India draw a blank in Archery World Cup Stage II

first_imgAdvertisementIndian archers’ poor form in the international circuit continued as they failed to clinch a single medal at the Archery World Cup Stage II. The Archery Association of India sent a second-string side to Shanghai.Indian archers couldn’t win a single medal in the second stage of Archery World CupHaving already been knocked out from both the individual and team events of the recurve and compound categories on Thursday, the mixed pair team events in those two categories were the only hopes remaining for India to bag a medal.In the mixed team recurve event, Jagdish Chaudhary and Preeti lost to the American pair of Brady Ellison and Erin Mickelberry 2-6 in the second round after overcoming Romania’s Madalina Amaiestroaie and Ghenadi Iepuri in the first round.In the compound mixed team, India’s Parveena and Praveen Kumar received a bye in the first round before losing to the lower ranked Malaysia 155-151 in the pre-quarterfinals.In the 2019 Archery World Cup Stage I held at Medellin in Colombia, the 23-member Indian team couldn’t reach the venue on time as their connecting flight got delayed by more than two hours which in turn led to them missing the final flight to the South American nation.The third stage of the Archery World Cup will begin on May 20 in Antalya, Turkey where India will send an experienced side.“There’s no point in going to any international event for any of the archers”- Asian Games gold medallist Rajat Chauhan Advertisementlast_img read more

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Rio 2016: Omar McLeod gives Jamaica its first Olympic Gold in 110m hurdles

first_imgJamaican Omar McLeod raced to victory in 13.05 seconds on Tuesday to become his country’s first ever Olympic 110 meters hurdles champion. (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage)  Cuban-born Orlando Ortega was second in 13.17 to take silver for Spain, while Frenchman Dimitri Bascou claimed bronze in 13.24 ahead of compatriot Pascal Martinot-Lagarde.It was the slowest winning time in an Olympic final since Canada’s Mark McKoy won gold in 13.12 seconds in Barcelona in 1992.With the exception of the 1980 Moscow Games, which they boycotted, the United States had never previously failed to provide a medalist in the 120-year history of the event at the Olympics.last_img read more

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How to Master the ABCs of Fundraising

first_imgPablo Picasso famously said one must “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Mastering the fundamentals of any field provides the foundation of success and creativity. You have to know how something works in order to go further and try something new. But where to begin? How do you learn what questions to ask when you don’t know what you don’t know?Every great leader, artist, athlete, philosopher, and yes, fundraiser has struggled with that same question. As complex as the topic may be, the answer is always the same…begin at the beginning. Begin by mastering the fundamentals—the ABCs—of your chosen field.Most of us don’t remember learning to read or write. But those fundamentals have become so ingrained in us that we no longer need to think about them. They are muscle memory. Because we mastered those fundamentals, we have gone on to read great novels (and maybe even write a few stories of our own).Great fundraisers have a talent for matching an organization’s needs with a donor’s wants. They seem to offer donors the very thing they’ve been looking for all along. They are, as Picasso would say, an artist.But they don’t have any magical powers or a greater understanding of the world. They took the time to learn the rules; to learn the ABCs of fundraising. Their comfort with the fundamentals allowed them to achieve new levels of success. And you can, too.Whether you’ve been fundraising for years and are training a new staff member, or you’re just getting started with your first fundraising job, it never hurts to have a handy guide to refer to for those common (and not-so-common) fundraising terms.Do you know your ABCs?We’ll give you a preview. Here are a few of the definitions you’ll find in The ABCs of Fundraising. Which ones do you already know? Which are new to you?#GivingTuesday: A global day of giving that falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and harnesses the power of social media, peer fundraising, and community. Many nonprofits launch their year-end fundraising campaigns on #GivingTuesday.Householding: A method of linking and managing the database profiles/records of multiple people in one household (or company) to track individual giving history, interests, volunteer activity, and more.Upgrade: The process of increasing a donor’s contribution level, achieved through relationship-building, cultivation, and stewardship. Can be a result of a donor making a larger one-time gift, becoming a recurring donor, or giving additional gifts throughout the year.Wealth Screening: The process of researching and analyzing an individual donor’s or prospect’s giving capacity. Factors to consider include donations to other organizations, real estate ownership, stock holdings in public companies, and business affiliations.Want more? Take a break and test your knowledge of these essential fundraising terms. Download The ABCs of Fundraising today.last_img read more

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How do This Week’s CFP Rankings Compare to the Computers?

