Indian-American Lawmaker Ro Khanna Joins Key Congressional Committees

first_imgIndian-American Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna has been appointed to several key Congressional committees, reflecting his growing stature within his party and the Congress.In the current 116th Congress, Mr Khanna has joined three influential committees — Oversight and Reform, Armed Services and Budget.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

Ahead of National Games, Jharkhand swimmers practise on floor

first_imgThe Jharkhand government, which has been boasting of developing state-of-the-art infrastructure to host the 34th National Games, has failed to provide a pool to its swimmers or ammunition to the shooters to allow them to practise even as the event is just a few days away. The preparation of the state’s swimming team has been reduced to an absolute joke as the athletes are practising the sport inside a flat, instead of splashing in a swimming pool. These swimmers can be spotted practising on the floor of the ground of the flat where they have been undergoing a training camp imitating the moves of different styles of swimming. Ironically, more than half of the 40-member contingent has not even seen a swimming pool so far. The state’s swimming coach cited lack of pools in the city to train the swimmers, while the players said the so-called training camp has left them demoralised. They ruled out the possibility of a medal in the event. Shooters practise ‘dry fire’The condition of state’s shooters has been no different. They have been practising for the event without any ammunition. The shooting coach has been trying his best to keep his players in high spirits by shooting blanks. He offered “dry fire” to the participants on a makeshift target put on the ground in a bizarre manner. From the state of preparation in the state, it seems that the National Games have been relegated to a point where no one seems interested and facilities and infrastructure offered to athletes have been shockingly abysmal. However, ignoring the truth, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Suresh Kalmadi said, “The National Games are going to be held from February 12 to 26. I have seen the preparation. They have prepared world-class infrastructure for the Games.” Reacting to the report, Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken said the situation could have been avoided by offering players the facilities created for the National Games.advertisementlast_img read more

FEU wins but loses Lycha Ebon to knee injury

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Rookie Lycha Ebon sustained a right knee injury in Far Eastern University’s game against Adamson University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center here.FEU’s physical therapist Marilou Regidor said Ebon may have suffered a sprain on her medial collateral ligament or on the quad tendon after landing awkwardly in the fifth set of the game the Lady Tamaraws won 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13.ADVERTISEMENT Johnny Dawkins faces his alma mater as UCF meets Duke “She’s doing a little bit better since I’ve put a brace on her right leg and it’s been stabilized but she’s still in pain,” said Regidor in Filipino. “According to my interview with her, she had planted her feet but she was in a squatting position when the knee twisted out.”“There was a recoil when the knee twisted but I’m not saying that this is a major injury.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEbon managed to give FEU a 3-1 lead in the fifth set but she heard a pop when she tried to stand back up.“I can’t say how long she’ll be gone, but it has to be at least a week so she has to recover during that time,” said Regidor. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ebon, who’s set for an MRI on Monday, finished the game with 19 points and is still FEU’s leading scorer averaging 14.4 points per game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go PLAY LIST 01:46Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201301:22Thai court upholds death sentence for Myanmar men over Brit killings02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Google Philippines names new country director MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snaglast_img read more

Green: Fans in US like to root against Warriors ‘because we beat all their teams’

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix fines Calvin Abueva for verbal spat with Ray Parks’ girlfriend Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green speaks during an NBA basketball media availability in Toronto, Friday, May 31, 2019. The Warriors take on Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. The Raptors lead the series 1-0. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)Draymond Green isn’t shy to become the villain to opposing teams be it on the basketball floor or outside of it.Golden State’s brash forward was once fined $35,000 for his cryptic tweets “which impugned the integrity of NBA officiating” back in April, and he was also seen several times kicking the nether regions of his opponents.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The only club the Warriors have yet to beat, though, are the Raptors.Toronto’s Game 1 win over Golden State marked the Warriors’ third straight win over the Warriors this season, two were in the regular season.Green, however, isn’t too bothered with the one-game deficit.“We know what it takes to win a championship, we don’t need to reach for any motivation,” said Green. “If winning a championship is not enough, you have other issues.”ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Just before Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Toronto, Green once again said some words that would raise eyebrows of practically anyone who watches the league.Green said he and his teammates feel everyone in the United States are against them in the finals because of what the Warriors did them in the past.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“People in the States are rooting against us because we beat all their teams, so it’s all good you know,” said Green during the Warriors’ press conference h/t to NBA on TNT.“When you’re at the top no one’s cheering for you to stay there, they want to see you fall. That’s kind of the mind of most human beings so it’s all good. Their team’s sitting at home with them.” View commentslast_img read more

