Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES McGregor must get rough and creative to upset Mayweather Manu Ginobili. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOSAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili is returning for his 16th season with the San Antonio Spurs.The Spurs re-signed the 40-year-old Argentine guard Thursday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Ginobili will become the eighth player in NBA history to spend his entire career with one team and play at least 16 seasons, joining Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, John Stockton, Reggie Miller and John Havlicek.Ginobili averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 69 games last season, In 992 career regular-season games, he has averaged 13.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds. In 213 playoff games, the four-time NBA champion has averaged 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief
When he was coaching Far Eastern U in the UAAP, Nash Racela would gush on how Raymar Jose led the Tams by example. The burly big man would go all out even during practices, thus giving teammates no excuse to slack off.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:21Little people, big lives, bigger dreams03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC That commitment became even more critical when the Hawkeyes moved their practices to 5:30 a.m. to accomodate the class schedule of Jason Perkins. Raymundo didn’t mind the switch. He just showed up earlier.“He’ll be there before 5:15,” Fernandez said. That the whole team agreed to practicing at dawn was a big reason for Cignal’s latest triumph in the D-League, where the Hawkeyes brushed aside Centro Escolar on the way to back-to-back titles in the season.“It was easy to make the sacrifice to practice earlier because we knew what Jason could do for the team,” Raymundo said.Perkins made it even easier for the team to adjust to the schedule: “Sometimes, he’ll be at the gym at 4 a.m.,” Fernandez said.But at the heart of the victory is the hard work that the team put into winning the crown.ADVERTISEMENT That’s why when Jose was doing double duty in basketball—training with the national team and anchoring Cignal’s run in the PBA D-League—coach Boyet Fernandez would often sit the former FEU stalwart during practices.“If you let him practice, he’s just going to go in there and play like it’s a game,” Fernandez said during an appearance at Sports IQ Thursday. “So rather than risk injuring him and making him unavailable for Gilas [Pilipinas], I’d just let him rest.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPamboy Raymundo’s commitment to Cignal’s D-League bid was just as solid. The tough-as-nails point guard would show up first during practice and log out after everybody had left.“He’s just out there working on his game,” said Fernandez. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Ang spearheads strong PH showing Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “That’s why I always tell sportswriters, credit to the players. Because I really mean it. You can be a good coach but nothing will happen if you don’t have players who will follow the system and put in the hard work,” added Fernandez, who is often jokingly chided by the sports press for his oft-repeated go-to post-game interview comment.But Fernandez’ legacy in the D-League is no laughing matter. He has won eight titles in nine championship appearances. And sure, his teams were powerhouse squads on paper. But it was never an excuse for the team to give anything less than their best effort.Jose knows why. As part of the Southeast Asian Games gold-winning Gilas Pilipinas cadets squad, Jose knows being guaranteed the title doesn’t mean you will end up winning.“You still have to play hard because you don’t know what the opponent can do,” Jose said.Because of his stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the SEA Games, Jose missed the championship series, leaving the Hawkeyes without a marquee big man against a squad that featured the towering Rod Ebondo.But Raymundo and Jose, who was named D-League MVP while he was playing in the SEA Games final in Malaysia, were not concerned.“We have faith in coach,” Raymundo said, And Jose agreed. “He is very hardworking and that gave us confidence against CEU.”And with that hard work as a main weapon, there was no stopping Cignal from claiming yet another D-League crown. View comments
As India basks in the glory of medals won by the dozens in disciplines such as shooting, wrestling, boxing and athletics in the Commonwealth Games, there is one sport which has been able to win a few medals but is far from its old confident self. More importantly, its medals lack the charisma that one associates with other sports in India.I am talking about weightlifting.Indian weightlifters were the ones who opened the account for India in the 2010 Games – Soniya Chanu won a silver in the 48kg category – but have been able to add little else. There have been the odd sparks of brilliance such as K. Ravi Kumar, S. Rustam and Sukhen Dey in between but not much else to write about.The standard of competition in weightlifting at the CWG is no match for the big boys such as China, Korea and Indonesia. With the Asian Games just round the corner, we will not have to wait long to know exactly where we stand against the world champs.What is more disturbing is that Olympic medals have propelled many sports to greater heights. Take shooting for example.Rajyavardhan Rathore, 2004 Olympic silver medallist, now faces such tough competition at home that he couldn’t even qualify for the CWG.Wrestling has been successful in igniting the dreams of scores of men and women across India ever since Sushil Kumar made it to the podium in 2008. These disciplines are now the largest medal contributors.Consider now weightlifting, a sport that had an Olympic medal way back in 2000.advertisementInstead of acting as a shot in the arm for the sport, the medal proved to be a solitary high in the midst of falling standards.The record of lifting 110 kg in Snatch and 127 kg in Clean and Jerk that was set by me in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games still stands as the Indian record after 13 years.So the question remains: what is wrong with the weightlifting scene in India? There are several reasons and as many answers. Shooting, boxing and athletics federations are mostly managed by past players who have the experience and technical expertise required to compete at the highest level.But when outsiders come and start treating any sport like a fiefdom, the performance of the players and, more importantly, their morale takes a beating.Improper selection of coaches is another sore point as it will have an impact much deeper than a temporary dip in a player’s form. The recent sexual exploitation allegations that rocked Indian sports indicate that wrong coach selection can be harmful.Poor bench strength or absence of a solid secondary team has dented Indian weightlifting dreams. Old stalwarts have long retired and warhorses such as Soniya, Sandhya Rani and Renu Bala Chanu are past their prime. In the women’s weightlifting segment, no credible talent is forthcoming.The only way to revive weightlifting in India is to identify a core group of 40- 50 youngsters and train them under world class coaches.Also, federations for, of and by the players will be a help.
