We will rope in more icons as ambassadors: IOA

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 24 (PTI) On the backfoot after Salman Khans appointment as goodwill ambassador of Indias Olympic contingent was criticised by some top sportspersons, the IOA today said it would also rope in icons from music, cricket, and other sports to motivate the athletes. “We are very happy and thankful on Salmans offer to support Olympic Sports in this country. This association is only a gesture and does not include any monetary consideration,” IOA Secretary General Rajiv Mehta said in a statement. “…our key objective of bringing him on board is to draw maximum attention from the masses, due to which there will be more eyeballs and viewership which will eventually result in popularizing Olympic sports in the country. We may appoint more icons from other walks of life like music, cricket, art culture and Olympic sports etc,” he added. Salmans appointment has triggered a furore with star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and sprint legend Milkha Singh questioning the move. Salman, who is playing the role of a wrestler in his upcoming film Sultan, was named goodwill ambassador by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) yesterday in the presence of star woman boxer M C Mary Kom, hockey captain Sardar Singh, and shooter Apurvi Chandela among others. The position itself is unprecedented and IOAs decision to pick Salman for it left the sporting fraternity divided with London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar and the legendary Milkha leading the criticism. “Mr. Salman Khan is only being appointed from Bollywood segment and we are in talks with two other big names in music and cricket. We are more than willing to have as many icons including the likes of Ms. Anju Bobby George and Ms. PT Usha who have the capacity and capability to popularize Olympic sports in the country,” Mehta said. PTI PM PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Mickey Arthur abused me, claims Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal in fiery press conference

first_imgPakistan’s Test batsman, Umar Akmal has claimed that chief coach Mickey Arthur abused him during an argument at the national cricket academy in Lahore.”I stand by what I told the media earlier today. Mickey Arthur used first poor language and then abused me. Inzamam bhai and Mushtaq bhai (Ahmed) are both witness to this incident at the NCA,” Umar told PTI on Wednesday.The altercation took place between Umar and Arthur after the former returned from England following a rehabilitation program for a knee problem and went to the academy for training.Umar said he went there after informing batting coach, Grant Flower about his need to practice.”When I reached there first Grant and then our physio, Grant Luden refused to accommodate me saying they were only working with the centrally contracted players. I then went to Mickey and he told he was instructed only to work with the contracted players,” Umar said.”He then told me go and speak to Inzamam and Mushtaq. I went to them and spoke to them. They explained things to me about my status and reminded me I had failed the fitness test several times. They advised me to listen to what was being said to me. I said okay and then they told me go and talk to Mickey again,” Umar recalled.The Pakistan batsman said it was the second time when he went to Arthur to ask him to allow him to train with the coaches that he lost his cool.advertisement”First he told me what I was doing at the academy. He then told me I should go and play club cricket. And then he used poor and abusive language. I can tolerate anything but I don’t think anyone has the right to use such language,” Umar said.A PCB spokesman told PTI that a show cause notice would be issued to Umar on Thursday as he had breached the terms of contract and clauses for players by going and speaking to the media.”He is not a centrally contracted player but he is still bound by clauses governing players even one year after his contract expires. He can’t speak to the media without first seeking permission from the board,” he said.Umar said he would respond to the show cause notice when it was served on him.”I want to know that after I was dropped for the West Indies tour did I complain or blame anyone? I admitted I needed to work harder on my fitness and game.””When I was sent back from the Champions Trophy which was a humiliating experience for me I didn’t say anything or speak in the media. I only admitted I needed to improve my fitness and I had to do better.”I went to England for rehabilitation and remained positive. But today I went to the media because the head coach used bad language and he has no right to do this with any player and I want the PCB to look into this.”Relations between Umar and Arthur have not been ideal since last year when Pakistan toured Australia and the coach complained about the batsman’s fitness levels.The Pakistani player was sent back from the Champions Trophy in England after Arthur said his fitness standards was not at par with the team.last_img read more