Internship opportunity with stipend for Law Graduates: Apply at NHRC before June10

first_imgThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has released a notification for internship, inviting interested, eligible candidates to apply for the position of interns on contractual basis. The contract appointment of interns shall be on yearly basis renewable upto two years at the maximum, based on their satisfactory performance.Premature discharge of the interns can take place with one month’s notice from the NHRC or on payment of month of stipend.Vacancy detailsTotal posts: 10Name of the posts:InternsEligibility criteriaEducational qualification:The candidates interested in applying for this post should be holding a graduate degree in law from the National School Of India University (NLSIU) or other law schools and colleges of the country equivalent in length and intensity with minimum 60 percent marks.Age limit:The age of the candidates applying for this post must not exceed 30 years.Selection procedure:A personal interview will be conducted for shortlisting the candidates.Pay scale:The selected candidates will be getting a monthly stipend of Rs 30,000.How to applyThe candidates interested in these posts are required to send their applications in the prescribed format along with all other relevant documents to ‘The Under Secretary (Estt), National Human Rights Commission, Manavadhikar Bhawan, ‘C’ Block, GPO Complex, New Delhi – 110023′.Important datesThe last date for submission of online application is June 10.Read: Bank sector jobs: PNB is looking for Chief Customer Service Officer, apply now! Read: High Court of Gujarat is hiring, apply for 61 Computer Operator posts For information on more job opportunities, click here. advertisementlast_img read more

Euro 2016: Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet fire France into last 16

first_imgLate goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet helped France become the first team to advance to the knockout stages of the European Championship on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Albania.For the second consecutive match, late pressure rescued a patchy France side that is struggling to live up to its pre-tournament billing as one of the favorites. (Switzerland earn 1-1 draw vs Romania | Slovakia beat Russia)Against Romania on Friday, it was Payet’s superb strike from distance that won it, and this time – with the clock running down – Griezmann placed himself perfectly to nod in a cross from center half Adil Rami.France President Francois Hollande jumped out of his seat and thrust his arms in the air, and the Stade Velodrome rose as one to hail Payet after another outstanding finish.With grace and poise reminiscent of France great Zinedine Zidane, Payet cut in from the left and beat two players before curling in the second goal.Payet was France’s creative force and is fast forging a reputation as both a creative supplier of chances and finisher of lethal quality.But it was cruel on Albania, which nearly took the lead early in the second half when right back Elseid Hysaj drove in a powerful cross that France defender Bacary Sagna turned onto the post while under pressure from midfielder Ledian Memushaj.The ball flicked back off the post onto Memushaj’s head and rolled wide.It was a reprieve for a complacent France side and an even more complacent crowd that jeered its players off the field at halftime, doubtless hoping for an easy ride against a team most observers had written off as defensive workhorses.advertisementConfounding that generalization about weaker sides, Albania clearly came to play and made France sweat especially left back Patrice Evra, tormented all night by Hysaj.last_img read more

Joshua Pacio keeps ONE crown, submits Rene Catalan

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Joshua Pacio retained his ONE World strawweight championship after submitting fellow Filipino Rene Catalan midway through the second round in the main event of ONE: Masters of Fate.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This was Pacio’s second title defense and his first successful one after he lost his first championship to Yosuke Saruta in January.Pacio regained the belt in April knocking out Saruta with a knee strike to the head 2:43 into the fourth round of their bout in April.The loss snapped Catalan’s six-fight winning streak that began in 2016 when he scored a unanimous decision win over Zhang You Liang.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Rice industry paralysis MOST READ ONE: Folayang scores technical decision after accidental headbuttcenter_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The 23-year-old Pacio had side control then transitioned to successfully lock the arm triangle choke and prompt Catalan to tap out 2:29 into the second round.“I’m the champion and it’s my job to train. I will get ready for the next opponent,” said Pacio (15-3).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe bout started off hot with Pacio tagging Catalan with a spinning heel kick and following it up with a takedown.Catalan (6-3) had his moment in the first round when he tried to lock up Pacio’s right ankle but the young champion, who’s 17 years the junior of the challenger, managed to break free and continue the match standing up. Priority legislation in the 18th Congresslast_img read more

