Gurugram: Thirty-four people had filed the affidavits for the Gurugram Lok Sabha seat which was finally reduced to 24. The profile of the candidates is as varied and diverse as the largest Lok Sabha constituency that has a total of 21 lakh voters. Among the 24 candidates if there is a businessman who with the total assets of over 100 crores is not only the richest candidate from Gurugram but even Haryana, there is also a street vendor.Four-time MP from the area Rao Inderjit Singh derives his income from his investments in various commercial ventures and infrastructure companies. His Congress rival Captain Ajay Yadav also has the same source of income. Based on the affidavit, his family has an automobile showroom in Rajasthan. With assets worth 102 crores, Virender Rana of Indian National Lok Dal is an entrepreneur who runs his own firm in the city. Other candidates who have their own business interests are Raees Ahamed from the Bahujan Samaj Party and Hans Kumar, an independent who runs his own real estate firm. Mehmood Khan of Jan Nayak Janta party is a social entrepreneur. The youngest candidate from Gurugram is Pawan Kumar who is 30-year-old. He is contesting from Shiv Sena and is a school professor. Other people from service backgrounds involve Ramesh Chander who was in Haryana police and Jai Kawar Tyagi who is an ex-Army man. There are also candidates in the form of Abdul Latif and Kushehshwar Bhagat who have filed their candidatures independents so that they can lead more voice of the common man. While Abdul Latif is an automobile mechanic, Bhagat is a street vendor who has his stall in South Delhi’s Chattarpur area. Out of the 24 candidates who have participated in the democratic exercise, most of them are businessmen followed by social workers and retired servicemen. Interestingly, most of the candidates find their roots from Nuh area. With 20 per cent Meos, Nuh not only has the highest number of electorates but also is the most backward region in the country. Most of the independents are contesting in the elections for the first time.
Rabat – Forget about Syria’s Michel Aflaq’s Arab socialist revivalism or Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser’s Arab nationalism or even the increasingly self-congratulatory pan-Africanism, say Moroccan sports and political commentators as they chafe at the heavy defeat of Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup on June 13.When the 68th FIFA Congress convened last Wednesday in Moscow, it was clear that a prospective Moroccan triumph would be a dramatic ending to a competition in which the organizers, FIFA, had consistently and brazenly manifested their sympathy for the North American bid.In an era when big businesses and supranational corporations have invaded the sporting world, making games bereft of the passion that once characterized them, to beat geopolitical giants with great media power is not only revolutionary. it is impossible, as Morocco 2026 discovered in Moscow. But if Morocco’s failure to beat the North American trio did not surprise many, those in the marginalized parts of the world were shocked that Morocco’s appeal to “love, passion for football, and the opportunity to impact the lives of millions” of downtrodden people did not convince even one-third of the FIFA family. FIFA even brags about inclusiveness and fair-play.Failed African blocIn the June 13 vote, Morocco expected strong African and Muslim support, even in the inevitability of losing to what Trump had called a “strong bid.”For Morocco 2026 officials, the stakes were much more than money and mere geopolitics. It was about shared values, cultural and geographical proximity, and the sustenance of a passion-driven sport. It was, they had expected, a united league of the weak and marginalized against the strong and eternally privileged.However, 11 African countries defected, preferring North America’s United bid over a bid that had campaigned on representing pan-Africanism. That was relatively understandable to Moroccan media, as the Western Sahara issue has now become the middle finger that many states, mostly African ones with regional ambitions, quickly raise as soon as their interests diverge with Morocco’s.But if criticism towards specific African countries was mild, one thing that Moroccan fans found unfathomable, and even unforgivable, was the “betrayal of the Arab world,” which many commentators said came about as a result of Saudi Arabia’s “treacherous and shameless lobbying against Morocco’s bid.”“When the Arab World divorces over the organization of the World Cup,” Moroccan daily Telquel headlined a June 14 article about the last-minute theatrics of a disastrous defeat in a contest in which both bids were expected to have an equal chance of winning.The daily went on to cite a Moroccan social media user who took to Twitter to announce her Eureka moment: at least, she said, she now knows that “Arabs do not consider us [North Africans] to be Arabs.” She continued: “My heart goes out to those who have just discovered that the Arab World does not like North Africa, and that Arabs do not get involved with North Africans.”“Morocco 2026 was a lie as huge as the Arab world,” Moroccan outlet Le 360 lightheartedly wrote, excoriating those who speak profusely about unity and brotherhood and yet turn their backs when called to support claims they themselves had made in the eyes of the world.“Can we still speak of the Arab World?” the daily defiantly asked, after pointing out that 7 Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, voted for the North Americans.Saudi betrayalSpeaking of Saudi Arabia, other outlets went further than denouncing the “hypocrisy and the lack of solidarity” that characterized the votes of many who “should have voted for a fellow brother.” In its June 18 issue, Casablanca-based daily Akhbar Al Yaoum suggested that Morocco stop treating countries such as Saudi Arabia as strategic allies. “It is time that Morocco retreats from the Saudi coalition in Yemen,” the daily wrote. To the Casablanca-based newspaper, the magnitude of the defeat, and the actors who made the margins so considerable (134 votes against 65), made the loss “feel like backstabbing.”As if the outpouring of protests were not enough, some commentators suggested that third-world ideals such as pan-Arabism and pan-Africanism are pure tokenism, “historical lies” that never truly existed.“I’m surprised to see that many Moroccans still associate themselves with Arab or Muslim solidarity. History has taught us that such ideals are vague chimeras in which no one actually believes. It is a pity that we are still speaking about this,” political scientist Abdelmajid Belaghzal said.Of course some countries joined Morocco in grieving values it once sanctified. There was public outrage in some countries that did not vote for their “brother.” Some officials reacted: Guinea and Lebanon denied voting for the United bid. “It is impossible. Guinea cannot vote for the Americans. There was a mistake there. We have one unalterable principle in our international dealings, and that is to support an African brother before anyone else,” the Guinean Football Federation said in a statement.But such drama of public outcry and last-minute complaints about wounded pride will not change anything about the fact that Morocco lost and that some friends failed to support its bid, suggested a statement that the Royal Moroccan Football Federation issued after the June 13 fiasco, probably in an effort to tell Guinea and Lebanon to keep their brotherhood of convenience theatrics to themselves.“Now we know better,” Moroccans said on social media.The conclusion? Simple: only in tales and the Scriptures can you expect a little David to dare to challenge and win against three Goliaths. But in the geopolitics of chaos and blackmailing that the world is turning into, power delivers, and brazenly-postured naked power delivers even more effectively.