first_imgHere’s a quick update to the CFP vs. 100+ computer polls I posted last week. Let’s see how the Committee stacks up this week.Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 9.51.49 AMGreen means you are rated higher by the CFP committee than the computer polls. Red means you are rated lower. A few notes:Iowa remains at No. 8 in the computer polls, but their 40-20 win over 2-9 Purdue was enough to push them up a spot in the Committee’s rankings. They are now rated four spots higher than the computers rank them.Michigan State moved up four spots in both sets of rankings this week — CFP and computers. Still, they remain two spots higher in the CFP rankings than they do in the computer polls.Ohio State dropped from 3rd to 8th in the CFP rankings, but only dropped one spot in the computer polls. As a result, they are now 4 spots lower in the CFP poll than the computer polls.Northwestern gained respect in both sets of rankings this week, but the Committee remains enamored with them, as they have defeated three Committee members’ schools (Stanford, Nebraska, Wisconsin). I’m sure that doesn’t have anything to do with it, though.TCU dropped five spots in the computer polls this week, but the Committee only dropped them one spot after OU’s 1-point win in Norman. This seems like either a sign from the Committee that they got TCU wrong last week, or – more likely – shows the Committee’s newfound respect for OU.Washington State. I had to check to make sure I had this one right. The Committee was impressed enough with Wazzu’s win over Colorado that they moved them into the rankings at No. 20. Meanwhile, the computers have them 16 spots lower at No. 36.Temple’s win over Memphis propelled them to No. 25 in the CFP rankings, eight spots higher than the computers.Who got left out? LSU is 20th in the computer poll but unranked by the CFP Committee.Here’s how it looks by conference:Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 9.52.45 AMThe Pac 12 looks way out of wack, but that is really just one team – Washington State. Outside of that anomaly,once again it’s the Big 10 that is favored by the Committee and the Big 12 that is frowned upon.Here’s how the conferences stack up according to the computer polls this week:Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 9.53.03 AMIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Infantino: Zero tolerance on racism

first_imgWorld Cup Infantino vows hardline approach on racism and doping at the World Cup Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 02:50 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) gianniinfantino - Cropped Getty Images World Cup The FIFA president says there will be a zero-tolerance approach to racism at the showpiece event, with games stopped if necessary FIFA president Gianni Infantino has promised to take a hardline approach against racism and doping at next year’s World Cup in Russia.The likes of Yaya Toure and Hulk are among the high-profile names to have spoken about being subjected to racist abuse in Russia in recent years, and the topic of how to deal with discrimination has been a key talking point in the build-up to the World Cup.Germany 5/1 favourite for the World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Infantino has vowed to take a zero-tolerance approach to racism, including stopping games if necessary, but is confident that no incidents will occur during the showpiece tournament.Speaking on a YouTube video, posted on FIFA’s website just four days before the World Cup draw, he said: “When it comes to anti-discrimination it is the same at FIFA. This is a very high priority and we’ll make sure that no incidents will happen.”If incidents happen then we have for the first time in a World Cup the so-called three-step procedure where a referee can stop a game or even abandon a game if there are discriminatory racist incidents. “This is absolutely not tolerable and we will be very, very firm on that so we can expect fair play in Russia.”We expect a peaceful event. We made the experience at the Confederations Cup where the whole event was run in a very peaceful and smooth way. “And together with the authorities we are sure that everything is organised so that the fans can enjoy in a peaceful way. “I think it’s very important because everyone who comes to Russia will want to be that sure they come in a secure environment.”The environment is and will be secure. The authorities are putting in 200% of their efforts to make sure that this happens. This will happen.”We can expect the World Cup in Russia to change perceptions. All of us we have a perception of a country, and when it comes to Russia as well. “As it happened in the past with other hosts, I’m sure that this World Cup will change the way in which the world is looking at Russia. “The world will discover a country that is open, which is welcoming, which is warm, which loves to party and enjoy and celebrate everything, but in particular in the months of June and July to celebrate football.”A great atmosphere ️Fantastic matchesFair playGianni Infantino on what fans can expect at the #WorldCupInterview https://t.co/szUZ90R031 pic.twitter.com/crVwfgg0dl— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 27, 2017Infantino also addressed the issue of doping tests, with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) still suspended.”We expect fair play on the pitch and when speak about fair play we have to speak about anti-discrimination and anti-doping as well,” he said. “Speaking about doping obviously all players in all teams will be tested in competition and out of competition and we are sure that everyone is well aware of this situation.”last_img read more

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Danny Care’s kicking game makes him England’s No1 scrum-half contender

