21-year-old Doon girl bags Miss World Bodybuilding title

first_imgBhumika Sharma has brought laurels to the country by winning the Miss World Bodybuilding title, at the recent World Championship held in Venice.The girl from Dehradun scored maximum points in three categories, which were individual posing, body posing and fall that enabled her to clinch the Miss World title and the gold medal at the World Championship.She was one of the 27 Indians who participated in the championship; however, she was the only female bodybuilder.Image courtesy: TwitterYou will be surprised to know that bodybuilding was not her original choice. She was more interested in pursuing shooting as a career.More about Miss World Bodybuilding champion:Her mother Hansa Manral Sharma was the head coach of the India women’s weightlifting team and her father Vishwavijay Sharma, a businessmanHer parents wanted her to become a shooter. However, three years ago during a shooting event in New Delhi, a chance meeting with a bodybuilding coach made her change her mind and opted for bodybuildingSince the 21-year-old is the only child it took her a while to convince her parents to let her pursue bodybuildingHowever, they did gave their consent to her. Her mother keeps a tab on her schedule and shares tips from time to time. While her coach, Bhupendra Sharma ensures she remains impressiveImage courtesy: FacebookShe follows a grueling schedule at the gym for up to seven hours a dayBhumika’s next aim is to clinch the Miss Universe title for bodybuildingBhumika is the only woman bodybuilder from Uttarakhand who has made mark in the national and international arenaOrganised by National Amateur Body-Builders’ Association (NABBA) of United Kingdom, bodybuilders from 60 countries will participate for the Miss and Mr Universe titles, at the championship which is scheduled to be held in December this year.advertisement(Main image source: Facebook)Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Familiar failings are proving costly for Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on Twitter Tottenham Hotspur Sportblog Chelsea Topics Share on WhatsApp Premier League Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Moussa Sissoko is an easy scapegoat. He has been a target for scorn since his unforgettably woeful performance in Tottenham’s defeat by Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley last November, on a night when it looked as though he needed someone to explain the entire concept of football to him. It was the comically miscued shot that slithered embarrassingly wide that best explained why eyebrows were raised when Spurs paid Newcastle United for a midfielder whose energetic running often masks technical shortcomings.However, it was not Sissoko’s fault that Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday. If fingers must be pointed, direct them at two of Pochettino’s favourites, Hugo Lloris and Victor Wanyama, whose errors played a big part in Marcos Alonso’s winner. The margins were fine.Against champions belatedly locating their steel and snarl Spurs huffed and puffed when they needed a change of pace. When Pochettino turned to his bench as Chelsea dug in, the Argentinian’s options were limited after he introduced Son Heung-min and, given that Sissoko has been linked with a move away all summer, it seemed rather desperate when he replaced Ben Davies in the 80th minute, though not quite as futile as when Vincent Janssen was given three minutes of stoppage time to find an equaliser after Alonso had restored Chelsea’s lead.The issue for Tottenham is not what the pair did while they were on the pitch but that they were on it at all – Pochettino does not trust them – and it is one that the club must address before the transfer window shuts.Spurs have maintained their dignity away from the feeding frenzy this summer. Two games into the new season they have made one signing, agreeing a £42m deal with Ajax for their Colombian centre-back Davinson Sánchez. Constructing the new White Hart Lane ground compels them to adopt a measured approach, while Daniel Levy relishes a busy end to the month. Pochettino wants three more players to help challenge for the title while dealing with the rigours of the Champions League, and a deal for Ross Barkley should be easier to push through now that Everton have Gylfi Sigurdsson.Yet while Tottenham must beware a knee-jerk reaction, they need to keep at bay the restlessness that surfaced in Danny Rose’s recent comments about ambition. Rose was unavailable against Chelsea, still to return from a long-term knee injury, but Pochettino was not missing many players. Erik Lamela was also absent but otherwise Spurs were almost at full strength and still found themselves using sub-standard players on a weekend when Anthony Martial scored a wonderful goal after coming off the bench in Manchester United’s 4-0 demolition of Swansea City.It is rare for teams to win major trophies without decent back-up. Though Chelsea won the league with a small collective last season, Antonio Conte admits their load was lightened by a lack of injuries and no European football. The Italian’s frustration at Chelsea’s struggle to bolster their squad this summer is no secret.Pochettino’s coaching has a positive impact on his players, with youngsters often responding well to his demands. Though Tottenham have plenty of promising academy products, they need more proven quality if this team are to maximise their obviously vast potential.Only with the application of Levy-nomics could they have squeezed £50m out of Manchester City for Kyle Walker but it remains to be seen whether Spurs will be better off with the money they received for the right-back. When they beat Chelsea at White Hart Lane last season the speed of Walker and Rose overwhelmed Alonso and Victor Moses in the wing-back positions. On Sunday, however, Chelsea were comfortable against the less dynamic Davies and Kieran Trippier, exposing Tottenham’s reliance on wing‑backs to provide them with width.By packing the midfield Conte forced Spurs into wide areas and there were too many crosses from wide positions, most of which were comfortably headed away. Whether signing Barkley will solve that problem is debatable.What Tottenham really need is a top winger, a player to unsettle deep defences with pace and trickery, a dash of unpredictability, someone to engage full-backs with winding dribbles and add more spice to an attack that can become a little one-note at times. They wanted Wilfried Zaha before he re-committed himself to Crystal Palace. They have tried with Clinton N’Jie and Georges-Kévin N’Koudou. They need to try harder.Through 25 years of the Premier League scintillating wing play has been a prominent feature for most champions – from all of Sir Alex Ferguson’s United sides to Stuart Ripley and Jason Wilcox at Blackburn Rovers, through to Arsène Wenger’s great Arsenal teams, Damien Duff, Arjen Robben and Eden Hazard at Chelsea and the twinkling Riyad Mahrez at Leicester City.Manchester City have Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling, United have Martial and Liverpool have bought Mo Salah even though they already had Sadio Mané.For all the strides Spurs have made, Sissoko runs in straight lines. They might find the path to success is quicker if they get hold of someone willing to make unexpected twists and turns. Share via Email comment Reuse this contentlast_img read more