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Lawyer for Animals: The legal expert animals should be thankful for

first_imgWhile animal lovers across the country rejoiced the Supreme Court’s stay verdict on January 14 to ban jallikattu or bull taming that is held during the festival of Pongal in rural parts of Tamil Nadu, a lawyer and animal rights activist was hooked to her phone, receiving congratulations from family and friends.Also read: Supreme Court stay on Jallikattu to continueAnd why not? The 31-year-old Ambika Hiranandani was one of the group of six senior councils, 20 junior councils and NGO groups that had drafted and filed six petitions over the weekend to save the plight of innocent bulls that are induced to run by hurting them. “I understand you have to keep culture alive, but jallikattu is a brutal tradition to keep alive. These are gentle, docile animals so putting chillies into their eyes, or sticking knives into the anus to scare them and make them run is not part of the fun,” Hiranandani states.Also read: Jallikattu duel not over yet: The culture vs cruelty debateThe lawyer has been instrumental in victories such as banning Victorias or horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai in June 2015, rescuing 30 turkey birds crammed in a 1ft x 2 ft box, fighting for street dogs that are beaten up mercilessly, helping temple elephants in Kerala, rescuing animals from slaughterhouses, prohibiting Bulbul bird fights in Assam and preventing tortoises and exotic birds from being illegally traded. “I call my early days in animal rescue as my ‘table tennis days’ -something like practice – because by working on field and understanding how things work, from rescues to the police, the laws, the court, I got trained for bigger cases,” Hiranandani reveals. Making rounds of police stations at 2 am is something most women, especially in India, would never dream of. She recounts, “People would ask me why I go to the police station at 2 in the morning. ‘You’re a woman, what will people say?’ they would state. But if I had never got my feet dirty in rescue operations or confronting traders, I would have never got the information or figured it out.”advertisementApart from continuing her work (she is also the legal advisor for People For Animals (PFA), Hiranandani has larger goals to sensitise more lawyers to help animals. “My aim is to help emerge a movement called ‘Lawyers for Animals’ where lawyers across the country come together and pool in their legal expertise pro bono for animals,” says Hiranandani, adding further: “It is only when they (traders) are taken to a police station and held accountable under the law will they stop.”last_img read more

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8 days agoNapoli owner De Laurentiis: Insigne must change his attitude

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli owner De Laurentiis: Insigne must change his attitudeby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis insists there’s no issues with coach Carlo Ancelotti.And he says Lorenzo Insigne must change his attitude.“In recent days I’ve seen it all in important newspapers, even if no-one reads newspapers anymore,” De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia.“I didn’t fight with Ancelotti, he can stay here for another 10 years. In cinema, my relationships, like my one with [director Carlo] Verdone, last a long time.“I’m all for the exclusives, when you want everything right away but get it all wrong.“Insigne’s an excellent sportsman, but he must stay calm, change his attitude and lay off certain things.“He’s always had an attitude of discomfort in Naples. I understand him, I protect him and I like him a lot, but he’s always found his situation in Naples to be uncomfortable.“Therefore, I just want to say that he needs to calm down and become a more peaceful person, but that’s his problem. Neither Raiola nor Ancelotti can resolve that.“He’s a great player and he can be in good form or bad form. If he’s less so, it’s up to the Coach not to play him.“Insigne can’t come out cracking jokes or with an ‘almost’ defiant attitude. The Coach is a family man, 60 years old, and won’t tell you to get lost because he’s three times your age.” last_img read more

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‘Eden as striker better for Blues’

first_imgPlaying Eden Hazard as a striker provides Chelsea with greater balance defensively, according to Maurizio Sarri.Belgium international Hazard has frequently played through the middle this season with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud struggling for form.The 28-year-old was deployed in the centre of the attack for the 2-1 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday and he set up Willian for the winning goal after Ciaran Clark cancelled out Pedro’s opener. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Asked if Hazard enjoyed operating as a striker, Sarri said: “Not in the first half. In the second half my feeling was that he enjoyed it.”I wanted to see the solution with three small players. I think in this moment it is a very good solution because we are not less dangerous in the offensive phase and then in the defensive phase we are more balanced.”In the last six matches, we conceded only three goals and one was from a penalty. I think that at the moment, in the defensive phase, we are doing very well. One of the reasons I think, in my opinion, is that Eden is playing in that position.”Sarri acknowledged that having Hazard leading the line makes it difficult for Chelsea to penetrate the box, an area he pointed to as requiring improvement.”For his characteristics, of course, he goes in the direction of the ball. We need to learn to attack spaces, or attack the box with the other players,” he said.”It was better [against Newcastle] with the other wingers in attacking spaces. We scored after 10 minutes by attacking spaces behind the lines with Pedro. I remember very well at the beginning of the second half, we had the same situation with Willian.”So it is better now. We need to improve in attacking the box. When the ball is outside, it is impossible for Eden to stay in the box.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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AltaGas to Bring Canadian Propane Closer to Asia