first_img Eddie Jones challenges England to win historic hat-trick of Six Nations titles Topics Sportblog Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Danny Care is one of the best running scrum‑halves in the world but I was really pleased with how he contributed in different ways against Australia. He is obviously a good mate of mine. I played alongside him for a long time and now coach him at Harlequins and what we saw at Twickenham were the fruits of Danny maturing as a player as he has got older.He has worked really hard on seeing the space in behind and when the opportunities are there in the big games, he really nails it. A recent Premiership match against Sale stands out in my mind – he was spot-on at identifying that space. He has that ability to put the ball over the top and put it on the money, as we saw at Twickenham.It was clear that against Australia he added a little bit more tempo, he got the ball away nice and quickly and you could see the team go to another level. He played on the fact that Australia were mentally and physically a bit all over the place and sucked of energy. He got England into another gear, the floodgates opened a little and he capped it off with a great try. Looking for space in behind and nailing those kicks – as we saw for the tries for Jonny May and Jonathan Joseph – has been a big work-on for Danny. At Quins we are playing with a lot more width and that means Danny needs to get in there and get the pass away a lot more. A big part of his game is his running strength and we don’t want to take that away from him but I think it will make him a better player, having the ability to get the pass away and choosing the right time to put the ball in behind, then choosing the right time to run – it all combines to manipulate the defence a little bit more.He is such a dangerous runner around those fringes and, of course, you want to see more of it because it’s fantastic to watch. But being able to mix it up, pick and choose his times to go or to kick and pull the defence around can be such a string to his bow because he’s got a fantastic offensive kicking game. He has worked really hard on that and has a knack of seeing the space and putting the ball exactly where he wants to.His box-kicking has really improved, too, and that is another sign of his maturity. That has also been a big work-on for him. He’s really improved in that area and it makes him a more well-rounded No9, a guy that can do a bit of everything. He knows when to do things at the right time, which was epitomised against Australia. There was space in behind and he saw it. He didn’t need to run; he didn’t need to pass. All he needed to do was put the ball where it needed to be, with good communication and awareness, and then you get the results.Make no mistake, Danny might be a brilliant finisher as Eddie Jones calls them but he would still love to be starting for England. That desire is still as fierce as ever. No one wants to be sitting on the bench for his country – I did it for years and hated it – but the important thing is that you know your role.You are always disappointed for a little while but you have to park that and make sure that during the week you know exactly what you need to do when you come on. Then you’ve got to be constantly watching the game, feeling the game, seeing how it changes, getting a sense of the intensity of both sides and what is needed. It is a big role for these guys coming on now because they do change games. Danny is fantastic at it but there is still that drive to get that starting spot and, if he keeps coming on and performing like he did on Saturday, he is going to put a lot of pressure on Ben Youngs and cause Eddie a headache.I definitely felt, though, that the timing was right for the bench to make an impact. It escalated pretty quickly from a tight, intriguing game for those first 60 minutes because Australia ran out of steam and that was down to the relentless physicality of England.Against Samoa on Saturday I’d expect there would be some changes because it is the perfect time to give some of the players on the fringe a start. Danny is not on the fringe; he’s a big part of the squad. and very experienced, But it is a chance for him to show what he can do and for other guys as well.We are two years out from the World Cup and Eddie needs to see some of the others playing some top-level rugby. All of a sudden it will be the Six Nations, a tough tour of South Africa and then you are 15-16 months away from the World Cup and you don’t want to be thinking then about building combinations. It is the perfect opportunity to test some guys who should be there, in and around the World Cup squad, to see how they cope under a bit of pressure. Support The Guardian Rugby union Share via Email Share on Twitter Since you’re here…center_img Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Autumn internationals England rugby union team Australia rugby union team Australia sport Share on Messenger comment Rugby union: talking points from the second round of autumn internationals … we have a small favour to ask. 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Injured Carvajal handed World Cup hope

first_imgWorld Cup Injured Carvajal handed World Cup hope after Champions League final tears Dom Farrell 21:27 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DaniCarvajal - cropped Getty Images World Cup Spain Real Madrid v Liverpool Portugal v Spain Real Madrid Portugal UEFA Champions League The Real Madrid right-back picked up an untimely hamstring problem against Liverpool, but he might still feature in Spain’s plans this summer Dani Carvajal may yet make the World Cup with Spain despite suffering a hamstring injury in the Champions League final.The Real Madrid right-back left the field in tears on Saturday in Kiev before his team-mates secured a 3-1 victory over Liverpool to close out a third consecutive European triumph.But tests carried out by Madrid and observed by Spain’s medical team revealed Carvajal’s injury is not as serious as first feared, with a reported timeframe of two to three weeks placed upon his recovery. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now A statement issued by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed the 26-year-old will join up with Julen Lopetegui’s squad later on Monday to continue his rehabilitation.It read: “Carvajal has undergone the relevant tests by the medical services of his club, at which the doctors of the Spanish national team were present. “In these tests the existence of a lesion in the hamstring muscle of the right thigh was verified. “In view of the results, Dani Carvajal is to begin the recovery process of this injury together with the members of the medical team of the Spanish side, who will be in close contact with those of his club during all medical procedures.”Spain kick off their Group B campaign at Russia 2018 against Portugal in Sochi on June 15.last_img read more

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‘Gifted’ Pogba criticised because of his ability – Sagna

first_imgFrance ‘Gifted’ Pogba criticised because of his ability, says Sagna Tommy Doleman 10:12 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba - cropped Getty Images France Paul Pogba France v Australia World Cup The former Arsenal man says the midfielder has the ability to be one of the stars of the World Cup Bacary Sagna defended Paul Pogba, claiming Manchester United’s £90 million man is criticised because of his ability.Pogba has had a mixed season for club and country, but despite rumours surrounding his place in the France team, he looks set to start in Les Bleus’ World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday.Sagna, who played with Pogba at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, says the midfielder will not let the pressure and high expectations placed on him affect his game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “He is quite a confident man. But of course it’s annoying when you hear stuff about you from critics,” Sagna told the London Evening Standard.”Why is he criticised? Because of his ability. He is gifted; he was born like this and worked really hard. He can do skills that other midfield player can’t.”That’s why people see him as a 10 or an eight, but he is playing six and when you play there, you cannot afford to try some tricks in that area of the pitch.”He has ability which is above normal and he can do a lot more offensively, but we have other players and it’s his job to protect the defence and work with the team.”Former Manchester City and Arsenal full-back Sagna also suggested that Pogba’s inconsistent performances may be down to coaching.”Everyone has to remember that he is a midfield player,” he said.”Because of his abilities, which are not normal for a player like him, people expect a lot more from him.”You have to remember that he has some direction from the manager and you have to listen to him – you have to respect the orders on the pitch, because what is more important is the team.”In some games he’s going to have more freedom to attack and some others he will have to hold like a defensive midfielder. The players are the only ones who know this on the pitch, the fans do not know.”last_img read more

