters in Gandhinagar. “We saw many para athletes at SAI centre. For high performance training, we are going to open a centre at SAI Gandhinagar with a special focus on para athletes. The centre will focus on performance enhancement of para athletes in four disciplines – athletics, power-lifting, swimming and badminton,” Mr. Rijiju said. “Facilities of regular athletes (at the SAI centre) will be improved by way of infrastructure and training facilities. We have also sanctioned two hostels, each with a capacity of 300. We will lay foundation stone for a hostel in a month and half. Another hostel will also come up soon,” Mr. Rijiju said after visiting the SAI campus. The Union Minister said India’s potential in world sports is “much higher than the number of medals we win”, adding that a lot needed to be done at policy, administrative and ground levels to enhance the potential. He said the Central government is working on ensuring that more players qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the country gets more medals. “India’s position in world sports and where we have reached in international sports competition is known. But I believe India’s potential is much higher than the number of medals we win. Much needs to change at policy, administrative and ground levels to teach, train and take forward the potential,” he said. “We have before us a subject as to how many players can qualify and how many medals we can win in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. We are working on it professionally, through review meetings and all else that need to be done,” he said. Mr. Rijiju also said the government has decided to provide opportunities to maximum number of players in international competitions so that they get exposure. He said effort was on to identify talent at a young age and nurture them. Mr. Rijiju is also scheduled to watch the Indian football team take on Korea DPR in an Inter-continental Cup match being held at Transtadia in Ahmedabad. He said he will inspect the stadium and see if this can be replicated in other parts of the country.last_img read more

Gagan Narang academy trains guns on future

first_imgPune, Jun 22 (PTI) The Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation (GNSPF) today announced its “The Project Leap” plan to train and turn 20 young and talented shooters from different parts of the country into international champions. The selected shooters would be mentored by top international coaches and receive training at state-of-the-art facilities, including sports science support, for a full year, said a media release from the academy founded by the Khel Ratna Awardee and London Olympics bronze medal winner. “We identified 55 prospective shooters and put them through an elaborate evaluation process to select the 20 best ones among them,” explained the ace rifle shooter. “We looked for various skill-sets that are required for sustained high-level performances in world-level competitions,” he added. Narangs Gun For Glory academies identified the 55 shooters and he personally supervised each centre?s selection process to hand-pick the best prospects, the release said, adding that the project is part of the Gagan Narang mentoring programme with Vision 2024. “It has taken us a couple of years to bring together all stakeholders and find the right ingredients for project leap. It is now in its truest sense a leap for Indian shooting. We are confident that we will be able to tap and nurture the vast talent in our country and will help in transforming them into world class shooters,” said the 34-year-old shooter who was nicknamed “Goldfinger” in the 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne, Australia. Former Indian shooting coach and director of GNSPF, Pawan Singh said that it will usher in a new leaf in the history of the sport in India. “The selected shooters will undergo specialised training programmes in their respective Gun For Glory academies. They will be provided with international standard equipment for daily practice,” Pawan said. “Through the year, the youngsters will attend different camps as well, with each camp lasting 12 days, in which equal weightage will be given to mental and physical preparation and technical refinement,” he added. PTI SSR DK DK RDSadvertisementlast_img read more

India goalkeeper let off with a reprimand by anti-doping disciplinary panel

first_imgIndian goalkeeper Subrata Paul, who had tested positive for prohibited substance, has been let off with a reprimand by the anti-doping disciplinary panel.Subrata Paul had tested positive for a specified substance (Terbutaline) on March 18 in an out-of-competition test. The former India captain accepted the optional provisional suspension, after he was able to prove that the anti-doping rule violation wasn’t intentional.Instead, the panel warned the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for negligence as it failed to provide guidelines to be followed by the team doctor, against whom the ADDP has recommended action.Paul has been handed a reprimand under the article 10.5.1.1 (No significant fault or Negligence) of the NADA Code but no period of ineligibility was imposed.However, the AIFF came in for flak by the panel for not providing guidelines to be followed by the team doctor and the federation has been directed to take strict action against the doctor.The doctor in his appearance before the panel admitted that he failed to take due care in prescribing the medicine to Paul, which resulted in the anti-doping rule violation.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia, Uruguay battle for top spot in Group A

