India Urges UK to Extradite 16 Including Vijay Mallya

first_imgIndia has urged Britain to speed up the process of extraditing 16 of its nationals including industrialist Vijay Mallya so that they can stand trial in the country. Related Itemslast_img

Heavy rains cause flooding in Goa villages, several evacuated

first_imgIncessant rains continued to lash several parts of Goa on Tuesday, causing flooding in some low-lying areas and forcing several families to shift out of their water-logged homes. Ten people from North Goa district’s Pilgao village were rescued by the disaster management department on Monday night after they were stranded at their homes due to flooding in the area, a senior government official said.In addition, several families were evacuated from Bicholim taluka where many homes were inundated, he said. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday morning visited some villages in North Goa that have been facing a flood-like situation. Heavy rains have been lashing the coastal state for last seven days. The Mandovi river in the state crossed the danger mark on Monday night, causing flooding in some villages of Sattari taluka in North Goa. Sonan village in Sattari was cut-off from other parts of the district for last 12 hours, another official said. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in both North Goa and South Goa districts and issued an ‘orange alert’, asking people to be prepared for any situation. The IMD has predicted strong winds with speed reaching 45 to 50 kms per hour and gusting up to 65 kmph along the Maharashtra-Goa coast. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea due to the rough weather, though the fisheries department lifted the ban on fishing in the state from August 1.last_img read more

Dravid lone Indian in Sangakkara’s XI

first_imgPublished on COMMENTS COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Sangakkara (L) believes Dravid (R) will be the best to complement former Australian batsman Mathew Hayden. File Photo   –  The Hindu Former Lankan batsman Aravinda De Silva to lead the squad ×center_img SHARE June 29, 2016 Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar did not find a place in Kumar Sangakkara’s list of all-time XI while Rahul Dravid was the lone Indian in the team selected by the former Sri Lankan skipper.Sangakkara believes Dravid, who is currently India A coach, will be the best to complement former Australian batsman Mathew Hayden in the opening slot in the squad led by former Lankan batsman Aravinda De Silva.“Mathew Hayden will be at the top of the order facing the first ball and to complement him, I have got Rahul Dravid,” said Sangakkara in a video published on social media by the Lord’s Cricket Ground.In the batting line up, the regal left-handed batsman picked his ‘all time favourite batsman’ Brian Lara along with former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting.Top all-rounder Jacques Kallis will complete the line up and erstwhile Australian wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist will be doning the gloves behind the wicket.The 46-year-old Sangakkara believes Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan are the two specialist spinners who are the best he has ever seen as they can bowl well in any condition.The fast bowling department will have legendary Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas along with former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram as Sangakkara viewed him as an ‘unbelievable challenge’ to face.The list in total has four Australian and three Lankan while a lone spot for Indian, Pakistan, South African and West Indian players.On Monday, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum had brought up his all-time eleven list where Tendulkar was the lone Indian in the squad.The XI: Mathew Hayden, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, Aravinda De Silva (c), Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Wasim Akram, Chaminda Vaas. Sangakkara (L) believes Dravid (R) will be the best to complement former Australian batsman Mathew Hayden. File Photo   –  The Hindu cricketlast_img read more

ICC World T20: Cloud over Feroz Shah Kotla as semifinal venue

first_imgWhen everything was moving in right direction for Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA), the news of World Twenty20 semifinal likely to be moving out of Feroz Shah Kotla doesn’t come as a good news.The dispute is over the use of the old club house in the stadium and DDCA won’t be having permission to use it, which could force the ICC to move the match to another venue. However, the ICC will take a decision on this issue later today or tomorrow.The first semifinal of the World Twenty20 has been scheduled to be played at the Kotla on March 30.The ongoing tournament has already seen a change in venue with the big India-Pakistan clash being shifted to Kolkata from Dharamsala due to political and security reasons. Himachal Pradesh’s Congress government had refused to provide security for the game forcing the organisers  to move the game out of the state.Last month, the DDCA got Delhi High Court’s nod to organise World T20 matches under the supervision of Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal, whose intervention has helped resolving several contentious issues plaguing the cricket body.last_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: Bangladesh appeal against Taskin Ahmed ban

first_imgBangladesh have appealed to cricket’s world governing body to lift the suspension on paceman Taskin Ahmed, who was ruled out of the ongoing World Twenty20 in India due to an illegal action.Taskin and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny were suspended from bowling in international cricket on Saturday after being reported by match officials following Bangladesh’s qualifying match against the Netherlands in Dharamsala on March 9. (Also read: Mashrafe Mortaza cries after Taskin Ahmed ban) While Sunny’s elbow extension for the majority of his deliveries exceeded the 15-degree limit, not all of Taskin’s balls were found to be legal, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said while announcing their suspensions.”We are not convinced about Taskin as of now. We don’t have any reason to be satisfied with the report,” Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan told reporters. “And that’s disappointing, so we have appealed to the ICC. (World T20: ICC suspends Taskin, Sunny for illegal bowling actions)”They are going to sit down with a team of legal experts and will inform us of their decision as soon as possible.”Bangladesh, who came through the qualifiers to reach the Super 10 stage, lost to Pakistan in their opening Group Two match last Wednesday and next face Australia in Bangalore on Monday.India and New Zealand are the other teams in the pool with the top two advancing to the semi-finals.last_img read more

