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No Place for Complacency: Indian Men’s Hockey Coach Graham Reid’s Message Ahead of Olympic Qualifiers

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bhubaneswar: Complacency has no place in professional sport and Australian Graham Reid had clearly passed on this message to his wards the very day he took over the high-profile job of Indian men’s hockey team’s head coach.As world no.5 India gears up to take on lowly Russia, ranked 22nd, in a two-match final Olympic qualifier here on Friday and Saturday, Reid’s message to his wards is straight forward: “Treat every team with respect”. Against Russia, India will start as clear favourites to win both the matches and seal their place in next year’s Tokyo Olympics but Reid is very well aware that one bad day in the office can ruin his team’s Olympic dream. EVERYTING YOU NEED TO KNOW”If you look at last week’s games in Olympic qualifiers, it’s the first thing you would see (how complacency can cost a team),” Reid said on the eve of the first game.”My message has been pretty much the same ever since I joined the team. Always treat everyone with respect, like you are playing the best in the world. We have prepared as well as we could have and are ready.”India captain Manpreet Singh agreed with his coach and said senior pros like him are doing their best to make the juniors aware about the ill effects of complacency.”Ever since we have come here, we have always said never underestimate the opponent. Our mindset should only be about winning. All seniors like Rupinder (Pal Singh) or (PR) Sreejesh take all the players along. They tell the youngerster that never think it’s going to be easy,” he said.”That’s what we have been discussing since the last three weeks. Like coach said, the qualifiers last weekend were very close. So we don’t have to underestimate Russia or look at their rankings,” the captain added.The Olympic berth from here will be decided on the basis of aggregate scores at the end of the two-match qualifier. In the event of same aggregate score after two encounters, the winner will be decided by shoot-out on Saturday.Asked about India’s shoot-out preparation in the case of an eventuality, the coach said: “We have talked about it, we always practice shoot-outs. Five out of six training sessions finish with shootouts.”It’s an inevitable part of hockey. The players are always prepared and we have chosen players for that,” he said.India captain Manpreet feels the blend of experience and youth will stand the team in good stead in the next two days.”SV Sunil, Lalit (Upadhyay), Rupinder, Sreejesh, (Birender) Lakra, their experience is going to make a difference,” he said.”Sunil takes the strikers along, similarly Rupinder in defence. Our youngsters like Vivek (Sagar Prasad), Nilakanta (Sharma) and Hardik (Singh) are also good, the team is a good mixture of seniors and juniors.”Our preparation is good because this is an extremely important tournament. We are doing our best, working on fitness. We have learnt a lot from the Belgium tour.”Questioned about the team selection, especially the snub to a old workhorse like Kothajit Singh from the team, Manpreet said picking up a player is the prerogative of selectors and coaching staffs.”The 18 selected are equal. The previous Japan tour or Belgium tour, everybody worked hard. It’s difficult for the coach to select 18, because everybody is almost at the same level in the core group. Those in the team deserve to be there,” he said.”The coaches look at all 22 players equally. All are similar. It’s very difficult to select a team, because all players are giving their 100 per cent. So coaches give a lot of thought before picking up a team,” the skipper added.Russia head coach Vladimir Konkin promised to give the eight-time Olympic champions a tough fight in the two-match contest irrespective of their position in world rankings.”India is one of the strongest international teams in the world. They are eight-time Olympic champions, so right now we are far behind them. But we hope for better results,” he said via an interpreter.”In FIH (International Hockey Federation) rankings we are in 22nd place right now but in our heart we know we are quite higher. So for us it is a great opportunity to prove ourselves against a tough team like India.”I promise you we came here to fight and it would be a good battle,” Konkin added. FIH Olympic QualifiersGraham ReidhockeyIndian men’s hockey team First Published: November 1, 2019, 7:45 AM ISTlast_img read more

India need to get their fielding right: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgIndia were once again sloppy in the field on the first day of the third Test against England in Mohali. The Indian fielders dropped as many as four catches after England won the toss and opted to bat first.England rode on Jonny Bairstow’s 177-ball 89 to reach 268 for eight at close of play. Bairtstow was dropped twice by wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel before he was trapped leg by Jayant Yadav in the 84th over. (Scorecard)India’s fielding has been an area of concern throughout the series. They dropped seven catches in the drawn first Test in Rajkot, including three in first six overs.Former captain and expert Sourav Ganguly was not too impressed with India’s fielding.”India’s fielding needs to be looked after, especially the slip cordon. There have been too many changes in the slip cordon. Ravindra Jadeja was standing at third slip. I don’t think he’s a consistent fielder at the third slip. So, India have to get their slip cordon right. They have to stick to them. Even if they drop a few, they’ll have to make sure that these are my guys for slip cordon,” Ganguly told India Today.”I think Ashwin dropped a sitter and I think Ashwin was an accident and he would not drop nine out of 10 of those. I don’t think he expected it. You normally don’t get those chances early on in Test matches at square leg in first session. So I don’t think he was expecting it. I think he’ll catch most of them. He’s a safe catcher,” he added.advertisementON TOSS”Tosses don’t win cricket matches but in sub-continent pitches like Vizag, if you win the toss and have big first innings total, you put enormous pressure on team batting second. Look at England’s win in 2012, they won the toss in Mumbai and won the game. India won the toss and won the game. It doesn’t guarantee you Test match wins but it does put a lot of pressure on team batting fourth.”‘NOT OVER YET'”300 is still a good total on the first day of a Test match rather in first innings of a Test match. If England get to 320-330 and then keep India within 400 with a lead of 40-50, India still have to get 400 on this pitch. With a lead of 40-50, this game could go interesting ways in innings three and four. Still not over yet but I think India have done a remarkable job on Day 1 after losing the toss.”ON ENGLAND”I think England missed the opportunity today. It was a great toss to win because this pitch has looked very, very dry. We should have expected them to be in a better position. 270/8 (268/8) on this pitch, I think they would be dissapointed. Toss was crucial and they called it rightly to win it. From that point of view, I think they will be disappointed.”The details of dropped catches by the Indians on Day 1: Batsman Fielder Position Bowler Score at drop Final score A Cook R Jadeja Slip M Shami 3 27 A Cook R Ashwin Mid-wicket M Shami 23 27 J Bairstow Parthiv Patel Keeper R Ashwin 54 89 J Bairstow Parthiv Patel Keeper J Yadav 89 89Runs scored by England batsmen after being dropped: Test Catches Missed Runs added first first drop Rajkot 7 165 Vizag 2 65 Mohali 4 59(Stats courtesy Rajneesh Gupta)last_img read more

