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Shagun Chowdhary on her quest for London Olympics

first_imgShagun ChowdharyThe first thing that strikes you about Shagun Choudhary, 29, when she enters the room is that she’s really tall for a girl. Well, an Indian girl. Articulate and poised, she doesn’t quite cut the typical figure of a struggling Indian athlete who languishes in the wake of the,Shagun ChowdharyThe first thing that strikes you about Shagun Choudhary, 29, when she enters the room is that she’s really tall for a girl. Well, an Indian girl. Articulate and poised, she doesn’t quite cut the typical figure of a struggling Indian athlete who languishes in the wake of the ever-ubiquitous cricketer. Five minutes into the conversation however, you realise how off you were, and how, even after decades of economic improvement, women and sport in India still don’t mix socially. “My mother wanted me to become a doctor, or pursue an MBA. Sport wasn’t really a career option for me till I won my first international medal in 2003,” she says, adding wryly that she beat the Chinese to win the bronze. Choudhary is India’s first female trap shooter to win a berth to the Olympics, which she secured in September 2011 at the Belgrade World Championships. She stood fourth there, and has since become India’s newest poster girl in our bid for a second, and much awaited Olympic gold.Choudhary grew up in Jaipur, and was introduced to shooting at the age of two, when she began to accompany her father Sushil to the ranges. He used to shoot skeet with Maharaja Karni Singhji of Bikaner.”I used to carry a toy gun to the shooting range, and mimic my father,” she laughs. A student of Maharani Gayatri Devi Girl’s School in Jaipur, Choudhary was always a keen sportsperson. “Apart from my interest in shooting, I was also a state level swimming champion,” she adds. Thus it comes as a surprise when the current world number eight reveals that she hadn’t even picked up a shotgun till 2001. In the same year, however, Choudhary entered and won the National Shooting Championships held at the Thunderbolt ranges in Bikaner, where, as a child, she had watched her father shoot with the Maharaja.Traditionally, sport is still male lineage-hardly ever passed on to a daughter. Choudhary’s father broke con-vention when he encouraged her to take up shooting in Delhi, where she was pursuing a bachelors degree at Jesus and Mary College. “Much to my mother’s ire, I was bunking classes to go shoot at the Tughlakabad range with dad, and I could pick the kind of shooter I wanted to be,” she says. Initially she had no gun to practice with and shot with borrowed cartridges, because of their astronomical cost. Like most Indian children who dare to go off the beaten path of exams, 90 per cent cut-offs and college degrees, Chowdhary too struggled with her family when she chose the shooting range over MBA classes. “My father was my motivation through it all, and would whisk me away for practice. He fought for me till I was able turn my family’s opinion, and now, they’re often more clued in to the sport than I am,” she laughs. Sushil, an ace skeet shooter himself, accompanies his daughter to tournaments around the world. “He keeps my spirits up even when I shoot badly. You need that kind of support as a sportsperson,” she adds.Chowdhary shot double trap till 2004, and was part of Indian shooting team, when the International Body for Shooting scrapped double trap for women as an Olympic sport. It came as a blow to her, especially since she’d helped India win its first bronze in the sport at the Asian Clay Championships in 2003. “All the time I had invested came to naught since it was no longer an Olympic event. I wanted to get somewhere with my shooting and I was determined to compete at the ultimate global stage,” she claims. In 2005 Chowdhary made the bold move of shifting from double trap to trap, a much faster sport. “It involves the fear of the unknown,” says the shooter, “because one has no idea about the trajectory of the clay pigeon in single trap. All you know is that it’s going to come out at an unknown trajectory and at high speed, and you just have to take your aim.”Currently training with her coach Marcello Dradi in Italy, Chowdhary spends four to five hours at the range, followed by a gym routine. “I train five days a week and work on flexibility, muscle relaxation and visualisation techniques with my coach. In trap shooting, the deciding factor is who holds it together on the day of the competition,” she says. She began training without any professional help and subsequently picked up some bad habits, which took a while to get rid of. “Unfortunately I lost out on some time initially, but training with Dradi has boosted my confidence,” she says.Daddy’s girl: Chowdhary with father SushilShooting trap is a grueling test of nerves, and the margin for error, vey low. Last July, Chowdhary experienced this first hand when she lost out on winning an entry to the Olympics in her first attempt at the World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia. “I shot a personal best score of 72/75 but did badly in the qualifying shoot-off that followed.” She got her next shot at the World Championships at Belgrade, where Chowdhary found herself in a similar situation, having scored another impressive 72. This time however, she was prepared for the shoot-off, and finished fourth to clinch an Olympic berth. “I’m disappointed that I missed the gold, but thrilled that India finally had a place in the women’s trap event,” she says. Ask her about success and failure and she’s ready with a weathered response, and an insight that belies her young years. “Sport humbles you to an extent where you learn to take both success and failure in your stride. Being complacent isn’t an option,” she says. Ask her about sponsorship and she’s a little more direct. ‘When I started, sponsorship for Olympic sports was miniscule. No one went all out for us the way Sahara supported cricket.” Chowdhary found ready backers in the form of the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), a not-for-profit organisation, founded by former badminton champion Prakash Padukone and billiards wiz Geet Sethi, that sponsors Olympians. She wishes, however, that such help would be uniform and widespread in its impact. “As sportspeople, we lack the kind of admiration and respect that the Americans and Chinese get. It’s a powerful feeling to know that an entire nation is backing you. Sadly, that sentiment is yet to build in India for anything apart from cricket,” says Chowdhary.While she misses the conventional forms of support that cricket gets, the pockets of encouragement that have sprung up are confident that she’s going to make an impact. “Her mental strength is her key asset,” says Sethi. Viren Rasquinha, former captain of the Indian hockey team and CEO of OGQ, adds, “Her technique, temperament and self belief can help overcome the pressure. Her form had dipped a bit but in the last three months of training, her scores have been excellent.” The swelling number of Indian women shooters is a matter of great pride for Chowdhary. “Women need to see sport as an accessible, professional career. I would be glad if my success can spur others to try,” she says. An Olympic medal would surely do the trick. Now if only we could get over the IPL.The hit listadvertisementadvertisementA guide to the best in the world of women’s trap shooting, and what Chowdhary is going to be up against at the Olympics.Elena TkachCountry: Russia.Rank: Ranked first by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).Honour roll: World champion in 2002. Her recent silver medal at the Olympic Test event in London helped Russia get to the top of the points table before the Games begin.advertisementZuzana StefecekovaCountry: Slovakia.Rank: Ranked third by the ISSF.Honour roll: Stefecekova won Slovakia its first non-water discipline Olympic silver medal in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics.Fatima GlavezCountry: Spain.Rank: Ranked second by the ISSF.Honour Roll: The current European champion for trap, Glavez won her biggest title yet. In April 2012, she won gold at the World Cup in London, a pre-Olympic event. She beat world no.1 Tkach by a close margin.last_img read more

