Vijender Singh geared up to knockout Kerry Hope at home

first_imgVijender Singh’s dreams of appearing in the Rio Olympics may have been shattered but India’s star boxer is leaving no stone unturned in preparation for his much-awaited title bout in New Delhi next month. Vijender will take on Australian Kerry Hope for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Championship crown on July 16 and is hoping to delight the home fans with a “knockout” performance.Undefeated in his six fights so far, Vijender is currently training hard in Manchester under globally acclaimed trainer Lee Beard.”With less than three weeks to go for my maiden title fight, am really excited to compete in front of my home crowd. Competing in front of my own people will be a very big moment for me and I don’t want to lose this chance,” the 30-year-old, who will face Kerry at Thyagaraj Sports Complex, said.HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING”I have started high intensity training two weeks ago to compete in the first 10 rounder fight for Asia Pacific title and working hard to win this. I have seen videos of Kerry, he is a good opponent but I am training really hard to be ready for what my opponent has.”His training regime includes — shadow boxing in front of a mirror which helps to perfect technique, and practice both offensive and defensive exercises, sparring between 12 rounds which enhances all facets of boxing skills and techniques, Floor Work that builds up strength, Pad Work which increases speed, coordination and timing.HOPE’S OPEN CHALLENGEHis rival Kerry Hope, a former European champion, has openly challenged Vijender before this title fight, terming the Indian as an amateur and not in his league.advertisementVijender said: “If Kerry comes forward and throws shots then anyone who has done that in the past has got knocked out so if he leaves himself open my natural strength will play a big part. Every fight I go into I believe I will win. Doubt is the enemy. I believe he’s not as strong as me and he’s not training like I’m training.”I have read his statement but don’t want to react on this. All I can say is that I am preparing for 16 July and my punches will reply to overconfident Kerry Hope. I am confident of winning this game and making my countrymen proud.”‘WANT TO PLAY FOR FANS’Vijender said he wants to win this championship title not only for himself but also for his fans.”The audience will be sitting there and rooting for me, I want to play for them, I love the feeling of your own people cheering for you, it gives you a different kind of a boost and motivates you to keep hitting those punches.”Although Kerry is more experienced than Vijender with an impressive record of 23 wins from 30 fights, but the Indian is ready to give him a tough time in the ring.”I don’t think fighting Kerry is a problem, sure he might be more experienced but it all depends on the punches and the strength you show in the ring at the time of the fight. The title is mine and I will make sure that everyone is proud of that moment,” Vijender said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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2019-11-25

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SPN inks deal to acquire Ten Sports Network for USD 385-mn

first_imgMumbai, Aug 31 (PTI) Media firm Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) today said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ten Sports Network from Zee Entertainment Enterprises for USD 385 million.”SPN and its affiliates have entered into definitive agreements to acquire TEN Sports Network from Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEE) and its subsidiaries for USD 385 million,” the company said in a statement.The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval. The Ten Sports Network acquisition will add South Asias leading sports network to SPN?s existing portfolio of channels, it added.”The acquisition of TEN Sports Network will strengthen SPN?s offering for viewers of cricket, football and fight sports, complementing our existing portfolio of international and domestic sporting properties. It also aptly demonstrates SPN?s commitment to providing a broad range of sporting entertainment to fans across India and the sub-continent,” SPN Chief Executive Officer N P Singh said.The TEN Sports channels being acquired include TEN 1, TEN 1 HD, TEN 2, TEN 3, TEN Golf HD, TEN Cricket, TEN Sports that operate in several countries including the Indian sub-continent, Maldives, Singapore, Hong Kong, Middle East, Caribbean.”India has been a strong driver of Sony Pictures growing networks business for two decades, and sports continue to play a significant role in that growth. The acquisition of Ten Sports, following the launch of Sony ESPN channels, will mean that our Indian networks would reach over 800 million viewers and broadcast many of the most popular and prestigious sporting events in the world,” Sony Pictures Television President, Worldwide Networks Andy Kaplan said.advertisementTEN Sports holds broadcast rights to major cricket boards (South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe).In addition, Ten Sports holds rights to wrestling (WWE), football (UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, French League, English Football League Cup), tennis (WTA Events, ATP events), golf (European Tour, Asian Tour, Ryder Cup, US PGA Championship, LPGA Tour, Professional Golf Tour of India and Golf Channel Block), athletics (Asian Games, Commonwealth Games), motor sports (Moto GP) and cycling (Tour de France) events.Commenting on the deal, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Managing Director Punit Goenka said, “This is a landmark deal for ZEE and a step towards a strategic portfolio shuffle as we grow our general entertainment business both in the domestic and overseas markets.”While we have grown our sports business over the last 10 years through acquisition of content at competitive prices,our focus now is on transforming ourselves into an all-round media and content company, comprising five verticals -broadcast, digital, films, live events, and international business;and we continue to move rapidly towards our set business goals. While I have always been proud of our sports business, I strongly believe that Sony will add more value to it by taking it to even greater heights.” PTI DS DK BS BSlast_img read more