Man Utd to recall goalkeeper Joel Pereira from Vitoriaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira is being lined up for a return.O Jogo says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning to recall on loan Pereira.He’s currently on loan at Vitória de Setúbal but he’s going to be called back. The report doesn’t give a reason and given United have a wealth of keepers at their disposal at the club the likelihood could be they want to sort a different loan move out for him as he’s only started one out of the last four league games. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Salako: Chelsea better for Zaha than Arsenalby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Crystal Palace star John Salako can see Wilfried Zaha succeeding with Chelsea.Salako, who coaches at Palace, says Chelsea’s game would suit the Ivory Coast star the best.”Of course (there is a concern that he may leave in January). I think Chelsea would probably be the best home for him after their ban,” he told Lovesport Radio.”They really have an exciting young team there and Wilf can come in and add to that. “He may well move there, but Arsenal can also come back with the money. Anything can happen.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh and Drake have been linked together in the past. His son, Jay, re-created Drake’s “Views from the 6” cover to have a Michigan theme, and today Harbaugh thanked the Canadian rapper for name-dropping Michigan in a recent SNL sketch. Now, the Michigan head coach has taken things one step further, tweeting out his list of his top-five favorite Drake songs. He even included a rhyme in the beginning of the tweet.I’m not a fake, here’s my Top 5 from @Drake: 1. Energy 2. Jumpman 3. Started From the Bottom 4. Hold On, We’re Going Home 5. Hotline Bling— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 30, 2016If you think about it, these songs make perfect sense. Harbaugh certainly has a lot of energy, and Michigan is about to be sponsored by Jordan (hence, Jumpman).Harbaugh also has a reputation for building up programs and franchises (Stanford, the 49ers) from the “bottom” and he went “home” to come coach at his alma mater. Why is “Hotline Bling” on the list? We’re not sure, but we really want someone to photoshop Harbaugh onto Drake for the dance scenes in that video. Someone on the internet should be able to oblige our request.
MONTREAL – Air Canada says it has resolved a computer issue that disrupted web and mobile check-ins and call centre operations, and temporarily delayed boarding on some flights.The Vancouver International Airport reported some congestion Tuesday morning due to technical issues with Air Canada’s system.Air Canada says in an email that it has fixed the computer issue, and that airport check-in and all remaining systems are now back online.The airline also says it can confirm there were no flight cancellations as a result of this, though there were some minor delays associated.Air Canada did not provide details on how many airports were affected but Toronto Pearson International Airport has not reported disruptions.
HALIFAX – Though he may be better known for combing through Nova Scotia’s finances, the province’s auditor general has decided to try his hand at writing something other than fiscal reports: a book about lessons he learned from his grandmother.Michael Pickup describes his nan as a superhero, a friend, and “everything and more than people traditionally think of a grandmother.”“My primary drive in writing the book was firstly to thank her and leave a tribute for her,” he said Sunday.Mary Ann Pickup of Cape Breton was the oldest of 12 children, the mother of five sons, and became a grandmother at 42 when Pickup was born to teenage parents.The recently released self-published “Nan-Made: How a Grandmother Made a Man” recounts 25 of her lessons Pickup has carried with him through his life, including the importance of living with integrity and taking the time to love oneself and others.While she was a career woman — returning to school in her 30s to pursue a career in health care, an uncommon feat for women at the time — Pickup said she always took the time to care for her family, imparting her wisdom to him as a child and well into his adulthood.She also worked as a union leader and community activist, a job from which she retired around the same time Pickup began working in public service — but not before teaching him a lesson that has stuck with him throughout his career.“Always remember, in public service, what you’re there for,” he said she told him 30 years ago. “You’re there to make the lives better of the people who use those services.”Each chapter recounts a memory of his grandmother and concentrates on the lesson he learned from her in that situation.Every Christmas, beginning when Pickup was a young child and up until his adulthood, he would help his grandparents put up their Christmas tree.Nana Pickup had an annual tradition: she and her husband would co-write a letter and store it in the box where they kept the first ornament they got together as a married couple. The next year, they would all read it and write a new one.His grandfather died suddenly around three decades ago, and the next year Pickup and his grandmother read the letter from the year before, grateful for the opportunity to hear from him one last time.The story inspired a chapter in Pickup’s book: “Ring a bell of gratitude.”“The letter was simple: it was thankful for the family that was there, the good times, the getting together, and the wish for health in the future,” he said.“So I’ll always have that in my mind.”Pickup said he spent all of his spare time writing the book over the past year, working against the clock so his grandmother, who fell ill in April, would get to read it.He included her throughout the book-writing process and showed her the finished copy in early July.“She said to me, ‘Michael, that was a lot of work,’” said Pickup.“And I said, ‘it was worth every bit of it, and it pales in comparison to all you did for everybody.’”She died two weeks later at the age of 94.Pickup — whose day job is quite demanding — said he might need a bit of a break, but hopes to write another book: this time, focusing on his mother’s side of the family.He describes his maternal grandmother as “the complete opposite” of Mary Ann Pickup, but still someone who taught him a lot about life.“Things like being independent, being strong, being hardworking, making decisions,” he said.
The Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press analyzed financial disclosure reports from 6,933 state legislators around the country and found that three out of four lawmakers had income from other employment.While outside jobs give lawmakers expertise in certain policy areas, it also provides an opening for potential conflicts of interest. Lawmakers’ businesses and the industries they work in can be directly affected by the actions of the legislatures. The reporting unearthed numerous examples of state lawmakers who have introduced and supported legislation that directly or indirectly helps their own businesses, their employers or their personal finances.Even then, their actions do not necessarily represent a conflict of interest as defined by state legislatures. Legislatures set their own rules about what constitutes a conflict and at what point lawmakers should recuse themselves from a vote.___WHAT ARE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORTS AND WHY DO THEY MATTER?Personal financial disclosure reports are intended to help the public understand where and how government officials get their income, and whether any of those ties present conflicts of interest with their political work.These disclosures are especially important for state lawmakers. Unlike many other elected officials, legislators across the country often hold other jobs and run businesses when legislatures are not in session. The AP and Center for Public Integrity review found that at least 76 per cent of state lawmakers holding office in 2015 had outside jobs.That’s different than in Congress, where moonlighting by members has been sharply restricted since 1978.Only three states — Michigan, Idaho and Vermont — have not required such reports. In June, though, Vermont announced that it will begin requiring them in 2018.___WHAT KINDS OF JOBS DO LEGISLATORS HOLD OUTSIDE OF THEIR POLITICAL OFFICE?State lawmakers work all kinds of jobs and sometimes more than one. Lawyers and those with ties to real estate tend to dominate, but some legislators also drive taxis, wait tables, own cemeteries, judge boxing matches, play guitar in rock bands or deal in rare coins.Such outside employment gives lawmakers expertise in certain policy areas, but many of those jobs are directly affected by the actions of the legislatures. That can create conflicts of interest.___HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT MY LEGISLATOR’S FINANCIAL TIES?Out of the 47 states that require personal financial disclosures, the completed forms are available online in 31 states. In the remaining 16 states, those who want to view the reports might need to email a clerk or take more complicated steps such as showing their photo IDs or requesting the documents in person.The Center for Public Integrity has made it easier by putting disclosures from a total of 6,933 lawmakers in 47 states who held office in 2015 into a searchable digital library.___HOW OFTEN DO LEGISLATORS UPDATE THEIR REPORTS?In most states, the reports are filed annually. But in North Dakota, disclosures are required only in election years.North Carolina and Colorado require lawmakers to file initial reports that detail their employment and investments. Each subsequent year, though, they can file a form stating only that nothing has changed since the prior report. In these two states, you might have to collect multiple years’ reports if you want to get a complete view of your lawmaker’s disclosure. We have gathered those older files in our disclosure library.___WHAT DO THE DISCLOSURES CONTAIN?Some states ask lawmakers to detail the jobs of their spouses or children, their businesses, investments, real estate holdings or even ties to lobbyists. Others ask for little beyond the legislators’ sources of income.New Hampshire’s form contains only two sections: a checklist to declare if lawmakers believe they have a conflict in certain areas; and a space to declare sources of income over $10,000.On the Wyoming form, in addition to questions about income sources, two checkboxes ask whether the filer has any real estate or security holdings. But the lawmaker does not have to provide additional details on which stocks or where the real estate is located.___CAN LEGISLATORS VOTE ON A BILL WHEN THEY HAVE TIES TO IT?It depends on the state. In every state except Oregon and Utah, legislators can abstain or ask to be recused from voting on legislation. Most states specify that they should do so if the legislation presents a conflict of interest.But many lawmakers are still allowed to debate, and sometimes even vote, on legislation and amendments that might benefit them or their companies. Louisiana allows lawmakers to debate bills that benefit a personal or financial interest even after they have recused themselves. California lawmakers can vote on legislation even after declaring conflicts of interest if their votes are “fair and objective.”In the Idaho Senate and the Kansas House, legislators need two-thirds of the chamber’s permission to abstain.Oregon and Utah require lawmakers to vote if they are present, regardless of any potential conflicts of interest. Many legislators say frequent abstentions would keep their chambers from working properly.A reporting partnership between The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity.
