‘It’s advantage NDA in Northeast’

first_imgThe exit polls for the 2019 Lok Sabha election have made the BJP-led NDA the frontrunner in the Northeast comprising 25 parliamentary seats across eight States.The agencies that conducted the polls have predicted an average 15 seats for the NDA with an upper limit of 17, while the prime challenger, the Congress, has been given a maximum of seven seats. The predictions indicate that the BJP would fare better than its eight seats — seven from Assam and one from Arunachal Pradesh — in 2014.The agencies have been consistent with Assam, ruled by a BJP-led alliance. They have given the NDA a maximum of eight out of a total of 14 seats. The BJP had contested 10 seats, leaving three to the Asom Gana Parishad and one to the Bodoland People’s Front.For instance, Republic-C voter has predicted 17 seats for the NDA and seven for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in the Northeast. It has forecast eight seats for BJP, five for Congress and one for others in Assam.The Republic-Jan Ki Baat has predicted 14-15 seats for the NDA and 10-11 seats for the UPA in the Northeast. The BJP is predicted to win 10-11 of these and the Congress seven.The News18-IPSOS survey for Assam is 8-10 for NDA, 2-4 for Congress and two for the All India United Democratic Front. Chanankya, on the other hand, has predicted 10 seats for BJP and allies, three for Congress and one for others. “The exit polls show the people have voted for nationalism, for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision, for development and against appeasement. If you transfer the Lok Sabha result to the Assembly segment, you will see that the BJP and its allies have done better than in the 2016 Assembly polls,” said Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam’s Health Minister and BJP’s chief strategist in the Northeast.‘Wait for results’ “We have seen such predictions going awfully wrong in the past. It is advisable to wait for the actual results on May 23,” former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said.Former Congress MP Kirip Chaliha, however, said exit polls cannot be “all gossip” as “certain amount of science is behind it” and the credibility of the survey agencies is at stake. “The readings reveal there is a 30% gap between the winner and loser. So if you allow a correction of 10%, the exit polls seem to be more or less on target. Still, this is just prediction, not the actual thing,” he said.last_img read more

Asian Youth Boxing Championship: Indian Women Clinch Five Gold, Men Get Two Silver

first_img Asian Youth Boxing ChampionshipIndia First Published: November 17, 2019, 3:05 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia): It rained gold for India at the Asian Youth Boxing Championship as all five of the country’s women finalists emerged victorious while two men signed off with silver medals here on Sunday.Naorem Chanu (51kg), Vinka (64kg) Sanamacha Chanu (75kg), Poonam (54kg) and Sushma (81kg) fetched the yellow metal for the country in a phenomenal sweep. Among the men, Selay Soy (49kg) and Ankit Narwal (60kg) settled for the second place after going down in their respective summit clashes.India signed off with 12 medals in the event with bronze coming from Arundhati Choudhury (69kg), Komalpreet Kaur (+81kg), Jaismine (57kg), Satender Singh (91kg) and Aman (+91kg).Soy began the proceedings for India, going down to Kazakhstan’s Bazarbay Ullu Mukhamedsayfi. Narwal was then defeated by Japan’s Reito Tsutsume.But Poonam defeated China’s Weiqi Cai to open India’s gold account, to which Sushma added one by going past Kazakhstan’s Bakytzhankyzy.Naorem Chanu got the better of another Kazakh Anel Barkyah. Vinka outpunched China’s Haini Nulataiali, while Sanamachu Chanu, a product of the legendary M C Mary Kom’s academy in Manipur, edged past Uzbekistan’s Navbakhor Khamidova. last_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: England’s road to the final

first_imgEngland started off their World Twenty20 campaign by losing to West Indies but bounced back well to win their rest of the league matches and then beating New Zealand in the semifinal.Lost to West Indies by 6 wicketsChris Gayle hit the fastest century in World Twenty20 cricket as West Indies thumped England by six wickets in their Group 1 match. Gayle took 47 balls to complete his century with five fours and 11 sixes and in his unbeaten 100 to better his own record of a 50-ball hundred in the 2007 tournament in South Africa.Marlon Samuels set the tone by hitting eight fours in his 37 before Gayle’s brutal hitting took West Indies to 183/4 in 18.1 overs in reply to what earlier appeared to be a competitive England total of 182/6.Beat South Africa by 2 wicketsEngland pulled off their greatest World Twenty20 victory, beating South Africa by two wickets in the highest-ever run chase in the tournament’s history. Joe Root smashed 83 off 44 balls as England survived a very late scare to march to 230/8 in 19.4 overs after South Africa had posted 229/4 on the back of half-centuries from Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock.England openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales had provided a roller-coaster start of 48 runs off just 15 deliveries and Root motored along the chase by hitting six fours and four sixes against wayward South African bowling.Beat Afghanistan by 15 runsEngland overcame a batting collapse to beat Afghanistan by 15 runs for its second win in three matches at the World Twenty20. England was 57/6 in the 10th over and 85/7 in the 15th, but thanks to a boost from Moeen Ali (41 not out) and David Willey (20 not out), it finished on a defendable 142/7.advertisementWilley then took 2-23 with the new ball and Ali chipped in with 1-17 as Afghanistan looks wickets frequently and could manage only 127/9 in reply.Beat Sri Lanka by 10 runsEngland held their nerve to beat Sri Lanka by 10 runs in a thrilling World Twenty20 Group One match, reaching the semi-finals and knocking the defending champions out of the tournament.Jos Buttler struck a blistering unbeaten 66 to power England to a commanding 171-4 after they had made a slow start. The 2010 winners returned to blow away Sri Lanka’s top order before Angelo Mathews battled a hamstring injury to drag his team back into the match with a brilliant unbeaten 73.Beat New Zealand by 7 wickets (Semi-final)Opening batsman Jason Roy struck a career-best 78 as former champions England stormed into the World Twenty20 final with a seven-wicket romp against New Zealand.Electing to field, England staged a strong comeback in the second half of New Zealand’s innings to restrict their opponents to a modest 153 for eight at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.Roy and Alex Hales (20) then provided a flying start to their reply and Jos Buttler smacked a six to seal semi-final victory with 17 balls to spare.last_img read more

‘I can play until I’m 60!’ – Cassano plotting Serie A return

first_imgAntonio Cassano has announced another sensational U-turn in his retirement plans, stating that he wants to return to playing with a Serie A team and joking that he can ‘play until he’s 60’.The striker has been almost two years out of action, last announcing that he would be hanging up his boots to focus on spending time with his family after a series of flip-flopping statements over whether he would continue playing.Despite having said he was ‘done’ with football, it seems Fantantonio has found a much-needed work-life balance, with the 36-year-old stating that he is ready to make a difference in Serie A – as long as he gets to play for a side close to his family. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Remember Almeyda, the Argentina midfielder who played with Parma and Lazio?” Cassano put to Il Mattino, “He stopped for two years then started again with River Plate, who play in a physical league.“If I have the opportunity, I’ll always make a difference. I’m 110 per cent, I feel good with my head and my body – as for the feet, I can play until I’m 60!“I often talk with Ale [agent Alessandro Moggi], he performs miracles. I would like to play for a team near Genoa, where I live – maybe Bologna, Sassuolo, Parma, Turin… but also Empoli and Cagliari – because I cannot live without my family. “There are things that make a difference for me, like accompanying my children to school.”Despite his advanced years, the ever-confident Cassano believes he can still be amongst the best performers in Italy, claiming that there are very few players in Serie A who can be considered champions – even with Cristiano Ronaldo having arrived.Cassano on Serie A champions GFX“Can I make a difference? In this league? Yes. Today’s Serie A is a race with quantity, little footballing intelligence and quality. When I started at the end of the 90s, there were absolute champions. “I remember Fiorentina: they only reached sixth place with Edmundo, Batistuta and Rui Costa. Apart from Ronaldo, Higuain and Pjanic, I do not see many champions around. Some of the players today wouldn’t have gotten close to the training ground 20 years ago.”last_img read more

Bureaucratic reshuffle: 35 secys, addl secys in govt depts

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 22 (PTI) Thirty-five senior bureaucrats have been appointed as secretaries and additional secretaries in various central government departments as part of a major reshuffle.All of these officers were either working as joint or additionalsecretaries and have been promoted either in the same departments or moved to new ministries.Usha Sharma, a 1985-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, has been appointed as director general of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), an order issued today by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.She is at present additional secretary in the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG).Telangana-cadre IAS officer Vasudha Mishra will be the new additional secretary in the DARPG in place of Sharma.Manoj Kumar, chief vigilance officer of the Delhi Development Authority, will be additional secretary in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.Alok Vardhan Chaturvedi, additional secretary in the Department of Commerce, has been appointed director general foreign trade. Sunil Kumar, who was joint secretary in the ministry, has been promoted and appointed in place of Chaturvedi.Ali Raza Rizvi has been named as the CMD of the National Mineral Development Corporation. He is at present joint secretary in the Commerce Ministry.Narendra Nath Sinha, who is working in his cadre state Jharkhand, has been appointed as managing director of the National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited.Gujarat-cadre IAS officer Raj Kumar will be new director general, Employees State Insurance Corporation.Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, a 1987 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, has been appointed managing director, National Waqf Development Corporation Ltd (NAWADCO). He is joint secretary in the Coal Ministry.advertisementRavneet Kaur, joint secretary in the Industrial Police and Promotion, has been appointed as CMD, India Tourism Development Corporation.Vijay Kumar Dev, the Deputy Election Commissioner here, will be director general, National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development. Ashok M R Dalawai, additional secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare has been appointed as CEO of the National Rainfed Area Authority. Anup Wadhawan will be additional secretary, Logistics, in the Commerce Ministry.J Rama Krishna Rao has been moved to the National Commission for Minorities as its secretary from Defence Ministry.Barun Mitra, joint secretary in the Shipping Ministry, will be additional secretary in the Defence Ministry in place of Rao. Praveen Kumar will be additional secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. He is joint secretary in the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Lalit Kumar Gupta, joint secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, has been appointed additional secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Sanjiv Gupta will be CEO, National E-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. He is at present additional secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. Anil Kumar Jain has been moved out of Niti Aayog as additional secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.Leena Nandan, joint secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will be additional secretary and financial adviser in the same ministry. Pravir Krishna, joint secretary, Ministry of Shipping has been named as Managing Director, TRIFED in the rank and pay of additional secretary. Pradip Kumar Tripathi will be additional secretary, DoPT. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Manoj Jhalani and Jiwesh Nandan will be additional secretaries in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Defence Ministry respectively.Tripathi, Mishra, Jhalani and Nandan were working as joint secretaries in the same ministries.The posts held by Nilam Sawhney, Secretary in Central Vigilance Commission, and Udai Pratap Singh, Vice Chairman, Delhi Development Authority have been upgraded in the rank and pay of secretary. PTI AKV AAR ANBlast_img read more

India post joint 2nd highest total in T20Is after Rohit Sharma’s 35-ball century

first_imgIndia raced away to the second-highest T20 International total by a team as they posted 260/5 vs Sri Lanka at Indore’s Holkar Stadium.The equaled the record held by Sri Lanka when they had scored 260/6 vs Kenya in 2007.The hosts fell three short of the highest total record held by Australia, who accumulated 263/3 against Sri Lanka Pallekele. India’s innings was studded with 21 maximums and 21 fours. India equalled the record for most sixes in an innings. West Indies had done the same against India in a T20I match at Lauderhill in 2016.This was possible because of a whirlwind of an innings by Rohit Sharma, who hit a 35-ball hundred in his 43-ball 118 while KL Rahul slammed 89 off 49 balls at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.The duo put together a first-wicket partnership of 165 runs from 12.4 overs — the highest by an Indian opening pair.This was his second century in the shortest format of the game. He also equaled the record of David Miller for the fastest century in the shortest format of the game. He achieved the feat against Bangladesh at Potchefstroom in October 2017.The Mumbai dasher brought up his second T20 ton on the 12th over of the bowling off Angelo Mathews with a boundary.The 30-year-old came out all guns blazing and started attacking the bowlers right from the word go. He took 20 runs off the ninth over of the innings, hammering Asela Gunaratne all around the park for two sixes and fours each. He brought up his fifty in the same over with a maximum over deep mid-wicket. He took just 23 balls to reach the landmark.advertisementAnd there was no stopping him after that. He went on a rampage and finally brought up his second century in T20 cricket.Rohit’s innings was studded with 12 fours and 10 sixes.Once Rohit was gone, Rahul took over from his partner.Rahul started hitting the bowlers towards the start of the innings before stand-in captain Rohit took over from him. But the Karnataka batsman kept his calm, watched from the other end and took over after his skipper fell. He brought up his fifty off 35 balls in the 15th over of the bowling off Nuwan Pradeep with a boundary on-side in front of square.He continued his onslaught before finally falling for 89 to Nuwan Pradeep in the 19th over.He hit five fours and eight sixes in his innings.last_img read more

Brazil Beats Paraguay in Shootout in Copa América Quarters

first_imgPORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Facing early elimination in the Copa América at home, Brazil finally found a way to get past Paraguay in a penalty shootout.After two consecutive eliminations against its southern neighbor, Brazil came out on top on penalties on Thursday to avoid an embarrassing elimination in the quarterfinals of the South American tournament.Goalkeeper Alisson made a save and Gabriel Jesus scored the decisive penalty as Brazil defeated Paraguay 4-3 in the shootout to return to the semifinals for the first time since 2007.Alisson dived to his left to stop the initial penalty by defender Gustavo Gómez, and Gabriel Jesus sealed the victory to keep Brazil on track for its first Copa América title since 2007.Brazil will next face either Venezuela or Argentina, which play on Friday in Rio de Janeiro.Brazil had lost to Paraguay the last two times the teams met in the Copa América quarterfinals, in 2011 and 2015, both times in penalty shootouts.Derlis González also missed from the spot for Paraguay, while Roberto Firmino failed to score for Brazil. Both players sent their shots wide.González, who also missed a penalty in Paraguay’s 1-1 draw against Argentina in the group stage, had scored the decisive goal in the 2015 shootout. He was one of the five players back from that team that eliminated Brazil.Brazil’s players celebrate after winning the penalty shoot-out against Paraguay during a Copa America quarterfinal soccer match at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Thursday, June 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Willian, Marquinhos and Philippe Coutinho converted their penalties for Brazil, while Miguel Almirón, Bruno Valdez and Rodrigo Rojas netted for Paraguay.“My teammates did their part, they took on the responsibility and succeeded. That was crucial,” Alisson said. “This was an important step toward our goal of winning the South American title.”Gabriel Jesus had missed a late penalty in Brazil’s 5-0 rout of Peru in its last group game, but calmly found the net with his shot from the spot as Paraguay goalkeeper Roberto “Gatito” Fernández went the other way, igniting the Brazilian crowd of more than 48,000 at the Arena Grêmio.“I was confident, I knew that if I took the penalty the way I’m used to taking it, I would have more chances of scoring,” Gabriel Jesus said. “I was upset after the other match because I didn’t take the shot my own way. This time I waited for the goalkeeper to move and just sent the ball the other way.”Gatito had been key in regulation as the visitors held on to a 0-0 draw despite having a defender sent off in the 58th minute. In the Copa America quarterfinals, extra time is not played and the match proceeded straight to penalties.Paraguay played with 10 men after Fabián Balbuena was sent off for a foul that was initially called a penalty kick but was reversed after video review determined the foul happened outside the area.“We have to be proud of the character shown by this team,” said Paraguay coach Eduardo Berizzo, an Argentine. “We could have been rewarded with a wonderful and heroic triumph in the penalty shootout, but that doesn’t take anything away from my players’ great performance.”Brazil controlled possession but struggled to create scoring opportunities against Paraguay’s solid defensive system.The visitors had one of the best chances of the first half when González’s close-range shot was saved by Alisson.Brazil pressed nearly full-time after Balbuena was sent off, but couldn’t capitalize on its many opportunities. Gabriel Jesus, Coutinho, Everton and Firmino all missed great chances in front of the goal.Fernández made a great reflex save on a close-range header by Alex Sandro near the end of the match, and in the 90th Fernández could only watch as a low shot by Willian struck the post.Brazil coach Tite said the poor field conditions didn’t help Brazil’s attack.“It’s absurd to have to play on a field where it’s difficult to exchange passes,” Tite said.Despite reaching the semifinals in 2015 and finishing runner-up in 2011, Paraguay has won only one of its last 21 matches in the Copa América, taking advantage of penalty shootouts to advance.Paraguay’s players react after losing the penalty shoot-out against Brazil during a Copa America quarterfinal soccer match at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Thursday, June 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Paraguay reached the last eight this year with only two points, finishing as one of the two best third-place teams from the three groups.Paraguay and Brazil failed to make it out of the group stage in the 2016 Copa América.An eight-time South American champion, Brazil has won the tournament all four previous times it hosted the event, the last time in 1989.Brazil’s Neymar, dropped from the squad because of an ankle injury sustained just before the tournament, watched from the tribunes at the Arena Grêmio.By: Eric Núñez, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sidelights of Independence Day

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 15 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the Red Fort amid a thunderous applause as thousands of people stood to catch a glimpse of him.– The prime minister, who unfurled the national flag at the 17th century Mughal monument on the 72th Independence Day, was dressed in a kurta and sported a saffron and red Rajasthani-style turban. — Modi got down from his black Range Rover and waved to the crowd, which included hundreds of school children.– He was received by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Ramrao Bhamre and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra. — The secretary introduced the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Delhi area, to Modi.– The prime minister, accompanied by the GOC, then proceeded towards the saluting base where a combined Inter-Services and Police Guard presented a general salute to Modi. — The PM then walked to the ramparts of the Red Fort and unfurled the tricolour around 7.30 am. — The guards then presented the national salute as the band played the national anthem amid a 21-gun salute. — The prime minister then addressed the nation for over 80 minutes. For the fifth year in a row, he spoke from an open-air podium and not a bullet-proof glass enclosure. — Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were former prime minister Manmohan Singh, BJP veteran leader L K Advani, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, BJP national president Amit Shah and Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Harsh Vardhan and Ram Vilas Paswan.advertisement — After his address, Modi waved to the crowd and moved to his motorcade for departure. But on his way out, he stopped and sidestepped security cordon to enter an enclosure where children welcomed him with loud cheers. He shook hands with many of them. PTI PLB/KND/UZM DPB DPBlast_img read more

Look Up in the Sky — It’s a ZANO Drone!

first_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now With the proliferation of drones in recent years, chances are that you’ve seen one hovering over you. We know that those of you who love your gadgets are probably in the market for one. Look no further — choose ZANO. The Kickstarter-funded company raised a whopping $3.6 million in funding — which was way over their original goal of $192,993.“ZANO is an ultra-portable, personal aerial photography and HD video capture platform, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and intelligent enough to fly all by itself!” says the company. “ZANO connects directly to your smart device (iOS or Android) via onboard WiFi and enables you to instantly begin capturing and sharing moments like never before.”The thing that makes ZANO so appealing is that you don’t have to follow complicated instructions to make it work. “Right out of the box you can begin capturing and sharing stunning aerial photographs and videos, with absolutely no complex flight training required,” said Ivan Reedman, head of research and development.Plus, it’s easy to operate. If ZANO is running low on batteries, is losing its signal or has gone too far, it knows to return to your smart device. It’s also extremely lightweight and durable. All that for an extremely affordable $263!So forget all those other drones out there. Pre-order a ZANO now, and you’ll have one by the summer, just in time to capture all those outdoor moments by the sand and water. Fly it over your friend as he surfs over waves, or over your family boat trip. Your photographs will be taken to new heights. For more information, visit flyzano.com. The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea)last_img read more

Stars Perform For SoldOut Audience At BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF

first_imgThe Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) announced that the 7th annual BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! raised a record-breaking $250,000 (a 35% increase over the previous year’s revenue).Broadway stars belted their favorite hits during 7th annual Broadway Belts for PFF! fundraiser The event, an exclusive fundraiser at New York City’s Edison Ballroom, was hosted by Broadway star and comedienne Julie Halston and featured Grammy and Tony Award winners on Monday, February 27.BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! was co-founded by Halston, an award-winning actress whose notable roles include THE BABYLON LINE, GYPSY, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU and MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. As a leading advocate for the PFF, Halston and her husband Ralph Howard co-created the event after their friend, Associated Press theater critic Michael Kuchwara, passed away from pulmonary fibrosis (PF). Coincidentally, Howard was subsequently diagnosed with PF and successfully underwent lung transplantation.“To say the show was a smash is an understatement. Our performers were so incredibly gracious and everyone brought the house down,” said Halston. “Ralph and I are grateful for the opportunity to promote awareness of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s important work in helping patients and funding research for a cure.”Broadway stars belted their favorite hits under the direction of Carl Andress (THE DIVINE SISTER) with Christopher McGovern (CAGNEY) as Musical Director, Greg Santos as Stage Manager and produced by D. Michael Dvorchak, Sue Frost (COME FROM AWAY) and Ed Windels. This year’s performers included Grammy-winner Stephanie Mills (THE WIZ), Orfeh (Tony-nominee for LEGALLY BLONDE), Lucas Steele (NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812), NBC’s Gus Rosendale (“WEEKEND TODAY IN NEW YORK”), Stephanie J. Block (FALSETTOS, and Tony-nominee for THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD), Mandy Gonzalez (HAMILTON, IN THE HEIGHTS), Mario Cantone (“THE VIEW”), Robert Creighton (CAGNEY), and Tony-winner Randy Graff (CITY OF ANGELS, THE BABYLON LINE).The proceeds from the show are donated to the PFF’s work aimed at finding a cure for pulmonary fibrosis, a devastating and relentless group of progressive diseases that result in scarring of the lungs. Presently, there is no cure for PF.“Enhanced awareness and expanded research are vital to support those affected by pulmonary fibrosis and to continue to identify effective therapies,” said Gregory P. Cosgrove, MD, FCCP, Chief Medical Officer at the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. “We thank everyone involved in supporting our efforts and helping to make Broadway Belts For PFF! the success it has become.”last_img read more

Multiple Sclerosis doc headlines Calgary Film Fest 2017

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter According to the MS Society of Canada, MS is currently classified as an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord). The disease attacks myelin, the protective covering of the nerves, causing inflammation and often damaging the myelin. This can nerve impulses or permanent nerve damage. Emmy-winning music composer Jef Beal (right) tells filmmaker Matt Embry (left) about his battle with multiple sclerosis and his experience with a controversial surgical treatment in Living Proof. Facebook Login/Register With:center_img READ MORE Personal stories are at the heart of this year’s featured documentaries at the Calgary International Film Festival this year. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Announced on Wednesday, 18 documentaries will screened at this year’s festival, including Living Proof, in which Calgary director Matt Embry dives into the medical ecosystem around multiple sclerosis – from the billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to alternative solutions.last_img read more

Tottenham vs Ajax Champions League semifinal Leg 1

first_imgAfter knocking out both Real Madrid and Juventus, Ajax yet again started on an impressive note in the first leg of the Champions League against Spurs. An excellent build-up play from the visitors resulted in the first goal of the night. A lovely ball from Ziyech inside the penalty area handed Ajax the early lead with Van de Beek slotting the ball into the bottom corner. Very soon, an exquisite series of passes handed de Beek the second opportunity, but, a good stop from Lorris ensured that Ajax didn’t score the second away goal. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuSpurs definitely missed the services of their two main players – strikers Harry Kane and the quarter-finals hero, Son Heung-min. The England captain suffered significant damage to his left ankle during their Champions League victory against Manchester City. On the other hand, the South Korean star had to sit out due to suspension. Into the second half, Dele Alli did have a couple of changes, but poor finishes on both instances denied the equalizer to the hosts. Neres went close to double the lead, but the woodwork denied Ajax the second goal. Tottenham did come strong in the second half, but the inability to convert the half-chances had cost them the first-leg. The young Dutch side will now host Tottenham at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on 9th of May for the second leg with a vital away goal advantage.last_img read more

Australian economy contracts 05 per cent in September

by Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2016 6:40 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 6, 2016 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Australian economy contracts 0.5 per cent in September CANBERRA, Australia – Australia’s economy contracted in the September quarter for the first time since early 2011, the government said Wednesday, as the economy adjusts to weaker Chinese demand for its biggest exports, iron ore and coal.The economy contracted by 0.5 per cent over the three months. Annual growth was 1.8 per cent, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.Growth in the year through June had been 3.1 per cent.A decline in new business investment was the dominant cause for the contraction in September, Treasurer Scott Morrison said.He would not speculate on whether the December quarter would also contract, technically creating Australia’s first recession in 25 years.“I think the consensus forecasts and the other commentary demonstrates going forward there are a lot of things to be positive about. I am not one to speculate on those matters. We will wait and see the data,” Morrison told reporters.He called on a hostile Senate to respond by passing the government’s economic agenda.“The contraction in real GDP recorded in the September quarter is not just a reminder, not just a wake-up call or a warning about being complacent when it comes to economic growth,” Morrison said.“It is a demand to support economic policies that drive the investment needed to support job security, the hours and wages that hard-working Australians need to deal with rising costs of living, especially on electricity costs and that businesses need to survive in a tough and competitive environment,” he said.The economy last shrunk in March 2011 after record flooding effected farm and coal exports, and before then in September 2008 after the global financial crisis.Opposition treasury spokesman Chris Bowen said that September was one of only four negative quarters that Australia had recorded in the past 25 years, and the only one that did not have an obvious explanation.He said that recent quarters had been kept in positive territory only by spikes in government investment or net exports.“That can’t go on forever, and today was the day it stopped,” Bowen said.Record commodity prices driven by Chinese demand helped Australia avoid recession after the global economic downturn. The demand caused a surge in investment in Australia mine construction which is continuing to decline.Mining contributed no growth in the latest quarter, while agriculture increased 7.5 per cent over the three months. read more

Three Brock women nominated for YWCA awards

Carolyn Mullin, Margie Lizzotti and Nancy Cook are nominated for YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.Three Brock women will be honoured tomorrow night at the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.Nancy Cook, assistant professor of Sociology, is nominated in the education, training and development category. Carolyn Mullin, research and communications manager in Brock Research Services, is nominated in the public and community service category. Margie Lizzotti, assistant aquatic programs supervisor in Recreation Services, is also nominated in the education, training and development category.Nancy CookCook is the co-founder and co-chair of Justice at Brock, an activist group advocating for equality, diversity and social justice on campus. The nomination is exciting for the recognition it brings the group, Cook said.“I like that the nomination is for campus activist work,” she said. “If you’re going to be nominated for something, that’s a good thing to be nominated for.”Through Justice at Brock, Cook is helping organize sexual assault workshops for men. She has participated in the creation of the University’s first sexual assault protocol and spearheaded a new, student-fee funded Student Justice Centre, which will open in the fall.Cook’s other work includes being co-chair and workshop facilitator for Brock’s Positive Space Campaign. She is a researcher/writer for KAIRIN, a Wellspring Niagara/Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation project. Her academic articles include training materials for international development workers on global citizenship and fairness, articles that draw on her collaborative research enterprises in a remote Pakistani village. Recently, she collaborated with two colleagues to develop a social justice-oriented Service Learning course.Carolyn MullinMullin is involved with several community service organizations in her home community of Pelham. She works with Project Pelham Cares, a volunteer group establishing a permanent home for the food and social agency Pelham Cares. She has worked with several United Way branches across the region, including Brock’s United Way campaign. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Fonthill and the Fonthill bandshell committee, which brings free family entertainment to Pelham each summer. In addition, she is creating and leading a junior choir at Kirk on the Hill Presbyterian Church, where she is senior choir leader.Mullin said her 15-year career in newspapers and magazines led to her volunteer work.“When you get to know what’s going on in the community, you can’t help but get involved,” she said. “You don’t do it for recognition. You do it for how it makes you feel.”Margie LizzottiAn employee at Brock since 1984, Lizzotti’s work has saved lives.She has won numerous major Lifesaving Society Awards. She is Niagara Region area chair of the Lifesaving Society of Ontario and serves as a mentor to Brock lifeguards and aquatics instructors. She also co-ordinates First Aid/CPR training for students, staff, faculty and the community.Lizzotti, who has served in numerous positions at Brock over the years, said the nomination is “overwhelming.“There are other people out there who are far more deserving than myself,” she said, laughing as she gestured to her co-workers. “I think it’s cool.”What: YWCA Niagara Region’s Women of Distinction Awards fundraising galaWhen: Thursday, May 6Where: Club Italia, Niagara FallsTo purchase a ticket: 905-988-3528 x222Links:• 32 women in running for prestigious awards — St. Catharines Standard• YWCA Niagara Region read more

Ohio States Urban Meyer Tom Herman experienced coaching backup quarterbacks

OSU coach Urban Meyer stands during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Lantern file photoWith senior quarterback Braxton Miller’s health status in doubt after he re-injured his shoulder on Monday, Ohio State football fans won’t have to look far to see how the current coaching regime does when a signal-caller goes down.Coach Urban Meyer and co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman were both around just last season when Miller missed two full games, and the majority of another, after injuring his knee.Miller was first injured on OSU’s opening drive against San Diego State Sept. 7, 2013. Then-backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who has since graduated, entered the game and passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-7 victory.Guiton’s success continued in historic form as he set OSU records for the longest pass play and the most passing touchdowns in a game over the following two weeks.In all, Guiton played in 13 of 14 games in 2013, including the two aforementioned starts. He passed for a total of 749 yards and 14 touchdowns while only throwing two interceptions. The Buckeyes were 2-0 when Guiton started, on top of the win against SDSU.While Guiton slotted smoothly into Meyer and Herman’s system, both coaches have had experience with replacing quarterbacks even before coming to OSU.Meyer’s previous coaching stop was at Florida, where his No. 1 quarterback played in every game all six seasons while he was in charge. Before that, Meyer spent two years at Utah.In 2003, Meyer’s first year with the Utes, Brett Elliott, then a senior, started the season on top of the depth chart at quarterback. Elliott broke his wrist two games into the season, paving the way for then-sophomore Alex Smith.Smith went on to lead Utah to a 9-1 record in 10 starts that season while throwing 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He then led the Utes to an undefeated record his senior year before being named a Heisman Trophy finalist. Smith eventually became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.Between Smith and Guiton, the last two quarterbacks to come in for an injured starter under Meyer, their teams have totaled an 11-1 record in games they started in those seasons.Since 2007, Herman has been an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rice, Iowa State and OSU.At Rice, where Herman coached in 2007 and 2008, his No. 1 quarterback, Chase Clement, played in all 25 games. But while at Iowa State, Herman had at least two quarterbacks start at least one game in each of his three seasons.In 2009 Austen Arnaud played in 12 games and threw for 2,015 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for the Cyclones under Herman. Backup Jerome Tiller played in seven games, including a start, and tossed one touch down compared to four interceptions. The two quarterbacks led Iowa State to a 7-6 overall record.The following year, Arnaud started nine games and threw 13 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Tiller started another game, and threw one touchdown in eight total appearances. The Cyclones finished the season 5-7.In Herman’s final season before leaving Iowa State for OSU, 2011, Steele Jantz started seven games at quarterback while Jared Barnett stated six under center. Both threw for more than 1,000 yards, but combined for 17 interceptions compared to 16 touchdowns. Iowa State went 6-7 after starting that season 3-0.While Herman and Meyer both helped the Buckeyes to success when Miller was out injured last season, it is yet to be seen if they can find that same success in 2014.The extent of Miller’s injury was not yet known as of Tuesday morning, pending the results of an MRI on Miller’s shoulder.With out without the senior in the lineup, OSU is scheduled to begin its season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Stephen Lawrence killer gets legal aid for compensation claim

first_img Show more The judge who oversaw the case, Mr Justice Francis, suggested people in their position should always have access to lawyers: “It does seem to me that Parliament … cannot have intended that parents in the position that these parents have been in should have no access to legal advice or representation.”He continued: “I can think of few more profound cases than ones where a [hospital] trust is applying to the court for a declaration that a life-support machine should be switched off in respect of a child.” The cost of the case could run to up to £70,000. In February he was granted permission to proceed with his claim for damages against the Ministry of Justice.His application for legal aid has now been approved and was revealed at Central London county court yesterday, the Mirror reported.  Charlie Gard with parents  Norris was jailed alongside Gary Dobson for Mr Lawrence’s murder in 2012. Between them they were given more than £425,000 in legal aid for their defence. The murderer grew up in a mock Tudor mansion in a wealthy part of south east London, but later joined a gang and picked up criminal convictions for violence and racism. The decision to fund Norris’s claim is likely to prompt particular criticism in the wake of reforms which aimed to cut the budget for legal aid by £450m.Liberal Democrat Home Affais spokesman Ed Davey said: “This shows the legal aid system is broken and urgently needs to be fixed.”The parents of Charlie Gard were not entitled to legal aid and had to rely on lawyers working pro bono for them in their dispute over treatment for the terminally ill child.  Flowers at a memorial for Stephen Lawrence after his killers were convicted in 2012 He added: “I cannot imagine that anyone ever intended parents to be in this position.”It has also been suggested that legal aid cuts may have prevented Grenfell Tower residents pursuing their concerns over safety before the deadly fire. The president of the Law Society, Robert Bourns, said that if lack of legal aid had stopped the tenants challenging safety standards, “we may have a very stark example of what limiting legal aid can mean”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. One of the killers of Stephen Lawrence has been granted legal aid in a battle to get compensation from the Government after he was allegedly beaten up in prison.David Norris is suing the Ministry of Justice for £10,000 in damages, saying inadequate steps were taken to protect him. The MoJ denies any breach of duty. Norris, 40, was convicted five years ago of the racist murder of Mr Lawrence in Eltham, south-east London. Mr Lawrence was only 18 when he was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack at a bus stop in 1993. Norris has since tried to have his conviction overturned but this was dismissed by the Court of Appeal. He was allegedly beaten up by three inmates at Belmarsh Prison, south-east London, leaving him with a broken nose, cuts to his face requiring 18 stitches, black eyes, broken ribs and anxiety. The MoJ disputes the claim. The prisoners were not charged over the incident. Charlie Gard’s parents did not get legal aidCredit:PA  Flowers at a memorial for Stephen Lawrence after his killers were convicted in 2012Credit:Geoff Pugh last_img read more

VIDEO Young magician makes homeless man very happy

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8FN3uTH8vsYouTube/Magia UlicznaMEANWHILE, IN POLAND… this young street magician borrowed a homeless man’s coffee for a moment.He gave it back with a small difference. Watch the man’s reaction.According to this YouTube commenter, the conversation goes a little something like this:Update: The guy may have been in on it, according to this reveal on how the trick works. Thanks Sean Carmody.Magician: Can I take it for a moment? Listen, watch out, look what happens. We have to focus OK? Focus on the coffee. Watch out.Man: Oh jeez.Magician: It’s for you.Man: How the f*** did you… Holy f***… I live for 55 years and I’ve never seen shit like that. Thanks a lot man! Tell me how did you do that?Magician: Magic. I’m a magician.Man: But how did you even…VIDEO: If you spin a CD really, really fast… you get a surprise>VIDEO: This granny has the dance moves you need tonight>last_img read more