RS Ethics Committee recommends expulsion of Mallya

first_imgNew Delhi, May 4 (PTI) The Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha today recommended the expulsion of beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya with immediate effect. “The committee was of the firm view that taking into consideration the gravity of the misconduct, a sanction not less than termination of membership from the House is warranted under the circumstances,” the Committee on Ethics said in its 10th report tabled in the Upper House by its Chairman Karan Singh today. “Having considered the whole matter, including Dr Mallyas letter, the Committee on Ethics unanimously decided at its meeting on May 3 to recommend to the House that Dr Vijay Mallya be expelled with immediate effect,” it said. “The Committee hopes that by taking such stern action, a message would reach the general public that Parliament is committed to take such steps as are necessary against erring Members to uphold the dignity and prestige of this great institution,” the report said. The Upper House will now take a call on the recommendation made by the ethics panel in the report “on the non-disclosure of liabilities such as the loans taken from different banks in his Assets and Liabilities Returns by Dr. Vijay Mallya, Member, Rajya Sabha.” Mallya, in his letter in response to the panels offer to explain his position, “has raised some legal and constitutional issues which are not tenable, because the Supreme Court has clearly upheld the power of the Rajya Sabha to expel its members for gross misconduct unbecoming of a Member of the House,” the report said. The panel said “it is a matter of regret that Dr Mallya has thought it fit to impugn the (Supreme Court) judgment and impartiality of the Committee on Ethics as well as the entire House.” PTI ARC ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

Usain Bolt ready to race and really ready to retire

first_imgJust in the unlikely case that the world of athletics did not know what they will be missing once Usain Bolt walks away in less than two weeks, the Jamaican superstar’s final eve-of-race news conference rammed home the message on Tuesday.These events have become part and parcel of every global championship and though Tuesday’s version in east London lacked the dancing girl razzmatazz of his Rio welcome last year, it scored heavily on nostalgia as every aspect of his stellar career was raked over anew.As always, journalists and TV crews, around 400 of them, from every corner of the world packed every available space and strained their arms in desperation to get their question answered by the great man, who playfully castigated one half of the auditorium for not giving him an enthusiastic enough welcome.Bolt is an old hand of course and rolled out all the familiar answers, but always with grace. His proudest moment was winning the world junior title on home soil as a 15-year-old while his most satisfying performance was his 200 metres world record run in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he poured all his concentration into getting the mark he had always wanted, having earlier danced over the line when winning the 100m.He explained how his motivation to keep putting his body through such a punishing regime was renewed each year by resetting his goals – with one often created for him by a casually “disrespectful” remark from one of his opponents.His target in London is clear — to sign off with a fourth 100m title and a fifth 4x100m relay gold — taking his world haul to 13 to add to his eight Olympic golds – and then head off to play football with his friends and have fun.advertisement”I’m ready,” he said. “If I show up at a championships you know I’m fully confident and ready to go.”I ran 9.95 in Monaco so it shows I’m going in the right direction. Going through the rounds always helps me and it’s then about who can keep their nerve.”It’s go time, so let’s go.”The London Stadium, where he successfully defended his sprint double in the 2012 Olympics, will rise to acclaim him when he settles into his blocks for the last time on Saturday night.Then, other than the relay a week later, he will be gone, leaving the sport without the man who has been its focal point for a decade.Tuesday’s event included big screen “farewell and thanks” messages from the likes of actors Samuel L. Jackson and Idris Elba, former France footballer Thierry Henry, model Cara Delevingne and India cricket captain Virat Kohli, underlining his status as probably the world’s most famous and arguably most admired sportsman.Bolt, who turns 31 later this month, looked moved by the images, saying: “It’s just brilliant that people in other disciplines respect what you do as they know the work you have to do.”British TV had screened his “I am Bolt” film on Monday night, which opened a window on the rarely seen battles he has had to go through to overcome so many injuries and was a testament to his willingness to work himself back into shape year after year.That is one thing he will not miss, and although he thrives on the pressure of the big race, he says he is looking forward to watching the next one from the sidelines.”Oh yeah, sitting down, talking about it, no pressure,” he said. “The next championship should be fun.”It’s going to be hard, as track and field has been everything for me since I was 10 and it’s been a rush — but we’ll see where life takes me.”He intends to stay close to athletics and is eyeing some sort of roving ambassadorial role, inspiring the world’s youth to get involved in a sport he says is on the up after reaching “rock bottom” with the Russian doping crisis of two years ago.While fans and the sport’s administrators will miss Bolt enormously, those lamenting his departure most of all will probably be his chief sponsor Puma, the German sportswear manufacturer which has shod him and ridden his glory for a decade while the rest of the sport has largely been dominated by rivals Adidas and Nike.Bolt’s parents were on hand on Tuesday to present him with his final pair of spikes — a combination of gold to mark his career highs and the purple of his school, William Knibb Memorial, where it all started after his cricket coach suggested he try out for the track team.advertisement”I didn’t know I would be a world record holder growing up, I had no idea,” he said.”So all I’ll say now is, if you work hard, that anything is possible.”last_img read more