OTTAWA – The Canadian ministers hosting a group of G7 counterparts in Montreal have begun crafting cross-border policies that would help and reassure workers caught in the churn of a dramatically evolving labour market.The most recent estimates provided at the two-day meeting that started Tuesday suggest that up to 15 per cent of jobs in the G7 could disappear because of automation over the next two decades.Automation is expected to generate demand for both high-skilled and low-skilled occupations, resulting in “a hollowing of the middle” marked by declines in jobs requiring a mid-range level of skill, according to details the OECD provided to officials in attendance.Despite high government talk of automation, artificial intelligence and innovation, not everyone has — or will — feel the benefit of the technological changes, said Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains. He said governments want to find ways to clearly demonstrate how “innovation” spending can help the majority of citizens, such as how digital infrastructure advances could help rural and remote communities.A senior European Union official echoed Bains’ words, suggesting the G7 needed to encourage use of artificial intelligence to improve daily lives while affirming the importance of privacy and accountability to maintain trust with workers. Britain’s envoy to Canada highlighted her country’s contribution to the talks in a report focusing on the need to use “genuine innovation” to solve “real-world issues.”“This G7 isn’t about economic growth, it’s also about equality,” Bains said in an interview ahead of the Montreal meeting.“That’s really what innovation is about. We sometimes get really focused on technology and gadgets. I think it’s really important to realize the benefits of innovation.”The Liberals have looked to calm domestic nerves through spending on skills training programs to ensure the programs are “available at any stage or age” so displaced workers can land new jobs, said Labour Minister Patty Hajdu, who is co-hosting the meeting with Bains. But the programs are “not going to be for everyone,” she said, such as older workers nearing retirement age, a growing cohort in this country.Canada has one of the youngest populations in the G7, even as it rapidly ages as more people hit retirement age with fewer replacement workers available as a result of low birth rates. Statistics Canada predicts that the proportion of seniors could, by 2031, equal the level now seen in Japan, which has the oldest population in the G7 with one-quarter of people over age 65.“One of the conversations that keeps coming up at these G7 and G20 meetings is the idea of how to help workers transition (to jobs or retirement) and that there is some fairness and equity in that transition. So we’re very focused on that,” Hajdu said in an interview ahead of the meeting.The Liberals have put their future bets on programs to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields for students, and a program known as CanCode aimed at teaching coding and digital skills to one million students. Bains and Hajdu are touting the measures as they seek matching policies from other G7 nations so the widest number of people possible benefit from technological changes.The two-day meeting on the future of work is one of several Canada will hold this year ahead of the G7 leaders summit in early June in Charlevoix, Que.Hajdu and Bains opened the meeting by outlining the extent of coming technological change, like automation, that could displace workers, as well as the need to craft policies to prepare workers for new jobs.One dominant theme of their remarks was that no one should hold back in talks about dealing with the rise of the “gig” economy — defined by more temporary or freelance jobs — and digital tools that let companies hire workers anywhere in the world.Top federal officials have been wrestling for years with how to deal with such changes and meet the government’s stated goal of “inclusive growth.”A document prepared for a top official at Employment and Social Development Canada last year argued for more flexibility in the social safety net to smooth out the “unemployment risk and unstable earnings” that come with the gig economy.The briefing note from May 2017 also noted a downward shift in unionization rates that “contribute to rising inequality” because unionized workers earn, on average, $4 more per hour than their non-union counterparts. “Civic and political participation” and “level of reliance on basic labour standards” could also be affected by the shift, it adds.The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the document under the Access to Information Act.In the interview, Hajdu didn’t say if Canada would look for new policies to increase unionization rates, but instead pointed to legislation approved last year that repealed Conservative-era policies around financial disclosure rules for unions and unionization rules.— With files from Ross Marowits in Montreal.