US’ Ganong Gets Big Downhill Win

first_imgSANTA CATERINA, Italy — Skiing on a hill he hasn’t seen before usually gets Travis Ganong fired up.Racing the downhill on a new slope to the men’s World Cup circuit certainly brought the best out of the American skier on Dec. 28.A flawless run on the Deborah Compagnoni course earned Ganong his first World Cup victory, less than six weeks before his home world championship race in Beaver Creek.“First World Cup win!!!! Stoked to be able to say that!!” Ganong posted on Twitter.“I love to take on a new challenge and a new slope,” said Ganong, a Squaw Valley, California, native who was just 26th in the only training session Dec. 26. “I love the hill, the mountains are huge here and it’s fun skiing.”It’s the second downhill win in a row for the U.S. team and the second in Italy after Steven Nyman’s triumph in Val Gardena last week. The last American back-to-back downhill wins dated from the 2007-08 season when Bode Miller won in Bormio and Wengen.Ganong finished the race in 1 minute, 32.42 seconds to beat Olympic champion Matthias Mayer of Austria by 0.09 and Dominik Paris of Italy by 0.21.Ganong called his effort “a perfect run.”“I went really, really straight in a couple areas,” the American said. “It was really smooth and I was able to carry it all the way down. The last big carousel turn I did perfectly, I don’t think I could do that again if I tried.”Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, who has won two downhill races this season, was 1.35 behind and finished outside of the top 10, though he still leads the discipline standings.“What goes up, must come down,” Jansrud wrote on Twitter. “Today was a rough day at work. As said before: Lots of great skiers out there. One mistake and you are gone.”Jansrud also tops the overall standings with 624 points, 48 clear of Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who doesn’t compete in downhill.Ganong excelled on the second part of the course. Several pre-race favorites had faster split times in the first section but couldn’t match the American’s pace afterward.“I had a super run and I am very happy,” Ganong said. “It’s a sensational end to the year. I was attacking and I was having fun.”Mayer praised Ganong for mastering the final third of the course.“I thought my run was fast,” Mayer said. “On the bottom part I also wanted to race a direct line but I caught a bump and didn’t manage to win back the lost time.”Mayer’s runner-up finish gave Austria its first downhill podium of the season after the team suffered its worst pre-Christmas start to a World Cup season in 25 years.Ganong’s victory didn’t come completely out of the blue. The 26-year-old from Squaw Valley came fifth in the Olympic downhill in Sochi in February and earned his sole previous World Cup podium shortly afterward by placing third in Kvitfjell, Norway.Ganong also came fifth in Beaver Creek earlier this month for his 11th career top-10 finish.The course in Santa Caterina, which replaced the classic downhill on the Stelvio piste in nearby Bormio, was a regular stop on the women’s circuit and was also used for the women’s downhill at the 2005 world championships but has since been modified.The men’s World Cup circuit continues with a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, on Jan. 6, while the next downhill is scheduled for Wengen on Jan. 17.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Whatever happened to condom promoter Faustino Asprilla?