70 years of Independence: India’s most decorated sporting heroes in the modern era

first_imgIn 70 years of Independence, India has seen the rise of quite some sporting icons. Cricket in India is a religion, yet time and again, individuals from other sports have also come out and captured the imagination of a proud nation.India, perhaps is still not a sporting nation but the rise of badminton stars like PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth, the emergence of athletes like Neeraj Chopra and Davinder Singh Kang, the rise in the rankings of the Indian football team and much more is the result of some solid inspiration drawn from various sporting icons.SACHIN TENDULKAR – CRICKETSachin Tendulkar’s status in India is next to God. Sachin started playing for India since the age of 16 and for almost 24 years, he has been the apple of the nation’s eyes.Tendulkar is the only batsman to have scored 100 international centuries and the first to score a double century in an ODI. To top that he is the highest run-getter in both Tests and ODIs and is the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket. (70 years of Independence: 7 decades of sporting glory)But it wasn’t Sachin’s statistics alone that made him such a huge icon, the sight of Sachin single-handedly carrying a billion hopes for years was something that this cricket-frenzy nation got used to.Sachin retired in 2013 and till date he remains the most loved sportsperson in India.BHAICHUNG BHUTIA – FOOTBALLBhaichung Bhutia is considered to be the torchbearer of Indian football. While the generation of today is more aware of the achievements of Sunil Chhetri, it was Bhaichung who inspired Chhetri to take up football. (What India was crazy about: Hockey first, Cricket later, Football, Kabaddi now?)advertisementBhaichung was the first Indian footballer to sign a contract with a European club (English club Bury in 1999). Bhaichung, with 104 international caps, is the most capped Indian player.Even today, Bhaichung continues to help football grow in India with Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools and by being a part of football administration in various capacities.SAINA NEHWAL – BADMINTONReuters PhotoSaina Nehwal kick started a revolution in the Indian badminton circuit when she won the bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics becoming the first Indian shuttler to win an Olympic medal.Nehwal has had many firsts for India in the field of badminton — she remains the only Indian to win at least one medal in each of the BWF major individual events, the first to win a Super Series title, captaining and bringing home India’s first medal in any BWF major team event (Uber Cup 2014), first female to reach an Olympic quarter-final at the 2008 Beijing Games that she bettered at London, only female to reach the pinnacle of world rankings and much more.Eleven years since Saina began her success story, she still remains the most successful Indian shuttler.After Prakash Padukone who was the first Indian to win the All England Badminton Championship, if there is anyone who has impacted the sport in India, it has to be Saina Nehwal.SANIA MIRZA – TENNISReuters PhotoSania Mirza has undoubtedly impacted the sport of tennis like no other in India. India surely had tennis stars in Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi but with the rise of Mirza, tennis truly began to be followed well.From starting with controversies regarding her skirt to reaching the pinnacle of WTA rankings in women’s doubles, Mirza has had quite a journey.Mirza has been India’s No. 1 women’s player in singles from 2003 to 2013 till her retirement from singles reaching the peak of world No. 27 in 2007. In doubles though, Mirza has had a great list of achievements, especially with Switzerland’s Martina Hingis.Mirza is surely one of the most celebrated sporting icons in the country and surely the one to have boosted tennis in India in a massive manner.MILKHA SINGH – ATHLETICSMilkha Singh is famously called ‘the flying sikh’. What truly makes Milkha Singh great and an icon is he was the first Indian to take up running as a profession. Today, India participated in the Olympics, Commenwealth Games and much more with various athletes running for medals.Milkha Singh has a biography made on him which was titled ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and all his achievements and struggles are well documented. His most notable one being when he narrowly missed out on a medal in the 1980 Rome Olympics.Milkha Singh has inspired the entire country to professionally take up running, even when he ran for most part of his career without shoes and today, he is the most iconic figure in his discipline and one of the biggest sporting icons in the country.advertisementVISWANATHAN ANAND – CHESSVishwanathan Anand is India’s first Grandmaster and he’s not only the ambassador of the sport in India but is a global icon.Anand has been India’s top chess player for years and has brought immense amount of laurels for the country the testament of which is the fact that he was the first sportsperson to receive the Padma Vibhushan.Anand occuped the number one position for 21 months, the sixth longest time someone has held that position.A lot of young chess players and Grandmasters are representing India now and thanks to Anand, they are able to do so.ABHINAV BINDRA – SHOOTINGReuters PhotoAbhinav Bindra’s iconic gold medal is no secret. At the 2008 Beijing Games, he became the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medallist when he won the 10m Air Rifle event.The biggest testimony of Bindra’s impact on the sports culture in India is that before Bindra got the gold medal, India had won 18 medals in 100 years, while after his achievement, India have brought home 10 medals in eight years.Till date Bindra remains the sole individual Olympic gold medallist from India but he remains a crucial part of sports development in order to give India more medallists.PANKAJ ADVANI – BILLIARDS & SNOOKERPankaj Advani is the flag bearer of billiard and snooker in India. He is one of the most inspiring sportspersons in India considering the fact that he has done wonders in the sport that India doesn’t really support.Advani is the only player ever to win world titles in both the long and short formats of snooker and both formats of billiards. Advani has 59 gold medals to his name till date — 16 world titles, six Asian titles, two Asian Games medals, one Australian Open and 29 National titles.At the age of 32, Advani continues to lead India’s charge in world events and remains one of the biggest achievers in Indian sports.last_img read more

