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John McEnroe suggests men v women contest to solve Serena Williams debateJohn McEnroe suggests men v women contest to solve Serena Williams debate

first_imgAn unapologetic John McEnroe has proposed competition between men and women players to prove his claim that 23-time grand slam singles winner Serena Williams would be ranked “like 700 in the world” if she competed on the men’s circuit.Three-time Wimbledon champion McEnroe said Williams was “the best female player ever” but said her performance on the men’s circuit would be an “entirely different story.”Williams responded on Twitter asking the 58-year-old to leave her out of his statements and called for respect and privacy as she takes time off to have her first child.”I felt the need, however unfortunately, to defend myself and say what I really felt, which is about what I think she would be (in the men’s rankings),” McEnroe told American TV show CBS’s This Morning on Tuesday.”I’ve got a solution. Solve the problem, and I’m sure the men would be all for this – the men and women play together. And then we don’t have to guess.”Former world number one Williams confirmed her pregnancy in April and expects to be back on the court as early as January 2018.last_img read more

What does football legend Tim Cahill do on off day? Play a ‘bit of cricket’What does football legend Tim Cahill do on off day? Play a ‘bit of cricket’

first_imgAustralian Tim Cahill is a football icon. After conquering most parts of the globe, the man is currently in India.Playing for Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League, Cahill when asked why the move, had answered, “Jamshedpur has no distraction unlike we see in the bigger cities. No traffic blockage, we have great training facilities, apartments, gym, swimming pool everything is available within the complex so yeah, it’s good for the players.”Winless after the first two games (a loss and a draw), Jamshedpur will finally be playing at home against ATK on Sunday.And on the action of homecoming, the all-time top-scorer of the Australian national team proffered to play a bit of cricket.Having captained the football team, Cahill is not novice either with the bat in his hand.He posted a video of him batting on his social media handle with the caption, “Little bit of cricket on my day off. We don’t like cricket, we love it.”Little bit of cricket on my day off we don’t like cricket, we love it CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) October 18, 2018Coming from Australia, Cahill knows a thing or two about the sport and surely has the knowledge of the love and rivalry between the two countries.In fact on arrival, Cahill had professed his love for Sachin Tendulkar and also said that he is now a Virat Kohli fan.READ – Australia’s record goalscorer Cahill is a fan of Tendulkar and Kohli”In Australia, the all time favourite legend from the Indian cricket team is Sachin Tendulkar. It is without a shadow of a doubt. But now it is obviously Virat Kohli because I like his background story of how he has achieved what he is today.”advertisementlast_img read more

Badminton Nationals: PV Sindhu storms into semis, Saina Nehwal reaches quartersBadminton Nationals: PV Sindhu storms into semis, Saina Nehwal reaches quarters