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2019-11-22

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World Cup 2018: Spain, Portugal in last 16; Uruguay maintain clean sheet

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2019-11-17

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India should not play Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup: Harbhajan Singh

first_imgHarbhajan Singh said India should not play Pakistan in their World Cup match in Manchester on June 16 after the terror attack in Pulwama killed 40 personnel of the CRPF. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the ghastly act.Harbhajan Singh said India are powerful enough to do well in the World Cup without having to play Pakistan. India will need to forfeit valuable points if they concede their fourth match of the tournament.”India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup. India are powerful enough to win the World Cup without having to play Pakistan,” Harbhajan Singh told Aaj Tak.He added: “This is a difficult time. The attack that has happened, it was unbelievable and it’s very wrong. Strict action will surely be taken by the government. When it comes to cricket, I don’t think we should have any relations with them otherwise they will keep treating us like this.The Indian cricket team will be chasing their third World Cup title after victories in 1983 and 2011 and the Virat Kohli-led team starts favourites to win the title. The ICC rules do not permit India to withdraw or boycott their game against Pakistan without (a) forfeiting points and (b) inviting sanctions but Harbhajan insists that is the way forward.”I don’t think we need to have any relations with Pakistan or play any cricket with them.”I don’t think India should play the World Cup match against Pakistan. Country comes first and we are all standing behind our country. Cricket or hockey or sports, it should be kept aside because this is a huge thing and repeatedly our soldiers are killed. We should stand with our country. Cricket or hockey or any sport, we don’t need to play with them.”advertisementWhat if India meet Pakistan in the semi-final or the final?While India can still afford to forfeit their game against Pakistan in the league stage, which, of course, will mean loss of points, the bigger question is what happens if the two sides find themselves face to face in the knock-out stage?Harbhajan said India can cross the bridge when it came to it in that case.”We are too small to discuss what needs to be done – there are big people sitting in power who can take a call.”What happens if we have to play Pakistan in the semi-final or final? There’s plenty of time for June-July. The people in power will need what to do. But nobody can harm India. What happened in Pulwama is tragic. We are safe today only because of our defence forces,” Harbhajan said.India do not play bilateral cricket with Pakistan and Harbhajan said India should not keep any kind of ties with Pakistan.”We should not keep any kind of ties with Pakistan: we are powerful enough to feed the world on our own. Cricket, sports is not as important. We stand with every member of the defence force. Their sacrifices should no go to waste. Before cricket, the main things should be sorted out. How that happens can be decided by the government. Till those problems are solved, India should not play cricket or any sport with them,” he said.India have never faced Pakistan in a bilateral series since the 2012-13 home series. After 2013, India have played Pakistan at the Asia Cup five times, twice in Champions Trophy, twice in World T20 and once in World Cup. The last time India met Pakistan was in Asia Cup in September last year where India thrashed their arch rivals three times twice in the league stage and then in the all-important final.India withdrew the MFN status for Pakistan the day after the attack and diplomatic efforts are on to isolate Pakistan internationally.Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board called the Indian official broadcasters of the Pakistan Super League, DSport’s decision to suspend coverage and the removal of Pakistan cricketers’ portraits from cricket clubs across India as “regrettable”.Also, IMG Reliance on Sunday pulled out from broadcasting the Pakistan Super League, meaning the PSL will go off air unless the PCB brings in an alternate production service.”Unfortunately, denying India cricket fans the right to follow HBL PSL by blocking all digital coverage as well as covering or removing portrait of former Pakistan cricket captain and Prime Minister Imran Khan and other legendary cricketers from one of the most historic cricket clubs and venues are highly regrettable actions,” the PCB said.”The PCB intends to take up these incidents with the BCCI and the ICC at the upcoming ICC committee meeting in Dubai later this month.”advertisementAlso Read | Pulwama terror attack: Mohammed Shami donates to families of martyred CRPF soldiersAlso Read | No cricketing ties with Pakistan until government nod: Rajeev ShuklaAlso Read | Photos of Pakistan cricketers removed from Jaipur stadium after Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | Hardik Pandya and I are seen as competitors but we share very good rapport: Vijay ShankarAlso See:last_img read more