Players to Watch: West Virginia Mountaineers

first_imgDefensive End Noble Nwachukwu, No. 97Stop me if you’ve heard this story before, son of Nigerian immigrants winds up playing Texas high school football, Big 12 team takes a chance on his development and he winds up an All-Big 12 talent? Nwachukwu played football at Wylie High in east Texas (across town from OSU receiver Marcel Ateman who was just a year younger) and the WVU staff took a chance on him, boy has it paid off. A disruptive force, he led the team with 8.5 sacks last season and is having a solid fifth year leading the Mountaineer line. Tabbed preaseason All Big 12 and at the end of 2015, #97 is a difference maker on the edge. Cornerback Rasul Doulas , No. 13Another great human interest story, Douglas was one of seven in a single-parent home that worked hard to make it from a junior college just an hour outside of New York City. He thrived there, earning NJCAA All-American First Team and a four-star ranking as a recruit.Stepping in for now-Carolina Panther Daryl Worley who finished second in the Big 12 in interceptions last year is redshirt senior Rasul Douglas, who happens to be No. 2 in the league in interceptions as well (No. 13 nationally). He’s a great example of how West Virginia can blitz from anywhere as he has a couple of tackles for loss on the year and is third on the team with 23 tackles. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The Mountaineers run an aggressive brand of football, blitzing from all parts of the field on defense and playing a smashmouth version of the air raid that loves to run the ball but can play with tempo when they need to. Let’s take a look at a few of the impact players for the Mountaineers:Quarterback Skyler Howard, No. 3Coming out of Brewer High School in Fort Worth, Texas, the 6’0”, 207 pound Howard didn’t have a lot of football opportunities except to go to Stephen F. Austin, where he was told he’d be a running back. Insistent on playing quarterback, he transferred out to a junior college in California and did enough to merit an offer from at least one Power 5 program. Head coach Dana Holgorsen laughed last week talking with a few ESPN reporters when asked how they stole Howard out of Big 12 country, “Well,” he explained  “we got him because we were the only ones who offered him.” While he’s not likely to beat out Mahomes, Rudolph, Russell or Mayfield for a spot on the all-conference team, it’d be a sincere mistake to perceive him as a game manager. A senior dual-threat player, Howard has blossomed in his third year in the system. He averages 303.5 passing yards and two touchdowns to .67 interceptions per game. Currently ranked in the top 15 in most statistics involving a quarterback (yards per pass attempt, passing yards per game, completion percentage, passing efficiency and total offense), Howard will be a load for the Cowboy defense on Saturday. Wide Receiver Shelton Gibson, No. 1The junior from Cleveland, Ohio is the primary threat when the ‘Neers need a big play. He led the team in receiving last year with 887 yards and nine touchdowns and is on pace to beat those numbers this year. The Army All-American had offers from Ohio State, Tennessee, Auburn and Nebraska, but chose to lead the air raid in Morgantown.He’s currently No. 5 in the conference with over 80 yards per game, is a fantastic deep threat and  leads the league with over 20 yards per catch.  According to Coach Holgorsen, “That guy can track the ball like I have never seen. Not only can he track it, he catches it well over his shoulder, but he tracks it and somehow he always finds another gear.” Electric with the ball in his hands, he’s the Mountaineer kick returner as well and that pushes him to No. 21 nationally in all-purpose yards.last_img read more

Here Are The Announcers For The Oklahoma vs. UCLA Game

first_imgOklahoma balloons fly.TEMPE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Balloons for the Oklahoma Sooners fly outside of Sun Devil Stadium before the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Fresh off of a rout of a promising FAU team, Oklahoma hosts its second straight home game. This time, it welcomes in Chip Kelly and the UCLA Bruins.The Sooners were absolutely dominant last week. The offense didn’t miss a beat from last season, but the more impressive performance was the defense shutting down Lane Kiffin’s offense, which was dynamic last year and brought back a 1,900 yard rusher and a former four-star quarterback.The Sooners’ first team defense did not allow a point. Oklahoma wound up with a 63-14 win.UCLA’s start to the season was not as good. The Bruins are clearly rebuilding, and showed it in a 26-17 loss to Cincinnati. Quarterback Wilton Speight, a transfer in from Michigan, left the game with a back injury. He is day-to-day as we approach tomorrow’s game.Oklahoma vs. UCLA is slotted for a big Saturday afternoon match-up.Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. ET on FOX, in Norman.Here’s who will be on the call for the big game:Play-by-play: Gus JohnsonGame analyst: Joel KlattSideline reporter: Jenny TaftOklahoma is a 30-point favorite in this game.,Here’s who will be on the call for the big game:Play-by-play: Gus JohnsonGame analyst: Joel KlattSideline reporter: Jenny TaftOklahoma is a 30-point favorite in this game.last_img read more

