Strauss has retired with grace

first_imgCricketwallah by Ayaz MemonIn a year marked with retirements of major players- some spontaneous, some forced- Andrew Strauss’s has been the most enigmatic and perhaps also the most significant. More than anything else, it shows how vulnerable cricket captains are in the modern game.True, Strauss lost the Test series and England the world number 1 ranking to South Africa. In an age when success is demanded at every step, and past records gather cobwebs once day turns into night, this setback was always going to hurt Strauss.It must be remembered that England had also lost a Test series 0-3 to Pakistan in the Middle East a few months back, so their fall from the top position had been as dramatic as India’s, though this may not have been reflected in the rankings. The fact that the current defeats came at home, where most England fans believed their team was invincible, would have been doubly troubling for Strauss: this, as also his own personal form which has waned more often than waxed since the Ashes victory last year.Yet, Strauss seemed to be under no immediate threat to relinquish his position.The selectors were still unwavering in their support, and the establishment had been solidly behind him in the controversy involving star batsman Kevin Pietersen.What makes a captain take such a drastic call is something that still daunts cricket academics. Retirement for a sportsperson- with its accompanying insecurities and loss of identity- is always a vexing issue.For a cricket captain it is even more excruciating because it also means- apart from all else, tremendous loss of power. No other sport vests so much authority in a captain.advertisementSome captains are gross misfits, some let others call the shots, some blunder along till they are replaced. There are only a few who- once they accept the job- make it their purpose in life.Strauss was clearly from the last category which makes his retirement both perplexing and admirable. But unless there is some diabolical reason for Strauss to quit which could be overturned, this seems highly improbable. As things stand, one can only say, “Well played sir!”last_img read more

Report: France 2 Iceland 2

first_imgKylian Mbappe spared France’s blushes as he inspired the world champions to come from 2-0 down to rescue a late 2-2 draw at home to Iceland on Thursday.Didier Deschamps’ men were not at the races for long periods and appeared destined for a deserved defeat, but up stepped Mbappe – a second-half substitute – to ensure they did not suffer a first loss since March.France showed off their World Cup trophy in Guingamp this week, but Iceland showed no signs of intimidation and took the lead after half an hour through Birkir Bjarnason. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Things got even worse after half-time when Kari Arnason beat Hugo Lloris to make it 2-0, but Mbappe forced a Holmar Eyjolfsson own goal in the 86th minute and then netted a penalty four minutes later to seal a dramatic draw.FT: It didn’t look like it was going to happen, but the match ends in a 2-2 draw, following a late and hard-fought comeback by Les Bleus. #FiersdetreBleus #FRAISL pic.twitter.com/H9T67bIh3v— French Team (@FrenchTeam) October 11, 2018France did not craft a genuine chance until the 28th minute, when Florian Thauvin blasted Ousmane Dembele’s cut-back over from 16 yards.Two minutes later, France were trailing.Alfred Finnbogason robbed Presnel Kimpembe in the corner and he subsequently picked out Bjarnason on the edge of the area to coolly slot into the bottom-right corner.Iceland should have got another soon after, but Lloris somehow kept them at bay, saving Ragnar Sigurdsson’s header before denying follow-up efforts from Bjarnason, Finnbogason and Runar Sigurjonsson in quick succession.The away side doubled their lead just before the hour, as Arnason met Gylfi Sigurdsson’s fine corner with a towering header.But Mbappe soon took over, producing a brilliant turn before shooting from a tight angle and the ball found the net via Hannes Halldorsson and Eyjolfsson.The Paris Saint-Germain forward then found the top-left corner with a penalty after Kolbeinn Sigthorsson handled a corner, denying Iceland a famous win. What it means: Mbappe is France’s main man alreadyFrance looked blunt in attack until Mbappe came on. The teenager took the game by the scruff of the neck and stamped his authority like no one else when the rest of his team did not look particularly interested, highlighting his brilliant attitude.Sigurdsson takes the leadEverton star Sigurdsson showed his leadership qualities and importance to Iceland yet again, as he dragged his team forward. His passing was unrivalled in the Iceland team, he claimed an assist and he made something out of lost causes.Kimpembe struggles in auditionPSG’s Kimpembe was given the chance to play from the start, but he failed to impress. Chief among his poor decisions was optimistically dropping to the floor in search of a free-kick when tackled by Finnbogason for the first goal.What’s next?Both sides are in Nations League action next week. France host Germany on Tuesday, while Iceland welcome Switzerland to Reykjavik on Monday. read morelast_img read more