first_imgFaustino Asprilla Whatever happened to Faustino Asprilla? The first man to score a Champions League hat-trick against Barcelona Rob Parrish Last updated 2 years ago 20:45 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Asprilla Barcelona Premier League Newcastle United Parma Serie A WTF The Colombia international made his name with Parma and Newcastle before returning to his homeland to pursue an alternative career path Scoring a Champions League hat-trick against Barcelona, being offered a rent-free bungalow in Darlington and launching your own brand of condoms is a unique career treble.But then Faustino Asprilla has always been – and continues to be – one of a kind, with his exploits either side of the white lines during and after his playing career generating numerous headlines.Spurs 12/1 to win Premier League 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 There are many Tino tales – some true, others embellished and a further selection which are entirely apocryphal.And while his achievements as a player – 57 caps and 20 goals for Colombia, four European trophies with Parma – are to be applauded, it is arguably his exploits off the field for which Asprilla, who has just celebrated his 48th birthday, has gained greater notoriety.AsprillaOften the two have been intertwined, such as the road rage incident back in his native Tulua in 1993 which left him with a leg injury after putting his foot through the glass door of a bus which had crashed into his car. That meant he was only fit enough for a place on the bench as Parma defeated Royal Antwerp 3-1 in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final at Wembley.Nicknamed ‘The Octopus’ because of his voracious appetite rather than the elasticity in his limbs, Asprilla’s displays with a dominant Parma side persuaded Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan to invest £6.7 million in his services in February 1996, as he looked to secure the Magpies’ first top flight-title since 1927.The South American’s bewildered expression as he arrived amid a snowstorm to an excited Geordie throng, with the collar on his huge fur coat turned up against the North East elements, remains an abiding image of his time in England, and can be partly explained by a lack of understanding about the part of the world he was moving to.“I saw on the map that Newcastle was by the sea and, well, what was I supposed to think other than beaches and somewhere hot?” Asprilla told FourFourTwo. “I was imagining yachts in the harbour and somewhere with sun!”The rangy forward was brought to St James’ Park with Newcastle nine points clear of Manchester United with a game in hand and looking odds-on for Premier League glory. But Asprilla’s arrival coincided with an untimely stall in form, with his new team-mates eventually stumbling towards the finish line in taking 21 points from their final 14 games.There has been a tendency to point the finger of blame at the Colombian for unsettling Newcastle during their run-in, but that myopic view misses the various factors at play, including Toon boss Keegan’s lack of defensive nous and mental fragility as Sir Alex Ferguson cranked up the pressure, with an Eric Cantona-inspired surge seeing the Old Trafford outfit win 11 of their 13 fixtures to end the season four points clear at the summit.Faustino Asprilla GaleríaDespite the failed title bid, Asprilla’s cult-hero status among the Magpies faithful was firmly forged in the September of the following season, with a performance on the European stage against Barcelona at St James’ Park which continues to be celebrated over 20 years later.The South American was simply unplayable against a Barca side who boasted Luis Figo, Rivaldo and Luis Enrique in their starting XI, powering his side into a 3-0 lead inside 48 minutes and becoming the first man to score a Champions League hat-trick against the Camp Nou giants in the process. The Catalan club threatened a comeback, but eventually succumbed to a 3-2 reverse.Although Newcastle finished above Barcelona in Group C, it was still not enough to progress to the quarter-finals, with Dynamo Kiev and PSV Eindhoven the teams to reach the last eight – an astonishing order if viewed through the prism of today’s game. Dynamo’s Andriy Shevchenko even matched Asprilla’s hat-trick heroics against Barca, but to this day they remain the only men to have achieved the feat.The Colombian returned to Parma from Newcastle less than two years after his arrival, but had clearly built an affinity with the North East of England and came close to an improbable return in 2002, in what would have been the most unexpected transfer of a generation.Not many players who have graced both the World Cup and Copa America would be persuaded to consider turning out in the fourth tier of English football, but Darlington chairman George Reynolds came close to doing just that, with Asprilla – with the slightly bemused expression of February 1996 again in evidence – paraded before the club’s fans at their Feethams home.Asprilla ColombiaSadly, although perhaps predictably, the move was never completed, with both sides pointing the finger of blame towards the other, with Reynolds accusing the forward of going AWOL at the crucial moment.”We had given him an offer, a fantastic offer, that nobody even in the First Division could have matched,” Reynolds told Sky Sports News.”In the new stadium he would have been on about £17,000 a week. At Christmas we were going to give him 20% of the gate. And a bungalow rent-free.“Now he’s done a runner. He’s not even said goodbye. I’ll never ever talk to the man again. He’s completely sunk me. I feel as if I could put the blankets over my head and have a good cry.”Asprilla, meanwhile, suggested that Reynolds – who would later be jailed for tax evasion – had shifted the goalposts during salary negotiations.“I wanted to play for Darlington because I wanted to be based in Newcastle,” he told the Northern Echo on a trip back to the North East in 2016.“But I was promised one contract over the phone, and then it was completely different when I actually sat down to start to talk about it. The reality was completely different, so it just didn’t happen.”Like many former professionals, Asprilla has taken to media duties after hanging up his boots and is now a regular on ESPN in Colombia. However, unlike many former professionals, he also promotes his own brand of condoms.La chica del sombrero habla sobre los mitos de @CondonesElTino pic.twitter.com/BLqV1ujf9p— Faustino Asprilla (@TinoasprillaH) September 17, 2017It may not be the most well-trodden of paths, but Asprilla has always veered away from the norm, and he insisted at the time that his business venture was getting under way with the best intentions.“I think it’s a really cool idea,” he told La FM radio show in Colombia. “They’ll hopefully be launched with a campaign to prevent unplanned teenage pregnancies.”Aside from offering his opinions on the current game and playing his part in promoting sexual health and well-being, Asprilla is also prevalent on social media. Perhaps not to the levels currently being enjoyed by Patrice Evra, but there have been gems such as this.Finally got my hoverboard from @dronewatch_ pic.twitter.com/3uB4zNvrJH— Faustino Asprilla (@TinoasprillaH) February 24, 2016Quite whether this actually is the South American inside the dinosaur suit on the hoverboard is open to debate, but it helps to further develop the myth surrounding the man.Asprilla has enjoyed great moments in his career, and there is no shortage of great stories to sit alongside those. But the question remains as to quite whether the truth measures up to the fiction around the man. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

a month agoBarcelona striker Antoine Griezmann: We failed to test Borussia Dortmund

first_imgBarcelona striker Antoine Griezmann: We failed to test Borussia Dortmundby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona striker Antoine Griezmann admits they weren’t at their best for the 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.Barca needed Marc-Andre ter Stegen to save a penalty to leave Germany with a point.Griezmann said, “The penalty that Marc has stopped, other important stops. I think we have not knocked on the door … These are things that need improvement. We must work and in the end a point is a point.”A game away from home is always different, here or in any club. People press more and the local rival plays with more confidence. It costs us more. “These are things to improve, let’s see what we did wrong and improve.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

CII urges govt to lower base price for 5G spectrum

first_imgNew Delhi: Industry body Confederation of Indian Industry on Sunday urged the government to lower the base price for 5G spectrum, saying the high price of such radiowaves will halt accelerated growth of the sector and deter adoption of telecom services by the masses. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) cautioned that participation of Indian telecom companies may be severely constrained in the upcoming auction for 5G spectrum due to low average revenue per user, and added that high reserve prices could further subdue this.last_img

