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Divide over Bill permeates cricket field

first_imgA perceived divide between the Assamese-dominated Brahmaputra Valley and the Bengali-dominated Barak Valley over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, appears to have penetrated cricket in Assam.Four cricketers from the Barak Valley were allegedly abused and assaulted in Guwahati at an Under-16 trial camp, conducted under the School Sports Promotion Foundation, from January 22-24. The camp was meant to select the U-16 Assam team for the School India Cricket Tournament under SSPF. Newspapers from the Barak Valley reported that the boys were threatened against playing for Assam. SSPF’s State coordinator Gautam Hazarika however, said, “Nothing of this sort happened, and one of the boys from Barak Valley got selected for the State team.”Most indigenous groups in Brahmaputra Valley are opposed to the controversial Bill while a majority in Barak Valley want it to be made a law, fast-tracking the process of Indian citizenship for non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who fled religious persecution till December 31, 2014.last_img read more

‘Pan-Indian strategy won’t work in Bengal’

first_imgA day after the BJP scored a duck in the bypolls, its Bengal vice-president Chandra Kumar Bose on Friday said it was time for the party to devise a State-specific plan as “a pan-Indian strategy would not apply to the land of Vivekananda and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose”.Call for introspection Calling for an introspection, Mr. Bose, the grandnephew of Netaji, said the party should not have made the issue of NRC its primary poll plank during the bypolls. “It is essential for the BJP in the State to cleanse the organisation and devise a Bengal-specific strategy. We have to rectify our organisational lacunae. A pan-Indian strategy will not apply to the land of Swami Vivekananda and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose,” he told reporters. Political parties must work to develop the basic infrastructure in the State and not just try to polarise people to secure vote banks, the senior BJP leader said. “People of Bengal are politically sharp and astute. Our party should not have made NRC its key poll plank as there is lot of confusion surrounding the matter. We could have highlighted other issues,” he added.TMC victory The ruling Trinamool Congress had on Thursday bagged all the three Assembly seats where bypolls were held earlier this week, trouncing the challenger BJP, a victory that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee dubbed as a “mandate against NRC” and in favour of “secularism and unity”.last_img read more

London Olympics: Aries Merritt wins gold in 110m hurdles

first_imgAries Merritt ran a personal best of 12.92 to win the gold medal as the US took 1-2 in the final of the 110m hurdles on Wednesday. Merritt got a flying start and held off the challenge of world champion Jason Richardson and Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment to secure what in the end was a comfortable win.It is the first gold medal that the US have taken in the event since Allen Johnson took gold in Atlanta in 1996, Xinhua reported.”I am so excited, words can’t explain how excited I am,” said Merritt after winning the gold.It was a race that lived up to the expectations that had been raised earlier in the evening, although Merritt admitted that it was impossible to set a new world record.”Everyone said it could be a world record beforehand, but you can’t do that if you don’t have the conditions. I had to run into a headwind,” he explained.The race ended in disappointment for Cuba’s Olympic champion, Dayron Robles, who pulled up halfway through the race with a hamstring injury.The loss of Robles, coupled with the injury suffered by China’s Liu Xiang, who damaged his Achilles tendon in the heats did nothing to take the shine off Merritt’s win.”I trained for this, it is very intensive,” he said, adding that he had done all he could in order to take the tension out of his performance.”When I practice, I do some ridiculous things, so I thought I’d try and do that here. I work so well in practice when there is no pressure, so I tried to repeat that,” he explainedadvertisementMerritt highlighted the importance of his win in an event where the US had traditionally dominated, but failed to win in the last three Olympics.”Gold means everything, we have not had gold since Allen Johnson, so to be able to take it back home is important,” he said.last_img read more

