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NBA All-Stars Chris Webber, Jack Sikma, Paul Westphal among 13 Hall of Fame finalists

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Read Next Sikma, who helped Seattle to the 1979 NBA crown, averages 15.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game over 14 NBA seasons and is the only center to be the most accurate free throw shooter in a season, hitting 92.2 percent in 1987-88.Webber was a star at the prep and college levels, leading Michigan’s “Fab Five” to the US college “Final Four” in 1992 and 1993, then jumped into the NBA and averaged more than 20 points for nine consecutive seasons.Westphal helped Boston win the 1974 NBA title and averaged 15.6 points and 4.4 assists over 12 NBA seasons.In addition, the Hall of Fame announced it’s 2019 lifetime achievement awards would go to Del Harris, who has coached at all levels of the sport in a 50-year career, and Harry Glickman, who helped create the Portland Trail Blazers.Harris became the first foreign coach to guide the Chinese national men’s basketball team, where future NBA star Yao Ming was among his players.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Krauss MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Eight players, four coaches and 28-year NBA referee Hugh Evans were among those advanced forward from screenings committees to the full selction committee. Finalists need 18 of 24 votes for election into the Hall of Fame.Inductees will be announced in early April with enshrinement September 5-7 in ceremonies at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOther NBA finalists include five-time All-Stars Sidney Moncrief and Marques Johnson, four-time Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace and eight-time All-Defensive First Teamer Bobby Jones.Also on the list were two-time NBA Coach of the Year Bill Fitch, all-time winningest high school coach Leta Andrews, top college coaches Eddie Sutton and Barbara Stevens and five-time Women’s NBA All-Star Theresa Thompson. Pelicans dump GM Dell Demps after Davis ‘dumpster fire’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town FILE- In this Feb. 12, 2007, file photo, Detroit Pistons center Chris Webber (84) shoots in front of Los Angeles Clippers forward Tim Thomas (2) and guard Shaun Livingston (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich. Webber is among 13 finalists for enshrinement later this year into the Basketball Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)Seven-time NBA All-Star Jack Sikma and five-time NBA All-Stars Chris Webber and Paul Westphal were among 13 people named Friday as finalists for 2019 induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.Candidates were announced as festivities began in Charlotte, North Carolina, ahead of Sunday’s 68th NBA All-Star Game.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

Punjab govt to launch awareness drive to check school bus

first_imgaccidentsLudhiana, Sep 23 (PTI) Punjab government today said it will launch an awareness drive to check accidents related to school buses in the state.”To check accidents related to school vehicles, an awareness drive, in association with private schools, will be started by the state education department,” state Education minister Daljit Singh Cheema said.”Under this drive, the private school owners as well as vehicle drivers, will be given training about traffic rules as well as the Safe School Vahan Scheme,” he added.Speaking on the inauguration of 36th National Junior Taekwondo Championship, Cheema termed the recent road accident in Amritsar which led to the death of school children as “very unfortunate”.Cheema said he will make sure no such incidents take place in future, adding “the Education Department would be starting an awareness campaign soon”.”Due to foggy days ahead, the school vehicles might face difficulties on roads, so the department has decided to start an awareness programme to educate drivers,” he said.”Safety of students is the first responsibility of the school owners,” he said.While speaking about the initiatives of the state government regarding sports, Cheema said the SAD-BJP led state government has spent around Rs 200 crore for strengthening sports infrastructure.”A special fund has been started for sports, under which Rs 90 crore are being spent annually,” he said adding “the state government has formed a new policy to provide government jobs to sportspersons winning laurels on international level”.He said that for promoting Hockey, ultra modern stadiums have been set up at Mohali, Bathinda, Faridkot, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar.advertisementCommenting on the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections, he said the SAD-BJP combine does not have any “real” political opponent and instead, it is working hard to increase the number of winning seats as well as the vote share.He said the coalition would form the government for the third time in a row that would speed up the ongoing development in the state.On a question related to the future of AAP leaders, Cheema said they are regularly being accused of indulging in various criminal incidents and the day is not far when this party would be “completely wiped out” from the poll scene well before the elections. PTI CHS EMY RG SGlast_img read more