MS Dhoni and daughter Ziva celebrate Christmas together. Watch

first_imgIt’s Christmas time — the time of joy and happiness with friends and family — and MS Dhoni is celebrating the day to the fullest.After guiding India to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the final T20 on Sunday in his trademark fashion, Dhoni is back home and is enjoying the festival with his daughter Ziva.In a video that has made its way to social media, Ziva can be heard singing ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ while Dhoni is looking at her with all the love.Here Comes Christmas wishes from #Dhoni & his Santa Ziva �??�#MerryChristmas @msdhoni @SaakshiSRawat @ChennaiIPL MS Dhoni Fans #Dhoni (@msdfansofficial) December 25, 2017It was all smiles in the Indian camp after the Rohit Sharma-led team thrashed Sri Lanka to sweep the the Twenty20 international series at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.The Indian team celebrated Christmas eve wearing the the Santa Claus hats after India finished 2017 with their 37th victory in international cricket — second most in a calendar year behind Australia’s 38 international wins in 2003.Chasing 136 for a series whitewash, India held their nerves to reach the target in 19.2 overs with five wickets in hand when MS Dhoni hit Thisara Perera for winning runs. Dhoni always spends all his time with family when he is not helping India win on the field.The camaraderie between him and Ziva is extremely fun loving when they share ‘besan ka ladoo’ and pose for pictures together with Snapchat filters.advertisementRecently Ziva was also seen signing a Malayalam song named Ambalapuzhe unnikannanodu Nee from the movie Adwaytham on Instagram. The song was sung by M.G. Sreekumar and K.S. Chithra.A month ago, Ziva became internet’s favourite child when she was seen carrying a water bottle for MSD during the Celebrity Classico, where Virat Kohli’s team beat Ranbir Kapoor’s team 7-3.This is also not the first time she has been seen showing her affection towards music. Earlier during the Champions Trophy, her mother Sakshi uploaded  a video where she was playing the piano.last_img read more

Gary Cahill at peace with painful England memories against Belgium

first_img England fans could exploit visa loophole to travel to Kaliningrad without tickets The footnote to this story is that Cahill was holidaying in Dubai at the time to get over the fact he had not made it into Gareth Southgate’s squad for the friendly matches against the Netherlands and Italy in March.Cahill, England’s most experienced player with 60 caps, forced his way back in after rediscovering his form towards the end of the season but he has had to be patient so far in this tournament, as one of only four outfield players in Southgate’s squad not to feature for a single minute yet.That will change against Belgium when Southgate plans to make significant alterations in the game that determines which of the two sides will go through as Group G winners. Both teams have already qualified and Cahill was unequivocal when he was asked whether there had been any talk in the England camp about it potentially being better to finish as runners-up.“No, the discussions have been to win the game,” he said. “That’s the truth. It’s still a huge stage, no matter what the situation is within the group. Everyone is watching and it is not as if we are going into a friendly or a pre-season tour where you can half take your foot off. Go and win the game. Build momentum, keep that good feeling going.” Topics World Cup Six years on, Cahill could be forgiven if he held a grudge. Roy Hodgson was furious with Mertens – “unfortunate is too kind a word; I wasn’t happy with it,” the then England manager said – and Joleon Lescott, another of the team’s defenders, described it as “more reckless and dangerous than most two-footed tackles”, furious that the offending player had been shown only a yellow card.Nobody, however, should think there is any lingering bad blood when the two teams renew acquaintances in Kaliningrad on Thursday. “To be honest, it’s a nice story,” Cahill explains. “I saw him while I was on holiday earlier this year and he came over to speak to me. We were in a restaurant and he took time out to come over and apologise which, for me, means it is dead and buried.“I actually respected him a hell of a lot for doing that. It’s not something he had to do – he didn’t know me and I didn’t even know he was in there, to be honest. But he came over to apologise, years down the line.“That injury had big consequences. I was virtually on the plane and it was a huge time for me. I felt like I was in the condition to start that tournament – the age I was at, the form I was in – so it was a huge blow and it took a while to get over.“At the same time, I like to see the good in people and I don’t think he ever did it for those reasons. It was just one of those things: a freak situation. I hit Joe, who was probably the worst person to hit in the whole team because his shoulders are like that [holds out his arms]. And that was that. He didn’t push me thinking, ‘I’m going to push him and break his jaw.’ I don’t know him from Adam but the guy is obviously a decent fella. We shook hands and I hold no grudges.” Share on Twitter Share via Email Read more Share on Facebook In a quiet moment away from the television cameras, Gary Cahill could be found in an upstairs suite at the Cronwell Park Hotel in Repino reflecting on the last time England faced Belgium and the painful memories of the incident he regards as possibly the biggest disappointment of his eight years as an international footballer.Belgium’s visit to Wembley on that occasion was England’s final warm-up game for Euro 2012 and, as Cahill recalled, the players already had their cases packed, with the plane waiting on the runway.England won 1-0, courtesy of Danny Welbeck’s first-half goal, but the real story that day was Dries Mertens giving Cahill a two-handed shove from behind to send him into Joe Hart, with devastating consequences for the Chelsea defender. Cahill lost a tooth in the collision and his jaw was broken. His tournament was over before it had even begun. Share on WhatsApp The danger is that could mean setting up a possible quarter-final against Germany or Brazil if the results go as many people anticipate. Yet Cahill can remember England falling into a similar trap in Euro 2016 before the defeat against Iceland. “We were looking at playing France in their stadium and ‘it was going to be a fantastic occasion’ and then it never got to that. You can look too far down the line. The message for us is to prepare to win the game.”Cahill also believes it will still be England’s most challenging assignment so far even though the pressure is off, to a certain extent, and Belgium are likely to leave out, among others, his Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne.“Both teams are going to make changes – that’s well documented – but who’s going to come in for Belgium? Mousa Dembélé, for one, who is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. The pressure has eased off a bit, but the size of the game still makes it our biggest test.” features Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest World Cup 2018 Read more Harry Kane set to start for England in group decider against Belgium England Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Texas CB Christian Gonzalez Announces Top 8 Schools