first_imgBadminton Nationals: PV Sindhu storms into semis, Saina Nehwal reaches quartersPV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal hardly looked in any trouble in their respective women’s singles match at National Badminton Championship on Thursday.advertisement Next Press Trust of India GuwahatiFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 23:25 IST PV Sindhu went about her business as usual in her second match on Thursday (BAI Media Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSindhu beat Riya Mookerjee 21-16 21-7 in 28 minutesSaina took just under half-an-hour to register a 21-11, 21-10 win against MandadaIn men’s singles, Lakshya Sen and Kaushal Dharmamer progressed to the last fourOlympic silver medallist P V Sindhu sailed into the last four stage, while former world number one Saina Nehwal dispatched Shruti Mandada to reach the quarter-finals of the women’s singles at the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championship in New Delhi on Thursday.Nagpur’s Vaishnavi Bhale and Ashmita Chaliha of Assam also showed superb resilience to book their maiden semifinal spots on a dramatic day.On a day when three pre-quarterfinals were postponed due to uneven court surface at the Assam Badminton Academy, Sindhu went about her business as usual, beating Riya Mookerjee 21-16 21-7 in 28 minutes to progress to the semifinals.The top seed from Hyderabad, a former champion, had opened her campaign with a 21-11 21-13 win over Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod in the morning.Saina meanwhile, took just under half-an-hour to register a 21-11, 21-10 win against Mandada. She will next play Neha Pandit in her quarters fixture.Vaishnavi, who had won the All India ranking tournament 2015 and finished runners-up at 2016, dug deep to eke out a hard-fought 19-21 22-20 21-11 win over third seed Shriyanshi Pardeshi.The maximum cheer was reserved for local sensation Ashmita, who kept her cool in two successive thrillers to set up a semifinal clash against Sindhu.The 19-year-old left-handed sensation from Assam, who claimed her first two senior international titles at the Dubai International Challenge and Tata Open International Challenge last year, showed great rearguard action to secure a 16-21 21-17 21-19 win over Aakarshi Kashyap in the quarters.The fourth seeded Assamese girl had earlier defeated Vaidehi Choudhari 21-13 15-21 21-12 in the pre-quarterfinals.advertisementIn men’s singles, Lakshya Sen and Kaushal Dharmamer progressed to the last four with straight game wins over their respective opponents.While Lakshya beat Aryamann Tandon 21-14 21-10, Harsheel Dani’s superb run was cut short by Kaushal, who notched up a 21-11 21-19 to make his maiden semifinal spot at the tournament.Earlier in the day, top seed Sameer Verma conceded a men’s singles encounter against Aryamann Tandon midway at 21-16 1-8 after aggravating a achilles heel problem.After that match, Saina took the court against Shruti Mundada in the pre-quarters but after having a look at the surface she made it clear that she won’t risk playing on that “uneven” court with the All England Championship round the corner.BAI secretary (events) Omar Rashid then postponed the three pre-quarterfinal matches, involving Saina, Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth, to the evening session after consulting the players.The organisers then prepared a fresh court on a thick wooden plank on the cement flooring at the TRP indoor stadium for Saina and Kashyap’s pre-quarterfinals matches, while second seed Praneeth preferred to play at the adjacent court at the Assam Badminton Academy.Earlier, Sourabh defeated Kartik Jindal 21-8 21-15, Lakshya brushed aside Ansal Yadav 21-11 21-8 and Harsheel stunned fourth seed and 2018 SaarLorLux Open champion Subhankar Dey 21-15 21-17.In men’s doubles, top seeds Arjun MR and Shlok Ramchandran defeated Rohan Kapoor and Saurabh Sharma 21-11 21-18 to enter the semifinals, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Chirag Shetty got the better off veteran pair of Rupesh Kumar and V Diju 21-8 18-21 22-20 to make it to the last four stage.Arun George and Sanyam Shukla and Krishna Prasad G and Dhruv Kapila also advanced to the semifinals.Like last year, the players ranked within top 50 in the BWF ranking and top shuttlers in the BAI ranking, filled up the top eight places, who were given direct entry in the singles pre-quarterfinals after a super draw was conducted on Wednesday night.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow National Badminton ChampionshipFollow PV SindhuFollow Saina Nehwallast_img read more

IBF Concludes Second Round of Negotiations for 2015 …IBF Concludes Second Round of Negotiations for 2015 …

first_imgzoom The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and JNG (Joint Negotiating Group) met in Tokyo February 19-20 to continue discussions aimed at a new IBF Framework TCC (Total Crew Cost) Agreement following the first round of discussions held in St. Petersburg in October 2013 on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the International Bargaining Forum (IBF).Both sides outlined their responses to each other’s claims, as presented in St Petersburg, but little progress was made on the key issue of a pay increase with both ITF and the JNG setting out their assessments of the shipping market going forward.The talks ended yesterday with a commitment to return in April in London for further discussions.Commenting on the two days of intense negotiation, David Heindel, Chair of the ITF Seafarers’ Section, who chaired the talks said: “We have made some progress but clearly there is some way to go. The key sticking point is the industry’s ability to afford a pay increase for our members who have suffered the brunt of the financial collapse and its impact on world trade. We have differing views about that but the past two days have helped greatly to clarify the rationale behind many of the items that make up the JNG’s claim.”Speaking at the IBF meeting in Tokyo, the JNG Chairman Mr. Tsutomu Iizuka said: “The JNG has commenced the 2014 negotiation process and has engaged in open dialogue with the ITF. There is certainly some common understanding that shipowners have suffered financially over the past few years, but both parties will actively engage to find a joint approach over the coming months.”The IBF next meets in London April 14-16, 2014. The final round of negotiations is scheduled for June 3-5.The IBF was formed in 2003 as a mechanism for collective bargaining between maritime employers and maritime unions over the wages and conditions of employment for seafarers serving on foreign-flag ships covered by ITF Special Agreements.Maritime employers are represented by the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC), the International Shipping Employers’ Group (ISEG) which incorporates the International Maritime Managers’ Association of Japan (IMMAJ) and the Taiwanese company Evergreen, and the Korean Shipowners’ Association.Together they form the Joint Negotiating Group (JNG) which allows maritime employers to present to the ITF a coordinated view of employers from across the world.The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) represents 684 unions in 140 countries including maritime affiliates throughout the world representing in excess of 600,000 seafarers.The IBF negotiations include both central negotiations and local negotiations which allow for development of core principles which can then be incorporated into specific local arrangements. This unique approach to pay negotiations is the only example of international collective bargaining.SIU, February 21, 2014last_img read more

