Ball-tampering row: Sri Lanka deny wrongdoing in 2nd Test vs West Indies

first_imgSri Lanka Cricket has strongly denied involvement of any of its players in the ball-tampering scandal that has surfaced in the ongoing second Test against West Indies at Gros Islet.Resuming the second Test under protest, Sri Lanka denied they tampered with the ball on a third day in which they finished trailing the West Indies by 13 runs on Saturday.Sri Lanka were charged with altering the condition of the ball by umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, who reviewed video of the West Indies first innings on Friday.They penalized the team before play on Saturday with a change of ball and the award of five runs to the West Indies.”The ICC can confirm the match officials in the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka changed the ball and awarded 5 penalty runs to West Indies,” the ICC said in a statement.WEST INDIES VS SRI LANKA SCORECARDSri Lanka protested by refusing to leave their dressing room for nearly an hour and a half. Then the team went out to the middle and walked back to the boundary, where arguing with officials didn’t relent for another 40 minutes.Sri Lanka Cricket advised the team to play “under protest,” that team management said no players “engaged in any wrongdoing,” and it would take all steps to defend any player charged with “any unwarranted allegation.”The West Indies resumed on day three on 118-2, which was bumped up to 123/2 by the penalty runs. But the home side was all out in a rush after tea for 300, a lead of 47 on the first innings.advertisementSri Lanka was 34/1 at stumps in their second innings, trailing by 13.Sri Lanka players walk off to protest ball-tampering allegationsFor West Indies, only opener Devon Smith and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich posted scores of substance, 61 and 55 respectively.The Sri Lankans contained the home side with excellent bowling, trapping Smith and tricking Dowrich.Suranga Lakmal was rewarded with 2-50, and fellow medium-pacer Kasun Rajitha 3-49. But fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took the most wickets, four.In its second innings, Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera to a thick edge behind off Shannon Gabriel two overs before stumps. Perera made 20.Mahela Udawatte, on Test debut, was left on 11, and nightwatchman Rajitha was yet to score.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Zak Hardaker: ‘Days off would end with me losing my head or going to the pub’

first_img Read more Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. I’ve found a way to deal with my problems and I’m hungry to play. No more bad headlines, only good onesZak Hardaker Share on Pinterest One thing is clear: the former Man of Steel is itching to lay this latest tumultuous chapter of his career to rest by returning to rugby for good. “I’d be in a cell again if it went wrong one more time,” he says. “It wouldn’t end well if rugby wasn’t there for me because of my own mistakes.“September 25th was a defining moment in my life and there were times during the suspension when I wondered if packing rugby in would make all my problems go away. But I’m back with a smile on my face, I’ve found a way to deal with my problems for the first time and I’m hungry to play. No more bad headlines, only good ones.” Twitter Super League’s Robert Elstone: ‘Wigan playing at the Nou Camp is a huge statement’ Zak Hardaker in action for England against Samoa in October 2013. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images It is a crisp January morning at Wigan’s training ground and Zak Hardaker is in his “happy place”. The 27-year-old has come in on his day off for kicking drills, preparing for his Warriors debut in a pre-season friendly at Salford next Sunday and as he sits down he tries to remember the last time we conducted an interview together. Share on Twitter “I sincerely apologise for my actions and know it might take another five years for me to not do anything stupid, and people might think I’ve turned a corner. Life now feels a lot clearer armed with what I learned at Sporting Chance. Previously, on days off, I’d be sat around wondering what to do and it would normally end in me losing my head or going to the pub. But now I’m much better prepared to deal with it.”Hardaker acknowledges the fierce public backlash his actions have provoked: “Some comments I get on social media are very difficult to deal with and I’ve stopped using Twitter because it’s brutal.” Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Facebook Share on Messenger Share on Facebook “It was genuinely 50-50 whether we cut our losses at that point,” says Wigan’s director of rugby, Kris Radlinski, Hardaker’s childhood idol. “We had a harsh meeting with him and explained he had some hurdles to clear to prove he belonged at this club.”That included Hardaker finally taking responsibility for his actions, which resulted in him checking himself into the Sporting Chance clinic last autumn. “Drinking has been the issue that has led to 95% of my problems,” says Hardaker, who underwent an alcohol rehabilitation course in the centre founded by the RFL’s incoming president and former Arsenal stalwart, Tony Adams.“I’d reached a moment where me and my family realised I needed to do something to change my life, not just my career. You think you know all about yourself but when you’re in a place like that, it teaches you to reassess. I’ve apologised so many times before but I didn’t know how to handle it when things went wrong. I had to accept I needed help, which was a big ask for a 27-year‑old, but I needed to.”For 26 days, rugby – and the distractions of home life – were off the agenda. “It’s six hours away and it was about tackling your issues head-on rather than shrugging them off. “I was lucky to be offered that chance and Wigan rang me every day, assuring me I had a future if I did the right things. I know people will struggle to believe this but I’m sick of making the same mistakes. I’ve learned a lot about myself in Sporting Chance.”Aside from his issues with alcohol and his high-profile drugs suspension, Hardaker has been fighting another battle: a lifelong struggle with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, though he stresses it is not the root of all his wrongdoings. “Male mental health is very topical right now but I’ve always been keen for my ADHD to be private, so it doesn’t look like an excuse.“I couldn’t have sugary drinks or sweets when I was younger because of it, I had to do all sorts of unusual stuff and it’s important people know that’s a daily battle for me – but not while saying: ‘This is why I’ve done what I’ve done in the past.’ It was 2016 when I knew it was becoming a real problem but I just tried to pretend it wasn’t there. It’s been difficult to live with at times.”After leaving the clinic and resuming training with Wigan Hardaker began the process of moving away from his hometown of Pontefract for the first time. He believes that has also been crucial for his rehabilitation. “Being able to concentrate solely on rugby was why it was time to move,” he says. “At home there were too many distractions to lead me astray. I’m now in a town where rugby league is everything and the expectations of the people are huge.”Hardaker says he has not touched alcohol since the night he was arrested last September but for those who have followed his career, it is hard not to feel this has all been heard before. Does he accept it will be difficult to earn back the trust of the sport when his playing career resumes, with some arguing he has already had too many chances? Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Topics Wigan Warriors It was September 2017 and a lot has happened since then. Hardaker is one of the most talented players of his generation, winning three Super League titles by the age of 24, but he has not played for 16 months after news broke of a positive test for cocaine, while playing for Castleford, days before their first Grand Final appearance. Unfortunately that is not where the controversy ends.They say history has a habit of repeating itself and Hardaker can testify to that. After it was announced last summer that Wigan would give him the chance to resurrect his career, he was arrested and given a 20-month ban behind the wheel for drink-driving. That was the latest in a number of high-profile misdemeanours that have overshadowed his career, including being investigated by the police over an assault and receiving a five-match suspension for homophobic abuse.“I was locked up overnight for 12 hours when I got arrested and after realising I wasn’t going to be able to sleep I was staring at those empty white walls and wondered if this was it,” Hardaker says. “Wigan had given me a chance I may not have deserved in truth and I’d let them down. But they made it clear what I needed to do to save my career.”Hardaker is not foolish enough to believe his apologies mean a lot by now, given the number of controversies he has been embroiled in and last chances he has been handed. Many expected Wigan to tear up his five-year contract. Instead they stuck with him. Rugby league Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. 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Jonathan reveals Giovani dos Santos injury latest