first_imgThe lowest-ranked team coming into their own World Cup, Russia have sparkled since the action began — and perhaps the secret to their success is not just their ability on the ball but good old-fashioned industry.No other team has matched the hosts’ Stakhanovite workrate in their opening matches — both of which Russia won by healthy margins — nor even come close when it comes to putting in the hard yards.According to FIFA’s statistics, Russia, who play Uruguay in their final group game on Monday, have, by a startling margin, covered more ground than any other team, with their opening 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia seeing them run a collective 118 kilometres.To put that into context, the second highest distance covered in the first round of matches was 112km by Egypt in their defeat to Uruguay.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEIn their second match, a 3-1 victory over Egypt, Russia took their total over two games to more than 233km, which, after Friday’s action, was around 8km more than any other two-match team, with workmanlike Australia their nearest challengers.This ferocious industry has been spearheaded by Aleksandr Golovin, who has not only stood out as a shining midfield talent, but also as the most hardworking player at the tournament, covering an impressive 25.15km.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAnd Golovin, like Russia’s other players, is not simply accumulating distance by ambling around the pitch.Any doubts that the stats for distance covered provide an accurate picture of effort are dispelled when you look at the figures for the number of sprints made, with Russia again leading the way having completed 824 in their two matches.advertisementThose looking for the source of Argentina’s struggles at this tournament might be interested to see that the South Americans completed only 604 sprints in their draw with Iceland and defeat to Croatia.Comedian, who mocked Russian team before World Cup, calls them heroes nowThis may go some way towards explaining how a Russian team, who had won just one of their last nine matches at previous tournaments and none of their last seven warmup games, have now breezed into the knockouts with a game to spare.Undoubtedly fuelled by the adrenaline that comes from being roared on by a passionate home crowd, Russia face Uruguay at the Samara Arena to decide who will finish top of Group A, which carries the incentive of avoiding the victors in Group B.With Uruguay having edged into the last 16 with narrow 1-0 victories over Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the impressive Russians will be keen to finish the group with a perfect record.Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez knows his side have yet to hit top gear at the World Cup but warned anyone who is thinking of writing them off to remember their run to the Copa America title in 2011.Despite the difficulties they had in their opening matches, Uruguay have won their first two games of a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1954 and stand one win away from topping the group.Russia, however, boast a far superior goal difference, having crushed Saudi Arabia 5-0 and made light work of Egypt in a 3-1 win, meaning only victory will see Uruguay finish above the hosts and avoid the winners of Group B in the process.Egypt, Saudi Arabia look to avoid last-place finishSaudi Arabia and Egypt will try to avoid finishing last in Group A as they bow out of the World Cup, a disappointing end to the tournament in particular for Egypt and their usually prolific striker Mohamed Salah. Egypt have lost both their opening matches (Reuters Photo)Both teams lost their first two games and the only thing they can salvage in the Volgograd Arena is the chance not to finish bottom of their group.For Saudi Arabia, the match also offers the possibility of a first goal in the tournament in Russia.Egypt, making their first World Cup appearance since 1990, had been tipped to advance into the knockout rounds after looking strong in the qualifiers.But they narrowly lost to 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening match, which Salah missed as he recovered from his Champions League final injury with Liverpool. They then went down 3-1 to hosts Russia.Salah has been pivotal to Egypt, scoring 71 percent of the team’s goals during qualification and claiming their solitary strike of the tournament so far against the Russians.Despite scoring from the penalty spot, Salah looked like he was still feeling the effects of his injured shoulder in that game.advertisementEgyptian Football Association (EFA) president Hany Abo Rida was quoted by local media as saying that Salah would not be leaving the World Cup early despite his team’s elimination.While there’s little at stake for the two countries in Monday’s match, Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary will be desperate to be on the field in order to enter the World Cup record books as the oldest player to compete at the finals.The 45-year-old goalkeeper was left out of the previous two games and coach Hector Cuper must decide whether to hand him the gloves for what will surely be his last appearance at the tournament.last_img read more