November is Youth Month

first_imgYouth Month activities for this year are focused on empowerment as a tool for development of the nation’s youth. The activities, which are being co-ordinated by the Youth and Culture Ministry through its various agencies as well as private sector entities, are recognised as part of Jamaica 50 celebrations and will seek to promote the participation of young people as “architects in national development”.  Celebrated under the theme: ‘Youth on a Mission’, the month-long celebrations provide  young people with the opportunity to take part in national events aimed at improving their self-esteem, exposing them to positive role models and encouraging healthy lifestyle.   Following the official launch of the month on Thursday, November 1 at theSt. William Grant Park in downtown Kingston, activities kicked off with a rap session for economic empowerment at the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) in Kingston on Nov. 2. The session was hosted by the Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) programme in collaboration with the CMI. There was also an empowerment session facilitated by the Department of Correctional Services atthe Metcalf Street Juvenile Remand Centre.  On Saturday, November 3, a Youth Gospel Explosion will be held at St. Ann’s Bay Square in St. Ann, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This will be followed by a National Youth Council of Jamaica church service at the Eastwood Park New Testament Church on Sunday, November 4, commencing at 10:30 a.m. Several other activities will take place throughout November and culminate with a rap session for youth with disabilities, hosted by Youth Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna. Other highlights include the hosting of four community fora by the Child Development Agency (CDA), as well a special interactive community session and vigil in St. James, in support of ending sexual violence against children. Also, throughout November, a series of empowerment sessions will be held at children’s homes, places of safety, and with incarcerated youth. On November 15, the National Centre for Youth Development (NYCD) will stage a youth forum on sports and entrepreneurship at the University of Technology. The event seeks to facilitate dialogue among policy makers, sportsmen and women, and youth, on exploiting global opportunities for sports, as a tool for community and national economic development. Over 300 young people are expected to participate in the dialogue. An art fair and skills expo will also be hosted by the NCYD at the Dolphin Cove Hotel in Lucea, Hanover, on November 23.It will seek to promote youth development through entrepreneurship, life skills and capacity building, with some 500 persons expected to benefit from this engagement. The YUTE programme will also co-ordinate a healthy lifestyle expo on November 30, which will feature presentations from health experts through interactive displays and information booths. These presentations will be delivered by medical care organisations, government agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs) and corporate companies. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with agencies and acquire information and free health care services. The Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence 2012 will take place on December 2. At the event, Jamaican youth will be recognised for their outstanding participation in the country’s development. For this year, 50 young people will be awarded in recognition of the nation’s 50th year of Independence. The primary objectives of Youth Month are to: advance youth participation in the socio-political, economic, cultural and religious processes of society; celebrate and highlight the outstanding contributions and achievements of Jamaican youth; showcase and display the best of youth talent in Jamaica; promote national pride and goodwill; foster national, community and youth development; and empower youth, through initiatives, for their economic and social development.last_img read more