Elber reacts to Ozil: I never had problems with racism

first_imgGiovane Elber, the former Bayern Munich striker, insists he never experienced racism in Germany, following the retirement of Mesut Ozil from international duty.Ozil claimed, in his retirement statement, that he was stepping down due to “racism and disrespect” following Germany’s group stage elimination at the 2018 World Cup.The Arsenal attacker said that the way he was treated by the German football association made him “no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Accusing the DFB president of racism, he also said that “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.”Elber, however, insists that he was never subjected to such treatment when he was playing in Germany, having represented Bayern for six seasons.Asked if he was ever on the receiving end of racism in the Bundesliga, he told Goal: “No, in Germany, thankfully, I never had any issues with racism.”Not me, my family, my kids. It always went really well, and everyone always respected me the same way, no matter who it was, always with respect. With Ozil, I think it was a thing done without thinking much.”Elber says he was referring to the photograph Ozil took with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which sparked a firestorm of controversy in Germany.Indeed, there were even calls for the Arsenal midfielder to be left out of the national team squad altogether, and Elber believes that sport and politics should always be kept apart.”Yes, the photo he took because it started a problem that wasn’t necessary,” he added, clarifying his previous comment.”On the other hand, it’s the president of the country where he has roots. You have to understand that.”In Brazil we always say that football can’t mix with politics. Politics is another thing, football is on its own. It moves people.”When you look at the World Cup games and a team loses, the fans are crying as though they’ve lost someone close to them. That’s football. And when you mix football and politics, it doesn’t go well for anyone.”last_img read more

Abhinav Bindra, Anjali Bhagwat vent ire after shooters detained at IGI Airport

first_imgThe National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) drew flak from veteran shooters Abhinav Bindra and Anjali Bhagwat after a dozen members of the Indian shooting squad were detained at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport for more than 13 hours as the customs department did not clear their weapons.The shooters were returning from the Plzen Grand Prix shooting competition in the Czech Republic and were asked to stay at the airport by the customs department.Criticising the incident, Beijing Olympics gold medallist Bindra put out a series of tweets, asserting that the shooters are the ambassadors of the country and questioned if the Indian cricketers will ever be treated in the same way.Saddened to hear that the National Shooting Team is detained at The IGI Airport with the customs refusing to clear their guns. 1/3- Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) May 9, 2017They are our countries ambassadors and should not be treated like this. Would this ever happen to our cricket team ? 2/3- Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) May 9, 2017Chatted with a few athletes and the lack of support coming through from the national federation is pathetic. @RaninderSingh @TheNrai- Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) May 9, 2017The official team manager of the shotgun team left this morning leaving the athletes to fend for them selves.- Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) May 9, 2017Former Olympian Anjali Bhagwat said such incidents are not new and blamed at the miscommunication between players and NRAI.Very much disappointed with the news of national shooting team heading for the World Cup detained at the Delhi Airport for more than 13hrs!advertisement- Anjali Bhagwat (@AnjaliOlympian) May 9, 2017Is this the way to treat our Olympians? This is mental torture before major tournament. I know how bad it feels as this has happened before.- Anjali Bhagwat (@AnjaliOlympian) May 9, 2017The shooters complained that they have lost valuable practice time due to the incident, which may hamper their preparations for the upcoming World Cup in Munich, starting May 17.last_img read more

December 11, 1988: 15-year-old Sachin Tendulkar scores his 1st first-class hundred

first_imgWhen Sachin Tendulkar scored his maiden first-class hundred on this day 29 years ago, not many would have bet their money on him scoring a staggering 100 international hundreds.But the child protege did the unthinkable during the course of the next 24 years. Breaking into the team at the tender age of 16, Tendulkar went on to become the highest run-scorer in both Tests and one-day internationals, smashing one record after another along the way.The journey however, started with the hundred that he scored against Gujarat in a Ranji Trophy game at the Wankhede Stadium in the 1988-89 season.It was late in the first session on the second day when a 15-year-old Tendulkar came out to bat after Lalchand Rajput was run out on 99. An innings of pure class and grit followed ensued.Tendulkar smashed his hundred off 129 balls with 12 boundaries and became the youngest batsman to reach triple figures on Ranji debut. His unbeaten 100 along with Alan Sippy’s 127 and Rajput’s contribution saw Mumbai declare at 394 for 6 with a first innings lead of 254 runs.Pradeep Kasliwal and Anup Sabnis then ran through Gujarat’s batting lineup picking up four and three wickets respectively as the visitors got bowled out for 306, which meant that the hosts needed to chase down just 53 runs in the final 7 overs of the match but they fell short by just 10 runs.Today in 1988: Sachin Tendulkar @ 15yrs-231days registered his maiden century of his fc career, an unbeaten 100 for Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium. 25 years later he added 80 more fc centuries to his career tally.#RanjiTrophy Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 11, 2017The match ended in a draw but a star was born. Tendulkar went on to slam 80 more first-class tons in the next 25 years scoring 25,396 in 310 matches at an average of 57.84 with 116 half-centuries to his name.The Master Blaster earned the reputation of one of the greatest batsmen the game of cricket has ever seen with the legendary Don Bradman seeing himself in the little wonder from Mumbai.On December 10, 2005, Tendulkar went past Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 34 Test hundreds after he scored 109 against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi. Gavaskar had achieved the feat against the same opponent at Kanpur in 1986 when he smashed 176.Tendulkar played a record 200 Test matches for India in a career that lasted 24 years.Tendulkar, who wanted to be a fast bowler, hammered 51 Test hundreds and 49 centuries in one day internationals. He went to the MRF pace academy but Australian fast bowling great Dennis Lillee advised Tendulkar to focus on his batting. The rest is history.He finished his career as the leading run-getter in international cricket, with 34,357 runs across formats — 15,921 in 200 Tests, 18,426 in 463 ODIs and 10 in 1 T20 international. He played his final match — his 200th Test — at his home ground in November 2013 at the Wankhede when India hosted West Indies in a Test series.Tendulkar was the first male cricketer to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he scored 200 not out off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.He made a record six World Cup appearances eventually ending up on the triumphant side in his last tournament, in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.last_img read more