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2019-11-16

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Jürgen Klopp says Sadio Mané deal shows top players believe in Liverpool

first_imgShare via Email Football transfer rumours: Liverpool back in for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir? Read more Share on LinkedIn Liverpool Jürgen Klopp believes Sadio Mané is enjoying the best form of his career and said the forward’s decision to sign a new contract shows top players believe they can win trophies at Liverpool.Mané has joined Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in extending his time at Anfield, putting his name to a deal that runs to 2023, and Klopp described the agreement as a statement by the club. Jürgen Klopp news Share on WhatsAppcenter_img “I’m really happy about the fact he’s signed,” Klopp said. “It shows the change the club has made in the last few years. A few seasons ago players at the peak of their careers thought they had to leave the club to take the next step but now the boys believe they can achieve their ambitions here.“I think he [Mané] sometimes is not aware of how good he is. It is not like I have to say: ‘Good morning Sadio, you are world class’ every day but when you sign a player this is the way you hope it works out. We are now able to use the quality that we have. It is fixed and no clubs can come and ask for these players.”Klopp is aware players such as Luis Suárez and Philippe Coutinho had signed new deals and then departed for big money but now Liverpool have negotiated a specific clause with Barcelona to deter them from pursuing any more of their key performers over the next two years, leaving the manager reasonably confident of keeping his squad together.“We only lost Phil because it was Barcelona who came asking,” Klopp said. “It was not a normal situation and in the end they had to pay quite an amount of money to get him, so it was all good for all sides. You can never be sure about anything in football, someone might come along and offer us £500m or whatever for a player. I wouldn’t have thought that was possible but I have been wrong before. “Now we are in a situation where players don’t want to leave, we need to perform constantly at our highest level. That’s the next challenge.”Javier Aguirre, Egypt’s manager, expressed an opposite view earlier in the week when he suggested Salah may end up leaving Liverpool in search of medals and trophies. “Obviously I don’t agree,” Klopp said. “Perhaps Aguirre should move to another country if he doesn’t win a title in the next two years. I don’t know why people have to say things like that, but it is a free world and he can say whatever he wants.”Klopp intends to hold talks with Dominic Solanke about the player’s future after the striker scored twice for England Under-21s against Denmark during the international break. The 21-year-old former Chelsea player has yet to make an appearance for Liverpool this season and is understood to be frustrated by the lack of opportunity, with Steven Gerrard apparently interested in taking him to Rangers on loan in January.“The situation is a bit difficult at the moment,” Klopp said. “We want to keep him, because he is top quality, but at the same time we want to help him. I’m sure he will have a great future but the next thing is to find a way for us to help each other. We will talk and decide on the way forward, but after the internationals I don’t think anyone need worry about the future of English football. When you think who could play for England Under-21s, and I am talking about players who have already made it to senior level like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Marcus Rashford, it could be the best Under-21 team ever.” Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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2019-11-16

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Here’s Which Bowls Experts Think Penn State Will Play In

first_imgJames Franklin rallies his team before a game.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions holds his team back as they prepare to take the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Penn State football is having another nice season, even if the College Football Playoff is a long shot right now.The Nittany Lions are 6-2, after dropping two straight to Ohio State and Michigan State a few weeks ago. The Nittany Lions have another really tough game this weekend, with a trip to Ann Arbor to face the Michigan Wolverines.They have the chance for a big impact on the Playoff picture with a win on the road on Saturday.Even if a College Football Playoff trip isn’t in the cards, Penn State football has a shot at a really nice bowl game.Looking around the college football corner of the internet, opinions on Penn State’s destination are all over the map.Here is where some of the top college football sites and experts think the Nittany Lions will play. Fiesta Bowl vs. LSUKyle Bonagura (ESPN): Citrus Bowl vs. KentuckyErick Smith (USA Today): Citrus Bowl vs. FloridaEric Single (Sports Illustrated): Citrus Bowl vs. FloridaMitch Sherman (ESPN): Peach Bowl vs. GeorgiaJoe Tansey (Bleacher Report): Outback Bowl vs. FloridaBrad Crawford (247Sports): Outback Bowl vs. Texas A&MJerry Palm (CBS): Holiday Bowl vs. StanfordThe Citrus Bowl is definitely the most popular destination, and Florida the most common opponent. Clearly, things are all over the place though.last_img read more

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2019-10-26

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Never played a game without bails: Marnus Labuschagne on windy day in Ashes 4th Test