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jobsHere Helping Thousands of People Hundreds of Businesses

first_imgNova Scotians are seeing new jobs created, enjoying increased access to training, and benefitting from more innovative and competitive businesses, thanks to the province’s jobsHere plan. Since its launch two years ago, jobsHere has supported thousands of people and hundreds of businesses in Nova Scotia. The plan is working. “The jobsHere plan is helping Nova Scotia turn the corner on decades of the worst economic performance in the country,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “jobsHere is helping ensure that people and businesses of all sizes are ready to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities just around the corner, like the federal shipbuilding contracts, the Maritime Link, the Nova Centre, and renewed interest in our offshore.” Dartmouth-based Akoostix Inc. is one of the more than 325 Nova Scotia companies training employees or making productivity upgrades with support from the province’s Productivity Investment Program (PIP). “My undergraduate degree gave me the general skills I need, but the industry I’m in now is very specialized,” said Akoostix employee Ben Bougher. “Taking the advanced acoustic and sonar course gave me the intense training I needed to ramp up and gain the specialized skills to be effective and lead some projects.” Kohltech International in Debert used PIP to help purchase new equipment that is saving time, money and reducing waste materials, allowing the company to become more productive and competitive. Allendale Electronics in Lockeport is ensuring employees have the skills they need to make the most of the opportunities coming to Nova Scotia. Both of these businesses are important rural employers. jobsHere calls for more innovation to help grow the province’s economy. Innovation will help ensure the forestry industry is as important a part of Nova Scotia’s future as it has been in the past. Through an agreement with Resolute Forest Products and the Washington Post Company, the province gained control of the largest block of privately held lands sold in Nova Scotia, enabling the support of thousands of families and providing the opportunity for further innovation in the forestry sector. A new centre for cleaner energy, bioenergy and forestry innovation at the former Bowater Mersey mill in Brooklyn, Queens Co., will also help the province’s forestry industry thrive in the future. jobsHere is also helping to create the winning conditions that attract successful businesses and good jobs to Nova Scotia. Last month, Nova Scotia saw its most significant week of job creation in a decade, with nearly 1,000 good engineering and high-tech jobs. PROJEX Technologies will expand its business in Nova Scotia, creating 440 jobs for new and experienced engineers. IBM will establish its only Canadian global delivery centre in Halifax, creating 500 new, well-paying jobs. The company will also join forces with NSCC and five of the province’s universities to help develop a workforce with the right skills and training for the growing analytics industry. “When I talk with families, small-business owners and young people across Nova Scotia, I feel their energy and enthusiasm for the opportunities on the horizon,” said Mr. Paris. “Together, we’re building a reputation and workforce that will attract more business and investment, and give our young people more reason to believe they can succeed and raise a family here at home.” Through the province’s workforce strategy, thousands of Nova Scotians are getting the right skills for good jobs. More access to training and apprenticeship helped people like Charles Mmoloke go from dishwasher to municipal design technologist, and encouraged Simon Yip to come home to Nova Scotia to take part in the new Marine Repair Technician program to prepare for future opportunities in the province’s growing ocean technology sector. The province’s new START program connects unemployed Nova Scotians with little or no job experience with employers willing to give them the jobs, experience and training they need. “We have hundreds of workers who are ready to take advantage of some of the most exciting opportunities in our province’s history, but don’t have experience,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More. “Working together, we can build a competitive workforce that Nova Scotians and their families are proud to be part of.” In October, the province launched a suite of free tools to help employers and employees sharpen their skills and prepare for the good jobs that are coming to Nova Scotia. The HR Toolkit is an online resource that helps employers recruit, develop and motivate staff. SkillsOnlineNS promotes learning in the workplace with quick and easy access to thousands of online courses, from Microsoft Office, to the fundamentals of globalization. Welcoming Workplaces helps employers engage and retain a more diverse and productive workforce. In two months, more than 600 people and businesses have signed up to take advantage of SkillsOnlineNS, and have accessed over 2,000 courses. Hundreds of Nova Scotians are also taking advantage the HR Toolkit and Welcoming Workplaces online tools. “In the past, time away from work for training was very expensive and usually only a few employees had the benefit of traditional training,” said Paul Jamieson with Maritect Investigations and Security Ltd. “Now our employees will have more opportunities for learning through advanced education sources in areas that influence their jobs. “The available information has also assisted myself and my management team. We have a better grasp on today’s talent pool and selecting the right people to help my ever-growing business.” All across Nova Scotia, people are learning the right skills for good jobs, businesses of all sizes are becoming more innovative and productive, and Nova Scotia is competing and winning on a global scale. “Nova Scotia’s future does not look like it’s past,” said Mr. Paris. “Growing Nova Scotia’s economy means looking at the big picture, it means looking for opportunities of all sizes, and it means making choices that will bring long-term prosperity for families across the province. That’s exactly what this government is doing through the jobsHere plan.”last_img read more