Mali vs Afghanistan comparing recent history with what lies ahead

first_imgGAO, Mali – Mali is not Afghanistan — at least not yet.Seven years after the end of Canada’s Afghan combat mission, Canadian military helicopters are taking flight again, this time in Africa, where they will spend the next year evacuating injured peacekeepers and transporting goods and supplies to UN positions across this destitute West African nation.Few of the 250 troops who are flying and maintaining those aircraft will ever interact with the locals, or even set foot outside their dusty, sweltering United Nations base, known as Camp Castor.Wiesje Elfferich has spent the last three years — an astonishingly long time in a place where most soldiers stay just four months before heading home — meeting average Malians as the civilian adviser to the Dutch long-range patrol teams based in Gao, a role similar to one she played in Afghanistan.The difference between the two missions, she says prior to heading off to the eastern city of Kidal for another patrol, is the history of violence and war in each country.“In Afghanistan, everyone below the age of 40 only knows the culture and the mindset of violence,” Elfferich says as she sits in the shade of some camouflage netting.“It’s not because of the Afghans, it’s because of their situation.”Compare that with Mali, she says, which was considered a model of stability for African nations until a rebellion in the north and a coup in the capital, both in 2012, plunged the country into its current state of turmoil.“They had a traditional culture of hospitality, which is very strong among the Malians and still exists,” she says. “And if they manage to maintain it and not let it become overrun in their brains by a culture of violence, then they will get out of this current situation.”It’s an assessment that is echoed by others such as Thierno Diallo of Mercy Corps, a non-governmental organization that receives funding from Canada to promote dialogue between women in different communities in Mali.Unless the real reasons for insecurity in Mali are addressed, however — including rampant poverty and lack of opportunity — the fear is that the current cycle of violence gripping the country will continue.Elfferich says she has seen substantive progress in Gao, where the local government has worked hard to provide services and people are starting to return from other parts of the country after fleeing for various reasons.Yet Diallo recalled a recent meeting with a group of women who complained about the lack of jobs and services, including schools and health care, and where many young men have turned to banditry and fighting.“My question was: ‘How about the security situation?’” he said.“And all of them, I could see their eyes opening, and they said: ‘We have lived with so much fighting that it’s become almost the norm.’ Which is very bad, it’s very wrong. But the situation has reached that level.”The Dutch long-range patrol team is one of the few Western units in Mali conducting patrols beyond the safety of the fortified walls of a UN base.And unlike the Germans, who drive around in heavily armoured vehicles, the Dutch make a point of interacting with the locals by using open-topped trucks and playing with children and talking to local leaders.“We can see that they appreciate our way of conducting operations,” says Major Nico Teerds, commander of the Dutch long-range reconnaissance patrol team task group.“The open mind, the open vehicles. And that gives us, and also the people, a little bit of trust. So they are willing to talk with us.”But the Dutch can only cover so much ground, and Teerds says there needs to be constant contact with the population — an ongoing challenge in part because the UN and Malian military don’t have the resources.“We need to gain their support by being there a lot of times, not only once, but day after day, week after week,” he says, adding that his force tries to set an example for the local security forces.But the Malian military is notoriously weak, and the state has struggled to exert its influence in much of the country beyond the capital Bamako and the west.Despite Mali’s reputation for hosting the most dangerous peacekeeping mission in the world, Teerds said the Dutch have not been attacked over the last two years.The Netherlands, which will withdraw its full contingent next May, has lost five peacekeepers in Mali, but three were killed in a training accident with a mortar, while the other two died in a helicopter crash caused by mechanical failure.The Dutch have been relying on German and Belgian helicopters to provide emergency medical support if they get into trouble — a job the Canadians will take over when they start flying at the beginning of August.With the Germans and Belgians set to end their flights on Saturday, there will be a gap of about one month that the UN plans to temporarily fill with a civilian helicopter that, unlike most others, can operate at night.Some wonder why the Germans could not stay longer — and why the Canadians couldn’t arrive earlier.Lt.-Col. Sebastian Koehler, commander of the German and Belgian helicopter detachment, said there was no avoiding the gap because of the limited amount of space at the UN helicopter base in Gao.“It’s not that the Canadians are not quick enough to come in and replace us, it’s just a matter of physics, because the space available here at Camp Castor is very limited,” Koehler said.“And that’s actually also the reason why we have already redeployed our Tiger (attack) helicopters, in order to provide space for the Canadian helicopters.”The gap shouldn’t cause problems for the Dutch thanks to the UN helicopter, says Teerds, though he adds: “I’m looking forward to the Canadians coming.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