MONTREAL — Bell should be allowed buy specialty TV and radio station company Astral Media to get bigger to take on foreign online competitors like Netflix, BCE CEO George Cope said Friday as part of the telecom giant’s final pitch to CRTC.If the $3.4-billion deal is shot down, Astral’s assets will ultimately be split up, guaranteeing the continued foreign dominance in every way that online content is delivered, Cope said.Astral own 25 channels, including The Movie Network, HBO Canada and French -language Super Ecran, Family Channel and Disney Junior and more than 80 radio stations.“Canada should not have to wait any longer to deploy a viable, national multi-platform solution, backed by a company with the resources to compete against well-funded global competitors,” he said on the final day of the regulatory hearing.[np-related]If the acquisition is approved, Bell will have even more content from Astral to put on TVs, computers, smartphones and tablets of its own customers and to sell to its competitors. Bell bought the rest of the CTV assets it didn’t already own in 2010 to put more programming across the four screens.Meanwhile, the CBC objected in a last minute letter to the CRTC on Friday to Bell’s plans to set up a new, national French-language all-news service.CBC’s French-language service has RDI, a 24-hour all-news service and Quebecor runs French all-news service LCN. Bell’s proposed service would mean a third French-language all-news competitor based in Montreal.The CBC has objected to Bell using $20-million to start the all-news service from the more than $240-million it will contribute to what’s called a “tangible benefits” package — an additional financial obligation — if the deal is approved.Bell said it’s confident its French-language news service will go ahead.“I think we’d be surprised to see CBC or SRC (Societe Radio Canada) come forward and say that another voice of news for the French community isn’t a strong addition,” Kevin Crull, president of Bell Media division, said after the hearing.The use of the tangible benefits package by Bell to launch an all-news service raised some eyebrows, though.The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists told the CRTC that it would be “completely inappropriate” to use the money to fund the news service.“There are a number of great proposals for social benefits submitted for BCE’s consideration — including from the Broadcast History Museum and the Actor’s Fund of Canada,” said ACTRA president Ferne Downey.“These are worthy beneficiaries for whom even a little would mean a lot,” Downey said.During Bell’s final pitch to the CRTC, Cope played down the potential dominance of Bell would have.“As we’ve made clear, Bell’s share of English language TV viewing will be 33.5% following the Astral-Bell transaction,” Cope said.That’s under the 35% threshold set by the CRTC.Cope also said Bell makes its TV content available to its competitors, denying accusations the company has been an unwilling or difficult negotiator and has pushed up prices.Astral CEO Ian Greenberg says Canada needs its own online TV and movie service to compete with Netflix and the merger of the two companies would allow that.If it’s so easy to set up competitors to Netflix, why hasn’t anyone else in Canada already done that, asked Greenberg.“The answer is that it requires the scope only a transaction like this one brings,” Greenberg told the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.“Astral considered doing so, alone and in partnership, but we were unable to develop a viable business case,” he said.Greenberg added that competition won’t disappear because of the transaction and independent players will continue to emerge, saying, “After all, that’s how we got started.”Earlier Friday, several small TV, film and media companies spoke up in favour of Bell’s takeover of Astral, saying bigger is better to compete with online entertainment companies like Netflix and to get Canadian content a bigger audience.Bringing together Bell and Astral will only strengthen the Canadian broadcast system on all platforms, said John Brunton, chief executive and chairman of Insight Production Company Ltd.“Services like Netflix, Apple TV, YouTube, Google, Facebook — the list goes on — are just the tip of the ice berg of what we’re going to face in the next few years,” Brunton said.“I truly believe that our American counterparts will continue to find ways of dealing directly with Canadian consumers, which will eliminate Canadian companies in the process. The bigger and stronger our media companies are, the more likely our production community will thrive and prosper, in my opinion,” he said.Insight Production Company produces “Canada’s Got Talent,” “Canadian Idol, ”Big Brother Canada,“ ”Canada Sings,“ ”Intervention Canada“ and ”Top Chef Canada.“Brunton said he has produced 1,201 hours of programming with CTV and its associated specialty channels, which Bell owns.“BCE promotes creative and innovation. That’s been our experience.”The Canadian Association of Film Distributors and Exporters said it also supports the deal because it will provide new opportunities to promote Canadian films and reach larger audiences.Association president Ted East said Bell’s announcement of a new service to compete with online Netflix will provide a platform for Canadian movies.“Having Bell Media as an enthusiastic supporter of Canadian feature films will be a critical component in their success in the decade ahead,” East said.But a small association of cable TV distributors spoke against the deal.The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance told the CRTC that Bell will have too much control over programming if it’s allowed to buy Astral Media and suggested that consumers will pay the price if competition is reduced.“This transaction would give Bell control over the marquee programming content, both English and French, that is available to Canadian consumers,” said Alyson Townsend, president and CEO of the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Inc.There has been a long list of companies and groups that have come out against the proposed acquisition of Astral, a friendly deal valued at about $3.4-billion when it was announced March 16.BCE Inc. owns Bell Canada, the CTV television network, the former Chum radio stations and numerous specialty TV channels, as well as online sites for them all.Rogers, Quebecor and Cogeco Inc. have come out against the deal, while Calgary’s Shaw Communications supports it.