Dublin Port Clears Hurdle for Major Redevelopment PlanDublin Port Clears Hurdle for Major Redevelopment Plan

first_imgzoom Ireland’s governmental planning body An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project which is to transform Dublin Port’s infrastructure by enabling it to handle larger ships.The project, the largest single infrastructure development project in the port’s history, envisages deepening and lengthening three kilometres of the port’s seven kilometres of berths. It will also deepen the port to provide an entrance channel with a depth of at least 10m. It is expected to take five years to complete, costing an estimated €230 million.Given the port’s sensitive location at the heart of Dublin Bay and Dublin City, the project was subjected to a rigorous assessment by An Bord Pleanála of possible impacts on the environment generally and specifically on protected Natura sites.The decision comes as trade volumes continue to rise at Dublin Port with 2015 set to be a record year.As well as being a record year for cargo, 2015 will be a record year for the port’s cruise business with nearly 100 cruise ships bringing 200,000 visitors to Dublin expected for the full year. These include some of the world’s largest cruise ships such as MSC Splendida, Royal Princess and Celebrity Silhouette, which until now have had to reverse into Dublin Port given their lengths.The ABR Project will allow larger ships to routinely call at Dublin, turn within Alexandra Basin and berth as far upriver as East Link Bridge.Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company said: “I am delighted that An Bord Pleanála has granted Dublin Port planning permission for the ABR Project and to say that we can finance the project immediately. The engineering design works are already at an advanced stage and we expect the first phase of works to be tendered and a contractor ready to start by October 2015.”Dublin Port’s next focus is on progressing the other consents required from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Having liaised with both organisations throughout the planning application, Dublin Port hopes to secure the necessary consents within months.The port has managed to secure financing for the project under the EU’s TEN-T network, with €2.4m in EU funding, €22.8m from European Commission and €100m of long-term debt finance from the European Investment Bank (EIB).last_img read more

City Of Los Angeles Announces Stand Up To Cancer DayCity Of Los Angeles Announces Stand Up To Cancer Day

first_imgOn Wednesday, August 27, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Paul Koretz and the City of Los Angeles commended Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) by presenting a resolution declaring Friday, September 5 as the official “Stand Up To Cancer Day” in the City of Los Angeles.Marg Helgenberger and Italia RicciMayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Paul Koretz honored Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) – which was represented by Stand Up To Cancer Ambassador Marg Helgenberger and star of ABC Family’s Chasing Life, Italia Ricci as well as Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) members Lisa Paulsen, Ellen Ziffren and Kathleen Lobb. Press conference participants also included additional Los Angeles elected officials.Following the press conference, SU2C representatives also made a brief presentation at the City Council meeting.Stand Up To Cancer’s live one-hour commercial-free fundraising event which airs live on Friday September 5 8pm ET/7pm CT will feature performances from top recording artists and celebrities from film and television, engaging viewers with powerful stories of remarkable progress being made by SU2C-funded research. Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Emmy-winning producer Joel Gallen, president of Tenth Planet Productions, will join the SU2C Production Team as executive producers.This star-studded appeal will continue to build public support to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly to save lives and make cancer patients long term cancer survivors. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across institutions and international boundaries to work collaboratively on promising new treatments that will impact a wide range of cancer types. The one-hour fundraising event will be simulcast live and commercial-free on ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, along with ABC Family, American Forces Network, Bravo, Cooking Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, E!, Encore, Encore Espanol, EPIX, ESPNews, FOX Sports 2, FXM, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Logo TV, MLB Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, Palladia, Pivot, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, TNT and VH1.last_img read more

Motorcycle crash in St CatharinesMotorcycle crash in St Catharines

Motorcycle crash in St. Catharines it happened just before 7 pm last night on Bunting road near Dieppe road.The motorbike damaged and laying on it’s side, it’s driver was thrown as a result of the crash.Police say he was pronounced dead at the scene. They say he was driving his motocycle at a high rate of speed at the same time a car was pulling out of a parking lot.The driver of the vehicle was a 27 year old woman who is expected to survive. The crash is still being investigated.