Janssen keeps faith in World Cup

first_imgVincent Janssen Janssen keeps faith in Netherlands hopes after Sweden make mockery of Advocaat comments Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 22:22 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) vincent janssen - cropped Getty Images Netherlands Netherlands v Sweden Sweden WC Qualification Europe The Oranje coach claimed it was “stupid” to suggest Sweden would beat Luxembourg, only to see them do that and all but end his side’s hopes Netherlands striker Vincent Janssen says they must believe in their chances of the improbable victory they need over Sweden to secure a World Cup play-off place.The Dutch beat Belarus 3-1 on Saturday to move onto 16 points from nine matches, three behind Sweden, who sit second in Group A.Netherlands 5/6 v Sweden Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Jokes have been made at the expense of head coach Dick Advocaat after he claimed it would be “stupid” to suggest Janne Andersson’s side would beat Luxembourg 8-0 on Saturday, only to see that very result play out in Stockholm.It means Netherlands must beat Sweden by seven goals when the teams meet in Amsterdam on Tuesday if they are to have any hope of snatching a place in next month’s play-off round.#WCQ | Group A (EUROPE)Next round on 10 Oct:LuxembourgBulgariaFranceBelarusNetherlandsSweden pic.twitter.com/pduYTtRRaB— #WCQ  (@FIFAWorldCup) October 7, 2017Winger Arjen Robben claimed “it isn’t going to happen” but Janssen is determined to keep the faith until the bitter end.”You know that, if you win the match by a big margin, it’s still possible. If Sweden can, so can we,” the Tottenham striker, on loan at Fenerbahce, told NOS.”Of course, the chances are very slim, but as long as that little possibility is there, you have to play the game.”It’s a very difficult task, but crazier things happen in football.”Sweden’s victory came as something of a surprise given Luxembourg had kept back-to-back clean sheets in qualifying matches, beating Belarus 1-0 in August before holding group leaders France to a shock goalless draw.Netherlands full-back Daryl Janmaat admits they had hoped for a more spirited resistance from Luc Holtz’s side.”It got to 4-0, 5-0 and they got worse,” the Watford man told Fox Sports. “We had hoped Luxembourg could offer something more as opponents.”last_img read more

Bordeaux appoint Poyet as new coach

first_imgLigue 1 Bordeaux appoint former Chelsea midfielder Poyet as new coach Goal 02:40 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gustavo Poyet Betis Getty Ligue 1 Bordeaux Nantes v Bordeaux Nantes The Uruguayan is back in management after leaving Shanghai Shenhua halfway through 2017, and is tasked with turning around a mediocre Ligue 1 season Bordeaux have announced the appointment of Gustavo Poyet as the Ligue 1 club’s new coach, replacing Jocelyn Gourvennac. Gourvennac had been relieved of his duties on January 18, after Bordeaux slumped to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Caen. That loss, the club’s 10th in the last 15 games, leaves Bordeaux rooted in mid-table having seen a positive start to the 2017-18 season go up in smoke.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player They currently lie in 11th, with caretaker coach Eric Bedouet leading the side to a 1-0 victory over Nantes on Saturday.Now, they have turned to former Chelsea star Poyet in a bid to revive their fading fortunes. “Bordeaux have named Gustavo Poyet to the post of club trainer,” the club confirmed on their Twitter account. “He will be accompanied by Mauricio Taricco and Fernando Menegazzo as his assistants.”Poyet, 50, was last employed in China by Shanghai Shenhua, where he resigned in September after less than a year in charge following a disappointing set of results. The former Uruguay international has also enjoyed spells at Brighton, Sunderland, AEK Athens and Betis, with his sole trophy coming in 2010-11 when he took the Seagulls to a League One triumph.last_img read more

‘It’s just a knock’ – Mbappe eases World Cup fears

first_imgWorld Cup ‘It’s just a knock’ – Mbappe eases World Cup fears after ankle injury Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:50 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe France training injury Getty World Cup France v Australia France Australia Kylian Mbappé Premier League Powerade Concerns over the 19-year-old forward were raised just days before France’s first World Cup game after he was injured in training Kylian Mbappe was forced to leave France’s training ground on Tuesday after a clash with Adil Rami, but he later took to social media to calm injury fears.The Paris Saint-Germain forward crumpled to the floor after the challenge from Rami and remained on the ground for several minutes as the medical staff assessed the injury.There are no details thus far as to the extent of the injury, but the 19-year-old is expected to undergo tests after his early exit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move But Mbappe took to Twitter after the incident, saying: “I’m fine, it’s just a knock so it doesn’t matter but thank you for your messages.”And leave my friend [Adil Rami] alone, it wasn’t nasty.”In another sign of optimism, Rami said his team-mate was fine when he asked Mbappe how he was in a video posted on the defender’s Instagram page.Rami turned the camera to Mbappe and shouted from across the treatment room: “Hey, Kylian are you OK? Yes, yes!”The incident comes just four days before Didier Deschamps’ men begin their campaign in Russia with Saturday’s clash against Australia. They will then face Peru and Denmark to complete the group stage. If Mbappe is unfit to compete in Russia, Deschamps will have until 24 hours before Les Bleus’ opening fixture to replace him in his 23-man squad and could call on Alexandre Lacazette or Anthony Martial from his reserve list to step in.MONDIAL-2018 : L’attaquant français Kylian #Mbappé quitte prématurément l’entraînement après un choc au niveau de la cheville avec Adil Rami. (ESPN) pic.twitter.com/bsE7hwDmZz — Infos Françaises (@InfosFrancaises) June 12, 2018 Mbappe has been a pivotal player for France over the last year and has started each of the last seven friendlies, getting three goals and four assists in that time.The 19-year-old star enjoyed an excellent debut season at PSG, scoring 21 times and setting up 16 in 46 games in all competitions.last_img read more