first_imgA closeup of a Nike Vapor Elite football sitting on a football field.(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Christian Gonzalez is a fast-rising cornerback out of Texas. The 2020 recruit currently stars for The Colony High School.247Sports’ composite rankings have Gonzalez at No. 571 overall. He’s the No. 39 cornerback and No. 70 in Texas.The composite numbers, which roll in the rankings from other sites, have Gonzalez as a three-star. 247’s individual rankings are a bit more bullish, ranking him as a four-star and No. 21 among cornerbacks.That comes from a recent rankings update at 247, in which Gonzalez took a big leap. He rose 221 total spots, up to No. 279 overall. Entering his senior season, he appears to be a rising star out of the talent-rich Lone Star State. This afternoon, Christian Gonzalez announced his top eight schools.Gonzalez has an all-Power Five group, coming from four different conferences and Notre Dame.The Fighting Irish are joined by Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Purdue, and Texas Tech. His announcement came via his Twitter account:“God sat me down and talked to me, I listened” 🙏🏽#TopEight— Christian Gonzalez (@chrisgonzo28) February 27, 2019Gonzalez says that his recruitment is “100-percent open,” indicating that others could get into the mix down the road.In total, per 247, he claims 18 scholarship offers. It wouldn’t be shocking to see more big programs jump into the mix as his profile continues to rise.last_img read more

Nova Scotias 201415 Budget Lays Foundation for Work Ahead

first_img Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen tabled the 2014-15 provincial budget today, April 3, clearing the way for private sector growth and reinvestment in education and health care. The 2014-15 budget projects a deficit of $279 million. Revenues for 2014-15, including net income from government business enterprises, are an estimated $9.6 billion, $85 million more than the 2013-14 estimates; and $343.9 million more than the current forecast for 2013-14. Revenues continue to have slow growth, particularly in personal and corporate income tax. “In the face of economic and fiscal challenges, this budget allows government to follow through on the commitments it made to the people of Nova Scotia and prepare the foundation for the work ahead,” said Ms. Whalen. “The private sector grows the economy, but government has a role to play in building an environment that allows business to invest, produce, compete and grow. “We must develop our workforce and ensure Nova Scotia has the capacity to take advantage of our opportunities. We are charting a new direction that puts the province’s long-term interests first.” The 2014-15 budget will: NOTE: A social media version of this release is available at . High-res, downloadable photos, video and audio clips will be added after the event. For the complete budget address and other budget documents, visit . prioritize private-sector economic growth by creating a more attractive environment for new investments and opportunities, helping existing businesses thrive, and getting tradespeople and the workforce the education and experience they need refocus support for post-secondary students to encourage graduates to live, work, and start a family here by reducing financial barriers, helping them find opportunities that allow them to stay, and defraying the costs employers have when hiring new grads reinvest in a new direction for education and prepare children for success by conducting a curriculum review, placing limits on classroom sizes, hiring more staff to support students with special needs, and reducing wait times for early intervention programs focus firmly on patients and families by reducing the number of district health authorities to two, and redirecting funding to front-line care, investing more to attract and keep physicians, shortening wait times, and helping Nova Scotians of all ages stay healthy support seniors, women, children and families by allowing more seniors to say in their homes, funding housing organizations, ensuring survivors of sexual assault receive the support they need, upgrading public transportation and creating a cleaner future for the provincecenter_img Total expenses for 2014-15 are budgeted at $9.9 billion, an increase of $411.5 million over 2013-14 estimates and $110.8 million more than the 2013-14 forecast. Departmental expenses are budgeted at $8.9 billion, an increase of $456.5 million over 2013-14 estimates and $388.2 million over the 2013-14 forecast. “Government values every taxpayer dollar. Moving forward, we must take a closer look at why government does things, and how we can do them more effectively,” said Ms. Whalen. “We will not, however, waiver in our responsibility to provide Nova Scotians with the services they expect and deserve from their government, and on which our long-term success is dependent. “With this commitment, and several positive economic opportunities on our horizon, we will bring sustainability back to the province’s finances.” The province also provided a forecast update for the 2013-14 fiscal year. This update showed a deficit of $562.1 million, an increase of $578.5 million over 2013-14 estimates and $80.4 million over the December update. Nova Scotia’s net debt is estimated to be $14.6 billion as of March 31, 2014. For more information about the 2014-15 provincial budget, visit read more

Nouvelle loi sur la sécurité routière

first_img M. Hines a également présenté deux modifications à la loi actuelle sur les véhicules automobiles pour aborder la question de la conduite avec facultés affaiblies et l’utilisation de la technologie de reconnaissance faciale dans le cadre du processus d’émission des permis de conduire et des cartes d’identité avec photo. Ces deux sujets seront inclus dans la nouvelle loi sur la sécurité routière, mais puisqu’il faudra plus d’un an avant que cette loi soit proclamée, ces modifications doivent être faites à la loi actuelle sur les véhicules automobiles (Motor Vehicle Act). La loi désuète de la Nouvelle-Écosse sur les véhicules automobiles (Motor Vehicle Act) sera remplacée par une nouvelle loi moderne sur la sécurité routière (Traffic Safety Act) qui contribuera à renforcer la sécurité sur les routes et les autoroutes de la province. La nouvelle loi a été créée après une importante consultation des intervenants, y compris 31 groupes et 23 partenaires, ainsi qu’une consultation en ligne auprès des Néo-Écossais qui a permis de recueillir 865 commentaires. « La loi sur les véhicules automobiles n’a pas été réécrite depuis le début des années 1920, mais elle a été modifiée à plusieurs reprises. Par conséquent, elle n’est ni claire ni cohérente, affirme Lloyd Hines, ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. La nouvelle loi sur la sécurité routière nous permettra d’aborder rapidement les questions plus techniques qui sont soulevées au jour le jour dans l’administration de la sécurité routière. » Les initiatives importantes de la nouvelle loi incluent : Définir les usagers vulnérables de la route et imposer des amendes plus sévères aux conducteurs qui causent des blessures aux usagers vulnérables sur nos autoroutes Clarifier le terme « distraction au volant » pour inclure les changements à la technologie moderne Gérer les progrès en matière de véhicules autonomes Permettre aux municipalités d’établir leurs propres règlements concernant le bruit, ce qui inclut les silencieuxlast_img read more