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New NSLC President and CEO Appointed

first_imgGreg Hughes of Waverley, Nova Scotia has been appointed president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC). Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey announced the appointment today, May 1. “We are pleased to have Mr. Hughes join the NSLC as president and CEO,” said Ms. Casey. “Mr. Hughes comes to the role with extensive corporate leadership experience, which will benefit the NSLC as it continues to implement its expanded mandate.” Mr. Hughes is an executive and entrepreneur with a progressive career in financial management, business operations, leadership, and client relations. He has experience as a president and CEO of CleanEarth Technologies, which he purchased and rebuilt. Most recently he founded CleanEarth Industrial Services. Mr. Hughes also has more than 20 years at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in Halifax and was formerly general manager of operations for Atlantic Canada. He has a bachelor of commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University and is chair of the board of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. “I am very pleased and excited about this new opportunity. It is an honour to be appointed to this position and to be working with the exceptional team at the NSLC,” said Mr. Hughes. The appointment will be effective May 31. His salary will be $243,000. Mr. Hughes’s appointment follows a national search conducted after the departure of former NSLC president Bret Mitchell in February. NSLC board chair George McLellan has been acting in the position in the interim. The NSLC manages the safe and responsible sale of beverage alcohol and recreational cannabis in Nova Scotia. For more information about the NSLC, visit http://myNSLC.com .last_img read more

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Book set to reveal details of Mahanayaks littleknown USA trip

first_imgKolkata: A book on Uttam Kumar’s USA trip, about which very little is known so far, will be released on September 3 which is the 90th birth anniversary of the matinee idol. The book will be published by the Tagore Society of New York at Swapno Bhor, the senior citizen’s park at New Town.Not much is known about Uttam Kumar’s trip to USA in 1979, just one year before his premature death. He was accompanied by Supriya Chowdhury and they stayed there for 45 days. This was the star’s maiden trip to America. Earlier, he had visited some countries of Europe with Satyajit Ray. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe book, titled Uttam Kumar Er Hariye Jaoa Dinguli, will be appreciated by thousands of his fans throughout the globe. In Supriya Devi’s Amar Jibon Amar Uttam, details of the trip have not been mentioned. It may be mentioned that when some circumstances forced Uttam Kumar to leave Bengal in the mid 60s, he went first to Mumbai and then to Allahabad. We get an account of his days in Allahabad in film director Jayanta Bhattacharya of Agragami group’s book Samay Uttam O Ami. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe lovers of Uttam want to know how their favourite actor, who they referred to as “guru” in common parlance, spent his days in the United States. Uttam had visited New York, Washington DC, New Jersey, California, Baltimore and Buffalo. He had also visited Toronto in Canada. Those who had seen Uttam in USA were charmed by his simplicity and personality. His humility had also attracted those who came in his contact. When his fans decided to celebrate his birthday at a big hotel in Canada, he refused and insisted that it should be celebrated at his host’s house which was a small three-room flat. Uttam was a good singer as well and an avid lover of Rabindra sangeet. Often on weekends he used to entertain the audience by singing Rabindra sangeet. The people who live in USA felt that those 42 days will remain forever in their memory. They regret that Uttam died from a massive heart attack in 1980. He felt uneasy during the shooting of Ogo Bodhu Sundari and was taken to a nursing home, where he breathed his last shortly after admission. He was only 54-years-old when he died, ending an era in Bengali cinema. Many feel that he was not only a star but was the man who stood by the Bengali film industry at a time when Tollywood was reeling under economic crisis.last_img read more

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I thought I was going to die there Darryl Kakekayash talks about

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN National NewsHundreds of people attended a prayer walk in Thunder Bay that was organized by the community of North Caribou Lake.That’s the community where Tammy Keeash was from.The 17-year old’s body was discovered by a dried up floodway May 7.It’s also the community where Darryl Kakekayash lives.In 2008 he was attacked in Thunder Bay by men who beat him and threw him in the river.It was ten years before he set foot in the city again.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img

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EU Commission Wants More Security Cooperation with Morocco Against Undocumented Immigration

Rabat – To combat undocumented migration, the European Commission has pledged more security cooperation with Morocco.Morocco, a transit and destination country for migrants, has thwarted more than 54,000 undocumented immigration attempts in 2018.Moroccan authorities are also overseeing security at the Morocco-Spain border, where hundreds of migrants try to jump the high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos responded to a question on border security, saying that the EU and Morocco are in “regular contact to strengthen their cooperation on migration and security.”The commissioner also pointed out the importance of the cooperation between Spain and Morocco to tackle border security and migration issues.“Spain and Morocco are cooperating continuously and closely in the field of border control in order to reduce the number of illegal crossings and the risk of potential terrorist infiltration,” he said.He also spoke about the security bodies in cooperation to provide constant surveillance in the Mediterranean to prevent undocumented immigration and cross-border crime.Following Thursday’s government council in Morocco on September 6, Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi claimed that Morocco will not let its territory shelter human trafficking networks.The official also told the press that the North African country “refuses to play the policeman in the region.”El Khalfi’s remarks followed a presentation by Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit during the government council.Laftit discussed new measures to fight undocumented immigration while following the guidelines of Morocco’s 2013 migration policy.Touting Morocco’s achievements since the implementation of the policy, El Khalfi recalled the two operations to regularize the legal and administrative situation of migrants in Morocco in 2014 and 2018.The government regularized the status of 50,000 undocumented migrants, 90 percent of whom were from sub-Saharan Africa.El Khalfi said that 22,000 migrants have benefited from voluntary return operations since 2014, including 1,400 in 2018.He added that Moroccan authorities frustrated 54,000 undocumented immigration attempts and thwarted 74 criminal human trafficking groups, seizing 1,900 boats. read more

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Security Council extends Haiti peacekeeping mission