EDMONTON, A.B. – Premier Rachel Notley told business leaders from B.C. that legislation which could curtail oil flows to the west coast is about the long-term health of the entire country.Notley says her government doesn’t want to impose hardship on B.C. businesses and families but says Alberta also must safeguard its interests.About 100 business leaders from B.C., including representatives from the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce, flew over the Rockies to join 200 colleagues from the Edmonton and Calgary chambers to hear Notley speak in Edmonton. Val Litwin, with the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, says turning down the taps would not be received well in his province but says the legislation is focusing attention and spurring debate on the Trans Mountain pipeline.Strong show of support from BC leaders at #ableg today. Everyone here is united and knows support for @TransMtn is growing daily. Let’s @KeepCanWorking. #cdnpoli #FederationFlight #BuildKM #ConfidenceInCanada @BoardofTrade @bcchamberofcom pic.twitter.com/aWiEdrU6ne— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) May 17, 2018Notley’s government passed legislation this week that would allow it to intervene in the energy sector to reduce oil and natural gas exports to B.C. and elsewhere.The B.C. government has been fighting the expansion of the Trans Mountain line and Alberta’s legislation, if implemented, could lead to gasoline price spikes and other higher fuel fees in B.C.The Trans Mountain expansion, which has been approved by Ottawa, would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to tankers on the B.C. coast.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is closing the intersection of 100th Avenue and 100th Street on Tuesday Morning.The area will be closed beginning at 6:00 a.m. so city workers can do routine repairs.The city is asking residents to find alternate routes to their destination and to obey all traffic control people. There is no information on when the intersection will reopen. For the most up to date information visit the City of Fort St. John Facebook Page.
Basel (Switzerland): Two-time winner Saina Nehwal and defending champion Sameer Verma will look to shrug off their All England disappointment when they spearhead India’s campaign at the Swiss Open, starting with the qualifiers here Tuesday. For Sameer, this event started his journey that culminated into a World Tour Final semifinal finish last year and a career-high ranking of 11. He had defeated newly-crowned All England Champion Kento Momota in the quarterfinals, a few months before the Japanese went on to become the world no 1 and world champion last year. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWorld no 14 Sameer will be opening his campaign in USD 150,000 event against a qualifier after his elder brother Sourabh, who had also battled injuries on his way to becoming the Senior National Champion last month at Guwahati, pulled out of the tournament. Sameer might face fellow Indian B Sai Praneeth in the second round and a favourable result is likely to hand him over the chance to settle scores with former world no 1 Viktor Axelsen, who had defeated him in the first round of All England Championships in Birmingham last week. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe BWF World Tour Super 300 event will be Saina’s fourth outing this season, having won the Indonesia Masters before losing in the semifinals and quarterfinals at Malaysia Masters and All England Championship respectively. A bout of diarrhea had affected her performance last week at Birmingham and Saina would look to recover quickly before she begins her campaign against a qualifier, eying to secure her third title at Swiss. She had won the event in 2011 and 2012 in the past. Seeded third, Saina is expected to face second seeded He Bingjiao of China in the semifinals if the results fall in her favour. Among other Indians in fray, Saina’s husband and fellow shuttler, Parupalli Kashyap, a former Commonwealth Games champion, will face a qualifier, Praneeth will meet England’s Rajiv Ouseph and SaarLorLux Open champion Subhankar Dey will also take on a qualifier in first round. In women’s singles, Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy will be the only other Indian in the competition. She will square off against Estonia’s Kristin Kuuba. In men’s doubles, Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok and Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will also eye their chances, while Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will lead India’s challenge in the women’s doubles. Pooja Dandu and Sanjana Santosh will also look for a good outing in the women’s doubles. In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will be the prime contenders for India, while Arjun MR and Maneesha K and Dhruv Kapila and Kuhoo Garg will also be in the fray. In the qualifiers, Riya Mookerjee and Vrushali Gummadi will be in the fray.
Kolkata: A city court recently convicted and awarded 20 years of rigorous imprisonment to man accused of sexually harassing a minor girl.According to police, on March 14, 2016, an elderly woman arrived at the Chetla police station and alleged that her granddaughter has been sexually harassed by one of their relatives. She said the child’s father died few months ago and her mother worked as domestic help to support the family. The elderly woman further said the mother of the minor could not take of the girl as she was busy with her work and therefore the girl lived with her in a slum in Chetla. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs the elderly woman was not able to keep a watch on the girl, one of their family members took the advantage of the situation and sexually harassed her for four months. The accused person also threatened the girl not to disclose the incident to anyone. If she tells anyone about him, she will be killed, he threatened her. But, as the victim was not able to bear the torture any more, she narrated the whole incident to her grandmother. Upon receiving the information, the police rushed to the place where accused person lived. He was arrested on the same day. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDuring medical examination, it was indicated that the girl was sexually abused. Immediately, a case was initiated under sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Within a month the police submitted the charge-sheet along with the medical report and substantial evidences. After a long trial, recently the concerned court convicted the accused person. Later, the accused was awarded 20 years rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 30,000. Upon failing to pay the fine amount, the convicted person will have to serve 18 more months in the prison. The court also ordered that half of the fine amount along with Rs 3 lakh as compensation will have to be paid by the state government to the victim girl.