Towards an inclusive India

first_imgAmbedkar’s vision has revolutionised the socio-political atmosphere of modern India bringing a sea of change in the perception of democracy. Unlike the traditional thinkers, Ambedkar redefined ‘democracy not merely as a form of government but as a mode of associated living, and an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellowmen. To him, fraternity is the foundation and social endosmosis is the character of democracy. He was first to discover that social inequalities disallow economic freedom and mobility to a majority of Indian people and they are eternal; not just because they are endemic to caste system but because caste is the base of India’s economy sanctified by religion, unlike other societies in the world. Contrary to communists, Ambedkar viewed class as only the next door neighbour of caste. Also Read – A special kind of bondWith the Constitution, the beginning of a new India was heralded which was radically opposed to caste-ridden traditional society. Though discrimination on the grounds of caste was prohibited, soon it was realised that it alone was not good enough to uplift the excluded people of India. Affirmative action was approved as policy under Article 16 (4). The provision ‘for the reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any backward class of citizens which, in the opinion of the State, is not adequately represented in the services under the State’ has a scope wide enough to accommodate all the socially deprived classes apart from Dalits and Tribes. And ‘Backward class’ as Ambedkar stated in the House, ‘is what the State says it is’. The job of identifying a backward class is entrusted to the Backward Class Commission constituted under Art. 340. It’s remarkable that the Constitution does not mention any caste in particular, barring the general reference to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes under Articles 341 and 342 to be notified by the President. However, the entitlement is only under the sole criteria of ‘Backward Class Citizen’ whether one is from SC, ST or OBC. Ironically and naturally, ‘caste’ became the only practical criteria for identification of backwardness. Also Read – Insider threat managementAmbedkar, a statesman, dreamt of India as a nation with liberty, equality, and fraternity, but found the caste system as a strong impediment on the path. He prophetically cautioned that ‘political power in India had long been the monopoly of a few, while the many are not only beasts of burden but also beasts of prey. But these downtrodden had now become impatient to govern themselves’. Urge for self-realisation in the downtrodden classes must not be allowed to devolve into a class struggle or class war. To avoid this, the establishment of equality and fraternity was necessary.” Such an appeal from an iconic leader of struggle for equality could never end up as a voice in the wilderness. Excluded classes, overlapping castes, soon realised that they did not receive their due share in the new democratic power structure, be it in the sphere of politics, professions or services; and what followed was a massive social awakening which has impacted the nature of politics in the country. ‘Social engineering’ has become a common phrase in Indian politics. India’s caste society couldn’t prove a fertile ground for ‘Class Struggle’ of Marxism while Gandhism, proved no more than a romanticised justification of caste society of India. Nehru’s socialism was a mixture of Gandhian ethics and Marxian economics. All the three shied away from questioning the basic roots of injustice – the caste system. Ambedkar fearlessly condemned not only the institution of caste but also the religion that sanctified such irrational undemocratic institutions. He believed in democratic socialism aimed at nation building by empowering and mainstreaming the millions of victims of caste society – an ideology unheard before in the traditional India of inequalities. He profoundly observed that ‘while reason may mitigate the conflict it can never obviate the necessity of such a conflict of interest’ between few dominant classes and the vast majority of dominated. He expounded that ‘what makes one interest dominant over another is power. That being so, power is needed to destroy power.’ Hence his emphasis on political empowerment of the weaker sections. Surprisingly and contrary to a fallacious conclusion of many, Ambedkar’s call was not restricted to or monopolised by Dalits, it crossed the divides and appealed to the majority of other ‘lower castes’ of Hindu social hierarchy – the backward classes in Mandal’s language, or for a sociologist, the occupational castes of Indian economy; shepherds, blacksmiths, washermen, barbers, weavers, potters, fishermen, and agricultural communities. History was made when Mandal Commission recommendations were translated into action by central legislation. Ambedkarism was seen paving way for an inclusive and enlightened India. Ambedkar, however, never could have possibly visualised that the logical culmination of the struggle for equality one day would be a constitutional arrangement of reservations up to fifty per cent in jobs and educational institutions. But far from sounding sinister, it is only a natural course of state action in order to compensate the historical injustice perpetrated against not only the Dalits, but also the majority of Shudras’s – the fourth ‘Varna’ of Manu’s Social hierarchy, and mainstream them. The political economy of India, which is still predominantly controlled by the institution of caste, long shut the doors on these excluded masses. Only the state sector could come to their rescue. Some states have provided reservations for minorities too. New demands for reservation are arising from various castes/classes across the country. The prospects are unknown though, the message is loud and clear; a challenge to the traditional power structure and a struggle for empowerment. Now Parliament has passed a bill on reservations in favour of the economically backward too, of course, the Savarns – the upper castes. Though eyebrows were raised, this should not, however, be viewed as anti-thesis of Ambedkar’s ideology, for his philosophy is secular in spirit and his vision inclusive in content. It is aimed at nation building wherein fraternity is the foundation. Leaving political and legal ramifications aside, wider affirmative action towards more inclusion is not unjustified. Or else one day in future, today’s ‘Sawarns’ may end up as depressed classes and agitate for reverse discrimination. Social inequalities are a threat to nationhood. Ambedkar emphatically said that ‘to leave inequality between class and class, between sex and sex, untouched and to go on passing legislation relating to economic problems is to make a farce of our Constitution and to build a palace on a dung heap’. Ambedkar’s vision has acquired greater relevance today since more than economic development, social equilibrium with inclusive progress is seen as essential for the survival of India as a nation. It is remarkable that all political parties, including the Rightists, now openly claim to adhere to Ambedkar’s ideology. This is Ambedkarism in its full bloom. The journey from Homo Hierarchicus to Homo Equalis has begun! (The author is a senior Bureaucrat of Chhattisgarh. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Trustee OKd for Atlantic City casino during ownership change

