A fight among Kondh leaders in Koraput

first_imgIt will be a triangular contest among Kondh tribal leaders in Odisha’s Koraput Lok Sabha seat, which is reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST).Kaushalya Hikaka, wife of sitting MP Jhina Hikaka, is the BJD candidate, while the Congress has fielded Saptagiri Sankar Ulaka, son of former State Minister Ramchandra Ulaka. Former BJD Koraput MP Jayaram Pangi is the BJP candidate. All of them are from the Kondh community. According to an estimate, the constituency has around 47% Kondh tribals.Apart from these three, Bhaskar Mutuka of the BSP, Samodar Sabar of the CPI-ML (Liberation), Banamali Majhi of the Ambedkarite Party of India and Rajendra Kendruka of the CPI-ML (Red Star) are also in the fray.In 2014, Mr. Hikaka had defeated Congress candidate Giridhar Gamang, former Odisha Chief Minister and nine-time MP from Koraput. His wife Hema Gamang, as Congress candidate, had won the 1999 by-election when Mr. Gamang vacated the seat to become the Chief Minister.Mr. Gamang, a Saura tribal, the second largest tribal populace in this constituency, is now in the BJP and is expected to add to the tribal support for Mr. Pangi. Interestingly, in the 2009 Lok Sabha poll, Mr. Pangi as a BJD candidate had defeated Mr. Gamang, then in the Congress.Since its inception in 1957, Koraput remained a Congress bastion till 2004. In 2014, the seat was bagged by the BJD, yet three of its Assembly seats in Koraput district — Jeypore, Laxmipur and Koraput — went to the Congress. The Congress is trying hard to regain its old bastion. The other four Assembly seats in this constituency — Pottangi in Koraput district and Gunupur, Bisamkatak, Rayagada in Rayagada district — went to the BJD. The BJP is also eyeing this parliamentary seat, hoping to gain from the loss of support base of the Congress.last_img read more

‘BHU student killer’ held, say police

first_imgA wanted criminal, who was on the run after allegedly killing a BHU student, has been arrested following an exchange of fire with the police. A sub-inspector was also injured in the encounter, the police said. Acting on a tip-off, the police had cordoned the Lanka area here on Friday night. The notorious criminal, Rupesh Verma alias Sunny alias Professor, a native of Buxar in Bihar, was nabbed when he tried to flee by opening fire at the police team, Senior Superintendent of Police Anand Kulkarni said. Verma, who was carrying a reward of ₹25,000, received bullet injuries in the leg and fell off the motorcycle which he had looted a few days ago on the national highway, the SSP added. One of his companions, Raja Dubey alias Ravan, managed to give a slip to the police.last_img

Wimbledon 2011: Buying tickets from touts will not work here

first_imgIt’s a pleasant 20-minute walk from the Southfields tube station to the hallowed precincts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club where The Championships are held.The lucky ones with accreditation badges or VIP passes and genuine tickets know they will get into the arena. But it is those without tickets and attempting to buy from roadside illegal sellers who face disappointment.Thursday was sunny for most part and there were touts whispering “tickets, tickets?” as people walked by. One of the gullible fans fell for the bait and after exchange of money in an alley walked down the long queue hoping to enter the arena.But by then, the private security on the road had already taken note of the illegal sale of tickets as was witnessed by this correspondent. The fan had not realised that even though there was no closed circuit camera, a private security man had seen it all happen. Dressed in a blue uniform, in no time the tall and black security man whispered over a small microphone to the entrance gate that a person with an illegally purchased ticket was on his way.A Wimbledon fanSadly, despite spending a huge sum, the genuine fan was in for disappointment as he was told that a ticket purchased illegally was invalid.This is one of the best parts about Wimbledon, where security is not obtrusive and at the same time works so well. If you compare it with the chaos at Ferozeshah Kotla, where people buy tickets for an ODI in black and still get away. And so do the touts.advertisementOver the years, security has become a big responsibility for the Wimbledon organisers. And that is why the campers who used to pitch tents on the pavement and virtually lived there over the fortnight have now been moved away to a huge park now.They now camp, cook, read and eat, even if they are unable to get tickets for one day of The Championships.However, the message is short cuts for ticket purchase won’t work here.Once inside the huge complex, not all can enter the show courts.With a giant screen outside Court 1, the attraction over the years, tennis fans laze on the grassy hill next to it and catch the action. It’s almost like a picnic atmosphere.Beer, wine prims and snacks are consumed liberally. In the Pete Sampras era, British fans would patiently wait to catch action of Tim Henman.It was then called Henman Hill, though some cheekily referred to it as Henman Hell as he never won the title. As Britain waits patiently for a men’s singles champion after Fred Perry since 1936, now fans hope Andy Murray can pull it off.last_img read more