JSIF Completes $37.3M Rehabilitation of Hayfield Road in St. Thomas

first_imgResidents of Hayfield, St. Thomas, have welcomed the rehabilitation of two kilometres of roadway in their community, which they say makes it easier for them to transport their produce to the market. The road was repaired at a cost of approximately $37.3 million with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), under the Community Investment Programme, and was implemented by Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The project entailed asphalting of the roadway; construction of retaining walls; and the installation of new drains and repairing of others to lengthen the lifespan of the road, given the high levels of rainfall which the area experiences. State Minister for Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, encouraged the residents, some 40 per cent of whom are farmers, to maintain the roadway, noting that it is their responsibility. “If you see anything blocking the drains, clear the drains. If there is a landslide, let us go back to the days where the community used to come out and and clear those landslides. What you can’t manage, you have to get the parish council involved in. But what the community can do, do it,” Minister Azan urged while addressing Wednesday’s (March 27) handing over ceremony for the road.Farmer, Roosevelt Dean, one of several residents integrally involved in the project’s execution said he was overjoyed at the outcome.“In Hayfield, we do farming for a living and this stretch of road that we get, it improve our life so much… It helps us to get out our coffee.and the people dem going to market. First time we couldn’t get any vehicle fi come fi dem, and now the amount of vehicle coming for them (is great)… So we can say this stretch of road do a lot for us,” Mr. Dean said.He also pointed out that the improved roadway is assisting to advance tourism development in the area. He said tourists going to Bowden Pen to hike along the historic Cunha Cunha Pass, “come here, park their vehicles and we have the tour guides carry them to Bowden Pen and back.” Pastor, Gwynette Sutherland, who has been living in Hayfield for over 30 years, says the road signifies greater development in the community.“It is much easier to get produce to the market. We don’t stumble for transportation (anymore). It is a little better for school children also, because, sometimes, not having the transport to take them down, they suffer. They have to be walking down in the early morning and this was not good enough; and so they really benefit. We grateful for the road,” she said.President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Hayfield branch, Tilford Bennett, has been putting in even more effort in the fields since the road has been repaired. “I know that with this road, my produce will be going to the market for Easter,” Mr. Bennett said.In the meantime, JSIF’s Project Manager, Celia Dillon, noted that rural communities remain among the most underserved and under resourced areas, resulting in the continuous migration of thousands of persons to urban centres, where they add to the problem of overcrowding.“It is now expected that these improvements will enhance the overall socio-economic levels of the community, by allowing greater vehicular movement throughout the community and new access to markets,” she said.Ms. Dillon also informed that residents have been engaged in training sessions where they were exposed to ways of conducting routine and preventative maintenance.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

MaryLouise Parker To Be Honored By Hope North

first_imgHope North will hold its first ever gala on September 18 at City Winery in New York City, where it will honor Mary-Louise Parker with an evening of spectacular live music, food, drinks, and a silent auction.Hosted by Susan Sarandon and Forest Whitaker, the event’s growing host committee includes ELEW, Adrian Grenier, Taraji P. Henson, Eva Amurri Martino and Kyle Martino, James McAvoy, Hunter Parrish, Di Quon, Trudie Styler, Chris Talbott, and Sharon and Michael Zambrelli.Hope North is educating and healing the young victims of Uganda’s civil war, including orphans and former child soldiers, empowering them to become voices for peace and development.Founded in 1998 by artist and former child soldier Okello Sam, Hope North is an accredited secondary school located on a 40-acre campus with an international arts center, vocational training, and a working farm, staffed by 26 dedicated Ugandan educators. Over 1,500 vulnerable youth have lived at Hope North, and today 255 incredible youth are working towards their degrees and planning careers. These youth in turn are contributing to peace-building by organizing educational theater and soccer tournaments throughout the north, an area destroyed by years of war, reaching thousands more.Find tickets here.last_img read more