Cecil Charlton gets Glowing Send off at Official Funeral

first_img The Official Funeral Service was held at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville. Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J Patterson said the three-time Mayor through “…hard work and determination to succeed, achieved great heights”. Story Highlights Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, stated that “the memory of Mayor Charlton is a great legacy that we can all be proud of.” Glowing tributes were paid at the Official Funeral service held yesterday (October 6) at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville, for the late local Government stalwart, and former Mayor of the Manchester capital, Cecil Charlton.The various speakers, led by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, detailed how Mr. Charlton was able to overcome a humble beginning, to become a successful businessman, who dedicated his life to service to his beloved parish.Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J Patterson, in a tribute read by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Michael Peart, who is also Member of Parliament for South Manchester, said the three-time Mayor through “dint of hard work and determination to succeed, achieved great heights”.“Cecil Charlton’s memory will be a beacon in the future of our country and it is hoped that his resilience, above all, will be emulated. The void created with his passing will be difficult to fill,” he stated.The former Prime Minister, who is a lawyer, recalled with some humour that he had difficulty preventing the late former mayor from taking over a court case in which he appeared for a number of Mr. Charlton’s workers who were prosecuted, “for he believed his knowledge of the law was second to none.”Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, who is also Member of Parliament for Central Manchester, stated that “the memory of Mayor Charlton is a great legacy that we can all be proud of.”Opposition Spokesman on Labour, Pearnel Charles, recalled the many special moments that he shared with the late politician and businessman. “He has made sure that we cannot easily forget him. ‘Mr. C’ was unique in many ways; he was uncompromising on the matter of human liberty, uncompromising on fair play, democracy and good governance,” he stated.Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Audley Shaw, who is also Member of Parliament for North East Manchester, said Cecil Charlton was a good politician, and an excellent and able political representative. “In Cecil Charlton we can say he was…a tribalist for local government and the municipality of Mandeville. He has left an indelible mark on representation in Jamaica.”Mr. Charlton’s daughter, Winsome “Lady C” Charlton, eulogized him as one who stood for the best in education for his children, and others who came in contact with him.She also recalled how he was firm on discipline, always giving special care on the type of clothing worn by his children, especially the girls. She also highlighted how her father used his truck to transport people across the island for entertainment purposes, and in support of Jamaica’s festival.Mayor of Mandeville, Councillor Brenda Ramsay, in her tribute, announced that a monument has been commissioned in honour of the late former mayor. The structure will be erected in the Cecil Charlton Park located in the town.“The Manchester Parish Council owes a debt of gratitude to this one of a kind man,” she said, noting that he was impatient of those who gave excuses as to why things were not done, or could not be done. “He did not tolerate slackness or shoddy work.”Other tributes came from nephew Paul Lewis, the NCU family, Caymanas Track Limited, the Jamaica Library Service, and the Jamaica Evangelistic Centre.Dr. Herbert Thompson, who delivered the homily, noted that Mr. Charlton was born in poverty in Mandeville, and “he won the battle over poverty here, he became a multi-millionaire here, and in the process, he lifted thousands of people from around here to better themselves”.“It is something that we need to digest and emulate. Don’t be too quick to discard the people from your districts and your inner cities, because sometimes some people…just need a chance …if you are in a position to do so, help a few people rise to the next level, because that is what Cecil Charlton would want us to do,” Dr. Thompson said.The service included bible readings from Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness and Custos of Manchester, Hon. Sally Porteous.Mr. Charlton was born in Mandeville on April 6, 1925. He served as Deputy Mayor of Mandeville, between 1959-1960, and as Mayor between 1961-1969, 1974-1978, and 1981- 1986.He retired from the Manchester Parish Council as a Councillor in 1998. Mr. Charlton died on September 12 at the age of 88. His remains were interred in the Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Manchester.last_img read more

Province Expands Lucentis Treatment to Cape Breton

first_imgPeople in Cape Breton suffering from a chronic retina disease will now get the treatment they need closer to home. Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, Oct. 23, it will expand Lucentis and Avastin treatments for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), to the Cape Breton District Health Authority, for people on Pharmacare. “This is a condition that impacts people’s sight, making traveling a long distance to get treatment a challenge,” said Premier Dexter. “Families told us they wanted to get treatment closer to their homes and their loved ones. We committed to bringing this treatment to Cape Breton, and today we have.” Wet-AMD affects people 50 or older and can lead to blood and fluid to leak into the eye, causing blindness. “By funding Lucentis in Cape Breton, our provincial government is helping to prevent wet AMD-related vision loss and reduce the practical, emotional and economic costs of vision loss for individuals,” said Louise Gillis, national president for the Canadian Council of the Blind. “For this, we wish to thank our government for extending this service to patients living in Cape Breton.” Ophthalmologists in the district have been trained to provide the injections, and diagnostic equipment has been updated to new standards. Treatment will be at the Glace Bay Hospital eye clinic, beginning in early November. “With an aging population in Cape Breton, this condition is increasingly common,” said Dr. Kristine Mayer, division chief for the district’s ophthalmology department. “Travel to Halifax has been difficult for patients and their families, especially when multiple treatments and frequent travel were involved.” “Cape Bretoners will continue to have access to quality eye care and modern treatment options in their local community.” Since January 2011, these therapies have been funded for Nova Scotians who meet the clinical criteria, and are members of the Seniors, Family or Community Services Pharmacare programs. Patients with private insurance will continue use coverage through that resource. “I am delighted to have the Lucentis treatment available in Cape Breton,” said Patsy MacMullin, who lives with macular degeneration. “It would have been impossible to cover the cost of the injection plus the cost of travel to and from Halifax by shuttle. “I appreciate and thank the government for its decision to assist those who have been afflicted with this degenerative disease.”last_img read more