Tiger feels ‘Baaghi 2’ is a tough act to follow up

first_imgMumbai, Nov 30 (IANS) Tiger Shroff, who delivered a box office hit with “Baaghi 2”, is looking forward to his kitty of new projects, but says the action entertainer is a tough act for him to follow up as an actor.Tiger interacted with the media when he launched his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Matrix gym along with his sister Krishna Shroff and mother Ayesha Shroff here on Thursday.He will next be seen in Dharma Productions’ “Student of The Year 2” and he will also share screen space with Hrithik Roshan for the first time in a Yash Raj Films production.Asked how he looks at his upcoming releases, Tiger said: “I am feeling fortunate and excited that I have line-up of good films which include Student of The Year 2′ and a film with Hrithik Roshan sir. “I am very excited about these two big films and I am very excited to be a part of such big production houses for the first time. So, I am feeling a bit nervous and thankful. I am very happy that ‘Baaghi 2’ did well, but after that, it will be a tough act to follow for me. So, fingers crossed to both those films.”What was his inspiration to open his own MMA specialised gym?”My inspiration behind this always has been the youth and the children of our country. I have been following this sport since the age of four. Whatever little I have achieved in my career, is all thanks to my martial arts background. “I have been doing action films since past four years, so I am really thankful that whatever acceptance I have got is through this art. Ever since my first film came up, every other mother and children often used to ask me that from where and how I learnt martial arts. So I didn’t have answer for that.”I used to train at Juhu beach. It’s not exactly the safest place for everybody to go and learn. I was lucky enough to get through it, so that’s how I came up with this idea to open a gym,” he said.Tiger feels it’s the right time to open a gym for MMA in India.”Now, I also have space to train. This place is for youth, adults and children. I think here we have a one-of-its-kind facility in India. I am very grateful that now we have access to such a facility and MMA being such an upcoming sport not only all over the world but India as well. So, I think the time is right to venture into something like this.”advertisementDoes he plan to expand it with a franchise model?”We will see how the response is for the first six months and then we will take it from there. I would love to share this art form and share this gym by taking this franchise forward all over India. So that’s the goal eventually.”–IANSiv/rb/sedlast_img read more

I’ve tried to copy Smriti Mandhana since she used to wear glasses: Riyan Parag

first_img17-year-old batsman Riyan Parag, who rose to fame after he helped Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in one of their fixtures in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL), has admitted he admires leading woman batter Smriti Mandhana and tries to copy her style of batting.Mandhana is among the few batters Parag admires and takes inspiration from.”My dad is one of them (idols). He has to be the first one. Then there’s Sachin (Tendulkar) sir and Virat Kohli. And in women’s cricket, I’ve followed Smriti Mandhana since she used to wear glasses and play with a BAS bat. I was really young then. I love the way she times the ball and caresses it through point. I’ve tried copying that as well but it didn’t work out,” Parag said on the sidelines Red Bull Campus Cricket event in Jaipur.Perhaps, Parag is one of the few male cricketers who admit of being an ardent fan of women cricketers.He also revealed his experience of playing in the IPL. “I have learnt a lot from my first IPL stint. In IPL, you play with your idols and legends of the game. Just to share the dressing room was surreal,” Parag said.He further said that he doesn’t like to bat in the nets as he feels ‘locked’. “Actually, I hate batting in the nets. It’s just the closed environment. I feel someone has got a hold of me and I am like captured and locked.””Even before the matches, I try to hit as many sixes as possible,” he added.advertisementWhen quizzed about his most challenging moment from this year’s IPL, Parag said: “The time I felt really nervous this season was before the match against Kolkata Knight Riders. I don’t have a great record at the Eden Gardens. Before the KKR game, I’d scored nine runs in each of the three innings I’d played there. So the knock I played that day is the most special one for me this season. I feel pressure brings out my A-game,” he said.In that match, Rajasthan Royals were in serious trouble chasing 176 but Parag (47 off 31 balls) first joined forces with Shreyas Gopal and then with Jofra Archer to leave KKR fans at the Eden Gardens stunned.When asked if he reads about the comments made on social media about him, Parag said, “Yes, I do. I had this conversation with Ben Stokes after the Mumbai Indians match this season, where I did well and contributed with the bat. I asked him if he reads comments online and he said that he does no matter how he performed on the field that day.”You can’t really hide from that. If you post something on Instagram, people are going to tell you things to your face. And you’re bound to read those comments. But like I said, it’s all about keeping things simple and not thinking about it too much,” he added.Also Read | Playing for India my goal, says Riyan Parag after impressive IPL 2019Also Read | Riyan Parag to Alzarri Joseph: Youngsters who brought IPL 2019 alivelast_img read more