first_imgNever played a game without bails: Marnus Labuschagne on windy day in Ashes 4th TestAshes 2019, 4th Test: The opening day of the ongoing 4th Ashes Test saw intermittent rain and strong winds with the latter forcing umpires to remove the stump bails and continue playing.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 11:50 IST Marnus Labuschagne looks on as an umpire puts heavier bails on the stumps (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia could only score 170/3 on the 1st day before play was called offMarnus Labuschagne scored his 4th successive Test half-century on WednesdayPersistent rain and strong winds only allowed 44 overs of play on the opening dayAn unusual sight was witnessed on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia when the umpires took off the bails and proceeded with the play, owing to extremely windy conditions at the Old Trafford.The incident happened in the 32nd over of Australia’s first innings on the rain-hit Wednesday when strong winds led to a beach ball from the crowd invading the pitch as the bails kept flying off their grooves.This repeated blowing off the bails led to England pacer Stuart Broad getting really frustrated. Following this, on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus took the decision to carry on playing by simply taking the bails off on either of the stumps.Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne, who was at the crease, when the bails were removed was equally surprised by the decision terming it a first in his cricket career. Labuschagne said that the rain and wind made it really frustrating for the players as well as the spectators.”It was probably frustrating for everyone, ’cause the one I pulled away I thought the bails fell off so I looked back and the bails were still on. Then I had to pull away when the chip packets kept coming past and the beach ball. It was probably just frustrating for the game in general. They’re just getting frustrated ’cause we have to pull away ’cause there’s stuff there and the bails, when they put the bails on you could just see the stumps shake and it was just a matter of time before they came off. It was very windy out there. I’ve never played a game where you’ve played with no bails, so that was very different. All in all, it was pretty tough conditions for bowling out there,” said Labuschagne.advertisementThis decision taken by the umpires was within the rules of cricket, and the first instance of it happening in an international game was in 2017 during a match between Afghanistan and West Indies.According to Law 8.5, “The umpires may agree to dispense with the use of bails, if necessary. If they so agree then no bails shall be used at either end. The use of bails shall be resumed as soon as conditions permit.”(With IANS inputs)Also Read | Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan beats Tatenda Taibu to become youngest ever Test captainAlso Read | “Jofra, show us your passport”: Australia fans thrown out of Old Trafford after abusing ArcherFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow AshesFollow Marnus LabuschagneFollow Steve Smith Nextlast_img read more

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2019-10-25

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Australia: First Marine Site Surveys Start at Port of …

first_imgzoom Equipment, crews, barges, and surveying equipment are on their way to the BlueScope Steel Wharf at the Port of Hastings ready to carry out the first marine site surveys for the container expansion project.The Port of Hastings Development Authority, with specialist contractors Worley Parsons and Aurecon, are preparing to begin marine geotechnical and marine geophysical surveys in Western Port from the 9 December 2013 onwards.CEO Mike Lean said “These surveys will provide the critical information on the seabed conditions of Western Port which are needed to begin three to four years of detailed planning for a new world-class, competitive and sustainable second container port for Victoria.”Two 17.2m x 12.0m jack up barges will be assembled alongside the Wharf, ready to be towed to up to 110 locations, collecting critical marine geotechnical data to inform port design and detailed scientific studies.“The commencement of marine surveys signals a key milestone in the progress of the container expansion project. This is the culmination of over six months of planning, including keeping the community informed through regular newsletters, information sessions and presentations around Western Port,” said Mr Lean.Each barge and its crew vessels will remain in the water over the next six to nine months (subject to weather conditions), collecting geotechnical samples from key locations in the port area, existing shipping channels and the anchorage. The majority of samples will be taken in the area north of Long Island Point, which is the focus of container expansion planning. Weekly updates of the expected barge locations will be provided on the Authority’s website.A marine geophysical survey vessel will also begin, using sonar reflection and profiling techniques to map the physical features of the seabed, over a one to three month period.Survey activity will cease for the Christmas period, from the 21st December 2013, and will resume on the 6th January 2013. No geotechnical surveys will occur in the anchorage for the duration of the summer school holiday period.Mariners, fishermen and recreational water users of Western Port are advised to keep clear of the barges and survey vessels, with a distance of at least 100 metres recommended. Western Port users are reminded to continue to check for the latest Notice to Mariners and to observe the directions of the Harbour Master at all times.Approvals to complete the surveys were granted under the Victorian Coastal Management Act 1995. An Environmental Management Plan (EMP) has been approved and all surveys will be conducted in accordance with the EMP. This includes adherence to EPA Noise Control Guidelines, although it is expected that noise will be kept to a minimum.Mr Lean said “At every stage of these critical works we are aiming to minimise environmental impacts to the port area and to our local stakeholders. We are confident that these works can be conducted safely and with minimal impact to the environment.”The Authority is committed to ensuring the community are kept informed of the progress of marine surveys and will provide updates through a range of methods including the website, regular “Port of Hastings Development Update” newsletter and open afternoons at the Authority’s office in High Street, Hastings. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Port of Hastings, December 5, 2013 My locationlast_img read more

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2019-10-24

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Avance Gas Considers Converting Ships to Run on LPG

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Norway-based LPG shipping firm Avance Gas could convert its ships to run on liquefied petroleum gas ahead of the IMO emission regulations coming into force by 2020.Namely, the company explained that it is considering whether it should convert some of its ships to run on LPG fuel, install scrubbers or use compliant low-sulphur fuel.“We do expect that the freight market from 2020 will reflect higher prices on compliant fuel,” the company said.The company revealed its plans as part of its third quarter of 2018 financial report, in which it said that freight rates strengthened during the period as higher US export and lower fleet growth balanced the market.The average time charter equivalent (TCE) rate for the fleet was USD 15,289/day, up from USD 7,711/day reported in the second quarter of 2018. TCE earnings for were USD 19.1 million, up from USD 9.3 million seen in the previous quarter.The company managed to shrink its net loss to USD 8.9 million from a net loss of USD 19.3 million in the second quarter.last_img read more