Defence products exports to exceed Rs 35000 cr target

first_imgKolkata: With the growing trend of shipments in recent years, exports of defence products will exceed the Rs 35,000 crore target by 2024-25, an official said. “I expect the exports will surpass the target of Rs 35,000 crore by 2024-25,” Defence Production Department Secretary Ajay Kumar said. Defence components are key drivers, he said. Kumar was in the city to promote private sector participation in defence production and also inaugurated a facilitation centre for the defence production at Bharat Chamber of Commerce. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”Defence exports had been growing exponentially. It is like a big rock, which is hard to move, but once it starts rolling, it only gains momentum,” he said. Last fiscal, exports were about Rs 10,700 crore and in 2019-20, the Centre set a target of Rs 20,000 crore. In the first quarter of the current fiscal, exports worth Rs 5,600 crore had already been recorded,” he said. Exports were just worth Rs 1,500 crore in 2016-17 and Rs 4,500 crore 2017-18, he said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsKumar stated that the government had been taking several steps to encourage the private sector, MSMEs in particular, in defence production under the existing production policy and some “notable changes” had been brought in the recent policy. Ordnance Factory Board had decided that it would not seek capacity verification for almost 90 per cent of the products barring some of the sensitive items. OFB and defence PSUs are planning to outsource about 3000 items which will give boost to MSMEs sector, Kumar said. The government had also allowed suo-motu defence products development and production. “Six to seven suo-motu proposals had already been accepted,” Kumar said. Traditionally, the Defence department used to float tenders for products that it decided to procure, but now the government has allowed private sector to pitch for useful products that they have developed.last_img read more

Tiffany Haddish Carmen Ejogo join Madam CJ Walker

first_imgLos Angeles: Tiffany Haddish and Carmen Ejogo have boarded the cast of Octavia Spencer-starrer “Madam CJ Walker”. The Netflix limited series is based on A’Lelia Bundles’ book “On Her Own Ground”. Nicole Jefferson Asher has created the show, the streaming giant said in a statement. The four-part drama tells the “untold, culturally important, and highly relevant story of black hair care pioneer and mogul Madam CJ Walker and how she overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and family challenges to become America’s first black, self-made female millionaire”, according to the show’s official plotline. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Spencer, who is also serving as executive producer, will portray the role of Sarah Breedlove, famously known as Madam CJ Walker. Haddish will play Lelia, the smart and feisty daughter of Breedlove and her late first husband, while Ejogo will essay the role of Addie, a hairstylist and former friend of Breedlove. The cast also includes Blair Underwood, Garrett Morris and Kevin Carroll. Janine Sherman Barrois and Elle Johnson will be the showrunners and writers on the series. Kasi Lemmons will direct the first episode. Christine Holder, Mark Holder, Maverick Carter, and Jamal Henderson will executive produce alongside Spencer, Lemmons, Barrois and Johnson. “Madam CJ Walker” is slated to premiere on Netflix in 2020.last_img read more

Avril Lavigne Writes Song To Support Special Olympics

first_imgAvril Lavigne announced last week that she has written a song called “Fly” for The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Special Olympics.The song will be released in advance of the Special Olympics World Summer Games, which will take place July 25-August 2, 2015. More details about the song will be available soon.In September 2014, as part of the Avril Lavigne Foundation’s support for Special Olympics, Avril launched a campaign for her 30th birthday, which raised funds to support 30 Special Olympics Athletes competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.The athletes supported by the campaign will come from five different countries and will be announced in February 2015. During her 2014 World Tour, Avril visited a local Special Olympics program in Shanghai to learn more about their programs, and met with and invited more than 200 Special Olympics athletes to her shows in 14 countries.The Avril Lavigne Foundation R.O.C.K.S.: Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge, and Strength in support of children and youth living with serious illnesses or disabilities. The Foundation partners with leading charitable organizations to design and deliver programs, raise awareness and mobilize support for children and youth living with a serious illness or a disability. For information, please visit www.theavrillavignefoundation.org,last_img read more

Sean Astin Pays Tribute To Mother By Launching Patty Duke Mental Health

first_imgActor Sean Astin has paid tribute to his mother, Patty Duke, by starting a Crowdrise campaign.Duke – a passionate supporter of mental health issues – passed away this week, and Astin has launched the Patty Duke Mental Health Project in her honor.“My mother’s life touched tens of millions of people,” he said. “She became a voice for the voiceless and a reassuring presence for the scared, the intimidated and the lost. She was a healer of many souls and a champion for so many in need.“Her greatest achievement was confronting her mental illness and making her story public. She crossed the Nation speaking and campaigning and lobbying for mental health. My mom took her place as a mental health advocate in the greatest tradition of noble leadership.“Before her passing, before the suffering became too great, we talked about how the core mission of her mental health work might continue beyond her life. This initiative will fuel a multi-level approach to achieving results for those suffering with mental illness, and for their families and communities. Public awareness campaigns, lobbying efforts, and supporting a multitude of mental health programs big and small will be organized, prioritized and vigorously pursued.“The funds raised here will establish the Patty Duke Mental Health Initiative: the legal expenses, the formation of a board of directors, the establishing of a location, the hiring of an experienced executive director to manage professional fundraising, initial staffing and all of the costs associated with launching an endeavor of this sort.”To find out more and make a donation, click here.last_img read more