I am not finished yet, says India’s golden girl Dutee Chand

first_imgAce sprinter Dutee Chand Wednesday declared that she is not finished yet and the gold she won at the World University Games last week would spur her to achieve more despite the negative vibes from some quarters after her recent admission of same-sex relationship.The 23-year-old Dutee became the first Indian woman track and field athlete to clinch a gold medal in the World Universiade after she won the 100m dash event in Napoli, Italy on July 9.Dutte said the gold was an answer to her critics, who had written her off after her admission of same-sex relationship.”Many people have commented in bad languages. They said that Dutee is now focussed on her personal life and her athletics career will be over. I wanted to let them know that I am not finished yet,” she told PTI in an interview.”Just like any other human being is concerned about his or her personal life, I also need to think about my personal life. That is why I came out and made everybody know about my relationship (with a girl of her village).”But that does not mean that I will neglect my athletics career. I have done (admitted the same-sex relationship) what I thought was needed and now I am focussing on my athletics more than even before,” she added.After winning the yellow metal at the World Universiade, she had also tweeted: “Pull me down, I will come back stronger!”Dutee also described her history-scripting gold in the World Universiade as the “highlight” of her career but wants to keep her feet rooted to focus on the “tougher” tasks of qualifying for the World Championships and Olympics.advertisementShe is yet to qualify for both the World Championships, to be held in Doha later this year, and next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.Dutee, who holds the 100m national record of 11.24 seconds, will have to be at her best if she is to qualify for the September 27-October 6 World Championships.”The 100m gold was my first at World level, it is my career highlight so far. But it is a tough road ahead. My target is to qualify for the World Championships and then the Olympics,” she said.”I am overwhelmed by the congratulatory messages from so many people including such important people. But I am not going to be carried away by this (historic 100m gold at World Universiade) and I have to focus on the important events ahead,” said the Odisha runner.The World Championships qualification timing is 11.24, which is higher than the 2017 standard of 11.26, while the Tokyo Olympics 100m qualifying time is 11.15 which is a much tougher task.Dutee ran her season’s best of 11.26 during the Asian Championships in Doha in April and she will have to at least repeat it in less than next two months’ time.”I have not qualified for either the World Championships or the Olympics and the qualifying timings have been made more difficult this time. I have asked the AFI (Athletics Federation of India) to arrange for some meets in Asia or Europe so that I can qualify for the World Championships,” she added.The AFI, on its part, said it’s trying to give Dutee two or three meets in Asia or Europe so that she can try and qualify for the World Championships. The World Championships qualification period ends on September 6.”Dutee and her coach (N Ramesh) have requested for some meets and we are trying to arrange two or three races in either Asia or Europe. She should get them,” AFI Communication Manager Divesh Bhal said.”Even otherwise also, Dutee may get to run in the World Championships just like in the 2017 edition when she got the quota place after the total number of qualified athletes did not reach the stipulated number for the event (women’s 100m),” he added.Dutee took part in the 2017 World Championships in London, where she could not reach the semifinals after clocking a much below-par 12.07 in heats.Talking about the 2020 Olympics, Dutee said, “Olympics is the ultimate target and I could not do well in the 2016 Games. So I want to do better in the 2020 Olympics but I will have to qualify first and it is not going to be easy.”The 2020 Olympics qualifying mark has got tougher this time and Dutee will have to breach the 11.15 seconds as compared to 11.32 seconds for the 2016 Rio Games.She could not advance to the semifinals after clocking a poor 11.69 seconds in the heats.Read more | My medal is an answer to my critics, says Dutee ChandAlso see: advertisementlast_img read more