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first_imgDe Villiers said his players felt “a little hard done by” De Villiers said his players felt “a little hard done by” after decisions went against Duminy and Rossouw, with South Africa having no more reviews after an earlier failed review by De Kock. The normally free-scoring De Villiers took 72 balls to reach his slowest one-day international half-century in eight years, with just three fours, two of them from reverse sweeps.De Villiers edged another four and seemed finally to be taking control when he pulled Jordan for a six, only to fall in the next over. He faced a total of 91 balls.Duminy hit only two fours in a 66-ball innings.The tall Topley took four for 50, the best figures of his seven-match one-day international career.Stokes took two for 54 but Englands two slow bowlers, leg-spinner Adil Rashid and off-spinner Moeen Ali, were mainly responsible for South Africas innings becoming becalmed in the middle overs.Both bowled their allocation of ten overs in single spells and they conceded a total of only 84 runs.By contrast, England did not allow South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir to settle. He conceded 66 runs in four separate spells. AFP AH AHlast_img read more

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Pulikali held as part of Onam festival

first_imgThrissur, Sep 7 (PTI) Thrissur town, considered as the cultural capital of Kerala, today witnessed the famed Pulikali (Tiger dance) by around 300 artisians donning tiger masks and sporting the painted stripes of the big cat. Special attraction of this years event was participation of women also in the, one of the main event organised as part of the week-long Onam festival. Six teams, including the Kanattukara Pulikali Sangam, Ayyanthol Desam Pulikali Coordination Committee and Kotturam Desam took part in the dance, which was witnessed by a large number of people, braving drizzling in many parts of the town. PTI JRK RClast_img read more

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The Tendulkars’ cricket journey: Different cricketers, different shades