Dont Forget Me Film Reminds Morocco of its Children with Autism

Rabat- The documentary, which will premiere on November 17 at Rabat’s 23rd film festival at Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, may be just as its title suggests: A plea for the world to care for and not forget about its children with autism.“Don’t Forget Me” depicts the challenges that Moroccan parents and their children with autism have to deal with in a society that is not yet equipped to handle autism.In 28 minutes, the documentary will showcase the different facets of autism and the discrimination children experience, denying them the right to receive education at school like their peers without disabilities. The short film, produced by American journalist Jackie Spinner and directed by Moroccan Rajae Bouardi, was inspired by Spinner’s two Moroccan-born adopted children with autism, 5-year-old Samir and 3-year-old Rafi.Souad Chelhani, whose twin boys are featured in the film, wanted to give her children a voice.“We are their voices. We must show our children that it is wrong for society to be cruel and refuse to include them. They have a human right to exist, to live without prejudice. They have the right to go to school, ” Chelhani said.Difficulty going to school “Don’t Forget Me” follows the story of three families and their children on the autism spectrum. The documentary takes the viewer into the homes and schools of the children.Momo, 11, goes to a public school with a classroom reserved for children with autism. But the classroom in the public school is not free. Momo’s education expenses weigh on his family, and the private association that runs the classroom “recruits families for the classroom based on their ability to pay.”The second family is that of 7-year-old Hamza who also goes to a public school. Hamza’s family pays for an aide or “shadow,” who accompanies him to school. Hamza has a twin brother, Taha, but because the family cannot afford two aides, Taha stays at home. The third family is Othmane’s who goes to a private school on a scholarship. His family, like Hamza’s, pays for an aide who keeps him company at class. Othmane was born in the same hospital three days before Samir, Spinner’s son.Spinner adopted her sons from an orphanage in Meknes when they were infants. The boys now live in the US. In 2017, Spinner came back to Morocco to make the documentary.Columbia College Chicago and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting provided the initial funding for the documentary through grants. Moroccan filmmaker Hakim Belabbes and Chicago director Michael Rabiger advised the project.“Don’t Forget Me” will feature in Arabic with English subtitles for US audiences and Tamazight (Berber) subtitles for a Moroccan audience. Spinner touched on a spot-on truth in Morocco when it comes to autism.“It’s sad to see how hard the parents of the Moroccan boys in the film work to find opportunities that I take for granted, including the right my sons have in America to go to school,” she stated.Read Also: 8-Year-Old Moroccan Wins Turkey Arithmetic CompetitionMorocco’s forgotten children Myths and misinformation surrounding autism are still prevalent in Morocco. The lack of understanding of the condition makes it hard for people with autism to become active members of Moroccan society.“People with autism are violent,” “People with autism are intellectually deranged,” “Children with autism are a result of bad parenting and can be cured.” The sentiments are some of the myths surrounding autism in Morocco, but perhaps the most dangerous of all is the belief that autism is, in itself, a myth.Autism, also called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a spectrum condition. As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), autism is “a range of conditions characterised by some degree of impaired social behaviour, communication and language, and a narrow range of interests and activities that are both unique to the individual and carried out repetitively.”WHO estimates that 1 in 160 children worldwide have autism. Morocco has no relevant official data for autism numbers. Caring for children on the spectrum is demanding, especially those with severe autism. It is especially difficult when access to specialized healthcare services is inadequate.In Morocco, healthcare focused on autism is nearly non-existent. Parents face unbearable obstacles and are left to deal with their autistic children alone. Children with autism, without early intervention, make it even harder for their parents and for them to benefit from the most basic rights.Morocco’s already ailing educational system, does not provide much scope for children to study freely. The children with autism sometimes find a small space in classrooms in public schools, like Hamza and Momo.The lack of research or medical training specialized in autism is one of the biggest issues causing misconceptions and lack of awareness about autism in Morocco.In contrast to people with autism being “violent,” as many perceive them to be, some children with autism are in fact the ones most vulnerable to violence.One video which went viral in 2016 shocked viewers across the internet, depicting abusive treatment towards people with autism.The video showed the president of the “Besma Association for Autistic People” beating his sister with autism in the Rabia al-Adawiyya school yard in Taroudant, near Agadir.Autism therapist Imane Haddouch had said then, “The president’s behavior is criminal and he should be punished for his actions. His punishment will serve as an example to others who commit similar crimes that they too will be punished for carrying out such acts on autistic children who are unable to talk about the abuse they face.”At the time, the Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Education in Taroudant promised to deal with the offender severely. Moroccans with autism can take hope and find support in the autism associations in Morocco, such as Collectif Autisme Maroc in Rabat or Association Sos Autisme of Casablanca. The associations aim to help families dealing with autism, no matter the obstacles. read more

Annan urges Bolivian political parties to resolve differences quickly and hold elections

“The Secretary-General is following closely the political developments in Bolivia, and expressed concern about the critical junction the country is going through,” Stephane. Dujarric said.Mr. Annan also offered the help of the UN in finding solutions to the challenges Bolivia is facing, he added.The elections are the result of a decision made this July by Bolivia’s Parliament to hold presidential, vice-presidential, parliamentary and prefecto (regional gubernatorial) elections in December.That decision followed civil unrest and growing political opposition which caused the resignation of then-President Carlos Mesa, and the interim appointment in June of Eduardo Rodriguez to the post by the Bolivian congress and senate.