Ohio State’s Acting Head Coach Just Issued A Lengthy Statement

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is still on paid administrative leave while the school looks into how he handled 2015 domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, so for now, the acting head coach is still Ryan Day. Friday, he issued an update on the program.Day took to Twitter with a lengthy two-page note about how practice has gone for the Buckeyes in Meyer’s absence. He provided updates on position groups and thanked the administration for its support the past two weeks.Day did not address the obvious – whether Meyer will be keeping his job. To be honest, he may not know yet. The school should be deciding soon whether it plans to retain Meyer as its head coach.Here’s a snippet of Day’s statement. He addresses the fact that the media has mostly been banned from practices.“Camp ends tomorrow with a scrimmage and classes start on Tuesday. Our daily practice and preparation for the season will continue.The two main driving forces behind our motivation is the “brotherhood” and the standard of excellence that the former Buckeye players and teams have set before us. The “brotherhood” is the love for our teammates, which is an unbreakable bond and the standard of excellence is a responsibility we will take very seriously. We are honored to be Buckeyes and can’t wait to see and hear you in the ‘Shoe on September 1!In closing, I would like to thank members of the Ohio State University Administration and Athletics Department for their guidance and support. I would also like to thank the members of the Ohio State media corps for their patience and understanding.”Here’s the entire statement, if you’d like to read it all.pic.twitter.com/DkoupVMQRN— Ryan Day (@ryandaytime) August 17, 2018Ohio State’s original timeline regarding its decision on Meyer is up this Sunday.last_img read more

Consultant to Prepare Design for Diagnostic Centre at CASE

first_img The Government, through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, previously announced that it would establish three special-education diagnostic centres at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in St. James; Church Teachers’ College in Manchester and CASE in Portland. Story Highlights The National Education Trust Limited (NET), a Government of Jamaica company that is limited by guarantee and is a registered charitable organisation, will be responsible for the establishment of the centres. The Government is to engage a consultant to assess and prepare a preliminary design for the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) Special Education Diagnostic Centre in Portland during the 2018/2019 fiscal year. The Government is to engage a consultant to assess and prepare a preliminary design for the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) Special Education Diagnostic Centre in Portland during the 2018/2019 fiscal year.Details of the $5-million project are outlined in the 2018/2019 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The Government, through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, previously announced that it would establish three special-education diagnostic centres at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in St. James; Church Teachers’ College in Manchester and CASE in Portland.Establishment of the three special-education diagnostic centres forms part of an overall project worth $385,500,000.The National Education Trust Limited (NET), a Government of Jamaica company that is limited by guarantee and is a registered charitable organisation, will be responsible for the establishment of the centres.Based on the 2018/2019 Estimates, in addition to being responsible for the establishment of the special-education diagnostic centres, NET will be responsible for implementation of the Education Transformation Programme, the Solar Systems Project in schools, renovating and creating infant schools across the island, and a Sanitary Block Project for the installation of improved sewerage systems in 97 primary schools.last_img read more