Pakistan UN chief deplores terrorist attack on Christian sites of worshipPakistan UN chief deplores terrorist attack on Christian sites of worship

The suicide bombings, perpetrated by the Pakistani Taliban on 15 March, targeted the Christian community in the city of Lahore and left at least 14 people dead and scores injured, according to media reports. The Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-i-Taliban, have intensified their attacks against civilian targets in recent months. Last December, an attack against a school in Peshawar resulted in the deaths of at least 130 people, the vast majority of whom were children, drawing universal condemnation from senior UN officials who described the attack as “blood-curdling” and a form of “savage extremism.” In a statement issued today by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the Secretary-General noted with “grave concern” the Pakistani Taliban’s claim of responsibility for yesterday’s bombings and its threats to carry out more attacks in the future. “He calls on the Government of Pakistan to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice and to do its utmost to prevent attacks against places of worship and protect religious minorities,” the statement continued.“The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Pakistan.” read more

Opinion Liverpools return to form good for English Premier LeagueOpinion Liverpools return to form good for English Premier League

Liverpool midfielders Philippe Coutinho (center) and Steven Gerrard (left) and defender Jon Flanagan (right) celebrate scoring a goal during a match against Manchester City April 13 at Anfield. Liverpool won, 3-2.Courtesy of MCTWhen discussing the history of football — the European kind — there are certain clubs that stand out as giants of the game.Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Manchester United, Ajax and Liverpool.Between all of these clubs, numerous domestic and European titles have been claimed, including 13 of the last 16 UEFA Champions League titles.But one o f these clubs, Liverpool, despite all of its historical success, has been a ghost of its former self in recent years.The club owns 18 English league titles, but hasn’t won one since the 1989-90 season. It hasn’t won a European competition title either since 2005’s epic comeback from 3-0 down against Milan.But now, after taking care of Manchester City 3-2 at home this past Sunday, Liverpool has what seems to be its best chance to claim its first Premier League title (the Premier League was established in 1992 in place of the Football League First Division).As an avid Manchester City fan — judge me all you want, I don’t care — this loss pained me because it means that Liverpool controls their destiny in the race for the title.But not even the most dedicated fans of other English clubs can deny that on some level, Liverpool deserves to win another title eventually.Sure, striker Luis Suarez is deplorable — having the infamous distinction of biting an opponent during a game, on two separate occasions — but the storylines are just too great to fight against.A young manager in Brendan Rodgers, who is so close to reaching the summit at the sprightly age of 41.Suarez and striker Daniel Sturridge combine to create one of the more entertaining goal scoring pairings in recent memory, as they currently sit first and second in goals scored this season.It is also the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.During an FA Cup semifinal match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest April 15, 1989, at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, a steel-fenced barrier broke, and 96 Liverpool supporters died from injuries related to the accident.But perhaps the greatest of the storylines is that of talismanic captain Steven Gerrard.Gerrard has been with the club since 1998, making 471 appearances and scoring 111 goals, and is likely to go down as one of the greatest players to ever wear the Liverpool kit. But despite all of his hard work and success with the team, he has never won the Premier League title.At age of 33, his career is likely coming to an end sometime in the next couple years, and it is hard to deny he deserves a title.Gerrard was emotional following the win against Man City, saying at times he felt the game would never end.“That win means so much,” Gerrard said in an interview with Sky Sports 1. “They got back into the game, but I think we showed today that we want to go to the wire. We want to go all the way. That’s the longest 90 minutes I’ve probably ever played in. It felt like the clock was going backwards in some parts of the game.”Sure, the title is likely to come down to the wire — Liverpool is only two points clear of Chelsea, and Man City sits six points back but have played one less game — but for now the Liverpool faithful has hope that the drought will end and Liverpool will be restored to the elite club it once was. read more

Former Ohio State soccer players Froschauer and Doyle selected in MLS draftFormer Ohio State soccer players Froschauer and Doyle selected in MLS draft

OSU defender Liam Doyle (5) was drafted for the MLS superdraft on Jan 19. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State men’s soccer team lost six seniors to graduation, but now for two of them, their careers on the pitch are not over, as goalkeeper Chris Froschauer and defender Liam Doyle were selected in the MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday. Froschauer, who played just one season for OSU after transferring from Dayton, was picked by the Colorado Rapids with the second pick in the third round. Later on, D.C. United, which finished fourth in the Eastern Conference last season, selected Doyle with the sixth pick in the fourth round.Both players depart Columbus for the professional ranks on the heels of rather successful senior campaigns. To say Froschauer thrived in his lone season in scarlet and gray might be an understatement.The 6-foot-4 Union, Kentucky, native’s save percentage of .798 and 10 shutouts were both tops in the conference. Froschauer was named the Big Ten’s Goalkeeper of the Year, while also being selected to the all-Region team.His goals-against average of 0.88 is the ninth-best single-season clip in OSU history, while his 10 shutouts are tied for third.Like Froschauer, Doyle’s senior season earned him the conference award for top player in his position, as the Isle of Man, United Kingdom, product was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. In all, Doyle nabbed eight postseason awards, three of which were academically focused.Doyle anchored an OSU defense that allowed just six goals in conference play and 23 overall. In addition, he notched 10 points, comprised of two goals and six assists.The duo’s selections bring the OSU men’s soccer team’s total number of draftees to 16 all-time, but they are the first two taken since 2012. read more