England hold crisis meeting after 2nd Test thrashing by West Indies

first_imgEngland have held a crisis meeting after a second humiliation by the West Indies in as many Tests left the team worried by their poor form in a year they host the World Cup and the Ashes series against Australia, coach Trevor Bayliss said.Following a 381-run defeat by the hosts in the first Test in Barbados last month, England suffered a 10-wicket thrashing in Antigua on Saturday to lose the three-match series 2-0 after only seven days of cricket.”We want to get to the root of why we haven’t played as well as we’d like. We posed some questions to them last night in the changing room and gave them 24 hours to think about it,” Bayliss told reporters.”Any defeat is not good. It’s how you come back. Obviously we didn’t come back too well in this game. It’s a big year ahead… I’d have to say it’s a concern.”Skipper Joe Root said after their latest loss that England’s batting was to blame after managing 187 and 132 in two innings.”We haven’t seemed to have the will to fight. There have been some loose shots and other guys have been tentative,” Bayliss added.”We have a lot of guys averaging in the low thirties. In years gone by, that wouldn’t have been good enough to stay in the team.”England host the 50-overs World Cup starting in May before welcoming arch-rivals Australia in August and September.Bayliss said some batsmen in the team were more confident in the one-day game than the longest format, suggesting that they needed to strike a balance.advertisement”Some are more suited to the one-day style and still trying to come to terms with what is the best rhythm of playing their Test cricket,” he added.”We’ve got to find a way to score. If that means batting time, or picking guys (who play) more in that vein, then so be it. Sometimes I feel the message between one-day cricket and Test cricket gets muddled.”Also Read | What a ridiculous decision: Shane Warne slams ICC for overrate ban on Jason HolderAlso Read | Alzarri Joseph plays Test vs England hours after mother’s demise, gets standing ovationAlso Read | Trevor Bayliss wants England batsmen to show ‘guts’ against West Indieslast_img read more

2nd ODI: Jos Buttler blasts century as England edge Pakistan

first_imgEngland batsman Jos Buttler smashed an unbeaten 110 off 55 balls as the hosts beat Pakistan by 12 runs in a thrilling run-packed second one-day international on Saturday.Buttler’s blitzkrieg and half-centuries by Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and skipper Eoin Morgan helped England to a huge total of 373 for three wickets in 50 overs.Pakistan, who made their best ever score when chasing in ODIs, fell short despite Fakhar Zaman’s superb 138 as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after the first game was washed out.GET IN! What a game!Scorecard/Videos: https://t.co/6xjh2fShWF #EngvPak pic.twitter.com/oLtISXGvxd England Cricket (@englandcricket) May 11, 2019Asked to bat first on a flat pitch, England laid a solid platform for Buttler to build on, with Roy scoring 87 and Bairstow 51 in a 115-run opening partnership.Joe Root fell for 40 following a brief rain interruption, bringing Morgan and Buttler together and the pair put on 162 for the fourth wicket with the captain contributing an unbeaten 71 off 48 balls.Buttler did most of the big hitting, smashing nine sixes and six fours en route to his eighth ODI century and getting there with a fierce hit over the ropes which the new father celebrated by rocking his bat in his hands.But Pakistan, whose previous highest score batting second was 344-8 in a loss to India in 2004, were not giving up without a fight.Zaman took the attack to the bowlers, hitting four sixes and 12 fours before he was caught by Buttler off Chris Woakes to leave Pakistan at 227 for two.advertisementFifties from Babar Azam and Asif Ali and captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s unbeaten 41 took Pakistan close to their target but England hung on for the win as they continue preparations for the World Cup on home soil starting later this month.Meanwhile, Ireland, who did not qualify for the World Cup, scored 327 for five in 50 overs in a five-wicket defeat by twice champions West Indies in Dublin.Ireland’s Andy Balbirnie hit 135 to give his team a chance of an upset but the West Indies prevailed with their highest successful chase in ODIs thanks to Sunil Ambris’s 148.Also Read | Sanath Jayasundara charged under ICC anti-corruption codelast_img read more

Ancelotti faces Bayern board amid sack reports

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti Ancelotti risks sacking and faces crisis talks with Bayern board following PSG humiliation Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 20:01 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Carlo Ancelotti Getty Carlo Ancelotti Bayern München PSG v Bayern München Hertha BSC v Bayern München PSG UEFA Champions League Bundesliga The coach has come under scrutiny after his side were humbled 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday Under-fire Carlo Ancelotti is at risk of being sacked and has been summoned for crisis talks by the Bayern Munich board following Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain .Ancelotti will have to explain his team selection and tactics to president Uli Hoeness and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in the wake of the Champions League loss.Bayern 13/2 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The decision to leave Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mats Hummels on the bench and Jerome Boateng out of the squad, despite no indication of any injury problems, prompted criticism of the coach.German media outlet Sport Bild claim that they could sack the former Chelsea and Real Madrid head coach as a result of recent results and performances, although Goal understands that nothing has been decided ahead of Thursday’s meeting.Arjen Robben Bayern MunichThe Bundesliga champions were dispatched by a ruthless PSG counter-attack at Parc des Princes, with Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar on the scoresheet.It was Bayern’s second defeat of the season, following a 2-0 loss at Hoffenheim, and came in a week in which they surrendered a 2-0 lead over Wolfsburg to draw 2-2 at the Allianz Arena.And Ancelotti will face questions from the higher-ups over the lack of development in the squad as they sit three points behind Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga table.PSG Bayern UEFA Champions League 27092017Speaking after Tuesday’s defeat, Robben refused to say if the coach still had the support of his players, claiming any comments he made would be “one word too many” .”I will not answer that,” he said. “It was a painful defeat, we can talk about this. When it is a game as big as this, you never want to lose.”According to German outlet Kicker, Bayern players are assuming that Ancelotti will lose his job ahead of their clash with Hertha Berlin on Sunday.Rummenigge hinted at possible repercussions for the PSG result, saying: “It’s a loss we have to talk about, we have to analyse.”I think what we saw was not Bayern Munich. I think we all agree on that. Then there is nothing to misunderstand or to interpret wrong.”last_img read more