Young Nova Scotia men treated girls intimate photos like baseball cards

first_imgSix young Nova Scotia men treated the sexual integrity of girls as young as 13 like “bartering chips or baseball cards” when they shared intimate images of them without their consent, the Crown argued in its sentencing recommendations.The boys, who are all from the Bridgewater area, have admitted to forming a private Facebook group where they decided to exchange photos of at least 20 girls, ranging in age from 13 to 17, without their consent.They were scheduled to be sentenced Monday, but the case was adjourned until Sept. 6, due in part to the fact that one of the accused did not comply with the requirements of a pre-sentence report.Defence lawyers had also asked for more time after the Crown submitted a brief outlining proposed penalties.The 21-page document, submitted in Bridgewater provincial court, says the young men should be prohibited from using social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat.“They treated the victims’ sexual integrity as bartering chips or baseball cards that could then be traded and circulated amongst friends,” the Crown brief states.“This objectifies the female victims and undermines their autonomy.”It recommends against jail time, but says the six young men should be on probation for two years, with the possibility of reducing that.“We’re expecting that the sentencing hearing is going to be in dispute – what the proper penalty is definitely not agreed upon by the defence,” Crown attorney Peter Dostal said outside court.“This isn’t a prosecution of just people sexting. This is a prosecution of people misusing these materials, disseminating them and potentially putting them out there for the whole world and that is the real evil that the criminal law has been attempting to stop.”The Crown brief also said the boys should be barred from contacting the victims, undergo counselling, try to find work or attend educational programming and complete community service.The defence lawyers declined to comment as they left court.Related stories:‘Experts say N.S. intimate photos case unlikely to deter teensYoung girls pressured to send nudes, unaware boys were sharing them, court toldLawyers near agreement in Nova Scotia intimate images case involving young girlsWhen the six were charged in July 2016, four of the accused were 15 years old and the other two were 18. However, all were under 18 when the offences were committed, which means their identities are protected from publication under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The victims’ identities are also protected.The case is one of Canada’s largest involving a relatively untested law introduced in 2015 to combat the non-consensual sharing of intimate images. It came after the suicide of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons, whose family says a photo of her allegedly being sexually assaulted was circulated among students at her school in Cole Harbour.Court documents said two Dropbox accounts were created for the purpose of sharing dozens of intimate images of girls in various states of undress or naked. An agreed statement of facts said everyone who uploaded photos either knew outright or were “wilfully blind” to the fact that the subjects didn’t consent to their distribution.In the agreed statement, the photos’ subjects cited a variety of motivations for sending the images.Some said they felt pressured by what they described as persistent requests for intimate images, while others said they were vying for boys’ affections or just joking around, the statement said.The document said one 13-year-old girl was repeatedly asked for sexual photos by one of the accused over the course of several days, despite persistent rejection. Another girl who was 14 at the time said the boy would talk about how they could trust each other, then asked her for naked photos.In the sentencing document, the Crown dismisses the argument that some of the young men allegedly provided unsolicited intimate images of themselves to the girls.“Any reliance upon the accused as being victims of the female’s actions further perpetuates the trend of victim blaming,” it states.last_img read more

Jason Momoa Features On Cover Of Water Sustainability Publication

first_imgMediaplanet has announced the multiplatform distribution of “Water & Sustainability,” encouraging readers to take initiative in their homes, local communities and support technological advancements working to solve our international issue with water and sustainability.Innovations in technology have pushed the industry towards the greatest advancements of our time: but we still have work to be done.The print component of “Water & Sustainability” is distributed within this Wednesday’s edition of USA Today in New York, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies and an estimated readership of 750,000. The digital component is distributed nationally through a vast social media strategy and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital version of the campaign, click here.Jason Momoa, warrior on and off screen, shines on the front cover of the print publication. Through an in-depth and exclusive interview, he urges readers to become involved in their own local water projects. Atlanta rap native Michael Render aka “Killer Mike” drills deep into his passion for Atlanta’s 300 million dollar quarry endeavor. “It’s been the highlight of my year,” explains Render, an Atlanta native and philanthropist. “I strut with a different step, knowing there’s a drill named for me.”This campaign was made possible with the support of Viqua, charity:water, Pentair, Jason Momoa, 3M, Speakman, the U.S. Water Alliance and many more.last_img read more