Liberals seek to tighten workplace harassment rules for businesses Parliament

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is embarking on a regulatory overhaul to crack down on harassment in federal workplaces, from Parliament Hill to local bank branches.New legislation unveiled Tuesday is aimed at giving workers and their employers a clear course of action to better deal with allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment, exerting more pressure on companies to combat unacceptable behaviour and punish those who don’t take it seriously.The changes will merge separate labour standards for sexual harassment and violence and subject them to the same scrutiny and dispute resolution process, which could include having an outside investigator brought in to review allegations.The proposed rules would also enforce strict privacy rules to protect the victims of harassment or violence.Once passed, the legislation would also allow anyone unhappy with how their dispute is being handled to complain to the federal labour minister, who could step in to investigate and order sanctions for employers.“Smart employers already take action. They already have comprehensive regulations and policies. They already protect their employees from harassment and sexual violence,” Labour Minister Patty Hajdu told a news conference.“What this (legislation) will compel is those other employers that are not taking it as seriously and not putting forward the protections that every person has the right to in the workplace.”The rules would, once they come into force, apply to all federally regulated workplaces, such as banks, telecommunications and transport industries, representing about eight per cent of the national labour force.The Liberals want the rules to apply to politicians, their staff and other Parliament Hill employees, warning of dire repercussions for any MP or senator who flouts the rules.Department officials say it could take a year or more before the rules come into effect, since regulations would have to be crafted once the bill receives parliamentary approval. Hajdu said her officials wouldn’t wait that long to help businesses who want to craft their own policies in the interim.The government launched consultations on dealing with workplace violence in the summer of 2016 to review the existing laws and regulations under the Canada Labour Code.Last week, a federal survey showed that while three-quarters of respondents said they recently reported harassment, sexual harassment or violence, two-fifths of those complaints were never addressed. The results of the online survey are not representative of the population because it was not a random sampling, officials warned.But Hajdu said the government wanted to give people confidence that inappropriate office behaviour would not swept under the rug.“That’s an important piece about this legislation that we do combat that very real perception where people say they have come forward, they have taken the chance to speak about their experience, and nothing is done.”Government officials must still consult anew with labour and employer groups to more clearly define what constitutes harassment under the new regime, create a list of third-party investigators who could be recommended to review complaints of harassment or violence, and help workplaces track incidents to better allow federal workplace inspectors to plan spot inspections.Hajdu said the government would launch an awareness campaign, but wouldn’t say how much it would cost.The government’s bill doesn’t outline sanctions for employees found guilty of harassment. The sanctions are on employers who are ultimately responsible for protecting their workers, Hajdu said.last_img read more

Bengaluru take on NorthEast United in mustwin ISL game

first_imgBengaluru: A titanic contest is on the cards as table-toppers Bengaluru FC look to overturn a one-goal deficit against a depleted NorthEast United FC in the decisive second leg semi-final of the Indian Super League (ISL) here Monday. Bengaluru have fought and won many battles at home but the biggest one awaits them at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. With the first leg in Guwahati having ended in a 2-1 win for the Highlanders, a 1-0 victory will be enough to send the Blues through to the final because of the away goal rule. On the other hand, a draw will favour NorthEast. A 2-1 result for the home team will send the fixture to extra time, while NorthEast scoring more than a goal will need Bengaluru to triumph by two goals or more to secure a spot in the final. The defeat against NorthEast United meant the Blue’s poor run of late has continued with their last five fixtures yielding just the single victory and three defeats. “We’re ready for a big game. We’re in a good mood and we have the feeling that here in Kanteerava in front of the supporters, we can give them one of the nights that we will remember through the years,” said Bengaluru FC coach Carles Cuadrat. Bengaluru will be buoyed by the crucial away goal scored by Xisco Hernandez at Guwahati as they look to enter the final for a second year in a row. The Bengaluru coach will look towards his main men, Miku and Sunil Chhetri, to step up at home as the Blues look to overturn a one-goal deficit. For NorthEast United, coach Eelco Schattorie will need to stretch his resources to the hilt after a fine victory which came at a cost. Having made it to the play-offs for the first time in their history, NorthEast will have to make do without the services of their star forward Bartholomew Ogbeche in Bengaluru. The Nigerian forward picked up a hamstring injury in the first-leg and he will be a big miss for the visitors on Sunday. The visitors are also sweating on the fitness of their midfielder Rowllin Borges who was replaced in the second-half at Guwahati due to an injury. With Ogbeche out, NorthEast will look towards Federico Gallego for inspiration with the industrious Uruguayan playmaker being one of the driving forces behind the side’s march to the play-offs. Gallego’s partnership with his compatriot Juan Mascia up top will be crucial to the visitors’ chances with the latter likely to start in Ogbeche’s absence after his late winner from the penalty spot in Guwahati. “I know exactly how Bengaluru FC play and they know how we play. Last game, first half we completely dominated. We lost two key players. Second half was way more difficult. But it had to with the changes we did in the team. But coming here we know that this is a game that is all or nothing. We will be trying to reach the final,” said Schattorie. Both coaches know this is the decisive clash. Both will be without their deputies after they were suspended for their role in the fracas that followed the first-leg clash at Guwahati. Both know there is just too much at stake now.last_img read more

