Ind vs Eng: Reports of Team snub to envoy baseless, says BCCI

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday called reports of Team India missing the Indian High Commissioner to UK, Nalin Surie’s reception for the players as “baseless”.In a media release, the BCCI clarified its stand saying that the team had committed itself for “another function on the same day, six months in advance”. “The BCCI had accordingly communicated the same to the Indian High Commission, and suggested that the reception be organised on 25 July 2011 instead.””However, the Indian High Commission authorities said that there were other engagements scheduled on the 25th. They also informed the BCCI that they would get in touch with the Indian team management after its arrival in the UK, and fix up a date for the reception. The BCCI agreed to this,” the release added.Meanwhile, in a face-saving measure, the BCCI has drafted its team manager Anirudh Chaudhry to hold talks with the officials of the Indian High Commission and it is learnt that the reception may be organised in August, when the Indian team returns to London.last_img read more

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Phillies Dominate Mets, 4-0

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The New York Mets are going home and hoping to stay there for a while.Jerad Eickhoff struck out 10 in seven dominant innings, Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the NL East champion Mets 3-0 on Oct. 1 to complete a three-game sweep.The Mets are tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for home-field advantage in the division series, which begins next Oct. 9. Los Angeles beat San Francisco 3-2 later Oct. 1. New York holds the tiebreaker.“We talked about the importance of coming here and winning games and then we didn’t win any,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “We can’t worry about today. It’s over. Focus on tomorrow.”The Mets host the Washington Nationals over the weekend and expect outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to return to the lineup. Cespedes, as expected, didn’t play after bruising two fingers on his left hand when he was hit by a pitch Sept. 30. Collins said Cespedes told him he was available, but he gave him the day off.“Just the way the series went, you knew there was going to be an energy drain,” Collins said. “We rested some guys.”The Phillies lost 14-of-16 to the Mets before sweeping them in a three-game series for the first time since April 26-28, 2013, at Citi Field. Philadelphia needs to win one of its last three games against Miami to avoid losing 100 games for the first time since 1961.An announced crowd of 13,238 was the smallest in the 12-year history of Citizens Bank Park. Only several hundred fans were in the stands for a game that was moved up seven hours because heavy rain is expected later.Eickhoff (3-3) gave up two infield singles, two doubles and no walks while tying his career-best with 10 strikeouts for the second consecutive start. Jerome Williams pitched the eighth and Luis Garcia finished off the six-hitter for his second save in four tries.“He was outstanding,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “He showed a lot of guts. He’s a great competitor.”Rookie Sean Gilmartin (3-2) made his first career start for the Mets after 49 relief appearances. He allowed two runs and three hits in five innings.“Overall, I felt good,” Gilmartin said. “I just wanted to go out there and give the team a lift. My focus was to get quick innings.”Gilmartin didn’t give up a hit until Jeff Francoeur doubled with two outs in the fourth. Ruf followed with a line drive deep into the empty seats in left field. Ruf has eight homers and 22 RBIs in 93 at-bats against left-handers.Andres Blanco hit a solo homer in the eighth off Dario Alvarez.Eickhoff, one of several prospects the Phillies acquired from Texas in the trade for Cole Hamels, has been impressive. He allowed three runs or less in seven of eight starts and has a 2.65 ERA.Eickhoff pumped his fist and pounded his glove after striking out Juan Lagares on his final pitch to leave two runners on in the seventh. (ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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La Liga: Barcelona held to 2-2 draw by Girona, Sevilla crush Levante 6-2