first_imgMexico Jonathan dos Santos confident Giovani will make World Cup ‘at 100 percent’ despite injury worries Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author Carson, California Last updated 1 year ago 01:10 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Giovani dos Santos Jonathan dos Santos Getty Mexico World Cup Mexico v Wales Wales Friendlies The midfielder played his second full match of the week Friday and said both he and his brother will be good to go for Russia Jonathan dos Santos is confident that he and his brother, Giovani, can make Mexico’s World Cup 2018 squad after injury concerns put their status in doubt earlier this month.Jona played 90 minutes in the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 win over the rival San Jose Earthquakes, with Gio returning to the field for the first time since May 5 as a second-half substitute.”We’re very hopeful to get this ticket to Russia. We’ve been dreaming about it for a long time,” Jona said after the match. “The most important thing is we’re recovering from our injuries. Giovani was able to get some minutes today, I’m recovering my level and there are still, I think, 20 days until the World Cup. I think we’re going to arrive at 100 percent.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The brothers now will join up with the Mexico national team across town ahead of Monday’s match against Wales. While Jona played 90 minutes both Friday and in a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact five days earlier, he said both he and his brother are hoping to get minutes in the friendly at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.Jona and Gio both are part of Mexico’s initial 28-man preliminary squad but both were mentioned as injury concerns by Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio after Gio suffered an injury in training and Jona came out of a May 12 game against FC Dallas with a leg injury.They’re not the only concerns Osorio has, with center back Nestor Araujo already out of the squad and midfielder Andres Guardado and center backs Diego Reyes and Hector Moreno also in a race to get fit before the tournament. While the early returns are encouraging for all involved, there is a June 2 deadline looming.”Diego, Hector, Andres and Giovani, the deadline is the game versus Scotland in Mexico in the Azteca. From there, those four and the rest surely have to show us they’re in optimum condition to be at the World Cup. Those who aren’t, won’t be there. It’s a truth that can’t be erased,” Osorio said in a news conference.”I think beyond what we could have empathy or not for the unfortunate situations they’re going through, the reality is you have to take the best 23 in the best athletic condition possible to be able to compete in a tournament where athletic condition is fundamental.”After being excluded from the squad in 2010 and missing the tournament in 2014 with an injury, this would be Jona’s first World Cup. That also means it would be the first major tournament for him, his brother and LAFC star Carlos Vela to play in together after Vela and Gio got Mexicans dreaming about the future by winning the U-17 World Championship in 2005.That could once again be in risk with injuries, but Jona insisted he wasn’t worried about what he can’t control.”Honestly, I don’t think about it much. I think our hope, our dream is still intact,” he said. “We think this can be a great tournament for us as well as the national team. We have great players.”But it’s true that anything can happen. I could be left off the list or Vela is left off the list. Everything can happen in this life. You never know. But, our mentality, hope and dream is to go, have a great tournament and make our dream come true.”last_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola: Why De Bruyne angered me

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Why De Bruyne angered meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Kevin De Bruyne angered him during their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.De Bruyne had a hand in five of the Blues’ eight goals, including scoring the last, a rasping right-footed drive that gave Ben Foster no chance. But Guardiola said, “Kevin sometimes is a special player, sometimes he sees something the other guys cannot see on the pitch, not even off [it].”Sometimes I’m a little bit [angry] when the simple ball you lose it, how with your quality you can lose it? “But he is incredibly talented player, and sometimes you miss it from here, loses it from here but sometimes his vision up front and the quality he has [is incredible].” last_img read more