Post Nikhat Zareen-Mary Kom Controversy, Boxing Federation of India to Hold Trials for Olympic Qualifiers

first_imgNew Delhi: Women boxers vying to be on India’s squad for next year’s Olympic Qualifiers will appear for selection trials on December 29-30, the sport’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva told PTI on Saturday, ending a bitter selection row in which the iconic M C Mary Kom was dragged.Putting an end to the speculation, triggered by Boxing Federation of India (BFI) President Ajay Singh’s statement that six-time world champion Mary Kom would be exempt from trials, Nieva said boxers in all the five Olympic categories for women will be picked after selection bouts over two days. The Olympic qualifiers are scheduled to be held in China next year in February. “All the women boxers for the qualifiers will be decided by trials because the laid down policy was that only the finalists from the World Championships will get direct qualification for the Olympic qualifiers,” Nieva said, referring to the August decision by the BFI executive committee.None of the women boxers in the Olympic categories — 51kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, and 75kg — could make the finals with Mary Kom (51kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) finishing with bronze medals after semifinal losses.Singh’s statement had prompted former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen to demand a trial against Mary Kom, who has maintained that she would abide by any decision taken by the federation.Singh had stated that Mary Kom would be exempted from trials given her stupendously consistent performances, which includes two international gold medals besides a world bronze this year.After this, Zareen wrote to Sports minister Kiren Rijiju seeking his intervention which the Minister declined. Singh, on the other hand, has maintained a stoic silence on the matter ever since the controversy broke out.The male boxers, except world-medallists Amit Panghal (52kg) and Manish Kaushik (63kg), will appear for trials on December 27-28. While Panghal won a silver, Kaushik had claimed a bronze medal at the showpiece in Ekaterinburg.”Among the men, Amit (52kg) and Manish (63kg) are exempt because they won medals in the world championships and fulfilled the decided criteria. Rest of the six categories (57kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, 91kg, +91kg) will be decided by trials ,” Nieva said.”My position has always been that since nobody opposed this criteria when it was laid down, we should stick to it to avoid confusion. I have nothing more to say on what’s going on,” Nieva saidSingh was, incidentally, not a part of the meeting which laid down the criteria for selection before the world championships but was communicated the minutes of it.Nieva refuted reports that the decision to conduct trials was taken at a recent meeting of the National Sports Federations and the Sports Authority of India in Delhi.”No, in that meeting, just the previous BFI position was communicated to SAI. Nothing more, nothing less. That meeting was about the roadmap for Indian boxing. The policy on selection trials was just informed, no decision was taken,” he asserted. 2020 tokyo olympicsBoxing Federation of Indiamary komnikhat zareen First Published: November 10, 2019, 12:07 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Mickey Arthur compares young Pakistani batsman to Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgThere aren’t many batsmen in the world who are as technically gifted as Sachin Tendulkar was but there are a few in international cricket who certainly seem quite similar to him. A player from across the border received as big a compliment as he could expect early on in his career.The batsman in question here is Pakistan’s Asad Shafiq, who according to coach Mickey Arthur, is technically the best batsman in the side at the moment.”Technically, Asad Shafiq is our best batsman,” Arthur told ESPNCricinfo in a recent interview.”When he gets forward he is sideways on. Look at him: short, balanced, punches well off the front foot, cuts exceptionally well.”Arthur then went on to say that watching Shafiq bat reminds him a little bit of the Indian legend.”At times I could almost visualise Sachin Tendulkar. That is high praise, and I have told him that.”Shafiq played some crucial knocks on Pakistan’s recent tour of England, where he made 274 runs in four Tests including a century in the final Test at the Oval which his team won and managed to draw the series 2-2. He had also scored 73 and 49 in the first Test at Lord’s which Pakistan won by 75 runs. In both matches where Pakistan lost, Shafiq managed just 43 runs.In the final match at Oval, Shafiq was promoted to No. 3 and he repaid the faith of his coach and captain Misbah-ul-Haq by slamming a magnificent 109, his ninth Test ton, and shared a 150-run stand for the fourth wicket with double centurion Younis Khan which helped Pakistan reach 542 and take a huge first innings lead of 214 runs.advertisementArthur though, refused to comment on whether Shafiq would be given a longer rope at No. 3 indicating that the best player in the side would get that spot.”Asad Shafiq was moved to No. 3 because Hafeez was dropped,” Arthur said. “So that position has become available.”There are people who want that position and somebody who fits the bill in terms of physical, mental, tactical and technical will get that role.”Technically your best player should be batting at No. 3. I was really impressed with Asad, who really wanted the opportunity to bat up the order.”He batted up the order at The Oval after getting a pair in Birmingham. And then got a hundred, and that says so much for his temperament and skill,” the former South Africa and Australia coach added.Pakistan’s next assignment is against the West Indies in the UAE where they will play three Twenty20 internationals starting from September 23, followed by three ODIs and as many Tests.last_img read more