Peace Region continues to experience mild weather patterns

first_imgRousseau goes on to share that the current pattern shows that the upper atmosphere is helping dictate a general trend that has been alternating between mild and seasonal temperatures. Currently, there is a ridge which allows milder air to funnel in.The pattern shows a lot of back and forth in temperatures going from a warm spell to then a period of typical seasonal; cold weather and then repeats itself. After this week the temperatures will trend back to the seasonal norm yet in February we will see the warmer temperatures return says, Rousseau. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Region was forecasted to experience milder than normal weather temperatures for this winter and this has been proven with the current trending weather pattern.With the southwest wind off of the mountains, we are currently experiencing a Chinook, shared Meteorologist Brad Rousseau for the Weather Network. “down sloping winds are keeping your temps mild.”It will continue to be mild through this weekend with Sundays temps trending to be a bit cooler Rousseau says at 0 to minus two.last_img read more

Travel advisory for Highway 43 near Beaverlodge

first_imgBEAVERLODGE, A.B. – The Wembly Fire Department is advising against travelling on Highway 43 between Beaverlodge and Grande Prairie.In a post on Facebook, the department said “The Wembley Fire Department is currently advising against travel on highway 43 from Beaverlodge to Grande Prairie! There are multiple reports of vehicles in the ditch and tow trucks working in more than one area! If you can hold your travel plans until later please do and drive safe!”A snowfall warning has been issued for Grande Prairie and parts of the Alberta Peace. The region could see up to 15cm of snow. For current road conditions in Alberta, visit 511.alberta.calast_img

BlackBerry appoints new chief operating officer from LiveOps Inc

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry (TSX:BB) has appointed Marty Beard, the former chief executive of LiveOps, Inc. as its new chief operating officer.Beard starts immediately and will be responsible for such things as marketing, BlackBerry 10 app development and customer care and quality.He was chairman and CEO of LiveOps, a provider of cloud applications for customer services. Before joining LiveOps, he was president of Sybase 365, a mobile messaging and mobile commerce services unit, and also worked at computer technology company Oracle.BlackBerry executive chairman and chief executive John Chen led a turnaround at software company Sybase before he joined BlackBerry last year.Chen’s strategy has set aside the consumer market as a priority, after the BlackBerry 10 line of phones failed to become a sales hit and instead focused on building relationships with business customers.“Marty brings extensive experience in operations, marketing and serving customers through the best technologies and processes available,” Chen said in a statement.The chief operating officer job has been vacant since November 2013 when Kristian Tear left the company in a restructuring that also saw the departure Frank Boulben, the company’s chief marketing officer.BlackBerry shares have been under pressure since Apple and IBM announced that they would form a partnership focused on business customers, a key market for Canadian company.The teaming up of two of the world’s largest technology companies positions them to better compete with BlackBerry, which is trying to reaffirm its position catering to government agencies and businesses that require secure mobile communications. BlackBerry appoints new chief operating officer from LiveOps Inc. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 21, 2014 9:00 am MDT read more

Recordhigh opium production in Afghanistan creates multiple challenges for region and beyond

The report noted opium cultivation increased by 63 per cent; from 201,000 hectares in 2016 to an estimated 328,000 hectares in 2017.UNODC said that it would be possible to produce between 550 and 900 tons of export-quality heroin from the poppies harvested throughout the country during 2017.The report highlighted that the record level of cultivation creates multiple challenges for the country and its neighbours, as opiate-based illegal drugs make their way across the Afghan border. Poppy production and illicit trafficking of opiates also fuel political instability, and increase funding to terrorist groups in Afghanistan who profit from the trade.The report revealed that the record-high production led to a rapid expansion of the illegal economy in 2017. Being worth between $4.1 billion to $6.6 billion in 2017 – or 20 and 32 per cent of gross domestic product – the value of the opiate-based economy exceeded by far, the value of Afghanistan’s legal exports of goods and services during 2016.Opium poppy production has become so engrained in the livelihood of many Afghans, that it is often the main source of income for not only farmers, but also many local and migrant workers hired as day-labourers on farms. In 2017, opium poppy weeding and harvesting provided the equivalent of up to 354,000 full-time jobs to rural areas.The report concluded that addressing the opiate problem in Afghanistan remains a shared responsibility. Reducing production, requires an international approach that targets the supply chain of opiates at every stage; from source to destination. read more