Passengers can now carry heavier bag in Metro trains

first_imgNEW DELHI: Metro train passengers in the country can now carry a heavier bag as the weight limit has been increased to 25 kg from 15 kg. According to rules notified by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry on August 27, only one bag weighing up to 25 kg is allowed and baggage in the form of bundles will not not permitted on metro trains. The government has amended the Metro Railways (Carriage and Ticket) Rules, 2014. “No person shall, while travelling in metro railway, carry with him any goods other than one baggage containing personal belongings not exceeding 80 centimetres x 50 centimetres x 30 centimetres in size and 25 kilograms in gross weight, except with prior approval of the metro railway administration,” the notification stated. For dedicated metro trains for airports, the ministry has also allowed one bag weighing up to 32 kilograms. Baggage in form of bundles will also not be allowed on airport metro trains.last_img read more

On Surprise Visit to Casablanca King Mohammed VI Finds Development Projects

Rabat – King Mohammed VI conducted a surprise visit to Casablanca on Sunday night to inspect the progress of the various development projects underway in the city. Following the opening of the Parliament, the King arrived in the economic capital only to find that the projects were far from completion, reported the daily Al Massae on October 17.Among the projects which have not met their deadlines are the rehabilitation of Ain Diab corniche, which required a budget of MAD 100 million but whose work is still in its early stages. Other projects still underway include the rehabilitation of several green spaces like the Arab League Park, the Ain Sebaa Zoo and the Bouskoura-Marchich Forest.The daily also listed the redevelopment of the A3 motorway axis and the rehabilitation of the Rachdi and Mohammed V squares, as well as the construction work of the new tramway lines, which impede traffic in Casablanca.The visit of the King alerted officials responsible for the follow-up of these projects, the executives of the general management of local authorities and those responsible for Casa Aménagement and Wilaya of the need to expedite their completion, said Al Massae. read more

IMF approves US 4268M disbursement

The SBA was approved on July 24, 2009 for an amount equivalent to SDR 1.65 billion (about US$ 2.56 billion), or 400 percent of Sri Lanka’s quota.Following the Executive Board’s discussion on Sri Lanka, Mr. Min Zhu, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, stated: The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday completed the seventh review of Sri Lanka’s economic performance under a program supported by a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA).The completion of the review enables the immediate disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 275.6 million (about US$ 426.8 million), bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to an amount equivalent to SDR 1.378 billion (about US$ 2.13 billion). “The adjustment measures implemented by the authorities have placed the economy on a more sustainable trajectory. However, it will take time for the new monetary and exchange rate regime to become fully established, and the authorities will need to stand ready to adjust policies further to stabilize external reserves, especially if the global environment becomes less favorable,” Mr. Zhu said. In addition, the Executive Board approved an extension of the arrangement period to July 23, 2012, to allow time for the completion of the eighth and final review. The Executive Board also approved waivers of nonobservance for end-December performance criteria on net international reserves and reserve money. A rephasing of the remaining disbursements was also approved by the Board. “While the strong economic recovery continued in 2011, and inflation remained subdued, a combination of rapid credit growth and a tightly managed exchange rate caused the external current account deficit to widen and external reserves to fall sharply. As a result of higher oil prices, the state energy enterprises also continued to run significant losses.“The authorities have recently introduced a broad package of measures to rein in the current account deficit, stem the reserve loss, and bolster fiscal performance. Monetary and credit policy have been tightened, petroleum and electricity prices increased, petroleum taxes raised, and the rupee trading band abolished to allow the exchange rate to adjust more flexibly. The authorities are taking steps to mitigate the adverse impact on the most vulnerable. Fiscal policy will also continue on a consolidation path, with the 2012 Budget targeting a reduction in the deficit to 6.2 percent of GDP.“The authorities intend to use the forthcoming FSAP update to strengthen the financial system further. Continued structural reforms to place the state owned energy enterprises on a financially sound footing will reduce demands on the budget. read more

Mayadunne announces resignation from seat

However he said there are others in the JVP who are more suitable than him to represent the party in Parliament and so he decided to resign.Mayadunne also said that he had no rift with the JVP and wished them well for the future. (Colombo Gazette) Former Auditor General Sarath Chandra Mayadunne announced that he has decided to resign from his National List seat in Parliament.Mayadunne was nominated to the seat by the JVP after the just concluded Parliamentary election. Making a special statement in Parliament, Mayadunne said that he had accepted the invitation to be nominated in the National List on a request put forward by the JVP. He said he accepted the invitation in order to act independently and work with the JVP on fighting corruption.