SPORT-GOLF-PALMER 2 LAST

first_imgPeter Dawson, the long-serving former chief executive of Peter Dawson, the long-serving former chief executive of the Royal & Ancient, the ruling authority for golf around the world, cited the role Palmer played in broadening golfs appeal in all corners of the globe, hailing him as the sports “greatest ambassador.””The qualities of Arnold Palmers magnetic character endeared him to golf fans, sports fans and indeed the wider public,” Dawson said.”Arnies Army was global and affection for him was international. He was simply adored by millions.”Arnold was golfs greatest ambassador, both at home and abroad. He mixed with heads of state, with presidents, with prime ministers, but he never lost his common touch.”He could open doors that were firmly closed to others. But he was more than an ambassador — he was the king, and always will be.”Palmer, who died on September 25, won 62 titles on the PGA Tour during a career that saw him play a huge role in bringing golf to a mainstream audience.His haul of titles included four US Masters green jackets, two British Opens and one US Open title. AFP AH AHlast_img read more

Gaurav Gill to take part in Coffee Day India Rally

first_imgBengaluru, Nov 21 (PTI) FIA Asia Pacific Rally champion Gaurav Gill will be seen in action in the much-awaited Coffee Day India Rally 2017 to be held in Chikmagaluru from November 24 to 26.Driving for Team MRF, Gill is the lone Indian to have won the FIA Asia Pacific Rally title.”Organised by The Motor Sports Club of Chikmagaluru (MSCC) and sponsored by Coffee Day Group, the rally has registered nearly 45 entries including the best known names from the world of motorsports,” Coffee Day India Rally chairman and vice-president of Chikmagaluru Motor Sports Club, Farooq Ahmed told reporters here.The three-day extravaganza will witness concurrent running of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (4-wheel drive and 2-wheel drive) and the FMSCI MRF Indian National Rally Championship, Ahmed said.Other participating on the APRC grid are Gills team-mate Ole Christian Veiby from Norway, a regular on the World Rally Championship circuit, and factory driver for Skoda Michael Young of New Zealand, besides Kerala-based PG Abhilash, Sumit Panjabi and Sri Lankan Shafraz Junaid.Gill along with his partner Stephane Prevot from Belgium is leading the APRC chart with 136 points, just six ahead of Veiby and his fellow-Norwegian co-driver Stig Rune Skjarmoen.Both Gill and Veiby will be driving the Race Torque- prepared Skoda Fabia R5 car.The INRC entry list includes Amittrajit Ghosh, Arjun Rao Aroor, Rahul Kanthraj, Karna Kadur and young Dean Mascarenhas besides a clutch of home-grown talent, Coffee Day Hotels and Resorts Director M Venkatesh said.The entire rally route is located in the Coffee Day Globals estates bordering Chikmagalur, Venkatesh added. PTI BDN SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Mental strength as important as physical training: women’s junior wrestling coach

first_imgBy Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Sep 14 (PTI) Wrestling is a sport which is synonymous with power for most, but Indian junior women’s coach Ram Budaki says mental training is as important as physical strength. “Along with physical training we emphasise on mental training into the girls regime. It is equally important as physical training,” Budaki told PTI. “The girls are made to do meditation daily. We want to reduce their stress levels. After physical training, they have to do compulsorily morning and evening sessions of meditation,” he added. The exercise helps the players to calm their nerves after an exhausting grappling session. “Meditation also helps in motivating the girls, it increases their self confidence, eliminates self doubt. We ask the girls to think about whatever makes them feel confident and happy. Things like how it feels to win a medal for India. That sets a positive mindset,” Budaki said. “The meditation has helped me a lot. I feel at peace, my mind feels lighter once I am through with the session,” Swati Shinde, who won a bronze medal at the Junior Asian Wrestling Championship in July, said. The junior women’s team is heading to the World Wrestling Championship, which is slated to be held in Slovakia from September 17-23. India will also field teams in the men’s freestyle and greco-roman categories. Asked about the confidence level of the players, the coach was quick to point out that the Asian Games success of senior wrestlers such as Vinesh Phogat and and Divya Kakran has boosted the morale of his students.advertisement “It was a plus point for us that senior players like Divya and Vinesh won medals at the Asian Games. The girls take inspiration from them. We also had a couple of training sessions with them. The girls were thrilled,” Budaki said. On preparation ahead of the World Championship, Budaki said he has made a few changes in the techniques of the wrestlers and is confident those will work in their favour. “We (coaching staff) gave a lot of extra time to the players as per each ones requirements. I have concentrated more on the techniques this time. We observed the techniques of all the world players, then we had several sessions focussing on those techniques with each wrestler. We have tweaked the techniques of our girls accordingly,” he said. “I am confident that Anshu, who won a gold medal in the World Cadet Championship, Swati, who is the top player in India in her weight category and Mansi, who clinched the silver at the Junior Asian Wrestling Championship will do well,” he added. PTI APA SSCSSClast_img read more