Brocks James Mandigo recognized for work in El Salvador

James Mandigo was recognized for his work in El Salvador during a recent ceremony at the University of Ottawa. James Mandigo was recognized for his work in El Salvador during a recent ceremony at the University of Ottawa.It was a significant milestone for the interim Dean for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University, the same university where he is the founder and co-director for the Centre for Healthy Development.His passion on how to develop life skills, physical activity literacy, positive youth development and peace has led him to a long-lasting collaboration with a Salvadorian university, Universidad Pedagogica.Through that relationship he has worked extensively with local teachers, school boards, governments and organizations within Canada, throughout the Caribbean and in El Salvador.Mandigo’s work was already recognized and funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the International Development and Research Council of Canada, and Scotiabank International, but the recognition received from the government of El Salvador brings new light to the importance of this program in the development of a new generation of children and young professionals to a small country still recovering from the generational effects of its civil war.The Ottawa event was born of a desire by the ambassador of El Salvador in Canada, Oscar Mauricio Duarte, “to establish regular collaboration between Canadian and Salvadorian higher education institutions, leveraging the network of Salvadorian professionals and researchers abroad” (Canada in this instance).Those who participated in the event were encouraged by the dedication of Mandigo and the results he shared from the “Salud Escolar Integral” program since it was established in 2006 – a program using sport and physical education as tools to help foster the healthy development of critical life skills such as respect, inclusion, problem solving, conflict resolution and decision making.In El Salvador, this approach is key in helping reduce the level of youth violence, increasing awareness of gender equality and equipping physical education teachers with the skills to incorporate these principles in their curricula.The program is made possible by local partners such as Universidad Pedagogica, Instituto Nacional de los Deportes de El Salvador (INDES), and local schools.With the support of Scotiabank, the program has reached thousands of children in El Salvador and has helped to train hundreds of teachers, coaches and students across the country.But it has also benefitted many Canadian students from the Brock University who travel annually to El Salvador to work with their Salvadorian partners. read more

Womens Basketball No 8 Ohio State seeking second win of season against

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell controls the ball during the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Idaho on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorLess than two weeks ago, the Ohio State women’s basketball team needed overtime, but it defeated Michigan 78-71 on the road to remain undefeated in Big Ten play.No. 8 Ohio State (16-2, 5-0 Big Ten) will have a chance to defeat No. 19 Michigan (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) a second time to keep its spotless conference record at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Both teams will be fresh off Saturday road victories. The Buckeyes defeated Indiana 77-62, while the Wolverines beat Nebraska 69-64 in overtime.Projected StartersOhio State:G — Asia Doss — Senior, 5-foot-7, 9.2 ppg, 3 rpg, 3.5 apgG — Kelsey Mitchell — Senior, 5-foot-8, 25.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Linnae Harper — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-8, 15.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.4 apgG — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt junior, 6-foot, 12.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 apgF — Stephanie Mavunga — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-3, 15.2 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 0.8 apgMichigan: G — Katelynn Flaherty — Senior, 5-foot-7, 23.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.9 apgG — Nicole Munger — Junior, 5-foot-11, 9.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.4 apgF — Jillian Dunston — Senior, 5-foot-11, 3.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 3.7 apgF — Hailey Brown — Freshman, 6-foot-1, 8.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1 apgC — Hallie Thome — Junior, 6-foot-5, 16.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.5 apgScouting MichiganTuesday’s game pitting the Buckeyes and Wolverines will be the second matchup between the teams in less than two weeks. In Ohio State’s overtime win on Jan. 7, the visiting team needed everything they got from senior guard Kelsey Mitchell, who dropped 37 points. On Tuesday, the Buckeyes might need more of the same from the preseason All-American because the Wolverines have succeeded this season, including in their game against their rival two weeks ago, on the interior. Michigan averages 9.7 more rebounds per game than its opponents, which ranks 18th in the country. It holds opponents to 30.3 rebounds per game, the lowest average in the conference.The Wolverines’ dominance on the board begins with junior center Hallie Thome, a Chagrin Falls, Ohio, native who Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said he recruited for a short time before the Buckeyes landed other commitments. She averages 16.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game, which each rank second on the team.Thome’s standout trait is her size. Standing 6-foot-5, she towers over every player on Ohio State, including redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga, the starter in the post who averages a double-double. McGuff, though, is more impressed by Thome’s touch around the basket and feel for the game.“She’s really, really skilled,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “You see a lot of big kids, but not many big kids that have her size in conjunction with the skill that she has. [It’s] a really tough matchup for us.”In the first matchup between the teams, Thome led Michigan with 27 points and corralled eight rebounds. She was joined in double-figures by senior guard Katelynn Flaherty, who added 22 points and eight assist, but made only 7-of-22 shots. McGuff said he thought the Buckeyes defended her well, but she still managed to make tough shots while defenders swarmed.In order to hold Michigan’s offense in check, Ohio State must keep Flaherty, who averages the third-most points in the conference (23.1), from getting open looks and keep Thome from getting the ball in opportune positions.“They just present a really tough matchup because those kids are so good,” McGuff said. “And they’ve got other players around them that seem to play their role extremely well.”One of the other role players McGuff is referencing who could hurt the Buckeyes is senior forward Jillian Dunston. Though she lacks much scoring ability, she helps facilitate the offense and leads the team with 9.4 rebounds per game. Michigan junior guard Nicole Munger holds the highest 3-point shooting percentage of any player on either team (41.6 percent). The Wolverines make 36.3 percent of their triples and hold opponents to just 30.9 percent from beyond the arc, the third-lowest of any team in the conference. Ohio State has shot more 3-pointers (481 attempts) than any team in the Big Ten.Remaining undefeated in Big TenAs the highest-ranked Big Ten team in the AP poll and the only team left undefeated in Big Ten play, Ohio State has only had one close call against a conference opponent: an overtime win against Michigan.The Buckeyes began the Big Ten portion of the season 5-0 for the first time in McGuff’s tenure. Last season, they finished 15-1 against conference opponents, with their only loss coming to Michigan State in the fifth Big Ten game of the season.For the record to remain unblemished, Ohio State will have to take on a Michigan team that has struggled against the upper echelon of college basketball teams and is still searching for a win against a top-25 team after four failed attempts. In November, it lost 74-49 to No. 2 Louisville and 83-63 to No. 5 Notre Dame. The Wolverines then lost 82-72 to Iowa on Dec. 31 before dropping the overtime game to the Buckeyes. read more