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A veteran casino executive will oversee Atlantic City’s cash-strapped Ocean Resort Casino as its new owners seek a gambling license.The New Jersey Casino Control Commission appointed Eric Matejevich (MATT’-eh-vitch) on Wednesday as a trustee for the casino while New York hedge fund Luxor Capital seeks a casino license.Luxor is assuming ownership of the casino from Colorado developer Bruce Deifik and his family.Deifik bought the casino just over a year ago for $200 million.Luxor, which lent him money for the purchase, plans to inject an additional $70 million into the casino.The state requires the casino to maintain at least $36 million on hand at all times, but it has recently fallen below $20 million.Wayne Parry, The Associated Press read more

CMHC says the countrys housing market remains highly vulnerable

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the country’s housing markets remain “highly vulnerable” with evidence of moderate overvaluation and price acceleration.Markets in Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver, Victoria and Saskatoon are highly vulnerable, the national housing agency said in its quarterly housing market assessment on Thursday.CMHC’s housing market assessment gauges the overall level of risk by evaluating four problematic conditions: overheating, price acceleration, overvaluation and overbuilding.“For Canada, the housing market remains at a high degree of vulnerability,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC’s chief economist on a call with reporters.This comes after the Canadian Real Estate Association’s latest figures showed that the number of homes sold in September climbed for the second month in a row.Earlier this year, home sales across the country saw a slowdown, led by Toronto, after the Ontario government introduced measures aimed at cooling the market. Sales in September were down almost 12 per cent from the record set in March before Ontario announced its housing plan.CMHC noted Thursday that despite the recent easing in Toronto’s resale market, it detected moderate evidence of price acceleration with strong growth in home prices among all housing types.Vancouver’s housing market remained highly vulnerable, CMHC added, with evidence of moderate overheating and price acceleration, and strong overvaluation.Calgary and Edmonton also saw stronger overvaluation, due to rising inventory of complete and unsold homes, Dugan added, noting that vacancy rates in both cities have signalled overbuilding for several quarters.In its housing market outlook, which was also released Thursday, CMHC says that after a boost this year, housing starts are expected to decline by 2019, but remain close to the average level from the last five years.Sales in the existing-homes market are also expected to decline relative to the record level set in 2016, while price growth is expected to slow, CMHC says.“High house prices particularly for single-family homes and rising mortgage rates will bring about some cooling in the pace of housing market activity,” said Dugan. read more

Number of postelection Togolese refugees in neighbouring countries passes 26000 – UN

The flow of Togolese fleeing feared disputes after last month’s presidential election has dropped drastically, but a mobile team, including staff members of the United Nations refugee agency, have found more than 1,000 refugees hidden in remote pockets near the Ghanaian border and in poor condition.These people could boost the number of people registered by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ghana to 12,800 from 10,866, the agency said today.In the south-eastern Ghanaian area of Hevi, near the border point of Aflao, Chief Togbe Tu Agbalekpor III welcomed refugees into his palace and appealed to his people to do the same. They offered rooms and farmland to the refugees, UNHCR said.Some of the refugees needed urgent food and non-food aid, as did the families hosting friends and relatives, it said. An inter-agency UN team was travelling along a 200-mile stretch of the Ghana-Togo border from Jasikan and Kadjebi to Aflao to assess food needs.Refugee returns from Ghana to Togo fell to 15 yesterday from 850 on Sunday and Monday, UNHCR said. New entrants at Aflao numbered just three yesterday.In Benin, meanwhile, UNHCR found 1,000 Togolese refugees living with families and friends, or sleeping in public buildings in the Tchetti area. They declined to move into camps and the local authorities had given them anti-malarial bed nets.More than 5,000 refugees had already moved to Come and Lokossa camps, where the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had put in more sanitation facilities. More land was being cleared at Lokossa camp for housing for refugees sleeping on church grounds at Hilakondji, UNHCR said.Meanwhile, the UN system will be launching a $5 million emergency appeal for the Togolese refugees in Benin for six months. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the appeal was being made on the basis of an assessment carried out by the United Nations and would cover protection, shelter, food, water, education, health and community services. Some 70 per cent of the refugees had been taken in by local families and the appeal included direct assistance to the refugees in the camps and also to those local families. read more

UN agency leads project to control trafficking of small arms in West

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will lead a $30 million, five-year programme aimed at controlling the sales and trafficking of small arms in West Africa, where more than 8 million illicit weapons are in private hands, representing about half of all the small arms held illegally in the continent, the agency said.The Small Arms Control Project will focus on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and will also help build the capacity of the region’s national Small Arms Commissions, while providing technical support to the ECOWAS secretariat’s Small Arms Unit.“I want to particularly mention our fruitful collaboration with UNDP and pay tribute to our partners for their financial and technical support,” said ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohammed Ibn Chambas at Tuesday’s launch of the project, which is known by the acronym ECOSAP.“With their assistance, ECOSAP will be a five-year programme through which ECOWAS will support the National Commissions and small arms control initiatives by civil society and other national and international partners,” he said. The project has been strongly supported by the Government of the Netherlands and other partners include the European Union (EU), Finland, France, Japan and Sweden.Joseph Byll-Cataria, the UNDP Resident Representative in Mali, stressed that the agency and its partners are working to try to reduce armed violence in the region and combat its impact on stability, security, and human development.Easy access to illicit weapons for organized crime, terrorism and civil conflict creates a cycle of violence disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable members of society – the children, women and elderly who account for more than 80 per cent of the victims of killings by firearms in West Africa, UNDP said.ECOSAP will succeed the Programme for Coordination and Assistance for Security and Development (PCASED), which pioneered efforts to control the proliferation of small arms in West Africa and led to the creation of National Small Arms Commissions in 12 of the 15 ECOWAS countries. read more