Adam Gilchrist dubs Cricket Australia’s pay offer ‘a fair deal’

first_imgFormer wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has broken ranks with current and former players by backing Cricket Australia’s pay offer and terming it as a `very fair deal`.The 45-year-old also expressed his confidence that the pay dispute between CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) is currently on track for a resolution by the June 30, the date of expiry of the MoU between two governing bodies.Gilchrist’s comments came despite the cricketers’ firm stand in opposing CA’s proposal to scrap a shared revenue model for player payments, which has been in place for nearly 20 years.Gilchrist applauded the players at the highest level for showing unity and expressing concern that the new deal would leave domestic players out of pocket, but added the CA’s argument that the revenue-sharing agreement takes money away from the grassroots of the game had merit.”I think Cricket Australia are offering a very, very fair deal for players. No-one’s going to go without and everyone’s growing and increasing,” the Guardian quoted Gilchrist as saying.”I do hope that they’re [the players] thinking of the cricketer at the most important level, and that is the kid signing on for his first year. Because grassroots cricket is under siege from other sports, like the various footy codes,” he added.The Australian cricketers playing in the Champions Trophy as well as number of former cricketers have been vocal in their opposition to the deal.CA, on the other hand, has maintained that their new pay offer has to be implemented for the long-term good of the game.advertisementAnd the Test great believes that the two sides would eventually negotiate.”There will be an end to it. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve been meeting in the last few days – the players’ association and the board,” said Gilchrist.”I think both sides are going to have to compromise. Having spoken to people in both parties, I think they’re both starting to say that and understand that,” he added.In what could be seen as a more moderate approach applied by CA to resolve the ongoing pay dispute with ACA, the country’s cricket board and the states have backed down from the threat to send out contracts under the terms of the new pay proposal already rejected by the players .ACA had earlier rejected the new pay offer from the game’s governing body, saying the proposal will be a win for cricket administrators but a loss for the game.In March, CA made an offer, proposing that the average pay of Australia’s international women’s players would rise from $A79,000 to $A179,000, while the average remuneration of state cricketers would more than double to $A52,000.Under CA’s proposal, only male international players would have the chance to share in any surplus revenue, while other domestic male players and women at both domestic and international level would have to settle for fixed amounts which would not fluctuate according to the game’s income.However, the ACA pointed out a series of concerns with the proposal, saying that it “disrespects the value of domestic cricketers and the role they play in Australian cricket”.last_img

On a learning curve

first_imgWhen Indian football decided to turn over a new leaf with the introduction of Indian Super League in 2014, Arsenal and France legend Robert Pires found himself in the middle of a revolution.Together with another legend in Zico, the ‘Invincible’ Pires established a core of young Indian players at FC Goa in Season 1.Football has moved on since Pires’s year-long stint with the Indian club but his assessment of the sport in the country remains the same.At a time when India’s under-age teams are proving their mettle in world football the U-16 national team’s quarter-final finish in AFC Championship to name one the 44-year-old former Gunner winger said the country needs more academies to preserve the young talent.”I know a bit about the Indian under-17 team and I know they are a good side. But in my opinion, and I keep saying this, you need more work on the grassroots level. You need more academies as it is important for the young players. I think the next objective for the Indian federation should be to increase the number of academies in big cities. Besides, you need to take your time and go step by step,” Pires told Mail Today during an interview on Friday.Stressing upon the fact that the Indian under age teams are benefitting from the foreign exposure tours organised by the federation before any major tournament, Pires suggested that the players need to capitalise on this to increase their chances to play in the European clubs in future.advertisement”It is good to know that these players get the exposure tours. But if you take England, for example, they have one of the best junior teams in the world.”Now, they have academies of every football clubs which then promote players to play for the senior team. That’s how they get their opportunity to showcase their talent and make it big. Spain is the same. That’s why they win a lot of trophies,” explained Pires, who is also the ambassador of LaLiga.The ’98 World Cup winner also suggested Indian clubs could develop a similar pattern to European teams by sending young players out on loan to different countries as part of their development.”I think it would be a good idea. I believe Bengaluru (FC) has a good team. They have well under age teams also. I think if teams like theirs can promote their players to senior level to play in the ISL or send them to Japan, China and maybe in Europe, it would set a good example,” he said.During his time with FC Goa, Pires said, he learnt that Indian players had the grit to work hard. And if one read between the lines, the Frenchman also suggested the lack of marquee players or the big names in the ISL has slowed the progress of Indian players.”I think ISL is on a good roll because this is the fifth edition. The level is the same as before, but it is more important to bring foreigner players. I think the first and second edition was the best. It was good for Indian players because they could learn from the big players. When I was with Goa, it was important to help FC Goa and I think I did well because it was a new role, like a teacher, and all of them learnt a lot,” he summed up.last_img read more