Determining that the situation in Haiti continues to threaten international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council this afternoon extended the mandate of the UN mission to that country until 24 June, stating its intention to extend it further at that time.The action came after the Council’s 20 May consideration of a report on Haiti in which Secretary-General Kofi Annan commended the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for carrying out crucial tasks in difficult circumstances, saying it created a security environment in which the political transition could take place.In addition to recommending the mandate extension, the report also called for an expansion of the mission to 7,500 troops from the 6,700 authorized, with 6,211 on the ground as of 9 May. The new police ceiling should be raised to 1,897 from 1,622 authorized and 1,413 on the ground, he said. read more

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Armed groups pose critical threat to stability in Central Africa UN envoy

“[Boko Haram] stepped up its attacks against civilian and military targets in the Lake Chad Basin area, notably in Cameroon and Chad, leading to a further deterioration in the security, economic, humanitarian and human rights situation,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Abdoulaye Bathily, in his briefing.He also added that the proximity of other regional conflicts near the Lake Chad Basin region, combined with the risks of radicalization, and the chronic poverty of already marginalized populations remain a serious concern.Mr. Bathily noted that the influx of refugees into the Lake Chad Basin region has over-stretched Government capacities and further limited service delivery in the affected areas and the refugee situation comes in addition to a significant number of internally displaced persons and returnees who require immediate assistance.At the same time, he observed that Boko Haram has been weakened as a result of the intensified military campaign by countries of the Lake Chad Basin, and has started resorting to attacks against soft targets. “The ongoing efforts to operationalize the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) underscore the commitment by the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin to coordinate action to fight Boko Haram,” he added. Mr. Bathily also expressed hope that the joint summit of Central and West Africa Heads of State and Government, to explore concrete ways to address the root causes of terrorism and radicalization, will take place without further delay, and also called for increased support from international partners in the fight against terrorism, radicalization and armed violence.Speaking about Central African Republic (CAR), the Special Representative noted that the recent spate of inter-communal violence that erupted in September generated additional refugee populations within the region, and gross human rights violations against local populations, particularly in the capital, Bangui. The violence, Mr. Bathily noted, had also weakened the national reconciliation process and the proliferation of small arms and gang-related criminality.He stressed that Pope Francis’s recent visit to the country had been “timely” and his “message of peace and his prayers – in Catholic churches and Muslim mosques – were embraced by the population and welcomed as symbols of hope.”Mr. Bathily said that in this context, it is critical to accelerate the pace of implementation of the recommendations of the Bangui Forum for National Reconciliation and for the presidential and legislative elections to take place peacefully to conclude the transition.The Special Representative also noted that while the killings and attacks perpetrated by the LRA have diminished, the group continues to pose a threat to regional security, especially in CAR and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).“The security and humanitarian crisis triggered by the LRA’s activities, including looting and abductions should not be underestimated. The LRA has adapted to our strong collective response by keeping a low profile, buying time and taking advantage of coordination gaps,” said Mr. Bathily.He also added that the UNOCA continues its active engagement on the LRA issue, including on the implementation of the UN regional strategy to address he threat and impact of the LRA.Lastly, highlighting the approaching electoral cycles in several countries, the Special Representative said that the mounting tensions in the region, in part from disputes over national constitutions and lack of political consensus, must be addressed.“I will continue to use my good offices to engage with stakeholders in the sub-region to encourage the peaceful resolution of disputes, including through inclusive political dialogue,” Mr. Bathily concluded. read more

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The Super Bowls Best Matchup Is Gladys Knight vs The Clock