first_imgNews of Arjun Tendulkar making the India U-19 team broke on Thursday and it was a happy affair at the Tendulkar household.Sachin Tendulkar was a proud father and said that he and his wife Anjali are very happy that Arjun has achieved this important milestone in his life.”We are happy on Arjun being selected in Indian under 19 team. It is an important milestone in his cricketing life. Anjali and I will always support Arjun in his choices and pray for his success,” said Sachin exclusively to SportsTak.But the milestone did not come easy for Tendulkar junior. Unlike his father, who leapfrogged age group cricket all together and made his India debut against Pakistan at the age of 16, Arjun had to go through the grind in the domestic age-group tournaments and then only he was selected in India’s U-19 squad for the Sri Lanka tour.Sachin Tendulkar ecstatic after son Arjun’s India U-19 selectionSachin was selected for Mumbai at the age of 14 during the 1987-88 Ranji Trophy season but didn’t get to play a single match. In the following year, he made his Ranji debut at the age of 15 years and 232 days against Gujarat. He was handed his debut after he impressed Mumbai’s captain Dilip Vengsarkar while batting in the nets. His ability to handle the likes of Kapil Dev and other senior India players caught everyone’s eyes and he was slowly making a name for himself.On his debut, he made an immediate impact and scored a century and became the youngest player to score a century on his debut in first-class cricket. He followed the impressive show in the Ranji Trophy by scoring a century in his first Deodhar and Duleep Trophy games as well.advertisementThe diminutive batsman finished the 1988/89 Raji Trophy season as Mumbai’s highest run-scorer. He scored 583 runs at an average of 67.77. He also made an unbeaten century in the Irani Trophy match for Rest of India against Delhi in the starting of the 1989-90 season. His impressive show caught everyone’s eyes and he was handed a debut in India’s tour of Pakistan late in the year 1989. He made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi in November 1989 aged 16 years and 205 days. He showed intent to begin and were dealt many body blows before getting clean bowled for 15 at the hands of Waqar Younis, who was also making his debut in that match. Tendulkar didn’t get to bat in the second innings and the match eventually ended in a draw.Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun selected to play for India Under-19However, he came back strong in the next match and scored a fighting knock of 59 off 172 balls and negotiated the likes of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Abdul Qadir well. That was a life changing innings for him and after that he didn’t look back. Sachin Tendulkar while walking out to bat for the last time in international cricket (PTI Photo)Yes! There were a few hiccups along the way but when he called time on his international career 24 years later, he was arguably the best batsman ever in the history of the game. He finished with a total of 34,357 runs from a total of 464 international games and had scored 100 centuries as well.Arjun on the other hand hasn’t had the fairytale beginning to his playing career. Always under the pressure of being Sachin Tendulkar’s son, the spotlight followed him wherever he went and excessive scrutiny followed.He is nothing like his father as well. While Tendulkar Sr. was the greatest batsman ever to play the game, Arjun is left-handed fast medium bowler, who can bat a bit.He made his Harris Shield debut in 2011 and was out for a duck. Tendulkar Sr. on the other hand had scripted a then record-breaking 664-run partnership with Vinod Kambli in the same tournament. But, he made amends with the ball and claimed eight wickets to guide Dhirubhai Ambani International School to victory against the Jamnabai Narsee School.The following year, Arjun scored his maiden century in Maharashtra Cricket Association’s U-14 Summer Vacation tournament. The left-hander slammed 124 runs, with 14 fours and a six to help Khar Gymkhana side beat the Goregaon Centre by an innings and 21 runs in the semis. Arjun Tendulkar has regularly been present when Mumbai Indians train during the IPL (@ICC Photo)Since then, the 18-year-old has always been in and around the best in the business and practiced with them as well. He had often been seen bowling to the Indian team and the Mumbai Indians players in the nets. Tendulkar Jr. also bowled to the Indian women’s cricket team in England last year during the women’s World Cup. In short, he has always had the privilege to test himself against the best and learn the trade.advertisementHis first major breakthrough came last year when he was been picked in Mumbai’s U-19 one-day side for the JY Lele invitational tournament. Earlier, he had also represented Mumbai in the U-14 and U-16 teams. He made mark during the 2017-18 Cooch Behar Trophy, picking up 19 wickets in five matches, including two five-wicket hauls and a four-wicket haul for Mumbai U-19.Last July, he was also a part of an MCC squad that played two matches against Namibia U-19 in England. He picked up four wickets as Namibia were bowled out for 49. Arjun Tendulkar bowled to the England team in 2015 (Reuters Photo)The southpaw, who idolises Mitchell Starc and Ben Stokes even impressed the bowling legend Akram and the Pakistani legend even said that he is very down to earth and he is eager to learn.”He is a 15-year-old who is like any other kid in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka – he’s very enthusiastic about his cricket,” Akram said.”I told him a little bit about fitness, on wrist positioning and I explained to him how to bring the ball back onto the right-hander,” he added.Arjun will now hope to continue to good work and impress everyone if he gets a chance in the team’s two four-day games in July.last_img read more

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Alabama Dad Mows ‘Script A’ Into Front Lawn To Celebrate Son’s Decision To Attend UA

first_imgAlabama logo put on someones Front Lawn.Alabama Front LawnIt’s certainly common for parents to support the college that their child chooses to attend. Most of the time, they express it by wearing tee shirts, hoodies and hats with the school’s logo. One decided to take things to another level. The father of a high school senior named Pearce O’Donnell, as you’ll see below, mowed and painted Alabama’s “Script A” logo into his front lawn. A friend of the family posted a photo of the masterpiece to Twitter.According to O’Donnell, his father was excited that his son, the oldest in the family, got a sizable scholarship to Alabama. His mother also attended the university. The logo was first outlined with spray paint, and later mowed in.Roll tide pic.twitter.com/9MafbXIi9d— Ren (@Ally_Renna423) June 8, 2015Impressive, for sure. Roll Tide, America.last_img read more

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500 fans outstayed World Cup visas & some slipped out of Russia

first_imgAs many as 500 people who travelled to Russia for the 2018 World Cup on FIFA’s FAN ID system have yet to officially leave, Goal has learned, with many believed to have travelled onward to the European Union.Under the terms and conditions of the FAN ID, travellers were entitled to make repeated entries to Russia up until to December 31, 2018. However, up to 500 have not checked out of Russia or arrived back in their home countries.AdChoices广告One hundred and seventy-four are from Nigeria with around three quarters in total originating from sub-Saharan Africa, including countries which didn’t qualify for the World Cup. More are believed to have travelled to Russia from India and China. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It is believed that around one third of the 500 have already left Russia by unofficial means into the EU through routes including Poland, the Baltic countries and Finland. Official numbers are currently unknown. Some are looking for asylum in the EU and most of the remainder are now struggling to eke out a living in Russia.After the World Cup there was a noticeable increase in the number of African immigrants on the streets of Moscow, with some having now turned to criminality in the absence of any approval to find work. More had been leafletting outside Metro stations and others are known to be looking to marry local Russians to legitimise their stay in the country.”I was aware of potential issues during the World Cup when asked to help one African gentleman,” says Alan Moore, a Russian-based sports journalist and radio host of Capital Sports on Moscow’s Capital FM. “Since then I’ve seen more instances of potential overstays and tales coming from the outskirts on Moscow’s metro lines that add to the issue. Once I began to look into it and the numbers turning up, I wondered why this is not given more attention. “Fear of being seen as racist here in Russia, coupled with the insular world of foreign correspondents, who have enough low hanging fruit to pick like doping and Trump / Russia, or no sports knowledge, means it has escaped attention. “However, it will take just one unfortunate mishap or incident to blow up in Russia and FIFA’s faces.”FIFA FAN ID controversySince the turn of the year, many have gone to ground in fear of exposing themselves to Russian Ministry of the Interior officials and being deported. Goal understands that some among the Nigerian party are now reluctant to reach out to the country’s ambassadors over fears of being sent back and, as such, are declining offers of assistance.The FIFA FAN ID was a document required by all match ticket holders at the 2018 World Cup to gain entry to stadiums. Fans who either applied or received match tickets were entitled to apply for the FAN ID. It originally guaranteed supporters visa-free entry to Russia from 10 days before the start of the tournament until 10 days after. However, the Russian State Duma extended that period until December 31 back in July.“Fan ID holders will be allowed to enter Russia visa-free until the end of the year, and their family members will be able to get visas for free,” Vladimir Putin said in August when signing the law, but where news of the immigration bungle has broken, the Russian president has copped some of the blame.More than 2.4 million tickets for the Russian World Cup were sold in total, according to FIFA, with the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, China, Australia and England making up the top ten of travelling fans from abroad.A FIFA spokesperson said: “The Fan ID project was fully managed by the Russian government via the Ministry of Communications.”last_img read more