Urban Meyer Buckeyes not taking dangerous Fighting Illini lightlyUrban Meyer Buckeyes not taking dangerous Fighting Illini lightly

Urban Meyer might’ve sized up Ohio State football’s season in a sentence. “At times, we’re really good,” the Buckeyes coach said. “At other times, we’re not.” In a year highlighted with triumphs against Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State, the Buckeyes have often looked the part of their No. 6 national ranking. Rather bewildering, sloppy melees against perceived-to-be inferior competition in contests against the likes of Purdue, Indiana, California, Central Florida and Alabama-Birmingham often has, convincingly, suggested otherwise. At an impressive 9-0, it’s hard to look at the Buckeyes one way or the other without remaining cognizant of the juxtaposition between an OSU team playing in the spotlight and when it’s not. Buckeye cornerback Bradley Roby said it’s a matter that’s been addressed. “I mean, that’s just all mental mistakes that you have to fix,” the redshirt sophomore said. “You have to play (at a) high level every week. You see Alabama, they don’t care who they play against, they play at a high level. “That’s the (kind of) teams that we think that we’re at the same level with, so we have to play dominant like them … we have to come out and dominate from the very beginning.” An argument could certainly be made that the Crimson Tide – college football’s defending national champions – are playing at a higher level than the Buckeyes. But here Meyer and OSU are, undefeated nine games into his first season at the helm in Columbus and off to the program’s best start since 2007. Regardless of a game-to-game ebb and flow this year, OSU has found ways to win the types of games it probably would’ve collapsed in 2011. At 9-0, Meyer might have the Buckeyes back to believing they can win again. Which is all Buckeye Nation can ask for, right? While the former Florida coach has successfully and effectively navigated OSU this far, his squad has yet to put together a win since its opener against Miami (Ohio) where they’ve blown out their competition. A place like OSU, Roby said, demands more. “That’s typical for Ohio State football,” he said “and we haven’t done that yet this year.” Roby and the Buckeyes, though, might have a chance to do that against a struggling Illinois team (2-6, 0-4 Big Ten) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. “That’s something we kinda want to do this game coming up,” Roby said. The Thorpe Award semifinalist, though, said they’re not taking the Illini lightly. History suggests they shouldn’t, either. Despite their 0-3 record on the road in coach Tim Beckman’s first season in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois has won three of the last five meetings in Columbus (1999, 2001, 2007). Maybe more ironic is the fact the Illini snapped the Buckeyes’ 10-0 start in 2007 with a 28-21 toppling of the then-ranked No. 1 team in the nation. Now, nearly five years later, Illinois finds itself again in a position to thwart this OSU team’s attempt to match that record for the first time since. “I think they’re very dangerous,” Meyer said Wednesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “I think Illinois’ got every bit as much talent as we do.” Meyer said if the Buckeyes execute and “find a way” to win, they should be okay. And while that concept might not be astrophysics, it could be the difference between OSU putting together what some might call a complete game, compared to contests where they stumbled out of the gate. If anything, though, Meyer said Illinois might be another look in the mirror, another gut check, another chance to see what the Buckeyes are and what they’re not. “Here’s the thing: how good are we? That’s the question we’re asking ourselves,” Meyer said. Good enough to be 9-0? Their record speaks for itself. Good enough to be 10-0? Roby said the Buckeyes aren’t succumbing to the weight of such a feat. “Nah, no pressure. No pressure,” he said. “We feel like we can win every game, we said it at the beginning of the season, so why not? Why give up? Why stop right now?” Kickoff for OSU’s second-to-last home tilt of the season against the Illini is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday. read more