Elliniko selloff deal getting closer

first_imgGreece hopes to launch a tender within the next couple of weeks for investors to take on the redevelopment of the old Athens airport in Elliniko, State Minister Haris Paboukis told a parliamentary committee on Thursday. The massive site is a prime piece of real state as it is located next to the sea, has good transport connections and facilities that were built for the 2004 Athens Olympics. The previous government had planned to turn it into Europe’s largest metropolitan park but this scheme never materialised. The current administration has sought to lease the land to private investors in a bid to raise money that would help reduce Greece’s massive public debt. The government appeared to be close to a deal with Qatar earlier this year and Paboukis had flown to meet with potential investors in February, pledging to steer the deal, estimated to be worth up to seven billion euros, through a new fast-track privatisation process. However, the bid to sell the 170 acres of land, which used to house the city’s international airport until 2001, has since stalled. Paboukis said the Qataris may still be the ones who take on the project after the tender is launched. “We have not decided what the next step will be,” Paboukis told Parliament’s environment committee. “It will be a different picture if we have one interested party or many. We want to see if there are more interested investors than just the Qataris.” Environmentalists and local politicians have expressed concern about a large amount of construction taking place in Elliniko and have pressured the government to retain as much greenery as possible. The head of the state company managing the Elliniko site, Spiro Pollalis, told the parliamentary committee that this is not the correct approach to the issue. “When you start talking about a park or about how many square metres of greenery there are per Athenian, you get on the wrong track,” he said. “We have to view Elliniko as a development project that will include a park.” Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Fronditha Care volunteers honoured for their selfless service

first_imgMarking National Volunteer Week, more than 150 Fronditha Care volunteers were honoured for making a difference to the lives of the elderly in Australia.Fronditha Care’s annual volunteer recognition ceremony was hosted on Wednesday 22 May 2019 at Greythorn Community Centre in Box Hill, honouring years of voluntary service.After 39 years at Fronditha Care, former President, Vice-President and Treasurer Jacob Fronistas OAM was given a fitting send off after announcing his retirement.The outgoing Director was the keynote speaker at the event, and spoke about his experiences in shaping the organisation over four decades and the important role volunteers played in Fronditha Care’s success.“I have witnessed the joy of the elderly at various functions and what a difference has been made to their lives, where they would have been, isolated, miserable and depressed in mainstream facilities with no Greek language, culture or traditions,” he said.“Being a Fronditha Care volunteer has resulted in being part of the “Fronditha Family”, where caring for each other and the elderly is an important part of the success of Fronditha Care.”READ MORE: $65,000 raised for dementia care at Fronditha Care Gala Dinner Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram CEO George Lekakis also congratulated Mr Fronistas on his huge contribution to the organisation, and personally thanked him for his learned counsel during his time as CEO.Volunteers from across the organisation, whether it be the Board of Directors, the Auxiliary fundraising groups or the volunteers who visit the elderly in nursing homes or those still living at home were invited to the event. Those who have been with the organisation for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 40 years were also given certificates for their years of service.Rita Gabriel OAM, who has been an integral member of the Templestowe Auxiliary and helped the organisation raise thousands of dollars was singled out for 40 years of service.Each volunteer was also given a Greek coffee cup as a small gift, something many of the volunteers enjoy doing with residents or clients during their visits.Fronditha Care has long supported volunteers in the community, and offers all those wanting to become volunteers a special induction service and ongoing training.Volunteers don’t just visit Fronditha Care nursing homes or clients, but are free to visit anyone who is in need of help or company.Last financial year, more than 3800 volunteer hours were logged by Fronditha Care volunteers.To become a volunteer or to find out more about the program, visit https://frondithacare.org.au/become-a-volunteer/ or call 03 9552 4100.last_img read more

La sécurité et lhygiène de certaines salles de sport laisseraient à désirer

first_imgLa sécurité et l’hygiène de certaines salles de sport laisseraient à désirerFrance – La Commission de la sécurité des consommateurs (CSC) a rendu le 15 avril dernier un avis dans lequel elle insiste sur la nécessité d’améliorer les conditions d’hygiène et de sécurité dans les salles de sport. Après des auditions, des enquêtes de “perception-clientèle” et des visites de salles de sport appartenant aux réseaux commerciaux, hôteliers ou associatifs, la CSC a constaté que la sécurité, l’hygiène et la prise en compte de la santé des usagers n’étaient pas au point. Premier point noir : selon elle, bon nombre de professionnels n’exigeraient pas de certificat médical de non contre-indication à la pratique sportive envisagée.La CSC demande donc aux pouvoirs publics de mettre à jour et de renforcer la réglementation concernant la sécurité dans les clubs de remise en forme, mais également d’harmoniser la formation des diplômés d’État qui y travaillent. Elle les invite également à prendre des dispositions afin que le consommateur soit mieux informé sur les services auxquels il doit s’attendre, de la simple surveillance de la salle à un encadrement par du personnel diplômé et qualifié.Un modèle type de règlement intérieur, où seraient notifiées les consignes d’hygiène et de sécurité pourrait ainsi voir le jour, tout comme un guide de bonnes pratiques pour l’entretien et la maintenance des appareils, ainsi que des grilles d’évaluation de l’aptitude physique des usagers.En outre, la commission préconise aux sportifs de consulter un médecin avant toute fréquentation d’un club de remise en forme et les incite à demander au personnel d’animation d’élaborer ensemble un programme d’entraînement individualisé et réactualisé en fonction des progrès et difficultés rencontrées.En France, entre 3 et 5 millions de personnes, soit 6 à 8% de la population, entretiennent leur forme dans les salles de sport. Le 18 mai 2010 à 17:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more