Parliament still none the wiser over ECB’s ‘reckless gamble’ with The Hundred

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. comment A few years back the former boss of Barclays, Bob Diamond, gave a masterclass in how not to appear before a Commons select committee. He turned up in an electric green tie that almost strobed on screen. He wittered on about himself. He patronised his interrogators. And he had no conception of convincing denial about whatever scandal it was that Barclays had got themselves into at the time. He was a disaster.The England and Wales Cricket Board, which appears to have a much larger bureaucracy than any piddling bank, did not make these mistakes. Led by the chairman, Colin Graves, and Tom Harrison, the suave chief executive, they did it right. They were respectful and courteous. They exhausted the thesaurus with adulatory synonyms about their own achievements – “phenomenal” was the favourite. And they swerved the difficult questions with practised skill. It was so cleverly done that one suspects the gent with an MCC handkerchief in his top pocket sitting behind Graves was in fact an ECB plant to illustrate the enemy. Read more Twitter Pinterest Barney Ronay Facebook Lord Patel of Bradford (left), Colin Graves, Tom Harrison and Clare Connor prepare to answer a Commons select committee’s questions on the future of English cricket. Photograph: parliamentlive.tv Share on Pinterest Almost nothing their three-man team said made any sense whatever – their teammate Clare Connor, talking about the growth of women’s cricket, was much more credible. But it didn’t matter. Parliament is full of cricket enthusiasts, several of them on the panel at the culture select committee on Wednesday. (The ECB, in contrast, specialise in politicians.) The MPs do not like to think badly of a game they love and were over-respectful in return.And they were not well enough briefed to get behind the bland evasions to reach the nub of what every sane person in cricket knows (even those who dare not say it) – that the ECB’s strategy of forcing their new hyped-up contest The Hundred on an unwilling game is completely incoherent, staggeringly expensive and potentially disastrous.This point was made later by Andy Nash, the former chairman of Somerset and ECB member, who has resigned and gone rogue. Nash described the project as a “reckless gamble”. A public debate between Nash and Graves would have been worth hearing but it did not happen.Nonetheless, this was a far more edifying occasion than The Daft – sorry Draft – the Sky programme shown on Sunday night when players were allocated between the eight new teams, all of them deeply rooted in the ECB marketing department. In style, it was aimed at the nine-year-olds who are the alleged target audience.But they would have been the kind of nine-year-olds who speculate on the bitcoin market. This had nothing to do with cricket and everything to do with money. Not the money English cricket might make to develop the game but the millions it is spaffing on coaches (almost all foreign) and players (mostly not).For them it’s bonanza time. And the homegrown chosen ones will become a new rich elite of 100-ball and Twenty20 specialists, playing in the selected big cities, leaving behind a load of poor saps playing the 50-over and four-day cricket that produces World Cup and Ashes wins. Screw all that.Sky is not to blame for this. It loves long games to fill its infinite airtime. The whole Hundred concept appears to derive from a bizarre coalition between the board and, of all people, the BBC, which has bought 10 games, men’s and women’s, on the understanding they will not exceed a three-hour slot, which Twenty20 usually does.The ECB are now so guilty about the original decision to remove the game from mainstream TV 14 years ago they have absurdly convinced themselves this pathetic allocation will somehow create a new cricketing generation, even though most will still be barred from seeing anything of consequence. And the BBC, its portfolio of live sport now largely empty, is gleefully cooperating. Share on Messenger Hundred gets the ball rolling with sparkly draft for new-born franchises Reuse this content Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Cricket Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Topics There was one telling moment at Westminster. It came from Lord Patel, the ECB’s senior non-executive director. Asked why the professional game was unrepresented on the board he replied: “My experience of having representative committees has always been that it doesn’t produce the best outcomes.”Oh, I know. The boss of the Chinese Communist party was saying just the same to me the other day. That tedious democracy stuff, it’s so 20th century. Much better to leave things to people who know best, like Lord Patel.There were good ways to move this game forward. The know-alls bet everything on a bad one. Nash hinted that the first-class counties were now considering plans to regain control of their own destiny. But that is two years and hundreds of millions too late.From here, there are only two outcomes. Either The Hundred flops and cricket is plunged into an unprecedented financial crisis. Or it can be painted as a success (stand by for free tickets) and the much-loved sport on which it is loosely based will wither into something as relevant as knur and spell. Completely subordinate to made-up teams playing a made-up game to sell junk food to children. Me, I hope it rains solidly for the next four Augusts. Share via Email ECB The Hundred Sportbloglast_img read more