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2019-10-23

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Changes to the Senior Citizens Property Tax Rebate

first_img giving the Deputy Registrar General of Vital Statistics increased enforcement responsibility to terminate a cleric’s and religious body’s registration to solemnize marriages if they fail to comply with the Marriage Act update and harmonize limitation periods at three years to make the acts consistent. If someone is in violation of the act, they have three years to be charged. (Collection Agencies Act, Consumer Creditors Conduct Act, Consumer Protection Act, Consumer Reporting Act, Direct Sellers’ Regulation Act, Mortgage Regulation Act) update and correct language, for example remove gendered terms like his and workmanlike to ensure the acts apply equally to all Nova Scotians, regardless of gender and marital status (Consumer Protection Act, Petroleum Products Pricing Act, Consumer Reporting Act) clarify and enhance regulation-making authority, for example allow the registrar to set new application form requirements (Consumer Protection Act, Consumer Reporting Act) update and/or repeal reference to courts and programs that no longer exist, such as removing references to county court and the appeal division (Money-lenders Act, Unconscionable Transactions Relief Act). Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan tabled changes to the Senior Citizens’ Property Tax Rebate Act today, Sept. 20 that will help more low-income seniors access the program. The rebate program provides up to $800 on municipal property taxes paid during the previous tax year. Eligibility criteria is being expanded to allow a rebate to include seniors who move out of their primary residence but have paid the previous year’s municipal taxes. With this change, up to 150 more people could be eligible for a rebate. Ownership of the act is also being transferred from the Department of Community Services to Service Nova Scotia. Service Nova Scotia plans to introduce service delivery efficiencies that will enhance service to clients. “The rebate program is meant to help older Nova Scotians with low-incomes remain in their homes longer,” said Mr. MacLellan. “These changes extend the rebate to more people and will support improvements in how we deliver services to those who need it.” Mr. Maclellan also tabled administrative amendments to various Service Nova Scotia acts that streamline processes, clarify and strengthen language and increase enforcement responsibility. Highlights of the amendments include: These changes are part of ongoing work to modernize legislation and streamline regulations and supports government’s commitment to making services more accessible and efficient for Nova Scotians.last_img read more

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2019-10-22

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Gov Gen David Johnston breaks rules by touching Queens arm

first_imgA momentary breach of protocol that saw the Governor General touch the Queen’s arm has at least one British tabloid abuzz but some on social media say it’s nothing to get worked up about.Gov. Gen. David Johnston hosted the monarch Wednesday at Canada House in central London to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and helped her up and down the red-carpeted stairs.Johnston reportedly told media there he was worried the Queen would trip.The incident captured some tabloids’ attention, with the Daily Mail calling out Johnston for his faux pas in breaking royal protocol.But online observers seemed unfazed by the misstep, which many deemed too minor to cause a scandal.Some on social media even suggested the 91-year-old Queen should be grateful for the help.“The man helped an elderly lady from falling,” one wrote on Twitter.“‘Governor General acts like Canadian Gentleman’ is a better headline,” another tweeted.Some suggested there would have been a bigger uproar if the Queen had slipped while Johnston stood idly by.Dignitaries are not supposed to touch the Queen, though that rule has been broken in the past.Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama made international headlines when she hugged the monarch in 2009.last_img read more

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2019-10-17

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Eric Church To Kick Off The Salvation Armys Red Kettle Campaign

first_imgSeven-time GRAMMY nominee Eric Church will perform at AT&T Stadium during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game on FOX against the Washington Redskins, kicking off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign.Eric Church to Kick Off 126th Salvation Army Red Kettle CampaignThe nationally televised LIVE halftime performance marks the 20th year the Cowboys have partnered with The Salvation Army to launch the iconic campaign, which raises millions of dollars throughout the holiday season.Donations help provide meals and shelter for families and Christmas toys for millions of children, in addition to numerous other social service programs The Salvation Army provides year-round, such as substance-abuse programs, shelter and counseling for victims of domestic violence, and military veteran assistance.“Eric Church is not only one of the hottest names in country music, but he has a passion [for] giving to those in need, making him a great fit for what Red Kettle Kickoff is all about,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Cowboys and former national advisory chairperson for The Salvation Army. “Millions are impacted every year by the good works of The Salvation Army, and our goal is to help educate Americans that every penny dropped in those red kettles helps make a difference.”The Red Kettle Campaign, which begins on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Eve, is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. It raised $149.6 million during the 2015 campaign alone and has raised more than $2 billion since the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day partnership began in 1997.“The visibility and true partnership the Dallas Cowboys have extended to our organization for the past 20 years to mark our most crucial fundraising season is something The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “We are looking forward to their continued support and another exciting kickoff performance.”As the recent Country Music Association Album of the Year winner for his latest release “Mr. Misunderstood,” Church has garnered GRAMMY, CMA, and Academy of Country Music Album of the Year nominations since releasing his first album, “Sinners Like Me,” in 2006. He is a four-time CMA and five-time ACM award winner and has quickly become one of the biggest names in country music. He is currently gearing up for his “Holdin’ My Own” headlining tour beginning in January.The Red Kettle Kickoff halftime show has been nationally televised for all of its 20 years, reaching millions of viewers with the campaign’s message. Church is the newest addition to a list of Red Kettle Kickoff celebrity halftime performers, including Luke Bryan, Selena Gomez, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Destiny’s Child, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire.In addition to donating to the 25,000 traditional bell ringers that will be stationed at retail locations throughout the country or online at RedKettleReason.org, supporters can start their own #RedKettleReason fundraisers and designate their contributions to cause areas that fight hunger, provide shelter, or ensure Christmas assistance for those in need. Donations can also be made through the Army’s text-to-give program. By texting the word “KETTLES” to 51555, donors can send any amount to the Red Kettle Campaign.From its humble beginnings as a Salvation Army captain’s start-up program in 1891 in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry, and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles.last_img read more