first_imgBarcelona’s 100 percent winning start to the season came to a halt on Sunday when they were held to a 2-2 La Liga draw by Girona, having been reduced to 10 men for the final 55 minutes.The result meant Barca lost their two-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of the table, with both teams on 13 points after five games.Sevilla compensated for last week’s surprise home defeat to Getafe by resoundingly thrashing Levante 6-2 away, Real Betis battled back to draw 2-2 at home to Athletic Bilbao and Valencia are still without a win after being held to a goalless draw at Villarreal.Lionel Messi gave the champions the lead in the 19th minute with a first-time shot after a layoff from Chile international Arturo Vidal and came close to doubling the lead after dancing through a maze of defenders but saw his shot saved.Barca’s strong start was derailed when defender Clement Lenglet was sent off 35 minutes into his first league start for the club after elbowing Pere Pons, a decision made after referee Jesus Gil Manzano consulted the video assistant referee (VAR) and which enraged Barca’s players and supporters.Girona took advantage of the situation right before the interval when Cristhian Stuani freed himself from Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets with an impressive piece of control and fired past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Uruguayan striker Stuani scored again on the rebound in the 51st to give Girona, playing only their second season in Spain’s top flight, an unlikely lead.advertisementThe Catalans continued to dominate proceedings despite their numerical disadvantage and they almost equalised when Messi sent a free kick crashing against the crossbar.Pique headed in the leveller in the 63rd minute by climbing above two defenders to meet a scrappy, deflected cross from Luis Suarez after coach Ernesto Valverde had put on Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho for the underperforming Vidal and Arthur.Girona coped admirably with Barca’s onslaught for the remainder of the game, keeping their heads under the pressure and forcing the champions to resort to long-range shots which failed to trouble impressive visiting goalkeeper Bono.”The sending-off conditioned the game a lot and we had the bad luck to concede right at the end of the first half, it affected us a lot and we couldn’t turn it around,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, questioning the decision to dismiss Lenglet.”It’s the first sending-off where I’ve seen the player who received the foul apologised. I suppose VAR will do it justice but I have the sensation it wasn’t a sending-off; there may have been an impact but I don’t think it was aggressive at all. It’s a foul by the opponent.”Sevilla’s French forward Wissam Ben Yedder scored a hat-trick in the drubbing of Levante to make it five goals in his last two appearances, following his double in a 5-1 thrashing of Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday.Valencia’s hapless start to the campaign continued as captain Dani Parejo and coach Marcelino were both sent off in an ill-tempered stalemate at neighbours Villarreal, coming on the back of a 2-0 Champions League defeat at home to Juventus.Valencia assistant coach Ruben Uria, however, praised his side for holding on for the draw with 10 men.”We deserved more during the game, we went for the victory and deserved to get it even with 10 men,” he said.”We may not have won a game yet but the group is strong and mentally we are fine. There’s no problem.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Tim Paine focused on restoring Australia’s goodwill during Pakistan Tests

first_imgAustralia’s Test captain Tim Paine wants to restore the goodwill of his country’s cricket team in the upcoming two-match Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.Australia are eager to win back respect and move on from the ball-tampering scandal that plunged the team into disgrace in March this year.Paine’s rebuilding side will take on Pakistan in the series-opener in Dubai in absence of banned Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who were all found guilty in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Australia have not played a Test series since that tragic episode in Cape Town.Little may be expected of Paine’s Australia in a series that will play out when home fans are sleeping, but the 33-year-old skipper is mindful that results, as well as culture, are key to restoring goodwill.”We are certainly making some changes and it’s something we are really serious about but we are also aware that we need to be playing a high level of cricket and winning games,” he said.Read – Aaron Finch named T20 skipper for Pakistan seriesA whole third of the 15 in the United Arab Emirates have yet to play a Test, and Paine’s side could feature up to four uncapped players when they head out into the Dubai heat against Sarfraz Ahmed-captained Pakistan.Paine will be supported by a new vice-captain in all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and a new coach in former Test opener Justin Langer.Change is also in the air back in Australia, with the nation’s cricket board announcing its successor to long-serving CEO James Sutherland, even before the release of a review into the board’s culture and governance.advertisementWith a separate review into the culture of the men’s team also set to land, Australia will be under plenty of scrutiny during the two-Test series which finishes in Abu Dhabi.Paine, who many feel is but a caretaker captain until Smith becomes eligible for the role again, has no illusions about the scale of the task.”We want to build a culture that makes people want to be better and produce not only better cricketers but better people,” he told Fairfax Media.”If we can do that, that’s the sort of environment people want to be involved in and that culture spreads really quickly through the team rather than having to try and sell your culture all the time — just set that culture, live that culture, and guys that want to be involved will carry it through.”FINCH, NESER MAY DEBUTAustralia enjoyed a positive warmup, with opener Aaron Finch, middle order batsman Travis Head and the Marsh brothers all getting runs in the tour match against a Pakistan ‘A’ side.That was enough for Langer to confirm one-day specialist Finch and South Australia skipper Head would play their first Tests.There could be further debuts, however.With Matt Renshaw having suffered a head-knock when fielding in the tour match, selectors may opt for South Africa-born batsman Marnus Labuschagne.Paceman Michael Neser could be a fourth debutant should selectors overlook workhorse Peter Siddle to support spearhead Mitchell Starc.Pakistan are in the midst of their own rebuild in the wake of retirements to former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, but having trounced a better resourced Australia 2-0 in the last UAE series in 2014, they will fancy themselves to win this one.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Report: Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1