TransAlta stock rises after US activist investor group demands change

CALGARY — Shares in power utility TransAlta Corp. rose by more than five per cent Monday after a U.S. investment partnership revealed it has acquired a 10-per-cent stake and will be demanding board representation.Dallas-based Cove Key Bluescape Holdings announced late Friday it had bought 50,000 TransAlta shares to take its total ownership to 8.1 million, about 2.86 per cent of the outstanding stock.It says it has an agreement with Bluescape Energy Partners, and Mangrove Partners, a New York-based investment manager, to use their combined 10 per cent stake to press for changes that will increase the value of the Calgary utility’s shares.It says Bluescape executive chairman Charles John Wilder, Jr., and his team have the experience needed to improve execution and focus at TransAlta, which owns power generation assets in Canada, the United States and Australia.It says shareholder value can be improved through operational and cost efficiency, asset optimization, capital allocation and broader strategic initiatives.In a news release later Friday night, TransAlta chairman Gordon Giffin said the company has spoken with the U.S. investors and will “carefully consider their views.”“TransAlta values constructive input from all of our shareholders, including Mangrove and Bluescape,” he said.The company’s shares gained 44 cents or 5.32 per cent at $8.71 in late-morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Companies in this story: (TSX:TA)The Canadian Press read more

Markets Right Now Stocks sink as trade war escalates

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are plunging at the open on Wall Street Monday after China announced retaliatory tariffs against goods from the United States.China plans tariff hikes on $60 billion of U.S. imports after the Trump administration on Friday raised tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10% to 25%.Technology, industrial and consumer-focused companies are bearing the brunt of the losses. Apple is down 4.4% while Caterpillar is off by 4%.The Dow Jones Industrial is down 470 points, or 1.8%. The S&P is dropping 51 points, or 1.8% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq is down 2.3%.Oil rose 2.4% to $63.15 a barrel after two Saudi vessels were targeted off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.The Associated Press read more

UN funds 16 million rural investment scheme for Niger villages

The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced today that it plans to provide $16 million, an $8 million loan and the other half a grant, to support the second phase of a rural rehabilitation and development project.The project will establish local funds to finance the collective investments of 56 rural communes and empower them to decide on their particular agricultural priorities in-line with the Government’s push for greater decentralisation. Targeting poor communities that are also vulnerable to environmental risk, the project aims to encourage communities to be more actively involved in creating policies to improve their livelihoods and decrease hunger. The financing agreement was signed in Rome by Mireille Fatouma Ausseil, Niger’s Ambassador to Italy and Lennart Båge, President of IFAD.The project, which also seeks to reduce or reverse land degradation by promoting sustainable land management, is among nine programmes financed by IFAD to date for a total outlay of around $111 million. 15 January 2009Rural communities in the south-central Maradi region of Niger are set to receive a major financial boost from the United Nations, enabling local communes to make their own agricultural investment decisions. read more

UNs AsiaPacific commission ends session with call to reduce regions disparities

Adopting its report for the 57th session, ESCAP encouraged its members to make a concerted effort to sustain development and provide for equitable distribution of wealth in their countries. The session was held under an overall theme, “Reducing Disparities: Balanced development of urban and rural areas and regions within the countries of the Asia and Pacific region.” The information revolution and economic globalization would reinforce existing disparities between urban a rural areas, and create new ones, ESCAP noted. In that context, Kim Hak-Su, ESCAP’s Executive Secretary, said, “We have to accept rural-urban migration and urbanization as inevitable parts of development. And we have to act and develop urban areas accordingly.” Mr. Kim also called for increased education opportunities and capacity-building measures to help prevent young people in the region from becoming a “lost generation in economic terms.”During the session, the Commission adopted resolutions on a variety of vital issues, including regional cooperation in information and communications technologies for development, action to fight HIV/AIDS in the region, and economic integration of developing countries. The 57th session — held from 19 to 25 April — was attended by more than 400 delegates, including 21 ministers and deputy ministers. Representatives of UN bodies, specialized agencies, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations also took part. read more

Wireless industry carriers volunteer to offer antitheft software on smartphones by 2015