Esi Edugyan Patrick deWitt shortlisted for 100K Giller Prize

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Esi Edugyan and Patrick deWitt will go head to head for one of Canada’s top literary prizes once again, with the celebrated writers shortlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.Organizers announced this year’s five finalists for the $100,000 prize, which honours excellence in long or short-format fiction writing by Canadians, in Toronto Monday morning. They are:Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont.Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.French Exit by Patrick deWitt.Motherhood by Sheila Heti.An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim. Login/Register With: Advertisement Washington Black, Edugyan’s latest novel, is also a finalist for the U.K.’s Man Booker Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.Dupont, Heti and Lim are first-time finalists for the annual prize.‘Fruitful and interesting discussion’The jury includes journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee, Toronto International Film Festival executive Maxine Bailey and writers Heather O’Neill, Philip Hensher and John Freeman.“One of the nice things [during deliberations] was to hit upon books where everyone said ‘Yes, this one,’” juror Hensher noted shortly after the announcement. Facebook Canadian writers Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan are among the 2018 finalists for the $100,000 Giller Prize for Fiction. (Canadian Press) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Former Giller-winner Edugyan and past finalist deWitt faced off in 2011, when their earlier novels Half-Blood Blues and The Sisters Brothers were nominated for several literary awards in Canada and the U.K. Last month, a Hollywood film adaptation of deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Advertisementlast_img read more

2016 Olympics: Morocco’s Boxer Rabii Wins Bronze Medal

Rio de Janeiro – Moroccan boxer Mohamed Rabii won on Monday a bronze medal during a men’s welterweight 69-kg boxing match at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Rabii lost in the semifinals to Uzbekistan’s Giyasov Shakhram (0-3).This is Morocco’s fourth Olympic bronze medal in the boxing competition, after those of Taher Tamsamani (Sydney 2000) and brothers Achik; Abdelhak (Seoul 1988) and Mohamed (Barcelona 1992). With MAP

Landmark UNICEF research shows injuries a fatal problem for Asian children

Injuries resulting from drowning, suffocation and road accidents are among the leading killers of Asian children, according to groundbreaking research by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is appealing for scaled-up injury prevention initiatives. The survey, conducted jointly with the Alliance for Safe Children (TASC) over the past seven years, highlights that the risk of death from injuries rises after infancy as children become more independent and as the danger from infectious and non-communicable diseases drops. “If we are ultimately going to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce child mortality, it is imperative that we take action to address the causes of childhood injury,” said Anupama Rao Singh, Regional Director of UNICEF East Asia and Pacific, urging bolstered investment in public awareness campaigns and arming children and their parents with knowledge and skills. Working in partnership with local public health teams, in-person interviews for the study were done in over half a million households, comprising more than 2 million people in five countries: Bangladesh, China, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. The causes of death and disability among a representative sample of all children up to 18 years of age were reliably recorded for the first time ever in these nations. Research uncovered that the causes of injuries differ by age group. Infants under 12 months are not as exposed to injury, while toddlers between one and four years of age are at the greatest risk of drowning. Schoolchildren aged five to nine years, who spend much time outside their homes, are at the greatest danger from drowning and road traffic incidents. Meanwhile, the survey alarmingly concluded that the leading cause of death among adolescents is intentional injury, or homicide and suicide. Researchers pointed out that due to the difficulty and sensitivity of the subject, the problem is underreported. The fact that many injuries – especially fatal ones – are rarely reported to hospitals also poses a challenge in accurately monitoring child mortality. Both UNICEF and TASC are appealing for improved systems to record births and deaths, and beefed-up injury prevention programmes incorporating road safety, swimming lessons and education to prevent suffocation, falls, poisoning and insect bites. 11 March 2008Injuries resulting from drowning, suffocation and road accidents are among the leading killers of Asian children, according to groundbreaking research by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is appealing for scaled-up injury prevention initiatives. read more

UN to develop firstever information standards for traditional medicine

The International Classification of Traditional Medicine project will assist in creating an evidence base for traditional medicine – producing terminologies and classifications for diagnoses and interventions, according to a news release by the World Health Organization (WHO).Traditional medicine, as defined by WHO, is the sum total of knowledge, skills and practices based on the theories, beliefs and experiences indigenous to different cultures that are used to maintain health, as well as to prevent, diagnose, improve or treat physical and mental illnesses.In some Asian and African countries, the agency points out, 80 per cent of the population depend on traditional medicine for primary health care. Traditional medicine, of which herbal treatments are the most popular, has been used in some communities for thousands of years. As traditional medicine practices are adopted by new populations there are challenges such as developing national policy and regulation and ensuring safety, effectiveness and quality. The classification will initially focus on traditional medicine practices from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea that have evolved and spread worldwide.“We recognize that the use of traditional medicine is widespread. For many people – especially in the Western Pacific, South-east Asia, Africa and Latin America – traditional medicine is the primary source of health care,” said Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO’s Assistant Director-General of Innovation, Information, Evidence and Research. “Throughout the rest of the world, particularly Europe and North America, use of herbal medicines, acupuncture, and other traditional medicine practices is increasing. Global classification and terminology tools, for traditional medicine, however, have been lacking.”The International Classification of Traditional Medicine will have an interactive web-based platform to allow users from all countries to document the terms and concepts used in traditional medicine. “Several countries have created national standards for the classification of traditional medicine but there is no international platform that allows the harmonization of data for clinical, epidemiological and statistical use,” said Dr. Kieny.“There is a need for this information to allow clinicians, researchers and policy-makers to comprehensively monitor safety, efficacy, use, spending and trends in health care.” 7 December 2010The United Nations health agency is set to develop the first-ever global information standards for traditional medicine, which is a primary source of health care for many people in parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America and is increasingly being used in Europe and North America. read more