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2019-10-16

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Experts on standardizing place names wrap up meeting at UN

With harmonized place names becoming an essential element of international communication, nearly 200 experts met for the past eight days during the 22nd session of the UN Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN). One initiative to emerge from this year’s session was the formation by African countries of a Task Team, headed by representatives from Ghana, Algeria and South Africa, to rally support for the establishment of domestic names committees and accelerate the standardization of geographical names on the continent. A German proposal seeking to combine national data stocks of officially approved geographical names from each of the European Union member countries into a European geographical names network, to be called EuroGeoNames, was also announced. UNGEGN first convened in 1960 to encourage the consistent use of place names through international collaboration, the wider use of nationally authorized names and the development of guidelines, digital place name databases and training programmes. Its next session is scheduled to take place in 2006 in Vienna. read more

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2019-10-06

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Federal insurer of pensions reports 62B deficit for fiscal 2014 blames multiemployer

by Marcy Gordon And Tom Raum, The Associated Press Posted Nov 17, 2014 11:40 am MDT Federal insurer of pensions reports $62B deficit for fiscal 2014; blames multi-employer plans AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The deficit run up by the federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans has nearly doubled, to $62 billion. And the agency says that without changes, its program for pension plans covering 10 million of those workers will be insolvent within 10 to 15 years.It was the widest deficit in the 40-year history of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., which has now run shortfalls for 12 straight years. The gap grew wider in recent years because the weak economy triggered more corporate bankruptcies and failed pension plans. If the trend continues, the agency could need an infusion of taxpayer funds to pay retirees, who are guaranteed their pensions by law.The PBGC said Monday that the increased deficit was due to worsening finances of some multi-employer pension plans, which are pension agreements between labour unions and a group of companies, usually in the same industry. The $62 billion deficit reported for the year ended Sept. 30 compared with $36 billion in the previous fiscal year.Labour Secretary Thomas Perez said fixing the problem is vital to the retirement security of the nation’s middle-class. Agency officials called for Congress to enact legislation submitted by President Barack Obama designed to shore up the program’s finances.The PBGC was created in 1974 as a government insurance program for traditional employer-paid pension plans, which have become much less common in recent decades as most employers turn to retirement accounts such as 401(k)s. The traditional plans are most prevalent in industries such as auto manufacturing, steel and airlines.If an employer can no longer support its pension plan, the PBGC takes over the assets and liabilities, and pays promised benefits to retirees up to certain limits.The agency didn’t name the multi-employer plans that it expects to run out of money or how many are involved. It said they represent a minority of the total 1,400 or so multi-employer pension plans, which cover about 10 million workers.“Plans covering over 1 million participants are substantially underfunded, and without legislative changes, many of these plans are likely to fail,” PBGC Acting Director Alice Maroni said in a statement. The agency said in its annual report that it has “sufficient liquidity to meet its obligations for a number of years.”The agency said the deficit in its multi-employer insurance program jumped to $42.4 billion in the budget year that ended on Sept. 30, from $8.3 billion in 2013. By contrast, the deficit in the single-employer program shrank to $19.3 billion from $27.4 billion as the economy strengthened.The PBGC reported that its pension obligations grew by $30.9 billion in fiscal 2014, to $151.5 billion. Assets used to cover those obligations increased by only $4.9 billion, to $89.8 billion.Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, called the multi-employer insurance program “a ticking time bomb that will inflict a lot of pain on workers, employers, taxpayers and retirees if Congress fails to act.”He said congressional leaders have been trying to reach consensus on a package for months so far to no avail.James Klein, president of the employers’ group American Benefits Council, said the announcement “should be a wake-up call for lawmakers to take action to shore up the multi-employer system.”The Obama administration has proposed raising the insurance premiums, which are set by Congress, and tailoring them to the size of companies and their level of financial risk.The PBGC has been in the red for 33 of its 40 years of operation. It did have surpluses in some years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when fewer companies failed.Obama hasn’t yet named a director of the agency to replace Joshua Gotbaum, who left this summer.___Associated Press writer Tom Raum contributed to this report. read more

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2019-10-04

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Year of Pulses closes with call to build on strong momentum among

Although the International Year of Pulses has helped raise awareness globally of the many benefits of pulses, such as beans, lentils and chickpeas, gains must be further strengthened to achieve the international community’s new development goals, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.“It is essential to maintain the momentum,” FAO’s Deputy Director-General Maria-Helena Semedo told the Year’s official closing ceremony today, which was hosted by Burkina Faso, according to a news release. Realizing that pulses – defined as edible dried seeds of plants in the legume family – are “small but powerful allies” in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN General Assembly designated 2016 as the International Year and nominated FAO to lead implementation. Since the Year’s launch, connections have been fostered among key actors from farmers’ organizations to the private sector to facilitate information exchange and policy dialogue on the production, trade and consumption of pulses. Leaders in policy and research have tackled the top pulse issues at several international forums, and national committees have been established. A technical pulses database was created, a cookbook featuring recipes from international chefs was published, and the official multilingual website, with over half a million visits, promoted a rich array of information on pulses. Though the Year has now officially closed, there has been a sound call to keep the momentum alive and continue activities beyond 2016. “Training programmes on the value of pulses should be supported, particularly for schoolchildren, farmers and extension workers. Policies and programmes should focus more on pulse producers, particularly small-holder farmers and young people,” Ms. Semedo said, noting that FAO will carry on working with stakeholders from governments to family farmers to promote pulses. Pulses are packed with minerals such as iron, zinc and folate and have been an important part of diets around the world for centuries. Pulses are a valuable ingredient in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 2 which aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. The plants contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. They add large amounts of beneficial nitrogen to the soil and require little fertilizer. Growing pulses with other crops enhances soil fertility, improves both crops’ yields, and contributes to a more sustainable food system. In addition, pulses have a very low water footprint compared to other protein sources, can be grown in very poor soils, and help reduce the risk of soil erosion and depletion. For poor farmers, growing pulses contributes to stable livelihoods, additional income and improved nutrition. Burkina Faso’s President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, said: “To better cope with the triple problem of soil fertility management, reducing the adverse effects of climate change and the issue of food security, producing and consuming pulses is a great opportunity, especially for the most vulnerable people.” Overall, global pulse production has been slowly but steadily increasing. In 2014, global production reached 77 million tonnes, up 21 million metric tonnes since 2001. read more

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2019-10-02

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Martin Necas scores goahead goal in third Checkers topple Rocket 31

The Canadian Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Martin Necas scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Charlotte Checkers went on to beat the Laval Rocket 3-1 on Sunday in the American Hockey League.Aleksi Saarela opened the scoring for Charlotte (16-4-1) 1:40 into the game on a power-play goal and Roland McKeown added an empty-netter with two seconds left in the third period.Michael McCarron had the lone goal for the Rocket (7-12-2).Checkers goaltender Callum Booth stopped 26 shots. Laval’s Michael McNiven made 18 saves.Charlotte was 1 for 3 on the power play while the Rocket failed to scored on three chances with the man advantage. read more

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2019-10-02

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Athlete dies swimming the Channel during 300mile megatriathlon from London to Paris

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. DOVER: A man in his 40s, named by friends as Douglas Waymark, died after attempting to swim the Channel last night. He became unwell midway. pic.twitter.com/GCOEMxZWBm— Kent 999s (@Kent_999s) August 8, 2017 A man has died after a boat sank in the English Channel off the Sussex coastCredit:Oliver Button/PA Mr Waymark completed the Seven Summits challenge in 2009, which involves climbing the tallest mountain on every continent, including Mount Everest and Kilimanjaro.Graham Fletcher said: “For all those following the recent updates, Douglas Waymark has not completed his Channel swim.”Last night he felt he could no longer continue his quest and swam to the boat supporting him. A swimmer who died attempting to swim across the English Channel has been named as Douglas Waymark.The endurance athlete, 44, was taking part in a 300-mile mega-triathlon from Marble Arch in Central London to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe.He had already had run from London to Dover before attempting the crossing, but struggled during the swim and later collapsed.center_img “He passed out and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Ashford. At around midnight, he sadly died.”We are all devastated but take comfort in him doing what he loved best to the very end.”I have spoken to Douglas’s sister and sent the condolences of the whole club for the tragic passing of Douglas to his family.”All of us who knew Douglas Waymark will have so many memories of him and shared some great times with him.”I am, as i’m sure you will be devastated by the news this morning.” Mr Waymark has previously completed ten triathlons in as many days, and once cycled 200 miles in the Cotswolds to create GPS artwork of a kite.He once attempted to tackle ‘The World’s Toughest Triathlon’ – a 2.5-mile swim in Llyn Padarn, near Snowdonia, a 116-mile bike ride and a 25-mile run up Mount Snowdon.Sister Jo Ikel also paid tribute to her late partner on Facebook.She said: “He was doing exactly what he wanted to do and throwing everything at it.”I am so proud of everything he achieved.”The Arch to Arc event costs £3000 to enter and is held by Enduroman Ultra Events, with just 25 people having completed it before. A man has died after a boat sank in the English Channel off the Sussex coastlast_img read more

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2019-09-25

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LETTER GPLs performance is unacceptable

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetters: How credible is GPL’s Chairman Robert Badal?May 23, 2017In “Letters”GPL boasts of adequate power supply during holiday seasonDecember 10, 2013In “Local News”Blackout woes for Essequibo continues as GPL trying to fix problemsJuly 8, 2018In “Business” Dear Editor,The treatment meted out recently by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) to the residents of Ocean View, Uitvlugt has been reprehensible.For more than a decade, the two western blocks of Ocean View, Uitvlugt have experienced severe problems with the transformer.  Since the start of this year, there have been an increasing number of disruptions and explosions of the transformer which have resulted in long blackouts. GPL’s response has become disturbingly slothful and neglectful.The last two weeks have been especially atrocious.  Just before midnight on 28th July, 2017, there was an explosion in the transformer. Although numerous reports were immediately made to GPL, the Emergency Response Crew came some 12 hours later to address the problem. The remedy lasted for a mere six hours because the transformer exploded again at 18:00 (6pm) on 29th July, 2017. This time the area endured a blackout of more than 18 hours by the time the Crew showed up. This reprieve was brief as it was followed by two successive blackouts to the grid.On Tuesday night, a small explosion was heard from the transformer at 7pm. A report was made and the Emergency Crew came at 21:00 hrs (9pm). The Crew members informed us that they are the Georgetown Emergency Crew and so they will not fix the transformer. Incredibly, we were advised that the problem will be addressed the following day by the West Demerara Emergency Crew. Editor, at the time on of writing, 15 hours later, the crew is yet to show.I cannot overemphasize the inconvenience and discomfort this situation has caused. Shopkeepers in the area have suffered significant losses.  Moreover, extended periods of darkness are especially concerning in these troubled times.GPL should engage the residents on the causes for the frequent disruptions to this transformer and above all should work with the community to remedy the situation.Sincerely,Leo Ramotar read more

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2019-09-25

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Amazon releases mobile shopping app for Windows Phone 7

first_imgAMazon makes a point of trying to be ubiquitous on all the platforms. Their Kindle business, for example, thrives because it is available on every operating system under the sun, from the PC to the Mac, from iPhone to Android. Kindle’s not the exception: all of Amazon’s services are like that. So it’s no surprise that Amazon has finally outed a mobile shopping app for Windows Phone 7 users. The only surprise is it took this long to begin with.Called Amazon App for Windows Phone 7, the app uses Amazon’s familiar side-scrolling hub layout allowing users to easily flip between prouct overviews, details, related items and reviews.Other features include integrated search, 1-click ordering, Amazon prime support, Wish list access, package tracking and more. There is one curious omission, however: the ability to compare prices just by using your Windows Phone 7 handset’s camera to snap a picture of the barcode. This is a ubiquitous feature in the iPhone and Android versions of the app, but it’s no where to be seen in Amazon’s press release for the Windows Phone 7 app. Did they accidentally leave that function out, or does WP7’s API prevent the use of camera data in that fashion?Either way, you can download the app for free now from the Windows Phone Marketplace. If you use Amazon with any regularity, it’s a must download.last_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Michael wins peace prize for Cyprus conflict work

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Dr Michalis S Michael was awarded with a peace prize in Constantinople-Istanbul for his work at La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue on the peaceful resolution to the Cyprus problem.Both Michael and the Centre were honoured by the Journalist and Writers Foundation, beating 1179 projects to take out a $50,000 top prize. As deputy director of the Centre, Dr Michael has researched a number of areas of conflict resolution and interfaith dialogue.His project “Dialogical Roadmap towards resolving the Cyprus conflict” took out the top prize, an award that supports innovative and significant conflict resolution and peace-making projects focusing on preventing, managing and resolving violent conflicts and promote post-conflict peace-building. To get through, Dr Michael had to go through a four-step process that ended with an interview with an international jury in Istanbul.Dr Micahel said the award rightly honours the work the Centre of Dialogue does for international conflict and resolution.“This award is yet another international recognition of the world-class work that the Centre for Dialogue does in the areas of peace-building and conflict transformation by combining research, policy development and community engagement,” he said.Dr Michael hopes with the award, funding won’t be cut for the Centre. With the prize money he hopes to implement many of the Centre’s projects. “Obviously as academics we are humbled by such an honour, but we also feel somewhat vindicated by the recognition we often receive overseas especially during these times when the sort of research and community work we do is under threat,” he says.“This award encourages and motivates my project team to move from planning to the implementing phase.”last_img read more

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2019-09-21

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