“The Metro Colombo Urban Development Project and its successful implementation, together with other initiatives of the Government to develop Colombo, will help transform this city into a truly world class one”, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. The government, under the Urban Development Authority (UDA), is planning to upgrade Colombo with new walkways, bridges, sanitation facilities, cleaner beach areas, playgrounds and jogging tracks.Under the Metro Colombo Urban Development Project (MCUDP), the area surrounding Town Hall Square will be improved and the Crow Island Beach and Marine Drive beach will be cleaned and entrance gates will be setup together with a security hut, toilet facilities, parking, a waterfront court, children’s playground and seating arrangements. MCUDP is a USD 223 million World Bank funded three year urban regeneration program aimed at reducing the physical and socioeconomic impacts of flooding in the Metro Colombo region and improving priority local infrastructure and services.“The Metro Colombo Urban Development Project being launched today is a five year long undertaking that comprises three main components. The first main component addresses the various flood and drainage issues that the metro Colombo region suffers from because of its rapid, organic growth during the past several decades. Under this component, the city’s drainage infrastructure, including its micro drainage channels, primary and secondary canals and lakes will be rehabilitated,” Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. (Colombo Gazette) New public toilets will also be opened in close proximity to the Galle Road and other selected locations in the city for the public and tourists.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dow, S&P 500 rise as economists see growth for jobs and housing; Facebook slides NEW YORK, N.Y. – After a weekend that brought both fresh concerns about Europe and hopeful signs about China, investors decided to focus on the latter.All the major U.S. stock indexes climbed, as investors latched on to weekend statements from China’s Premier Wen Jiabao, who promised to boost the country’s consumption rather than just try to curb inflation. That helped ease the disappointment of what many investors saw as an ambiguous conclusion to the weekend’s G-8 meeting of world leaders, which produced statements promising to pursue growth in Europe but not much in the way of concrete plans for how to do so.Caterpillar, which is heavily reliant on demand from China, rose 3 per cent, just its fourth gain for the month of May. Several big-name financial firms, including Bank of America and Morgan Stanley, declined; bank stocks tend to fall when investors are concerned about Europe because of the banks’ investments there.The Dow rose 109 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 12,478 shortly after noon Monday. That was a marked change from its recent performance, which has been crippled by Greece. This month Greece failed to elect a new government and is teetering close to leaving the euro.Monday was the Dow’s first gain after six straight days of losses, and only its third up day for May. Last week marked its worst weekly performance since November. The month has wiped out nearly three-quarters of the Dow’s gains from January through March.The other major stock indexes, the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Nasdaq composite, also climbed after days-long droughts.Despite the broad gains, several well-known companies fell. Facebook plunged 10 per cent on its second day as a public company, dropping below Friday’s initial public offering price. JPMorgan Chase, under fire for a surprise trading loss, fell 3 per cent after announcing it will stop buying back its own stock.It wasn’t clear if the gains represented a corner turned or a temporary moment of relief. Concerns about Europe flowed freely even after the weekend’s G-8 summit at Camp David.Germany’s deputy finance minister on Monday derided a plan pushed by the new French president that would require Germany and other stronger European countries to fund “Eurobonds” to prop up weaker countries like Greece and Portugal. Bankia, a bank nationalized by the Spanish government, was ordered to come up with more money for possible bad loans.Clark Yingst, chief market analyst for investment banking firm Joseph Gunnar in New York, said the G-8 meeting had done little to calm investors’ fears. In fact, investors appear to be growing more worried that the European debt problems “might not be as manageable as they previously believed,” Yingst said. “Today’s rally has nothing to do with what is evolving around Greece.”Yingst was paying close attention to China, after Premier Wen promised to give more priority to boost any slowdown in the country’s economic growth. China, the world’s second-largest economy, has been instrumental in maintaining global growth as other parts of the world have stumbled through the past couple of years. Its economic growth fell to 8.1 per cent in the first quarter â€” a point of envy for most other countries, but a three-year low for China.The yield on the 10-year Treasury note climbed slightly, a sign that investors were pulling out of bonds to invest in stocks. That’s something they tend to do when they’re more optimistic about the market.It could also mean they’re tired of the paltry returns on government bonds. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note is around 1.7 per cent; the dividend yield on S&P 500 stocks is around 2.1 per cent, said Jim Russell, chief equity strategist of U.S. Bank’s wealth management unit in Cincinnati.“Bonds are expensive and stocks are cheap,” Russell said. “People are sniffing around for deals.”Russell said the market’s performance will depend heavily on news that comes out of Europe. Leaders of the 27 European Union countries will hold an informal meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.“That will be the key,” Russell said. But, he added, “I think the central banks and governments still have gun powder that is dry.”Elsewhere, oil prices rose after Iraq’s central government told its Kurdish leaders that they must get approval for their oil deals with Turkey.Lowe’s Cos., the world’s second largest home improvement chain, slumped 10 per cent after lowering its full-year earnings forecast. Campbell Soup fell 3 per cent after reporting that its profit fell even after it spent more on marketing to try to attract busy, younger consumers. by News Staff Posted May 21, 2012 2:13 pm MDT
New York Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis responded Thursday on Twitter to the notion that Jets owner Woody Johnson is considering trading him during the offseason, leaving him “speechless.”“I’m speechless by far but more importantly I feel more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!!” Revis tweeted. “I guess we’ll see how this plays out.”Revis’ tweet came late Thursday evening after the Jets introduced their new general manager, John Idzik, Thursday morning at news conference. Idzik immediately found himself answering questions about trade rumors surrounding the highly touted cornerback.Idzik, who replaced Mike Tannenbaum, stressed to the media that it was too early to even discuss Revis’ situation, but emphasized every player on the roster is being evaluated. His evaluation includes highly publicized quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez. He declined to comment on their futures with the team.Coach Rex Ryan, Johnson and Idzik have previously called Revis the greatest player in the franchise, but now Johnson is looking to get the maximum return for Revis.“I’m not going to get into any of those specifics right now. Let’s let the process run its course,” Ryan said. “I’m confident that any decision made by this organization without question will be in the best interest of the team.”Revis, who missed a majority of last season due to an ACL injury, will become a free agent after 2013. But he cannot be franchise-tagged by the team because his contract prevents the team from doing so.During the 2010 preseason, Revis sat out to receive an extension on his original deal. The Jets gave him a four-year deal worth $46 million dollars.But things have quickly changed for Johnson, who only two years ago said it was the franchise’s goal to make Revis a Jet for life.“I gathered from Woody that, in his mind, (Revis) is gone,” a source told ESPNNewYork.com.Once Revis hits the free agent market, he is likely to demand the salary of a starting quarterback, which will be around $16 million per year. The Jets would be unable to meet his demands because they would be over the salary cap, thus making him an appealing bargaining chip now.The only dilemma with Johnson shopping Revis right now is that he is recovering from major knee surgery and teams may want to see how he recovers before making a deal.If Revis is traded, the Jets would be losing a big defensive playmaker.