Wireless industry, carriers volunteer to offer anti-theft software on smartphones by 2015 by Terry Collins, The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2014 9:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that the biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.CTIA-The Wireless Association announced that under a “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment,” the companies including Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc., U.S. Cellular Corp., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. have agreed to provide a free preloaded or downloadable anti-theft tool on smartphones sold in the U.S. after July 2015.Owners’ options will include remotely removing a smartphone’s data and preventing reactivation if a phone is stolen or lost, the association said.It appears the wireless industry has somewhat reversed course as law enforcement and elected officials in the U.S. demand that manufacturers implement a “kill switch” to combat surging smartphone theft across the country. Industry officials have previously said putting a permanent kill switch on phones has serious risks, including the potential that hackers could activate it.“We appreciate the commitment made by these companies to protect wireless users in the event their smartphones are lost or stolen,” CTIA CEO Steve Largent said in a written statement. “This flexibility provides consumers with access to the best features and apps that fit their unique needs while protecting their smartphones and the valuable information they contain. At the same time, it’s important different technologies are available so that a ‘trap door’ isn’t created that could be exploited by hackers and criminals.”The wireless industry’s announcement comes nearly two weeks after Samsung announced that it had added two anti-theft features, “Find My Mobile” and “Reactivation Lock” to its recently released Galaxy S5 smartphone.Apple created a similar “Activation Lock” feature for the popular iPhone last year and has offered a free tool called “Find My iPhone.”Almost one in three robberies in the U.S. involve phone theft, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Lost and stolen mobile devices — mostly smartphones — cost consumers more than $30 billion in 2012, the agency said in a study.Earlier this month, California legislators introduced a bill that, if passed, would require that mobile devices sold in or shipped to the state be equipped with the anti-theft devices starting next year — a move that could be the first of its kind in the United States. Similar legislation is being considered in New York, Illinois and Minnesota, and bills have been introduced in both houses of Congress.San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who have given the manufacturers a June deadline to find solutions to curb smartphone theft, said in a joint statement Tuesday that while CTIA’s plan is “a welcomed step,” it still falls short of effectively ending smartphone theft because the measures will rely on consumers to seek out and turn on the technology.Gascon added, “This approach is a losing strategy, and that’s why this commitment falls short of what American wireless consumers need to effectively end the epidemic of smartphone theft.”But Jeff Kagan, a longtime tech analyst in Atlanta, said Tuesday that the wireless industry’s commitment may be the closest to solving the smartphone theft problem. He believes the industry’s commitment occurred because they saw that government is in the process of making sweeping changes.“I’m sure there will be a lot of back and forth, but this is the next natural step,” Kagan said. “I don’t think the wireless industry would’ve done this if there wasn’t pressure from lawmakers and the public to come up with some solutions. Sometimes it takes a nudge.” read more

Statistics Canada says 65B in building permits issued in July up from

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 8, 2016 7:04 am MDT Last Updated Sep 8, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Statistics Canada says $6.5B in building permits issued in July, up from June OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says municipalities issued building permits worth $6.5 billion in July, up 0.8 per cent from June.The agency says the rise was due to increased plans for institutional and industrial buildings as gains in the non-residential sector offset a drop in residential permits.The non-residential sector climbed 5.6 per cent to $2.4 billion.The value of permits for institutional buildings rose 9.6 per cent to $740 million, while the value of permits for industrial buildings gained 17.1 per cent to $418 million. The value of commercial building permits rose 0.3 per cent to $1.3 billion.Meanwhile, the value of residential building permits was down 2.0 per cent to $4.0 billion in July, the fourth consecutive monthly decrease.The value of permits for single-family buildings fell 3.0 per cent to $2.4 billion, while plans for multi-family buildings slipped 0.4 per cent to $1.7 billion. read more

Activists crowd meeting on proposed pipeline under Potomac

by David Dishneau, The Associated Press Posted Feb 9, 2017 6:32 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Citizens ask questions and see displays, including a pipe, during a TransCanada open house to explain a proposed gas pipeline beneath the Potomac River, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. A Potomac River protection group organized a demonstration against plans for a pipeline beneath the river that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to West Virginia. (Kevin G. Gilbert/The Herald-Mail via AP) Activists crowd meeting on proposed pipeline under Potomac HANCOCK, Md. – Environmental activists crowded a TransCanada open house Thursday in western Maryland, blocking access to displays about the company’s proposed pipeline beneath the Potomac River to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to West Virginia.Protest leaders pledged a sustained campaign against the project, planned by the same Canadian energy company behind the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline.Russell Mokhiber of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, told the peaceful protesters they can defeat the Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project by making their concerns about potential leaks known to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission once TransCanada files its application in March.“We’re going to defeat this pipeline and move on to a better world with solar energy,” Mokhiber said after leading scores of demonstrators in singing, “Down to the River to Pray,” in the community room of the Hancock Town Hall.TransCanada spokesman Scott Castleman said it was unfortunate that people curious about the project had difficulty reaching company executives stationed at seven tables around the room. He said the pipeline, 72 feet below the river bed, would support growth in the region by increasing a gas supply that is nearing capacity due partly to a Procter & Gamble manufacturing plant under construction near Tabler Station, West Virginia.“We’re looking to have conversations with people in the community who want questions answered by our experts,” Castleman said.The 3.4-mile project would connect a TransCanada pipeline in Pennsylvania to a Mountaineer Gas line in West Virginia by late 2018.Opponents say a gas leak could taint local aquifers and the Potomac, a drinking-water source for downstream communities including Washington, D.C.The project will require permits from the state of Maryland, which owns the Potomac, and the National Park Service since the pipeline also would run beneath the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The canal parallels the river for nearly 185 miles from Washington to Cumberland. The line would cross the river near Hancock, a town of about 1,500 about 120 miles upstream from Washington.The Keystone XL project would extend from Canada’s tar sands through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, where it would connect with the existing Keystone pipeline route to carry crude oil to specialized refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. The Obama administration rejected the company’s State Department permit application, citing climate-change concerns, but President Donald Trump has invited TransCanada to reapply. read more

Back to back Billy Price becomes second Ohio State center in a

Billy Price and the Buckeyes prepare to take the field for warmups prior to the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBack to back.For the second year in a row, an Ohio State lineman was awarded the Rimington Trophy, which is given to the best center in the nation. One year after Pat Elflein won the award, redshirt senior Billy Price was voted to receive the trophy. He received the honor at the College Football Awards show Thursday night.Price beat finalists Alabama’s Bradley Bozeman and LSU’s Will Clapp for the trophy.The redshirt senior adds the trophy to his list of accolades, which includes the 2017 Big Ten offensive lineman of the year award. The Associated Press named Price a second-team All-American last season and he was named a first-team All-Big Ten honoree. Price was named a Rimington Trophy finalist on Monday and was named to the watch list in May. Both Price and Elflein switched from guard to center for their respective senior seasons. read more

Troy Smith Antoine Winfield among 2014 OSU Athletics Hall of Fame inductees

OSU quarterback Troy Smith (10) buys some time and eludes Indiana’s Keith Burrus (97) in the second quarter of a football game Oct. 21, 2006 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 44-3.Credit: Courtesy of MCTA former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback and two five-time National Football League Pro Bowl selections are among 13 new members of the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.Troy Smith, who won the 2006 Heisman, Antoine Winfield, who won the 1998 Thorpe Award, and Bob Vogel are to be joined by eight other former student-athletes and two OSU coaches in the 2014 class, according to a press release.The group is scheduled to be inducted at a dinner Sept. 26 and is set to be introduced at halftime of the Buckeyes’ Sept. 27 football game against Cincinnati, according to the release.Aside from his Heisman Trophy, Smith led the Buckeyes to a 25-3 mark in his 28 starts and an appearance in the 2006 BCS National Championship. He quarterbacked the Buckeyes to two Big Ten titles and a victory in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl. During his Heisman campaign, Smith set a school record with 30 touchdown passes. He played for the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers during a short NFL career and currently plays for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.Winfield was a two-time All-American and was the first defensive back to ever be named the Buckeyes team MVP after the 1997 season. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft and played five seasons in Buffalo before moving to the Minnesota Vikings from 2004 to 2012.Vogel was part of OSU’s 1961 National Championship football team before being selected No. 5 overall in the NFL Draft. He played in two Super Bowls and won Super Bowl V with the Baltimore Colts.The remainder of the inductees include one women’s hockey player, one women’s basketball coach, a fencer, two women’s track and field competitors, a men’s golfer, a wrestling coach, one synchronized swimmer, one men’s tennis player and two additional football players.Along with Smith, Winfield and Vogel, former football player Ralph Wolf will bring the total number of football players in the Hall of Fame to 113. So far, 277 men have been inducted since 1977 and 106 women have been inducted since 1993 – the first year women were brought into the hall.Boaz Ellis is the third men’s fencer selected for the hall, Ralph Guarasci is the 15th men’s golfer, Jeremy Wurtzman is the fifth men’s tennis player and Russ Hellickson will be the first wrestling coach ever selected for the hall. Tessa Bonhomme will be just the second OSU women’s hockey player enshrined while Becky Kim will be the 10th synchronized swimmer. The induction of Rosalind Goodwin and Tami Smith will bring the total number of track and field athletes to 11. Nancy Darsch will be the second women’s basketball coach enshrined in the hall.Bonhomme is the only OSU women’s hockey player to be named an AHCA first team All-American. She played for the Buckeyes between 2004 and 2008 and played for Canada’s gold-medal winning team at the 2010 Olympics.Darsh coached at OSU from 1986 to 1997 and led the Buckeyes to their only women’s Final Four appearance to cap the 1993 season. She later coached the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association.Ellis won three NCAA Championships and was named an All-American three times. He is also a five-time Israeli National Champion and came in second at the World Cup in 2000 and 2001.Goodwin and Tami Smith, who were teammates in 2002 and 2003, combined for four All-American selections. Each set school records during their time with the Buckeyes.Guarasci helped OSU to four straight Big Ten Championships from 1975 to 1978. He was a first team All-American in 1976 along with PGA Tour players, such as Jay Haas and Mark O’Meara.Following Hellickson’s lead from 1986 to 2006, the OSU wrestling program had 41 All-American honorees and he won Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1991 and 2002. Hellickson is also a member of the National Wrestling, Wisconsin Wrestling, University of Wisconsin and Midlands Open Hall of Fames.Kim was a four-time All-American and six-time U.S. Collegiate Champion. She was a member of the U.S. National Team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.Wolf was a first team All-American in 1937 and was part of three Buckeye squads to beat Michigan in shutout victories. He was part of OSU’s first-ever victory against a nationally-ranked team when it beat Northwestern, 7-0, in 1937.Wurtzman was an All-American selection in 2004 and was the first OSU tennis player to win the ITA National Championship. He finished his career with two singles championships in 2003 and 2004.The Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner is set to take place in the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union. Tickets will be available to the public July 1. read more