ITW Consulting Associates With Cricket South Africa for the Commercial Syndication of the MSL T20 League

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)BENGALURU, India, October 23, 2018/PRNewswire/ –~ Will manage the commercial and sales business through rights acquired by Global Sports CommerceITW Consulting, India-based Sports management company through Global Sports Commerce (GSC), has acquired On-ground Rights, Sponsorships and Broadcast Production from Cricket South Africa (CSA) for the Mzansi Super League T20 (MSL T20), and will be official International Commercial and Broadcast partner for the next five years. The agreement runs from 2018 to 2022. GSC has bought the marketing rights and the commercial sales business of the MSL T20 in India and the rest of the global platforms along with handling the commercial syndication of the league.Mr. Thabang Moroe, CSA Chief Executive said, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome GSC & its affiliates on board as yet another global brand that has put its faith in our administration, our governance and our players for a considerable period of time.””As their name indicates, GSC have a global sporting presence as a major player in the organization of sporting events around the world and already have considerably experience of South African sport through their investment in Megapro and Megaview. They will assist us both financially and with expertise.”Commenting on the association, M.S. Muralidharan, CEO, GSC said, “GSC is delighted to be associated with the MSL T20 promoted by Cricket South Africa. We see this as a Milestone Sports asset for Africa as the Sole and Exclusive International Commercial Partner across Television, Digital, and Event Sponsorship.”advertisement”GSC is committed to providing to the Fans of Cricket – In the Stadium, On the Move and on the Couch – an unmatched visual experience. The brands associated with the event, brought in by its premier commercial arm, ITW Consulting, will gain a superior return on their investment.”Bhairav Shanth, Managing Director & Co-Founder of ITW Consulting, “One of the key factors contributing to ITW’s keen interest in the MSL T20 rights acquired by our partner GSC, is in having a strong sales know-how in the Rainbow nation, while also understanding the market realities there. We are confident of roping in good brand partners to be a part of the MSL T20 and to celebrate the true spirit of the game which is the essence of the tournament”.Source: ITW ConsultingPWRPWRlast_img read more

Disha Patani on trolls: I laugh at them. They are supposed to be funny

first_imgIn the age of social media, being a celebrity isn’t that easy. With all the fame, comes the attention. Disha Patani is one such actor who enjoys a huge fan following on social media. But along with the praises, she often receives brickbats. However, the Baaghi 2 actress is unfazed by the trolls.Disha, who has an army of 22.9 million followers on Instagram, says that she often laughs at her trolls.In an interview to Deccan Chronicle, the Malang actress revealed the perfect way to deal with trolls is to not take them seriously.The 27-year-old actress said, “I laugh over them, I mean they are trolls so they are supposed to be funny right. So it’s good to laugh at yourself also sometimes. It’s fine, you should not take yourself so seriously also, nobody is perfect. We are making people laugh, so it’s good.”Disha is also a fitness enthusiast, and pictures and videos of her workout often make it to Instagram.While Disha is quite popular on social media, the actress is also steadily making her place in Bollywood. After delivering a hit like Bharat, Disha is now gearing up for the release of Malang.advertisementDirected by Mohit Suri, the film also stars Aditya Roy Kapur, Anil Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu. While Aditya had earlier collaborated with Mohit Suri for Aashiqui 2 (2013), it is Disha’s first film with the director.Malang is set to hit the screens in 2020.ALSO READ | Disha Patani wishes fans on Diwali in sports bra and lehenga, gets trolledALSO READ | Disha Patani gets injured on Malang set. Details insideALSO WATCH | Disha Patani talks about her personal style preferenceslast_img read more