As UN atomic chief heads to Iran Annan appeals for a cool

With the head of the United Nations Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohammed ElBaradei, on his way to Tehran for talks with Iran on resuming cooperation with the nuclear non-proliferation regime, Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed today for all involved to “cool down” their rhetoric and actively search for a diplomatic solution.“Yes, they have pursued their research,” Mr. Annan said of the Iranian claim that the country has already successfully enriched uranium in defiance of the international community, as he spoke to journalists at The Hague in the Netherlands this morning.“But I hope they will be able to come back to the table and work with the international community to find a negotiated solution,” he added. Recalling that Iran has all along maintained that its intent is to develop peaceful uses of nuclear energy for the country, he said that if that indeed is the case, “they should be able to give the international community that assurance and work with everybody to find a solution out of this.” “I appeal to everyone to work more actively in search of a diplomatic solution and to cool down on the rhetoric and not to escalate,” he said.On 29 March, in its first official action after the matter was referred to it by the IAEA, the UN Security Council called on Iran to re-establish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development, in a manner that is verified by the Agency.In 2003, it was discovered that Iran had carried out secret nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and some countries, the United States among them, claim that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons, which Iran denies. read more

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Blender Foundation releases another stunning film called Tears of Steel

first_imgWhen you think about how a movie is made, most people don’t think about the software used. We think about the cameras, the actors, or the writers. Sure, we expect brilliant special effects in almost everything we watch, but few people understand the software used.Blender is one of the many software suites that can be used to make 3D content in movies. What sets Blender apart from the rest lies in the open source nature of the software suite. To help show off what a totally open source movie would look like, the Blender Foundation have released several shorts showcasing the toolset. You may remember the fantastic Sintel released back in 2010.  Now we have another short film from the foundation, this one is called Tears of Steel.Tears of Steel is sci-fi short that demonstrates the potentially severe consequences of breaking up with an emotionally unstable robotics genius for vanity reasons. The film is jam packed with tons of special effects, ranging from giant robots to entire 3D landscapes seemingly projected over another environment. Visually the film is great and does a fantastic job of showcasing the power of the Blender suite, which ultimately is the goal of the film from the perspective of the Blender Foundation. What really makes the whole project significant is the DVD set that is being released with the film. This 12 minute video is being released as a four DVD set, including everything you would need to re-create the film from scratch on your home computer.The set includes all of the studio data and software used to create the special effects used in Tears of Steel, as well as step-by-step tutorials for creating some of the 3D content that was used in the film. One disc includes all of the RAW footage that was recorded as well as a documentary covering the making of. All of the content in the DVD’s are licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 license, which means that anyone can reuse and even make money off of the content provided in the DVDs as long as you provide proper attribution.For $43 it’s a great investment. The DVDs will start shipping on October 12.Read more at the Tears of Steel websitelast_img read more

If this guy is clearly way better than everybody else in his

first_img‘If this guy is clearly way better than everybody else in his peer group, then it makes sense’ Andy Dunne and The42′s Murray Kinsella discuss Munster prospect Keynan Knox and the issue of recruiting players out of school abroad. SOUTH AFRICAN YOUNGSTER Keynan Knox was among five Munster players to receive a contract extension on Wednesday, with the soon-to-be Irish-qualified tighthead prop penning a deal which ties him to the southern province until 2022.South African born and bred, Knox was signed straight out of school in late 2017 along with compatriot Matt More, an outside centre.The prodigious front-row talent was one of the topics of conversation on this week’s The42 Rugby Weekly, in which Murray Kinsella and Andy Dunne pondered as to whether this type of recruitment is detrimental to the sport in Ireland or potentially beneficial in small doses.A word of warning: Eddie Hekenui is mentioned seven times during this discussion. Keynan Knox, a potential future Irish international. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOMurray Kinsella: “He (Knox) will stay in the academy next year, and then for the remaining two years of that contract he’ll go to the senior squad.“He came over with another South African youngster, Matt More, just at the end of 2017. So, they’ll actually qualify for Ireland in the three-year period rather than the five-year period.“I just want to get your take on it, Andy. Like, his pedigree is superb: he came out of that Michaelhouse school that produced Pat Lambie, Robbie Diack, a couple of other guys who have gone on to achieve things. He played for the Sharks in that Craven Week, which is a massive schoolboy competition.“Knox was rated as one of the best prospects in the country (South Africa), as was Matt Moore. Interestingly enough, they have the same agent as Johann van Graan so there’s the link there.“I just want to get your (Andy’s) take on it. I tend to get tweets about him from a lot of angry people, probably outside Munster, saying it’s wrong that at this level, they’re taking a South African schoolboy and trying to produce him.”Andy Dunne: “Ultimately, I think I’m okay with it. If he becomes someone who is a cornerstone of the Munster pack and the Irish pack — there’s nobody harumphing about CJ Stander who was born and bred in South Africa.Suddenly, if it happens five years earlier at academy level, I get that there’s going to be some pretty disenfranchised young tightheads, and parents of tightheads, and coaches of that tighthead in the schools system. But as long as it doesn’t become prevalent on a scale that there’s five or six of them coming through every year to step in the way — if this guy is clearly way better than everybody else in his peer group, then it makes sense.“I think where it goes wrong — and Leinster have completely changed their policy on this — [but] Leinster in the mid-’90s used to get guys in from the southern hemisphere and, like, they were horrible, horrible duds. They were awful rugby players but they had a southern-hemisphere accent.“You’re talking about guys like Tony Goldfinch, Aaron — I can’t remember, Aaron…”MK: “– Eddie Hekenui?”AD: “Eddie Hekenui is right in there!”MK: “Poor old Eddie Hekenui, the much-maligned Eddie Hekenui…”AD: “Yeah, maligned because they weren’t good enough! And in my personal [experience], I was certainly behind Eddie. You know, Nathan Spooner was brought in. He was brilliant. He was an international player and he was established.Eddie Hekenui was a third-division club player who was a forklift driver. Nothing against that! But he wasn’t a professional rugby player. But he was brought in ahead of a young Irish professional: me! Obviously, I’m still annoyed about that one. That doesn’t make sense, but Nathan Spooner coming in does. The Tony Goldfinch/Eddie Hekenui thing I get people being annoyed about. But this guy [Keynan Knox] appears, from what I’ve heard, to be an outstanding prospect, will be Irish-qualified and [I hope] is more of a once-off-type policy than ‘let’s use this going forward in general’. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: MK: “It’s a professional sport. Obviously, rugby is years and years and decades behind football, but that’s the way it’s gone in that sport because you’re under so much pressure to achieve and succeed and fill your stadium.“In Munster’s eyes, Keynan Knox is a better prospect than the local tightheads were in that age grade. He is an exciting prospect for Munster fans, and I guess that’s the nature of the game now.”Also discussed on this week’s show was ‘Snotgate’ and Nico Lee’s ban for on-field crimes of the nasal variety, as well as London Irish potentially becoming a ‘fifth province’, Johnny Sexton’s need for game time ahead of the Rugby World Cup and the most interesting aspects of the first week of the new Super Rugby season.Joy Neville also joins the podcast to discuss her remarkable rise as a referee, and you can also read that interview here.You can listen to this week’s The42 Rugby Weekly below:Murray Kinsella, Andy Dunne and Gavan Casey look ahead to Ireland’s Six Nations meeting with Italy and discuss the week’s biggest stories in the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly. 35,700 Views Sexton ‘definitely hasn’t played enough rugby to be at full tilt yet’ Share Tweet Email 47 Comments center_img Subscribe Short URL Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 10:00 PM Feb 21st 2019, 6:24 PM By The42 Team Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Trial date set for Hulk Hogans lawsuit against Gawker