County Indwell seek common ground on Norfolk Inn

The county could learn the fate of an ambitious redevelopment proposal for the Norfolk Inn in Simcoe as early as next week.Norfolk staff has until Tuesday to discuss ways the county can help social housing provider Indwell without making major demands on local taxpayers.Recently, Indwell said 40-per-cent funding from the federal government is available for the $8.5-million project if Norfolk signs on as a major sponsor. Indwell has asked the county for a $5-million, 20-year commitment to the 32-unit apartment complex.“If you want $250,000 a year for 20 years, I’m going to say no,” said Charlotteville Coun. Chris Van Paassen.“I know where you are coming from – you want stable funding so you can move forward. But we don’t have that.”Jeff Neven, executive director of Indwell, said selling the Norfolk Inn becomes an option if Indwell can’t pull together the financing. That is not Indwell’s preference, Neven said, but it is something to think about if the money isn’t there.Indwell made its pitch for $5 million over 20 years at the June 18 council meeting. Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus said that is a non-starter in the absence of an ownership stake. At Tuesday’s meeting, Indwell suggested it is flexible on this point.“There are different approaches to that, for sure,” said Graham Cubitt, Indwell’s director of projects and development.“We’re taxpayers as well, and we want any money devoted to this project to bear up under scrutiny. If it’s first-right-of-refusal (on a sale) or an open-ended equity stake, we’re open to that.”Cubitt added a modified project might be feasible with a funding commitment from Norfolk of $125,000 a year over 20 years – or $2.5 million.Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts said such funding commitments are problematic. He questioned whether municipal councils should encumber future councils with major long-term promises.The budget and business plan Indwell have provided suggests the monthly cost of each apartment in the renovated building will be $2,500.That number is so high because Indwell specializes in supportive housing for marginalized people with mental issues, substance abuse issues, and who struggle with poverty to the point of chronic homelessness.According to Indwell’s plan, five full-time supervisory staff will be stationed at the Norfolk Inn once tenants move in.Cubitt explained that the Ministry of Health is prepared to pay about $50 a day for health programming in supportive housing facilities. Cubitt said some Indwell clients would cost as much as $1,000 a day if they were treated in hospital.“This money is coming out of hospitals into communities to solve problems a different way.”Mayor Kristal Chopp says this community health aspect suggests to her that the province – not the municipality — should take a leadership role here.For his part, Cubitt said Norfolk – as a social housing provider — has to decide what kind of programming it wants to offer.“If you want to see this kind of housing, it costs this budget,” Cubitt said. “There are opportunities to bring significant levels of federal and provincial funding to bear on this situation now.”Norfolk council will receive a status update on the Indwell proposal at its next meeting read more

UN launches task force aimed at bolstering returns to Kosovo

“Returns is for all of us a top priority,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo, Michael Steiner. “We want not to create a new bureaucracy, but to have a coordinating forum to turn this priority into reality.”Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi welcomed the initiative, stressing that integrating non-majority communities now living in Kosovo into the larger society is crucial to future returns.The Task Force has already agreed on its terms of reference and a strategy for next year.

Common contraceptive hormone could protect women from flu

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A hormone commonly found in contraceptive pills may protect women from the worst effects of flu and help repair lungs damaged by the illness, a new study reveals.Trials of progesterone, which is present in most forms of hormone-based birth control, appeared to stave off the worst effects of influenza in female mice.The unexpected finding by scientists at Johns Hopkins University indicates that the sex hormone may have an effect far beyond the reproductive system and may one day offer a viable flu treatment.Women of reproductive age are twice as likely as men to suffer from complications related to the flu virus. When women go on birth control, they don’t generally think about the health implications beyond stopping ovulationDr Sabra Klein, Johns Hopkins Universitycenter_img The researchers are now calling for further investigations to establish whether women taking progesterone-based contraception, of whom there are an estimated 100 million worldwide, are enjoying unexpected protection from flu while on the pillDr Sabra Klein, who lead the study, which is published in the journal PLOS Pathogens,  said: “Understanding the role that progesterone appears to play in repairing lung cells could really be important for women’s health.“When women go on birth control, they don’t generally think about the health implications beyond stopping ovulation and it’s important to consider them.“Despite the staggering number of women who take this kind of birth control, very few studies are out there that evaluate the impact of contraceptives on how the body responds to infections beyond sexually transmitted diseases,” she added.The research team infected a cohort of mice with an influenza A virus, some of which had been implanted with progesterone and some not.Both sets of mice became ill, but those which had the implants suffered less pulmonary inflammation, better lung function and saw the damage to their lung cells repaired more quickly.The study found that progesterone was protective against the more serious effects of the flu by increasing the production of a protein called amphiregulin by the cells lining the lungs.When the researchers bred mice that were depleted of amphiregulin, the protective effects of progesterone disappeared as well.Dr Klein said she was not surprised progesterone lessened the inflammation and damage associated with the flu, but that she had not expected the hormone to help repair lung cells as well.When female mice, and probably humans, get sick with flu their natural levels of progesterone fall.But women non hormonal contraceptives get a steadier level of progesterone which overrides what the ovaries make naturally or what the virus takes away during infection.last_img read more