San Francisco: Microsoft has acquired San Diego-based software company Express Logic, that makes software for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, to accelerate IoT development for billions of devices at scale. With this acquisition, Microsoft said late Thursday it will unlock access to billions of new connected endpoints, grow the number of devices that can seamlessly connect to its Azure Cloud and enable new intelligent capabilities. “I am incredibly excited to share we have acquired Express Logic, a leader in real time operating systems (RTOS) for IoT and edge devices powered by micro-controller units (MCUs),” said Sam George, Director, Azure IoT at Microsoft. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Manufacturers building products across categories — from low capacity sensors like light bulbs and temperature gauges to air conditioners, medical devices, and network appliances — leverage the size, safety and security benefits of Express Logic solutions to achieve faster time to market. “Even highly constrained devices (battery powered and having less than 64KB of flash memory) can use Express Logic solutions. Over 9 billion of these MCU-powered devices are built and deployed globally every year, many of which can benefit from Express Logic solutions,” said Microsoft. Microsoft is getting an established company with a proven product that can help it scale its Azure IoT business. The acquisition is part of a $5 billion investment in IoT the company announced last April that includes a number of Azure pieces, such as Azure Sphere, Azure Digital Twins, Azure IoT Edge, Azure Maps and Azure IoT Central.
NAIROBI – The South African Muslim Network (SAMNET) says joins all South Africans in mourning over the death of Nelson Mandela, an icon in South Africa and across the globe in a press release on Friday.On behalf of South African Muslims SAMNET extended condolences to Mandela’s family, the African National Congress and South Africans at large.Mandela, known by his clan name as Madiba by locals, left a legacy second to none in the annals of South African history and although his unshakeable passion to eradicate injustice brought him and his family much strife and suffering, he remained steadfast in championing in the cause of the poor, powerless and down-trodden, said SAMNET Chairperson Dr. Faisal Suliman in a statement. “To him justice and equality were indivisible and had to be relentlessly pursued irrespective of race, colour or creed and without fear or favour. Remarkably, he never deviated from the consistent, principled response to injustice and inhumanity throughout his life even when it was politically “incorrect”” read the statement.Dr. Faisal said the best tribute paid to Madiba would be to emulate many of the principles he stood for, to speak truth to power and to continue to build on his legacy of non- racism and equality for all.
Photo by The Associated Press.David Ortiz, affectionately known as “Big Papi,” etched his name and nickname deeper in Boston sports lore Wednesday, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.Ortiz did not even get a hit in Wednesday night’s 6-1 clincher; the Cards gave up trying to get him out, so they walked him four times, three times intentionally. But he had done enough damage in the previous five games to take the trophy.“I know I’m one of the forces for this ballgame and I like to take things personal,” he said. “And that’s been my whole career, a challenge. I wasn’t trying to be the guy, but I know I got to get something done to keep the line moving. I don’t even have to do anything (Wednesday). I guess, the rest of the team took over.”Ortiz batted .688 for the series with two home runs and five RBI in the Series. Consider that the rest of the Red Sox hit .169 with a 484 OPS and two home runs.Manager John Farrell was asked to describe Ortiz. “Well,” he said after a pause, “I’d probably rather let his bat do the talking, because it’s pretty special.”The Red Sox faithful at Fenway Park rained chants of “MVP, MVP” during each of his plate appearances Wednesday night.“He just keeps writing new chapters,” general manager Ben Cherington said. “I know great players are great, are more likely to be great in any moment but it’s hard to see him in those moments and not think that there’s something different about him. He’s locked in. We’ve seen him locked in before but to do it on this stage, and do it in so many big moments, I can’t add anything more to the legend that’s already there, but he keeps writing more chapters on his own.”Ortiz’s .760 on-base percentage and batting average were the second-highest in Series history, trailing only Billy Hatcher’s marks of .800 and .750 in 1990 for Cincinnati.“This guy’s unbelievable,” St. Louis catcher Yadler Molina said on Fox audio.
LeBron James has called out President Donald Trump for the way the way he says the commander-in-chief has used sports to break the nation apart.“What I’ve noticed over the last few months [is] he’s kinda used sport to divide us and that’s something that I can’t relate to because I know that sport was the first time I was ever was around someone white. … Sports has never been something that divides people, it’s always been something that brings people together,” James tells CNN’s Don Lemon Monday, July 30.At the 9:49 mark, Lemon asks James about how Trump has called out athletes like Steph Curry and Colin Kaepernick for refusing to visit the White House or kneeling during the national anthem. James says there are times when the president has used Black athletes as a scapegoat.“I believe he uses anything that’s popular to try to negate people from thinking about the positive things that they can actually be doing and try to just to get our minds to not be as sharp as possible right then,” James says at the 11:16 mark. “You look at Kaepernick, who was protesting something he believed in and he did in the most calm, fashion way possible. Very respectful. He did all his due diligence. He was knowledgeable about it and everyone knew why he did it.”As for the possibility of James, who has grown more political in recent years culminating with his critique earlier this year of Trump not caring about “the people”, running for office, the baller shot it down. However, when asked if he’d enter the presidential race if only Trump were an option, James gave it a second thought.“Well, in that case, I may,” he said. “If they had no one, I mean, I believe there’s some people out there, I hope. Let’s see first. Let’s see first.”But that doesn’t mean he’d be eager to have a chat with Trump face-to-face.“I would never sit across from him,” James says. “I’d sit across from Barack [Obama], though.”