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Ashes 2019: Ricky Ponting optimistic about Australia’s win in third Ashes Test

first_img Next Asian News International LeedsAugust 25, 2019UPDATED: August 25, 2019 13:30 IST Former Australia player Ricky Ponting (Cricket Australia/Twitter)Despite admitting England played really well on day three of the third Ashes Test, Former Australia player Ricky Ponting is optimistic about Australia’s win in the game as he feels that Tim Paine-led side has got ‘plenty of runs’.England played brilliantly on day three and need 203 runs to win with seven wickets in hand. It was Joe Denly and Joe Root’s 126-run partnership which has put England on a dominating position in the match.”I know England have played really well this afternoon, they dug deep. Denly and Root’s partnership was outstanding, but I think Australia has still got plenty of runs,” Cricket.com.au quoted Ponting as saying.Both Denly and Root scored their respective half-century in the fourth inning. However, soon after scoring a half-century, Denly (50) was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood.Ponting said that Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have bowled ‘outstandingly well’ right through the game.”We’ve seen Hazlewood (2-35) and Cummins (1-33) bowl outstandingly well right through the game and I think as the game goes on Nathan Lyon (0-42) is going to come in to it more and more,” he said.Ponting believes that the new ball will have a great impact on the game when the match will start on day four.”The wicket looks like it’s flattened out considerably late this afternoon but there’s a new ball around the corner tomorrow morning. It’s been a new-ball wicket all game. The other thing we’ve seen is in the game it has been a really hard wicket for anyone to come in and start on,” Ponting said.advertisementRoot (75*) and Ben Stokes (2*) will resume day four from 156/3.Also Read | Ashes 2019: Tough for anyone to fill Steve Smith’s shoes, says Marnus LabuschagneAlso see: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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Ricky PontingFollow AustraliaFollow Ashes testFollow England VS Australia Ashes 2019: Ricky Ponting optimistic about Australia’s win in third Ashes TestFormer Australia player Ricky Ponting is optimistic about Australia’s win in the third Ashes Test as he believes that the new ball will have a great impact on the game when the match will start on day four.advertisementlast_img read more

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One person dead five others injured in earlymorning crash in Kingston Ont

first_imgKINGSTON, Ont. – A man who was checking the damage on his vehicle after a minor crash is dead after another car rammed into him, Ontario Provincial Police said.Early indications suggest an SUV crashed into the guardrail on the highway and was stopped in the passing lane at about 5 a.m. on Saturday in Kingston, Ont.“We believe he came out of the vehicle to look at the damage when the car behind him a short time later ran into the back of the vehicle,” Const. Roop Sandhu said.That collision led to a chain reaction involving four vehicles in total, including one that was hauling a camper trailer, Sandhu said.Five others were taken to hospital, but their lives are not thought to be in danger.He said the crash, which closed the highway for several hours, left debris strewn across the ground and vehicles in the ditches.Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, and their investigation is ongoing.“It’s too early to say about possible charges, but everything’s going to be taken into consideration,” Sandhu said, adding that the other drivers may not have been able to see the stopped vehicle in the dark.last_img read more

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Man found not criminally responsible for killing cop gets conditional discharge

first_imgTORONTO – A man found not criminally responsible for killing a Toronto police officer while driving a snowplow has received a conditional discharge.The Ontario Review Board, which decides if and how not criminally responsible patients should be detained, ordered the conditional discharge for Richard Kachkar this month.Kachkar was found not criminally responsible for killing Sgt. Ryan Russell with a stolen snow plow on Jan. 11, 2011.Richard Schneider, chair of the board, said Kachkar had been living at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.The review board’s decision means Kachkar has “been formally discharged from hospital” and can live in the community under the 10 conditions listed in the board’s disposition, Schneider said.Those conditions include reporting to a mental health facility every two weeks, not driving a vehicle and abstaining from drugs and alcohol. Kachkar has also been ordered not to posses any weapons.“The order of business for us is to protect the public,” Schneider said. “But with that in mind we have to impose what’s known as the least onerous, least restrictive disposition. So if an accused can be managed safely in the community and mitigate whatever risk he poses in the community then clearly we wouldn’t keep him in the hospital.”Schneider said last year Kachkar was “formally detained in hospital” and was allowed to leave under special circumstances.People found not criminally responsible are subject to annual reviews where board members decide on privileges.The review board system lets those people into the community – once they’re deemed ready – for short periods of time under close supervision. If they do well, they can be granted more privileges at subsequent hearings. If not, the review board can order tighter supervision.The review board can also order an absolute discharge for a person found not criminally responsible. Absolute discharges are granted only when the board finds the person is not a “significant threat” to public safety.last_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP arrest suspect in connection with property theft

first_imgAt the time of arrest, the suspect was in possession of a knife, contrary to existing probation orders causing additional charges to be forwarded to court.The suspect remains in custody.The Fort St. John RCMP wish to thank the public for their assistance in identifying and locating this suspect. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After receiving multiple responses from the public, Fort St. John RCMP were able to identify a suspect wanted in connection to property theft.RCMP were investigating a Break and Enter, that occurred on March 17, at a multi-resident complex located at the 9800 block of 108 Ave.On April 25, a member of the public recognized the individual and called police, who subsequently arrested him.last_img read more