11 days agoBen Hirsch’s incredible journey from Clifton Hill to Getafe

first_imgBen Hirsch’s incredible journey from Clifton Hill to Getafeby Chris Sermeno11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIt’s game day, and you’re dressed from head to toe in team apparel, thinking of the game that lies ahead… The team bus is pulling into the stadium while crowds of fans mob the entrance, clamouring over each other with cameras and phones in hope of catching a glimpse of their idols through the windows. After a briefing in the change rooms, you lace up your brand new, personalised boots and take to the lush green pitch with your teammates, standing side by side while the adoring public chants and cheers, the spotlights flood the stadium with a brilliant white light for the game that awaits.What would it be like to be a world class footballer? We dream of what we would do with the money, the fame, the global outreach and the millions of adoring fans.While football is enjoyed by millions across the world, few really understand the hard work, career deciding choices and life altering sacrifices that’s required to make it to the professional scene. Australian footballer Ben Hirsch experienced the tough side of football that many of us don’t see. His stories from the humble suburbs of Melbourne to the cutthroat nature of the Spanish system has changed my views of becoming a professional footballer.-I was lucky enough to sit with Ben Hirsh for nearly two hours talking all things football. Apart from being a humble person, his insight and experience was rather unique, and relatable for a lot of young footballers.Ben was a reserved teen playing for Clifton Hill in the lower state tiers of Australian football. Granted, it’s better than your average Sunday league, but hardly of substance for those wanting to make huge leaps and bounds in the world of football. Ben was playing as a reliable left back for his side when he was scouted to train and play at a football academy in Madrid. As with any young player, a move to Europe for football sounds like a dream. In Ben’s case, the dream wouldn’t wait, he was asked to board a plane just a few days later.The two years that would follow had it all, the facilities, the first team treatment, the nerves and challenges of experiencing a new country that he wasn’t familiar with, injuries, and everything you can possibly imagine with being a pro footballer. His introduction to Spain was, in true Spanish fashion, rather direct and blunt. His chauffeur had nothing to go by but a picture of Ben, and they were unable to communicate due to the language barrier. His nerves were high as the driver took him to meet his agent.”Ready to train?”Sure enough, straight off a long flight to Madrid, an unfamiliar cab ride and he was still expected to come dressed to his first training session. There was no sympathy for jet lag, or culture shock. As an aspiring athlete you aren’t afforded such luxuries as a break like the international players.Ben recalls fond memories of his time at the academy, where his teammates welcomed him as one of their own. The share housing filled with aspiring footballers from around the world and local footballers trying to work their way up the Spanish system.”A few of them spoke English so I got to know them pretty well. It was like a family, we’d train together, eat together, live together. Everyone was always on the path for the same goal, to become a professional footballer and we all encouraged each other to keep playing our best and striving for more.”Language was one of the first barriers to overcome. Having come straight from Australia, Ben had no time to pick up any lessons or study beforehand, and it was lucky for him that some of his academy mates were able to converse with him, and make life a little more welcoming for the Aussie expat. The academy held a unique element of unity, which is something Ben was grateful for. Having been baptised in a myriad of uncertainty and unfamiliarity, his teammates were all very understanding of Ben’s disposition. Fortunately, private tutoring helped him to pick up the language and he was able to adapt to his surroundings a little more.I shifted the conversation slightly, and asked Ben “¿Todavía entiendes español?” (Do you still understand Spanish?)As it turns out his Spanish is still very good, we had a short exchange in another language. It’s almost funny how language, like sport, has the power to unite people.On the tactical side of things, Ben needed some time to adjust to the Spanish way of football. Stylistically, it flows much quicker, players are required to control the ball the same way in any scenario. The pace is highlighted by the understanding of both the system that was implemented and the players to execute the plan, regardless of their position or physical ability. “I felt like a fish out of water, at first not knowing much Spanish, then having to try and fit into a new team culture and system. “It took me a while to get used to, training up to 5 times a week doing tactics, drills, running and game play all on different days, as well as match days. There was no resting, or time to absorb the local culture when I first got there.”His teammates and opposition came from reaches around the world, however Ben humbly expressed how well he performed against some players that had taken to the international stage. “There were some internationally capped players, one in particular from the Republic of Congo who had a lot of fanfare about him. I marked on him for a game, and I almost had a laugh to myself about how this kid from Clifton Hill was playing against an international youngster, and did a pretty damn good job too.”Ben’s time with the academy was slowly coming to an end, and he was under the impression he would be jetting back to Australia with some overseas experience under his belt. As football takes its twists and turns, it was around the same time former Copa del Rey runners up Getafe CF came knocking.His parents joined him in Madrid for a few days, unbeknownst to all that he was about to be offered a 2 year contract with the La Liga outfit that same week. He signed a 2 year senior contract on the day of his late uncle’s birthday, which struck an emotional chord for him as his uncle was a passionate sports fan.”It felt like a dream, I had my parents in Spain with me, I got a shirt with my name on it, I couldn’t really believe this was happening for me. It felt like such a huge shift from the state leagues in Victoria to be training in Spain, then signing for Getafe.”From his academy and his roommates, he was thrust into his first professional environment at Getafe. He details the things that made it feel like the dream had become reality.”It’s the things like walking through the change room, getting treated by first team medical staff, stuff like that which makes you feel like you’re a part of something big.”We trained on top of the hill at the training grounds, and down below you could often see the first team training. Sometimes we’d be lucky to finish early and watch them train, and it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. “They’d come up to us later, knowing we were the reserves and take time to say hello and get to know us a little bit.”As most footballing careers sound dreamy, this is where the hard yards kicked in for Ben.Unlike his time at the academy, Getafe is a professional outfit and the expectations were much higher. In terms of the team chemistry, Ben recalls it being a much harsher environment than his academy teammates. “It was much harsher. They weren’t exclusive or anything, but there’s this element of competition for places because for these guys, it was their career they’d worked hard for, or it was their means of making a living. They weren’t going to give up their spot without a fight.”As for many La Liga sides, their reserves play in lower tiers of the Spanish football pyramid. Ben tried as he might to get into the first team but stumbling blocks along the way slowly dissolved his love for the game. The difference in the culture and environment was easily the biggest difference, despite the academy and Getafe both being based in Madrid. The weight of expectation slowly began to play on his mental health. He credits his relationship at the time being one of the stable elements of his life during his footballing career. “This is the main reason I wanted to get my story out there. I didn’t realise until later on how much this was playing on my mental health. I was anxious, had bouts of depression because week in, week out you’re pouring in your blood, sweat and tears, only to find out you weren’t on the team sheet. But you’d do it all again the following week.”I played a few minutes in a game, maybe once a month if I was lucky. It was so tough, putting in all this effort for the chance to be involved. My girlfriend at the time was probably the best thing about my life. She was able to help me through some of the feelings and emotions I’d gone through, and if it wasn’t for her I probably would’ve had some sort of break down or gone home earlier, who knows.”It was an injury that lead to Ben questioning his future. A hamstring injury put him out for the better part of a few weeks, in which time he could finally relax and enjoy his surroundings, something he had lacked while living the tough life of a professional athlete. “The physio spoke English and she was really nice, it felt good getting treated by the first team doctors and being around the first team facilities. I wasn’t training for a while, so I got to go out and experience the city a little more.”I was wearing my Getafe tracksuit, and an older man saw me in the street, and he was thrilled to meet me. He asked how my leg was, said that I’ve got some talent and he can’t wait to see me play. It’s those sorts of moments that take away the hard yards a little bit and make you feel like a pro.”Ben made the most of his injury and took his first trip back home to Melbourne since leaving for the academy. Spending time in the unforgiving but glorious Australian summer, he realised what was most important to him, which was taking care of his mental health and spending time with his loved ones.”I simply couldn’t do that if I were to pursue being a footballer abroad. My mental health was suffering, and I didn’t realise until I’d spent time with family and realised what I was missing back home.”I went back to Madrid soon after and the manager agreed to let me go out on loan, but my mind was decided. I was ready to return home. My experiences were amazing, and I’m forever grateful for them, but evaluating what I truly believe to be best was to be back home.”After a long and arduous 2 years in Madrid, Ben finally returned to Melbourne. His life and career experiences have helped to shape him as a mentor as he manages Manningham’s under 16 side in the state leagues of Victoria, the same leagues he once played in at a similar age.”These days I love coaching and developing the next wave of players. Given my experience in Spain, I can play that big brother role for some of these younger guys, telling them what it takes to play in Europe and helping them to be the best they can be.”These days, Ben works in the family’s business of a winery, while continuing to manage and be involved in football at a coaching level. He hopes to one day move up in Victoria’s footballing world as a manager, but for now he’s content with life, and continues practicing his Spanish.Que viva la vida. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris SermenoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh seeks Bharat Ratna for hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr.