WATCH: Karpatalja crowned world champions!

first_imgConIFA World Football Cup WATCH: Karpatalja’s amazing World Football Cup victory Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy CONIFA final 09062018 Getty ConIFA World Football Cup Videos The region from southwestern Ukraine enjoyed an historic day as they saw off Northern Cyprus in a dramatic penalty shootout to become world champions On a classically grey London evening, 2,500 spectators turned out at Enfield Town to see Karpatalja become CONIFA World Football Cup champions with a thrilling penalty-shootout victory over Northern Cyprus.Enfield Town’s record attendance had already been broken during the tournament and was shattered once again on Saturday and there was a raucous atmosphere created by passionate supporters of both sides.Before the game, the two sides were inseparable on the betting markets and the match turned out to be predictably tight. They had already played out a 1-1 draw in the group stages, which was perhaps an indication of the most likely result when they met again in the showpiece. 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 HIGHLIGHTS | Relive Karpatalya’s dramatic @paddypower #WFC2018 World Football Cup final victory over Northern Cyprus thanks to @fc_video. pic.twitter.com/6yFvEk3yzW— CONIFA (@CONIFAOfficial) June 10, 2018Over the course of the World Football Cup, Karpatalja had proven themselves a superbly organised outfit, and in the first half they seemed completely at ease with their opponents, setting up to play on the counter with the tricky Gyorgyi Toma left to roam free up the pitch.Toma was a threatening presence throughout, albeit rarely given a genuine chance to express himself by a well-marshalled Northern Cypriot defence.The Hungarians’ approach was one they had replicated in most of their previous knockout games, and it proved effective once again. Northern Cyprus’ dangerous centre-forward Billy Mehmet was kept relatively under the thumb, but had the match’s best chance to open the scoring with a diving header at the back post but his effort bounced back off the bar.Chances, however, were at a premium, and both teams looked tired after six games in just over a week. The game headed inexorably to penalties.WINNERS! Karpatalya lift the winners’ trophy! 2018 Champions – Karpatalya #WFC2018 pic.twitter.com/1UHkQGqi3t— CONIFA (@CONIFAOfficial) June 9, 2018It was Fejer who was to be the hero for Karpatalja, first denying the excellent Mehmet before parrying away Halil Turan’s spot-kick and sparking a huge pitch invasion from his side’s delighted players, coaches and supporters.Karpatalja are deserving winners of the tournament, but Northern Cyprus brought so much colour and noise to their games that it’s hard not to feel for them.last_img read more

From the Archives: Virat Kohli says he will take off his shirt if India win 2019 World Cup