Senior forward Brendan Kearney skates with the puck during Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Minnesota on Feb. 15. Ohio State lost 4-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternFollowing two consecutive losses to Minnesota, the No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team (19-7-4, 12-5-3 Big Ten) is hoping to get back on its feet as it travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to play Michigan (12-12-6, 8-8-4 Big Ten).Ohio State fell in the USCHO polls from No. 2 to No. 6 this week after back-to-back 4-3 losses to Minnesota.Michigan, meanwhile, has lacked consistency this season. Since Jan. 5, it has not won or lost more than two games in a row in any stretch.Junior defenseman Matt Miller said Ohio State’s first set of consecutive losses on the season will change the mindset moving forward.“I think we might’ve gotten a little bit complacent and thinking about the future too much,” he said. “I think this week we kind of woke up and realized that we have to go one challenge at a time.”The Buckeyes lead Michigan, which is ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten standings, in offense, defense and win percentage this year. Ohio State has played Michigan twice at home this season, splitting the series where the Buckeyes outscored the Wolverines 5-4 overall despite being outshot in both contests.Head coach Steve Rohlik said the team knows what to expect from the Wolverines this weekend.“We know who they are,” Rohlik said. “We’ve played them. We’ve watched video; they’re a very good hockey team. We know what to expect. We know we’ve got to be at our best. I sound redundant by saying that but it’s the truth.”Michigan is led by freshman defenseman Quinn Hughes, who has tallied four goals and 25 assists so far this year.Hughes was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, and was selected by the Vancouver Canucks. He scored two assists in the previous series against the Buckeyes.Ohio State senior forward and team captain Mason Jobst said the team is looking forward to the upcoming away game, considering Ohio State has won three of the past four meetings against Michigan in Ann Arbor.“I think historically we’ve been pretty good when we go up there,” Jobst said. “The rivalry just adds that much more intensity.”Ohio State will clinch the Big Ten in the regular season with one win against the Wolverines.No. 6 Ohio State takes on Michigan in Ann Arbor at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHunt still ongoing for remaining prison escapees- Top CopSeptember 28, 2017In “Crime”Prison break: Ramjattan recants initial figure, says 6 actually escaped not 8July 13, 2017In “Crime”Camp Street unrest: Escapee Uree Varswyck ID’ed as late officer Wickham’s shooter- SamuelsAugust 1, 2017In “Crime” -They are separate from each other- Top CopThe police have, on Thursday, arrested one person in Linden in connection with reportedly providing sanctuary for one of the escapees of the Camp Street Prison.Police Commissioner, Seelall PersaudDuring a media briefing at the Public Security Ministry on Friday, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud expressed confidence in the police manhunt for the fugitives, while relating that the public has thus far been helpful, and that every reported sighting has been evaluated by the police on its own merit.Persaud and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan have appealed for anyone with information to relay same to the police.“The manhunt is an intelligence-led operation,” Persaud said. “Yesterday we had some information which led us to Linden. A person was arrested who was not one of the escapees and then we had a confrontation with Stafrie Alexander at Port Mourant.“Other activities are still on-going,” the Commissioner has said.Commissioner Persaud was unable to confirm that Alexander was wounded in the encounter with police at Port Mourant, but he noted that police reported discharging rounds and seeing blood afterwards. “He’s alone!” the top cop emphasized. “They’re all alone, meaning they are separate from each other.”Meanwhile, while this is a breakthrough in efforts to recapture all the fugitives who are on the loose, it has emerged that recaptured prisoner Desmond James was using public transportation before his re-arrest. The Top Cop revealed that James, now back in lawful custody, has told the police details about his escape.Debunking reports that James had been assisted by a female to escape, the Police Commissioner said: “We have a story from James. Another escapee would have given him money, which he used to take public transportation to go to that location.”James was re-captured on Friday, July 14, by ranks of the “D” Division at Canal #1 West Bank Demerara. Based on information received, the murder accused was found hiding in a shack. “D” Division Commander Leslie James had said the captured fugitive, who was armed with a knife and sporting some clothing, had “indicated that he was heading to Essequibo.”Just days after James’ capture, murder accused Cornelius Thomas was on Monday recaptured while hiding out in “C” Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown.His arrest was initiated by information relayed to members of the Guyana Police Force, who swooped down on an area in the community and effected the arrest.Now that two of the six wanted men have been recaptured, the hunt continues for the alleged mastermind of the prison breakout: Mark Royden Durant, called “Royden Williams” and “Smallie”, along with ex-cop Uree Varswyck, Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, and Cobena Stephens.