The Manual Wind: Seiko Re-Craft Mechanical

first_img Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Editors’ Recommendations The watch world has been bringing back the 60s and 70s with a vengeance, and heritage can be costly.  The brands with the history and designs of the past are not often affordable.  Omega, Longines, and Jaeger LeCoultre are just a few examples of some brands that have brought back the classics but may also be out of reach.  One name as recognizable as the aforementioned yet more known for its Quartz movement has entered the affordable mechanical arena.  With redesign and 70s style,  Seiko introduces the Re-Craft.At a sizable 43.5mm, the Re-craft mechanicals still have some modern attributes.  To start, there is an exhibition caseback revealing the Seiko 40 hour power reserve mechanical movement.  A screw down crown offers water resistance to 5atm, which is plenty for the average watch wearer.   Offered in many variations, Seiko has designed a piece in this line for just about everyone.  The cases are offered in steel, gold tone, as well as black coating.  The dials match well and give each of the pieces unique personality. Vintage style in modern cases.Offered on straps and metal bracelets, Seiko has designed a mechanical line with versatility, style, and most importantly around holiday time, affordability.  The ability to manufacture aesthetically pleasing mechanical timepieces at affordable pricing looks to be becoming more commonplace.  With the introduction of the Swatch Sistem51 also, this trend is starting to prove itself.  Everyone should be able to afford a nice mechanical watch and big movement manufacturers such as Swatch Group and Seiko are helping make that happen.  Take a look at the complete line of Seiko Re-Craft Mechanical!  Great looking pieces for $300 and under. The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful The Best Men’s Skeleton Watches — No Bones About It How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Talelast_img read more

Gov’t Welcomes Increased French Interest in Jamaica

first_imgStory Highlights “Jamaica highly values (its) French connection… ; our bilateral relations continue to be buoyant. This is strengthened by high-level diplomatic representation, sincere people-to-people cooperation and exchanges and increased business interest in Jamaica,” she said. “We know how much of a great difference this centre will give for our visa applicants for certain categories of stay in France as well as stays in overseas territories,” Mrs. Johnson Smith said. The Government has welcomed the increase in French private-sector activities in Jamaica and support for the island’s efforts to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth and economic development.Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, noted that a number of French companies have successfully bid for local contracts.These include divestment of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) to Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited, a local company formed as a subsidiary of the French global terminal operators, the CMA CGM Group.“Jamaica highly values (its) French connection… ; our bilateral relations continue to be buoyant. This is strengthened by high-level diplomatic representation, sincere people-to-people cooperation and exchanges and increased business interest in Jamaica,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith was speaking at the launch of the commercial exhibition and a cultural festival dubbed ‘A Touch of France’ at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on November 8.On Wednesday (November 7), a delegation of business leaders from MEDEF International – an umbrella group for French private-sector companies – arrived in the island for a two-day visit to explore viable opportunities for companies in France and Jamaica.Areas being examined include water sanitation, water distribution, energy and aeronautics.Chairman of the France-Central America and Caribbean Business Council of MEDEF International, Jean-François Tallec, noted that 10 business leaders and a government official travelled to Jamaica “with the objective of promoting initiatives of the most dynamic sectors of France”.“We (also aimed) to establish connections with the local business community and contribute to the strengthening of the economic ties between our countries,” he added.Meanwhile, Senator Johnson Smith emphasised that the Government is giving priority to trade and investment promotion “as a major aspect of our relations with our bilateral partners”.She used the opportunity to congratulate the Embassy of the Republic of France for the inauguration of the French Visa Application Centre, located at the DHL building in New Kingston.“We know how much of a great difference this centre will give for our visa applicants for certain categories of stay in France as well as stays in overseas territories,” Mrs. Johnson Smith said.In his remarks, Logistics and Infrastructure Manager at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Don Gittens, said his agency is keen on advancing business relations between the countries and continues to work with the French Embassy.“We also continue to seek opportunities in the French market with several missions to the country, with special focus on the creative industries, renewable energy, logistics and the tourism sectors,” he said.He pointed out that JAMPRO will continue to support ‘A Touch of France’, by helping to coordinate business activities, including panel discussions on logistics and renewable energy, which are key areas of focus for investment in Jamaica.Started in Jamaica in 2000 by President of Club France Jamaica, Pierre Lemaire, the exhibition, which is in its 11th staging, is an opportunity to showcase French culture from the mainland to its overseas departments and includes fashion, cuisine, music and dance.For his part, French Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency, Denys Wibaux commended Mr. Lemaire for orchestrating ‘A Touch of France’ and wished this year’s staging well.Other speakers at the launch of the exhibition include Managing Director of Total Jamaica Limited, Chris Okonmah; and Chief Executive Officer of Saint International Modelling Agency, Deiwght Peters. Other speakers at the launch of the exhibition include Managing Director of Total Jamaica Limited, Chris Okonmah; and Chief Executive Officer of Saint International Modelling Agency, Deiwght Peters.last_img read more

HPT Opens Thailands Largest DeepSea Container Terminal

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Hutchison Ports Thailand Hutchison Ports Thailand (HPT), the largest container terminal operator in Thailand, has officially opened Terminal D at Laem Chabang Port.The grand opening ceremony for the USD 600 million facility was held on January 30, 2019.Located at Basin 2 of Laem Chabang Port, Terminal D is the first terminal in Thailand to handle some of the largest ocean-going container vessels. Once completed, the new Terminal D will have a total quay length of 1,700 meters, with seventeen Super Post-Panamax quay cranes and 43 electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes all using remote control technology.Construction of terminals D1, D2 and D3 began in 2016. The initial Phase 1A of Terminal D comprises 400 meters of a deep-water berth, three super Post-Panamax quay cranes and ten supporting yard cranes, and commenced “soft” operations in mid-2018.By the middle of 2019, the remaining Phase 1B of this first phase of Terminal D will be completed, delivering a combined total of 1,000 meters of berth, six quay cranes and 20 supporting yard cranes.Upon completion of all phases, Terminal D will be the largest and most advanced deep-sea container terminal in Thailand. The new terminal will also be the first and the only terminal at the port to feature remote control technologies.In November 2018, the facility welcomed its largest boxship to date, the 14,053 TEU ONE Columba. On this occasion, Hutchison Ports Thailand deployed new remote-controlled quay cranes to handle 2,269 containers loaded to the vessel.Terminal D is an integral part of Thailand’ s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) under Thailand 4.0’s objective to modernize the economy through improved infrastructure and innovation. Terminal D is intended to set a new global standard of port operations which upon on its completion will greatly facilitate the growth of container volumes at Laem Chabang Port, adding the much-needed capacity by 3.5 million TEU.last_img read more

Paving Project Scheduled For Eastern Shore

first_imgDrivers along Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore will be travelling on smoother, safer roads after completion of a road-paving project tendered by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has advertised a tender for repaving on Trunk 7 from the Newcombes Brook Bridge for 5.9 kilometres to Dewolfes Road. The tender closes on Thursday, March 2, and the work is scheduled for completion by the end of August. “This work on Trunk 7 is not only an important project from the perspective of area residents but will also be good for tourism,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Our ongoing efforts to return it to top shape will benefit all drivers.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

A really good aura Calgary office tower dog friendly to attract tenants

first_imgCALGARY – Man’s best friend is moving on up — to the 16th floor of a downtown Calgary office building.As the city continues to suffer from a severe economic downturn caused by low oil prices, real estate firms are struggling to fill a glut of empty office buildings.When Aspen Properties took over The Edison, a mostly empty 30-floor building in the downtown core, it decided to follow businesses in Silicon Valley and make the tower dog friendly.At Entuitive, a consulting engineering practice on the 16th floor, 14-year-old Jazzy, a Shih Tzu/toy poodle spends most of her day sleeping in a small dog bed next to her owner Nicole Wilson’s desk.“My dog actually has separation anxiety so between my mom and myself we have to co-ordinate who’s going to take her because she really can’t stay home by herself. She actually makes herself super sick when she’s by herself,” Wilson said.“Lots of people who are maybe having a rough day, they’ll come by our cubicles and give our dogs a pat and go about their day. It creates a really good aura throughout the office.”David Leonard brings his rescue dog, one-year-old Riley, to the 45-person office to help socialize her.“She’s got pretty high energy and it’s good to mentally stimulate her here. She just walks around the office with me and that’s enough to keep her satisfied,” Leonard said.“She’ll just hang out in the boardroom and do her thing and keep everyone company. It kind of brings a lot of people together.”Scott Hutcheson, executive chairman of Aspen Properties, said the firm is looking at putting out the doggie welcome mat at other buildings.“In Silicon Valley, the bulk of the employees are probably under 40 and probably 10 to 15 per cent of the employees bring their dogs to work. It works,” Hutcheson said.“There’s research done on it. You have three Cs: more creativity, more compassion and more connectivity in a pet-friendly environment.”There are strict rules in the building, which is just over half full, he said. Badly behaved dogs aren’t allowed and there are separate elevators for people with pets. An outdoor park and pet spa is being developed on the third floor.Hutcheson said companies need to address whether having dogs is compatible with their workforce.“Do you have people who are violently allergic to an animal? If that’s the case then … you probably choose that person’s health over the dog,” he said.“If you decide that this floor has dogs on it, you might move an employee to another floor or another area.”With a vacancy rate hovering around 27 per cent, other Calgary real estate firms are opening their doors to pets.Tenants will be permitted to bring their dogs to work at the 12-storey, Canadian Centre run by Artis Real Estate Investment Trust.“Calgary is going through some challenges economically so there’s a lot of vacancies in buildings … We started to look around as to what people wanted in the marketplace,” said Artis leasing vice-president Bruce Nimmo.“There are a lot of people who would like to bring their dogs to work who just can’t today.”While some might welcome a furry colleague, a Calgary allergist says a dog-friendly workplace could cause problems for people with asthma.Dr. Joel Doctor said improved air filtration and dog-free zones won’t solve the problem because Calgary does not have the same climate as Silicon Valley.“If a building is very open to the outside, it’s less of a problem,” Doctor said.“If you look at our buildings in downtown Calgary, where for six or eight months of the year the buildings are tight, tight, tight and there’s a certain amount of air recirculation, it could potentially be more of a problem.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Elton John AIDS Foundation Hosts 13th Annual An Enduring Vision

first_imgEarlier this week, Sir Elton John continued his humanitarian efforts to raise money for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and awareness programs across the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean at the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)’s 13th annual benefit An Enduring Vision held at Cipriani Wall Street.American Airlines, Goldman Sachs Gives, Robert K. Kraft, and Wells Fargo served as the Presenting Sponsors of the benefit, and the star-studded evening raised over $3.7 million for the Foundation.As part of the evening’s program, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish presented Enduring Vision awards to five outstanding Foundation supporters. Governor Andrew Cuomo was honored for his extraordinary contributions to the fight against AIDS, especially his plan to end AIDS in New York State by 2020, and for his tremendous leadership in bringing marriage equality to New York. Atlanta real estate developer Charlie Hendon has been a devoted friend and generous supporter of EJAF’s work for many years. Jay Jopling, proprietor of the prominent gallery White Cube and a loyal EJAF supporter and advocate, has assisted the Foundation on numerous occasions by securing significant pieces of art for live auctions and art projects, helping to raise millions of dollars over the years for EJAF’s urgent mission. In addition to their extraordinary philanthropic support for the Foundation, Nathalie and Pablo Salame are also vocal champions of both EJAF’s work and LGBT rights issues.CNN anchor Anderson Cooper emceed the gala dinner for a seventh time. Elton John took the stage for an intimate solo performance at the piano. Also, guest auctioneer Andrew Gilkes of Paddle 8 conducted a live auction featuring such one-of-a-kind items as a Damien Hirst painting, tickets and backstage passes to Elton John’s upcoming New Year’s Eve concert at Barclays Center, lunch with Anderson Cooper and Matt Lauer, lunch with Mike Myers, and a Robert Mapplethorpe photograph.“Things are getting better,” said Sir Elton in his remarks for the evening. “More people are getting treatment. The world is becoming a more tolerant, compassionate place. But we still have so much to do. What I’ve learned from fighting AIDS for the past 22 years is that often the people who need the most compassion are those who receive the least. That’s why I created this foundation. We are willing to take on the unpopular issues, and we are willing to put serious amounts of money towards bold approaches that bring us closer to a world without AIDS.”Through the impeccable credibility and reputation attained based on more than two decades of extensive work, EJAF has emerged as a significant leader in the field of AIDS. The Foundation advances public dialogue on critical and controversial issues related to the epidemic and challenges misguided policies and attitudes that block progress in HIV prevention. Proceeds from An Enduring Vision will help support these efforts, as well as EJAF’s grant-making initiatives across the U.S., the Caribbean, and the Americas.last_img read more

Take this job and shiver it Chilly offices plague workers

first_imgTwo long-sleeved shirts, a sweater, a fleece jacket, two scarves and two pairs of socks.That has been Karen Ericson’s go-to outfit in her office in Des Moines, Iowa, in recent weeks.“I am still shivering,” the 39-year-old graphic designer said last week, estimating the temperature in the office was in the mid-60s while outside, the city hit 19 below zero at one point. “Living in the Midwest, I’m well-trained to dress warmly and in layers, but this deep freeze has been difficult to endure, especially when I expect to be comfortable — or at least not shivering — inside.”As much of the nation muddled through bitter weather in recent weeks, office dwellers found they still had to brave the cold even when indoors. Many relied on winter parkas, gloves, blankets and space heaters just to keep working.“Today I’ve got two sweaters, a scarf, ear coverings, gloves and a blanket over my lap,” Rebecca Miller, a 27-year-old academic adviser at Tennessee State University in Nashville, said last week as temperatures barely ticked above 50 degrees in her office while outside it was 20 degrees or lower in the daytime. “But I’m still having a hard time working. I’m shaking cold, and it’s hard to focus. The gloves make it hard to type, and the bulky layers make it difficult to move around.”Like thousands of other chilly Americans, she snapped selfies of herself at her desk in attire usually reserved for the ski slopes and shared them on social media.Office developments are built with centralized heating systems that make the buildings suitable for a range of uses over many years. The down side is that they provide little climate control to individual tenants — sometimes purposely, said Khee Poh Lam, architecture professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.Thermostats are often tucked into hard-to-reach spaces like false ceilings and air ducts so office tenants can’t mess with them, Lam said. Other buildings have dummy units out in the open that don’t actually do anything except give desperate workers the illusion of control.Finding the right temperature to please everyone has been an elusive goal for office designers and builders, said Stefano Schiavon, architecture professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who co-wrote a 2012 study that found roughly 40 per cent of U.S. workers were satisfied with their office’s temperature. Design standards call for an acceptability rate closer to 80 per cent, he said.The challenge isn’t just confined to the winter, of course. Chilly offices have long been the bane of women who complain air conditioning is cranked up in the summer to appease their male, suit-wearing counterparts. And there are certainly many offices with overzealous furnaces that prompt workers to crack open windows even on the coldest days.Optimal temperature for office work is 72 to 79 degrees — or nearly 10 degrees more than what many buildings typically set their thermostats, said Alan Hedge, a design professor at Cornell University in New York who has researched how temperature affects productivity.Schiavon suggested that companies, even those based in the draftiest old offices, can invest in safe, relatively inexpensive technology to keep workers warm and productive, like heated chairs, electric blankets and heated floor mats.“The bottom line is that central heating won’t work for everyone, even if designed right,” he said. “We’re very different people and need some sort of personalization of our environment.”Ericson, the Iowa resident, said the key to getting through the work day has been reminding herself the cold is only temporary.“Every day that passes,” she said, “is a day closer to spring.”___Follow Philip Marcelo at twitter.com/philmarcelo. His work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/philip_marcelo.last_img read more

Once illegal settlers now these 4 lakh voters being wooed by all

first_imgGurugram: On a petition filed by Defence Minister, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered that 900 metres around the Indian Air Force depot were illegal. It was later reduced to 300 metres by the court after politicians from all parties highlighted that how it would be difficult to accommodate the four lakh people who are settled around the area.Subsequently after court’s permission, some of the houses were also given electricity and water connections. Various houses and shops in the Sheetla colony being sealed, a situation that has not gone well with thousands of residents residing in the area. What, however, generated controversy was the sealing of a mosque last year which after hue and cry was made to function. On his recent visit, Gurugram MP Rao Inderjit Singh minced no word in highlighting that irregularities were maintained by the officials giving licences to the people around the ammunition depot. He also, however, highlighted that now since the people were settled, their interests had to be taken care of. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsEven as objections were raised by Airforce officials to prohibit the setting up of civil establishments, a number of civil setups have only grown around the area. Not only the Airforce station but even an Army cantonment area that is located few kilometres away face the similar challenges. On the repeated complaints by Defence personnel, a plea was filed seeking the intervention of judiciary into the matter. The real estate development over the years has led to unchecked rise in the commercial establishments. The presence of the Maruti Suzuki factory further expedited the real estate development. Automobile garages, wedding banquet halls, marble market and various consumer showrooms began to be set up in the vast swathes of land around the Defence land. The issue has been in controversy for long where various prominent citizens including the sitting MLA Umesh Aggarwal has advocated of the relocation of the Airforce station. At present, the High Court has directed the DC office to only remove the civil establishments situated around 300 metres area of the Airforce ammunition station.last_img read more

Cong questions EC for suspending its Odisha official asks what was in

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday questioned the Election Commission order suspending a high-ranking poll official deputed to Odisha for allegedly checking the prime minister’s chopper and said EC rules “do not exempt” PM’s vehicle from being checked. The opposition party accused the EC of “bias” after it suspended Karnataka cadre IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin for what the poll panel said was “dereliction of duty” with regard to “SPG protectees”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Congress also wondered what Modi was carrying in his helicopter that he did not want India to see. “An official was suspended by ECI for doing his job of inspecting vehicles. The rule cited governs the use of official vehicles for campaigning. It DOES NOT exempt PM’s vehicle from being searched,” the Congress said on its official Twitter handle. “What is Modi carrying in the helicopter that he doesn’t want India to see?” it added. The Congress said instead of checking all flights of leaders, the EC was acting against its officials. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “After the case of the mysterious box being moved from Modi’s chopper, we’d have expected the Election Commission of India to investigate every flight. “But suspending an official who did this reeks of bias,” the party said in another tweet. According to an EC order, IAS officer Mohsin was suspended for “actions contrary to the instructions of the Commission concerning SPG protectees” on April 16 the day SPG-protectee Prime Minister Modi visited Sambalpur in Odisha to address an election rally. “There have been instances where during polls EC was allowed to check convoys of both current & the former Congress President. SPG protectees can’t be frisked personally. Why suspend an officer for checking PM’s chopper? What message is being sent? Law is special for some?” senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel tweeted.last_img read more

Hobby Lobby wont have to pay millions in fines as it challenges

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hobby Lobby won’t have to pay millions in fines as it challenges federal birth-control rule DENVER – In a health care decision giving hope to opponents of the federal birth-control coverage mandate, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Hobby Lobby stores won’t have to start paying millions of dollars in fines next week for not complying with the requirement.The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver decided the Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain can proceed with its case and won’t be subject to fines in the meantime.The reprieve gives Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. more time to argue in a lower court that for-profit businesses — not just currently exempted religious groups — should be allowed to seek an exception if the law violates their religious beliefs. The company had sued to overturn the mandate on grounds that it violates the faith of founder and CEO David Green and his family.The appeals court remanded the case for more argument, but the judges indicated Hobby Lobby had a reasonable chance of success.“Sincerely religious persons could find a connection between the exercise of religion and the pursuit of profit,” the judges wrote. “Would an incorporated kosher butcher really have no claim to challenge a regulation mandating non-kosher butchering practices?”More than 30 businesses in several states have challenged the contraception mandate. Hobby Lobby and a sister store — Christian booksellers Mardel Inc. — won expedited federal review because the chain would have faced fines Monday for not covering the required forms of contraception.The U.S. Department of Justice has argued that allowing for-profit corporations to exempt themselves from requirements that violate their religious beliefs would be in effect allowing the business to impose its religious beliefs on employees.Lawyers for the Green family called the ruling a “resounding victory for religious freedom.”The Greens “run their business according to their Christian beliefs,” said Emily Hardman, spokeswoman for the Washington-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents Hobby Lobby.Americans United for Separation of Church and State said the judges were wrong to say Hobby Lobby had a case.“This court has taken a huge step toward handing bosses and company owners a blank check to meddle in the private medical decisions of their workers,” executive director Barry Lynn said in a statement. “This isn’t religious freedom; it’s the worst kind of religious oppression.”The 10th Circuit opted to hear the case before eight active judges, not the typical three-judge panel, indicating the case’s importance.Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit will now head back to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, which earlier ruled against Hobby Lobby’s religious exemption request.Hobby Lobby calls itself a “biblically founded business” and is closed on Sundays. Founded in 1972, the company now operates more than 500 stores in 41 states and employs more than 13,000 full-time employees who are eligible for health insurance. by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2013 2:00 pm MDT read more

Rights of people with disabilities cannot be ignored in development agenda UN

The call came as the second session of negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda closes this week in New York. The 17 new post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs), crafted by an Open Working Group of the UN General Assembly on the issues and expected to be adopted in September 2015, will succeed replace and expand the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and will frame agendas and policies for the next 15 years. “No one should be left behind if we want to ensure a fully inclusive society for all,” the group of three UN human rights experts said in a statement, urging international negotiators and all UN Member States to firmly include the human rights of persons with disabilities in the new development framework. “The inclusion of persons with disabilities in the SDGs is fundamental if we are to achieve sustainable development that is genuinely rights-based,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas Aguilar. “Whereas people with disabilities were invisible within the MDGs, we have seen promising advances in ensuring that the new development framework is sustainable, inclusive and accessible.”The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, drew attention to the issue of food security. “We know that nutrition and disability are closely linked. Both children and adults are often discriminated against, due to social stigma and negative cultural norms,” Ms. Elver said.Worldwide, an estimated 805 million people are chronically undernourished. Since many persons with disabilities live in absolute poverty, these two large populations overlap to a considerable extent, making food security of utmost importance. States are particularly responsible for making sure that vulnerable and marginalised people, including those with disabilities, are able to access adequate and nutritious food, she said. “Food must be physically and economically accessible,” Ms. Elver added. “To achieve this, States must ensure that a disability perspective is taken fully into account in nutrition policy and programming, maternal and child health policy, and broader health initiatives.” The UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, called on Member States to give particular attention to the situation of older persons with disabilities in the current negotiations. “Although disability should not be associated with ageing, it is frequent in old age and thus requires resources to ensure access to different services, including education, healthcare and social protection and poverty reduction programmes,” she pointed out. “An age-sensitive approach should be incorporated in the new development framework to enable all persons with disabilities, including older persons, to fully enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms,” Ms. Kornfeld-Matte emphasized. The independent experts are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Human Rights Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. read more

Mens basketball Ohio State loses to Maryland 7771 frustration continues for Buckeyes

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Kam Williams attempts a shot in the first half against Maryland at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 31. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorFrustration is mounting in Columbus, with the team, coaching staff and fan base. It’s been like this way for awhile.But after a disheartening loss to Iowa on Saturday and another single-digit home loss in a pivotal conference matchup, it doesn’t seem like the frustration around the Ohio State men’s basketball program will stop anytime soon. With a 77-71 defeat at the hand of No. 17 Maryland on Tuesday, the Buckeyes (13-10, 3-7 Big Ten) continued their descent down the Big Ten standings.The Terrapins (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten) remain in first place in the conference with the win, riding the performance of freshman forward Justin Jackson who had 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 4 for 7 from 3-point range.Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate led OSU with 20 points. Senior forward Marc Loving had 18.“We were playing on our heels defensively at the beginning of the game. They just sort of had their way with us,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “When guys are active, we’ve done a pretty good job. It’s got to be every possession. We got to get back to locking down on the defensive end.”At four different times, OSU cut the deficit to a single point. Loving drilled a 3 with 7:10 to go. Tate scored a layup at the 4:54 and 4:10 mark, each answered by a Maryland field goal.Sophomore guard C.J. Jackson hit two free throws with 2:35 on the clock, trailing the Terrapins 70-69. After a foul on the floor, Maryland’s go-to junior guard Melo Trimble buried a 3-ball to put the Terrapin lead back to four which sealed the game.The one-point deficit was symbolic of OSU’s season and its inability to simply get over the hump.“I think that at those certain times we have to believe that we have another gear,” Tate said. “You have to have even more of a sense of urgency. You have to want it a little more than the other team. At times, we did not do that.”OSU also found itself down by double digits early in the second half, which has become a theme in Big Ten play. Maryland closed the half on a 7-0 run to lead 42-36 at the half, then came right out of the gate and scored a quick four points in the second half.In the first four minutes before the first media timeout of each half, OSU gave up a combined 22 points. The Buckeyes also struggled with keeping Trimble and freshman guard Anthony Cowan out of the paint on drives to the basket. The two combined 22 points and nine of the team’s 15 assists.On the defensive glass, another struggle for OSU this season, the Buckeyes stumbled on executing long closeouts and rotating when boxing out. Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle, particularly, was taken out of the game in the final 12 minutes despite being one of OSU’s best scorers.Matta said that move was strategic in the fact that Jackson was playing better than Lyle and the matchup favored using Jackson. However, the lack of focus on the defensive end is a visible problem and a fixable one.Aside from the opponent’s’ offensive rebounds and the ease that opponent’s guards have when driving the lane against OSU’s man-to-man defense, the effort and heart on the defensive end is worth questioning and it’s not something coaching can fix. It’s up to the player. Tate said that it should be obvious for players that they have to play with grit on the defensive end. For those who don’t, he didn’t have an answer as to why that is.“As the leaders on this team, we have to figure out ways to — if guys are in funks or if guys aren’t playing to the best of their ability — we have to figure out a way to lift them up,” he said. “But also, it’s on them to buy into us. We can’t lead if they don’t want to be led.”Up NextOhio State travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a battle with the Wolverines at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Crisler Center. It’s the team’s only meeting this year. read more

Ohio State footballs Bradley Roby accepts being broke with decision to wait

Ohio State rising redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby could have declared for the 2013 NFL Draft. After a season in which he ranked No. 7 in the nation in passes defended per game with 19 over 11 games played, Roby was a potential first-round draft pick. Instead, Roby put his NFL dreams on hold to return to Columbus and lead the Buckeyes’ secondary this season. Roby said the decision was not easy. He said he felt physically and mentally ready to play professionally, and was “50-50” on whether to declare before ultimately deciding to return. “I made my decision, I’m happy with it and I’m glad I took that step because it’s just going to make me better,” Roby said. “It’s going to make our team better as well … NFL can wait.” Roby said he plans to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, and expects to be a top-10 draft pick. “I feel like after another year, I’ll be even more ready, so that next year I can start right in and start right away for a team,” Roby said. Roby said he received advice from his coaches and talked to NFL players, but had to make his own decision. Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said he was honest with Roby throughout the decision process, and tried to make it a “business decision” for Roby although he wanted him to come back. “It’s very hard in a situation like this to not be selfish, because we’re better if he’s at Ohio State,” Coombs said. “He’s a grown man. He’s got to make a grown-man decision. And he can’t make it to please me, he can’t make it to please Coach Meyer and he can’t make it to please the Buckeye nation. He’s got to make it to please Bradley Roby. I think that he did.” Coombs said he believes Roby made an “outstanding decision,” and thinks Roby can meet his draft expectations next year. “I think his stock does nothing but go up, and I think it helps him down the road,” Coombs said. “I think next year, or whenever he decides to come out, he’s going to be a first-round pick, a top-10 pick, if he really wants to work. He’s not there yet … I’m going to help him get there.” Coombs said he has seen significant improvement in Roby this spring from where he was last spring. “What I’ve learned about Bradley through the course of the season … is how hard he works at studying the game,” Coombs said. “He is a very intelligent player. He’s gifted athletically, but that’s not where it ends, that’s where it begins. He has a great understanding of offense, he studies his opponent, he understand split rules, he knows what’s going on, he looks at formations and he’s making a plan. I don’t think he had that thought process last year at this time. Now he does.” Coombs added, however, that his expectation for the cornerback to be a first-round pick is not exclusive to Roby. “That’s the standard in our room,” Coombs said. “Be a first-round draft pick. If you’re not, figure out why not, and get to that point.” Asked about passing up the money that comes with playing professional football for another year, Roby said his plan for his career was more important. “Everybody struggles in college, but at the end of the day, I have a vision for the future and I see what’s coming to me in the future,” Roby said. “So I’ll be broke for a little bit longer, it’s OK. “I told a guy a long time ago I was going to be one of the best corners to ever be here. I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished that yet.” Roby added that he needs to become a better leader in order to accomplish that. Roby said he felt he deserved to be a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is awarded to the nation’s best defensive back, last season. He said one of his goals this year is to win the Bednarik Award, which is awarded to the nation’s best defensive player, but that the team’s success is more important than individual awards. “It starts with leadership,” Roby said. “I have to have leadership to make our whole defense better, ’cause you can’t be a Bednarik winner on a bad defense. I just want our defense to be one of the top in the country, and that’s all I’m worried about, I’m worried about everybody else first and all my accolades, they’re going to fall in place. “I was so worried about myself the first couple years … I was kind of a selfish player,” he added. “I already have leadership traits, a lot of people have told me that … I would go talk to guys one-on-one off the field but I have to have that leadership on the field. That’s what’s going to make other people better, and that’s what I’ve been working on.” Rising junior cornerback Doran Grant, who is expected to start across from Roby this season, said Roby has already provided him with leadership “like a big brother.” “He like another coach out there, for real,” Grant said. “It’s crazy, the knowledge of the game he has, and that’s why I try to always be around him.” With the Buckeyes replacing six starters in their defensive front seven, Roby said he and the other two returning starters in the secondary, rising senior Christian Bryant and rising redshirt senior C.J. Barnett, have to be the leaders of their defense. “We’ve got a lot of new guys up front and some people are hurt, so we’ve just got to be a leader and show them to play Silver Bullet defense,” Roby said. read more

James Reilly to face Health Committee today

first_imgPOLITICIANS WILL TODAY have a chance to question the Minister for Health on the HSE service plan for 2014.The document, which contains plans for cuts of €619 million in 2014, was released in December.The headlines then went to the scaling down of plans to cut around €113 million from the medical card budget. Instead, savings of €23 million will be sought.The issue of overspending will be raised with Reilly, an issue that came up again over the weekend.Reports on Sunday indicated that a secret cabinet memo suggested that the government would sanction additional funding to keep the health service safe for patients.That led to angry calls from the Irish Medical Organisation for assurances from Reilly that General Practice would be better funded.“We want better enhanced resources for General Practice so we can do more for our patients,” he said.The meeting will begin at 5.15pm today.Read: HSE Service Plan confirms €619 million in cuts across health services next yearRead: HSE to fund bilateral cochlear implants for 100 childrenlast_img read more

Greek shipowners choose Chinese shipyards

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek shipowners have chosen Chinese shipyards for the construction of at least 60 percent of the new vessels ordered in the last few years, Merchant Marine Minister Costis Mousouroulis told journalists in China in the context of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s visit to the Asian powerhouse last week.There currently are 142 ships under construction in Chinese shipyards, while in the last seven years Greek shipping companies have invested at least 13.2 billion euros in having new ships built in China, said Mousouroulis.Several Chinese banks reached funding deals with Greek shipping companies last week, with Mousouroulis explaining that the Chinese are eager to lend to Greek firms that intend to choose the Asian country’s shipyards for their new vessels, in a period with very limited funding from Greek banks.The minister also confirmed Cosco’s interest in the whole of the port of Piraeus.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more