Joe Biden is officially running for US presidentJoe Biden is officially running for US president

first_imgJoe Biden is officially running for US president The former Vice President has been hinting that he would for a number of months now. The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy…everything that has made America — America –is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. The tweet was accompanied by a three-and-a-half minute video, Biden said he couldn’t stand idly by while US President Donald Trump “fundamentally altered the character of this nation”.Biden will be running against the Trump, who will be aiming for a second term in office.Even before his official announcement, Biden, who served eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president, led most surveys of Democratic voters.The RealClearPolitics poll aggregate puts him as favourite with 29.3% support, followed by independent Senator Bernie Sanders at 23%.Laurita Blewitt, a fourth cousin of Joe Biden, told to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio One this morning that his presidential candidacy announcement was “just amazing”. She also said that they’re expecting Biden to visit them in Co Mayo this summer to open a hospice.The former Vice President, hopefully now soon to be President, will be coming over this summer, is due to come over this summer and cut the ribbon and open that hospice for us.- with reporting from © AFP 2019 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 17,968 Views 69 Comments Share Tweet Email Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 11:11 AMcenter_img The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy…everything that has made America — America –is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. #Joe2020— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019 Apr 25th 2019, 11:11 AM Short URL FORMER VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden has announced that he’s running as a candidate in the US presidential election in 2020.The former Delaware senator announced his candidacy on Twitter this morning: Source: Joe Biden/Twitterlast_img read more

Tourism Month plans announcedTourism Month plans announced

first_img Related Items:#tcitourismmonth, #tourismiskeyitstartswithme Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 2, 2016 – It is National Tourism Environmental Awareness Month and the Turks and Caicos joins with the rest of the region in celebrating tourism.Plans for the month were rolled out at the TCI Tourist Board on Tuesday and include “Cruise Week”, November 14-19 with planned tours of the Grand Turk Cruise Center, the reintroduction of the Tourism Quiz Competition at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC), Grand Turk Campus; an Open House Exhibition at the TCICC Provo Campus; the Hello Tourist Programme where students from six primary schools on island will get the opportunity to experience life as a tourist for a day; a ‘Big Bin Competition’ (the decorating of garbage bins) among the tourism clubs at the various schools and the annual TCI Youth Congress where the Junior Minister of Tourism 2016/2017 will be selected.There will be billboards, destination videos and clean up campaigns as the month is celebrated in tandem with the Department of Environmental and Costal Resources (DECR), the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA), Environmental Health Services (EHS), the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and the Department of Youth Affairs.The theme is ‘Tourism is Key, it starts with Me.’last_img read more

WBHC organises seminar on heritage preservationWBHC organises seminar on heritage preservation

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Heritage Commission organised a seminar on ‘Heritage Conservation’ to create awareness amongst people and professionals belonging to different fields for the preservation and reconstruction of heritage buildings and sites on Monday to celebrate the World Heritage day.The seminar was presided over by the Chairman of WBHC, Shuvaprasanna and consultants of different departments. Experts from the Conservation Architect and Heritage also delivered speeches to address Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsthe matter.After Heritage Commission was set up in 2001, the main aim of the body was to preserve the heritage sites and buildings as a mere respect towards them and also as a contribution towards the economy of the country. Due to public negligence towards heritage sites and the destruction of the same, a need for awareness has cropped up.Suvaprasanna said the financial crunch makes it difficult for the Commission to work on reconstruction. He further said they are in dire need of engineers and qualified people. Srikumar Bhattacharya, senior engineer of PWD assured Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedhelp from the department and the establishment of a proper cooperation cell for the preservation of Heritage buildings. WBHC officials have also requested educational institutions to make their students aware of the problems and teach them to become more equipped in this field.Sujata Sen, a WBHC official said: “Awareness is only the starting point.”Through this seminar, WBHC pushes people to preserve their culture and heritage to the best of their abilities,” she added.last_img read more

Rose Valley case ED arrests businessmanRose Valley case ED arrests businessman

first_imgKOLKATA: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested a businessman identified as Sudipta Roy Chowdhury in the Rose Valley case. The ED sleuths had raided his residence on Saturday. He was arrested on Sunday morning and taken to CGO complex in Salt Lake.Sources informed that while investigating the Rose Valley case, ED officers found Roy Chowdhury is well connected with Goutam Kundu. Later, the ED sleuths came to know about his direct connection with a company named ‘Brand Value Communications’ that was owned by Kundu. It was also alleged that when he was in the company, he amassed a huge amount of money from the market by showing his political power. During the investigation process, the investigators found several property and assets of Rose Valley in the name Roy Chowdhury. Previously, it was alleged that Roy Chowdhury owns several disproportionate property as well. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt was alleged that he extorted money from several people under the pretext of settling up their matters in several chit fund cases those are being investigated by the CBI and the ED. The officials also came to know that he invested the extorted money in several businesses. During Saturday’s raid, several incriminating documents were seized from Roy Chowdhury’s residence. Sources informed that he would be taken in to custody after being produced before court. The ED sleuths will try find out how much money he had taken and how he had spent them. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe ED officials conducted raids at five premises across the city in connection with the Rose Valley case. Sources informed that each five-member team raided several office premises including the residence of Roy Chowdhury. It was alleged that after the CBI took over the charge of the Rose Valley case and other financial scam cases, this person met with some important persons and politicians and demanded money by promising them to settle the matter.last_img read more