Ferry water deliveries continue to Aran Island as drinking water shortage rolls

first_imgFERRY DELIVERIES OF water are still being carried out by Irish Water and Galway County Council to Inis Meáin amid an ongoing water shortage on the Aran Island.A spokesperson for Irish Water told that the situation is being monitored “on a daily basis”.The ferry deliveries of water supplies began on Wednesday due to depleted reserves on the island.Water restrictions remain in place for Inis Meáin, and will continue “until there is substantial rain fall to replenish the water supply on the island”, the spokesperson confirmed today.Water restrictions have also been introduced for nearby Inis Oírr, but there are no reported issues with the water supply on Inis Mór.Earlier: Ferry water delivery planned as Aran Islands suffer drinking water shortage >last_img

Taoiseach Anyone that reads the law will understand why we disagree with

first_img 21,793 Views Varadkar says the PSC project has been a success. Image: Eamonn Farrell Image: Eamonn Farrell LEO VARADKAR has defended the Public Services Card (PSC) stating that it has been “very successful”.The Taoiseach confirmed that the government has yet to file any court documents appealing findings in a report on the card compiled by the Data Protection Commissioner.In a landmark investigation, the commissioner found that there was no lawful basis for anyone to be required to get a PSC for anything other than social welfare payments and benefits. However, the government states that it disagrees with the report. In recent years, the card has become nothing but a headache for government. Criticism grew over the use of the card for more services than originally intended, sparking concerns it was quickly becoming a de-facto national ID card backed by a database of citizens’ biometric data, accessible by dozens of agencies.Speaking about the report’s findings, Varadkar said:“We disagree with it. I think anyone who actually reads the law for themselves will understand why we disagree with her interpretation of it. We believe the law brought in by Fianna Fáil back in 1998 and then 2005 is robust, and adequate for it. And that’s why we’ll be able to appeal the findings.“And you know, we are a democracy. And in a democracy, anyone has the right to appeal findings they don’t agree with. And that’s all we will do.”He said before the government can file any legal documents an enforcement notice must be issued by the commissioner.“We actually have to have an enforcement notice, an enforcement order from the Data Protection Commissioner and to the best of my knowledge, we don’t have that. Yes, there was a press release, an unpublished report, there is yet to be in any enforcement or document of legal standing from the DPC,” he said.Defending the rollout of the card, Varadkar said he believes the PSC “is a good thing” and allows people to access public services more easily..“It has cut out loads of duplication, you know, the travel pass, pension books, social welfare cards, all those different cards and books and stuff  we had before and it also helps control the fraud. So as a project it has been very successful, it continues. Nobody’s questioning that, by the way.”Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty told this week that she plans to publish the commissioner’s report, as well as the government’s response to the findings, in the next week or so.   Varadkar says the PSC project has been a success. Taoiseach: ‘Anyone that reads the law will understand why we disagree with the Data Commissioner’s report’ The Taoiseach confirmed that the government has yet to file any court documents appealing findings by the Data Protection Commissioner. 74 Comments Source: The Explainer/SoundCloud Listen on Android Short URL Share117 Tweet Email1 Sat 11:19 AM Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 11:19 AM By Christina Finn Listen on iPhone/iPad Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

La protection des animaux nest pas assurée dans les zoos européens

first_imgLa protection des animaux n’est pas assurée dans les zoos européensUne étude sur les zoos européens, menée dans 21 pays par une ONG de défense des animaux, a été présentée le 24 avril devant le Parlement européen. Elle révèle un important manquement aux règles imposées quant au bien-être des animaux et la protection des espèces en danger, et ce dans la majorité des parcs animaliers d’Europe.La Fondation Born Free, qui lutte pour la protection des animaux, vient de publier un rapport alarmant sur les zoos européens. Elle a présenté mardi devant le Parlement une étude menée dans 21 pays pendant trois ans, et affirme que la plupart des parcs animaliers européens ne respectent pas les règles en matière de bien-être et de protection des animaux, mais aussi de sensibilisation du public.À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnu”A travers l’Europe, les zoos manquent à leurs obligations pour la conservation des espèces, l’éducation du public et le bien-être des animaux, tels que le requièrent les lois nationales et internationales” dénonce l’ONG. Dans une vidéo mise en ligne sur son site Internet, où est également publiée l’enquête, la fondation montre les “conditions de vie déplorables” dans lesquelles vivent “des milliers d’animaux dans des centaines de zoos”.Si la situation n’est pas la même dans tous les pays, elle n’est satisfaisante dans aucun d’entre eux, affirme l’association, qui appelle la communauté européenne à se mobiliser pour obtenir le respect par tous les zoos de la directive zoo (directive 1999/22/EC) concernant la sécurité des animaux et des visiteurs, le bien-être animal, la conservation des espèces et la sensibilisation du public quant à la nécessite de préserver la biodiversité.En France, 25 zoos des 300 zoos recensés ont été étudiés. 14% des animaux observés dans ces parcs appartiennent à des espèces menacées mais au moment où l’étude a été réalisée, seuls onze contribuaient à des programmes de conservation dans les pays d’origine des animaux. “Les zoos français ne sensibilisent globalement pas le public de façon adéquate sur la conservation de la biodiversité”, et “il semble que seules des mesures minimales aient été prises pour empêcher l’échappée des animaux non-natifs dans l’environnement local” note le rapport.Selon lui, un zoo sur cinq met le public en danger de blessure ainsi que d’exposition à des maladies.Le 26 avril 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Daniel Bryan talks about wanting to wrestle again and his frustrations with