first_imgBarcelona and Real Madrid played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final at Camp Nou on Wednesday.Malcom’s second-half goal cancelled out a sixth-minute opener from Lucas Vazquez and ensured there will be plenty to play for in the return fixture on February 27.With Lionel Messi fit enough only for a place on the bench, the onus was on Barca to show they could cope without their talisman in the first of a difficult run of fixtures this month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Madrid went ahead with the second shot of the match, though, Vazquez twisting his body to flick the ball beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Karim Benzema’s drilled cross.15 – @realmadriden have scored in each of their last 15 away games against Barcelona in all competitions (26 goals), their best scoring run away from home in #ElClasico history. Stampede. pic.twitter.com/X8gba9ZfQ5— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 6, 2019Malcom, starting in the cup for the fifth time this season, scuffed a glorious chance straight at Keylor Navas but was spared somewhat by the offside flag.The Brazilian was proving a problem down the Madrid left and it was his free-kick that Ivan Rakitic headed against the crossbar, before Vinicius Junior almost set up Benzema for a tap-in on the break.Luis Suarez saw a shot well saved by Navas after more good Malcom work, but frustrations began to build for the home side in their struggle to create clear-cut openings.They found the equaliser 57 minutes in, however, when Sergio Ramos, having brilliantly cleared a Suarez effort off the line, allowed Malcom’s strike on the rebound to fly past him and into the net, apparently convinced it was going wide.Messi and Gareth Bale were introduced from the bench, and it was the Madrid man who missed the best chance for a winner, failing to make the most of Benzema’s pass after Ter Stegen had been left stranded. What does it mean? Madrid take slender advantage to Santiago BernabeuVazquez’s clever finish means Santiago Solari’s side have an away goal, giving them a slight lift heading into the second leg in Madrid.That said, with Messi likely to be fully fit by the time of the return fixture, Barca will certainly believe they are capable of at least one goal in the capital.There was very little to split these teams – Barca edged possession, Madrid matched their opponents for attempts at goal – so there is every reason to expect a similarly tight affair next time.Malcom a makeshift MessiEver-present in the cup this year, Malcom produced a performance that should put him back in contention for more regular football. He caused Marcelo plenty of problems and deserved his goal.Coutinho cast adriftAt times, Philippe Coutinho looked like he was not involved; at others, he looked like he did not want to be. He looks a long way short of top form and confidence.Key Opta Facts- Real Madrid have scored in each of their last 15 away games against Barcelona in all competitions, their best scoring run away from home in El Clasico history.- Lionel Messi has failed to score in a game in all competitions for the first time since December 2018 against Tottenham in the Champions League.- Malcolm is the first Barcelona player to score on his debut in El Clasico since Arturo Vidal in October 2018 in LaLiga.- Vinicius Junior attempted four shots in the first half, as many as all Barcelona players combined.- Sergio Ramos has equaled Xavi as the player with the most appearances in El Clasico in all competitions in the 21st century (40).What’s next?The second leg takes place in three weeks’ time in the capital. More immediately, Madrid make the short trip to the Wanda Metropolitano for a crucial league derby with Atletico Madrid on Saturday, while Barca head to Athletic Bilbao a day later. read morelast_img read more

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21 Outstanding Women Honoured

first_imgStory Highlights The JWPC has trained over 800 women in campaign management and candidacy over the years Twenty-one outstanding women honoured for their work in the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucuscenter_img Twenty-one outstanding women have been honoured for their role in advancing the cause of women, through their work in the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus (JWPC).The 21, who have made their mark in a wide cross section of fields in the society, were recognized for their yeoman service at the JWPC’s 21st anniversary awards luncheon, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on Thursday, July 18.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in a message read by State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, congratulated the women, noting that their recognition was a fitting way to celebrate the organisation’s 21st anniversary.“Today, we speak your names with pride into our nation’s history, so that generations to come will bless you as they continue to build on the foundation,” she said.The Prime Minister pointed out that the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus has upheld the right of Jamaican women to be affiliated with the party of their choice.“Standing on that principle, it has led the way in mobilizing women to work together in a non-partisan model, in order to achieve the developmental goals that must be met if Jamaica is to take its rightful place in the global village,” she said.She noted that over the years the Caucus has never deviated from its vision of providing support for women to participate equally at the highest levels of decision making.Pointing to the JWPC’s objective of raising the number of female parliamentarians to at least 40 per cent of the total members of Parliament, a vision that is reflective in the United Nations and its member agencies, the Prime Minister said she was aware of the many systematic barriers that have prevented the country from reaching that goal.“However, I am also confident that through partnerships with civil groups, such as the Women’s Political Caucus, we can hope for a brighter future in line with the Millennium Development Goals, which include Gender Equality and the Empowerment of women,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.She noted that the work of the Caucus over the years have been tireless and fruitful, pointing out that women venturing out into political careers now have an established and valuable resource for training, advice and other forms of support.In the meantime, President, JWPC, Merline Daley, noted that the organization continues to chip away at “the vast rock of inequality in regards to women’s right to hold positions of decision making in this country,” and will not stop until significant changes are realized.She pointed to the fact that women represent 51 per cent of the population, yet their representational percentage in the Parliament and the Parish Councils bear no relationship to that percentage. She also noted that women far outweigh men in terms of higher education, yet are passed over in favour of men.“This situation must change if Jamaica is to realize her fullest potential,” Ms. Daley said.She reported that the JWPC has trained over 800 women in campaign management and candidacy over the years.Among those honoured were Blossom O’Meally Nelson, Joan Browne, Merlene C. Daley, Beryl Ennis, Maisie Gore, Jeanette Grant Woodham, Maxine Henry Wilson, Gloria Langrin, Essene Lewis, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis, Dorothy Lightbourne, Beverly Manley Duncan, Hermione McKenzie, Gloria Millwood, Violet Neilson, Dr. Beverley Pereira, Dorienne Rowan Campbell, Donna Scott Mottley, Evelyn Smart, Marie Thompson and Faith Webster.last_img read more

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NASSCO Cuts Steel for SEA-Vista’s Tanker Trio

first_imgzoom General Dynamics NASSCO has cut the first steel for three 50,000 deadweight ton, 330,000 barrel cargo capacity product tankers for SEA-Vista LLC, a joint venture between SEACOR Holdings Inc. and Avista Capital Partners.Each LNG-conversion ready product tanker will be constructed at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego under Jones Act requirements.Representatives from General Dynamics NASSCO and SEA-Vista attended the start of construction ceremony held at the NASSCO shipyard on Friday, November 7.The honoree, Mrs. Debora Denning, wife of SEACOR Vice President of Engineering Tom Denning, signaled the beginning of construction by pressing a button to cut the first piece of steel.General Dynamics NASSCO Vice President and General Manager Kevin M. Graney said: “NASSCO remains committed to building the most economical and environmentally-sound products for Jones Act owners and operators—and these tankers exemplify that commitment. Our partnership with SEA-Vista is a clear indication that NASSCO is the shipyard of choice for Jones Act tankers.”These new 610-foot-long vessels are a continuation of the ECO MR Tanker design.The tankers were designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea.DSEC’s ECO design achieves improved fuel efficiency through several features, including a G-series MAN ME slow-speed main engine and an optimized hull form.The tankers will have conversion-capable, dual-fuel-capable auxiliary engines and the ability to accommodate the future installation of an LNG fuel-gas system and tanks.Press Release; Image: NASSCOlast_img read more