Over the Edge How Disney Forced the Mass Suicide of Lemmings forOver the Edge How Disney Forced the Mass Suicide of Lemmings for

first_img.Walt Disney’s version of the natural world isn’t all cute critters and birds with bad tempers. Back in the 1950s, Uncle Walt had loftier ambitions for the animal kingdom. Unfortunately, his concept led to a travesty which would shock fans of the House of Mouse many years later. When Bambi (1942) was in production, Disney was struck by the real-life creatures that were brought in as visual aids for animators. Realizing Mother Nature was a born scene-stealer, he set to work on an Alaska-based project. Eventually released as Seal Island in 1948, it won the Oscar for Documentary Short Subject.This led to a series of acclaimed films called True Life Adventures, which lasted just over a decade. These shorts took the established format of the nature documentary and looked at it with fresh eyes.Walt Disney photographed in 1935.The Oh My Disney website says the movies “were far from the arid, dusty educational films of old. They were exciting, dynamic, hilarious, and beautifully photographed. One of Walt’s greatest gifts was being able to identify what part of an elaborate narrative would make the best through-line, and so he and his talented team were able to comb through hours of footage and make something simple enough to easily follow, yet stirring enough to be inspirational and profound.”The aim of True Life Adventures was to entertain families and schoolchildren, whilst teaching them something along the way. 1958’s White Wilderness did just that, although it wasn’t strictly truthful with some of its content. It promoted a widely-held and totally false view about the humble lemming. And that’s not the worst of it.Roy E. Disney autographs ‘True-Life Adventures’ DVD Series at J&R Music and Computer World on December 5, 2006 in New York City. Photo by Brad Barket /Getty ImagesAudiences would have thrilled to the sight of suicidal lemmings rushing across the Arctic tundra to the edge of a cliff and, in time-honored tradition, plunging to a watery fate. Dramatic narration from Winston Hibler guided viewers through the eye-opening events:“A kind of compulsion seizes each tiny rodent and, carried along by an unreasoning hysteria, each falls into step for a march that will take them to a strange destiny… They’ve become victims of an obsession — a one-track thought: Move on! Move on!… This is the last chance to turn back… Yet over they go, casting themselves out bodily into space.”There were a few problems with the lemming sequence. For starters, that was no tundra they were scurrying on. In fact, it was a turntable covered in the white stuff. The cameraman was in Alberta, Canada, not the Arctic. Alberta isn’t exactly on the map for its lemming population.Manitoba, Canada.They weren’t even the right type of lemming. White Wilderness recast the Norwegian lemmings on whose habits the segment was based. Presumably, any old lemmings would do, so brown lemmings were purchased at the rate of a dollar a rodent from children in Manitoba.One aspect of the scene was authentic… the spectacle of lemmings plunging kamikaze-style into the water. It was the real deal with one important detail — lemmings don’t commit suicide.This is where the story takes a truly dark turn. Perhaps they had the best of intentions, but the sad fact is Disney’s team forced the lemmings over the edge.Norwegian Lemming.An investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1983 exposed the murder behind the magic, and no-one saw that footage in the same light again. The film claims that the lemmings appear to survive. However, the crew would have had no way of knowing the outcome.Where had Disney gotten the idea that lemmings took their own lives? The answer lies in the erratic behavior of the lemming population, which can suddenly mushroom to enormous levels before dispersing for the survival of the species.10 Shocking Facts About DisneyOn the BBC Earth website from 2014, it’s observed that “With too many hungry lemmings about, the vegetation quickly gets overgrazed and the animals are forced to seek pastures new. It is in these circumstances, as they move from higher to lower ground, that they can occasionally tumble down a slope.”As they move in high numbers, it can resemble an unruly mob on a self-destructive mission. Another strange myth about lemmings is that they get so angry they explode.Range map for Norway lemming (Lemmus lemmus). Photo by Udo Schröter CC BY-SA 3.0The Alaska Fish & Wildlife News spoke to state wildlife biologist Thomas McDonough in 2003. His insight was that “When they’ve exhausted the local food supply, they disperse, as do moose, beaver, and many other animals. Lemmings can swim and will cross bodies of water in their quest for greener pastures. Sometimes they drown. Dispersal and accidental death is a far cry from the instinctive, deliberate mass suicide depicted in White Wilderness.”Despite this horrendous act, Disney’s True-Life Adventures were on the whole highly regarded. Their legacy lives on in the Disneynature films, which have been in production since 2008. This was an age where casual cruelty to animals was seen as par for the course.Read another story from us: Walt Disney softened the original Snow White story, leaving out the Evil Queen eating internal organs and dancing to her death in iron-hot shoes“It’s not given to Man to understand all of nature’s mysteries,” Winston Hibler remarks, as the lemmings scatter across the so-called tundra. It seems in the effort to show people the true face of the natural world, Disney fell for an urban legend, and in the process made things a little too real for comfort.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.last_img read more