Highlevel UN forum seeks answers to questions on how to make sustainable

Melinda Crane, Chief Political Correspondent, Deutsche Welle, introduces the discussion at the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC’s Development Cooperation Forum. Photo: Government of Republic of Korea As the Economic and Social Council began today its Development Cooperation Forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea, senior United Nations officials emphasized the need to build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals and to deliver sustainable development for all by finding strategies to mobilize significant financial resources. Such means of implementation for the development agenda, which can come from many private, public, national and international sources, will be vital once the world adopts its new saustainable development plan for the next 15 years. “A unique, unparalleled in history, path forward is taking shape, with the crafting of a transformative, unified and universal post-2015 development agenda, focused on poverty eradication and sustainable development,” said ECOSOC President Martin Sajdik (Austria). “There is broad consensus that the agenda’s successful implementation will depend on a comprehensive financing framework for sustainable development.” The Forum, held under the slogan, ‘Development cooperation for people and planet: What will it take?’ brought together leaders from Government, the private sector, academia and civil society for a three-day high-level symposium to grapple with the topic. The event aims to generate concrete ideas and policy recommendations to explore how to deliver ‘the future we want’ – an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future for our planet and for present and future generations. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Secretary-General for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development at the High-Level Segment of the Development Cooperation Forum. Photo: Government of Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se of Republic of Korea speaks the High-Level Segment of the Development Cooperation Forum. Photo: Government of Republic of Korea George Talbot, Co-Chair, Third International Conference on Financing for Development Participants addresses the High-Level Segment of the Development Cooperation Forum. Photo: Government of Republic of Korea ‹ › As well as ensuring availability of means of implementation, Mr. Sajdik said that success of the new agenda would also hinge upon the effective review of progress on substantive goals and follow-up to commitments made, especially on the full spectrum of means of implementation – financial and other, from capacity building to technology transfer. “This requires a flexible, multi-layered global framework,” he said. “It must build on existing mechanisms at all levels, following a bottom-up approach.” The symposium comes as countries are gearing up for the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa this July, the Sustainable Development Summit in New York, and climate negotiations in Paris. The DCF high-level symposium is geared to produce new ideas and policy recommendations into the preparations of the summits. While underlining the importance of preparations for the Addis Ababa Conference to ensure its outcomes were fully integrated into the negotiations on the post-2015 agenda, Mr. Sajdik added that development cooperation embraces practices that involve both financial and non-financial means of implementation. “It has to be more at the centre of a coherent narrative, vision and concerted action for the realization of the new agenda,” he said. “Development cooperation is a vital part of the broader global partnership for sustainable development needed to bring about the systemic policy changes for all partners to come closer together and make progress, to leave no one behind, to tackle common global problems and take up opportunities to put the world on a firm path toward sustainable development for all.” Participants in the High-Level Segment of the Development Cooperation Forum listen to George Talbot, Co-Chair, Third International Conference on Financing for Development. Photo: Government of Republic of Korea read more

Bus and coach sector achieves 10th consecutive monthly rise

The overall bus and coach market rose 90.2% to 622 registrations in July, and 65% over the first seven months.The purpose-built bus and coach sector rose 47.1% in the month and 45.8% for the year-to-date.Converted bus registrations were up 185.3% in June and 88.2% for the January to July period.“The UK bus and coach market continues to rebound strongly from the extremely difficult market we saw a year ago. In July, registrations were up 90%, the 10th consecutive month of growth and a steady trend that has seen registrations in the sector grow more than 40% over the period,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Operators and manufacturers will be keeping a close eye on the economic stability of the Eurozone, but right now the sector is robust and confident.”Click through to download the full July 2012 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables, which include a more detailed analysis of the figures. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Chase Elliott wins NASCARs most popular driver award

LAS VEGAS — Chase Elliott has been voted NASCAR’s most popular driver, ending a 15-year run for superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr.Earnhardt presented Elliott the award during NASCAR’s annual season-ending awards ceremony Thursday at the Wynn Las Vegas.Earnhardt won the award for 15 consecutive years until his retirement last season. His streak fell one short of the record of 16 set by Chase Elliott’s father, Bill Elliott.“Definitely a big passing,” Elliott said told Earnhardt on stage. “So cool, though, that it stayed between Elliott and Earnhardt for so long. I am glad, though, that you quit a year before you broke Dad’s record, so that’s pretty cool. I’m pretty happy about that. We got it back in the right name. I’m a little biased. Sorry.”The award is based on a fan vote and sponsored by the National Motorsports Press Association. Bill Elliott won the award every year between 1984 and 2002, until he removed his name from consideration.Now, the award has returned to the Elliott family.Chase Elliott won three times in the Cup Series in 2018, including twice in the playoffs.“I was in some good situations with some fast cars and I was able to get a few wins. It was a good year,” Elliott said. “We couldn’t finish it off as strong as those couple months there in the summer, late summer, but looking forward to ’19 and excited to get back going.”His first trip to victory lane was years in the making.Elliott won the Xfinity Series championship in 2014, when he was 18 and finally eligible to run a full NASCAR season. Plans were formed in 2015 for his move to the big leagues with Hendrick Motorsports as he replaced retiring four-time champion Jeff Gordon. Elliott was in the seat not long after his 20th birthday.Chase entered the series with a built-in fan base that desperately wanted him to match his father’s success. Because he drove for powerhouse Hendrick, in Gordon’s old ride, many figured wins would come immediately.Elliott did claim the pole for his Daytona 500 debut, but he finished 37th. His rookie season netted five finishes of second or third, a 10th-place finish in the standings and no wins.Year 2 was similar. The pole again at Daytona and nothing to show for that effort. Even worse? Five runner-up finishes and almost certain victory snatched away at Martinsville Speedway. Elliott was leading late in the race at the Virginia track with only a few laps remaining before what would have been both his first victory and an automatic spot in the championship finale.Elliott was instead wrecked by Denny Hamlin. He didn’t win, didn’t advance to the final four and two weeks later at Phoenix retaliated to ensure Hamlin wouldn’t race for the title, either.He finally broke through on the road course at Watkins Glen to notch his first win. That August victory locked him into the playoffs, and he bookended the second round of the championship chase with victories at Dover and Kansas.___More AP Auto Racing: and Associated Press read more