FC Barcelona had one of the greatest seasons in club’s history despite all the fantastic years behind the squad of Xavi Pascual. All possible trophies are in the room of the most successful club in handball history. The last one “King’s Cup” was won on Sunday against local rival BM Granollers 27:26.27 – BARCELONA:Pérez de Vargas, Víctor Tomás (7), Sorhaindo (1), Gurbindo (1), Viran Morros (1), Katabatic (4) y Sigurdsson (1). También jugaron Noddesbo (6), Raúl Enterríos (6), Aitor Ariño, Rutenka y Lazarov.26 – GRANOLLERS:Pejanovic, Ferrán Solé (5, 1p), David Resina, Álvaro Ruíz (4,2p), Grundsten (2), Toledo (3) y Juan del Arco (4). También jugaron Blanxart, Marc García, Adriá Pérez (4), Adrián Figueres (4) y Salva Puig. ← Previous Story Romania take advantage of the Serbian troubles Next Story → Kentin Mahe to SG Flensburg
← Previous Story EHF Cup: Magdeburg, Goppingen and Saint Raphael still on 100% Next Story → “Handball Totti” to leave RK PPD Zagreb? It was expected that Croatia get a new headcoach after bad results in front of home crowd at Men’s EHF EURO 2018, when host nation ended at fifth place. At the end, the full price of average result in January is payed by people around Cervar, but not himself.Cervar will stay on the bench, already preparing team for two matches against Sweden in EHF week on April 5 and 7, forced with new assistant, goalkeeper’s coach and NT director.Hrvoje Horvat and Zlatko Horvat are replaced by Davor Dominikovic, former NT player who won with Cervar two gold medals at WCh 2003 and Olympic Games 2004.Mirko Basic will work with goalkeepers instead of Vlado Sola, while Igor Vori will be director of the national team instead of Darko Udovicic. Croatia handballLino Cervar
Peter Boyd Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 7:30 PM Jun 18th 2017, 7:30 PM Author living with arthritis Arthritis: ‘I am grateful for arthritis. I’m a better person than before my diagnosis’ I don’t wish my life had taken any other path and that’s the honest truth, writes Peter Boyd. 11 Comments By Peter Boyd Share282 Tweet Email8 https://jrnl.ie/3444012 LIVING WITH ARTHRITIS for the rest of my life is one thing. Accepting that I’ll never work again is quite another.If I manage my rheumatoid arthritis correctly I potentially have 40 years of contributing in the workplace ahead of me. If I’m passive and leave the arthritis in control I could have 40 years of benefits and disability payments.Even doing the right thing and fighting arthritis with all my energy, what little I have these days, is no guarantee I’ll be able to work again but I’ve got to try. The only thing that is certain in the crazy, changed, unplanned for, painful, tiring, exhausting, soul destroying, exciting, medicated, drowsy, financially insecure arthritis world is that I’ll fight it.I’m seven years into my journey. I’m the man who spoke on behalf of Arthritis Ireland recently and said: “I stand before you 33 years old, grateful for the day I got arthritis.”Being diagnosedThat’s skipping past a few chapters in my story, let me fill in the gaps.In 2011, I was working as a full-time barman. On a quiet evening after a rugby match I began chatting to two regulars over the taps. Then I fell asleep.Mid-conversation, mid-pub, mid-shift, I fell asleep. This was the final straw in work. I couldn’t get bottles from the bottom shelf, carry a crate of beer, change kegs, stand for my entire shift or take deliveries. I was no longer a barman. I sat down with the bosses and took two weeks holiday. I never went back to work.I lost my job and my financial security but had a mortgage to pay. I had appointments with every specialist in the hospital because RA is an auto-immune condition and the inflammation affected my whole body and every system in it.Saying no to going out with my friends led them to stop asking. With no job, no money, lots of pain and overwhelming fatigue I lost my self-confidence and self-worth. Once they went, I stopped wanting to go out at all, saw no point in minding myself.The inevitable depressionDepression was almost inevitable some might say. I fell into a deep, ongoing, depression that I continue to battle with every day. I’ve had awful days when it all seemed too much. If I’m honest, I still do.My turnaround has been a huge success though and I’ve done a lot of hard work to make it so. The impetus came from my family and Arthritis Ireland however.My family have always provided the perfect blend of support and tough love, depending on the circumstance. When I needed a kick I got it but when I needed to be coaxed and cajoled I got that too.Meeting people in the same boat as me opened doors I never knew existed when I did my Leisure Management Degree, worked as a barman and acted like the selfish person I was.Arthritis Ireland introduced me to children, teenagers and adults of all ages living with their form of arthritis. I did the self-management course, trained to be on the helpline and, in helping others, I boosted myself. I’m now on the Board of Directors of Arthritis Ireland.I’m a better person nowI’ve learnt skills I wouldn’t have done without arthritis. Two years ago, my confidence had been restored enough to go back into the classroom. I’ve finished studying in Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute and have a Higher Certificate in my pocket.It was vital I retrained. Arthritis Ireland, my family and my friends helped rebuild my confidence to a point where I could upskill and find a new career path.So while it’s awful, I’m in more pain than ever and I hate having to inject myself every week, I am grateful for arthritis.I’m a better person than I was before my diagnosis and I’ve learnt so many things. I’m now an intern with Cricket Ireland at one of the most exciting, and potentially historic, times for the game in this country.I don’t wish my life had taken any other path and that’s the honest truth.Peter Boyd, the second of four siblings, lives in Balbriggan, North County Dublin. Though not as active as he used to be, he is still passionate about watching live sport as much as possible. He also has huge interest in history and writing, and is a published author, having self-published his first novel in 2016. The RA NarRAtive patient survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Pfizer via an online survey that was distributed by local patient advocacy groups (PAGs) between March 20 – April 6, 2017 among 211 adults, ages 18+, who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Ireland. Arthritis Ireland is Ireland’s only organisation working to provide information and support for people with arthritis. For more information on Arthritis Ireland visit www.arthritis.ie.‘Some parents have to open the coffin every two hours to put in ice-packs so remains stay cool’>Column: ‘It’s not fair to ask the public to subsidise uneconomic wind farms’> Short URL 979 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An effort to conclude an agreement between the government and the troika on about 11.5 billion euros of spending cuts is likely to lead to the retirement age in Greece rising from 65 to 67. Sources told Kathimerini the coalition is poised to concede to the change as part of the austerity package demanded by the troika. Greece overhauled its pension system in 2010 but a new retirement age rise would lead to savings of 1 billion euros per year. The government believes this measure is a less damaging step than seeking the savings elsewhere. “The troika has to accept our less harsh measures when two-thirds of the package is coming from cuts to wages, pensions and benefits,” a government source told Kathimerini, adding that the increase in the retirement age is likely to be easier for members of the coalition to accept, rather than “four extremely tough” measures that would have to be taken to find 1 billion euros in savings. Nevertheless, the government still faces some tough choices to settle on the 11.5 billion euros of cuts with the lenders. Kathimerini understands that one of the options being considered is the scrapping of the tax-free threshold, which is currently at 5,000 euros after being lowered last year. The troika has proposed that as part of an overhaul of its tax system, Greece should introduce just four brackets, with those earning up to 22,000 euros paying 18 per cent income tax, those earning between 22,000 and 45,000 paying 35 per cent in tax, those on 45,000 to 100,000 paying 40 per cent, and anyone making over 100,000 paying 45 per cent. The government received a boost when International Monetary Fund spokesman Gerry Rice said there was a possibility that Greece could be given more time to meet its fiscal targets, although this would depend on the “ability to offer financing.” “There are good arguments to extend the period for Greece to implement its fiscal adjustment,” he said. Source: Kathimerini