first_imgPunjab CM Amarinder Singh seeks Bharat Ratna for hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr.Balbir Singh Sr. was a member of three Olympic gold medal winning teams – at London (1948), Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956).advertisement Indo-Asian News Service ChandigarhAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 12:27 IST Getty ImagesPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking Bharat Ratna – the highest civilian award of the country – for ailing triple Olympic hockey gold medallist Balbir Singh Senior.”Wrote to PM Narendra Modiji, requesting to award Bharat Ratna to Shri Balbir Singh (Sr) for his outstanding performance in hockey,” Amarinder Singh tweeted on Thursday.He also tagged the letter which he wrote to the Prime Minister on Wednesday.Wrote to PM @NarendraModi ji, requesting to award Bharat Ratna to Shri Balbir Singh (Sr) for his outstanding performance in Hockey. He was a 3 time Olympic gold champion having played an imp role in 1948,1952 & Captain of 1956 win. He is the greatest ever centre-forward. pic.twitter.com/h9xPXfxWQoCapt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 22, 2019The Chief Minister last month visited Balbir Singh (Sr) at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here to present him the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award for excellence in sports.He also released an amount of Rs 5 lakh for his treatment.Balbir Singh (Sr), 94, was a member of three Olympic gold medal winning teams – at London (1948), Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956). He was also the captain of the Indian hockey team at Melbourne and the flag-bearer of the Indian Olympic contingent.He was the manager of the 1975 World Cup winning team.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Balbir Singh Sr.Follow Captain Amarinder SinghFollow Bharat Ratna Nextlast_img read more

Australia: Deakin University Acquires CARIS HIPS and SIPS

first_imgzoom Deakin University, one of Australia’s leading universities, has acquired CARIS HIPS and SIPS as part of the Deakin University Warrnambool Marine and Aquaculture Science Research Initiative, which aims to boost marine research and teaching in the region. MV Yolla, Deakin University’s 10 metre research vessel based in Warrnambool, was also recently equipped with the new KONGSBERG EM 2040C multibeam echosounder, one of the first in the world.Students used the new multibeam to collect data from a local wreck site, the La Bella shipwreck, a four-masted barquentine sailing ship used as a trading vessel, which sank in 1905. La Bella is one of the many historic shipwrecks in Australia used as a diving site attraction for qualified divers. See details of the shipwreck in the composite image below, to the right.Using the CUBE workflow for bathymetric processing, along with the new water column imaging functionality available in HIPS and SIPS 8.0, students were able to produce some key findings. Students also took particular interest in backscatter processing to aid in habitat mapping as part of their research.The EM 2040C bathymetric datasets have captivated all of the professionals who worked during the acquisition and post-processing tasks. The research also included processing backscatter datasets which were extremely useful for habitat mapping studies and applications.The Marine and Freshwater Sciences research group focuses on the ecology and management of coastal marine and estuarine ecosystems, cutting edge technologies for mapping marine habitats, the effects of a drying climate on ecological function and biodiversity in rivers and streams, river restoration, the ecology and management of marine wildlife, population genetics of marine invertebrates and sustainable aquaculture. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Kongsberg, December 16, 2013last_img read more