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

Forgo stylistic sibling rivalry in clothes by Older Brother

first_img What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Appropriately named after an individual who should guide you in the truths of the world, the West Coast label Older Brother will shatter your preconceived notions that sustainable AND unisex (talk about your repellent-sounding double-whammy!) clothing has no place in your wardrobe. Offering classic, utterly wearable pieces that’ll work both on you and your best girl, the label was founded by Portland-based Bobby Bonaparte and LA-based Max Kingery two years ago. Sewn and dyed entirely in the USA, the collection, which ranges from $95 to $350, consists of fashionable casual separates that look great on top of being made from sustainable materials. A hit at influential Japanese stores such as United Arrows and Beams, the clothes are also sold at key independent North American boutiques and directly on the company’s website.Bonaparte recently explained what makes his fledgling label one that’s clearly one to admire and look up to….What is the background of Older Brother?We have been around now for two years. Max and I were both in the garment industry designing and creating and we were a little dismayed with the industry in terms of production methods, what was going into it and how things were being produced. We wanted to create a brand that was more true to growing up in Portland where you’re exposed to organic foods and a natural way of living. We were putting organic things into our bodies like juices and vegetables but we realized that when we were putting on our clothes it was not in line with that at all. We wanted to create a brand that was natural but also had the same kind of aesthetic that we were used to and living in.What is that aesthetic?I would describe it as modern but also primitive in a way. We choose clean lines and modern silhouettes but we update classic silhouettes through contemporary cuts. But our processes and how we go about making things got to be where the story really lies. For example, our T-shirt: the cotton is grown sustainably in California – there’s a co-op of farmers sustainably growing cotton – and then we use that cotton, it’s knit and we sew it up in Los Angeles and dye it on our own natural dye facility. We use natural and plant-based dyes. The indigo we get from all over like India and Japan but we also dye with madder root and oak and use these more traditional and older methods but put it in a contemporary framework.How do you relay that sustainable message to your consumers?We are working on that right now. We want to match it to the clothing and create this contemporary, playful presentation in a fun way. We are launching a new website shortly and we’ve created these fun and playful Cinemagraphs to distill and isolate the process of indigo dyeing.Is the material all organic cotton?It’s a mix. Generally our wovens are organic cotton from Japan but this season we also had a Japanese rice paper fabric. We also have a Japanese gabardine. We also have a yak yarn that is gray from Himalayan yaks. We also have a cord and bamboo fabric that is the ultimate supersoft fabric. People tell us that they feel like they are in a cloud wearing that.How big is each collection?We grow each season. This season is 30 odd pieces and we probably add two or three styles each season. Because we are based on making classic garments we don’t change a lot of things around every season. We’ll update something or change hemlines here and there but generally speaking we put out updated versions of the classics.How would you describe the person who wears Older Brother?We are kind of a niche brand but I think we do hit a lot of different types of people. Generally for us our consumer is conscious about their environment and conscious about their consumption. They are conscious about the things they are putting into their bodies and also what things they are putting on their body and energy consumption.The line is unisex. Is your customer base split 50-50 between men and women?Pretty much. Every piece we put out we think about who is going to use it and make sure that each piece can be worn. It can’t be worn by everybody but we try to make it so that it can be worn by as many people as possible.What’s the basis of your current collection?The idea for the season was the “Plant Aridity Awareness Society” and we created a faux commune to talk about sustainability in a playful way. Because of climate change we created this refuge for plants to kind of hide out and there is this benevolent group of people coming together to take care of these plants that have been displaced. Then we created what these folks would be wearing so it’s kind of a utopian sort of view. One of our pants is a wide-legged trouser that is very unisex. We also smashed together a blazer and kimono and called it a blazemono.What are your long-term plans?Right now the industry is not built for sustainable clothing. Organic materials, especially woven ones made the right way, are extremely difficult to come by and also natural dyes and the natural dye process are expensive. Longer-term we hope that we can reach a point where we can lower our price points and reach more folks. We also really want to expand. We definitely want to reach more people and spread the word a little bit more. We also want to open our own shops and be more of a global presence.Where does the name come from?I’m and older brother and Max has a great older brother. The idea was that we wanted to create a brand that was an ideal older brother to people: it gives support, is nourishing and maybe has some cool advice but is still playful and kind of familial – the ideal older brother. Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt The 100% Biodegradable Vollebak T-Shirt Is Made From Plants and Algaelast_img read more