Le Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de Londres expose des animaux à corps ouvert”Inside Out”, une nouvelle exposition du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de Londres présente pour la première fois une série d’animaux sous un point de vue anatomique. Les organismes sont dénués de peau et conservés par plastination.En deux siècles et demi, le Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de Londres a vu passer sous son toit toutes les espèces possibles et inimaginables : du plus petit insecte au plus grand dinosaure. C’est pourtant la première fois, que le lieu symbole de la science naturaliste dévoile des pièces de collection sous cet angle de vue. Les animaux de l’étrange exposition, baptisée “Inside Out”, ont été dénués de leur peau pour laisser entrevoir les os et muscles apparents. Les corps ont en fait été conservés par plastination, une méthode établie en 1977 par Gunther von Hagens et déjà usitée dans le passé pour les cadavres humains de la très controversée “Our Body à corps ouvert”, interdite en France en septembre 2010. Le safari anatomique qui investit désormais le Muséum se tiendra du 6 avril au 16 septembre 2012. Au total, 90 espèces y sont exposées partant des petits organismes pour arriver au grand final : les mammifères. En vaquant parmi ce défilé insolite aux allures presque lugubres, le visiteur est invité à observer les entrailles des animaux les plus populaires de son imaginaire. Tous y passent : de ceux de la ferme à ceux de la savane, du poisson à la girafe. L’objectif d’une telle initiative est de revisiter les classiques de l’anatomie tout en provoquant chez le spectateur stupeur et curiosité. “Habituellement, vous pouvez voir au Muséum des squelettes, des animaux empaillés et conservés dans le formol, mais dans cette exposition, les visiteurs entrent dans la peau des créatures les plus incroyables”, confie au Daily Wired Georgina Bishop, commissaire de l’exposition. Elle poursuit “En découvrant les différentes sections, ils peuvent étudier leur squelette, muscles, système reproducteur, respiratoire, cardio-vasculaire et digestif, représenté par des parties anatomiques spécifiques”. Des liquides organiques remplacés par du silicone À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?La plastination utilisée pour les animaux de l’exposition consiste à remplacer les différents liquides organiques par du silicone. Le protocole s’effectue en quatre étapes : les organismes sont d’abord imprégnés de formol pour tuer les bactéries et stopper ainsi la décomposition des tissus. Ils sont ensuite plongés dans des bains d’acétone, un solvant volatile destiné à éliminer les liquides. Ces derniers sont ensuite remplacés par du silicone, une substance servant de durcisseur également injecté dans les tissus. Cette méthode extrêmement longue peut prendre près d’un an pour certains organismes de grande taille.Découvrez les organismes de l’exposition “Inside Out” sur MaxisciencesLe 5 avril 2012 à 13:27 • Maxime Lambert
By MUHAMMED SAILU BAHThe Minister of Trade, Industry, Regional Intergration and Employment, Mr. Abdou Jobe, yesterday, 10 September, 2015 held a consultative meeting with livestock dealers and other stakeholders on the issue of facilitating the availability and affordability of rams to the people in the forthcoming Muslim feast of ‘Eid el Adha’ or ‘Tobaski’.This consultation, according to officials, was initiated last year initiated by the ministry to bring together the various stakeholders in the livestock trade such as dealers, government, local authorities, security, among others, to discuss the issues and challenges facing the livestock trade with a view to making the rams available and the prices reasonable.Addressing the stakeholders, Minister Jobe said the purpose is to encourage and ask for stakeholders support to ensure that rams are available and affordable.The trade minister welcomed the response of the ram dealers which, he described, as overwhelming.He urged them to desist from hiking prices, adding that they will be engaging in consultations and dialogue with them.He commended the municipalities for their support on the matter.Mr. Alieu Ngum of the Gambia National Transports Control Agency (GNTCA) reassured of their continuous commitment to easing the transportation difficulties to ensure the easy movement of vehicles that transport livestock.He also advised their representatives at the various regions to avoid transporting the animals in unroadworthy vehicles in order to avoid delays in reaching the livestock points of sale.Mr. Ebrima Cham of the Gambia Livestock Marketing Agency (GLMA), commended the minister for his stance and initiative. He said they have observed the positive impact that this consultative meeting had on last year’s rams sales. He urged the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) not to impose tax on the temporal ram dealers.Also addressing the meeting was Mr. Musa Njie of the National Livestock Dealers Association, Samba Sallah of GRA and Mahtarr Njie of the BCC, among others.]]>
Frank Lampard revealed what former coach Jose Mourinho told him, just moments before Derby defeated Manchester United in the Carabao CupThe Chelsea legend was left shell-shocked as goalkeeper Scott Carson’s save from Phil Jones saw Derby snatch a dramatic 8-7 penalty shoot-out win over Mourinho’s United side after drawing 2-2 at Old Trafford.Before the first penalty-kick was taken, Lampard was seen in a friendly conversation with his former Chelsea boss Mourinho.Now the Derby coach has revealed what his old mentor had to say to him,“He said what a great performance it was from the team. I appreciate that because it’s not easy in defeat in that last moment,” revealed Lampard on the Daily Mirror.“I think he actually said that before the penalties, but I appreciate it.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Jose was very welcoming as a whole. We obviously know each other, and he came and spoke to me before, we spoke during and afterwards. It was an honour for me to go up against him.”Lampard, who became Derby manager this summer, was full of praise for all the players.“I think I need time [to take it all in],” said Lampard. “It was special – a special performance.“To come to Manchester United and not to just nick one, but I think to play the way we played, doing all the things we have been working towards in a short space of time.“To do it on this stage against this team full of top players with our squad which has some younger boys in it as well – the players were immense. What a night for the club to come here and do that.”