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Georgia man fights for gay rights at Supreme Court The Associated Press is reporting that Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker has set a new trial date for March 2016. The trial was originally scheduled to take place in July.Gawker is denying any involvement with the release of statements from the video revealing Hogan making racist remarks saying many others had copies of the video.AP: Hulk Hogan’s sex-tape privacy lawsuit against Gawker set for 2016 in FloridaRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipGOP State Senator Calls for Ban on “Liberal Breeding Ground” of Higher EducationVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:03/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 97.97%0:04Remaining Time -0:59 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GOP State Senator Calls for Ban on “Liberal Breeding Ground” of Higher Education Now Playing Up Next Facebookcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Trump Administration to Revoke Obama-Era Clean Water Act Google+ Now Playing Up Next Pound Would Rise on Corbyn-Led Labour-LibDem Coalition: RBC Now Playing Up Next Most Americans Believe Weather-Related Disasters are Getting ‘More Severe” 8/24 NXT Live Results: Tampa, FL (#1 Contender Battle Royal, NXT Title Match) WhatsApplast_img read more

NAMs Ratify 15m Loan Agreement PHOTO OF Abdou Kolley

first_imgBy Muhammed BahMembers of the National Assembly on Monday, 22 June, 2015, ratified a loan agreement amounting to ID: 10,000,000.00 (10million) equivalents to USD: 15,000,000.00 (15million).Tabling the motion before deputies at the National Assembly, the Finance and Economic Affairs Minister, Abdou Kolley, said a credit financing agreement was obtained between the Republic of The Gambia and the Islamic Development Bank on 26th June, 2014 for the funding of resilience building to recurring food insecurity project in The Gambia.Minister Kolley further informed deputies that the project aims at contributing to warding-off droughts and famine that devastate Gambia and sets back its economic and social development. He said the project is to enhance and ensure that the targeted rural population have increase in productivity, capacity of their assets, develop their capacity to adapt to climate change and improve the capacity of decision makers’ to manage the food crises.The finance and economic affairs said the target groups are the poor rural households most specially women. He said the key crops targeted all major grains, especially the staple crop rice.He concluded that livestock and pastoral-ism are also targeted to enhance income of the rural poor and to improve their resilience to food security shocks.The Member of Jarra East, Hon. Bafai Saidykhan, seconded the motion. He said the Gambia used to be food self-sufficient because aid was given to the rural poor.According to him, these disappeared and that the country loss its food self- sufficient status.Hon. Saidykhan said the areas of rice production by then were the Central River Region and Lower River Region respectively but was able to feed the entire country. He added that having such agreements in the country could enable the Gambia to attain food self-sufficiency. He noted that the loan acquired by the government from the Islamic Development Bank is in line with Vision 2016.Hon. Bintanding Jarju of Foni Brefet, who also supported the motion, told her colleagues that food security is a concern for all. She urged all stakeholders to support this project and make possible to implement. ]]>last_img read more