DP World Wins 30year Concession for Somaliland Port

first_imgzoom Dubai-based port and terminal operator DP World has won a 30-year concession with an automatic 10-year extension for the management and development of a multi-purpose port project at Berbera, Republic of Somaliland.DP World will set up a joint venture with 65% control together with the government of Somaliland to manage and invest in the Port of Berbera.The investment of up to USD 442 million will include a first phase of a 400 metre quay and 250,000 square metre yard extension, and gantry cranes and reach stackers to handle containers and cargo. Construction of the quay extension is expected to start 12 months after the satisfaction of the terms and conditions of the agreement and will take 24 months to complete, DP World said.Total investment of up to USD 442 million will be phased over time and be dependent on port volumes, and will create a regional trading hub along with the scope for a free zone. The project will focus on containers with the capability to handle other types of cargo and will be implemented with the government of Somaliland.“Investment in this natural deep-water port will attract more shipping lines to East Africa and its modernisation will act as a catalyst for the growth of the country and the region’s economy,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said.The Port of Berbera opens a new point of access to the Red Sea and will complement DP World’s existing port at Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.The project has a long-term expansion potential with a concession area of 4.25 square kilometres and over 11 square kilometres of additional available land for a potential free zone, DP World said.last_img read more

Höegh LNG Names Its Ninth FSRU

first_imgNorway-based Höegh LNG has named its ninth floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU).The naming ceremony was held today at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in South Korea.The newbuilding, Höegh Gannet, is the largest capacity FSRU ever built with 1bcf/d and with a record construction time of 23 months, the company said.With a length of 294 meters and a width of 46 meters, the FSRU has a capacity of 170,000 cbm.The 81,500 dwt Höegh Gannet is scheduled for delivery in December this year.In August, Höegh LNG received commitment letters for a USD 177 million debt financing for its ninth FSRU. The loan comprises a 12-year tranche of USD 132 million guaranteed by South Korean export credit agency K-SURE and a five-year non-amortising commercial bank tranche of USD 45 million.A month later, the company inked a time charter contract with Naturgy Energy Group for FSRU #9. The time charter is expected to commence in December 2018 and has a term of 15 months. Under the contract, FSRU #9 will earn a fixed daily charter rate which is in line with the current medium-term market for DFDE LNG carriers, according to the company.last_img read more

Exercise more for better fitness after retirement

first_imgMiddle-aged people over 55 years of age in particular should be doing more to keep fit as they approach retirement age because of the physical, mental and social benefits of being active, says a study. “Adults are spending more years of their life working than ever before. Retiring is a life-changing event which provides all sorts of opportunities – but it coincides with declining physical activity, health and wellbeing,” said the study’s lead author Charlotte Salter from the University of East Anglia in England. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”From the age of around 55, people begin thinking about retirement and making plans for their future,” Salter said. For the study, researchers worked to gather insight about the relationship between retirement and physical activity. More than 1,000 over-55s took part in an online ‘Physical Activity and Retirement Transitions’ survey about their physical activity levels and expectations and experiences of retirement. The research team also held focus groups and interviews with people at retirement age about staying physically active. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”In order to enjoy a fit and healthy retirement, a really key thing is that people need to maintain their physical fitness through their fifties and beyond. But we found that there are many barriers to this – from poor health, lack of motivation and the cost and availability of sports, activities and fitness classes, to not having enough time – due to work or in many cases because of caring responsibilities,” Salter added. The report showed how employers and healthcare providers could do more to promote physical fitness to people over 55. And that sports centres and community fitness projects could also play more of a part in encouraging healthy ageing. While retirement can free up time, deteriorating health and wellbeing often become a new barrier.last_img read more

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Advocate Champion Charlotte Rae Dies

first_imgCharlotte Rae, an American TV actress, comedian, singer and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) champion, has died. She was 92. No cause of death has been announced, but Rae publicly fought pancreatic cancer since 2009 and more recently, was diagnosed with bone cancer.Rae with fellow survivors at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network PurpleStride Orange County 2016Rae was known most notably for her portrayal of Edna Garrett (Mrs. Garrett) in the sitcoms “Diff’rent Strokes” and its spin-off, “The Facts of Life.”“In the pancreatic cancer community, Charlotte was a cherished champion for the cause,” said Pamela Acosta Marquardt, PanCAN Founder. “She served as an Influencer of Hope, an elite group of notables who lend their voice and unite with everyday heroes in the fight against pancreatic cancer, and Charlotte was always willing to use her voice to raise awareness and visibility.”Pancreatic cancer was personal to Rae even before her own diagnosis. She lost three relatives to the disease, including her mother, uncle and older sister. Her extensive family history with pancreatic cancer led her to be more vigilant about the symptoms and risk factors associated with pancreatic cancer.“Keep searching for a solution, explore clinical trials,” Rae told PanCAN in 2016 when asked what advice she gives other patients fighting the disease. “I’m extremely grateful to be here today and I’m sending out powerful prayers to all of you.”Not only did Rae use her voice on behalf of the world’s toughest cancer, she attended local PurpleStride walks, championed for increased federal funding through PanCAN’s annual National Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., and referenced the organization in numerous media interviews.“We must speak out loud and clear: Federal funds must be invested to develop more effective treatments and to find a simple, affordable detection test,” Rae told fellow PanCAN Advocacy Day participants in a letter she penned in 2013. “This disease is so frightening because it cannot be detected early enough. Effective treatments and early detection tools could save thousands and thousands of lives.”On behalf of Rae and all patients like her, PanCAN will continue to work diligently to double survival and improve patient outcomes.last_img read more