VIDEO The secrets behind the scenes at the ballet

first_img FIRST THING you notice about the dancers from Ballet Ireland is their physiques: incredibly toned, muscular and powerful.The next is that with their machine-like bodies they’re carrying out complicated dance moves – and making it look so easy.You’re likely to immediately check your own posture, and, watching them stretch and do the splits between dances, vow to take up Pilates classes the next day.During rehearsals at Dublin’s Dancehouse for Ballet Ireland‘s production of The Nutcracker on Monday, the dancers were two days away from bringing their big show to the Gaiety stage, but there wasn’t a hint of stress.Just as ballet is about making the complicated look simple, they made the task of putting on such a famous production look like peaceful meditation – with a tiny bit of sweat.The impeccable Dancehouse is worlds away from Ballet Ireland’s early rehearsal venues. (At one, they had to step over discarded needles to get to class.)While things have changed in the world of Ballet Ireland, they have changed in the world of ballet, too.The company director, Anne Maher – a former professional ballet dancer who trained in Monte Carlo – told The dedication, the work ethic, none of that has changed. The competition is possibly as tough as ever if not tougher. Jobs are fewer and the range of work the dancers are now expected to be able to do is huge. There wouldn’t have been like the same crossover in terms of contemporary movement and straight classical form.As Maher watched her limber dancers do Pilates exercises, she recalled a time as a student when she and her peers “used to sit and smoke in the studio. Can you just imagine…” Even their instructor would teach with a cigarette in hand.Maher set up Ballet Ireland in 1998 along with Gunther Falusy, at a time when she was contemplating retiring, aged 35 and 10 years into her professional career. With room for both classical and contemporary ballet in its repertoire, the company attracts a high calibre of dancer from around the world.Maher was coached in Nutcracker’s pas de deux by Marion Sinclair, who herself was coached by the legendary Margot Fonteyn.This direct link to one of ballet’s most famous dancers means a huge amount to her: “I love that history that we have in the ballet world, where actually things are passed down physically from one generation to the next, through dancers being in studio coaching one another.”Day in the life of a dancerZoe Ashe Brown dances lead in the Ballet Ireland production of Carmen. She decided as a child that she wanted to be a dancer, and the music from ballets often soundtracked impromptu dances in her family’s kitchen.After school, she trained at the English National Ballet School for three years. Her colleague Emma Lister, a Canadian, was also entranced by the music at a young age, and began her training aged eight by attending a vocational school.A typical day in the run-up to a Ballet Ireland show begins with warm up at about 9am before their first 10am class, followed by rehearsal, with breaks, until 6pm. “It’s a pretty heavy day,” said Ashe Brown, who added that it is “really important to stay in really good shape, so we all have to eat properly and sleep properly”.She wryly described how, thanks to a recurring foot injury, she tends to wear “very sensible boring looking shoes” to keep her feet aligned in the run-up to a show.Wondering how dancers make sure their pointe shoes fit? As Ashe Brown explained, one important element is boiling a kettle:(Video is no professional training available in Ireland, so all aspiring dancers need to go abroad – usually the UK – where they train for six days a week. There’s little time for rest for professional dancers.“We have a saying in the ballet world: If you miss one day of class, you notice; if you miss two days of class, your teacher notices; if you miss three days of class, the audience notices,” said Maher.Ballet can have a reputation as being intimidatingly high-brow, but for Ballet Ireland’s director, productions like the Nutcracker help to demonstrate its accessibility.People will go to Nutcracker not because it’s a ballet, but because it’s Nutcracker.When Ashe Brown tells people about her profession, they’re impressed. “But I think they think of it as something they can’t access, or something they can’t understand – it’s so strange but it’s thought of as maybe elitist,” she said.“It is definitely something that anyone can enjoy, and I think a lot of people are really surprised, and they surprise themselves when they come to see a show.”Watch as Emma Lister (Sugar Plum Fairy) and Dominic Harrison; and James Loffler (The Nutcracker Prince) and Ryoko Yaguya (Clara), give us a glimpse of the level of performance we can expect at the Gaiety:(Video Nutcracker is at the Gaiety, Dublin, from today (20) to Saturday (23) November, in association with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.Photos: Dublin ballet dancers attempt a new world record>last_img read more