Superior engineers give TeleStacker® conveyor PilePro™ automation major makeover

first_imgSuperior Industries has released version 12.0 of its telescoping radial stacker automation program. While the updated program does not affect the physical function of the machine, the appearance of the software received a major makeover.The new, user-friendly screen design is equipped with bolder graphics and modern onscreen buttons to help users navigate the software more easily. In addition, says Superior, navigation was tweaked to help improve the user experience. Also new, the automation software is now equipped with onscreen access to the TeleStacker Conveyor owner’s manual and a running meter that reports the unit’s motor hours.According to the company, TeleStacker Conveyors dating all the way back to 1997 can be upgraded; however, existing owners should contact their Superior dealers for more information.Superior Industries engineered and manufactured its first TeleStacker Conveyor back in 1997 and has since gained a reputation as a market leader in telescoping conveyor technology. The manufacturer was first to incorporate and later patent FD Axle technology for fast transitions from transport to stockpiling modes. Superior also holds current design patents covering the TeleStacker Conveyor’s undercarriage support, stinger conveyor support rollers, sealing system and Chevron® Pulley.last_img read more

Heavy overnight rain leads to flooding delays

first_imgHEAVY RAIN OVERNIGHT has lead to flooding in parts of the country – particularly the south and east – as well as delays for commuters.In the last few hours, the heavy downpour stopped in Dublin, but the night of rain has had an impact in many areas.Irish Rail has been communicating updates via its Twitter account, saying that some services have been curtailed.It said that DART services are operating Greystones – Dalkey and Dun Laoghaire – Howth\ Malahide due to flooding at Sandycove. Irish Rail are onsite monitoring water levels in the affected areas.It also explained that many delays at this time of year are due to leaf fall, which it works to tackle on a regular basis.RoadsThe AA says that there are widespread wet conditions around the country this morning following heavy overnight rain, noting that parts of the east and south east are “particularly affected”.It says that flooding was reported in parts of Cork city centre; on the N25 Cork/Waterford Rd west of Kilmeaden at Carrolls Cross; in Wexford on the N25 Wexford/New Ross road at Bergerin Hill; while the N81/Tallaght Bypass is “impassable both ways” between the Old Bawn road and the M50 at the Glen View roundabout due to flooding.The AA also reports excess surface water on the N81/Blessington road both ways between Brittas and Tallaght, and in Bray at the Kilcroney roundabout.They are advising motorists to take extra care on the roads, saying to only drive through standing water if you know it’s not too deep for your car.Take care on open or exposed roads in windy conditions, particularly in high-sided vehicles. Be mindful of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.South Dublin County Council is also regularly updating people on flooding via Twitter, saying that there is severe flooding on the N81 at Jobstown.GardaíThe gardaí said this morning that there were reports of severe flooding in the following areas:Longmile road, Pembroke road, Northumberland road, Blessington road in Tallaght, Jobstown, Fosters Ave, Chapelizod Rd outbound at Palmerstown and Walkinstown Rd roundabout.The Strawberry beds are closed from Larachon to Tinkers Hill.Slieve Bloom Park Drimnagh is impassableLongmile road at junction of N7 is completely flooded.At the M1 at Lusk, south of junction 5 northbound, there are cars stuck in the flooding.They are urging all road users “to exercise extreme caution, drive with lights on and leave for your destination in plenty of time”.ForecastMet Éireann warned yesterday that there was a risk of flooding with heavy rain due to hit last night.This morning, its update says that there will be outbreaks of heavy rain this morning in Leinster, Connaught and Ulster. Brighter, showery conditions will spread north from Munster.It warns that:However, many of the showers will become heavy and locally thundery as the day goes on. Windy in many areas also; onshore winds reaching gale force in the south and east at times may cause some coastal flooding. Highest temperatures 10 to 13 degrees Celsius.Tonight, Met Éireann advises people to expect further heavy showers, but it says that they will “retreat to coastal districts as the night goes on”.Read: Dublin City Council takes extra precautions over flood warning>Earlier: Localised flooding warnings for this evening>last_img read more