first_imgzoom Canadian energy infrastructure company AltaGas has reached a positive final investment decision (FID) on its Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal, the first propane export facility on the country’s west coast, having received approval from federal regulators.The firm said it has signed long-term agreements securing land tenure along with rail and marine infrastructure on Ridley Island and will proceed with the construction, ownership and operation of the terminal. The construction is expected to begin in early 2017 in compliance with the approval and the new facility will be in service by the first quarter of 2019.The site is near Prince Rupert, British Columbia, on a section of land leased by Ridley Terminals from the Prince Rupert Port Authority. The locational advantage is very short shipping distances to markets in Asia, notably a 10-day shipping time compared to 25-days from the US Gulf Coast, AltaGas said. In addition, the site benefits from marine jetty and berthing facilities with deep water access to the Pacific Ocean.The terminal will be designed to ship 1.2 million tons of propane per year, which will be shipped to markets in Asia on approximately 20 to 30 very large gas carriers (VLGCs).The proposed facility is estimated to cost approximately CAD 450 – 500 million (USD 338 – 376 million).Along with FID, AltaGas plans to offer a third party the option to take an equity position of up to 30 percent in the Ridley Export Terminal.In May, 2016, AltaGas LPG entered into a memorandum of understanding with Tokyo-based Astomos Energy Corporation (Astomos) contemplating a multi-year agreement, for the purchase of at least 50 percent of the 1.2 million tons of propane available to be shipped from the terminal each year.The firm said it has finalized a definitive agreement with Astomos containing the key commercial terms for the sale and purchase of these volumes of propane. Discussions with Astomos and several other third party off-takers for further capacity commitments are proceeding, according to AltaGas.last_img read more

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Adult Learner Launches Book at Literacy Day Event

first_imgA 54-year-old lumber mill worker who upgraded his reading andwriting skills through a workplace literacy program has justlaunched his first book. Mel Lively, of Nine Mile River, wrote Mel’s Story, a chronicle ofhis life in the woods and the lumber mill, with his tutor. Herecently completed a Workplace Education program through ElmsdaleLumber, where he works in the planer mill. Mel’s Story was officially launched today, Sept. 8, duringInternational Literacy Day celebrations in Dartmouth, where Mr.Lively received the Workplace Education Ambassador Award fromEducation Minister Jamie Muir. “It is hard to put into words how good this makes me feel,” saidMr. Lively. “I would especially like to thank my tutor, KimHutchison, for her patience and the Department of Education forits support. Without the support of my employer, Elmsdale Lumber,I am not sure if I would have ever gone back to school. At myage, I didn’t think anything like this would have been possible.” The Workplace Education Initiative creates partnerships betweenthe Department of Education, labour groups and companies likeElmsdale Lumber, to help workers upgrade reading and math skills. More than 1,200 workers at 55 workplaces have taken advantage ofthe program. The Workplace Education Initiative is part of SkillsNova Scotia, the co-ordinating strategy for the provincial skillsagenda. “This book is a wonderful emblem of the benefits of adultlearning,” said Mr. Muir. “The book tells us about logging, butMr. Lively’s story tells us much more about what can beaccomplished with determination and a little support.” Mr. Lively began working in the woods at an early age. After atree felling accident, he left the woods and began work in theplaner mill. His employer, Elmsdale Lumber, offered a WorkplaceEducation program, and Mel returned to learning. One of hisproudest accomplishments is being able to read to and writestories for his two grandsons. “We know that the completion of Mel’s Story is only the beginningfor Mel,” said Gennie Himelman, office manager, Elmsdale Lumber.”Mel must feel like an athlete who has just completed the BostonMarathon and at the finish line are all his fans here at ElmsdaleLumber. He will continue to improve his skills and we willcontinue to offer him our support in any way we can.” Workplace Education Program information is available through theDepartment of Education by calling 902-424-0492.last_img read more

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Renewable Energy Sector Economy on Meeting Agendas

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter will promote the province’s renewable energy sector and strengthen ties with United States governors at two conferences in Massachusetts this week. Premier Dexter will attend the National Governors Association meeting in Boston from July 9-11 where he will meet with governors and attend presentations on topics including energy efficiency, healthcare, and economic recovery. “I am particularly interested in hearing from Ms. Cathy Zoi who is considered President Obama’s guru on energy efficiency,” said Premier Dexter. “The best way to save money on energy is to use less and I am hoping to hear about some innovative, cost-effective ways that Nova Scotians can reduce energy consumption to make life more affordable.” From July 11-13, Premier Dexter will co-chair the 34th annual New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers conference with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in Lenox, Mass. The conference will focus on expanding economic opportunities and creating green jobs through renewable energy, climate change action, energy efficiency, new energy technologies and transportation initiatives. Premier Dexter will promote Nova Scotia’s green technology sector, explore sustainable energy opportunities, and showcase the province’s commitment to reducing and mitigating climate change. Premiers and governors will also hear from Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer and U.S. Consul General to Atlantic Canada, Anton Smith about the Canada-U.S. relationship. “At the NEG-ECP conference, I will do all I can to aggressively explore new energy opportunities with our United States neighbors which will lead to more jobs for Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. Premier Dexter and the province’s business development agency, Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) are conducting high-level business meetings during the trip. “It’s about opening new doors between our mutual business interests, and continuing an already successful partnership of growth for Nova Scotia and our New England neighbours.” Also participating in the conference is Emera Inc. CEO Chris Huskilson. Mr. Huskilson will discuss regional renewable energy development and the challenges and opportunities of our regional energy future. “The Northeast and Eastern Canada is a very important market for Emera,” said Mr. Huskilson. “We are very excited about the potential opportunities for renewable energy development for everyone, and we look forward to working with others in the region towards reaching renewable energy goals.” Premier Dexter also noted the importance of co-chairing this year’s conference as Nova Scotia prepares to host the 35th annual event next July. “I look forward to taking every opportunity I can while in Boston and Lenox to get my colleagues excited about coming to Nova Scotia next summer to see first hand the innovative and world-class projects that are being developed here in renewable electricity generation,” said Premier Dexter.last_img read more

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208 FIRs DD entries registered till date

first_imgNEW DELHI: As many as 208 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries have been registered till date against various political parties and others for violation of the model code of conduct in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, the poll body in Delhi said on Monday.The statistics surveillance team of the Delhi’s chief electoral officer’s (CEO) office constituted to keep an eye on the expenses of political parties, has seized Rs 3,48,86,850/crore in cash and also seized 1411.1264 kg of narcotics and drugs. “A total of 208 FIRs or DD entries have been lodged till date in connection with the violation of the model code of conduct,” Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh told reporters. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”Out of these, twenty two are against the Aam Aadmi Party (13 FIRs and 9 DD entries), Thirty Three against the Bharatiya Janata Party (16 FIRs and 17 DD entries), Eleven against the Congress (3 FIRs and8 DD entries), one against the Bahujan Samaj Party (one DD entry), one against Samajwadi Party (one DD entry), and 95 against others or non-political (entities),” the CEO office said. The Delhi CEO office said more than 3.33 lakh posters, banners and hoardings have been removed since the poll code came into force. “As many as 30,533 posters, banners and hoardings were removed from areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation areas, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 1,08,028 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 95,317 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation areas,” the statement from CEO office said.last_img read more

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3 lakh students pass BSEs HSC exam in Odisha

first_imgBhubaneswar (Odisha): Girls outshone boys in the High School Certificate (HCS) examination results declared by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) Odisha on Tuesday. Announcing the results at the BSE Headquarters in Cuttack, School and Mass Education Secretary Pradipta Mohapatra said the pass percentage was 70.78 per cent, which was over five per cent lower than last year’s pass percentage of 76.23 per cent. Out of the total 5,87,720 students who took the exam 3,97,125 (1,91,655 boys and 2,05,470 girls) cleared it. The exam was held at 2,953 centres between February 22 and March 8. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The Regular and Ex-Regular pass percentage was 72.35 and 37.43 respectively. While 82 schools recorded nil results, 289 schools scored cent percent results. Jharsuguda district scored the highest 85.48 pass percentage, while Koraput district scored the lowest 50.61 per cent. Similarly, the pass percentage for this year’s Madhyama (Sanskrit) examination was 84.62 per cent. Out of 3,563 students who took the exam, 3,015 cleared it. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the students for their performance. “Congratulate all students who matriculated today. Best wishes for your future,” he tweeted.last_img read more

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