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Darfur Ban deplores attack on UNAfrican Union peacekeepers

6 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today’s attack on a United Nations-African Union patrol in Sudan’s Darfur region that led to the death of one peacekeeper and the wounding of two others. The attack on the joint UN-AU peacekeeping force (UNAMID) took place near Nyala, the capital of South Darfur. It comes less than one month after three peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in North Darfur. Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, extended his heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the families of the three soldiers and their colleagues in Darfur. “He expects the Government of Sudan will swiftly bring those responsible for this reprehensible act to justice,” said the statement. Over 30 UNAMID personnel have died as a result of hostile actions since the mission took over from an earlier AU peace force at the start of 2008, and many humanitarian workers have also been targeted in attacks by bandits or armed groups.Darfur has been wracked with conflict since 2003, pitting Government forces and allied militiamen against rebel groups. Millions of civilians have been either internally displaced or forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. read more

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Over 300 power pirates nabbed

Over 300 power pirates were nabbed last month, the Ministry of Power and Energy said.The Ministry said that the suspects caught illegally tapping electricity were imposed fines. In total the Ministry raked in Rs. 1.74 Million in fines last month from power pirates.

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EHF announces TV deal in Denmark

The marketing arm of the European Handball Federation, EHF Marketing GmbH, has announced a three-year deal to show the VELUX EHF Champions League and EHF Champions League in the Danish market.The agreement, with long-standing partner Danish Radio (DR), will see the TV station show all the matches of the participating Danish teams both home and away in the VELUX EHF Champions League as well as all the matches of one of the Danish participants in the EHF Women’s Champions League. All the matches will be shown on their DR 1 channel.Also included in the deal is a sub-licence to TV2 Sport, which will show the matches of the remaining participating teams in the EHF Women’s Champions League in Denmark, the VELUX EHF Champions League magazine show and other matches from the competition involving teams from outside of Denmark.Commenting on the agreement, Peter Vargo, Managing Director of EHF Marketing GmbH, said: “I am delighted that we are to continue our extremely positive 10-year working relationship with Danish Radio. This agreement guarantees TV viewers in this important market top quality coverage of Europe’s premier club competitions.”Tine Bendix, Head of Sports, Danish Radio said: “We are very happy with this deal and the fact that DR can continue to show EHF Champions League handball as we have done for the last 10 years.“The EHF Champions League is sport and entertainment at a very high level and with this new contract we can continue the development of our EHF Champions League coverage for the benefit of our TV viewers, radio listeners and for the web users who can look forward to a new DR EHF Champions League website.”Lene Ugilt Hansen, Head of Sport, TV2 Sport commented: “TV 2 SPORT already has a strong portfolio of Danish and international handball rights which includes both national leagues as well as World Cup and the European and World Championships.“By securing the broadcasting rights to the EHF Champions League until 2014 we will be able to offer our viewers the best of European club handball for another three years. I’m particularly pleased that we have secured a number of Danish home games in the upcoming season.”Danish men’s teams AG Kobenhavn and Bjerringbro-Silkeborg will be in action in the VELUX EHF Champions League from the beginning of October as the seek to qualify for the VELUX EHF FINAL4. This final round of the competition will take place in Cologne, Germany on 26 and 27 May 2011.The EHF Women’s Champions League will begin in September for Denmark’s top teams with Randers HK and Viborg HK competing in the qualification round. Group Matches, including Danish champions FC Midtjylland, will throw off at the beginning of October 2011.Text: EHF Danish handballHandball on TV ← Previous Story Reber is a new right back of Bern Muri Next Story → Ibolya Mehlmann to Krim Mercator read more

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Beds and furniture removed from Apollo House as legal proceedings officially end

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Aodhan O Faolain Share32 Tweet Email Image: SAM BOAL/RollingNews.ie 9,974 Views http://jrnl.ie/3221452 32 Comments Beds and furniture removed from Apollo House as legal proceedings officially end The receivers intend to sell the building, which forms part of a block due for re-development. Image: SAM BOAL/RollingNews.ie Friday 3 Feb 2017, 3:17 PM HIGH COURT PROCEEDINGS brought over the occupation of Apollo House in Dublin City Centre have been formally ended.Justice Paul Gilligan was informed by Stephen Dowling Bl for receivers over the property today that all the remaining items of property, including furniture and beds brought into the building, have been removed.During the occupation, a large number of items of property had been donated by members of the public to the Home Sweet Home coalition, the group that organised the takeover.All persons who had occupied the building left Apollo House by 12 January.However, the legal action, where the receivers sought orders ending what they said was an illegal trespass, was adjourned on several occasions so that all the items brought into the building could be removed. Supporters leaving Apollo House on the day they were ordered to vacate the premises. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieThe judge welcomed the news and struck out the proceedings with no order.Solicitor Gary Daly who represented the defendants in the case musician Glen Hansard, trade unionist Brendan Ogle and activists Aisling Hedderman and Carrie Hennessy, who are all members of the Irish Housing Network group, thanked the judge.The occupation began in December when the building, located on Tara Street and Townsend Street in Dublin, was offered as accommodation to the homeless by the Home Sweet Home group.Receivers appointed over the building then secured a High Court injunction requiring the occupiers to leave the building.  Justice Gilligan placed a stay on his order allowing the occupants to remain on until noon on Wednesday 11 January.An application for an extension of the deadline was refused and all the residents left the following day.The injunction was sought by Tom O’Brien and Simon Coyle of Mazars, who were appointed joint receivers over the building by a Nama related company Nalm Ltd in 2014, to vacate the property and restraining the illegal trespass at Apollo House.The joint receivers were appointed over the property by Nalm Ltd. It acquired loans advanced by Anglo Irish Bank to the building’s owners Cuprum Properties Ltd who had defaulted on borrowing of approximately €357,000,000.The receivers intend to sell the building, which forms part of a block due for re-development.Read: Man who hoped his dog would get better without treatment convicted of animal cruelty >Read: ‘A total lack of respect’: Firefighters in Galway protest after claims of unpaid expenses > Short URL Feb 3rd 2017, 3:17 PM last_img read more