first_img December 22, 2017 at 8:08 am Twitter December 22, 2017 at 5:12 am Wrestling Gawd Videos Articles Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte now again correctly, thanks for fixing it Daniel Bryan Has Finally Been Cleared To Come Back To The Ring John Oliver WhatsApp December 22, 2017 at 9:56 am Yes Videos Articles December 22, 2017 at 1:08 pm Now Playing Up Next 10 COMMENTS December 22, 2017 at 4:38 am Now Playing Up Next December 22, 2017 at 2:59 pm Google+ Comments are closed. We fixed that this past Tuesday. This article should display quotes normally. How are you seeing CAPS? Wow, that’s a loaded statement, about being mentally healthier than a lot of active performers. I wonder how the ‘E will react to that. WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Facebook Now Playing Up Next Peter Rosenberg works on the WWE network. All of a sudden, Daniel Bryan lets out on Rosenberg’s radio show that he’s frustrated that he’s not in the ring. Workers are always working. Bryan vs. Shane O Mac at Mania. WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Well they can teach him a lesson and send him to Japan to earn a load of money you can also with the right plaform probably still build a business. as Jim Cornette noted Punk and Brain could fill a 10,000 seat area. Now Playing Up Next Maybe the Commissioner VS GM at Wrestlemania Steven Herrera December 22, 2017 at 9:22 pm H!& Sóttę RPG 3K Pinterest wrestleview Randy Torkkola Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby J™ I must have missed it, but since when quotes should be written IN F*CKING ANNOYING CAPS.It is not clear, it is not easier to read and it MUST STOP (oh yeah, and it represents shouting).Stop it, really. December 23, 2017 at 2:33 am No! Moonsaves Hot 97’s Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg spoke with Daniel Bryan earlier this week to plug the Smackdown Live taping in Newark, New Jersey to discuss his current position with the company and why he wants to wrestle again.Bryan spoke at length about concussions and why he thinks he’s okay to return to the ring.“I have worked with some of the best people in the country. I have been cleared by specialists at UCLA that I did not choose. WWE sent them to me because they are the best. A whole team of people – who work with concussions on a daily basis – they said to me, ‘You are fine to wrestle.’ The hard part of wrestling is the travel. The part that I love is being in the ring and wrestling. So now, I’ve got the job where it’s the part of wrestling that I don’t like.”Bryan also made a powerful statement that if you were to test the brains of a lot of active WWE stars that his tests would show he’s actually in better shape than most.You can check out the full interview below courtesy of Hot 97. Jaime Miguel WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia I hope he doesn’t get cleared and goes to notable promotions such as ROH after his contract expires. He’s the co founder of ROH and should play a pivotal role in helping them generating big draws and securing a huge tv deal in the US.His guidance and star power would benefit ROH a lot in the long run.May God/Allah does the best with him Jamal Khashoggi H!& Sóttę RPG 3K Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Oliver Takes On The WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list John Oliver Takes On The WWE Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestling Gawd December 24, 2017 at 8:30 am Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte December 22, 2017 at 1:23 pmlast_img read more

Clark County Vancouver firefighters rescue teenager stuck on cliff

first_imgFirefighters rescued a teenage boy early Thursday morning who got stuck 35 feet off the ground on a cliff near the boundary of Vancouver’s Fisher’s Creek neighborhood.Fire crews were dispatched around 3 a.m. to 4297 S.E. 192nd Ave., in east Vancouver. An engine arrived and found an uninjured boy on the cliff face, according to a Vancouver Fire Department news release.The teenager was unwilling to climb down on his own, so a technical rescue team was deployed using resources from the fire department and Clark County Fire District 6. When the team arrived, it shined light on the cliff and sent a rescuer over its edge to reach the stranded boy, according to the fire department.“The teen was placed in a rescue harness and lowered to the ground with a rescuer,” the fire department said.last_img read more