BISHOP HEELAN SCHOOLS DEDICATE NEW BUILDING

first_imgBISHOP HEELAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS DEDICATED THEIR NEW ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AND CONDUCTED A CEREMONY AT THE SECOND PHASE OF ITS NEW HIGH SCHOOL THAT’S UNDER CONSTRUCTION TUESDAY.THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING IS NEAR THE NEW SCHOOL AND HAS BEEN NAMED IN HONOR OF FATHER PATRICK WALSH, WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE SCHOOL AND SIOUX CITY DIOCESE FOR OVER FOUR DECADES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/WALSH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..AND GOT IT. :22A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RIBBON CUTTING DEDICATED THE BUILDING, WHICH IS A FORMER BANK BUILDING THAT HO CHUNK INC. MOVED TO THE HEELAN CAMPUS.A BLESSING OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WHO ARE BUILDING THE $10-MILLION DOLLAR, 80-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT ACADEMIC WING OF THE NEW HIGH SCHOOL ALSO TOOK PLACE.HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL CHRIS BORK SAYS THE RECENT EXPANSIONS ARE THE FIRST NEW ADDITIONS TO THE SCHOOL IN OVER FIFTY YEARS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/WALSH2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…VERY EXCITING. :16BORK SAYS THE ACADEMIC BUILDING SHOULD BE COMPLETED LATE IN 2017.last_img read more

Camp Yosemite Like a Gentleman at AutoCamp’s Newest Airstream-centric Outpost

first_img World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts If you’re the sort of camper who believes there’s such a thing as too much outdoor time, AutoCamp’s latest outpost might provide the perfect getaway. The company combines all the amenities of an upscale boutique hotel with the joy, escape, and natural beauty of a traditional camping experience. We’ve long been fans of their first two California locations in Santa Barbara and Russian River. Now, they’re slated to debut a third — their largest, most remote, and most beautiful yet.AutoCamp will debut an all-new, 35-acre location in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains in time for next year’s spring hiking season. The “glamp-ground” will feature three cabin suites, 15 luxury canvas tents, and 80 beautifully redesigned Airstream travel trailers. The interior of each vintage unit will be outfitted with modern, luxury appointments to guarantee an elevated camping experience befitting a gentleman. Expect plush linens, well-appointed kitchenettes, spa-inspired bathrooms, and high-end finishes all around. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer At the center of the camp will be a two-story, 4,000-square-foot Signature Clubhouse with a chic, Midcentury Modern vibe. Here, guests can gather around a heated swimming pool and hot tub. Canoeing and paddle boating will also be available in a large, outdoor pond. Firepits ringed with Adirondack chairs will encourage a communal vibe amid a backdrop of some of California’s most stunning scenery. The pièce de résistance will be a spacious rooftop deck which, given the location near Yosemite, should provide perfect stargazing opportunities. There are also plans for an artisanal marketplace with craft beer, locally sourced wines, and a gourmet food selection.AutoCamp Yosemite is ideally situated near the iconic national park. Guests can take advantage of dozens of hiking trails that run in and around the camp. There’s even an onsite YARTS shuttle stop to transport guests to and from the park. The charming town of Mariposa is also just a few minutes away. Here, guests can find plenty of restaurants, cafes, wine tastings, and breweries.Early reservations at AutoCamp Yosemite are open now, but the site’s first reservations aren’t available until February 2019. But it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead. The company also has East Coast and additional California locations already in the works. Nevada’s Massacre Rim Named Latest International Dark Sky Sanctuary center_img Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Arrest Warrant against Polaris Shipping CEO Denied