West Face accuses Israeli intelligence firm of covertly targeting employees

first_imgWest Face Capital Inc. has accused another Toronto private equity firm of hiring an Israeli intelligence firm linked with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to covertly get confidential information from employees and elicit disparaging comments from a retired Ontario Superior Court judge.West Face filed a motion in Ontario court Tuesday seeking information obtained from Black Cube’s investigation of its staff and former workers. The parties will appear in court on Friday.It alleges Catalyst Capital Group Inc. used Black Cube, which is comprised of former intelligence officials, to launch illegal covert investigations against the company and former Ontario Superior Court Justice Frank Newbould in order to bolster a legal appeal.Catalyst is appealing a ruling by Newbould in August 2016 that dismissed its claim in the loss of a bidding war for wireless carrier Wind Mobile Corp.West Face alleged the Black Cube’s activities were undertaken “on false pretences, using lies, deception, false identities, and false offers of employment or investment.”“The purpose of these investigations was to manufacture evidence that could be used by Catalyst during the course of this appeal,” said the lengthy court filing.It claims Black Cube operators used lies and deception to entrap employees and Newbould to get damaging statements and information to discredit Newbould’s ruling.One “sting” against the retired judge was intended to bait Newbould into making anti-Semitic comments. Another was allegedly targeted at former West Face general counsel Alexander Singh.West Face said the behaviour “mirrors” Black Cube’s actions on behalf of Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment.Weinstein hired Black Cube to get information on those working to expose allegations against him.The firm subsequently apologized for its work and pledged to donate proceeds to women’s groups.West Face said it has been unable to verify the accuracy and completeness of transcripts and recordings of Black Cube’s activities, including the surreptitious recordings with employees.“We are saddened that innocent people have been misled, intimidated, and emotionally impacted by this disreputable and unseemly conduct,” it stated in a news release.Neither Catalyst nor Black Cube could be reached for comment. The allegations haven’t been proven in court.The two private equity firms have been in a legal war for years.Earlier this month, Catalyst Capital sued West Face Capital and Anson Group Canada for $450 million after accusing the hedge fund and asset manager of allegedly spreading misinformation and launching a short-selling campaign against its publicly-traded subsidiary.last_img read more

Islamophobia in France On the Rise after Charlie Hebdo

Taroudant – The Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), the republic’s leading watchdog fighting Islamophobia, has released an annual report highlighting an alarming increase in discriminatory acts against Muslims and their places of worship.A month after the national gathering that followed the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the CCIF held its annual press conference on Wednesday, February 11, to present the figures and trends of Islamophobia in 2014 and a report on the phenomenon since January 7, 2015.In its annual report, the CCIF recorded a 70% increase in Islamophobic acts in January 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. The CCIF identified 764 Islamophobic acts in 2014, compared to 691 in 2013, an increase of 10.6%. The CCIF confirmed that an average of at least two cases of Islamophobia are identified every day by their services. Nearly 77% of the cases involved discrimination at work, school or an institutional setting. The report stated that “Islamophobia is currently deeply ingrained in the French culture.” The CCIF added that 81.5% of victims are women. They represent almost all of the victims of physical assault with 22 physical assaults in 2014, which is nearly two every month. “We note with disappointment and concern a huge gap between the official discourse that is reassuring and rallying, and the reality on the ground,” the report says.Lila Charef, the CCIF’s legal advisor, told Press TV that “Our biggest difficulty is that the state is simply inactive when it comes to Islamophobia. It refuses to intervene with even small measures, such as declarations from higher authorities that condemn specific acts of discrimination.”After the attacks of Charlie Hebdo, the prejudices and discrimination against Muslims have become stronger than ever and Muslim places of worships are being desecrated more frequently. read more