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Provincial Pension Plans Gain Ground

first_imgThe provincial government’s two major pension plans performedbetter than expected in 2003, as stalled financial marketsrebounded. Both the Public Service Superannuation Plan and the Teachers’Pension Plan doubled the targeted rate of return in 2003, for a14 per cent gain over the previous year. The assumed rate ofreturn was seven per cent. Nova Scotia Finance Minister PeterChristie today, July 21, released audited results for the plansas of Dec. 31, 2003. The Public Service Superannuation Plan improved its funded ratioto 86 per cent, almost a four per cent increase over the previousyear. The Teachers’ Pension Plan funded ratio also improved fourper cent to 81 per cent. All pension plans aim to have theirfunds fully funded at 100 per cent, to cover current and futurepension needs. “Pension funds are managed for the longer term, but a 14 per centreturn on investment in one year is impressive,” said Mr.Christie. Over the past 10 years, the province’s pension funds haveaveraged gains of more than nine per cent. The plans havecombined assets of more than $6.7 billion. For the Public Service Superannuation Plan, the unfundedliability decreased to $493 million, a $94 million improvementover 2002. The Teachers’ Pension Plan unfunded liabilitydecreased as well, and is now $871 million, an improvement of$144 million. There are about 26,000 active and retired members of the PublicService Superannuation Plan and the same number in the Teachers’Pension Plan. “Members of these pension plans should know that their pensionfunds are well managed and conservatively invested for theirretirement years,” said Mr. Christie, who is the trustee for bothplans. The overall health of the Public Service Superannuation plan wasstrengthened this year with a one per cent contribution rateincrease for existing employees, along with a matching increasefrom the employer. The contribution increase has closed theyearly funding shortfall and will help secure employees’ pensionsfor the long term. This was the first rate increase in 20 years. The investment funds for both pension plans are monitored by theinvestment advisory committee, which includes representatives ofthe provincial government, the Nova Scotia Government Employees’Union and the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union. Copies of independent valuation results and annual reports forthe Public Service Superannuation Plan and the Teachers’ PensionPlan can be found on the Department of Finance website atwww.gov.ns.ca/finance/pension .last_img read more

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IMA to go ahead with nationwide strike today

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) Sunday said it will go ahead with its strike on June 17 with withdrawal of non-essential health services across the country in the wake of the recent assault on doctors in West Bengal. The announcement came a day after Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asked states to consider enacting specific legislation for protecting doctors and medical professionals from any form of violence.The apex medical body, IMA, however, demanded a comprehensive central law in dealing with violence on doctors and healthcare staff, and in hospitals. Security measures and the determinants leading to violence should also be addressed, it said in a statement. Exemplary punishment for perpetrators of violence should be a component of the central law and suitable amendments should be brought in the IPC and CrPC, the IMA said. The IMA said all non-essential services, including OPD services, will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6 am on Monday to 6 am Tuesday. Emergency and casualty services will continue to function, it said. The medical body had launched a four-day nationwide protest from Friday and wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah demanding enactment of a central law to check violence against healthcare workers.last_img read more

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From street vendor to industrialists Ggn candidates have varied profile

first_imgGurugram: 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.last_img read more

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Feeble PanAfricanism Fractured PanArabism—the Drama of Morocco 2026

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. read more

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Bell insists Astral buy key to taking on foreign rivals

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. read more

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Colombo to be upgraded

“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. read more

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Dow SP 500 rise as economists see growth for jobs and housing

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 — 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 read more

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Darrelle Revis Speechless After Jets Trade Rumors

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. read more

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Mens Hockey No 6 Ohio State travels to take on rival Michigan

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. read more

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Prison break Manhunt leads to Linden as 1 arrested

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. read more

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FANTASTIC SEASON Barcelona win Kings Cup

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 read more

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NEW CROATIA Cervar makes completely new coaching staff

← 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 read more

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Arthritis I am grateful for arthritis Im a better person than before

first_img 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 articlelast_img read more

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