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license  The warrant of arrest requested against Kim Wan-joong, the CEO of South Korean shipping company Polaris Shipping, in connection to the sinking of Stellar Daisy two years ago, was rejected on Thursday, January 24, the company confirmed to World Maritime News.Warrants of arrests were being sought also for the head of maritime affairs at Polaris Shipping, an inspector of Korean Register of Shipping in charge of Stellar Daisy as well as 2 persons from a private company responsible for inspecting the vessel following the conversion of the ship. Namely, Stellar Daisy was converted from an oil tanker to a bulk carrier.As WMN understands, Mr. Wan-joong was under suspicion of loading cargo without approval from the regulator on board VLOC Stellar Daisy.However, Busan District Court rejected the arrest warrant application in light of the fact that the cause of the accident has not been proven yet, Polaris Shipping said a statement.The warrant request against the inspector of Korean Register of Shipping and two others from another company responsible for inspecting the vessel were rejected as well; yet one of Polaris Shipping’s former employees was detained.The South Korean bulker was carrying 24 crew members, eight South Korean and sixteen Filipino sailors, when it sank in the South Atlantic. Only two sailors were rescued following the incident, whereas 22 crew members  are missing, and feared dead.The case is still being investigated by the South Korean Coast Guard and the exact cause of the ship’s sinking is yet to be determined.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program Open For Businesses

first_imgNova Scotia businesses will again have an opportunity to enhance productivity and innovation with support from the province. The Department of Economic and Rural Development is providing $500,000 for the second year of the Productivity and Innovation Voucher program. “We are building on the success of last year’s pilot program,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “This is the type of accessible support that businesses can use to make their operations more competitive and, as a result, strengthen our economy.” The voucher program provides small and medium-sized businesses with vouchers, worth up to $15,000, to work collaboratively with publicly funded institutions, such as universities and colleges. Businesses use the vouchers to obtain assistance in areas such as applied research, engineering services, prototyping and field testing. “With the assistance of the voucher program, we were able to work closely with a university to make improvements to one of our key pieces of machinery,” said Kelvin Sams, president of Sunrise Foods, a Dartmouth company that provides snack-food products across Canada and one of 50 companies that participated in the pilot program. “These improvements have allowed us to increase productivity of our snack food packaging process and increase our business potential.” The program helps build and strengthen links between small business and universities and colleges. “The voucher program opens the door for businesses to interact with universities,” said Ronald Layden, executive director industry liaison and innovation, Dalhousie University. “Dalhousie, like other universities, has the expertise and the specialized facilities that small and medium-sized businesses can use to become more innovative and productive.” Businesses interested in applying for program vouchers can get information at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/pnivouchers/ . The deadline for applications is Nov. 18. Funding for the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program was allocated in the 2009-10 provincial budget.last_img read more

UNESCO warns DHR about removal of heritage tag

first_imgSILIGURI: UNESCO has reprimanded the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) and warned of revoking the heritage tag to the 140-year-old hill railway in Bengal over poor upkeep, DHR officials said on Monday. In a strongly-worded letter sent to the DHR recently, UNESCO said that the Indian Railways had failed to inform it of the poor upkeep of the facilities of the heritage railway between 2017 and 2019 and waste being dumped on the its tracks, they said. DHR officials have blamed recurring landslides through the year for the damage to the tracks of narrow gauge railway. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe landslips are the main obstacle in regular running of the DHR trains as repairing takes time, the officials said. The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), which manages the DHR, has also blamed the people residing along the tracks for the presence of the waste. “Residents of houses along the route sit on the DHR tracks and park vehicles on them obstructing the way of the trains,” said NFR general manager Sanjiv Ray. “We follow all procedures to keep the heritage tag intact. We hold regular meetings and keep a close contact with the UNESCO authorities,” he added. UNESCO had included the 140-year-old DHR in the list of World Heritage Monuments in December 1999.last_img read more

Mugger flees emptyhanded after Halifaxarea woman hits knees him

first_imgHALIFAX – A mugger got the worst of it in downtown Dartmouth when a woman fought back, hitting and kneeing him and forcing him to flee empty-handed.Police say the man was hiding in the bushes as the woman walked on a path off Alderney Drive near the waterfront at about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday.They say he grabbed her and tried to take her purse.Halifax Regional Police say “the suspect fled the scene and did not get anything from the female.”Police described the suspect as white, between 45 and 55, and between five-foot-seven and five-foot-nine.Anyone with information is asked to contact police.last_img