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Greek Tourism Professor wins another international award

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Yet another prestigious international award has been bestowed upon tourism professor Marianna Sigala, who arrived in Australia about two years ago and was recently appointed director of the Centre for Tourism and Leisure Management at the School of Management at the University of South Australia. Dr Sigala received the Best IFITTalk of the Year Award during a gala ceremony held at the Palazzo Brancaccio in Rome last month.IFITT is one of the leading e Tourism knowledge-hubs for tourism and technology experts in industry and academia, and its events have proved to be a great success in informing participants about current trends and enabling them to network and discuss future challenges. “I feel very honoured to have received this award,” says Dr Sigala, “but above all I consider myself incredibly privileged for the opportunity to participate and put together the biggest panel of industry and academic experts representing all tourism sectors in order to discuss the emerging issues of the sharing economy phenomenon.”Organised by the International Federation for Information Technology and Travel & Tourism (IFITT), the 24th ENTER2017 eTourism Conference was held in Rome from 23-27 January in collaboration with the Roma Tre University. The conference attracted more than 300 delegates from 39 countries, both with industry and academic backgrounds who excel in the education and tourism industry and those who were invited to share their knowledge, experiences and academic research findings on issues relating to world tourism, the academy and education, as well as the importance of technologies in creating online relationships worldwide. The federation extensively discusses and concentrates on the economic, consumer and organisational impacts of eTourism through events such as the ENTER conference, workshops and IFITT-supported publications.This year’s conference was organised in three tracks: research, destinations and industry. It featured world-class keynote speakers from internationally-renowned universities, major companies such as Club Med, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Expedia, Booking.com and Amadeus, along with representatives of innovative tourism destinations. IFITT members include researchers and practitioners of eTourism who treasure the power of networking and global knowledge and exchange information for improving their competitiveness and innovation. The conference provided a worldwide forum where the attendees from academic, industry, government, and other organisations were given the opportunity to actively exchange, share, and challenge state-of-the-art research and industrial case studies on the application of information and communication technologies in travel and tourism. The main criteria and contributing factors for Dr Sigala’s award included the number of participants at the IFITTalk event, the content of the lecture and its contribution to the tourism industry, as well as the quality, quantity of online visibility and promotion of the event through press releases, online posts and online discussions. “We explored the ‘sharing economy’ phenomenon, which is rapidly diffusing in all aspects of life and industries, including tourism,” explains Dr Sigala. “Unfortunately, the traditional tourist enterprises do not have the necessary knowledge and experience to follow the new data formed in the modern global tourism industry, and therefore our own role is a modern policy which will give a specific rate, but also the possibility of fair play for all practitioners,” explains the professor, who feels that through her IFITT talk at UniSA she managed to engage with the local community and demonstrate the value and services it can provide to the local tourism industry. “The tourism economy is challenging and creates disruptions in industry structures, business models and consumer behaviour. Traditional tourism operators do not know how to respond, while policy makers need to decide how to regulate the industry and make it a fair playing field for everyone.”last_img read more

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See Eurostar Sights With VR Odyssey Experience

first_imgStay on target As a two-time Eurostar rider, I can say with some level of authority that the high-speed railway is, indeed, a great way to travel: comfy seats, available Wi-Fi, express trips to Paris and Brussels.But there is one thing the service is missing: windows.“Travellers are always asking if they can see the fish when traveling through the Channel Tunnel,” Eurostar Commercial Director Nick Mercer said in a statement.Well, now you can.The enterprise on Wednesday announced “Eurostar Odyssey,” a virtual experience designed to take passengers on an immersive adventure through the surrounding sea.“Throughout the summer we’ll be giving younger travellers free headsets so they can enjoy an exciting adventure under the Channel,” according to Mercer, who did not reveal an age limit for use (which, therefore, means I will most definitely put in a request).Simply log into the onboard entertainment system on your personal Apple or Android device, then sit back and relax as the “Odyssey” experience turns your train ride into a deep-sea dive.As the virtual roof transforms into a glass ceiling, you’ll meet explorers Rose and Benoit, who guide users on a journey filled with pirate legends and mermaid encounters. A gaming element, meanwhile, adds a bit of competition.Meet Esther the octopus (via Eurostar)From Oceanarium to the mysterious HMS Victory to the Abyss, keep your eyes peeled for different species—including Esther the octopus, who guards the sunken ship’s treasure.“Eurostar Odyssey” is available on new e320 and refurbished e300 trains running between London and Paris, Lille, Brussels, Lyon, and the south of France.The Channel Tunnel (or Chunnel, as I prefer to call it) is a 31.35-mile rail tunnel below the English Channel that links the United Kingdom with the rest of Europe. At its lowest point, the passage sits 250 feet below the sea bed, and 380 feet below sea level.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality last_img read more

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Astronomers spot Farout the most distant object in our solar system

first_img Space A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy Scientists have spotted the most distant object ever discovered in our solar system. Or to put it in Big Lebowski terms: “It’s far out, man; far f%^#ing out.”In fact, the team of astronomers that first observed the object have nicknamed it “Farout,” although it also carries the temporary and tedious official designation “2018 VG18.” NASA will explore a hostile space rock for New Year’s Farout’s obvious moniker comes from the fact that it’s over three and a half times more distant from us than Pluto. It’s also more than 3.5 billion miles beyond the second-most-distant solar system object we know about, which is named Eris. “All that we currently know about 2018 VG18 is its extreme distance from the sun, its approximate diameter, and its color,” explained co-discoverer David Tholen from the University of Hawaii in a release.  “Because 2018 VG18 is so distant, it orbits very slowly, likely taking more than 1,000 years to take one trip around the Sun.”Solar System distances to scale showing the newly discovered 2018 VG18, nicknamed “Farout,” compared to other known Solar System objects.  Roberto Molar Candanosa / Scott S. Sheppard / Carnegie Institution for Science. While it is tough to confirm details at such a distance, the astronomers say its brightness suggests it’s a spherical dwarf planet about 500 km (311 miles) wide, or roughly half the size of Ceres. Like many other icy objects in the far reaches of the solar system, it also looks to have a pinkish tint. The discovery comes as part of the same team’s continuing effort to scour the edge of the solar system for an object that would be even more far out, in the sense of the term that made The Dude use it so often: a hidden Planet 9 or Planet X lurking in the cosmic darkness. 17 Photos Sci-Tech In October, the researchers announced the find of another distant object nicknamed The Goblin, which seemed to have an odd orbit that could be influenced by an unseen super-Earth-sized planet hanging out on the fringes of interstellar space. The team says it’s still too early to know if Farout could also be influenced by the gravitational pull of a sneaky super-earth. If it is, then its nickname will become doubly appropriate. Until then, it simply abides. Originally published December 17, 2018. Updated January 15, 2018 at 4:35 p.m. PT to correct the distance between Eris and Farout. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.center_img Share your voice 3 Now playing: Watch this: Tags 5:16 Commentslast_img read more

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Global airlines slash profit forecast 21 on protectionism fears

first_imgAirline profits help detect trends for consumer confidence and global trade.ReutersGlobal airlines slashed a key industry profit forecast by 21 per cent on Sunday amid concerns over an expanding trade war and higher oil prices.The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents about 290 carriers or more than 80 per cent of global air traffic, said the industry is expected to post a $28 billion profit in 2019, down from a December forecast of $35.5 billion.”Airlines will still turn a profit this year, but there is no easy money to be made,” IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac said at the group’s annual meeting in Seoul. “Creeping protectionist or isolationist political agendas are on the rise,” he added.Airline profits help detect trends for consumer confidence and global trade, economists say.Global stock markets fell on Friday after US President Donald Trump on Friday threatened tariffs on Mexican goods, adding to fears that escalating trade wars will push the US and other major economies into recession.Airlines had reported $30 billion in annual profits in 2018, but conditions in the air cargo market – an extra source of revenue for carriers – have weakened substantially.”You see that international trade is now at a zero growth rate, so there is an immediate impact on our cargo business,” de Juniac told Reuters TV.IATA voiced concerns that trade tensions that have forced several carriers to ground air freighters could spill into the passenger market.Passenger capacity growth, which reached 6.9 per cent in 2019, is forecast to slow to 4.7 per cent this year, with average fares flat following a 2.1 per cent decline in 2018.last_img read more

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Brexit cloud hangs over Irish racing ahead of Festival

first_imgHorse Racing – Cheltenham Festival on 16 March 2018. Reuters File PhotoIrish racegoers will flock to England for the Cheltenham Festival this week with the threat of a no-deal Brexit looming over their industry.Cheltenham has been a lucrative advertisement for Ireland’s racing prowess, with Irish-trained horses often beating their English rivals in what is the most prestigious meeting in the jumps racing calendar starting on Tuesday.The Festival also showcases many of the small breeders who are most at risk from a disorderly Brexit on the scheduled departure date of March 29, Ireland’s former Europe minister Lucinda Creighton told AFP.”The Irish-trained horses running at Cheltenham will have largely been produced by small breeders and owned by syndicates who will not be flying in by helicopter.”For those small producers with tiny margins, delays and costs loaded on by transport and logistics poses problems post Brexit and risks potentially eliminating that part of the industry,” she said.Creighton, who is on the board of Horse Sport Ireland, said Brexit also threatens a wider racing ecosystem that employs 28,000 people and is worth some 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) to the Irish economy.”It is the farriers, the farmers that supply the hay and the people who provide the shavings and the grooms, the riders, people who supply the tack, the horse transportation,” said Creighton.”It is a huge business,” she said, calling the industry “part of rural life in Ireland”.”It is a real priority and the consequences of Brexit damaging the racing industry are very real.”Like falling off a cliff edgeAs well as causing confusion for British and EU expatriates, a no-deal Brexit later this month could halt free movement of horses between the three powerhouses of European racing — Ireland, England and France — currently governed by a special tripartite agreement.Henry Beeby, group chief executive of Ireland’s premier bloodstock auction house Goffs and Goffs UK, said a no-deal Brexit would be “like falling off a cliff edge.”Beeby, whose company had turnover of nearly 200 million euros in 2017, said there is a proposed replacement for the tripartite agreement called the High Health Horse (3H) status.No deal would mean that is off the table.If British MPs in a vote on Tuesday approve the deal negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May, that would allow for a transition period that would give politicians a chance to agree on the horse deal.60% of sales under threatBeeby said he was concerned about the potential impact of no-deal also for his own company.”Over 60 percent of our turnover last year at Doncaster Sales came from Irish horses,” Beeby told AFP.”We had a turnover of £50 million, so you are looking at £30 million being under threat.”I am not saying all that business would stop but breeders or vendors would be more reluctant to come over if they have long queues to get them across as it becomes incredibly time consuming.”It will have a major impact on bloodstock sales in the United Kingdom and Ireland.”Others are more phlegmatic about the future.Leading trainer Jessica Harrington, 72, said she does not “lose sleep over things which are out of my control.”The endless debate has had at least some effect on Harrington, who trained Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John.The ongoing uncertainty and political turmoil over Brexit in recent weeks have prompted her to name one of her horses “What Next?”last_img read more

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White House To Push MeritBased Immigration In New Campaign

first_imgAl OrtizAbout 150 marchers asked for the end of deportations and for Texas lawmakers not to give the final approval to SB 4, a bill advancing in the Legislature that aims to entitle police officers to ask about immigration documents.The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn public opinion against the nation’s largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push next year to move toward a more merit-based structure.The administration was laying the groundwork for such a drive even before an Islamic State-inspired extremist who was born in Bangladesh tried to blow himself up in Midtown Manhattan on Monday. It is assembling data to bolster the argument that the current legal immigration system is not only ill-conceived, but dangerous and damaging to U.S. workers.“We believe that data drives policy, and this data will help drive votes,” said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, for what the administration considers, “common sense America-first immigration controls the president has proposed.”White House officials outlined their strategy this week exclusively to The Associated Press, and said the data demonstrates that changes are needed immediately. But their effort will play out in a difficult political climate, as even Republicans in Congress are leery of engaging in a major immigration debate ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.The issue is expected to be prominently featured in the president’s Jan. 30 State of the Union address. The White House also plans other statements by the president, appearances by Cabinet officials and a push to stress the issue in conservative media.The administration was beginning its campaign Thursday with a blog post stressing key numbers: Department of Homeland Security data that shows nearly 9.3 million of the roughly 13 million total immigrants to the U.S. from 2005 to 2016 were following family members already in the United States. And just one in 15 immigrants admitted in the last decade by green card entered the country because of their skills.Other planned releases: a report highlighting the number of immigrants in U.S. jails, assessments of the immigration court backlog and delays in processing asylum cases, and a paper on what the administration says is a nexus between immigration and terrorism.Critics have questioned the administration’s selective use of sometimes misleading data in the past.The proposed move away from family-based immigration would represent the most radical change to the U.S. immigration system in 30 years. It would end what critics and the White House refer to as “chain migration,” in which immigrants are allowed to bring a chain of family members to the country, and replace it with a points-based system that favors education and job potential — “merit” measures that have increasingly been embraced by some other countries, including Britain.Gidley said that for those looking to make the case that the U.S. is ill-served by the current system, “transparency is their best friend.”“The more people know the real numbers, the more they’ll begin to understand that this is bad for American workers and this is bad for American security. And quite frankly, when these numbers come out in totality, we believe it’s going to be virtually impossible for Congress to ignore,” he said.The public is sharply divided on the types of changes President Donald Trump is advocating.A Quinnipiac University poll in August found that 48 percent of voters opposed a proposal that Trump has backed to cut the number of future legal immigrants in half and give priority to immigrants with job skills rather than those with family ties in this country. Forty-four percent of those polled — including 68 percent of Republicans — supported the idea.The White House hopes to see Congress begin to take up the issue early in 2018 — though it has yet to begin discussions with congressional leaders over even the broad strokes of a legislative strategy, officials said.Trump has laid out general principles for what he would like to see in an immigration bill in exchange for giving legal status to more than 700,000 young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. These include the construction of a border wall, tougher enforcement measures and moving to a more merit-based legal immigration system. In September, Trump gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix to allow the young immigrants known as “Dreamers” to stay in the country, creating an early-2018 crisis point he hopes will force Democrats to swallow some of his hardline demands.After Monday’s incident in New York and the truck attack there in October, DHS quickly released information on the suspects’ immigration statuses, and Trump amplified his calls for ending the two programs that brought them to the U.S.For those who have been pushing for an end to chain migration for decades, it’s a welcome push.The Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, which advocates for lower immigration levels, among other changes, recently began a national radio campaign warning of what it sees as the dangers of chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program. The group has spent close to $1 million over the last month and a half on its campaign.And NumbersUSA, another group that advocates for lower immigration levels, launched a national six-figure ad campaign Thursday “to educate on Chain Migration categories.”Guillermo Cantor, research director at the American Immigration Council, counters that the administration is ignoring the benefits of a family-focused immigration system and the values that drove the country to adopt it in the first place.Research, he said, has shown that allowing immigrants to reunite with their families is one of the best integration tools. And family members bring their own skills, as well as support networks and other benefits, such as help with child care.“This is a society that’s founded on family values,” Cantor said, arguing that, for many who have become citizens or legal residents, reuniting with siblings and other extended family members is crucial. Sharelast_img read more

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