January elections in Iraq still technically possible SecretaryGeneral says

Video of remarks to the press [10mins] Speaking to reporters upon arriving at UN Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General stressed that it was up to the Iraqis – “who are planning the elections, who are organizing the elections” – to decide if the polls go forward. “We still have a couple of months yet. But at this point, it is still technically possible, depending upon what happens in the next couple of months,” he said. The Secretary-General acknowledged that additional UN staff must be sent to Iraq as developments move forward. “But the circumstances have to be conducive in the sense that either we have to notice a genuine improvement in the security environment or solid arrangements for the protection of the staff,” he said. The United Nations announced yesterday that Fiji has agreed to provide a protective security detail for senior UN officials in Iraq, as well as a guard unit for its facilities in Baghdad. Talks are still ongoing with the United States-led multinational force (MNF) on a unit to provide UN perimeter security, as well as armed escorts for UN personnel as they travel outside the international zone in Baghdad. Mr. Annan said the MNF has indicated it “will do that and we are in discussions with them to determine exactly how they will do it and what their capacity is for us to make the judgments that we have to make.” read more

Labour senator Jimmy Harte transferred back to Dublin remains in critical condition

first_imgLABOUR SENATOR JIMMY Harte, who sustained serious head injuries in a fall last November, remains in a critical condition and has been transferred back to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.Harte was transferred to Letterkenny General Hospital in his home county of Donegal last week to continue his recovery, but has since been returned to Beaumont for further treatment.A Labour spokesperson confirmed yesterday that Harte remains in a critical condition and will get “the best of care” at the Dublin hospital.Harte, a father-of-four, was found unconscious close to his Dublin apartment in Newmarket Square on 16 November last year, sustaining serious injuries in an accidental fall at around 4am in the morning.Harte had attended the Republic of Ireland’s 3-0 win over Latvia at the Aviva Stadium earlier on Friday night and was heading home after socialising with family and friends.He was taken to St James’s Hospital but later transferred to Beaumont Hospital where he was put into an induced coma and received treatment.An avid soccer fan and sports enthusiast, Harte is a popular figure around Leinster House and politicians from all sides of the house offered their support and sympathies after the incident.He joined Labour in 2010 and contested the 2011 general election in Donegal North East. He failed to win a seat, coming fourth in the three-seat constituency.But he was elected to the Seanad Industrial and Commercial Panel in April of that year.Read: Labour Senator Jimmy Harte remains in critical but stable conditionlast_img read more