Opioid epidemic Pharmacists call for stricter access to lowdose codeine

first_imgREGINA — Pharmacists say it’s time for Canada to restrict access to over-the-counter codeine as the country grapples with an opioid crisis.There have been renewed calls to limit access of low-dose codeine products, including Tylenol 1 and their generic counterparts, since a pharmacy in Saskatchewan was disciplined for failing to understand how the drug can be abused.Codeine is an opiate used as a painkiller and to treat coughs but can be misused. In most of Canada, codeine comes in eight-milligram pills, mixed with two other ingredients, that can be purchased without a prescription.Saskatchewan’s College of Pharmacy Professionals recently released details of 15 charges against Dewdney Drugs, a store in Regina’s North Central neighbourhood. The pharmacy has since closed.An inspection revealed that between April 2017 and January 2018, the pharmacy purchased 1.6 million Tylenol 1 tablets.There was no report of what happened to 1.1 million of them.Matthew Manz manages a nearby pharmacy and complained about Dewdney Drugs after the store sold a patient he was treating for opioid dependency three bottles of tablets containing codeine in less than a month.Saskatchewan’s pharmacy watchdog determined codeine was that patient’s drug of choice.Manz and some other pharmacists choose not to stock Tylenol 1.“We’re in the middle of this opioid epidemic,” said Manz. “We have to be more conscious of what’s going on.”“You’re doing a harm reduction program within the pharmacy … You’re getting people off opioids, but then at the same time you’re offering over the counter opioids.“In my head it didn’t make sense.”The Canadian Pharmacists Association supports the move to prescription status. It’s also calling for Health Canada to review why low-dose codeine products are used in the first place, since evidence suggests there are better alternatives to manage pain.Barry Power, the association’s director of therapeutic content, said Canada is one of the world’s top codeine consumers.Health Canada says in 2015 more than 600 types of low-dose codeine tablets were sold.The agency is reviewing whether low-dose codeine products should be restricted to prescriptions only. Manitoba made the move in 2016.Saskatchewan’s pharmacy college, citing health risks and the drug’s effectiveness compared to non-opioid drugs, said last year that it was considering a ban on the sale of low-dose codeine,The college’s registrar says no decision has been made yet.Jeana Wendel said in an email that it’s considering a model similar to Manitoba’s, as well as better monitoring of pharmacies and harm reduction education.“Council is looking at a different approach versus an all-out ban,” she wrote.David Juurlink, a drug safety researcher in Ontario, said making the drugs available only by prescription is a no-brainer, because it would decrease access to a group of products that “causes more trouble than it solves.”He calls the recent case in Regina “clearly suspicious” and said low-dose codeine products are prone to misuse.People can get a buzz if they take enough of  them, he said.“I remember very vividly in small town Nova Scotia where I used to work, people would go from drugstore to drugstore and they’d buy 100 tablets every couple of days.”Juurlink and other medical experts say people who binge on over-the-counter codeine pills are at risk of liver poisoning from excessive levels of acetaminophen in their bodies.Rand Teed, an addictions counsellor near Regina, said cough syrup containing codeine is mixed into drinks to induce euphoria, but with it comes a high risk of overdosing.Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

OSC gathering info on cryptocurrency trading platforms after complaints

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Securities Commission is gathering information on several cryptocurrency trading platforms after it received a number of complaints.The regulator says the platforms, and any businesses that allow cryptocurrencies that are securities to trade on them, may be offside securities laws.It says any platform that offers this type of trading must determine whether it is a marketplace. Marketplaces are required to comply with the rules governing exchanges or alternative trading systems.The regulator says to date, none have been recognized as an exchange, or exempted from recognition.The move by the Ontario regulator comes amid the rise of initial coin offerings, which may be used by companies as an alternative way to raise money.With little regulation, initial coin offerings have raised worries about possible financial scams.last_img read more