The best Google Glass apps

first_img 1 2 Google released Glass with the expectation that developers would fill in the blanks. Google would handle the hardware and the API, and then developers would handle the rest. That means, as with almost all modern platforms, the apps will be key to Glass’ future.The official list of apps for Glass is slim right now — it’s comprised mostly of apps that either push or pull content from social networks. There’s some great functionality when it comes to things like turn-by-turn navigation, but the limitations of Google’s Mirror API is such that scraping content from the web and displaying it in a Glass friendly format is the one trick developers have access too without rooting the hardware. Fortunately, there are developers who have figured out how to turn those limitations into a few useful tools that really enhance Glass as a hands free computing tool.These Glass apps are unofficial, and as such are either unfinished or unable to be widely used by the public due to limitations put in place by the Mirror API.NavCookUnless you have a kitchen specific computer of some description your recipes either come from a book, a printer, or setting your phone or computer somewhere near your cooking area. This works for most people, but to have the recipe for what you are working on hover just outside of your vision would be an advantage for anyone that loves to cool. NavCook lets you pick a recipe from your browser, and the step-by-step instructions are then pushed to Glass. You can follow along at your own pace, and in many cases look at photos that go along with the instructions to make sure you’re doing everything right. This recipe is pushed to your timeline as a single card that expands into one card for each instruction, so when the meal prep is finished the instructions just disappear into your other notifications.NavCook is a great approach, but currently limited by the number of available recipes and the method of delivery. Right now you need your computer or your phone to push the recipe to Glass, and while that works it would be incredible to be able to search for recipes using your voice and pick the best one right from Glass. NavCook is a great idea, and a must have app for anyone planning on using Glass in the kitchen.Glass To DoFor the most part, you either rely on To Do lists to get through your day or you don’t for those of us that do rely on them, having them shining right in our eyeballs is a great idea, and that’s what Glass To Do does. You can pin the ability to add things to your list to the left hand side of the Glass navigation system, so it is always there for you. Tapping this allows you to speak out something to add to your list, and when you are finished it saves the item. You can view your list and delete items right from Glass using the same navigation system as the rest of Glass.As with any To Do list, the best thing that could happen with this app right now would be to integrate your lists with other services, but otherwise this app does exactly what it should and keeps the experience nice and simple for Glass.WinkFeedThere’s no shortage of developers trying to incorporate RSS feeds into Glass right now, and while the Mirror API makes this kind of thing easy you have to deliver the information in the right way in order for it to be useful. No one is going to read a whole article or blog entry on Glass, but it would be useful to give the user tools that would allow them the ability to choose what they might want to read later.WinkFeed allows you to log in to their service and set up your RSS feed the way your want. You can pick from a number of sites or just link an RSS feed of your choosing, and as new content comes in the titles are pushed to Glass. When the title arrives, it can be read out loud to the user if they choose, or they can just read the title right off the display. If the user decides they want to read this post later, the article can be saved right to Pocket from the app. This allows users access to the news they want in a timely fashion, and allows them to prioritize the information they see. Given the limitations of the Glass display and the desire to get the information you want quickly, this method seems like the best way to make RSS on Glass manageable.Next page: The Best Glass apps for shopping, blogging, and working out…last_img read more

Les busards des roseaux des rapaces qui imitent les femelles pour mieux

first_imgLes busards des roseaux, des rapaces qui imitent les femelles pour mieux les séduireCertains busards des roseaux, une espèce de rapace vivant principalement en Europe, se travestissent pour séduire. Certains mâles se font en effet passer pour des femelles afin de trouver une partenaire sans avoir à affronter leur compères.Une équipe de biologistes s’est intéressée à la façon dont certains busards des roseaux mâles se travestissent pour augmenter leurs chances de trouver une femelle. La plupart de ces rapaces sont gris. Toutefois, 40% d’entre eux environ ont un plumage brun semblable à celui des femelles, avec la tête et les épaules blanches. Ils ne se différencient alors que par leurs pattes et leurs yeux plus clairs.À lire aussiDeux Canadiens sauvent un pygargue pris dans un piège en pleine forêtComme ils l’expliquent dans les Biology Letters de la Royal Society britannique, des chercheurs ont étudié 36 couples de busards dans le marais de Brouage, en Charente-Maritime. Ils ont mené une expérience afin de comprendre ce phénomène. Après avoir placé des appeaux près des nids, un premier ressemblant à un mâle, un second à un mâle travesti, et un troisième à une femelle, ils ont constaté que les busards mâles se comportaient avec leurs compères efféminés comme avec de vraies femelles. Les mâles ressemblant à des femelles évitent ainsi les assauts de leurs rivaux plus virils. Toutefois, “les mâles efféminés ne se contentent pas d’imiter les femelles, ils ont aussi tendance à se comporter comme elles lorsqu’il s’agit de défendre leurs ressources reproductives”, ont observé les chercheurs. Cette ruse finit en réalité par profiter aux deux types de mâles, qui se montrent peu agressifs les uns envers les autres. Les chercheurs entendent désormais mener de nouvelles études pour mieux comprendre ce phénomène observé chez une seule autre espèce d’oiseau, le combattant varié. Les biologistes cherchent notamment à déterminer quels rôles jouent la génétique et l’environnement dans cet étonnant travestissement.Le 13 novembre 2011 à 17:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geneviève Fioraso nouvelle ministre de lEnseignement supérieur et de la Recherche

first_imgGeneviève Fioraso, nouvelle ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la RechercheChoisie aux cotés de Nicole Brick au ministère de l’écologie, du développement durable et de l’énergie, Stéphane Lefoll à l’Agriculture, Marisol Touraine à la Santé et Aurélie Filipetti à la Culture et à la Communication, Geneviève Fioraso est la nouvelle ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche. Retour sur son parcours.Participante à la direction de Corys, une start-up, à la fin des années 80, Geneviève Fioraso devient collaboratrice du maire de Grenoble en 1995, avec des dossiers portant sur l’économie et l’innovation.À lire aussiOiseaux, chauves-souris et saumons : une espèce sur trois est désormais menacée de disparition en FranceEntre 1999 à 2001 elle fonde et dirige l’Agence régionale du Numérique, mise en place par le réseau des villes de la région Rhône-Alpes. Puis, de 2001 à 2004, passe cadre marketing à France Télécom, chargée des marchés émergents dans le secteur social-santé.En 2003, geneviève Fioraso devient PDG de la SEM Minatec Entreprises, firme chargée de la commercialisation de haute technologie Minatec.Quatre ans plus tard, elle entre au Parti socialiste et devient députée de la première circonscription de l’Isère. En 2008, adjointe à l’économie, à l’université et à la recherche de la ville de Grenoble, elle devient 1ère vice-présidente de la Metro, chargée du développement économique dans la communauté d’agglomération de Grenoble. Enfin, en 2009 et 2010, elle est rapporteure et donne des avis sur des domaines comme les budgets de l’industrie, de la recherche et sur le développement durable.Le 16 mai 2012, elle entre dans le gouvernement de Jean-Marc Ayrault et devient ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche.Le 16 mai 2012 à 20:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more