Only 90s Kids Will Remember These Fake Futures

first_imgStay on target 2019 in Sci-Fi: What Movies, Games, and TV Told Us Will Happen This YearWhat Can We Actually Do About Climate Change? What’s up fellow 90s kids? As a writer on the internet trying to get you to consume my content, the best thing for me to do is get you all nostalgic for our childhoods that really weren’t all that long ago. Remember Nickelodeon cartoons and slime? How about Power Rangers and Street Sharks? And who could forget those precious little Backstreet Boys? You see, those are easy to remember because they all (with the Street Sharks exception) actually happened.What you may not remember occurring are the visions of the 1990s presented by movies, games, and TV shows from before the decade. There’s something amusingly jarring about seeing distant futures technically set before the present. 2010 was not the year we made contact. 1984 wasn’t quite the dystopia Orwell foretold. We had to make a concerted effort to make Back to the Future’s self-lacing sneaker self-prophecy a reality, and if 2016 is any indication, the real 2019 will probably be even worse than the grim world of Blade Runner.In that spirit, let’s talk about the ultimately false predictions for the only decade that matters: the 1990s! Only 90s kids will remember these fake futures.Still from War for the Planet of the Apes. Via FOX.1. 1991’s Conquest of the Planet of the ApesRemember in 1991 when the son of a pair of intelligent apes from the future began to plot a simian uprising? After all, we had been keeping apes as slaves for nearly a decade at that point, so we really shouldn’t have been surprised. Remember when Caesar and his ape army succeeded in subjugating humanity only to treat us with some degree of compassion? Good times!2. 1992’s Eugenics WarsRemember in 1992 when we genetically engineered a race of supermen? Yeah, that didn’t really work out for the rest of us “lesser” humans. You’ll probably recall the most tyrannical Superman, Khan Noonien Singh, who ended up controlling a quarter of the planet before we finally defeated him. Hope that guy never comes back.3. 1994’s Mad Max WastelandRemember when the world started falling apart in the mid-1990s and roaming motorcycle gangs controlled Australia? If not for the brave police work of Max Rockatansky, one of these gangsters might have become a de-facto warlord of small innocent town. If we don’t settle this oil crisis, society could collapse even further.4. 1997’s Escape From New YorkRemember how New York City became such a wasteland throughout the eighties that by 1997 we just decided to turn Manhattan into a giant prison? It’s not like we had to change that much. It was already an isolated island full of jerks. All it needed was a giant wall and some guards. I just hope no one important ever gets trapped in there.5. 1997’s Judgment DayRemember in 1997 when that rogue A.I., Skynet, took control of our nukes and wiped out most of humanity? And then it made that army of spooky robot skeletons to finish the job? We really should have seen this all coming. Too bad we can’t go back in time and warn ourselves. That’d probably be pretty awesome.6. 1999’s Final Dracula BattleRemember how after centuries of battling Dracula at Castlevania only to see him rise again, we finally defeated the vampire lord once and for all in 1999? Yeah, the Demon Castle War really was something else. Dracula’s own son Alucard helped us out. I still get chills thinking about Julius Belmont delivering the final blow. Someone should make a game about this.7. 1999’s Destroy All MonstersRemember how in 1999 we rounded up all those pesky giant monster and dropped them off on their own island? Of course, we called it Monsterland. Too bad those aliens showed up, took control of the monsters, and unleashed them on the world. At that point, we’d already gotten pretty good at fighting Godzilla and his kind, but it didn’t make it any less annoying.last_img read more

Heres What To Expect From The Sailor Moon Ride At Universal Studios

first_img The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu Stay on target There’s a Sailor Moon attraction coming to Universal Studios Japan, and it sounds just about as awesome as you’ve probably built it up in your head to be. It was announced back in December, along with little to no information about what to expect from the ride, other than it would feature Sailor Moon. Now, we’ve got several more details on how awesome the ride and its accompanying features (like a cafe with special Sailor Moon-themed cuisine) is going to be. Here’s a preview of what to expect, but don’t be surprised if you’re suddenly struck with the intense desire to head to Japan for a bit.The new ride is called Sailor Moon The Miracle 4-D Ride, and it aims to put you right in the middle of an adventure with your favorite Sailor Soldiers, as the ride’s official description says:“After sensing an unsettling energy from Universal Studios Japan, Usagi Tsukino and the other Sailor Soldiers, along with Luna and Artemis, infiltrate the park to investigate. At the 4-D Cinema Theater where we’re currently playing their movie, they find that the source of the dark premonition is a monster that is stealing the park visitors’ energy! Fighting against the unspeakable power gathered by this monster, the Sailor Soldiers quickly find themselves in a bind. They need your help to face the danger. Place your trust in them. The battle starts now…” The ride itself will last about 20 minutes with lots of different kinds of interactive segments, including splashes of water and other cool “4-D” stuff combined with the visuals and video elements. That’s about all we’ve learned about the ride itself, but know that there’s a lot more paired with it to make sure you have the coolest Sailor Moon experience ever.For instance, when you leave the ride you can head over to a special cafe area and chow down on the Sailor Moon Cafe Plate, the Moon Prism Power Cake, and a Sailor Moon Drink. You can also have your photo taken and peruse a ton of goodies to buy in the gift shop including goodies like keychains, T-shirts, bags, and various other accessories.If you’re looking to check out the Sailor Moon ride eventually, the ride and shops will open up Mar. 16. That should give you plenty of time to head over to Japan and get comfortable, then check out the ride and all the awesome things that come with it. Seriously, why America? Why do we not have this here?center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more