FDA goal to be first on devices worries former regulators

first_imgWASHINGTON — Dr. Jeffrey Shuren was adamant: The United States would never cut corners to fast-track the approval of medical devices.“We don’t use our people as guinea pigs in the U.S.,” Shuren said, holding firm as the new director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s medical devices division.Again and again in 2011 — four times in all — Shuren was summoned before Congress. Lawmakers accused the agency of being too slow and too demanding in reviewing new devices like heart valves and spinal implants, driving U.S. manufacturers overseas where products faced less rigorous review. Each time, he pushed back.And yet the next year, Shuren and his team adopted an approach that surprised even some of his closest colleagues: The FDA would strive to be “first in the world” to approve devices it considered important to public health.The agency’s shift mirrored the talking points of the $400 billion medical device industry — a lobbying behemoth on Capitol Hill — and ushered in a series of changes that critics say have allowed manufacturers to seek regulatory approval for high-risk devices using smaller, shorter, less rigorous studies that provide less certainty of safety and effectiveness.Under Shuren, annual new device approvals have more than tripled, while warnings to device manufacturers about product safety and quality issues have fallen roughly 80 per cent, an Associated Press investigation found.The FDA says warning letters have declined because the agency is using a new approach that involves fewer warnings but more inspections to oversee companies that violate its rules.The cheaper and faster medical device approvals began despite multiple high-profile problems involving pelvic mesh, hip replacements and other implants.An AP analysis of FDA data shows that since 2012, tens of thousands of injury and death reports have been filed in connection with devices that were cleared through a streamlined pathway that minimizes clinical trial testing. The FDA’s system for reporting device problems often includes incomplete, unverified information submitted by manufacturers, physicians, lawyers and patients. Because of these limitations, it’s often unclear whether a device played any role in an injury or death.In response to questions from the AP, the FDA said its “first in the world” goal was adopted as part of a broader strategy that also focused on quickly identifying defective products to ensure U.S. devices “remain safe, effective and of high quality,” the agency added.The goal is not about a competition between countries, the FDA said, but rather a response to concerns about delays in new technologies reaching U.S. patients.Last week, the FDA announced a new goal to be “consistently first” among the world’s regulatory agencies to identify and address medical device safety issues. And on Monday, a day after a global investigation into medical device safety began publishing, the FDA proposed changes that would push manufacturers to incorporate more up-to-date technology into their devices — reforms that could take years to implement.The agency also rejected the idea that Shuren’s approach to regulation has changed over time, saying he has worked for years to improve patient safety.Still, some current and former FDA officials are worried about the ambition to be first on approvals. They include Dr. Peter Lurie, who calls the agency’s direction “an invitation to a race to the bottom for scientific standards” seemingly prompted by industry pressure. Lurie held senior posts at FDA from 2009 to 2017 and now heads the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest.The FDA’s medical device standards are still considered among the highest in the world. But by trying to outpace countries with less stringent requirements, Lurie said the FDA has opened the door to lowering its own standards to achieve its goal.Earlier this year, Shuren addressed a conference of medical device industry executives, each of whom paid about $1,000 to attend.Armed with dozens of PowerPoint slides, he explained how the FDA was approving more new devices in less time and credited his “north star” — the FDA’s goal to be first to approve new devices.He highlighted the agency’s new focus on “customer service,” including streamlining clinical trials.“We all know that premarket clinical trials can be very costly, very time-consuming and, in some respects, of limited value,” Shuren said.He explained that the FDA was now using easier-to-produce data to approve a variety of devices, including artery-opening stents, spinal implants and diagnostic tests.In September, the FDA began codifying a concept called “acceptable uncertainty” in draft guidelines for manufacturers. The proposal would ease pre-market testing standards for some devices, in exchange for companies conducting larger follow-up studies, even though the FDA’s own data show that many studies are not completed until five or more years after approval.The FDA said in a statement that all devices carry a level of uncertainty, even after extensive testing. It said its guidance focuses on “breakthrough” devices, where “it may be appropriate to accept a little more uncertainty,” while still meeting FDA standards.Lurie and other former regulators worry that the FDA is laying the groundwork for a “sliding scale” of medical evidence that will leave patients even more uncertain about the safety and effectiveness of devices.“This guidance is basically a ‘come hither’ to industry, inviting them to ask FDA for the lower standards of evidence,” he said.___Follow Matthew Perrone at @AP_FDAwriter___Associated Press writers Holbrook Mohr, Reese Dunklin and Meghan Hoyer contributed to this story.Matthew Perrone, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Never give up UN chief urges all who serve marking UN Day

In a video released in advance of UN Day, Mr. Guterres said that, despite the odds and obstacles, and growing inequality “we don’t give up because we know by reducing inequality we increase hope and opportunity and peace around the world.”The UN chief made clear the Organization’s determination to implement climate action, fight for human rights and the life of peace that everyone deserves to enjoy: “On United Nations Day, let us reaffirm our commitment. To repair broken trust. To heal our planet. To leave no one behind. To uphold dignity for one and all, as united nations.”UN day commemorates the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.Between October and November, visitors to UN Headquarters can see a photo exhibition called “People on the Move,” which is being displayed in the Visitor’s Lobby of the General Assembly building, in connection with 2018 UN Day.The exhibition captures moments in time from the last seven decades of the millions of those who have, for one reason or another, become people on the move.You can find out more about the UN charter, the history of the Organization and how to visit UN headquarters in Geneva here. read more

Turf field taking shape

With the gravel foundation in place, workers have now started installing Brock’s new artificial turf field.Brock University’s artificial turf field project is in the home stretch.After weeks of moving dirt and laying down a thick foundation of gravel and drainage piping, the green turf field is now being installed.Davan Group of Puslinch, ON won the contract to build the $1.5 million field, which is being funded through the Brock University Students’ Union and a donation from an anonymous Brock alumnus.The field’s 70-foot-tall light standards were installed last week, and the first roll of turf was laid down Friday morning. After a rain storm delayed the work Friday afternoon, work continued through the weekend and now about one-third of the green turf is in place.It will still take about two weeks to finish installing the field as the turf sections have to be carefully glued together and then lines have to be cut into them. Another big step will be the installation of a massive Brock Badgers logo at centre field.The work will be completed in time for Brock’s Homecoming celebrations Sept. 18-20. The first varsity games expected to be played on the new turf will be Saturday, Sept. 19.Click here to read more about the turf field project.Click here to register for Homecoming Weekend.QUICK FACTSBrock University Artificial Turf FieldSize: 69 metres x 106 metresPainted lines: Soccer, rugby, lacrosseCost: $1.5 MillionStudent use: 7,000 playing intramural and varsity sportsBuilder: Davan Group, (Puslinch, ON)Scheduled opening: September read more