When Jim Tressel was hired at Ohio State in 2001, he came to Columbus unproven at the Division I level of football. But 103 victories, six Big Ten championships and a national title later, few are second-guessing OSU’s decision to hire the former Youngstown State coach. Tressel will probably be the first coach to leave OSU on his own terms since Carroll Widdoes did in 1945. It also isn’t wild conjecture to say that he will likely leave the program stronger than it was when he replaced John Cooper. It’s still impossible to know when Tressel will leave. But at 57 and in his 10th season with the Buckeyes — and with a contract that expires in 2014 — it’s not too early, or difficult, to speculate on potential replacements. Once Tressel puts his sweater vests back in the closet for good, expect to see these four coaches (all of whom have ties to OSU) among several other potential candidates. Urban Meyer Urban Meyer will likely be the most sought-after candidate to replace Tressel, and with good reason. The Ashtabula, Ohio, native has won two national championships coaching the Florida Gators and is one of the strongest recruiters in the nation. A lifelong OSU fan, Meyer wore the No. 45 jersey in honor of Archie Griffin as a kid and got his first collegiate coaching job as a graduate assistant at OSU in 1986. He said he idolizes Woody Hayes and even carries a Buckeye in his pocket for good luck. Meyer is also someone who Tressel holds in high regard. “I think it is another thing for Ohio to brag about,” Tressel said in 2007 of Meyer’s Ohio connection. “We like to say Ohio is the birthplace of football and it is one of the great football states. Yes, we are proud (Meyer) is an Ohio guy.” But luring Meyer back to OSU is unlikely for several reasons. One is his health — chest pains caused by esophageal spasms nearly forced the 46-year-old Meyer into retirement last season. Even though he returned to Florida after only three months of absence, his coaching future remains questionable. Another issue with Meyer is whether his offensive scheme can work against Big Ten defenses. In theory, Meyer’s dynamic spread attack would be a welcome change from Tressel’s conservative and often predictable playcalling. But similiar offenses in the Big Ten have had trouble against the conference’s robust defenses. Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, Illinois coach Ron Zook and former Michigan State coach John L. Smith have all tried to use spread offenses in the Big Ten, to find marginal success. It’s unclear whether Meyer would even want the OSU job if he chose to leave Florida. Although his Ohio roots run deep, his name is often linked to the Notre Dame coaching job, which he has said is his “dream job.” That might seem laughable after a comparison of recent OSU and Notre Dame football teams, but if coach Brian Kelly’s tenure with the Fighting Irish turns out to be anything like his first season with the school, Meyer might get called to Notre Dame before Tressel retires. Bo Pelini Bo Pelini is one of the rising stars in the coaching world. In only his third year with Nebraska, Pelini has brought the Cornhuskers back to relevance after years of futility. Nebraska is ranked No. 8 in the BCS standings. His teams display a power running game that, combined with an aggressive defense, seems patented for Big Ten football. His body of work has impressed Tressel. “You can see he’s done a great job of making sure that everyone understands the responsibility they have to live up to this tradition, the way that things are done in Huskerland,” Tressel told Nebraska’s Omaha World-Herald in April. “I think he’s very methodical, very prepared.” A former captain for the Buckeyes who played at OSU from 1986 to 1990, Pelini will probably hear his alma mater calling him when Tressel departs. And he’ll have to listen, even if his immediate focus is on Nebraska. “They have a great coach,” Pelini said of OSU to Cleveland’s Plain Dealer in April. “Coach Tressel will be here for a long time. They’ve got a great staff. All I worry about is what I’m doing in my current job.” Besides a likely pay increase (Tressel’s annual salary is $3.5 million, compared to Pelini’s $2.1 million), the OSU job would put him in one of the nation’s most prosperous recruiting grounds, giving him resources he doesn’t have at Nebraska. And although Pelini has revived the football culture at Nebraska, the temptation to return to his home state might be strong enough to take him from Lincoln. It remains to be seen how Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten will affect his commitment to the school. Pelini’s contract, like Tressel’s, expires in 2014. Luke Fickell Of all the assistant coaches at OSU, none has been as heavily pursued as 36-year-old Luke Fickell. A defensive lineman who started a record 50 consecutive games for OSU from 1993 to 1996, Fickell has become one of the most important assistants on Tressel’s staff, serving as the linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator for the past six seasons. Coaching one of the most heralded defenses in the nation has given Fickell plenty of attention from other schools. In 2008, Fickell was a candidate for the head coaching job at Bowling Green and in 2009 was nearly hired at Akron, although those jobs were eventually given to older coaches. “Luke was recommended as someone I should speak with during the process, and we had a productive phone conversation,” Bowling Green athletic director Greg Christopher told The Lantern. “Luke obviously has a passion for the game.” He also turned down the chance to coach Notre Dame’s defensive line in 2009. Former Buckeye linebacker James Laurinaitis cites Fickell as one of the most influential coaches on the staff and someone who challenges his players every day in practice. “I think when Coach Tressel decides to leave that Fickell is definitely someone they’re going to have to look at,” Laurinaitis said. “He’s a great leader and he’s going to be a great head coach some day, whether he’s at Ohio State or somewhere else.” Fickell hasn’t given any indication about his immediate future, which could come into question once the season is over. “To think about someplace else wouldn’t even cross my mind,” Fickell told The Lantern. “I don’t have enough time in the day.” Darrell Hazell Another assistant coach who shouldn’t be overlooked is Darrell Hazell. As the assistant head coach and receivers coach at OSU, Hazell has made his mark by taking overlooked recruits such as Santonio Holmes, Anthony Gonzalez and Brian Hartline and molding them into solid NFL receivers. Roy Hall, a former OSU receiver playing with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL, said the success of OSU receivers is a testament to Hazell’s disciplined teaching methods. “Coach Hazell is extremely detail-oriented and he brings kind of a military approach to the way he does things,” Hall said. “He demands a lot of the receivers there and he has a lot of insight on the game of football.” Hazell is also one of the team’s most effective recruiters, a desired trait for anybody aspiring to be a college coach. In addition to his coaching assets, he can reach his players on a personal level, Hall said. “He’s a mentor and he gives you a lot of insight on life as well as football,” Hall said. “He’s one of those coaches that you would invite to a wedding.” Multiple requests to speak to Hazell were declined. Though his work with receivers is well-documented, his role with the rest of the offense is somewhat mysterious. Never one to hog the spotlight, Hazell usually backs away from questions about his role in play-calling and whatever other duties he might have with the offense. That humility might exclude him from pursuing a head coaching job at OSU. However, his competitive edge might someday prove otherwise. “He’s a huge competitor and he’s just a student of the game,” Hall said. “He takes on the war approach when he goes into a game. He knows about everybody on the (other team’s) defense, not just the defensive backs. He’s a winner, and having that ‘never-give-up’ mentality would make him a great coach.”
New TCI Kidfit to benefit from Move-a-thon 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 17, 2018 – Providenciales – Another successful Move-A-Thon in the Turks and Caicos Islands which offered four different distances to participants who believed the cooler temperatures were ideal and the movement is worthy to be held more than one time a year. We spoke to a lady who said the one mile, half mile and 10k were not for her… she got moving at 5 kilometers.“I woke up early in the morning to come out to this 5k walk because I can’t handle the 10k one right, I wake up early because I need to exercise and I think this is a good way for us to get up early in the morning and get our day started. And it’s not cold, it’s cool, this is just good weather, I like this weather and even if somebody could just do this every month or something, it will be better instead of just once for the year, like every January and that’s it. We should have somebody who could do this like every month, it will be much better. I’m asking for more because walking is healthy. Every time you go to the doctor he says to walk, so I think walking is very healthy and I love walking.”Move-A-Thon 2018 continues a fitness campaign which benefits healthy eating programs for islanders it was started by #TamekaHandfield, Nutritionist and owner of Nutrition in Demand.“I am superexcited, #MoveAThonTCI2018 is a wrap and even though I am over the moon tired, I am also over the moon excited about the huge success that I think this event was this morning. We had a large turnout from the community, a large turnout of course from our sponsors and of course a large turnout from all of the volunteers who gave up their time so early in the morning. And so because of this we are excited, we are grateful, we are very humbled by this show of support from the community.”A few veteran athletes joined the early morning Move-A-Thon, which also featured a health fair, fun on the beach for children and saw its first international registrants. Scores of sponsors support the event, which is the first fitness festivity on the activity calendar for the Turks and Caicos.“I love running….it’s great for cardiovascular health, it’s great for bone strength, a lot of people say what about your knees, running doesn’t hurt your knees, it’s how you run. So if you are running efficiently, and I teach a method call T-running, which teaches you to run efficiently with less energy and injury prevention. So if you’re running properly anybody can do anything they set out to achieve, it just takes a while to get there for some people. I just encourage everybody to just get out there and run, it’s a good over all fitness, it doesn’t matter how fast or how slow you are, just get out there and exercise, it’s good for you health, and you feel amazing afterwards.” Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MoveathonTCI2018, #TamekaHandfield