Disney Cruise Line to sail more ships from GalvestonDisney Cruise Line to sail more ships from Galveston

first_imgDisney Cruise Line to sail more ships from Galveston << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Disney Cruise Line, Galveston, New Sailings GALVESTON — Galveston can expect to see double the number of Disney cruises sailing from the city on the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years, according to port officials.The Port of Galveston announced Thursday that Disney cruise Line will expand the numbers of trips it offers from the city to 26 cruises a year by 2023, the Galveston County Daily News reported. The agreement guarantees the company will operate out of Galveston for the next 10 years.The deal comes a month after the port announced plans to develop a new $85 million cruise terminal with Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.Disney cruises will get some of the open slots when the new terminal is completed in 2021, said Rodger Rees, the port’s director.“They wanted to be first in line to get the options for the space we have,” Rees said.Last year, Disney Cruise Line sailed 12 cruises from Galveston to destinations such as the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Jamaica and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Rees said. The company’s five-year contract with the port was set to expire this year, he said.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“As we plan to expand our fleet and introduce new experiences and entertainment aboard our ships, we couldn’t be more excited to extend our commitment with the Port of Galveston,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Signature Experiences.Rees said the port’s new terminal could lead to a similar deal being made with another cruise line in the near future.“As soon as that deal was announced, it put Galveston on the map as far as the cruise lines are concerned,” Rees said. “We’ve had a lot more interest now that they’ve seen Royal is getting ready to invest a lot more money in this community.” Monday, January 21, 2019 By: The Associated Press Sharelast_img read more

AP INTERVIEW Malis secular rebels splinterAP INTERVIEW Malis secular rebels splinter

first_imgMediators, led by Burkina’s President Blaise Compaore, have attempted to broker a solution through dialogue. Ag Mehdi appears to be angling for a role in the future negotiations by announcing the creation of his front in the home city of the lead mediator, and by signaling that he will meet both conditions set by the international community.A new report by Amnesty International details gruesome abuses that have been committed by Islamic fighters in the north, who have banned music, demanded that women veil themselves, stoned to death an adulterous couple, and made a regular spectacle out of public amputations. The three main Islamic groups now operating in northern Mali all have ties to al-Qaida.“We need first of all to rid Azawad of the terrorists and after that we can start talking with all the different interlocutors in Bamako,” he said.In Paris, a spokesman for the NMLA, Moussa Ag Assarid, called the creation of the new front a form of “blackmail,” and said that the renegade colonel was simply trying to angle for a position in upcoming talks.“We are still continuing our combat for independence,” he affirmed. “I think most people in our ranks consider this guy an epiphenomenon.” Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Associated PressOUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) – A former colonel in the Tuareg rebel group fighting for an independent homeland in Mali’s north announced Monday he is leaving the movement because its goal of independence is unrealistic.Col. Hassan Ag Medhi told The Associated Press he has quit the Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, known as NMLA, and created the splinter group Front for the Liberation of the Azawad, or FPA, which he says is neither pro-jihad nor pro-independence.center_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mali was plunged into turmoil in March after a coup in the capital of Bamako created a security vacuum. That allowed the secular NMLA to sweep across the north, taking half the territory and declaring it a new nation called “Azawad.” Only months later, the rebels were kicked out by Islamic groups allied with al-Qaida, which have now imposed strict Shariah law in the north.“What pushed us to create this front today is because we have gotten to a state where we need to think about saving the population which is suffering _ there are thousands of refugees,” said Ag Medhi said in an interview in the capital of Burkina Faso, which neighbors Mali.“In light of how long this process is taking, in light of how dysfunctional it’s been, we are choosing to go in the direction of peace. We are calling on all the sons of Azawad to put an end to the suffering of the people. We are neither pro-independence, nor pro-jihad. What is foremost in our minds is saving these people whose hands are being cut off,” he said in a hotel in downtown Ouagadougou.The international community has said it can accept neither an independent state in northern Mali, nor one in the hands of Islamic extremists. At least seven people accused of being thieves have had their hands cut off in recent months, after the Islamists began imposing the strict form of Islamic law known as Shariah. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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