Thank YouSly & the Family Stone-45 I’m Gonna Make You Love MeDee Dee Warwick+30 Fire and RainJames Taylor+33 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’The Righteous Brothers-14 Tracks of My TearsSmokey Robinson & The Miracles0 Let It BeThe Beatles-21 Wind Beneath My WingsRoger Whittaker-34 Sources: YouTube, Whosampled The Look of LoveDusty Springfield+85 Everybody Needs LoveThe Temptations+8 I Wish It Would RainThe Temptations-4 YesterdayThe Beatles+70 Gladys Knight takes her time with interpretationsDifference in song length between Knight’s covers and the original songs Baby I Need Your LovingThe Four Tops+1 SongOriginal ArtistDifference For Once in My LifeBarbara McNair+50 SongOriginal ArtistDifference The Need to BeJim Weatherly+13 Average+13 Help Me Make It Through the NightKris Krisofferson+66 Feel Like Makin’ LoveRoberta Flack+129 sec. Every Beat of My HeartThe Royals-49 Groovin’The Young Rascals+27 The Way We WereBarbara Streisand+36 So while anthems have gotten longer over time, the 40-year average is not fully accounting for that trend. When you do account for it5I used an AutoRegressive Integrated Moving Average model — or ARIMA — which allows us to better forecast time series data. the best forecast for the 2019 anthem is actually 119 seconds, 13 seconds over the 40-year average.Gender of the anthem singer is also significant. Men tend to sing the anthem more quickly than women — though not many men have sung the anthem in recent years, when the anthems have been getting longer overall. Still, the all-time shortest anthem performance was by a man — the incomparable Neil Diamond — who got in and out like a boss in a cool 61 seconds. And the longest anthem ever performed at a Super Bowl was by the unforgettable Natalie Cole in 1994, which clocked in at a diva-esque 148 seconds. Yes, I’m readyBarbara Mason-1 Ave MariaAnna Moffo+65 Baby Don’t Change Your MindThe Stylistics-1 All I Could Do Is CryEtta James+2 Keep an EyeDiana Ross & The Supremes-9 Midnight Train to GeorgiaCissy Houston+42 Cloud NineThe Temptations-9 Taking a larger view, only two anthems in the past 15 years have been performed faster than the 40-year average of 1 minute 47 seconds. And when I looked at the age of the anthem singers, I found no significant correlation between age and performance time.6p-value: 0.228 On the other hand, we can look at one of Knight’s previous performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” itself, which is solid piece of evidence against the over, running for 92 seconds. It was, however, performed 28 years ago. All things considered, the bookmakers appear to have this line wrong on Gladys, and her upcoming anthem performance is probably going to go over 107 seconds.Researching a single prop was a lot of work, and it’s understandable why books might not want to put this level of effort into each and every bet they publish. But it does imply that there are profitable edges for some Super Bowl props. Using the Twitter machine, I threw up a bat signal for a gambling expert to help me confirm my priors. Rufus Peabody, a professional sports bettor and former ESPN contributor who is well-known in gambling circles for the scale and volume of his Super Bowl prop wagers, agreed to help.“The time and effort to accurately value props is pretty high,” Peabody said. “Some books put more effort into their props than others, and for some props there’s almost no data. Books will move the lines aggressively when sharp bets are made though, which helps them adjust.”I’ve been keeping an eye on the Gladys anthem line, and it hasn’t moved all week. I was tempted to bet the over, but when I was confronted with the prospect of having to convert real money into Bitcoin in order to place a bet on an offshore site, I decided to abort. When I looked around for somewhere to place the bet in Las Vegas — where they accept actual money — I struck out. Peabody explained that prop bets like anthem length are illegal in Las Vegas because of restrictions on the types of sources casinos can use to “grade” or determine the outcome of a bet.Even if it won’t net me any cash, I’ll be pulling for Knight to go over regardless. I want her to belt out that last note in “home of the brave” for an egregiously long time. After all, my Twitter credibility is on the line, and that’s serious business. You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to MeRay Price+8 Finally, Knight herself appears to be a singer who knows how to stretch a note. Using whosampled, I identified 31 covers performed by Knight and timed the cover performance of each using similar criteria to the anthem timing. Knight’s covers were 7 percent longer than the originals on average, good for a bonus 12.7 seconds of soothing soul per track. In perhaps the best comp to the national anthem — “Ave Maria,” a soaring, vocal-heavy standard covered by hundreds of artists — Gladys’ performance was 37 percent longer than the standard version. Heard It Through the GrapevineMarvin Gaye-39 Super Bowl LIII is not only about two of the league’s best offenses squaring off against one another — New England and Los Angeles — it’s also about America’s other favorite pastime: gambling. The total amount bet on the Super Bowl1In nominal, noninflation adjusted dollars has risen from $40 million in 1991 to more than $158 million in 2018, and much of that growth has come from “props” or proposition bets.For readers who aren’t degenerate gamblers, prop bets are wagers you can place on events during a game that don’t directly involve the final outcome. This year there are the standard prop bets, like if the Patriots will score a touchdown in the first quarter (they never have in a Super Bowl), or if the Rams will rush for more than 127.5 yards (they averaged 143.3 yards per game in the regular season and the playoffs). But there are also more exotic prop bets on things like whether Donald Trump will tweet more than six times during the game. (The implied probability on one offshore book is 58 percent that he will hit the over.)Another interesting wager is on the length of Gladys Knight’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Several offshore books have set the total for the anthem at 1 minute 47 seconds, and the implied odds for both the under and the over were set at one book at -115 — a 53.5 percent implied probability — on both sides.2This accounts for the house’s take on each bet, or “vigorish,” which is why the implied percentages add up to over 100 percent. The implied probabilities being equal indicates that the book has no real opinion on the length of Gladys’s performance — they just want to take a percentage from each side of the wager and hope bettors will place their bets evenly on both.But is Knight performing the anthem in over/under 107 seconds really close to a 50 percent proposition? Or is there evidence that might convince us that the oddsmakers got the probabilities wrong?To find out, I went to Youtube and watched 40 Super Bowl national anthems from 1979 to 2018. I eliminated any anthems with trumpeters (there were two) and then started timing the anthem from the moment the singer first started to sing and ended the timer after the completion of the first utterance of “brave.”3I didn’t include any extra “braves” or broader codas. Using this methodology, the 40-year average of all national anthem singers4I removed choirs and trumpeters to calculate this average is 106.1 seconds, roughly in line with the total set by the books. So the total is correct so far as the average goes, but it also seems lazy. Surely there are other factors that might help us better predict how long Gladys might sing.For starters, the performance time of the anthem has changed as the Super Bowl has grown to become the unparalleled cultural phenomenon we now enjoy each year. As the pomp, circumstance and viewership have increased, the time anthem performers spend on the stage has also risen. Is There a Place?The Supremes-34 Goin’ Out of My HeadLittle Anthony and the Imperials+7 I Feel a Song (in My Heart)Sandra Richardson-19 read more

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At least 99 dead after consuming toxic alcohol in India