Solicitor and his wife ripped off retired vicar to fund highspending lifestyle

first_imgProsecutor Philip Standfast said: “Clare Scott must have known about the perilous state of the family’s financial circumstances and she must have known that the large sums of money transferring into and out of their joint account was being used to pay for their high spending lifestyle and did not come from her husband’s legitimate income.“It was obvious that these sums of money were the result of her husband’s criminal conduct.”As a carer for Mrs Waugh, Mrs Scott claims she made accounts of how much time she spent with her and provided receipts for her expenditure which she gave to her husband who had power of attorney over the priest’s account. He then arranged for the money to be paid to his wife.She said she did not check if the amounts tallied and said she was “extremely shocked” to learn Mr Scott had taken out tens of thousands of pounds on credit cards and ran up huge debts.“I had absolutely no idea at all what was going on with that account,” she said. “If I had known, I would have wept, just as I feel like weeping now.”Asked by the prosecutor where she thought more than £5,000 a month on credit cards was going, she said: “The mortgage, his hobbies and wine.”  Mrs Scott also told the court that her husband concealed the fact he had been sacked from his job.And insisted she knew nothing of an arrangement for the vicar to pay £300 a month towards their Volkswagen car.Giles Scott had admitted a series of fraud and theft charges in respect of Mrs Waugh and also three other elderly victims for whom he had power of attorney, as well as transferring criminal property.The case continues against Mrs Scott. All Saints Church in Brandsby, North Yorkshire, where the couple met Jane Waugh All Saints Church in Brandsby, North Yorkshire, where the couple met Jane WaughCredit:Glen Minikin A retired female priest had £230,000 stolen by a couple she met at her local church choir, who spent the money on fine wines and an extravagant lifestyle, a court heard.Jane Waugh, 78, became friends with lawyer Giles Scott and his wife Clare through their village church and she paid Mrs Scott to be her carer after her husband died.But the couple “abused the trust” the vicar had placed in them and financial problems led them to “rip off” Mrs Waugh, stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds from her. Clare denies six charges of transferring criminal propertycenter_img Mr and Mrs Scott were active in the local community of Stearsby, in North Yorkshire, but monthly overspending meant the couple’s overdraft often reached £10,000.At Teeside Crown Court, prosecutor Philip Standfast said that while Mr Scott earned £3,500 a month as a partner in the law firm Langley’s, in York, their mortgage repayments were £1,800 a month and they frequently spent £5,000 a month on credit cards.Giles Scott, 63, spent £827 on a night out in a pub, the court heard, and was withdrawing around £700 in cash on his credit card every two or three days in a month-long period in 2015.He has admitted a number of frauds and thefts against four other elderly people who had trusted him with power of attorney.However his wife, Clare, 62, denies six charges of transferring criminal property, amounting to £50,890.Mrs Scott, who also has a soft-furnishing business as well as being a carer, told the court she thought her husband was “an honourable man” and has denied any knowledge of their debts. Clare denies six charges of transferring criminal propertyCredit:Glen Minikin Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Average driver to spend €243 on petrol this month paying €13850 in

first_imgThe AA ROADWATCH has criticised the amount that road users are having to spend on petrol on diesel, saying that it “burdens business”.Despite the latest price survey having shown a slight drop in both petrol and diesel, the AA Roadwatch have calculated that a typical Irish car (covering 19,200 kilometres per year) doing typical mileage (48.2 kilometres per gallon) will result in drivers spending €243 on petrol this month, of which €138.50 is tax.Petrol now costs an average of 162 cent per litre, down one-tenth of one cent on last month, while the cost of diesel has dropped by 2.7 cent to an average of 153.8 cent.The director of consumer affairs at AA Roadwatch, Conor Faughnan, said that the prices could drop a further two cent this month.“I would not get too excited though,” he said. “Better than a move the other way but prices are still hovering around at a very high level.”Oil pricesDespite a recent sharp drop in the price of oil, the AA Roadwatch said that this does not have as big an impact on fuel prices as drivers would believe, with over 57 per cent of the price of both diesel and petrol being tax.“For a road-dependent island economy with relatively poor public transport this is altogether too much.” said Faughnan. “It burdens ordinary people and it burdens business in an ongoing anti-stimulus effect.”Read: Commuters could save thousands by ditching their cars – Bus Éireann >last_img read more

Tsipras resigns calls for snap elections

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras quit last night, calling for early elections just after completing seven months in office.Tsipras submitted his resignation to President of Democracy Prokopis Pavlopoulos and asked for the soonest election date.“I will go the president of the republic shortly to submit my resignation, as well as the resignation of my government,” Tsipras said in a televised address before meeting Mr Pavlopoulos.“I want to be honest with you. We did not achieve the agreement we expected before the January elections.”“I feel the deep ethical and political responsibility to put to your judgment all I have done, successes and failures,” he concluded.After nearly a third of SYRIZA lawmakers refused to back the program in parliament last week, Tsipras lost majority.He now hopes to return to power in a stronger position without anti-bailout rebels in his party.The election date is yet to be set but earlier reports suggested 20 September.Meanwhile, Greece will be run by a caretaker government ahead of the polls.last_img read more