Sailing coach taught at YMCA

(Update)A local sailing coach accused of sexually assaulting young boys is spending the weekend in jail until his next court appearance.  And concern about his activities has spread beyond the clubs where Sean Hewson taught sailing.  It’s now reaching into the “Y” — where he was a lifesaving instructor.The YMCA of Hamilton-Burlington-Brantford says Hewson taught swimming and lifesaving for seven years at the Y —  much of the time at the Burlington Y but also at other YMCA pools in their area.They say there were never any complaints and he passed the mandatory criminal background checks — the latest just last year.But after seeing the news that Hewson had been arrested they called the Halton police.Jim Commerford/YMCA CEO: “First we reached out to Halton Police, to say we read the story. We realize this largely relates to his experience in sailing but you should be aware that he has worked for the YMCA and we’d like to support, will support, the police investigation however we can.”31-year-old Hewson from Ancaster taught sailing at the Burlington Sailing Club at Lasalle Park and lately the Bronte Harbour Yacht Club.Police have charged him with 16 counts of sexual assault accusing him of sexually assaulting four boys from the Burlington Club when they were between the ages of 13 and 16.Police say the incidents go as far back as 2003. And they expect more victims to come forward.The YMCA says it’s acting out of concern for the safety of children, and has suspended Hewson from his lifesaving instructor duties.It’s also writing to the families of people he taught swimming and lifesaving.Jim said: “And we will be preparing correspondence to be sent to them so that they are aware of the charges facing this, Mr. Hewson, and we recommend that if they do have any concerns or worries or complaints that they immediately contact Halton Police.”Hewson appeared in court today in Milton. He’s being held by the police until his next appearance on Tuesday. The Bronte Harbour Yacht Club has also put Hewson on a leave of absence. And it has scheduled a meeting with parents for next Wednesday. read more

Security Council members urge confidencebuilding steps to solve Prevlaka dispute

“Members of the Security Council welcomed the fact that the situation remains stable and calm and voiced their continuing support for the chief military observer in Prevlaka and for UNMOP [the UN Mission of Observers in Prevlaka],” Ambassador Greenstock of the United Kingdom, the Council’s current President, told the press today after the 15-member body discussed the issue in closed consultations. “They expressed concern about the long-standing violations of the security regime in the UN-controlled zone and called for unrestricted freedom for UNMOP,” he said. Ambassador Greenstock added that Council members welcomed Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s intention to assess the situation before the end of UNMOP’s present mandate on 15 July with a view to exploring with the parties ways of moving the political process forward. read more

Mens Lacrosse No 13 Ohio State remains undefeated after 117 win against

Then-sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Former Oller ReporterA dominating third quarter put No. 13 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team ahead of University of Massachusetts on Saturday for its first road game of the season. The Buckeyes’ (3-0) play in the second half was too much for UMass (0-2) as Ohio State rolled to a 11-7 victory.  The game was back and forth in the first half as UMass answered back quickly after each Buckeye goal, heading into halftime with a 6-6 tie. The third quarter was all Ohio State as the Buckeyes scored four goals, two coming from junior attack/midfield Tre LeClaire, who ended the game with four total goals. Ohio State’s defense also shut out UMass in the quarter, with redshirt sophomore goalie Josh Kirson recorded eight of his 17 saves in the period. The Minutemen relied on freshman attack Gabriel Procyk who got a hat trick, each goal coming in the first half, while LeClaire and senior midfielder Jack Jasinski each scored two apiece for the Buckeyes in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Justin Inacio dominated the faceoff play for Ohio State, winning 14-of-22 of the faceoffs. The Buckeyes and the Minutemen each scored a goal in the fourth quarter, with LeClarie scored his fourth of the game and his 11th of the season. Ohio State will return home next week to face Bucknell at Ohio Stadium at noon. read more