Simplyhealth, which employs 1,400 people, uses its reward site, My Reward, to strengthen its employee pay, bonus and benefits offering and provide a go-to place where employees can find out anything they want to know about their total reward package.With its employee engagement relative to benefits on the increase, the organisation wanted to evolve its total reward site to become an area that employees interact with on a regular basis.Therefore it relaunched My Reward, in partnership with Thomsons Online Benefits, to include a My pension e-community, in partnership with Aviva bringing pensions information together in one place.Louise Wells, reward and benefits manager, says: “Before the upgrade, we primarily used My Reward to enable employees to manage their benefits such as buying and selling holiday and purchasing childcare vouchers. We offer benefits on a flexible and voluntary basis and are working towards evolving it so we can use it to provide a full flexible benefits offering.”My Reward also allows employees to view each element of their total reward package as a percentage and the actual employer and employee cost.Wells says: “Employees can now view the monetary value of each benefit to show the true cost to them and Simplyhealth at a high level and in great detail. We don’t offer a comparison to the cost of sourcing elsewhere because each individual’s scenario is different.“We provide a breakdown using both percentages and financial cost so employees have as much information as possible. The more information we, as an employer, can provide, the more an employee is going to get out of the site.”
Gerald Herbert/APThe statue of Jefferson Davis is removed from its base in New Orleans as police officers stand watch early Thursday. Demonstrators both for and against the removal of Confederate era statues had gathered at the site.Workers in New Orleans dismantled the city’s Jefferson Davis monument early Thursday, removing a prominent statue of the Confederate leader that had stood for more than 100 years.“This historic moment is an opportunity to join together as one city and redefine our future,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Thursday, announcing that crews had begun removing the statue, the second of four planned removals of four Confederacy-related monuments.As workers slung a strap around the statue’s waist and lifted it off its pedestarl, “At least 100 people cheered from across the street, outnumbering the few dozen protesters, some waving Confederate flags,” member station WWNO’s Laine Kaplan-Levenson reports.“We would have preferred it to be in the daytime,” monument opponent Malcolm Suber told Kaplan-Levenson, “so everybody could see it in the light of day. But we’ll take this.”Like an earlier removal, this one was performed in the dark; Kaplan-Levenson says that’s because of “death threats against city officials and contractors.”Before the monument could be removed, police had to clear the immediate area of demonstrators — both supporters of the monuments and those who want them taken away. Barricades were used to keep the sides separated, NOLA.com reports. The news outlet says chants by monument supporters included “Where’s Mitch?” while opponents chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, white supremacy has got to go.”Legal fights over the statues have slowed the removal of the monuments, but a federal appeals court said the city could remove them back in March. The New Orleans City Council endorsed the plan in December of 2015, as member station WWNO has reported.The first to go was the Battle of Liberty Place monument, which commemorated not a Civil War clash but a white supremacist-led insurrection during Reconstruction.The remaining two monuments honor generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard — and like the Davis statue, they’re in prominent spots. The Davis monument stood at the intersection of the parkway that bears his name and Canal Street. Lee’s is in Lee Circle, and Beauregard’s is at the entrance to City Park.The inscription on the Davis statue reads, “His name is enshrined in the hearts of the people for whom he suffered, and his deeds are forever wedded to immortality.” But Landrieu and his allies say the monument and others like it are holding New Orleans back, by celebrating the “Cult of the Lost Cause,” referring to the Confederacy’s deadly and doomed fight against the Union.From the mayor’s statement released today:“These monuments have stood not as historic or educational markers of our legacy of slavery and segregation, but in celebration of it. I believe we must remember all of our history, but we need not revere it. To literally put the Confederacy on a pedestal in some of our most prominent public places is not only an inaccurate reflection of our past, it is an affront to our present, and a bad prescription for our future. We should not be afraid to confront and reconcile our past.”Those who want the monuments to remain include the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which has urged its members and supporters to hold vigils at the statues to prevent their removal. Earlier this month, the group’s chaplain urged members to write their state legislators in support of a bill that forbids removing Confederate monuments, saying a “war on Southern heritage is raging.”Other backers of keeping the monuments include two Louisiana historic preservation groups and the Monumental Task Committee, a nonprofit that says its volunteers have “taken care of ALL New Orleans monuments for over 25 years.”Landrieu aired his plan to remove the four Confederate monuments a week after the Charleston church massacre of 2015, when nine black worshippers were killed by a white gunman who had displayed a Confederate flag.As WWNO reports, the mayor’s plan calls for the monuments to be put in museums.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