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — At least 99 people have died and scores have been hospitalised in northern India after drinking toxic alcohol, triggering a crackdown against bootleggers, officials said Monday.News of the deaths in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand has trickled in over the past three days, with police suspecting the moonshine had been cut with methanol.Authorities said many victims had complained of dizziness and were taken to hospital writhing in pain after consuming the illicit alcohol.Cheap, locally-made liquor is common in parts of rural India and bootleggers often add methanol — a highly toxic form of alcohol sometimes used as an anti-freeze — to their product to increase its strength.If ingested in large quantities, methanol can cause blindness, liver damage and death.In one district of Uttar Pradesh 59 people had died after consuming toxic alcohol, police spokesman Shailendra Kumar Sharma told AFP.In a neighbouring district a senior police officer said nine had died, adding that 66 suspected bootleggers had been arrested in the state and samples of the liquor sent to a laboratory for testing.Police said at least 31 people died in neighbouring Uttarakhand state and that two had been arrested on suspicion of supplying the liquor. Four suspects have been arrested in the state.“We are trying to find out the main source of this illicit liquor. We will soon nab the main culprit behind this tragedy,” Janmejay Khanduri, senior Uttarakhand police official told AFP.Newspaper reports said around 3,000 people linked with the illegal trade were arrested across Uttar Pradesh in the aftermath of the tragedy.Hundreds of poor people die every year in India due to alcohol poisoning, mostly from consuming cheap alcohol.In 2015, more than 100 people died in a Mumbai slum after drinking illegal moonshine.Of the estimated five billion litres of alcohol drunk every year in India, around 40 percent is illegally produced, according to the International Spirits and Wine Association of India. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedToxic liquor kills at least 32 in PakistanDecember 27, 2016In “World”At least 125 killed as storms batter IndiaMay 3, 2018In “World”India: Couple hacked to death over 22 centsJuly 30, 2016In “Crime” read more

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LIMES MESSAGE TO 2016 GSAT STUDENTS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppAs a brand and a corporation in the Turks And Caicos Islands, LIME/C&W, is a prime example of what it means to be an outstanding corporate citizen and a partner in and champion for education.With one of the nation’s largest public school’s under adoption, grants to top students in Grand Turk attending the HJ Robinson High, and top students in Providenciales attending institutions such as British West Indies Collegiate, Maranatha High and Wesley Methodist High, LIME gives back over $100,000 worth of contributions to the education sector on an annual basis.In September of last year, we welcomed two of LIME’s new scholarship students to the fold, namely, Shawn Gardiner and Vincent Zamora. Shawn and Vincent were selected as the two top GSAT students for the 2015 entrance exams.In that same breath we celebrated the graduation of Jon Bonae Chung (currently doing SATs and online studies with hopes to further her education in Journalism) and Sasha Arthur (currently in the UK completing her A Levels at Manchester College, with hopes of moving onto university to study Law).As we approach the middle of Term III we join with the Ministry of Education in wishing all of our Grade Six students good success as they prepare themselves for the Grade Six Achievement Test and for the next leg of their educational journey.Additionally, we would like to advise the general public that for the year 2016, instead of offering a full scholarship, we will be offering the top GSAT student a $1500 grant per term to go to the secondary institution of their choice. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Shooter kills 3 injures 1 at Jewish museum in Belgium

first_imgBRUSSELS — Three people were shot dead and a fourth seriously wounded Saturday in an armed attack at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, officials said. Police detained one suspect and were looking for a second.The bloodshed, on the eve of national and European Parliament elections, led officials to immediately raise anti-terror measures.Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, who was in the vicinity, said the scene “was terrible and left me shocked” as he saw two bodies lying at the entrance of the museum.Interior Minister Joelle Milquet told reporters that the shooter apparently parked a car outside before entering the museum. She added the gunman “apparently fired rather quickly, went outside and left.”The three dead were two women and a man, all of them shot in the face or throat, said Ine Van Wymersch, spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office.Van Wymersch said one suspect was detained after he drove away from the museum around the time of the attack. A second person being sought for questioning left the area on foot. Van Wymersch said security camera footage was being studied to try to identify the person.last_img read more

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Viacom to launch free streaming versions of its channels on Pluto TV

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 2:27 0 What’s new to stream in April 2019 Digital Media TV and Moviescenter_img Tags Viacom Post a comment Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants is one of its library shows that will streaming on Pluto.  Nickelodeon Viacom is going to make its cable channels stream free… sort of. The company — which runs cable networks BET, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon — will debut free streaming channels based on those networks Wednesday on PlutoTV, the ad-supported free steaming app that Viacom bought earlier this year for $340 million. The announcement Monday was made in advance of the company’s NewFront, an annual presentation to digital advertisers. But the channels won’t be streaming versions of the networks that people get with a pricey cable subscription. Viacom described them in three different categories: Flagship Channels that are “curated versions” of the networks, Signature Channels with top programming from each brand, and Pop-Up Channels that binge-deliver a show marathon-style. “We are thrilled to expand the Pluto TV offering with the addition of Viacom’s world-class channelbrands and iconic programming. This is a major step forward in our mission of entertaining the planet,”said Tom Ryan, CEO and co-founder of Pluto TV. Its first pop-up channels will set up marathons of MTV’s The Hills ahead of the series’ reboot. The flagship channels will be named things like BET Pluto TV, which will stream urban movies, and Comedy Central Pluto TV, which will queue up original comedy series, late night, sketch, animation and specials from the likes of The Daily Show. last_img read more

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