Turkey warns ExxonMobil against drilling with Greek Cypriots

first_imgISTANBUL — Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has cautioned an international energy company against co-operating with the government of Cyprus in its search for gas.Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Sunday that the exploratory drilling ExxonMobil has started in the eastern Mediterranean “did not contribute to the region’s stability” and could change “sensitive balances.”Turkey strongly objects to Cyprus searching for gas on its own. The Turkish government says any potential wealth must be shared with Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots in ethnically divided Cyprus.Aksoy noted he was repeating “warnings” to energy companies about the “Greek Cypriots’ one-sided exploration and extraction.”He says Turkey plans to begin drilling in areas off the northern coast of Cyprus’ coast along with exploring the continental shelf of Turkey, which began last month.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Annan commends European ministers efforts on environmental issues

In a message to the Fifth Ministerial Conference on the Environment for Europe, Mr. Annan said the platform is important for dialogue and cooperation, not only among governments, but also with international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. “Your efforts to extend the environmental legal framework, to ensure that existing international environmental law is applied, and to keep the environment high on the international agenda demonstrate your conviction that together, we can make a difference,” Mr. Annan said in the message, delivered on his behalf by Brigita Schmognerova, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The three-day conference, which started today, is the fifth in a series of regional conferences where environmental ministers and other policy makers discuss ways of strengthening cooperation to protect and improve the environment. The “Environment for Europe” process is aimed at harmonizing environmental conditions and policies in all the UNECE Member States. The Ministers will be discussing pan-European environmental cooperation and taking stock of the progress made since their previous meeting in Aarhus, Demark, five years ago. read more

UN health agency concerned as two new human cases of bird flu

Officials from Thailand’s Public Health Ministry said laboratory results indicate that a seven-year-old boy from Suphanburi province and a six-year-old boy from Kanchanaburi province both have the H5N1 virus strain that has been identified in the current outbreak.WHO reported today that the two boys, who are suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome, are alive. The H5N1 virus has already claimed five lives in Viet Nam.WHO said it was working closely with Thai health authorities in response to the two confirmed cases. It is already conducting a joint investigation in Viet Nam with local authorities there.Thousands of birds have died or been slaughtered in Thailand, Viet Nam, the Republic of Korea and Japan since mid-December following the simultaneous outbreak, described by WHO in a statement released yesterday as “historically unprecedented.”At a press briefing today in Geneva, WHO’s Global Influenza Programme Team Leader Dr. Klaus Stohr said officials were worried that the avian flu virus may “re-combine” with the human flu virus and create a new, more virulent strain.”There is a possibility that this avian virus merges with the human influenza virus and the resulting new strain will travel very quickly around the world,” he said, emphasizing that currently there is no indication of human-to-human transmission of this strain.Dr. Stohr and Dr. Jorgen Schlundt, WHO’s Food Safety Programme Director said there was no evidence that humans can get avian flu from eating birds. But they added that people should always use good hygiene rules when dealing with chickens.Officials at laboratories within WHO’s Global Influenza Network are aiming to have prototype viruses for vaccine production ready for manufacturers within four weeks as the organization tries to speed up its response to the disease.WHO warned the situation could get worse because the virus is highly contagious among birds and usually fatal. It also highlighted the risks to those involved in slaughtering birds.”Culling operations can place large numbers of workers at risk of brief but intensive exposure to the virus,” WHO said, urging the adoption of prevention measures. read more

UN human rights experts urge US to increase efforts to address water

“No parent should have to endure the mental torment that will haunt parents in Flint, and no child should be denied the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health,” said the experts, whose expertise include hazardous wastes, health, water and sanitation, indigenous peoples, minorities, and racism. The experts commended US President Barack Obama for declaring a Federal state of emergency to accelerate the distribution of bottled water and filters in flint, but said that “much more must be done to protect those who live in vulnerable situations and to restore a safe permanent water supply.” These steps include ratification by the US Government of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, without reservation, among others. The majority of the population in Flint is predominantly African-American, and many residents live below the poverty line. This has drawn international attention to the toxic threats faced by children, particularly minority and poor communities across the country. The experts noted that lead is only one of many toxic chemicals to which residents in those communities are often disproportionately exposed. Citing a recent study which reportedly shows that minorities across the US comprise nearly half the population living near potential sources of toxic emissions, the experts said that some 1.6 million children under the age of five live in hazardous areas where their bodies are particularly vulnerable to adverse health impacts of toxic chemical exposure. Nearly twice as many African-American children across the country have high levels of lead in their blood as compared with white children, 5.6 per cent versus 2.4 per cent, respectively. The UN Special Rapporteurs work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity. The group that made today’s appeal includes: Baskut Tuncak, Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes; Léo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation; Dainius Puras, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples; Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, Special Rapporteur on minority issues; Mutuma Ruteere, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; and the Working Group of experts on people of African descent. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball sees 20 lead evaporate in loss to No

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-0. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern PhotographerAfter taking the first two sets from fourth-ranked Minnesota on Wednesday night, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team had the Big Ten leaders on the ropes.But the No. 16 Buckeyes (22-9, 11-8) couldn’t deliver the knockout blow, dropping three consecutive sets to fall to Minnesota (25-4, 17-2) for the second times in as many matches this season (27-25, 31-29, 17-25, 15-25, 9-15).The loss marked OSU’s second straight and its seventh over its last 11 matches.Meanwhile, the win for the Golden Gophers guaranteed them at least a share of the Big Ten title.Minnesota junior middle blocker Hannah Tapp put forth a dominant performance with 20 kills on a .500 hitting percentage and added seven blocks to lead all players with 24 points.Also breaking the 20-point mark were junior outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (20 kills, three blocks, two aces) and senior outside hitter Daly Santana (17 kills, three aces, three blocks).With hard-fought, extra-point wins in the first two sets, OSU looked poised to pull off the upset in Minneapolis, but unforced errors proved to be the difference down the stretch as it blew the two-game advantage.The Buckeyes committed only one hitting error and attacked .348 in the first frame, though it took all they had to fight off the Golden Gophers. Faced with set point on three different occasions, OSU was able to force extra points and flipped a 25-24 deficit into a 27-25 win.The Scarlet and Gray didn’t find as much success on offense in the second set, but held Minnesota in check (.068 attack percentage) behind five blocks. The teams battled even further into extra points than they did in the first set, but the OSU was again able to find its way to a win.An upset looked even more certain for the Buckeyes when they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third set, but things unraveled from there as they would lead only once more — for a brief time in the fifth set — in the remainder of the match.OSU was significantly out-hit, .375-.140, over the final three frames as it committed 19 attack errors (versus only six for Minnesota) and had nine shots blocked.Three Buckeyes notched double-doubles in the loss: senior outside hitters Elizabeth Campbell (18 kills, 15 digs) and Katie Mitchell (11 kills, career-high 14 digs), along with freshman setter Taylor Hughes (career-high 54 assists, 15 digs).Reigning Big Ten freshman of the week and outside hitter Audra Appold led OSU with 19 points by way of 18 kills and one solo block.As it tries to get some degree of momentum heading into the NCAA tournament, OSU is scheduled to wrap up the regular season on Saturday in St. John Arena on senior night against Rutgers. In the teams’ previous matchup in Piscataway, New Jersey, the Buckeyes handled the Scarlet Knights rather easily in three sets. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

Emergency personnel pay tribute to paramedic tragically killed on way to work

first_imgHis colleagues who dealt with him after the acccident lead the hearse as it made its way to the church.“Some of them would work in an area that’s not close to their own home,” said a colleague.In a way they don’t expect to come up on someone they would be familiar with.The turn-out also “shows the strength that is there between emergency services,” said the colleague.Originally from Swords in Co Dublin, David Fitzgerald was married with three young children, and had been in the ambulance service for over a decade.All photos: Les Kelly /EmergencyTimes.ieRead: Ambulance cover ‘needs to treble’ to boost response times> COLLEAGUES OF AMBULANCE paramedic David Fitzgerald found themselves having to care for him after he was injured in a collision on the way to work last week.Sadly, the leading paramedic and father of three passed away and his untimely death was marked with a guard of honour at his funeral.Brian Cleary of Emergency Times explained that Fitzgerald, who was in his early 30s, died while on the way to work in Portlaoise. The incident occurred on the Ballyfin road in Mountrath.At his funeral, the National Ambulance Pipe and Drum Band performed, while over 50 ambulance personnel provided a guard of honour for their colleague.He was described as a “very popular member” of the ambulance paramedic team, with members of the emergency services from around the country turning out to pay their respects.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_imgInternational Justin Bieber Source: Yui Mok#USA: Fox News has settled a sexual assault claim with a former contributor for $2.5 million.#AUSTRALIA: A man who posed as Justin Bieber has been charged with more than 900 child sex offences after enticing young fans to send him explicit images.#FRANCE: Police have discovered human body parts as they search the home of a man who has confessed to killing four relatives with a crowbar.#UK: A man and a woman in London were arrested today following a report of an attempted abduction at Great Ormond Street Hospital.PARTING SHOTSometimes a company goes all-out for Paddy’s Day and nails their McDonalds is not one of those companies. The fast food giant has brought back the Shamrock Shake for the festivities. So, to celebrate its return to the menu, they go ahead and make this video.Stonehenge and the bagpipes along with a tartan-clad ginger grace us during the 10-second ad. Sadly, it’s about 10 seconds too long. Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Grief over Clondalkin fire, €2 million worth of steroids seized and seagulls are back in the news -it’s the Evening Fix. Share Tweet Email Get our daily news round up: http://jrnl.ie/3279819 1 Comment Mar 9th 2017, 9:00 PM Short URLcenter_img NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.Ireland Ja Jei of Scoil Eoin Naofa at the 5th Annual UL Teddy Bear Hospital. Approximately 500 children from across Limerick attended the fifth annual Teddy Bear Hospital Source: Shane SerranoTwo men were found guilty of the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly who was shot dead outside a pub in Meath in 2013.Members of the Traveller community have told of their grief following the deaths of four people in a fire in Clondalkin yesterday.Gardaí are asking the public to look out for missing man Shahbaz Ahmed Qureshi who was last seen on Richmond Avenue in Dublin 3.A Bill which would have reduced the penalty for abortion to a €1 fine was defeated by the Government this evening.Over €2 million worth of steroids and erectile dysfunction pills were seized in Donegal.A man who was jailed for falsely imprisoning a child has had his sentence reduced on appeal.It emerged that religious groups which managed institutions where abuse of children occurred over a long period still owe €1.3 billion.Landlords are outraged over new rental measures brought in by Housing Minister Simon Coveney.Seagulls are back in the news as one senator wants to use lasers to keep the birds at bay. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee 10,724 Views Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 9:00 PMlast_img read more

Migrants call for protection

first_imgRacially motivated attacks against immigrants have intensified in recent months, a prominent member of the local Pakistani community said Tuesday, alleging that police have failed to respond effectively to protect the victims.Javied Aslam, who is the president of the Pakistani community in Greece, also accused the police of physically abusing foreigners during an unprecedented crackdown on clandestine immigrants.“In the past six months, knife-wielding fascists have attacked some 500 persons with impunity from the police,” Aslam, who is also chief of Greece’s Migrant Workers’ Association, told Skai Radio Tuesday. “The law does not apply to them,” said the 43-year-old Aslam.A 19-year-old man from Iraq was killed in an attack outside a makeshift mosque in central Athens in the early hours of Sunday by a group of individuals on motorcycles. Police have yet to make a breakthrough in connection with the fatal stabbing.The lingering recession and record-high unemployment have helped fan anti-immigrant sentiment here, with foreigners blamed for soaring crime and for “stealing” jobs from Greeks.Aslam, who has been in Greece since 1996 and currently works as an interpreter at hospitals, said that because of the economic meltdown some 15,000 Pakistanis have left Greece since the crisis began. Immigrants did not come here for a holiday but to find a better future, said Aslam, who also accused police of mistreating migrants during Operation Xenios Zeus.Code-named after the ancient Greek god of hospitality, the ongoing campaign has seen more than 7000 foreigners detained and 1,650 immigrants arrested for not having a valid residence permit. Sixty people were arrested and another 393 were briefly detained Tuesday.Meanwhile, prompted by complaints of intensifying hate attacks, police in Iraklio, Crete, yesterday began patrolling the neighborhoods populated by immigrants.Following a string of assaults against migrants in the area, representatives had met with Iraklio’s prosecutor and police chief to demand increased security measures. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more