REUTERS/Jonathan DrakeCandle drippings hang off one of 17 crosses at a memorial for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 16, 2018.As families began burying their dead, authorities questioned whether they could have prevented the attack on a South Florida high school where a gunman took the lives of 14 students, the athletic director, a coach and a geography teacher.At funerals and in the streets of Parkland, a suburb on the edge of the Everglades, anger bubbled over at the senselessness of the shooting and at the widespread availability of guns. A rally to support gun-safety legislation was scheduled for Saturday at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale.During a funeral Friday for 18-year-old Meadow Pollack, her father looked down at his daughter’s plain pine coffin and screamed in anguish as Gov. Rick Scott and 1,000 others sat in Temple K’ol Tikvah.“You killed my kid!” Andrew Pollack yelled, referring to Nikolas Cruz, who is accused of gunning down Meadow and 16 others. “My kid is dead. It goes through my head all day and all night. I keep hearing it. This is just unimaginable that I will never see my princess again.”He briefly paused as mourners, punched by the rawness of his words, began to wail.“I wasn’t able to do anything about it. I have always been able to protect my family,” he said. “Our kids should be safe.”Not long after that funeral, the FBI said it received a tip last month that Cruz had a “desire to kill” and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate. The governor called for the FBI director to resign.A person who was close to Cruz called the FBI’s tip line on Jan. 5 and provided information about Cruz’s weapons and his erratic behavior, including his disturbing social media posts. The caller was concerned that Cruz could attack a school.In a statement, the agency acknowledged that the tip should have been shared with the FBI’s Miami office and investigated, but it was not. The startling admission came as the agency was already facing criticism for its treatment of a tip about a YouTube comment posted last year. The comment posted by a “Nikolas Cruz” said, “Im going to be a professional school shooter.”The FBI investigated the remark but did not determine who made it.Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the shooting that killed 17 people Wednesday was a “tragic consequence” of the FBI’s missteps and ordered a review of the Justice Department’s processes. He said it’s now clear that the nation’s premier law enforcement agency missed warning signs.In more evidence that there had been signs of trouble with Cruz, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said his office had received more than 20 calls about him in the past few years.Cruz was being held without bail at the Broward County Jail on 17 counts of first-degree murder.Authorities have not described any specific motive, except to say that Cruz had been kicked out of the high school, which has about 3,000 students and serves an affluent suburb where the median home price is nearly $600,000. Students who knew him described a volatile teenager whose strange behavior had caused others to end friendships.News of law enforcement’s admissions enraged those in the community.“The FBI has failed,” said Lewis Mizen, a 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the attack took place. “It’s going to be a mark on their name forever. Their mistakes have cost the lives of 17 people. There are people dead because they failed in their jobs.”Photo by Jonathan Drake/ReutersAngelina Lazo (L), an 18-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who said that she lost two friends in the shooting at her school two days ago, reacts to honks of support from passing motorists as she and her mother, Linda Lazo, right, join other gun control proponents with placards at a street corner in Coral Springs, Florida, U.S. February 16, 2018.Across the internet, students who were caught in the crossfire at the school spoke out. Some took politicians to task on Twitter. A 17-year-old junior wrote an essay for CNN, saying that he and his classmates planned to pressure politicians into taking action. One student asked President Donald Trump to meet with her. Some teens have been critical of Trump for failing to mention guns in his comments about the attack.On Friday evening, Trump visited a Florida hospital where he greeted medical staff and thanked the doctors, nurses and first responders who helped the shooting victims. He told reporters he also met with some of the victims who are still hospitalized. He later met with members of the Broward County Sheriff’s office and local law enforcement, including Coconut Creek Police Officer Mike Leonard, who said he was the one who apprehended Cruz.Sidney Fischer, a junior who was in a Holocaust history class when the shooter aimed his gun at the window and shot into the room, went on Reddit on Friday to recount his harrowing experience and answer questions. Two students in his classroom died, and one of the slain students, Joaquin Oliver who went by the nickname ‘Guac,’ had just been transferred into his algebra class.“I can’t believe that when I go back to school, his seat will be empty and life will just go on,” Fischer wrote. Share
Have you ever tried to figure out how to fit a relaxing spa day in with a full day of thrills? Well, it looks like creatives in Japan have come have reached the perfect answer. The officials in Beppu City, Japan must think an awful lot like I do, because they’ve come up with a very special idea for an amusement park in the same vein, and I must say, I’m very impressed.Beppu City has the world’s largest supply of hot spring water (lucky them) and is planning on utilizing that resource for good instead of hoarding it all for themselves. The idea? Taking that warm, ridiculously comfortable water and using it for a special spa-themed amusement park they’re coining a “Spamusement Park” project. Yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like, and it’s all for the purpose of keeping guests relaxed and happy.There’s even a special video that was shot in its honor, featuring carousels with enormous hot tubs, rail cars with bath tubs, shooting galleries in steam rooms and everyone walking around in towels everywhere. The video shows off several ways it could be an idyllic destination for citizens of the city, and it looks all sorts of relaxing, except for the fact that you probably walk around barefoot and get dirt and grime all over everything. I’d hope it’d be cleaner than that. Maybe you get spa flip-flops.The video states that it needs 1,000,000 to make the park a reality, and it’s far surpassed that already, so maybe it’s possible it’ll actually happen. This isn’t the sort of thing we could have here in America since everyone is weirdly freaked out by other people’s bodies, but if I’m ever in Japan and this becomes a thing, you bet your butt I’m going to get it in. How about you? Stay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan